|Big Boy and Runt|
|Kind||Gremlin (Micro-Series and Friendship is Magic IDW comics)|
Human (IDW comics' Annual 2013)
|Skin|| Pink (Big Boy)|
Big Boy and Runt are two gremlins who first appear in My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #2 as antagonists and later cameo in other IDW comics. They are referred to only as gremlins in their debut issue and as cloud gremlins in the publicity summary of the issue, but their individual names have been mentioned by the issue's writer Ryan K. Lindsay.
Ryan K. Lindsay, the writer of My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #2, has stated "I did try to bring a pompous level of evil to my gremlins and I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out. My artist on the issue, Tony Fleecs, has done an amazing job bringing these creatures to terrifying life", and has also stated "The gremlins were especially pompous - I wanted to write them like old Stan Lee villains, almost caricatures of evil pomp. Their lines are all excruciatingly overwrought and that was intentional - it doesn't mean you have to like it, I just wanted you to know my process about it. Also, their names are Big Boy and Runt - you can guess which is which... ;) - it would be my dream to have these characters transport across into th[sic] show, though I'm not holding my breath, and I do know exactly what they sound like, too. I also think Tony's design for them is absolutely THE BEST."
In an April 1, 2014 comment on DeviantArt, artist Tony Fleecs identifies Big Boy (the larger gremlin) and Runt (the smaller) by name and size.
Depiction in the comics
Big Boy and Runt are introduced in My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #2. They initially appear as a monstrous thunderstorm, but eventually reveal their true forms to Rainbow Dash. When they generate a magical cloud over Ponyville, it saddens everyone that lives there, feeding Big Boy and Runt and making them stronger. Rainbow Dash attempts to get rid of the cloud, but the cloud gremlins thwart her every attempt. She eventually defeats them and brings sunshine back to Ponyville by pulling off a sonic double rainboom.
On page 13 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #6's story, Big Boy and Runt appear in Rainbow Dash's nightmare, as the cause of a flood. The two make further appearances on My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #2 page 11, on Friends Forever Issue #9 page 5 as attendants of Apple Con 45, on the Friendship is Magic Issue #30 Hot Topic cover, and in Friends Forever Issue #26 depicted in portrait.
Big Boy makes solo appearances on Friends Forever Issue #29 page 2, Friendship is Magic Issue #43 page 19, Friends Forever Issue #31 page 14, Friends Forever Issue #33 page 14, and Friendship is Magic Issue #56 page 17. Runt makes a solo appearance on My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #2 page 10.
On page 5 of My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #4, one of the objects in Fluttershy's Chamber of Extreme Knitting is a knit piece resembling Runt. In Friends Forever Issue #7, Pinkie Pie and Princess Luna dress up in a large Big Boy costume to scare one of the royal guards. Nightmare visions of Big Boy and Runt appear on My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic Issue #4 page 18. On Friends Forever Issue #9 page 12, a plush doll of Big Boy appears in Flim's flashback.
In other media
Big Boy is a character named “Cloud Gremlin” in Gameloft's mobile game, and serves as a boss during the "Hearts and Hooves and Claws Day" event. He has a story role in the event, in which he moves his cloud above the home of the Breezies and abducts Seabreeze. His bio states, "A Cloud Gremlin--and a real piece of work, too. What's it to ya?"
- My Little Pony: Microseries. IDW Publishing. Retrieved on 2013 October 30.
- EQD Exclusive Interview: Ryan Lindsay. Equestria Daily (2013-01-21). Retrieved on 2013 October 30.
- Ryan K. Lindsay (2013-03-22). Re: Micro Series #2 Discussion. The Round Stable. Retrieved on 2013 October 30.
- Tony Fleecs (2014-04-01). Comment on Featured by TonyFleecs. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2014 April 1. Archived locally.