|Princess Twilight Sparkle|
|Friendship is Magic / Equestria Girls character|
|Created by||Lauren Faust|
|Based on||G1 Twilight Twinkle|
|Full name||Princess Twilight Sparkle of Equestria|
|Title||Princess of Magic and Friendship|
|Significant other||Mane 6|
|Element of Harmony||Magic|
|Mane color||Midnight blue with magenta and violet streaks|
Pale olive (Rainbow Power)
|Eye color||Deep purple|
|Cutie mark||Magenta six-pointed star, surrounded by five smaller white stars|
Princess Twilight Sparkle is the central character of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, based on the first generation or "G1" unicorn toy Twilight. She is depicted in the show's first three seasons as a purple unicorn with a pink-streaked indigo mane, and as a winged unicorn called an "alicorn" after the season three finale "Magical Mystery Cure". She leads the Mane Six during their adventures and helps resolve her friends' differences.
Twilight Sparkle is all about rules. Her intent as the series begins is to learn everything she can to be the best version of herself she can be. But as the series goes on, Twilight becomes more and more aware of the value that friendship, and to a certain extent family, are needed in a person’s life. She is an intelligent and dutiful scholar with an avid love of learning and skill in unicorn magic such as levitation, teleportation, and the creation of force fields. Director Jayson Thiessen describes her as "kind of a neurotic perfectionist" who has "a touch of OCD", prone to suffering from nervous breakdowns when confronted with a problem that goes against her understanding. A recurring theme since season ones', "Lesson Zero", Twilight can be exceptionally focused on something she feels passionate about and feel as if the world is going to end if it doesn't quite work out the way she want it too.
Twilight begins the story as the protégée of Princess Celestia, who tasks her with studying the magical properties of friendship in Ponyville and reporting her findings. Twilight resents her assignment in the two-part series premier, owing her reclusiveness to her obsession with books, but comes to form strong friendships with the rest of the Mane Six, which she realizes is key to harnessing the Elements of Harmony. She resides with her assistant Spike and pet owl named Owlowiscious (pronounced "Aloysius") in Ponyville's Golden Oak Library, where she also serves as town librarian. Her apprenticeship to Celestia ends in the season three finale "Magical Mystery Cure" when she reverses an ancient spell by creating new magic based on her studies of friendship, transforms into an alicorn, and is crowned a princess. Assuming the title of "Princess of Friendship", Twilight becomes responsible for spreading friendship across Equestria from the Castle of Friendship, a mystical castle that replaces the library after its destruction in the season four finale "Twilight's Kingdom". After the season eight premiere "School Daze", Twilight runs the School of Friendship to teach other creatures the benefits of friendship and appoints her friends as teachers.
|Twilight "Sci-Twi" Sparkle|
|My Little Pony: Equestria Girls character|
|Portrayed by||Robert Carlyle|
|First appearance||"Friendship Games"|
|Last appearance||"Sunset's Backstage Pass”|
|Occupation||Magical girl (currently)|
Twilight Sparkle (Sci-Twi) is the human counterpart of Princess Twilight and a student of Canterlot High School. Human Twilight's design differs slightly from her pony counterpart: she wears thick black glasses, her hair is tied up into a bun, and the pink highlight in her hair is wider than the pink highlight in pony Twilight's mane. In Legend of Everfree and on the back cover and spine of the chapter book Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, human Twilight wears her hair in a ponytail as opposed to a bun.
Like her pony counterpart, human Twilight is well-spoken and exhibits extreme intelligence, having skipped two grades in elementary school, and is the youngest student at her school. She holds a great interest in knowledge and science, being able to create intricate scientific devices and solve complex mathematical equations, and her intellect rivals that of Sunset Shimmer. Unlike her pony counterpart, human Twilight is a "wallflower", acting very awkward and timid around others, especially the standoffish students of Crystal Prep.
Her evil alter ego, Midnight Sparkle, first appears in Friendship Games; she haunts her in her nightmares and gives her severe anxiety of her previous actions in Legend of Everfree. However, with the help of her friends, she is able to overcome her fear of Midnight Sparkle and gain control of her magic.
- Snider, Brandon T. (2013). The Elements of Harmony: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The Official Guidebook. New York: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0-316-24754-2.
- Begin, Mary Jane (2015). My Little Pony: The Art of Equestria. New York: Abrams. ISBN 978-1-4197-1577-8.
- Faust, Lauren (November 29, 2013). "[Lauren Faust on Twilight's inspiration]". Twitter. (Self-published). Retrieved December 7, 2018.
- Begin (2015), p. 48
- Snider (2013), p. 18
- Begin (2015), p. 52
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