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Buck Withers
Kind Earth
Sex Male
Occupation Student at Canterlot Academy (formerly)
More info
Eyes Moderate harlequin
Mane Pale, light grayish gold, brilliant gold, and brilliant gamboge
Coat Light violetish gray
Relatives Unnamed mother
Unnamed father
Cutie mark
Comic issue 12 Buck Withers cutie mark crop

Buck Withers is a male Earth pony who appears in the IDW comics story arc Neigh Anything. He is a former student of Canterlot Academy and bully to Shining Armor.

Development and design

Buck Withers is inspired by James Spader's character Steff McKee in the 1986 romantic comedy film Pretty in Pink; IDW comics artist Andy Price even describes Buck as "James Spader in "pretty in Pink"... with four legs."[1] When asked on Twitter if Buck was related to the Kill Bill: Volume 1 character Buck, Price answered "no, only shares the name".[2]

Buck Withers resembles a pony in My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #4 page 8 panels 2-6.

Depiction in comics

Buck Withers appears in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #11-12 story arc Neigh Anything. In a flashback to Shining Armor and Princess Cadance's days at Canterlot Academy, Buck is a popular yet self-absorbed school student and captain of the polo team who regularly bullies Shining Armor and his friends. He is especially sought after by Cadance's friends Diamond Rose and Lemony Gems.

During the Academy's pep rally and Fall Formal parade, Buck flirts with Cadance in the audience, but she remains aloof to his advances. When Shining Armor and his friends put on an extravagant performance to get Cadance's attention, Buck mocks and laughs at it, causing Shining Armor to shuffle away in humiliation.

During the championship polo game, Shining Armor and his friends attempt to distract Buck and make him look like the worst player on the field. Unfortunately, their efforts backfire on them and Buck ends up looking like the star of the game. Even worse, Buck succeeds in asking Cadance to the Fall Formal dance before Shining Armor does, much to his disappointment.

When picking up Cadance at Canterlot Castle on the night of the Fall Formal, Buck makes a bad first impression on Princess Celestia. At the dance, Cadance summarily dumps Buck in order to get close to Shining Armor. Before Buck can confront the two of them, the Fall Formal King and Queen are announced, with Cadance as Queen and Buck as King. Buck ridicules Shining Armor in front of everyone as he is given his crown, but the other ponies present call him out on his bullying behavior. Cadance takes his crown and gives it to Shining Armor, and Buck himself is hoisted over the ballroom.

In present day, Buck Withers is nicer and more mellowed out. He is now in a relationship with Lemony Gems, and he and Shining Armor are on much friendlier terms.

Quotes

"Hope you had a nice trip, Poindexter!"
— To Gizmo, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #11
"Geeks! What a bunch of geeks! Ha ha!"
— Referring to Shining Armor, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #11
"Cadance, how'd you like to go to the Fall Formal with me?"
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #11
"Helloooo! Princess Celestia! Can I call you Celestia? We're practically family now that I'm dating the fair Cadance! Wow! Canterlot Castle! I could get used to living here! Maybe after graduation there'll be wedding bells! Lucky you! Let's go, Cadance! Mustn't be late for our first public appearance as Canterlot's newest celebrity couple."
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #12
"...And then this summer my mummy dearest would just love to have you out on our air balloon! She was simply thrilled when I told her we were going to the dance together... She and Father were just..."
— To Princess Cadance My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #12
"You're not good enough for her, Shining Armor. You never will be. I'm the one who deserves a happily ever after. Not you... And everypony in this ballroom thinks so! Ha!"
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #12
"Cadance! I'm Buck Withers! I'm polo captain! I... I have amazing cheek bones!"
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #12
"This way my lil' honey bunches! Let me pull out a chair for you!"
— To Lemony Gems, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #12

Gallery

See also

  • Pony with a similar name: Withers.

References

  1. Andy Price (2013-09-10). MLP issue 11... The Other Stallion!. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2016 February 12.
  2. Andy Price (2014-08-30). Andy Price on Twitter: "@imjoshdean @DragonCon no, only shares the name, he's a character we created for the comics". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 February 12.

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