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Chancellor Neighsay
Chancellor Neighsay ID S8E2

Chancellor Neighsay in School Daze - Part 2
Kind Unicorn
Sex Male
Occupation Head of the Equestria Education Association
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Eyes Moderate turquoise
Mane Dark grayish azure
Coat Light azureish gray
Magic aura Light tangelo
Voice Maurice LaMarche (English)
Petri Hanttu (Finnish)
Marek Robaczewski (Polish)
Oleg Virozub (Russian)

Chancellor Neighsay, or simply, Neighsay,[note 1] is a male unicorn pony who first appears as the main antagonist of the season eight premiere School Daze. He is the head of the Equestria Education Association, or EEA, a board of scholars who oversee all schools in Equestria.

Development and design

Chancellor Neighsay shares his body type with "Sprig Hooffield" and S07E10 Unnamed Earth Stallion #4 and has a similar body type to Trenderhoof, "Free Throw", "Natural Deduction", "Uptown Clover", "Mustafa Combe", and S06E17 Unnamed Earth Stallion #6.

Neighsay's name is a portmanteau of "neigh" and "nay-say", which means "to oppose". It is similar to the song Neighsayer, the in-series expression neighsayer, and the character Neigh Sayer.

Jim Miller has stated that Neighsay's resemblance to Doctor Strange "wasn't intentional"[1] but regarding the inspiration for Neighsay, "There’s a touch of sorcerer supreme in there for sure. Plus some Sheriff of Nottingham"—as played by Alan Rickman[2] in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves—"and other stuff."[3]

Depiction in the series

Chancellor Neighsay and the EEA members S8E1
In School Daze - Part 1, Chancellor Neighsay first appears when Twilight Sparkle and Spike meet with him and his association to get the School of Friendship approved. The chancellor approves the school with the conditions that they strictly follow the EEA's guidelines and not leave the school unattended to go off on their friendship adventures. In addition, he approves it under the assumption that it will be a school for ponies only, and will teach its students how to protect themselves from other creatures.

Neighsay later pays a visit to the school to check on Twilight's progress, just as the new students decide to cut class for the afternoon. Twilight, Starlight Glimmer, and Rainbow Dash distract him by giving him a tour of the school and summarizing the main points of its curriculum. The students return in time for Friends and Family Day, but changeling student Ocellus appears in the form of a giant insect-like creature, causing chaos at the event. Upon seeing that non-ponies are enrolled at the school, Neighsay reveals his prejudice toward other creatures and insinuates that they would use the school's lessons against Equestria.

Chancellor Neighsay "the EEA has spoken" S8E2
Neighsay's sentiments are such an insult to Prince Rutherford, Ember, Thorax, Grampa Gruff, and Seaspray that they pull their students out of the school. Determining that Twilight failed to uphold the guidelines and standards of the EEA, Chancellor Neighsay closes the School of Friendship and locks its doors with a magical seal.

In School Daze - Part 2, Neighsay returns when Twilight breaks his magic seal in an attempt to reopen the school without the EEA's influence. He declares that the school's non-pony element would be dangerous and unpredictable, but his views are opposed not only by Twilight but also Princess Celestia. The chancellor eventually relents and leaves, proclaiming that Twilight's school could potentially destroy Equestria.

Chancellor Neighsay appears again in Friendship University, where he approves of and accredits Flim and Flam's Friendship University, favoring it over Twilight's school due to its pony-only environment.

In School Raze - Part 1, Neighsay appears at the School of Friendship again. Fed up with Twilight constantly leaving the school insufficiently attended, especially during the crisis of magic disappearing across Equestria, he assumes control of the school and declares it to be for ponies only. He also ties up the Young Six for suspicion of being the ones responsible for the disappearing magic, intending to summon their guardians to take most of them home. In Part 2, Neighsay's new position as the school's headstallion is usurped when Cozy Glow orchestrates a school uprising, and she and the students tie him up in chains. After the Young Six help him escape, he uses his EEA medallion to travel to Canterlot and warn the princesses about Cozy's plans. In the end, he realizes he was wrong about non-pony creatures and welcomes Twilight back as headmare.

Other depictions

Software

My Little Pony (mobile game)

Chancellor Neighsay is a character in Gameloft's mobile game. His in-game description states, "The supercilious head of the Equestria Educational Association ALWAYS does things by the book. The book is about pedagogy, and it is extremely long."

Appearances

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Personality

Chancellor Neighsay is portrayed as very strict and conservative, insistent that all schools under the EEA's authority follow its guidelines. He is also very prejudiced toward non-pony creatures, openly describing them as dangerous and even going as far as to disrespect them while in their presence. Despite his rough personality, however, he does appear to care for the quality of education and the safety of pony students, justifying his actions and beliefs as being for the greater good of Equestria. After being rescued by the Young Six when Cozy Glow takes over the School of Friendship, Neighsay shows a kinder and more tolerant attitude, apologizing for his prejudice and finally showing acceptance of Twilight's institution.

Quotes

"Princess Twilight Sparkle. I am Chancellor Neighsay. Equestria owes you a great debt. But princess or no, we expect you to do things by... the... book!"
School Daze - Part 1
"And can we trust you to follow through with this plan? Will you leave the school unattended to gallop off on your... "adventures"?"
— School Daze - Part 1
"Honesty is imperative."
— School Daze - Part 1
"Those are students? But you said you were opening this school to protect Equestria! To defend ponies from... dangerous creatures who don't have our best interests at heart!"
— To Twilight Sparkle, School Daze - Part 1
"Well, perhaps you should return to your kind."
— To Prince Rutherford, School Daze - Part 1
"Irresponsible teachers, students skipping class, endangering ponies! Your school is a disaster. Perhaps if you had had higher standards for who was admitted, this could have been avoided."
— To Twilight Sparkle, School Daze - Part 1
"Who dared remove my seal?"
School Daze - Part 2
"Classes won't start at all! The EEA has spoken, and none shall pass!"
— School Daze - Part 2
"Allowing all of these creatures to attend your school, changing the rules for them – it simply won't work!"
— School Daze - Part 2
"The Equestria Educational Association has taken an interest in institutions that teach friendship in a pony-first environment."
Friendship University
"I understand feeling threatened by competition, but my word, Princess. I wonder if the ill manners of the creatures at your school aren't contagious. I think I will take my leave before I become infected."
— To Twilight Sparkle, Friendship University
"With Equestria under attack, ponies must stand together. Twilight has endangered us all by skipping off on friendship trips while these dangerous creatures run loose."
School Raze - Part 1
"I thought friendship was something only ponies should share with each other. But you all taught me how wrong I was. I suppose true friendship can take a lifetime to understand."
— To the Young Six, School Raze - Part 2

Gallery

Chancellor Neighsay writes down more notes S8E1

Chancellor Neighsay image gallery

See also

Notes

  1. As credited in School Daze - Part 1 and School Daze - Part 2's closing credits.

References

  1. Jim Miller (2018-03-25). Big Jim on Twitter: "Is it just the goatee and high collar? It wasn’t intentional.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 March 25.
  2. Jim Miller (2018-08-04). Big Jim on Twitter: "RICKMAN, BABY!… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 August 5.
  3. Jim Miller (2018-08-04). Big Jim on Twitter: "There’s a touch of sorcerer supreme in there for sure. Plus some Sheriff of Nottingham and other stuff.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 August 5.