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Diamond Dogs

DD Rover ID S1E19

Rover of the Diamond Dog leaders in A Dog and Pony Show

DD Fido ID S1E19

Fido of the Diamond Dog leaders in A Dog and Pony Show

DD Spot ID S1E19

Spot of the Diamond Dog leaders in A Dog and Pony Show

Diamond Dog subordinate ID S1E19

A Diamond Dog guard in A Dog and Pony Show

Friends Forever issue 6 Chancellor Jim

Chancellor Jim of Dimondia in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #6

Rover ID EG2

Rover's human counterpart in Player Piano

Fido ID EG2

Fido's human counterpart in Player Piano

Spot ID EG2

Spot's human counterpart in Player Piano

Kind Dog
Human (EG)
Sex Male
Residence Cave Systems, including in the Appaloosan Mountains
Dimondia
Occupation Collecting gems
Other links
More info
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)
Oliver Siebeck (German)
Giovanni Battezatto (Italian)
Kentaro Ito (Japanese)
Oh In-sung (Korean)
Janusz Wituch (Polish)
Ivo Roberto (Brazilian Portuguese)
Nikita Prozorovsky (Russian)
Carló Vásquez (Latin American Spanish)
As Fido:
Garry Chalk (English)
Just Meijer (Dutch)
Pietro Ubaldi (Italian)
Kenta Miyake (Japanese)
Bang Sung-joon (Korean)
Jacek Król (Polish)
Cesar Marchetti (Brazilian Portuguese)
As Spot:
Lee Tockar (English)
Rolf Koster (Dutch)
Mario Scarabelli (Italian)
Nobutoshi Canna (Japanese)
Shin Yong-woo (Korean)
Cezary Kwieciński (Polish)
Cesar Marchetti (Brazilian Portuguese)
The Diamond Dogs are a group of dogs who first appear as the antagonists of 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 with ease. Their human counterparts are seen in the Rainbow Rocks animated short Player Piano and make cameo appearances in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks.


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.

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

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.

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 Rainbow Rocks

In addition to appearing in one of the animated shorts, the human versions of the Diamond Dogs are seen in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks: at the beginning of the film digging for diamonds outside of Canterlot High School, during the pre-Battle of the Bands party in the school gymnasium, and in the crowd of students during the Battle of the Bands itself. At one point, Spot makes a face at one of the eco-kids.

Player Piano

Rarity on top of grand piano EG2
Human versions of Rover, Fido, and Spot, the Diamond Dog boys, are seen in the My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks animated short Player Piano. When Rarity struggles in moving a grand piano to the Canterlot High band room, she sees the boys digging a hole in front of the school. She calls out to them and attract them with her dazzling allure, but they appear more taken by her jewel-shaped hairclip.

At Rarity's request, the boys carry the piano to the band room, going so far as barreling through a dense gathering of students to get there. The boys watch as Rarity plays the keytar and, in the end, carry the piano for her once again to the school gym.

Other depictions

IDW comics

Comic micro 7 Jetpack cover
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.

On page 5 of the story The Fall of Sunset Shimmer, a book titled The Origin of the Diamond Dogs is visible on a shelf in a dark magic library in Canterlot Castle.

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 two Diamond Dogs, and the issue's story introduces the kingdom of Dimondia populated by Diamond Dogs, including Jim, the queen's chancellor. The dogs of Dimondia appoint Trixie as their queen and worship her due to a believed ability to locate gems, and Jim states that Rover, Fido, Spot, and their subordinates were banished from Dimondia some time ago because they were "more rough" than the rest of their pack. It is stated that Dimondia has gone through a number of kings and queens that have all eventually vacated the throne. As such, they fashioned a magic crown (or "leash") that prevents the wearer from removing it or leaving Dimondia, and Trixie becomes its most recent wearer. The only way to remove the crown is for the Diamond Dogs to lose faith in their ruler, which Trixie and Rainbow Dash do by giving up the kingdom's jewels and enforcing changes on Dimondia that the Diamond Dogs disagree with.

My Little Pony (mobile game)

My Little Pony Gameloft Diamond Dogs update
A post by the official Facebook page of the game refers to Rover by name.[4]

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. Timeline Photos (2014-03-17). Retrieved on 2014 March 26.

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