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 his name suggests, appears to be a hybrid between and insect and a bear. He 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 he was able to hold his own against the Mane 6 throughout the whole episode, though he was eventually defeated.
Years before the events of the episode, 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 he managed to escape and the agency was disbanded because of him. Sweetie Drops then moved to Ponyville under the new identity of Bon Bon.
In the episode "Slice of Life", The Bugbear assaults Ponyville, trying to get revenge on agent Sweetie Drops (or at least she thinks that's the reason why he's there). The Mane 6 spend the entire episode fighting him 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 his fate remains ambiguous.
- In mythology, the bugbear is usually visualized as a hideous humanoid creature similar to that of an ogre or troll. However, in this version, the monster is depicted as a literal hybrid between an insect and a bear.
- This is the second villain from Friendship is Magic to have escaped from Tartarus, the other being Tirek.
- The bugbear appears to be cross between a panda and a ring-tailed wasp, which could be interpreted as the show "panda-ring" to the its fandom for this episode.