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Power Ponies

Power Ponies ID Annual 2014

The Power Ponies in My Little Pony Annual 2014

Power Ponies S4E6

The Mane Six as the Power Ponies in Power Ponies; from left to right: Saddle Rager, the Masked Matter-Horn, Mistress Mare-velous, Zapp, Radiance, Fili-Second

Kind Unicorn (Masked Matter-Horn and Radiance)
Earth (Mistress Mare-velous, Fili-Second, and Hum Drum)
Pegasus (Saddle Rager and Zapp)
Sex Female (all but Hum Drum)
Male (Hum Drum)
Residence Maretropolis
Alfalfis (Mistress Mare-velous, formerly)
Occupation Superhero team
Detective (Fili-Second)
Scientist (Saddle Rager, formerly)
More info
Secret identities Trot Summers (Masked Matter-Horn)
Green Gardener (Radiance)
Marey Allen (Fili-Second)
Spruce Spanner (Saddle Rager)
Aurora (Zapp)
The Power Ponies are a team of comic book superheroes who defend the fictional city of Maretropolis. They are mentioned in the season four episodes Power Ponies and Trade Ya!, they physically appear in IDW Publishing's My Little Pony Annual 2014, and they are detailed in Enterplay's trading cards. Their archenemy is the Mane-iac.

Development and production

Ted Anderson stated regarding My Little Pony Annual 2014 that "One of the stipulations of doing this issue about the Power Ponies was that the heroes were absolutely not just the mane six in different costumes. They had to be their own characters, both in personality and in looks", that Ben Bates "made sure to give them different color schemes and mane styles, as well as other small details (for example, Masked Matter-Horn has images of a mountain on the legs of her costume, instead of Twilight’s star)", and that Anderson's "concept for each of the characters was taking their mane six equivalent—Pinkie Pie for Fili-Second, Applejack for Mistress Mare-Velous,[sic] etc—and exaggerating all their negative characteristics to the point of dysfunction. So Radiance is incredibly vain and narcissistic, Zapp is self-important and egotistic, Mistress Mare-Velous[sic] is stubborn and uncooperative, etc. Except for Humdrum,[sic] of course, who’s basically Spike by another name."[1]

Zapp being a princess named Aurora is notable in it being allowed while Starlight Glimmer's name was changed from "Aurora Glimmer" for similarity with Disney's trademarked Princess Aurora.[2]

Depiction in the series

The Power Ponies' comic serves as the focus of the episode of the same name. Spike is fascinated by the team's fictional adventures and exploits, staying up late to read the comic. While reading the comic in the Castle of the Two Sisters, Spike reads a footnote on the inner back cover of the comic, causing a magic spell to suck him and the Mane Six inside its pages. The seven of them are transported to Maretropolis, the comic's main setting, and they assume the roles of the comic's titular heroes.

In the season four episode Trade Ya!, Spike goes with his friends to the Rainbow Falls Traders Exchange to trade a mint condition Power Ponies comic book for another mint condition comic. In the season five episode Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?, Rainbow Dash and Applejack once again appear as Zapp and Mistress Mare-velous respectively in Ponyville's collective dream.

Depiction in the comics

On Friendship is Magic Issue #15 page 4, Spike mentions his and his friends' journey into a comic book.

In My Little Pony Annual 2014, the original Power Ponies protect Maretropolis from evil and super-villainy. Though they appear as a united team in public, they are shown to dislike one another and frequently argue in private. As a result, when the Mane-iac forms an alliance with other Maretropolis super-villains, their teamwork allows them to defeat the Power Ponies easily and strip them of their superpowers. It is only through Humdrum[sic]'s guidance on the teachings of friendship (which he learned from a television show) that the Power Ponies are able to become friends and a more cohesive unit. By working together, they outsmart and defeat the Mane-iac's league of evil and regain their superpowers.

Friendship is Magic Issue #27's Hot Topic cover features Fluttershy as Saddle Rager.

In Friends Forever Issue #14, the Power Ponies are alluded to.

Friendship is Magic Issue #30's Comics & Ponies cover RE and 4CG Variant Edition cover each feature the Mane Six and Spike as the Power Ponies.

Friendship is Magic Issue #32's Jetpack Comics cover features Rainbow Dash as Zapp.

Other depictions

Software

Hub Network's online game Power Ponies Go features the Mane Six and Spike as the Power Ponies and playable characters. The player controls Twilight Sparkle/Masked Matterhorn[sic] in level 1, Rainbow Dash/Zapp in level 2, Rarity/Radiance in level 3, Applejack/Mistress Mare-velous in level 4, and Spike/Hum Drum (with Pinkie Pie/Fili-Second and Fluttershy/Saddle Rager as assist powers) in level 5.

My Little Pony (mobile game)

Gameloft's mobile game can feature the Mane Six as the Power Ponies.

HubNetwork.com description

Transported into Spike the Dragon's comic book, the ponies become ... the Power Ponies! Twilight Sparkle is Masked Matter-Horn. Applejack is Mistress Mare-velous. Fluttershy is Saddle Ranger[sic]. Pinkie Pie is Fili-Second. Rainbow Dash is Zap[sic], and Rarity is Radiance. They battle supervillain Mane-iac to save Maretropolis and return to Ponyville.

Merchandise

Power Ponies T-shirt WeLoveFine
A collectible figure of Spike the Dragon as Hum Drum, along with a collectible figure of Mane-iac Mayhem, was made available at San Diego Comic-Con 2014[3] and, following the convention, on HasbroToyShop.com.[4][5] Playful Ponies brushable toys of the Mane Six as the Power Ponies were leaked in March-April 2015; at least Mistress Mare-velous Applejack,[6] Zapp Rainbow Dash,[7] Fili-Second Pinkie Pie,[8] and Radiance Rarity[9] are each Target exclusive.[10][11][12][13] Fashion Style brushable toys of Zapp Rainbow Dash, Masked Matter-Horn Princess Twilight Sparkle, Saddle Rager Fluttershy, Fili-Second Pinkie Pie, and Mistress Mare-velous Applejack were also leaked in April 2015.

Enterplay trading card series 3 includes the Mane Six and Spike as the Power Ponies.

The Mane Six as the Power Ponies are featured on the WeLoveFine T-shirt "Power Ponies," and Fluttershy as Saddle Rager is featured on the formerly available T-shirt "Fluttershy Smash!"

Members

Each member of the Power Ponies, with the exception of Hum Drum, has a superpower or supernatural ability.

Masked Matter-Horn

Masked Matter-Horn ID A2014

Masked Matter-Horn.

Twilight Sparkle as Masked Matter-Horn ID S04E06

Twilight Sparkle as Masked Matter-Horn.

The Masked Matter-Horn is the leader of the Power Ponies. She can generate a variety of energy beams from her horn, such as energy blasts and freeze rays. Twilight Sparkle assumes her role in the comic book.

Enterplay trading card PP1, a Power Ponies card of Masked Matter-Horn, gives her the description, "When it's time to Power-Pony-Up, Masked Matter-Horn is at the head of the herd! Trot Summers was just a little filly when she was hoofpicked to join Professor Celestia's School for Gifted Youth. With the Professor's guidance and training, Trot is now Maretropolis's greatest defender! The Masked MatterHorn can shoot all kinds of crazy power beams from her horn, but arguably her greatest power is leadership; she pulled together the Power Ponies to put the city's most fearsome villains on ice!"

In My Little Pony Annual 2014, Masked Matter-Horn is a unicorn and not an Alicorn.

Mistress Mare-velous

Mistress Mare-velous ID A2014

Mistress Mare-velous.

Applejack as Mistress Mare-velous ID S04E06

Applejack as Mistress Mare-velous.

Mistress Mare-velous has a lasso that she can psychically control. She also makes use of restraining horseshoes called "hoofarangs."[14] Applejack assumes her role in the comic book.

Enterplay trading card PP2, a Power Ponies card of Mistress Mare-velous, gives her the description, "Hailing from the ancient lost city of Alfalfis, Mistress Mare-velous is here to save the day! Every filly of Alfalfis is born with super strength, but the island's elders wish to remain secret from the rest of the world. Mistress Mare-velous believes their powers should not be hidden, but used for good, so she fled to aid the citizens of Maretropolis. She is psychically connected to her lasso, and it obeys her every command. The other Power ponies know when the going gets tough, Mistress Mare-velous has got their back!"

Radiance

Radiance ID A2014

Radiance.

Rarity as Radiance ID S04E06

Rarity as Radiance.

Radiance can create energy constructs, from tea sets to an umbrella to ice skates to virtually anything else, with her jewelry. She is obsessed with beauty and personal appearances and is mentioned to have appeared on the cover of three magazines. Her cutie mark is a single pink diamond. Rarity assumes her role in the comic book.

Enterplay trading card PP3, a Power Ponies card of Radiance, gives her the description, "Behold Radiance, our knight in shining accessories! When an alien superhero crashed landed in Maretropolis, it was the zeppelin pilot Green Gardener who came to his rescue. Her selfless heroism inspired him to retire to our world, and he gave his power bracelets to Gardener so she would serve as a shining example of goodness to all. These functional accessories gave her the ability to create solid objects and control them with her mind, and thus the bedazzling Radiance was born!"

Fili-Second

Fili-Second ID A2014

Fili-Second.

Pinkie Pie as Fili-Second ID S04E06

Pinkie Pie as Fili-Second.

Fili-Second is, according to Spike, the fastest pony in all of Maretropolis and can run a distance of miles in mere seconds. Pinkie Pie assumes her role in the comic book.

Enterplay trading card PP4, a Power Ponies card of Fili-Second, gives her the description, "When evil is afoot, FiliSecond is hot on its trail! Marey Allen was once just a brash young detective with the Maretropolis police department. She had almost cracked a huge case when a lightning bolt struck the chemical plant she was investigating, dousing her in a volatile mixture of substances and infusing her with the power to travel almost as fast as lightning itself! Now Marey Allen leads a double life as both the best detective on the Maretropolis PD and an unstoppable teammate of the Power Ponies!"

Saddle Rager

Saddle Rager ID A2014

Saddle Rager.

Fluttershy as Saddle Rager ID S04E06

Fluttershy as Saddle Rager.

Saddle Rager can turn into a hulking monster with tremendous strength when she loses her temper. Fluttershy assumes her role in the comic book.

Enterplay trading card PP5, a Power Ponies card of Saddle Rager, gives her the description, "The incredible Saddle Rager is the strongest there is! Spruce Spanner was just a mild-mannered scientist before she had a 'little' accident. Her high-tech invention to treat animal illness overloaded, and she saved all of her patients at the expense of being exposed to mysterious radiation! Now, whenever Spruce sees the defenseless being mistreated (even just a teensy little firefly), she can't control her temper. She transforms into the Saddle Rager and makes sure those big meanies pick on somepony their own size!"

Zapp

Zapp ID A2014

Zapp.

Rainbow Dash as Zapp ID S04E06

Rainbow Dash as Zapp.

Zapp can control the forces of nature, such as thunderstorms and tornadoes, through her lightning bolt necklace. Rainbow Dash assumes her role in the comic book.

Enterplay trading card PP6, a Power Ponies card of Zapp, gives her the description, "When the Power Ponies need to rain down a storm of justice, they leave it in the capable hooves of Zapp! Aurora is the princess of a tribe in a faraway land who travels the world disguised as Zapp, on a quest to prove herself worthy of becoming queen. Zapp wields the mighty Thunderer, a magical lightning talisman passed down through generations, that allows her to harness the powers of nature itself. Someday Aurora will go home to rule, but for now she is an electrifying member of the Power Ponies!"

Hum Drum

Hum Drum ID A2014

Humdrum[sic].

Spike as Hum Drum ID S04E06

Spike as Hum Drum.

Hum Drum is the Power Ponies' "bumbling sidekick"; he is the only member of the team who has no superpowers and is "just there for comic relief." Spike assumes his role in the comic book.

Enterplay trading card PP7, a Power Ponies card of Hum Drum, gives him the description, "Hum Drum is the only member of the Power Ponies who doesn't have superpowers, but that doesn't mean he isn't a super friend! His knowledge of Maretropolis and his willingness to lend a helping hoof have proven useful time and again. The last villain who thought Hum Drum's friends keep him around because they 'feel sorry for him' was in for a big surprise—and a long jail sentence! When he dons his blue boots, red cape, and stylish black mask, this junior member of the team means serious business."

In My Little Pony Annual 2014, Humdrum[sic] is a pony and not a dragon. He teaches the Power Ponies lessons in friendship so they can work as a team.

Quotes

"Okay, Power Ponies—let's go!"
— Masked Matter-Horn, My Little Pony Annual 2014
"Your mummies are old hat, Pharaoh! We've got them all wrapped up!"
— Mistress Mare-velous, My Little Pony Annual 2014
"Um... You minions better s-stay back! I-I might get angry!"
— Saddle Rager, My Little Pony Annual 2014
"Taste the fury of the storm, thou desiccated deviants!"
— Zapp, My Little Pony Annual 2014
"You want some'a this, ya mooks?"
— Fili-Second, My Little Pony Annual 2014
"You mummies really need to relax! You're all tied up in knots!"
— Radiance, My Little Pony Annual 2014
"Uh... Did I screw up again?"
— Humdrum[sic], My Little Pony Annual 2014

Gallery

References

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