The third season episode Magic Duel marks the first use of the term "Alicorn" in the series, and in Magical Mystery Cure the term is used for the first time to directly refer to winged unicorns, previously referred to as unicorns in earlier seasons' episodes Friendship is Magic, part 1 and A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1.
The regal sistersPrincess Celestia and her sister Princess Luna are introduced in the first episode in a series of medieval-like drawings with a narration that says there were "two regal sisters who ruled together and created harmony for all the land," and that "the elder used her unicorn powers to raise the sun at dawn. The younger brought out the moon to begin the night." Lauren Faust commented that Princess Celestia was originally supposed to be Queen Celestia, the highest authority with no parents who outrank her. Her status was later changed to "princess" at Hasbro's request. Faust has stated that Celestia embodies the traits of all three pony kinds: Earth, Pegasus, and unicorn. In Enterplay's trading card series, Series 1 lists the sisters' pony type as both Pegasus and unicorn but not Earth, and Series 2 lists their pony type as all three and also refers to them as "immortal alicorns"; a writer and consultant for both series has stated that the inclusion of Earth was "an intentional improvement" they made on Series 2, "based on feedback and it being one of those 'could be canon' sorts of things that just plain makes sense." Faust has suggested that there is more to Princess Celestia than has been depicted of her in the series, and that she wanted Celestia to be "mysterious and hard to understand".
Princess CadanceThe second-to-last episode of the second season, A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1, introduces Princess Cadance. She is Twilight Sparkle's foal-sitter in Twilight's flashback, and she becomes her sister-in-law after marrying Shining Armor in A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2. Various promotional materials, including a New York Times ad, A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1's Hubworld, iTunes, and Netflix summaries, the back cover of the DVD Royal Pony Wedding, and the home page of Treehouse TV's Royal Wedding Contest site, state that she is the niece of Princess Celestia. A blurb on one of the toy sets featuring Cadance says that she and Shining Armor "lead the Crystal Empire together!" Indeed, a background pony proclaimed her as "The Crystal Princess!" at the end of The Crystal Empire - Part 2. In Enterplay's trading card series, Series 1 lists her pony type as both Pegasus and unicorn but not Earth, and Series 2 lists her pony type as all three; a writer and consultant for both series has stated that the inclusion of Earth was "an intentional improvement" they made on Series 2, "based on feedback and it being one of those 'could be canon' sorts of things that just plain makes sense."
The book Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell states that Cadance was born a Pegasus and became an Alicorn later.
Queen Chrysalis, only seen in the episode A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2, was described in her debut episode's script as "a GANGLY BLACK PEGACORN with a gnarled black horn." She and the other changelings were designed by Rebecca Dart, the main character designer for season two. Rebecca was inspired by the work of manga artists Junko Mizuno and Hideshi Hino, and after reading the name "Chrysalis", she "figured [Chrysalis] should be insect-like." The changelings are referred to as a different species in the show and also as ponies on page 53 of the guidebook The Elements of Harmony.
Twilight SparkleTwilight Sparkle is introduced in the show as a unicorn, and she even calls herself a "regular old unicorn" in A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1, to which Princess Cadance replies "You are anything but a regular old unicorn." According to Meghan, "princess [in Equestria] is a designation that’s earned, not freely given and though princesses have specific leadership roles in pony society, being one really means 'being a good pony who shares the gifts that they have been given with others.'" Twilight becomes a princess and gains wings in the episode Magical Mystery Cure.
Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell
The chapter book Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell describes Twilight's new status in chapter 1, "A Crown Achievement": "Twilight had received her very own set of wings. Real Pegasus wings! She was officially a part of a special breed of pony called an Alicorn. This meant that Twilight was now able to harness the magical powers of the Unicorns, the flight abilities of the Pegasi, and the strength of a good, true heart of an Earth Pony."
Other winged unicorns
The show includes other Alicorns and a crew member of the show has explained them as animation errors. These include a filly in Twilight's imagination in Lesson Zero having both wings and a horn, three royal guards in one of Twilight's flashbacks in A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1 having both wings and horns, Neon Lights having wings in Rarity Takes Manehattan, Lemon Hearts having wings in Rainbow Falls, and Rarity having wings in Pinkie Pride.
Pinkie Pie briefly dresses up as an Alicorn in the episode Magical Mystery Cure. In The Mysterious Mare Do Well, the masked Mare Do Well is shown to have a unicorn horn and Pegasus wings, convincing Rainbow Dash that she's an Alicorn. However, it should be noted that she is never seen with both her horn and wings at the same time.
Discord replaces his wings and antlers with giant pink wings and a giant horn to mock Twilight in Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1.
In the movie My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, during the climatic battle between the Dazzlings and the Rainbooms, a giant spiritual Alicorn is summoned by Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle, and the human counterparts of Twilight's Ponyville friends through the magic of friendship. The Alicorn blasts the astral projections of the Dazzlings' true siren forms to dust and shatters their power sources, stripping them of their powers and leaving them to flee in shame and disgrace from the furious students and faculty.
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In the book The Journal of the Two Sisters, the Alicorns are implied to be a race or species of pony that the three main pony races are aware of. During the beginning of the book, Star Swirl the Bearded recognizes the filly versions of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna as Alicorns, even though he had never met Celestia and Luna, thus implying that there were other Alicorns around during the "olden days" before the events of the series.
In the IDW comics, an alternate universe Trixie is shown to be an Alicorn in a stained glass window on page 12 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #19, and Lyra Heartstrings appears as an Alicorn on page 3 of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #7. Regarding the latter, colorist Heather Breckel stated on July 9, 2014 "Tony drew it, I just thought it looked like her" and "I have no idea if it was intentional or not, and was in the zone when I colored it so I didn't think anything of it. I just like putting Lyras everywhere :yay:", and editor Bobby Curnow stated on July 10, 2014 "That would be a mistake!"
The Glimmer Wings toys include a similarly butterfly-winged Rarity, packaged with a butterfly; according to this release's descriptions, Rarity "imagines having beautiful wings just like her butterfly friend".
An Alicorn called Princess Skyla is included in the So Soft Newborn toys. On April 1, 2013, Meghan McCarthy wrote on Twitter "Episode 404 is called “Meet Princess Skyla”. #brony #MLPFIM #MLPseason4" as part of an April Fools' Day joke.
The Rainbow Power Playful Ponies toys include adult Alicorns called Princess Sterling and Princess Gold Lily, packaged respectively with Fluttershy and with Pinkie Pie. In mid-May 2014, M.A. Larson wrote on Twitter "Come on, two days into the hiatus and they've already spoiled Princess Sterling AND Princess Gold Lily?!? There go my first two episodes."
In Gameloft's mobile game, magic wings of the same design as in Sonic Rainboom are temporarily given to any non-Pegasus for the flying minigame, including the unicorns DJ Pon-3, Fancy Pants, Flam, Flim, Forsythia, Joe, Lovestruck, Lyra Heartstrings, Magnum, Minuette, Prince Blueblood, Rarity, Shining Armor, Snails, Snips, Sunset Shimmer, Sweetie Belle, Trixie, Twilight Sparkle, Twilight Velvet, Twilight's Dad, Twinkleshine, Unicorn Guard, and Upper Crust.
The player-designed ponies in Adventures in Ponyville, who can only be mares, can be Earth ponies, Pegasi, or unicorns, and for the Rainbow Dash's Cloud Bump minigame, Twilight Sparkle uses magic to give a player-designed pony and an unnamed Earth pony each a set of Pegasus wings temporarily; thus, if the player-designed pony is a unicorn, she will be an Alicorn for the minigame. The player-designed ponies in PonyMaker and its Rarity's Bridal Boutique version, who can be of any sex, can be Earth ponies, Pegasi, unicorns, or Alicorns.
Gameloft's mobile game formerly included a Changeling assuming the identity of Fleur Dis Lee but pretending to be an Alicorn, who the game identified as the unicorn Fleur Dis Lee until an update replaced this Changeling with Fleur Dis Lee herself. A model sheet for the game includes "Sweetiebelle[sic]" as an Alicorn.
In a French My Little Pony magazine story, Celestia has a cousin named Léon, a four-year-old Alicorn.
WeLoveFine's merchandise designs have included several Alicorn depictions:
- "Rarity Fabulous Bag" and "Flight of the Ponies" also depict Rarity with wings of gossamer and morning dew.
- "Dr. Hooves Line", "Dr. Hooves", "Hooves Scribble", and "Dr[sic] Hooves" include Alicorn mares similar to Weeping Angels from Doctor Who
- "Grown Up Ponies" included Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash both as Alicorns; "Engineered Alicorn" and "Steampunk Trixie" respectively included and include Twilight Sparkle and Trixie each equipped with steampunk wings; "All Dem Ponies" included six Alicorns, three of them mares and three of them stallions, with one of the stallions resembling Discord; "Iconic Print" included an Alicorn mare who was originally created by Lauren Faust; and "We're All Doomed" includes Derpy as an Alicorn.
The Alicorn Amulet
The Alicorn Amulet is an amulet which features the image of an alicorn. Trixie uses it to become a "highest level unicorn" and gain immense magical powers and antagonize the citizens of Ponyville in the episode Magic Duel. Twilight Sparkle finds out that only the wearer can remove the amulet and tricks Trixie into removing it with a fake amulet of her own in a magic duel.
- Princess Celestia image gallery
- Princess Luna image gallery
- Princess Cadance image gallery
- Queen Chrysalis image gallery
- Twilight Sparkle image gallery
- Wikipedia:Winged unicorn
- Alicorns on the Fan Wiki
- Earth ponies
- Pegasus ponies
- Crystal Ponies
- ↑ My Little Pony Crystal Princess Ponies Collection Pack. Retrieved on 2013 February 13.
- ↑ Post by Hasbro's My Little Pony Facebook page (2011-05-19). Retrieved on 2013 February 4.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic' exclusive: Twilight's becoming a princess!. EW.com (2013-01-29). Retrieved on 2013 April 29.
- ↑ Lauren Faust comments about "Princess" Celestia on her deviantArt page (2010-12-21). Retrieved on 2011 September 13.
- ↑ Lauren Faust (2010-12-24). My Little NON-Homophobic, NON-Racist, NON-Smart-Shaming Pony: A Rebuttal. Retrieved on 2013 February 1.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 A selection of Series 1 trading cards including Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, Princess Cadance, and Nightmare Moon cards. Retrieved on 2013 February 4.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 A selection of Series 2 trading cards including Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, and Princess Cadance gold cards. Retrieved on 2013 April 17.
- ↑ A selection of Series 2 trading cards including a Princess Celestia & Princess Luna card. Retrieved on 2013 April 17.
- ↑ A selection of Series 2 trading cards including a Princess Celestia & Princess Luna foil card. Retrieved on 2013 April 17.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 IntenseDebate comment on Equestria Daily (2013-04). Retrieved on 2013 April 17.
- ↑ Lauren Faust discussing Celestia's powers on deviantArt comments section (2011-12-18). Retrieved on 2011 December 20.
- ↑ Hillary Busis (2012-04-13). Saddle up: You're invited to a 'My Little Pony' royal wedding. PopWatch. Retrieved on 2012 April 14. Archived locally
- ↑ My Little Pony Royal Wedding Contest. Retrieved on 2012 October 6.
- ↑ Meghan McCarthy (2012-04-27). Meghan McCarthy's answer to a question on Twitter. Retrieved on 2012 August 21.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Interview with Rebecca Dart - Queen Chrysalis Designer. Equestria Daily (2012-08-20). Retrieved on 2012 August 21.
- ↑ Showrunner Jayson Thiessen (2012-04-24). Twitter shoutout to R. Dart. Retrieved on 2012 April 25.
- ↑ Rebecca Dart (2012-04-27). Rebecca Dart's answer to a question on Twitter. Retrieved on 2012 April 28.
- ↑ FiM layout artist on the "baby alicorn" in Twilight's imagination sequence. “The baby alicorn there was a mistake, the wings aren't supposed to be there.” Archived locally.
- ↑ FiM layout artist on some of the royal guards in Twilight's flashback sequence. “That would be a layout/animation error.” Archived locally.
- ↑ Heather Breckel (2014-07-09). Re: Friends Forever #7: Princess Luna & Pinkie Pie. The Round Stable. Retrieved on 2014 July 9.
- ↑ Heather Breckel (2014-07-09). Re: Friends Forever #7: Princess Luna & Pinkie Pie. The Round Stable. Retrieved on 2014 July 9.
- ↑ Bobby Curnow (2014-07-10). Re: Hello from the My Little Pony editor! (Ask Question thre. IDW Publishing Forums. Retrieved on 2014 July 10.
- ↑ English-only packaging of Glimmer Wings Rarity. Retrieved on 2013 February 4.
- ↑ Trilingual packaging of Glimmer Wings Rarity. Retrieved on 2013 February 4.
- ↑ My Little Pony So Soft Newborn Princess Skyla Doll. Retrieved on 2013 February 4.
- ↑ Meghan McCarthy (2013-04-01). MMeghanMcCarthy: Episode 404 is called “Meet .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 May 13.
- ↑ M.A. Larson (2014-05-13). M_A_Larson: Come on, two days into the .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 May 13.
- ↑ Welcome Equestria's New Alicorn: Fleur Dis Lee!. Equestria Daily (2013-03-28). Retrieved on 2013 March 28.
- ↑ Aa73diQ.png (2013-03-28). Retrieved on 2013 March 28.
- ↑ Master file type02&04_pony guide.jpg (2012-11-11). Retrieved on 2013 February 4.
- ↑ Grown Up Ponies. Retrieved on 2013 February 4.
- ↑ Engineered Alicorn. Retrieved on 2013 February 4.
- ↑ All Dem Ponies. Retrieved on 2013 March 1.
- ↑ Iconic Print. Retrieved on 2013 February 4.
- ↑ Exclusive Season 1 Retrospective Interview with Lauren Faust. Equestria Daily (2011-09-16). Retrieved on 2013 February 4.
- ↑ Lauren Faust (2011-09-16). Interview for Equestria Daily by *fyre-flye on deviantART. Retrieved on 2013 February 4.