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For the character whose placeholder name is "Starlight", see List of Equestria Girls characters#Starlight.
Starlight Glimmer

Starlight Glimmer ID S6E2

Starlight Glimmer in The Crystalling - Part 2

Starlight Glimmer filly ID S5E26

Starlight Glimmer as a filly in The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2

Starlight Glimmer Crystal Pony ID S6E2

Starlight Glimmer as a crystal unicorn in The Crystalling - Part 2

Starlight Earth pony ID S6E6

Starlight Glimmer as an Earth pony in No Second Prances

Starlight Glimmer with equal cutie mark ID S5E01

Starlight Glimmer with her old mane style and a false equal sign cutie mark in The Cutie Map - Part 1

Comic issue 44 Starlight as Dorothy

Starlight Glimmer as Dorothy Gale from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #44

Kind Unicorn
Sex Female
Residence Castle of Friendship, Ponyville
Our Town (in the season five premiere)
Unnamed village (flashback in The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2, as well as The Crystalling - Part 1)
Occupation Twilight Sparkle's student
Leader of Our Town (in the season five premiere)
Other links
More info
Eyes Moderate persian blue
Mane Moderate purple with
lighter purple and
pale light, grayish aquamarine highlights
Coat Pale, light grayish heliotrope
Magic aura Light turquoise
Nicknames Star
Relatives Unnamed parents[1]
Cutie mark
Starlight Glimmer cutie mark crop S5E2
(real)
Starlight Glimmer equal sign cutie mark crop S5
(fake)
Voice Kelly Sheridan (English)
Maia Baran (French, S5E1-S5E2)
Séverine Cayron (French, S5E25 onward)
Nicole Hannak (German)
Debora Magnaghi (Italian, S5E1-S5E2)
Beatrice Caggiula (Italian, S5E25 onward)
Klaudia Kuchtyk (Polish)[2]
Lina Ivanova (Russian)
Maíra Paris (Brazilian Portuguese)
Ana Vieira (European Portuguese)
Roser Aldabó (European Spanish)
Annie Rojas (Latin American Spanish)[3]
Annica Smedius (Swedish)
Olena Yabluchna (Ukrainian)
Singing
voice
Sofia Balan (Ukrainian)
Starlight Glimmer is a female unicorn pony and recurring character,[4] initially an antagonist, in the series. She first possibly appears in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #14[5] and first explicitly appears in the season five premiere.

Development and design

Starlight Glimmer has a similar color scheme and name to Evening starlite and a similar color scheme to the non-siren forms of Aria Blaze. She has a pink coat, purple and teal mane and tail, and a cutie mark of a purple and white star with two blue glimmering streams—sometimes concealed by a fake equal sign. Part of her real cutie mark is similar to the compass rose cutie mark of "South Pole", of Léon, usually of Prince Blueblood, sometimes of Blue Moon, and in some material of Friends Forever 13 Unnamed Stallion - Doctor. Her name follows the same pattern as Twilight Sparkle, Sunset Shimmer, and Starbeam Twinkle and includes the name of G1 Starlight.

Art of Equestria page 108 - Starlight Glimmer concept art

Concept art of Starlight Glimmer in The Art of Equestria.

The book The Art of Equestria reveals that Starlight's mane was originally just two shades of purple. According to director Jim Miller, Starlight "has a talent for magic as well and is a proto-Twilight character. Her colors parallel Twilight Sparkle's for that reason." Her page also reveals different mane styles that were tried out for her, including one similar to Rainbow Dash.

In mid-February 2015, Miller was asked regarding Starlight Glimmer's resemblance to Evening starlite and replied about him having no idea who Evening starlite is and them being not the same as far as he can tell.[6] Later in the same month, he stated that Starlight Glimmer's name is not "Mayor Marx" or variations thereof,[7][8] was asked in reply, "What is it? Or is that still classified?" and replied back, "You'll find out once the episode airs!"[9]

Jim Miller teased on Twitter that Starlight might return in a future episode.[10] Her return was confirmed at Comic-Con 2015.[11]

According to Miller, Starlight was originally named "Aurora Glimmer", but this was changed due to Disney's trademark on the name "Aurora",[12] which is the name of the princess heroine from their 1959 film Sleeping Beauty and its related materials. Despite this, Zapp is a princess named Aurora, Aurora Muffin's name includes "Aurora", and Hasbro previously also managed to use "Aurora" as part of the name of G3 pony Aurora Mist.

According to Twitter conversations with Jim Miller, introducing Starlight and making her a new main character were the crew's idea that Hasbro had to approve,[13] Starlight being added to the show isn't a result of Sunset Shimmer's popularity,[14] and Starlight is a recurring character.[4]

Regarding "what say" Josh Haber "had in Starlight's role in S6 and if having to re-introduce her as a protagonist was difficult", Haber stated, "I helped come up with stories about her. The hard part wasn't the reformed villain stories. It was what to do after them."[15]

In the season six premiere, Starlight begins sporting a new mane style; Miller stated regarding this change, "The other one made her look older and matronly. Also, it symbolized who she USED to be."[16]

In May 2016, Jim Miller stated on Twitter that Starlight Glimmer "had parents in the scripted flashbacks in 526 and 601."[1]

Depiction in the series

Season five

Starlight "you will be as well" S5E1

Starlight in The Cutie Map - Part 1.

Starlight Glimmer first appears in the season five premiere as the founder and leader of a mysterious village in which every resident has given up his or her cutie mark.

As the leader of this village, Starlight has the philosophy that "true friendship" comes from being equal—no more or less talented than another—and that having special talents of any kind only leads to disharmony. To this end, Starlight uses a magical artifact called the Staff of Sameness to remove her followers' cutie marks and replace them with equal signs.

When Twilight Sparkle and her friends arrive at the village, Starlight Glimmer sees this as an opportunity to spread her message of equality to all of Equestria. She leads the Mane Six to a vault of cutie marks outside the village, where she takes their cutie marks from them with the Staff of Sameness and tries to convert them over to her way of thinking. Fluttershy, the only one among Twilight's friends who appears to convert, spies on Starlight and discovers that her own equal sign cutie mark is actually makeup.

Sugar Belle "either we're all equal or none of us are!" S5E2

Starlight's "utopia" collapses.

Using a bucket filled with water, Fluttershy and her friends expose Starlight's secret to her followers. It is also revealed that the Staff of Sameness's ability to remove cutie marks is Starlight's own magic and that the staff is an ordinary piece of wood. She attempts to leave with the Mane Six's cutie marks but is thwarted by her former followers. Having lost her followers' faith, Starlight retreats from the village and escapes to parts unknown.

In Amending Fences, Starlight hides her face behind a menu in the café scene. In What About Discord?, Starlight spies on the Mane Six and Discord with binoculars from a bush in the park scene.

Starlight makes her second major appearance in the season five finale. She uses a time spell created by Star Swirl the Bearded to travel back in time to the day Rainbow Dash performed her first sonic rainboom. When she prevents Rainbow from performing the rainboom, she changes Equestria's history, and she takes steps to ensure that Twilight and Spike are unable to stop her from doing so.

Twilight and Starlight shooting and avoiding each other's magic beam S5E26

Starlight fighting Twilight in The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2.

As Starlight and Twilight continually clash, Starlight creates numerous alternate futures in which Equestria falls into ruin. Twilight brings Starlight with her to one future in order to show her the consequences of her actions, but Starlight refuses to accept the truth. As Twilight cannot understand why Starlight acts this way, Starlight reveals that when she was a filly, her best friend Sunburst earned his cutie mark and left for Canterlot, leaving a young Starlight without a friend and with a fear of losing potential future friends. After bargaining with Twilight, Starlight decides to allow the rainboom to occur, restoring the present day.

Realizing the error of her ways, Starlight accepts whatever punishment that Twilight and her friends give her. Instead of punishing her, however, Twilight and her friends decide to teach Starlight about the magic of friendship, and Starlight feels reinvigorated with new life.

Season six

Sunburst "it's been a long time" S6E1

Starlight Glimmer reuniting with Sunburst in The Crystalling - Part 1.

In the season six premiere, Starlight has taken up residence in the Castle of Friendship as Twilight Sparkle's pupil, and Twilight presents her with her first friendship lesson: reuniting with her old friend Sunburst. Because of her past actions, Starlight is very nervous about seeing Sunburst again. When the two finally meet again, their dialogue is mostly awkward stuttering.

After a failed reunion, Starlight is convinced that Sunburst no longer wants to be her friend. However, when she approaches him later and discovers that he did not become an important wizard like she believed, Starlight learns that they both have their own histories of shame. The two then help Twilight and her friends save the Crystal Empire from an eternal winter.

With their friendship rekindled, Starlight and Sunburst say goodbye on much friendlier terms and promise to keep in touch.

Trixie gives a touched half-smile S6E6

Starlight Glimmer becomes friends with Trixie.

In No Second Prances, after several attempts to make friends in Ponyville end in failure, Starlight meets and befriends Trixie. When Twilight expresses skepticism in their relationship, Starlight feels that Twilight doesn't trust her to make her own friends. However, when Trixie admits that she became friends with Starlight partly to one-up Twilight, Starlight is emotionally hurt. With Twilight's help, Starlight makes amends with Trixie and helps her in her magic show.

In A Hearth's Warming Tail, Starlight is unenthusiastic about celebrating Hearth's Warming Eve and considers it no different from any other day. However, after Twilight reads her the story "A Hearth's Warming Tale", Starlight gains a new appreciation for the holiday.

In Spice Up Your Life, Starlight Glimmer briefly appears helping Twilight to reactivate the Cutie Map after the events of The Cutie Re-Mark caused it to go inactive.

In The Times They Are A Changeling, Starlight accompanies Twilight and Spike on their visit to the Crystal Empire to visit Sunburst and Flurry Heart. She is present when Spike's changeling friend Thorax exposes himself by accident, and she is quick to help defend Flurry Heart against the suspected changeling spy. Later, when Spike pleads with his friends that Thorax deserves another chance, his words strike a chord with Starlight, who comes to accept Thorax as a friend.

In Every Little Thing She Does, Starlight excels at her magic studies, but she avoids her friendship lessons. To fix this, she takes on several friendship problems at once with Twilight's friends, in order to impress her. In an effort to make things easier, she uses the Fiducia Compelus spell to mind-control the ponies into following her orders. Unfortunately, the ponies follow her orders so exactly and literally that things quickly spiral out of Starlight's control.

After Twilight helps fix her mess, Starlight confesses that she avoids her friendship problems out of fear of failing and being a disappointment to Twilight. With Twilight and Spike's guidance, Starlight apologizes to her friends for using magic on them, and she learns to address her friendship lessons more naturally.

Starlight makes a brief non-speaking appearance at the beginning of Top Bolt.

Trixie, Thorax, and Discord look at Starlight Glimmer S6E25

Starlight's unlikely team of heroes.

In the season six finale, Starlight Glimmer is invited back to her old village to celebrate the Sunset Festival, and she is accompanied by Trixie out of fear of being rejected. While the villagers openly welcome Starlight back, they look to her for advice on how to manage the festival. Starlight, uncomfortable with being in a leadership role after her past actions, abandons the festivities to return home.

When Starlight discovers that changelings have captured the royal princesses and taken the places of her friends, she assembles a team consisting of herself, Trixie, Thorax, and Discord to rescue them and save Equestria. Along this journey, Starlight is forced to take up the leadership role that she fears and lead her allies into the Changeling Kingdom. Due to the magic-dampening properties of Queen Chrysalis' throne, Starlight and her team infiltrate the changeling castle to destroy it and free the rest of her friends.

In the castle throne room, Starlight confronts Queen Chrysalis and, using what she has learned about Thorax not needing to feed on love, tries to convince Chrysalis to change the way she leads her hive. When Chrysalis tries to absorb Thorax's love, Starlight tells him to give it to her willingly, resulting in a magical blast that transforms the changelings into colorful, love-filled creatures. Starlight extends her hoof to the defeated changeling queen in friendship, but Chrysalis refuses, vowing revenge upon Starlight Glimmer before escaping.

Now more comfortable being a leader, Starlight returns to her old village to take part in the Sunset Festival.

Personality

Starlight Glimmer looking sinister S5E1

Starlight Glimmer scheming.

When initially introduced, Starlight Glimmer is openly friendly and welcoming, both toward the Mane Six and her followers. She is also somewhat of a disciplinarian, issuing punishment to those who do not conform to her philosophies. However, she later adopts a more callous and ill-tempered persona, desperate to keep up appearances and dismissing any concept of friendship that isn't the same as her own.

In the season five finale, Starlight harbors a bitter grudge against Twilight Sparkle, mocking and belittling her attempts to stop her from altering the past. Her contempt for cutie marks is revealed to be a result of losing her childhood friend Sunburst when he gained his, giving her a distorted conception of "equality". When Starlight finally realizes how friendship is enriched by ponies' differences, she adopts a remorseful, friendlier, and overall happier side.

In the season six premiere, she is portrayed as timid and easily unnerved, especially when it comes to the prospect of reuniting with Sunburst. In the finale, Starlight demonstrates an aversion to being in a leadership role due to her past actions, though she proves to have a natural talent for it and eventually overcomes her fears.

Magic

Starlight proud for taking Twilight's cutie mark S5E1

Starlight Glimmer holding Twilight Sparkle's cutie mark with the "Staff of Sameness."

Starlight Glimmer is very skilled in using magic and mentions that she has studied a spell for years. She wields an ordinary wooden staff called the Staff of Sameness while casting a spell in a ceremony known by her followers as "cutie unmarking," pretending this to be the staff's power instead of her own. She also uses telekinesis at long range, projects magical barriers, creates distracting lights, and shoots powerful magic blasts.

In The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 1, Starlight demonstrates self-levitation, cloud-walking, and crystallizing spells. In The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2, Twilight states that Starlight's magic rivals her own. In No Second Prances, Starlight makes a multi-layered cake in seconds and turns the normally laconic Big McIntosh into a figurative motormouth talking machine. In Every Little Thing She Does, she demonstrates a talent for teleportation, transfiguration, super speed, self-duplication, and mind control. In To Where and Back Again - Part 1, Starlight demonstrates invisibility to hide herself and Trixie from the changelings.

In the chapter book, Starlight Glimmer and the Secret Suite, Starlight creates a vortex.

Other depictions

Software

Starlight Glimmer is a playable character in Gameloft's mobile game, added in the version 2.4 update on July 20, 2015. Her in-game description states, "Starlight Glimmer is a fancy pony that learns a valuable lesson about the true magic of friendship!" Starlight also appears in Hasbro's Friendship Celebration app.

Chapter books

Starlight is the main focus of the chapter book Starlight Glimmer and the Secret Suite by G.M. Berrow. In the book, she discovers a secret room in Twilight's castle and uses it to have some well-needed alone time outside of Twilight's friendship lessons.

IDW comics

In My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #14 page 21, one of the ponies at Fillydelphia at least has a horn and coat and mane colors similar to those of Starlight Glimmer[5] and Evening starlite. Starlight Glimmer appears dressed as Dorothy Gale from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on the final version of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #44 Fried Pie Comics-exclusive cover. She also appears in the story arcs Election and Chaos Theory and in My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #35.

Merchandise

Starlight Glimmer cutie mark magic toy
A Playful Ponies brushable toy of Starlight Glimmer, with her real cutie mark, has been displayed at the 2015 American International Toy Fair.[17] This toy, along with a translucent single and Fashion Style toy, was released in the Explore Equestria toy line.

In Enterplay-licensed merchandise, Starlight Glimmer appears on a trading card series 3 binder[18] and has her own cards in the collectible card game.

Starlight Glimmer is also included in the February 2016 McDonald's Happy Meal toys and the Fashems and Squishy Pops toy series by Tech 4 Kids.

Appearances

See also: Character appearances
Legend
YAt least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot
SAt least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot, without spoken dialogue or narration
BBackground appearance or an appearance where the character is not the focus
MNo appearance, but a mention by name or title
NNo appearance and no mention by name or title


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Beginning with The Crystalling - Part 1, Starlight is added to the group shot at the end of the theme song.

Quotes

"Welcome! I'm so pleased to have you here!"
The Cutie Map - Part 1
"Please enjoy our little corner of Equestria. We're all quite fond of it. No doubt you will be as well."
— The Cutie Map - Part 1
"When the rest of Equestria sees that a princess gave up her cutie mark to join us, they'll finally understand what we're trying to accomplish."
— The Cutie Map - Part 1
"In sameness, there is peace. Exceptionalism is a lie. Free yourself from your cutie mark. Choose equality as your special talent. Difference is frustration. To excel is to fail. Be your best by never being your best. Conformity will set you free. Accept your limitations, and happiness will follow. You're no better than your friend."
— Recording playback, The Cutie Map - Part 2
"Ugh! Starlight, you clumsy foal!"
— The Cutie Map - Part 2
"You'd all still be living your miserable lives thinking you're "better" than everypony else if it weren't for my magical abilities! I brought you friendship! I brought you equality! I created harmony!"
— The Cutie Map - Part 2
"The only way to be happy is if we're all equal!"
— The Cutie Map - Part 2
"'QUIET!'"
— To Twilight Sparkle, The Cutie Map - Part 2
"They think they can come into my village and disrupt my life? Let's see how they like spending the rest of their lives without their precious cutie marks!"
— The Cutie Map - Part 2
"Spare me your sentimental nonsense! I gave these ponies real friendships they never could have had otherwise!"
— To Twilight Sparkle, The Cutie Map - Part 2
"Welcome home, Twilight!"
The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 1
"My village was a sanctuary of equality, where nopony's cutie mark allowed them to feel superior! It was a special place, and you and your friends took it away! Now it's my turn to take something special from you! Without the rainboom, you and your friends will never form your special cutie mark bonds! Cutie marks for cutie marks! Sounds like a fair trade to me!"
— To Twilight Sparkle, The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 1
"Oh, isn't it a shame we don't live in a world where everypony is equal? No one would ever tease anyone there! Wouldn't that be nice?"
— The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 1
"I was perfectly happy before you and your friends ruined what I built!"
— To Twilight Sparkle, The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2
"Not everypony's lucky enough to get her cutie mark at the same time as her friends!"
— The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2
"I know there's no excuse for what I did, but I want you all to know that I'm ready for whatever punishment you think is fair."
— The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2
"Well, you don't know what it was like to be left behind! And then getting so bitter that you steal the cutie marks from an entire village and then get defeated by Twilight and her friends, so you travel through time to get back at them, but they beat you again and teach you about friendship, but you're so terrified ponies will find out what you did that you can't make any friends!"
— To Sunburst, The Crystalling - Part 2
"Stop stressing... Stop stressing!"
No Second Prances
"Friendship lessons can happen anywhere."
The Times They Are A Changeling
"I know what it's like to lead by fear and intimidation! And I know what it's like to want everypony to do what you say! But I was wrong. A real leader doesn't force her subjects to deny who they are! She celebrates what makes them unique and listens when one of them finds a better way!"
To Where and Back Again - Part 2
"I guess after the way I used my magic on all of you, I wasn't sure I was somepony who should even be in charge of a baking contest. I was afraid I might go back to being the pony I used to be. But I realize that sometimes you don't have a choice. You have to step up. And I have changed! I can handle it. Whether that means saving Equestria or helping friends out with the Sunset Festival."
— To Where and Back Again - Part 2
"Bye bye, Twilight! Say hello to the ground for me!"
— Enterplay collectible card game Marks in Time card #82 C, Frozen in Magicite
"Happy birthday to all the May ponies! And since no pony is more special than any other, happy birthday to all who don’t have a birthday in May."
My Little Pony Facebook post[19]
"All adventures are equal to all other adventures. That’s why they’re special."
My Little Pony Facebook post[20]

Gallery

Starlight Glimmer "...your choice" S5E1

Starlight Glimmer image gallery

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jim Miller (2016-05-22). The Biggest Jerk on Twitter: "@The_Real_Jarkes She had parents in the scripted flashbacks in 526 and 601. No idea if they're still alive, though...". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 May 22.
  2. Dubbingpedia's publication of an e-mail from SDI. Dubbingpedia (2015-06-02). Retrieved on 2014 June 8.
  3. Maggie Vera (2015-04-07). Maggie Vera on Twitter: "Les presento a Starlight de MLP @AnnieRojas_ excelente trabajo gracias Annie!" (Spanish). Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 7.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jim Miller (2016-08-08). The Biggest Jerk on Twitter: "@FeatherData She's a recurring character.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 August 9.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Agnes Garbowska (2015-03-07). Agnes Garbowska on Twitter: "@jrome58 @ImperfectXIII Hmmm... that is quite a coincidence, isn't it? Or is it? Hmmm....". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 7.
  6. Jim Miller (2015-02-12). Big Jim on Twitter: "@Murrisson I have no idea who that character is in the toy photo. Not the same as far as I can tell.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 February 12.
  7. Jim Miller (2015-02-16). Big Jim on Twitter: "@Aluckynickel No.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 February 23.
  8. Jim Miller (2015-02-23). Big Jim on Twitter: "@CheWachtel Yeah, cause that's not her name!". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 February 23.
  9. Jim Miller (2015-02-23). Big Jim on Twitter: "@CheWachtel You'll find out once the episode airs!". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 February 23.
  10. Jim Miller (2015-04-04). I wonder if we'll see her again. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 4.
  11. Sethisto (2015-07-10). SDCC - Pony Panel Major News Points (15+ Updates). Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2015 July 10.
  12. Jim Miller (2016-03-17). EQD Interviews - MLP Season 6 Supervising Director Big Jim Miller!. Disqus. Retrieved on 2016 March 17.
  13. Jim Miller (2016-04-25). Big Jim on Twitter: "@MatthewSephton1 It was our idea, but Hasbro had to approve it.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 April 26.
  14. Jim Miller (2016-03-29). The Biggest Jerk on Twitter: "@mleonardo35 Nope. She's her own thing.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 June 10.
  15. Josh Haber (2016-08-23). Josh Haber on Twitter: "@EquestriaConf I helped come up with stories about her. The hard part wasn't the reformed villain stories. It was what to do after them.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 August 26.
  16. Jim Miller (2016-04-30). Big Jim on Twitter: "@Atwe07 @nickconfalone The other one made her look older and matronly. Also, it symbolized who she USED to be.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 April 30.
  17. "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" dolls from Hasbro NY Toy Fair Event - 2015. YouTube (2015-02-15). Retrieved on 2015 February 16.
  18. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2015-05-13). Retrieved on 2015 May 14.
  19. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2015-05-01). Retrieved on 2015 May 1.
  20. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2015-08-13). Retrieved on 2015 August 14.

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