Hey everypony! Darkblaze here with yet another blog post that technically already happened. A while ago, I made a similar blog post in which I discussed my ten favorite characters from MLP, which were y opinions up to mid-Season 5. As we all know, as time changes, so do interests, and I felt it necessary to update my previous list by both removing certain characters and adding new ones and rearranging the order in which I rank them. Without further or do, let's jump right in!
Note: This post pertains only to my favorite side/background characters. I might rank the Mane 7 in another blog post, since I feel they deserve one to themselves.
My first interaction with this character was listening to the animatic for "The Magic Inside," which, after a few hearings, became my favorite song of the series at the time. When she finally made her debut in the series, I was surprised by how much I fell in love with her character. Underneath the veil of her Countess persona, she's extremely sweet and compassionate, putting somepony else's needs before her own - which probably contributed to her strained relationship with Svengallop! I also appreciated how, despite never being mentioned before, the writers managed to make her a good fit for the series by being Applejack's fillyhood friend. Their interactions throughout the episode were adorable (except for when they were fighting) and first made me appreciate AJ more as a character. Coloratura is hooves-down my favorite character of the series - so much so that I consider her my waifu - and I hope Lena is able to come back so we can see more Rara in the future!
Doctor Hooves (Time-Turner)Now, I've never seen a single episode of Doctor Who before I learned about this character, neither had I seen any fan-work base around him. The only thing I knew about him going into SOL was that he was some sort of scientist based on the titular character in the previously-mentioned TV series. When he finally did appear and begin speaking, I was immediately hooked on his personality. I like to think that I'm curious when it comes to certain topics - especially technology - so I could really relate to his contagious curiosity. He's also very knowledgeable, endearing, and talented with his work: all qualities that I find in myself, as well. Doctor Hooves is actually the one pony I based my first and current OC, John Darkblaze, after - right down to his appearance and background! (an inventor/scientist who strives to understand technology and implement it into everyday life)
Quibble PantsWhen I first heard that Patton Oswald would be voicing a character in the series, I was stoked because he was the first special guest to MLP that I was familiar with beforehand. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while watching STFF, not only due to Oswald's hilarious performance, but also because of what his character represented. "Stranger Than Fanfiction" itself was a very meta nod to the brony community, but nothing was more meta than Quibble Pants himself. He dislikes anything Daring Do except for the first trilogy (like how many bronies I know regard the progression of the show itself) and calls out every single flaw in Caballeron's plot in a very "Bronies React"-esque fashion. Other than his meta-ness, he's very smart and clever with puzzles, which I find relatable, and I really appreciate the message he learns at the end - just because ponies have different interests, that does;t mean they can;t be friends. Hm, maybe a few people in the Brony community could learn a thing or two from this episode. . .
MinuetteThe overall premise and struggle behind "Amending Fences" are highly entertaining, but a definite highlight for me was Minuette's (or, according to the fandom, Colgate) first official appearance/speaking role. I adored her in this episode essentially because she is an anti-Pinkie Pie; she is highly energetic and out-going, but this behavior is neither seen as an annoying quality nor executed through utterly ridiculous methods of fourth-wall-breaking. (in case you didn't notice, I don't like Pinkie Pie that much, but that's for a later blog) Her outgoing personality is certainly fun to watch because it's not too over-the-top and in-your-face. She achieves a high level of excitability and appreciates her relationships with her friends, but a the same time, she can ground herself whenever necessary. I love her design, voice, and character, and I absolutely love that she is a better version of Pinkie Pie - in my opinion, at least.
Admittedly, I was dead-set against Sunset's behavior and redemption in the first Equestria Girls movie, and I didn't think she would ever be truly redeemable in my eyes. "Rainbow Rocks" thankfully changed my opinion on this, and "Friendship Games" only added to her hype even more! I can now say that Sunset Shimmer is clearly the best developed side character - and one of my personal favorites - of the show for several reasons. As a redeemed villain, Sunset is very caring towards her friends and desires to do anything in her power to change her image, which I think was handled well between the second and third movies. Another reason I appreciate Sunset's reformed character is because it's similar to Twilight's in a way; they both like being studious, they freak out about certain magical situations, and they want to learn as much as they can about friendship!
If I thought Sunset was anything like Twilight, then Moon Dancer is even more so!When she was first introduced in "Amending Fences," I really appreciated the twist the writers took on her character: that she is essentially a reflection of Twilight's future self if she did not move to Ponyville. They even went so far as to make her design similar to Twilight, right down to the double color streak through her mane and tail, which I thought was very clever and symbolic. I like her because I can appeal to both her harder and softer sides; on one hoof, she likes to read and study and is very diligent and knowledgeable. On the other hoof, she's sensitive and desires to be appreciated and loved by others, and feels lonely when rejected or neglected, which makes for some powerful storytelling.
SunburstHonestly, I didn't think too much about this character when he was first introduced: just sompony to use as means to an end for Starlight's development in the Season 5 finale. When I found out that he would have a bigger role in the series starting in Season 6, I was open to the possibilities, and I was overall pleased with the result. Similar to Starlight, Sunburst feels insecure about his abilities, (although his case regards using magic, whereas hers involves making friends) which is something I can absolutely relate to on a personal level. He is also very knowledgeable about magic and its various uses, similar to some others on this list. One of my favorite qualities about him is that, like with Starlight, he also seemed to suffer (to an extent) after their separation, and I would definitely be open to seeing more of his interactions with her specifically in future episodes.
Honestly, what’s not to love about this character? Top Bolt remains one of my top favorite episodes for Season 6 simply because Vapor Trail is just so adorable! She’s insanely cute and has a nice balance of shyness and confidence that appeals to me slightly more than in Fluttershy’s case. (though recent seasons have changed my perception a little) I also appreciate how the writers delved into her backstory a little bit, at least regarding her relationship with Sky Stinger. Seeing how childhood friendships grow and thrive is one of my favorite tropes, and this episode was no exception. Overall, I think she’s a great character and I hope we get to see her and Sky Stinger’s friendship get more development in the future.
The last two entries in this list I ranked close together because, in my opinion, their good and bad appearances balance out pretty evenly. For example, I couldn’t stand Trixie in her first two appearances because her type of character at the time didn’t appeal to me in the slightest. Her appearances in Season 6 and 7, however, helped to slightly change my perception about her character. She’s still too conceited for me to consider her fully redeemed, but she has become more considerate and kind to others (well, to Starlight, at least) and her interactions with Starlight were just adorable. While she’s not quite there yet, I’m keen to see what else the writers have in store for her character further down the road.
Similar to Trixie, this character receives a similar ranking because her good appearances slightly outweigh the bad. The reason I rank her slightly below Trixie, however, is because her dry sense of humor doesn’t always work on me. For example, I loved Maud’s first appearance because, although she started off dry and uninteresting, she grew on me towards the end as her “shell of monotony” starts to break down. Her next two appearances didn’t help in the slightest to improve her character, but RSF completely did away with my negative feelings towards her. She gains more development in this single episode than in all her appearances beforehand! We learn that she has some difficulty making new friends on her own, she possesses a deeper connection with rocks than we initially anticipated, and even she can grow tired of Pinkie’s antics! Her development in the show is the best I’ve seen in a character like her, and I look forward to seeing her more in the future now that she is closer to all the action!
So, what do you guys think about my list? Who are your favorite characters form the show? Comment below!