History Analysis / MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic

4th Apr '17 1:13:27 AM Unicorndance
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* '''Family Traditions''': Several individual families in the show have their own traditions that are not part of mainstream pony society. Applejack and her family (who are often referred to collectively as "The Apple Family" or "The Apples") are generally farmers with a lot of knowledge about apples that they pass onto each other. They have family reunions once every two years and are the ones who call harvesting season "Apple Buck Season". Additionally, members of the Apple family are often quite proud of being a part of their family and will sometimes state that they are to prove their point. They also tend to have names related to apples (Granny Smith, Applejack, Apple Bloom etc)
Pinkie Pie's family (who are referred to collectively as "The Pie Family" or "The Pies" seem to tend to [[ExtremeOmnivore eat rocks]] (although it is unclear whether that's just Pinkie and her parents and sisters or if it extends to other relatives of the Pies. Pinkie Pie's parents and sisters seem to have a tradition of [[TheStoic not expressing emotion]], however, Pinkie Pie doesn't follow that tradition and neither does her grandmother (who's said to have a sense of humour in "Giggle at the Ghosties".) The Pies also worship a boulder called "Holder's Boulder" that is said to bring them good luck and was discovered in a dragon's nest by an ancestor of the Pies called Holder Cobblestone. A few of the pies have rock-related names (Igneous, Limestone, Holder Cobblestone, Marble, Cloudy Quartz, etc), however, this is sometimes averted (Pinkamena, Maud, Nana Pinkie etc)

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* '''Family Traditions''': Several individual families in the show have their own traditions that are not part of mainstream pony society. Applejack and her family (who are often referred to collectively as "The Apple Family" or "The Apples") are generally farmers with a lot of knowledge about apples that they pass onto each other. They have family reunions once every two years and are the ones who call harvesting season "Apple Buck Season". Additionally, members of the Apple family are often quite proud of being a part of their family and will sometimes state that they are to prove their point. They also tend to have names related to apples (Granny Smith, Applejack, Apple Bloom etc)
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etc)Pinkie Pie's family (who are referred to collectively as "The Pie Family" or "The Pies" seem to tend to [[ExtremeOmnivore eat rocks]] (although it is unclear whether that's just Pinkie and her parents and sisters or if it extends to other relatives of the Pies. Pinkie Pie's parents and sisters seem to have a tradition of [[TheStoic not expressing emotion]], however, Pinkie Pie doesn't follow that tradition and neither does her grandmother (who's said to have a sense of humour in "Giggle at the Ghosties".) The Pies also worship a boulder called "Holder's Boulder" that is said to bring them good luck and was discovered in a dragon's nest by an ancestor of the Pies called Holder Cobblestone. A few of the pies have rock-related names (Igneous, Limestone, Holder Cobblestone, Marble, Cloudy Quartz, etc), however, this is sometimes averted (Pinkamena, Maud, Nana Pinkie etc)
4th Apr '17 1:07:55 AM Unicorndance
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* '''The Equestria Games''': These are the pony equivalent to the Olympics, where ponies participate in their own thought-up athletics and get awarded prizes for the best.

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* '''The Equestria Games''': These are the pony equivalent to the Olympics, where ponies participate in their own thought-up athletics and get awarded prizes for the best. Judged by Ms Harshwhinny.


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* '''Family Traditions''': Several individual families in the show have their own traditions that are not part of mainstream pony society. Applejack and her family (who are often referred to collectively as "The Apple Family" or "The Apples") are generally farmers with a lot of knowledge about apples that they pass onto each other. They have family reunions once every two years and are the ones who call harvesting season "Apple Buck Season". Additionally, members of the Apple family are often quite proud of being a part of their family and will sometimes state that they are to prove their point. They also tend to have names related to apples (Granny Smith, Applejack, Apple Bloom etc)
Pinkie Pie's family (who are referred to collectively as "The Pie Family" or "The Pies" seem to tend to [[ExtremeOmnivore eat rocks]] (although it is unclear whether that's just Pinkie and her parents and sisters or if it extends to other relatives of the Pies. Pinkie Pie's parents and sisters seem to have a tradition of [[TheStoic not expressing emotion]], however, Pinkie Pie doesn't follow that tradition and neither does her grandmother (who's said to have a sense of humour in "Giggle at the Ghosties".) The Pies also worship a boulder called "Holder's Boulder" that is said to bring them good luck and was discovered in a dragon's nest by an ancestor of the Pies called Holder Cobblestone. A few of the pies have rock-related names (Igneous, Limestone, Holder Cobblestone, Marble, Cloudy Quartz, etc), however, this is sometimes averted (Pinkamena, Maud, Nana Pinkie etc)
21st Mar '17 11:49:44 AM Unicorndance
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* '''Best Young Flyer Competition''': This is an aerobatics competition among young adult pegasi that takes place in Cloudsdale.
19th Mar '17 10:33:24 PM Unicorndance
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!!Festivals, Traditions & Celebrations
* '''Hearth's Warming''': This celebration is celebrated in midwinter and has some similarities to Christmas, including decorating buildings with fairy lights, and decorating pine trees. The day proceeding it is called Hearth's Warming Eve which is generally celebrated with a pageant about Equestria's founding. On the day of Hearth's Warming, the Flag of Equestria is flown and presents are exchanged.
** '''Origin''': Before Celestia and Luna ruled the land, earth ponies, unicorns and pegasi hated each other and cared only about the welfare of their own pony subspecies. Earth ponies provided the food, pegasi changed the weather, and unicorns raised the sun and the moon but one day there was a mysterious blizzard. As the blizzard progressed, it hindered the earth ponies' ability to farm and the pegasi and unicorns couldn't get rid of the blizzard, which fueled more conflict between the three tribes. The tribes' leaders (Chancellor Puddinghead and Smart Cookie of the earth ponies, Commander Hurricane and Private Pansy of the pegasi, and Princess Platinum and Clover the Clever of the unicorns) set separately out to find new land. When the three pairs coincidentally find the same piece of land and deem it suitable, they begin arguing over who is in charge of the land, which starts a new blizzard, which is revealed to be caused by Windigoes, who are winter spirits that feed off of resentment. Using the Fire of Friendship, the ponies managed to become friends and thus defeat the Windigoes, and then they shared the land, naming it Equestria, and the Equestrians have celebrated Hearth's Warming on that date ever since.
* '''Nightmare Night''': Nightmare Night is celebrated at nighttime on the anniversary of Nightmare Moon's banishment and bears a resemblance to Halloween. On Nightmare Night, ponies (and Spike) dress up in costumes and gather candy from the neighbours. They then eat half of their candy and give half as an offering to Nightmare Moon so she doesn't eat the ponies. (This aspect came from a rumour that Nightmare Moon ate ponies. The costumes also stemmed from the belief that they were disguising themselves as non-ponies so that Nightmare Moon wouldn't eat them. However, the ponies have long since stopped making an effort to not look like ponies when dressing up, as evidenced when Twilight dressed as Star Swirl the Bearded). During Nightmare Night, other festivities take place, such as throwing fake spiders at a fake web, apple bobbing, mazes, telling ghost stories, and generally seeking to be pleasantly scared.
* '''Hearts and Hooves Day''': This celebration originated from a pegasus making a love potion for an alicorn princess which gave them a side effect known as "love poisoning" that meant they were obsessively infatuated and couldn't stop looking at each other. When they did, the poisoning wore off and they got together for real. This celebration is similar to Valentine's Day and is generally celebrated by ponies exchanging heart-decorated cards and ponies who have fillyfriends, coltfriends or spouses (also known as "special someponies") participating in romance with them.
* '''Summer Sun Celebration''': Celebrated in midsummer and is mainly a Ponyville tradition. Ponies stay up all night and participate in social festivities (nothing particularly out-of-the-ordinary or any specific traditions in said social festivities, just general "partying") and at the crack of dawn, they gather in the town hall to watch Celestia raise the sun.
* '''Grand Galloping Gala''': A formal party reserved for individuals with tickets provided by Celestia celebrated in the castle. Ponies dress up in fancy clothing and participate in dancing and snacking from a buffet. It has a rather serious vibe to it, and acting goofy is generally frowned upon (as evidenced when Octavia says "This is not that kind of party").
* '''The Running of the Leaves''': This is celebrated in fall and involves ponies helping the leaves fall off the trees by running. It also doubles as a race and the winner gets a medal.
* '''Winter Wrap-Up''': This is a Ponyville tradition and is done on the last day of winter. Earth ponies plant seeds, pegasi clear the clouds in order to melt the snow and fetch home the migrating birds, and ponies of all races wake up hibernating animals, clean the animals' dens, build birds' nests, plough away snow, and cut the ice. Using magic is traditionally not allowed.
* '''Cute-Cenearas''': This is a celebration celebrated in a way similar to how a child's birthday would be celebrated (minus the cake). It is celebrated on the day a pony gets their cutie mark.
* '''Crystallings''': When a baby is born into the Crystal Empire, the baby gets magic-ed into a crystal pony along with their parents for a moment in front of the Crystal Heart by way of full initiation into the empire.
* '''The Equestria Games''': These are the pony equivalent to the Olympics, where ponies participate in their own thought-up athletics and get awarded prizes for the best.
* '''Sisterhooves Social''': This is when two ponies who are sisters or cousins participate in various activities such as singing, balancing eggs, making grape juice and racing in the mud in a race with other sets of sisters/cousins.
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14th Oct '16 9:33:02 PM nombretomado
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* Other regions seen or mentioned in the show and/or out-of-show media[[note]]in [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the IDW comic]], on TheHub's {{Facebook}} page, in a ''[[AmericanNewspapers New York Times]]'' ad, or in TheMerch[[/note]] include Applewood, Badlands, Baltimare, Dodge Junction, Fillydelphia, Foal Mountain, Foaledo, the Frozen North, Galloping Gorge, Hayseed Swamps, Hollow Shades, Hoofington, Horseshoe Bay, Los Pegasus, Macintosh Hills, Manechester, Mustangia, Neighagra Falls, Rambling Rock Ridge, the Ruins, Saddle Arabia, Saddle Lake, San Flanksisco, San Franciscolt, San Palomino Desert, Seaddle, Smokey Mountain, Tall Tale, Trottingham, Unicorn Range, Vanhoover, Whinnyapolis, and the White-Tail Woods.

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* Other regions seen or mentioned in the show and/or out-of-show media[[note]]in [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the IDW comic]], on TheHub's {{Facebook}} Website/{{Facebook}} page, in a ''[[AmericanNewspapers New York Times]]'' ad, or in TheMerch[[/note]] include Applewood, Badlands, Baltimare, Dodge Junction, Fillydelphia, Foal Mountain, Foaledo, the Frozen North, Galloping Gorge, Hayseed Swamps, Hollow Shades, Hoofington, Horseshoe Bay, Los Pegasus, Macintosh Hills, Manechester, Mustangia, Neighagra Falls, Rambling Rock Ridge, the Ruins, Saddle Arabia, Saddle Lake, San Flanksisco, San Franciscolt, San Palomino Desert, Seaddle, Smokey Mountain, Tall Tale, Trottingham, Unicorn Range, Vanhoover, Whinnyapolis, and the White-Tail Woods.
16th May '16 11:24:30 PM erforce
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At the time of her initial appearance, fans also nicknamed her by popular vote no less "Vinyl Scratch", a name which has only officially appeared on a not-for-sale poster (parodying ''ThisIsSpinalTap'') that Hasbro displayed at one toy fair in 2012.

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At the time of her initial appearance, fans also nicknamed her by popular vote no less "Vinyl Scratch", a name which has only officially appeared on a not-for-sale poster (parodying ''ThisIsSpinalTap'') ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'') that Hasbro displayed at one toy fair in 2012.
25th Apr '16 11:25:30 PM Loboargost
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The rarest and most mysterious of the pony races. The TieInNovel ''Literature/TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'' establishes that an Alicorn is "a special breed of pony" "able to harness the magical powers of the Unicorns, the flight abilities of the Pegasi, and the strength of a good, true heart of an Earth Pony." [[TheMerch Trading cards]] previously [[http://theponyartcollection.tumblr.com/post/26391355776 listed]] them as being Pegasi and unicorns but not Earth ponies, and [[http://imgur.com/a/wANNz#GG1rT68 have]] [[http://imgur.com/a/wANNz#qACi5v9 since]] [[http://imgur.com/a/wANNz#qdfTkEw listed]] them as being all three. Only four Alicorns have appeared in the flesh so far in the show[[note]][[{{Blooper}} animation errors aside]][[/note]], Princesses Celestia, Luna, Cadance, and [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle]]; an unnamed princess appears in a book in "Hearts and Hooves Day". Besides these few canonical Alicorns, several others have appeared outside of the show: Princess Skyla who has been released in the So Soft Newborn toyline, Celestia's four-year-old cousin Léon who appears in an illustrated French magazine story (but not in any North American canon), some characters created using VirtualPaperDoll WebGames, and some characters from TheMerch. Celestia & Luna are extremely powerful, able to raise the sun and moon daily, though it seems that this level of magical power is exclusive to just the two of them. Cadance, as of the end of the second season, has not displayed above average abilities for any of the three standard pony tribes, though her special spell can be extremely useful in the right circumstances. [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle]] becomes one in the Season 3 finale by writing new magic. And in the season 4 finale "Twilight's Kingdom", we receive a new benchmark for alicorn power levels when we see that the combined magic of four alicorns is a dead stalemate for ''the combined magic of every other pony in Equestria '''plus Discord's'''''. (Also that the fight scene between Twilight wielding Celestia's, Luna's, and Cadance's powers in addition to her own vs. the supercharged BigBad was straight out of ''DragonBall'', to the point where Twilight literally got punched through a mountain sideways and it didn't even muss up her mane, and the post-fight landscape looked like a nuclear test site.)

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The rarest and most mysterious of the pony races. The TieInNovel ''Literature/TwilightSparkleAndTheCrystalHeartSpell'' establishes that an Alicorn is "a special breed of pony" "able to harness the magical powers of the Unicorns, the flight abilities of the Pegasi, and the strength of a good, true heart of an Earth Pony." [[TheMerch Trading cards]] previously [[http://theponyartcollection.tumblr.com/post/26391355776 listed]] them as being Pegasi and unicorns but not Earth ponies, and [[http://imgur.com/a/wANNz#GG1rT68 have]] [[http://imgur.com/a/wANNz#qACi5v9 since]] [[http://imgur.com/a/wANNz#qdfTkEw listed]] them as being all three. Only four five Alicorns have appeared in the flesh so far in the show[[note]][[{{Blooper}} animation errors aside]][[/note]], Princesses Celestia, Luna, Cadance, and [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle]]; Sparkle]], and [[spoiler:Flurry Heart]]; an unnamed princess appears in a book in "Hearts and Hooves Day". Besides these few canonical Alicorns, several others have appeared outside of the show: Princess Skyla who has been released in the So Soft Newborn toyline, Celestia's four-year-old cousin Léon who appears in an illustrated French magazine story (but not in any North American canon), some characters created using VirtualPaperDoll WebGames, and some characters from TheMerch. Celestia & Luna are extremely powerful, able to raise the sun and moon daily, though it seems that this level of magical power is exclusive to just the two of them. Cadance, as of the end of the second season, has not displayed above average abilities for any of the three standard pony tribes, though her special spell can be extremely useful in the right circumstances. [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle]] becomes one in the Season 3 finale by writing new magic. And in the season 4 finale "Twilight's Kingdom", we receive a new benchmark for alicorn power levels when we see that the combined magic of four alicorns is a dead stalemate for ''the combined magic of every other pony in Equestria '''plus Discord's'''''. (Also that the fight scene between Twilight wielding Celestia's, Luna's, and Cadance's powers in addition to her own vs. the supercharged BigBad was straight out of ''DragonBall'', to the point where Twilight literally got punched through a mountain sideways and it didn't even muss up her mane, and the post-fight landscape looked like a nuclear test site.)
10th Jan '16 10:17:51 AM nombretomado
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''Friendship Is Magic'' did not penetrate the mainstream consciousness until summer 2011, when Fox News issued a series of critiques of the ''"bronies"'' phenomenon, with William Kristol declaring it to be "worse than terrorism!" (The other people on the Fox panel were supportive of the trend), and other commentators comparing it to the adult fanbase of ''SpongebobSquarepants'', another cartoon known for its good writing that appealed to [[ParentalBonus children and adults]]. Of course, America has a long and storied history of [[AnimationAgeGhetto producing and marketing animation exclusively for kids]]. The resulting fan response led to a series of {{Shout Out}}s by other media figures, including Creator/StephenColbert (who gave a [[HandshakeSubstitute brohoof]] "to all my bronies!")

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''Friendship Is Magic'' did not penetrate the mainstream consciousness until summer 2011, when Fox News issued a series of critiques of the ''"bronies"'' phenomenon, with William Kristol declaring it to be "worse than terrorism!" (The other people on the Fox panel were supportive of the trend), and other commentators comparing it to the adult fanbase of ''SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', another cartoon known for its good writing that appealed to [[ParentalBonus children and adults]]. Of course, America has a long and storied history of [[AnimationAgeGhetto producing and marketing animation exclusively for kids]]. The resulting fan response led to a series of {{Shout Out}}s by other media figures, including Creator/StephenColbert (who gave a [[HandshakeSubstitute brohoof]] "to all my bronies!")
8th Nov '15 6:14:47 PM ANTMuddle
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The most commonly seen type of pony in Equestria. While being the "normals" among the races, lacking the overt magic of unicorns and the flight of pegasi, they nonetheless have their advantages. They tend to have greater endurance than other ponies and have a special connection to the earth, resulting in many of them, such as Applejack, becoming farmers. Also, the majority appear to have a superior sense of balance, poising objects with ease on their heads, backs or even noses. Earth ponies are the founders of the show's main setting, the town of Ponyville. WordOfGod states that earth ponies do have a passive magic that ties them to the earth and to caring for it, as demonstrated during "Fall Weather Friends" where the race held by earth ponies each year is required to transition the trees into the new season. The pageant in "Hearth's Warming Eve" shows that the Earth ponies were originally responsible for growing food for all three races, further proof of their botanical magic (which has included [[FertileFeet fertile hooves]]).

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The most commonly seen type of pony in Equestria. While being the "normals" among the races, lacking the overt magic of unicorns and the flight of pegasi, they nonetheless have their advantages. They tend to have greater endurance than other ponies and have a special connection to the earth, resulting in many of them, such as Applejack, becoming farmers. Also, the majority appear to have a superior sense of balance, poising objects with ease on their heads, backs or even noses. Earth ponies are the founders of the show's main setting, the town of Ponyville. WordOfGod states that earth ponies do have a passive magic that ties them to the earth and to caring for it, as demonstrated during "Fall Weather Friends" where the race held by earth ponies each year is required to transition the trees into the new season. The pageant in "Hearth's Warming Eve" shows that the Earth ponies were originally responsible for growing food for all three races, further proof of their botanical magic (which has included [[FertileFeet fertile hooves]]).
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8th Nov '15 6:13:43 PM ANTMuddle
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The most commonly seen type of pony in Equestria. While being the "normals" among the races, lacking the overt magic of unicorns and the flight of pegasi, they nonetheless have their advantages. They tend to have greater endurance than other ponies and have a special connection to the earth, resulting in many of them, such as Applejack, becoming farmers. Also, the majority appear to have a superior sense of balance, poising objects with ease on their heads, backs or even noses. Earth ponies are the founders of the show's main setting, the town of Ponyville. WordOfGod states that earth ponies do have a passive magic that ties them to the earth and to caring for it, as demonstrated during "Fall Weather Friends" where the race held by earth ponies each year is required to transition the trees into the new season. The pageant in "Hearth's Warming Eve" shows that the Earth ponies were originally responsible for growing food for all three races, further proof of their botanical magic.

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The most commonly seen type of pony in Equestria. While being the "normals" among the races, lacking the overt magic of unicorns and the flight of pegasi, they nonetheless have their advantages. They tend to have greater endurance than other ponies and have a special connection to the earth, resulting in many of them, such as Applejack, becoming farmers. Also, the majority appear to have a superior sense of balance, poising objects with ease on their heads, backs or even noses. Earth ponies are the founders of the show's main setting, the town of Ponyville. WordOfGod states that earth ponies do have a passive magic that ties them to the earth and to caring for it, as demonstrated during "Fall Weather Friends" where the race held by earth ponies each year is required to transition the trees into the new season. The pageant in "Hearth's Warming Eve" shows that the Earth ponies were originally responsible for growing food for all three races, further proof of their botanical magic.
magic (which has included [[FertileFeet fertile hooves]]).
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