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Cranky Doodle Donkey

Cranky Doodle Donkey in Ponyville S2E18

Cranky Doodle Donkey in Ponyville

Cranky in Canterlot S2E18

Young Cranky Doodle in a flashback

Cranky Doodle Donkey ID EG2

Cranky Doodle Donkey's human counterpart in Music to My Ears

Kind Donkey
Human (EG)
Sex Male
Residence In a cottage outside Ponyville
Other links
More info
Eyes Pale, light grayish arctic blue
Mane None
Dark grayish blue violet (younger)
Coat ¤ Grayish gamboge with a pale, light grayish gold muzzle
Voice Richard Newman (English)[1]
Axel Lutter (German)
Mario Scarabelli (Italian)
Takayuki Sugō (Japanese)
Miłogost Reczek (Polish)
Fabio Moura (Brazilian Portuguese)
Nikita Prozorovsky (Russian)
Joan Massotkleiner (European Spanish)
Blas Garcia (Latin American Spanish)
Cranky Doodle Donkey is a male donkey who first appears in the episode A Friend in Deed. His name is a pun on "Yankee Doodle Dandy", a famous song written by George M. Cohan in 1942.

Depiction in the series

Cranky Mumbles Doodle S02E18

Cranky Doodle Donkey

Cranky Doodle Donkey appears in the episode A Friend in Deed, right after Pinkie Pie sings the Smile Song. Unlike the other ponies, he does not smile as a result of Pinkie Pie's song.

Pinkie Pie annoys Cranky by trying to guess his name. He eventually reveals his full name, Cranky Doodle Donkey, which sets Pinkie Pie into a song of the same name and has her calling him "Doodle." Angry, Cranky yells at Pinkie, "Nopony calls me Doodle!" Pinkie offers Cranky her friendship, which he refuses, telling Pinkie that he has made enough friends in his life and that he came to Ponyville to settle down and live in peace.

Pinkie tries again, this time using her "Welcome Wagon" to sing a song. However, this backfires when the wagon's burst of confetti blows off Cranky's wig, which Pinkie then steps on believing it to be a spider. Pinkie tries to help by loudly announcing to the crowd that Cranky needs a new wig and points out his baldness. Infuriated and embarrassed, Cranky tries to leave, but Pinkie forces him to go to the local spa in an effort to make it up to him. Afterward, Pinkie presents Cranky with a new, blonde wig. Cranky thanks Pinkie, but he still does not smile.

Later, when Pinkie intrudes on Cranky unpacking at his new, secluded residence, he reveals that he has traveled far and wide across Equestria to various places such as Fillydelphia and Manehattan to search for a special friend of his. While looking through Cranky's belongings, Pinkie accidentally destroys a scrapbook that contains the only physical reminders he has of his special friend. Cranky throws Pinkie out of his house, declaring that he will "never, ever, ever, ever, ever" be her friend.

Determined to apologize, Pinkie returns to Cranky's later. Upon seeing her, Cranky vainly runs and tries to hide from Pinkie. Cranky angrily dismisses Pinkie's apology, telling her that she destroyed the only thing he had to remember his special friend by.

Cranky Smiling S2E18

Cranky finally smiles

Pinkie returns once more with Matilda, whose voice Cranky immediately recognizes. Shocked, he asks how Pinkie could know she is his special friend. Pinkie reveals that she remembered that Matilda has some of the same items in her scrapbook that he had in his. After briefly reminiscing about the night they met at the Grand Galloping Gala and how Matilda left a note for Cranky telling him she was moving to Ponyville (which Cranky never found), Matilda kisses Cranky, causing him to finally smile. Grateful for what she did, Cranky finally accepts Pinkie's offer of friendship but asks that he and Matilda be left alone together for the moment.

A donkey with his design appears briefly in Dragon Quest, ferrying Spike across a river on a raft.

In Magical Mystery Cure, one of Pinkie's flashbacks shows her felt imagination of Cranky.

Cranky appears in the background alongside Matilda during the Turkey Call contest in Filli Vanilli, and he is also part of Princess Twilight's welcome celebration in Trade Ya!

In the series' upcoming 100th episode, Cranky gets married to Matilda.[2][3]


True to his name, Cranky is initially easily annoyed and upset. When first introduced, he speaks sarcastically and uses quips. Only once reunited with his "special friend" does Cranky smile and show kindness and joy.

Depiction in Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Music to My Ears

Human Cranky Doodle Donkey EG2

Cranky Doodle's human counterpart in Music to My Ears.

The human version of Cranky, with his original black toupee, appears as a teacher in the animated short Music to My Ears.[4]


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YAt least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot
BBackground appearance or an appearance where the character is not the focus
MNo appearance, but a mention by name or title
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Other depictions

Chapter books

Cranky Doodle Donkey is mentioned in chapter 11 of Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell, "Rallying the Hoofs", in chapter 3 of Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party!, "The Road Less Sparkled", and in chapter 6 of Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare, "Heating Up". In chapter 15 of the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks screenplay novelization of animated shorts, human "Cranky Doodle was storming down the hallway in his usual grumpy mood when, all of a sudden, he jumped up in the air, did a split, landed, twirled, and opened the door to his classroom, singing and smiling." Later in the same chapter of the same book, "the kids in class just seemed noisy. Someone threw a paper airplane across the room. Another kid flung a spitball. Cranky Doodle yelled at them." Cranky Doodle Donkey appears in multiple chapters of Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo.

IDW comics

Cranky Doodle Donkey appears in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #1 on page 3/Dynamic Forces exclusive cover RE, wearing a wig of the same design as his old wig, in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #7 on page 2, in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #9 on page 18, and in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #31 on cover A.

The Elements of Harmony guidebook

CRANKY DOODLE DONKEY may be a crotchety old grouch who's reluctant to loosen up, but all that changed when the sweet-natured MATILDA came around. Matilda met the cranky mule at the Grand Galloping Gala, where he began courting her as his "special friend." Matilda is the only one who's allowed to call him by the nickname "Doodle."


"Kid, you're smarter than you look."
— To Pinkie Pie in A Friend in Deed
"Ever since that day, I've gone from town to town to town, searching all over Equestria for you... until finally I gave up. I came to Ponyville to retire from my search."
— A Friend in Deed


Cranky admiring himself S2E18

Cranky Doodle Donkey image gallery


  1. Andrea Libman commenting on Richard Newman's acting (2012-02-19). Retrieved on 2012 February 19.
  2. My Little Pony US Entertainment | Season 5 Teaser. YouTube (2015-03-05). Retrieved on 2015 March 7.
  3. A screenshot of a one-frame shot from the Season 5 Teaser
  4. Ishi Rudell (2014-04-01). ishiH3Art: More quotes I like from YouTube .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 April 3.

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