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Bulk Biceps
Bulk Biceps ID S4E05

Bulk Biceps in Flight to the Finish
Kind Pegasus
Sex Male
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Eyes Vivid red
Mane Light amber
Coat Light gray
Cutie mark
Bulk Biceps cutie mark
Voice Jayson Thiessen (English, S2E22 & S3E7)[1]
Michael Dobson (English, S4E10)
Hiroshi Shirokuma (Japanese)
Salvador Reyes (Latin American Spanish)
Bulk Biceps is a male Pegasus pony who first appears in the episode Hurricane Fluttershy. He has a white coat, dirty blond mane, and intense red eyes. He has a unique, very muscular character model.


Development and design

Bulk Biceps has a much larger, more muscular build than most other background ponies in the show. Though a fully grown stallion, he also has considerably smaller wings than the other adult Pegasi, although apparently his wings can function as well as any other average-sized Pegasus. Unlike other background Pegasi introduced in Hurricane Fluttershy, like Thunderlane, Blossomforth, and Silverspeed, Bulk Biceps was not officially named in the episode's script and was intended as "more of a visual gag."[2] In the script, what would become his lines were only attributed to "pony walla" ('walla' being a general term in scriptwriting and voice ADR work for miscellaneous background voices), and the storyboard artists and animators made the decision to turn "pony walla" into a boisterous, large pegasus.[3] The name "Bulk Biceps" was first listed in Michael Dobson's online resume in October 2013 as a My Little Pony role voiced by Michael Dobson,[4] and was later listed in Enterplay's collectible card game. Shortly after the character's cameo in Flight to the Finish was first aired on December 14, 2013, Meghan McCarthy tweeted "Hmm. I wonder what the guy with the dumbbell Cutie Mark’s name is. #MLPseason4".[5] He was eventually named in Rainbow Falls.

Depiction in the series

Bulk Biceps first appears in the opening scene in Hurricane Fluttershy where he gives the first of what would be several emphatic "YEAH"'s during Rainbow Dash's speech. He makes several more appearances throughout the episode, most of which are accompanied by another shout of "YEAH!"​[​specify​]​ He flies among the rest of the Pegasi in the hurricane and isn't noticeably impeded by the smaller size of his wings.

Bulk Biceps subject to intimidation S3E7
Spitfire apparently does not think he's "hot stuff".
Bulk Biceps later appears as a trainee in Wonderbolts Academy. When sized up by Spitfire of The Wonderbolts, he's instantly intimidated by her. During training, he is Cloudchaser's wing pony. Like his fellow Wonderbolts trainees, he ends up stuck in clouds due to Lightning Dust's eccentric flying. In a cloud clearing exercise, he busts clouds with his teeth rather than his hooves, letting out another "YEAH!" Later, when Rainbow Dash's friends are saved from danger, he catches the care package they had made for her. Finally, when Rainbow Dash is made a lead pony (after Lightning Dust's discharge from the academy), he salutes her.

He appears again in Flight to the Finish, during Hearts Strong as Horses, holding one end of a tug-of-war rope in his mouth and eventually lets go of it when a butterfly scares him away.

Bulk Biceps appears in the episode Rainbow Falls as one member of a three-Pegasus relay team consisting of himself, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy. The three represent Ponyville and compete to qualify for the Equestria Games. Throughout the episode, Bulk Biceps struggles with his diminutive wing size to overcome the relay course, but his (as well as his teammates') determination earns them a qualifying spot in the Games. Bulk Biceps' speaking role in this episode is more prominent compared to his past series appearances.

In Simple Ways, Bulk appears in the crowd during the choosing of the pony of ceremonies for the Ponyville Days festival.

Bulk Biceps is set to appear with his team in the upcoming season four episode Equestria Games.[6][7]

Other depictions

He appears on the season two poster behind Flitter and Cloudchaser, grouped with other Pegasi from Hurricane Fluttershy. He is titled "MUSCLE PONY" in the 2013 guidebook The Elements of Harmony. In the Friendship is Magic IDW comics, he appears in Issue #1 on page 3/Dynamic Forces exclusive cover RE, in Issue #9 on page 15, and in Issue #12. In Enterplay's collectible card game, α #101 R, Good Hustle, shows him in an image from Hurricane Fluttershy and attributes the quote "YEAH!" to Bulk Biceps. Chapter 7 of the chapter book Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare refers to "Snowflake—the strongest Pegasus in Cloudsdale", likely in reference to Bulk Biceps under a name previously used by Andy Price[8] and earlier by the fan community.

Quotes

"YEAH!"
— Multiple occasions
"Yes, ma'am!"
Wonderbolts Academy
"I'm all muscles! YEAH!"
Rainbow Falls
"'P' is for 'Rainbow Dash'!"
— Rainbow Falls
Friendship is Magic Issue #9 page 15
Bulk Biceps: You! Are you ready to buff up?!
Big McIntosh: Nope.
Bulk Biceps: Yeah!
Big McIntosh: ...Nope.
Bulk Biceps: Yeah!
Big McIntosh: ...Nope.
Bulk Biceps: Yeah!
Big McIntosh: ...Nope.
Bulk Biceps: Well okay! You have a nice day!
Big McIntosh: ...'Yup.

Gallery

YEA! S2E22
Bulk Biceps image gallery

References

  1. Image on Behind the Voice Actors. Retrieved on 2013 October 30.
  2. Nayuki giving the names of ponies from Hurricane Fluttershy. Allspark Forum (2012-03-24). Retrieved on 2012 April 16. Archived locally.
  3. Cindy Morrow (2012-11-18). "Pony Walla" turned into one awesome muscular pony with little wings. Twitter. Retrieved on 2013 April 14.
  4. Scribd. Retrieved on 2013 December 17.
  5. Meghan McCarthy (2013-12-14). MMeghanMcCarthy: Hmm. I wonder what the guy .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2013 December 15.
  6. HubTVNetwork: In case anypony is wondering, .... Twitter (2014-02-08). Retrieved on 2014 February 23.
  7. Hub Network - Timeline Photos. Facebook (2014-02-08). Retrieved on 2014 February 23.
  8. Andy Price (2012-10-13). MLP:FIM Page 3 issue 1. deviantART. Retrieved on 2014 February 23.
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