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

Character Appearances and Screen Time

(through Season 7 minus The Movie)

Despite its heavy focus on the Mane Six (now Seven), Spike, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has introduced well 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. (It should be noted that most of these are merely background characters designed by animators to fill out the background or deliver generic dialogue; fewer than three hundred are individual characters from a writer's perspective.) 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 collection of Equestria Girls shorts collectively as one appearance. For raw data, download this Excel spreadsheet (7 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 Sparkle51,573 seconds in 152 appearances
2. Rainbow Dash36,217 seconds in 142 appearances
3. Rarity35,612 seconds in 143 appearances
4. Applejack35,445 seconds in 152 appearances
5. Pinkie Pie34,602 seconds in 142 appearances
6. Fluttershy30,281 seconds in 129 appearances
7. Spike27,403 seconds in 130 appearances
8. Apple Bloom18,682 seconds in 87 appearances
9. Sweetie Belle13,379 seconds in 64 appearances
10. Scootaloo13,037 seconds in 64 appearances
11. Starlight Glimmer12,174 seconds in 31 appearances

Next 140 Supporting and Background Characters

Discord (6,365 seconds / 24 appearances)
Sunset Shimmer (6,196 / 9)
Big McIntosh (6,042 / 66)
human Rarity (5,325 / 9)
human Rainbow Dash (5,072 / 9)
human Twilight Sparkle (aka Sci Twi) (4,952 / 6)
human Pinkie Pie (4,844 / 9)
human Applejack (4,779 / 9)
human Fluttershy (4,647 / 9)
Princess Celestia (4,646 / 70)
Granny Smith (4,313 / 60)
The Great and Powerful Trixie (3,745 / 13)
Princess Cadance (3,661 / 26)
Princess Luna (3,465 / 38)
Carrot Top (aka Golden Harvest) (2,652 / 102)
Bon Bon (aka Sweetie Drops) (2,444 / 99)
Shining Armor (2,419 / 18)
Maud Pie (2,346 / 8)
Diamond Tiara (2,270 / 26)
Cherry Berry (2,224 / 98)
Lyra Heartstrings (2,219 / 92)
Shoeshine (2,167 / 104)
Minuette (aka Colgate) (2,159 / 82)
Sunburst (2,099 / 8)
Berry Punch (aka Berryshine) (2,090 / 106)
Daisy (1,987 / 100)
Twinkleshine (1,952 / 78)
Thorax (1,925 / 6)
Cloud Kicker (1,906 / 80)
Sparkler (aka Amethyst Star) (1,799 / 86)
Lemon Hearts (1,778 / 83)
Angel Bunny (1,774 / 41)
Daring Do (aka A.K. Yearling) (1,741 / 11)
Spitfire (1,703 / 17)
Dizzy Twister (aka Orange Swirl) (1,552 / 87)
Sea Swirl (1,528 / 95)
Cheerilee (1,480 / 48)
Dr. Hooves (aka Time Turner) (1,437 / 69)
Medley (aka Sprinkle Medley) (1,432 / 74)
Raindrops (aka Sunshower Raindrops) (1,424 / 72)
Spike the Dog (1,410 / 6)
Zecora (1,401 / 24)
Derpy (aka Muffins) (1,359 / 82)
Tank (1,332 / 15)
Silver Spoon (1,297 / 24)
Flurry Heart (1,224 / 8)
Gummy (1,207 / 22)
Royal Guards, all types (1,138 / 36)
Ember (1,092 / 3)
Rainbowshine (1,073 / 69)
Snails (1,061 / 29)
Coco Crusoe (aka Coconut) (1,033 / 52)
Sassaflash (1,026 / 73)
Pipsqueak (1,011 / 13)
Bulk Biceps (aka Snowflake) (997 / 21)
White Lightning (aka Lightning Bolt) (990 / 69)
Snips (976 / 25)
human Flash Sentry (968 / 9)
Goldengrape (959 / 62)
Berry Pinch (937 / 46)
Soarin (927 / 17)
Parasol (926 / 74)
Owlowiscious (919 / 14)
Mrs. Cup Cake (aka Chiffon Swirl) (917 / 39)
Noteworthy (914 / 66)
Principal Celestia (907 / 7)
Gilda (889 / 4)
Prince Rutherford (870 / 2)
Flam (863 / 6)
Flim (863 / 6)
  Merry May (855 seconds / 57 appearances)
Opalescence (830 / 20)
Quibble Pants (806 / 1)
Cranky Doodle Donkey (805 / 9)
Meadow Song (804 / 60)
Alula (aka Princess Erroria) (803 / 40)
Mayor Mare (799 / 35)
Zephyr Breeze (796 / 1)
Lucky Clover (790 / 64)
Cherry Fizzy (789 / 63)
Sugar Belle (781 / 9)
Gloriosa Daisy (770 / 1)
Twist (758 / 21)
Pound Cake (745 / 11)
Juniper Montage (727 / 1)
Timber Spruce (713 / 3)
Pumpkin Cake (712 / 15)
Garble (708 / 4)
Countess Coloratura (707 / 1)
Adagio Dazzle (701 / 3)
Starswirl the Bearded (693 / 5)
Fleetfoot (691 / 11)
Caramel (687 / 55)
Tornado Bolt (687 / 43)
Vice Principal Luna (679 / 6)
Ponet (674 / 50)
Noi (662 / 32)
Micro Chips (659 / 9)
Tootsie Flute (aka Liza Doolots) (654 / 35)
Babs Seed (647 / 6)
Sandalwood (642 / 9)
Gabby (aka Gabriella) (634 / 2)
Aria Blaze (623 / 3)
Carrot Cake (617 / 30)
Dinky (609 / 35)
human Trixie (607 / 7)
Sassy Saddles (597 / 3)
Cotton Cloudy (589 / 31)
Vapor Trail (587 / 3)
Rumble (580 / 7)
Piņa Colada (577 / 32)
Sonata Dusk (577 / 3)
Aura (569 / 34)
Bow Hothoof (568 / 1)
Principal Abacus Cinch (564 / 1)
Sour Sweet (556 / 2)
Photo Finish (554 / 11)
Thunderlane (548 / 18)
Windy Whistles (548 / 1)
Moondancer (544 / 6)
Cheese Sandwich (538 / 4)
Filthy Rich (537 / 9)
Nightmare Moon (532 / 12)
Watermelody (526 / 9)
Double Diamond (511 / 7)
Mistmane (501 / 3)
Party Favor (500 / 7)
Flash Magnus (497 / 3)
Braeburn (494 / 10)
Sky Stinger (491 / 3)
Sugarcoat (488 / 2)
Royal Riff (486 / 47)
Winona (486 / 14)
Miss Coco Pommel (486 / 6)
Royal Pin (aka Pokey Pierce) (481 / 46)
Lord Tirek (481 / 3)
Valhallen (480 / 9)
Scribble Dee (478 / 8)
Shooting Star (478 / 27)
Unreformed Changelings (478 / 9)