The main characters of the current generation of My Little Pony are Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and Twilight Sparkle. There are numerous secondary characters as well as characters who existed in previous generations.
Some of the main characters existed in previous generations of My Little Pony, although their appearances were different. Other characters include Princesses Cadance, Celestia and Luna. Apple Bloom, Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle form the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Nonpony characters include a dragon named Spike and a chimera named Discord.
As of 2014, there have been four generations of My Little Pony characters. The fourth generation was developed in conjunction with a television show titled "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," which is often abbreviated as MLP:FiM. Dedicated fans of the show are known as "bronies" and "pegasisters."