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Octavia Melody

Octavia Melody ID S4E23

Octavia Melody in Inspiration Manifestation

Octavia Melody ID EG2

Octavia Melody's human counterpart in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Kind Earth
Human (EG)
Sex Female
Residence A decorative house with DJ Pon-3
Occupation Cellist
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More info
Eyes Grayish mulberry
Mane ¤ Dark gray with a lighter tint
Coat Goldish gray
Nicknames Tavi, Oc (The Periodic Table of My Little Pony)
Relatives Unnamed Earth mare (ancient relative)[1]
Cutie mark
Card Creator WhomeverThisIs cutie mark
Voice Kazumi Evans (English)
Bruna Guerin (Brazilian Portuguese)
Silvia Gâscă (Romanian)
Octavia Melody is a background Earth pony who appears in the season one episode The Best Night Ever, in the season two episode Sweet and Elite, in the season four episodes Inspiration Manifestation and Equestria Games, in the film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, in the season five episodes Bloom & Gloom and Slice of Life, and in the IDW comics. She has a dark gray mane and tail, a light gray coat and light purple eyes, and she wears a pink bow-tie with a white collar. Her cutie mark is a violet treble clef. She is called simply Octavia in some merchandise and other media.


Development and design

Octavia Melody shares her eye design with Rarity, the spa ponies, and several background ponies, except for the iris. The origin of the name "Octavia" is attributed to both Alex McG in a comment on May 7, 2011, and a Blogger commenter going by the nickname "Octavia."[2] This fan-given name was officially adopted in Enterplay's cards and in Gameloft's mobile game each in 2012 and used in one of Little, Brown's chapter books, being expanded to "Octavia Melody" in Hasbro's toy line and in Funko's vinyl figure line each in 2013. The name "Octavia" likely refers to the musical concept of octaves, whereas "Melody" refers to the term of the same name.

While the show does not specifically identify Octavia Melody's instrument, cards state that it is a cello. William Anderson, the show's composer, has relayed to Equestria Daily that the music playing at the garden party in Sweet and Elite features a harp, two violins, and a cello, which pegs Octavia as a cellist.[3] The show's director, Jayson Thiessen, figures the instrument is a cello as it's "more sophisticated and appropriate for the gala."[4] Meghan McCarthy has indirectly referred to Octavia's role in Inspiration Manifestation as "cello playing."[5]

Re-use of character model

Fiddly Faddle ID S2E4

From the episode Luna Eclipsed.

Octavia Melody's character design is reused with a different color scheme for a character, Fiddly Faddle, who appears in Luna Eclipsed and Apple Family Reunion, the first time playing at Ponyville's Nightmare Night festival and the second time playing in Raise This Barn at the Apple family's reunion.

Her coat is yellow, her mane and tail are dark blue, and her eyes are light blue. She has the same treble clef cutie mark as Octavia has, except that hers is light blue instead of purple. (It is also more appropriate for her instrument, as the fiddle, unlike the cello, is invariably notated with a treble clef.) She plays the fiddle in a pose similar to the one used in The Best Night Ever, though her positioning is slightly altered, grasping the bow and neck of the instrument with the hooves instead of the pasterns, or "wrists." The rest of the band similarly uses the designs and poses from The Best Night Ever, with different color schemes.

Unlike Octavia Melody, this pony wears clothes: a green shirt with a red rope for a belt, and a stetson hat. In the former episode, the band are dressed like scarecrows for the night, so her shirt has patches added to it, her mane and tail have pieces of straw scattered throughout them, and she has two lines of stitching on her face and neck. In the second episode, she wears a white stetson instead of a blue one.

Depiction in the series

Season one

Pinkie Pie alarming Octavia S1E26

Octavia Melody being bothered by Pinkie.

She plays a cello as part of a four-pony musical ensemble at the Grand Galloping Gala in the episode The Best Night Ever. She retains an apparently calm dignified expression when in costume, except when Pinkie Pie disturbs her. At Pinkie's request, the orchestra plays the Pony Pokey. Octavia Melody eventually falls over when Pinkie tries to make her play faster.

Season two

Octavia appears briefly in Sweet and Elite in the garden party scene, playing with a mostly-different musical ensemble.

Season four

She reappears in Inspiration Manifestation, switched from S04E16 Unnamed Earth Stallion #2 by a cursed Rarity during a filly's birthday party. In the episode Equestria Games, Octavia is barely seen in the audience as Spike attempts to light the torch.

Season five

DJ Pon-3 and Octavia playing together S5E9

Octavia Melody jamming with DJ Pon-3 in Slice of Life.

In Bloom & Gloom, in Sweetie Belle's dream, Octavia, seated at a table with DJ Pon-3 and Rarity, watch Sweetie about to sing on stage, but Sweetie suddenly discovers a broom as a cutie mark and her microphone is replaced with a broom. As a result, both Octavia and DJ-Pon-3 give Sweetie a score of "0", while Rarity gives her a score of "1".

Octavia has her first in-show speaking role in Slice of Life, in which she speaks with an upper-class British accent. In the episode, Octavia is revealed to be DJ Pon-3's housemate, and the two compose an "electric cello dubstep" musical piece for Cranky Doodle Donkey and Matilda's wedding. The credits name Octavia Melody as in (some) previous materials.

Depiction in films

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Octavia Melody in the Battle of the Bands EG2

Octavia Melody in Rainbow Rocks.

The human version of Octavia is seen in the cafeteria during the Dazzlings' song. During the Battle of the Bands, she is pitted against the Rainbooms, but is eliminated. She also has one speaking line in the film, after Sunset Shimmer disrupts Rainbow Dash's singing in front of the students.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games

Octavia's human counterpart is seen in the audience during a pep rally.

Other depictions

CastleCreator Octavia

"WhomeverThisIs."

An upcoming Octavia Melody miniature collectible[6] featuring her playing her cello was displayed at the 2013 New York Toy Fair.[7] It was later released as part of a 3-piece set alongside Lyrica Lilac and Lyra Heartstrings, called the "Groovin' Hooves Set".

Octavia, along with a host of other characters from the show, appears on the Comic Con 2011 promotional poster. She is wearing her collar and bow tie and holding her cello and its bow.

An image of Octavia holding her cello and its bow was added to the Hasbro website's Card Creator game around January 25, 2012, named "MLP_CharV_WhomeverThisIs.swf."[8] The file was included with the same name when the game was added to the Hubworld website around February 2, 2012.

Octavia, wearing her collar and bow tie, is one of the available playable characters in Gameloft's mobile game. The game's icon of her used fanart[9] depicting her as a filly[10] until June 13, 2013, though her in-game character model matches her usual appearance.[11]

Sunset Shimmer surrounded by Octavias (MLP mobile game)

Sunset Shimmer surrounded by Octavias.

Octavia appears in the comic book series.[12] Her human counterpart appears in the My Little Pony Annual 2013, as a student of Canterlot High and member of the jazz club.

Octavia is mentioned twice in the book Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party! In chapter 8, "Pinkie-less Party Planning," Applejack says "I heard that Octavia might know the bassist from Nine Inch Tails." In chapter 13, "Pinkie Takes Action!" Pinkie Pie mentions Octavia as being a musician.

An Octavia Melody vinyl figure by Funko was released.[13]

Base collectable trading card #27 of 84 is DJ Pon-3 & Octavia, with the description "DJ Pon-3 and Octavia may both be at the top of their musical games, but their careers are very, very different! You can find Octavia at garden parties and galas performing prim and proper classical music on her cello. On the other hoof, DJ Pon-3 feels at home behind her turntable, laying down sick beats and wearing her trademark sunglasses. Are these two bitter rivals, or are they long time friends? Will they ever perform a duet? Only time will tell!"

Octavia also appears in Enterplay's collectible card game. Card α #103 U, A Touch of Refinement, attributes to her the quote "There are few social engagements not improved by the proper musical accompaniment."[14] Card α #205 UR gives her the description "Octavia has many acquaintances in the musical world, but never expected to meet one of her closest friends performing at a Canterlot night club." Canterlot Nights expansion set card #32 C of Doc Top attributes to him and her the respective quotes "Aww, do you have a boo-boo? Who's the bwave wittle filly? Is it you?" and "... Perhaps it is time I finally found a new primary care physician."[15] Canterlot Nights expansion set card #74 U gives her the description "Classical may not be every pony's favorite genre, but almost anypony can appreciate the dulcet tones of Octavia at her cello." Rock N Rave set card #4 F gives her the description "'Octavia Melody is, without a doubt, the finest cellist of our generation.' —excerpt from The Canterlot Sun, Arts page". The Crystal Games expansion set card #Pƒ6 lists the quote "This isn't a contest, Vinyl..."[16]

WeLoveFine.com carries T-shirts and other merchandise of Octavia, often wearing her collar and bow tie and holding her cello and its bow. One of the T-shirt designs, released prior to the trading card, refers to her as "Octavia."

An Equestria Girls doll of Octavia, displayed at the 2014 American International Toy Fair, was scheduled to be included in the Rainbow Rocks line.[17] She was later released accompanying a brushable toy of her pony counterpart.

My Little Pony mobile game description

Part of a four-pony musical ensemble, this talented cello player can be seen performing in Ponyville's most sophisticated celebrations.

Quotes

"A monster attack?! Blast! I'm performing at the ceremony this afternoon, and I still haven't sorted out what to play. How am I meant to practice with a monster invading Ponyville?"
Slice of Life
"Something like that might work."
— To DJ Pon-3, Slice of Life
"I knew she was still trouble!"
— Human version, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
"*grumble* I can't believe someone ran off with our cart. Don't they know that some of us can't use magic to carry these things around?"
Friendship is Magic Issue #9 page 9
Friendship is Magic Issue #9 page 9
Octavia Melody: I can't believe it, we're going to be late for our gig...
Parish Nandermane: So you're allowed to complain and I'm not?
Octavia Melody: Fine. Tell me more about your gold leaf.
"Pinkie, you are one swingin' cat!"
My Little Pony Annual 2013
"Practice!"
Friendship is Magic Issue #21 page 1[18]
"I am a classically trained musician. It should have been me!"
— Human version, My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks - The Mane Event
"There are few social engagements not improved by the proper musical accompaniment."
— Enterplay collectible card game α #103 U card A Touch of Refinement
"... Perhaps it is time I finally found a new primary care physician."
— Enterplay collectible card game Canterlot Nights #32 C card of Doc Top
"This isn't a contest, Vinyl..."
— Enterplay collectible card game The Crystal Games expansion set card #Pƒ6 of Octavia
"That's more like it!"
Slice of Life and Enterplay trading card series 3 #P14 card of Octavia
"Hey."
V.I.F.
"A happy, swingin’, jazzy, dancing birthday to all you July ponies!"
My Little Pony Facebook post[19]

Gallery

Octavia smiling at DJ Pon-3 S5E9

Octavia Melody image gallery

See also

References

  1. Ted Anderson and Agnes Garbowska, The Creative Team Behind FIENDship is Magic: SIRENS, Talk Ponies of the Deep. IDW Publishing (2015-03-24). Retrieved on 2015 April 16.
  2. Equestria Daily user Octavia claiming the same thing; response by Spyda K later in the thread (2012-02-02). Archived from the original on 2012 October 05. Retrieved on 2014 November 8.
  3. William Anderson about the music playing at the garden party in Sweet and Elite (2011-12-04). Retrieved on 2011 December 5.
  4. Jayson Thiessen Q&A on reddit (2011-08-28). Retrieved on 2012 January 26.
  5. Meghan McCarthy (2014-04-24). MMeghanMcCarthy: Creepy puppets, cello playing, .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 April 26.
  6. IMG_2256_zps430d6d09.jpg (2013-05-04). Retrieved on 2013 May 6.
  7. Upcoming #mlpfim #tfny #tf13 mini figs. Stitch Kingdom (2013-02-09). Retrieved on 2013 February 9.
  8. Card Creator Flash asset on Hasbro website. Retrieved on 2012 June 14.
  9. Game Review - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic on iPad, iPhone & iPod touch (2012-11-07). Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  10. Octavia as a filly, MLP:FiM (2011-05-14). Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  11. My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic - Universal - HD Gameplay Trailer (2012-11-07). Retrieved on 2012 November 10.
  12. Andy Price and Katie Cook at the 2012 Cincinnati Comic Expo My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic panel (2012-09-23). Retrieved on 2012 October 1.
  13. My Little Pony Octavia Vinyl Figure Pre-Order. Hot Topic. Retrieved on 2013 September 26.
  14. My Little Pony Prerelease Part 2 and Rainbow Dash Theme Deck (2013-12-09). Retrieved on 2013 December 11.
  15. MLP_CCG: Doc's bedside manner is amazing, .... Twitter (2014-05-14). Retrieved on 2014 May 14.
  16. Enterplay LLC (2015-01-22). Timeline Photos. Facebook. Retrieved on 2015 January 23.
  17. Kryptonlogic (2014-02-15). Photo Report: Hasbro Preview at Toy Fair 2014. Everfree Network.
  18. Ted Anderson (2014-08-13). Annotations for My Little Pony issues 21-22 (Manehattan Mysteries). This is less fun than previously indicated. Tumblr. Retrieved on 2015 January 2.
  19. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2015-07-01). Retrieved on 2015 July 2.

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