|Star Swirl the Bearded|
Bubble reality version "Mr. Starswirl" in Friends Forever Issue #2
Depiction of Star Swirl on Legends of Equestria art print
Star Swirl's human counterpart depicted in statue in Star Crossed
|Eyes|| Dark violetish gray (series)|
Dark magenta (Rainbow Rocks and FIENDship is Magic comic #3)
Brilliant gold (Friendship is Magic comic pages, Friends Forever comic, FIENDship is Magic comic #5, and Harmony Quest)
Very dark gray (Friendship is Magic comic cover)
Light cerulean (Acidfree art print)
|Mane|| Light gray|
|Coat|| Light gray (series, Friendship is Magic comics, FIENDship is Magic comic #5, and Acidfree art print)|
Pale, light grayish sapphire blue (Rainbow Rocks and FIENDship is Magic comic #3)
Bluish gray (Friends Forever comic and Harmony Quest)
Moderate amber (WeLoveFine art print)
|Hooves|| Light gray (Friendship is Magic comic pages, Friends Forever comic, and FIENDship is Magic comic #5)|
Gray (FIENDship is Magic comic #3)
Dark gray (Friendship is Magic comic cover)
|Magic aura|| Azureish gray ([specify])|
Blue (FIENDship is Magic comic #5)
|Nicknames||Beardo, Swirlstar, S.S.t.B.|
| Cutie mark|
Swirl with four five-pointed stars
(S3E2, S3E13, Legends of Magic comic #6, and Enterplay merchandise)[note 1]
(S7E24, S7E25, S7E26, and Friendship is Magic comic #53)[note 1]
|Voice||Chris Britton (English)|
Nikita Prozorovsky (Russian)
Marko Marković (Serbian)
Development and name
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M.A. Larson, the writer of Luna Eclipsed, It's About Time, and Magical Mystery Cure, selected the name Star Swirl out of a list of pre-approved locations and names by Hasbro, then added "the Bearded" because it didn't sound "quite old enough". Larson stated that Twilight Sparkle "would be the kind who'd idolize the great minds of the past."
The name Star Swirl was given by Hasbro to several Earth pony mares in toy lines of previous My Little Pony generations, and has been used in Friendship is Magic's corresponding toy line for another Earth pony mare. A printable Twilight Sparkle paper cutout on The Hub's website, a post by The Hub's Facebook page, closed captions for Luna Eclipsed on the official HasbroEpisodes YouTube channel, different closed captions for Luna Eclipsed and closed captions for It's About Time both on the DVD My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Adventures in the Crystal Empire, closed captions for Magical Mystery Cure on the DVD My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Princess Twilight Sparkle, and a post by Wired's Underwire blog have spelled it "Star Swirl" as this toy line has, though Meghan McCarthy and Larson (both on Twitter) and The Hub's Facebook app Ponyscopes have spelled it "Starswirl"; Enterplay's trading cards have used both spellings, and an Enterplay dog tag checklist has listed "Starswirl the Bearded" with a trademark symbol.
Depiction in the seriesStar Swirl the Bearded is first mentioned by Twilight in Luna Eclipsed when she explains her costume to Spike. She calls Star Swirl "the father of the amniomorphic spell", "the most important conjurer of the pre-classical era", and adds "he created more than 200 spells! He even has a shelf in the Canterlot library of magic named after him." Later in the episode, Princess Luna recognizes Twilight's costume as Star Swirl and compliments her for it, stating she "even got the bells right", but other ponies guess that Twilight is dressing as a "weirdo clown" or a "country music singer". In Dragon Quest, a photo shows Twilight wearing the costume.
According to the pageant staged in Hearth's Warming Eve, Star Swirl was the mentor of Clover the Clever, one of the founders of Equestria. In It's About Time, Twilight searches for time spells in a wing of the Canterlot library that is named after Star Swirl and displays part of his cutie mark above its door. Twilight says that it is the most secure section of the archives, and is eventually let into the section by one of the guards patrolling the library.At the end of The Crystal Empire - Part 2, Princess Luna summons a spiral-bound book that has a dark cover which shows four stars and a swirly pattern. In Magical Mystery Cure, a flashback shows the book having been mailed to Twilight in a package with a letter from Princess Celestia. The letter states that the last page of the book contains Star Swirl's "secret unfinished masterpiece", an abandoned spell which he was never able to get right. When Twilight finally fixes the spell Princess Celestia states that Twilight accomplished what even Star Swirl could not, because he did not understand friendship like Twilight does.
In Three's A Crowd, Twilight and Princess Cadance visit a traveling museum dedicated to Star Swirl the Bearded. Twilight wears her Star Swirl costume to the museum, and seven other ponies are seen wearing their own variations of the costume: Amethyst Star, Meadow Song, "Ponet", Warm Front, "Serena", Prim Posy, and S04E11 Unnamed Earth Mare #1. At the museum, the two princesses spot a candlestick that was used by Star Swirl to light the way when he was exploring the caverns of Maretania.
Star Swirl is depicted in a storybook illustration in Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1, addressed as "a young unicorn wizard" by Princess Celestia. He is shown to have befriended Scorpan, leading him to turn against his evil brother Lord Tirek.
In The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 1, Starlight Glimmer modifies Star Swirl's time travel spell and uses it to travel into the past and change history. At the end of The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2, the scroll containing the spell disappears through a time portal.
In A Hearth's Warming Tail, Twilight Sparkle says that "everypony knows that Star Swirl was an expert at everything from transfiguration, dimensional calibration, [and] teleportation".
In Celestial Advice, a photo of Twilight dressed as Star Swirl is seen in Twilight's bedroom. Starlight also mentions one of Star Swirl's spells in a simulation made by Twilight.
In the season seven finale Shadow Play, Star Swirl is revealed to be one of the six "Pillars of Old Equestria" with Rockhoof, Mistmane, Flash Magnus, Somnambula, and Mage Meadowbrook, representing the Element of Sorcery. Long ago, he and the other Pillars were brought together by the unicorn Stygian to battle a great evil. When Stygian later turned into the Pony of Shadows, Star Swirl and the others sacrificed themselves to imprison him in limbo.
In present day, Twilight casts a spell to free Star Swirl and the Pillars from limbo, inadvertently freeing the Pony of Shadows along with them. Due to his lack of experience in friendship, Star Swirl initially dismisses Twilight's help and blames her for the Pony of Shadows' freedom. He eventually learns to recognize both Twilight and Starlight Glimmer's talents, and he and the other Pillars team up with the Mane Six to separate Stygian from the darkness and banish it to limbo once again. At the end of the episode, Star Swirl reunites with his old pupils Celestia and Luna and departs to see how much Equestria has changed in his absence.
Depiction in Equestria GirlsIn the film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Twilight Sparkle discovers through research that Star Swirl banished three sirens from Equestria to the human world, believing that their magic would have no effect there. Once again, he is only seen in storybook illustrations. In the My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Digital Series episode Star Crossed, a statue of Star Swirl's human counterpart is on display at the Canterlot Planetarium.
Depiction in the comicsOn page 19 of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #2, Mr. Starswirl[sic] physically appears dressed as Gandalf the Grey in Discord's bubble reality. Of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #17, cover A says "Behold the Secrets of Star Swirl the Bearded", and Star Swirl the Bearded physically appears on the Hot Topic cover.
In the issue, Star Swirl appears in flashbacks of Princess Celestia's past. Having discovered the secrets of cross-dimensional travel, he creates a magical mirror that allows travel to other universes. Star Swirl and Celestia spend decades visiting these worlds and learning about them. However, when he finds out that Celestia has been using the mirror to travel to one specific world numerous times, he closes the mirror before Celestia's actions endanger two kingdoms.
In Issue #18, Star Swirl the Bearded appears in a stained glass window and in several flashbacks with Princess Celestia.
In Issue #19, he appears again in various flashbacks and Twilight Sparkle briefly imagines him as an Alicorn.
In Issue #20, he appears in a flashback with Princess Celestia and the alternate universe versions of King Sombra and Princess Luna and in another where he forgives Princess Celestia's actions.
Starswirl[sic] the Bearded appears in My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic Issue #3, in which he engages in several musical battles against the sirens and banishes them to the human world via the Crystal Mirror.
In My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic Issue #5, Star Swirl the Bearded pulls his cart up to an underground lake. Upon being bitten by a fly, he turns and sees that the tree in the middle of the lake is clutching a bone in its roots. Believing that the lake possesses evil magic, Star Swirl nails a warning sign to the tree. The crack left by the nail in the bark widens after he leaves, inadvertently enabling the changelings to emerge.
On My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #31 page 14, Pinkie Pie mentions that Sugarcube Corner is "where Star Swirl the Bearded bought his favorite cookies", which Twilight Sparkle states is historically untrue.
In My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Issue #1, Sunburst uses the records inside Star Swirl's private study in his research into the history of Equestria. Star Swirl also appears in flashback instructing young princesses Celestia and Luna in magic. He also appears on the Issue #7 covers B and RI.
In Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity chapter 10 "Dyeing to Please", Twilight Sparkle gets Charity Sweetmint to take some extra books about Star Swirl the Bearded. Star Swirl the Bearded is also mentioned in Daring Do and the Eternal Flower.
In Princess Twilight Sparkle and the Forgotten Books of Autumn, Moon Dancer mentions the spell "Star Swirl's Seven Safeguards".
Star Swirl the Bearded is mentioned several times in The Journal of the Two Sisters.
Celestia and Luna meet him at their Princess Coronation. Celestia reveals that initially, the responsibility of the sun and the moon fell to him and five other unicorns before Luna and Celestia. In the journal, Star Swirl's beard is brown, becoming shorter when he becomes younger due to a time travel spell gone wrong; later in the journal, his beard turns gray after his magic is depleted by a failed attempt to lower the moon by himself, but turns brown again after his magic is returned to him.
Star Swirl the Bearded is[specify] in Budge Studios' mobile game Harmony Quest.
In Friendship is Magic Issue #17, Princess Luna describes Star Swirl as having a similar personality to Pinkie Pie. Flashbacks in the issue depict him as being eccentric and carefree, like Pinkie Pie. Like Twilight, he is shown to have a deep passion for magic and learning and a thirst for knowledge, as well as being very adventurous. He appeared to have a friendly relationship with Celestia, as she confides in him about her concerns about Luna and he encourages her to join him on his otherworldly escapades.
Despite his cheery demeanor, however, Star Swirl is also shown to have a serious side, as he puts his foot down for the good of the kingdom and seals the portal to the other dimension that Celestia had been visiting without his knowledge. He is said to carry huge grudges, as Celestia states her friendship with him was never the same after she lied to him. However, in Issue #20, he forgives Celestia and suggests they forget the whole thing ever happened.
In the season seven finale, Star Swirl is portrayed as slightly egotistical and narrow-minded, initially bitter toward Twilight for releasing the Pony of Shadows from limbo and believing that villains are incapable of befriending others, putting him at odds with Starlight Glimmer. With both Twilight and Starlight's help, however, he recognizes his prior pettiness and poor judgment, and he reconciles with Stygian after the darkness inside him is banished.
MerchandiseHasbro uses the name Star Swirl for an Earth pony mare with a powder-blue coat and a light purple and pink mane. Both toys of Star Swirl have only been released outside of the United States: the Playful Ponies version packaged with Rarity in the special edition of the Royal Gem Carriage vehicle set, and the mini-figure version as part of the second wave of mystery packs. According to the collector card included with the mystery pack toy, Star Swirl "always sparkles!" In the My Little Pony First Look and Find book, Star Swirl appears as one of the guests attending the wedding of Shining Armor and Princess Cadance.
Series 2 of Enterplay's trading cards includes Equestrian Magic cards featuring "Starswirl the Bearded's Book" and "Starswirl's Time Travel Spell", respectively cards #52 and #56. The back of card #52 includes the description "MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO, Starswirl the Bearded used this book to scrawl notes about his most amazing works. The last page contained the most important spell of all: his secret unfinished masterpiece! Even Starswirl was unable to finish this spell, and the book was passed down through the ages to Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. Finally, this book landed in Twilight Sparkle's hooves, and her understanding of friendship allowed her to finish the spell and prove she was ready to become an alicorn... and a princess!" The back of card #56 includes the description "ONLY STARSWIRL THE BEARDED has ever whipped up magic strong enough to send a pony back in time! But, even his magic has limits. A pony can only use the spell once, and then only for a few moments. As Twilight Sparkle learned, using Starswirl's Time Travel Spell to warn the past about the future can have drastic results, so one should be very careful casting this spell! Maybe she should have gone back in time to warn Past Spike about Future Spike's tummy ache instead? Nah..."
Series 3 of the trading cards includes Character card #F4 of Star Swirl the Bearded. The back of the card includes the description "Star Swirl the Bearded may have been the most magical unicorn of all time—maybe even more magical than Twilight Sparkle herself! Star Swirl created many of the magic spells still used to this day, including dangerous time magic and the mysterious amniomorphic spell. He was the personal tutor of Clover the Clever, who helped found Equestria, and some say he even mentored Princess Celestia and Princess Luna before they learned how to move the Sun and the Moon!"
WeLoveFine sells an art print with a fan-design of Star Swirl the Bearded, a T-shirt showing Twilight Sparkle dressed up as Star Swirl the Bearded, and a T-shirt called "Mythical Star Swirl". Star Swirl the Bearded is also shown on Acidfree's first art print.
Promotional materialIn The Hub's Facebook app Ponyscopes, of the horoscopes for January 8, 2013, attributed to Twilight Sparkle, the Sagittarius horoscope is "It's time to restock supplies! I always carry extra quills, scrolls, ink, books, and Starswirl the Bearded's tenants at all times."
In Hot Topic and The Hub's Hot Minute interview with Twilight Sparkle, she responds to the prompt "Favorite hobby" with the answer "Spending time with my friends. And this pony can never read enough about the bold and brilliant Star Swirl the Bearded."A My Little Pony Equestria Girls promotional image showing Twilight Sparkle at the Crystal Mirror and attributing to her the quote "Star Swirl the Bearded never had an adventure like this before" was posted by Hasbro's My Little Pony Facebook page on June 20, 2013, months in advance of Reflections.
- "The best elements within us can spread light and virtue, and I know ponies who represent them all: strength, bravery, healing, beauty, hope, and sorcery."
- — Shadow Play - Part 1
- "What?! No, no, no, no! You must undo what you've done!"
- — Shadow Play - Part 1
- "Know this, fiend! We will not rest until we find a way to return you to limbo!"
- — Shadow Play - Part 2
- "It is an easy thing to say you have saved the world. It is quite another to do it."
- — Shadow Play - Part 2
- "While I appreciate your enthusiasm, Twilight, this is hardly the time to take risks on half-baked spells."
- — Shadow Play - Part 2
- " The Pony of Shadows was not interested in reconciliation. Once a villain, always a villain."
- — Shadow Play - Part 2
- "Long ago you needed our help, Stygian. But instead of listening, we turned our backs on you. Pride clouded my judgment, and I owe you an apology."
- — Shadow Play - Part 2
- "I simply cannot believe how tall you've gotten!"
- — Shadow Play - Part 2
- "If it is wisdom you seek, look no further than your own pupil. She showed me that the power of friendship is a magical force indeed. And that in turning away from others, you hurt yourself as well."
- — Shadow Play - Part 2
- "Never doubt yourself... You'll do great things for your subjects. We all know that."
- — To Princess Celestia, Friendship is Magic Issue #17 page 8
- "Come along, princess. Adventure is out there."
- — Friendship is Magic Issue #17 page 14
- "I'm too old for this."
- — Friendship is Magic Issue #17 page 18
- "I'm sure we'll find much to explore! We've only been here a couple hours... This is just the tip of the ol' iceberg! Ooh! Do you have icebergs? Ours have lots of fat, little penguins. Ooh! Do you have penguins?!"
- — Friendship is Magic Issue #19 page 5
- "Making decisions you don't want to make is part of being a ruler."
- — Friendship is Magic Issue #20 page 7
- "This hat is amazing! It's the hattiest hat to ever hat! It just needs bells!"
- — "How Star Swirl Got His Hat" short story
- "Oh the ladies fair they are untrue— a too-ra-loo-ra-layyy— The ladies do not sing for you— a too-ra-loo-ra-leeee."
- — Singing in FIENDship is Magic Issue #3 page 17
- "Well, I'm/Starswirl, the one with the beard, the one that you feared/I'm fishin' for new hears and it's your ears I've speared/I got more magic in me than Celestia's sun/And now the rest of you's done/Because the best of you's won."
- — Rapping in FIENDship is Magic Issue #3 page 18
- "Oh... I don't like the feel of this place at all. It's got some baaaad juju going on."
- — FIENDship is Magic Issue #5 page 21
- "A #MLPseason5 is never late, nor is it early, it arrives precisely when it means to"
- — Twitter post by Meghan McCarthy
- ↑ M.A. Larson panel. Midwestria 2012 (2012-09-25). Retrieved on 2012 October 1.
- ↑ CC_Hub_MLP Activity Sheets_R5_MG_v6 (2013-04-19). Retrieved on 2013 April 23.
- ↑ My Little Pony - Halloween Costumes (2011-10-20). Retrieved on 2012 September 28.
- ↑ Luna Eclipsed (2012-12-26). Retrieved on 2013 April 23.
- ↑ Exclusive: Halloween Episode of My Little Pony Will Be a Night Mare (2011-10-21). Retrieved on 2012 September 28.
- ↑ Meghan McCarthy on Twitter (2013-01-19). Retrieved on 2013 January 19.
- ↑ M.A. Larson on Twitter (2013-01-07). Retrieved on 2013 January 9.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Sagittarius.xml. Retrieved on 2013 January 17.
- ↑ Dog Tags are coming!. Facebook (2013-10-09). Retrieved on 2013 October 9.
- ↑ My Little Pony by Amy Mebberson. Acidfree Gallery (2014-07-03). Retrieved on 2014 July 6.
- ↑ Hot Minute: My Little Pony's Twilight Sparkle (2013-04-12). Retrieved on 2013 April 12.
- ↑ My Little Pony - Timeline Photos. Facebook (2013-06-20). Retrieved on 2015 April 16.
- ↑ Meghan McCarthy (2014-11-03). “A #MLPseason5 is never late, nor .... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 November 3.