The Diamond Dogs' human counterparts in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks/Animated shorts
Human ( )
|Residence||Cave Systems, including in the Appaloosan Mountains|
|Eyes|| Grayish spring bud (Rover)|
Very light yellow (Fido)
Light yellow (Spot)
|Coat|| Medium gray (Rover)|
Cornflower bluish gray (Fido)
Grayish gamboge (Spot)
Grayish brown (guards)
Scott McNeil (English)
Dieter Jansen (Dutch)
Giovanni Battezatto (Italian)
Kentaro Ito (Japanese)
Janusz Wituch (Polish)
Nikita Prozorovsky (Russian)
Carló Vásquez (Latin American Spanish)
Garry Chalk (English)
Just Meijer (Dutch)
Pietro Ubaldi (Italian)
Kenta Miyake (Japanese)
Jacek Król (Polish)
Lee Tockar (English)
Rolf Koster (Dutch)
Mario Scarabelli (Italian)
Nobutoshi Canna (Japanese)
Cezary Kwieciński (Polish)
DevelopmentLauren Faust stated that the names the Diamond Dog leaders were given in the script are Rover, Fido and Spot. However, she didn't recall which ones have which name. Their identities have since been confirmed by the show's supervising director Jayson Thiessen, later by merchandise, and later still partly by promotional material. Rover, the medium-sized dog, is the leader of the trio, while Fido is the large-sized one and Spot is the small, bulldog-like one. Rover is voiced by Scott McNeil, Fido is voiced by Garry Chalk and Spot is voiced by Lee Tockar. The name, Diamond Dogs, is a reference to David Bowie's 1974 album of the same name.
Depiction in the series
Rover, Fido, and Spot secretly watch Rarity and Spike as they collect gems, initially thinking Spike is the gem finder, before realizing that Rarity is using her magic to find them. They then make themselves known and tell Rarity they hunt for gems, and will hunt for her since she can find the gems. They have a tussle with Rarity and Spike but manage to abduct Rarity into their extensive system of underground mines.They attempt to force Rarity to find gems for them, but Rarity puts on a complaining and whining act, tricking them into doing all the work while she relaxes. When Rover gets wise to this, he forces Rarity to pull the gem cart, calling her a mule. In response, Rarity acts hurt, crying loudly about being compared to an "old, ugly mule." By the time Rarity's friends arrive to save her, the Diamond Dogs are begging for Rarity to leave, even letting her take all their gems with her.
The three main Diamond Dogs wear jackets (With the pockets stuffed full of gems) and diamond-studded collars, while the rest of the Diamond Dogs wear metal armor and carry lances. They alternate between walking on their hind legs and all fours, their elongated forelegs giving them a gorilla-like appearance. They also have short and stubby spiked tails.
Depiction in Equestria Girls: Rainbow RocksHuman versions of Rover, Fido, and Spot, the Diamond Dog boys, are seen in animated short clips in the trailer for My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, carrying human Rarity on human Trixie's grand piano into the band room and watching Rarity play the keytar.
Other depictionsMy Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #2 story The Return of Queen Chrysalis Part II appear to be constructed by the Diamond Dogs' ancestors as there are statues in their likeness in the background. The mines have several odd artifacts (such as a skull that Pinkie Pie affectionately names "Mr. Bones"), and have seemingly been abandoned and are now inhabited by a clan of spider-like creatures. In addition, the map included with the issue notes that poachers known as the Diamond Dogs live in the Appaloosan Mountains. This is likely a reference to the David Bowie song, which includes the line "The diamond dogs are poachers and they hide behind trees".
One of the statues in the mine bears heavy resemblance to Ziggy Stardust, a fictional rock star persona adopted by David Bowie in the early 1970s. Two statues are labeled "Ziggy" and something beginning "Stard..." respectively, and another says "red gems only: red like jungle burning bright", a reference to the David Bowie song Cat People. The final statue seen says "never look back, walk tall, act fine", a reference to another Bowie song, Golden Years. One sign says "sashay on the boardwalk, scurry to the ditch", another line from the song Diamond Dogs.
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The Elements of Harmony guidebook
The DIAMOND DOGS, known as FIDO, ROVER, and SPOT, may be big and brutish, but don't be fooled, because these canines aren't very bright. If you ever find yourself up against them, don't despair; their thirst for shiny gemstones makes them easily trickable.
Page 56 of Little, Brown's My Little Pony Friendship is Magic official guidebook My Little Pony: The Elements of Harmony refers to Fido, Rover, and Spot (in that order) each by name, using color coding.
Series 2 of Enterplay's trading cards includes a Diamond Dogs card, #33. The back of the card refers to Spot, Fido, and Rover (in that order) each by name, attributing to Rover his quote "Letting a pony order us around! What are we, mice or dogs?"
|Diamond Dogs image gallery|
- ↑ Pyritie's question to Lauren (2011-06-27).
- ↑ Lauren Faust's reply (2011-06-27). “In the script they were Rover, Fido and Spot. I forget which was which, though.”
- ↑ Jayson Thiessen confirming which name each dog had (2011-06-28). “Rover was the leader, Fido was the big guy, and Spot was the little bulldog type guy”
- ↑ Ishi Rudell (2014-04-03). ishiH3Art: @JamieKilpatrick because all .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 April 3.
- ↑ Timeline Photos (2014-03-17). Retrieved on 2014 March 26.