MLP:FiM Episode Reviews: Character and Story Analysis by Half the Battle

Character Appearances and Screen Time

(through Season 6, Episode 4)

Despite its heavy focus on the Mane Six, Spike, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has introduced over 1700 characters, about half of whom appear more than once. The most crowd-heavy episodes, such as The Cutie Mark Chronicles and A Friend in Deed, use over 100 of these characters, and Equestria Games has a whopping 250. I've seen some excellent analysis of the main characters' screen time, but I'm not aware of a comprehensive treatment of all these minor characters. Here are some numbers I've gathered. Exact second counts will naturally vary from person to person, and note that I count likenesses in photos, book covers, stained glass windows, etc. as appearances. For the sake of convenience, I count each movie's shorts collectively as one appearance. For raw data, download this Excel spreadsheet.

Note: For those wondering about the male/female split, male characters make up approximately 40% of the cast but only get about 20% of the total screen time.

Ten Major Characters

1. Twilight Sparkle41,024 seconds in 115 appearances
2. Rarity27,325 seconds in 109 appearances
3. Applejack27,052 seconds in 115 appearances
4. Rainbow Dash27,046 seconds in 109 appearances
5. Pinkie Pie26,475 seconds in 109 appearances
6. Fluttershy23,599 seconds in 102 appearances
7. Spike21,466 seconds in 102 appearances
8. Apple Bloom14,730 seconds in 69 appearances
9. Sweetie Belle9,624 seconds in 53 appearances
10. Scootaloo8,994 seconds in 50 appearances

Next 100 Supporting and Background Characters

Discord (3,765 seconds / 16 appearances)
Big McIntosh (3,698 / 50)
Granny Smith (3,383 / 47)
Princess Celestia (3,282 / 55)
Sunset Shimmer (2,919 / 5)
human Rainbow Dash (2,784 / 5)
Princess Cadance (2,708 / 18)
human Rarity (2,624 / 5)
human Fluttershy (2,584 / 5)
human Applejack (2,555 / 5)
Princess Luna (2,545 / 30)
human Pinkie Pie (2,516 / 5)
Starlight Glimmer (2,417 / 9)
Carrot Top (aka Golden Harvest) (2,149 / 82)
Diamond Tiara (2,058 / 19)
Minuette (aka Colgate) (1,997 / 69)
Bon Bon (aka Sweetie Drops) (1,976 / 77)
Lyra Heartstrings (1,956 / 72)
Cloud Kicker (1,818 / 70)
Shoeshine (1,800 / 83)
Cherry Berry (1,743 / 76)
human Twilight Sparkle (aka Sci Twi) (1,704 / 2)
Twinkleshine (1,653 / 67)
Berry Punch (aka Berryshine) (1,631 / 88)
Shining Armor (1,599 / 13)
Lemon Hearts (1,594 / 70)
Sparkler (aka Amethyst Star) (1,560 / 68)
Daisy (1,529 / 82)
Angel Bunny (1,486 / 32)
Maud Pie (1,25 / 6)
Dizzy Twister (aka Orange Swirl) (1,310 / 71)
Medley (aka Sprinkle Medley) (1,298 / 64)
Sea Swirl (1,249 / 74)
Tank (1,242 / 10)
Silver Spoon (1,232 / 10)
Dr. Hooves (aka Time Turner) (1,231 / 52)
Raindrops (aka Sunshower Raindrops) (1,198 / 61)
Cheerilee (1,109 / 34)
Derpy (aka Muffins) (1,087 / 64)
Zecora (987 / 19)
Rainbowshine (934 / 57)
Spitfire (910 / 13)
Owlowiscious (899 / 11)
White Lightning (aka Lightning Bolt) (895 / 59)
Daring Do (893 / 6)
Gilda (873 / 3)
Sassaflash (873 / 59)
Coco Crusoe (aka Coconut) (857 / 41)
Merry May (823 / 53)
Gummy (818 / 17)
Bulk Biceps (aka Snowflake) (814 / 13)
Royal Guards, all types (814 / 33)
Snips (800 / 19)
Snails (760 / 21)
Parasol (749 / 60)
Opalescence (745 / 16)
Cranky Doodle Donkey (743 / 5)
Berry Pinch (730 / 37)
Noteworthy (725 / 46)
Countess Coloratura (707 / 1)
Adagio Dazzle (682 / 2)
Pipsqueak (673 / 8)
Twist (663 / 18)
The Great and Powerful Trixie (659 / 5)
Cherry Fizzy (652 / 44)
Mayor Mare (645 / 29)
Alula (aka Princess Erroria) (632 / 31)
Goldengrape (613 / 44)
Lucky Clover (612 / 50)
Babs Seed (611 / 4)
Flim (611 / 4)
Principal Celestia (611 / 4)
Tornado Bolt (606 / 39)
Aria Blaze (605 / 2)
Pound Cake (599 / 10)
Meadow Song (594 / 47)
Noi (588 / 25)
human Flash Sentry (568 / 5)
Pumpkin Cake (567 / 11)
Principal Abacus Cinch (564 / 1)
Soarin (560 / 13)
Sonata Dusk (559 / 2)
Mrs. Cup Cake (556 / 30)
Flam (552 / 4)
Tootsie Flute (aka Liza Doolots) (549 / 28)
Mr. Carrot Cake (545 / 24)
Cheese Sandwich (537 / 3)
Vice Principal Luna (533 / 5)
Moondancer (517 / 2)
Ponet (511 / 39)
Sunburst (501 / 3)
Caramel (498 / 41)
Piņa Colada (496 / 25)
Lord Tirek (481 / 3)
Winona (472 / 13)
Dinky (470 / 25)
Nightmare Moon (467 / 11)
Cotton Cloudy (466 / 24)
Aura (463 / 26)
Braeburn (451 / 9)