|“||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 is the main antagonist of season eight premiere "School Daze", a minor antagonist of the episode "Friendship University", and former major 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, Chancellor Neighsay first appears when Twilight Sparkle and Spike meet with him and his association to get the School of Friendship approved. The chancellor approves the school with the conditions that they strictly follow the EEA's guidelines and not leave the school unattended to go off on their friendship adventures. In addition, he approves it under the assumption that it will be a school for ponies only, and will teach its students how to protect themselves from other creatures. Neighsay later pays a visit to the school to check on Twilight's progress, just as the new students decide to cut class for the afternoon. Twilight, Starlight Glimmer, and Rainbow Dash distract him by giving him a tour of the school and summarizing the main points of its curriculum. The students return in time for Friends and Family Day, but changeling student Ocellus appears in the form of a giant insect-like creature, causing chaos at the event. Upon seeing that non-ponies are enrolled at the school, Neighsay reveals his prejudice toward other creatures and insinuates that they would use the school's lessons against Equestria. Neighsay's sentiments are such an insult to Prince Rutherford, Ember, Thorax, Grampa Gruff, and Seaspray that they pull their students out of the school. Determining that Twilight failed to uphold the guidelines and standards of the EEA, Chancellor Neighsay closes the School of Friendship and locks its doors with a magical seal.
In School Daze - Part 2, Neighsay returns when Twilight breaks his magic seal in an attempt to reopen the school without the EEA's influence. He declares that the school's non-pony element would be dangerous and unpredictable, but his views are opposed not only by Twilight but also Princess Celestia. The chancellor eventually relents and leaves, proclaiming that Twilight's school could potentially destroy Equestria.
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. 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, 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 welcomes Twilight back as headmare.
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 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 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 did he hated the non-pony creatures in the first place.