And actually, this raises an interesting question about Equestrian naming conventions. Presumably Pinkie Pie has the surname of Pie (“Pie Family Rock Farm”) and there seems to be the convention of assuming “Dash” and “Sparkle” are Rainbow and Twilight’s last names (though if Twilight’s mom is in fact Twilight Velvet, perhaps there’s more of an Asian-style naming convention, where the family name comes FIRST).
Applejack is of the Apple family, but I don’t know if her name is actually Applejack Apple.
And what of Fluttershy and Rarity? Perhaps Rarity chose to go with a one-word name (After all, many well known artists do). And perhaps this is evidence that, as I kind of suspect, Fluttershy came from a hippie-pony family who only believed in single names.
Inasmuch as Big Mac is supposedly formally Macintosh Apple, I suspect AJ is indeed Applejack Apple. (Granny Smith apparently married into the family, and her “real” first name is something like Annie or Edith.)
I tend to believe that Rarity’s surname is Belle, matching her sister’s, but she doesn’t use it for professional reasons.
And some corners of fanon will tell you that Fluttershy’s last name is Posey, perhaps from the G1 pony by that name.
The Twilight business, I’ve seen explained this way: she’s a descendant of the long-established House Sparkle, middle-level members of the Equestrian nobility. Night Light, therefore, is the [whatever ordinal number] Lord Sparkle, and with Shining Armor itching to be a Royal Guard ever since he was a foal, it was expected that Twi would eventually inherit the peerage. Her ascension to Princess queered that deal.
(Take these as seriously as you’d like. Hasbro won’t take my calls.)
When I wrote my MLP D&D series, I cast Fluttershy as the druid and said the following:
She’s like every hippie chick you’ve ever met, except she smells better.
If this wasn’t a children’s show, you can be certain Fluttershy would have a marijuana garden behind her cottage. Healing, peace, and love, dude. And if you have a problem with that, well… she’ll give you the stare.
What is the background image on the diploma? A Rorschach blot? A bunch of flowers? Or some easily recognized outline that I failed to recognize? If so, why? Or is it just the remains of a spilled beverage?