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Diamond Dogs

DD Rover ID S1E19

Rover of the Diamond Dog leaders

DD Fido ID S1E19

Fido of the Diamond Dog leaders

DD Spot ID S1E19

Spot of the Diamond Dog leaders

Diamond Dogs ID EG2

The Diamond Dogs' human counterparts in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks/Animated shorts

Kind Dog
Human (Rainbow Rocks)
Sex Male
Residence Cave Systems, including in the Appaloosan Mountains
Occupation Collecting gems
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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)
Voice As Rover:
Scott McNeil (English)
Dieter Jansen (Dutch)
Giovanni Battezatto (Italian)
Kentaro Ito (Japanese)
Janusz Wituch (Polish)
Nikita Prozorovsky (Russian)
Carló Vásquez (Latin American Spanish)
As Fido:
Garry Chalk (English)
Just Meijer (Dutch)
Pietro Ubaldi (Italian)
Kenta Miyake (Japanese)
Jacek Król (Polish)
As Spot:
Lee Tockar (English)
Rolf Koster (Dutch)
Mario Scarabelli (Italian)
Nobutoshi Canna (Japanese)
Cezary Kwieciński (Polish)
The Diamond Dogs are a group of dogs and supporting antagonists who appear in the episode A Dog and Pony Show, led by the three dogs Rover, Fido, and Spot. After they see Rarity using her gem-finding spell, they kidnap her and force her to find gems for them. They aren't particularly smart and Rarity tricks them easily.


Development

Lauren 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.[1][2] Their identities have since been confirmed by the show's supervising director Jayson Thiessen,[3] 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.

Diamond Dog riding Applejack S1E19
A Diamond Dog guard riding Applejack.
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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.

Their voices and some of their mannerisms appear to be based off and inspired by the Lord of the Rings character Gollum.

Depiction in Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Rarity on top of grand piano EG2
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Human 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,[4] carrying human Rarity on human Trixie's grand piano into the band room and watching Rarity play the keytar.

Other depictions

IDW comics

Comic micro 7 Jetpack cover
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The mines that the ponies travel through in the My 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.

Of My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #7, Rover appears both on a Jetpack Comics exclusive cover RE and on the back of a Larry's Comics and Jetpack Comics exclusive wrap cover RE.

My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #6's SUB cover features silhouettes of Spot and another Diamond Dog.

My Little Pony (mobile game)

My Little Pony Gameloft Diamond Dogs update
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A post by the official Facebook page of the game refers to Rover by name.[5]

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.

Merchandise

Rover, Fido, and Spot appear on the Comic Con 2011 and Chaos is Magic posters.

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?"

Gallery

Rarity driving the dogs crazy S1E19
Diamond Dogs image gallery

See also

References

  1. Pyritie's question to Lauren (2011-06-27).
  2. Lauren Faust's reply (2011-06-27). “In the script they were Rover, Fido and Spot. I forget which was which, though.”
  3. 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”
  4. Ishi Rudell (2014-04-03). ishiH3Art: @JamieKilpatrick because all .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 April 3.
  5. Timeline Photos (2014-03-17). Retrieved on 2014 March 26.

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