Shining Armor
(Prince Shining Armor)

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Young Shining Armor in Twilight's flashback in the episode A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1

Shining Armor Crystal Pony ID S3E02

Shining Armor as a unicorn Crystal Pony in The Crystal Empire - Part 2

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Shining Armor without his cutie mark in Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2

Shining Armor EG ID

Shining Armor's human counterpart in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games

Kind Unicorn
Human (EG)
Sex Male
Residence Crystal Empire
Canterlot (formerly)
Occupation Co-ruler of the Crystal Empire
Captain of the Canterlot Royal Guard
Student at Canterlot Academy (formerly)
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Eyes Moderate cerulean
Mane Moderate sapphire blue with moderate cerulean and dark phthalo blue streaks
Coat Light gray
Hooves Moderate sapphire blue
Magic aura Light rose
Light cerulean (Friends Forever Issue 4)
Nicknames Shiny, Shiny-Winey, B.B.B.F.F., Sh (The Periodic Table of My Little Pony)
Relatives Night Light (father)
Twilight Velvet (mother)
Twilight Sparkle (younger sister)
Princess Cadance (wife)
Princess Celestia (aunt-in-law)
Princess Luna (aunt-in-law)
Unnamed uncle
Unnamed baby
Cutie mark
Shining Armor cutie mark crop S2E25
Voice Andrew Francis (English)
Philippe Allard (European French)
Nico Sablik (German)
Tamás Markovics (Hungarian, season 2)
Károly Moser (Hungarian, season 3)
Patrizio Prata (Italian)
Gabriele Marchingiglio (Italian, EG3)
Mamoru Miyano (Japanese)
Pyo Yeong-jae (Korean)
Michał Podsiadło (Polish)[1]
Wendel Bezerra (Brazilian Portuguese)
Felipe Zilse (Friendship Games and season 5, episode 9)
Richard Ballint (Romanian, seasons 2 and 3)
Andrei Lupu (Romanian, season 4)
Evgeniy Waltz (Russian)
Marc Zanni (European Spanish)
José Antonio Marcías (Latin American Spanish)
Niklas Gabrielsson (Swedish)
Shining Armor is a male unicorn pony and Twilight Sparkle's older brother. He is the captain of the Canterlot Royal Guard, serving under Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, and bears the title of prince as a result of his marriage to Princess Cadance. He first appears in the two-part season two finale alongside Cadance. In the season three premiere, he and Cadance are appointed as the rulers of the Crystal Empire.

Development and design

Lauren Faust was involved with the inception of the story where Shining Armor first appears. Faust came up with several aspects of Shining Armor's character, such as his name, powers, and being Twilight Sparkle's brother.[2]

Shining Armor shares his pony and human designs respectively with Steel Masquerade and with Unnamed Crystal Prep Coach.

Depiction in the series

Season two

Who Goes There S2E25

Shining Armor, Captain of the Royal Guard.

Shining Armor first appears in A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1. Princess Celestia invites Twilight Sparkle, his younger sister, to the wedding of Shining Armor and Princess Mi Amore Cadenza. Twilight is upset that Shining Armor did not write to her directly, and doesn't recognize who his bride is. In the song B.B.B.F.F. ("Big Brother Best Friend Forever"), Twilight remembers how she was very close to Shining Armor until she moved to Ponyville and lost touch with him. Twilight fears that they will become even more distant after he marries someone and starts a new family.

Shining Armor later tells Twilight he was unable to tell her of his engagement in person due to a threat on the safety of Canterlot; he adds that Princess Mi Amore Cadenza is Cadance, Twilight's former foal-sitter. At the request of Princess Celestia, Shining Armor used his magic to create a protective barrier around Canterlot and keep it there constantly. Twilight states that only Shining Armor can conjure up the shield.

Cadance's 'Healing Spell' S02E25

Chrysalis healing his migraines to increase his love for her.

Twilight tries to tell Shining Armor that something is wrong, but Queen Chrysalis, having taken the place of and impersonating Cadance, interrupts and takes Shining Armor into another room. Twilight, peeking through the door, sees the fake Cadance casting a spell on Shining Armor that makes his eyes glow green. The next day, Twilight confronts the impostor Cadance at the wedding rehearsal and accuses her of evildoing in front of Shining Armor and her friends. After Cadance runs off in tears, Shining Armor contradicts Twilight's accusations, saying that the spell Cadance cast on him was to ease his chronic headaches from maintaining the magical shield around Canterlot. Shining Armor is so upset with Twilight that he takes away her position of Best Mare and suggests that she should not come to the wedding at all.

Chrysalis traps Twilight in the catacombs under Canterlot and states that she has plans for Shining Armor.

Shining Armor, fully under Queen Chrysalis's magic, is in a trance-like state at the wedding. Twilight and the real Cadance burst into the hall, and Shining Armor is reunited with his true bride. Cadance's magic breaks the spell on Shining Armor, but by now the changeling army has broken through Canterlot's defensive shield and is invading the city. Shining Armor tries to perform a spell to repel the changelings, but he doesn't have the power. Cadance tells Shining Armor that her love will give him strength, and their combined magic spreads outward and blasts all the changelings and their queen out of Canterlot.

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Shining Armor with Twilight at the wedding.

With peace restored to Canterlot, another wedding is planned with the real Cadance. Shining Armor makes Twilight his Best Mare again. He jokes that Cadance only agreed to marry him after he told her she'd be gaining Twilight as her sister. At the wedding, Princess Celestia declares that the power of Cadance and Shining Armor's love is undeniable, and pronounces them "mare and colt." The couple waves to the cheering crowds from a castle balcony and kiss.

After a wedding reception montage, Shining Armor thanks Twilight for her help, and leaves the reception with Cadance in a carriage.

Season three

Sombra's Curse S3E01

Sombra's curse on Shining Armor.

Shining Armor next appears in The Crystal Empire - Part 1. When Princess Celestia receives word of the Crystal Empire's return, she instructs a guard to inform Shining Armor as well as his wife, Princess Cadance. Upon their arriving in the Arctic North of Equestria, he greets the Mane Six at the train station before they run to the Crystal Empire in an attempt to escape the shadow form of King Sombra. As the others enter the forcefield protecting the empire, Shining Armor stays back to buy more time, but his horn becomes encrusted with Sombra's black crystals, impairing his unicorn magic. He reunites with Cadance in the castle and stays by her side throughout the remainder of the episode, comforting her in her weakened state as she struggles to maintain the protective forcefield around the Crystal Empire.

He is shown once again when the Mane Six return from the library to tell him their plan about the Crystal Faire. After Twilight discovers that the Crystal Heart is a genuine relic, she tells Shining Armor and Cadance that the real Crystal Heart is missing.

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Shining Armor supporting Cadance.

When Spike and the Crystal Heart fall from the top of the tower, Shining Armor throws his wife in the air, right toward them. When Cadance catches the heart and the Crystal Ponies use it to defeat King Sombra, Shining Armor's horn is restored. After the Crystal Empire is restored, Shining Armor jokes to Twilight that she has to stop saving him, as it has become rather embarrassing. Cadance and Shining Armor become the new rulers of the Crystal Empire.

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Shining Armor makes an appearance at Twilight's coronation in Magical Mystery Cure.

Shining Armor next appears in Games Ponies Play, training a group of Crystal Ponies for the Equestria Games. He briefly meets Ms. Peachbottom, whom everyone had mistaken for the Equestria Games inspector, and is shocked when she admits she is just a tourist, not to mention embarrassed when she shamelessly flirts with him. He is later present when the real inspector, Ms. Harshwhinny, announces that the Crystal Empire will be hosting the next Equestria Games.

Shining Armor appears in Magical Mystery Cure. He talks to Twilight during her princess coronation and has watering eyes, which he insists aren't tears but "liquid pride."

Season four

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Shining Armor in Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2.

In Pinkie Pride, Shining Armor makes a portrait cameo on Pinkie Pie's wall during his wedding reception with Cadance. Shining also appears in Equestria Games. He announces the opening of the games, and acts as commentator for the events. During the games, as Spike volunteers to sing the Cloudsdale National Anthem, Shining reminds Spike that they only play the anthem for the winners. After one of the ice archers accidentally shoots an arrow into a cloud causing it to become solid and sink down towards the stadium, Shining orders security to cut the unicorn disabling spell that unicorns had to use before entering the stadium.

In Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2, Shining notices the sun moving around funny as Twilight attempts to raise it. Discord suddenly teleports next to Shining, who calls him a traitor for allying himself with Lord Tirek. He tries to attack Tirek but has his magic stolen instead. At the end of the episode, his magic is returned to him after Twilight and her friends use the Rainbow Power against Tirek.

Season five

In Slice of Life, Shining Armor appears at Cranky Doodle Donkey and Matilda's wedding, getting overemotional at their impending nuptials.

In The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows, Shining Armor and Cadance announce that they are having a baby, and they reveal this to Twilight through a scavenger hunt.

Depiction in the comics

In the IDW comics story arc Neigh Anything, Shining Armor and Princess Cadance tell Twilight and her friends the story of how they met and fell in love. An alternate universe version of Shining Armor - who appears sicklier than his main universe counterpart - appears on cover A of Friendship is Magic Issue #19 and page 11 of Issue #20 alongside an alternate Cadance. Shining Armor is mentioned by Princess Celestia in Issue #20.

In The Fall of Sunset Shimmer, a younger Shining Armor appears playing with a younger Twilight and Princess Cadance in the background.

In My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #4, Shining Armor and Twilight try to track down a ghost that's haunting the Crystal Empire castle. In My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #9, Shining Armor appears on pages 3 and 5.

In Siege of the Crystal Empire, Shining Armor is forced to deal with the return of King Sombra and an alliance of villains that includes Chrysalis and her changelings, Iron Will, Lightning Dust, Flim and Flam, and Sombra's childhood friend Radiant Hope.

In My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #26, Shining Armor gets involved in a "sensitive diplomatic mission" with Prince Blueblood.

Depiction in Friendship Games

The human version of Shining appears in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games as an alumnus of Crystal Prep Academy who encourages his sister, Twilight's human counterpart, to participate in the Friendship Games as he once did. He also displays an attraction to Cadance, the school dean.

Other depictions


Facebook Shining Armor toy 2012-02-11

Shining Armor Playful Pony

Shining Armor was put in multiple 2012 playsets, always paired with Cadance and often themed around their wedding:
  • A "Pony Princess Wedding Castle" playset, featuring a plastic castle and Playful Pony characters Shining Armor and Princess Cadance.
  • The Miniature Collection contains a Pony Wedding set, with Shining Armor, Princess Cadance, and Twilight Sparkle.[3]
  • A Target exclusive playset with Shining Armor and Princess Cadance Fashion Style ponies,[4] which states the couple "lead the Crystal Empire together".

He is also mentioned on the large talking Princess Cadance toy's packaging, which states "Princess Cadance can't wait to marry her prince, Shining Armor".[5]

Mobile game

Shining Armor is one of the available playable characters in Gameloft's mobile game. The game sometimes lists him as Prince Shining Armor.[6] An early preview of the game listed him as Shining Armour[7] instead of Shining Armor.[8]

My Little Pony mobile game description

Twilight Sparkle's big brother Shining Armor is Captain of the Canterlot Royal Guard. He is also married to Princess Cadance.

Trading cards

Shining Armor is listed as possessing a seventh Element of Harmony, Love, in the 2012 My Little Pony trading cards; the initial release additionally lists it as his pet. The element is also attributed to Princess Cadance.

In the Enterplay collectible card game's expansion set Canterlot Nights, Cherry Fizzy's card #29 C states that "Cherry Fizzy has been friends with Shining Armor since their first day of basic training",[9] and Twilight Velvet's card #66 C states that Shining Armor "was Captain of the Guard in Canterlot, and is now Prince of the Crystal Empire".

Promotional material

In a video uploaded by The Hub's YouTube channel during the week between the screening and airing of A Canterlot Wedding, Katherine Kallinis mentions "The Hub's My Little Pony Royal Wedding of Princess Cadance and Prince Shining Armor".[10]

The home page of Treehouse TV's My Little Pony Royal Wedding Contest site states "Princess Cadance, niece of Princess Celestia, and Prince Shining Armor, brother of Twilight Sparkle, are getting married".[11]

The Meet the Ponies page of an Australian My Little Pony Wedding promotional site uses fanart of Shining Armor,[12] lists him as Shining Armour and reuses the large talking Princess Cadance toy's packaging description stating "Princess Cadance can't wait to marry her prince, Shining Armor".[13]

On May 16, 2013, the official European Spanish My Little Pony Facebook page posted fanart of Shining Armor and Twilight Sparkle[14] along with the question "¿Sabéis cómo se llama el futuro marido de la princesa Cadance, que también es el hermano mayor de Twilight Sparkle?"[15]

The Elements of Harmony guidebook

SHINING ARMOR is the Unicorn captain of the Canterlot Royal Guard as well as the coleader of the Crystal Empire alongside his wife, Princess Cadance. He's also Twilight Sparkle's protective older brother, whom she affectionately calls her "BBBFF" (Big Brother Best Friend Forever).


Throughout his appearances, Shining Armor is portrayed as kind, caring, and protective. He has a very close relationship with his little sister Twilight Sparkle, and he is warm and loving toward his fiancée (and later wife) Princess Cadance. True to being the captain of the royal guard, he is also stern at times, as seen in Games Ponies Play and Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2. Despite his professionalism, Shining Armor has had moments of immaturity, like bawling his eyes out in Slice of Life and childishly coddling his previous childhood possessions in The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows.

In the IDW comics' Neigh Anything story arc, Shining Armor is shown to have been socially awkward, shy, and nerdy in his academy years.


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"A threat has been made against Canterlot. We don't know who is responsible for it, but Princess Celestia asked that I help provide additional protection."
A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1
"The burden of keeping Canterlot safe and secure rests squarely on my shoulders."
A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1
"You're my little sister. Of course you're important to me. But I would understand if you didn't want to be my best mare now."
A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1
"No! My power is useless now. I don't have the strength to repel them."
A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2
"I told her she wouldn't just be gaining a husband; she'd be getting a pretty great sister too."
A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2
"None of this would've been possible without you, little sis. Love ya, Twily."
A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2
"Let's just say the Empire... isn't the only thing that's returned."
The Crystal Empire - Part 1
"You've gotta stop saving my rump like this. It's starting to get embarrassing."
The Crystal Empire - Part 2
"Come on, gang! Are we gonna gallop, or are we gonna trot!?"
Games Ponies Play
"Of course not, it's... it's liquid pride. Totally different thing."
Magical Mystery Cure
"Let the games begin!"
Equestria Games
"Back off, traitor."
Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2
"How could you... do this?"
Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2
"Twilight, you're scaring the staff! Crystal ghosts aren't even real. That's just a legend that goes back to the days of King Sombra, hundreds of moons ago."
Friends Forever Issue #4 page 5


Shining Armor 'Isn't the only thing that's returned' S3E1

Shining Armor image gallery

See also


  1. Dubbingpedia's publication of credits from SDI's e-mail (Polish). Retrieved on 2014 September 4.
  2. Lauren Faust Interviewed on Brony Time (2013-10-22). Retrieved on 2015 October 20.
  3. Official Facebook page "My Little Pony Miniature Collection"
  4. Equestria Daily: "Shining Armor and Cadance Fashion Style toy Target Exclusive"
  5. My Little Pony Princess Cadance Pony, The toy for every little Girl.. JadeLouise Designs (2012-10-12). Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  6. Game Review - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic on iPad, iPhone & iPod touch (2012-11-07). Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  7. Hands On With Gameloft's New Pony Game (2012-10-14). Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  8. My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic - Universal - HD Gameplay Trailer (2012-11-07). Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  9. New orange character (source: Hey Canterlot facebook group) (2014-05-06). Retrieved on 2014 May 8.
  10. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic - Unofficial Royal Wedding Pastry Chefs (2012-04-19). Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  11. My Little Pony Royal Wedding Contest - Index Page. Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  12. Cadence (2011-12-14). Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  13. My Little Pony Wedding - Meet the Ponies. Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  14. Twilight Sparkle Helps Shining Armour Up (2012-12-15). Retrieved on 2013 May 17.
  15. Timeline Photos (2013-05-16). Retrieved on 2013 May 17.
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