Marigold [aka SparklePony93, Maiglöckchen in German ("Lily" or "Lily of the Valley")] is one of the protagonists of the comic series/newspaper comic Phoebe and Her Unicorn. She is a female unicorn who is best friends with the other protagonist, Phoebe.
Marigold is very slender and white all over. She has a long curly tail with a tuft of hair on the end. Her mane is well groomed, long and wavy and she has pointy, upright ears, as well as a single long horn on her head. She has scruffy hooves.
Marigold uses good grammar and is very literal. She is nice and good hearted, and optimistic. But she is very vain and often likes to talk for hours about herself, and stares at her reflection for a long time. She is kind and friendly but can be a little sarcastic.
Marigold says she has no parents, or family for that matter, except a sister called Florence Unfortunate Nostrils, a pretty unicorn with a pink mane and glasses that unfortunately sneezes spiders.
She later mentions having an aunt.
Phoebe is Marigold's best friend. Marigold treats Phoebe kindly and does everything with her. Although Marigold really likes Phoebe she sometimes teases her, calling her a 'hairless pink thing' or a 'repulsive, annoying little creature'.
Unlike Phoebe, Marigold doesn't really mind Dakota and gets along pretty well with her. Marigold even let Dakota ride on her into her party. Marigold is friendly towards Dakota but has said she much prefers Phoebe.
Marigold doesn't really communicate that much with Phoebe's parents but she is friendly with them and had even started lowering the 'Shield of Boringness' for them. Phoebe's parents don't mind Marigold and accept her friendship with Phoebe. Phoebe's dad often talks to Marigold, like when he asks her to eat the grass more evenly.
Marigold knows Max but doesn't really seem to communicate with him. She has met him on Halloween once and didn't talk to very much.
Other Unicorns Edit
Marigold says she has other unicorn friends but she obviously doesn't spend much time with them, as she's always with Phoebe and originally just gazing into crystal pools. Some mentioned unicorns are:
- Nightshade Lovelycoat
- Florence Unfortunate Nostrils
- Lord Splendid Humility
- The Advanced Sparkling teacher
She also has other friends like Phoenixes and dragons, for example Todd the Candy Dragon.
The Shield of Boringness Edit
The Shield of Boringness lets unicorns go about their business without being disturbed. It means a unicorn could walk past a shop window and no one would bother to even look at it. Marigold uses this so she can go pretty much anywhere.
Reverse Shield of Boringness Edit
The Reverse Shield of Boringness attracts attention rather than repelling it, using it to draw attention to herself or others. Once deactivated, the Reverse Shield of Boringness may create the person around the user to become popular, but there is a spell to stop this.
Shield of Warmingness Edit
The Shield of Warmingness allows Marigold to walk around during Winter without any clothes on and she can still stay warm. Unicorns created it so they would not have to conceal their beauty.
Shield of Dryness Edit
This shield keeps Marigold dry from the rain. Edit
Shield of Coldness Edit
This shield helps Marigold keep cool during Summer, or hot times.
Sparkle Blinding Edit
Marigold can blind people/animals/unicorns with a large amount of sparkles.
Growth of Plants Edit
Marigold can create and grow plants/ flowers with just her horn.
Marigold is always picking things up via her horn, like grass, tea cups and pastel unicorns.
Marigold can enchant things to move on their own, like when she enchants Phoebe's pastel unicorns to move on their own and Phoebe's kick board to get instantly faster. She can also enchant things to sing or dance, when she surprises Phoebe by making her breakfast sing and dance.
The effects are unknown. Marigold didn't use this spell on Phoebe on account of her not agreeing to it, but supposedly it makes the target breath helium.
Marigold has a selective mud-resistant coat. She can roll in the mud without getting dirty, or can only make selective parts dirty.
Magic Texting Powers Edit
Using just her horn, Marigold can text Phoebe's phone anytime she wants without needing a phone. Marigold says was much more useful 'when cell phones were invented'.
Wifi Magic Edit
Marigold can create a wifi connection using just her horn. Her horn is a 'wifi hotspot'.
Although never used, Marigold mentions a 'sleeping potion', when Phoebe told her about a sleep over. This suggests that Marigold knows how to make a sleeping potion.
Musical Abilities Edit
Marigold has been said to be able to play the piano and she can play a record disk on her horn.
Marigold says she can turn herself or Phoebe invisible. Phoebe asked Marigold to turn her invisible but Marigold said she would miss seeing Phoebe and talked her out of it.
Marigold just has to say "SPARKLES!" and she can surround herself with glittering sparkles. Although Marigold said she got a bad grade in Advanced Sparkling because she was so bright she blinded the instructor for a week.
Hair Related Abilities Edit
Matigold made Dakota's hair fall off, and made it grow back to a very extensive length. But when Marigold makes new 'magic' hair, it begins to think for itself. Marigold has a spell to turn magic hair back into normal. She also said if Phoebe wanted she could turn her hair into spaghetti.
Weather Control Edit
Marigold can control and move the weather as shown in a comic strip where she moved a rainstorm into a tiny cloud above Phoebe to give her a 'lesson in humility'. In another comic strip, she is shown to be capable of making it rain salad dressing on part of Phoebe's lawn (so she could eat that part of the lawn).
Mind Controlling Yawns Edit
Whenever Marigold yawns she can make anyone around her fall asleep.
Marigold can transport herself and others anywhere she feels like, for example in a comic Phoebe asked Marigold to bring her her mittens, but the auto-correct changed it to 'bring me mountains'. So Marigold brought Phoebe to the mountains.
Marigold has shown numerous times to be able to make rainbows appear and walk over them. She once made a rainbow so she could walk over a river, and made a rainbow for her and Phoebe to sit on and feed the ducks. She can also make a rain cloud above her when she says 'rainbows', which will eventually turn into a rainbow.
Spell Casting Edit
Marigold can cast a variety of spells including; A sneezing spell, a sleeping spell, a make-things-come-to-life spell, a spell to make one be quiet, an amplifying sound spell and a temporary a memory erasure spell.
Glowing in the Dark Edit
Marigold can, if she chooses to, glow in the dark.
Magic Sensing Edit
Marigold can use her horn to sense if there is any magic, magical trickery or other magical animals around.
Night Light Edit
As seen quite a few times in the comics, Marigold can make a light from her horn for Phoebe to sleep at night.
Physical Abilities Edit
Marigold has good physical prowess. She has incredible speed, as demonstrated when she runs quickly, even while carrying Phoebe on her back. She has been seen to reach very high speeds and even states herself to be 'faster than a car that is faster than a unicorn'. She has a very flexible tail. It can be used to play the piano and hang from branches.
Marigold's horn is not just good for magic, she can also stab thing with it or impale things on it, e.g. a dodgeball.
The name Marigold Heavenly Nostrils came about when Dana Simpson typed her full name into a unicorn name generator and it returned "Marigold Celestial Nostrils". The middle name was changed to "Heavenly" to avoid confusion with Princess Celestia of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Some of Marigold's personality was drawn from the description of unicorns in The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. As stated by Dana, "The way that the unicorn’s described in the first scene, where she lives near a crystal pool so she can stare at her reflection, I sort of took that idea and cranked it up o 11. When Phoebe finds Marigold, she’s just staring at her reflection in a pool, and I try to suggest that this is the sort of thing that happens to her a lot. She just sort of walks around in contemplation of her own beauty all the time."
- Marigold uses reading glasses
- Marigold has an allergy to different flowers in Spring
- Marigold is not dating Lord Splendid Humility, because her sister, Florence Unfortunate Nostrils, is dating him (although Marigold is shown in some earlier strips to have a crush on him).
- Marigold becomes entranced by her own reflection.
- When she drinks coffee, she over-sparkles (gets millions of sparkles around her).
- Marigold's body language came from Dana watching her cat, Gladys. Gladys passed away in January 2015.