| Bulk Biceps|
Human ( )
Masseur at Ponyville Day Spa
|Nicknames||Bu (The Periodic Table of My Little Pony)|
|Relatives||"Mama Biceps"[discuss] (mom) –|
| Cutie mark|
|Voice||Jayson Thiessen (English, S2E22, S3E7 & S4E24)|
Michael Dobson (English, S4E10, S5E3 & S6E4)
Hanns Jörg Krumpholz (German)
Daniele Crasti (Italian, S6E4)
Hiroshi Shirokuma (Japanese)
Mikołaj Klimek (Polish, seasons 4 and 6)
Jakub Szydłowski (Polish, season 5)
Salvador Reyes (Latin American Spanish)
Wellington Lima (Brazilian Portuguese, season 4)
Development and design
Bulk Biceps has a much larger, more muscular build than most other background ponies in the show; he shares his body design with "Mama Biceps" and S06E03 Unnamed Earth Stallion #2. Though a fully grown stallion, he also has considerably smaller wings than the other adult Pegasi, more closely resembling wings of Pegasus foals, although his wings can function as well as any other Pegasus. Unlike other background Pegasi introduced in Hurricane Fluttershy, like Thunderlane, Blossomforth, and Silverspeed, Bulk Biceps was not officially named in the episode's script and was intended as "more of a visual gag." In the script, what would become his lines were only attributed to "pony walla" ('walla' being a general term in scriptwriting and voice ADR work for miscellaneous background voices), and the storyboard artists and animators made the decision to turn "pony walla" into a boisterous, large Pegasus. The name "Bulk Biceps" was first listed in Michael Dobson's online resume in October 2013 as a My Little Pony role voiced by Michael Dobson, and was later listed in Enterplay's collectible card game. Shortly after the character's cameo in Flight to the Finish was first aired on December 14, 2013, Meghan McCarthy tweeted "Hmm. I wonder what the guy with the dumbbell Cutie Mark’s name is. #MLPseason4". He was eventually named in Rainbow Falls.
Depiction in the series
Bulk Biceps first appears in the opening scene in Hurricane Fluttershy where he gives the first of what would be several emphatic "YEAH"'s during Rainbow Dash's speech. He makes several more appearances throughout the episode, most of which are accompanied by another shout of "YEAH!" He flies among the rest of the Pegasi in the hurricane and isn't noticeably impeded by the smaller size of his wings.
Season threeBulk Biceps later appears as a trainee in Wonderbolts Academy. When sized up by Spitfire of the Wonderbolts, he's instantly intimidated by her. During training, he is Cloudchaser's wing pony. Like his fellow Wonderbolts trainees, he ends up stuck in clouds due to Lightning Dust's eccentric flying. In a cloud clearing exercise, he busts clouds with his teeth rather than his hooves, letting out another "YEAH!" Later, when Rainbow Dash's friends are saved from danger, he catches the care package they had made for her. Finally, when Rainbow Dash is made a lead pony (after Lightning Dust's discharge from the academy), he salutes her.
Season fourBulk Biceps appears again in the season four episode Flight to the Finish, during Hearts Strong as Horses, holding one end of a tug-of-war rope in his mouth and eventually lets go of it when a butterfly scares him away.
He appears in the episode Rainbow Falls as one member of a three-Pegasus relay team consisting of himself, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy. The three represent Ponyville and compete to qualify for the Equestria Games. Throughout the episode, Bulk Biceps struggles to overcome the relay course. Unlike his participation in the hurricane, while flying alone his diminutive wing size makes him much slower than even Fluttershy. His bulky torso also makes it difficult to squeeze through the rings in the obstacle portions of the course. Eventually his along with his teammates' determination earns them a qualifying spot in the Games. Bulk's agility improves, and he is able to contort his way through a ring to pass the horse-shoe to Fluttershy. Bulk Biceps' speaking role in this episode is more prominent compared to his past series appearances.
In Simple Ways, Bulk appears in the crowd during the choosing of the pony of ceremonies for the Ponyville Days festival. In Inspiration Manifestation, Bulk appears at the "Test Your Strength" bell, which Pinkie hits her head on.
Bulk Biceps appears with his team in Equestria Games.
He has several cameo appearances throughout Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1 and Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2. In the former episode and its recap at the beginning of the latter episode, he is seen wearing his Wonderbolt Academy uniform.
In Castle Sweet Castle, Bulk Biceps appears as a masseur at the Ponyville Day Spa.
Season sixBulk Biceps appears in On Your Marks with a cutie mark problem for the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Having lifted every dumbbell in Ponyville, he doesn't know what to do next. Scootaloo suggests that he try lifting other things, and Sweetie Belle suggests teaching other ponies to lift things after he himself runs out of things to lift.
In No Second Prances, Bulk Biceps appears at the Ponyville Day Spa, working as a masseur. In A Hearth's Warming Tail, he appears during Hearth's Warming Eve Is Here Once Again (Reprise). In Applejack's "Day" Off, he gives Mr. Cake a painful-looking massage at the spa.
In The Cart Before the Ponies, Bulk appears as an Applewood Derby spectator wearing a drinking helmet. In The Fault in Our Cutie Marks, Bulk appears teaching a pair of foals how to weight-left. He also appears briefly during Find the Purpose in Your Life.
- See also: Character appearances
|Y||At least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot|
|S||At least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot, without spoken dialogue or narration|
|B||Background appearance or an appearance where the character is not the focus|
|M||No appearance, but a mention by name or title|
|N||No appearance and no mention by name or title|
Depiction in filmsPrincipal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna are on stage. He also participates in the CHS Musical Showcase playing the violin. He eliminates MC Snips and DJ Snazzy Snails in the first round, but is eliminated by the Rainbooms in the second. He is also seen fighting with Derpy while Lyra Heartstrings and Sweetie Drops restrain her. During the ending credits, he helps lift up Sunset Shimmer so she can reach Angel on a hard-to-reach perch.
Bulk Biceps appears briefly in the musical short Life is a Runway, smiling awkwardly at Rarity when she passes him by.
In the musical short Friendship Through the Ages, Bulk Biceps partially appears during Rainbow Dash's verse.
Bulk Biceps has a brief non-speaking cameo appearance in this short where Sweetie Drops defeats him in an arm-wrestling contest.
Bulk has at least one speaking line in this film, where he suggests arts and crafts as a possible activity, claiming that he is doing it for his mother.
In Friendship is Magic, he appears in Issue #1 on page 3/Dynamic Forces exclusive cover RE, appears in Issue #9 on page 15, appears in Issue #12, appears on Phoenix Comics & Games (and Everfree Northwest) exclusive cover RE of Issue #20, and appears on Phantom Variant cover RE of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #22, in a parody of the cover of the first issue of The Incredible Hulk. He later appears on page 20 of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #12, is mentioned on pages 4 and 19 and appears on page 20 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #31, appears on page 4 of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #18, appears on page 18 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #41, and appears on pages 3 and 4 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #44.
Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare chapter 7 refers to "Snowflake—the strongest Pegasus in Cloudsdale", and Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo mentions Snowflake as being a former contestant of the Sweet Apple Acres Pie-Eatin' Extravaganza, both likely in reference to Bulk Biceps under a name previously used by Andy Price and earlier by the fan community; this name was used by Hasbro for G1 and G3 Earth pony mares. In Discord and the Ponyville Players Dramarama, Bulk Biceps appears as a "stagehoof" during the Ponyville Players Spring Musical.
Bulk Biceps is a character in Gameloft's mobile game. The game's description of him states, "Bulk Biceps is one super-strong, super-spry stallion! Can I get an 'OH YEEEEAH'?!" The game's unused description of him states, "A trainee at the Wonderbolts Academy, Bulk Biceps is a Pegasus with tiny wings and massive enthusiasm for everything he does. "
Bulk Biceps appears on the season two poster behind Flitter and Cloudchaser, grouped with other Pegasi from Hurricane Fluttershy. He is titled "MUSCLE PONY" in the 2013 guidebook The Elements of Harmony.
In Enterplay's collectible card game, α #101 R, Good Hustle, shows Bulk Biceps in an image from Hurricane Fluttershy and attributes to him the quote "YEAH!" In the game's expansion set Canterlot Nights, card #192 UR of Bulk Biceps lists his name with a trademark symbol and gives him the description "Bulk Biceps is possibly the least aerodynamic pegasus in the history of Equestria. How he overcomes wind resistance is anypony's guess." In the game's expansion set The Crystal Games, card #6 R of Bulk Biceps gives him the description "It might have been a good idea if Bulk Biceps LOST some muscle mass before the Equestria Games. Nopony wanted to be the one to suggest it to him, though." Absolute Discord expansion set card #55 C gives him the description "Bulk Biceps didn't get why nopony liked Rarity's first uniform design for the Equestria Games. He thought it was simply divine." Equestrian Odysseys expansion set card #103 U gives him the description "A massage from Bulk Biceps is a once in a lifetime experience. Mostly because nopony ever asks him for a second one." High Magic expansion set card #3 U gives him the description "Bulk Biceps can bench press more than twice his own weight. This doesn't help much with getting up off the ground." Marks in Time expansion set card #59 R of Bulk Biceps features the quote "Just 500 more reps, then time for squats! Never skip leg day!"
A[specify] magazine gives Bulk Biceps the description "He may have small wings, but this brawny pony is a gifted Wonderbolts trainee. He's also a famous weightlifter and a masseur at La-Ti-Da Spa."
- — Multiple occasions
- "Yes, ma'am!"
- — Wonderbolts Academy
- "I'm all muscles! YEAH!"
- — Rainbow Falls
- "We'll make them proud!"
- — Rainbow Falls
- "'P' is for 'Rainbow Dash'!"
- — Rainbow Falls
- "Let's do this, little dragon!"
- — Castle Sweet Castle
- "I know exactly what you mean. You can't find a cutie mark problem. I have a cutie mark problem. It's so confusing, and I feel like the solution is staring me right in the muzzle."
- — On Your Marks
- "Arts and crafts! My mom... needs new pot holders."
- — Human version, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #9 page 15
- Bulk Biceps: You! Are you ready to buff up?!
- Big McIntosh: Nope.
- Bulk Biceps: Yeah!
- Big McIntosh: ...Nope.
- Bulk Biceps: Yeah!
- Big McIntosh: ...Nope.
- Bulk Biceps: Yeah!
- Big McIntosh: ...Nope.
- Bulk Biceps: Well okay! You have a nice day!
- Big McIntosh: ...'Yup.
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #44 page 3
- Bulk Biceps: Don't know why you're evil, but you are killing it! Yeah yeah!
- Twilight Sparkle Sometimes the cupboard is empty, apparently.
- Bulk Biceps: Yeaaah!
- "Just 500 more reps, then time for squats! Never skip leg day!"
- — Enterplay collectible card game Marks in Time card #59 R of Bulk Biceps
- ↑ Image on Behind the Voice Actors. Retrieved on 2013 October 30.
- ↑ Dubbingpedia's publication of an e-mail from SDI. Dubbingpedia (2014-05-12). Retrieved on 2014 May 15.
- ↑ Dubbingpedia's publication of credits from SDI's e-mail (Polish). Retrieved on 2015 August 3.
- ↑ Nayuki giving the names of ponies from Hurricane Fluttershy. Allspark Forum (2012-03-24). Retrieved on 2012 April 16. Archived locally.
- ↑ Cindy Morrow (2012-11-18). "Pony Walla" turned into one awesome muscular pony with little wings. Twitter. Retrieved on 2013 April 14.
- ↑ Scribd. Retrieved on 2013 December 17.
- ↑ Meghan McCarthy (2013-12-14). MMeghanMcCarthy: Hmm. I wonder what the guy .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2013 December 15.
- ↑ Dana Claire Simpson (2014-06-07). I did a cover for pony comics. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2014 June 8.
- ↑ Andy Price (2012-10-13). MLP:FIM Page 3 issue 1. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2014 February 23.
- ↑ Camera Upload. Imgur (2016-07-30). Retrieved on 2016 July 30.