My Little Pony Friendship is Magic hosts an array of creatures that have a counterpart in both mythology and fantasy, some of which are far more removed from their realistic counterpart than usual animals.A few creatures, like dragons and Diamond Dogs, have speaking roles and display sapience when interacting with the protagonists. Others behave more like animals and neither speak nor display sapience. While most beings are from real-life known myths and legends, others are completely original and made up for the show, such as breezies.
Ahuizotl in Daring Don't
|Eyes||¤ Black with pale, light grayish olive sclera|
|Hair||¤ Very dark sapphire blue with dark grayish phthalo blue highlights|
|Fur||¤ Dark grayish persian blue with brilliant cerulean underbelly and hands|
|Voice||Brian Drummond (English)|
Zoltan Barabas Kiss (Hungarian)
Shōzō Iizuka (Japanese)
Miłogost Reczek (Polish)
Salvador Reyes (Latin American Spanish)
- Main article: Ahuizotl
Ahuizotl is a dog-like creature from the book Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone in the episode Read It and Weep and in the episode Daring Don't. He is Daring Do's main antagonist in her quest to retrieve the sapphire stone. He has an elongated dog-like head, with eyes positioned over his nose at the end of his snout. He walks on all fours, with dog-like hind limbs and ape-like forelimbs, and a long monkey-like tail with a hand on its end. Ahuizotl has a tuxedo-style coat, having dark blue fur over most of his body, while his stomach, jaws and hands are of a lighter blue. Ahuizotl wears golden colored jewelry, such as a necklace, a single ear ring, and three bracelets, one for each foreleg, and one around his tail's wrist. He is voiced by Brian Drummond in both episodes.In Aztec mythology, the Ahuizotl bears an appearance similar to that of a canine. It has waterproof fur often clumping up to create spikes and an additional hand on its tail.
Bite-acudas in Non-Compete Clause
Breezies in It Ain't Easy Being Breezies
- Main article: Breezies
Breezies are first introduced in It Ain't Easy Being Breezies, a group of which Fluttershy and her friends assist in migrating home. First mentioned in Three's A Crowd, Fluttershy describes them as "the rarest, tiniest, most adorable magical creatures in all of Equestria." A notable member of the Breezies is named Seabreeze.Breezies share their name with a G3 race of fairy-like ponies.
Bufogren in The End in Friend
|Voice||Jason Simpson (English)|
A Bufogren appears in the season eight episode The End in Friend. It is a large, sapient, frog-like creature with six eyes. It also has a low speaking voice, very sensitive ears, and rancid-smelling breath. Rainbow Dash and Rarity encounter the Bufogren while searching for the missing Amulet of Aurora, and Rarity makes a minty paste out of mint leaves and a tuft of cloud to freshen its breath.
In The Last Crusade, Scootaloo's parents keep a bufogren in a cage.The name "Bufogren", which is derived from Bufo and grenouille, first appeared in non-MLP fiction,[specify] but described beings which were similar only in terms of being froglike.
Bugbear in Slice of Life
|Coat||¤ Light and dark mulberryish gray|
|Stripes||¤ Mulberryish black and light amber|
A bugbear appears in the season five episode Slice of Life. It is a large creature with the upper body, arms, and legs of a panda bear and the antennae, wings, and stinger of a bumblebee.
The bugbear was captured and imprisoned in Tartarus some time ago by Sweetie Drops, a member of a secret anti-monster agency in Canterlot. After it escaped, the agency was disbanded, and Sweetie Drops went into hiding under the assumed name "Bon Bon". When the bugbear attacks Ponyville, the Mane Six spend the episode fighting it off, eventually defeating it off-screen.
Ocellus briefly morphs into a bugbear in School Daze - Part 2 and Student Counsel. In A Matter of Principals, Discord summons a bugbear to chase the students during P.E. class. In School Raze - Part 1, a bugbear appears imprisoned in Tartarus. In Part 2, Twilight uses the natural magic inside the bugbear so she and her friends can escape, temporarily separating the bugbear into a panda bear and a bumblebee. Ocellus takes on her bugbear form again in Student Counsel.
Bugbears are also mentioned in chapter 10 of Princess Luna and the Festival of the Winter Moon and chapter 12 of The Stormy Road to Canterlot. The bugbear is also a character in Gameloft's mobile game, and serves as an enemy boss during the School Raze-based event. During "The Mean 6" event, Mean Applejack mentions a bugbear.In English mythology, a bugbear is an imaginary creature designed to scare disobeying children, similar to the bogeyman. It is also a general term used to describe an ongoing annoyance.
Lord Tirek, a centaur in Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2
|Residence||"A distant land"|
- Main article: Lord Tirek
A centaur called Lord Tirek first appears in Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1. He possesses a humanoid upper body with reddish skin, grey hair, a black coat covering his torso, black eyes with yellow pupils, and a lower body and horns resembling that of a black bull.
In My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic Issue #2, other centaurs appear, most notably Sendak the Elder and Tirek's father King Vorak. Both have a similar skin, hair, and eye color to Tirek, but the former has goat horns while the latter has deer antlers.In Greek mythology, a centaur is a creature that has the upper body of a humanoid conjoined to the body of a horse.
Cerberus in It's About Time
|Occupation||Guardian of Tartarus|
|Eyes||¤ Light gold with moderate amaranth pupils|
|Coat||Sapphire bluish black|
|Muzzles||Dark indigoish gray|
- Main article: Cerberus
Cerberus is a giant three-headed dog that first appears in It's About Time. According to Twilight, Cerberus is responsible for guarding the gates of Tartarus and that, with Cerberus away from Tartarus, the "ancient evil creatures" imprisoned there could escape and destroy Equestria.In Greek and Roman mythology, Cerberus, or Kerberos, was a multi-headed dog-like beast with a serpent's tail that was responsible for guarding the gates of Hades and keeping the dead from leaving. Heracles was sent to capture Cerberus as one of his twelve labors.
Metamorphosed changelings in To Change a Changeling
School of Friendship, Ponyville (Ocellus only)
Moderate arctic blue (original form)
|Mane||Dark arctic bluish gray (neck fin, original form)|
|Coat||Sea greenish black (original form)|
|Magic aura||Brilliant green|
- Main article: Changelings
- See also: Queen Chrysalis
- See also: Thorax
- See also: Pharynx
- See also: Ocellus
Changelings first appear in A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2 and are the minions of Queen Chrysalis. They have a pony-like appearance along with insect features. They change their appearance to match that of ponies; in particular, Queen Chrysalis shapeshifts into Princess Cadance and several changelings take the form of Twilight Sparkle and her friends. They have sheer insect-like wings, fangs, horns that are used for magic, and holes in their legs. After being convinced by Starlight Glimmer to share their love with one another instead of feeding on it in To Where and Back Again - Part 2, most of the changelings metamorphose into new forms, gaining brighter colors and luminescent wings and losing their leg holes and fangs.
The changeling queen explains that the changelings feed on love; Changelings in folklore would take advantage of the love given to them by their unwitting caretakers.
Chimera in Somepony to Watch Over Me
|Residence||Flame Geyser Swamp|
|Eyes|| Moderate harlequin with black sclera (tiger)|
Very dark purple with moderate apple green sclera (goat)
Black with moderate amaranth sclera (snake)
|Mane||¤ Very dark apple green and apple greenish black (goat)|
|Coat|| Brilliant gamboge with very dark gray stripes (tiger)|
Dark grayish amber and goldish gray (goat)
Moderate spring bud scales with pale, light grayish lime green underbelly (snake)
|Voice||Ellen Kennedy (all three heads, English)|
Simona Biasetti (Tiger head, Italian)
Jasmine Laurenti (Goat head, Italian)
Debora Magnaghi (Snake head, Italian)
Cassius Romero (Tiger head, Brazilian Portuguese)
Cecília Lemes (Goat head, Brazilian Portuguese)
Fernanda Bullara (Snake head, Brazilian Portuguese)
A female chimera appears in the episode Somepony to Watch Over Me. It is a fearsome creature with a saber-toothed tiger's front body and head, a goat's hindquarters and head on its left shoulder, and a snake for a tail. Apple Bloom encounters the monster in the Flame Geyser Swamp on her way to deliver apple pies to a faraway town for Applejack. The chimera attacks Apple Bloom with intent of eating her and the pies, but Applejack saves her and tames the monster with a snake-charming flute, a lion tamer's chair, and a hunk of ricotta cheese. The three heads address each other as sisters, and suggest a history of bickering with each other, claiming they can never agree on what to eat, and fighting over who should be in charge.
Chimerae are mentioned by Fluttershy in Yakity-Sax. In School Raze - Part 1, a chimera appears imprisoned in Tartarus. In Part 2, Twilight uses the natural magic inside the chimera so she and her friends can escape, temporarily separating the chimera into a tiger, a goat, and a snake. In The Last Crusade, Scootaloo mentions that her father Snap Shutter once got trapped in a chimera's cave for three moons. A chimera also appears in the chapter book Princess Luna and the Festival of the Winter Moon.In Greek mythology, the chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature with the body and head of a lion, a goat's head rising from its back, and the front part of a snake as a tail.
Cipactli in Stranger Than Fan Fiction
|Residence||Temple of Chicomoztoc|
|Eyes||¤ Moderate cyan and light brilliant turquoise|
|Coat||Dark grayish aquamarine with grayish spring bud underbelly and moderate turquoise spots|
|Horns||Dark grayish lime green|
|Spines||¤ Brilliant gamboge and light gold|
Cipactli is a giant crocodile/toad-like creature that appears in the season six episode Stranger Than Fan Fiction. When Rainbow Dash, Quibble Pants, and Dr. Caballeron enter the Temple of Chicomoztoc, Quibble Pants accidentally unleashes Cipactli by stepping on several pressure plates on the floor. Daring Do saves Rainbow and Quibble before Cipactli can harm them, and it spends the rest of the episode swimming in mud. Cipactli is last seen chasing after Caballeron and his henchponies.Cipactli is a legendary creature that is part crocodile, part fish, and part toad.
|Coat|| Assorted scales |
Light opalish gray head
A cockatrice is featured in the episode Stare Master. Fluttershy tells the Cutie Mark Crusaders that they are fearsome, dangerous creatures that have the "head of a chicken and the body of a snake." After venturing into the Everfree Forest, Fluttershy finds Twilight turned to stone and lying on the ground with a shocked expression on her face. The Cutie Mark Crusaders witness the cockatrice turn the missing chicken into stone and are terrified. They hide behind Fluttershy, who stares at the cockatrice and demands it to restore Twilight and her missing chicken back to normal, even as she herself slowly turns to stone. The cockatrice finally relents and Fluttershy's stone shell shatters. Twilight and the chicken both return to normal, showing that the cockatrice's stoning effect is reversible; subsequently Twilight retains no memory of the event.
In School Raze - Part 1, a cockatrice appears imprisoned in Tartarus. In Part 2, Twilight uses the natural magic inside the cockatrice so she and her friends can escape, temporarily separating the cockatrice into a chicken and a snake.
In Student Counsel, Silverstream does her pre-spring break research project on cockatrices with the help of one named Edith, and Starlight Glimmer, Trixie, Maud Pie, Mudbriar, and Terramar encounter a large flock of cockatrices during their annual migration. In The Last Crusade, Scootaloo's parents keep a cockatrice in a cage.
In a mini-comic included with Friendship is Magic Issue 4 titled "In the Interim..." a horde of giant mutant cockatrices tries to invade Canterlot during the passing of the Secretariat comet, but Spike and Princess Celestia are able to defeat them. A cockatrice appears on cover RI of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #4. The cockatrice Fluttershy encountered is mentioned in chapter 4 of Beyond Equestria: Fluttershy Balances the Scales.Cockatrices are mentioned in legend from antiquity to the Middle Ages and typically appear as two-legged, rooster-headed dragons.
Cragadile in Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2
|Eyes||Light brilliant gamboge|
|Coat|| Dark grayish apple green skin|
Tangeloish black rock scales
A cragadile is featured in the episode Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2. Its name is a portmanteau of "crocodile" and "crag."
When Twilight Sparkle attempts to cross a bubbly creek in the Everfree Forest, she inadvertently awakens a cragadile from its slumber, and in its rage, it attacks her and her friends. Using the black vines that had grown all over the forest, Twilight's friends muzzle and restrain the cragadile before it could hurt Twilight.
As the name suggests, the cragadile's design mostly resembles that of a crocodile, but its hide is covered in rocks.Cragadiles are also mentioned in The Journal of the Two Sisters and The End in Friend. In Frenemies, Queen Chrysalis briefly transforms into a cragadile. In The Last Crusade, Scootaloo's parents keep a cragadile named Marshmallow. A cragadile also appears in Good Night, Baby Flurry Heart during Shining Armor's bedtime story.
|Fur||Dark grayish cyan|
|Horns||¤ Very dark turquoise and moderate amber|
A cyclops named Arimaspi appears in flashback in The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone. He is a giant, one-eyed monster who resembles a dark gray goat with a humanoid upper body, similar to a minotaur, and he wears golden jewelry on his body. He is first mentioned in Grampa Gruff's tale of the griffons' downfall, in which Arimaspi stole the griffons' treasured golden Idol of Boreas, but was nearly struck by lightning and plummeted into the Abysmal Abyss with the idol, which was lost. Gilda later finds his skull near the idol on a ledge in the abyss while rescuing Rainbow Dash.
The official map of Equestria shows an area called "Arimaspi Territory" in the south-west of Equestria, far away from Griffonstone. At its top, there is a giant cyclops skull. An Arimaspi also appears on the season five character poster.Arimaspi is based on the cyclopes of Greek mythology, while his name is taken from a mythological race of people who warred with griffons over their gold. Because human characters couldn't appear in the show, Rebecca Dart stated in My Little Pony: The Art of Equestria that she made Arimaspi a half-mountain goat, half-mountain gorilla creature to ensure he "worked within the pony world". As revealed in The Art of My Little Pony The Movie, a scrapped prologue for the film involved an Arimaspi king.
From left to right: Sunset Shimmer, Snails and Snips as demons in My Little Pony Equestria Girls
After transforming, all three humans gain flame-like hair, tattered bat-like wings capable of flight, four clawed fingers, pointed ears, sharp teeth with elongated fangs, and forked tongues. Their clothing also changes, with Sunset wearing a flame-patterned frock and boots, while Snips and Snails wear similarly patterned tunics and leggings. However, Sunset's demon form appears more monstrous: she increases in size, her voice deepens, her skin turns a reddish color, her ears are more jagged, the sclera of her eyes become black, her nose shortens, her mouth is more stretched out, and she gains a flame-like tail and hair. Snips and Snails retain their normal skin color and size, and have red eyes and no tails.
The three are returned to their normal human forms by the element of magic's power wielded by Twilight Sparkle and her friends. In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Sunset Shimmer describes her transformed self as "a raging she-demon." In the same film, Twilight refers to this form as "that horrifyingly awful winged monster." Sunset also refers to her corrupted form as "a powerful demon" in a recap of the first two Equestria Girls movies that aired before the initial showing of Friendship Games on Discovery Family Channel.
In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree, Pinkie recounts having fought "two demon friends", referencing Sunset's transformation in the first film and Twilight's transformation into Midnight Sparkle in Friendship Games.In various real-life cultures and references to the Holy Bible, demons are evil creatures that are often controlled by more powerful, malevolent beings, or have the power to control other beings themselves. They are commonly depicted in Western cultures as having red skin, wings, and horns.
Diamond Dogs leaders. From left to right: Spot, Rover, and Fido.
|Residence||Cave Systems, including in the Appaloosan Mountains|
|Eyes|| Green sclera (Rover)|
Yellow sclera (Fido)
Light yellow sclera (Spot)
|Coat|| Grey (Rover)|
Blueish grey (Fido)
Light brown (Spot)
- Main article: Diamond Dogs
Diamond Dogs are dog-like creatures who appear in A Dog and Pony Show, where they kidnap Rarity and force her to find gems with her horn for them in their underground mine. They get annoyed very often by Rarity when she complains and whines to trick them into letting her free. Their manner of speaking is reminiscent of Smeagol from The Lord of the Rings.The map of the south of Equestria from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #2 bears the mention "Appaloosan[sic] Mountains (beware the poachers, they call them the Diamond Dogs)" near the top.
|Eyes||¤ Brilliant crimson with Light brilliant yellow|
|Mane||Very dark gray|
|Coat||Amber yellowish gray head Dark reddish brown body and Moderate red tail|
- Main article: Discord
A statue of a draconequus ( //
druh-KON-uh-kwuhs) is described by Cheerilee in The Return of Harmony Part 1 as a creature with "the head of a pony and a body of all sorts of other things." The statue happens to be Discord, whom Princess Celestia describes as "the mischievous spirit of disharmony." The word "draconequus" was coined by Lauren Faust, and it is composed of the Greek word drakon, meaning dragon, and the Latin equus, meaning horse. It is spelled draconequus by Hasbro's My Little Pony Twitter account, in the trading cards, and by Faust, dragonokis on The Hub's website, draconequis in the television closed captions, and draconaquis in Netflix's closed captions.
Dragons in Dragon Quest
Dragon Town, Fillydelphia
Ponyville (Spike and Smolder only)
- Main article: Dragons
- See also: Spike
- See also: Garble
- See also: Torch
- See also: Ember
- See also: Smolder
- See also: Sludge
Dragons are a species of giant fire-breathing reptilian monsters based on European lore, predominantly out of Scandinavian mythology. Various dragons appear as antagonists. Spike is a baby dragon and one of the main characters.In real life, dragons are legendary reptile-like creatures that are featured in the myths of various cultures around the world.
Flash bees in A Health of Information
|Eyes||Dark blue violetish gray|
|Coat||¤ Brilliant yellow with brilliant cobalt blue stripes|
Flash bees appear in the episode A Health of Information. They are a species of bee-like insects that are native to the Hayseed Swamp. Like real bees, they consist of a queen and drones, travel in swarms, pollinate flowers, and produce honey. Unlike real bees, however, they have blue and yellow stripes instead of the common black and yellow, and their stingers are shaped like lightning bolts. Flash bees are immune to the poisonous flowers that spread Swamp Fever, and as a result, their honey contains a cure for the disease. They are also immune to Fluttershy's Stare.Flash bees appear again in A Horse Shoe-In.[specify]
A Fly-der in Campfire Tales
|Residence||Trees in Ponyville (fruit bats)|
Sanctuary at Sweet Apple Acres (vampire fruit bats)
Fruit bats appear in the episode Apple Family Reunion and are mentioned in the episode Bats! Unlike real-life fruit bats, these bats come in the colors of the rainbow and resemble fruit, the midsections of red fruit bats in particular resembling strawberries; they also appear to have leaves for ears. A colony of fruit bats inhabit the trees of one of Sweet Apple Acres' west orchards. Several fruit bats also appear in Dr. Fauna's clinic in Fluttershy Leans In.
A red fruit bat appears on My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #4 cover A and on cover RI of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #4. In the chapter book Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell, Fluttershy has a new fruit bat called Toby.
Vampire fruit bat
- See also: #Vampire
Relatives of fruit bats called vampire fruit bats infest Sweet Apple Acres in the episode Bats!. Unlike their more colorful counterparts, vampire fruit bats are dark in color, and have red eyes and long fangs. They are considered vermin by the Apple family for their tendency to suck apples of their juice during harvest season. However, their habit of spitting out the apples' seeds has the long-term benefit of growing healthier, more productive apple trees. When Fluttershy's friends' plan to tame the bats backfires, Applejack ultimately agrees to build a sanctuary for the bats to live and feed without ruining her orchards.They are mentioned by Fluttershy in the chapter book Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo.
Book depiction of Scorpan
|Eyes||Dark grayish tangelo|
|Fur|| Dark grayish tangelo hair and|
moderate orange body
|Skin||Light brownish gray|
- Main article: Scorpan
A gargoyle named Scorpan appears in a book depiction in Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1. In a legend recounted by Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, he and his brother Tirek come from "a distant land" with the intent of stealing Equestrian magic. However, Scorpan comes to appreciate the ponies' ways and befriends a young Star Swirl the Bearded. When Tirek remains resolute in their plan despite Scorpan's urges to reconsider, Scorpan alerts the princesses of his brother's intentions, resulting in Tirek's imprisonment in Tartarus. Afterward, Scorpan returns to his homeland.
In Secrets and Pies, stone gargoyles surround a rather decrepit version of Ponyville town hall in Pinkie Pie's fantasy sequence.gargoyle is a hideous creature with a dragon-like body, bat-like wings, a long neck, and the ability to breathe fire.
The Great Seedling is discussed and briefly featured in the season nine episode Going to Seed. Deer-like in appearance with tree branches for antlers, it is described by Goldie Delicious as a magical Earth spirit that travels from farm to farm daring ponies to catch him. Those that do catch him are rewarded with farm crops that remain in bloom forever.Apple Bloom and later Applejack spend the episode trying to catch the Great Seedling during the Confluence. According to Applejack, the Great Seedling is a fictional creature that grown ponies made up in order to make harvest time fun for little foals.
Griffons in Rainbow Falls
Ponyville (Gallus and [specify] only)
- Main article: Griffons
- See also: Gilda
- See also: Gustave le Grand
- See also: Giselle
- See also: Grampa Gruff
- See also: Greta
- See also: Gabby
- See also: Gallus
Griffons are creatures that have the body of a lion, and the front claws, head, and wings of an eagle. The first griffon featured in the show is Gilda, Rainbow Dash's friend, who first appears in Griffon the Brush Off. A male chef griffon named Gustave le Grand first appears in MMMystery on the Friendship Express. Other griffon mentions and appearances include Read It and Weep, The Crystal Empire - Part 1, Games Ponies Play, Rainbow Falls, Equestria Games, The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone, The Fault in Our Cutie Marks, and various merchandise.The griffin is a mythical eagle-lion hybrid dating all the way back to ancient Persian and Greek folklore.
Hippogriffs in Surf and/or Turf
|Residence||Hippogriffia, Land of the Hippogriffs|
School of Friendship, Ponyville (Silverstream only)
- See also: Queen Novo
- See also: Princess Skystar
- See also: Silverstream
- See also: Terramar
- See also: List of non-pony characters/Hippogriffs
Hippogriffs are creatures that have the head, claws, and wings of an eagle and the hind legs and tail of a pony. They are featured prominently in My Little Pony The Movie and its supplemental materials. Queen Novo of the seaponies and her subjects used to be Hippogriffs that lived in the city of Hippogriffia on the top of Mount Aris. When the Storm King and his forces invaded their land, Queen Novo used her magic to transform herself and her subjects into seaponies, and they fled to the ocean.
In the film, Novo's daughter Princess Skystar takes her original Hippogriff form in order to travel on land with Twilight Sparkle and her friends. Novo's niece Silverstream is introduced in School Daze - Part 1, and her sister Ocean Flow, brother-in-law Sky Beak, and nephew Terramar are introduced in Surf and/or Turf. It is also revealed in that episode that some of the seaponies have decided to remain as seaponies and live in Seaquestria, while others have decided to return to their Hippogriff forms and repopulate Mount Aris.
A couple of baby Hippogriffs play with the end credits of the movie. Several Hippogriffs also appear in the background in My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries Issue #5.In mythology, hippogriffs have appeared in Greek myths and Latin poetic works as creatures with the front half of an eagle and the hind half of a horse.
The hydra in Feeling Pinkie Keen
|Residence||Froggy Bottom Bogg|
A hydra residing in Froggy Bottom Bogg chases the main characters in Feeling Pinkie Keen. The hydra has four heads on snake-like necks and a large, orange, dragon-like body, with only two legs and no wings or arms. The ponies note a smelly gas that envelops it as it rises from the bog, and a tick-like insect can be seen on its neck during this scene. Before chasing the ponies, it roars and licks its lips. The heads sometimes display different expressions and even laugh at each other's misfortunes. One head is noticeably slower to react than the others.
The hydra also appears on the Comic Con 2011 promotional poster. In the Ruckus Reader interactive storybook Things That Go Bump in the Night, it appears in Rainbow Dash's imagination. In The Hub's 8 bit promo and 8-bit network ID, it appears in Level 3 of Adventure Ponies! The Video Game. It also appears in episode 2 of Fundamentals of Magic, "Magical Creatures".
In a flashback in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #17, Princess Celestia suggests to Star Swirl the Bearded that he protect his magical secrets with a hydra. A skeleton of a hydra appears in present day in the same issue. In another flashback in Issue #18, Celestia lies about a hydra in the Everfree Forest, and Star Swirl notes that their scales are useful potion ingredients. In The Root of the Problem, a hydra appears in the Everfree Forest. In My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #3, Spike mentions hydras on page 8. In Friends Forever Issue #4, the cover of Twilight's monster-pedia features a hydra design. In My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Issue #1, an illustration of a hydra is featured on page 3. A hydra is also mentioned in chapter 1 of The Stormy Road to Canterlot.The hydra is a monster from Greek mythology, a giant multiheaded serpent which grew new heads whenever one of them was chopped off.
Vampiric jackalopes, in Friendship is Magic Issue #3
|Residence||Burrows around Fluttershy's Cottage (jackalope)|
Plains between Equestria and the Changeling Kingdom (vampiric jackalope)
A jackalope appears in the episode Filli Vanilli during Music in the Treetops, and is fed by Fluttershy along with a rabbit in the same rabbit hole. As opposed to its vampiric counterparts, this kind is depicted as being passive.
The cream-colored jackalope cared for by Fluttershy lives alongside a normal-looking rabbit.
On the first page of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #1, Scootaloo faces a jackalope. In a bonus two-page spread in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #28, Well-to-Do meets a jackalope inside the belly of a hydra. Jackalopes are also mentioned in chapter 12 of The Stormy Road to Canterlot.
Vampiric jackalopeVampiric jackalopes are hostile towards Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #3. Unlike the regular jackalope, vampiric jackalopes have brighter colored coats such as pink, blue and yellow as well as sharper teeth, black antlers and eyes that turn red when aggressive. They are carnivorous and are the natural enemies of the Chupacabra.
The enraged Manny Roar attacking the Mane Six
A manticore named Manny Roar poses an obstacle to the main characters in Friendship is Magic, part 2 after Nightmare Moon deliberately enrages him. Manny Roar has the body of a lion, a scorpion's tail, and a pair of dragon-like wings. Similar to Aesop's fable of The Lion and The Mouse, as well as the fable of Androcles and the Lion. Fluttershy calms him when she shows him kindness by removing a painful thorn from his paw. In Magical Mystery Cure, Manny Roar's paw appears in one of Fluttershy's flashbacks. In No Second Prances, Trixie incorporates a different manticore with horns and smaller ears into her magic act. In a flashback in Celestial Advice, Princess Celestia gets worried that Twilight might meet a manticore if she sends her to Ponyville. In School Raze - Part 1, a manticore appears imprisoned in Tartarus. In Part 2, Twilight uses the natural magic inside the manticore so she and her friends can escape, temporarily separating the manticore into a lion and a scorpion.
A Manny Roar miniature collectible is included in the Elements of Harmony Friends character collection set with Fluttershy, Nightmare Moon, Rarity and Steven Magnet, displayed at the 2013 New York Toy Fair. His name comes from the packaging of the toy set. A special edition Manny Roar mini-figure is included in the Elements of Friendship Sparkle Friends Collection. Manny Roar also appears on the Comic Con 2011 promotional poster, in Fluttershy's Ferocious Friend, and is mentioned in chapter 4 of Beyond Equestria: Fluttershy Balances the Scales.
A manticore appears among the denizens of the Everfree Forest in The Root of the Problem. In the mini-comic included with My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #10 called "Luna Gets a Pet," Princess Luna mentions fighting a manticore in a "rousing bout of hoofticuffs." Spike mentions manticores on My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #3 page 8. A drawing of a manticore appears on cover RI of Friends Forever Issue #4.
In The Journal of the Two Sisters, Celestia and Luna encounter a manticore named Melvin in the Everfree Forest in their youth. Luna is able to understand Melvin, who tells her that some ponies destroyed his home, so he attacked and trapped them. Luna and Celestia restore Melvin's home, and in return, he helps them build the Castle of the Two Sisters. Melvin and other manticores are also mentioned in Princess Celestia and the Summer of Royal Waves, and a family of manticores appears in Princess Luna and the Festival of the Winter Moon.In Persian mythology, the manticore is a creature with a red lion's body, a human-like face, a mouth with shark-like rows of sharp teeth, and a voice like a trumpet. Additional features such as a scorpion-like or spike-covered tail, bat-like wings, and the ability to launch poisonous spines at its enemies depend on the story. It is considered a man-eater, often leaving no remains, not even bones or clothing.
A maulwurf in To Change a Changeling
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A maulwurf is a large mole-like creature that appears in the episode To Change a Changeling. It is described by Starlight Glimmer as "half-bear, half-mole, half-raging-pile-of-claws". The maulwurf mostly resembles a giant star-nosed mole with blue fur, large forearms, and multiple light-blue appendages around its snout. It menaces the changelings and eats the plants that grow around their kingdom. It has an extremely thick hide, allowing it to shrug off magic blasts from a unicorn, and withstand having a large chunk of rock thrown at its head. In School Raze - Part 1, a maulwurf appears imprisoned in Tartarus.The word "maulwurf" is German for "mole".
Iron Will, a minotaur, in Putting Your Hoof Down
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- Main article: Iron Will
A minotaur called Iron Will first appears in Putting Your Hoof Down. He is a muscular, bipedal, therianthropic ox-like character who claims that he teaches "assertiveness techniques" to "pushovers." He works as a self-help instructor for ponies who show low self-esteem, often offering them advice via catchy phrases. Iron Will also appears in Once Upon a Zeppelin, A Matter of Principals, and the IDW comics; the latter also mention his wife and son in Friends Forever #10, while Iron Will's alternate universe counterpart is mentioned in Reflections. Another minotaur named Well-to-Do, along with his minotaur employees, appears in The Root of the Problem.In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a therianthropic (humanoid) monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man. The word Minotaur derives from the Greek words minos, meaning king, and tauros, meaning bull, giving it the literal translation as either "king bull" or the "kings' bull."
Ophiotaurus in Frenemies
An Ophiotaurus is a creature with the upper body of a bull and the lower body of a serpent that appears in Frenemies. In the forests near Mt. Everhoof, an Ophiotaurus is drawn to the sound of Cozy Glow and Lord Tirek's arguing and attacks them. They are saved when Queen Chrysalis transforms into a female Ophiotaurus, causes the other Ophiotaurus to become infatuated with her, and drains it of its love.
In Greek mythology, the Ophiotaurus is a half-bull half-serpent creature whose entrails were said to grant the power to defeat the gods to whomever burned them.
Orthros in Trade Ya!
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A dog with two heads called an orthros[note 1] appears in the episode Trade Ya! Rainbow Dash trades a Discord-shaped lamp to his owner for him and trades him to a collector of Daring Do books for a first-edition copy of Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Statue. As a condition of the trade, Fluttershy agrees to relocate to Manehattan for a time to help the Daring Do collector train the orthros. After the trade is called off, Rainbow Dash trades the orthros for a bird whistle, for Fluttershy. The orthros is shown to give obedience difficulties to both his original owner and prospective owner, but he is calm and obedient toward Fluttershy. One head is that of a Saint Bernard, the other head appears to be a generic mutt.
An orthros also appears in episode 8 of Baby Flurry Heart's Heartfelt Scrapbook, "Land of Harmony". A concept design for the orthros seen in The Art of Equestria shows it originally having a snake tail, similar to the chimera in Somepony to Watch Over Me.In Greek mythology, Orthrus – or Orthros – is a two-headed dog and a brother of Cerberus.
A blue parasprite in Swarm of the Century
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- Main article: Parasprites
Philomena, a phoenix, in A Bird in the Hoof
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Phoenixes appear in A Bird in the Hoof, Dragon Quest, and Molt Down. In A Bird in the Hoof, Princess Celestia's pet is revealed to be Philomena, a phoenix. Philomena appears to be very sick, losing her few remaining feathers, persistently coughing, and being unresponsive to Fluttershy's numerous treatments. After chasing an evasive Philomena through the streets of Ponyville, Fluttershy witnesses Philomena burst into flames, but Princess Celestia explains that phoenixes need to renew themselves by shedding all of their feathers and bursting into flames. The renewed Philomena is bright red with golden-lined wings, and complies with Rainbow Dash's whispered request to tickle the Royal guards. The two even "high-five" at the end. In Dragon Quest, two phoenix parents defend themselves and their hatchlings against a gang of teenage dragons. During this skirmish Spike is able to rescue one of the unhatched phoenix eggs from the teenage dragons, and briefly ends up caring for the newly hatched baby phoenix, naming him Peewee. A series of pictures panned over in Just for Sidekicks shows Spike returning the baby phoenix to the two adults. In Molt Down, Zecora tells Rarity, who is hard of hearing, that prolonged exposure to phoenix feathers can cause hearing loss to a pony.
The Phoenix is derived from Greek mythology, often associated with the sun. According to Greek lore phoenixes are aviary beings that have survived for prolonged life-spans, measuring up to thousands of years. They accomplish this feat by bursting into flame during old age and then arise from their ashes into an earlier, youthful, stage of their lives. Phoenix is also one of the 88 modern constellations, it is named and modeled after the same mythical bird. The mythical fire-bird appears frequently in popular media and has been referenced several times in pop culture.There are also several other mythological birds from different cultures that share similar properties with the phoenix.
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Pale, light grayish cerise (comics)
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Grayish cyan (comics)
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Moderate cyan (comics)
A Pigasus (plural Pigasi) is a pig-like creature with the body of a pig and the wings of a Pegasus pony. Their name is a portmanteau of "pig" and "Pegasus".
In The Return of Harmony Part 2, four Pigasi fly over Sweet Apple Acres after Discord turns Ponyville into "the chaos capital of the world." A Pigasus also appears in Pinkie Pride during Cheese Sandwich's song The Super Duper Party Pony. Pigasi also appear in To Where and Back Again - Part 2 and A Matter of Principals.
In My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #20, six Pigasi fly over Ponyville when Discord casts his magic on the town with his sleepwalking. In My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #23, Applejack and Fluttershy encounter a real Pigasus during their vacation in Splendor Woods, and they try to hide it from ponies who seek to disturb and remove it from its natural habitat. Unlike in the series, the Splendor Woods Pigasus has a blue coat and a wider wingspan. This Pigasus appears again on My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #33 page 15. On My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights Issue #3 page 2, Pigasus tears are among a number of magical objects offered as prizes in a roulette game in Princess Eris' casino.flying pig originates from the expression "when pigs fly", used to humorously describe an event or circumstance that will never happen. The very phrase is even used by Trixie in To Where and Back Again - Part 2.
Pukwudgies in School Daze - Part 2
Pukwudgies, or puckwudgies, appear in the season eight episode School Daze - Part 2. They are diminutive porcupine-like creatures with large mouths that can shoot the quills on their backs like projectiles. Sandbar accidentally lures a group of pukwudgies to his and his friends' hiding spot at the Castle of the Two Sisters.In real-life Native American folklore, pukwudgies are creatures said to be two or three feet tall. Depending on legend, they can appear and disappear at will, lure people to their deaths, use magic, launch poison arrows, and create fire.
Quarray eels in May the Best Pet Win!
Quarray eels, named and seen in May the Best Pet Win!, are large burgundy-colored eels that live in holes in the side of Ghastly Gorge. Their name is a play on "moray eels" and "quarry." When Rainbow Dash races through the gorge in this episode, she tells her prospective pets that the eels become agitated when anyone gets too close to their nests. The eels proceed to pop their heads out of their caves, trying to eat the contestants as they pass by.
After Rainbow Dash dodges all of the eels with relative ease, the other animals try to make it through: the bat is almost swallowed by one of the eels but manages to escape out of the creature's nostril. The eagle almost has its head bitten off by another eel. The owl props open a third eel's jaws with its wings, and the falcon gets its tail feathers bitten by a fourth eel but manages to escape the eel's grip.
Unlike real-world eels which live underwater in oceans, quarray eels live on land and can breathe air.In My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #4, Shining Armor mentions quarray eels in a flashback. Quarray eels are also mentioned in Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare.
A roc in Molt Down
Rocs appear in Molt Down, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #24, The Curse of the Statuettes, and The Bestiary of Equestria. They are very large, carnivorous birds of prey that are drawn to the smell of a dragon's molt. In Molt Down, a roc menaces Spike, Zecora, and Rarity in the Everfree Forest before Twilight Sparkle and Spike eventually drive it off.
In Frenemies, Queen Chrysalis briefly transforms into a roc.
The Curse of the Statuettes features a baby roc and his mother the Wind Guardian.[specify] The Bestiary of Equestria states, "Born of earth and a master of the air, the Roc is a gigantic bird with slates instead of feathers! Although scary, and indeed you shouldn’t cross one without good reason, Rocs are very calm creatures and understand pony language quite well, though they cannot speak it. One thing that a Roc hates is being ridden – if it decides to carry anypony, it will do so in its great talons if it does so at all."In Middle Eastern mythology, the Roc is an enormous legendary bird of prey popularly featured in Arabian fairy tales and sailing folklore, including the tales of Abd al-Rahman and Sinbad the Sailor.
Steven Magnet, a sea serpent, in Slice of Life
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|Scales||¤ Grayish mulberry scales with grayish sapphire blue belly.|
|Voice||Lee Tockar (English)|
Gerald Schaale (German)
Riccardo Peroni (Italian)
Hiroshi Iwasaki (Japanese)
Lee Ho-san (Korean)
Janusz Wituch (Polish)
Moisés Iván Mora (Latin American Spanish)
- Main article: Steven Magnet
The sea serpent featured in Friendship is Magic, part 2 and Slice of Life has a long serpentine body, reminiscent of an Asian dragon, with fish fins instead of ears, purple scales and orange hair, eyebrows, and mustache. His hair is arranged in a pompadour style. He was later named Steven Magnet in merchandise. He is one of the obstacles that the Mane Six face in their quest for the Elements of Harmony.Sea serpents are a common type of monster that originates from several mythological sources, most notably from Greek and Scandinavian lore, as well as from the Bible. The moustache also makes the serpent seen in the pilot reminiscent of the East-Asian mythological river dragons.
The Dazzlings' original siren forms in Shadow Play - Part 2
- Main article: The Dazzlings
Sirens are first seen in the film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks. Three sirens named Adagio Dazzle, Sonata Dusk, and Aria Blaze originally roamed Equestria spreading disharmony among ponies with their siren's songs. They fed off the ponies' negative energies to make their voices and magic more powerful with the intention of conquering Equestria. They were banished by Star Swirl the Bearded to the human world, where he surmised they would do no harm since there would be no magic in that world, unaware that later, Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle would bring Equestrian magic to that world.
During the film, the Dazzlings use their songs to control the students of Canterlot High School and advance to the final round in the Mane Event. They are eventually defeated by Twilight Sparkle, Sunset Shimmer, and the Rainbooms when their gem pendants are destroyed and they are stripped of their powers.
In Equestria, the sirens' appearance is more similar to that of a hippocampus, another mythical sea creature, rather than a traditional siren. In the human world, the Dazzlings' anthropomorphic forms possess translucent fins on their backs, like those on their true forms' front legs. Their siren forms are summoned as astral projections from their pendants and are used to battle, and ultimately weaken, the Rainbooms.
The Dazzlings appear again in their siren forms in Shadow Play - Part 2 during a flashback depicting their defeat and banishment by Star Swirl and the Pillars of Old Equestria. They also appear in Find the Magic and My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Sunset's Backstage Pass.
A slingtail in Gauntlet of Fire
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A Daring Do poster depicting a sphinx appears in the episodes Castle Sweet Castle and Stranger Than Fan Fiction.[specify] It is also featured on the Enterplay collectible card game Equestrian Odysseys #150 R card Daring Do Poster.[specify]
A different-looking sphinx appears in the episode Daring Done? in the legend of Somnambula. It is a giant, magical, four-legged creature with the head of a pony, the body of a lion, and the wings of an eagle. It has some level of magic, able to cast a spell that prevents Pegasus flight in her pyramid, and manifest a blindfold over Somnambula's eyes. In Somnambula's legend, the sphinx menaces a desert village and claims most of its crops for herself. When the son of the pharaoh stands up to the sphinx, she captures him and challenges the other villagers with a riddle for his release. Somnambula beats the sphinx's riddle challenge as well as her blindfolded bridge-walking challenge, and the sphinx flies off in a rage. She is a character called "Sphinx" in Gameloft's mobile game. The game's description of her states, "Hobbies include riddles, long walks inside her pyramid, and menacing Southern Equestria."In Egyptian and Greek mythology, the sphinx is a creature with the head of a human, the body of a lion, and sometimes the wings of a bird or snake as a tail.
Star spider in Castle Mane-ia
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Star spiders appear in the season four episode Castle Mane-ia. They mostly resemble regular spiders, but they also bear star-shaped symbols on their abdomens.A number of star spiders appear in the Castle of the Two Sisters, and Fluttershy mentions to Rarity that it is star spider season.
Storm Creatures are the foot soldiers of the Storm King in My Little Pony The Movie and associated material; they are occupationally referred to as Storm Guards in the film and some merchandise and as Storm Minions, Storm Minion Commanders, Storm Minion Boltcasters, and Storm Minion Spellshields in The Official Movie Sourcebook. They have bulky physiques, hunched backs, gray coats, white hair, and black mask-like faces. The Storm Guards serve as the Storm King's army, invading Canterlot alongside Tempest Shadow and Grubber and taking the ponies prisoner. Two of them serve as Tempest's bodyguards, distinguishable from the other Storm Creatures by the purple streaks in their hair.
They mostly speak in unintelligible growls and grunts, but in the My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel comic, some—including Ralph and Sam—have comprehensible speech. A Storm Guard appears on the A cover of My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights Issue #3, and others appear on page 1 of Issue #4. Gameloft's mobile game features several Storm Guards, including "Storm King's Guard", "Tempest's Guard", and an original character called "Storm Creature General". The Great Princess Caper, several Storm Creatures employ glider wings for aerial combat. They also appear in the chapter book The Stormy Road to Canterlot and are mentioned in Beyond Equestria: Fluttershy Balances the Scales. In What Lies Beneath they appear as illusions.In Enterplay's trading cards, the Storm Guards are identified as hedgehogs, like Grubber, but they differ from earlier-introduced hedgehogs in size and sapience.
The Tantabus in Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?
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The Tantabus is a dream creature that appears in Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep? It is an amorphous creature of blue starry smoke that infests and feeds on ponies' dreams, turning them into nightmares. According to Princess Luna, the Tantabus gets stronger with each additional pony's dreams it infects. With enough power, it could potentially escape into the real world.
Throughout the episode, Luna pursues the Tantabus across the Mane Six's dreams, and it turns each dream that it passes through into a nightmare. When Luna brings everyone in Ponyville into a single shared dream, the Tantabus grows to immense size. Luna reveals that she created the Tantabus to give herself nightmares as punishment for her actions as Nightmare Moon and that her crippling guilt gives the Tantabus power. With the Mane Six's help, Luna manages to let go of her tortured past, causing the Tantabus to lose its power. Luna draws the weakened Tantabus back inside herself.
The Tantabus is mentioned again in the chapter book Princess Luna and the Festival of the Winter Moon. It is also a character in Gameloft's mobile game, with the "Princess Panic" group quest story involving it returning and ensnaring all four adult princesses in a nightmare. Its in-game description states, "A monster born from Luna's pain and guilt, it stalks the dreams of ponies throughout the land -- self-reflection and forgiveness its only weaknesses." On My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights Issue #1 page 14 and Issue #3 page 3, an alternate universe version of the Tantabus appears at Princess Eris' casino.The name "Tantabus" is a corruption of "tantibus", a Latin word for "nightmare." The creature is based off baku, spirits in Japanese mythology that devour dreams and nightmares.
A Tatzlwurm in Three's A Crowd
Site A & Trial of Earth, Badlands
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A Tatzlwurm appears in Three's A Crowd. It is a subterranean worm-like creature with a tripartite jaw and a maw containing black tentacles that can reach out and grab its prey. It also has scales and a red mane-like structure behind its head. It appears to be vulnerable to offensive unicorn and Alicorn magic. The creature's sneeze transmits tatzl-flu to others, such as Discord.
A Tatzlwurm also appears in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #47 as the cause of earthquakes in Ponyville that collapse a new playground and several cottages. According to Fluttershy, Tatzlwurms "see" by feeling vibrations in the ground; they are attracted to small vibrations but frightened by large ones. A Tatzlwurm also appears in episode 2 of Fundamentals of Magic, "Magical Creatures".The Tatzlwurm is named after the Tatzelwurm of Alpine folklore, though this version of the creature more closely resembles a "Graboid" from the movie Tremors.
A group of timberwolves
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Dark grayish tangelo
Apple greenish black
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- Main article: Timberwolves
Timberwolves first appear in the episode Family Appreciation Day. Their name is a play on two real-life types of gray wolf, which are also known as timber wolves. Their bodies are comprised of twigs, logs, and leaves.
In Family Appreciation Day, Granny Smith says the timberwolves' howling is the first sign of the yearly zap apple harvest. They also appear in her story of how Equestria was founded. In Spike at Your Service, Applejack saves Spike from hungry timberwolves, and Spike later saves Applejack from a giant timberwolf.In an alternate timeline in The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2, timberwolves surround Equestria during Nightmare Moon's reign.
Tri-horned bunyip in P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View)
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A tri-horned bunyip appears in the episode P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View). In the episode, it lives in the deep ocean near Seaward Shoals, and Twilight deduces that it is what caused Applejack, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie's boat to sink when their cucumber sandwiches, its favorite food, fell into its ocean home. The bunyip apologizes to the ponies for disrupting their trip, and it later enjoys their company. It also appears in episode 2 of Fundamentals of Magic, "Magical Creatures".
The bunyip only speaks in a series of deep growls.The bunyip originates from Australian Aboriginal mythology, but its love for cucumbers may be based on the Japanese monster Kappa, which also loves cucumbers.
A swarm of twittermites
Twittermites are small, winged insect-like creatures that appear in Apple Bloom's dream in the episode Bloom & Gloom. They have round bluish-gray bodies, large purple eyes, short black claws, fibrous wings, and bright blue lightning bolt-shaped antennae and stingers. They shoot bolts of electricity at unsuspecting victims, and launch larger bolts when in a swarm. The Pest Control Pony explains to Apple Bloom that the farther apart they swarm, the more powerful their electric bolts become. When Apple Bloom has her pest control pony cutie mark, the twittermites corral together when she calls them.Twittermites also briefly appear in A Matter of Principals.
Ursa minor and ursa major appear in Boast Busters as gigantic magical bears with fur that looks like the night sky, and are partially translucent. At the start of the episode, Trixie boasts that she defeated an ursa major that was attacking Hoofington. Snips and Snails go into the Everfree Forest, intending to find an ursa major and lead it back to Ponyville, hoping to see Trixie defeat it. They find one and get chased by it into Ponyville. Trixie is forced to admit she did not vanquish an ursa and cannot defeat this one. Trixie also admits, "No one can vanquish an ursa major." The ursa turns out to be an ursa minor. Twilight uses her magic to lull the bear with a lullaby and soothes it with a gigantic container of cow milk. The sleeping ursa minor is peacefully returned to its mother, an ursa major. The ursa minor is shown again in Magic Duel in a flashback to the events of Boast Busters. The ursa major is the largest creature seen in My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.
An ursa minor can be seen in Tempest Shadow's flashback during Open Up Your Eyes in My Little Pony The Movie. In A Matter of Principals, Discord causes Trixie to pull an ursa major out of her hat during a magic act. In Frenemies, Queen Chrysalis briefly transforms into an ursa minor.
The Boast Busters story gallery on Hasbro's website uses alternate depictions of the ursa minor as being bright green, and both ursas are completely opaque. The ursa minor Tempest encountered in her youth also appears in the "Story of a Storm" storyline in Gameloft's mobile game.
The map of the south of Equestria from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #2 bears the mention of "Ursa Major caverns." The ursa major appears on the Hot Topic exclusive cover of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #5 and the ursa minor appears on cover RI of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #4 and on page 5 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #22. Star Swirl the Bearded refers to an ursa major in My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Issue #11. An ursa minor also appears in Tempest's Tale, where it menaces ponies living on the edge of the Crystal Empire.Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are constellations seen in the northern hemisphere; the ursas in the show have unusually long tails for bears, much like their constellation namesakes. Their mother-and-child relationship mirrors the Greek origin myth of the Ursa constellations, where Zeus turned the nymph Callisto and her son into bears and placed them in the night sky.
- See also: #Vampire fruit bat
- Vampire fruit bats, a type of Equestria's fruit bats, ruin Sweet Apple Acres' apples in the episode Bats! by sucking the juice out of them, leaving them rotten.
- Fluttershy turns into a vampire fruit bat-pony hybrid in the episode Bats! after Twilight Sparkle casts a spell on the bats while she uses her stare on them. She consequently takes on vampire fruit bat-like traits: fangs, ear and wing styles, paler color, red eyes, hunger for apple juice, animalistic instinct, and aggressiveness. Moreover, her mane and tail become much more rugged and unkempt and her cutie mark changes from butterflies to bats. She is eventually defeated and reverted to normal when the rest of her friends use her own stare against her. In this form, she was christened "Flutterbat," as coined by Rarity.
- Sweetie Belle dresses up as a vampire in the episode Luna Eclipsed; this episode also introduces a species of ponies with some bat-like characteristics.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #19, the alternate universe counterparts of Kibitz and Tiberius resemble vampires.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #33, Twilight uses Flutterbat as the template for a transformation spell, giving herself and her friends similar abilities with greater control. They also adopt new monikers to match their forms: Twilight Sparkling, Appeldrac, Drinkie Pie, Nosfurarity, and Rainbow Bite.
Windigos in Hearth's Warming Eve
- Main article: Windigos
Windigos are winter spirits that feed off of fighting and hatred and create blizzards and cold weather. According to Clover the Clever, "the more hate the spirit feels, the colder things become". Three windigos appear during the titular pageant in Hearth's Warming Eve, are mentioned in Hearthbreakers, appear in the story "A Hearth's Warming Tale" in A Hearth's Warming Tail, and are mentioned in the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special comic.In the mythology of the Algonquian people, the Wendigo, or Windigo, is a malevolent, anthropophagic supernatural spirit or deity being strongly associated with the winter, the North, coldness, as well as famine and starvation. It has been thought to be an ice-giant that eats people whole. The word windigo is also often used to describe or name people who have gone mad or are thought to be cannibals, such as in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine.
A winterchilla is a small rodent-like creature with fuzzy fur, large ears, thin fluff-tipped tails, whiskers, and six limbs. It is featured in the holiday special My Little Pony Best Gift Ever and the Best Gift Ever storybook A Present for Everypony. Its name is a portmanteau of "winter" and "chinchilla".
Rainbow Dash, assisted by Discord, tracks down a winterchilla to give to Fluttershy as a Hearth's Warming present. Discord describes winterchillas as "small, adorable, fuzzy, and fast". They succeed in catching one, but when the sun goes down, it transforms into a giant, monstrous version of itself called a winterzilla. When the winterzilla goes on a rampage, Fluttershy coerces it to calm down with her Stare. Its name is a portmanteau of "winter" and "-zilla".The winterzilla is a character in Gameloft's mobile game. Its in-game description states, "Formerly a fluffy, adorable little winterchilla... until the sun set, anyway."
- On the first page, a jackalope appears in Fluttershy's garden, confusing Scootaloo.
- A cave troll appears. When Twilight sees the troll, she says that he is much bigger than the Cave Dwellers' Reference Guide says, at the end of the issue is revealed that his name is Jim.
- Later in the same issue, the ponies are attacked by a giant tarantula and a group of giant spiders, which appear to have markings similar to cutie marks. They attack the Main six and seize Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy; but they are defeated when Pinkie Pie brings the cave troll to attack the giant tarantula, which she then calls Fluffy. One of the spiders shares its color scheme and cutie mark with Derpy.
- Pictures of ghosts appear on the map of Equestria.
- Queen Chrysalis and her changelings crash land (after the events of A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2) into a civilization of "very loving" small catlike creatures. They continue loving the changelings even after they drain them to feed.
- Carnivorous flowers (referred to as petunias, carnations, and pansies) attack Applejack and Rarity, after the latter attempts to pick them to accessorize. The ponies then use them as parachutes.
- A chupacabra attacks Twilight and Fluttershy, mistaking them for goats; a group of vampiric jackalopes later attacks Rainbow and Pinkie. After the groups run into each other, the Chupacabra and Jackalopes attack each other, as Fluttershy explains that they are "natural enemies."
- Princess Celestia mentions that due to the passing of the Secretariat comet, Manehattan was attacked by a "giant, magical marshmallow pony."
- Princess Luna describes that the peaceful inhabitants of the moon have been trapped under the spell of the Nightmare Forces, turning them into shadowy creatures, such as "Shadowfright". At the end of Issue #8, the moon creatures return to normal, losing their shadowy appearance and taking on forms resembling normal animals. Spike refers to them as "nightmares" in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #3; Nightmare is also a character in Gameloft's mobile game. Its bio states "A victim of the evil forces that once fed on Luna's darkest thoughts, transforming her into Nightmare Moon. The fact that this one isn't ON the moon right now is...not ideal." In My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic Issue #4, the inhabitants of the moon are referred to as nyx. They also appear in the WeLoveFine Dark Night art print and T-shirt.
- In Issue #7 Spike founds a group of Moon Slugs who help him to enter to Nightmare Rarity's castle without being noticed and return in Issue #8 helping Spike escape taking his form making Shadowfright believe that he's using the silent treatment.
- During Shining Armor and his friends' game, Poindexter plays an "elf-Pegasus" character.
- The game these friends are playing is called "Oubliettes and Ogres."
- Hippocampi are shown on an alternate version of cover B.
- A bookworm invades the Golden Oak Library with the intention of eating all the books. In the process, it traps Twilight, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity in a blank book void and brings literary characters to life via magical cocoons. In Issue #16, he changes his ways after realizing the damage his voracity has caused and helps the Mane 6 save Ponyville.
- In Issue #16, in Rainbow Dash's story, space fleas appear on an asteroid (actually the bookworm's cocoon).
- In the mini-comic included with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #18 "How Star Swirl Got His Hat...the other story," Star Swirl the Bearded mentions the beasts of the deep.
- Spike refers to the alternate universe of Princess Luna's shadow disguise as a ghost.
- A kelpie named Cassie uses her singing to control the minds of ponies and compel the citizens of Ponyville to destroy a dam near the town. To Angel's horror, Cassie aims to flood the area. However, she only wishes to do so for the benefit of the water sprites, who cannot reach the ocean unless a path of water is prepared near Ponyville. In Scottish mythology, a kelpie is an equine water spirit associated with drownings. Cassie has the head and mane of a pony, the body of a serpent, eel-like tail, and four gangling fins which are arrayed in a similar fashion to that of the spines on her back.
- Discord shows Fluttershy and the Cutie Mark Crusaders a number of creatures across time and space: jackals and sentient cats in the ancient civilization of Anugypt, cyborg and alien-like ponies in the future, kelpies in the underwater city of Coltlantis (which bear a closer resemblance to hippocampi than to Cassie in the previous issue), and dinosaurs and a butterdragon in prehistoric Equestrian times.
- The Mane Six encounter several creatures in the Everfree Forest, including an owlbear and a drop bear. A number of these creatures later join the deer and ponies in opposing Well-to-Do's employees.
- Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, Snips, and Snails search for a mythical bird called a Turul. Only Apple Bloom and Diamond Tiara encounter it.
- Twilight mentions a creature called a Taraxippus that captured Daring Do in Daring Do and the Lost Treasurer of Saddle Madre, Part 1.
- In For the Pony Who Has Everything, Discord claims that what appears to be the sun is actually "a giant balloon filled with angry lava monsters".
- Cosmos centers on a chaotic creature of the same name, and also features various monstrous creatures created or altered by her.
- Two cloud gremlins named Big Boy and Runt create perpetually bad weather over Ponyville and feed off the misery of the ponies living there. Rainbow Dash eventually defeats them with a Sonic Double Rainboom.
- Two older cloud gremlins appear in My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic Issue #2.
- Sweet Apple Acres is terrorized by a Sass Squash, a squash-shaped creature that steals apples and replaces them with squashes. The Apple family capture him, but it's revealed to be Granny Smith in disguise. In the end, Applejack discovers that the Sass Squash is real when she sees of photo of him and a young Granny Smith in a photo album.
- The Cutie Mark Crusaders encounter and befriend a greater Equestrian mimicker, naming her "Imp" (short for the mimicker's scientific name "Globulus improbulus"). In the end, the CMC return Imp to her cave where her mother hugs her. Like changelings, mimickers are shape-shifters, but while changelings can take on the form of other ponies, mimickers can turn into anything but ponies. According to a book Twilight reads from, "mimickers...are curious and playful creatures. They love to use their powers to play tricks and jokes. When they are young, mimickers try out many different forms. When they become adults, they settle on one form."
- One of Celestia's flashbacks shows an unspecified time in which Canterlot was attacked by an army of shadowy creatures, appearing to resemble the Nightmare Forces.
- By an accident with a spell many of the food of the student room came to life and attacks the students, they are defeated by Inkwell when she uses the same spell to bring life to a statue of bunny who eat the living food.
- Spike buys dehydrated sea beasts in the mail and helps them grow with growth potion, to the point at which Spike was no longer able to control them. He teaches them the ways of the world until they become smart enough to live on their own.
- Luna mentions finding an owlbear while on patrol in the Everfree Forest and in the mini-comic "Luna Gets a Pet."
- Princess Celestia and Spike are attacked and taken captive by three large rock lobsters, but they free them after hearing from Spike that "dragons eat rocks." The blue rock lobster is named Iggy, the yellow one Metty, and the red one Seddy.
- A crystal ghost haunts the Crystal Castle, scaring the staff and taking books from the library. The ghost Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor find is a bard and lover of books who was once captured by King Sombra. He is freed by the end of the story, becoming the new librarian of the Crystal Castle.
- Also mentioned in the issue are wood sprites and night sprites.
- Twilight Sparkle mentions that the monster-pedia has a section on ghosts.
- A fire snail accidentally causes a string of fires around Fillydelphia.
- Princess Luna and the Cutie Mark Crusaders encounter a mirrorca, a flying whale-like creature that can reflect all forms of magic with its mirror-like skin.
- A squirm-spore uses its dust spores to cause hostility between Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer and bring stone statues and suits of armor to life. According to Star Swirl the Bearded's book The Ferocious Flora of Everfree Forest, the squirm-spore once did the same thing to him and Melvin the manticore.
- Star Swirl the Bearded and Princess Celestia rescue Princess Luna from rock/tree golems when she opens a gateway to another dimension.
- Rockhoof encounters a pair of Cherufes, one-eyed lobster-like creatures made of rock and magma.
- The issue features filter fish, magical fish that keep the river water clean for Rockhoof's village, and lumber bears, grizzly bear-like creatures that are similar to timberwolves.
- The alternate, Pony of Shadows-ruled Equestria is home to shadowy creatures, golems, electricity-producing lightning bugs, lumber bears, and ogres.
- One of these ogres appears in a dream sequence in My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights Issue #1.
- The Spirit of the Forest observes the activities of ponies in its home of White Tail Woods, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders briefly pose as the creature to frighten Filthy Rich's employees.
- Pharaoh Phetlock and his minions are themed after mummies.
- The Mane-iac refers to the humans as "some form of wingless imp."
- Twilight mentions a book called Ghosts, Goblins and Ghoulish Figures in The Show Stoppers.
In Friends Forever Issue #4, Spike mentions tree goblins while reading a monster-pedia.
- In Bridle Gossip, Spike questions Twilight of the possibility that zombies made Ponyville look deserted.
In Luna Eclipsed, "Noi" says that she wanted to dress like a zombie the next year.
In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #16, zombie ponies appear in a fantasy book world created by Pinkie Pie.
In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Pinkie Pie describes Sunset Shimmer's personal army of brainwashed teenagers as zombies.
In 28 Pranks Later, Pinkie Pie and the rest of Ponyville pretend to be zombified in order to prank Rainbow Dash.
In My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Issue #6, contamination of Mareidian's food supply causes the inhabitants to behave like zombies.
- Daring Don't and Daring Do and the Marked Thief of Marapore mention the Ketztwctl Empress, a malevolent creature once defeated by Daring Do.
- Daring Do and the Eternal Flower features Dindiwigs, red insects with wings and pincers.
- In Pinkie Apple Pie, when the Apple family and Pinkie Pie pass through the "scariest cave in Equestria," the loud roaring of an unidentified beast can be heard. A snapshot on Pinkie's photo album reveals some of the cave's inhabitants, including a horned, frog-like amphibian and a flying, fish-like creature.
- In Trade Ya!, a stall owner at the Rainbow Falls Traders Exchange deals in ancient beasts, including a winged creature with several eyes, a creature with a long tongue and mouth, an angler fish-like creature with one eye, and the horned frog-like amphibian previously seen in Pinkie Apple Pie.
- In Make New Friends but Keep Discord, there are beasts around Discord's residence, including the creature with a long tongue and mouth previously seen in Trade Ya!, the angler fish-like creature with one eye previously seen in Trade Ya!, a brighter-colored version of the flying, fish-like creature previously seen in Pinkie Apple Pie, and another[specify] creature.
- In Party Pooped, Pinkie Pie attempts to get directions from an unidentified yeti/baboon thing that lives in a cave near Yakyakistan. It is referred to as simply a yeti in Dungeons & Discords, and it or a similar creature appears in School Raze - Part 2.
My Little Pony: The Movie: The Junior Novel describes the Storm Creatures as being "...yeti-like..." when they attack Canterlot.
- In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, Sci-Twi's amulet accidentally opens a portal to Equestria, causing a giant plant-like monster to attack the motocross track.
- In Gauntlet of Fire, sea serpents shoot out of the water during the titular competition. They have anglerfish-like protrusions on their heads and spew water from their mouths.
- In Father Knows Beast, Sludge claims to have been held prisoner by the Scale Collectors, shadowy hulking beasts with glowing red eyes.
- In Uprooted, Gallus makes the false claim that the Tree of Harmony was "grown from the tears of a basilisk".
- In The Last Crusade, Scootaloo mentions that her mother Mane Allgood once had to "wing-wrestle a wyvern".
- The storybook Under the Sparkling Sea introduces seaponies, such as Coral and Arrow, and mermares, such as Electra. Sea critters such as a manta hawk, jellyflies, crabbits, water weasels, fox-fins and star mice are also presented. King Leo, whom the book's dust jacket refers to as a sea lion (while looking more like a merlion), is featured.
Mermares and a manta hawk also appear in the IDW comics' My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #14 (the mermare in love with Hoofbeard is named Jewel).
In the chapter book Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity, Twilight Sparkle mentions a fashion book about seaponies.
- The storybook Good Night, Baby Flurry Heart features a giant pony, modeled after King Sombra.
- The chapter book Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare introduces colossa-gators. They are similar to normal alligators but are characterized as having iridescent, scaly green skin and red eyes, and being as large as ursa minors.
In the same book, Zecora mentions ghosts when talking about the Spirit Circle.
- Princess Celestia and the Summer of Royal Waves, The Festival of Lights, and The Bestiary of Equestria feature[specify] the Carcinus, a species of giant crab that are the size of small buildings. They are described as being "quite temperamental" but "also gentle and understanding."
- Princess Luna and the Festival of the Winter Moon features the Tarax Hippo, a ghost-like creature that takes residence in villages to scare ponies. The fear of others causes it to grow.
- Beyond Equestria: Fluttershy Balances the Scales features a purple pelican, messenger birds native to Mount Aris; Beezlebugs, aquatic seaweed-harvesting insects that live in Seaquestria; oogle worms, black leech-like worms that cling to other lifeforms; and glitterfish.
- In Tails of Equestria and The Bestiary of Equestria, Mohawk.[specify]
- In The Festival of Lights and The Bestiary of Equestria, Flumph.[specify]
- In The Festival of Lights and The Bestiary of Equestria, Deepwell Angel Fish.[specify]
- In The Festival of Lights and The Bestiary of Equestria, Lesser Ooze.[specify]
- In The Festival of Lights, Sporedust Butterfly.[specify]
- In The Festival of Lights and The Bestiary of Equestria, Agari.[specify]
- In The Festival of Lights and The Bestiary of Equestria, Greater Ooze.[specify]
- In The Festival of Lights, The Bestiary of Equestria, and The Official Movie Sourcebook, Mimic.[specify]
- In The Festival of Lights and The Bestiary of Equestria, Mistform(/Smoke Monster).[specify]
- In The Festival of Lights and The Bestiary of Equestria, Bookwyrm.[specify]
- In The Official Movie Sourcebook, Sky Serpent.[specify]
- In Judge Not by the Cover, Master Claw.[specify]
- In Judge Not by the Cover, Origami Knights.[specify]
- In Judge Not by the Cover, Origami Birds.[specify]
- In Judge Not by the Cover, Paper Airplanes.[specify]
- In A Dragon's Bounty.[specify]
- ↑ The mythological Orthros is sometimes spelled as Orthrus ; but closed captions and pronunciation refer to it as orthros.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Brian Drummond (2013-01-24). I'm Ahuizotl.. Retrieved on 2013 January 24.
- ↑ Ryan C. Tompkins (2015-12-14). The Teicna Files 14 - Duwallen: an Overview by Uberphish. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2018 August 11.
- ↑ Michael Vogel (2016-07-30). mktoon on Twitter: "Yep!!! @TheBiggestJim @Ponynstuff320 @joshhaber the creature is from Aztec mythology. Half crocodile/half toad: Cipactli #MLPSeason6". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 July 30.
- ↑ Brian Truitt (2016-02-10). Exclusive: 'My Little Pony' debuts 'Harmony' line in fall. USATODAY.com. USA TODAY. Retrieved on 2016 February 10.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 My Little Pony Friendship Club. Hasbro. Retrieved on 2017 July 14.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 My Little Pony From Toy Fair 2013. The Toyark (2013-02-09). Retrieved on 2013 February 10.
- ↑ Jim Miller (2016-04-30). Big Jim on Twitter: "@chickenzach @BaloneyBrony @charmainevee Different manticore.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 April 30.
- ↑ Upcoming #mlpfim mini packs #tf13 #tfny. Stitch Kingdom (2013-02-09). Retrieved on 2013 February 9.
- ↑ Lauren Faust discussing Swarm of the Century (2010-12-18). Retrieved on 2012 September 23.
- ↑ Enterplay collectible card game Friends Forever #120 C
- ↑ My Little Pony (mobile game)
- ↑ Jim Miller (2018-03-24). Big Jim on Twitter: "It’s a puckwudgie. Totally different.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 March 25.
- ↑ Nicole Dubuc (2018-03-25). Nicole Dubuc on Twitter: "Ocellus needs to work on her Puckwudgie dialect. Cause I'm pretty sure she just insulted that guy's mom.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 March 25.
- ↑ Nicole Dubuc (2018-03-25). Nicole Dubuc on Twitter: "Fluttershy's tossed book hit a puckwudgie - LOL! Was that you, @TheBiggestJim / @Fruit_Of_The_Lu ?". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 March 25.
- ↑ Brenda Hickey (2014-10-08). Now that MLP #24 is officially out… I can show you.... Crazy Ary. Tumblr. Retrieved on 2014 October 8.
- ↑ Sethisto (2016-03-17). EQD Interviews - MLP Season 6 Supervising Director Big Jim Miller!. Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2016 March 17.
- ↑ "@MMeghanMcCarthy: Official name of worm creature .... Twitter (2014-01-18). Retrieved on 2014 January 18.
- ↑ Story Gallery: Episode 6: Boast Busters. Retrieved on 2012 June 20.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Example Test (2017-10-17). The Bestiary of Equestria Preview. Tails of Equestria. River Horse. Retrieved on 2017 November 22.
- ↑ Matthew Incorvati (2018-01-18). Carcinus by WalrusInc. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2018 April 4.
- ↑ Introducing the first creatures we have... - Tails of Equestria, The Storytelling Game. Facebook (2016-08-25). Retrieved on 2018 April 4.
- ↑ Matthew Incorvati (2018-01-18). Flumphs by WalrusInc. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2018 April 4.
- ↑ Matthew Incorvati (2018-01-18). Lesser Ooze by WalrusInc. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2018 April 4.
- ↑ Matthew Incorvati (2018-01-18). Greater Ooze by WalrusInc. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2018 April 4.
- ↑ Matthew Incorvati (2018-01-18). Mimic (Chest) by WalrusInc. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2018 April 4.
- ↑ Matthew Incorvati (2018-01-18). Mimic (Couch) by WalrusInc. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2018 April 4.
- ↑ Screen-Shot-2018-05-18-at-09.47.02. River Horse (2018-06-20). Retrieved on 2018 July 12.
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- ↑ Screen-Shot-2018-05-18-at-09.48.43. River Horse (2018-06-20). Retrieved on 2018 July 12.
- ↑ Tails of Equestria Starter Set. YouTube (2018-09-28). Retrieved on 2018 December 3.