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Shadowbolts

The Shadowbolts annoyed S1E02

Nightmare Moon transformed into Shadowbolts in Friendship is Magic, part 2

Rainbow Dash Shadowbolt ID S2E4

Rainbow Dash wearing a Shadowbolt costume in Luna Eclipsed

Let's go, Shadowbolts! (new version) EG3

The Shadowbolts of Crystal Prep in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games

Kind Pegasus
Human (EG)
Occupation Nightmare Moon's "knights-in-shadowy armor" (Equestria)
Sports team of Crystal Prep Academy (human world)
Other links
More info
Nicknames Shady, Sb (The Periodic Table of My Little Pony)[1]
Cutie mark
Shadowbolts cutie mark crop S1E2
(S1E2 and some material)
Rainbow Dash Shadowbolt costume cutie mark crop
(S2E4 and other material)
Voice Tabitha St. Germain (S1E2)
The Shadowbolts are a team respectively of Nightmare Moon in Equestria and of Crystal Prep Academy in the human world. Nightmare Moon's Shadowbolts appear in the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic episode Friendship is Magic, part 2 and in some adaptations; members of this pony Shadowbolt group include Shadow Surprise and unnamed Pegasi. Crystal Prep's Shadowbolts appear in the film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games and in the IDW comics' My Little Pony Annual 2013; members of this human Shadowbolt group include Twilight Sparkle, Sour Sweet, Sunny Flare, Sugarcoat, Lemon Zest, Indigo Zap, and several unnamed soccer players.

Development and design

The Shadowbolts are similar to the Wonderbolts/Canterlot Wondercolts. The Shadowbolt mare shares her mane and tail style with Blaze and Surprise. The two Shadowbolt stallions share their mane and tail style with each other and Wave Chill. "Shady" was previously used as the name of a G1 Earth pony mare.

Though the trio of pony Shadowbolts appear as only a transformation of Nightmare Moon in Friendship is Magic, part 2, the pony trio appears simultaneously with Princess Luna/Nightmare Moon in some merchandise and Gameloft's mobile game. However, the human Shadowbolts have no known connection to Vice Principal Luna.

The winged skull cutie mark[2][3] on the Shadowbolt costume worn by Rainbow Dash varies—in Luna Eclipsed and in some material, it has a different design than on Shadowbolt uniforms, while in some material, it has the same design as on Shadowbolt uniforms. Rainbow's costume is misidentified as a Wonderbolt costume in online promotional material,[4][5] but it is identified as a Shadowbolt costume in merchandise.

Shadowbolt goggle lenses do not permanently maintain their usual shape, instead being round on occasion.

Depiction in the series

Rainbow Dash and the Shadowbolts S01E02
In the season one episode Friendship is Magic, part 2, Nightmare Moon briefly transforms into the trio of pony Shadowbolts. She claims that they are the greatest aerial team in the Everfree Forest and attempts to persuade Rainbow Dash to abandon the rest of the Mane Six and become the Shadowbolts' captain, but Rainbow Dash declines this offer and sticks with the Mane Six.

In the season two episode Luna Eclipsed, Rainbow Dash wears a Shadowbolt costume for Nightmare Night.

Depiction in Friendship Games

Shadowbolts lineup EG3
In the film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, Crystal Prep Academy's Shadowbolts compete against Canterlot High School's Wondercolts in the quadrennial Friendship Games competition. The team consists of Jet Set, Upper Crust, Neon Lights, Suri Polomare, Trenderhoof, Royal Pin, Sunny Flare, Sour Sweet, Indigo Zap, Sugarcoat, Lemon Zest, and the human world's Twilight Sparkle. The former six take part only in the Academic Decathalon, while the latter six move on to the Tri-Cross Relay and Capture-the-Flag events after getting the best scores for their team.

Throughout the film, the Shadowbolts display egotistic and snobbish behavior toward both the students of Canterlot High and each other—with the exception of Twilight Sparkle. They deny Twilight a seat on the Crystal Prep Academy bus, antagonize the Wondercolts during the gymnasium party, and show a lack of enthusiasm at their fellow students' success. However, they briefly mingle more sociably with the Wondercolts during the party before Principal Cinch intervenes, and they end up on much friendlier terms with the Wondercolts by the end of the film.

Other depictions

Printed works

IDW comics

In the My Little Pony Annual 2013 Equestria Girls story, Crystal Prep's Shadowbolts (identified only by their team name) play soccer against Canterlot High School's Wondercolts in the first game of the season.

In My Little Pony: Guardians of Harmony Issue #1 chapter 1.​[​specify​]​

Storybooks

In the book My Little Pony: Tricks and Treats, an adaptation of the episode Luna Eclipsed, Rainbow Dash wears a Shadowbolt costume for Nightmare Night.

The cover of the chapter book My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, displayed at the 2015 American International Toy Fair, shows Crystal Prep's Shadowbolts along with Canterlot High School's Wondercolts.

Magazines

In Panini's My Little Pony magazine, the trio of pony Shadowbolts appear in at least one of the last two parts of the three-part story Die Legende von Nightmare Moon, an adaptation of the episodes Friendship is Magic, part 1 and Friendship is Magic, part 2.

Software

My Little Pony (mobile game)

Shadowbolts are featured in Gameloft's mobile game. The trio of pony Shadowbolts are a character called "The Shadowbolts" with the Ponyville house "The Shadowbolts' Hut" and the description "They're Nightmare Moon's knights-in-shadowy armor -- the Shadowbolts are Pegasi with predilections for bringin' the pain!" Shadowbolts also appear in two of the minigames. Seasonal theming of the game has had Rainbow Dash wear her Shadowbolt costume.

A file of the game's has included information for a character called "Shadow Surprise" with the house "Shadowbolts' Hut" and the description "One of Nightmare Moon's most trusted Shadowbolts, Shadow Surprise is a Pegasus with a predilection for bringing the pain!"

Luna Eclipsed

In the PlayDate Digital game My Little Pony: Luna Eclipsed, an adaptation of the episode Luna Eclipsed, Rainbow Dash wears a Shadowbolt costume for Nightmare Night.

Castle Creator

In some versions of Castle Creator, one of the available character images of Rainbow Dash has her Shadowbolt costume.

Xbox LIVE

Xbox LIVE avatar items include a Shadow Bolt[sic] pet[6] and a Shadow Bolt[sic] costume.[7]

Equestria Girls

In Hasbro's Equestria Girls app for iOS, Sunny Flare, Sour Sweet, Indigo Zap, Sugarcoat, Lemon Zest, and human Twilight Sparkle—identified as "Sci-Twi"—can appear in the game through their dolls' zapcodes.

Merchandise

Toys

The Toys "R" Us exclusive Collector Series includes a glow-in-the-dark Playful Ponies brushable toy of Rainbow Dash as a Shadowbolt.

Equestria Girls Friendship Games dolls of Crystal Prep's Shadowbolts include both School Spirit and Sporty Style releases of Twilight Sparkle, Lemon Zest, Sunny Flare, Sour Sweet, Sugarcoat, and Indigo Zap.[8]

The Guardians of Harmony line includes a toy of the female pony Shadowbolt, with her eyes visible.[9]

Posters

Despite only appearing as a transformation of Nightmare Moon in the show, the trio of pony Shadowbolts appear alongside Princess Luna and Nightmare Moon on the Comic Con 2011 and Chaos is Magic posters.

The trio of pony Shadowbolts are also included on Enterplay's Nightmare Moon and the Everfree Forest poster.

Shadowbolts-related WeLoveFine art prints include "Everypony", "Shadow Wonders", and "Shadows".

Activity books

Of Crystal Prep's Shadowbolts, Sour Sweet is featured by Fashion Angels' "Fashion Friendzy" sketch portfolio set.

Apparel and accessories

Shadowbolts-related WeLoveFine T-shirts include fan-designed "Shadowbolts Fan", MLP Villains Allover", "MLP Season One Allover", and fan-designed "The Periodic Table of My Little Pony".

Shadowbolts-related WeLoveFine iPhone cases include "MLP Villains iPhone Case".

Quotes

"We've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the best flyer in Equestria."
Friendship is Magic, part 2
"We want you to join us, the Shadowbolts. We're the greatest aerial team in the Everfree Forest. And soon we will be the greatest in all Equestria. But first, we need a captain."
— Friendship is Magic, part 2
"No! It's them or us."
— Friendship is Magic, part 2
"You've got nothin' on us
Na, na, na-na-na, na
Let's go, Shadowbolts!
"
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
"Unleash the magic, unleash the magic
We're not friends here after all
Our only interest in this business
Is seeing Canterlot High School fall
"
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
"Sei gegrüßt, Rainbow Dash!"
Die Legende von Nightmare Moon
"Schließ dich uns an, Rainbow Dash! Du bist so schnell und könntest die Anführerin unserer Truppe werden. Na los, vergiss deine Freundinnen!"
Die Legende von Nightmare Moon

Gallery

Static shot of the Shadowbolts EG3

Shadowbolts image gallery

See also

References

  1. Sara Miscavage (2015-03-22). Comment on The Periodic Table of My Little Pony by xkappax. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2015 March 23.
  2. My Little Pony Rainbow Dash as Shadowbolt. Retrieved on 2015 March 17.
  3. Toys“R”Us® Heads to Comic-Con International in San Diego at Entertainment Earth® Booth #2343 with Nine Noteworthy Exclusives (2013-07-02). Retrieved on 2015 March 17.
  4. My Little Pony - Halloween Costumes. Facebook (2011-10-20). Retrieved on 2015 March 17.
  5. Angela Watercutter (2011-10-21). Exclusive: Halloween Episode of My Little Pony Will Be a Night Mare. WIRED. Retrieved on 2015 March 17.
  6. Shadow Bolt Pet. Retrieved on 2015 March 17.
  7. Shadow Bolt Costume. Retrieved on 2015 March 17.
  8. Christie Damato (2015-02-07). My Little Pony Equestria Girls 2015 Product Descriptions.pdf. Retrieved on 2015 March 17.
  9. Brian Truitt (2016-02-10). Exclusive: 'My Little Pony' debuts 'Harmony' line in fall. USATODAY.com. USA TODAY. Retrieved on 2016 February 10.

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