|Residence||Cloudominium over Ponyville|
|Occupation||Ponyville weather patrol|
Wonderbolt (trainee starting in S3E7; reservist starting in S4E21; full member as of S6E7)
School of Friendship loyalty teacher (S8E1 onward)
|Mane|| Brilliant amaranth|
Pale, light grayish olive
|Coat||Pale, light grayish cerulean|
|Nicknames||Dashie, RD, Dash, Speedy, Rainbow Crash, Rainbow Wobble, Rainbow "Danger" Dash, Rainbow "Professionalism" Dash, Zapp, Captain Awesome, Dynamic Dash, Forthright Filly, Reading Rainboom, Care Mare, Rainbow Fash, Rainbows "The Best Flyer There Ever Was" Dash, Rainbows, Daring Dash, The Dashinator, Blue Begonia, Miss Dash 'Bow, Dashinator, Rainbow Flash, The Dash, Rainbow Smash, Dashie-kins, Rd (The Periodic Table of My Little Pony)|
|Relatives||Bow Hothoof (father)|
Windy Whistles (mother)
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|Voice||Ashleigh Ball (English)|
Brittany Lauda (English, My Little Pony: Power Ponies)
Lin Peiling (Chinese for Taiwan, seasons 1-4, Equestria Girls)
Li Yunqing (Chinese for Taiwan, seasons 5-6, Rainbow Rocks)
Fan Churong (Chinese for mainland China)
Wei Yimeng (Chinese for mainland China, My Little Pony The Movie)
Cheng Ka Wai (Cantonese for Hong Kong)
Tan Meiqiong (Cantonese for Hong Kong, DVD version)
Zuzana Hykyšová (Czech)
René Slováčková (Czech, demo version)
Annevig Schelde Ebbe (Danish)
Karina Mertens (Dutch)
Katja Sirkiä (Finnish)
Melanie Dambermont (European French)
Marianne Verville (Canadian French, My Little Pony The Movie)
Giuliana Jakobeit (German, seasons 1-3, Equestria Girls and Rainbow Rocks)
Tanja Schmitz (German, season 4)
Zita Gruber (Hungarian)
Federica Valenti (Italian)
Izumi Kitta (Japanese)
Cho Hyun-jeong (Korean)
Nirayu Zuhdi (Malaysian, seasons 2-5)
Siri Nilsen (Norwegian)
Agnieszka Mrozińska-Jaszczuk (Polish)
Sílvia Suzy (Brazilian Portuguese)
Andressa Andreatto (Brazilian Portuguese, demo version; first line in S2E8)
Raquel Marinho (Brazilian Portuguese, toy)
Sandra de Castro (European Portuguese)
Carina Chereji (Romanian)
Raluca Botez (Romanian, Equestria Girls)
Yelena Chebaturkina (Russian, seasons 1-4, Equestria Girls, and Rainbow Rocks)
Lina Ivanova (Russian, season 7 onward)
Tatiana Veselkina (Russian, The Movie)
Aleksandra Širkić (Serbian, Minimax)
Jelena Petrović (Serbian, Mini Ultra)
Eva Ordeig (European Spanish)
Analiz Sánchez (Latin American Spanish, TV version)
Mariana Ortiz (Latin American Spanish, one quote in S1E9)
Maggie Vera (Latin American Spanish, S1E3 (DVD and demo version) and promos)
Frida Sandén (Swedish, demo version)
Jill Wrethagen (Swedish, TV/retail version)
Yulia Perenchuk (Ukrainian, seasons 1-3)
Anastasia Zinovenko (Ukrainian, season 4 onwards, Equestria Girls and Rainbow Rocks)
|Tina Hänsch (German)|
Nabila Najwa (Indonesian, season 1)
Renata Bertolas (Italian, seasons 1-3)
Paola Della Pasqua (Italian, Find A Pet Song)
Mônica Toniolo (Brazilian Portuguese, season 1)
Andressa Andreatto (Brazilian Portuguese, season 2)
Sívilia Suzy (Brazilian Portuguese, season 3)
Corina Sabbas (Brazilian Portuguese, season 4)
Veridiana Benassi (Brazilian Portuguese)
Raquel Marinho (Brazilian Portuguese, toy)
Carina Marin (Romanian, S1E11)
Anca Sigmirean (Romanian, S4E7)
Kristina Romanskaya (Russian, season 6)
Alena Svetlakova (Russian, season 7)
Ana Milenković (Serbian, Mini Ultra)
Anneli Heed (Swedish)
Development and designLauren Faust was inspired to create Rainbow Dash by her childhood toy G1 Pegasus pony Firefly. Rainbow Dash shares her name and color scheme with a fashionista Earth pony from G3 and G3.5, however, Faust gave her the personality of her favorite G1 pony, Firefly. Faust originally gave Rainbow Dash a cutie mark of two blue lightning bolts like Firefly's, which was changed to a single wide three-colored lightning bolt—used for one shot in Dragonshy, for part of one shot in The Mysterious Mare Do Well, and for some other material—and then to the current cutie mark design, a cloud with a slightly-curved three-colored lightning bolt. After Faust left the show, G4 Pegasus mare/stallion General Firefly was named after Faust's Twitter and DeviantArt username "Fyre_flye"/"fyre-flye", in turn named after G1 Pegasus mare Firefly. Faust gave Rainbow Dash messy hair and straight eyelashes to hint at her dynamic nature.
Rainbow Dash shares her design and eye color with Daring Do and WCE Unnamed Mare - Jouster, her design with Skywishes, Sugar Grape, Lucky Dreams, Sweetsong, Breezie, Feathermay, Periwinkle, Star Dasher, and sometimes Ploomette and Banana Bliss, her mane and tail style with Holly Dash, "Doseydotes", "Ballad", Léon, and Roku-chan, her mane style with Andrea, her tail style with "Sunstone", and her coat and eye colors with Shoeshine, Eclair Crème, Screwy, "Turf", "Bloo", "Tough Love", and Micro 02 Unnamed Mare - Alicorn.
On January 13, 2015, Jim Miller and Jayson Thiessen were asked "is that orange hair on rainbow supposed to be there in the lower left? pic.twitter.com/FZvlqT1x6Y" and Jim Miller answered "Npt[sic] really, but it's open to interpretation."
Depiction in the series
Equestria Games announcementRainbow Dash has a flashback in Games Ponies Play to an event in Cloudsdale where she is a young filly without a cutie mark. She is accompanied by Rainbow Blaze, a stallion who has similar rainbow-colored mane and tail as her and a similar blue coat, with a rainbow-colored cutie mark. They are standing in the crowd listening to an announcement about where the Equestria Games will take place. When Dash hears that the Games won't take place in Cloudsdale, she cries out in disappointment.
This disappointment is somewhat assuaged later when young Rainbow was selected to carry Cloudsdale's flag in the Equestria Games opening ceremony. She boastfully claims in Flight to the Finish that she "did tricks with that flag the likes of which nopony saw before and nopony's seen since!"
Cutie markRainbow Dash mentions in Call of the Cutie that she was the first in her class to get her cutie mark. She tells the Cutie Mark Crusaders in The Cutie Mark Chronicles the story of how she got her cutie mark. Her story is set in summer flight camp, where she defends Fluttershy from a pair of bullies, who refer to Rainbow Dash as "Rainbow Crash", which she is also nicknamed by Spike in Bridle Gossip. One of the bullies, Hoops, already has his cutie mark, where Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy do not. She challenges the two bullies to a flying Pegasus race, and in the ensuing contest she discovers her passion for speed and for "winning," in her words. Going through the race course, she performs her very first sonic rainboom, not only gaining her own cutie mark, but also inadvertently setting in motion the events that would cause Fluttershy and her future Ponyville friends to gain their own cutie marks.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders
Despite earning her cutie mark in an endeavor that came naturally to her, Rainbow Dash advises Apple Bloom to try out many different activities to gain her cutie mark in Call of the Cutie, leading the filly and her friends to pursue their cutie marks in the wrong avenues. When coaching Apple Bloom in Call of the Cutie, Rainbow Dash dons a sports headband, a whistle, and later a martial arts uniform with a black belt when Apple Bloom tries karate.
Scootaloo, the Pegasus pony of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, idolizes Rainbow Dash. While Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle are the younger sisters of two ponies from the main cast, Applejack and Rarity, respectively, Scootaloo is not related to Rainbow Dash. Rainbow Dash affectionately calls Scootaloo "squirt" in The Mysterious Mare Do Well and Equestria Games, and appears alongside Rarity and Applejack to congratulate the Cutie Mark Crusaders for their performance in The Show Stoppers.In Sleepless in Ponyville, Scootaloo invites Rainbow Dash on a camping trip so that they can bond more. However, when Rainbow Dash decides to tell everyone ghost stories, Scootaloo begins to have nightmares about the frightening fables; yet she is too afraid to tell Rainbow Dash, since the filly does not want her to think she's a wimp. When Scootaloo rides on her scooter in the middle of the night, trying to run away from the Headless Horse from one of the stories, she accidentally falls into the river and almost falls down a waterfall. Rainbow Dash rescues her, and then learns the truth about why Scootaloo has been acting nervous during the trip. She comforts Scootaloo, saying that even she was scared when she heard those stories, and she agrees to take care of her as a big sister figure.
In Flight to the Finish, Rainbow Dash coaches the Crusaders for their competition to carry the flag at the upcoming Equestria Games. She wears a baseball cap and a whistle during the majority of this episode, like in May the Best Pet Win! and Hurricane Fluttershy. When Scootaloo is unhappy with the fact she can't fly, Rainbow Dash tells Scootaloo that she doesn't need to fly to be awesome.
In Crusaders of the Lost Mark, Rainbow Dash joins Applejack and Rarity in congratulating the Crusaders for finally earning their cutie marks, personally telling Scootaloo how proud she is of her.
Weather patrolRainbow Dash manages the weather in Ponyville. She keeps the skies free of clouds for the Summer Sun Celebration, and apparently, unless the weekly rainfall is scheduled for that day of course, makes sure that Ponyville has nice weather, although in the opening of Bridle Gossip, Spike states that she rarely gets up early in the morning to get a start on it.
Rainbow Dash is one of several ponies badgering Twilight for the extra ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala, in The Ticket Master. Her reason is a chance to draw the attention of the Wonderbolts, who perform there every year. She persists, even when Twilight calls her out on it, and when all her other friends say they don't need the ticket. The Wonderbolts attend the Gala in The Best Night Ever, where they mingle with the guests in a V.I.P. section. Dash doesn't manage to secure their attention, despite her several attempts.Rainbow Dash is accepted into the Wonderbolt Academy for a week. She makes friends with a Pegasus pony named Lightning Dust and is paired with her by the captain of the Wonderbolts, Spitfire, to complete the boot camp exercises. In the challenge of obliterating the clouds, Lightning Dust tries to complete the task quicker by creating a tornado. Unfortunately, the tornado almost hurts Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack and Fluttershy when they come to visit her in the hot air balloon. Rainbow Dash saves them just in time and chews out Lightning Dust for her recklessness. She decides to quit the academy, thinking that cadets are rewarded for being reckless. Spitfire soon catches up to her and informs her that being the best should never come at the expense of one's fellow ponies. Being elite isn't about pushing oneself, it's about pushing oneself in the right direction, which Rainbow Dash has demonstrated. Because of this, she is promoted to lead pony.
In Rarity Investigates!, Rainbow Dash, being a reserve for the Wonderbolts, is chosen as a stand in for a show if a Wonderbolt is unable to perform. In the end, she takes part in the performance in place of Wind Rider.
In Newbie Dash, Rainbow Dash becomes a full-fledged member of the Wonderbolts, despite being saddled with her old nickname "Rainbow Crash".
- Main article: Tank
At the end of May the Best Pet Win!, Tank is fitted with a propeller and flight goggles so he can fly and keep up with Rainbow Dash. Rainbow maintains a mostly professional attitude about him around others and is embarrassed when he displays affection towards her in Just for Sidekicks. Despite this, she reciprocates Tank's affection in the same episode but only does so when no one else is looking.
In Tanks for the Memories, Rainbow Dash displays a strong affection towards Tank, to the point where she is unwilling to accept Tank's hibernation and tries to prevent it by stopping winter, though all of her efforts fail. She breaks down crying after Fluttershy bluntly states that she will spend her winter without a pet, but then she finally accepts Tank's hibernation.
LoyaltyIn Friendship is Magic, part 2, Nightmare Moon tests Rainbow Dash's loyalty by creating an illusion of an elite flying team called the Shadowbolts. The Shadowbolts offer Rainbow Dash a position among them, provided that she abandons her friends and their quest to find the Elements of Harmony. Rainbow Dash chooses to stay with her friends. When they confront Nightmare Moon in the Castle of the Two Sisters, Twilight Sparkle declares that Rainbow Dash represents the element of loyalty.
- "Rainbow Dash, who could not abandon her friends for her own heart's desire, represents the spirit of loyalty!"
- — Twilight Sparkle
Rainbow Dash's loyalty is tested in The Return of Harmony Part 1. Discord shows Rainbow Dash a vision of Cloudsdale falling apart in her absence, convincing her to abandon her friends in the Canterlot castle maze.
In Rainbow Falls, Rainbow Dash faces choosing between flying with the prestigious Wonderbolts and the Ponyville team at the Equestria Games' flying relay competition. At first she secretly practices with the Wonderbolts, but she finally decides to stay with the Ponyville team.
CompetitivenessRainbow Dash describes her passion for winning in a flashback in The Cutie Mark Chronicles. She races several times with Gilda, her old friend from Junior Speedster flight camp, in Griffon the Brush Off.
In Fall Weather Friends, Rainbow Dash loses a game of horseshoes to Applejack, and says she hates losing. She then challenges Applejack in the Iron Pony competition. In several rounds, she uses her wings to give herself an unfair advantage. During the Running of the Leaves, Rainbow Dash continues to use underhand tactics even though her wings are tied down. Applejack retaliates with tricks of her own, and both end up tying for last place. They realize that their competitive streaks got the better of them, and apologize to each other and Princess Celestia before amicably running the race again.
In Rainbow Falls, Rainbow Dash comes to the conclusion that even though she loves winning, she loves her friends "waaaaay more."
Rainbow Dash displays confidence in herself and her physical abilities in multiple episodes. In Boast Busters, when Applejack and Rarity criticize Trixie for showing off magic tricks and looking down on other ponies, Rainbow Dash adds, "Especially when ya got me around being better than the rest of us."
In Sonic Rainboom, Rainbow Dash is confident about her performance in the upcoming Best Young Flyer Competition until Rarity's magical butterfly wings get a lot of attention and admiration. Despite her insecurities, Rainbow Dash successfully pulls off the sonic rainboom and wins the competition.In The Mysterious Mare Do Well, Rainbow Dash is venerated by Ponyville after performing heroic deeds around town, one of which being saving Aura from a deserted well. She basks in the attention of the townsfolk and her official fan club (led by Scootaloo) and becomes over-confident in herself. A mysterious cloaked pony starts one-upping Rainbow Dash's feats. Rainbow Dash eventually finds out that the cloaked pony was actually her friends in disguise, teaching her a lesson about keeping her pride in check.
Rainbow Dash and Applejack snicker at Twilight Sparkle for running a race with them in Fall Weather Friends, calling her an "egghead" for joining a race with no prior running experience except reading a book on the topic.
Upon seeing Rarity wear a scarf for a mountain expedition in Dragonshy, Rainbow Dash sarcastically says, "That'll keep you nice and cozy." Later in the episode, Rainbow Dash expresses her annoyance and frustration when Fluttershy panics over minor obstacles in the trail.
Rainbow Dash begrudgingly lets Rarity give her a makeover in Swarm of the Century with a frown on her face. When Twilight Sparkle tries to convince Rarity that she's not a laughing stock in Suited For Success, Rainbow Dash bluntly says, "She kind of is."
Rainbow Dash's bluntness isn't always called for, though. She calls a dragon lame after seeing it do a trick in Dragon Quest, but then gets her coat singed after nearly getting burnt by another dragon's fire breath. She also teases Spike about his maid outfit in the same episode before being scolded by Rarity.
In both parts of The Crystal Empire, Rainbow Dash interacts gruffly and even aggressively with some of the Crystal Ponies, first when she and her friends are interviewing the locals on how to keep the Empire safe, and later when she scares them away from the fake Crystal Heart. Later on in the second half, in an effort to keep the Crystal Faire going, she forces a hesitant Fluttershy to joust with her, and even tries to guilt her into continuing when Fluttershy voices her discomfort. In Keep Calm and Flutter On, she calls both Fluttershy and Applejack "slackers" when she comes to fetch them upon Princess Celestia's arrival, even though they were preoccupied with something to begin with.
Rainbow Dash has also been known to make snide remarks about Twilight's interests and habits, such as in Three's A Crowd when she calls the Star Swirl the Bearded Traveling Museum that Twilight was planning to attend with Princess Cadance "lame".
MischievousnessRainbow Dash tries to spook her friends when they venture into the Everfree Forest for the first time, claiming that no pony has ever made it back out of the forest. Her reputation as a prankster is established in Griffon the Brush Off, where she and Pinkie Pie prank various ponies, and is further enforced in A Bird in the Hoof, when she tries to make the royal guards laugh, and in 28 Pranks Later, when she pulls a continuous string of pranks on the ponies of Ponyville.
Rainbow Dash plays several pranks on her friend Gilda in Griffon the Brush Off, which were set up for Gilda's party but are not specifically aimed at her. For the majority of the time when Gilda is visiting Ponyville, Rainbow Dash is unaware that the griffon is being callous and rude to the other ponies, but the pranks at the party get the best of Gilda, and she loses her temper in front of Rainbow Dash. After witnessing this side of her personality, she calls her out on her behavior and sends her on her way. Dash uses a cloud to create thunder and lightning to scare Spike in the same episode. She does the same to Pinkie Pie and various other ponies in Luna Eclipsed while dressed as a Shadowbolt, laughing at the ponies she frightens. She tells Twilight Sparkle that Nightmare Night "is the best night of the year for pranks" and that "it's all in good fun". She then hurries off to scare another group of ponies, which she continues doing until Princess Luna gives her a taste of her own medicine in the end. She also displays this in It's About Time, taking advantage of Twilight's worrying to spook her, along with Spike.
In 28 Pranks Later, Rainbow Dash gets carried away with her love of pranks and targets nearly everyone in town; some of her more extreme jokes include disguising herself as a dragon-like monster to frighten Fluttershy, replacing Cranky Doodle Donkey's hairpiece with a live skunk, and putting a brick in Mr. Cake's sandwich. Only when her friends prank her back does Dash realize that pranks have their limits.
Self-imageRainbow Dash is often self-conscious in regards to how she appears in front of others. She often dismisses things, activities, and certain mannerisms considered to be feminine, though this is at times merely a front. Near the end of The Last Roundup, Rainbow briefly cries over Applejack's reconciliation with her friends, and she catches herself for "acting all sappy".
In Ponyville Confidential, Rainbow Dash laments over having a slanderous article printed about her in the Foal Free Press. In Just for Sidekicks, she only shows affection toward Tank when no one is looking.
In The Crystal Empire - Part 2, she eagerly agrees with Applejack's suggestion to do a jousting demo for the Crystal Ponies, claiming that "seeing her awesomeness has a way of putting ponies into a pretty good mood". When her selected opponent, Fluttershy, is overwhelmed in the first round, Dash grudgingly assures her that she'll "take it easy on her next time", then catches herself and adds, "But not too easy. I've got a reputation to maintain!"
Despite this, Rainbow Dash has moments in which she displays femininity, fragility, and culturedness, sometimes unintentionally. In Castle Mane-ia, she shows intense fear while exploring the abandoned Castle of the Two Sisters with Applejack. In Rarity Takes Manehattan, she has an appreciation for musicals. In Applejack's "Day" Off, she enjoys pampering herself regularly at the Ponyville Day Spa.
Love of books
- Main article: Read It and Weep
In Spike at Your Service, she mentions that she's writing a novel, one which is about "this awesome Pegasus who's the best flyer ever and becomes the captain of the Wonderbolts"; Rarity sarcastically wonders about the "ingeniously woven intricate" tale's inspiration.
In Daring Don't, Rainbow Dash is as passionate about reading as Twilight; as they argue over whether or not to help the real Daring Do, they refer to the complex storylines of her books in detail.
In Trade Ya!, Rainbow reveals that she has an almost complete collection of first edition Daring Do books, seeking to get the final one at the Rainbow Falls Traders Exchange. She finally achieves this goal but decides against it, as the final trade required Fluttershy to leave Ponyville to train an Orthros. On the way home, Twilight gives Rainbow an old copy of the book she was seeking. Rainbow considers it just as good, as she can read it with all her friends.
ShadesRainbow Dash wears a pair of black-tinted glasses several times in the show; in Lesson Zero when Dash and her friends gather for a picnic, in May the Best Pet Win! when Dash states that her pet must have substantial "radicalness" and when she is questioned by Twilight Sparkle for not explaining the difference between "awesomeness," "coolness," and "radicalness," in The Mysterious Mare Do Well when she is bragging about her heroic acts, in Too Many Pinkie Pies while sunning herself by the lake, and in Rainbow Falls, while practicing with Spitfire and Fleetfoot. Rainbow uses her shades to hide the fact that she was sleeping during Twilight's lecture in Testing Testing 1, 2, 3. Rainbow also uses her shades in order to "act casual" in Equestria Games. In Fame and Misfortune, she wears these shades to evade crowds of fanponies, and wears them during one shot of the song Flawless.
Dash wears a different pair of purple slotted shades in Tanks for the Memories.
Food and beverage preferences
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Beginning with The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000, a recurring gag shows Rainbow Dash's obsession with apple cider, more specifically, the cider produced by Applejack and her family at Sweet Apple Acres. Throughout the episode, she is always denied a single mug of cider due to circumstances beyond her control, whether it be the Apple family running out, or getting a Flim Flam brothers cider taken away from her. In Bats!, Rainbow's priorities are made clear when she hears that after the last fruit bat infestation, there was not a single drop of cider. In Castle Sweet Castle, Rainbow perks up when Applejack mentions cider. In Shadow Play - Part 2, Rainbow shares some cider with Flash Magnus. This gag even extends into My Little Pony The Movie, where Applejack offers free samples of cider at the Friendship Festival, and Rainbow repeatedly grabs, and gorges down, multiple samples.
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Rainbow Dash enjoys a piece of special apple pie in Micro-Series Issue 2, implicitly eats a pie during the Sisterhooves Social in Brotherhooves Social, has disliked pie for years as of Secrets and Pies, and states that she "do[es]n’t like it because it’s pie" in Friendship is Magic Issue 59.
FlightRainbow Dash demonstrates her remarkable talent for flying throughout the show. In The Cutie Mark Chronicles, she says she got her cutie mark when she performed her first sonic rainboom when she was a young filly.
In The Ticket Master, Rainbow Dash dreams of impressing the Wonderbolts at the Grand Galloping Gala with flying feats such as the "rainblow dry," the "super-speed strut," the "fantastic filly flash," and the "buccaneer blaze." She gets to meet the Wonderbolts in Sonic Rainboom after Princess Celestia declares her the champion of the Best Young Flyers Competition. She also performs the sonic rainboom in this episode.
In May the Best Pet Win!, Rainbow Dash performs dangerous stunts to demonstrate a flying course through the Ghastly Gorge. She flies through giant bramble patches and dodges attacking quarray eels.Rainbow Dash clears a cloudy sky in Friendship is Magic, part 1 by kicking the clouds with her hind legs. She leads water drops out of a cloud in Boast Busters, and creates a rainbow above her when the droplets splash against her. She teams up with other Pegasus ponies in Winter Wrap Up to create a whirlwind that sucks away clouds and snow from Ponyville, and she creates a tornado to vacuum the parasprites in Swarm of the Century.
In Hurricane Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash coordinates and leads the Ponyville Pegasi team responsible for creating a hurricane that lifts water to the Cloudsdale weather factory for the rainy season. During this time, Rainbow Dash's wing power was measured at 16.5, while most of the other Pegasi's wing power could barely measure more than 10.
In Testing Testing 1, 2, 3, Rainbow Dash focuses on several things at once while in flight. When she's in the air, she monitors the ground and sky for trouble and makes note of everything she sees and hears. With this hidden talent of hers, Rainbow retains all that she learns about the history of the Wonderbolts and pass the entrance exam to join the Wonderbolts Reserves.
In Rarity Investigates!, Rainbow Dash states that she does not "have the endurance to go long distances."
- Main article: Sonic rainboom (event)
Much to their surprise, their wingless friends have decided to follow them with the aid of Twilight's cloud-walking spell, easing Rainbow's fears. However, Twilight had also given Rarity beautiful butterfly wings, which led her to steal the spotlight. As a result, Rainbow Dash loses her nerve and tries to delay her performance. As the competition draws to a close, however, she decides that she must perform anyway.
Dash messes up the first two rounds of her performance, hitting an obstacle and accidentally sending a cloud hurtling in Princess Celestia's direction. Due to time constraints, Rarity performs alongside Rainbow Dash, and delivers her grand finale, which involves flying up to the sun and beaming her wings. However, her fragile wings, made of "gossamer and morning dew", burst into flames, sending her plummeting towards the earth. The Wonderbolts try to save her, but Rarity hits them by accident due to her falling down and flailing, and they are knocked out.Rainbow Dash finally notices the goings-on and accelerates towards the plummeting ponies, saving both Rarity and the Wonderbolts and performing a sonic rainboom in the process. This sonic rainboom, the one in The Cutie Mark Chronicles, and the one that Rainbow Dash performs in A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2 are performed when Rainbow Dash is leading with both front legs forward, while in her failed practice attempts she is leading with a single leg. Rarity is incredibly grateful that Dash saved her life, and apologizes to her friend not minding her anxiety. Rainbow Dash is crowned the winner of the competition and leaves off to spend the day with her heroes, the Wonderbolts.
In A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2, bolting her bridesmaid dress off, she performs a sonic rainboom for the marriage of Cadance and Shining Armor by the request of Princess Celestia. This rainboom, unlike the other two, comes within seconds of taking off, and Dash performs it while flying upward.
In The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 1 and Part 2, Starlight Glimmer goes back in time to prevent Rainbow Dash from making the first sonic rainboom to prevent the Mane Six from ever creating their special bond. Princess Twilight Sparkle and Spike follow her to attempt to prevent this from happening.
In the movie, Rainbow boasts about the rainboom to Capper, even offering to perform it, but he turns her down. She later performs it for Captain Celaeno and her crew; unfortunately, this gives away their position to Tempest Shadow.
In Games Ponies Play, during her flashback as a filly, Rainbow Dash stands on the back of an adult Pegasus stallion with a similarly rainbow-colored mane and tail. The stallion is unnamed in the episode, but he is named Rainbow Blaze and described as Rainbow Dash's "dashing mentor" in Enterplay's collectible card game and is also named Rainbow Blaze in the IDW comics.
Rainbow Dash's parents are officially introduced in the season seven episode Parental Glideance. They are revealed to be overly supportive of their daughter and inadvertently embarrass her often, causing them to have a delicate relationship.
ResidenceRainbow Dash's Cloudominium is first shown in Griffon the Brush Off. She lives in a white cloud-house hanging low to the ground somewhere near Ponyville. It features classical columns and rainbow-colored streams and waterfalls. In Dragonshy, Rainbow Dash uses one of these streams to make rainbow-colored facepaint. Her home appears again in Party of One, with a slightly different design from the first appearance, resembling more of a cloud tower.
Depiction in films
- Main article: Rainbow Dash (EG)
Rainbow briefly appears in the sequel My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks at Twilight's castle, where she hears the legend of the sirens.
Capable and athletic, Rainbow Dash lives for adventure! When any problem should arise that involves traveling to distant lands or dealing with a magical, mysterious beast, Rainbow is the first to volunteer! Brave and bold, anypony who has ever seen this rainbow-haired Pegasus in the air has been left in jaw-dropped awe of her speed, agility, and, well, her confidence. She's quite positive she's the fastest Pegasus pony alive, and truth be told, she probably is. Yes, she's a bit proud, and a bit mischievous, and often lazy for somepony obsessed with speed, but when the chips are down, and danger is a-brewing, Rainbow Dash always, always comes through, proving time and time again that she is a true hero!
Hasbro.com second description
Rainbow Dash's greatest, all-consuming passion in life is to fly – FAST! Anyone who has ever seen this rainbow-haired pegasus in the air can't help but notice her speed, agility, and her confidence. Capable and athletic, Rainbow Dash lives for adventure. One day, Rainbow Dash just knows she'll earn a position on the elite aerial-acrobatic team, the Wonderbolts! But beyond ambition, Rainbow Dash is known for being absolutely loyal to her friends!
Rainbow Dash lives for adventure! Whenever there's a problem that involves danger, distant lands, and mysterious beasts, she's the first to help. She's bold. She's brave. She's also a bit proud and mischievous -- but wouldn't you be too if you were the fastest Pegasus around?
Teacher for a Day description
Rainbow Dash is her name and adventure is her game! A true hero, this rainbow-haired Pegasus pony is as fast as they come, flying through the air with jaw-dropping speed! Athletic, brave and confident, she is also a bit mischievous - and always first on the scene wherever danger is at hand. Whether traveling to distant lands or taking on mystery and magic, this pretty pony is ready to fasten her seatbelt for the adventure of a lifetime!
My Little Pony mobile game description
Representing the Element of Loyalty, she is charged with keeping the weather. Her dream is to one day join the Wonderbolts.
My Little Pony magazine description
This strong mare lives for adventure! Rainbow Dash is the first to volunteer for a dangerous task, the fastest pony in Ponyville and a true pony hero!
The Elements of Harmony guidebook
RAINBOW DASH has one great all-consuming passion in life: to fly—FAST!!! Anypony who has ever seen this rainbow-haired Pegasus from Cloudsdale in the air has been in awe of her speed, agility, and confidence. Even in her youth, Rainbow was a fantastic flier, achieving what no other Pegasus had before—the Sonic Rainboom, a rainbow that shot out behind her like a jet stream! When any problem, big or small, arises, this aspiring Wonderbolt is the first to volunteer to save the day. Despite the mischief she causes, her friends are happy to have her around when danger is a-brewing, as Rainbow Dash proves time and time again that she is a true hero and a true friend.
Volume II guidebook
Make way for Rainbow Dash! No, seriously, get out of the way—RAINBOW DASH IS COMING THROUGH! As the number-one flier in all Equestria, Rainbow Dash rules the skies as the Pegasus pony supreme. Without her, who'd make sure the weather was awesome all the time? But Rainbow Dash's skills weren't always astounding. Learning to focus on her strengths and not her weaknesses took a while. With the help of her friends, as well as her fellow Wonderbolts, Rainbow Dash is as competitive and self-confident as ever. Got an aerial challenge? She's ready for it! She'll even throw in a dollop of sass for good measure.
The Art of My Little Pony The Movie description
RAINBOW DASH has one great passion: flying—FAST! Anypony who has ever seen this rainbow-haired Pegasus Pony in the air has been in awe of her speed, agility, and confidence. She's always up for a challenge and meets every adventure head on. Despite her love for stirring up mischief, Rainbow Dash proves time and time again that she is a true hero and a true friend.
Rainbow Dash represents the Element of Loyalty!
- See also: Character appearances
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|S||At least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot, without spoken dialogue or narration|
|B||Background appearance or an appearance where the character is not the focus|
|M||No appearance, but a mention by name or title|
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- "[So] Awesome!"
- — Multiple episodes
- "Hey. I could clear this sky in ten seconds flat."
- — Friendship is Magic, part 1
- "And just what are the Elements of Harmony? And how did you know about Nightmare Moon, huh? Are you a spy?!'"
- — Friendship is Magic, part 2
- "Nopony knows! You know why? Because everypony who's ever come in... has never... come... OUT!'"
- — Friendship is Magic, part 2
- "You... thank you for the offer, I mean. But I'm afraid I have to say no."
- — Friendship is Magic, part 2
- "See? I'd never leave my friends hanging!"
- — To Twilight Sparkle, Friendship is Magic, part 2
- "Time to take out the adorable trash."
- — Swarm of the Century
- "I hate losing..."
- — Fall Weather Friends
- "You're not an athlete, you're a... well... you're an egghead."
- — Fall Weather Friends
- "It needs to be about twenty-percent cooler."
- — Suited For Success
- — Sonic Rainboom
- "My life is ruined!"
- — Sonic Rainboom
- "Most people thought that the Sonic Rainboom was just an old mare's tail. But that day... The day I discovered racing... I proved that the legends were true. I made the impossible happen!"
- — The Cutie Mark Chronicles
- "I'm... hanging... with the... Wonderbolts!"
- — The Best Night Ever
- "Hey, now wait a minute! Just because I don't have a pet now doesn't mean I never want a pet!"
- — May the Best Pet Win!
- "Danger's my middle name. Rainbow 'Danger' Dash."
- — The Mysterious Mare Do Well
- "What about "Super-Ultra-Extreme-'Awesomazing?'""
- — The Mysterious Mare Do Well
- "Reading's for eggheads like you, Twilight. Heh, no offense, but I am not reading. It's undeniably, unquestionably, uncool."
- — Read It and Weep
- "I hate to admit it to myself and would really hate to admit it to my friends, but... I love this story! I, I... I love reading! I'm an egghead."
- — Read It and Weep
- "I-I don't even like cake!"
- — MMMystery on the Friendship Express
- "BEST. WEDDING. EVER!"
- — A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2
- "No offense, but it's not a real campfire story unless somepony's shaky."
- — To Scootaloo, Sleepless in Ponyville
- "No disrespect ma'am, but there's a big difference between pushing yourself as hard as you can, and just being reckless. And if being reckless is what gets rewarded around here, if that's what it means to be a Wonderbolt, then I don't want any part of it."
- — To Spitfire, Wonderbolts Academy
- — Multiple episodes
- "You can't be tied for the most daring pony!"
- — Castle Mane-ia
- "But that was me! You're you! And it just doesn't matter if you can fly or not. Your routine was amazing 'cause it represented exactly what makes Ponyville special. You do still know what that is, right?"
- — To Scootaloo, Flight to the Finish
- "Think of the cider! Won't somepony please think of the cider?!"
- — Bats!
- "Wow, Applejack. I know your thing is honesty, but come on!'"
- — Rarity Takes Manehattan
- "[blows raspberry] Beneficial for eggheads!"
- — Testing Testing 1, 2, 3
- "And no matter what your sport is, we gotta give it our best because we all got a genuine shot at Ponyville gold."
- — Equestria Games
- "Ya' done good squirt!"
- — To Scootaloo, Equestria Games
- "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Is she for real?"
- — The Cutie Map - Part 1
- "Who said anything about anger?! I didn't say anything about anger! I'm not upset! And I am not angry! Do I look angry?!"
- — Tanks for the Memories
- "Duh! Because I'm a Wonderbolt!"
- — Newbie Dash
- "What would she do without us? Huh. Lemme think. [imitating Rarity] "Darlings, I'm absolutely doomed, doomed, doomed!" [laughs, normal] I sound just like her!"
- — The Saddle Row Review
- "Go, Scootaloo, go! Woo-woo-woo-woo! Uhh, I mean... [nervous laugh] This is the life."
- — The Cart Before the Ponies
- "Somepony is really gonna have to catch us up on what we missed."
- — To Where and Back Again - Part 2
- "Is it MY fault that I don't like pies? And not just Pinkie's pies, all pies."
- — Secrets and Pies
- "This is delicious! A pony could forget about flying again if these were on the ground."
- — Eating a piece of special apple pie, My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #2 page 21
- "Dodging all that flying pie was exhausting."
- — My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #30 page 20
- "Wishing you a happy birthday Hub; from the bottom of my heart!"
- — A Hub promo celebrating the channel's first anniversary of being on
- "It's time to pony up!"
- — Hub ad bumpers
- "Okay, seriously, why does EVERYPONY grab me by the tail?"
- — Enterplay collectible card game The Crystal Games #118 C card Telekinesis
- "Wow, we're calling HER in to help? Is the fate of Equestria really worth it?"
- — Enterplay collectible card game Absolute Discord #10 U card of Lightning Dust
- Toys and merchandise
- Rainbow Dash (EG)
- Rainbow Dash on the Collectible Card Game Wiki
- Rainbow Dash on the Fan Wiki
- Rainbow Dash on the My Little Pony Gameloft Wiki
- This article's speculation page.
- Ponies with a similar name: Rainbow Blaze, Rainbow Flash, Rainbow Swirl, Rainbow Swoop, Rainbow Wishes, Holly Dash, Island Rainbow, Rainbowshine, Snowdash, Nimbus Dash, Star Dasher, and Stardash.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Brittany Lauda (2014-07-17). Brittany's Voice Roles - Brittany Lauda - Voice Actress. Facebook. Retrieved on 2014 July 18.
- ↑ Calpain (2015-02-12). Equestria Daily: The Struggle of Dubbing My Little Pony - A Behind the Scenes Look. Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2015 February 12.
- ↑ Lauren Faust (2013-11-29). My Firefly. Inspiration for Rainbow Dash.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2013 December 2.
- ↑ Amy Keating Rogers (2014-04-05). KeatingRogers: @Half_theBattle Oh my gosh! .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 April 6.
- ↑ Amy Keating Rogers (2014-04-10). KeatingRogers: @UkeUkeable General Firefly .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 April 18.
- ↑ Lauren Faust (2010-11-15). Comment on *fyre-flye's profile. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2013 December 19.
- ↑ Amy Keating Rogers (2014-04-15). KeatingRogers: @karentheunicorn @Half_theBattle .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 April 18.
- ↑ PonyCon 2016 Character Development Panel with Lauren Faust. YouTube (2016-02-18). Retrieved on 2016 March 12.
- ↑ Jim Miller (2015-01-13). Big Jim on Twitter: "@no_good_names__ @goldenrusset Npt really, but it's open to interpretation.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 January 14.
- ↑ Lauren Faust on Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo not being related. deviantArt (2011-03-04). Archived locally.
- ↑ Jim Miller (2017-10-14). 🎃Pump Kin🎃 on Twitter: "@CouchFromEQD I think she did in ‘Sisterhooves Social’.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2017 October 15.
- ↑ Jim Miller (2017-10-14). 🎃Pump Kin🎃 on Twitter: "@CouchFromEQD She ate it in the spirit of competition! She’ll do almost anything to win!". Twitter. Retrieved on 2017 October 15.
- ↑ Kaylie Nelson (2015-06-08). Hasbro_Licensing_Expo_2015_Lead_Release_FINAL.pdf. Retrieved on 2015 June 11.
- ↑ Rainbow Dash Licking Screen. DeviantArt (2012-07-11). Retrieved on 2015 June 11.
- ↑ images.zip (2015-06-04). Retrieved on 2015 June 11.
- ↑ Fyodor Golan AW15 Rainbow Wheel - Full Show Video. Vimeo (2015-02-25). Retrieved on 2015 June 11.