Princess Celestia is a Pegasus unicorn[note 1] and the co-ruler of Equestria alongside her younger sister Princess Luna, both of whom are responsible for raising the sun, moon, and stars. She is the mentor of Twilight Sparkle, whom she addresses as "My faithful student". She is a recurring character in My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.
<img src="http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110927161212/mlp/images/thumb/8/85/Queen_by_fyre_flye-d4axiq5.jpg/180px-Queen_by_fyre_flye-d4axiq5.jpg" width="180" height="143" class="thumbimage" />A sketch from Lauren Faust's deviantART gallery.Added by MlaranjaPrincess Celestia's name comes from the word "celestial", derived from Latin "caelum", meaning "sky" or "heaven". Lauren Faust has made several comments regarding the show on her deviantART comments section, and they sometimes pertain to Princess Celestia. She was originally supposed to be Queen Celestia, the highest authority, with no parents who outrank her. Her status was changed to "princess" at Hasbro's request.
Faust also mentioned that, during the initial casting of the show, Kathleen Barr, Trixie's voice actress, did a "very good" audition for Princess Celestia before Nicole Oliver ultimately got the role.
Princess Celestia is larger than any of the other ponies, with the exception of Nightmare Moon, who is about the same size until she reverts to being Princess Luna. As with other unicorns, a magic glow surrounds both Celestia's horn and objects she is magically affecting. The color of this glow varies: for instance, it is blue in A Bird in the Hoof, orange in The Cutie Mark Chronicles, and white in Griffon the Brush-off. In The Return of Harmony Part 1, it is blue when Celestia opens the door to the vault, but pink when she levitates the empty box the Elements of Harmony are supposed to be in. The glow is yellow in the remastered title sequence introduced with Lesson Zero, as well as in that episode itself and all the second season episodes that follow it. Her tail and mane have a natural flowing motion, even when Celestia herself is not moving.
<img src="http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110216054422/mlp/images/thumb/9/93/Celestia_medieval-like_drawing_S1E1.jpg/200px-Celestia_medieval-like_drawing_S1E1.jpg" width="200" height="200" class="thumbimage" />The elder unicorn princess, later named Princess Celestia, in the first episode's prologue.Added by KitsuneRisuPrincess Celestia is introduced in the prologue of the first episode, depicted in a series of medieval-like drawings with a narration that says "two regal sisters who ruled together and created harmony for all the land", and that "the elder used her unicorn powers to raise the sun at dawn. The younger brought out the moon to begin the night." This is based on Norse mythology, where the horses Skinfaxi and Hrimfaxi are responsible for pulling the sun and moon, respectively, across the sky.
The narration continues: their subjects, the ponies, played in the day but "shunned" the night and slept through it, which made the younger unicorn grow bitter, eventually refusing to lower the moon to make way for the dawn. Her bitterness transformed her into a "wicked mare of darkness", Nightmare Moon. The elder sister reluctantly harnessed the power of the Elements of Harmony and banished her "in" the moon for 1,000 years, maintaining harmony in Equestria by taking responsibility for both sun and moon. <img src="http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120918054812/mlp/images/thumb/6/6d/Celestia_Defeats_Nightmare_Moon_S01E01.png/202px-Celestia_Defeats_Nightmare_Moon_S01E01.png" width="202" height="114" class="thumbimage" />Princess Celestia banishing Nightmare Moon into the moon.Added by BobogooboFollowing the prologue, Twilight Sparkle reads of a prophecy that states that "on the longest day of the thousandth year the stars will aid in The Mare in the Moon's escape, and she will bring about nighttime eternal", though Spike dismisses it as "an old ponies' tale". The day of Nightmare Moon's return is also the thousandth day of the Summer Sun Celebration, so Princess Celestia sends Twilight to oversee the celebration's preparations which are held in Ponyville, and encourages Twilight to "stop reading those dusty old books" and make some friends, much to Twilight's surprise.
<img src="http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110906211630/mlp/images/thumb/a/a4/Princess_Celestia_and_Princess_Luna_S1E01.png/200px-Princess_Celestia_and_Princess_Luna_S1E01.png" width="200" height="113" class="thumbimage" />Princess Celestia and Princess Luna reunite.Added by Xx Mr Brony xXThe events of the first and second episodes revolve around Twilight Sparkle and her new friends' attempt to defeat Nightmare Moon by finding and using the Elements of Harmony, while Nightmare Moon tries to stop them in various ways. Celestia is expected to appear at Ponyville's pavilion, but she goes missing and Nightmare Moon appears in her stead. Celestia doesn't reappear until Nightmare Moon is defeated and transformed back into Princess Luna at the end of the second episode by Twilight and her friends. Princess Celestia offers her younger sister a chance to rule by her side again, and she accepts.
- "Time to put our differences behind us. We were meant to rule together, little sister. Will you accept my friendship?"
- — Celestia offering Luna redemption
<img src="http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111117235619/mlp/images/thumb/e/ee/Celestia_and_Luna_depicted_on_stain_glass_defeating_Discord_S02E01.png/200px-Celestia_and_Luna_depicted_on_stain_glass_defeating_Discord_S02E01.png" width="200" height="113" class="thumbimage" />Stained-glass art of Celestia and Luna defeating Discord.Added by BluesirTheFoxMore of Celestia's history is mentioned in The Return of Harmony Part 1. In the episode, she tells Twilight Sparkle and her friends that before Princess Luna and she stood up to Discord, he ruled over Equestria, keeping it in a state of unrest and unhappiness. Celestia goes on to describe that after seeing how miserable life was for Earth ponies, unicorns, and Pegasi alike, she and Luna discovered the Elements of Harmony and rose up against Discord, turning him to stone. Discord's spell is later broken because, as Celestia explains, "Luna and [herself] are no longer connected to the elements."
<img src="http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111104160425/mlp/images/thumb/e/ef/Princess_Celestia_shine_glory-W_1.9029.png/200px-Princess_Celestia_shine_glory-W_1.9029.png" width="200" height="113" class="thumbimage" />Princess Celestia raising the sun, from The Cutie Mark Chronicles.Added by BluesirTheFoxThe Summer Sun Celebration is first mentioned in the first episode. Twilight reads of the legend of the Mare in the Moon, who is set to return and bring everlasting night "on the longest day of the thousandth year"–the summer solstice–since her defeat, which is also the thousandth year of the Summer Sun Celebration. Princess Celestia sends Twilight to oversee the preparations for the celebration in Ponyville, where it's being held this year, also telling her to make some friends while she does that.
Nightmare Moon claims to have been imprisoned for a thousand years, so this indicates that the first celebration happened after Luna was imprisoned. It is a celebration of Celestia imprisoning her and restoring the sun to Equestria.
During a party, Spike reminds an irate Twilight that the ponies have to stay up all night in order to witness Princess Celestia raise the sun. Later, at the Ponyville pavilion, Mayor Mare holds a brief speech and introduces Princess Celestia, but she turns up missing, and Nightmare Moon appears in her place. Only at the end of the following episode does Princess Celestia reappear with the defeat of Nightmare Moon, and the sun subsequently rises.
The Summer Sun Celebration is featured again in Twilight Sparkle's flashback during The Cutie Mark Chronicles. Twilight describes it as "the most amazing, most wonderful thing" she's ever seen, which made her want to study as much as she can about magic. The event itself takes place in Canterlot, where eight royal guards play a fanfare for Princess Celestia, who comes on stage and flies up, raising the sun behind her.
Princess Celestia refers to Twilight Sparkle as her "most faithful student" in the first episode, and Twilight is very proud of this fact. At the end of the second episode, Celestia tasks Twilight with staying in Ponyville with her friends and writing a weekly report about her studies of the "magic of friendship", which Twilight usually sends via Spike. These letters typically serve to illustrate each episode's moral for the show's viewers.
During a flashback in The Cutie Mark Chronicles, Princess Celestia witnesses Twilight's rare magical talents and takes her as a protégée. Lauren Faust has suggested that there is more to Princess Celestia than has been depicted of her in the series. Relating to the events in the flashbacks in The Cutie Mark Chronicles, Celestia sensed that Twilight Sparkle was connected to the Elements of Harmony and arranged the dragon-hatching test for her. She then raised and trained Spike, and subsequently assigned him to be Twilight's assistant. <img src="http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110903161759/mlp/images/thumb/7/79/Princess_Celestia_S1E05.png/200px-Princess_Celestia_S1E05.png" width="200" height="113" class="thumbimage" />Answering a letter from Twilight Sparkle.Added by Xx Mr Brony xXCelestia has been present during an episode in a few cases, allowing for Twilight Sparkle or another pony to deliver the report to her in person. She arrives for a scheduled royal visit in Swarm of the Century, and meets the six main ponies outside of Ponyville where Twilight makes her report. She attends the Running of the Leaves in Fall Weather Friends as "Fall is one of [her] favorite seasons", and Twilight makes a brief report about friendship being more important than a competition. She also attends the Best Young Flyer competition in Sonic Rainboom, where Rarity delivers the report to her directly. She is present for a royal visit in A Bird in the Hoof, so she hears Twilight Sparkle's intended report from Fluttershy.
Celestia makes a surprise cameo at the end of Feeling Pinkie Keen, dropping out of the sky to grab Spike's letter and then taking off just as quickly, confirming another one of Pinkie Pie's twitchy tail predictions.
Celestia is asked to come to Ponyville by Spike in Lesson Zero, after Twilight, fearing that being unable to send a friendship report will have dire consequences, enchants a doll, causing all of Ponyville to fight over it. Celestia arrives and undoes the spell, then sternly asks Twilight to meet her at the library. Despite Twilight's fears, Celestia does not reprimand her, telling her that she should only send a friendship report if she learns a lesson. She also decrees that Twilight's friends may also send her friendship reports.
Celestia makes a brief appearance in Sweet and Elite, showing Rarity to the room she will stay in while visiting Canterlot. She also displays awkwardness at Rarity fawning over her in thanks. At the end of the episode, she hears Rarity's friendship report. She next appears in It's About Time, passing by the "Star Swirl the Bearded" wing of the Canterlot library. She shows no signs of objection to seeing Twilight who had made an eleborate show of sneaking in, and compliments Twilight for her new hairstyle. Celestia presides over the wedding of Princess Cadance and Shining Armor in A Canterlot Wedding, and monitors an anonymous threat that was made against Canterlot. The threat turns out to be an invasion by the changelings and their queen, who was already in Canterlot impersonating Princess Cadance. <img src="http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120427125550/mlp/images/thumb/e/ee/Celestia_angry_S2E25.png/180px-Celestia_angry_S2E25.png" width="180" height="101" class="thumbimage" />Celestia disappointed at Twilight.Added by RallinaleHowever, through most of the two-part episode, no one except Twilight suspects there's something wrong with Cadance. When Twilight brands the fake Cadance as "evil" at the wedding rehearsal, Celestia is greatly disappointed by her actions and agrees with Shining Armor's suggestion for Twilight not to bother coming to the wedding. Celestia sternly tells Twilight, "You have a lot to think about," before walking out on her with the others. However, after the exposure of and defeat of Queen Chrysalis and the wedding ceremony, Celestia commends Twilight for persisting in the face of doubt and following her instincts in bringing Princess Cadance back, reaffirming their good relationship.
Princess Celestia acts as a mentor to Twilight Sparkle. She often does not directly state her goals, but rather gives the advice to help her students find the answers they need. For example, she wrote a letter prompting Twilight to make friends in Friendship is Magic, part 1 when her goal was for Twilight Sparkle to find the Elements of Harmony.
- "I told you that you needed to make some friends, nothing more..."
- — Celestia to Twilight Sparkle
Despite being royalty, she often encourages her subjects to relax with jokes and gentle questions. She also shows great patience with any inappropriate behavior towards her, as seen when Pinkie Pie snatches a cupcake from her at a party in A Bird in the Hoof. Also in the same episode, it is shown that she has a pet phoenix, Philomena. Princess Celestia displays a fun-loving side when she chuckles at the bottle of <img src="http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111225015833/mlp/images/thumb/4/4e/Princess_Celestia_says_gotcha_S1E22.png/180px-Princess_Celestia_says_gotcha_S1E22.png" width="180" height="101" class="thumbimage" />Impish CelestiaAdded by Pikmanipulatordisappearing ink sent to her by Twilight in Griffon the Brush Off. In A Bird in the Hoof, while sipping from a constantly refilled cup of tea, she pretends to sip from her already full cup, causing Mr. and Mrs. Cake to overfill it. She watches with a smile on her face when Pinkie Pie devours one of the Princess's cupcakes, while Mrs. Cake gasps and drags Pinkie away. Celestia tells Twilight and her friends in The Best Night Ever, after they ruin the Grand Galloping Gala, that she always found the Gala awful and she was hoping they would liven it up. W <img src="http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110917175905/mlp/images/thumb/7/76/Celestia_main_cast_S2E01.png/180px-Celestia_main_cast_S2E01.png" width="180" height="101" class="thumbimage" />Few things can anger her, but Discord has managed itAdded by BosBull52hile kindhearted and slow to anger, Celestia's patience does have its limits. When faced against the threat of Discord's return in The Return of Harmony Part 1, Celestia wastes no time in demanding that Discord return the stolen Elements of Harmony. Also, in Lesson Zero, when Spike makes her aware that Twilight inadvertently unleashed mass chaos onto Ponyville in her obsessive attempts to find a friendship report to send to the Princess, Celestia personally intervenes to undo Twilight's out-of-control spell. She sternly orders her student to a private meeting to discuss her actions, but remains understanding, and at the insistence of Twilight's friends she agrees not to punish Twilight, instead asking them all to send her friendship reports only when the lessons make themselves apparent to them. In A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1, after Twilight accuses imposter Cadance of being evil with no evidence to back her claims, she, along with the others, makes it clear her deep disappointment in her student and walks out on her after Shining Armor and the other ponies. But in A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2, while displaying righteous rage to the newly exposed Queen Chrysalis, she eventually commends Twilight for her instincts that told her the imposter Cadance was evil.
In Ponyville Confidential, the Cutie Mark Crusaders manage to get a hold of a photo depicting her eating cake in an unladylike manner for their Foal Free Press gossip column titled "Celestia: Just like us." At the end of MMMystery on the Friendship Express, she admires the cake made by the combined efforts of the bakers and overlooks Pinkie's attempts to gain her attention.
She mentions that Fall is her favorite season in Fall Weather Friends.
<img src="http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120107230418/mlp/images/thumb/3/3f/Princess_Celestia_uses_her_horn_as_a_key_S02E01.png/180px-Princess_Celestia_uses_her_horn_as_a_key_S02E01.png" width="180" height="101" class="thumbimage" />Only Celestia can open the room with the Elements of Harmony.Added by BluesirTheFoxAs indicated by her Cutie Mark, Princess Celestia's special talent is raising the sun at dawn and bringing the day. However, while her sister Luna was banished as the corrupted Nightmare Moon, Celestia proved that she is also capable of raising the moon and the stars to bring forth the night.
She has also wielded the Elements of Harmony on two occasions: once together with Princess Luna to petrify Discord, and again (presumably by herself) to banish Nightmare Moon. However, in The Return of Harmony Part 1, it is stated she is no longer able to do so, and her waning control over the Elements allowed Discord to shatter his prison.
Princess Celestia displays additional powers on the side. She is able to use standard unicorn telekinesis and is able to teleport. She also seems to be skilled in reversing harmful spells, as per her nature of keeper of Order in Equestria. In The Cutie Mark Chronicles, she is able to easily stop Twilight Sparkle's wild magic burst, and in Lesson Zero, she dispels the "Want It Need It" spell from a massive amount of affected ponies at once.
After years of battle with Lord Anders, before the first episode, Anders and Heavy attacked her. She is nearly taken down by Heavy's magic. But she defended herself, and regained her ruling of Equestria. Later, in Celestia Uncovered Part 1, Anders sends Heavy to capture Celestia and take her prisoner. Sadly, it succeded and she was held prisoner. At the end of the Celestia Uncovered Part 1, she is seen on the ceremonial floor, being blasted by Heavy's magic. It drains her magic and leaves her helpless on the floor. At the end of Celestia Uncovered Part 2, she is rescued by Twilight's Tears of Love.