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Briar and Bramble are a pair of villainous characters from the 2017 DuckTales series, appearing as the main antagonists in the episode "The Missing Links of Moorshire" : they are based on the legend of Kelpies, a type of Scottish water-demon often taking the form of a horse to drown innocents, much as in the original legends they are envisioned as ponies but have colorful manes and pelt (unlike the legendary Kelpies) and are voiced by Tara Strong and Andrea Libman (both famous for their work in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) - thus they are parody of both Scottish legend and the MLP subculture.
Briar and Bramble are a pair of Kelpies, magical creatures similar to fairies but with more malicious natures, they take on the form of rather innocent ponies but are not very skilled at guiding their intent to kill the protagonists, being referred to as "murder ponies" - they continually try to tempt the group into riding their backs in order to drown them but due to their blatantly murderous nature the group opt instead to wander off without them, making the Kelpie pair rejected and commenting on how the ducks were "the least fun victims ever".
This does not stop the pair from following the group and trying time and time again to drown them with varied tricks, all of which fail, even at the end when the group complete the gold course the pair try one last trick, offering a "victory swim" - only to get a resounding "NO!" from everyone else.
Briar and Bramble appear as a pair of female ponies, much as Kelpies do in folklore, they are more humanized than they are in the legends, however, with the ability to speak and brightly colored manes and coats : this is a parody of how "ponies" in modern culture are associated heavily with Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise.
They also wear small hats, which signify their links to Scotland (as Kelpies are a traditional water-demon from Scottish folklore) as well their links to what amounts to a magical gold-course (since such hats are often associated with golf).
- While based upon real-world mythology in the form of the Kelpies the design and mannerisms of Briar and Bramble are designed to parody My Little Pony, specially the characters of Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie.
- While based on kelpies some of the duos tricks and mannerisms also invoke the myth of the Sirens, who were another water-demon but more closely associated with the ocean (while kelpies haunted streams and lochs).
- Due to their nickname of "Murder Ponies" and the fact both actresses played official MLP characters fans of both shows often consider Briar and Bramble a light poking fun-of the "grim-dark pony fics" that used to appear in internet (the most infamous of which is Cupcakes).
Ducktales (2017): Flintheart Glomgold | Gabby McStabberson | Beagle Boys (Ma Beagle, Black Arts Beagle The Glam Yankees, The Déjà Vus, The 6th Avenue Meanies, The 6th Avenue Friendlies, The Longboard Taquitos, The Tumblebums, The Ugly Failures, Grandpappy's Boys, Hockey Beagles, Medieval Beagles, Individual Beagles & Grandpappy Beagle) | Magica De Spell | Lena De Spell | Captain Peghook | Mark Beaks | Falcon Graves | Briar & Bramble | Zeus | Toad Liu Hai | Air Pirates (Don Karnage) | Pixiu | Toth-Ra | Sabaf | George Mallard | Doofus Drake | Dijon | NegaDuck | Atmoz Fear | Tootsie | The Bombie | Wendigo | General Lunaris | Neighbor Jones | F.O.W.L. (The High Command (Bradford Buzzard, Bentley and Buford Buzzard), Black Heron, John D. Rockerduck, Jeeves, Phantom Blot, Gandra Dee, Steelbeak, Taurus Bulba, May and June) | Dr. Akita | Fearsome Four (Quackerjack, Megavolt, Bushroot & Liquidator) | Paddywhack | Jormungandr | Poe De Spell | Captain Yellow Beak | Ponce de Leon | Crownus