|Occupation||Royal scheduling advisor|
Majordomo of Canterlot Castle
|Coat||Very pale gamboge|
|Magic aura||Pale, light grayish cornflower blue|
Kibitz is a male unicorn pony and Princess Celestia's royal scheduling advisor in My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #10, wherein he performs his normal duties for Princess Luna instead of her older sister. He also appears throughout Reflections, again acting as an aide to the two royal sisters.
Kibitz is a gray-haired unicorn pony with bushy eyebrows and a long mustache. He keeps his mane and tail drawn back and tied in ponytails. Kibitz always appears wearing a dark red coat, a gray cravat, and an undersized pair of glasses. His cutie mark is a pocket watch or a stopwatch.
Kibitz's alternate-universe counterpart appears in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #19. He wears a black coat with a high collar, a black cape, and a black bow tie. This Kibitz bears fangs, hairy ears, and a darker coloration but lacks a horn.
"Kibitz" is a Yiddish verb meaning to offer unwelcome advice.
Depiction in the comics
Kibitz first appears in Micro-Series Issue #10, when Princess Celestia entrusts him to guide Princess Luna through the comprehensive duties of "the day shift." He proves strict from the start, denying Luna her breakfast and insisting that she follow the schedule as closely as possible. He also takes it upon himself to correct Luna whenever she refers to the citizens of Equestria in pejorative terms and scold her whenever she tries to satisfy her sweet tooth. Unlike Luna, Kibitz remains enthusiastic about the events on Celestia's schedule, but he and Luna both marvel at her ability to cope.
When Princess Luna finally wrinkles up his schedule and shoves it into his mouth, Kibitz initially fumes at the gesture, but he collects himself before Celestia returns. He affirms that Luna has handled the ordeal rather well and that she was clearly capable of handling everything he threw at her.
Kibitz returns in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #17 and discovers Princess Luna distraught over Celestia's disappearance. He helps Luna disguise herself as her sister until she summons the Mane Six to investigate the matter.
He reappears in Issue #18 when Princess Celestia returns from her excursion through Star Swirl the Bearded's magical mirror. Kibitz tends to the injuries Celestia sustained from her counterpart's attack and bandages her heavily; then he fetches a tea trolley and a chest containing a spare set of Celestia's golden adornments. Kibitz himself is absent from Issue #19, but his own counterpart makes an appearance taking an evil Princess Luna's cape.
Kibitz appears once more in Issue #20 when he brings the princesses tea at Luna's command. He also returns near the end of the issue with a third crown for Princess Celestia, since she lost her replacement crown in her fight against her counterpart.
Although he is absent from the story, Kibitz is listed as a carbon copy addressee of Princess Celestia's letter to Twilight Sparkle in The Root of the Problem. In the first part of the story arc Chaos Theory, Kibitz appears at a dinner party hosted by Celestia and Luna, where he falls under the mind control of Accord. Kibitz also appears in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #61 as part of Celestia's entourage.
In My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #38, Kibitz is forced to contend with Celestia and Luna when their obsessive preparations for the Sisterhooves Social cause them to become extremely competitive with each other. He also appears in the alternate reality of My Little Pony: Deviations, where his suggestion that Celestia take on Twilight as her personal protege is rejected in favor of Prince Blueblood.
Kibitz appears in the My Little Pony Holiday Special 2019, overseeing preparations for and announcing guest arrivals to the Canterlot Royal Hearth's Warming Gala.
In other media
Kibitz is a character in Gameloft's mobile game, and serves as a helper during "The Nightmare Before Hearth's Warming" event. His bio states, "Princess Celestia's royal scheduling adviser. And, at one point, Princess-Luna-DISGUISED-as Princess Celestia's royal scheduling adviser."
Kibitz is a strict but well-meaning aide. He discourages the royal sisters from indulging in bad habits, but he only does so out of concern for their health. However, he holds that his fast-paced and unforgiving schedule is just as important as the princesses' fancies, if not more so, since he persists in dragging an exhausted Princess Luna around Canterlot on Celestia's royal business.
The scheduling advisor speaks boldly in the sisters' presence, so much so that Princess Luna is driven to remind him that her time spent in exile is a sensitive topic. He cautions Luna to be respectful towards her subjects and expresses immense dismay when he catches her using them as chess pieces in the gardens, at which point he returns her indoors by force.
- "I will have a bran biscuit sent along for you to eat as we walk to the tower! We must keep to the schedule!"
- — Dismissing Luna's suggestion for breakfast, My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #10
- "What did we decide on when it came to the word 'peasantry'?"
- — To Princess Luna, My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #10
- "Nonsense. She was clearly ready for some advanced scheduling."
- — Reporting to Princess Celestia, My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #10