Crusaders of the Lost Mark is the 19th Season 5 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and the 18th to premiere on Discovery Family. This episode marks the debut of the Cutie Mark Crusaders with their permanent cutie marks, and the last speaking role of Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, in which they both transitioned to background ponies afterwards.

Synopsis

When Pipsqueak decides to run for class president, the Cutie Mark Crusaders rally around their friend, but find themselves helping their long-time nemesis, Diamond Tiara, in an unexpected way.

Production timeline

May 15, 2014 A CMC musical episode began development. Premise written by Meghan McCarthy. It originally appeared as though this would be the first episode where it features none of the Mane Six at all.
May 27, 2014 Outline written. Applejack was given a brief role at the end of the episode.
July 2, 2014 First draft of the script written. At this stage, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Pinkie Pie were also written in. Episode pushed back to late-season.
July 18, 2014 Second draft of the script written.
July 29, 2014 Polish draft written.
August 6, 2014 Script approved.
August 18, 2014 Piano demo for "The Pony I Want to Be" composed and performed.
August 20, 2014 Final draft. Episode moved up to #519.
Piano demo for "We'll Make Our Mark" composed and performed.
September 4, 2014 Full demo for "We'll Make Our Mark" composed and performed.
September 8, 2014 First demo for "Light of Your Cutie Mark" composed and performed.
September 9, 2014 Piano demo for the "Voting Song" composed and performed.
September 17, 2014 Full demo for "Light of Your Cutie Mark" composed and performed.
October 8–22, 2014 Voice recording in session.
November 6–7, 2014 Final mixes of all songs composed and performed.
March 2, 2015 Animatic submitted for review.
August 17, 2015 Client cut of animated episode submitted for review.
September 3, 2015 Musical score added.
September 30, 2015 Completed production.

Characters

This episode features the following characters:

Main characters
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Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo
Diamond Tiara
Silver Spoon
Pipsqueak
Other characters
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Pinkie Pie
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Rainbow Dash
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Rarity
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Applejack

Home media

DVDs with this episode:

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Season Five
(July 12, 2016)

Gallery

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