A Matter of Principals is the 14th Season 8 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and the 15th to premiere on Discovery Family.


When Twilight Sparkle leaves Starlight in charge of the School of Friendship, Discord is frustrated he wasn't picked for the job, and he does his best to make Starlight's new role impossible.

Production timeline

August 24, 2016 A "Starlight Principal/Discord" episode was first planned, listed as #815 in the episode order.
November 1, 2016 Episode pushed back to #816.
December 7, 2016 Episode moved up to #814.
December 13, 2016 Episode retitled "A Matter of Principals". Premise written by Nicole Dubuc.
January 10, 2017 Outline written.
February 3, 2017 First draft of the script written.
February 15, 2017 Second draft of the script written.
February 27, 2017 Final draft written.
March 14, 2017 Script locked polish.
March 22, 2017 Discord's lines were recorded.
April 12–May 10, 2017 The rest of the voice recording was in session.
August 17, 2017 Animatic submitted for review.
January 10, 2018 Client cut of animated episode submitted for review.
February 16, 2018 Musical score added.
March 5, 2018 Final revisions made to the episode.


This episode features the following characters:

Main characters
08 - Starlight Glimmer.png
Starlight Glimmer
10 - Discord.png
07 - Spike.png
Other characters
01 - Twilight Sparkle.png
Twilight Sparkle
02 - Pinkie Pie.png
Pinkie Pie
03 - Fluttershy.png
04 - Rainbow Dash.png
Rainbow Dash
05 - Rarity.png
06 - Applejack.png

Home media

This episode is only available on Netflix and other digital platforms due to Shout! Factory's 10-year licensing rights having been expired as of 2019.

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