For this character's human counterpart, see Cranky Doodle Donkey (EG).
For the song and Cranky Doodle Ryan, see Cranky Doodle Donkey (song) and List of non-pony characters#Cranky Doodle Ryan.
Cranky Doodle Donkey

Cranky Doodle Donkey in Ponyville S2E18

Cranky Doodle Donkey in Ponyville

Cranky in Canterlot S2E18

Young Cranky Doodle in a flashback

Kind Donkey
Sex Male
Residence In a cottage outside Ponyville
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Eyes Pale, light grayish arctic blue
Mane None
Dark grayish blue violet (younger)
Coat ¤ Grayish gamboge with a pale, light grayish gold muzzle
Relatives Matilda (wife)
Voice Richard Newman (English)[1]
Jean-Paul (French)
Axel Lutter (German)
Mario Scarabelli (Italian)
Takayuki Sugō (Japanese)
Miłogost Reczek (Polish, S2E18 and S9E16)
Mikołaj Klimek (Polish, S5E09)
Artur Kaczmarski (Polish, S6E06 and S8E14)
Fabio Moura (Brazilian Portuguese)
Petre Ghimbășan (Romanian)
Nikita Prozorovsky (Russian, except S6E06)
Anton Savenkov (Russian, S6E06)
Joan Massotkleiner (European Spanish)
Blas Garcia (Latin American Spanish)
Steve Kratz (Swedish)
Yaroslav Chornenky (Ukrainian, S2E18)
Andriy Tverdak (Ukrainian, S5E09 and S6E06)
Cranky Doodle Donkey is a male donkey and Matilda's husband who first appears in the episode A Friend in Deed. His name is a pun on "Yankee Doodle Dandy", a famous song written by George M. Cohan in 1942.

Depiction in the series

Season two

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Cranky Doodle Donkey

Cranky Doodle Donkey appears in the episode A Friend in Deed, right after Pinkie Pie sings the Smile Song. Unlike the other ponies, he does not smile as a result of Pinkie Pie's song.

Pinkie Pie annoys Cranky by trying to guess his name. He eventually reveals his full name, Cranky Doodle Donkey, which sets Pinkie Pie into a song of the same name and has her calling him "Doodle." Angry, Cranky yells at Pinkie, "Nopony calls me Doodle!" Pinkie offers Cranky her friendship, which he refuses, telling Pinkie that he has made enough friends in his life and that he came to Ponyville to settle down and live in peace.

Pinkie tries again, this time using her "Welcome Wagon" to sing a song. However, this backfires when the wagon's burst of confetti blows off Cranky's wig, which Pinkie then steps on believing it to be a spider. Pinkie tries to help by loudly announcing to the crowd that Cranky needs a new wig and points out his baldness. Infuriated and embarrassed, Cranky tries to leave, but Pinkie forces him to go to the local spa in an effort to make it up to him. Afterward, Pinkie presents Cranky with a new, blonde wig. Cranky thanks Pinkie, but he still does not smile.

Later, when Pinkie intrudes on Cranky unpacking at his new, secluded residence, he reveals that he has traveled far and wide across Equestria to various places such as Fillydelphia and Manehattan to search for a special friend of his. While looking through Cranky's belongings, Pinkie accidentally destroys a scrapbook that contains the only physical reminders he has of his special friend. Cranky throws Pinkie out of his house, declaring that he will "never, ever, ever, ever, ever" be her friend.

Determined to apologize, Pinkie returns to Cranky's later. Upon seeing her, Cranky vainly runs and tries to hide from Pinkie. Cranky angrily dismisses Pinkie's apology, telling her that she destroyed the only thing he had to remember his special friend by.

Cranky Smiling S2E18

Cranky finally smiles.

Pinkie returns once more with Matilda, whose voice Cranky immediately recognizes. Shocked, he asks how Pinkie could know she is his special friend. Pinkie reveals that she remembered that Matilda has some of the same items in her scrapbook that he had in his. After briefly reminiscing about the night they met at the Grand Galloping Gala and how Matilda left a note for Cranky telling him she was moving to Ponyville (which Cranky never found), Matilda kisses Cranky, causing him to finally smile. Grateful for what she did, Cranky finally accepts Pinkie's offer of friendship but asks that he and Matilda be left alone together for the moment.

He appears briefly in Dragon Quest, ferrying Spike across a river on a raft.

Season three

In Magical Mystery Cure, one of Pinkie's flashbacks shows her felt imagination of Cranky.

Season four

Cranky appears in the background alongside Matilda during the Turkey Call contest in Filli Vanilli, and he is also part of Twilight Sparkle's welcome celebration in Trade Ya!

Season five

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Cranky marrying Matilda.

In Slice of Life, Cranky gets married to Matilda. He complains to Derpy about the wedding invitations, and when he loses his toupee before the ceremony, Steven Magnet gives him a replacement made from his mustache.

Season six

Cranky appears in No Second Prances as one of Twilight Sparkle's dinner guests posing as one of Starlight Glimmer's friends. He casually asks about the fluidity of Princess Celestia's mane. In A Hearth's Warming Tail, he briefly appears during Hearth's Warming Eve Is Here Once Again. In Flutter Brutter, Pinkie Pie has a picture of Cranky in her wallet.

In 28 Pranks Later, Rainbow Dash pranks Cranky by replacing his toupee with a skunk. He also buys Filly Guide cookies from the Cutie Mark Crusaders and pretends to be a zombie as part of a revenge prank against Rainbow Dash.

Season eight

In Grannies Gone Wild, Cranky appears in the background at the Las Pegasus buffet being yelled at by S06E12 Unnamed Unicorn Stallion #7. In The Break Up Break Down, Cranky makes a cameo appearance on a Hearts and Hooves Day date with Matilda. In A Matter of Principals, Discord temporarily hires Cranky to be a substitute teacher at the School of Friendship. In Yakity-Sax, he makes another cameo at Pinkie Pie's Appreciation Day party. In A Rockhoof and a Hard Place, he is briefly shown looking mortified after Rockhoof (in his temporary position as a mailpony) loudly talks about how the donkey has a rash in a "very embarrassing place".

Best Gift Ever

In the special My Little Pony Best Gift Ever, Cranky briefly appears among the crowds during the song One More Day, alongside Matilda.

Season nine

In A Trivial Pursuit, Cranky appears as a contestant in the Trivia Trot paired up with Sunburst. He unfortunately falls asleep during the competition, which gets him and Sunburst disqualified after Twilight tattles on him.

In The Last Problem, Cranky is briefly featured in the Ponyville newspaper, and he attends Twilight Sparkle's coronation ceremony. He also briefly appears in Pinkie Pie's group shot during The Magic of Friendship Grows.

Clip show

A small part of Cranky running away from Pinkie before popping out in a beaver costume in A Friend in Deed reappears in Cakes for the Memories. Rainbow Dash's skunk prank on Cranky from 28 Pranks Later reappears in Deep Tissue Memories.


YAt least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot
SAt least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot, without spoken dialogue or narration
BBackground appearance or an appearance where the character is not the focus
FAt least one appearance where the character is only in a flashback or fantasy-setting
PNo physical appearance, but appears in a photo, drawing, or figure
MNo appearance, but a mention by name or title
NNo appearance and no mention by name or title

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Beginning with The Maud Couple, Cranky was added to the opening intro in the establishing shot of the School of Friendship.

Other depictions

Friendship is Magic shorts

In Sundae, Sundae, Sundae, Cranky Doodle Donkey appears in the crowd of ponies awaiting the opening of the Sugarcube Corner Ice Cream Museum, responding to Pinkie asking him his favorite flavor with "vanilla". After all of the ice cream on display melts into soup, Cranky says he hates eating cold things.

IDW comics

Cranky Doodle Donkey appears on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #1 page 3/Dynamic Forces exclusive cover RE wearing a wig of the same design as his old wig, Issue #7 page 2, Issue #9 page 18, Issue #30 pages 6, 15, and 21, in Issue #31 on the regular cover and pages 6, 15, 16, 18, and 19, and on Issue #41 pages 12 and 17. He also appears on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #63 cover A. In My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries Issue #2, he appears on the Ponyville bowling team. In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #75, he is mentioned on page 16. In Issue #89, Cranky transports Applejack, Rockhoof, Zecora, and Tempest Shadow to the zebra country of Farasi on a ship he captains.

Chapter books

Cranky Doodle Donkey is mentioned in chapter 11 of Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell, "Rallying the Hoofs", in chapter 3 of Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party!, "The Road Less Sparkled", and in chapter 6 of Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare, "Heating Up". He appears in multiple chapters of Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo.

Baby Flurry Heart's Heartfelt Scrapbook

Cranky Doodle Donkey appears in Foal Sitting 101, Hearth's Warming Eve, and The Magic of Friendship.

Rarity's Peek Behind the Boutique

Cranky Doodle Donkey appears in "Fashion Do's and Don'ts".


My Little Pony (mobile game)

Cranky Doodle is a character in Gameloft's mobile game. His in-game description states, "You're trying to get this ol' donkey to smile? Unless you're Matilda, you'll wait for a while."


In the Enterplay collectible card game's expansion sets, The Crystal Games card #23 R of Cranky Doodle Donkey has the description, "Nopony calls him Doodle[,]" The Crystal Games card #67 U of Matilda attributes to Cranky Doodle Donkey the quote, "If there's anypony out there who can find the silver lining in the darkest cloud, it's my Matilda[,]" Absolute Discord card #63 U of Steven Magnet has the description, "This sea serpent made best friends with Cranky Doodle Donkey. If he can pull that off, then he can make friends with ANYPONY[,]" Absolute Discord card #64 R of Aloe shows Cranky Doodle Donkey, Equestrian Odysseys card #27 U of Cranky & Matilda has the description, "Pinkie Pie was a great wedding planner, but she didn't plan for a bugbear to rampage through town on the big day! Matilda and Cranky kicked it up a notch, and made their dream of a perfect wedding come to life[,]" and Marks in Time card #67 U of Limestone Pie has the description, "At least she outranks Lieutenant Cranky."

The Elements of Harmony guidebook

CRANKY DOODLE DONKEY may be a crotchety old grouch who's reluctant to loosen up, but all that changed when the sweet-natured MATILDA came around. Matilda met the cranky mule at the Grand Galloping Gala, where he began courting her as his "special friend." Matilda is the only one who's allowed to call him by the nickname "Doodle."

Volume II guidebook

CRANKY DOODLE DONKEY has had it! Catch him on a bad day and get an earful of gripes. Don't mention his toupee, either—he's a little sensitive about his hair. It's a good thing his wife, MATILDA, is around to even out his temper. She's a Donkey damsel with a heart of gold, who always tries her best to lift her sweetheart's spirits.


True to his name, Cranky is initially easily annoyed and upset. When first introduced, he speaks sarcastically and uses quips. Only once reunited with his "special friend" does Cranky smile and show kindness and joy.


"Kid, you're smarter than you look."
— To Pinkie Pie in A Friend in Deed
"Ever since that day, I've gone from town to town to town, searching all over Equestria for you... until finally I gave up. I came to Ponyville to retire from my search."
— To Matilda in A Friend in Deed
"You told me you could do it for half what the others charged, and then you sent the invitations to everypony in town with the wrong date!"
— To Derpy in Slice of Life
"I need my ring today, no matter the cost! ...As long as it doesn't cost any extra."
— To "Karat" in Slice of Life
"How do you get your hair to do that all the time?"
— To Princess Celestia, No Second Prances
"Where's my iced tea?! [sips, gulps, spits] This is too cold! [sips, gulps, spits] Now it's too hot! [sips, gulps, spits] Now it's too tea-flavored! You call yourselves friends?!"
A Matter of Principals
Sundae, Sundae, Sundae
"Where am I? What time is it? Where are my morning haycakes?!"
A Trivial Pursuit


Cranky admiring himself S2E18

Cranky Doodle Donkey image gallery

See also


  1. Andrea Libman commenting on Richard Newman's acting (2012-02-19). Retrieved on 2012 February 19.
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