Not to be confused with Starburst.[1]

Sunburst colt ID S5E26

Sunburst as a colt in The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2

Sunburst Crystal Pony ID S6E2

Sunburst as a crystal unicorn in The Crystalling - Part 2

Kind Unicorn
Sex Male
Residence Crystal Empire
Sire's Hollow (formerly)
Occupation Flurry Heart's crystaller
Student at School for Gifted Unicorns (formerly)
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Eyes ¤ Gradient of dark cornflower blue to moderate cyan
Mane ¤ Vivid and brilliant vermilion
Coat ¤ Brilliant gamboge with light apple greenish gray spots
Magic aura Light yellow
Relatives Stellar Flare (mother)
"Sunspot" (father)
Cutie mark
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Voice Ian Hanlin (English)
Grégory Praet (French)
Henning Nöhren (German)
Massimo Di Benedetto (Italian)
Łukasz Węgrzynowski (Polish)
Șerban Borda (Romanian)
Anton Savenkov (Russian)
Ángel de Gracia (European Spanish)
Dmytro Harbuz (Ukrainian)

Sunburst is a male unicorn pony, Starlight Glimmer's childhood friend, and royal crystaller to Flurry Heart. He first appears as a colt in the past in The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2, and he appears as a full-grown stallion in present day in the season six premiere.

Development and design

Sunburst bears different resemblances to S04E12 Unnamed Unicorn Stallion #2 and Gaffer.

Sunburst's name was previously used for a G1 Earth pony boy.

Depiction in the series

Season five

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Sunburst earning his cutie mark in Starlight's flashback.

In The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2, Starlight Glimmer takes Twilight Sparkle and Spike back in time to her youth, where they witness a young Sunburst and Starlight playing a book-stacking game. When Starlight's move nearly causes the books to topple onto her, Sunburst saves her using telekinesis, earning him his cutie mark. Afterward, Starlight loses touch with Sunburst because he earned his cutie mark before her, and she starts believing that cutie marks ruin friendships.

Season six

In The Crystalling - Part 1, Starlight says that Sunburst "knew everything there was to know about magic" when they were foals, contradicted in the flashbacks by Starlight being better at spells than him, and would occasionally help her along in her magic development. When Starlight later approaches him in the Crystal Empire to reconnect with him, he mainly acts awkward around her and purports to be an important wizard.

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Sunburst reuniting with Starlight Glimmer.

However, it is later revealed in The Crystalling - Part 2 that, although Sunburst is very knowledgeable about magic, he is untalented at casting it. He uses this knowledge of magic to help Starlight and her friends restore the Crystal Heart and complete the newborn baby Flurry Heart's Crystalling ceremony. Following this, Sunburst is appointed as Flurry Heart's "crystaller" and magic advisor, and he and Starlight promise to stay in touch.

Sunburst also appears in The Times They Are A Changeling, staying close to Flurry Heart during a suspected changeling incursion. In To Where and Back Again - Part 1, when Princess Cadance, Shining Armor, and Flurry Heart are captured by the changelings, Sunburst dispatches Thorax to notify Twilight in Ponyville and to help save Equestria.

Season seven

Sunburst appears at Starlight's graduation ceremony in Celestial Advice and during a magic simulation when Twilight considers possible places to send Starlight. He is also verbally alluded to by Trixie in All Bottled Up.

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Sunburst playing Dragon Pit with Starlight and Twilight.

In Uncommon Bond, Sunburst visits Starlight in Ponyville and learns that he shares Twilight's love of antiquing, Trixie's love of stage magic, and Maud Pie's passion for geology, much to Starlight's disappointment. When he realizes how left out she feels, Sunburst organizes a life-sized version of their favorite board game for them to play together.

In Shadow Play, Sunburst comes into possession of Star Swirl the Bearded's lost journal, and he plays a role in both releasing the Pillars of Old Equestria from limbo and saving Equestria from the Pony of Shadows.

Season eight

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Sunburst and his mother Stellar Flare.

In The Parent Map, Sunburst and Starlight are called by the Cutie Map to their old hometown of Sire's Hollow, where he is forced to deal with his mother Stellar Flare's overbearing concerns about his future. As he looks for the friendship problem he was called for, Stellar puts constant pressure on him to succeed, eventually causing him to explode at her in anger. Realizing his strained relationship with his mother is the very friendship problem he was summoned to fix, Sunburst talks it out with Stellar Flare, and they reconcile.

Other depictions

IDW comics

In My Little Pony: Legends of Magic Issue #1, Sunburst uses the secret records inside Star Swirl the Bearded's private study in his research into the history of Equestria. In the subsequent issues, he reads about the legends of Rockhoof, Mistmane, Flash Magnus, Somnambula, and Mage Meadowbrook. He later reads Stygian's account of his gathering the Pillars and their battle with the Dazzlings, later praising the former villain's heroism while questioning Star Swirl's.

Sunburst also appears on page 24 of the My Little Pony Holiday Special 2017 comic.

Chapter books

Sunburst is mentioned in chapter 12 of Princess Cadance and the Spring Hearts Garden, "Crystal-Blue Persuasion". He is stated to be visiting Starlight Glimmer in Ponyville. Sunburst is also mentioned in chapters 5, 6, 8, and 11 of Starlight Glimmer and the Secret Suite.

My Little Pony (mobile game)

Sunburst is a character in Gameloft's mobile game.

The Elements of Harmony Vol. II guidebook

SUNBURST is a Unicorn, and was Starlight Glimmer's best friend when they were young ponies. He's great at magic, and when the new baby Alicorn Flurry Heart and the Crystal Heart needed someone to step up, Sunburst was the pony to do it. Now he's the royal crystaller to Flurry Heart.


See also: Character appearances
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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"S-Starlight! My goodness, it-it's been a long time!"
The Crystalling - Part 1
"So... the Princess of Friendship wants you and I to be friends again?"
— To Starlight Glimmer, The Crystalling - Part 1
"No rest for the wizardly."
The Crystalling - Part 2
"I'm not an important wizard! I'm not even a wizard at all!"
— The Crystalling - Part 2
"Reading about magic is one thing, but you don't know what it was like at magic school! To know so much and not be able to do any of it!"
— The Crystalling - Part 2
"This changeling replaced your friend to get close to the baby! What other explanation could there be?!"
— To Spike, The Times They Are A Changeling
"Historical knickknacks, ancient relics... Oh! You are so lucky! Ponyville is antique central!"
— To Starlight Glimmer, Uncommon Bond
"I always liked close-up magic because I knew I could do it if I just practiced enough."
— Uncommon Bond
"Solving a thousands-year-old mystery could take forever! Think of the research! The re-reading! The re-re-reading!"
Shadow Play - Part 1
"My cutie mark is glowing! I know what this means! Why am I yelling?!"
The Parent Map


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Sunburst image gallery

See also


  1. Jim Miller (2017-07-22). Big Jim on Twitter: "Starburst the candy? Or Sunburst the pony?… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 March 6.