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16911 - Lyra artist-madmax drinking heartstrings sitting smoothie
Fanart of Lyra, by Madmax
Other names Heartstrings, Lyra Heartstrings, Guyra
Kind Unicorn
Sex Female
Fan voice(s) AwkwardMarina ("Anthropology" (Lyra's Song), Scrunch-off and DIABETUS3.FLV)
TheEmoGak (Anthropology - Animated Promo and Audio Drama)
TheRobotButterfly (Lyra and Guyra, Lyra Finds a Blob on the Floor)
Sydsnap ("Room for One More")
Corinne "Megami33" Sudberg (Hooded Quickies)
Max Gilardi (PARTY.MOV, as Lyra Sanchez)
Haylee Smith (Ponies With Hats)
TaylorRose16 (A Day at the Dentist)
Kira "Rina Chan" Buckland ("Human" song)
Nowacking (Epic Rage Time: The Incredible Derp)
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Lyra is a mint-green background pony with a lyre for a cutie mark. She is often seen with Bon Bon and is often shown doing silly things and making funny facial expressions, something that the fans have taken and run with. Lyra is well known for sitting like a human on a bench in the episode Dragonshy, a fact which inspired the popular meme about Lyra having a human obsession, particularly hands. Also, it hasn't escaped many fans' notice that she shows up everywhere Twilight Sparkle goes, even when Twilight's nowhere near Ponyville; for example, Cloudsdale, and not redesigned as a Pegasus.

Relationship with Bon Bon

Several episodes (like Fall Weather Friends and Swarm of the Century) showed Lyra and Bon Bon in close proximity; as a result, the two are often paired together in fan labor, frequently in romantic relationships but sometimes as just friends. The shippings are typically called LyraBon.

Examples of shipping fan fiction that portrays this relationship include Lyra's Melody of Home by Vanderblast, Black And White by Melionos, Happily Ever After by Vanner and The Melting Pot by Katalus Talrius.

In recent fan fiction, Lyra and Bon Bon hang out with their new boyfriends, Guyra and Boy Boy.[citation needed]

The My Little Pony dog tags depict them together on a single tag.


After the episode Call of the Cutie introduced several new fillies, and because Lyra attended the cute-ceañera, some of these foals were taken to be children of Lyra's and Bon Bon's. The most enduring of these "fanon adoptions" is Tootsie Flute; fan art depicting the three as a family continues to be made, as of December 2011.

Another filly imagined to belong to the couple was Sweetie Belle, as in this example from three days after the episode aired. That particular piece of fanon was never widely accepted, however, and dashed entirely when the episode Stare Master confirmed Sweetie Belle as Rarity's sister. This comic references some fans' disappointment with this development.

Lyra memes

"I mean, I sit oddly one time to crack my back, and I get a reputation."
— Lyra, from Sepia Tock

After being seen sitting on a bench in an odd manner in the episode Dragonshy, Lyra has become the subject of a number of memes, the most prominent of which is "sitting Lyra".

  • "Sitting Lyra" involves showing Lyra sitting on various chairs and in various other places in the same odd sitting position she was shown in in Dragonshy.
  • "Lyra wants to be human" - because Lyra's sitting position resembles the manner in which human beings sit on benches, it has been theorized that she has an obsession with humans, and would very much like to be one. Examples of this meme include depictions of Lyra running on her hindlegs. In addition, Lyra is often depicted as having an obsession with or interest in humans, comparable to a furry or brony (in reverse). This is depicted in the song "Anthropology" (see also animation for this song and Typography).
  • "Lyra wants hands" depicts Lyra wanting hands, or actually having hands instead of hooves. It is a sub-meme of "Lyra wants to be human".
  • "Seapony Lyra" is unrelated to any of the above memes, and was started by a picture of Lyra as a seapony, drawn by popular fandom artist johnjoseco.
  • A Lyra plush with a pocket in an obviously genital area launched a new meme in late May 2012. It involves one or more of these plushes used for various purposes, such as a pencil-sharpener, comfy shoes, or a wallet. The meme also extends to images of various people poking out of the hole. The original purpose of the plushie was to act as a sex toy for males. The plushie was sold on The Dealer's Den for the equivalent of $704 June 3, 2012.[FA 1][FA 2][FA 3][FA 4][FA 5]

Other names


Heartstrings blindbag pony

Second Heartstrings toy Lyra Heartstrings

second blindbag

A recolor of the Twilight Sparkle blindbag pony bears approximately the same color scheme and cutie mark as Lyra, but was named "Heartstrings" by Hasbro.[1]

This led to a lot of discussion within the fanbase about whether Lyra should be renamed Heartstrings, or have the name incorporated into her fanon name somehow. The argument for the name "Lyra Heartstrings" was put forward, as was the idea that the names of toys are not relevant to the show itself. Some fans also adopted a number of joke names, including "Fred" and "Incidental Unicorn #2" (both put forward by a layout artist working on the show, and the latter being the internal designation for that particular pony design) and "Harpass".

Equestria Daily's Sethisto encouraged authors of fan fiction to "keep using the fanon names" "for the sake of not driving fanfic archives everywhere insane".[1]

The issue has led to the production of some fan art, for instance, addressing the confusion resulting from the two names (as in this example from the webcomic And that's how Equestria was made), or showing a violent confrontation between "Lyra" and "Heartstrings" (as in these images by `Pyritie and FluffyWuffs), or just reaffirming the artist's preference of the original name (like here). A second toy of the pony was released in March 2012, this time bearing the name "Lyra Heartstrings".


Lyra sitting meme image

Lyra image gallery

See also

Fan art examples

  1. Pixelkitties (2012-05-30). Lyra Beer Cooler. Retrieved on 2012 June 5.
  2. Lamiaaaa (2012-06-03). The Lyra Pouch. Retrieved on 2012 June 5.
  3. Imgur gallery of Lyra pocket images. Retrieved on 2012 June 5.
  4. Another gallery. Retrieved on 2012 June 5.
  5. Lyra Plushie on Know-Your-Meme. Retrieved on 2012 August 28.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Official" Blind Bag Pony Names. Equestria Daily (2011-11-02).

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