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The Bugbear is an antagonist from the animated television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, appearing in the hundredth episode of the show and the ninth episode in the fifth season entitled Slice of Life.
Appearance and Powers
The Bugbear, as its name literally suggests, appears to be a hybrid between and insect and a bear. It possesses a bear's body with the fur coloring of a panda, along with two additional arms, as well as insectoid antennae, wings, and the stinger of a hornet. The Bugbear is formidable creature, as it was able to hold its own against the Mane 6 throughout the whole episode, though it was eventually defeated.
The Bugbear was captured and imprisoned in Tartarus by the secret agent Sweetie Drops, member of a secret anti-monster agency located in Canterlot, but then it escaped and the agency was disbanded. Sweetie Drops hide herself behind a new identity and changed her name to Bon Bon.
In the episode Slice of Life, The Bugbear assaults Ponyville trying to avenge itself of Sweetie Drops (or at least she thinks that's the reason why it's there). The Mane 6 spend the entire episode fighting it while the rest of Ponyville tries to prepare for Cranky and Matilda's wedding. In the conclusion of this episode, Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon announces that the Mane 6 have defeated The Bugbear, but its fate remains ambiguous.
- In most cultures, the bugbear is visualized as a hideous humanoid creature similar to that of an ogre or troll. In the ponyverse, however, the monster is depicted as a literal hybrid between a bug and a bear.
- This is the second villain from Friendship is Magic to have escaped from Tartarus, the other being Tirek.