• A Guide to Pony Boops and Bumps - Movie Edition




    Howdy folks! TheSlorg here with another Pony Guide to help cure those hiatus blues. This time we're diving back into the realm of silly and cute with boops!

    We've already covered all boops great and small in our season one guide, so now it's time to dig into the four main Equestria Girls movies and My Little Pony: The Movie (2017). Who gave the most boops? Who received the most? Find out the answer to these questions and more below the break!




    Before We Begin
    So, why would we research the number of times a hoof or snout has booped another pony’s snout? Well, the first pony guide we did was A Guide to Pony Tears, and while it can be fascinating to discover which ponies are the most emotional, it can also be a bit of a downer. With A Guide to Pony Boops and Bumps, we realize the subject matter is a bit more nonsensical, but it’s also more lighthearted. Instead of merely concentrating on sad moments, it’s now time to concentrate on some of the sillier moments My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has provided us over the years.

    Now, watching and re-watching all the movies to look for a specific action or moment is time-consuming, and can even be daunting. What, exactly, counts as a boop for instance? For the purposes of this article, I will be rather lenient on the exact definition, and will count any case in which a pony snout or human nose has become scrunched due to direct contact with a hoof, hand, nose, or snout, as well as any cases where a pony or human is directly poked on the top of the head by a hoof or hand in honor of the original boop meme. Additionally, I’ll be counting “bottom bumps,” a thing that only ponies tend to do (turns out humans do it too), in which they will shove another pony or human along, or bowl them over, by pushing their bottom with their snout or head.

    Lastly, as much time as I take to keep these lists as accurate as possible, there is always a chance that I may miss one or two instances. There may also come times when it is debatable as to whether or not a boop counts. If you find anything I missed, or wish to challenge a particular boop, feel free to leave a comment below. As before with pony tears, I'll be counting all EQG counterparts as the ponies themselves. And now it is time. Have I typed “boop” enough yet? Ready or not, let the boops begin!


    "Rarity! There's something in your nostril."


    Movies:

    Equestria Girls - Twilight boops her own nose when Spike tells her how small her muzzle is. Rarity boops Spike’s snout when she tells Twilight that he’ll need a disguise. Pinkie and Fluttershy give each other a bottom-to-bottom bump during the Help Twilight Win the Crown song. Cherry Crash and Sweet Leaves do the same towards the end of the song. Twice. Later on at the Fall Formal, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon also do two bottom-to-bottom bumps. They do three more at the dance after Sunset Shimmer is defeated (it’s almost five, but they actually manage to miss twice) Finally, Spike gives Twilight an unintentional bottom bump, with his head, when he returns through the portal to Equestria.

    Gave Boop:
    Twilight Sparkle - 1
    Rarity - 1

    Received Boop:
    Twilight Sparkle - 1
    Spike - 1

    Gave Bottom-to-Bottom Bump:
    Fluttershy - 1
    Pinkie Pie - 1
    Spike - 1
    Cherry Crash - 2
    Sweet Leaves - 2
    Diamond Tiara - 5
    Silver Spoon - 5

    Received Bottom-to-Bottom Bump:
    Fluttershy - 1
    Pinkie Pie - 1
    Twilight Sparkle - 1
    Cherry Crash - 2
    Sweet Leaves - 2
    Diamond Tiara - 5
    Silver Spoon - 5

    Rainbow Rocks - Applejack nearly boops herself when pointing out to Fluttershy that she has frosting on her, but her finger doesn’t actually touch her nose. Sunsent technically boops Fluttershy when she wipes away the frosting for her. During the “Battle of the Bands” song Watermelody, ‘Starlight’ (not Starlight Glimmer), Bright Idea, and Sweet Leaves all get a gentle head caress by Adagio, but none count as boops. Pinkie also comes very close to snout booping Rainbow Dash twice when the pony versions of the girls find out there’s trouble at Canterlot High. She also snout boops her own image in the mirror portal before it’s activated, but as much as I’d like to credit Pinkie as being the only pony to successfully snout booper herself, it doesn’t count. Twilight and Flash Sentry nearly share a painful snout boop despite being humans when they bump into each other, but it’s Twilight’s forehead that scrunches up his nose, not her… uh, snout. Sonata Dusk gives Aria Blaze a proper nose boop when they argue, and Aria boops her on the head in return.

    Gave Boop:
    Aria Blaze - 1
    Sonata Dusk - 1
    Sunset Shimmer - 1

    Received Boop:
    Aria Blaze - 1
    Fluttershy - 1
    Sonata Dusk - 1

    Friendship Games - Rainbow Dash nearly boops Pinkie early on while they discuss Crystal Prep, but her hand pushes Pinkie’s mouth, not her nose, so it doesn’t count. In fact, there isn’t a single proper boop in the entire movie!

    No Boops!

    Legend of Everfree - Rainbow Dash looks as if she has her hand over her mouth after Twilight meets Timber Spruce, but her hand is totally touching her nose as well. Therefore, she technically booped herself and it counts! Fluttershy later mimics this action after Timber says that his story will be very scary, and ends up unintentionally booping her nose with both hands. Spike boops his own snout after being awoken by Sunset Shimmer. What’s with all the self-boops in this movie? Flash Sentry and Sunset Shimmer nearly share a snout boop but, just like in Rainbow Rocks with Twilight, it’s Sunset’s forehead that Flash’s “snout” bumps into, not her own nose.

    Gave Boop:
    Fluttershy - 1
    Rainbow Dash - 1
    Spike - 1

    Received Boop:
    Fluttershy - 1
    Rainbow Dash - 1
    Spike - 1

    My Little Pony: The Movie - Pinkie Pie boops Twilight’s snout twice with her own right before the “We Got This” song plays. Additionally, though it isn’t actually seen due to Rainbow’s high-speed, Fluttershy has a gem stuck right on the end of her snout, and the only way it could have got there was when Rainbow Dash zipped around to help Rarity with the ribbons, which means her hoof or snout absolutely had to have come into contact with Fluttershy’s, so I’m counting it. Applejack gives Rarity two bottom bumps as they attempt to board the airship. Tempest Shadow bottom bumps Grubber out of her way as she gives chase to Captain Celaeno’s ship.

    Gave Boop:
    Rainbow Dash - 1
    Pinkie Pie - 2

    Received Boop:
    Fluttershy - 1
    Twilight Sparkle - 2

    Gave Bottom Bump:
    Tempest Shadow - 1
    Applejack - 2

    Received Bottom Bump:
    Grubber - 1
    Rarity - 2

    "Darling, wasn't this image used bef–eep!"

    So Who Got the Most Boops?
    Through the five films, the original Equestria Girls had by far the most boops and bumps with a combined 19 total. Interestingly, if you don't count bumps, Equestria Girls falls to second-to-last place behind Friendship Games, which had zero boops and bumps. But who gave, and who received, the most of each kind of boop/bump?

    Here is a list in order from least to most.

    Booped
    • Aria Blaze - 1
    • Rainbow Dash - 1
    • Sonata Dusk - 1
    • Spike - 2
    • Fluttershy - 3
    • Twilight Sparkle - 3
    Gave Boop
    • Aria Blaze - 1
    • Fluttershy - 1
    • Rarity - 1
    • Sonata Dusk - 1
    • Spike - 1
    • Sunset Shimmer - 1
    • Twilight Sparkle - 1
    • Pinkie Pie - 2
    • Rainbow Dash - 2
    Got Bottom Bumped
    • Grubber - 1
    • Rarity - 2
    Gave Bottom Bump
    • Tempest Shadow - 1
    • Applejack - 2
    Got Bottom to Bottom Bump
    • Fluttershy - 1
    • Pinkie Pie - 1
    • Twilight Sparkle - 1
    • Cherry Crash - 2
    • Sweet Leaves - 2
    • Diamond Tiara - 5
    • Silver Spoon - 5
    Gave Bottom to Bottom Bump
    • Fluttershy - 1
    • Pinkie Pie - 1
    • Spike - 1
    • Cherry Crash - 2
    • Sweet Leaves - 2
    • Diamond Tiara - 5
    • Silver Spoon - 5
    "Boopsies!"
    And that's a wrap! Or is it? What would this list be without showing you all the grand totals? Just like with pony tears, we need to keep a running tally to find out who is the king or queen of all things boop!

    Here are the current totals from least to most:

    Booped

    • Aria Blaze - 1
    • Chief Thunderhooves - 1
    • Gilda - 1
    • Rarity - 1
    • Red Dragon - 1
    • Sonata Dusk - 1
    • Buffalo A - 2
    • Buffalo B - 2
    • Pinkie Pie - 2
    • Rainbow Dash - 2
    • Applejack - 4
    • Twilight Sparkle - 6
    • Apple Bloom - 7
    • Spike - 8
    • Fluttershy - 12

    Gave Boop

    • Aria Blaze - 1
    • Gilda - 1
    • Fluttershy -1
    • Little Strongheart - 1
    • Spike - 1
    • Sonata Dusk - 1
    • Sunset Shimmer - 1
    • Buffalo A - 2
    • Buffalo B - 2
    • Twilight Sparkle - 3
    • Rainbow Dash - 5
    • Applejack - 9
    • Rarity - 9
    • Pinkie Pie - 14

    Got Bottom Bumped

    • Applejack - 1
    • Charm - 1
    • Count Caesar - 1
    • Grubber - 1
    • Sweetie Belle - 1
    • Rarity - 2
    • Pinkie Pie - 3
    • Spike - 3
    • Twilight Sparkle - 5
    • Fluttershy - 7

    Gave Bottom Bump

    • Angel Bunny - 1
    • Fluttershy - 1
    • Photo Finish - 1
    • Pinkie Pie - 1
    • Scootaloo - 1
    • Stella Lashes - 1
    • Tempest Shadow - 1
    • Applejack - 3
    • Rarity - 3
    • Rainbow Dash - 6
    • Twilight Sparkle - 6

    Got Reverse-Bottom Bumped

    • Fluttershy - 1
    • Rainbow Dash - 1
    • Twilight Sparkle - 2
    Gave Reverse-Bottom Bump

    • Rarity - 1
    • Pinkie Pie - 3

    Got Bottom-to-Bottom Bump

    • Fluttershy - 1
    • Frederick Horseshoepin - 1
    • Pinkie Pie - 1
    • Twilight Sparkle - 1
    • Cherry Crash - 2
    • Sweet Leaves - 2
    • Diamond Tiara - 6
    • Silver Spoon - 6

    Gave Bottom-to-Bottom Bump

    • Fluttershy - 1
    • Spike - 1
    • Cherry Crash - 2
    • Pinkie Pie - 2
    • Sweet Leaves - 2
    • Diamond Tiara - 6
    • Silver Spoon - 6

    Now it's a wrap! So what do all these numbers mean? Well, Fluttershy continues to get the most boops and bottom bumps, and even got a rare bottom-to-bottom bump to add to her total of  21 combined boops and bumps. In second place we have Twilight Sparkle with 14, and Spike with 11. For those who are counting along at home, this means the standings for the top 3 haven't changed at all.

    As for the one giving out the most boops, we have Pinkie Pie with 20 combined instances. The runners up are Rarity with 13 total boops or bumps given, and Applejack remains in 3rd place overall with 12. Sneaking up behind her with 11 is Rainbow Dash, though!

    All in all 51 boops, and 49 bump variants were given and received for a total of exactly 100 instances over the course of 26 episodes in season 1 and five movies. Fluttershy may hold the crown for now, but there are still (at least) seven more seasons worth of boops to count. Who knows who will win in the end?

    That does it! How did your favorite pony do? Were they booped often, or did they give them out? What other kinds of Pony Guides would you like to see? As always, comment below to let me know. Until next time!


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