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's Cutie Mark

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:

Nerdvana: Pony Tribes ‘n’ Cutie Marks

As the title suggests, today’s Nerdvana is about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Before we kick things off, a little disclaimer: this is NOT a review. I won’t be reviewing the show or any specific episodes. Why? For one thing, MLP: FiM is one of THE most reviewed shows on the internet right now, so we’re not going to be the umpee-seven thousandth people to tackle reviewing this show, especially since we’re only extremely casual viewers of the show. Second, say it with me now: Twinsanity is not a review site. We don’t do reviews here. This is a Nerdvana. I’ll just be rambling on and geeking out over some things I like about the show’s universe. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get cracking.

One thing I like about MLP: FiM is how its’ central setting is a melting pot for all 3 of the Pony tribes: Earth Ponies, Unicorns and Pegasi. Each of them has their strengths and brings something different to the table, and nobody’s dead weight. Everyone has something to contribute to their society. There are no Kardashians or Duggars in Ponyville.

UNICORNS

Why are the Unicorns cool? Come on, do I really need to explain this? They can do freaking magic. Initially, MLP Unicorns could just teleport (or “wink out” as they put it; G1 Twilight would ‘port by saying “I wish” thrice, cute) which was pretty good, but now they do telekinesis and full-blown spells. What’s not to like? Before the rule of Princess Luna and Queen Celestia (I refuse to call her ‘Princess’, Hasbro) the Unicorns were the ones to raise the sun and the moon. Plus, Unicorns seem to carry an air of sophistication and class to them; they’re the tribe that specializes in European architecture, tea cookies, fancy silverware and chocolate croissants. Unicorns at times seem kind of elitist, but hey, you would be too if you were freaking magical.

PEGASI

Pegasi can fly (obviously) and stand and walk on clouds. Flying is one of my all-time favorite super powers, and I know it’s one of yours too; everyone from Superman fans to Peter Pan enthusiasts are fond of flying. They’re also responsible for changing the weather. Also for the most part they seem to be fast, strong and brave. Collectively as a tribe, the Pegasi are very organized and militaristic, even being described as “a race of mighty warriors” prior to the 3 tribes’ unification and their original homeland being decorated with various war memorabilia. Pegasi are the superheroes of the MLP-verse, but without the embarrassing spandex.

EARTH PONIES

 

It’s one of MLP’s strengths that even the non-magic Ponies possess a form of ‘passive magic’ unique to them, giving them a near-supernatural connection to nature, plants and animals (OK, other animals). Even the ‘ordinary’ citizens are fun. In addition to being physically stronger and more durable and resilient than the other Pony tribes (only Earth Ponies can buck trees and such), the Earth Ponies specialize in fun mundane (fundane?) talents like farming, rodeo, fashion, snowboarding, skiing, music, performing, partying and of course baking sweet treats and desserts.

“Hey Hey Hey, I eat snack cakes all day!”

 I really don’t know why I like the Earth Ponies so much; by all accounts I should consider them the boring tribe since they can’t fly or do magic. The best thing I can equate it to is eating a really good veggie sub: if you toast the bun just right and put a decent amount of fresh, crisp vegetables, condiments, oils, seasonings and spices in there, then you don’t miss the meat. Similarly, if you make your character(s) really fun, interesting and engaging, give them a killer hook and a really cool Cutie Mark, then you don’t miss the powers.

Now, onto Cutie Marks. Jason turned me on to how cool this concept is. Everybody’s special talent is illustrated right there for all to see. That would be so cool to have in real life; if you saw someone with the symbol of a screw and a baseball on his/her forehead, you’d already be clued in that he/she was crazy and therefore you’d avoid asking them directions..or anything else.

Some of my favorite Cutie Marks (at the moment):

TWILIGHT SPARKLE

It figures that the Unicorn whose special talent is magic itself would also possess one of the fanciest Cutie Marks on record. A 6-pointed sparkle surrounded by 5 mini sparkles. One word: snazzy.

RAINBOW DASH

No wonder RD is kind of cocky: her Cutie Mark is positively bitchin’. As if having rainbow-striped hair wasn’t cool enough. A storm cloud with a rainbow-striped lightning bolt? It somehow manages to be adorable and badass at the same time.

PRINCESS LUNA

I admit it, I’ve always liked Luna more than Celestia. Indigo’s one of my second favorite colors, I’m kind of a night person and I can relate to being misunderstood (not tryin’ to get all emo on ya, though). Any symbol which features a crescent moon and a portion o’ the night is fine by me.

DOUBLE DIAMOND

There aren’t any dudes in the Mane 6 for obvious reasons, but I like what I saw of this guy. I dig the white and silver color scheme and his Cutie Mark–3 stylized snowflakes–remind me of the Tiki designs on some of my Hawaiian shirts or those little sticker things that were on the floor of our bathtub when I was a kid. Plus, I like the concept of a male Earth Pony who’s full-on into skiing and snowboarding. Man, I miss Fuel TV.

SUGAR BELLE

Just a design I like. Nice colors, and the barrettes are a nice touch. Plus, as her Cutie Mark implies, her special talent is baking and desserts, you know I like that.

“Hey Hey Hey, you gonna eat that parfait?”

NIGHT GLIDER

Some might consider this choice redundant, since I already put an indigo-colored Pony with a nocturnal themed Cutie Mark on this list, but this is an indigo-colored Pegasus whose Cutie Mark is a thin crescent moon surrounded by 2 swirling comets/clouds/nebulae, it’s completely different. Plus I really like the name Night Glider; it sounds like a syndicated spinoff series starring David Hasslehoff as a troubleshooter who hang-glides for justice. (Ssh. Don’t give ’em any ideas!)

PARTY FAVOR

Now this I can get behind: a Unicorn who can not only perform magic, but can also shape balloons into any objects imaginable. He’s like the Green Lantern, but with party balloons! As you probably gathered by this and the previous Cartoon Country “Build Your Own Fantastic Four”, I’m kind of on a silly superpowers kick right now.

QUACKERS

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Baby Quackers Cutie Mark

This is a character who appeared in 2 episodes of the old syndicated My Little Pony ‘n’ Friends TV series. The Cutie Mark is a yellow duck carrying an umbrella — almost aggressively cutesy to be sure, but it’s ingenious in its’ simplicity. Plus, I just like the idea behind this character: a Pony with a duck fetish. I can kind of relate; growing up watching Daffy, Donald, Uncle Scrooge and Dukcman have made me a duck enthusiast as well.

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-I’ll be going all old-school on you for these last 2 choices: we’re going back to the era B.L.F. (Before Lauren Faust) to the Cutie Marks of some of the G1 Newborn Twins Ponies. (If it’s twins, we’re interested in it.)

BIG TOP & TOPPY

Toppy’s Cutie Mark

Big Top’s Cutie Mark

As their shared Cutie Mark suggests, these 2 were big on circuses and clowns (not the creepy, stalking murdering variety); the little anecdote on the back of their package told a little story about them making their clown dolls dance and caper around the room with their Pony magic. That’s adorable, but in order to enjoy that you have to act under the hypothesis that clowns aren’t freaky or scary.

“Let’s call clowns what they really are: smiling murderers!”

DOODLES AND NOODLES

 

Noodles’ Cutie Mark

Doodles’ Cutie Mark

These 2 were big on alphabet blocks, hence this vary primary Cutie Mark. Simple and pwecious. But in all seriousness: even by pastel-colored magical talking Pony standards, who in their right mind names their kids NOODLES and DOODLES?? It’s a good thing this is a toyetic paradise, otherwise middle school would be a real blast for these 2!