History Franchise / MyLittlePony

3rd Jun '18 3:58:53 PM Numnums
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* 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=]'' 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.
25th Mar '18 9:13:15 AM valar55
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'': These are a pair of half-hour TV {{pilot}}s that started it all. Fair warning, they are both DarkerAndEdgier than one might expect of this subject matter. In one, the ponies face an EvilOverlord who happens to be the trope namer for TheNightThatNeverEnds, and in the other they face a violent drug addicted mage. Yes. Really.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'': These are a pair of half-hour TV {{pilot}}s that started it all. Fair warning, they are both DarkerAndEdgier than one might expect of this subject matter. In one, the ponies face an EvilOverlord who happens to be the trope namer for TheNightThatNeverEnds, and in the other they face a violent drug addicted violent, drug-addicted mage. Yes. Really.
18th Mar '18 1:37:38 PM Irthe1981
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* SeahorseSteed: No actual ''riding'' was involved, but it nevertheless bears mentioning that the original cartoon got in on the act as well with the Seaponies, their debut involving an infamously trippy musical number.
25th Feb '18 7:23:31 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': What happens if ''Friendship is Magic'' is shifted to [[HumanityEnsues a high school setting in the human world]]. Originally controversial, but has grown in reception with fans.
** ''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''.

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* ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': What happens if ''Friendship is Magic'' is shifted to [[HumanityEnsues a high school setting in the human world]]. Originally controversial, but has grown in reception with fans.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013'': 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''.
21st Feb '18 1:05:47 PM Prometheus117
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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''.

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* ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': What happens if ''Friendship is Magic'' is shifted to [[HumanityEnsues a high school setting in the human world]]. Originally controversial, but has grown in reception with fans.
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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''.


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** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsForgottenFriendship'': A sequel to Magical Movie Night featuring Sunset Shimmer trying to find out [[LaserGuidedAmnesia why no one remembers her as a hero]] and still believes her to be a villain.
11th Feb '18 7:26:43 AM fruitstripegum
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* LateInstallmentWeirdness:

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* LateInstallmentWeirdness: LaterInstallmentWeirdness:
23rd Sep '17 9:16:19 AM valar55
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** 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.

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** Also, rainbows are actually manufactured in factories in ''Friendship is Magic'', by the Pegasai Pegasi 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.
18th Aug '17 5:56:12 PM MarkLungo
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"Generation 1" started humbly with the release of six pony toys in 1982. Very soon, the toy line became a hit of absolutely enormous magnitude, and quickly became a highly recognizable part of pop culture. To this day, even after all the relaunches and re-imaginings of the franchise, the original 1980's toys remain what most people among the general population immediately picture when they hear the phrase "''My Little Pony''". The toyline was eventually followed by [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials two Television specials]], one in 1984 and another in 1985, and a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie feature-length movie]] in 1986. A TV series, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', was released later the same year and ran for [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon two seasons]] before being cancelled in 1987. These cartoons all took place in [[SugarBowl Dream Valley]], part of Ponyland (or Ponyland, part of Dream Valley – no two writers agreed on this point) where the ponies – with the help of a young girl named Megan – often have to fight off some MonsterOfTheWeek. Contrary to what one might expect from a work of fiction based on the sugary sweet toys (and contrary to the perceived image of the franchise that the public seems to hold), these cartoons were mostly based around the theme of adventure, and featured some surprisingly dark and lethal villains, especially in the earliest episodes. There were also comics released in the UK that used the same characters but had their own canon. The toys themselves often had short stories pertaining to the ponies in the box.

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"Generation 1" started humbly with the release of six pony toys in 1982. Very soon, the toy line became a hit of absolutely enormous magnitude, and quickly became a highly recognizable part of pop culture. To this day, even after all the relaunches and re-imaginings of the franchise, the original 1980's toys remain what most people among the general population immediately picture when they hear the phrase "''My Little Pony''". The toyline was eventually followed by [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials two Television specials]], one in 1984 and another in 1985, and a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie1986 feature-length movie]] in 1986. A TV series, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', was released later the same year and ran for [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon two seasons]] before being cancelled in 1987. These cartoons all took place in [[SugarBowl Dream Valley]], part of Ponyland (or Ponyland, part of Dream Valley – no two writers agreed on this point) where the ponies – with the help of a young girl named Megan – often have to fight off some MonsterOfTheWeek. Contrary to what one might expect from a work of fiction based on the sugary sweet toys (and contrary to the perceived image of the franchise that the public seems to hold), these cartoons were mostly based around the theme of adventure, and featured some surprisingly dark and lethal villains, especially in the earliest episodes. There were also comics released in the UK that used the same characters but had their own canon. The toys themselves often had short stories pertaining to the ponies in the box.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie'': After the pilots, we have this. In this movie, a trio of semi-competent witches cover all of Ponyland in the Smooze, a living wave of concrete which blankets the lands. Will the ponies be able to stop it? Oh. There's also a subplot about Baby Lickety-Split and Spike being on the run after they ruin a ballet recital.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie1986'': After the pilots, we have this. In this movie, a trio of semi-competent witches cover all of Ponyland in the Smooze, a living wave of concrete which blankets the lands. Will the ponies be able to stop it? Oh. There's also a subplot about Baby Lickety-Split and Spike being on the run after they ruin a ballet recital.
8th Aug '17 5:47:23 PM Pichu-kun
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** 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. Characters from "oddball" lines such as the ponies and ponies were almost always excluded from adaptations, possibly due to their unusual looks. 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).

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** 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. Characters from "oddball" lines such as the ponies Twice as Fancy ponies, So Soft ponies, and Sparkle ponies were almost always excluded from adaptations, possibly due to their unusual looks. 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).



* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Traditionally, the only colors to ''not'' be used for ponies (odd variations aside) are black, brown and grey. ''Friendship is Magic'' is the first to truly incorporate these colors as well, though somewhat limits it to its male ponies, who aren't nearly as colorful as the females.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Inverted, when you compare the series to those issued by Takara in Japan in the 80s.

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* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Traditionally, the only colors to ''not'' be used for ponies (odd variations aside) are black, brown brown, and grey. ''Friendship is Magic'' is the first to truly incorporate these colors as well, though somewhat limits it to its male ponies, who aren't nearly as colorful as the females.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Inverted, when you compare the series to those issued by Takara in Japan in the 80s. The Japanese toys were cuter than the main line and were [[AnthropomorphicShift bipedal]].
* {{Animesque}}:
** The G1 tv specials were animated by Japanese studios, giving them an accidentally animesque look.
** The design of G3 ponies are essentially G1 designs with an animesque coating.
** G4's cartoon and comics are animesque in style more than character design. They take inspiration from MagicalGirl works.



** A noteworthy case was Wind Whistler. In the UK comics and toys she's a scatter-brained [[TheDitz ditz]], in the cartoon she's TheSpock and TheStoic.

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** A noteworthy case was Wind Whistler. In the UK comics and toys she's a scatter-brained [[TheDitz ditz]], in the American cartoon she's TheSpock and TheStoic. According to her back card, the comic personality is truer to her original personality.



** 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 the G1 cartoons added CanonForeigner and TheOneGuy Danny (Megan's and Molly's brother)

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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 the G1 cartoons added CanonForeigner and TheOneGuy Danny (Megan's and Molly's brother)brother) Eventually humans were phased out and don't seem to exist in the same universe as the ponies anymore.



** G1 was the only gen to feature elaborate lines throughout most of the years. Future gens didn't have gimicky lines like Twinkle-Eyed ponies or Sparkle ponies.
** Very early on dragons were treated as servants or even pets. Later on they became treated more on par with ponies and are instead assistants.



* 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.

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* 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 and the G3 baby ponies also have no known parents.



* {{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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* LateInstallmentWeirdness:
** G3 ditched the "baby ponies" naming convention that had existed since G1 near the end. The first few ponies were "Baby [x]" but eventually they scrapped the "baby" part,
** The "core 7" reboot of G3 started the trend of a few ponies being the main characters. G4 followed suit. Though misc. ponies get released, the toyline mainly focuses on the Mane Six. G4 is also the first line where the cartoons are the main canon. Though the writers still [[ExecutiveMeddling get influenced by Hasbro]], the toys are merchandise for the cartoons instead of the other way around.
* {{Manchild}}: Most of the Ponies 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.



* 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. 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]] 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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* NoHuggingNoKissing: In other series than G3 there's the occasional romance, but other than that and [[spoiler:one post-wedding kiss in G4]] and the Happy Families line in G3 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]] 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. It becomes even more confusing why so many ponies have foals but the fathers are never mentioned. The G1 comics handwaved this by saying they're clones, but it's unknown if that explanation is G1 comic-only or not.



** In G1 there were other baby dragons besides Spike. Apparently dragons can also be pets in "G1", and as such Spike is 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''. "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 G1 there were other baby dragons besides Spike.Spike, however they were only ever adapted into the comics. Apparently dragons can also be pets in "G1", and as such Spike is 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''. "G1" Comic Spike also has other dragon relatives he sometimes visits, whereas every other Spike is the only dragon around.)
8th Aug '17 5:28:39 PM Pichu-kun
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* A kid's stage show starring people dressed in pony costumes.



* ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4'': The page for Friendship is Magic in general.

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* ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4'': The page for Friendship ''Friendship is Magic Magic'' in general.



** 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).
** None of the G1 dragons besides Spike have ever appeared in animated format. They were prominent in the 80s UK comics but not elsewhere.

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** 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. Characters from "oddball" lines such as the ponies and ponies were almost always excluded from adaptations, possibly due to their unusual looks. 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).
** None of the G1 dragons besides Spike have ever appeared in animated format. They were prominent in the 80s UK comics but not elsewhere. Similarly, most non-pony characters such as Kingsley or Creamsicle were never adapted.
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