The Rainbooms, also known as the Sonic Rainbooms, the Equestria Girls, and the Crystal Rainbooms, are a student band in the My Little Pony Equestria Girls franchise, consisting of its main characters.
The band's members are Twilight Sparkle on (temporary) lead vocals, Rainbow Dash on electric guitar and (initially and later permanently) lead vocals, Applejack on bass, Rarity on keytar, Fluttershy on tambourine, Pinkie Pie on drums, and on one occasion as a guest, DJ Pon-3 on turntables. After Twilight leaves, Sunset Shimmer joins as rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist, and in Legend of Everfree, Twilight's human counterpart joins as a backup vocalist.
Depiction in Equestria Girls
In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, the Rainbooms compete in the Canterlot High School Musical Showcase against several rivaling bands, including the Dazzlings and Trixie and the Illusions. It is stated by Rainbow Dash that starting the band was her idea. Throughout the film, she asserts that it is her band, despite her friends' insistence that they each have an equal stake in the band.
When the Dazzlings arrive at Canterlot High and place everyone under their spell, the Rainbooms, unaffected by the Dazzlings' magic, call on Twilight Sparkle for help and temporarily recruit her into the band as the new lead vocalist.
As they advance through the competition, the Rainbooms succumb to moments of infighting: Rainbow Dash's egotism grates on her friends' nerves, Applejack]] argues with Rarity over the latter's obsession with the band's stage wardrobe, and Fluttershy's desire to play a song she wrote goes unheard. Other bands in the competition also attempt to sabotage their performances, and Trixie—at the suggestion of the Dazzlings—traps the Rainbooms under a stage to keep them from participating in the final round.
Before the friends fall victim to the Dazzlings' magic due to their arguing, Sunset Shimmer convinces them to work out their disagreements. With the help of Spike, DJ Pon-3, and later Sunset herself, the Rainbooms eventually defeat the Dazzlings in the final round of the Battle of the Bands and free the school from their spell. Soon after, Sunset Shimmer is welcomed into the Rainbooms as a new member.
The Rainbow Rocks animated prequel shorts partially depict the band's formation, with each member discovering and taking up what would be their instrument of choice.
In Guitar Centered, Rainbow Dash acquires a new electric guitar after a "shred off" against Trixie Lulamoon. In Hamstocalypse Now, Fluttershy discovers her talent for the tambourine when tending to a rambunctious group of hamsters. In Pinkie on the One, Pinkie Pie discovers her talent for playing the drums when her friends seek an outlet for her boundless energy. In Player Piano, Rarity takes up the keytar as a more portable substitute for the grand piano. In A Case for the Bass, Applejack recovers her bass guitar from Flim and Flam after Granny Smith accidentally sells it to them at a yard sale.
The Rainbooms perform at a school dance in Shake Your Tail and at the Canterlot High School Carnival in Perfect Day for Fun. In the encore short Friendship Through the Ages, the Rainbooms sing about their enduring friendship.
In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, the group practices before the titular event.
In the Friendship Games short The Science of Magic, Sunset Shimmer does experiments on the Rainbooms to try to find out why her friends pony up whenever they play music.
In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree, the band, now joined by Twilight's human counterpart on backup vocals, performs Legend You Were Meant To Be as part of a fundraiser to save Camp Everfree.
In the half-hour special Dance Magic, the Rainbooms compete against Sour Sweet, Sunny Flare, Sugarcoat, and Lemon Zest of Crystal Prep Academy in the "Chance to Prance" music video contest to raise money for Camp Everfree. They later join forces to film the Dance Magic music video, winning the contest and splitting the prize money. Their collective group name is referred to in Dance Magic's lyrics as the "Crystal Rainbooms". In the novelization of the specials, Starlight Glimmer takes part in the Dance Magic music video instead of the Shadowbolts.
In the half-hour special special Mirror Magic, the Crystal Rainbooms briefly appear performing in the Dance Magic music video as it is being played at the Canterlot Mall.
In A Fine Line, the Rainbooms have an informal rehearsal while waiting in line for the Tirek's Revenge video game at the Canterlot Mall. In Road Trippin, Granny Smith drives the Rainbooms' tour bus to their scheduled performance at Goldie Delicious' party.
In Fluttershy's Butterflies, the Rainbooms are mentioned by Rainbow Dash when discussing Fluttershy's stage fright.
In Forgotten Friendship, the Rainbooms appear performing in the climax of the Battle of the Bands during We've Come So Far and in Applejack's memories.
In Rollercoaster of Friendship, the Rainbooms get booked as the centerpiece for the new Equestria Land theme park's light parade. When the park's public relations head Vignette Valencia attempts to unilaterally change the group's image, she uses her Equestrian magic-enchanted cell phone to teleport the members to cyberspace. She proceeds to replace them with dramatically-altered holograms to perform at the parade with herself as the lead singer, renaming the band "The Throwbacks". After the members escape and destroy Vignette's phone, the band performs Photo Booth as the parade's headliner.
- Shake Your Tail
- Perfect Day for Fun
- Rainbow Rocks
- Better Than Ever
- Bad Counter Spell
- Awesome As I Wanna Be
- Welcome to the Show
- Rainbooms Battle
- Shine Like Rainbows
- Friendship Through the Ages
- Legend You Were Meant To Be
- Dance Magic
- Get the Show on the Road
- Photo Booth
- All Good
On June 6, 2013, Hasbro filed a trademark of "RAINBOOMS" for "Toy ponies and accessories for use therewith; dolls, doll clothing and doll accessories for use therewith".
- ↑ My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks - The Mane Event
- ↑ Hasbro Studios Shorts (2015-01-23). MLP: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks - "Better Than Ever" Music Video. YouTube. Retrieved on 2015 February 3.
- ↑ Dance Magic
- ↑ Equestria Girls™ Rainbow Rocks Part 1. YouTube (2014-02-27). Retrieved on 2014 March 27.
- ↑ MLP Equestria Girls™ Rainbow Rocks Part 2. YouTube (2014-08-04). Retrieved on 2014 August 5.
- ↑ 85952832. USPTO TSDR Case Viewer (2013-06-06). Retrieved on 2014 April 5.
- ↑ My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks - Sunset Shimmer Doll With Fashions. TheToyShop.com. The Entertainer. Retrieved on 2014 June 15.