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For most of the show, the brony fandom universally referred the show's mane characters (including Spike) as the Mane Six, because they're each connected to the Elements of Harmony. Whenever you mention the nickname, other bronies immediately know who you're talking about. However, since the ending of The Cutie Re-Mark, that's changed. Starlight not only lives in Twilight's castle, but is crucial to a lot of episodes, particularly the openers and finales. Even though the crew still state that Starlight's CMC status (central to many episodes, but not a mane character), actions speak louder than words. When you're treated like a mane character in the show, you're considered one to many people. So, here's the question. Since Re-Mark only, do you refer to the main crew as the Mane Six, Mane Seven (with either Spike or Glimhorse), or Mane Eight (includes Starlight and Spike)? If you follow my history dating back to my Re-Mark review, I refer to the team post-S5 as the Mane Eight. We live in a post Element of Harmony era. Since season four, the Elements they most represent are less shoehorned. We still get to see this quality in action, but it's said lesser nowadays with exceptions. Spike is part of the Roundtable and the mane cast. Yes, he's not a pony, not a bearer, has a miniature throne next to Twilight, and not a mane feature in the opening credits. But he's treated as one. With Starlight part of the main cast, Spike shouldn't be exempt anymore. Again, Starlight's claimed by DHX to be in the same status as the CMCs. However, to repeat, actiona speak louder. Starlight's neither a bearer nor part of the Roundtable. But premieres, finales, and many episodes in between treat her as not only part of the team, but an integral one, too. When you're treated as a mane character, consider yourself one. And since I refer to Spike as part of the crew, it's unfair to leave Glimhorse out. Not to mention…
Note: This is discussion for the S8 premiere, and as of late, some content originally leaked (e.g., the School Six's names) have been officially revealed. But as always, please keep all leaked content not officially revealed yet — and/or if you're unsure if you're revealing too much — under the "spoiler" tag. (Hit the eye icon to trigger it and type within it.) Title: School Daze, Parts 1 & 2 Air Date (U.S./Disc. Family): March 24th at 11:30am (Pt. 1) & 12 noon (Pt. 2) Writer(s): Michael Vogel & Nicole Dubuc Summaries: Part 1: "When the Friendship Map grows bigger to reflect the world beyond Equestria, the Mane 6 realizes they'll need a way to spread the message of friendship far and wide. Luckily, Twilight Sparkle knows just what to do -- open a School of Friendship!" Part 2: "When the School of Friendship is closed by Chancellor Neighsay of the Equine Educational Association, Twilight Sparkle must reunite her students, inspire her friends and buck the rules to stand up for what she knows is right for everycreature, pony or not." Of course remember to join us at the CMC Clubhouse on Equestria.tv! DailyMotion: Part 1: Part 2: Hey, Season 8, bring it on!