[NOTE: Links to other March of the Ponies stories will go here as they are published.Part 1 - Abridged MLP history, Part 2 - Review of Lauren Faust's prior works, Part 3 - MLP Comics (Twilight, RainbowDash, Rarity, Fluttershy, PinkiePie, Applejack, CMCs/Celestia,Spike/Luna; Nightmare Rarity arc (main series)), Part 4 - Equestria Girls review, Part 5 - Fan-made episodes (Dusk's Dawn, Double Rainboom, Snowdrop); Part 6 - Fan works (Music, Doctor Whooves, Friendship is Witchcraft/Mentally Advanced Series, Fanfictions), Part 7 - Season Reviews: Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Magical Mystery Cure, Season 4]
I feel like it's going to be highly debated what characters even should count on this list.
I give major character status to one who gets a focused episode multiple times and is seen on a fairly constant basis, which really don't fit anyone on this list.
As such, I'll quickly rifle off my top 12 minor characters on this post before I talk the big ones. Why top 12? Because it's one better than Doug Walker!
12 - Bulk Biceps
11 - Princess Cadance
10 - Cheese Sandwich
9 - Derpy Hooves
8 - Maud Pie
7 - Big Macintosh
6 - Iron Will
5 - Granny Smith
4 - Princess Celestia
3 - Zecora
2 - Discord
1 - Princess Luna
Some of you are probably looking at that list and asking yourself, "What the hell criteria made that list?"
Ponies like Cadance represents a character who is not entertaining, but relevant to the plot and pretty much harmless to my viewing enjoyment. Bulk is a character who is really "less is more." I felt more thrilled in his "YEAH!" first appearance than when he actually got dialogue.
I love Derpy and what she represents, but outside of some gags that advance the plot, most of what really entertains me with her falls outside the canon. There's a lot of potential, but something in the plot has to signal the depth is real before I can count it.
Big Mac and Granny Smith aren't separated by a lot, but Granny Smith has a real backstory with her years of experience, which puts her definitively above being a supportive character with a gimmick. (And Iron Will happens to fit in that small gap.)
The top four felt obvious to me, and what separated them was simple. Every Luna appearance made me want to see how she handles her daily life and personal insecurities. Discord is good to infuse any plot with energy. Zecora is great advisory support, though I don't think she could carry an episode. Celestia absolutely could carry an episode, but the way she's been used in later seasons has diminished her ranking (but she does have the greatest potential to rise back up should she be written well again).
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