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Flim and Flam

Flim singing on podium ID S2E15

Flim

Flam singing ID S2E15

Flam

Comic issue 18 Alternate Flim and Flam

Flim and Flam in an alternate universe in Friendship is Magic Issue #18

Flim ID EG2

Flim's human counterpart in A Case for the Bass

Flam ID EG2

Flam's human counterpart in A Case for the Bass

Kind Unicorn
Human (Rainbow Rocks)
Sex Male
Occupation Traveling salesponies
Other links
More info
Eyes Moderate pistachio (series)
Brilliant amber (art print)
Mane ¤ Moderate red with white stripes
Coat Pale, light grayish olive
Magic aura Moderate green
Cutie mark
Flim Cutie Mark (Flim)

Flam cutie mark crop S2E15 (Flam)

Voice As Flim:
Samuel Vincent (English)[1]
Dirk Petrick (German)
Simone D'Andrea (Italian)
Wataru Takagi (Japanese)
Tomasz Steciuk (Polish)[2]
Evgeniy Waltz (Russian)
Antonio Ortiz (Latin American Spanish)
Niklas Gabrielsson (Swedish)
As Flam:
Scott McNeil (English)[1]
Dirk Stollberg (German)
Simone D'Andrea (Italian)
Yōhei Tadano (Japanese)
Wojciech Paszkowski (Polish)[2]
Wendell Bezerra (Brazilian Portuguese)
Nikita Prozorovsky (Russian)
Beto Castillo (Latin American Spanish)
Flim and Flam, collectively known as the Flim Flam Brothers, are twin salespony unicorn brothers who are featured as antagonists in The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000, Leap of Faith, and A Case for the Bass, and, in the IDW comics, are unseen antagonists mentioned in Micro-Series Issue #3's story How Rarity Got Her Groovy Back and also appear in Friendship is Magic Issue #10's story Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair - Part Deux "If You Only Have a Hammer, You See Every Problem as a Nail", Micro-Series Issue #10's story The Day Shift, and Friends Forever Issue #9's story. Their names are a play on a flimflam, a confidence trick or a scam. Flim is called Flim Skim in some merchandise. "Skim" has various definitions and meanings.


Depiction in the series

The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000

Flim Flam hooves outstretched S02E15

"He's Flim!" "He's Flam!" ""We're the world-famous Flim Flam Brothers!""

Flim and Flam first appear in the season two episode The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 on their cider-making contraption of the same name and introduce themselves through song and dance. With Ponyville's citizens faced with the dilemma of a limited quantity of manually pressed cider, they turn to Flim and Flam and their automated cider production. The brothers attempt to broker a deal with the Apple family to allow themselves business in Ponyville, calling for a 75-25 split in profits in their favor. When the Apples deny the offer, the brothers declare they will drive Sweet Apple Acres out of business.

The brothers return the next day and provoke the family into a cider-making competition to garner the rest of the town's favor, declaring that whoever produces the most barrels will be the winner. The Apple family uses manual labor to contend with the brothers, but Flim and Flam's technology overpowers them. Applejack's friends offer their help to the Apple family, which the brothers permit, calling the Apples' tactics a lost cause. The additional help allows the family to produce barrels much faster and endanger the brothers' lead. In a panic, the brothers enhance their machine's suction and turn off its quality control setting, causing it to suck up whole trees, and pulping and mixing the apples with rocks and branches.

At the end of the competition, Flim and Flam have produced the most barrels and are declared the winners. However, their tactics have caused their cider to taste horrible, and all the ponies refuse to drink it. Realizing nobody in Ponyville wants to buy their product, Flim and Flam decide to try the next town over and beat a hasty retreat.

Leap of Faith

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The Flim Flam Brothers marketing their "Miracle Curative Tonic".

The brothers return in the season four episode Leap of Faith, this time selling a product called the "Flim Flam Miracle Curative Tonic", using a song number to hype it as a panacea able to cure any ailment and injury, and even restore youth, among other outrageous claims. The tonic appears to work on a crutch-wielding volunteer in the audience, who casts off his crutches after drinking it; and later on Granny Smith, who overcomes her crippling fear of swimming.

Suspicious of Flim and Flam, Applejack visits the brothers' tent that night and discovers that the volunteer pony, Silver Shill, is part of the brothers' act to promote the tonic. When confronted by Applejack, the two partially admit that their tonic is a useless mixture of apple juice and beet leaves. However, they point out that Granny Smith's blissful ignorance of the tonic's true nature is allowing her to relive her youth as an aquapony, and guile Applejack into silence by suggesting that she would be denying her grandmother that happiness if the truth is revealed.

The next day, Flim and Flam sell their entire stock of tonic to Granny Smith for her to perform at the Ponyville Swim Meet, while Applejack unwittingly approves of its apparent beneficial effects, boosting their credibility. They set up shop at the swimming competition, promoting Silver Shill to help sell their tonic. However, Applejack realizes the bad example her dishonesty is setting for others and, after stopping Granny Smith from performing a dangerous high diving stunt, reveals that the tonic is fake. The brothers try to save face by endorsing the tonic's placebo effects, but Silver Shill, inspired by Applejack's honesty, intervenes and further confirms the brothers' schemes. Defeated again, Flim and Flam hastily flee Ponyville before anyone notices their absence.

The brothers appear in a flashback from this episode in Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1.

Depiction in Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Animated shorts

The human counterparts of Flim and Flam appear in the short A Case for the Bass, where they run a pawn shop called "The Flim Flam Brothers' Everything-Under-The-Sun Emporium". The brothers try to swindle Applejack when she comes to retrieve her bass guitar that Granny Smith had accidentally sold them at a garage sale for two dollars. When Applejack proves her ownership of the bass, the two compromise her into working as their costumed spokesperson to pay off the instrument.

Depiction in comics

Flim Flam brothers in comic issue 10

Flim and Flam in Friendship is Magic Issue #10.

Flim and Flam are mentioned in IDW comics' My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #3, having swindled characters Flax Seed and Wheat Grass into surrendering the land their spa is built on.

They also appear in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #10, selling parasprite repellent.

Flim and Flam appear again in My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #10, shown to have swindled Flax Seed and Wheat Grass out of their cart and another pony out of her sheep's wool. Princess Luna has Flim and Flam return the goods to all the ponies they had conned.

On Friendship is Magic Issue #18 page 12, Flim and Flam appear in a stained glass window labeled "Fairness". They are depicted wearing robes with a judge's gavel and the scales of justice.

In Friends Forever Issue #9, "the Flim Flam brothers are up to their old tricks. Only the two are no longer working together... something has divided the brothers!"[3]

Other depictions

Flim Skim and Flam mini-figure toys and collector cards are included in the eighth wave of mystery packs,[4] which feature the brothers on their packaging;[5] the Flim Skim toy was displayed at the 2013 New York Toy Fair.[6] According to Flim Skim's collector card, "FLIM SKIM of the Flim Flam Brothers loves to sing!" And according to Flam's collector card, "FLAM of the Flim Flam Brothers loves apple cider!"

My Little Pony mobile game description

Flim:
The brother of fellow salespony Flam, Flim sings and dances his way into Ponyville and attempts to sell low-quality cider, among other things!
Flam:
A traveling salespony, Flam has a mustache and can be found running the Balloon Pop Stand with his brother Flim.

According to the mobile game, Flim and Flam live in the cider machine. A promotional image posted by the official Facebook page of the game on May 27, 2014[7] uses fanart of the two Flim Flam Brothers,[8] an edited version of the Flim part of which is to be used in the game itself.[9]

The Elements of Harmony guidebook

The FLIM FLAM BROTHERS are a pair of salespony tricksters who travel from town to town, using song and dance to trick ponies into buying their wares. But it's all just a sham—the Unicorn duo are often run right out of town when their faulty products and shady tricks are revealed!

Quotes

"Don't worry, everypony, there are plenty of apples in Equestria. We'll find some others and make more cider than all of Ponyville can drink!"
— Flim, The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000
"With our machine, we can make enough cider in one hour to satisfy this entire town!"
— Flam, The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000
"Congratulations, Granny Smith! You just made the purchase of a lifetime!"
— Flim talking to Granny Smith, Leap of Faith
"Hypothetically..."
— Flam, Leap of Faith
"Theoretically..."
— Flim, Leap of Faith
"Buy it now while supplies last."
— Flam, Leap of Faith
"That could mean anything."
— Flam, A Case for the Bass
"Flim Flam's Miracle Curative Tonic! Buy it now, while supplies last."
— Enterplay collectible card game α #155 U card of Flim

Gallery

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Flim and Flam image gallery

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jayson Thiessen on Twitter (2012-01-29). Retrieved on 2012 January 29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tomasz Steciuk thanks Wojciech Paszkowski for duet in a song (Polish) (2013-01-29). Retrieved on 2013 November 11.
  3. "GI Joe" Regroups, Maberry's "Rot & Ruin" Debuts in IDW's September 2014 Solicitations. Comic Book Resources (2014-06-18). Retrieved on 2014 June 18.
  4. My Little Pony Crystal Blindbags. Tesco direct. Retrieved on 2013 March 4.
  5. Look what I found.. :P. Aquatic Neon (2013-03-03). Retrieved on 2013 March 4.
  6. Toy Fair 2013 Hasbro My Little Pony 055(1). Flickr (2013-02-09). Retrieved on 2013 March 4.
  7. Timeline Photos - My Little Pony Game. Facebook (2014-05-27). Retrieved on 2014 May 27.
  8. Flim FLam Brothers revector. deviantART (2012-02-19). Retrieved on 2014 May 27.
  9. Timeline Photos - My Little Pony Game. Facebook (2014-06-02). Retrieved on 2014 June 3.

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