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

Character Appearances and Screen Time

(through season 6 and Legend of Everfree)

Despite its heavy focus on the Mane Six, Spike, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has introduced over two thousand 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 a hundred 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 (5.2 GB).

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 Sparkle45,187 seconds in 134 appearances
2. Rainbow Dash32,436 seconds in 127 appearances
3. Applejack32,169 seconds in 135 appearances
4. Rarity31,621 seconds in 127 appearances
5. Pinkie Pie29,793 seconds in 125 appearances
6. Fluttershy26,877 seconds in 117 appearances
7. Spike25,039 seconds in 116 appearances
8. Apple Bloom16,312 seconds in 75 appearances
9. Sweetie Belle11,137 seconds in 58 appearances
10. Scootaloo10,559 seconds in 55 appearances

Next 100 Supporting and Background Characters

Starlight Glimmer (6,574 seconds / 17 appearances)
Big McIntosh (5,077 / 57)
Discord (5,059 / 19)
Sunset Shimmer (4,351 / 6)
Granny Smith (3,887 / 53)
human Rainbow Dash (3,514 / 6)
Princess Celestia (3,513 / 61)
human Rarity (3,418 / 6)
human Applejack (3,408 / 6)
human Fluttershy (3,242 / 6)
human Twilight Sparkle (aka Sci Twi) (3,200 / 3)
human Pinkie Pie (3,162 / 6)
Princess Cadance (2,933 / 20)
Princess Luna (2,750 / 34)
Carrot Top (aka Golden Harvest) (2,335 / 93)
Diamond Tiara (2,220 / 22)
Bon Bon (aka Sweetie Drops) (2,212 / 87)
Lyra Heartstrings (2,105 / 81)
The Great and Powerful Trixie (2,093 / 9)
Minuette (aka Colgate) (2,082 / 74)
Cherry Berry (1,958 / 85)
Shoeshine (1,905 / 92)
Cloud Kicker (1,875 / 76)
Shining Armor (1,822 / 15)
Berry Punch (aka Berryshine) (1,800 / 97)
Twinkleshine (1,800 / 72)
Daisy (1,735 / 93)
Sparkler (aka Amethyst Star) (1,636 / 75)
Lemon Hearts (1,625 / 74)
Angel Bunny (1,616 / 36)
Spitfire (1,451 / 15)
Sea Swirl (1,445 / 84)
Dizzy Twister (aka Orange Swirl) (1,428 / 80)
Dr. Hooves (aka Time Turner) (1,353 / 59)
Raindrops (aka Sunshower Raindrops) (1,330 / 67)
Maud Pie (1,325 / 6)
Medley (aka Sprinkle Medley) (1,321 / 70)
Cheerilee (1,303 / 42)
Silver Spoon (1,285 / 22)
Tank (1,274 / 11)
Derpy (aka Muffins) (1,253 / 74)
Daring Do (aka A.K. Yearling) (1,248 / 8)
Royal Guards, all types (1,102 / 34)
Snails (1,026 / 26)
Zecora (994 / 20)
Rainbowshine (974 / 64)
Snips (941 / 22)
White Lightning (aka Lightning Bolt) (929 / 64)
Sassaflash (922 / 66)
Coco Crusoe (aka Coconut) (907 / 46)
Owlowiscious (899 / 11)
Gilda (889 / 4)
Parasol (875 / 68)
human Flash Sentry (872 / 6)
Spike the Dog (870 / 3)
Flam (862 / 5)
Flim (862 / 5)
Gummy (848 / 19)
Bulk Biceps (aka Snowflake) (846 / 18)
Merry May (839 / 56)
Thorax (835 / 3)
Quibble Pants (806 / 1)
Cranky Doodle Donkey (805 / 9)
Goldengrape (801 / 54)
Zephyr Breeze (796 / 1)
Principal Celestia (785 / 5)
Noteworthy (779 / 55)
Opalescence (774 / 18)
Gloriosa Daisy (770 / 1)
Berry Pinch (758 / 39)
Twist (755 / 20)
Soarin (728 / 14)
Countess Coloratura (707 / 1)
Mrs. Cup Cake (706 / 35)
Cherry Fizzy (697 / 51)
Lucky Clover (692 / 57)
Pipsqueak (687 / 10)
Adagio Dazzle (682 / 2)
Vice Principal Luna (679 / 6)
Alula (aka Princess Erroria) (673 / 36)
Mayor Mare (653 / 31)
Meadow Song (651 / 54)
Pound Cake (628 / 12)
Tornado Bolt (619 / 40)
Sunburst (613 / 4)
Babs Seed (611 / 4)
Gabby (608 / 1)
Timber Spruce (606 / 1)
Aria Blaze (605 / 2)
Noi (600 / 28)
Tootsie Flute (aka Liza Doolots) (597 / 30)
Pumpkin Cake (595 / 13)
Garble (590 / 2)
Mr. Carrot Cake (588 / 27)
Vapor Trail (571 / 1)
Principal Abacus Cinch (564 / 1)
Ember (561 / 1)
Sonata Dusk (559 / 2)
Caramel (555 / 45)
Cheese Sandwich (538 / 4)