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The Chimera is a minor antagonist from the animated televison show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It is a fearsome and talking creature who lives in the Flame Geyser Swamp with a Saber-toothed tiger's head and front legs, a goat's head and hind legs, and a snake's head for a tail. She appears as the main antagonist in the seventeenth episode of the fourth season entitled "Somepony to Watch Over Me", despite having only one scene.

A chimera also appears in the chapter book Princess Luna and the Festival of the Winter Moon.

She was voiced by Ellen Kennedy.

Personality

Though it is technically one single creature, each of the heads are independent and refer to each other as "sisters". They argue a lot about each other to see who is in charge of giving orders to the other two and they never agree to choose what to eat.

  • The tiger always believes herself the leader and that's why the goat scolds him.
  • The goat is bossy and scandalous and she is believed to be older than the others.
  • The snake is sometimes peaceful and try to look sweet and cute when she talks.

The three together are a fearsome predator that likes eat pies and fillies. It should be noted that when someone enters the swamp, the chimera refers to him as "his guest".

Role in the series

Apple Bloom encounters the chimera when she is trying to deliver pies and is crossing through the Flame Geyser Swamp, for Apple Bloom was trying to show that she was an independant "pony" and that she didn't always need someone to help and watch over her. The chimera attacks and chases Apple Bloom across the swamp with intent of eating her and the pies. Apple Bloom briefly gives the three-headed beast the slip and hides the pie cart in some bushes. As the chimera catches up and corners the filly, Applejack arrives and fight the Chimera. Applejack puts the snake head to sleep with a flute, then throws a chair into the tiger head's mouth, and when the chimera runs at her, the snake head's neck get caught in a tree and the tiger head's teeth get stuck in another tree, unable to remove them. Applejack appeases the goat head with some cheese. The chimera is left trapped in the trees afterwards and they move on.

Trivia

  • In Greek mythology, the chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature with the body and head of a lion, a goat's head rising from its back, and a tail ending in a snake's head.
    • The lion's head being replaced by a tiger's head may be a reference to actual real life male lions as the chimera is portrayed to be female in mythology.
  • She is the third MLP: FiM villain to actually attempt to kill (technically eat) the protagonist. The first was Ahuizotl and the second was Sunset Shimmer.
    • Of course, she'd be considered the fourth if you include King Sombra.
    • Unlike them however, the chimera's motivations were out of pure predatory instincts rather than true evil.
  • The goat's head appears vaguely similar to Grogar, another previous generation villain.
  • It is never mentioned if something is done about the Chimera after the episode.

Gallery

Chimera capers by tourniquetmuffin-d7a8sf3
Chimera's tiger head one S4E17

Tiger Head.

Chimera's goat head two S4E17

Goat Head.

Chimera's snake head three! S4E17

Snake Head.

Chimera climbing over the hill S4E17

Chimera's evil grin.

Chimera where are the pies S4E17

Another evil grin.

Chimera determined S4E17

Chimera glaring.

Chimera stuck onto trees S4E17

Chimera's defeat.

Chimerafied characters

The Cutie Mark Crusaders and the mane three in a Chimera form.




           My Little Pony Villains

Friendship is Magic
Apple Bloom's Shadow | Ahuizotl | Arimaspi | Bugbear | Changelings | Chimera | Cockatrice | Dr. Caballeron | Diamond Dogs | Discord | Dragons | Dragon Lord Torch | Flim Flam Brothers | Garble | Gladmane | Hydra | King Sombra | Mane-iac | Maulwurf | Mean Six | Nightmare Moon | Parasprites | Pony of Shadows | Puckwudgies | Queen Chrysalis | Roc | Sable Spirit | Shadowbolts | Smooze | Snips & Snails | Sphinx | Starlight Glimmer | Svengallop | Tantabus | Tatzlwurm | Timberwolves | Tirek | Vampire Fruit Bats | Windigos | Wind Rider

Equestria Girls
Dazzlings (Adagio Dazzle | Aria Blaze | Sonata Dusk) | Principal Cinch | Snips & Snails | Sunset Shimmer

Generation One
Arabus | Beezen | Catrina | Dragon Gang | Grogar | Hydia | King Charlatan | Lavan | Princess Porcina | Queen Bumble | Raptorians | Reeka & Draggle | Smooze | Somnambula | Squirk | Tirek

Comics
Accord | Bad Apple | Chupacabra | Mane Six | Nightmare Rarity | Princess Celestia | The Pseudocorns | Rabia | Shadowfright | Vampiric Jackalope

Movie
Grubber | Storm King | Tempest Shadow