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Prince Blueblood
Prince Blueblood ID S1E03
Kind Unicorn
Sex Male
Residence Canterlot
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Eyes Light brilliant arctic blue
Mane Light amber
Coat Light gray
Relatives Princess Celestia (distant aunt)
Princess Luna (distant aunt)
Princess Cadance (adoptive cousin)
Cutie mark
Prince Blueblood Cutie Mark
Voice Vincent Tong (English)[1]
Just Meijer (Dutch)
David Manet (European French)
Gabor Varga (Hungarian)
Lorenzo Scattorin (Italian)
Takehito Koyasu (Japanese)
Choi Won-hyeong (Korean)
Grzegorz Kwiecień (Polish)[2]
Nikita Prozorovsky (Russian)
Joakim Jennefors (Swedish)
Idzi Dutkiewicz (Latin American Spanish)
Prince Blueblood is a royal unicorn pony who resides in Canterlot. He is the distant nephew of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna and the cousin of Princess Cadance. He starts out as the object of Rarity's affections, but once they meet, he turns out to not be what she was expecting. "Blueblood" is an English idiom for "nobility", or being of noble birth or descent. It has been recorded since 1834 and comes from the Spanish words sangre azul, describing Spanish royal families said to be descendants of the Visigoths.


Development

Lauren Faust stated that Celestia's nephew had no name in the show (before The Best Night Ever aired), and that he's the "great great great great great great great great great great great (and probably even more greats) nephew on Celestia's and Luna's mother's side, about 52 times removed, roughly speaking." He was originally a Duke, but was changed to a Prince because "someone in the approval process thought kids wouldn't know what a Duke is",[3] though the title of Duke would eventually be used for other ponies much later.

Depiction in the series

Prince Blueblood first appears in Rarity's fantasy in The Ticket Master, where she envisions Princess Celestia introducing her to him at the Grand Galloping Gala and the two of them swiftly falling in love and getting married. In The Best Night Ever, Rarity meets Prince Blueblood in person at the Grand Galloping Gala and he appears physically the same. Rarity expects him to court her as he did in her dream, but instead, he treats her with very little respect at all as during the night:

  • Rarity expects Prince Blueblood to give her a rose that he picked, but he takes it for himself.
  • He brings a cushion only for himself to sit in the castle's yard, leaving Rarity without a comfortable seat.
  • He expects Rarity to open the door for him.
  • He makes Rarity use her shawl to cover a puddle so he doesn't get dirty.
  • He expects her to pay for his dinner.
  • He inconsiderately dispraises Applejack's food in presence of her.
  • When Applejack's cake is catapulted across the room at him, he pushes Rarity in front of him to use as a shield so that he won't get dirty.

In sum, Prince Blueblood appears to be used to being treated like royalty and chivalry is foreign to him.

Rarity expecting too much from Blueblood S1E26

Prince Blueblood about to take the rose for himself.

Throughout the entire Grand Galloping Gala, Rarity tries to make pleasant company with Blueblood, but his self-centered nature drives her to the point of extreme irritation. After he uses her to shield himself from an incoming cake, Rarity finally snaps and tells him off as the most "uncharming prince she's ever met", and shakes the cake all over him in retaliation. After the Gala descends into chaos, Rarity and her friends leave the scene, but she loses her glass slipper when running down a set of stairs. Pinkie Pie suggests that now her prince is sure to find her; panic-stricken at the thought, Rarity smashes the slipper and runs off.

In Sweet and Elite, Prince Blueblood appears during the song Becoming Popular (The Pony Everypony Should Know).

In Magical Mystery Cure, Prince Blueblood appears in one of Rarity's flashbacks.

In Equestria Games, Prince Blueblood appears as a spectator at the titular event sitting in between the delegates from Saddle Arabia and the Duke and Duchess of Maretonia. Here, his cutie mark is the same as that of Fancy Pants.

Other depictions

Merchandise

Leon is introduced in the French My Little Pony magazine

Vladímir dancing with Rarity.

Blueblood is part of the trading card set: his card says he's Celestia's nephew, and that his family link to Luna and Celestia is "far removed". "You could call Prince Blueblood the most eligible unicorn bachelor in Canterlot, but you'll stop as soon as you meet this royal pain."

Magazines

Blueblood appears in a story from the French My Little Pony magazine. In this story, he is referred to as Vladímir, although it is inconsistent with his original name which has been also retained in the show's French dub.

My Little Pony mobile game description

At one time the object of Rarity's affections, Prince Blueblood is a royal colt whose favorite pony is himself.

The Elements of Harmony guidebook

PRINCE BLUEBLOOD may be of a noble background, but he's also quite vain, which is no doubt why Rarity once had a crush on him.

Appearances

See also: Character appearances

Prince Blueblood appears in The Ticket Master, The Best Night Ever, Sweet and Elite, Magical Mystery Cure, and Equestria Games.

Quotes

"My royal lips have touched common carnival fare!"
The Best Night Ever
"Ewww...! Uh, stay back! I just had myself groomed!"
The Best Night Ever

Gallery

Rarity imagines Prince Blueblood S1E26

Prince Blueblood image gallery

See also

References

  1. Twitter / TrevorDevall: Ok Bronies, time to clear this ... (2012-11-20). Retrieved on 2012 November 20.
  2. Guests of honor at Pony con-gress Cracow 2013 (Polish). Retrieved on 2013 September 16.
  3. Lauren Faust discussing Prince Bluebood's genealogy. Retrieved on 2011 September 6.

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