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Parasprite close-up S1E10

Adorable but deadly...

Parasprites are insect-like creatures that first appear in Swarm of the Century as the main antagonists. The name "parasprite" is a portmanteau of parasite and sprite, a mythical forest creature from folklore. Lauren Faust had compared them to tribbles from Star Trek,[1] whose voracious appetites and rapid multiplication turn them from pets to pests.

Depiction in the series

Parasprite Zecora S1E10

Zecora with a parasprite.

A parasprite infestation in Ponyville is the subject of the episode Swarm of the Century. Fluttershy encounters a single parasprite, who chirps at her and endears itself to her. When she tries to feed it, it eats an entire basket of apples in mere seconds. Fluttershy unwittingly brings it into town to show to her friends, who are all unfamiliar with the creature and become enamored with it, except Pinkie Pie who storms off in search of musical instruments. The ponies' adopted parasprites become huge swarms overnight; it is only then that the ponies discover that parasprites can quickly and asexually reproduce by coughing up another parasprite. The pests relentlessly devour crops and food, but are able to consume wood, fabric, and inorganic materials after Twilight Sparkle casts a spell to stop them from eating food. The ponies make several attempts to round up the parasprites, but the pests keep getting loose. Twilight runs to Zecora's hut and consults her, but Zecora offers no solution.
"Tales of crops and harvests consumed. If these creatures are in Ponyville... you're doomed."
— Zecora
Pinkie Pie leading parasprites out of Ponyville S1E10

Pinkie Pie luring the parasprites into the Everfree Forest.

Right before Princess Celestia's arrival at Ponyville, Pinkie Pie appears with several musical instruments that she had been collecting throughout the episode from her first encouter with the parasprites. She furiously plays on the instruments, and much like the Pied Piper she leads the parasprites into the Everfree Forest in a line, passing by her friends and Princess Celestia, who are amazed at the sight. Princess Celestia thanks Twilight for the "parade" in honor of her visit, but says she has to attend to an "infestation" of some sort in Fillydelphia and cancels her scheduled visit to Ponyville, much to Twilight's relief.

During the first duel between Twilight and Trixie in Magic Duel, Twilight magically summons a single parasprite, which eats multiple pies and their tins then coughs up a second parasprite. Twilight quickly disposes of them both before they can cause trouble like before.

In Leap of Faith and a flashback to the same episode in Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1, Big Wig is seen with her mane and tail covered in motionless parasprites.

Other depictions

A parasprite appears on page 3 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #1[2] Drawings of parasprites appear on Micro-Series Issue #9 page 16. Two parasprites appear on Friends Forever Issue #2 page 11. Two parasprites appear on cover RI of Friends Forever Issue #4. Two parasprites appear on the New York Comic Con 2013 cover of Friendship is Magic Issue #11 and on the cover of My Little Pony Omnibus Volume 1.

A parasprite appears on the WeLoveFine T-shirt "RD Big Adventure".

Five parasprites, along with a host of characters from the show, appear on the Comic Con 2011 promotional poster. There are two on its left side and three on its right.

Parasprites are shown in the Discover the Difference game. Five of them appear in the Swarm of the Century image.

Parasprites in groups of seventeen are one of the four types of obstacles in Rainbow Dash's Rainboom Game. The in-game How to Play instructions show them in a group of three, and the Hubworld website's How to Play instructions refer to them as balloons.

Parasprites are the focus of the game Swarm of the Parasprites. Some of the parasprite varieties that appear in this game are exclusive to it.

A swarm of parasprites is shown in the Ruckus Reader interactive storybook Things That Go Bump in the Night. They appear in the imagination of Applejack, who refers to them as "mean bugs [who] want to eat our food".

In the mobile game, they appear as barriers, needing multiple of an Element of Harmony's shard (depending on color) to make them disappear. They usually appear in swarms of 5.

On the Brown Parasprite Enterplay collectible trading card, the quote says: "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen parasprite?" This is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail where parasprite is replaced with swallow.

My Little Pony Mobile game description

"Don't let their cuteness fool you! Parasprites are adorable creatures, but they'll eat everything in sight!"
— Twilight Sparkle, in-game description

The Elements of Harmony guidebook

PARASPRITES may seem sweet and innocent, but feeding these little insects may cause more trouble than they're worth. Their gluttonous appetites cause them to rapidly multiply, quickly turning them from pets to pests.

Gallery

Rarity Screaming harder S01E10

Parasprite image gallery

See also

References

  1. Lauren Faust discussing Swarm of the Century (2010-12-18). Retrieved on 2012 September 23.
  2. Andy Price (2012-10-13). MLP:FIM Page 3 issue 1. Retrieved on 2012 October 14.

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