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Sunset Shimmer

A Sunset Shimmer Alicorn ID

Sunset Shimmer imagining herself as an Alicorn in the Crystal Mirror

Sunset Shimmer cloak ID EG

Sunset Shimmer wearing a cloak

Sunset Shimmer human ID EG2

Sunset Shimmer's human form in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

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Sunset Shimmer's demon form after putting on the element of magic

Sunset Shimmer anthro ID EG2

Sunset Shimmer's half-pony form in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Sunset Shimmer live-action ID

Human Sunset Shimmer in "Magic of Friendship"

Kind Unicorn
Human (EG)
Sex Female
Residence Human world
Canterlot (formerly)
Occupation Student at Canterlot High School
Rainbooms' rhythm guitarist
Princess Celestia's student (formerly)
Student at Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns (formerly)
Other links
More info
Eyes Moderate cyan
Moderate cyan with black sclera (as a demon)
Mane ¤ Vivid crimson with brilliant yellow stripes
Coat Light brilliant amber
Light amber (as a human)
Brilliant crimson (as a demon)
Magic aura Light brilliant opal
Light brilliant amber (Annual 2013)
Cutie mark
Sunset Shimmer cutie mark ID
Voice Rebecca Shoichet (English)[1]
Fu Qihui (Chinese)
Amy Burgess (Finnish)
Ilona Molnár (Hungarian)
Marcella Silvestri (Italian)
Paulina Raczyło (Polish)
Fernanda Bullara (Brazilian Portuguese)
Alexandra Radu (Romanian)
Olga Shorohova (Russian)
Gloria Cano (European Spanish)
Circe Luna (Latin American Spanish)[2]
Amanda Renberg (Swedish)
Sunset Shimmer is a female unicorn pony, a former student of Princess Celestia, and the main antagonist of My Little Pony Equestria Girls. She also appears in the IDW comics' My Little Pony Annual 2013 and as a protagonist in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, My Past is Not Today, Friendship Through the Ages, and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special. She is Flash Sentry's ex-girlfriend at Canterlot High School.

Development and design

Sunset Shimmer Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Fashion Set

Sunset Shimmer in Rainbow Rocks merchandise.

Sunset Shimmer resembles the G3 Earth pony Sunshimmer in pony design and name. Her name follows the same pattern as Twilight Sparkle, Starlight Glimmer, and Starbeam Twinkle.

An image of human Sunset Shimmer that appears on the back of the Equestria Girls Sunset Shimmer & Twilight Sparkle doll release's packaging was posted online in mid-March 2013.

On March 19, 2013, Meghan McCarthy was asked "Is Sunset Shimmer going to be a Season 4 storyline? The fact that her backstory seems like a show plot" and responded "Nope."[3] On April 1, 2013, McCarthy wrote as part of an April Fools' Day joke that My Little Pony Friendship is Magic season four episode five would be titled "The Student Becomes the Teacher: The Return of Sunset Shimmer".[4]

In early April 2015, Ishi Rudell stated that Sunset Shimmer's phoenix-like appearance at the end of My Past is Not Today was a visual metaphor[5][6] and that "her hair is lighter... We wanted to tone her color intensity down a bit with the design of her new outfit."[7]

Depiction in films

My Little Pony Equestria Girls

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Sunset Shimmer stealing the crown.

Sunset Shimmer first appears as the main antagonist in My Little Pony Equestria Girls. She steals Twilight Sparkle's element of magic crown and during a tussle with Twilight, the crown is thrown into the Crystal Mirror that acts as a portal to another world. She then follows the crown shortly after.

Princess Celestia reveals that Sunset was a former student of hers who began her studies not long before Twilight did. However, when she didn't get what she desired as quickly as she wanted, she turned cruel and dishonest, eventually abandoning her studies to pursue her own path. In this other world, Sunset has been living as a human and student of Canterlot High School for some time. She discovers that Fluttershy found the crown and turned it over to Principal Celestia, much to Sunset's annoyance.

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Sinister-looking Sunset Shimmer.

After learning that Twilight will be competing against her for the title of Princess of the Fall Formal, Sunset employs various ways to hinder and humiliate Twilight. She has Snips and Snails record embarrassing videos of Twilight struggling to get used to the human world and releases the videos online, and she doctors photos to frame Twilight for ruining the dance decorations. But Twilight's friends help to counter these ploys by improving Twilight's reputation, and Flash Sentry, Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend, helps prove Twilight's innocence.

At the Fall Formal, when Twilight is named princess and given the crown, Sunset has Snips and Snails kidnap Spike and threatens to destroy the portal to Equestria unless Twilight gives her the crown. Twilight refuses to give the crown up, stating that her being stuck in the human world would be worth stopping Sunset. As Twilight's friends commend her bravery and sacrifice, Sunset snaps and attacks her. Despite Twilight and her friends' efforts, Sunset succeeds in getting the crown and puts it on, and a dark magic aura transforms her into a demon. With her newfound powers, Sunset transforms Snips and Snails into similar-looking minions and brainwashes the other students at the school. She reveals that she never intended to destroy the portal and plans to invade and conquer Equestria with her army of teenagers.

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Sunset Shimmer in her demon form.

Twilight is able to evoke the powers of the Elements of Harmony when her friends move to protect her from Sunset Shimmer's attack. Temporarily given pony-like characteristics, they use the magic of friendship to defeat Sunset Shimmer and return Snips, Snails, and the rest of the students to normal.

As everyone recovers, a beaten and repentant Sunset is reduced to tears and apologizes to everyone she's hurt. She admits to not knowing anything about friendship, to which Twilight says her friends can teach her. Sunset, Snips, and Snails are later tasked by Vice Principal Luna with rebuilding the part of school they had destroyed during their attack.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Dash and Fluttershy sing next to Sunset EG2

Sunset Shimmer listening to the Rainbooms rehearsing Better Than Ever.

Sunset Shimmer re-appears in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, reformed from her villainous ways in the first film. With the exception of the Rainbooms, the rest of Canterlot High bears resentment toward her, and she even resents herself for the actions she'd taken as what she refers to as a "raging she-demon." She even admits to herself and her friends that she never had a romantic interest in Flash Sentry and only dated him to make herself more popular.

When Sunset gives the Dazzlings a tour of the school, she gets a bad vibe from them when Adagio Dazzle gets defensive about her pendant. Her suspicions are later confirmed when the Dazzlings mesmerize the students and faculty with their singing. Using a magical book with her cutie mark on the cover, Sunset sends an SOS to Princess Celestia in Equestria. During Twilight's role as the Rainbooms' lead singer, Sunset acts in a supportive role and keeps an eye on the competition, especially the Dazzlings during the Battle of the Bands. At one point, Sunset confronts the Dazzlings, who try to manipulate her insecurities by pointing out that the Rainbooms were reluctant to allow Sunset into the band.

When the Rainbooms lash out at each other during the final round of the Battle of the Bands, Sunset realizes what the Dazzlings' true intentions are and is able to stop the petty arguing. She even accepts partial blame due to her lack of knowledge on friendship.

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Sunset Shimmer writing a friendship report to Twilight.

When the Dazzlings overpower the Rainbooms during the film's climax, Sunset Shimmer steps up and sings on the band's behalf. Her help not only gives the Rainbooms the strength they need to defeat the Dazzlings, but she also undergoes a half-pony transformation like her friends. Afterward, Sunset joins the band as a singer and guitarist, and she uses her old journal that she communicated with Princess Celestia through to write her friendship reports to Princess Twilight Sparkle.

During the credits, Sunset is seen having now been accepted by the rest of the school. The Cutie Mark Crusaders walk happily with her after Apple Bloom catches her journal when it falls out of her backpack, and Bulk Biceps helps her get Angel down from a hard-to-reach perch.

Sunset Shimmer is featured in the songs Welcome to the Show and Shine Like Rainbows in the film.

My Past is Not Today

Sunset Shimmer is the central focus of the musical short My Past is Not Today, having solo vocals during the titular song. In the song, Sunset sings of how misguided her goals were during the first film and letting go of the past. Likening her reawakening to that of a phoenix, Sunset concludes the song by sprouting fiery magical wings.

Friendship Through the Ages

Sunset appears throughout the musical short Friendship Through the Ages and has minor vocals during the song. She interacts with the Rainbooms one by one before meeting them in a warm group hug at the end.

Depiction in the comics

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Sunset Shimmer in My Little Pony Annual 2013.

An eight-page featurette included with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #9 and My Little Pony Annual 2013, titled The Fall of Sunset Shimmer, details Sunset Shimmer's last days as Princess Celestia's student.

Like Twilight Sparkle, Sunset Shimmer is shown to be a magical prodigy. However, unlike Twilight, she's quite boastful and condescending toward others, despite Celestia's lessons about humility. Celestia shows Sunset the Crystal Mirror from the film; in it, Sunset sees herself as a powerful Alicorn—one who could rule Equestria. Sunset briefly sees something else in the mirror, but Celestia guides her away from it before she gets too curious. During the weeks that follow, the mirror is all Sunset can think about, and Celestia repeatedly tells her that she'll learn about the mirror and other lessons "when [she's] ready".

Not convinced, an undeterred Sunset Shimmer begins researching the mirror in a dark magic library behind Celestia's back but is soon caught by the princess and her royal guards. Sunset berates her teacher for hiding such magic from her and demands to be made a princess. Celestia refuses, saying that being a princess must be earned, and removes Sunset from her position as her student and banishes her from Canterlot Castle. She has the royal guards escort Sunset out of the castle, but Sunset overpowers the guards and escapes through the mirror.

As Celestia has the mirror moved to her throne room, Sunset Shimmer emerges in the human world as a teenage girl.

In the Equestria Girls comic of IDW's Annual 2013, Sunset Shimmer interviews the human counterparts of Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Applejack for a story for the school paper, but her expression at the end of the comic suggests a far more sinister motive.

On page 12 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #12, the binding of one of Princess Celestia's books reads "Progress on Sunset Shimmer". Twilight Sparkle mentions Sunset on page 19 of Friendship is Magic Issue #17, and Celestia mentions Sunset on page 3 of Friendship is Magic Issue #18.

In the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special comic, Sunset Shimmer has no one close to be with during the holidays. Her friends cheer her up with a series of slumber parties. In the wake of this, an online persona named "Anon-a-Miss" starts making disparaging posts and comments about Canterlot High students in social media, and Sunset is the prime suspect. Through Twilight Sparkle's advice, Sunset convinces her friends that she isn't "Anon-a-Miss". Later, when "Anon-a-Miss" is revealed to be the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Sunset forgives them for their misguided actions.


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Sunset Shimmer antagonizing Twilight Sparkle and Spike.

Throughout the first film, Sunset Shimmer is shown to be egotistical, cruel, condescending, manipulative, and dishonest. She frequently insults and belittles others, and thinks little of it. According to human Fluttershy, Sunset makes life miserable for "anyone who stands in her way." As a result, most of the Canterlot High School student body is afraid of her. She is also shown to be mainly concerned with gaining power and princesshood, desperately trying various attempts to get Twilight Sparkle's crown in order to use its magic.

However, she does not appear to be willing to inflict physical pain on others, or at least not upon small animals like Spike, claiming that she's "not a monster". Despite this, she appears to be easily irritated when anyone else is praised in her presence, to the point of being provoked into attacking them.

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Demon Sunset Shimmer attempting to dispose of Twilight.

When Sunset puts on the element of magic, she transforms into a demonic visage of herself. While in this form, she becomes more fierce and goes so far as attempting to dispose of Twilight. After she is defeated by the Elements of Harmony, Sunset Shimmer becomes immediately repentant and apologizes for her actions, appearing to renounce her prior dishonest and unkind ways.
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Sunset attempting to help out.

In the second film, Sunset Shimmer appears to have completely changed from her old self and started believing in friendship, becoming friends with her former enemies, even Twilight Sparkle, and friendly toward others. She also appears deeply repentant for her actions made at the end of the first film, referring to her transformed self as a "raging she-demon." However, she suffers from a lack of confidence, keeping silent in situations she feels it isn't her place to speak up and falling prey to the Dazzlings' taunting. During the final battle, she finally overcomes her insecurities and joins the Rainbooms in defeating the Dazzlings, gaining a half-pony form in the process. By the end of Rainbow Rocks, Sunset starts writing friendship reports to Princess Twilight using the book she once used to communicate with Princess Celestia.

In the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special comic, Sunset Shimmer displays a forgiving and compassionate side when she forgives the Cutie Mark Crusaders for framing her as the rumormonger "Anon-a-Miss".

Other depictions

MLP mobile game Sunset Shimmer revealed
Sunset Shimmer is one of the available playable characters in Gameloft's mobile game, added to the game on June 13, 2013. In the first week of June 2013, Hasbro's My Little Pony Facebook page and the official Facebook page of the game posted the clues "The path to a new adventure is magical...",[8] "Everyone will love me now!",[9] "Beware, Equestria!",[10] "A beautiful pony that has nothing but power and potential",[11] "I'm better than all of you!",[12] and "Magical mirrors shimmer".[13]

In chapter 18 of the screenplay novelization Equestria Girls: Through the Mirror, "Back to Equestria", "Twilight had noticed Sunset going around the gym, apologizing to several students. Luckily, most of them had no idea what she was talking about because they'd been in a trance during her little fiery tantrum. But it still showed that she wanted to change."

An upcoming chapter book by Perdita Finn is titled My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine.[14] Equestria Girls description

Sunset Shimmer rules Canterlot high with an iron hoof...uhh hand. There’s no one in the school more feared, manipulative and dishonest than her. And she doesn’t care who she has to intimidate, frighten, or push around to keep it that way. But this year, there’s a new challenger, and Twilight Sparkle might be the one who finally dethrones her.

Rainbow Rocks description

A loyal friend with a good heart, Sunset Shimmer is always looking out for what’s best for the Rainbooms. She made some mistakes in the past, but now she wants to prove to everyone they can trust her.

Rainbow Rocks Encore description

Sunset Shimmer is a former bully turned nice. Now she’s ready to mend her friendships and cheer on their band, despite feeling out of place sometimes. Will she ever feel like part of the group? Stay tuned.[15]

Mobile game description

Sunset Shimmer is one of the most promising students at Princess Celestia's school for gifted unicorns. Her cutie mark is a shimmering sun.


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Sunset Shimmer toy in the packaging with the mask.

A Playful Ponies toy of Sunset Shimmer was displayed wearing a masquerade mask at the 2013 New York Toy Fair,[16] and was released with the mask and a comb as part of the Crystal Princess Celebration line. The back of the release's packaging bears the general statement "The ponies wear beautiful masks to dress up for a special celebration!" and the specific statement "Sunset Shimmer knows a magical path to faraway adventures! Years ago, she was also a student of Princess Celestia."

An Equestria Girls human doll of Sunset Shimmer was released with another such doll of Twilight Sparkle and other items, including an element of magic crown accessory.[17] Sunset Shimmer's description on the back of the release's packaging reads, "Her striking sense of fashion steals a lot of attention!"

A mini-figure pony toy of Sunset Shimmer has been displayed at the 2014 American International Toy Fair.[18] The toy was released as part of the eleventh wave of mystery pack toys and collector cards. The card states that "SUNSET SHIMMER loves faraway adventures!"

Pony Sunset Shimmer is shown on Acidfree's first art print.[19]

Two human Sunset Shimmer dolls have been released for My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks: one in a fashion set with an extra outfit and a "Time to Shine" doll with wings.

A brushable Fashion Style pony doll of Sunset Shimmer was also released as part of Hasbro's Cutie Mark Magic toy line.


"Sorry it had to be this way... princess!"
— To Twilight Sparkle, My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"You really are pathetic. It's no wonder your best friends are all stray animals."
— To Fluttershy, My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"You must be new here. I can speak to anyone any way I want."
— To Twilight Sparkle, My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"This looks terrible! There should be more streamers near the stage and fewer balloons."
— To Pinkie Pie, My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"You country folk really aren't that bright. Must be why the other students say such awful things about you."
— To Applejack, My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"Where is this Twilight Sparkle?"
My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"Twilight Sparkle wants to be your Fall Formal Princess. What does it say about our school if we give someone like this... such an important honor?"
— Voiceover in an anti-Twilight Sparkle video, My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"Take those off! I have something I need you to do."
— To Snips and Snails, My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"Spoiler alert: I was bluffing when I said I was going to destroy the portal. I don't want to rule this pathetic little high school; I want Equestria! And with my own little teenage army behind me, I am going to get it!"
My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I didn't know there was another way."
My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"But... but all I've ever done since being here is drive everyone apart. I don't know the first thing about friendship."
— To Twilight Sparkle, My Little Pony Equestria Girls
"A demon. I turned into a raging she-demon."
— Referring to her transformation, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
"Must be nice to have everyone always looking to you for answers to their problems... instead of waiting for you to cause a problem."
— To Twilight Sparkle, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
"I've changed! I'm in a much better place now!"
— To the Dazzlings, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
"It wasn't a fit of jealous rage!"
— To Trixie, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
"Ever since you started this band, you've been letting little things get to you. I never said anything 'cause I didn't feel like it was my place. Not when I'm so new to this whole "friendship" thing. I still have a lot to learn. But I do know that if you don't work out even the smallest problems right at the start, the magic of friendship can be turned into something else."
— To the Rainbooms, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
"I don't think anyone is supposed to have all the answers. But you can count on your friends to help you find them."
— To Twilight Sparkle, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
"I also play guitar."
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
"Dear Princess Twilight,
Missing you already, and I hope you'll be back soon. Things are definitely looking up for me here at Canterlot High. But I know I still have a lot to learn about friendship. Hope you don't mind if I write to you for advice when I need it.
Your friend, Sunset Shimmer.
— Writing a friendship report to Twilight Sparkle, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
"Hmpf. I have better things to do than socialize. I'm going to re-read 'Advanced Elemental Magical Practices' and then practice for my advanced summoning spells exam. What are you studying for? Nothing, that's what."
The Fall of Sunset Shimmer
"I deserve to stand beside you and be your equal... if not your better. Make me a princess."
— To Princess Celestia, The Fall of Sunset Shimmer
"Well, well, this is an interesting development."
— Upon arriving in the human world, The Fall of Sunset Shimmer
"Believe me... I've got everything I need to know about you."
Equestria Girls comic
"You're more than my friends—you're my family. You know me better than anyone. Ask yourself: would the Sunset Shimmer you know—the real Sunset Shimmer, the person I am now—would she do this?"
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Holiday Special
"Twilight Sparkle thinks she can win Fall Formal Princess over me? HA! I'm going to rule this school once I get that crown!"
— Thought, Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle doll packaging


Sunset Shimmer talking about the new her EG2

Sunset Shimmer image gallery

See also


  1. MMeghanMcCarthy: @RebeccaShoichet voice of Sunset .... Twitter (2013-06-17). Retrieved on 2013 June 17.
  2. MaggieVera_: @killertian99 // Circe Luna.. Twitter (2013-06-15). Retrieved on 2013 June 15.
  3. MMeghanMcCarthy: RT “@FangzWithaZ: Is Sunset.... Twitter (2013-03-19). Retrieved on 2013 May 13.
  4. MMeghanMcCarthy: Episode 405 is called "The.... Twitter (2013-04-01). Retrieved on 2013 May 13.
  5. Ishi Rudell (2015-04-01). Ishi Rudell on Twitter: "@Marimo0Marimo the Phoenix transformation was just a visual metaphor 😉". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 3.
  6. Ishi Rudell (2015-04-02). Ishi Rudell on Twitter: "@nhSnork think of them more like music videos. No sunset shimmer does not have the power to turn into a Phoenix. That was more of metaphor.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 3.
  7. Ishi Rudell (2015-04-02). Ishi Rudell on Twitter: "@KTonarella Yes her hair is lighter... We wanted to tone her color intensity down a bit with the design of her new outfit.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 3.
  8. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2013-06-01). Retrieved on 2013 June 6.
  9. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2013-06-02). Retrieved on 2013 June 6.
  10. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2013-06-03). Retrieved on 2013 June 6.
  11. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2013-06-04). Retrieved on 2013 June 6.
  12. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2013-06-06). Retrieved on 2013 June 6.
  13. Timeline Photos. Facebook (2013-06-06). Retrieved on 2013 June 6.
  14. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine. Retrieved on 2014 November 16.
  15. Sunset Shimmer - MLP: Equestria Girls Character Bio - Rainbow Rocks. Retrieved on 2014 July 31.
  16. Toy Fair 2013 Hasbro My Little Pony 068. Flickr (2013-02-09). Retrieved on 2013 June 8.
  17. My Little Pony Equestria Girls Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle Figures. Retrieved on 2013 June 18.
  18. ASM's Toy Fair 2014 Gallery/hasbro/my-little-pony/IMG_0467. Retrieved on 2014 February 24.
  19. My Little Pony by Amy Mebberson. Acidfree Gallery (2014-07-03). Retrieved on 2014 July 6.

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