Pony ages in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
What is the actual age of the following ponies:
- Twilight Sparkle
- Pinkie Pie
- Apple Jack
- Rainbow Dash
- Princess Luna
- Princess Celestia
- Granny Smith
So let's add some constraints:
- They live on their own.
- Fluttershy is one year older than Pinkie Pie.
- Princess Luna were banished to the moon for 1000 years.
- Princess Celestia is older than Princess Luna.
- Princess Celestia is around 10,000 years old in the premiere
- Despite the fact that Granny Smith looks pretty old, Princess Luna and Celestia don't.
- Spike is younger than Twilight Sparkle, (I know that Spike is not a pony).
- We know that Twilight Sparkle has coursed magic kindergarten, so we can assume that she is at least 6 years old.
- Since no pony is studying in a college, we can assume that they're at least 17 or older.
- After reviewing some chapters, I found out that Rainbow Dash is at least 20% cooler than any other pony.
- We know that the main six are obviously teenagers, since they are in high school. That means they about 13.
- Look at fillies. They are in high school in Equestria Girls. That means they could be 14 or 15. Ponies are older than that.
I don't know if it's ever really been said, though it seems like most of the main characters are at least in their early 20s, given that they're all living on their own.
Whomever voted to close. This is a constructive question. Silly, but constructive.
One thing I don't understand is why Rarity is taking care of Sweetie Bell? I'd previously assumed all the ponies were orphans (except for Twilight Sparkle, as we saw her parents in a previous episode). But then Rarity and Sweetie Bell's parents show up, and there's no explanation for why her sister is raising her.
Everything from "so lets add some constraints" is really an *answer* (albeit an incomplete one), not part of the question. You should edit that part out (and perhaps add a little bit of an explanation of why it's worth knowing this) and add it as an answer that someone can build on.
This question seems to fall into a grey area of sorts. Technically it's valid, but then so would all questions of the form "What is the of in ?" Unless it is somehow relevant to the plot, that is. Also, is My Little Pony technically fantasy?
@HNL: There are talking animals with magical powers. If it's *not* fantasy then we're going to have a category problem with Narnia.
@Tynam: That's what I thought. I'm not very familiar with these creatures, but are their ages significant or is it merely trivia? I believe we should avoid trivia. Also the second tag seems superfluous.
@Keen Rarity isn't raising Sweetie Bell full-time; apparently she just babysits a lot. There's no bedroom for Sweetie in Rarity's house/shop, and it's shown to be a major burden when she's around.
@Yamikuronue Good point. The lack of parental units has thrown my understanding of what's going on.
From Lauren Faust's Deviant Art Page
Q: How old are the ponies?
A: The ponies' ages were left intentionally undefined. I like to think of them as having maturity levels anywhere between 12 and 18, (but remember that maturity is different than age. You can be a 10-year-old with the maturity of a 15-year-old, and you can be a 35-year-old with the maturity of a 15-year-old.) For story telling purposes, they needed to be able to live independent of parents, but innocent enough for the type of lessons they learn at the end of the episodes. Since horses are full grown around 5-ish, I guess I sort of justified it in my head that they could be childlike young adults. I know this answer is frustrating for some people, but it happens often in cartoons. How old is Bugs Bunny? Mickey Mouse? Sponge Bob? I don't know either.
So it's undefined, but it's strongly implied that they are 3-5 years old in pony years. I highly doubt this is their actual age, and I suspect MLP ponies age differently to RL ponies.
Edit: I've just checked wiki and the oldest age for a
ponyhorse is 30 years, though that is only the average. Some unusual horses live to be 40, with the oldest pony at 57. Let us assume that Granny smith is about 50. She's old but not so old as to be dying all too soon. If we make her at about 200 years old in MLP years (due to her being there at the start of ponyville which is centuries old), that makes an age contraction of about 1:4. Then checking back to Wiki, any horsepony older than 4 years is a Mare or a Stallion. I'd then place their ages between 16 and 20. We've got to bare in mind this though:
Regardless of a horse's actual birth date, for most competition purposes, an animal is considered a year older on January 1 of each year in the Northern Hemisphere and August 1 in the Southern Hemisphere. The exception is in endurance riding, where the minimum age to compete is based on the animal's actual calendar age.
I think we're safe in the assumption that we're in the northern hemisphere. From this all the ponies ages are 'the same', except Applejack who is probably considered a year older due to using her actual date of birth, I'd make her ~5 but only just and living with such young friends makes for her not acting her age. I'd probably sum all of this up to say they're all about 17-18 in MLP years (4-5 in RL pony years). In the episode "Griffon the Brush-Off" Fluttershy retorts to a line said by Pinkie Pie by saying "I'm a year older than you", which could either be interpreted in pony years or our years, giving the age of either 5 pony years or something like 19 or 20 of our years. Another thing is how Pinkie is actually far smarter than she initially seems, implying much more maturity (which again implies age) than at first glance.
That makes our best guess something like this (to the nearest year) in RL/MLP terms:
- Twilight Sparkle - 4/18 (fresh out of magic school)
- Pinky Pie - 4/18
- Rarity - 4/18
- Apple Jack - 5/20
- Rainbow Dash - 4/19 (rounding down to 4 due to the January birth thing)
- Fluttershy - 5/19 or 20 (based off of the questions premise)
- Princess Luna - Indeterminant, minimum 1000, although unclear
- Princess Celestia - Indeterminant, minimum 1000, although unclear
- Granny Smith - 50/200
That's an odd definition of "one year older", though I suppose it works. I always assumed that line was an in-universe year over an RL year.
@RCIX I'm trying to make a good answer out of a lot of approximations, there will be some fudging involved. Just sit back and enjoy the answer :)
You can make an Equestria-based estimate as of Apple Family Reunion, which places Apple Jack as a toddler about 200 "moons" ago.
200 moons ie months is roughly 17 years. But considering every night is a full moon and seasons don't even work that way, moons is a horrible in universe measure of time.