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MLP Art is Magic! - Fillydelphia skyline

Fillydelphia in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #14.

Fillydelphia is a metropolitan city in Equestria mentioned in several episodes and depicted in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #14 and various merchandise. It is populated by both ponies and dragons. The name of the city is a play on Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its name is spelled as "Fillydelphia" by Lauren Faust,[1][2] in the series' closed captioning, and in some merchandise, as "Filly Delphia" in other merchandise, and as "Phillydelphia" in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #18.

Development

Unicorn Family Sketch

"These were just random Fillydelphia residents."

According to series creator Lauren Faust, Ponyville was originally named Fillydelphia.[2] While this "didn't pan out", she was glad that the writing staff "got to use the name somewhere else."[1]

Fillydelphia's Dragon Town and its dragons in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #14 were "closely vetted by the show in the script and art, and as a result some things were changed to bring it closer into line for what the show wants to do."[3] IDW Publishing "got some direction on how the Dragon part of town should look."[4] Artist design choice and what is explored in the series were combined.[5]

Depiction in the series

Season one

Fillydelphia is first mentioned in Swarm of the Century when Princess Celestia states that a parasprite infestation has overtaken the town.

Season two

Rainbow Dash over 1000 S2E22

Fillydelphia abstractly depicted in Hurricane Fluttershy.

In A Friend in Deed, Cranky Doodle Donkey mentions to Pinkie Pie that he got a decorative red ornament in Fillydelphia during his travels across Equestria. In It's About Time, Rainbow Dash says to Twilight Sparkle that her Pegasus team "gave the all clear from Fillydelphia to Las Pegasus." In Hurricane Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash mentions that Fillydelphia broke the tornado windspeed record the previous year with a top speed of nine hundred and ten wingpower.

Season three

In Apple Family Reunion, Fillydelphia is mentioned as one of the towns from which Apple family members have RSVP'd for the family reunion. In Games Ponies Play, Fillydelphia is chosen to host the Equestria Games in a flashback.

Season four

In Pinkie Pride and Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2, Fillydelphia is shown on a map of Equestria as in merchandise without being identified by name. In Testing Testing 1, 2, 3, Applejack mentions that Granny Smith discovered the first granny smith apple in Fillydelphia when she was a filly. In Inspiration Manifestation, Rarity mentions Fillydelphia as one of the potential cities to which to spread her "creative genius."

Other depictions

Software

In Gameloft's mobile game, Fillydelphia is shown on the world map and may be an upcoming area.[6]

In Discovery Family (previously the Hub Network)'s online game Equestrivia Challenge, Fillydelphia has been offered as an incorrect answer to multiple quiz questions.[7]

Chapter books

In the chapter book Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity, Charity Sweetmint mentions that she is from Fillydelphia.

IDW comics

Friends Forever issue 14 Dragon Town

Fillydelphia's Dragon Town.

In My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #13, the Fillydelphia Phracturers are one of the pony roller derby teams featured on pages 19 and 20. In Issue #14, Fillydelphia is physically featured for the first time when Spike and Princess Luna go to the city to investigate a series of mysterious fires. Like Manehattan, Fillydelphia is a mostly modernized city with cement roads and skyscrapers. It has an all-unicorn police force, and it is also home to a thriving population of dragons who live in a separate part of the city called Dragon Town.

On Issue #18 page 10, Cirrus Cloud mentions that she manages weather in Fillydelphia (spelled here as "Phillydelphia").

Merchandise and promotional material

Fillydelphia is featured and mentioned in various merchandise and promotional material. On several versions of the official map of Equestria, Fillydelphia's name is spelled as "Filly Delphia" with a space or line break in the middle.

Fillydelphia is mentioned in a Hub advertisement and is listed in a Discovery Family (previously Hub) Facebook question.[8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lauren Faust (2011-08-30). Unicorn Family. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2015 April 15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lauren Faust (2013-03-15). Lauren Faust on Twitter: "@orangemeerkat Ponyville was originally Fillydelphia...". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 15.
  3. Bobby Curnow (2015-03-01). Re: Hello from the My Little Pony editor! (Ask Question thre. IDW Publishing Forums. IDW Publishing. Retrieved on 2015 April 15.
  4. Bobby Curnow (2015-03-04). Re: Hello from the My Little Pony editor! (Ask Question thre. IDW Publishing Forums. IDW Publishing. Retrieved on 2015 April 15.
  5. Bobby Curnow (2015-03-04). Re: Hello from the My Little Pony editor! (Ask Question thre. IDW Publishing Forums. IDW Publishing. Retrieved on 2015 April 15.
  6. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2014-06-05). Retrieved on 2015 April 23.
  7. quizData.xml (2014-08-08). Retrieved on 2015 April 15.
  8. The My Little Pony Friendship is Magic... - Discovery Family Daytime. Facebook (2012-04-23). Retrieved on 2015 April 15. [Defunct].

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