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Time Turner

From the episode Call of the Cutie
Kind Earth pony
Sex Male
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Eyes Pale, light grayish azure
Mane Dark amber
Coat Grayish amber
Cutie mark
Hourglass
Voice Brian Drummond (English, S1E12)[1]
Leszek Zduń (Polish)
Time Turner or Dr. Hooves is a background Earth pony with an hourglass cutie mark. The character was given the name Doctor Whooves by fans, which was adopted by the show's crew,[2] and only later was the character explicitly given the name "Time Turner", chosen by Enterplay consultant Wendy E.,[3] in Enterplay's 2012 set of trading cards and with different punctuation on a 2012 IDW comic book cover; Gameloft's 2012 mobile game initially also gave him the name "Time Turner", but a 2013 update changed his in-game name to "Dr. Hooves", a name that has also been given to him in Mighty Fine's merchandise[4] following the 2012 rejection of the original name "Doctor Whooves".[5] Hasbro acknowledged the character's popularity in the Comic Con 2011 promotional poster, where he is explicitly posed in a way that his cutie mark is clearly visible.[6] Time Turner shares his design with Lucky Clover.

Depiction in the series

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Time Turner trampling in the mud, splattering all over the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
Time Turner appears in the background of multiple episodes. His only speaking role as an Earth pony is when he rejects Apple Bloom's offer of buying apples in Call of the Cutie, and gets pressured into buying one in return for getting her to leave him alone. He was placed in the scene by storyboard artist Sabrina Alberghetti for his colors and design.[7]
"If I buy some apples, will you please leave me alone?"
— Time Turner to Apple Bloom

He makes a somewhat prominent appearance in Green Isn't Your Color, carrying Photo Finish's palanquin together with Twilight Sky. In The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000, he makes another somewhat prominent appearance where he is in charge of spinning the hourglass that starts the competition between the Flim and Flam and the Apple family. During this scene he wears a green tie. He was intentionally placed into the scene by the storyboarding supervisor for the episode.[8] Time Turner later appears a few times in Hearts and Hooves Day. He is seen running past Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle while accidentally splashing mud on them in the musical sequence. He reappears in Apple Bloom's imagination while running around in a panic, as well as in three village shots, once standing next to an unknown stallion and twice standing next to Derpy on the bridge. He also appears in It's About Time, laughing at Twilight Sparkle's idea of time travel. In A Canterlot Wedding Part 2, he is seen cornered in an alley with Golden Harvest and "Tornado Bolt", as well as running across the street from a changeling.

In One Bad Apple, he is one of the two ponies nearly run down as the Cutie Mark Crusaders chase after Babs Seed using Pinkie Pie's parade float. In this appearance, he wears a polka-dotted bow tie, and is dressed as a pear.

Re-use of design and color

Time Turner's character design and color scheme is sometimes used for other pony kinds. A Pegasus pony sharing his character model with a lighter version of his color scheme appears in Sonic Rainboom, Green Isn't Your Color, Hearth's Warming Eve, Hearts and Hooves Day, Hurricane Fluttershy, and Wonderbolts Academy. Another Pegasus pony sharing his character model, color scheme, and cutie mark is featured in Sonic Rainboom. Rainbow Dash switches numbers with him when she tries to delay her performance in the Best Young Flyer competition. The character is voiced differently than in its previous speaking role. At the end of the second episode of season one, when Twilight Sparkle talks to Princess Celestia, there are several ponies with Time Turner's color scheme and design in the background.

Depiction in comics

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Midtown Comics Cover
Time Turner appears in comic book issue #1 on page 3.[9] He is featured on the issue's Detroit comic book stores exclusive Cover RE. On the issue's Lone Star Comics exclusive variant Cover RE, he is featured on the cover of a magazine titled Hoof Beat, showing him with a caption beginning "Time-Turner answers YOUR questio..." and a speech balloon containing the word "spoilers".[10] He is also featured on issue #2's Midtown Comics exclusive Cover RE.[11]

Depiction in merchandise

Mayor Mare and Time Turner trading card
Trading Card
Time Turner was first given a trademarked name on the My Little Pony trading cards unveiled in BronyCon 2012. He appears on a card together with Mayor Mare, and his description bills him as her official town timekeeper, "the pony responsible for keeping Ponyville's clocks in sync, setting the hourglass for cider competitions, and pretty much all things timey-wimey." The cards were designed specifically with the brony demographic of older fans in mind, and the writer-consultant for the set has said the consultants submitted "at least a dozen direct fandom nods".[12] Time Turner appears in the 2011 Comic Con poster along with many other ponies from the cast.

Following the trading cards' July 2012 retail store release, the character has appeared as Time Turner on an August 2012 Mighty Fine T-shirt. Despite this, he still appears on multiple other Mighty Fine products as "Dr. Hooves" and as "Doctor Whooves". In August 2012, "Doctor Whooves" t-shirts and a "seat belt belt" became available for sale at Hot Topic.

Other depictions

My Little Pony mobile game description

Time Turner was his initial name in the mobile game, but as of version 1.2.2 his name has been changed to Dr. Hooves.[13] Prior to the first version's release, Dr[sic] Whooves was his name in a presentation of the game at My Little Pony Project 2012 New York.[14]

Dr. Hooves keeps Ponyville's clocks in sync, sets the hourglass for cider competitions, and takes care of all things timey-wimey.

Appearances

Times are approximate and taken from videos with no prolonged transition for commercial breaks.

Gallery

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Time Turner image gallery

See also

References

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