History Franchise / MyLittlePony

21st Jan '17 11:45:36 AM MJNSEIFER
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The most recent, and insanely popular, incarnation of the franchise is classified by collectors as "Generation 4", which started in 2010 with the release of the TV series ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' developed by Creator/LaurenFaust. The ponies were noticeably redesigned from their decreasingly realistic proportions in favour of a more [[{{Animesque}} Anime-inspired design]], sporting large eyes, tiny muzzles, [[PuniPlush bodies that are proportionally small for their heads]], and {{Moe}} quirks – but generally considered cute nonetheless. At its core, ''Friendship Is Magic'' is something of an AdaptationDistillation for the previous cartoons. It has the fantasy and adventure elements of "G1", the SliceOfLife stories of ''Tales'', much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies , and episodes typically feature life lessons about friendship at the end of most episodes. Faust developed a new setting called Equestria, a FantasyKitchenSink with its own growing mythology and history, with the town of Ponyville being the home of the series' [[JustForPun mane]] six heroines. Stories range from comedic slice of life to family-friendly adventures. In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of the show, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Generation 4 page]].

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The most recent, and insanely popular, incarnation of the franchise is classified by collectors as "Generation 4", which started in 2010 with the release of the TV series ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' developed by Creator/LaurenFaust. The ponies were noticeably redesigned from their decreasingly realistic proportions in favour of a more [[{{Animesque}} Anime-inspired design]], proportions, sporting large eyes, tiny muzzles, [[PuniPlush bodies that are proportionally small for their heads]], and {{Moe}} quirks – but generally considered cute nonetheless. At its core, ''Friendship Is Magic'' is something of an AdaptationDistillation for the previous cartoons. It has the fantasy and adventure elements of "G1", the SliceOfLife stories of ''Tales'', much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies , and episodes typically feature life lessons about friendship at the end of most episodes. Faust developed a new setting called Equestria, a FantasyKitchenSink with its own growing mythology and history, with the town of Ponyville being the home of the series' [[JustForPun mane]] six heroines. Stories range from comedic slice of life to family-friendly adventures. In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of the show, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Generation 4 page]].
12th Jan '17 7:26:44 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'': A movie based solely on the TV series. While the Equestria Girls Spin-Offs are Direct-to-TV/Direct-to-DVD, this will be the series first actual feature film.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'': A movie based solely on the TV series. While the Equestria Girls Spin-Offs are Direct-to-TV/Direct-to-DVD, this will be the series series' first actual feature film.
12th Jan '17 3:01:37 AM WolfThunder
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* ''Film/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'': A movie based solely on the TV series. While the Equestria Girls Spin-Offs are Direct-to-TV/Direct-to-DVD, this will be the series first actual feature film.

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* ''Film/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'': A movie based solely on the TV series. While the Equestria Girls Spin-Offs are Direct-to-TV/Direct-to-DVD, this will be the series first actual feature film.
11th Jan '17 8:39:07 PM WolfThunder
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': A movie featuring Twilight Sparkle as she travels to a world where [[HumanityEnsues she is transformed into a human]] and [[HighSchoolAU attends High School]] with [[AlternateSelf her friends re-imagined as humans]]. Also a novelization: ''Through the Mirror''.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'': A sequel to Equestria Girls where a BattleOfTheBands takes place. The Rock motif is very reminiscent to another of Hasbro's old properties, ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'': A sequel to Rainbow Rocks where the school faces another in the titular friendship games, which include Archery, Motocross, and Roller Derby.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'': A sequel to Friendship Games where the class attends Camp Everfree and strange things start happening.
* ''Film/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'': A movie based solely on the TV series. While the Equestria Girls Spin-Offs are Direct-to-TV/Direct-to-DVD, this will be the series first actual feature film.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': A movie featuring Twilight Sparkle as she travels to a world where [[HumanityEnsues she is transformed into a human]] and [[HighSchoolAU attends High School]] with [[AlternateSelf her friends re-imagined as humans]]. Also a novelization: ''Through the Mirror''.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'': A sequel to Equestria Girls where a BattleOfTheBands takes place. The Rock motif is very reminiscent to another of Hasbro's old properties, ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'': A sequel to Rainbow Rocks where the school faces another in the titular friendship games, which include Archery, Motocross, and Roller Derby.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'': A sequel to Friendship Games where the class attends Camp Everfree and strange things start happening.
23rd Oct '16 10:22:03 AM editproboss
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Originally created by Bonnie Zacherle, ''My Little Pony'' officially started out as a toy line published and developed by Creator/{{Hasbro}} in 1982, following their 1981 ''My Pretty Pony'' toys. The copyright was finalized in 1983, which is probably why Hasbro counts it as MLP's birthyear and not 1982. The different incarnations of ''My Little Pony'' are commonly separated into "generations", as classified by collectors, based on the toy line. It is a history of friendships, of cartoons of varying degrees of sweetness, of little girls achieving their dreams and of grown men defying gender roles.

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Originally created by Bonnie Zacherle, ''My Little Pony'' officially started out as a toy line published and developed by Creator/{{Hasbro}} in 1982, following their 1981 ''My Pretty Pony'' toys. The copyright legal stuff was finalized in 1983, which is probably why Hasbro counts it as MLP's birthyear and not 1982. The different incarnations of ''My Little Pony'' are commonly separated into "generations", as classified by collectors, based on the toy line. It is a history of friendships, of cartoons of varying degrees of sweetness, of little girls achieving their dreams and of grown men defying gender roles.
19th Aug '16 11:19:31 AM MarkLungo
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The most recent, and insanely popular, incarnation of the franchise is classified by collectors as "Generation 4", which started in 2010 with the release of the TV series ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' developed by Creator/LaurenFaust. The ponies were noticeably redesigned from their decreasingly realistic proportions in favour of a more [[{{Animesque}} Anime-inspired design]], sporting large eyes, tiny muzzles, [[PuniPlush bodies that are proportionally small for their heads]], and {{Moe}} quirks – but generally considered cute nonetheless. At its core, ''Friendship Is Magic'' is something of an AdaptationDistillation for the previous cartoons. It has the fantasy and adventure elements of "G1", the SliceOfLife stories of ''Tales'', much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies , and episodes typically feature life lessons about friendship at the end of most episodes. Faust developed a new setting called Equestria, a FantasyKitchenSink with its own growing mythology and history, with the town of Ponyville being the home of the series' [[JustForPun mane]] six heroines. Stories range from comedic slice of life to family-friendly adventures.
In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of the show, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Generation 4 page]].

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The most recent, and insanely popular, incarnation of the franchise is classified by collectors as "Generation 4", which started in 2010 with the release of the TV series ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' developed by Creator/LaurenFaust. The ponies were noticeably redesigned from their decreasingly realistic proportions in favour of a more [[{{Animesque}} Anime-inspired design]], sporting large eyes, tiny muzzles, [[PuniPlush bodies that are proportionally small for their heads]], and {{Moe}} quirks – but generally considered cute nonetheless. At its core, ''Friendship Is Magic'' is something of an AdaptationDistillation for the previous cartoons. It has the fantasy and adventure elements of "G1", the SliceOfLife stories of ''Tales'', much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies , and episodes typically feature life lessons about friendship at the end of most episodes. Faust developed a new setting called Equestria, a FantasyKitchenSink with its own growing mythology and history, with the town of Ponyville being the home of the series' [[JustForPun mane]] six heroines. Stories range from comedic slice of life to family-friendly adventures.
adventures. In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of the show, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Generation 4 page]].
8th Aug '16 11:14:18 PM ultimomant
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** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'': A sequel to Friendship Games where the girls throw a fundraiser to prevent Camp Everfree from being closed down.

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** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'': A sequel to Friendship Games where the girls throw a fundraiser to prevent class attends Camp Everfree from being closed down.and strange things start happening.
6th Jul '16 7:40:10 PM Pichu-kun
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!!The ''MyLittlePony'' franchise provides examples of:

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!!The ''MyLittlePony'' ''My Little Pony'' franchise provides examples of:



* CarnivoreConfusion: Certain ponies invoke this. Munchy has hot-dogs on her Cutie Mark and can make hot dogs appear. They're magic hot dogs but it's never specified if they are meat related or not. Horses can and do occasionally eat meat though. Averted in G4, where the ponies are all explicitly shown to be vegetarian.



* GenerationXerox: "G1" had baby ponies that were {{expies}} of adult ponies with "baby" added to the name. They were nigh identical in both design and personality and (somewhat simplified) cutie marks, just a bit smaller. You'd think they were simply [[SpinoffBabies the same characters but younger]], but they were marketed as the daughters of the adult ponies, with a couple of them shown in this role in the cartoon. A UK comic gives their origin as younger versions of the adult ponies, created from a magic mirror, and shows ''all'' of them with their adult counterparts much more often.

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* FurryReminder: It's likely unintentional however feral horse bands are mostly female with only one or two stallions and likely several colts. This could explain the lack of males. Adaptations portray the stallions as living separate from the females.
* GenerationXerox: "G1" had baby ponies that were {{expies}} of adult ponies with "baby" added to the name. They were nigh identical in both design and personality and had (somewhat simplified) cutie marks, marks. The main difference is that they were just a bit smaller. You'd think they were simply [[SpinoffBabies the same characters but younger]], but they were marketed as the daughters of the adult ponies, with a couple of them shown in this role in the cartoon. A UK comic gives their origin as younger versions of the adult ponies, created from a magic mirror, and shows ''all'' of them with their adult counterparts much more often.often.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Several G1 ponies such as "Applejack" and "Pina Colada" (renamed "Hula Hula" in the UK) were named after alcoholic drinks.



* ImprobablyFemaleCast: As a brand aimed at girls, there aren't all that many guys around. Only five or so exist in "G2", and there is [[http://i.imgur.com/afyvU.jpg one male pony]] in all of "G3", a background pony from the "3.5" ''Twinkle Wish Adventure''. "G1" has about fifty male ponies (which is nothing compared to the number of female ponies) and quite a large number of non-pony male characters, but in actual media, we get ''one'' male pony guest star early on and ''one'' episode with the Big Brother Ponies late in the game. Friendship is Magic has at last a larger male-to-female ratio, but even so they'll be mostly background ponies, with Spike and Big Macintosh the only guys who are seen with regularity - even if the fandom's love of {{Recurring Extra}}s means that to ''us'' those background guys are more than crowd filler. ''Tales'' averts it entirely, with the main cast female but male classmates and two-parent families as secondary characters.

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* ImprobablyFemaleCast: As a brand aimed at girls, there aren't all that many guys around. Only five or so exist in "G2", and there is [[http://i.imgur.com/afyvU.jpg one male pony]] in all of "G3", a background pony from the "3.5" ''Twinkle Wish Adventure''. "G1" has about fifty male ponies (which is nothing compared to the number of female ponies) and quite a large number of non-pony male characters, but in actual animated media, we get ''one'' male pony guest star early on and ''one'' episode with the Big Brother Ponies late in the game. Friendship ''Friendship is Magic Magic'' has at last a larger male-to-female ratio, but even so they'll be mostly background ponies, with Spike and Big Macintosh the only guys who are seen with regularity - even if the fandom's love of {{Recurring Extra}}s means that to ''us'' those background guys are more than crowd filler. ''Tales'' averts it entirely, with the main cast female but male classmates and two-parent families as secondary characters.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Several G1 ponies such as "Applejack" and "Pina Colada" (renamed "Hula Hula" in the UK) were named after alcoholic drinks.



* MerchandiseDriven: No. Kidding. However, FiM is far more independent from toy lines. But from the original series, there's an episode where Galaxy is dressed in a Cheerleader costume apropos of absolutely nothing at all—except making us aware that there are such costume sets available in the store.

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* MerchandiseDriven: No. Kidding. However, FiM ''[=FiM=]'' is far more independent from toy lines. But from the original series, there's an episode where Galaxy is dressed in a Cheerleader costume apropos of absolutely nothing at all—except making us aware that there are such costume sets available in the store.



** In other series than "G3" there's the occasional romance, but other than that and [[spoiler:one post-wedding kiss in G4]] it fits this trope.
** Romance is especially rare in this franchise due to the ImprobablyFemaleCast. Same-sex romance won't fly in a kids' show, so there's nobody ''to'' pair characters with outside ''Tales'' for the most part; even ''FIM'' tends to keep male characters outside Big Macintosh and Spike (who'd [[PrecociousCrush like to avert this trope with Rarity]], but it's not happening) strictly as crowd filler. It's to the point that when Hasbro wanted to produce wedding toys, they used Glory and Moondancer, and just referred to Glory with male pronouns on the packaging (she's a girl in all other media and merch.) Cue the jokes about gay marriage having been legal in Equestria since TheEighties.

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** In other series than "G3" G3 there's the occasional romance, but other than that and [[spoiler:one post-wedding kiss in G4]] it fits this trope.
** Romance is especially rare in this franchise due to the ImprobablyFemaleCast. Same-sex romance won't fly in a kids' show, so there's nobody ''to'' pair characters with outside ''Tales'' for the most part; even ''FIM'' tends to keep male characters outside Big Macintosh and Spike (who'd [[PrecociousCrush like to avert this trope with Rarity]], but it's not happening) strictly as crowd filler. It's to the point that when Hasbro wanted to produce wedding toys, they used Glory and Moondancer, and just referred to Glory with [[GenderFlip male pronouns pronouns]] on the packaging (she's a girl in all other media and merch.) Cue the jokes about gay marriage having been legal in Equestria since TheEighties.



* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Close female friendships are a staple of the franchise, especially G3.



* TitleThemeTune: The infamous one, which has undergone endless variations to its lyrics over twenty-five years; plus four other theme songs created for the "Friends" part of My Little Pony 'n Friends (see below).

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* TitleThemeTune: The infamous one, which has undergone endless variations to its lyrics over twenty-five years; plus four other theme songs created for the "Friends" part of My ''My Little Pony 'n Friends Friends'' (see below).
6th Jul '16 7:18:48 PM Pichu-kun
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** G1 is the only generation to contain humans alongside ponies. The books featured random children, the toys had Megan and her little sister Molly, and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' has CanonForeigner and TheOneGuy.

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** G1 is the only generation to contain humans alongside ponies. The books featured random children, the toys had Megan and her little sister Molly, and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' has the G1 cartoons have CanonForeigner and TheOneGuy.TheOneGuy Danny (Megan's and Molly's brother)
6th Jul '16 7:10:34 PM Pichu-kun
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* {{Expy}}: Characters are often brought over from previous versions (sometimes with slightly changed names), colors are reused often (especially in My Little Pony Tales) and NamesTheSame is very common. However, it isn't quite ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': name reuse is ''quite'' often throwing a name that was still trademarked at a new character. (For example, "G3" Rarity is an irresponsible filly and "G3" Rainbow Dash is TheFashionista and calls everyone "Darling." FIM Rarity is basically "G3" Rainbow Dash, while FIM Rainbow Dash is an athlete whose personality is ''nothing'' like her namesake; "G1" Firefly and ''Tales'' Patch are seen as her counterparts.) A character is often neither named or colored like her ''true'' counterpart from a past incarnation. However, certain archetypes keep turning up. You'll find your bookworm, your daredevil and prankster, and someone who's so kindhearted that sometimes being ''too'' soft is a ''problem.'' She just won't be under the same name or in the same colors.

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* {{Expy}}: Characters are often brought over from previous versions (sometimes with slightly changed names), colors are reused often (especially in My Little Pony Tales) and NamesTheSame is very common. However, it isn't quite ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': name reuse is ''quite'' often throwing a name that was still trademarked at a new character. (For example, "G3" Rarity is an irresponsible filly and "G3" Rainbow Dash is TheFashionista and calls everyone "Darling." FIM Rarity is basically "G3" Core 7 Rainbow Dash, while FIM Rainbow Dash is an athlete whose personality is ''nothing'' like her namesake; "G1" Firefly and ''Tales'' Patch are seen as her counterparts.) A character is often neither named or colored like her ''true'' counterpart from a past incarnation. However, certain archetypes keep turning up. You'll find your bookworm, your daredevil and prankster, and someone who's so kindhearted that sometimes being ''too'' soft is a ''problem.'' She just won't be under the same name or in the same colors.



* ImperfectRitual: In 1st generation movie, the witches create Smooze, a giant mass of sentient, evil slime. It is supposed to be undefeatable but the two younger witches didn't bring floom ( blood/sap from a triffid expy - they were too afraid to go get it) and hide the fact from their mother. This weakens the Smooze enough for the rainbow to stop it the first time round, allowing the heroes enough time to go on their quest to find help.



* InvisibleParents: Baby ponies are epidemic but their fathers are almost never mentioned. G3 doesn't even ''have'' males yet baby ponies exist. Some ponies such as Ember also have no known parents.



* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Ember has the honor of being the ''only'' pre-G4 pony without a Cutie Mark. She was the first "baby pony" so she's [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness different]] from future ones (for example, she is not called "Baby Ember" and there is no "adult Ember" to go along with her). It's possible that the idea that ponies aren't born with Cutie Marks from G4 is a MythologyGag to Ember.

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* NonstandardCharacterDesign: NonstandardCharacterDesign:
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Ember has the honor of being the ''only'' pre-G4 pony without a Cutie Mark. She was the first "baby pony" so she's [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness different]] from future ones (for example, she is not called "Baby Ember" and there is no "adult Ember" to go along with her). It's possible that the idea that ponies aren't born with Cutie Marks from G4 is a MythologyGag to Ember.Ember.
** G2 ponies and Dream Beauties are lanky like horses rather than the more stocky, Shetland pony-esque designs the series usually has.


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* OneSteveLimit: Utterly nonexistent. Even within the same generations ponies will share a name or have similar names. There's also baby ponies being named after their mothers.
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