Ember is a dragon princess who is a supporting character from the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She first appears in season six of the series in the episode, Gauntlet of Fire. She is the current Dragon Lord of the Dragon Lands, succeeding her father Torch.
Depiction in the series
Princess Ember is introduced in the season six episode Gauntlet of Fire as the daughter of Dragon Lord Torch. When Torch gathers the dragons of Equestria together to compete for the title of new Dragon Lord, Ember expresses a desire to participate, but her father forbids her due to her small size.
Against Torch's wishes, Ember disguises herself in armor and green body paint and takes part in the Gauntlet of Fire. She nearly goes down in the first leg of the race, but Spike saves her from drowning. Believing that "dragons don't do friends", Ember's views about friendship conflict with Spike's. However, she agrees to partner up with him in order to face the Gauntlet's more daunting obstacles.
After making it through several parts of the race together, Ember and Spike's views about friendship diverge again when he risks his well-being to save Rarity. As such, she ends their partnership and continues on by herself. Near the end of the race, however, she saves Spike from Garble and accepts him as her friend. Spike wins the Gauntlet of Fire, but he quickly passes on the title of Dragon Lord to Ember.
In a final verbal confrontation with her father, Ember declares that there is more to being a leader than size and strength. Torch comes to understand his daughter's sentiment, and Ember is crowned the new Dragon Lord. As part of her new position, Ember establishes friendlier dragon/pony relations through Princess Twilight Sparkle.
In Celestial Advice, Ember appears in a simulation produced by Twilight when she considers the Dragon Lands as a possible place to send Starlight Glimmer.
In Triple Threat, Spike accidentally invites both Ember and Thorax to Ponyville on the same day. During her visit, Spike acts distant as he tries to keep her and Thorax apart, causing her to feel ignored. When she eventually confronts Spike about this, she gets into a brief conflict with Thorax, mistaking him for a bear that wishes to cause Spike harm. After the misunderstanding is cleared up, Ember helps Thorax to be more assertive toward his subjects, and he helps her to express her feelings in a calm manner. After she and Thorax reconcile with Spike, they both take part in a ceremony to unite dragons and changelings in friendship.
Ember is mentioned by Starlight in To Change a Changeling and by Spike and Garble in Shadow Play - Part 1. In the latter, it is stated that she has ordered her fellow dragons to make peace with ponies, and not to harm them.
Ember appears in School Daze - Part 1 at the School of Friendship representing the dragon student Smolder. She also attends the "Friends and Family Day" gathering which is inadvertently ruined by Smolder and her fellow students. After Chancellor Neighsay insults Ember and the other leaders, she angrily decides to take Smolder out of the school. In Part 2, when the students are found after they run away, the Mane Six convince Ember to let Smolder re-enroll at the school, against Neighsay's authority and wishes.
Ember briefly appears in Uprooted, showing approval when Smolder wins an arm-wrestling contest against another dragon and signing a permission slip allowing her to return to Ponyville before school restarts.
Ember also appears in Sweet and Smoky. She has trouble tending to the new generation of dragon eggs, which are overdue their usual hatching time. With assistance from Spike, she realizes that the eggs aren't hatching because the hatching grounds are colder than usual (due to a redirected flow of lava). She has the dragons breathe fire in hopes of warming the eggs up, but it is only until Garble's poetry causes the dragons to laugh that the fire becomes hot enough to hatch the eggs. Ember honors Garble for his actions, defending him from his friends' mockery, and asks that he teach her some poetry.
Ember makes a cameo in Between Dark and Dawn during Lotta Little Things, flying with some other dragons. In The Ending of the End - Part 2, Ember appears during the final battle against Queen Chrysalis, Lord Tirek, and Cozy Glow after being rallied by Smolder. In The Last Problem, Ember attends Twilight Sparkle's coronation ceremony. She also briefly appears in a group shot during The Magic of Friendship Grows.