|Other names||Rar, Rares|
|Fan voice(s)||DragonKnightTara (Epic Pie Time)|
Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson (PONY.MOV)
Kimlinh "Hnilmik" Tran (Fighting is Magic)
Sarah Williams (Journey of the Spark)
Lizzie Freeman (Know Your Mare)
Tomoyo Ichijouji (Turnabout Storm)
Rarity is one of the main characters of Friendship is Magic, where she represnts the element of generosity. In informal popularity polls, she tends to come in at or near last when compared to the other main characters (such as on this poll on the official My Little Pony Facebook page, or this poll on Equestria Daily. She is, however, the favorite "Mane 6" pony of a number of notable people in the fandom, including Equestria Daily's Cereal Velocity and the musicians d.notive, Interrobang Pie and WoodenToaster.
Rarity's relationship to her sister differs. Most often, it is similar to the one in the show: Rarity loves Sweetie Belle, but she can also get on her older sister's nerves. There is also the interpretation that Rarity would prefer her sister to be a "mini Rarity" with the same interest in fashion and makeovers; if Sweetie Belle cannot provide that, Rarity becomes neglectful of her and sometimes looks out for a replacement.[FA 1] Before the introduction of their parents, one interpretation considered Sweetie Belle Rarity's sister-in-name-only: she was actually Rarity's daughter from an affair with an unknown stallion. [FA 2]
Like on the show, Spike commonly has a crush on Rarity in fan fiction and comics. They tend to get more explicit than the show is likely to, however, and specify whether Rarity actually feels the same towards Spike. In the comic Heart's Desire by Karzhanii, Spike's crush only grew into love because of a magical potion Rarity had given him. The number of fan works depicting Rarity loving Spike back has increased greatly since the episode Secret of My Excess in which Rarity acknowledged Spike's feelings for her, and accepted them.Spike and Rarity shippings are typically called "Sparity".
Other romantic relationships
As far as homosexual pairings are concerned, the most common one is "RariJack".[FF 1][FF 2] It presumably stems from the episode Look Before You Sleep, which featured both Rarity and Applejack in close quarters and highlighted their differences and how they are eventually able to overcome them and work together.
Heterosexual pairings aside from the aforementioned "Sparity" typically pair Rarity with Fancypants (attributed to the episodes Sweet and Elite and A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2), Braeburn, Thunderlane (as of Wonderbolts Academy), or her gender-swapped counterpart Elusive, such as in On a Cross and Arrow.
The Mentally Advanced Series' Rarity is extremely promiscuous, but heterosexual.
In Fan Fiction/Fan Art
- In My Little Pony: Guardian Mares, she is the Guardian Mare form of human teenager Sarah Stones
- Rarity makes a cameo in the latest Dash Academy in the last panel of the secrets we keep #5.
Fan art examples
- ↑ "Lost to Fashion" by furnut5158 (~September 2011). Retrieved on 2012 April 18.
- ↑ "Rarity's... family member" by Gavalanche (2011-06-26). Retrieved on 2012 April 18.
Fan fiction examples
- ↑ "Bedtime Secret" by MalevolentSpoon (2011-07-27). Retrieved on 2012 April 18.
- ↑ "Swayback Mountain" by butterscotchsundae (2011-07-12). Retrieved on 2012 April 18.