Holly Dash
Holly Dash ID S1E10

Holly Dash in Swarm of the Century
Kind Unicorn
Sex Female
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Eyes Pale, light grayish sapphire blue (merchandise and comics)
Mane Pale, light grayish olive
Light cobalt blue
Moderate mulberry
Coat Light ceriseish gray
Cutie mark
Holly Dash cutie mark crop S1E10

Holly Dash is a female background unicorn pony, who appears in the episodes Friendship is Magic, part 2 and Swarm of the Century and in two of IDW's comic book series. She has a light pink coat, a yellow, blue and purple mane, blue eyes (which are not shown in the episodes but are shown in merchandise and the comics) and a cutie mark of a strawberry. She is not named in the show or the comics, but she was first named by show staff and later in merchandise.

Development and design

Holly Dash is an original character of series animator Holly Giesbrecht—who signed a contract[1]—and is called by that name by Giesbrecht herself, who specified on April 18, 2011 that "Some co-workers dubbed me 'Holly Dash' because I had colorful hair, so my pony is named that",[2] and Sabrina Alberghetti,[3] both earlier than merchandise's use of the name for the character; Giesbrecht has also depicted the character's eye color as blue earlier than merchandise and (subsequently) the comics each have.

In early January 2012, Giesbrecht stated that the character isn't in the show more often "Mostly because she wasn't supposed to be there at all."[4]

Holly Dash is the first original character to appear in the show. She shares her design with "Ballad", shares her mane and tail style and part of her name with Rainbow Dash, shares her mane and tail style with Daring Do, Skywishes, Sugar Grape, Lucky Dreams, Sweetsong, Breezie, Feathermay, "Doseydotes", Periwinkle, Star Dasher, Léon, Roku-chan, and sometimes Ploomette and Banana Bliss, shares her mane style with Andrea, and shares her tail style with "Sunstone" and WCE Unnamed Mare - Jouster.

Depiction in the series

Holly Dash first appears very briefly at the end of Friendship is Magic, part 2, between Twinkleshine and another pony in the crowd bowing.

She later appears very briefly in Swarm of the Century, galloping through Ponyville as the town is under siege by parasprites.

Depiction in the comics

In IDW's comic series, Holly Dash first appears on page 2 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #7, seeing the visage of Nightmare Rarity appear on the surface of the moon.

She later appears on page 5 of Micro-Series Issue #8, attending the royal high tea at Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns and seated across from "Crystal Clear".


Playful Ponies Rainbow Power Holly Dash

Rainbowfied Holly Dash.

Holly Dash is named with a trademark symbol in the seventh wave of mystery pack toys and collector cards and in a Rainbow Power Playful Ponies release,[5] the former of which depicts her with the same design as unicorn Twilight Sparkle and both of which state that she "loves to skip, gallop, and run everywhere!"

Holly Dash is also named with a trademark symbol on her Enterplay collectible card game card α #13 F, which attributes to her and Golden Harvest the respective quotes "This way! No, wait, this way! Come on!" and "Can't we walk? Just this once?" She is also shown on Acidfree's first art print.[6]


"This way! No, wait, this way! Come on!"
— Enterplay collectible card game α #13 F card of Holly Dash


See also


  1. Holly Giesbrecht (2012-12-03). Comment on princesschuchi's profile. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2014 May 7.
  2. Holly Giesbrecht (2011-04-18). Comment on princesschuchi's profile. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2014 May 7.
  3. Sabrina Alberghetti (2012-06-05). Comment on Wild-Fire-Fans's profile. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2014 May 7.
  4. Holly Giesbrecht (2012-01-03). Comment on .BGP: Holly Dash - Run, Run, Run. by ZSparkonequus. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2014 May 7.
  5. My Little Pony Holly Dash Figure. Hasbro (2014-11-21). Retrieved on 2015 January 28.
  6. My Little Pony by Amy Mebberson. Acidfree Gallery (2014-07-03). Retrieved on 2014 July 6.
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