My Little Pony 'n Friends
Applejack | Baby Cotton Candy | Baby Cuddles | Baby Glory | Baby Lickety-Split | Baby Moondancer | Baby Ribbon | Baby Surprise | Bowtie | Captain Crabnasty | Danny Williams | Drog | Ember | Firefly | Fizzy | Gusty | Habbit | Lickety-Split | Majesty | Megan Williams | Medley | Molly Williams | Moochick | Paradise | Posey | Powder | Rep | Ribbon | Scorpan | Skydancer | Sparkler | Spike | Sundance | Surprise | The Bushwoolies | The Grundles (King Hugo) Twilight |
Rarity | Spike
Friendship is Magic
Twilight Sparkle | Spike | Applejack | Rainbow Dash | Pinkie Pie | Rarity | Fluttershy
Princess Celestia | Princess Luna | Cutie Mark Crusaders (Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle & Scootaloo) | Discord | Princess Cadance | Shining Armor | Starlight Glimmer | Young Six (Sandbar, Gallus, Silverstream, Smolder, Ocellus, and Yona)
Angel Bunny | Big Macintosh | Braeburn | Bright Mac | Bulk Biceps | Chancellor Neighsay | Changelings (Thorax & Pharynx) | Cheerilee | Cheese Sandwich | Coco Pommel | Daring Do | Derpy | Filthy Rich | Flash Sentry | Flurry Heart | Gilda | Granny Smith | Gummy | Gusty the Great | King Sombra | Little Strongheart | Luster Dawn | Maud Pie | Mare Do Well | Pear Butter | Pillars of Old Equestria (Star Swirl the Bearded, Flash Magnus, Rockhoof, Somnambula, Mage Meadowbrook, and Mistmane) | Princess Ember | Quibble Pants | Scorpan | Seabreeze | Smooze | Snips and Snails | Steven Magnet | Sunburst | Sweetie Drops | Tank | Terramar | Trixie Lulamoon | Trouble Shoes Clyde | The Wonderbolts (Spitfire & Soarin) | Zecora
Twilight Sparkle | Sunset Shimmer (Daydream Shimmer) | Applejack | Rainbow Dash | Pinkie Pie | Rarity | Fluttershy
Dean Cadance | Flash Sentry | Gloriosa Daisy | Indigo Zap | Juniper Montage | Kiwi Lollipop | Lemon Zest | Micro Chips | Principal Celestia | Sour Sweet | Spike | Sugarcoat | Sunny Flare | Supernova Zap | Timber Spruce | Vice Principal Luna | Vignette Valencia | Wallflower Blush | Wondercolts
My Little Pony: The Movie (1986): Megan Williams | Molly Williams | Danny Williams | Baby Lickety-Split | Spike | The Grundles | Gusty
My Little Pony: The Movie (2017): Twilight Sparkle | Spike | Applejack | Rainbow Dash | Pinkie Pie | Rarity | Fluttershy | Capper | Captain Celaeno | Princess Skystar | Queen Novo | Tempest Shadow | Princess Celestia | Princess Luna | Princess Cadance
My Little Pony: A New Generation (2021): Sunny Starscout | Izzy Moonbow | Hitch Trailblazer | Zipp Storm | Pipp Petals | Argyle Starshine | Phyllis Cloverleaf | Queen Haven | Alphabittle Blossomforth
The Mane Six is a group of six ponies that appear in the first two Equestria Girls films. They primarily serve as the supporting characters in My Little Pony Equestria Girls.
Depiction in Equestria Girls
My Little Pony Equestria Girls
In My Little Pony Equestria Girls, the rest of the Mane Six accompany Twilight Sparkle to her first princess summit in the Crystal Empire, and they witness Sunset Shimmer steal Twilight's crown. In an alternate world, their human counterparts appear as high school students. At the end of the film, Pinkie Pie accurately guesses the details of Twilight's relationship with Flash Sentry on "a hunch."
Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
The rest of the Mane Six briefly appear in the sequel My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks at Twilight's cahe idea to transfer the magic of Princess Celestia's book into the Crystal Mirror.
Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
Rainbow Dash appears as a pony in the film's blooper reel giving her human counterpart a ride.
At the end of the gag reel, Pinkie comes out of the portal and trades places with the human Pinkie Pie.
Equestria Girls: Forgotten Friendship
In Forgotten Friendship, the Mane Six appear on stained glass windows in Canterlot Castle.
- Applejack: An athletic and strong Earth pony with a light orange coat and blonde mane and tail. She is down-to-earth and dependable, always willing to help anyone in any matter. She represents the element of honesty.
- Rainbow Dash: An athletic Pegasus pony with a sky blue coat and a multicolored mane and tail. Very brave and bold, she can also be mischievous and proud. She has the ability of speed and clearing the sky of clouds. She represents the element of loyalty.
- Pinkie Pie: An Earth pony with a pink coat and cerise mane and tail. She has a funny demeanor, is very talkative, and a bit air-headed. She also enjoys singing and playing pranks. She represents the element of laughter.
- Fluttershy: A Pegasus pony with a light yellow coat and a pink mane and tail. She is very shy and quiet around others most of the time but has a great love for animals and caring for them. She represents the element of kindness.
- Rarity: A unicorn pony with a light gray coat and a purple mane and tail. She is very stylish and interested in fashion. Although sometimes desiring to be the center of attention, she is always there to help her friends. She represents the element of generosity.
My Little Pony Equestria Girls
- Applejack: Hoo-wee! Your very first princess summit. You must be over the moon, Twilight.
- Pinkie Pie: You're 'nervicited'! It's like you wanna jump up and down and yell "YAY ME!!" But you also wanna curl up in a teeny-tiny ball and hide at the same time! We've all been there!
- Fluttershy: I'm there almost every day.
- Rarity: You are a princess now, Twilight. Embrace it! I'm telling you, if I had a crown like that, I would never take it off. Why, I'd sleep in the thing.
- Rainbow Dash: Whoa, whoa, whoa! She's going, we're going with her. Right, girls?
- Pinkie Pie: Oooh! I'm so 'nervicited'!
- Applejack: You do realize that's not a real word, right?
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
- Fluttershy: What is it, Twilight?
- Rarity: How is that even possible?
- Pinkie Pie: Not the sirens! [whispering loudly to Fluttershy] I don't actually know what that is!
- Fluttershy: I don't think I like this story very much.
- Applejack: But Star Swirl must have sent them there ages ago. How come they're just surfacin' now?
- Rainbow Dash: I hate to burst your bubble, Twilight, but the connection between their world and Equestria will still be totally cut off for a super long time.
- Pinkie Pie: Okay, first of all, if there was bubble-blowing going on, why wasn't I told about it?! And secondly, if the connection is totally cut off, how was Sunset Shimmer able to get a message to Twilight?
- Pinkie Pie: Yeah, I get that a lot. [to Rainbow Dash] Now about those bubbles...
- Pinkie Pie: Duh! She's gonna take the magic in here and put it in there. That'll make the portal open up so that whenever she wants to, she can go from here to there. There to here. Here to there. Here there! Here there! Here—
- Applejack: We get the idea!
- Main cast: Ooooh...
- Main cast: Ahhhhh...
- Applejack: Don't suppose we could join you this time around?
- Rest of main cast: [agreeing]
- Main cast: [talking at once]
- Fluttershy: Oh, you be careful, Twilight.
- Rainbow Dash: Take care!
- Applejack: Y'all be safe now.
- Rarity: And don't forget to dress well.
- Pinkie Pie: [squee]
- Mane Six image gallery
Characters / Friendship Is Magic: The Mane Cast
Main Index The Main Cast:Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Spike, Starlight Glimmer, the Cutie Mark Crusaders Supporting Cast:The Princesses (Princess Celestia, Princess Luna), Mane Family Members, the School of Friendship, Ponyville, Other Locations, Animal Companions Antagonists:Major Villains (Queen Chrysalis, King Sombra, Lord Tirek, Cozy Glow), Dangerous Creatures, Jerks and Bullies, Redeemed Antagonists (Discord) World of Equestria:Races, Historical Figures, The 2017 Movie, Expanded Universe, Toyline Exclusive, Miscellaneous Minor Characters:One-Shots, Other Characters, Background Ponies (Common Background Ponies, Special Background Ponies, Other Background Ponies) Equestria Girls:Heroines (Sunset Shimmer), Villains, Supporting Cast
Our heroines and Spike.note From Left to right: Front row: Fluttershy and Spike. Middle row: Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie. Top Row: Rainbow Dash. Not pictured: Starlight Glimmer.
The Mane Six. These are our heroines. From trying to get along at a slumber party to defeatingPhysical Gods of darkness and chaos, these girls overcome just about any obstacle with the Magic of their Friendship. They're cute. They're awesome. They're the embodiment of the Elements of Harmony.
Oh, and Spike and Starlight Glimmer are here too.
For the tropes that set apart their human counterparts of Equestria Girls from the pony characters, see the entries on the series' protagonist characters subpage.
Tropes specific to an individual Mane Character should go on their own, dedicated page.
Tropes shared by multiple Mane Characters
- Absentee Actor: Starting in Season 6, there have been episodes where none of the Mane Six appear — with "To Change a Changeling" and "The Break Up Breakdown", these tends to happen in Cutie Mark Crusader-focused episodes or episodes focused on new characters like Starlight Glimmer and the Student Six.
- Action Girl: All the main ponies are prepared to get into a fight and handle themselves well if they have to.
- All-Loving Hero: All of them, but especially Twilight and Fluttershy. They are caring and kind to others, very forgiving and are always willing to give someone a second chance, even if they were once bitter enemies. Even Rainbow Dash is one the kindest and emotional friends you'll know, especially by Season 4, she's just a more snarky example than most. Considering their main goal is to spread friendship across Equestria and not destroy it and create enemies, it makes total sense.
- Amazon Brigade: This is especially true when compared to the main characters of previous generations: G1's ponies seemed to be helpless without Megan and G3's ponies had no villains to begin with.
- Badass Adorable: All of the Mane Six are cute ponies that have accomplished tasks that may seem impossible for most ponies; and even saved Equestria several times from monsters and other evil gods. Starlight Glimmer in particular pulled together a group of misfits to rescue the Princesses, the Royal Family as well as the Mane Six from the vengeful Queen Chrysalis.
- Badass Crew:
- Even without the Elements of Harmony, they can accomplish some impressive tasks when they work together.
- While Starlight Glimmer doesn't have an Element of Harmony, she instead has her resume as a former antagonist and her incredible magical power to show she is not to be underestimated either.
- Badass Teacher: They've saved Equestria several times and in Season 8, open a school to teach friendship.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Especially Twilight and Fluttershy. They are all pleasant and supportive towards others, but don't push their buttons. Discord and Tirek learned that the hard way. They will be quick to forgive and give you a second chance afterwards however. Starlight Glimmer's introduction to the team alone can attest to that. Also their reformation of Discord (even though it took time for most of them to eventually truly consider him a friend). Pinkie, who seems to go out of her way to subvert this trope, seems to be the only exception to this.
- Break the Cutie: They all experience this at some point, and then Discord comes along and takes this Up to Eleven.
- Break the Haughty: At the same time, there are a lot of times where all of them (even Pinkie and Fluttershy) act overconfident at best, and they receive proper comeuppance for it.
- Brutal Honesty: Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Starlight Glimmer have a tendency to do this. One episode about Applejack in particular was centered around her going too far in her honesty.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Each and every one of them have their own unusual quirks, habits, and flaws. However, they are extremely skilled at their unique special talents, and are a competent team that saved Equestria multiple times. They are also relied on by several members of Ponyville in running important celebrations and events. The season 5 finale showed multiple awful futures on what would've happened if they had never met.
- Character Development: The cast has undergone character development as the series has gone on:
- Twilight has become less socially awkward, and more cheerful and confident; Fluttershy more assertive; Rainbow Dash less arrogant, more caring and more genuinely confident (rather than mere bravado); Applejack more willing to accept the help of others; Rarity more willing to get her hooves dirty; Spike being kinder and more intelligent; and even Pinkie Pie has had more of her character revealed. Several of them have also gotten closer to achieving their dreams or otherwise risen in social standing; Rarity has seen success in the fashion world as well as in upper-crust socialization, Rainbow Dash goes from idolizing the Wonderbolts to becoming a Wonderbolt herself, and Twilight became an alicorn and the Princess of Friendship.
- Rarity and Dash have also become closer to many of their friends, or have seen marked changes in how they relate to them. Dash with Pinkie Pie, Scootaloo, and Fluttershy. Pinkie Pie was initially pegged by Dash as annoying, Fluttershy as a weak burden, and Scootaloo was largely unnoticed. Rarity with Spike, Sweetie Belle, Applejack and Fluttershy. With Spike she has grown more affectionate with him in a rather sisterly manner, with Sweetie Belle she seems to have grown more patient, with Applejack more understanding of their differences and less forceful with Fluttershy but still encouraging her to go outside of her comfort zone.
- In Season 4, the characters demonstrate that even though they can make the same mistake more than once (e.g., Pinkie's insecurity in "Party of One" and "Pinkie Pride", or Fluttershy's performance anxiety in "Hurricane Fluttershy" and "Filli Vanilli"), they're able to recover from them faster than they did previously.
- Starlight Glimmer is introduced as a very cynical, selfish and manipulative dictator who didn't really care for others, with a very dangerous Berserk Button that was easy to push. However, with the help of the Mane Six, little by little she becomes a lot more socially aware, kind, receptive and friendly. Part of her ongoing development is also learning to rein in her trigger-happiness with magic, when she's faced with a problem.
- Circle of Friendship: When they activate the power of the Elements of Harmony, and later their Rainbow Powers, they form this.
- Classical Anti-Hero: * The entire Mane Cast and even Spike are this to varying extents. At the start of the series (just to put it as short as possible) Fluttershy a Lovable Coward with zero self-confidence, Rainbow Dash an arrogant slacker, Rarity a self-absorbed drama queen, Applejack as stubborn as a mule, Pinkie Pie has crippling abandonment issues, Twilight Sparkle is a neurotic shut-in who gets way too worked up over things, and Spike is an immature Dogged Nice Guy. That said, their good qualities far outweigh their bad and countless episodes are dedicated to them learning lessons or changing for the better.
- Color-Coded Characters:
- Twilight is associated with the coming of the night, so Twilight Sparkle is purple and mainly has dark colors. May also indicate how Purple Is Powerful and Supernatural Is Purple. Purple was also especially a royal color in the Roman Empire because it was hard to make. note Because there was a specific kind of whelk needed for it, around a hundred for a single cape Guess what she becomes.
- Pink is a cheery fun color, so Pinkie Pie is well... pink.
- Rarity is a white color while having a dark purple mane, leading to a regal appearance.
- Rainbow Dash loves to fly, so naturally her colors represent the day sky. Her body is sky blue while her mane and tail are rainbow-colored.
- Fluttershy is timid, so naturally, she's yellow. The pink flowing mane and tail also shows her more feminine side. Her colors are also evocative of springtime.
- Applejack's colors (orange body and blond mane) seem to imply that she's been out working in the sun for a long time. They may also represent the colors of the autumn harvest.
- Spike's colors, green and purple, are homages to both his boyish, naive nature (green) and his friendship/little-brother ness to Twilight (purple). Also green is his greed.
- Starlight Glimmer is a purple unicorn with a dark purple mane. She is also immensely powerful with magical abilities that rival Twilight Sparkle's. Starlight also has a little teal in her color scheme, to represent her bright creativity (in regards to her innovative magical abilities).
- Cool Big Sis:
- Applejack and Rarity have little sisters who both look up to them and think they're the coolest ponies in town. See our page on the episode "Sisterhooves Social" for a note on the slightly rocky start to Rarity's Cool Big Sis status, though. She makes it up.
- Pinkie Pie, being that she is friendly to nearly everypony, is naturally this to all of the younger characters.
- When Apple Bloom is down in the dumps about not getting her cutie mark, she invites her to bake cupcakes.
- When Spike wants to help announce a race, but sees that Pinkie has already taken up the position, she invites him to co-announce.
- On Nightmare Night, she chaperones all the fillies and colts.
- She enjoys playing with the baby Cake twins. She also learns to be more nurturing when she's tasked with babysitting them while mom and dad are away on business.
- She even tries to this with Fluttershy who, being a year older, is not amused.
- Fluttershy herself gets the admiration of the Cutie Mark Crusaders after saving them from a cockatrice.
- Rainbow Dash is this in Scootaloo's eyes, although this is also averted by Word of God, who says that she probably wouldn't be the best big sister in the world. However she gets moments of this towards Fluttershy in later episodes and officially becomes Scootaloo's surrogate big sister in "Sleepless in Ponyville".
- Twilight Sparkle acts as a Cool Big Sis towards Spike, but their relationship may be more mother/son-like than Big sister/Little brother-like.
- The Mane Six become a group of cool big sisters to newcomer Starlight Glimmer, who while she is around their age, Starlight has an extremely limited outlook on friendship compared to them. Twilight Sparkle in particular is literally Starlight's teacher. Starlight is also the only one on the crew who treats Spike as an equal or even a superior.
- Cool Pet: All of the main characters have one. See the appropriate character subpage for info on them.
- The Cutie: All of them, but especially Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie. Yes, even Rainbow Dash.
- Damsel in Distress:
- Thanks in part of Discord's brief FaceHeel Turn, The Mane Five (sans Twilight) including Spike, are held captive by Lord Tirek in the Season 4 Finale.
- In the Season 6 finale, thanks to a vengeful Queen Chrysalis, all six of the Elements of Harmony, along with Spike, are kidnapped alongside Celestia, Luna, Cadance, Shining Armor, and Flurry Heart, in revenge for Chrysalis' defeat at the Royal Wedding to pave the way for a full-scale invasion of Equestria by the Changelings.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Starlight Glimmer's first interactions with the Mane Six were... not pretty to say the least. Starting out as a ruthless and sour dictator of a False Utopia town, to season-long Arc Villain enemy of the Mane Six, to almost destroying their friendship (as well as Equestria, unintentionally) out of revenge, to surrendering and being forgiven by the Mane Six and becoming the team's Sixth Ranger and pupil to Twilight Sparkle.
- Depending on the Writer: While the Mane Cast all have consistent defining traits, the extent they are played or exaggerated varies from episode to episode. This can make all the difference between them playing The Straight Mare or a Cloudcuckoolander (both of which all seven have played at least once).
- Determinator: These are some stubborn ponies. See their respective pages for more detail.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: They have defeated two Physical Gods, an Alien Invasion, an Eldritch Abomination tyrant, and a tyrannical centaur with the combined magical power of the entire country (including the Princesses and Discord), all incredibly powerful threats to Equestria. In an ironic twist, Starlight Glimmer, as a perfectly normal unicorn, managed to briefly defeat all of the Mane Six with the help of her villagers in her debut appearance. So does Cozy Glow, a perfectly normal Pegasus filly.
- Distinctive Appearances: The two Tomboy ponies (Rainbow Dash and Applejack) lack bottom eyelashes while the girlier ponies (Rarity, Fluttershy, and Twilight Sparkle) have them.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?:
- By Season 4, the cast has saved Equestria multiple times, got publicly honored and knighted by Celestia the second time, restored Princess Luna to her true self after a thousand years, reformed a Mad God, and Twilight is now an alicorn Princess. Yet no-one outside Canterlot ever seems to remember any of this unless it's a plot point. Spike gets this worse than the others, as he's the Zoidberg in the "My Friends and Zoidberg!" dynamic of the group — on the off occasion they're recognized as heroes, he's usually forgotten.
- Deconstructed in "Cutie Re-Mark" where Starlight Glimmer doesn't comprehend how the Mane Six needed to gain their cutie marks and friendship to prevent the ruin or destruction of Equestria.
- Averted in "Flutter Brutter" where Zephyr Breeze has major insecurities both over his own failures, and his sister being a national hero.
- Averted and Deconstructed in "Fame and Misfortune", where the Mane Six become overnight sensations when they publish their friendship journal for other Ponies to read, but become constantly pestered and harassed by Loony Fans.
- Dynamic Character: Most episode stories feature them growing as characters, and it mostly sticks for future episodes.
- Embodiment of Vice: When corrupted by Discord in "The Return of Harmony", they start acting the complete opposite of the Elements they represent:
- Applejack represents deceitfulness;
- Pinkie represents cynicism;
- Rarity represents greed and envy;
- Fluttershy represents spite/cruelty;
- Rainbow represents betrayal and aloofness;
- Twilight briefly represents severance and isolation.
- Embodiment of Virtue: They each represent one of the Elements of Harmony, which lets them harness the Elements against villains.
- Applejack represents honesty;
- Pinkie represents laughter;
- Rarity represents generosity;
- Fluttershy represents kindness;
- Rainbow represents loyalty;
- Twilight represents magic, which in the setting is the The Power of Friendship
- Ensemble Cast: Twilight is undoubtedly the main character of the show, but she is no more likely to be the focus of an episode than the other five (excluding Spike).
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Rainbow Dash and Applejack, who prefer to solve problems with melee combat, are the Fighters; Rarity, who often solves problems with guile and deception, and Fluttershy, who is by nature very discreet, are the Thieves; meanwhile the super-OP sorceresses Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer are obviously the Mages.
- Fire-Forged Friends: While all the ponies had broad knowledge of the others' existence beforehand, and some were explicitly shown to have known each other (such as Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash going to the same Flight Camp), it's also implied that some of them wouldn't have associated with each other prior to the series (such as Applejack and Rarity), so for most of them, their first significant activity together was saving the world from Nightmare Moon.
- Foil: Each one of the seven contrasts each of the other six in some way; as shown here. Some Foil pairings are more prevalent than others, however:
- Applejack and Rarity clash frequently because of their slob vs. snob, down-to-earth pony vs. sophisticated unicorn dynamic. Amusingly inverted when they switch roles in "Simple Ways".
- Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. Both are pegasus ponies from Cloudsdale and have known each other since childhood, but they couldn't be more different. Brash versus shy, combative versus delicate, etc. As a result, Rainbow Dash often tries to push Fluttershy into being more outgoing, while Fluttershy tries to make Rainbow Dash more sensitive (by inviting her to watch a butterfly migration, for example).
- Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie. The former is a logical, by-the-book(s) pony who treats magic like a science, while the latter regularly defies the law of physics (and of magics!) by sheer personality, leading to no end of frustration from Twilight when she's trying to make heads or tails of it.
- Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer. Very powerful when it comes to magic, but held different views of how friendship should be. By the end of Season 5, however, Starlight is starting to become more like Twilight after becoming good.
- A Friend in Need: Obviously since MLP is a show centered around The Power of Friendship and Love Redeems, it probably doesn't need to be explained in detail that most of the major characters would go above and beyond for a friend, with stand outs being the responsible ones like Twilight and Applejack or the sociable ones like Pinkie Pie and Rarity, to name a few.
- Genki Girl: When any of them get excited over something, stand back.
- Hidden Depths: One of the greatest things about this cast is the fact that they all have different dimensions to their personalities.
- Humans Are Flawed: A good part of their appeal is that while they are sweet ponies at heart, each has one or more cardinal flaws that she needs to learn to work on Once per Episode. Unfortunately, Discord knows every one of them.
- Humble Hero: The girls are perfectly aware they save Equestria from powerful villains and threats on a regular basis, but they never brag about their deeds and always do it out of sheer love for their land, family and friends. Rather than being celebrated for their exploits, they would rather hang out and have a good time together like the True Companions they are, even if Rainbow Dash does have the occasional Glory Seeker moment. "Fame and Misfortune" deconstructs the idea, in which the Mane Six really don't appreciate the crazy amount of attention they receive from their "fans".
- Idiot Ball: In the Slice of Life stories, each pony tends to take turns either causing or solving the big conflict or hazard for the episode, usually according to their personality.
- Large Ham: Some are more apparent than others (eg. Rarity and Rainbow Dash rarely aren't), but all of them like Chewing the Scenery when the time fits.
- Magical Girl Warrior: Any time there is a villain that requires a fight to put down, expect them to be this with a high chance of friendship-powered laser beams.
- Manchild: The main characters are all responsible young adults (with the possible exception of Pinkie Pie). Their behavior, on the other hand, often ranges from emotionally immature (generally, to set up a lesson in friendship) to downright childlike. For example, take the following bon mot from cosmopolitan fashion designer and social climber Rarity, upon hearing that a game of Pin the Tail on the Pony is starting: "Oh, my favorite game! Can I go first? Can I have the purple tail?"
- Meaningful Name: All of the Mane Six's (and Spike's) names describe some aspect of of their personality and/or appearance.
- Ms. Vice Girl: All the main characters are supposed to have both flaws and strengths. Many of the flaws are more weaknesses than vices, and/or clearly the less dominant side of the character, but some fit this trope:
- Twilight Sparkle is meticulous and scientific, making her very efficient as The Smart Guy of the group and suggesting a down-to-earth opinion, but also an obsessive perfectionist and a tad cynical and easily aggravated.
- Rainbow Dash has a very headstrong attitude (albeit one which hides her fear of not living up to her own expectations) often making her brash, insensitive and prideful. However, she is also determined, an extremely loyal friend and a rather good jester.
- Applejack is very neighbourly, hard-working and altruistic with a high moral code. However she could also be very prideful, which could make her confrontational, self-righteous and incredibly stubborn when crossed. Her care for her friends of family also makes her very reliable and motherly, but it also exacerbates her flaws since she has enormous fears of having anything bad happen to them or letting them down.
- Rarity is superficial and likes attention far too much, but in spite of this is actually very considerate (most of the time), and even the superficiality ties to her artistic calling, making it actually less superficial (and is just as often manifested as a desire to help others look fabulous too).
- Pinkie Pie occasionally doesn't listen to others who have a better assessment of how to handle a problem or who question her own ability to deal with things. She also deals with actual or perceived rejection extremely poorly, either completely breaking down or becoming a Determinator to the extent that she disregards all concerns for personal choices or privacy. That said, she never, ever intends to do anything but ensure that everybody has a great time.
- Fluttershy is somewhat meek and even cowardly, and sometimes would rather ignore problems that need to be decisively dealt with. Because she's also hesitant to call out others on their bad behavior, she can also act as a bit of an enabler to less moral characters like her spoiled pet bunny Angel or reality-bender and house guest Discord. Generally, though, she's a naturally kind pony who wants to help her friends and the local wildlife.
- Spike is rude and greedy (dragons are hoarders by nature, after all), but also loyal, hardworking, and considerate.
- Starlight Glimmer is kind and helpful but also very meticulous and logical. Starlight tends to get so wrapped up in her own logic that she will make decisions regardless of ethics or how others around her may feel about it, thus coming off as heartless and potentially creating even worse problems. This still works to her advantage, as Starlight is very good at recognizing problems and finding solutions to make things better, and even consider factors the others may not see.
- Nice Girl: These ponies are some of the nicest characters on the show, Twilight, Fluttershy, and Pinkie especially. The few times they do act as jerks, it's usually due to them being Innocently Insensitive or them carrying the Jerkass Ball.
- Not My Lucky Day: Whichever pony's turn it is to have A Day in the Limelight, expect them to drive themselves into a grand scale Humiliation Conga from one of their shortcomings or oversights. Even outside that, all seven characters have occasional Butt-Monkey roles.
- The One Guy: Even though he's not a pony, Spike is the only recurring male member in this cast.
- One Extra Member: Even though there are technically eight of them (previously seven), the group is generally referred to as "The Mane Six", even when Spike or Starlight Glimmer are around.
- The Only One: Especially applicable around the Canterlot Royal Guards.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Only the Mane Six can wield the Elements of Harmony. Celestia and Luna, while they once did, can't anymore. Spike and Starlight Glimmer cannot either, because they simply don't have an Element.
- The one time that someone who wasn't already chosen to wield an Element tried to use one, the magic overwhelmed them with darkness.
- In "The Mean 6", Queen Chrysalis creates evil clones of the Mane Six to try and use the Elements of Harmony. Turns out the Elements aren't so easily tricked, and the evil clones are turned into ordinary pieces of wood by the Elements' power.
- Pals with Jesus:
- They are close to Princess Celestia, due to one of them (Twilight) being her personal student.
- For the 'pals' part this is literally the case by the Season 3 finale, after Twilight becomes an alicorn princess.
- Starlight Glimmer, now after becoming Twilight's pupil.
- Personality Powers: Justified in the case of their connection to the Elements of Harmony in that each pony displays the trait named by the Elements of Harmony.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: These ponies may be little, but they've all displayed impressive feats of strength, with Applejack and Rainbow Dash as the top contenders. And Twilight's vast array of magic powers are nothing to sneeze at. Heck, most (fan-made) measurements put the average female pony at between "3 to 4 feet tall", the height of a young human child; yet ponies can do physical feats even the strongest men in the world could not feasibly do: kicking trees to break off the apples, taking shots from a dragon that can fit them all on its head and not die, and various other feats.
- The Power of Friendship:
- While it's of course also a main theme of the show in general, these six ponies in particular are capable of some pretty amazing feats whenever they remember to set aside whatever minor differences they may have that episode and work together as friends. The ultimate last-resort expression of that is, of course, using the Elements of Harmony to deliver a combined energy attack capable of easily defeating Physical Gods (complimentary World-Healing Wave optional), though it's worth keeping in mind that this has so far proven truly necessary only twice in the show's run.
- This is pretty much how Starlight Glimmer became a friend to the Mane Cast. Twilight Sparkle didn't shoot her with magical beams, but stopped her by talking her down and conversing with her. The Mane Six then saw Starlight's potential, and brought her in as an apprentice in the magic of friendship. Starlight doesn't mind, since what she really wanted was friends, so it was a win-win.
- Prehensile Tails: Their tails have all somewhat functioned as extra limbs. Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash in particular are quite skilled with them; Fluttershy uses her tail to play a fictional sport called buckball.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits:
- They're a graduate student taught by a Physical Goddess, a baby dragon with ambiguous heritage, a stubborn apple farmer, a hyperactive baker, a brash sound barrier-breaking flyer, a prim and proper fashion designer, and an overly shy animal caretaker. Not only have these True Companions defeated two gods with their Elements of Harmony, but Celestia seems content with letting them take care of a stubborn dragon whose smoke threatens Equestria.
- Starlight Glimmer is all about this, as she was a misfit who turned into a dictator who ran a False Utopia, and after her HeelFace Turn seems to have a knack for befriending other characters who could be considered social outcasts.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Such pairings exist between all members of the mane cast. From most red to most blue, the cast would be as follows: Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Spike, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, Starlight Glimmer, and Fluttershy. This is given the following evidence (the Red Oni is listed first followed by the Blue Oni):
- Sanity Slippage:
- As showcased here◊, everypony has danced on the further edges of sanity at least once in the series. More frequently, Twilight is prone to freaking out if her Super OCD kicks in, and Rarity is very prone to histrionics when things look bad.
- Starlight Glimmer has already shown right off the bat that her sanity is very fragile to the point of being bipolar, jumping between calm and seething rage at the blink of an eye. Starlight also has her own brand of Super OCD makes Twilight's look sane.
- She Cleans Up Nicely:
- They all looked wonderful in their dresses at the Grand Galloping Gala.
- Their dresses for the royal wedding in the Season 2 finale suited them nicely as well.
- Spike looks rather dashing in a tuxedo.
- Rarity makes Starlight Glimmer a black dress in the Season 5 finale. It's very adorable on Starlight as you'd expect.
- Shrinking Violet: Fluttershy and Starlight Glimmer are this. Fluttershy has worked on her shyness and has steadily become a little more confident since the beginning, Starlight on the other hand was at first very confident, but became a Shrinking Violet after her HeelFace Turn, since she is relearning everything she thought she knew.
- Sixth Ranger: Starlight Glimmer, not pictured, was added to the Mane Cast in the Season Five finale. In Season Six, she is given a new place to live in the Friendship Castle with Twilight and Spike. In Season Seven, Starlight even gets called by the Cutie Map, just like the others. In Season Eight, Starlight is the Guidance Counselor of the Mane Six's Friendship School.
- Superior Successor: They're actually the third group of heroes associated with the Elements, and they've proven to be their better in one key way: they don't let each other reach the breaking point where one member falls into darkness due to their emotions, as was the case with both Luna/Nightmare Moon and Stygian/the Pony of Shadows. Instead they stick by each other and pull each other back before they can get close. In fact, the Mane Six reversed the trend and rescued a pony from darkness/villainy and made them a new member of the team. In this case, its Starlight Glimmer, the Mane Six's parallel to Luna/Stygian) and Sunset Shimmer and the human Twilight with their human counterparts.
- Super Mode: More or less what the Rainbow Power amounts to.
- Strawman Ball: When not pulling the Idiot Ball itself, it is usually one of these characters that will give a negative opinion of how to handle the Aesop of each episode. This is shared pretty evenly between all seven due to spotlight rotation, though Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash, being the more cynical and temperamental of the bunch, represent this slightly more often.
- Talking Animal: Talking ponies.
- Token Trio:
- For the first three season of the show, the main characters make up two trios in their group of six — two pegasi, two earth ponies, and two unicorns (and one dragon).
- Changed up at the end of Season 3, after which we no longer have two unicorns, but one unicorn and one alicorn. However, there are now three ponies with wings and three without.
- Changed up again at the end of Season 5, as Starlight Glimmer joins the cast, restoring the dual unicorns, leaving us with an alicorn, two earth ponies, two pegasi, and two unicorns (The one dragon is still there).
- Town Girls: Two of each version — shy, animal-loving Fluttershy and fashion-obsessed Rarity as femme; boisterous party girl Pinkie Pie and studious intellectual Twilight Sparkle as neither; and tough, hardworking farmer Applejack and brash, athletic Rainbow Dash as butch.
- True Companions: Despite their differences, it's clear they have a strong bond between them and it grows stronger throughout the series.
- Vague Age:
- They're all at least young adults, as they all have jobs and hold major roles in Ponyville community activities like Winter Wrap-Up. Emotionally, however, Lauren Faust stated they're "young adults with a maturity level of anywhere from 12-18", which explains such things as Twilight's appreciation of slumber parties, Rarity's thinking like a fairy tale, etc. This is consistent with having the same personalities as their high-school age human selves.note Note that other characters had their ages altered to fit into the High School A.U.. This is further complicated by the show using the same character model for almost any character between their teens and advanced old age, making it difficult to estimate a character's physical age from appearance alone.
- Their relative ages are also vague, with the only concrete data being Fluttershy older than Pinkie by a year, and likely older than Rainbow Dash (she seemed in that lanky puberty stage while Dash was still a filly during the flashback in "Cutie Mark Chronicles"); the rest are all relatively the same age from the same episode otherwise. The same episode shows that they all got their Cutie Marks, roughly equivalent to hitting puberty, within minutes of each other.
- Spike is constantly referred to as a "Baby Dragon", but emotionally acts more like a preteen. He has a full-time job with pretty extreme hours, is out of whatever mandatory education exists in Equestria (most likely home-schooled), and the residents of Ponyville and beyond treat him like an adult pony. Keep in mind full-grown dragons are hundreds of times his size and are implied to live for centuries or more, and his size and biological age seems a function of Greed and also reversible.
- The IDW comics states it's been 20 years since the Mane Six got their cutie marks. This puts them at late-twenties to early-thirties with Spike (who hatched when Twilight got her mark) at 20. It has been around at least five years since the start of the seriesnote "Princess Twilight Sparkle" implies one year passed and we've seen four Hearth's Warmings since putting them at early-mid twenties and teen back then respectively. Note that the twenty years was only in the description, which have been known to be inaccurate.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The Mane Six get on each other's nerves sometimes with both their flaws and viewpoints, but when the chips are down, they're there for each other. The most obvious pairings are:
- Applejack and Rainbow Dash are regularly downright friendly with each other, given their similar tomboy styles, but their competitive and prideful natures sometimes pushes them into this kind of relationship.
- AJ also has shades of this in her relationship with Rarity — they'll regularly argue, mock each other and bring up each other's most embarrassing moments, but if one of them needs help with something important, the other is there.
- Twilight has shades of this with Rainbow Dash as well. Given that Twilight is probably the most deadpan of the snarkers in their group, and Rainbow Dash does the most of the things done without thinking (not to mention the obvious nerd-jock stigma), they both like to rib on each other from time to time. However, both of them respect each other and their abilities (Rainbow even said she thinks Twilight's awesome during "Castle Sweet Castle") and they know they can depend on each other in a crisis.
- The Worf Effect: In the Season 6 finale, "To Where and Back Again", the Mane Six are caught completely off-guard and kidnapped by a vengeful Queen Chrysalis, wanting revenge for her defeat at Cadance and Shining Armor's Royal Wedding, alongside Celestia, Luna, Cadance, Shining Armor, and Flurry Heart as well. No reason is given as to how easily they were kidnapped during those few hours Starlight was out of Ponyville with Trixie.
- Would Hurt a Child: In the series finale, the six have no qualms about using physical force to subdue Cozy Glow. Given that she's an Enfant Terriblehopped up on alicorn-level power, this is somewhat justified.
Mane 6 mlp
Element of Harmony – Kindness
Memorable Appearances – Dragonshy, Stare Master, Putting Your Hoof Down
One of the things to note is that each set of characters of the same “species” are foils of one another. Fluttershy is a much different Pegasus than Rainbow Dash. She is shy, easily frightened and very unsure of herself. She is incredibly cautious and often strongly considers a situation before jumping into it. One of the things that is most interesting about her as a Pegasus is that her flying abilities are very weak compared to other Pegasi that we have met on the show. She finds that she is much more comfortable in the realm of the Earth Ponies. In a dramatic moment displaying how she acquired her cutie mark (the MLP equivalent to puberty, we think) Fluttershy falls from the clouds and lands on the ground. (A dear friend of this author finds an analogy here about the fall of Lucifer.) Well Fluttershy’s fall leads her to find her calling as a helper of animals. Though she is painfully shy and often unwilling to go outside her comfort zone, Fluttershy is a great friend. She embodies kindness, empathy and is beginning to learn what it means to stand up for one’s self.
Element of Harmony – Magic
Memorable Appearances – The Ticket Master, Winter Wrap Up, Lesson Zero
If there was a protagonist to My Little Pony Friendship is Magic it would be Twilight Sparkle. Twilight Sparkle is a Unicorn from Canterlot and is a student under the guidance of Princess Celestia. She decides to stay in Ponyville after saving it from destruction. Her studies focus on the magic of friendship and the lessons of each episode are often taught through her letters to Celestia. Twilight Sparkle embodies many contradictions, which makes her one of the more complex characters of this show. She is rational, logical and scientific yet her element of harmony is magic. She is an excellent and dedicated student yet is always concerned about failing assignments. She didn’t understand the power of friendship despite being surrounded by ponies who care about her (her brother, Spike, Princess Celestia, etc). She is a very open minded friend and an incredible listener though sometimes her rational leanings lead to misunderstandings regarding others feelings.
Element of Harmony – Generosity
Memorable Appearances – Look Before You Sleep, Suited for Success, A Dog and Pony Show
If Twilight Sparkle is the essence of practicality, Rarity is all things fabulous. She is a Unicorn who values beauty, style and appearance. She runs a dress shop and is always creating her own unique sense of style. She is the object of affection for Spike. And though she can be very materialistic and vain she is also much deeper than that. She is very focused on running her own business and often uses her creativity to help in situations. She is very generous with her time and energy and is often found creating dresses for her friends. She embodies both the feminine and the tough. She is a wonderful friend and a great big sister.
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