History Franchise / MyLittlePony

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.
6th Jul '16 6:40:59 PM Pichu-kun
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Hasbro went back to the stockier builds in 2003, marking the beginning of "Generation 3". Instead of a TV series, Hasbro opted to release a series of DirectToDVD movies and shorts. The setting is once again Ponyville, but this time with a slight fantasy element to it. "G3" is known for being the [[LighterAndSofter lightest]] and "pinkest" of all the incarnations. No villains, conflicts are rare, and there's, well, lots of pastel colour, but it had a certain charm to it. Regardless of the quality of the animated adaptions though, "G3" proved to be a well needed financial success after the poor reception to "G2". In 2007, Hasbro made the controversial decision to reduce the number of characters, in a franchise long known for LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, to seven. This led to a "soft reboot" which retained the original "G3" look and was called "Core 7" by fans. Another "soft reboot" a year so so later, which fans call "G3.5", featured the "Core 7" ponies in forms similar to ''Ponyville'' plastic molds. The reboot was not well received, and the cartoons in particular were met with criticism. The era finally came to an end in 2009 after the release of ''Twinkle Wish Adventure'' of "G3.5", and ''Once Upon a My Little Pony Time'' which is linked to the "Newborn Cuties" variant of Core 7. At this point most casual observers had written Ponies off, but it wouldn't be the end of the franchise.

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Hasbro went back to the stockier builds in 2003, marking the beginning of "Generation 3"."[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 Generation 3]]". Instead of a TV series, Hasbro opted to release a series of DirectToDVD movies and shorts. The setting is once again Ponyville, but this time with a slight fantasy element to it. "G3" is known for being the [[LighterAndSofter lightest]] and "pinkest" of all the incarnations. No villains, conflicts are rare, and there's, well, lots of pastel colour, but it had a certain charm to it. Regardless of the quality of the animated adaptions though, "G3" proved to be a well needed financial success after the poor reception to "G2". In 2007, Hasbro made the controversial decision to reduce the number of characters, in a franchise long known for LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, to seven. This led to a "soft reboot" which retained the original "G3" look and was called "Core 7" by fans. Another "soft reboot" a year so so later, which fans call "G3.5", featured the "Core 7" ponies in forms similar to ''Ponyville'' plastic molds. The reboot was not well received, and the cartoons in particular were met with criticism. The era finally came to an end in 2009 after the release of ''Twinkle Wish Adventure'' of "G3.5", and ''Once Upon a My Little Pony Time'' which is linked to the "Newborn Cuties" variant of Core 7. At this point most casual observers had written Ponies off, but it wouldn't be the end of the franchise.



* AdaptedOut: Over half of ponies probably never appear in comics, books, or cartoons due to the ''huge'' amount of characters. They have to compress them to a core dozen background characters and even fewer major characters. This is especially common with ''Friendship Is Magic'', which contains a lot of CanonForeigner cartoon only ponies while toy charaters like Firecracker Burst or Cupcake never even appear in the background (though it could be {{justified|trope}} in that it's easier to create a random background character than research toy designs).



* AlternateAnimalAffection: Mainly only used in the "G1" series and pilot. The ponies would nuzzle and lick each other for comfort, as real horses do, which comes off as a little LesYay since most medias compare that to romantic kisses.

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* AlternateAnimalAffection: Mainly only used in the "G1" series series' and pilot. The ponies would nuzzle and lick each other for comfort, as real horses do, which comes off as a little LesYay since most medias compare that to romantic kisses.



* AnthropomorphicShift: The ponies have never gone full FunnyAnimal (though G3 was close to it and the Japanese-only Takara ponies are bipedal) but they have gotten more anthropomorphic with time. Compare early G1 books and the first special with later G1 works: The ponies live in barns instead of sleeping in houses, they lick each other for affection, and they are treated more like {{Talking Animal}}s or {{Partially Civilized Animal}}s than they later would. As G1 progressed the characters became increasingly humanoid in their personalities and preferences, wearing clothing and being into contemporary culture, but almost never used their hooves as hands. G2 dialed back on their anthropomorphic traits but G3 brought it back even worse. They acted like {{Civilized Animal}}s and somewhere were able to use their hooves as hands. ''Friendship Is Magic'' is in a middle ground similar to late G1--they have {{Furry Reminder}}s and rarely move in a humanoid manner but socially behave in an anthropomorphic manner.



* 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!]]



* DependingOnTheWriter: The UK comics/cardback stories and American cartoon/cardback stories contrasted each other most of the time, and so most personas were very different across the ocean. A noteworthy case was Wind Whistler. In the UK, she's a scatter-brained [[TheDitz ditz]], in the cartoon she's TheSpock and TheStoic. Even moreso Lickety-Split/Baby Lickety-Split: In the movie she introduces herself as "I'm Lickety-Split, a baby pony" and is called by name with and without the "Baby" prefix. In the show, her cutie mark changes between three and six ice cream cones at times - sometimes from one shot to the next - but she doesn't act or get treated like a different character. Near the end, she is drawn with an overbite to match the "First Tooth Baby Pony" toy of her out at the time. In the comic, Lickety Split is depicted as Baby Lickety Split's mother as the toyline intended, and First Tooth Baby Lickety Split is her near-identical cousin.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: In the eighties, we had the Princess Ponies. There was a grand total of twenty princesses released in the toyline, and that's excluding the queens Majesty and Rosedust. And excluding the many, many, many royal non-pony characters that showed up in the fiction. The early "G3" line held off on Princesses for a few years. And then, according to the card backs, it turned out that ''every'' Pony is a Princess.
** For the curious, this refers a case of LoopholeAbuse in one of the DTV movies - not wanting to be her friends' ruler just because she found a flower that was the symbol of office, "Princess" Wysteria ended up coronating ''everybody'' so they'd be equals again. And everybody means everybody - in the ending of ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/watch/610729116001 The Princess Promenade]]'' it is declared in song "We're glad that everyone's a princess. That's you and you, and yes it's true, that you [pointing at screen] are a princess too!"

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* DependingOnTheWriter: The UK comics/cardback stories and American cartoon/cardback stories contrasted each other most of the time, and so most personas were very different across the ocean. A few cases are:
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A noteworthy case was Wind Whistler. In the UK, UK comics she's a scatter-brained [[TheDitz ditz]], in the cartoon she's TheSpock and TheStoic. TheStoic.
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Even moreso Lickety-Split/Baby Lickety-Split: In the movie she introduces herself as "I'm Lickety-Split, a baby pony" and is called by name with and without the "Baby" prefix. In the show, her cutie mark Cutie Mark changes between three and six ice cream cones at times - sometimes from one shot to the next - but she doesn't act or get treated like a different character. Near the end, she is drawn with an overbite to match the "First Tooth Baby Pony" toy of her out at the time. In the comic, Lickety Split is depicted as Baby Lickety Split's mother as the toyline intended, and First Tooth Baby Lickety Split is her near-identical cousin.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** 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.
** AnthropomorphicShift has caused this to occur to ponies early into G1. Characters ''never'' lick each other anymore.
** Year One only contained Earth Ponies. Other races weren't introduced until Year Two.
** The first foals such as Ember and Lucky didn't follow the "Baby [x]" naming conventions and had no parents. Ember doesn't even have a Cutie Mark.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses:
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In the eighties, we had the Princess Ponies. There was a grand total of twenty princesses released in the toyline, and that's excluding the queens Majesty and Rosedust. And excluding the many, many, many royal non-pony characters that showed up in the fiction. The early "G3" line held off on Princesses for a few years. And then, according to the card backs, it turned out that ''every'' Pony is a Princess.
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Princess. For the curious, this refers a case of LoopholeAbuse in one of the DTV movies - not wanting to be her friends' ruler just because she found a flower that was the symbol of office, "Princess" Wysteria ended up coronating ''everybody'' so they'd be equals again. And everybody means everybody - in the ending of ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/watch/610729116001 The Princess Promenade]]'' it is declared in song "We're glad that everyone's a princess. That's you and you, and yes it's true, that you [pointing at screen] are a princess too!"



* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: The Ponies' main weapon is a magical item called the Rainbow of Light. There's also a rainbow connecting Ponyland and Megan's home.

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* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: EverythingsBetterWithRainbows:
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The Ponies' main weapon is a magical item called the Rainbow of Light. There's also a rainbow connecting Ponyland and Megan's home.



** Also, Rainbows are actually manufactured in factories in Friendship is Magic, by the Pegasai that control the weather. In addition, Rainbow Dash's mane is rainbow colored, and leaves behind a streak of rainbow light when she travels from place to place.
* {{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 ''{{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.
* FlatCharacter: Varying characters to various degrees. The toy line bios don't help, ever since "G2" they've been saying less and less about the characters.
** ''Friendship is Magic'' heavily averts this, contributing to its popularity amongst critics.

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** Also, Rainbows rainbows are actually manufactured in factories in Friendship ''Friendship is Magic, Magic'', by the Pegasai that control the weather. In addition, Rainbow Dash's mane is rainbow colored, and leaves behind a streak of rainbow light when she travels from place to place.
* {{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 ''{{Transformers}}'': ''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.
* FlatCharacter: Varying characters to various degrees. The toy line bios don't help, ever since "G2" they've been saying less and less about the characters.
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characters. The ''Friendship is Magic'' cartoon heavily averts this, contributing to its popularity amongst critics.critics. The ''Friendship is Magic'' toyline on the other hand tells you next to nothing about toy-exclusive ponies.



* {{Manchild}}: Most of the Ponies are adults, but most act barely more mature than the Fillies. The maturity levels of the cast go back and forth, as one day it'll be about Rarity traveling to another city herself to further her career as one of Equestria's premier fashion designers, and another will have her and Applejack having a sleepover. Only ''Tales'' nails down how old the characters are and has them act like it.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Several G1 ponies such as "Applejack" and "Pina Colada" (renamed "Hula Hula" in the UK) were named after alcoholic drinks.
* {{Manchild}}: Most of the Ponies are adults, but most act barely more mature than the Fillies.fillies. The maturity levels of the cast go back and forth, as one day it'll be about Rarity traveling to another city herself to further her career as one of Equestria's premier fashion designers, and another will have her and Applejack having a sleepover. Only ''Tales'' nails down how old the characters are and has them act like it.



* NoHuggingNoKissing: 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.

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* NoHuggingNoKissing: NoHuggingNoKissing:
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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.



* 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.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: In-verse Spike finds this out in ''Spike's Search'', where he meets dragons that aren't like him; they're large, green, round, and mean. In the pilot special Tirek had dragons which were different from Spike, though at the end, the "Stratadons" and other monsters were transformed back into the harmless animals, ponies, [[spoiler: and human]] they'd once been by the Rainbow of Light. In the comics for "G1", there were other baby dragons like Spike. Apparently dragons can also be pets in "G1", and such as Spike is a pet to Majesty in most medias other than the cartoons. (However, in the comics he's just as fully sentient, and treated more as a child than a pet, basically having the same relationship with her that he has with Twilight Sparkle in FIM. "G1" Comic Spike also has other dragon relatives he sometimes visits, whereas every other Spike is the only dragon around.) In "G3", Spike is over 1000 years old but still looks like a baby.

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In-verse Spike finds this out in ''Spike's Search'', where he meets dragons that aren't like him; they're large, green, round, and mean. In the pilot special Tirek had dragons which were different from Spike, though at the end, the "Stratadons" and other monsters were transformed back into the harmless animals, ponies, [[spoiler: and human]] they'd once been by the Rainbow of Light. Light.
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In the comics for "G1", there were other baby dragons like Spike. Apparently dragons can also be pets in "G1", and such as Spike is being a pet (or at least servant) to Majesty in most medias other than the cartoons. (However, in the comics he's just as fully sentient, and treated more as a child than a pet, basically having the same relationship with her that he has with Twilight Sparkle in FIM.''FIM''. "G1" Comic Spike also has other dragon relatives he sometimes visits, whereas every other Spike is the only dragon around.) )
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In "G3", Spike is over 1000 years old but still looks like a baby.


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* SuddenNameChange: In G1 the flank marks on characters were called "symbols". In G3 this was changed to "Cutie Marks". It wasn't until G4 that they were given an in-series explanation. In previous gen ponies just happened to be born with them.
1st Jul '16 11:35:37 AM Anddrix
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*** 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; 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 gave us a fourth princess, too, [[BaseBreaker in controversial circumstances]].

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*** 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; 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 gave us a fourth princess, too, [[BaseBreaker in controversial circumstances]].too.
9th Apr '16 10:19:55 AM 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.
12th Mar '16 7:18:49 AM WhatArtThee
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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'', and much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies. This incarnation takes a page from its G1 counterpart [[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 slice of life to family-friendly adventures.

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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'', and much of the cast are re-imagined "G3" ponies. This incarnation takes a page from its G1 counterpart [[RevisitingTheRoots returning to somewhat darker fantasy adventure plots]], ponies , and episodes typically featuring 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.
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