Nerdvana: More Favorite Cutie Marks

Back in June, Damon (Silverstar) posted a Nerdvana segment in which he discussed his favorite Pony Tribes ‘N’ Cutie Marks. Inspired by this, I’ve decided to list some additional Cutie Marks that I prefer. I don’t have anything to add about the tribes, so I won’t be discussing those. Also, these choices won’t be listed in any particular order, so I won’t be numbering them.

And before anyone asks, no, I won’t be reviewing the recent My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode “Crusaders of the Lost Mark”. As good as the episode was, I won’t be writing a review of it because a) as was stated a few times before, this isn’t a review site, and b) literally everyone on the internet and their Uncle Gus has reviewed that episode by now, so there’s no reason for me to. That said, let the nerd talk begin!

APPLEJACK

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Applejack doesn’t get the attention that characters like Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash or Pinkie Pie get, but we here at Twinsanity like to root for underdogs. AJ has a laid back down home quality to her that I find to be quite appealing. Applejack’s Cutie Mark is likewise lacking in bells and whistles. Yeah, it’s just 3 apples, but sometimes a design can be brilliant in it’s simplicity.

Incidentally, we’re also fans of the Apple Family and Sweet Apple Acres, so I may be doing a separate piece on just them somewhere down the line…

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“I’m a-pickin’…”

“…And I’m a-grinnin’!” 

AUNT AND UNCLE ORANGE

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On the subject of Applejack, I’m going to give honorable mention to AJ’s Aunt and Uncle Orange, a pair of city-wise sophisticates from the big city of Manehattan. because I like the gag of the rural Apple family having sophisticated city cousins who are all named after oranges.

"I GET IT!"

“I GET IT!”

"There's only one thing that's better than having money, and that's having more money!"

“There’s only one thing that’s better than having money, and that’s having more money!”

MOON DANCER

Moon Dancer

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Moon Dancer is an update of a G2 pony with the same name. Again, I like this Cutie Mark. The moon and 3 stars (or sparkles, depending on your point of view) with the 2 different shades of purple look good against that color. But just a piece of advice, Moon Dancer, get yourself a pair of glasses without tape on them. That’s not stylish.

TWILIGHT VELVET

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Another update of a G1 pony who in this incarnation is Twilight Sparkle’s mother. I’m digging the combination of white and purple on the mane and tail. Again, her Cutie Mark is a pretty basic one: just 3 stars, but but sometimes simple wins out.

SWEETIE DROPS, aka BON-BON

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Sweetie Drops is the official name for this character that Hasbro has given her, while Bon-Bon is the name that was given to her by the MLP fans before her official name was revealed. Personally, I prefer Bon-Bon, myself. Anyway, Bon-Bon is usually seen with her “best friend” Lyra (yeah, they’re “good friends”. Let’s go with that), but her’s is the design that I like more. In addition to that bitchin’ blue and pink mane, her Cutie mark is 3 candies. I do like the cavity indicing sweet stuff.

MEDLEY

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The only G1 pony to make this list. While green wouldn’t be my first choice of color, I do like the Cutie mark design of musical notes.

THE CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS

From left to right, Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom and Scootaloo

From left to right, Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom and Scootaloo

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I saved these 3 for last because as anyone who’s been following the show knows, the CMCs have only recently joined the ranks of Ponies with Cutie Marks. Notice how all of their Cutie Marks have the same design, only with different identifying symbols on them. I like how the symbols of each are actually personalized to the characters. I especially like Scootaloo’s wing/lightning bolt combo. I’m only a casual fan of the show, but the “Crusaders of the Lost Mark” episode was epic win. Congratulations, Crusaders! You’ve still got to go to bed at 9, but until then, party like rock stars! This note’s for you:

Why Applejack is Awesome!

  1. She’s cool, despite being an Earth pony and not having any special powers.*
  2. That stylin’ Stetson.
  3. She’s named after a a strong alcoholic beverage produced from apples. I’d buy that for a dollar!
  4. She’s voiced by Ashleigh Ball, doing an Ozark accent said to have been lifted from Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus.
  5. She owns and runs her own farm. Farm livin’ is the life for me, as long as I’ve got indoor air conditioning, high-speed broadband internet, fiber optic cable or satellite television, I’m a short driving distances from the malls, restaurants and shopping centers, there aren’t any animals on the property and I don’t have to do any actual work.
  6. She eats, drinks, sells, lives and breathes apples. We all know someone who’s married to their profession.
  7. She’s prolific with a lasso. It’s amazing enough that she can even tie a knot in a rope with no hands.
  8. Her mane and tail are braided. Nice.
  9. She’s one of the only two members of the main cast who were part of the original My Little Pony cast in the 1980s animated series, the other member being Spike, after Hasbro didn’t maintain the trademarks to nearly all of the original character names and most names had to be replaced. Kinda dropped the ball there, Hasbro.
  10. She has a gaggle of kinfolk, both immediate and extended, a large family of Earth pony farmers, who own apple farms all over Equestria, all of whom have similar apple-themed names. There’s  Apple Fritter, Apple Bumpkin, Red Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Caramel Apple, Apple Strudel, Apple Tart, Baked Apples, Apple Brioche, Apple Cinnamon Crisp, Apple Cobbler, Apple Honey, Apple Pie, Gala Appleby, Lavender Fritter, Peachy Sweet, Apple Brown Betty, Braeburn, Big McIntosh, Apple Bloom and Granny Smith. Betcha thought I was going to screw that up.
  11. Her family are the original founders of Ponyville. That’s stroke.
  12. She can play the banjo and the fiddle. Again, no small achievement when you don’t have hands.
*Actually, Earth ponies are physically very powerful, capable of performing incredible feats of strength with little or no visible strain, and enjoy long-lasting stamina, and have a special connection to nature, animals, and plants. Though they lack the ability to consciously cast spells like unicorns or to fly and walk on clouds like Pegasi, the race possesses a passive, botanically focused magic unique to them, and their connection to nature makes them “just as necessary” as and “perhaps more important” than the other ponies. Plus, heck, I just like to route for underdogs.