|Other names||Heartstrings, Lyra Heartstrings|
|Fan voice(s)||AwkwardMarina (Anthropology (Lyra's Song), Scrunch-off and DIABETUS3.FLV)|
EmoGak (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)
Rina-chan ("Human" song)
Nowacking (Epic Rage Time: The Incredible Derp)
Lyra is a mint-green background pony with a lyre for a cutie mark. She is often seen with Bon Bon and is well-known for sitting like a human on a bench in the episode Dragonshy which has inspired multiple memes and character portrayals. It hasn't escaped many fans' notice that she shows up everywhere Twilight Sparkle goes, even Cloudsdale, though not redesigned as a Pegasus.
Depiction in fan works
Lyra's appearance in Dragonshy has provided much of the basis for the character's portrayal. She is usually depicted as an oddball compared to other characters with an interest in humans. Numerous fan works depict her studying human culture as a scholar or attempting to prove their existence.[FF 1][FF 2]
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 commonly paired together in fan labor, frequently in romantic relationships but sometimes as just friends.[FF 5][FF 6][FF 7][FF 8] This pairing is typically called LyraBon.
The My Little Pony dog tags depict them together on a single tag. Slice of Life, the 100th episode which pays tribute to the fandom, depicted Lyra and Bon Bon as best friends.
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.[FA 1] 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. Some fans were disappointed with this development.[FA 2]
- "I mean, I sit oddly one time to crack my back, and I get a reputation."
- — Lyra, from Sepia Tock
Lyra has become the subject of a number of memes based on her appearance in Dragonshy:
- "Sitting Lyra" involves showing Lyra sitting on various chairs and in various other places in the same odd sitting position she was shown in Dragonshy and is the most prominent meme based on Lyra's appearance in the episode
- "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".
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 3][FA 4][FA 5][FA 6][FA 7]
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".
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".
- "Official" Blind Bag Pony Names. Equestria Daily (2011-11-02).
Fan art examples
- hybridfetish (2011-01-10). Lyra and Bon Bon's Family. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2015 June 19.
- Auraion (2011-04-13). Sweetie Belle n Tootsie Flute. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2015 June 19.
- Pixelkitties (2012-05-30). Lyra Beer Cooler. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2012 June 5.
- Lamiaaaa (2012-06-03). The Lyra Pouch. DeviantArt. Retrieved on 2012 June 5.
- Imgur gallery of Lyra pocket images. Retrieved on 2012 June 5.
- Another gallery. Retrieved on 2012 June 5.
- Lyra Plushie on Know-Your-Meme. Retrieved on 2012 August 28.
Fan fic examples
- JasonTheHuman (2011-12-17). Anthropology. FIMFiction. Retrieved on 2015 June 19.
- Honored Service (2012-06-07). The Equestrian Honor Guard. FIMFiction. Retrieved on 2015 June 19. “I studied ancient human culture at the Canterlot University.”
- shortskirtsandexplosions (2012-04-05). Background Pony. FIMFiction. Retrieved on 2015 June 19.
- Terrasora (2014-01-10). Synchronization. FIMFiction. Retrieved on 2015 June 19.
- Vanderblast (2011-03-20). Lyra's Melody of Home. Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2015 June 19.
- KatalusTalrius (2011-06-29). Melting Pot. Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2015 June 19.
- Melionos (2011-07-03). Black and White. Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2015 June 19.
- Vanner (2011-11-03). Happily Ever After. FIMFiction. Retrieved on 2015 June 19.