History Franchise / MyLittlePony

6th Feb '16 1:25:46 PM MarkLungo
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* BabysittingEpisode: An early episode, ''The Ice Cream Wars'', has a group of ponies babysitting for the First Tooth ponies. [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong They even sing about it!]]
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* BabysittingEpisode: An early episode, ''The "The Ice Cream Wars'', Wars", has a group of ponies babysitting for the First Tooth ponies. [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong They even sing about it!]]

* TheDarkAgeOfAnimation
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* TheDarkAgeOfAnimationUsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation

* MerchandiseDriven: No. Kidding. The current series however is far more independent from toy lines. But from the original series there 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. The current series however However, FiM is far more independent from toy lines. But from the original series there 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.store. * UsefulNotes/TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation

* MerchandiseDriven: No. Kidding. The current series however is far more independent from toy lines. But from the original series there 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.UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation

* TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation * TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
6th Feb '16 11:23:28 AM StFan
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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, 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'', and much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies. This incarnation takes a page from its G1 counterpart [[RevisitingTheRoutes returning to somewhat darker fantasy adventure plots]], typically featuring 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 SliceOfLife to family-friendly adventures. In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of Friendship is Magic, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Friendship is Magic 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, 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 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'', and much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies. This incarnation takes a page from its G1 counterpart [[RevisitingTheRoutes [[RevisitingTheRoots returning to somewhat darker fantasy adventure plots]], typically featuring 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 SliceOfLife 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 Friendship is Magic, the show, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Friendship is Magic Generation 4 page]].
22nd Jan '16 2:36:17 AM darkabomination
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Balancing some of the claims about Friendship is Magic's tone to be more neutral. Controversial and very dark seems an exaggeration, along with summarizing the series as MLP with anime tropes.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': What happens if you inject ''My Little Pony'' with AnimeTropes. This time, well received on levels ''far'' surpassing everyone's wildest imagination.
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': What happens if you inject ''My Little Pony'' with AnimeTropes.fantasy adventure, the usual SliceOfLife style, and a dash of magicalGirl tropes. This time, well received on levels ''far'' surpassing everyone's wildest imagination.

** ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'': A third companion series from IDW released in 2015, focusing on the origins of the villains.
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** ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'': A third companion series miniseries from IDW released in 2015, focusing on the origins of the villains.

* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': A movie where Twilight 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''.
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': A movie where 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''.
22nd Jan '16 2:24:04 AM darkabomination
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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 redesigned and now had large eyes, tiny muzzles, [[PuniPlush bodies that are proportionally small for their heads]], and {{Moe}} quirks – but generally considered adorable 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'', and much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies. More importantly, ''Friendship is Magic'' never shied away from conflicts of often dark, disturbing and even controversial natures, but in the end, these Conflicts also feature life lessons about friendship. 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 are the most varied here and can be anything from SliceOfLife comedy to a family-friendly adventure epic, all DependingOnTheWriter of course. In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of Friendship is Magic, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Friendship is Magic 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 and now had from their decreasingly realistic proportions, sporting large eyes, tiny muzzles, [[PuniPlush bodies that are proportionally small for their heads]], and {{Moe}} quirks – but generally considered adorable 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'', and much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies. More importantly, ''Friendship is Magic'' never shied away This incarnation takes a page from conflicts of often dark, disturbing and even controversial natures, but in the end, these Conflicts also feature its G1 counterpart [[RevisitingTheRoutes returning to somewhat darker fantasy adventure plots]], typically featuring life lessons about friendship.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 are the most varied here and can be anything range from comedic SliceOfLife comedy to a family-friendly adventure epic, all DependingOnTheWriter of course. adventures. In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of Friendship is Magic, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Friendship is Magic page]].

* AdaptationExpansion: The cartoons and comics.
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* AdaptationExpansion: The cartoons and comics.comics expanded from the admittedly fairly detailed toy descriptions, more so in the earliest incarnation when more information was supplied by said toys.

* AllThereInTheManual: The "G2" ponies' personalities (G2 as opposed to ''Tales,'' which is the second show but still considered part of "G1" because it's before the first overhaul of the toyline.) The toy packaging goes farther than any other line to tell what the characters are like because it is not supported by a TV show. Even "G1" and its longer packaging stories, between describing some adventure and mentioning ''another'' pony in hopes you'd buy ''her,'' sometimes ended up telling you very little about what the pony in your hands is like. "G2" packaging bios may have been shorter but they were ''all'' about telling you who this pony was as if it were the only chance there'd be to do so - because for the most part it was. (For the most part. Some ponies appear in the "Friendship Gardens" game, and there ''was'' a comic series, in the vein of the "G1" comics and just as [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs cracktastic]] but sadly nowhere near as long-lived.)
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* AllThereInTheManual: The "G2" ponies' personalities (G2 as opposed to ''Tales,'' which is the second show but still considered part of "G1" because it's before the first overhaul of the toyline.) The toy packaging goes farther than any other line to tell what the characters are like because it is not supported by a TV show. Even "G1" and its longer packaging stories, between describing some adventure and mentioning ''another'' pony in hopes you'd buy ''her,'' sometimes ended up telling you very little about what the pony in your hands is like. "G2" packaging bios may have been shorter shorter, but they were ''all'' about telling you who this pony was as if it were the only chance there'd be to do so - so; because for the most part it was. (For the most part.was. Some ponies appear in the "Friendship Gardens" game, and there ''was'' a comic series, in the vein of the "G1" comics and just as [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs cracktastic]] but sadly nowhere near as long-lived.)

* ArtifactTitle: The title really only makes sense for the toys, given that the ponies in the cartoons are not little, nor do they belong to anyone. There have been some efforts to fix this, however: ** "G1" sometimes has villains use the phrase mockingly, and in some episodes it was implied that 'Little Pony' was their species name.
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* ArtifactTitle: The title really only makes sense for the toys, given that the ponies in the cartoons are not little, nor do they belong to anyone. There have been some efforts to fix justify this, however: ** "G1" sometimes has villains a villain use the phrase mockingly, and in some episodes it was implied that 'Little Pony' was their species name.
13th Dec '15 6:52:59 AM morenohijazo
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* 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.
30th Sep '15 10:48:59 PM ExOttoyuhr
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** ''Friendship Is Magic'' has Princess Celestia, whose title actually understates her role which in practical terms is [[GodEmperor God-Empress]]. She was going to be a queen, but Hasbro didn't want that because (according to Lauren Faust) Disney's use of "queen" has [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen made that title sound evil]]. *** The second episode brought us Princess Luna, who shares the same sort of powers and responsibilities as Celestia, and the second season finale gave us Princess Cadance, who... was a bit of a letdown in terms of power in her debut, when compared to the first two. Her role is eventually better defined - ThePowerOfLove personified, she's basically Pony Cupid and when she combines her magic with that of ''her'' true love, Shining Armor, their power increases exponentially and a major HeartBeatDown is in order. The third season finale gives us Princess [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle]]. (StrongerWithAge is also in effect - Twilight just ascended, and Cadence was noticeably smaller in flashbacks to when Twilight was a young child. They're not up to the level of the millennia-old Royal Sisters, but Twilight is steadily becoming stronger.)
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** ''Friendship Is Magic'' has Princess Celestia, [[JustTheFirstCitizen whose title actually title]] ''seriously'' understates her role which in practical terms is [[GodEmperor God-Empress]].her role]]. She was going to be a queen, but Hasbro didn't want that because (according to Lauren Faust) Disney's use of "queen" has [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen made that title sound evil]]. *** The second episode brought us Princess Luna, who shares the same sort of powers and responsibilities as Celestia, and the second season finale gave us Princess Cadance, who... was a bit of a letdown in terms of power in her debut, when compared to the first two. Her role is eventually better defined - defined; as ThePowerOfLove personified, she's basically Pony Cupid and when she combines her magic with that of ''her'' true love, Shining Armor, their power increases exponentially and a major HeartBeatDown is in order. The third season finale gives gave us Princess [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle]]. a fourth princess, too, [[BaseBreaker in controversial circumstances]]. *** (StrongerWithAge is also in effect - Twilight just ascended, for the princesses. Their newest addition, although a magical prodigy in her own right, is smaller and weaker than the other three; Cadence was also noticeably smaller in flashbacks to when Twilight was a young child. They're not up to the level from about fifteen years ago. Both of the millennia-old junior princesses have some growing to do before they can match the power of the millenia-old Royal Sisters, but Twilight is steadily becoming stronger.Sisters...)
27th Sep '15 4:57:17 PM Theriocephalus
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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 redesigned and now had large eyes, tiny muzzles, [[PuniPlush bodies that are proportionally small for their heads]], and {{Moe}} quirks – but generally considered adorable 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'', and much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies. More importantly, ''Friendship is Magic'' never shied away from conflicts of often dark, disturbing and even controversial natures, but in the end, these Conflicts also feature life lessons about friendship. 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 are the most varied here and can be anything from SliceOfLife comedy to a family-friendly adventure epic, all DependingOnTheWriter of course. In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of Friendship is Magic, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Friendship is Magic page]].
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The most recent, and insanely popular 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, ponies were redesigned and now had large eyes, tiny muzzles, [[PuniPlush bodies that are proportionally small for their heads]], and {{Moe}} quirks – but generally considered adorable 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'', and much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies. More importantly, ''Friendship is Magic'' never shied away from conflicts of often dark, disturbing and even controversial natures, but in the end, these Conflicts also feature life lessons about friendship. 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 are the most varied here and can be anything from SliceOfLife comedy to a family-friendly adventure epic, all DependingOnTheWriter of course. In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of Friendship is Magic, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Friendship is Magic page]].
4th Sep '15 7:44:00 PM TheOtherSteve
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** ''Friendship is Magic'' occasionally has characters use the phrase as a term of affection by Princess Celestia.[[note]]And as self-ShoutOut to the franchise.[[/note]]
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** ''Friendship is Magic'' occasionally has characters use the phrase as a term of affection by affection. [[BigGood Princess Celestia.[[note]]And as self-ShoutOut to Celestia]] does this the franchise.[[/note]]most often, and she tends to be [[LargeAndInCharge the largest person in the room]].
11th Jun '15 11:31:45 AM MJNSEIFER
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FIM is not Animesque, nor is it inspired by anime (Lauren stated that she wasn't trying to make it look like an anime). In fact, it looks nothing like anime, and even if it does (IMO it doesn't) it's disrespectful to say that it was influanced by anime when the creator said it wasn't.
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, far influenced by the modern and prevalent Anime subculture of the Internet, were redesigned to be {{Animesque}} – large eyes, tiny muzzles, [[PuniPlush bodies that are proportionally small for their heads]], and {{Moe}} quirks – but generally considered adorable 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'', and much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies. More importantly, ''Friendship is Magic'' never shied away from conflicts of often dark, disturbing and even controversial natures, but in the end, these Conflicts also feature life lessons about friendship. 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 are the most varied here and can be anything from SliceOfLife comedy to a family-friendly adventure epic, all DependingOnTheWriter of course. In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of Friendship is Magic, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Friendship is Magic 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, far influenced by the modern and prevalent Anime subculture of the Internet, were redesigned to be {{Animesque}} – and now had large eyes, tiny muzzles, [[PuniPlush bodies that are proportionally small for their heads]], and {{Moe}} quirks – but generally considered adorable 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'', and much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies. More importantly, ''Friendship is Magic'' never shied away from conflicts of often dark, disturbing and even controversial natures, but in the end, these Conflicts also feature life lessons about friendship. 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 are the most varied here and can be anything from SliceOfLife comedy to a family-friendly adventure epic, all DependingOnTheWriter of course. In any case, the cartoon became an unexpected hit with a ''colossal'' PeripheryDemographic. Hasbro seems happy with the success of Friendship is Magic, and is giving ''Friendship is Magic'' a growing ExpandedUniverse with assorted comics and books. See also the [[Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4 Friendship is Magic page]].

* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Inverted, when you compare the series to those issued by Takara in Japan in the 80s. * {{Animesque}}: Friendship is Magic is basically what happens when you throw the previous generations, AnimeTropes, and {{Moe}} into a blender, and then bake it in an oven made of the Internet. Some of the characters in Friendship is Magic were modeled after specific Anime Character archetypes. For example, Fluttershy is from the {{Moe}} archetype, Pinkie Pie is a GenkiGirl, Rainbow Dash is a TsunDere, etc. However, despite their origins from Anime archetypes, Faust managed to avert the FlatCharacter archetype and develop them into well-rounded characters with their own personalities.
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* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Inverted, when you compare the series to those issued by Takara in Japan in the 80s. * {{Animesque}}: Friendship is Magic is basically what happens when you throw the previous generations, AnimeTropes, and {{Moe}} into a blender, and then bake it in an oven made of the Internet. Some of the characters in Friendship is Magic were modeled after specific Anime Character archetypes. For example, Fluttershy is from the {{Moe}} archetype, Pinkie Pie is a GenkiGirl, Rainbow Dash is a TsunDere, etc. However, despite their origins from Anime archetypes, Faust managed to avert the FlatCharacter archetype and develop them into well-rounded characters with their own personalities.80s.
3rd Jun '15 1:37:00 PM EcliptorCalrissian
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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 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'' they're 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 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'' they're 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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