"Whoa Nelly"
Whoa Nelly ID S5E14

Whoa Nelly in Canterlot Boutique
Kind Unicorn
Sex Female
More info
Eyes ¤ Very pale apple green with brilliant orange irises
Mane Light brilliant lime green
Coat Pale turquoise
Magic aura Brilliant orange
Cutie mark
Whoa Nelly cutie mark crop S5E14
Voice Peter Kelamis (English)

Whoa Nelly is the placeholder name of a female background unicorn pony that appears in Tanks for the Memories, Canterlot Boutique, Made in Manehattan, and The Gift of the Maud Pie. She is credited as "Incidental Pony" in Canterlot Boutique.

Design and development

Whoa Nelly has a turquoise coat, a bright lime green mane and tail, orange eyes, and a cutie mark of her own face inside a white star surrounded by five smaller orange stars. Her design is unique in that she has a far pudgier body than most ponies, with average-sized hooves. She slightly resembles Lightning Dust, being similar in coat and iris colors and partly-stars cutie mark.

Whoa Nelly is an original character of series character designer Charmaine Verhagen.[1][2] She is the seventh original character to appear in the show, preceded by Holly Dash, Wild Fire, Midnight Strike, "Slendermane", Peachy Pitt, and Stellar Eclipse. Among the show's animation staff, Whoa Nelly is referred to as the "Love Yourself pony", and her inclusion in the series was at the whims of fellow character designers Kora Kosicka and Rebecca Dart. Though they expected Hasbro to disapprove of her inclusion, Hasbro approved it.[2]

In late April 2015, Jim Miller tweeted about Whoa Nelly during the premiere of Tanks for the Memories.[3] When later asked about Whoa Nelly on Twitter, Miller replied "I'll never tell! ;)"[4] and "Looks like a pony to me."[5]

Depiction in the series

Season five

Incidental Pony enters Canterlot Carousel S5E14
Whoa Nelly first appears in a locker photograph at the Cloudsdale weather factory in Tanks for the Memories. In Canterlot Boutique, she has a brief speaking role at the end of the episode, entering Canterlot Carousel during its going-out-of-business sale and asking about the Princess Dress.

In Made in Manehattan, Whoa Nelly appears touring Manehattan and on the front page of a Manehattan newspaper.

Season six

In The Gift of the Maud Pie, Whoa Nelly appears on a Manehattan postcard.

Other depictions

Promotional material

Whoa Nelly is featured in the "One Million Friends" poster on the My Little Pony Facebook page.[6]


Whoa Nelly appears on the Season 5 poster.

Whoa Nelly appears in The Art of Equestria on page 38.


"Oh, my gosh, a sale! Do you have the Princess Dress?!"
Canterlot Boutique



  1. Babscon 2016-Art & Animation of MLP. YouTube (2016-04-26). Retrieved on 2016 September 14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kora Kosicka o przemyśle animacji | Middle Equestrian Convention 2016. YouTube (2016-09-13). Retrieved on 2016 September 13.
  3. Jim Miller (2015-04-25). Who's on that photo in that locker? Hmmm... #MLP5. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 September 14.
  4. Jim Miller (2015-04-27). @KTonarella I'll never tell! ;). Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 September 14.
  5. Jim Miller (2015-04-28). @matt1986wilson Looks like a pony to me.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 September 14.
  6. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2016-01-20). Retrieved on 2016 January 20.
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