Principal Cinch
(Principal Abacus Cinch)
Friendship Games Principal Cinch artwork

Principal Cinch in her My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games artwork
Kind Human
Sex Female
Residence Human world
Occupation Principal of Crystal Prep Academy (formerly)
More info
Eyes Grayish fuchsia
Hair Dark fuchsia
Dark orchid
Grayish magenta
Grayish heliotrope
Moderate fuchsia
Coat Light opalish gray
Voice Iris Quinn
Principal Cinch is a female human, the former principal of Crystal Prep Academy, and the main antagonist in the film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games.[1] In the film's opening and closing credits, she is named Principal Abacus Cinch.

Depiction in Friendship Games

Principal Cinch first appears in Friendship Games as the principal of Crystal Prep Academy. She demonstrates great pride in her school and its reputation as the undefeated winners of the Friendship Games every four years—so much pride, in fact, that she views rival institute Canterlot High School's recent boost in athletics and academics as a threat. In order to maintain Crystal Prep's reputation, Cinch forces her brightest student Twilight Sparkle to compete in the Games, going as far as to threaten revoking Twilight's application for an independent study program to ensure she competes.

During her visit to Canterlot High School, Cinch displays considerable disdain toward the school and its choice of Games competitors, comparing their selection process to a "popularity contest." She interrupts the welcome party that the school holds for their rivals to assure everyone that Crystal Prep will win the Games like it always has.

During the Tri-Cross Relay event of the Games, Cinch witnesses Twilight's amulet open a dimensional rift and release a carnivorous plant, and she watches Rainbow Dash pony up. She accuses Principal Celestia of cheating, and when Celestia suggests ending the Games in a tie, Cinch refuses, determined to prove that Crystal Prep can win regardless of the presence of magic.

In the final round of the Games, Cinch and the Shadowbolts pressure Twilight into releasing the magic from her amulet and using it against the Wondercolts, justifying it as fighting fire with fire. Her hubris results in the creation of Twilight's evil alter ego Midnight Sparkle. As Midnight slowly destroys the world around her, Cinch retreats into hiding.

After Twilight is returned to normal, Cinch demands that Principal Celestia forfeit the Friendship Games, citing Canterlot High's unfair advantage of using magic. However, the Shadowbolts turn on their principal and blame her for Twilight's wicked transformation. Cinch says that she plans to report the incident to the school board, but Celestia, Vice Principal Luna, and Dean Cadance inform her that no one would believe her story. In an effort to save face, she leaves the school with calm dignity. She last appears in a photograph with Dean Cadance and the Shadowbolts during the film's end credits.

However, with the Friendship Games ending in a tie, Cinch's worst fears of Crystal Prep's winning streak being broken have been realized, and with Twilight transferring to Canterlot High, Crystal Prep's grade averages are sure to suffer as well.

Throughout the film, Cinch's scenes are often musically accompanied by a rather sinister-sounding tango.

In Equestria Girls: Dance Magic, Sunny Flare mentions that Cinch is no longer the principal of Crystal Prep and has been succeeded by Dean Cadance, meaning that her actions caught up with her.

Other depictions

Principal Cinch is first mentioned in the My Little Pony Facebook page's "Friendship Games Fantasy League".[2]


Principal Cinch is the haughty principal of Crystal Prep Academy. She takes pride in her students and reputation, especially the awards that her school receives when winning the Friendship Games. She also considers the human Twilight Sparkle her most prized student because of her test grades.

However, Cinch is very competitive and arrogant when it comes to opposition. She accepts nothing less than perfection from her students, as seen during ACADECA, and she shows no reservations in resorting to underhanded tactics to preserve her school's image, such as exploiting her students and cheating. Her actions are what ultimately lead to her losing her position.

According to Dean Cadance, Principal Cinch is "highly allergic" to dogs.


"It doesn't matter whether or not Crystal Prep wins or loses. The important thing is we are expected to win because Crystal Prep has a reputation. And it is that reputation – my reputation – that is responsible for everything we have here."
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
"I must apologize for the curiosity of my prized student."
— My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
"Twilight, what you do during your free time is of little interest to me, but while you're here, I—all of Crystal Prep, in fact—require your complete focus."
— My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
"I'd like to thank Principal Celestia for her unconventional welcome. It's been four years since the last Friendship Games, but it feels as though nothing has changed. Canterlot High continues to pick its competitors in a popularity contest, and Crystal Prep continues to field its top twelve students. It is a comfort to know that, even after so many years of losses, your school remains committed to its ideals, however misguided they may be. I wish you all the best of luck, regardless of the inevitable outcome."
— My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
"Principal Celestia, on behalf of Crystal Prep, I demand that you forfeit the Friendship Games! Clearly CHS has had unfair advantages for quite some time, and it's certainly obvious that your students have been using magic for their own benefits!"
— My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games


Principal Cinch polishing a trophy EG3

Principal Cinch image gallery


  1. Ed Liu (2015-10-16). Galloping Through "Equestria Girls Friendship Games" with Ishi Rudell and Josh Haber. ToonZone. Retrieved on 2015 October 17.
  2. My Little Pony (2015-07-31). Want to participate in The Friendship.... Facebook. Retrieved on 2015 July 31.

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