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|“||Princess Twilight Sparkle. I am Chancellor Neighsay. Equestria owes you a great debt. But princess or no, we expect you to do things by... the... book!||„|
|~ Chancellor Neighsay upon meeting Twilight.|
|“||I am sure you are all concerned about the magic situation. But I want to assure you that this institution is safe, despite the absence of your headmare. As your new headstallion, let me be the first to say that the reign of Princess Twilight is over! From now on, this school will adhere to EEA doctrine, as it should have from the start!||„|
|~ Chancellor Neighsay declaring that the Friendship School will be run by EEA.|
|“||I thought friendship was something only ponies should share with each other. But you all taught me how wrong I was. I suppose true friendship can take a lifetime to understand.||„|
|~ Chancellor Neighsay apologizing to the Young Six.|
Chancellor Neighsay is an anti-hero-turned-supporting character in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. He appears as the secondary antagonist of season eight, appeared as the main antagonist of season eight premiere "School Daze", a minor antagonist of the episode "Friendship University", and (former) central antagonist of season eight finale "School Raze".
He is a male unicorn pony who is the head of Equestria Education Association (also known as EEA), a board of scholars who oversee all schools in Equestria. However, he came at odds with Twilight Sparkle, who wished to teach friendship to the other races, who he believed would use it against Equestria. Later on, during the magic shortage crisis, he attempted to take control of Twilight's School of Friendship, only to be quickly usurped by the evil filly, Cozy Glow and then saved the Young Six, making him understand the true nature of friendship.
He was voiced by the famous Maurice LaMarche.
In School Daze - Part 1,
In School Daze - Part 2,
Chancellor Neighsay appears again in Friendship University, where he approves of and accredits Flim and Flam's Friendship University, favoring it over Twilight's school due to its pony-only environment. He even showed no remorse over his actions and gets away with it.
In School Raze - Part 1, Neighsay appears at the School of Friendship again. Fed up with Twilight constantly leaving the school insufficiently attended, especially during the crisis of magic disappearing across Equestria, he assumes control of the school and declares it to be for ponies only, now that Twilight isn’t around to stop him. He also ties up the Young Six for suspicion of being the ones responsible for the disappearing magic, intending to summon their guardians to take most of them home.
In School Raze - Part 2, Neighsay's new position as the school's headstallion is usurped when Cozy Glow orchestrates a school uprising, reminding the students how much of a jerk he was to Twilight, making Neighsay nervous and she and the students tie him up in chains. After the Young Six help him escape, he uses his EEA medallion to travel to Canterlot and warn the princesses about Cozy's plans. In the end, he realizes he was wrong about non-pony creatures and apologises to everyone for being so foolish and how friendship will take a long time to learn and welcomes Twilight back as headmare, even though he had no power to just unwelcome her in the first place when she was gone.
In The Ending of the End - Part 2, Chancellor Neighsay takes shelter with other unicorns inside the School for Gifted Unicorns as Canterlot closes itself off from the other pony races. Later, he rallies the unicorns in the final battle against Queen Chrysalis, Lord Tirek, and Cozy Glow.
Initially, Chancellor Neighsay was portrayed as very strict and conservative, insistent that all schools under the EEA's authority follow its guidelines to the letter. His delusional tendencies and stubbornness causes himself to abuse his power from time to time.
His most defining trait, however, was his extreme prejudice toward non-pony creatures, openly describing them as dangerous and foolishly feared that they are going to destroy Equestria, and even going as far as to disrespect them even while in their presence, which they are offended. Whenever he did something hurtful to them, he even never showed no remorse over his actions as well as never apologized to those whom he hurts, refusing to acknowledge how his actions affected them. He also showed great disdain towards Twilight and her institutions for allowing all non-pony creatures to enroll at the School of Friendship and ignoring the EEA rules. He doesn't accepting his defeat as he despises it when others stand up to him, demonstrating a slightly tyrannical point of view.
Despite his rough personality, however, he does appear to care for the quality of education and the safety of pony students, hypocritically justifying his actions and beliefs as being for the greater good of Equestria. However, his prejudice actions led himself being betrayed by Cozy Glow by having pony students turned back on him, causing him to become remorseful over his actions. After the Young Six save him and stop Cozy Glow from draining the magic from all of Equestria, Chancellor realizes how wrong he was about non-pony creatures incapable of learning the magic of friendship and cause use it as a weapon against ponies, even accepting Twilight's institution and apologizing to the Young Six for his foolish actions against them.
Skills and Abilities
As the head of the Equestria Education Association and supreme authority on all school-related matters within the EEA's jurisdiction, Chancellor Neighsay demonstrates impressive power and abilities throughout his debut in School Daze - Part 1 and Part 2. He can open and sustain magic portals through space, create chains and seals that presumably only a unicorn on Twilight's level can break, and generate small earthquakes with his hooves (though it appears his medallion provides a boost to his magic so he can accomplish these deeds - most notably, the seal around the School of Friendship).
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
- School Daze - Part 1
- School Daze - Part 2
- Friendship University
- School Raze - Part 1
- School Raze - Part 2
- The Ending of the End - Part 2 (cameo)
- He is inspired by Doctor Strange (who was voiced by Maurice LaMarche in The Incredible Hulk: The Animated Series) and the Sheriff of Nottingham.
- It is unknown why he hated the non-pony creatures in the first place.
- If his prejudice ended up starting an all-out Equestrian war, he would've realized the error of his ways and be arrested for it. So no matter what, he would still be redeemed.
My Little Pony 'n Friends