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We occasionally hear claims that one character or another is treated unfairly by the writers by being given fewer episodes centred around them. Is that true? Let's find out:

(Note: The table reflects my opinion regarding who is the center of a specific episode. In some episodes, two characters obviously share the spotlight; they are marked "shared". In others, it's not quite as obvious, but a case might still be made; these episode are marked "I" and "II" (for primary protagonist and secondary protagonist, respectively). For unaired episodes, I have entered my best guess.)


#
Title
Writer
Centre
01Friendship is Magic, part 1 Lauren Faust Mane 6 (I)
01Friendship is Magic, part 1 Lauren Faust Twilight (II)
02Friendship is Magic, part 2 Lauren Faust Mane 6 (I)
02Friendship is Magic, part 2 Lauren Faust Twilight (II)
03The Ticket Master Amy Keating Rogers &
Lauren Faust
Twilight
04Applebuck Season Amy Keating Rogers Applejack
05Griffon the Brush Off Cindy Morrow Pinkie
06Boast Busters Chris Savino Twilight
07Dragonshy Meghan McCarthy Fluttershy (I)
07Dragonshy Meghan McCarthy Mane 6 (II)
08Look Before You Sleep Charlotte Fullerton Applejack (shared)
08Look Before You Sleep Charlotte Fullerton Rarity (shared)
09Bridle Gossip Amy Keating Rogers Mane 6
10Swarm of the Century M.A. Larson Twilight
11Winter Wrap Up Cindy Morrow Twilight
12Call of the Cutie Meghan McCarthy Apple Bloom
13Fall Weather Friends Amy Keating Rogers Applejack (shared)
13Fall Weather Friends Amy Keating Rogers Rainbow Dash (shared)
14Suited For Success Charlotte Fullerton Rarity
15Feeling Pinkie Keen Dave Polsky Twilight
16Sonic Rainboom M.A. Larson Rainbow Dash
17Stare Master Chris Savino Fluttershy (I)
17Stare Master Chris Savino Cutie Mark Crusaders (II)
18The Show Stoppers Cindy Morrow Cutie Mark Crusaders
19A Dog and Pony Show Amy Keating Rogers Rarity
20Green Isn't Your Color Meghan McCarthy Rarity (shared) (I)
20Green Isn't Your Color Meghan McCarthy Fluttershy (shared) (I)
20Green Isn't Your Color Meghan McCarthy Twilight (shared) (II)
21Over a Barrel Dave Polsky Mane 6
22A Bird in the Hoof Charlotte Fullerton Fluttershy
23The Cutie Mark Chronicles M.A. Larson Mane 6 (I)
23The Cutie Mark Chronicles M.A. Larson Cutie Mark Crusaders (II)
24Owl's Well That Ends Well Cindy Morrow Spike
25Party of One Meghan McCarthy Pinkie
26The Best Night Ever Amy Keating Rogers Mane 6
27The Return of Harmony Part 1 M.A. Larson Mane 6
28The Return of Harmony Part 2 M.A. Larson Mane 6
29Lesson Zero Meghan McCarthy Twilight
30Luna Eclipsed M.A. Larson Luna (shared)
30Luna Eclipsed M.A. Larson Twilight (shared)
31Sisterhooves Social Cindy Morrow Sweetie Belle (shared)
31Sisterhooves Social Cindy Morrow Rarity (shared)
32The Cutie Pox Amy Keating Rogers Apple Bloom
33May the Best Pet Win! Charlotte Fullerton Rainbow Dash
34The Mysterious Mare Do Well Merriwether Williams Rainbow Dash
35Sweet and Elite Meghan McCarthy Rarity
36Secret of My Excess M.A. Larson Spike
37Hearth's Warming Eve Merriwether Williams Mane 6
38Family Appreciation Day Cindy Morrow Apple Bloom
39Baby Cakes Charlotte Fullerton Pinkie
40The Last Roundup Amy Keating Rogers Applejack
41The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 M.A. Larson Applejack (shared) (I)
41The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 M.A. Larson Apple Bloom (shared) (I)
41The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 M.A. Larson Mane 6 (II)
42Read It and Weep Cindy Morrow Rainbow Dash
43Hearts and Hooves Day Meghan McCarthy Cutie Mark Crusaders
44A Friend in Deed Amy Keating Rogers Pinkie
45Putting Your Hoof Down Merriwether Williams &
Charlotte Fullerton
Fluttershy
46It's About Time M.A. Larson Twilight
47Dragon Quest Merriwether Williams Spike
48Hurricane Fluttershy Cindy Morrow Fluttershy (I)
48Hurricane Fluttershy Cindy Morrow Rainbow Dash (shared) (II)
49Ponyville Confidential M.A. Larson Cutie Mark Crusaders
50MMMystery on the Friendship Express Amy Keating Rogers Pinkie (I)
50MMMystery on the Friendship Express Amy Keating Rogers Twilight (shared) (II)
51A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1 Meghan McCarthy Twilight
52A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2 Meghan McCarthy Twilight (I)
52A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2 Meghan McCarthy Mane 6 (II)
53The Crystal Empire - Part 1 Meghan McCarthy Twilight
54The Crystal Empire - Part 2 Meghan McCarthy Twilight (shared)
54The Crystal Empire - Part 2 Meghan McCarthy Spike (shared)
55Too Many Pinkie Pies Dave Polsky Pinkie
56One Bad Apple Cindy Morrow Cutie Mark Crusaders
57Magic Duel M.A. Larson Twilight
58Sleepless in Ponyville Corey Powell Scootaloo
59Wonderbolts Academy Merriwether Williams Rainbow Dash
60Apple Family Reunion Cindy Morrow Applejack
61Spike at Your Service Merriwether Williams &
Dave Polsky
Spike (shared)
61Spike at Your Service Merriwether Williams &
Dave Polsky
Applejack (shared)
62Keep Calm and Flutter On Dave Polsky &
Teddy Antonio
Fluttershy
63Just for Sidekicks Corey Powell Spike
64Games Ponies Play Dave Polsky Mane 6
65Magical Mystery Cure M.A. Larson Twilight


To summarise: If we award one point for every full "centre", half a point for every shared episode, and 20% for every secondary spotlight, we get this distribution for the episodes in the list:

Character
Total score
so far
Score S1+S2
Score S3 only
Score S2 only
Score S1 only
Twilight 13.6 10.1 3.5 4.6 5.5
Mane 6 10.6 09.6 1.0 3.4 6.2
Fluttershy 06.5 05.5 1.0 2.0 3.5
Pinkie 06.0 05.0 1.0 3.0 2.0
Rainbow Dash 05.6 04.6 1.0 3.1 1.5
Applejack 05.0 03.5 1.5 1.5 2.0
Spike 05.0 03.0 2.0 2.0 1.0
Rarity 04.5 04.5 0.0 1.5 3.0
Cutie Mark Crusaders 04.4 03.4 1.0 2.0 1.4
Apple Bloom 03.5 03.5 0.0 2.5 1.0
Scootaloo 01.0 00.0 1.0 0.0 0.0
Sweetie Belle 00.5 00.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
Luna 00.5 00.5 0.0 0.5 0.0