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* AbridgedSeries:
** ''MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries'' starts with "The Ticket Master" in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUn86Yy7-IA its first episode]], and is currently the series with the second most episodes, although it was one of the last to start up.
** ''MyLittlePonyCamaraderieIsSupernatural'', which started as an AprilFoolsDay joke by the SonicF team. Name-drops a lot of tropes.
** ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' currently has six episodes, a ton of MoodDissonance, [[{{Music/Friday}} and quite]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots a few]] [[DroppedABridgetOnHim little]] [[YuriFangirl surprises]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/user/MLPFiMAbridged My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Abridged]] had a go at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApJayBaGtmU episode 1]]. Responses were mixed, which they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31LEqC-E6PI gracefully acknowledged]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL52524014E0DA1AE6 My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Lost Episodes]] is essentially what you get if you make an AbridgedSeries with no planning or effort put into it whatsoever and yet still make it hilarious.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA247E6307DF7545E&feature=plcp Pwnies]]'' is currently the series with the most episodes.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/ponypokey#p/u Friendship is Magic: The Ultimate Abridged Series]]''.
* AbsenteeActor: Here is a list of characters and the episodes they don't appear in:
** Twilight Sparkle: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "Sisterhooves Social"]],[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]], and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]].
** Applejack: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Stare Master"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy "Hurricane Fluttershy"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor "Green Isn't Your Color"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend In Deed"]].
** Pinkie Pie: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep "Look Before You Sleep"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Stare Master"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "Sisterhooves Social"]],[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]][[hottip:*:according to HappyMeal.com's Pinkie Pie interview, she "celebrated by having the best Hearts and Hooves party ever with every pony in Ponyville!"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy "Hurricane Fluttershy"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters "Boast Busters"]].
** Rainbow Dash: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep "Look Before You Sleep"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen "Feeling Pinkie Keen"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Stare Master"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "Sisterhooves Social"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]] and[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox "The Cutie Pox"]].
** Rarity: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen "Feeling Pinkie Keen"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]][[hottip:*:[[http://comments.deviantart.com/4/1603670/2248019348 she was in the script but was cut out]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]] ,[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy "Hurricane Fluttershy"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends "Fall Weather Friends"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend In Deed"]].
** Fluttershy: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep "Look Before You Sleep"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "Sisterhooves Social"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox "The Cutie Pox"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters "Boast Busters"]],[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends "Fall Weather Friends"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend In Deed"]].
** Spike: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep "Look Before You Sleep"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom "Sonic Rainboom"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Stare Master"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet and Elite"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup "The Last Roundup"]],[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend In Deed"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress "MMMystery On The Friendship Express"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof "A Bird in the Hoof"]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes "Baby Cakes"]].
* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: Everypony living at Sweet Apple Acres wears exactly one accessory each: Applejack's cowboy hat, Big Macintosh's horse collar, Apple Bloom's hair bow, and Granny Smith's bandanna.
** All ponies occasionally wear some accessories. Most notably, there's the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] six's dresses for the Grand Galloping Gala. Other accessories are mostly used for visual gags and tend to be gone in the next scene.
*** Meanwhile, the ponies in Canterlot are shown wearing a lot of different outfits and accessories, possibly related to the difference in wealth between Ponyville and Canterlot.
%% Actor Allusion on Discord is a character trope, so please do not add it here.
* ActorAllusion: Despite not being a direct allusion to her, this isn't the first show TaraStrong has done where [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4dnvevkn11r78gaio1_1280.jpg a character with a color theme of green and purple has had a bit of a crush on a character with a purple, white, and blue color theme.]] In this case, Twilight Sparkle's (who is voiced by Tara) assistant Spike, and Rarity.
** Also, Twilight asks if she looks like she knows how to speak squirrel. TaraStrong's role as Bubbles in {{The Power Puff Girls}} did know how to speak with squirrels.
*** Another one for Tara. [[TheFairlyOddParents This isn't the first show she's done where her character has had an antagonistic relationship with someone named Trixie.]]
* AdaptationDistillation: Could be considered one for the previous generation cartoons. This show combines the fantasy & adventure elements of the [[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials original]] [[MyLittlePonyTheMovie G1]] [[MyLittlePonyAndFriends cartoons]], the SliceOfLife style of ''[[MyLittlePonyTales Tales]]'', and most of the main cast are re-imagined [[MyLittlePonyG3 G3 characters]]
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: This show does this ''a lot''.
** The episode list for season 1 alone gives us "The Mare in the Moon", "Boast Busters", "Call of the Cutie", "Fall Weather Friends", "Suited for Success", "The Show-Stoppers", "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", and arguably "Owl's Well that Ends Well". And now season 2 has "Sisterhooves Social", "Hearts and Hooves Day", "The Mysterious Mare-do-well", and most notably [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy Six-Thousand".]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]", Twilight has this to say to Applejack:
--->'''Twilight:''' Your applebucking hasn't just caused you problems; it's over-propelled a pegasus, practically poisoned plenty of ponies, and terrorized bushels of brand-new bouncing baby bunnies.
** First mentioned in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]", ''the'' annual event everypony wants to attend is called the Grand Galloping Gala.
*** ...full of pretty party ponies.
*** Although Spike [[BlatantLies doesn't want any part]] of that Girly Gala Gunk.
*** Additionally, a majority of Pinkie's list of things that will be at the Gala.
----> '''Pinkie Pie:'''... pinwheels and pinatas and pin-cushions. With goodies like sugar cubes and sugar canes and sundaes and sun-beams and sarsaparilla!
** During "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]", Pinkie Pie thinks she misjudged Gilda and wonders if she's "Just a big jealous judgmental [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment jealous-jealousy-pants]]".
** The first episode features the Summer Sun Celebration.
** Near the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited for Success]]", Pinkie Pie apologizes to Rarity claiming that everypony is "So super sorry."
** At the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]", Twilight asks Spike to grab her copy of the ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Astronomical Astronomer's Almanac to All Things Astronomy]]''.
*** ...which she needs for the meteor shower, a centennial celebration.
*** There are also Ferrets of Fairyland, Two-headed Mythological Mysteries, and Magical Mysteries and Practical Potions.
*** What a fantastical fluffalicious feathery little friend!
*** That or Freaky Feathers.
** Pinkie Pie's "Giggle at the Ghostly" has a bunch of alliterations as well.
** Cutie Mark Crusaders Creature Catchers!
** Precious pony-pedi(cure) will be preserved.
** Lampshaded in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox The Cutie Pox]]":
--->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Cutie Pox: This puzzling pony plague afflicted a population of ponies back in the Paleo-Pony period!
--->'''Spike:''' Heh, say that ten times fast!
** About 50% of the dialogue in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Twilight Sparkle (especially in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]," "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]," and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetandElite Sweet and Elite]]").
** Apple Bloom's friend Twist from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]".
** As of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed her debut episode]], Princess Luna.
** Rainbow Dash, despite her position as the token jock of the group. From squealing and repeating "Oh my gosh" multiple times rapidly due to finally meeting the Wonderbolts, to eagerly dressing up in sweater vests to pose with pets and discovering a love of books, Dash can show off a dorky side when she wants to.
* AdultChild: The main characters are mature enough to live independently and have jobs, but frequently act as though they were in their mid to late teens. It's interesting though that their "mature" traits mainly concern social relations, while their "childishness" is more present in their immediate behavior. It [[JustifiedTrope sort of fits]] with the life-cycle of actual horses: a foal can walk within minutes of birth, unlike a baby human. WordOfGod has it that the ponies are at the physical maturity for ponies equivalent to human teenagers, but mentally more advanced than that period, but of course superseded [[RuleOfFunny when appropriate]].
* {{Aesop}}: Every episode ends with one, quite literally in the case of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]". "If you try to please everypony, you oftentimes end up pleasing nopony -- especially yourself," was the moral of an actual Aesop's Fable.[[note]][[CaptainObvious Although Aesop's wording was a little different, as he was talking about hominids rather than small horses.]][[/note]]
** Completely subverted in [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Super Speedy]] [[ManVersusMachine Cider Squeezy 6000]], where Applejack begins talking out the letter, then just drops the serious tone, as she knew the moral already.
---> '''Applejack:''' Dear Princess Celestia... '''*clears throat*''' I DIDN'T LEARN ANYTHING!
* AesopAmnesia: A bit of a RunningGag with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, who ignore any moral about not trying to force their cutie marks to appear.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: The Canadian live show.
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Any of the gems Rarity finds.
* AllThereInTheScript: Besides several character names (see the [[Characters/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Characters pages]] for those), some other names have only come up outside of the show: [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Golden Oaks Library/Golden Oak Library]]/[[AdaptationNameChange Books and Branches Library]][[note]]the Ponyville library, named on its and Spike's [[http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/BravoGangUS/d49937f6.jpg trading]] [[http://theponyartcollection.tumblr.com/post/26391213917/pets-and-spike cards]], in the ''Stuck On Stories'' storybook, in the ''Sparkle World'' story ''Spooky Slumber Party!'', on a TreehouseTV [[http://promos.treehousetv.com/mlp-express/default.aspx web page]], [[http://mlparena.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=3413942.html#3413942 at a Hasbro seminar]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM651CNDF2U in a Swedish book]], and [[http://www.bronies.de/showthread.php?tid=55&pid=52894#pid52894 in a German magazine story]]; also given an alternate name in TheHub's ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/club Club Hub]]''[[/note]], (Sweetie Belle's) Ice Cream Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual first car, named in the toys[[/note]], (Fluttershy's) Nursery Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual second car, named in the toys[[/note]], Pie Family Rock Farms[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Pie family's rock farm]] outside of Ponyville, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Pony Joe's[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pony Joe's]] donut store in Canterlot, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Ponyville Schoolhouse[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Ponyville schoolhouse]], named in the toys, [[http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/BravoGangUS/d49937f6.jpg on its trading card]], and in [[https://twitter.com/MyLittlePony/status/216173472844496896 a tweet]] by Hasbro's ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' {{Twitter}}[[/note]], (Applejack's) Sweet Apple Barn[[note]]the Sweet Apple Acres barn, named in the toys[[/note]], and (Twilight Sparkle's) Twinkling Balloon[[note]]the hot air balloon, named in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMatVdLyHq8 this]] toy commercial and in the toys[[/note]]. Additionally, "Glimmer Wings" may be the term for ponies with wings like the ones Rarity gets in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", as they're similar to those of the Glimmer Wings toy ponies.
* AlphaBitch: One of the most important lessons Lauren Faust seems to want to teach girls is how to deal with bitches without becoming one yourself. Examples include:
** Gilda
** ''The Great and Powerful'' Trixie
** Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, the two fillies who bully Apple Bloom at school.
** [[spoiler: The corrupted (by Discord) Rarity and Fluttershy act like this in the two first episodes of the second season.]]
** The two mares who hassle Fluttershy at the asparagus stand in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]], who also talk like [[ValleyGirl valley girls]].
* AlternateContinuity: At least four of them, as the {{Novelization}}s (including the storybooks and the magazine stories) and the Canadian live show adapt some of the same episodes.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Italian version has a different opening song. It can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FVqFN_Hn20 here]]. An instrumental of the original theme tune is played over each episode's title card, however.
** And now it has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7dchiYx5Hzo extended version]].
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: While real horses and ponies come in a variety of colors, the ponies of Equestria seems to come in color combinations ranging from [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Doctor_Whooves believable]] to flat-out garish (like [[AllThereInTheScript Merry May]], a pegasus with a lime coat and a magenta mane).
* AmbidextrousSprite: Since ponies are made of Flash objects, they--or parts of them--often appear mirrored. It's more complicated than a simple flip, though. The ponies seem to have a "good side" that, in nearly every shot, starts out facing the camera. When a pony turns around while visible in a shot, all of her features remain left-right consistent, and the other side shows--unless they turn around very quickly, in which case the Flash object gets flipped, and the "good side" stays to the fore.
** This is especially prominent in the case of Fluttershy and Rarity, whose manes can obscure their faces. They always begin every shot with their bangs out of their faces, whether facing right or left, ''except'' when the shot calls for Fluttershy to look [[PeekABangs extra shy]] or Rarity to look worried or depressed. The highlights in Twilight's hair also change sides depending on which direction she's facing, with the pink highlight closest to the camera. On head-on shots, the pink highlight seems to default to being on Twilight's left (the viewers' right) side of her hair.
** Another fairly obvious one is Zecora, as she has her gold ringlets on the left side of her forelegs. However when ever her flash object is flipped the gold ringlets flip with her, putting the ringlets on the other side. This is also apparent in short gags such as the telescope gag in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon The Brush Off]]", as the smudge on Dash's eye is on her left eye, when she looks in the pond, she has been flipped and it is shown over the right eye.
** A mild case occurs with Spike, who is usually shown writing letters with his right hand. On occasion, he's shown writing letters with his left hand, and in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]" is shown alternating hands while writing the friendship report.
%% Ponies have been definitively established as having cutie marks on both sides now. It no longer falls under this trope.
** One building in Ponyville (presumably a joke shop) has a sign shaped like a pony's head, wearing a [[PrankInjuries fake arrow]]. The arrow always points away from the camera.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The sea serpent. The meme where it implies Rarity kills him is even called "Rarity Kills A Gay Dragon"
* AmbitionIsEvil: Notably, admirably, and satisfyingly subverted or averted at almost every opportunity. Rarity in particular has not received karmic punishment for daring to want to succeed, but only when such desire cuts ahead of her friends.
* AnachronicOrder: A consequence of the episodic nature of the series. One brony [[http://russelh.deviantart.com/art/Pony-Chronology-v2-216785653 tried to order the first season's episodes correctly]], but goodness knows whether he's even close. Some key points stand out:
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]", which takes place at the beginning of fall, aired after "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap Up]]", which takes place at the end of winter.
** The dresses Rarity makes in episode 14, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]", appear very briefly in episode 10, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]".
** Pinkie Pie's rant about Rainbow Dash in the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]" seems remarkably similar to Rainbow's Sonic Rainboom during [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom the episode of the same name]], an event that happens a full ten episodes later.
** [[http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=83177&view=findpost&p=1952966 According to one of the layout artists]], episodes 1 through 36 were aired in production order (the same numbering that Hasbro and TheHub have gone with)--episodes 37 through 39 are OutOfOrder in broadcast order and iTunes order ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]" being moved from after "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]]" & "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]" to before them). WordOfGod says their main priority was to make sure young viewers (the ''actual'' target demographic) understood how the world works with the ponies being in charge of changing the seasons, and that little--if any--effort went into ensuring a coherent timeline.
** The ''Sparkle World'' [[TieInNovel story]] ''The Magic of Friendship'' implies that "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" takes place when Twilight and Spike were still new to Ponyville. The story states that Twilight and Spike hadn't lived in Ponyville very long and refers to the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] six as their new friends, yet later in the story Rainbow Dash performs a Sonic Rainboom for what would have to be at least the third time, placing "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" early in the series' chronology.
* AnachronismStew: The ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/shop/details.cfm?guid=756C0547-5056-900B-10C1-5412D2955797 Ponyville Schoolhouse]]'' toy has a picture that shows present-day fillies Sweetie Belle and Sunny Daze alongside the filly versions of Pinkie Pie, Cheerilee, and the pony who was dressed as a flower for the play in Rarity's {{flashback}} during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]". Not necessarily an error, since the picture isn't stated to be a real photo.
* AndIMustScream:
** Nightmare Moon was banished into the moon by her older sister for one thousand years before being able to escape. She's at least aware of how long she's been gone.
** Discord was imprisoned in stone by Luna and Princess Celestia, and outright states that it's quite lonely being encased in stone, proving he was entirely aware of his time in there. [[spoiler:He gets put back in short order.]]
** Twilight gets turned to stone in "Stare Master", though she seems to have been unconscious for the duration. Consider that it happened during what she thought was just a routine errand, and if no one had found her...
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The rewards for earning points in ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlp-adventures-in-ponyville Adventures in Ponyville]]''.
** Also pops up in the cartoon proper a few times. In "Winter Wrap Up", Twilight is rewarded with a special team vest for her efforts (she was left out of the initial planning because she's new in town, so she didn't have a team vest).
* AnimationBump[=/=]ArtEvolution: Season 2's animation is more fluid and detailed than that of season 1.
** During longer musical numbers (especially in season 2), the animation has a notable improvement. For example, you can see the pony's hair flowing and bouncing better, instead of a single object being stretched and moved around.
* {{Animesque}}: ''Friendship Is Magic'' continues this precedent set by the G3.5 cartoons, with even bigger eyes and smaller snouts (but less humanlike qualities for the ponies, see below). It's particularly noticeable with the MagicalGirl theme of the second episode, the use of QuiveringEyes and SpeedStripes, and the "n_n" expression the characters often get when they smile.
** The style of this show is very reminiscent of [[ThePowerpuffGirls something]] [[FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends else]] too.
* AnthropomorphicShift: Inverted. In later incarnations, ponies were gradually becoming less horse-like and more human-like, walking on their hind legs, [[FeatherFingers using their front legs as hands]], wearing human clothes, etc. In this series, they are much closer to original form, using mouths to manipulate objects, hauling carriages, eating hay and sugarcubes, and halters and saddles are fashion items.
** However, there are still instances where they take on human poses when it's awkward otherwise or if it's part of a gag (hoof gestures, sitting upright on benches, etc.).
** And then of course there's Lyra Heartstrings.
** Played straight on season 2. The current season has seen more human like behavior and poses and less pony like behavior and poses compared to season 1. Former show runner LaurenFaust has shown a couple of responses regarding to this change like [[http://tinyurl.com/5wotctk her reaction]] to the [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/friendship-is-magic-billboard.html Bridlemaids billboard ad]] and the [[http://tinyurl.com/7653xod "put up your dukes" scene]] in the episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]''.
* AnthropomorphicZigZag: The ponies are sometimes more human-like in TheMerch and the ExpandedUniverse. For example, some of the German [[ComicBookAdaptation comics]] have them act more like bipeds, to the point of [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter running around on their hind legs]] to play [[TheBeautifulGame soccer]] or have a SnowballFight. And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtUFeDB7gg this]] SpinOffBabies toy commercial...
* AntiVillain: A number of antagonists on this show are portrayed sympathetically on some level or another.
** The dragon whose snoring causes Ponyville to be clouded in smoke breaks down in tears [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone after Fluttershy explains why what he's doing is wrong]]. Fluttershy later follows this up by saying "you're not a bad dragon; you just made a bad decision".
** The cockatrice Fluttershy confronts [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas backs down on hearing that his mother might find out what he's been up to]].
** Even the "good" guys are occasionally driven to being villains in a sense; "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]" involves Spike fearing that the owl will take away the admiration Spike's become so accustomed to, and eventually resorting to trying to make it look like the owl ate a mouse. He's caught in the act, leading Twilight to give Spike a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech so harsh that Spike ends up thinking she doesn't love him anymore. He runs away, ending up near a dragon, only to be saved by Twilight Sparkle and the owl.
*** Even Fluttershy isn't immune. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]" she [[{{Yandere}} tries to force shy palace creatures to love her]]. Doesn't happen. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]]", she tries to become more assertive and [[TookALevelInJerkAss ends up just becoming a bad-tempered jerk]].
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]" Twilight Sparkle becomes so fixated on solving a problem in Ponyville in time for a weekly message routine for Celestia she reverts to ''creating one'' by trying cause a rift between the Cutie Mark Crusaders. The fact her neuroses had broken her into [[SanitySlippage out and out raving insanity]] didn't help one bit. In a reversal of the previous example, Spike has to bring her out of it.
** A common sub-variety of these cases would be "creature who seems vicious but is just angry".
*** The Ursa Minor from "Boast Busters" causes a lot of damage to Ponyville, but is only angry because Snips and Snails woke him up and Trixie's efforts to stop him only made him madder.
*** Episode 2 has a thrashing sea serpent who's [[IBrokeANail just upset about his mustache being cut in half]], and a manticore who's just in pain from a thorn in his paw. The former calms down after Rarity cuts off half of her tail to replace the severed part of his mustache, the latter after being comforted by Fluttershy, and they each show signs of thankfulness for this.
* AprilFoolsDay:
** From 2012, [[TheMerch WeLoveFine]]'s [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/04/new-welovefine-product-hoof-hands.html hoof-hands]]. Trying to add them to your cart rewarded you with a 15% off code that lasted until Monday April 2nd 11:59pm.
** New episodes of Season 1 normally aired every Friday. April 1st, 2011 fell on a Friday, but that day a rerun of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]" aired. "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", which cemented Celestia's reputation as "Trollestia" to the [[PeripheryDemographic fans]], aired the following week, on April 8th. Draw your own conclusions.
* AprilFoolsPlot: While not set on April Fools Day, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]" has the elements of the trope.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In the second season finale, Chrysalis has kidnapped Cadence, hypnotized anypony who found out her secret, hypnotized Shining Armor, fooled and defeated Princess Celestia and the Elements of Harmony and threatens to drain Equestria of all love. And the worst part? [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous She doesn't even love the groom]] and [[CompleteMonster she won't partake in any cake]].
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", everypony mentions hearing the boom caused by the sonic rainboom before seeing the rainbow; in reality, it should be the other way around, since light travels faster than sound.
** On the same subject, in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", Rainbow Dash did supersonic speed dashing, including a tight turn at that high speed, and everypony involved survived with all of their internal organs intact.
** There's a video making the rounds on KnowYourMeme with a physics student doing a presentation on the show, specifically about three physical impossibilities he noted. The Sonic Rainboom was one -- only on the basis of the Mach Cone that was shown -- but the rest involved gravity physics. He noted that Applejack could not have catapulted Rainbow Dash any higher than the point she jumped off of (unless she happened to be made of dark matter), and that small cloud of butterflies could not possibly save Fluttershy from [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou falling to her death]] (unless the butterflies were also made of dark matter).
** By realistic standards, pegasus ponies would have to weigh almost nothing to walk on clouds. This one is at least handwaved as an ability they possess which other ponies do not, which means it's probably magic. This may also justify Fluttershy's ability to survive a fatal fall by landing on butterflies.
*** One could also argue that due to their ability to fly, pegasi must have extremely hollow bones, like those of a bird. Rainbow Dash would be extremely light, making it possible for Applejack to catapult her the way she did.
*** It has been shown on several occasions that Rainbow Dash is [[MadeOfIron very durable and resistant to pain]]. While hollow bones would explain Applejack being able to toss her in the air on the seesaw, they would likely shatter when she hits something full speed, which happens every other episode.
*** Rainbow Dash's crashing probably overlaps with AmusingInjuries.
** In the MLP universe, rainbows are actual matter (with a very spicy flavor, I might add), and depending on the mass of whatever substance rainbows are made of, hearing the boom first may actually be reasonable. Magic can explain away just about everything else. Since Twilight needed to cast a cloud-walking spell for unicorns and earth ponies to walk on clouds, it's reasonable to think pegasi have that magic as an innate ability. [[RequiredSecondaryPowers Rainbow Dash can fly extremely fast and do a Sonic Rainboom because that's her unique talent, so she's probably innately resilient to those extreme forces.]] [[FanWank Fluttershy being saved by butterflies is probably a consequence of her cloud-walking ability, and Applejack launching Rainbow Dash so far in the sky could similarly be a consequence of her being an earth pony.]]
* ArtEvolution: Generally, the animators seem to really have hit their stride in Season 2.
** With the animating work more or less finished for regular-bodied ponies, the team appears to be putting in an effort to introduce new body types.
** Character animation is now more fluid and the backgrounds much more detailed.
** The animating quirk of Applejack losing her freckles when running has been corrected as of Season 2.
*** Unfortunately, it still seems they forget to keep her hat on every now and again.
** It's a rather subtle difference, but Celestia does not have a magical levitation aura over the letter she receives in the first season's opening. In the second season's opening however, she is clearly levitating the letter with her yellow magical aura.
*** The letter also has a glossy sheen added in season 2.
** Spike's proportions have shifted slightly to make him less chubby-looking and as of Season 2 his coloring is a bit richer, with darker purple and brighter green.
* ArtShift: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtUFeDB7gg The]] [[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/ru_RU/play/details.cfm?R=3D70B561-5056-900B-1038-98249F2C86CF:ru_RU two]] SpinOffBabies toy commercials are traditionally animated, as opposed to the AdobeFlash animation used by the series itself (and the other TV ads).
** Also, the episode "A Friend in Deed" has a felt animated sequence, crossing over into the main animation due to Pinkie Pie being Pinkie Pie.
** "[=MMMystery=] on the Friendship Express" does this when Pinkie Pie is giving her theories about who took a bite out of [[ItMakesSenseInContext MMMM]]. The first shift is to an old western movie, the second is noticeably brighter and paler and is a parody of James Bond movies, and the third becomes slightly darker than usual to reflect that of a "Ninja movie."
%% Do not list things that were actually in the show before the meme. Also do not confuse with the trope "Ascended Fanon".
* AscendedMeme: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTPqjKk_xCo This promo]] from TheHub uses "bronies".
** After [[CommercialPopUp popping up]] in a live-stream and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJelKyxtXXU fighting the Wonderbolts]] in a video from one of the show's animators, {{Magneto}} (or [[CaptainErsatz Magneighto]], at least) eventually got some official recognition on a [[TheMerch licensed shirt & hoodie]], though these eventually stopped being available.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p50-oWY1pFE This]] [[TheHub Hub]] promo name-checks "DJ Pon3". One of the apps is called Derp-Zam (a riff on the Shazam app), most likely after fan-named character Derpy Hooves, and there's a ShoutOut to fan blog Equestria Daily.
* AsHimself: Tori Spelling in some of TheHub's promos ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7KV68mCHYc this commercial]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44OUB98t8zw these bumpers]]) for "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2]]".
* AsideGlance: Pinkie Pie does this in the final shot of "Bridle Gossip", [[http://comments.deviantart.com/4/1292609/1796592705 when she's supposed to be looking at Rainbow Dash]]. She does it again, this time intentionally, in "Lesson Zero". There's also a random instance of her looking at the camera in "Elements of Harmony".
* AssKicksYou:
** Rarity does it to Twilight in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]".
** Pinkie Pie does it to [[ButtMonkey Twilight]] and Fluttershy when dancing in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]", and later does it to Rainbow Dash during her "Crazy Town" party.
** [[spoiler:Fluttershy, after being corrupted by Discord, pulls off a particularly malevolent one on Pinkie in "The Return of Harmony, Part 1".]]
** Derpy's ass, according to "The Last Roundup", is a force of destruction upon Ponyville.
* AudibleSharpness: The scale Rarity pulled off of the sea serpent.
** Same for Pinkie Pie's brass cymbals during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]".
** And, the wings of Princess Celestia's pegasi guards.
** [[spoiler:When the Wonderbolts were fighting off Spike-zilla]]
* AudioAdaptation: There are two German albums in CD and [=MP3=] formats, each album containing two ''Freundschaft ist Magie'' episodes. Volume 1, ''Ein Auftrag von Prinzessin Celestia'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon "Ein Auftrag von Prinzessin Celestia (Teil 1)"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony "Ein Auftrag von Prinzessin Celestia (Teil 2)"]]. Volume 2, ''Apfelschüttelernte'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "Eine Freundin hat's nicht leicht"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason "Apfelschüttelernte"]].
* [[AWizardDidIt A Unicorn Pony Did It]]: This is what [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/exclusive-season-1-retrospective.html Lauren Faust]] tells herself every time an electrical device has to show up.
** Observed in The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000, where said machine is actually shown to be powered by the Flim-Flam brothers' magic.
* AuthorAppeal: WordOfGod is that the show's adult-oriented in-jokes and references are included simply due to the [[http://www.mlponies.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=179&p=71982#p71982 creators' personal entertainment.]]
** To sum up:
--->So as to who they're performing for, it's not us, it's not 6-year-old kids, it's themselves. They're just doing what they think makes the show as great as they can, to entertain each other as best they know how. In other words, the creative team on this show really is just having that much fun making it. Best thing I could ever have heard.
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* BadassDamsel: Fluttershy and Rarity can become this if need arises, Fluttershy particularly: she's berated a dragon hundreds of times her size for hurting her friends until it burst into tears, and she once stared down and chewed out a cockatrice (even going so far as to threaten to tell its mother on it) ''as it slowly turned her to stone''. Rarity, when kidnapped by the Diamond Dogs to be put to work, trolled them all into submission to the point where they beg her friends to take her back, and even BRIBED them with the gems they had been using Rarity to collect. The mares of Appleloosa in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]" took this trope and ran to the hills with it: some of them were ''boxing and holding their own'' against buffalo several times bigger and heavier than them.
* BadassMustache: One of Twilight's powers is to make these grow on people. It doesn't help Spike woo Rarity, but he assumes that if he had a [[BadassBeard beard]], too...
** There are plenty of them in Apple-loosa as well, especially Sheriff Silver Star.
** There was also the tennis playing pony from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]".
** [[FanNickname Steven Magnet]] prides himself on his mustache. Could be an {{inversion}} of BadassMustache, because it just makes him even sissier.
** Leaves form the effect on Applejack in "Secret of My Excess" when she stoically asks Twilight to get her rope to go after Spike.
* BalloonBelly: Twilight Sparkle gains one in the first episode after meeting Applejack's family and being persuaded to stay for brunch.
** Also happens to Spike in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]".
** And the same thing again happens to [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie]] at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery On The Friendship Express]]".
* BatmanGambit: Princess Celestia's response to Twilight Sparkle's first letter sets this up.
** And later Celestia inviting Twilight's friends to the Grand Galloping Gala so they can mess it up.
* BeamMeUpScotty: The phrase "love and tolerance"/"love and tolerate" (which originated from an ImageMacro) is usually associated with this show, but it's only [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=875 been]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1059 used]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=2418 on]] one [[TheMerch officially licensed shirt]] (and in the description of another [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1600 shirt]] and [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1672 hoodie]]), not in the show itself.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn:
** For the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] six:
*** Beauty: Rarity and Fluttershy
*** Brains: Twilight and Pinkie (after all, she's smarter than she looks.)
*** Brawn: Applejack and Rainbow Dash
** For the Cutie Mark Crusaders:
*** Beauty: Sweetie Belle
*** Brains: Apple Bloom
*** Brawn: Scootaloo
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A recurring theme in the series, though this series uses it in [[LighterAndSofter a more lighthearted way]] than it's usually used.
** The first two episodes of the first season seem to have a hint of this, with Twilight Sparkle at first not wanting to make new friends, only to find out later that "just when I learn how wonderful it is to have friends, I have to leave them." That is a milder case, though, [[spoiler:as it turns out Celestia lets Twilight stay in Ponyville with her new friends anyway]].
** In "Green Isn't Your Color" the theme has been doubled! Rarity getting what she thought she wanted earlier on left her making the same mistake in the opposite direction later on.
*** Rarity insists earlier on that she wants Fluttershy to become a model. As a result, Fluttershy becomes so famous that Rarity gets ''very'' jealous.
---->'''Rarity:''' I'M the one who should be mobbed by strangers wherever I go!
*** Later on Rarity explains this was her reason for standing up for Fluttershy; in her jealousy, she thought she wanted something embarrassing to happen to Fluttershy on-stage, but she felt extremely guilty when it actually ''did.''
** "Sisterhooves Social" has Rarity wanting to get away from Sweetie Belle earlier on but missing her later on.
** In "The Cutie Pox", Apple Bloom uses a magical flower called "Heart's Desire" to finally get her Cutie Mark. Unfortunately, over the course of the day she gets several ''more'' cutie marks, each of which brings [[BlessedWithSuck both a new talent and a compulsion to practice that talent endlessly]], whether it's window-washing, tap-dancing, speaking French, or ''lion-taming''.
** A hint of this also shows up in "May The Best Pet Win," with Rainbow Dash insisting earlier on that she wanted a fast, agile, flying animal for a pet... and after putting the animals through competitions testing these (among other) traits she found out that the falcon met her standards the most... but by the time she found this out, she had evidently changed her mind about what she wanted in a pet after all, as she clearly wasn't happy about being told that the falcon won. [[spoiler:Of course, she found out a [[LoopholeAbuse loophole]] in her rules that allowed her to adopt a tortoise instead, in a clear contrast to what she at first wanted.]]
** Pinkie Pie runs into this trope head-on in "Baby Cakes." She begs the Cakes for a chance to babysit their newborn twins, but ends up running herself ragged after they let her do it.
* TheBechdelTest: Passes easily, since nearly everyone is female. In fact, you can barely find two ''males'' having a conversation. %%Please stop editing this to make references to the amount of interest in romantic relationships, since it's not about that. Go read the actual article for the Bechdel Test instead.
* BerserkButton: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You. Do. Not. Hurt. Fluttershy's. Friends.]]
** If you break a [[PinkySwear Pinkie Pie Promise]], Pinkie Pie will '''''END you.'''''
** Try threatening Spike when Rarity is around. [[SchmuckBait Go on, try it]].
** Going meta, altering Derpy Hooves is the fandom's BerserkButton.
* BigBad: The show doesn't have one overall or any lasting ones, since it operates on a MonsterOfTheWeek basis. Even the serious villains ([[MadGod Nightmare Moon]], [[ManipulativeBastard Discord]] and [[CompleteMonster Queen Chrysalis]]) each only get to be BigBad for one two-episode story. This actually means that the biggest BigBad so far is... the Grand Galloping Gala, the big party the ponies are looking forward to, which causes trouble in a whole three episodes ("The Ticket Master", "Suited for Success" and "The Best Night Ever"). However, see BiggerBad below for hints of something that might qualify if it became more actively involved.
* BigBallOfViolence: Numerous times.
** Applejack and Rainbow Dash's fight at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]".
** Spike versus a chicken in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]". Spike loses.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders in the season 2 premiere.
** Twilight gets into one with [[spoiler: greyscale Applejack and Pinkie Pie over a book... and WINS]]
** Fluttershy slugs it out with a stallion who tries to cut ahead of her for a taxi in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]]." She wins easily, having taken her assertiveness training a little too seriously.
** Taken UpToEleven with almost all of Ponyville forming into dozens of violence balls in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]".
* BigEater: Spike, Pinkie Pie, and Snails are no slouches in this department, but the Parasprites, swarming insects not unlike locusts, beat them all by a landslide.
** Applejack fits this one to a lesser extent. She can stuff an entire apple in her mouth, chew it up (core and all), and swallow it in one bite. During "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]", she does the same with one of Rarity's s'mores and demonstrates lousy table manners by burping afterward.
** [[spoiler: Rarity's and]] Sweetie Belle's performance in the pie-eating leg of the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]] might qualify them for this when they are properly motivated.
* BiggerBad: Possibly. It's been hinted at by WordOfGod that ''something'' corrupted Luna and may have had something to do with Discord's escape.
* BiggerOnTheInside: In general, the exterior shapes don't match the interiors of the houses and buildings shown in the cartoon.
** To name two examples: during the pilot, Pinkie Pie stuffed almost the entire population of Ponyville into a single room of Twilight's library, and the size of Sugarcube Corner doesn't match the inside (Pinkie Pie's room being the biggest offender).
* BigFancyCastle: [[WordOfGod Lauren Faust says]] that the city of Canterlot, built into the side of a mountain, is a ShoutOut to [[TheLordOfTheRings Minas Tirith]].
* BigNo: Spike does this twice in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]" -- once just after Rarity is kidnapped and again after he and the other ponies fall into the lair of the Diamond Dogs and realize they have no idea which way to go. Both of them were right before the commercial breaks, too. Maybe he just doesn't like commercials.
** After putting up with lots of "cute" things and conversations, Scootaloo does one at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]" when her crusader friends give her a group hug and Fluttershy announces she's going to sing another "cute" song.
** [[spoiler:Discord]] gives one in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return Of Harmony Part 2]] when [[spoiler:he realizes too late that the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] cast can and are about to blast him full force with the Elements Of Harmony.]]
* BindleStick: Spike carries one after running away from home in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]".
** Also seen in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", carried by a young Applejack when she goes to meet her relatives in [[BigApplesauce Manehattan]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Being the Element of Honesty means that Applejack can't lie to save her life.
** To an extent for Twilight, her high education is considered something of a second ability, however her intricacies also lead her to be SuperOCD and neurotic to ''extremes'' on occasion, not to mention her diligence to education kept her isolated and socially inept for most of her early life.
* BlindingBangs: The pegasi bullies seen in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" flip between this and PeekABangs; close-up shots reveal the leader's eyes, but most of the time their eyes [[HiddenEyes are obscured]].
** This trope was played quite literally on Rarity in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]".
* BluntYes: When discussing the apple orchard harvest in season 1 episode 4.
-->'''Applejack:''' I'll take a bite out of this job by day's end!
-->'''Big Macintosh:''' Biting off more than you can chew is just what I'm afraid of.
-->'''Applejack:''' Are you saying my mouth is making promises my legs can't keep?
-->'''Big Macintosh:''' [[MemeticMutation Eeyup.]]
* BlushSticker: Not having distinct outlines or failing to adhere to the skin, but blushes still consist of two ovals on cheeks.
* BookEnds:
** The first two seasons both begin and end in Canterlot.
** The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]" opens and closes with shots of the same two birds in a tree outside Carousel Boutique.
** Season 1 starts with Twilight Sparkle in charge of overseeing the rest of the Mane 6 prepare for a celebration, and Season 2 ends the same way.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: When aired on TreehouseTV, all instances of the word "loser" are silenced from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party Of One]]". "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon The Brush Off]]" is rarely played.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony Elements of Harmony]]" closes off with a scenery shot of Ponyville, at which point Pinkie Pie pops up and repeats her "Are you excited?" rant to the camera as the IrisOut begins. When she gasps, the Iris actually widens again.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", Twilight and her friends are suffering the nasty aftereffects of a "curse". Immediately, Spike makes silly nicknames for them, but when it's Twilight's turn, he gets stumped, claiming "I got nothing". Then he turns his eye against the fourth wall and says "'Twilight Sparkle?' I mean, seriously. I can't even work with that".
** At the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", when the ponies are enjoying the bath and laughing as the screen zooms out to the credits, Pinkie Pie stares at the viewer with a curious expression on her face.
*** This glance however occurs without any set-up or gag and is more likely to be merely [[SpikingTheCamera spiking the camera]]"
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]], Spike repeatedly looks at the camera during Pinkie's strange commentary.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]", Rarity appears to grab the camera when she throws a hissy-fit over one of the Diamond Dogs calling her a mule.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOP3BhQjlzQ This]] toy commercial opens with Princess Celestia introducing herself to the viewers and inviting them to come fly with her.
** At the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", during the IrisOut, Pinkie Pie grabs the closing border and briefly holds it open as she complains that Twilight's moral was [[HeyThatsMyLine what she was trying to say earlier, during her song.]]
** Even Fluttershy does this in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]". When she pours birdseed over a pill she's trying to feed to Philemena, she turns to the camera with a smug look and says "Always works".
** Rainbow Dash talks directly to the viewers in [[http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=682507497589 this]] commercial for a marathon leading up to the premiere of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]".
** Done at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]", with a literal wink at the audience from Owlowiscious.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtUFeDB7gg This]] SpinOffBabies toy commercial opens with baby Pinkie Pie asking the viewers if they'll help her walk.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTY3zJaA2Dc This]] toy commercial opens with Pinkie Pie inviting the viewers to hop in her RC Car if they want to come with her to Ponyville.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRSFsNbPp0o This]] toy commercial opens with Rarity inviting the viewers to come ride round and round on her Carousel Boutique with her, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie.
** Subtly done by Discord in the S2 opener episodes. He claims in rhyme that he hid the Elements "back where you began." They turn out to be hidden in the Ponyville library, inside the reference guide that Twilight consulted before leading the group into the Everfree Forest during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony Elements of Harmony]]" -- which has the exact same cover as the book that tells the story of Nightmare Moon and Celestia at the very beginning of the first episode.
** Spike repeatedly interacts with Twilight's [[ImagineSpot imagine spots]] during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]": he pops one with a claw, rolls another up like a blind, and wheels a starburst background out of frame.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPSY9QLNRY0 This]] toy commercial opens with Pinkie Pie introducing herself to the viewers and inviting them to hop on her Friendship Express Train.
** Rainbow Dash talks directly to the viewers in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PW4XnBd-WA this]] commercial for a marathon leading up to the premiere of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts and Hooves Day]]".
* BreakoutCharacter: Rainbow Dash, depending on your point of view.
* BrickJoke: During "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]", Apple Bloom tries her hoof at baking cupcakes, but all she gets are some horribly burnt failures that are quickly swept under the rug. Later, during a party, a poor background pony is seen nibbling on some nicely decorated cupcakes, only to make an unpleasant discovery. At the very end of the episode, Scootaloo tries to eat one of the cupcakes, but Apple Bloom warns her off it ("Not the cupcakes! Trust me".).
** Another example appears in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]". The first instrument Pinkie Pie tries to find, a trombone, doesn't even become a part of the one-pony-band ensemble she uses to drive the swarm away. At the very end, after a shot of the aftermath of the infestation, she pops up in front of the screen with her trombone to deliver the classic [[LosingHorns "Wah-wah-wah-WAAAAAAH"]].
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]" opens with Applejack telling Twilight about a bet she made, saying that if she won, Big Macintosh would have to walk down Stirrup Street in one of Granny Smith's girdles. This seems like a simple, throwaway joke, until "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]", where Big Macintosh is unable to harvest apples because of a mysterious, unexplained injury to his midsection.
** At the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", Rainbow Dash spends a few minutes trying to get a reaction out of Celestia's guards. Her efforts are futile, as one [[BritishRoyalGuards might expect]]. At the end of the episode, once Philomena is reborn as a phoenix, Dash convinces her to tickle the guards' noses. It works, they finally break character. Cue [[EverybodyLaughsEnding Everypony Laughs Ending]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party Of One]]", Pinkie says she'll pass out written invitations next time she decides to invite her friends to a party. The next day, after the birthday party for Gummy ends, she appears with a basket of written invitations to Twilight and friends for Gummy's after birthday party.
** A subtle one is done in both parts of the pilot. When initially looking up information on the Elements of Harmony in Canterlot, Twilight finds some info under 'E' in a book. Once Nightmare Moon has been freed, Twilight then races to the Ponyville library to find more info on the Elements but is having trouble. Pinkie Pie finds a reference guide with ease, and when Twilight asks her about it, Pinkie cheerfully responds "It was under '''[='E'=]'''!"
** When the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] six are "cursed" in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", Spike makes up nicknames for each pony based on her curse, but can't come up with one for Twilight. At the very end of the scene, Spike comes up with Twilight Flopple.
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* CallBack: In "Sonic Rainboom", Rainbow Dash says that the day of the event is the "BEST. DAY. EVER!" In A Canterlot Wedding: Parts 1 & 2, when talking about/performing a Sonic Rainboom for the wedding, she comments "BEST. WEDDING. EVER!"
** Which also serves as a CallBack to the previous season finale, which everypony had hoped would be [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]].
* CapeSnag: Technically, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin a wing snag.]]
* CaptainsLog: Twilight's letters to Princess Celestia on the {{Aesop}} of the episode. Granted, unlike most examples, this happens at the ''[[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle end]]'' of each episode, but the basic idea is the same.
* CareBearStare: Essentially how the Elements of Harmony work, and [[spoiler:how Twilight Sparkle restores her friends after Discord's MindRape in the previous episode.]].
* CarnivoreConfusion: In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", Pinkie Pie's song confirms that they're all vegetarians, but she mentions a hot dog eating contest in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]". That's veggie dogs... riiight?
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]", they're shown making (and eating) s'mores. Modern day marshmallows contain gelatin, which is derived from animal hides and bones. Historically, however, marshmallows were made from mucilaginous root extracts of the marsh-growing African mallow, ''Althaea officinalis'', AKA the '''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin marsh mallow]]''' plant, and modern Vegan marshmallows use fruit pectin to provide protein instead of gelatin.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]", Fluttershy is being greeted from the lake by some fish smiling at her, which means that fish in Equestria are at least partially sentient (like Angel the bunny) and some of them are apparently friends with Fluttershy. Then in the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", we see Fluttershy feeding dead fish to her pet ferrets.
*** In classical mythology, Griffons ate mostly horses.
** In an apparent inversion, in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap Up]]", Fluttershy delivers a load of vegetables to a couple of wild ferrets. A fan artist on /co/ named "shuffle" came up with [[http://www.reddit.com/r/mylittlepony/comments/fvu1d/bad_bunnies/ a rather dark explanation for how this makes sense.]]
*** Fluttershy doesn't deliver the vegetables, one of her helpers does. Really, this is just another example of the poor organization of the event. When Fluttershy is shown feeding ferrets, she feeds them fish.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]", after Applejack ties up Rainbow Dash's wings, she says "Trussed up like a turkey!" The only way for her to make that comparison...
** The ponies raise cattle, which vaguely makes sense because they can be milked. They raise chickens, presumably because eggs are a necessary component of many of the apple pastries they bake. But in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]", we see that ponies farm pigs. Pretty sure ponies don't eat bacon... (WordOfGod says that the pigs needed somewhere to live, and ponies ''really'' like truffles.) Plus pigs can be used as "garbage trucks" -- they eat the leftovers.
*** Might also be a good source of...well...fertilizer.
** In the scene where Applejack tries to decide what she is supposed to eat first in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", one of things on the table is a ham sandwich. Interestingly, there were no truffles in sight in spite of the fact that the guest of honor was the princess.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]", Spike noted that owls ''do'' eat mice and he actually uses that knowledge in attempt to frame Owlowiscious.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]" shows Rarity making fried eggs.
*** [[http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/File:CCFryingPan.jpg Fried]] [[http://hub.promotions.com/canterlot/assets/props/MLP_Prop_FriedEggs.swf eggs]] had previously appeared in the ''Canterlot Castle'' toy set and original version of ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=5B309E58-5056-900B-1040-324367303E14 Castle Creator]]''.
* CastHerd: First off, you've got the main six ponies and Spike. The Cutie Mark Crusaders form a PowerTrio with a smaller version of the main group, having an earth pony, pegasus and unicorn, with the latter also falling into TomboyAndGirlyGirl. Big Mac tends to show up mainly around his sisters and the rest of his family; the same goes for Granny Smith. Even the background ponies fall into this, with Rose, Daisy and [[FanNickname Lily]] tending to show up around each other.
* TheCastShowoff: AndreaLibman (Fluttershy/Pinkie Pie) and Ashleigh Ball (Rainbow Dash/Applejack) provide their own singing voices. Ashleigh in particular is the lead singer of the band HeyOcean. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nhssMi2FtA There's a reason why fans love Rainbow Dash's singing]].
** Subverted in that neither character has had a song to themselves yet when every other mane character has at least one, although Rainbow Dash comes pretty close with a duet with Fluttershy.
* CentralTheme: Friendship is Magic!
** ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* CerebusRollercoaster
** Season 1 has "The Ticket Master" immediately following the two-part premiere, "Dragonshy" sandwiched between the significantly less dark "Boast Busters" and "Look Before You Sleep", "Sonic Rainboom" and "Show Stoppers" book-ending "[[SurpriseCreepy The Stare Master]]", and "[[SanitySlippage Party of One]]" in-between "Owl's Well that Ends Well" (which isn't completely sunny either) and "The Best Night Ever".
** Season 2 follows up both "Return of Harmony"s and "Lesson Zero" with "Luna Eclipsed", follows up "Secret of My Excess" with "Family Appreciation Day", sandwiches "Dragon Quest" with "It's About Time!" and "Hurricane Fluttershy", and puts the light and fluffy "MMMMystery on the Friendship Express" right before the finale, the latter half of which is basically distilled nightmare fuel.
* CharacterExaggeration: Used lightly in later episodes, which focus more on individual characters compared to the initial stories (which focused more on the whole ensemble and their bonds) and so intensify some of their defining quirks for Aesops and obstacles. Perhaps most noticable is Twilight Sparkle, after growing out of her FishOutOfWater status in Ponyville, her centered episodes focused more on her overcoming her (originally more subtle) neurotics and fears of failure, establishing her as a SuperOCD NervousWreck. Most examples are kept balanced by proper CharacterDevelopment however and their other traits are still used prominantly, preventing much noticable Flanderization coming into the situation.
* ChaseScene: Complete with [[Series/TheBennyHillShow Benny Hill]]-[[TheJimmyHartVersion esque]] background music. Twice. Another two [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L142_juksw8 chase scenes]] are in the style of [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepé Le Pew]].
* ChasteToons: According to Rarity, Princess Celestia has a nephew, which should raise an eyebrow considering that it would either imply that he is Luna's son (even though she spent the last thousand years sealed in the moon) or that there is another divine sibling we don't know about. LaurenFaust eventually explained by saying that he was a very distant relative on Celestia's mother's side, "about 52 times removed, roughly speaking".
** In Applejack's and Rarity's case, they have children hanging around who are their little sisters rather than nieces, but play a similar role.
** However we have now seen Pinkie Pie's, Twilight Sparkle's, and Rarity's parents, once each.
** And now we even have baby ponies, incidentally showing that pegasi, earth ponies and unicorns can mix and a pony can have any combination of the three kinds of ponies.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:After Discord finally breaks Twilight's will, Celestia sends her back all the Friendship Reports that Twilight wrote to her during season 1. This rekindles Twilight's feelings, gives her the knowledge she needed about Discord's weakness ''and'' how to release her friends from Discord's mind control.]]
* ChekhovsSkill[=/=][[ChekhovsHobby Hobby]]: Turns out Fluttershy has a ''surprising'' knowledge of sewing, as evidenced when she was forced to tell Rarity what was "wrong" with her dress in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]". This skill allowed Fluttershy and the others to finish Rarity's dress at the end of the episode.
** Also in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap Up]]", where Twilight used her organization skills to help Ponyville finish on time for the first time in years.
** Applejack's herding skills in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]" resurface five eps later in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]".
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", Rainbow Dash is shown playing with a ball and skillfully bouncing it off her head. Later, during the Iron Pony competition in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]", she uses her skill to easily win the ball-bouncing challenge.
** Twilight spent the ''entire first season'' writing reports back to Celestia with what she's learned about friendship. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony, Part 2]]", [[spoiler: Celestia snaps Twilight out of Discord's spell... by sending back copies of all her reports, so that reading them will remind Twilight that friendship is worth fighting for.]]
* ChromaKey: Was apparently used in episodes [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon 1]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters 6]] at least, judging by their [[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?R=748FD778-5056-900B-1058-67C660F92478:en_US story]] [[http://www.hasbro.com/common/assets/Flash/Demos/dad2af6e1c4311ddbd0b0800200c9a66/C21AD62C5056900B109690D7D6FB6F09/C21C78D85056900B10540B526C90E7D8.swf galleries]].
* CrushBlush: Spike blushes after receiving a kiss from his blush Rarity,
* CircleOfFriendship: The default way of dealing with {{Cosmic Horror}}s, {{Mad God}}s, and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s is pretty much to blast them with weaponized [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]] in this fashion.
* CivilizedAnimal: While previous pony cartoon series had been leaning towards FunnyAnimal from ''Tales'' onwards, ''Friendship is Magic'' fits this portrayal; the ponies can talk, live in houses, and in some cases have jobs, but are otherwise quite equine in behavior, eating hay, grass, and flowers and using their mouths to manipulate things.
* CliffHanger: At the end of all three two-part episodes. More specifically, the premiere episode of both seasons, plus the second to last episode of season 2. They also sometimes like to set up mini-cliffhangers going to commercial breaks.
** For instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L142_juksw8 this]].
* CloudCuckooLander: Pinkie Pie, in ''spades.''
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': "And then I said 'Oatmeal, are you crazy?'"
** Subverted in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]]. It turns out that Granny Smith actually ''isn't'' a senile old mare: [[ChekhovsGag the seemingly insane acts she performs, such as pep-talking glass jars or sweet-talking bees]] are actually required in order to make Zap Apple Jam.
** Snails from "Boast Busters:"
--> "I like pudding..."
* ColdOpening: While all the episodes are almost exactly 22:00 each, the openings vary, with "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]]" being the shortest at 30 seconds and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]" being the longest at 2 minutes 51 seconds.
* ColonCancer: The [[IOSGames iOS game]] ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle/id465213808 My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day]]''
* ColorCodedWizardry: Though present since Season 1, the unicorns' magic have clear distinctions in their auras from "Lesson Zero" on. For example, Twilight's is dark pink, Celestia's is bright yellow, and Luna's is clear blue. Usually the color matches the color of the unicorn's eye color or cutie mark.
** Demonstrated in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]], when a unicorn with a pink magic aura picks up a bag and passes it to Rarity--the aura changes from pink to blue.
* ComicBookAdaptation: At least ten comics have been printed in a German ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' magazine published by Panini.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint : In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]", Twilight lectures Spike about all the trouble he's been causing because he's jealous of Owlowiscious, telling him "This is not the Spike I know and love!" A dejected Spike interprets this as meaning Twilight doesn't love him anymore, and prompts him to run away from home.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders, if nothing else, are ''really'' talented in this area:
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]", Twilight tries to guide the Cutie Mark Crusaders to see that they're very close to finding their cutie marks if they'd just switch their roles from the talent show, but they just don't get it (though they also have no interest in performing said roles on stage.)
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", Scootaloo complains about having to listen to all the "namby-pamby" stories of how the other ponies got their cutie marks because they're not helpful; they're all about "finding who you really are and boring stuff like that".
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]]", Sweetie Belle sings a lullaby so loudly that it not only fails to put anypony to sleep, it actually wakes up everypony nearby.
*** In general, all three of the Cutie Mark Crusaders seem almost determined not to realize that Scootaloo's special talent is her scooter, Sweetie Belle's special talent is singing, and Apple Bloom's special talent is in some way related to construction.
* CompanionCube: Bloomberg from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", an apple tree that Applejack ''reads a bedtime story to''.
** It's contagious; Spike climbs into bed with him (yes, the apple tree has its own bed) and then apologizes in advance in case he starts snoring.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]", Pinkie goes crazy when she thinks her friends don't want to come to any more of her parties, and sets up a pile of rocks, a bucket of turnips, a piece of lint, and a sack of flour as her new friends. She even gets Rainbow Dash to argue with the rocks.
** "Tom".
** Twilight's Smartypants doll in "Lesson Zero".
* CompositeCharacter: With the sole exception of Applejack, the six main characters are a composite of a Generation 1 pony and a Generation 3 pony. Rainbow Dash, for example, has the wings and personality of the Gen 1 pony Firefly, and the color scheme (more or less) of the Gen 3 pony Rainbow Dash. Faust couldn't use the names of the Gen 1 ponies, due to Hasbro having lost the trademark to all of them but Applejack, so the use of Gen 3 ponies for extra inspiration is her WritingAroundTrademarks. Full explanation [[http://ponibooru.413chan.net/_images/02b14f657f8b589243c1279e8a08d8f6/122%20-%20applejack%20chart%20Firefly%20fluttershy%20g1%20lauren_faust%20list%20pinkie_pie%20Posey%20rainbow_dash%20rarity%20Sparkler%20Surprise%20twilight_sparkle.jpg here.]]
* CompressedAdaptation:
** The {{Novelization}}s in general, since many of them are either storybooks that come with toys or short stories published in different countries' magazines.
** The Canadian live show. It managed to squeeze part of "The Ticket Master", part of "Applebuck Season", part of Part 2 of the pilot, part of "Winter Wrap-Up" and part of "The Best Night Ever" into a 30-minute play (which took place over an ''entire year'').
* ConflictBall: Shows up in a few episodes. "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]" particularly comes to mind.
* ConspicuousCG: In a few of the toy commercials:
** Pinkie Pie's RC Car in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTY3zJaA2Dc its commercial]].
** Rarity's Carousel Boutique in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRSFsNbPp0o its commercial]].
** The Friendship Express Train engine, Sweetie Belle's Ice Cream Train Car, Fluttershy's Nursery Train Car, the railroad cart and the track in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPSY9QLNRY0 their commercial]].
* ContinuityNod: Quite a few, which is unexpected for a show where the episodes are supposed to be watchable in any order.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]", Applejack explains to Twilight that her huge family was only in town for the Sun Festival (the pilot episode), which is why she's the only one left on her farm that's strong enough to harvest the orchard after Big Macintosh hurts his back.
** During "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", Rainbow Dash mentions the ferocious manticore that Fluttershy befriended during the pilot episode.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]", Rainbow Dash says in a playful and friendly tone, "Pinkie Pie, you are so random!" A few episodes later, in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]", Rainbow Dash says the same thing [[IronicEcho in an irritated voice]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]", Rarity is creating the dresses that she and her friends will wear for the Grand Galloping Gala announced in episode 3. Some of these dresses can be seen in later episodes (Rarity wears hers at the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird In The Hoof]]"). The Gala itself is the season finale.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]", Fluttershy remembers the jumping advice that Pinkie Pie gave to her during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]" and, thanks to it, manages to escape from the Hydra chasing her. In the same episode, Twilight Sparkle uses the [[LeeroyJenkins same approach that Rainbow Dash used]] when facing the dragon in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]" on said Hydra.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]", Applejack mentions that Rarity won't even touch mud unless it's imported, a nod to the mud masks in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]".
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]", Rarity states that she "[[GrandHotel vants to be alone]]" when she is upset over Fluttershy's popularity. She said the same thing in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]", after a failed fashion show made her a laughingstock in Ponyville. While sorting through dresses for Fluttershy to try on, she tosses aside several outfits which appeared in prior episodes.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]", Rainbow Dash gives Apple Bloom a little bit of Karate training. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]", Apple Bloom incorporates Karate into her "dance".
** At the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", the dresses from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]" can be seen hanging in Fluttershy's closet. In a later scene, Rarity is wearing hers.
** In the first episode, one of the dresses Rarity has Twilight try is a Statue of Liberty outfit. In "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", we learn that a pony version of the Statue of Liberty actually exists in their world.
** The straight-haired version of Pinkie Pie reappears in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]" when Pinkie Pie convinces herself everypony is avoiding her because they no longer like her parties.
*** Also briefly in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]" as she tries to straighten it for the Gala. But because she's happy, it goes poofy again immediately.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", Rainbow Dash mentions that she's broken the rainbow barrier once before, "a long time ago". In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", we get to see how it happened.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]," the Wonderbolts recognize Rainbow Dash from the events of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]". The entire episode also serves as one giant nod to everypony's {{Imagine Spot}}s about the Gala way back in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]". During her attempts to befriend the animals at the garden, Fluttershy remembers the advice Twilight gave her in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird In The Hoof]]". Additionally, this episode features the dresses created in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]" and has a brief appearance of Pinkie Pie's straight hair from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]."
** And Zecora, debuting in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", establishing the context for her cameo one episode later in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]". She's also mentioned (but not seen) in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]]"; visiting her for tea is Twilight's reason for going into the Everfree Forest that night.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]", Snips and Snails are shown to be awe-struck by Trixie's magic skills. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]", they attempt to stage a magic show of their own.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return Of Harmony, Part 2]]" features two short segments with several clips taken from previous episodes, when [[spoiler:Twilight and Applejack's memories are being restored.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]", Twilight's messed up bird nest from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap Up]]" can be seen.
** Another nod to "Bridle Gossip" was made in the season two episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox The Cutie Pox]]". Seems Zecora hasn't forgotten her initial treatment by Ponyville's inhabitants.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]]" Pinkie Pie says she used her Pinkie Sense (from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]") to save the construction workers. She then immediately gets a twitch and pushes Rainbow Dash out of the way of a falling flower-pot. Pinkie Sense then gets brought up again during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime It's About Time]]", where Pinkie is doing a [[FortuneTeller fortune telling]] routine. Twilight asks Pinkie to use her Pinkie sense to predict the coming disaster, but Pinkie says she doesn't use her Pinkie sense for that. Pinkie then immediately gets a twitch and a flower-pot falls on Twilight.
** During the musical number in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]]", Rarity attends an opera in the same dress she wore at the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver Grand Galloping Gala]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend In Deed]]", Rainbow Dash is shown in Twilight's library reading a Daring Do novel, a hobby that she picked up in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read It And Weep]]"
* ConversationCut: Used several times throughout the show:
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony The Elements of Harmony]]", as Twilight Sparkle is reading the last known location of the Elements of Harmony, the scene dissolves from the library into the location as she (and the other ponies) say "...the Everfree Forest!" Pinkie Pie does another one at the end of the episode:
--->'''Pinkie Pie''': "Hey, you know what this calls for?" (transitions to Ponyville) "A party!"
** Pinkie Pie pulls another one in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]" as the ponies try to figure out how to show their appreciation to Applejack for saving Ponyville from a stampede. This cut apparently lasts a week.
** The cold open in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]" is basically a series of these.
* ConstructedWorld: Despite a few slip-ups of writing such as a few mentions of France, Equestria is part of a world that is very different from our own with its own features.
* CoolHorse: Rainbow Dash, among others.
* CoolHouse: All six ponies live in some sort of Cool House (not surprising given that one of the show's jobs is to sell the playsets those houses are based on).
** Twilight lives in a library built into a giant hollow tree, with an observatory on top, a balcony a little farther down and a bizarre laboratory at the basement.
** Rarity lives at her business, the Carousel Boutique, which is styled to resemble an ornate antique merry-go-round, complete with horses.
** Pinkie Pie lives at Sugarcube Corner, a bakery whose roof resembles a heavily decorated gingerbread house with two cupcakes stacked on top.
*** Oddly, the apartment itself is kind of bare, for reasons speculated upon in this wiki's WildMassGuessing page (Pinkie has one all to herself).
** Fluttershy lives in a large sod-roof cottage near the Everfree Forest. The entire property, inside and out, is filled with houses and shelters for an assortment of small animals, plus the house itself is covered with beautiful plants.
** Rainbow Dash lives in a floating house made of clouds... that looks like a small Greek palace, with rainbow waterfalls on either side. She at least probably designed it from scratch.
** Applejack lives in a house/barn on the edge of her family's sprawling apple orchard.
* CoolTrain: The Friendship Express Train.
* CostumePorn: Almost anything Rarity designs (with some glaring yet justified exceptions), particularly the dresses she and her friends wear to the Grand Galloping Gala.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer:
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGc6Ullcd3o trailer]] for the DVD ''The Friendship Express'' claims that it's the show's first DVD release. While it ''is'' the first of ShoutFactory's releases and the first DVD to be available online, it's actually the ''fifth'' DVD to be released in the US, following the toy-pack-in [=MiniDVD=] ''The Ticket Master'', the Target-exclusive DVD ''Celebration at Canterlot'', the DVD ''Adventures in Ponyville'', and the toy-pack-in [=MiniDVD=] ''Applebuck Season''.
** On Hasbro's ''MyLittlePony'' {{Facebook}} [[http://www.facebook.com/mylittlepony page]], they [[http://www.facebook.com/mylittlepony/posts/390054594351142 said]] that TheHub's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 Royal]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Wedding]] WebGames are also available on Hasbro's own ''MyLittlePony'' [[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/ site]] and that one game has you "help Pinkie Pie create a yummy cupcake treat for the guests" (the only Pinkie Pie game of the bunch being the non-cupcake-related ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-dj-pinkie-pie DJ Pinkie Pie]]'').
** On TheHub's {{Facebook}} [[http://www.facebook.com/hubtvnetwork page]], they [[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=246933645355725 called]] Rainbow Dash's Nightmare Night costume from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]" a Wonderbolt costume instead of a Shadowbolt costume, and on their own [[http://www.hubworld.com/ site]], they initially called Discord a dragon instead of a Draconequus (or Dragonokis, as they [[SpellMyNameWithAnS misspell it]]).
** Hub advertisements for the ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=5B309E58-5056-900B-1040-324367303E14 Castle Creator]]'' game available on Hasbro's website and their own website describe it as a game in which you select a pony to explore the Canterlot palace with and dress them up in various costumes. Footage of the game accompanying this description shows it to be nothing like that.
** TV listings' synopses of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]]" respectively [[ViewerGenderConfusion refer to Rarity and Rainbow Dash as male]].
** An insert included with Creator/MadmanEntertainment's Australian [=DVDs=] misidentifies [[GodCreatedCanonForeigner toy line exclusive pony]] Ploomette as Pinkie Pie.
** [=80sTees.com's=] [[http://www.80stees.com/products/MLPFIM-Wonderbolts-Shirt.asp two]] [[http://www.80stees.com/products/Wonderbolts-Shirt.asp versions]] of Mighty Fine's ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=661 Wonderbolts]]'' [[TheMerch shirt]] have a mistake in their product descriptions misidentifying an unnamed Wonderbolt as Fleetfoot (a different Wonderbolt, who's named in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]]").
** A ''New York'' [[http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2012/06/slideshow-the-my-little-pony-hair-color-trend.html slideshow]] misidentified [[http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2012/06/slideshow-the-my-little-pony-hair-color-trend.html#photo=6x00007 Sweetie Belle as Berry Punch]] and [[http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2012/06/slideshow-the-my-little-pony-hair-color-trend.html#photo=7x00006 Apple Bloom as Rose]].
** The infamous "My Little Racist, Homophobic, Smart-Shaming Pony" [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/09/my-little-homophobic-racist-smarts-shaming-pony/ article]] on Ms. Magazine's website, which stated that a pony's coat color were metaphors for race and/or sexual orientation--WordOfGod [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/24/my-little-non-homophobic-non-racist-non-smart-shaming-pony-a-rebuttal/ states]] that they never are or were intended to be--as well as claiming that Twilight Sparkle completely gave up her studies under the princess in favor of a stereotypically girly life in Ponyville. (Not only is life in Ponyville anything ''but'' girly and bland, Twilight's original problem wasn't that she was studying at ''all''; it was that she was studying to the exclusion of anything resembling a social life.)
** [[http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/29/my-little-pony-parodies-katy-perry/ "If you're not 7, there's a good chance that you are unaware of the latest 'My Little Pony' re-boot"]].
** {{NPR}} seems to think that ([[MerchandiseDriven like the previous MLP cartoon]]) [[http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/10/05/141037194/skipping-the-ads-on-tv-get-ready-for-the-shows-that-are-the-ads FiM is just a 30-minute ad]], which makes it obvious that they just assumed "MLP = MerchandiseDriven" and didn't bother to look into it at all.
*** To be fair, even prominent members of the fandom acknowledge that the show was and remains designed to market merchandise to a particular age group, and that all of the goodness that Lauren Faust and team infused into the reboot was a special bonus that attracted its passionate untargeted demographic (who have a vocal subgroup that proudly purchases MLP merchandise in addition to creating their own fan-made content). It turns out that making a great show can also be a great way to sell toys to people - parents or not - with large disposable incomes.
** A ''Daily Dot'' [[http://www.dailydot.com/business/hasbro-my-little-pony-sherry-bourlon/ article]] treated the fan misconception that Hasbro has no official pony plushies as fact. A small number of official plushies actually do exist, the first few of which were released over a year before the article was published.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Underneath the idealistic aesthetic in this world filled with adorable marshmallow ponies, Equestria's a pretty dark nation. It's to the point that, as shown in It's About Time, there's a portal to [[{{Hell}} Tartarus]] just a day's gallop away from Ponyville. Note that the ponies are genuinely nice people in general... it is just that their world happens to contain HORRORS that they must fend off.
** CrapsackWorld: It temporarily became this during Return of Harmony Pt. 2.
* CrazyPrepared: Pinkie Pie never travels anywhere without her Party Cannon, and has balls and eyepatches stashed all over Ponyville in case of "ball emergencies" or "eyepatch emergencies".
* CreatorCameo:
** Director Jayson Thiessen is the voice of the [[TheQuietOne rarely speaking]] royal guards and of the Ponyville Hospital security guard from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read It and Weep]]".
** The mule in "Applebuck Season" and "Hurricane Fluttershy" is voiced by co-director [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/James-Wootie-Wootton/216767748385467 James "Wootie" Wooton]].
** One of the animators [[http://princesschuchi.deviantart.com/ Holly Suarez]] slipped in her OC pony Holly Dash into the background for a brief moment in "Swarm of the Century". Some fans might know said pony better as [[FanNickname Tutti Frutti]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding]] Sibsy's ponitar makes an appearance as a wife arguing with her husband about a hooficure... until Princess Cadance uses her magic to alter the situation for the better.
* {{Crossover}}:
** Some of TheHub's promotional materials feature characters from this show and other Hub shows (often reaching MassiveMultiplayerCrossover levels), including ''The Adventures of Chuck & Friends'', ''Series/{{Batman}}'' ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', ''DanVs'', ''FraggleRock'', ''GIJoeRenegades'', ''PoundPuppies'', ''StrawberryShortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures'', ''TransformersPrime'', ''The Twisted Whiskers Show'', ''WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'', and ''The [=WotWots=]''.
*** [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Commercials#Miscellaneous A whole lot of their commercials]], which mostly consist of StockFootage from the shows blended together with new audio.
*** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/club Club Hub]]'' lets you bring this trope to your room by mixing and matching characters from various shows that air on the channel.
*** From the WebGames ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-ponymaker The Fabulous PonyMaker]]'' and/or ''[[http://royalwedding.hosting-hasbro.com/fashion.html Rarity's Bridal Boutique]]'', one of the available cutie marks is Music/TheAquabats mascot, and some of the available parts look ''{{Transformers}}''-y (the former game even has said parts together as one of its costume {{Easter Egg}}s, complete with sound effect).
** The [[TheMerch officially licensed merchandise]] has included a couple of crossovers you'd never expect to see on ''MyLittlePony'' merchandise.
*** The shirt and hoodie ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1356 Pinkie]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1357 Peek]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1976 A Boo]]'' and the art print ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1901 Everypony]]'' respectively show Pinkie Pie and [[AllThereInTheScript Doctor Whooves]] using portals from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''.
*** The shirt ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1429 Derpy 209]]'' shows Derpy Hooves with the ED-209 from ''Film/RoboCop''.
* CrowdSong: "Winter Wrap Up" from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp the episode of the same name]], "At the Gala" from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]", "The Heart Carol" from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearths Warming Eve]]" and "The Flim Flam Brothers" VillainSong from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]]".
* CucumberFacial: First appears as part of the sleepover in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]", in which Rarity [[ShownTheirWork accurately explains its purpose]]; Applejack eats hers, of course. Later, Rarity has them in the spa scene of "Green Isn't Your Color", and when sleeping on the train in "Over a Barrel".
* CutenessOverload: The Brony Community constantly joke that they die from Fluttershy's cuteness.
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* DancePartyEnding: These are inevitable when Pinkie Pie is on your team.
** The ending to Season 2 was this. At the reception of the wedding, Twilight Sparkle nods to Pinkie Pie, who, with a sound like a squealing teddy bear, dashes behind a DJ station and proceeds to pull up Vinyl Scratch/DJ Pon-3, who then starts the music, and with it, the party.
* {{Dandere}}: Fluttershy started off as this, although she's gotten a bit better with talking. Just a bit, though.
* DarkerAndEdgier: By comparison to G2 and G3.
** S2 as a whole is way darker then S1 with the inclusion of [[EldritchAbomination Discord]], [[HellishHorse The Windigos]], and [[spoiler:[[BodyHorror Queen Chrysalis]] [[EmotionEater and her Changelings]]]].
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** Every member of the primary cast get their fair share of star time throughout the series run. But more often than not, one or more members of said cast get featured more prominantly than others. For those keeping tab:
*** Twilight Sparkle: [[PilotEpisode Friendship is Magic]] ([[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon Parts 1]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony and 2]]), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]] (Shared with Applejack and Rarity), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]] (Shared with Pinkie Pie), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap Up]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]] (Shared with Pinkie Pie), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), The Return of Harmony [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOFHarmonyPart1 (Parts 1]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 and 2.)]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]] (Shared with Princess Luna), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime It's About Time]], [[SeasonFinale A Canterlot Wedding]] ([[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 Parts 1]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 and 2]])
*** Pinkie Pie: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]] (Shared with Rainbow Dash), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]] (Shared with Twilight), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]] (Shared with Twilight Sparkle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend in Deed]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]]
*** Rainbow Dash: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]] (Shared with Pinkie Pie), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]] (Shared with Applejack), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]] (This despite only being in this episode for about 7 and a half minutes.), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May The Best Pet Win]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read It And Weep]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]] (Shared with Fluttershy),
*** Fluttershy: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]] (Shared with Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]] (Shared with Rarity), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]] (shared with Rainbow Dash),
*** Rarity: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]] (Shared with Twilight and Applejack), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited for Success]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]] (Shared with Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]] (Shared with Fluttershy), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]] (Shared with Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike),
*** Applejack: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]] (Shared with Rarity and Twilight), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]] (Shared with Rainbow Dash), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup The Last Roundup]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]] (Shared with the rest of the Apple family),
*** Apple Bloom: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]] (Shared with Fluttershy, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]] (Shared with Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox The Cutie Pox]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]] (Shared with Granny Smith), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]] (Shared with the rest of the Apple family), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Cofidential]] (shared with Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo)
*** Sweetie Belle: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]] (Shared with Apple Bloom, Fluttershy and Scootaloo), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]] (Shared with Apple Bloom and Scootaloo), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]] (Shared with Rarity),[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Cofidential]] (shared with Apple Bloom and Scootaloo)
*** Scootaloo: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]] (Shared with Fluttershy, Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]] (Shared with Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Cofidential]] (shared with Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle)
*** Spike: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]] (Shared with Rarity), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]],
*** Princess Luna: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]] (Shared with Twilight Sparkle),
*** Granny Smith: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]] (Shared with Apple Bloom), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]] (Shared with the rest of the Apple family),
*** Big Macintosh: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]] (Shared with the rest of the Apple family), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts And Hooves Day]] (Shared with Cheerilee),
*** Cheerilee: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts And Hooves Day]] (Shared with Big Macintosh),
*** Unknown: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over A Barrel]]
** On a different note, the background ponies are generally silent with occasional brief lines, but once in a great while they'll get a bit of extended dialogue, usually (but not always) all in one scene. Specific examples include:
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon "Friendship is Magic, part 1"]] for [[AllThereInTheScript Twinkleshine]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason "Applebuck Season"]] for the flower trio Daisy/Flower Wishes, Rose/Roseluck and [[FanNickname Lily]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip "Bridle Gossip"]] for the flower trio Daisy/Flower Wishes, Rose/Roseluck and [[FanNickname Lily]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]] for [[AllThereInTheScript Doctor Whooves]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor "Green Isn't Your Color"]] for [[FanNickname Lyrica]] and [[FanNickname Violet]] as well as for [[AllThereInTheScript Bon Bon]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox "The Cutie Pox"]] for the flower trio Daisy/Flower Wishes, Rose/Roseluck and [[FanNickname Lily]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell "The Mysterious Mare Do Well"]] for [[AllThereInTheScript Amethyst Star]]/[[FanNickname Sparkler]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup "The Last Roundup"]] for Derpy [[AllThereInTheScript Hooves]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"]] for Caramel/Chance-a-Lot.
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]] for [[FanNickname Boxxy Brown]]/[[FanNickname Crafty Crate]] as well as for [[AllThereInTheScript Cherry Berry]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Twilight Sparkle, of course, making various sarcastic remarks and frequently having the snarker's facial expression.
** Spike, Discord, and Rainbow Dash apply as well, but to a lesser extent than Twilight Sparkle.
%% Discussion of who counts as a Deadpan Snarker and who does not are also available in the following thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1331473451059167100&page=7#173
* DeathGlare: Of all ponies, Fluttershy has one. She's used it to stare down a dragon, a cockatrice, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a few chickens]].
** This helps explain part of her shyness -- she can't really control it and doesn't want to be overbearing.
** Pinkie Pie in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]". She spends a big part of the episode with a Death Glare on, especially when she confronts Applejack at her farm, or by the end of the episode before the surprise party.
* DefangedHorrors: Episodes that are meant to be scary usually go for this.
* {{Defictionalization}}:
** The official ones:
*** Spike's Rarity shirt from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor "Green Isn't Your Color"]], in [[http://www.80stees.com/products/Spikes-Rarity-Shirt.asp two]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/2684-rarity-fan-club.html versions]].
*** ''Adventure Ponies! The Video Game'' from TheHub's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7URogxWx_aE "8 bit"]] promo and [[http://vimeo.com/43418672 "8-bit"]] network ID [[http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/06/28/the-hub-tv-network-programming-spotlighted-at-comic-con-international-with-five-panels-and-an-aquabats-rock-concert/139797/ is to be this]].
** The fanmade ones:
*** Some have actually tried to make muffins with Applejack's "baked bads" recipe. With some tweaking (most notably gummy worms for earthworms) you can produce something "[[http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/7096/1294009768004.jpg reasonably palatable]]". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHvw6wmx4Pw Using actual worms]], though, brings them closer to what the episode purports.
*** [[http://voodoo-tiki.deviantart.com/art/Miss-Smartypants-plushie-263976603 A real Miss Smartypants doll]] was crafted within three days of ''Lesson Zero'' airing for the first time.
*** [[http://coldcalzone.deviantart.com/art/Rainbow-Dash-Bed-299712158 A replica of Rainbow Dash's bed]] as seen in the last scene of "Read It and Weep".
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Averted surprisingly often. While Princess Luna (AKA [[TheNightThatNeverEnds Nightmare Moon]]) was redeemed at the end of her story arc, it's really rare for show antagonists to befriend the Mane Six in the end. [[{{Jerkass}} Gilda]], [[SmallNameBigEgo Trixie]], the [[{{Hustler}} Flim-Flam Brothers]] and [[EmotionEater Queen Chrysalis]] left (or were forced out of) town at the end of their episodes, and [[RealityWarper Discord]] ended his arc TakenForGranite.
** [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon]] usually end their stories [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard humiliated by their own actions]], but are nothing more than schoolyard bullies anyway. Still, for being probably the only recurring antagonists in the series thus far, very little has been done to redeem them.
** Referenced by Discord at the climax of ''Return of Harmony pt 2''. Discord, not realizing the Mane Six had shaken his control and reconnected with the Elements of Harmony, sarcastically dared them to use the Elements to defeat him, saying "Fine, go ahead; ''friend me''. Just make it quick."
* DeletedScene:
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "The Ticket Master"]], a scene of Big Macintosh [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70384 reacting]] [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70385 to]] [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70387 and]] [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70389 pulling]] the new plow during Applejack's ImagineSpot (seen in a since removed video from one of the show's animators) and a scene featuring Mr. Greenhooves (mentioned by the show's art director).
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess "Suited For Success"]], [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70390 a]] [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70391 shot]] of [[AllThereInTheScript Sea Swirl]], [[AllThereInTheScript Lemon Hearts]], [[FanNickname Cloud Kicker]], [[AllThereInTheScript Merry May]], and [[AllThereInTheScript Minuette]] at the beginning of the first fashion show (seen in a since removed video from one of the show's animators).
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver "The Best Night Ever"]], one or more {{Cut Song}}s, including Pinkie Pie's "Piggy Dance" that ended up being used in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes "Baby Cakes"]] ([[http://www.facebook.com/dannyimusic/posts/294497797264466 mentioned]] [[https://twitter.com/KeatingRogers/status/215148827370467329 by]] Daniel Ingram and Amy Keating Rogers).
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], a scene featuring Rarity giving Princess Luna a makeover ([[http://comments.deviantart.com/4/1603670/2248019348 described]] [[http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=82897&view=findpost&p=1936492 by]] Creator/LaurenFaust and one of the show's layout artists. Luna's unused design can be seen [[http://www.hubworld.com/hubworld/flash/games/GAME_C_MLPCASTLE/assetsuitcase/characters/MLP_CharH_Luna.swf here]]).
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup "The Last Roundup"]], a longer version of the scene featuring Derpy, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen then named Ditzy Doo]], including a {{flashback}} explaining just how she caused so much damage to Ponyville Town Hall ([[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/02/amy-keating-rogers-response-to-derpy.html described]] by the episode's writer Amy Keating Rogers).
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"]], [[spoiler:Applejack being one of the culprits]] ([[https://twitter.com/KeatingRogers/status/212625404756901888 mentioned]] [[https://twitter.com/KeatingRogers/status/212628404049149953 and]] [[https://twitter.com/KeatingRogers/status/212631050457841666 described]] by the episode's writer Amy Keating Rogers).
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", Rarity says the ponies have been "[=BFFs=] Forever".
** Also, the ''Astronomical Astronomer's Almanac to All Things Astronomy''.
** In episode 10, Fluttershy claims to have "tried begging, and pleading, and beseeching, and asking politely" to control the parasprites.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Some aspects of pony culture change from one episode to another. The usage of 'somepony' 'nopony' and 'everypony' fades in and out depending on how much the writer is paying attention (or cares.)
** Also, in some episodes such as [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]], the pony audience applauds by stamping their hooves on the ground, which makes a lot of sense. In other episodes, such as Hoity Toity in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success,]] they applaud like humans: clapping their hooves together with their front legs in the air, despite how unsuited pony anatomy is to that movement.
** While it plays somewhat into the complexity of the cast's personalities, some facets of the characters are exagerrated from episode to episode if it helps with the Aesop or humor value, to the point almost every character can alternate between TheStraightMan and a complete CloudCuckooLander on different occasions. Applejack, in terms of her rowdiness for example, can range anywhere from being [[CloserToEarth the most level headed and approachable]] of the mane cast or something of an [[StubbornMule over]] [[CompetitionFreak assertive]] JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Twilight Sparkle similarly can have [[NervousWreck her neurotics]] [[DeadpanSnarker subtle]] and justified due to being an OnlySaneMan or...[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero well...]]
* {{Descriptiveville}}: The ponies all live in Ponyville, as part of the larger equine population of Equestria.
** Also, ''Fillydelphia'', and the Pegasus-only city, Cloudsdale.
* DeterminedHomesteader: Grannie Smith's family founded Ponyville.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Twilight Sparkle leads her [[BandOfBrothers new-found friends]] into battle successfully against Nightmare Moon, a SealedEvilInACan MadGod.
** Celestia and Luna rose up against and defeated a [[AnthropomorphicPersonification spirit of chaos]] to free Equestria from his tyranny over 1000 years ago. While they are {{Physical Goddess}}es in their own right, Discord is a near omnipotent RealityWarper whose power far outclasses theirs, so it still counts.
** The [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] Cast eventually manages to do the same.
** The ponies that founded Equestria managed to take out the Windigos, a group of powerful spirits threatening to freeze everything that was feeding on their hatred. As always, this involved blasting it with weaponized [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship.]]
** A meta example: While a massive four billion dollar multi-national isn't exactly cthulu, it's s still impressive that bronydom managed to put Hasbro into a rather dazed and confused state.
* DigitalDestruction:
** On iTunes, the episodes are slightly stretched, losing bits of the left and right sides of the screen. The first 28 episodes also have noticeably faded color, with following episodes still being a bit off.
** According to a [[http://www.derpyhoovesnews.com/review-german-audio-plays-and-dvds/ review]], the two German [=DVDs=] look gray-washed compared to iTunes.
* DisneyDeath: Chief Thunderhooves in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", when he is struck down by an unknown assailant during the war between the Buffalo tribe and the Appleloosians. A taste of the [[PieInTheFace apple pie splattered on his face]] revives him, though.
** Princess Celestia's pet bird, Philomeena, [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath burns to ashes]] in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", but it turns out she is a phoenix and just started a new lifecycle.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis and her army]] in [[spoiler: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding Part 2]] ]] most likely apply. Although many believe they will return, the distance they fall is greater than both of Twilight's near-fatal falls (as listed below) put together (especially when you look at [[spoiler: the changeling falling directly toward the ground]]).
** Averted with Twilight in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2FriendshipIsMagicPart2 Friendship is Magic Part 2]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]," and Rarity in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]" (sharing with the Wonderbolts in the former and Spike in the latter). They are saved from their respective falls.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: {{Averted}} - Hasbro has been very forgiving in allowing episodes to be uploaded to YouTube (now within hours of being broadcast the first time), used in remixes and video parodies, and the like. There have been cases where some episode videos have been taken down, but they are not sustained efforts, and suspected to be [[{{Troll}} Trolling]] from other sites (since anypony can submit a "takedown request" under any name at YouTube). Hasbro's may be a case of having no idea what to actually do about it: one Hasbro exec even acknowledged [[http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/09/play/colt-success they haven't seen anything like this in 25 years]]. Without Hasbro's laiseez-faire approach, it is unlikely the show would have had the following that it did.
* DoIReallySoundLikeThat: [[http://youtu.be/rP61SQA-UWw According to this interview]], AndreaLibman, the voice of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, isn't very fond of listening to her own voice.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Averted with Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, and Rarity, but played straight by Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Fluttershy.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Apple Bloom getting her cutie mark is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial totally not supposed to be a metaphor for puberty]]. (Any resemblance it may have to the need to find a unique identity or a goal in life is also ''completely'' [[BlatantLies coincidental]].)
** Pinkie Pie and Twilight fighting over Pinkie's "Pinkie sense" is very reminiscent of a science/religion argument --complete with assertions that Twilight won't "believe in anything I cannot explain" and "needs to take a leap of faith". Of course, FridgeLogic renders this more malleable and less applicable, given that the "Pinkie Sense" is a verifiable and repeatable-in-controlled-settings phenomenon, making it more like science vs. religion [[{{Discworld}} if the gods made a habit of striking atheists with lightning]].
*** Obviously, the episode isn't a straight religion v. science fight. However, the point is that "Pinkie Sense" ISN'T verifiable, or repeatable-in-controlled-settings, as demonstrated when Twilight tries to get Pinkie's sense to repeat in a controlled setting, and fails miserably. The instant Pinkie leaves said controlled setting, her Pinkie Sense starts acting up again.
**** This actually happens in real science. The response isn't "give up", its "repeat experiments with modified version of the variables in the controlled setting to figure out what variable causes the difference between the controlled setting and the field observations". In this case, a proper experiment would be either trying to set up a situation where Pinkie Pie could be appropriately monitored without being informed beforehand (for example, at a sleepover in the library with remote sensing equipment in another room), as it doesn't happen when she's expecting it to, or to set up stimuli to happen on command that the observer knows the schedule of but Pinkie doesn't to try and prompt it, rather than waiting for something external to happen and trigger the phenomenon.
*** WordOfGod indicates that though they suspected this would be one interpretation it wasn't the intention, and Faust was pretty surprised when fans assumed it was a straight religion vs. science argument.
*** The idea of science vs. religion is understandable, but there's a much better parallel to skeptics vs. psychics. Most notably, Pinkie Sense is basically a silly version of common claims of psychic knowledge. The comparisons get even freakier as the role of skeptic in the real world is often taken by magicians (JamesRandi being the most famous), whereas in Ponyville, the skeptic is... someone who can do magic.
** Rarity all but retells the story of Icarus in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]".
** Big Mac taking the Smarty Pants doll is a pretty clear comparison between the male Bronies and the show itself.
** "Read It and Weep" Anypony?
* DoubleMeaning: It's easy to assume that Twilight is the Element of Magic simply because of her incredible magic potential; the ''real'' reason behind this is because she is [[TheHeart friendship personified.]]
* DramaticSpotlight: In the songs "Winter Wrap Up" and "Find a Pet".
** Also [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] in "Party of One": Pinkie Pie draws the (wrong) conclusion that her friends have all turned against her from her interrogation of Spike, and declares so in a Dramatic Spotlight. Then it turns out the light comes from the lamp she used to interrogate him with, as he turns it off.
** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress Gustave Le Grand]] has a similar lamp on hand for his Eclairs.
* DubInducedPlotHole: The German dub of the show has Twilight Sparkle introduce herself to Rainbow Dash as simply Twilight in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the first episode]] to keep the [[LipLock lip flaps]] in sync. This is all well and good... until Rainbow refers to her by her full name towards the end of the scene.
* DudeNotFunny: Spike is an in-universe example. He makes jokes at the most inopportune moments much to the chagrin of his friends.
** Rainbow Dash's pranks are also seen as an InUniverse example. She sometimes pulls pranks at the wrong time and often gets yelled at for it.
* DummiedOut: From some of the WebGames:
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlp-adventures-in-ponyville Adventures in Ponyville]]'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was going to have]] a Fluttershy game, which can be glimpsed [[http://www.hubworld.com/hubworld/flash/games/GAME_A_MLPHUB/assetsuitcase/MishMash.swf here]] and read about [[http://www.hubworld.com/hubworld/flash/games/GAME_A_MLPHUB/assetsuitcase/strings.xml here]].
** The original version of ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=5B309E58-5056-900B-1040-324367303E14 Castle Creator]]'' (found on [[http://hub.promotions.com/canterlot/page.do?page=splash.html this page]] prior to September 18, 2011) has a file of [[http://hub.promotions.com/canterlot/assets/props/MLP_Prop_FriedEggs.swf fried eggs in a pan]], which is completely unused now that the original version is unavailable (it isn't included in any of the updated versions).
** TheHub's [[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/game-mylittlepony-castle-creator version]] of ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=5B309E58-5056-900B-1040-324367303E14 Castle Creator]]'' has an [[http://www.hubworld.com/hubworld/flash/games/GAME_C_MLPCASTLE/assetsuitcase/characters/MLP_CharH_Luna.swf unused file of Luna]], which has been [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/11/mystery-luna-from-castle-creator.html?showComment=1320220610457#c3030487614541901712 confirmed]] to be a design for a DeletedScene from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]".
** ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=0F6B55AF-5056-900B-1013-CD724A8D4018 Card Creator]]'' has unused (and in at least one case, updated) Nightmare Night files from ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=5B309E58-5056-900B-1040-324367303E14 Castle Creator]]''.
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-ponymaker The Fabulous PonyMaker]]'' contains one or two unused head designs.
** [[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-twilight-sparkle-royal-invitation-designer Both]] [[http://royalwedding.hosting-hasbro.com/invitations.html versions]] of ''Twilight Sparkle's Royal Invitation Designer'' have unused interface files from ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=0F6B55AF-5056-900B-1013-CD724A8D4018 Card Creator]]''.
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-fluttershy-songbird-chorus Fluttershy's Songbird Chorus]]'' was available before it was linked to (and was slightly different during that time).
** ''[[http://royalwedding.hosting-hasbro.com/fashion.html Rarity's Bridal Boutique]]'' contains the same one or two unused head designs from ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-ponymaker The Fabulous PonyMaker]]'' as well as unused parts and audio from said game.
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-dj-pinkie-pie DJ Pinkie Pie]]'' has DJ Pon-3's [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/04/vinyl-scratch-flash-version-eye-colors.html eye]] [[http://www.derpyhoovesnews.com/dj-pon3s-palette-revealed/ color]] hidden under her CoolShades (it would later be shown during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2]]", but only in nighttime lighting), and the game's file may have also been available before its page was put up.
* DrunkOnMilk: The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]" suggests that salt licks are the equivalent of hard liquor.
** We don't know what Twilight thought she was drinking in the pilot, but the scene [[INeedAFreakingDrink pretty much speaks for itself]].
** Spike acts like he's getting drunk on doughnuts with extra sprinkles in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]". Then again, He's a baby dragon that eats gems. Different foods affect him differently than ponies.
* DynamicEntry: Rainbow Dash does this a lot, from her very first appearance on the show. Pinkie Pie has occasionally been known to do likewise.
** Spike gets a couple on Twilight in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]"
* DysfunctionJunction: A light example. Every [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] character has had her turn at going completely around the bend, some more extreme than others. Particularly, it tends to happen when a character finds their special talent, marked by their Cutie Mark, just not working how they'd expect.
--> '''Twilight Sparkle:''' [[{{Foreshadowing}} "All the ponies in this town are CRAZY!"]]
** "The Return Of Harmony" has all of the mane cast (excluding Twilight) go insane AT ONCE.
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* EarlyBirdCameo:
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders -- Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle -- appear huddled together for a short moment at the end of the first episode (Apple Bloom had already been introduced earlier, but the other two wouldn't officially meet her until episode 12).
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlp-adventures-in-ponyville Adventures in Ponyville]]'', a flash game on the Hub's website, revealed a few tidbits about the show during the long gap between the premiere and the second episode. Snips, Snails, and Cheerilee were first seen (though unnamed), Rarity's and Pinkie Pie's occupations were made explicit, and Twilight demonstrated the power to temporarily give wings to other ponies, an ability not seen until episode 16.
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/game-mylittlepony-discover Discover the Difference]]'', another flash game on the Hub's website, provides glimpses at the beginning of the instrumental version of a ThemeTuneExtended, as well as revealing scenes from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]".
** In the [[http://i.imgur.com/gZhjI.jpg Comic-Con 2011 poster]]/[[http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.262953797055398.84804.118429394841173 desktop background]], [[http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=82897&view=findpost&p=1936410 the rightmost pony in the Twinkling Balloon is Pipsqueak]], who wasn't introduced until "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]".
** Displays seen during a party at Hasbro's world headquarters, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM78zuCRcdE during the Hong Kong Licensing Show]] and [[http://mlparena.com/mlp/index.php?topic=290623.msg110717#msg110717 at a British Toys "R" Us store]] featured Princess Cadance and Shining Armor before their debut in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1"]].
** [[CanonForeigner Diamond Rose]] [[http://csr.hasbro.com/pla01-our-employees.php appeared]] on Hasbro's Corporate Social Responsibility site before the first toy of her was [[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/shop/details.cfm?R=C976877E-5056-900B-1077-F1350B3FDC1A:en_US listed]] on their ''My Little Pony'' site.
* EdibleAmmunition: The citizens of Appleloosa use apple pies to repel a buffalo stampede. ''It works.''
** Although the entire episode was a metaphor for the American Settlers encroaching on the Native's land. And the pie battle was very intentionally a tame version of a shootout, because you wouldn't get incapacitated by a pie, would you?
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", Applejack demonstrated expert marksmanship with kicked apples. She didn't get to use them against the dragon, but she was ready to.
*** In the same episode, Angel beans Fluttershy with a half-eaten carrot.
* EdibleThemeNaming: Applejack. Her entire family qualifies too, given that they're named after brands of, types of, or products made from said fruit.
** Distant relatives seem to be named after different fruits, such as Aunt and Uncle Orange.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", when Applejack is shrunk, Spike dubs her "Appletini".
*** Both names are kinds of alcoholic drinks.
** Seems to be a pattern with most (though not ''quite'' all) Earth Ponies; Pinkie hails from the Pie family, though makes her living with the Cakes; two of Equestria's founders were Chancellor ''Pudding''head and her secretary Smart ''Cookie''; even Rose and Daisy could arguably count, since ponies have been seen multiple times eating flowers.
* {{Edutainment}}:
** During the first season, the show was broadcast with an E/I logo in the upper left corner, but the only real concession it makes to being educational and informative is to have AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle dialogue at the end of every episode. (These days, simply claiming to encourage positive social values is often enough to allow the use of the logo.) Cable channels aren't required to air E/I programming, but there may be conditions to the partnership between Hasbro and Discovery Channel to form the Hub that the audience doesn't know about. Still, a cartoon that manages to be {{Edutainment}}, MerchandiseDriven and genuinely entertaining even for adults all at the same time is a truly astonishing achievement.
*** The E/I mark goes back to the Discovery Kids days; the network adds E/I tags in electronic program listings to make it easier for parents to find actual educational children's programming. Since no other cable network (like Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network) uses the E/I tag, it's a really big advantage for The Hub to tag their shows E/I.
*** The show could be a TropeCodifier for Stealth Education. The writers are very talented at sneaking in educational tidbits without disrupting the flow of the show -- going all the way back to the pilot, where Twilight explains that being "on the precipice (or threshold, or brink) of disaster" means that "something really bad is about to happen", and that "imperative" means "important".
*** Hasbro has also released guidelines for some episodes for parents that want their kid to learn more.
*** The bug has been absent in Season 2 so far, which left certain fans wondering if Hasbro has ditched the Edutainment aspect of the show. Either that, or The Hub has since deprecated the practice all together.
** The [[IOSGames iOS]] EdutainmentGame ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle/id465213808 Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day]]'' is an interactive storybook with two types of educationally-beneficial minigames thrown in. The makers of the game have gone on to make another one, ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-ruckus-reader/id498464830 Ruckus Reader]]''.
* EldritchAbomination: The Ursa Minor and Major. True to the central theme of Lovecraftian Mythos, they cannot be truly defeated, only put back to sleep temporarily.
** Discord may also count, as he's an ancient creature of primordial chaos that has to be [[SealedEvilInACan sealed into a can]], and who will only stay sealed until someone new takes up the Elements of Harmony, at which point he can break free again.
** The Mare of the Moon is released on a very special event, aided by the stars when they are in the right position. "When The Stars Are Right" tend to be a classic release clause for many Lovecraftian entities.
* EldritchLocation: The Everfree Forest is one to the ponies.
-->That place just isn't natural! The plants grow, animals take care of themselves, and clouds move, ''all on their own!''
* ElementalPowers:
** Rainbow Dash can manipulate water to create rain (her profession), and also to create rainbows, as seen most clearly in with her stunt in "Boast Busters" (also, her name contains the word "rain"), despite the fact that one might think that Rainbow Dash, as a great flyer, might also be associate with the air
*** This seems to be a common thing with all pegasi, considering that [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy Hooves]] caused lightning by hopping on a cloud, and that weather control is the job of the pegasi.
** Rarity can magically locate pockets of precious or semiprecious stones within solid rock, meaning that she, despite not being an earth pony, has earth-based powers.
** Pinkie Pie, despite being, paradoxically, an earth pony, has a clear affinity for the air, as noted [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/6643032/ here]], and her speed and apparent teleportation abilities are also suggestive of air-based powers, as is the fact that her cutie mark is a bunch of balloons.
** Twilight Sparkle could be seen as either a fire elemental, given the way her mane and tail are transformed into flames at the party in "Mare in the Moon" and in her rage in "Feeling Pinkie Keen"; on the other hand, Twilight might also be seen as a [[ElementNumberFive fifth elemental]], given her association with the stars; either designation would fit with her magical powers, especially since, in the classical schema of the elements, fire was seen as being the closest to the fifth element anyway.
** Interestingly, all of these powers involve some paradox or ambiguity: Rainbow Dash, a pegasus and a great flyer, has water powers; Pinkie Pie, an earth pony, has air-based affinities and powers; Rarity, a unicorn, has earth-based magical powers; Twilight's status is not so much paradoxical as ambiguous: fire powers or fifth-element powers? Meanwhile, Applejack and Fluttershy don't easily fit the classical schema, although Applejack or Fluttershy might be seen as representing some sort of plant element, which was part of some elemental schema, especially in the far east.
* EmpathicWeapon: The Elements of Harmony. They only work for those who represent their Elements, stop working if the harmony between the users is broken, and can reform from being destroyed.
* EpunymousTitle: Episodes so far include:
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]" (the character who saves the day is Fluttershy)
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]" (after Pinkie Pie's "pinkie sense")
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]" (Princess Luna deals with being "eclipsed" by her previous Nightmare Moon image)
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" (after Rainbow Dash's "sonic rainboom")
* EverythingsBetterWithBunnies: Angel, as well as the [[HairRaisingHare bunny stampede]] from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]".
* EverythingsBetterWithChocolate
--> '''Pinkie Pie''': "Oooooh... chocolate fountainy goodness...!"
** And
--> '''Pinkie Pie''': "Hold on a second! Eternal chaos comes with ''chocolate rain'', you guys! Chocolate. Rain!"
* EtTuBrute: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Rarity to Sweetie Belle in Ponyville Confidential, after discovering her sister [[spoiler: was the gossip columnist who put her diary in the paper]].
---> '''Rarity''': "Et tu, ''Gabby Gums''?"
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Celestia was originally supposed to be a queen, but was made a princess due in part to this trope, leading to a situation similar to that of [[SuperMarioBros the Mushroom Kingdom]] -- a princess being the ruler of a land instead of a queen.
** Princes and princesses '''can''' be the rightful head of state: such is the case of principalities (or ''princedoms'') - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monaco Monaco]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andorra Andorra]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liechtenstein Liechtenstein]] are real-world ones.
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: Ursa Minors/Majors are large bear-like creatures with starry pelts. And by "large" we mean [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever building-size]].
* EvilLaugh: Nightmare Moon and Discord. Spike also gets one in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]".
** [[spoiler: Fluttershy]] of all ponies gets one in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]".
** [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis]] adores this trope, getting one several times in the first part of the two part season 2 finale, and about once every five minutes, give or take, in the second part.
* EvilPlan: Nightmare Moon's 'everlasting night' plan in the pilot. For a god of chaos, Discord is incredibly strategic about getting his "rulership" (AKA position to make up extremely creative and nonsensical torments for everyone) of Equestria back. [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis's 'first Canterlot, then all of Equestria' plan in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 season two]] [[spoiler:[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 finale]].]]
* EvolvingCredits: In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]", the opening was changed to include [[PromotionToOpeningTitles the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Big Macintosh, more background ponies]], and the Friendship Express Train, as well as an additional appearance of Canterlot and the mountains in the background. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]", [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/81791 parts of the Friendship Express Train were recolored and/or rearranged]], making it and its Nursery Train Car the same color as they are in the show proper and in the toys.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Episodes so far include:
** "Friendship Is Magic" ([[MagicAIsMagicA and yes, in this universe it really is]])
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]" (which has both dogs and ponies)
* ExactWords: "You simply must stop reading those dusty old books!" is not the same thing as "I don't believe you". This is all part of the Princess' BatmanGambit, though.
** Also done by Applejack, otherwise known for her honesty and integrity, when racing against Rainbow Dash with her [[ItMakesSenseInContext wings tied up]] in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]", in which she has no problem hitching a ride on the Twinkling Balloon after Rainbow Dash [[RoadsignReversal sent her wildly off track]]. Her justification?
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' What the hay--you said no flying!\\
'''Applejack:''' No, I said ''no wings''.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return Of Harmony Part 2]], Discord points out that he never actually said [[spoiler:the Elements Of Harmony were in the maze. Twists and turns ''were'' his master plan, but it had nothing to do with the Elements.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May the Best Pet Win]]":
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' But I said whoever crosses the finish line ''with'' me gets to be my pet.
--->'''Pinkie Pie:''' You did! You ''did'' say that! She did say that, that was the rule!
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup The Last Roundup]]:
--->Applejack: [[spoiler:I said I'd tell you at breakfast, and I didn't come to breakfast.]]
* ExpandedUniverse
* {{Expy}}: Rainbow Dash is a lot like Buttercup from ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', another show that Lauren Faust worked on. She's also a CaptainErsatz of one of the G1 pony Firefly.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders could be based off of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', especially since they are a young BeautyBrainsAndBrawn PowerTrio consisting of a TomboyAndGirlyGirl. Apple Bloom even wears a bow similar to that of Blossom's.
** One could also make a case that Rainbow Dash is very, very much like Bloo from [[FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends that OTHER show she worked on]]; Buttercup and Bloo are fairly similar, granted.
** Pip is very similar to [[FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Mac]].
* ExtremeOmnivore: Spike can eat fruit, grass, ''gemstones'' and was the only one unaffected by Applejack's toxic muffins. In fact, he liked them so much that he went through the trouble of rescuing the "baked bads" from the trash so he could eat them all.
** Oddly, he rejected an apple in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]" for having a worm. Maybe he wasn't in the mood.
** Pinkie Pie is an Extreme Herbivore at least. The wormy muffins made her sick (she was the only major character to appear in the infirmary, in fact), but she has no problem eating cupcakes that are badly burnt or covered in hot sauce.
** Pumpkin Cake from the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]" is probably just being a baby and chewing on everything in sight as they are prone to do, but it's possible for her to grow into this down the line.
** The Parasprites can eat ANYTHING, especially after Twilight Sparkle magically changed their diet from food to non-food.
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* FaceFault: The other ponies in "Dragonshy" when Fluttershy is to scared to go in the cave.
** Rainbow Dash in "Sonic Rainboom", again because of Fluttershy. This time because she just can't get an outdoor voice "yay" from her.
* [[FacePalm Facehoof]]: Twilight's typical response to the strange happenings around her, though some other ponies get one in now and then, too.
** Angel can be seen to face''paw'' at Fluttershy's clueless moments.
** Now compiled in this handy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIQZ-hfwATQ compilation]]! Begins at 2:45.
* FacePlant: Happens to most of the main characters at one time or another.
** Applebloom has this as a running joke in Hearts and Hooves.
* FalseCameraEffects: There is a LensFlare in the opening animation.
* FandomNod:
** A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTPqjKk_xCo promo video]] referenced not only a FanCommunityNickname ("bronies"), but also a FanNickname for a minor character ([[http://ponibooru.413chan.net/post/view/2194 DJ Pon3]]).
** Lyra Heartstrings and Bon Bon appear together in one scene in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]" - Bon Bon even gives Lyra bedroom eyes.
*** And then, Derpy pops out of the bushes.
** The [[TheMerch officially licensed shirts]] are ''filled'' with these.
* FantasticDrug: Pinkie Pie's laughter-inducing apple cookies from the German [[ComicBookAdaptation magazine comic]] ''Wundersame Apfelkekse''.
* FantasyAxisOfEvil:
** Savage: Dragons and most of the other types of monsters from the [[LostWoods Everfree Forest]]
** Eldritch: [[EmotionEater Windigos]]
** Humanoid/Fallen: [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Changelings]]
** Crafty: Diamond Dogs
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: To some extent. The aesthetics of pegasus society and Canterlot -- especially architecture -- seem to be based on Ancient Greece, with Disney's ''[[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hercules]]'' being a particular source of inspiration. Of course, the Pegasus is a creature from Greek mythology to begin with.
** This also explains Rarity's inspiration for Rainbow Dash's custom dress.
*** And the Pre-Equestrian Pegasus tribe in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] are clearly [[AncientGrome Greco-Roman]] in their choice of costumes.
** The Appleloosan settler-ponies and the buffalo herd are [[FantasyCounterpartCulture quite obvious analogues]] to Wild West settlers and Native Americans, respectively.
** Canterlot seems to be inspired by France with a dash of Britain.
* {{Fanservice}}: Of the non-sexual variety. After [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy Hooves]] took off within the fandom, animators started including her more and more often, sometimes in a scripted event and other times as a FunnyBackgroundEvent - to the point that spotting her has become a WheresWaldo-esque game in some circles. Bassist Octavia being the only returning member of the fancy band (as well as the harpist with her) in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]]" can't be a coincidence, either.
** However, by far the largest example of this is in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup the Last Roundup]]", when the name Derpy for [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy Hooves]] was made canon, as well as ''giving her a voice''!
** Octavia may actually be a [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/12/sweet-and-elite-episode-followup.html cellist,]] though admittedly it does appear to be a bass based on visuals as evidenced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st9CxveZieg here]].
** Played straight whenever TaraStrong decides to troll the fandom.
*** And on rare occasion, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1aTKd4lRPo in the show itself.]]
* FashionShopFashionShow: Twilight and Fluttershy go through this, courtesy of Rarity. Though Twilight doesn't buy anything and Fluttershy was just modeling.
* TheFashionista: Not only is Rarity the proprietor of the Carousel Boutique, but there's an entire fashion industry in Equestria including designer Hoity Toity, photographer Photo Finish, print advertising campaigns, and trend-following audiences at fashion shows who can't seem to form opinions of their own.
* FeatherFingers: This was averted initially. Ponies use their mouths, magic, or sometimes even tails to manipulate objects as long as it can be made to work. However, later season 2 episodes features ponies using their hooves as hands more often, or in the case of Pegasus characters (Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy), a literal feather finger.
** In Hurricane Fluttershy, the titular character tries to improve her flying by training, including doing wing 'push-ups'
* FireBreathingDiner: Twilight Sparkle suffered this after accidentally drinking some hot sauce. ''Even her tail and mane were on fire.''
** Gilda suffers this, too, during her HumiliationConga. Pinkie Pie used the fire to roast some marshmallows.
** Pinkie Pie discovers that rainbows don't really taste like Skittles, or vice versa, in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]".
* FirstNameBasis: Pretty much anypony who refers to Twilight Sparkle simply calls her "Twilight." Interestingly, Princess Celestia is the only character to refer to her by her full name with any regularity.
** Averted with Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash. The former can be either Pinkie or Pinkie Pie (and in one FullNameUltimatum, "Pinkamena Diane Pie"), while the latter can be called by first name, last name, or both, with equal familiarity.
* FlatCharacter: Diamond Tiara. Lampshaded; her cutie mark matches her crown. This also applies to her BFF Silver Spoon.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The Cutie Mark Crusaders' attempts to gain their cutie marks always fail, because otherwise there couldn't be more episodes about them attempting to gain their cutie marks.
* {{Foil}}: Interestingly enough, each of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] six acts as a foil to another one. The most obvious pair in this regard is Applejack and Rarity; their scenes together emphasize Applejack's more blunt and tomboyish side while highlighting Rarity's mildly obsessive-compulsive girly-girl nature. Similarly, Fluttershy's soft-spoken and gentle personality [[BewareTheNiceOnes wrapped around ]][[YamatoNadeshiko an iron core]] amplifies Rainbow Dash's personality as a loud, brash, and reckless pony [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a soft center]]. Twilight's straight-laced no-nonsense approach to most things and love of organization contrasts particularly with Pinkie Pie's free-wheeling and scatterbrained pursuit of fun, as well as Pinkie Pie's sometimes irrational behavior against Twilight's preference for logic. These contrasts are almost certainly intentional, and used to help advance a less overt aesop about friendship; the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] Six can be such close friends and an effective team ''because'' of their differences, not in spite of them.
** These are the more obvious pairings, but you could probably find contrasting behaviors between any two ponies that allow them to act as foils. Dashie's brash and reckless act-first-think-later MO, for instance, contrasts nicely with Twi's more careful think-first-act-later nature.
* FoodAsBribe: Twilight is faced with this several times throughout "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]" by her friends in attempts to gain an extra ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala, but Twilight manages to turn away the bribes each time despite stating several times how hungry she is. Pinkie Pie also uses this against Spike in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]" as part of her PerpSweating sequence.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** As the camera follows Twilight Sparkle when she's dictating her letter to Celestia in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the pilot episode]], the hourglass distorts everything behind it like you'd expect, but ''replaces'' the unicorn head sculpture outside with Nightmare Moon's head.
** In the same episode, Rarity is choosing decorative ribbons. Upon selecting a particularly glittery one, she declares "Sparkle always does the trick!".
** Also in the same episode, Twilight exclaims, "the fate of Equestria does not depend on me making friends." By the end of episode 2, it's pretty clear that it does.
** Listen closely to the music playing at Pinkie's surprise party in episode one. It's almost identical to the tune of her song in episode 2.
** When Nightmare Moon shows up at the festival, the Cutie Mark Crusaders are briefly shown cowering in fear next to each other, despite the fact that this episode was ''before'' "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]."
** The camera also pans across each of Twilight's friends as she lists each of the Elements of Harmony as they correspond to each pony.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]," Rainbow Dash tells Apple Bloom that she got her cutie mark after her first race. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]," she says that she's only done a sonic rainboom once before, when she was "just a filly." These are, in fact, the same event, which is shown in detail in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]."
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]" hinted what each of the Cutie Mark Crusaders' special talents are. Apple Bloom's is designing, Sweetie Belle's is singing/song-writing, and Scootaloo's is dancing.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]," what happens at Gummy's birthday party is mostly {{Fauxshadow}}ing, but one of Pinkie Pie's lines is true {{Foreshadowing}}.
--->'''Pinkie:''' I can't tell you that, silly--then it wouldn't be a surprise!
** In the first episode, Twilight proclaims that "all the ponies in this town are CRAZY!". By the time the first season ended, all the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] characters had had a mental breakdown at least once.
*** Some fans have noticed this and made [[http://ponibooru.413chan.net/post/view/11732 these]] [[http://ponibooru.413chan.net/post/view/11389 pics.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]", Spike mentions that Twilight has a cape, and that he and Twilight dropped it off at the cleaners. [[spoiler:In the next episode, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]", Twilight wears a cape as part of her Nightmare Night costume.]]
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]'' during the infamous [[SanitySlippage Pinkamena insanity scene]], an odd rendition of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 Discord's theme]] can be heard briefly in the background.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 Return of Harmony Part 1]]", after Rainbow Dash says that she'll always be loyal to the princess, Discord ominously says "We'll see about that...". [[spoiler: He later gives her a SadisticChoice and inverts her sense of loyalty.]]
* ForgotICouldFly: Rainbow Dash NEVER forgets this, and is rarely seen walking on the ground. Fluttershy, however, is a mediocre flyer at best, and rarely flies if she doesn't have to, and on occasion, doesn't even remember she can. The other ponies occasionally forget that two of them (Although in practice, only one of them) can fly. In one instance, this trope is inverted, as Twilight Sparkle asks if she can help with weather duty, forgetting she needs to be able to fly to do that.
** Applejack forgets that her friends can fly when she attempts a TrainEscape in "The Last Roundup".
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: After episode two, the ponies' Elements of Harmony powers and jewelry did not appear until the two-part Season 2 opener. They'd probably be overkill, anyway.
* TheFourChordsOfPop: The theme song uses I-IV-vi-V.
* FourthWallMailSlot: On March 9th, 2012, to promote that month's McDonalds toys, [[http://www.happymeal.com/en_US/index.html#/MyHappyMeal HappyMeal.com]] [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/146062 interviewed Pinkie Pie with ten questions submitted by fans]].
* FlowerPotDrop: Every episode involving "Pinkie Sense" has used this:
** In ''Feeling Pinkie Keen'', when the already horribly-injured Twilight Sparkle is assuring Spike that something is not going to fall, a flowerpot then crashes on her head. [[AnvilOnHead Then an anvil.]] [[SerialEscalation Then a hay wagon]]. ''[[PianoDrop Then a grand piano]]''. They all turned out to have fallen out from a delivery truck that [[TheDitz Derpy Hooves]] was working at.
** In ''The Mysterious Mare Do Well'', during TheReveal that [[spoiler:Mare Do Well is some of the Mane 6 teaching Rainbow Dash a lesson]], Pinkie Pie says she [[spoiler: stopped the building collapse]] with her Pinkie Sense. She then detects a falling flowerpot with it, and dashes away to avoid it.
** In ''It's About Time'', when Twilight asks the gypsy Pinkie Pie if she can use her Pinkie Sense to detect what will happen in the future, Pinkie explains that it's only for immediate emergencies. Cue flowerpot to Twilight's head.
-->'''Pinkie:''' Like that. (pause) [[LampshadeHanging Where did that even come from?]]
** Twilight then has to wear a white blindfold over her head due to the injury for the rest of the episode. [[spoiler:Which turned out to be the reason Future Twilight was wearing one.]]
* FortyTwo: Twilight's racing number in Fall Weather Friends, but it also turns out to be the number of points on the stars of her Cutie Mark. Additionally, 101010, which is 42 in binary, is the date the show first premiered.
** Additionally, Twilight Sparkle's cutie mark has seven stars with six points each, adding up to 42 total points.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]": When Rainbow Dash and Gilda race to a cloud, each claims to have been first, but Pinkie Pie claims Rainbow Dash won by just a little bit. To the naked eye it looks like a draw, with both arriving in a flash at the same time, but freezing the image at the right time shows Pinkie is actually right.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]": When Twilight Sparkle casts the wing-making spell, an outline of Rarity with her butterfly wings appears for a couple of frames in the explosion of light, several minutes before we get to see the results of the spell properly.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]]":
*** When her friends dismiss the broken table as who wants a hammer for a cutie mark, Apple Bloom looks dreadfully upset.
*** Just before Sweetie Belle starts singing, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom cover their ears.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]": During Fluttershy's flashback, at the end of her song, if you watch the upper-left corner of the screen carefully, you can see Rainbow Dash just as she hits her first Sonic Rainboom. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dashfreezeframe_916.png See here.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May the Best Pet Win!]]": You can spot Derpy in the hen house during the LetsDuet sequence as the song ends. (There's a [[EasterEgg visual pun]] hidden there.)
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet And Elite]]": During Rarity's "Becoming Popular" song, close examination of the "talking portraits" scene reveals cameos from Hoity Toity, Sapphire Shores, Photo Finish... [[http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n197/TheNovak/BecomingPopularFreezeFrameBonusHighlighted.png and Derpy with a paper bag on her head]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]":
*** The dog anatomy pictures in the Vet's room all have the outline of Winona, Applejack's dog.
*** When Spike recovers his normal size and Rarity says "YOU were the rampaging dragon?" Spike grins and strikes a "let me explain" pose for half a second before plummeting to the ground.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]": If you look closely during the opening, the babies in the nursery have the same or similar color schemes as other ponies, though most of them match more than one other pony (two that can be pinned down are the ones matching [[AllThereInTheScript Rainbowshine]] and [[FanNickname Medley]]).
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p50-oWY1pFE This promo]] from the Hub riffs on the 'There's an App for That' adds from Apple. Every pony app shown has an appropriately punny name and a matching icon (e.g. Wikiponia, Hooftube, etc.), proper use of pony terminology for various app functions, and even the 'PNN' news article with tiny text which flashes by at the end is fully coherent and readable. Someone at TheHub obviously knew that that the PeripheryDemographic would examine every frame for details like that, going so far as to give a ShoutOut to popular Pony Blog Equestria Daily.
* FreudianTrio: Really more of a Freudian Sextet:
** Twilight Sparkle: Intellectual, driven, conscientious, principled, and dutiful, but also obsessive-compulsive, and at least initially cold and impersonal. (Superego)
** Rarity: Driven, ambitious, orderly, meticulous, and also can be obsessive-compulsive. (Also superego)
** Applejack: Responsible and sensible. (Ego)
** Fluttershy: Also generally responsible, and tries to mediate conflict within the group, and in general. (Also ego)
** Rainbow Dash: Brash, arrogant, voluble, but also lazy and prone to selfishness. (Id)
** Pinkie Pie: Chaos incarnate. (Also id)
* FuroScene: There have been several scenes where the main characters bathe communally at the local spa, although these really aren't that exciting considering that they're just cartoon ponies who rarely wear clothes anyway.
* FurryConfusion: On top of the usual ponies, this world also boasts talking cows, mules, sheep, and donkeys, along with non-talking birds, bunnies, dogs, cats, and equines.
** Applejack mentions a zoo in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]". What could they possibly be keeping there? [[PoisonOakEpilepticTrees (Humans?)]]
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in both the pilot and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", where we see ponies that are clearly sentient pulling carriages for other ponies.
---> '''Pony 1:''' ''(Looking back at the carriage he's pulling)'' Okay, you pull now.\\
'''Pony 2:''' ''(Leaning out the carriage window)'' Aww, we just switched!
*** This one is expanded into [[UncannyValley incredible weirdness]] when Twilight [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} magically transforms a bunch of mice into horses]] to pull their carriage to the Gala. And then, when Opalescence scares them off, Rarity just asks some of her (male) neighbours to do it instead.
---->'''Twilight:''' Oh... right.
** Fluttershy's [[CutenessProximity initial reaction to Spike]] suggests that in their world he's seen more like an animal.
*** Further backed up when you remember that in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", Fluttershy is brought along to deal with a fully sentient and talking dragon because of her "way with wild animals".
** Winona. Diamond Dogs. The latter are meant to be troll analogues, but still.
* FurryReminder: Many. Lauren Faust wanted it to be clear that the ponies were ''ponies'', not pony-shaped humans. In fact, her reaction to the Bridlemaids ad was, "HUMAN POSES!!! AAARRRRGH!!!" Even the slight AnthropomorphicShift of Season 2 doesn't stop the reminders from coming.
** When faced with a threat and it looks like ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption, most of the horses lower their head, snort, and paw at the ground before charging. The pawing part alone is sometimes used to indicate displeasure.
** "I heard Zecora ''eats hay.''" "Pinkie, I eat hay. ''You'' eat hay!"
*** Pinkie remembers this later when singing to the buffalo: "We all eat hay and oats--why be at each other's throats?"
** When the ponies are getting ready for the Gala, Rarity won't let Spike come in because they're getting dressed. Applejack reminds her, "We don't normally wear clothes."
** Rarity's song about dressmaking includes a line about cutting out the parts of the dress: "Piece by piece, snip by snip/Croup, dock, haunch, shoulders, hip".
*** In the same song there are the lines: "Making sure it fits forelock and crest/Don't forget some magic in the dress/Even though it rides high on the flank/Rainbow won't look like a tank"
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "The Ticket Master"]], Twilight picks off a flower's petals to determine which of her friends she gives the gala ticket to, gives up after one round... and then proceeds to eat the fallen petals.
** At one point, Pinkie rolls around in the grass. You may think it's just her randomness, but real horses do that a lot.
** In the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel "Over the Barrel"]]" there's a saloon in Appleloosa called "The Salt Block" where ponies serve salt to customers. This may seem bizarre but if you're familiar with real horses then you would know that salt is an important source of nutrition for horses (usually served in a form of solid blocks of salt). It also helps them keep cool especially in hot areas (like the desert environment where Appleloosa is) through the minerals the salt they consume provides.
** You can hear Big Macintosh let out an authentic neigh towards the end of "Lesson Zero".
*** You can also occasionally hear neighing and other horse sounds being uttered through out the show.
** Pinkie makes a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98luXgkELo very horse-like snort of exasperation]] at (unsuccessfully) trying to get the infant twins she's babysitting to eat.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend In Deed]]" Rose tosses a flower at Pinkie Pie, who catches it in her mouth and eats it.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend In Deed]]" Cranky Doodle Donkey occasionally brays when something surprising happens.
** Ponies have been known to buck or rear as signs of excitement or annoyance.
** In some adventure/quest-based fanfics, (like [[FanFic/ItsADangerousBusinessGoingOutYourDoor It's A Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door]]), the ponies don't pack as much food as one would think, as they can eat the surrounding grass and leaves to conserve their supplies or in case of emergency.
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* GentleGiant: Turns out both the manticore and the sea serpent in episode 2 are actually friendly and easy-going beings.
** Big Macintosh also qualifies for this, given his huge build, calm personality, and how he patiently puts up with Applejack's stubborn nature.
*** Celestia counts. She's bigger, and more powerful than most of the cast and is LargeAndInCharge.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The UnusualEuphemism "Oh, horse apples!" does this literally; "horse apples" is a slang term for horse dung. Also, see StealthPun on the Q to Z page.
* GhibliHills: Surrounding Ponyville and Fluttershy's house.
* GigglingVillain: While Chrysalis can certainly pull off a full blown EvilLaugh, she does tend to giggle creepily when amused.
* GilliganCut: Done ''without a cut'' in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]", when Apple Bloom declares that she won't go to Diamond Tiara's cuteceañera, which, thanks to the RuleOfPerception, turns out to have already started BehindTheBlack. The show [[JustifiedTrope Justifies]] this by Apple Bloom forgetting Pinkie was hosting and she was already where the party was set to be held.
** Used more conventionally to omit any explanation for how the Cutie Mark Crusaders ran into Twilight Sparkle in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]":
--->'''Scootaloo:''' Come on, girls! We need action! We need Rainbow Dash!\\
''(cut)''\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' As a young filly in Canterlot, I always wanted to go to the Summer Sun Celebration....
* GivingUpOnLogic: The episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen" is all about Twilight Sparkle trying to find a logical reason how Pinkie Pie has the strange ability called "[[SpiderSense Pinkie Sense]]". By the end of the episode, Twilight Sparkle gives up, and learns that not all things need to be completely understood to be considered real or true.
* GoalInLife: Discovering your purpose in life creates your cutie mark on your flank. Given how permanent those things seem to be, one has to hope there's no pony equivalent to a mid-life crisis.
** Well, considering most of the Mane 6's breakdowns had something or other to do with their cutie mark (e.g. Pinkie Pie in "Party of One," having an insanity scene; Fluttershy not being able to make the creatures of the Canterlot Gardens love her in "The Best Night Ever"; et cetra), it seems that the fan-named Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome is said equivalent.
** The cutie mark just represents that particular pony's special talent, which often goes hand in hand with their chosen occupation. For example, Rainbow Dash's cutie mark signifies that her special talent is high-speed flying. She definitely enjoys it, and plans to make a career out of it by joining the Wonderbolts, but she's also shown great skill in weather control (clearing the sky in ten seconds flat, etc.). Another good example is Pinkie Pie. Her special talent, as shown by her three-balloons cutie mark is organizing parties. However, she's also an excellent ice skater and is able to play several instruments at once, which don't have any direct relation to parties.
* GoshHornet: Twilight Sparkle has disturbed a bee's nest and been covered with stings ''[[ButtMonkey twice]]'': in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap-Up]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]". Rainbow Dash was chased by a swarm of bees in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]", but managed to get away from them. Interestingly, there's a beehive hanging from one of the upper branches of the library where Twilight lives.
* GonnaFlyNowMontage: An almost literal one for Fluttershy in ''Hurricane Fluttershy'', where she trains herself to be a stronger flyer (with her animal friends acting as motivational trainers).
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: Fluttershy to Rainbow Dash in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]":
-->'''Fluttershy:''' But Rainbow Dash, just because you failed the Sonic Rainboom ''a hundred thousand times'' in practice doesn't mean you won't be able to do it in front of an ''entire'' stadium full of impatient, super-critical sports fan ponies!
** Played with in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]". Photo Finish really wasn't trying to be reassuring.
---> '''Photo Finish:''' Nervous? Don't be ridiculous. You're only facing a large crowd of ponies who will be watching your every moves and silently judging you.
** Also see the entry for IronicEcho.
* GreenRooming: Princess Luna and Zecora both got entire episodes dedicated to introducing each early on in Season One, but neither really got any further screentime until Season Two (barring one quick scene for Zecora in the episode immediately after hers).
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The BigBad of the season 2 finale is Chrysalis, queen of the Changelings.
* GrossUpCloseUp: A few relatively tame ones.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]" features a close-up of one Diamond Dog's dirty claws.
** Rarity's pruney hoof in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]".
** Philomeena's bloodshot eyes in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]".
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Spike's cheek]] where Rarity kissed him, one week later...he said he was never gonna wash it again, and gosh darn it, he meant it!
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* AbridgedSeries:
** ''MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries'' starts with "The Ticket Master" in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUn86Yy7-IA its first episode]], and is currently the series with the second most episodes, although it was one of the last to start up.
** ''MyLittlePonyCamaraderieIsSupernatural'', which started as an AprilFoolsDay joke by the SonicF team. Name-drops a lot of tropes.
** ''FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' currently has six episodes, a ton of MoodDissonance, [[{{Music/Friday}} and quite]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots a few]] [[DroppedABridgetOnHim little]] [[YuriFangirl surprises]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/user/MLPFiMAbridged My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Abridged]] had a go at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApJayBaGtmU episode 1]]. Responses were mixed, which they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31LEqC-E6PI gracefully acknowledged]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL52524014E0DA1AE6 My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Lost Episodes]] is essentially what you get if you make an AbridgedSeries with no planning or effort put into it whatsoever and yet still make it hilarious.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA247E6307DF7545E&feature=plcp Pwnies]]'' is currently the series with the most episodes.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/ponypokey#p/u Friendship is Magic: The Ultimate Abridged Series]]''.
* AbsenteeActor: Here is a list of characters and the episodes they don't appear in:
** Twilight Sparkle: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "Sisterhooves Social"]],[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]], and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]].
** Applejack: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Stare Master"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy "Hurricane Fluttershy"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor "Green Isn't Your Color"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend In Deed"]].
** Pinkie Pie: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep "Look Before You Sleep"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Stare Master"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "Sisterhooves Social"]],[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]][[hottip:*:according to HappyMeal.com's Pinkie Pie interview, she "celebrated by having the best Hearts and Hooves party ever with every pony in Ponyville!"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy "Hurricane Fluttershy"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters "Boast Busters"]].
** Rainbow Dash: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep "Look Before You Sleep"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen "Feeling Pinkie Keen"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Stare Master"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "Sisterhooves Social"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]] and[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox "The Cutie Pox"]].
** Rarity: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen "Feeling Pinkie Keen"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]][[hottip:*:[[http://comments.deviantart.com/4/1603670/2248019348 she was in the script but was cut out]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]] ,[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy "Hurricane Fluttershy"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends "Fall Weather Friends"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend In Deed"]].
** Fluttershy: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep "Look Before You Sleep"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "Sisterhooves Social"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox "The Cutie Pox"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters "Boast Busters"]],[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends "Fall Weather Friends"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend In Deed"]].
** Spike: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep "Look Before You Sleep"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom "Sonic Rainboom"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Stare Master"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet and Elite"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup "The Last Roundup"]],[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend In Deed"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress "MMMystery On The Friendship Express"]].
*** Appears but does not speak in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof "A Bird in the Hoof"]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes "Baby Cakes"]].
* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: Everypony living at Sweet Apple Acres wears exactly one accessory each: Applejack's cowboy hat, Big Macintosh's horse collar, Apple Bloom's hair bow, and Granny Smith's bandanna.
** All ponies occasionally wear some accessories. Most notably, there's the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] six's dresses for the Grand Galloping Gala. Other accessories are mostly used for visual gags and tend to be gone in the next scene.
*** Meanwhile, the ponies in Canterlot are shown wearing a lot of different outfits and accessories, possibly related to the difference in wealth between Ponyville and Canterlot.
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* ActorAllusion: Despite not being a direct allusion to her, this isn't the first show TaraStrong has done where [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4dnvevkn11r78gaio1_1280.jpg a character with a color theme of green and purple has had a bit of a crush on a character with a purple, white, and blue color theme.]] In this case, Twilight Sparkle's (who is voiced by Tara) assistant Spike, and Rarity.
** Also, Twilight asks if she looks like she knows how to speak squirrel. TaraStrong's role as Bubbles in {{The Power Puff Girls}} did know how to speak with squirrels.
*** Another one for Tara. [[TheFairlyOddParents This isn't the first show she's done where her character has had an antagonistic relationship with someone named Trixie.]]
* AdaptationDistillation: Could be considered one for the previous generation cartoons. This show combines the fantasy & adventure elements of the [[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials original]] [[MyLittlePonyTheMovie G1]] [[MyLittlePonyAndFriends cartoons]], the SliceOfLife style of ''[[MyLittlePonyTales Tales]]'', and most of the main cast are re-imagined [[MyLittlePonyG3 G3 characters]]
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: This show does this ''a lot''.
** The episode list for season 1 alone gives us "The Mare in the Moon", "Boast Busters", "Call of the Cutie", "Fall Weather Friends", "Suited for Success", "The Show-Stoppers", "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", and arguably "Owl's Well that Ends Well". And now season 2 has "Sisterhooves Social", "Hearts and Hooves Day", "The Mysterious Mare-do-well", and most notably [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy Six-Thousand".]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]", Twilight has this to say to Applejack:
--->'''Twilight:''' Your applebucking hasn't just caused you problems; it's over-propelled a pegasus, practically poisoned plenty of ponies, and terrorized bushels of brand-new bouncing baby bunnies.
** First mentioned in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]", ''the'' annual event everypony wants to attend is called the Grand Galloping Gala.
*** ...full of pretty party ponies.
*** Although Spike [[BlatantLies doesn't want any part]] of that Girly Gala Gunk.
*** Additionally, a majority of Pinkie's list of things that will be at the Gala.
----> '''Pinkie Pie:'''... pinwheels and pinatas and pin-cushions. With goodies like sugar cubes and sugar canes and sundaes and sun-beams and sarsaparilla!
** During "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]", Pinkie Pie thinks she misjudged Gilda and wonders if she's "Just a big jealous judgmental [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment jealous-jealousy-pants]]".
** The first episode features the Summer Sun Celebration.
** Near the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited for Success]]", Pinkie Pie apologizes to Rarity claiming that everypony is "So super sorry."
** At the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]", Twilight asks Spike to grab her copy of the ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Astronomical Astronomer's Almanac to All Things Astronomy]]''.
*** ...which she needs for the meteor shower, a centennial celebration.
*** There are also Ferrets of Fairyland, Two-headed Mythological Mysteries, and Magical Mysteries and Practical Potions.
*** What a fantastical fluffalicious feathery little friend!
*** That or Freaky Feathers.
** Pinkie Pie's "Giggle at the Ghostly" has a bunch of alliterations as well.
** Cutie Mark Crusaders Creature Catchers!
** Precious pony-pedi(cure) will be preserved.
** Lampshaded in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox The Cutie Pox]]":
--->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Cutie Pox: This puzzling pony plague afflicted a population of ponies back in the Paleo-Pony period!
--->'''Spike:''' Heh, say that ten times fast!
** About 50% of the dialogue in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Twilight Sparkle (especially in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]," "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]," and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetandElite Sweet and Elite]]").
** Apple Bloom's friend Twist from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]".
** As of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed her debut episode]], Princess Luna.
** Rainbow Dash, despite her position as the token jock of the group. From squealing and repeating "Oh my gosh" multiple times rapidly due to finally meeting the Wonderbolts, to eagerly dressing up in sweater vests to pose with pets and discovering a love of books, Dash can show off a dorky side when she wants to.
* AdultChild: The main characters are mature enough to live independently and have jobs, but frequently act as though they were in their mid to late teens. It's interesting though that their "mature" traits mainly concern social relations, while their "childishness" is more present in their immediate behavior. It [[JustifiedTrope sort of fits]] with the life-cycle of actual horses: a foal can walk within minutes of birth, unlike a baby human. WordOfGod has it that the ponies are at the physical maturity for ponies equivalent to human teenagers, but mentally more advanced than that period, but of course superseded [[RuleOfFunny when appropriate]].
* {{Aesop}}: Every episode ends with one, quite literally in the case of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]". "If you try to please everypony, you oftentimes end up pleasing nopony -- especially yourself," was the moral of an actual Aesop's Fable.[[note]][[CaptainObvious Although Aesop's wording was a little different, as he was talking about hominids rather than small horses.]][[/note]]
** Completely subverted in [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Super Speedy]] [[ManVersusMachine Cider Squeezy 6000]], where Applejack begins talking out the letter, then just drops the serious tone, as she knew the moral already.
---> '''Applejack:''' Dear Princess Celestia... '''*clears throat*''' I DIDN'T LEARN ANYTHING!
* AesopAmnesia: A bit of a RunningGag with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, who ignore any moral about not trying to force their cutie marks to appear.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: The Canadian live show.
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Any of the gems Rarity finds.
* AllThereInTheScript: Besides several character names (see the [[Characters/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Characters pages]] for those), some other names have only come up outside of the show: [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Golden Oaks Library/Golden Oak Library]]/[[AdaptationNameChange Books and Branches Library]][[note]]the Ponyville library, named on its and Spike's [[http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/BravoGangUS/d49937f6.jpg trading]] [[http://theponyartcollection.tumblr.com/post/26391213917/pets-and-spike cards]], in the ''Stuck On Stories'' storybook, in the ''Sparkle World'' story ''Spooky Slumber Party!'', on a TreehouseTV [[http://promos.treehousetv.com/mlp-express/default.aspx web page]], [[http://mlparena.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=3413942.html#3413942 at a Hasbro seminar]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM651CNDF2U in a Swedish book]], and [[http://www.bronies.de/showthread.php?tid=55&pid=52894#pid52894 in a German magazine story]]; also given an alternate name in TheHub's ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/club Club Hub]]''[[/note]], (Sweetie Belle's) Ice Cream Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual first car, named in the toys[[/note]], (Fluttershy's) Nursery Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual second car, named in the toys[[/note]], Pie Family Rock Farms[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Pie family's rock farm]] outside of Ponyville, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Pony Joe's[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pony Joe's]] donut store in Canterlot, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Ponyville Schoolhouse[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Ponyville schoolhouse]], named in the toys, [[http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/BravoGangUS/d49937f6.jpg on its trading card]], and in [[https://twitter.com/MyLittlePony/status/216173472844496896 a tweet]] by Hasbro's ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' {{Twitter}}[[/note]], (Applejack's) Sweet Apple Barn[[note]]the Sweet Apple Acres barn, named in the toys[[/note]], and (Twilight Sparkle's) Twinkling Balloon[[note]]the hot air balloon, named in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMatVdLyHq8 this]] toy commercial and in the toys[[/note]]. Additionally, "Glimmer Wings" may be the term for ponies with wings like the ones Rarity gets in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", as they're similar to those of the Glimmer Wings toy ponies.
* AlphaBitch: One of the most important lessons Lauren Faust seems to want to teach girls is how to deal with bitches without becoming one yourself. Examples include:
** Gilda
** ''The Great and Powerful'' Trixie
** Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, the two fillies who bully Apple Bloom at school.
** [[spoiler: The corrupted (by Discord) Rarity and Fluttershy act like this in the two first episodes of the second season.]]
** The two mares who hassle Fluttershy at the asparagus stand in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]], who also talk like [[ValleyGirl valley girls]].
* AlternateContinuity: At least four of them, as the {{Novelization}}s (including the storybooks and the magazine stories) and the Canadian live show adapt some of the same episodes.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Italian version has a different opening song. It can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FVqFN_Hn20 here]]. An instrumental of the original theme tune is played over each episode's title card, however.
** And now it has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7dchiYx5Hzo extended version]].
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: While real horses and ponies come in a variety of colors, the ponies of Equestria seems to come in color combinations ranging from [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Doctor_Whooves believable]] to flat-out garish (like [[AllThereInTheScript Merry May]], a pegasus with a lime coat and a magenta mane).
* AmbidextrousSprite: Since ponies are made of Flash objects, they--or parts of them--often appear mirrored. It's more complicated than a simple flip, though. The ponies seem to have a "good side" that, in nearly every shot, starts out facing the camera. When a pony turns around while visible in a shot, all of her features remain left-right consistent, and the other side shows--unless they turn around very quickly, in which case the Flash object gets flipped, and the "good side" stays to the fore.
** This is especially prominent in the case of Fluttershy and Rarity, whose manes can obscure their faces. They always begin every shot with their bangs out of their faces, whether facing right or left, ''except'' when the shot calls for Fluttershy to look [[PeekABangs extra shy]] or Rarity to look worried or depressed. The highlights in Twilight's hair also change sides depending on which direction she's facing, with the pink highlight closest to the camera. On head-on shots, the pink highlight seems to default to being on Twilight's left (the viewers' right) side of her hair.
** Another fairly obvious one is Zecora, as she has her gold ringlets on the left side of her forelegs. However when ever her flash object is flipped the gold ringlets flip with her, putting the ringlets on the other side. This is also apparent in short gags such as the telescope gag in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon The Brush Off]]", as the smudge on Dash's eye is on her left eye, when she looks in the pond, she has been flipped and it is shown over the right eye.
** A mild case occurs with Spike, who is usually shown writing letters with his right hand. On occasion, he's shown writing letters with his left hand, and in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]" is shown alternating hands while writing the friendship report.
%% Ponies have been definitively established as having cutie marks on both sides now. It no longer falls under this trope.
** One building in Ponyville (presumably a joke shop) has a sign shaped like a pony's head, wearing a [[PrankInjuries fake arrow]]. The arrow always points away from the camera.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The sea serpent. The meme where it implies Rarity kills him is even called "Rarity Kills A Gay Dragon"
* AmbitionIsEvil: Notably, admirably, and satisfyingly subverted or averted at almost every opportunity. Rarity in particular has not received karmic punishment for daring to want to succeed, but only when such desire cuts ahead of her friends.
* AnachronicOrder: A consequence of the episodic nature of the series. One brony [[http://russelh.deviantart.com/art/Pony-Chronology-v2-216785653 tried to order the first season's episodes correctly]], but goodness knows whether he's even close. Some key points stand out:
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]", which takes place at the beginning of fall, aired after "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap Up]]", which takes place at the end of winter.
** The dresses Rarity makes in episode 14, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]", appear very briefly in episode 10, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]".
** Pinkie Pie's rant about Rainbow Dash in the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]" seems remarkably similar to Rainbow's Sonic Rainboom during [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom the episode of the same name]], an event that happens a full ten episodes later.
** [[http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=83177&view=findpost&p=1952966 According to one of the layout artists]], episodes 1 through 36 were aired in production order (the same numbering that Hasbro and TheHub have gone with)--episodes 37 through 39 are OutOfOrder in broadcast order and iTunes order ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]" being moved from after "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]]" & "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]" to before them). WordOfGod says their main priority was to make sure young viewers (the ''actual'' target demographic) understood how the world works with the ponies being in charge of changing the seasons, and that little--if any--effort went into ensuring a coherent timeline.
** The ''Sparkle World'' [[TieInNovel story]] ''The Magic of Friendship'' implies that "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" takes place when Twilight and Spike were still new to Ponyville. The story states that Twilight and Spike hadn't lived in Ponyville very long and refers to the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] six as their new friends, yet later in the story Rainbow Dash performs a Sonic Rainboom for what would have to be at least the third time, placing "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" early in the series' chronology.
* AnachronismStew: The ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/shop/details.cfm?guid=756C0547-5056-900B-10C1-5412D2955797 Ponyville Schoolhouse]]'' toy has a picture that shows present-day fillies Sweetie Belle and Sunny Daze alongside the filly versions of Pinkie Pie, Cheerilee, and the pony who was dressed as a flower for the play in Rarity's {{flashback}} during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]". Not necessarily an error, since the picture isn't stated to be a real photo.
* AndIMustScream:
** Nightmare Moon was banished into the moon by her older sister for one thousand years before being able to escape. She's at least aware of how long she's been gone.
** Discord was imprisoned in stone by Luna and Princess Celestia, and outright states that it's quite lonely being encased in stone, proving he was entirely aware of his time in there. [[spoiler:He gets put back in short order.]]
** Twilight gets turned to stone in "Stare Master", though she seems to have been unconscious for the duration. Consider that it happened during what she thought was just a routine errand, and if no one had found her...
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The rewards for earning points in ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlp-adventures-in-ponyville Adventures in Ponyville]]''.
** Also pops up in the cartoon proper a few times. In "Winter Wrap Up", Twilight is rewarded with a special team vest for her efforts (she was left out of the initial planning because she's new in town, so she didn't have a team vest).
* AnimationBump[=/=]ArtEvolution: Season 2's animation is more fluid and detailed than that of season 1.
** During longer musical numbers (especially in season 2), the animation has a notable improvement. For example, you can see the pony's hair flowing and bouncing better, instead of a single object being stretched and moved around.
* {{Animesque}}: ''Friendship Is Magic'' continues this precedent set by the G3.5 cartoons, with even bigger eyes and smaller snouts (but less humanlike qualities for the ponies, see below). It's particularly noticeable with the MagicalGirl theme of the second episode, the use of QuiveringEyes and SpeedStripes, and the "n_n" expression the characters often get when they smile.
** The style of this show is very reminiscent of [[ThePowerpuffGirls something]] [[FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends else]] too.
* AnthropomorphicShift: Inverted. In later incarnations, ponies were gradually becoming less horse-like and more human-like, walking on their hind legs, [[FeatherFingers using their front legs as hands]], wearing human clothes, etc. In this series, they are much closer to original form, using mouths to manipulate objects, hauling carriages, eating hay and sugarcubes, and halters and saddles are fashion items.
** However, there are still instances where they take on human poses when it's awkward otherwise or if it's part of a gag (hoof gestures, sitting upright on benches, etc.).
** And then of course there's Lyra Heartstrings.
** Played straight on season 2. The current season has seen more human like behavior and poses and less pony like behavior and poses compared to season 1. Former show runner LaurenFaust has shown a couple of responses regarding to this change like [[http://tinyurl.com/5wotctk her reaction]] to the [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/friendship-is-magic-billboard.html Bridlemaids billboard ad]] and the [[http://tinyurl.com/7653xod "put up your dukes" scene]] in the episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]''.
* AnthropomorphicZigZag: The ponies are sometimes more human-like in TheMerch and the ExpandedUniverse. For example, some of the German [[ComicBookAdaptation comics]] have them act more like bipeds, to the point of [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter running around on their hind legs]] to play [[TheBeautifulGame soccer]] or have a SnowballFight. And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtUFeDB7gg this]] SpinOffBabies toy commercial...
* AntiVillain: A number of antagonists on this show are portrayed sympathetically on some level or another.
** The dragon whose snoring causes Ponyville to be clouded in smoke breaks down in tears [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone after Fluttershy explains why what he's doing is wrong]]. Fluttershy later follows this up by saying "you're not a bad dragon; you just made a bad decision".
** The cockatrice Fluttershy confronts [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas backs down on hearing that his mother might find out what he's been up to]].
** Even the "good" guys are occasionally driven to being villains in a sense; "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]" involves Spike fearing that the owl will take away the admiration Spike's become so accustomed to, and eventually resorting to trying to make it look like the owl ate a mouse. He's caught in the act, leading Twilight to give Spike a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech so harsh that Spike ends up thinking she doesn't love him anymore. He runs away, ending up near a dragon, only to be saved by Twilight Sparkle and the owl.
*** Even Fluttershy isn't immune. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]" she [[{{Yandere}} tries to force shy palace creatures to love her]]. Doesn't happen. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]]", she tries to become more assertive and [[TookALevelInJerkAss ends up just becoming a bad-tempered jerk]].
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]" Twilight Sparkle becomes so fixated on solving a problem in Ponyville in time for a weekly message routine for Celestia she reverts to ''creating one'' by trying cause a rift between the Cutie Mark Crusaders. The fact her neuroses had broken her into [[SanitySlippage out and out raving insanity]] didn't help one bit. In a reversal of the previous example, Spike has to bring her out of it.
** A common sub-variety of these cases would be "creature who seems vicious but is just angry".
*** The Ursa Minor from "Boast Busters" causes a lot of damage to Ponyville, but is only angry because Snips and Snails woke him up and Trixie's efforts to stop him only made him madder.
*** Episode 2 has a thrashing sea serpent who's [[IBrokeANail just upset about his mustache being cut in half]], and a manticore who's just in pain from a thorn in his paw. The former calms down after Rarity cuts off half of her tail to replace the severed part of his mustache, the latter after being comforted by Fluttershy, and they each show signs of thankfulness for this.
* AprilFoolsDay:
** From 2012, [[TheMerch WeLoveFine]]'s [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/04/new-welovefine-product-hoof-hands.html hoof-hands]]. Trying to add them to your cart rewarded you with a 15% off code that lasted until Monday April 2nd 11:59pm.
** New episodes of Season 1 normally aired every Friday. April 1st, 2011 fell on a Friday, but that day a rerun of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]" aired. "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", which cemented Celestia's reputation as "Trollestia" to the [[PeripheryDemographic fans]], aired the following week, on April 8th. Draw your own conclusions.
* AprilFoolsPlot: While not set on April Fools Day, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]" has the elements of the trope.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In the second season finale, Chrysalis has kidnapped Cadence, hypnotized anypony who found out her secret, hypnotized Shining Armor, fooled and defeated Princess Celestia and the Elements of Harmony and threatens to drain Equestria of all love. And the worst part? [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous She doesn't even love the groom]] and [[CompleteMonster she won't partake in any cake]].
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", everypony mentions hearing the boom caused by the sonic rainboom before seeing the rainbow; in reality, it should be the other way around, since light travels faster than sound.
** On the same subject, in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", Rainbow Dash did supersonic speed dashing, including a tight turn at that high speed, and everypony involved survived with all of their internal organs intact.
** There's a video making the rounds on KnowYourMeme with a physics student doing a presentation on the show, specifically about three physical impossibilities he noted. The Sonic Rainboom was one -- only on the basis of the Mach Cone that was shown -- but the rest involved gravity physics. He noted that Applejack could not have catapulted Rainbow Dash any higher than the point she jumped off of (unless she happened to be made of dark matter), and that small cloud of butterflies could not possibly save Fluttershy from [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou falling to her death]] (unless the butterflies were also made of dark matter).
** By realistic standards, pegasus ponies would have to weigh almost nothing to walk on clouds. This one is at least handwaved as an ability they possess which other ponies do not, which means it's probably magic. This may also justify Fluttershy's ability to survive a fatal fall by landing on butterflies.
*** One could also argue that due to their ability to fly, pegasi must have extremely hollow bones, like those of a bird. Rainbow Dash would be extremely light, making it possible for Applejack to catapult her the way she did.
*** It has been shown on several occasions that Rainbow Dash is [[MadeOfIron very durable and resistant to pain]]. While hollow bones would explain Applejack being able to toss her in the air on the seesaw, they would likely shatter when she hits something full speed, which happens every other episode.
*** Rainbow Dash's crashing probably overlaps with AmusingInjuries.
** In the MLP universe, rainbows are actual matter (with a very spicy flavor, I might add), and depending on the mass of whatever substance rainbows are made of, hearing the boom first may actually be reasonable. Magic can explain away just about everything else. Since Twilight needed to cast a cloud-walking spell for unicorns and earth ponies to walk on clouds, it's reasonable to think pegasi have that magic as an innate ability. [[RequiredSecondaryPowers Rainbow Dash can fly extremely fast and do a Sonic Rainboom because that's her unique talent, so she's probably innately resilient to those extreme forces.]] [[FanWank Fluttershy being saved by butterflies is probably a consequence of her cloud-walking ability, and Applejack launching Rainbow Dash so far in the sky could similarly be a consequence of her being an earth pony.]]
* ArtEvolution: Generally, the animators seem to really have hit their stride in Season 2.
** With the animating work more or less finished for regular-bodied ponies, the team appears to be putting in an effort to introduce new body types.
** Character animation is now more fluid and the backgrounds much more detailed.
** The animating quirk of Applejack losing her freckles when running has been corrected as of Season 2.
*** Unfortunately, it still seems they forget to keep her hat on every now and again.
** It's a rather subtle difference, but Celestia does not have a magical levitation aura over the letter she receives in the first season's opening. In the second season's opening however, she is clearly levitating the letter with her yellow magical aura.
*** The letter also has a glossy sheen added in season 2.
** Spike's proportions have shifted slightly to make him less chubby-looking and as of Season 2 his coloring is a bit richer, with darker purple and brighter green.
* ArtShift: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtUFeDB7gg The]] [[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/ru_RU/play/details.cfm?R=3D70B561-5056-900B-1038-98249F2C86CF:ru_RU two]] SpinOffBabies toy commercials are traditionally animated, as opposed to the AdobeFlash animation used by the series itself (and the other TV ads).
** Also, the episode "A Friend in Deed" has a felt animated sequence, crossing over into the main animation due to Pinkie Pie being Pinkie Pie.
** "[=MMMystery=] on the Friendship Express" does this when Pinkie Pie is giving her theories about who took a bite out of [[ItMakesSenseInContext MMMM]]. The first shift is to an old western movie, the second is noticeably brighter and paler and is a parody of James Bond movies, and the third becomes slightly darker than usual to reflect that of a "Ninja movie."
%% Do not list things that were actually in the show before the meme. Also do not confuse with the trope "Ascended Fanon".
* AscendedMeme: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTPqjKk_xCo This promo]] from TheHub uses "bronies".
** After [[CommercialPopUp popping up]] in a live-stream and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJelKyxtXXU fighting the Wonderbolts]] in a video from one of the show's animators, {{Magneto}} (or [[CaptainErsatz Magneighto]], at least) eventually got some official recognition on a [[TheMerch licensed shirt & hoodie]], though these eventually stopped being available.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p50-oWY1pFE This]] [[TheHub Hub]] promo name-checks "DJ Pon3". One of the apps is called Derp-Zam (a riff on the Shazam app), most likely after fan-named character Derpy Hooves, and there's a ShoutOut to fan blog Equestria Daily.
* AsHimself: Tori Spelling in some of TheHub's promos ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7KV68mCHYc this commercial]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44OUB98t8zw these bumpers]]) for "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2]]".
* AsideGlance: Pinkie Pie does this in the final shot of "Bridle Gossip", [[http://comments.deviantart.com/4/1292609/1796592705 when she's supposed to be looking at Rainbow Dash]]. She does it again, this time intentionally, in "Lesson Zero". There's also a random instance of her looking at the camera in "Elements of Harmony".
* AssKicksYou:
** Rarity does it to Twilight in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]".
** Pinkie Pie does it to [[ButtMonkey Twilight]] and Fluttershy when dancing in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]", and later does it to Rainbow Dash during her "Crazy Town" party.
** [[spoiler:Fluttershy, after being corrupted by Discord, pulls off a particularly malevolent one on Pinkie in "The Return of Harmony, Part 1".]]
** Derpy's ass, according to "The Last Roundup", is a force of destruction upon Ponyville.
* AudibleSharpness: The scale Rarity pulled off of the sea serpent.
** Same for Pinkie Pie's brass cymbals during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]".
** And, the wings of Princess Celestia's pegasi guards.
** [[spoiler:When the Wonderbolts were fighting off Spike-zilla]]
* AudioAdaptation: There are two German albums in CD and [=MP3=] formats, each album containing two ''Freundschaft ist Magie'' episodes. Volume 1, ''Ein Auftrag von Prinzessin Celestia'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon "Ein Auftrag von Prinzessin Celestia (Teil 1)"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony "Ein Auftrag von Prinzessin Celestia (Teil 2)"]]. Volume 2, ''Apfelschüttelernte'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "Eine Freundin hat's nicht leicht"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason "Apfelschüttelernte"]].
* [[AWizardDidIt A Unicorn Pony Did It]]: This is what [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/exclusive-season-1-retrospective.html Lauren Faust]] tells herself every time an electrical device has to show up.
** Observed in The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000, where said machine is actually shown to be powered by the Flim-Flam brothers' magic.
* AuthorAppeal: WordOfGod is that the show's adult-oriented in-jokes and references are included simply due to the [[http://www.mlponies.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=179&p=71982#p71982 creators' personal entertainment.]]
** To sum up:
--->So as to who they're performing for, it's not us, it's not 6-year-old kids, it's themselves. They're just doing what they think makes the show as great as they can, to entertain each other as best they know how. In other words, the creative team on this show really is just having that much fun making it. Best thing I could ever have heard.
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* BadassDamsel: Fluttershy and Rarity can become this if need arises, Fluttershy particularly: she's berated a dragon hundreds of times her size for hurting her friends until it burst into tears, and she once stared down and chewed out a cockatrice (even going so far as to threaten to tell its mother on it) ''as it slowly turned her to stone''. Rarity, when kidnapped by the Diamond Dogs to be put to work, trolled them all into submission to the point where they beg her friends to take her back, and even BRIBED them with the gems they had been using Rarity to collect. The mares of Appleloosa in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]" took this trope and ran to the hills with it: some of them were ''boxing and holding their own'' against buffalo several times bigger and heavier than them.
* BadassMustache: One of Twilight's powers is to make these grow on people. It doesn't help Spike woo Rarity, but he assumes that if he had a [[BadassBeard beard]], too...
** There are plenty of them in Apple-loosa as well, especially Sheriff Silver Star.
** There was also the tennis playing pony from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]".
** [[FanNickname Steven Magnet]] prides himself on his mustache. Could be an {{inversion}} of BadassMustache, because it just makes him even sissier.
** Leaves form the effect on Applejack in "Secret of My Excess" when she stoically asks Twilight to get her rope to go after Spike.
* BalloonBelly: Twilight Sparkle gains one in the first episode after meeting Applejack's family and being persuaded to stay for brunch.
** Also happens to Spike in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]".
** And the same thing again happens to [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie]] at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery On The Friendship Express]]".
* BatmanGambit: Princess Celestia's response to Twilight Sparkle's first letter sets this up.
** And later Celestia inviting Twilight's friends to the Grand Galloping Gala so they can mess it up.
* BeamMeUpScotty: The phrase "love and tolerance"/"love and tolerate" (which originated from an ImageMacro) is usually associated with this show, but it's only [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=875 been]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1059 used]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=2418 on]] one [[TheMerch officially licensed shirt]] (and in the description of another [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1600 shirt]] and [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1672 hoodie]]), not in the show itself.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn:
** For the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] six:
*** Beauty: Rarity and Fluttershy
*** Brains: Twilight and Pinkie (after all, she's smarter than she looks.)
*** Brawn: Applejack and Rainbow Dash
** For the Cutie Mark Crusaders:
*** Beauty: Sweetie Belle
*** Brains: Apple Bloom
*** Brawn: Scootaloo
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A recurring theme in the series, though this series uses it in [[LighterAndSofter a more lighthearted way]] than it's usually used.
** The first two episodes of the first season seem to have a hint of this, with Twilight Sparkle at first not wanting to make new friends, only to find out later that "just when I learn how wonderful it is to have friends, I have to leave them." That is a milder case, though, [[spoiler:as it turns out Celestia lets Twilight stay in Ponyville with her new friends anyway]].
** In "Green Isn't Your Color" the theme has been doubled! Rarity getting what she thought she wanted earlier on left her making the same mistake in the opposite direction later on.
*** Rarity insists earlier on that she wants Fluttershy to become a model. As a result, Fluttershy becomes so famous that Rarity gets ''very'' jealous.
---->'''Rarity:''' I'M the one who should be mobbed by strangers wherever I go!
*** Later on Rarity explains this was her reason for standing up for Fluttershy; in her jealousy, she thought she wanted something embarrassing to happen to Fluttershy on-stage, but she felt extremely guilty when it actually ''did.''
** "Sisterhooves Social" has Rarity wanting to get away from Sweetie Belle earlier on but missing her later on.
** In "The Cutie Pox", Apple Bloom uses a magical flower called "Heart's Desire" to finally get her Cutie Mark. Unfortunately, over the course of the day she gets several ''more'' cutie marks, each of which brings [[BlessedWithSuck both a new talent and a compulsion to practice that talent endlessly]], whether it's window-washing, tap-dancing, speaking French, or ''lion-taming''.
** A hint of this also shows up in "May The Best Pet Win," with Rainbow Dash insisting earlier on that she wanted a fast, agile, flying animal for a pet... and after putting the animals through competitions testing these (among other) traits she found out that the falcon met her standards the most... but by the time she found this out, she had evidently changed her mind about what she wanted in a pet after all, as she clearly wasn't happy about being told that the falcon won. [[spoiler:Of course, she found out a [[LoopholeAbuse loophole]] in her rules that allowed her to adopt a tortoise instead, in a clear contrast to what she at first wanted.]]
** Pinkie Pie runs into this trope head-on in "Baby Cakes." She begs the Cakes for a chance to babysit their newborn twins, but ends up running herself ragged after they let her do it.
* TheBechdelTest: Passes easily, since nearly everyone is female. In fact, you can barely find two ''males'' having a conversation. %%Please stop editing this to make references to the amount of interest in romantic relationships, since it's not about that. Go read the actual article for the Bechdel Test instead.
* BerserkButton: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You. Do. Not. Hurt. Fluttershy's. Friends.]]
** If you break a [[PinkySwear Pinkie Pie Promise]], Pinkie Pie will '''''END you.'''''
** Try threatening Spike when Rarity is around. [[SchmuckBait Go on, try it]].
** Going meta, altering Derpy Hooves is the fandom's BerserkButton.
* BigBad: The show doesn't have one overall or any lasting ones, since it operates on a MonsterOfTheWeek basis. Even the serious villains ([[MadGod Nightmare Moon]], [[ManipulativeBastard Discord]] and [[CompleteMonster Queen Chrysalis]]) each only get to be BigBad for one two-episode story. This actually means that the biggest BigBad so far is... the Grand Galloping Gala, the big party the ponies are looking forward to, which causes trouble in a whole three episodes ("The Ticket Master", "Suited for Success" and "The Best Night Ever"). However, see BiggerBad below for hints of something that might qualify if it became more actively involved.
* BigBallOfViolence: Numerous times.
** Applejack and Rainbow Dash's fight at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]".
** Spike versus a chicken in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]". Spike loses.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders in the season 2 premiere.
** Twilight gets into one with [[spoiler: greyscale Applejack and Pinkie Pie over a book... and WINS]]
** Fluttershy slugs it out with a stallion who tries to cut ahead of her for a taxi in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]]." She wins easily, having taken her assertiveness training a little too seriously.
** Taken UpToEleven with almost all of Ponyville forming into dozens of violence balls in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]".
* BigEater: Spike, Pinkie Pie, and Snails are no slouches in this department, but the Parasprites, swarming insects not unlike locusts, beat them all by a landslide.
** Applejack fits this one to a lesser extent. She can stuff an entire apple in her mouth, chew it up (core and all), and swallow it in one bite. During "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]", she does the same with one of Rarity's s'mores and demonstrates lousy table manners by burping afterward.
** [[spoiler: Rarity's and]] Sweetie Belle's performance in the pie-eating leg of the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]] might qualify them for this when they are properly motivated.
* BiggerBad: Possibly. It's been hinted at by WordOfGod that ''something'' corrupted Luna and may have had something to do with Discord's escape.
* BiggerOnTheInside: In general, the exterior shapes don't match the interiors of the houses and buildings shown in the cartoon.
** To name two examples: during the pilot, Pinkie Pie stuffed almost the entire population of Ponyville into a single room of Twilight's library, and the size of Sugarcube Corner doesn't match the inside (Pinkie Pie's room being the biggest offender).
* BigFancyCastle: [[WordOfGod Lauren Faust says]] that the city of Canterlot, built into the side of a mountain, is a ShoutOut to [[TheLordOfTheRings Minas Tirith]].
* BigNo: Spike does this twice in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]" -- once just after Rarity is kidnapped and again after he and the other ponies fall into the lair of the Diamond Dogs and realize they have no idea which way to go. Both of them were right before the commercial breaks, too. Maybe he just doesn't like commercials.
** After putting up with lots of "cute" things and conversations, Scootaloo does one at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]" when her crusader friends give her a group hug and Fluttershy announces she's going to sing another "cute" song.
** [[spoiler:Discord]] gives one in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return Of Harmony Part 2]] when [[spoiler:he realizes too late that the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] cast can and are about to blast him full force with the Elements Of Harmony.]]
* BindleStick: Spike carries one after running away from home in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]".
** Also seen in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", carried by a young Applejack when she goes to meet her relatives in [[BigApplesauce Manehattan]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Being the Element of Honesty means that Applejack can't lie to save her life.
** To an extent for Twilight, her high education is considered something of a second ability, however her intricacies also lead her to be SuperOCD and neurotic to ''extremes'' on occasion, not to mention her diligence to education kept her isolated and socially inept for most of her early life.
* BlindingBangs: The pegasi bullies seen in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" flip between this and PeekABangs; close-up shots reveal the leader's eyes, but most of the time their eyes [[HiddenEyes are obscured]].
** This trope was played quite literally on Rarity in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]".
* BluntYes: When discussing the apple orchard harvest in season 1 episode 4.
-->'''Applejack:''' I'll take a bite out of this job by day's end!
-->'''Big Macintosh:''' Biting off more than you can chew is just what I'm afraid of.
-->'''Applejack:''' Are you saying my mouth is making promises my legs can't keep?
-->'''Big Macintosh:''' [[MemeticMutation Eeyup.]]
* BlushSticker: Not having distinct outlines or failing to adhere to the skin, but blushes still consist of two ovals on cheeks.
* BookEnds:
** The first two seasons both begin and end in Canterlot.
** The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]" opens and closes with shots of the same two birds in a tree outside Carousel Boutique.
** Season 1 starts with Twilight Sparkle in charge of overseeing the rest of the Mane 6 prepare for a celebration, and Season 2 ends the same way.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: When aired on TreehouseTV, all instances of the word "loser" are silenced from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party Of One]]". "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon The Brush Off]]" is rarely played.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony Elements of Harmony]]" closes off with a scenery shot of Ponyville, at which point Pinkie Pie pops up and repeats her "Are you excited?" rant to the camera as the IrisOut begins. When she gasps, the Iris actually widens again.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", Twilight and her friends are suffering the nasty aftereffects of a "curse". Immediately, Spike makes silly nicknames for them, but when it's Twilight's turn, he gets stumped, claiming "I got nothing". Then he turns his eye against the fourth wall and says "'Twilight Sparkle?' I mean, seriously. I can't even work with that".
** At the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", when the ponies are enjoying the bath and laughing as the screen zooms out to the credits, Pinkie Pie stares at the viewer with a curious expression on her face.
*** This glance however occurs without any set-up or gag and is more likely to be merely [[SpikingTheCamera spiking the camera]]"
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]], Spike repeatedly looks at the camera during Pinkie's strange commentary.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]", Rarity appears to grab the camera when she throws a hissy-fit over one of the Diamond Dogs calling her a mule.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOP3BhQjlzQ This]] toy commercial opens with Princess Celestia introducing herself to the viewers and inviting them to come fly with her.
** At the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", during the IrisOut, Pinkie Pie grabs the closing border and briefly holds it open as she complains that Twilight's moral was [[HeyThatsMyLine what she was trying to say earlier, during her song.]]
** Even Fluttershy does this in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]". When she pours birdseed over a pill she's trying to feed to Philemena, she turns to the camera with a smug look and says "Always works".
** Rainbow Dash talks directly to the viewers in [[http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=682507497589 this]] commercial for a marathon leading up to the premiere of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]".
** Done at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]", with a literal wink at the audience from Owlowiscious.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtUFeDB7gg This]] SpinOffBabies toy commercial opens with baby Pinkie Pie asking the viewers if they'll help her walk.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTY3zJaA2Dc This]] toy commercial opens with Pinkie Pie inviting the viewers to hop in her RC Car if they want to come with her to Ponyville.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRSFsNbPp0o This]] toy commercial opens with Rarity inviting the viewers to come ride round and round on her Carousel Boutique with her, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie.
** Subtly done by Discord in the S2 opener episodes. He claims in rhyme that he hid the Elements "back where you began." They turn out to be hidden in the Ponyville library, inside the reference guide that Twilight consulted before leading the group into the Everfree Forest during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony Elements of Harmony]]" -- which has the exact same cover as the book that tells the story of Nightmare Moon and Celestia at the very beginning of the first episode.
** Spike repeatedly interacts with Twilight's [[ImagineSpot imagine spots]] during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]": he pops one with a claw, rolls another up like a blind, and wheels a starburst background out of frame.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPSY9QLNRY0 This]] toy commercial opens with Pinkie Pie introducing herself to the viewers and inviting them to hop on her Friendship Express Train.
** Rainbow Dash talks directly to the viewers in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PW4XnBd-WA this]] commercial for a marathon leading up to the premiere of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts and Hooves Day]]".
* BreakoutCharacter: Rainbow Dash, depending on your point of view.
* BrickJoke: During "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]", Apple Bloom tries her hoof at baking cupcakes, but all she gets are some horribly burnt failures that are quickly swept under the rug. Later, during a party, a poor background pony is seen nibbling on some nicely decorated cupcakes, only to make an unpleasant discovery. At the very end of the episode, Scootaloo tries to eat one of the cupcakes, but Apple Bloom warns her off it ("Not the cupcakes! Trust me".).
** Another example appears in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]". The first instrument Pinkie Pie tries to find, a trombone, doesn't even become a part of the one-pony-band ensemble she uses to drive the swarm away. At the very end, after a shot of the aftermath of the infestation, she pops up in front of the screen with her trombone to deliver the classic [[LosingHorns "Wah-wah-wah-WAAAAAAH"]].
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]" opens with Applejack telling Twilight about a bet she made, saying that if she won, Big Macintosh would have to walk down Stirrup Street in one of Granny Smith's girdles. This seems like a simple, throwaway joke, until "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]", where Big Macintosh is unable to harvest apples because of a mysterious, unexplained injury to his midsection.
** At the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", Rainbow Dash spends a few minutes trying to get a reaction out of Celestia's guards. Her efforts are futile, as one [[BritishRoyalGuards might expect]]. At the end of the episode, once Philomena is reborn as a phoenix, Dash convinces her to tickle the guards' noses. It works, they finally break character. Cue [[EverybodyLaughsEnding Everypony Laughs Ending]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party Of One]]", Pinkie says she'll pass out written invitations next time she decides to invite her friends to a party. The next day, after the birthday party for Gummy ends, she appears with a basket of written invitations to Twilight and friends for Gummy's after birthday party.
** A subtle one is done in both parts of the pilot. When initially looking up information on the Elements of Harmony in Canterlot, Twilight finds some info under 'E' in a book. Once Nightmare Moon has been freed, Twilight then races to the Ponyville library to find more info on the Elements but is having trouble. Pinkie Pie finds a reference guide with ease, and when Twilight asks her about it, Pinkie cheerfully responds "It was under '''[='E'=]'''!"
** When the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] six are "cursed" in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", Spike makes up nicknames for each pony based on her curse, but can't come up with one for Twilight. At the very end of the scene, Spike comes up with Twilight Flopple.
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* CallBack: In "Sonic Rainboom", Rainbow Dash says that the day of the event is the "BEST. DAY. EVER!" In A Canterlot Wedding: Parts 1 & 2, when talking about/performing a Sonic Rainboom for the wedding, she comments "BEST. WEDDING. EVER!"
** Which also serves as a CallBack to the previous season finale, which everypony had hoped would be [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]].
* CapeSnag: Technically, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin a wing snag.]]
* CaptainsLog: Twilight's letters to Princess Celestia on the {{Aesop}} of the episode. Granted, unlike most examples, this happens at the ''[[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle end]]'' of each episode, but the basic idea is the same.
* CareBearStare: Essentially how the Elements of Harmony work, and [[spoiler:how Twilight Sparkle restores her friends after Discord's MindRape in the previous episode.]].
* CarnivoreConfusion: In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", Pinkie Pie's song confirms that they're all vegetarians, but she mentions a hot dog eating contest in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]". That's veggie dogs... riiight?
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]", they're shown making (and eating) s'mores. Modern day marshmallows contain gelatin, which is derived from animal hides and bones. Historically, however, marshmallows were made from mucilaginous root extracts of the marsh-growing African mallow, ''Althaea officinalis'', AKA the '''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin marsh mallow]]''' plant, and modern Vegan marshmallows use fruit pectin to provide protein instead of gelatin.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]", Fluttershy is being greeted from the lake by some fish smiling at her, which means that fish in Equestria are at least partially sentient (like Angel the bunny) and some of them are apparently friends with Fluttershy. Then in the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", we see Fluttershy feeding dead fish to her pet ferrets.
*** In classical mythology, Griffons ate mostly horses.
** In an apparent inversion, in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap Up]]", Fluttershy delivers a load of vegetables to a couple of wild ferrets. A fan artist on /co/ named "shuffle" came up with [[http://www.reddit.com/r/mylittlepony/comments/fvu1d/bad_bunnies/ a rather dark explanation for how this makes sense.]]
*** Fluttershy doesn't deliver the vegetables, one of her helpers does. Really, this is just another example of the poor organization of the event. When Fluttershy is shown feeding ferrets, she feeds them fish.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]", after Applejack ties up Rainbow Dash's wings, she says "Trussed up like a turkey!" The only way for her to make that comparison...
** The ponies raise cattle, which vaguely makes sense because they can be milked. They raise chickens, presumably because eggs are a necessary component of many of the apple pastries they bake. But in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]", we see that ponies farm pigs. Pretty sure ponies don't eat bacon... (WordOfGod says that the pigs needed somewhere to live, and ponies ''really'' like truffles.) Plus pigs can be used as "garbage trucks" -- they eat the leftovers.
*** Might also be a good source of...well...fertilizer.
** In the scene where Applejack tries to decide what she is supposed to eat first in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", one of things on the table is a ham sandwich. Interestingly, there were no truffles in sight in spite of the fact that the guest of honor was the princess.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]", Spike noted that owls ''do'' eat mice and he actually uses that knowledge in attempt to frame Owlowiscious.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]" shows Rarity making fried eggs.
*** [[http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/File:CCFryingPan.jpg Fried]] [[http://hub.promotions.com/canterlot/assets/props/MLP_Prop_FriedEggs.swf eggs]] had previously appeared in the ''Canterlot Castle'' toy set and original version of ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=5B309E58-5056-900B-1040-324367303E14 Castle Creator]]''.
* CastHerd: First off, you've got the main six ponies and Spike. The Cutie Mark Crusaders form a PowerTrio with a smaller version of the main group, having an earth pony, pegasus and unicorn, with the latter also falling into TomboyAndGirlyGirl. Big Mac tends to show up mainly around his sisters and the rest of his family; the same goes for Granny Smith. Even the background ponies fall into this, with Rose, Daisy and [[FanNickname Lily]] tending to show up around each other.
* TheCastShowoff: AndreaLibman (Fluttershy/Pinkie Pie) and Ashleigh Ball (Rainbow Dash/Applejack) provide their own singing voices. Ashleigh in particular is the lead singer of the band HeyOcean. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nhssMi2FtA There's a reason why fans love Rainbow Dash's singing]].
** Subverted in that neither character has had a song to themselves yet when every other mane character has at least one, although Rainbow Dash comes pretty close with a duet with Fluttershy.
* CentralTheme: Friendship is Magic!
** ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* CerebusRollercoaster
** Season 1 has "The Ticket Master" immediately following the two-part premiere, "Dragonshy" sandwiched between the significantly less dark "Boast Busters" and "Look Before You Sleep", "Sonic Rainboom" and "Show Stoppers" book-ending "[[SurpriseCreepy The Stare Master]]", and "[[SanitySlippage Party of One]]" in-between "Owl's Well that Ends Well" (which isn't completely sunny either) and "The Best Night Ever".
** Season 2 follows up both "Return of Harmony"s and "Lesson Zero" with "Luna Eclipsed", follows up "Secret of My Excess" with "Family Appreciation Day", sandwiches "Dragon Quest" with "It's About Time!" and "Hurricane Fluttershy", and puts the light and fluffy "MMMMystery on the Friendship Express" right before the finale, the latter half of which is basically distilled nightmare fuel.
* CharacterExaggeration: Used lightly in later episodes, which focus more on individual characters compared to the initial stories (which focused more on the whole ensemble and their bonds) and so intensify some of their defining quirks for Aesops and obstacles. Perhaps most noticable is Twilight Sparkle, after growing out of her FishOutOfWater status in Ponyville, her centered episodes focused more on her overcoming her (originally more subtle) neurotics and fears of failure, establishing her as a SuperOCD NervousWreck. Most examples are kept balanced by proper CharacterDevelopment however and their other traits are still used prominantly, preventing much noticable Flanderization coming into the situation.
* ChaseScene: Complete with [[Series/TheBennyHillShow Benny Hill]]-[[TheJimmyHartVersion esque]] background music. Twice. Another two [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L142_juksw8 chase scenes]] are in the style of [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepé Le Pew]].
* ChasteToons: According to Rarity, Princess Celestia has a nephew, which should raise an eyebrow considering that it would either imply that he is Luna's son (even though she spent the last thousand years sealed in the moon) or that there is another divine sibling we don't know about. LaurenFaust eventually explained by saying that he was a very distant relative on Celestia's mother's side, "about 52 times removed, roughly speaking".
** In Applejack's and Rarity's case, they have children hanging around who are their little sisters rather than nieces, but play a similar role.
** However we have now seen Pinkie Pie's, Twilight Sparkle's, and Rarity's parents, once each.
** And now we even have baby ponies, incidentally showing that pegasi, earth ponies and unicorns can mix and a pony can have any combination of the three kinds of ponies.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:After Discord finally breaks Twilight's will, Celestia sends her back all the Friendship Reports that Twilight wrote to her during season 1. This rekindles Twilight's feelings, gives her the knowledge she needed about Discord's weakness ''and'' how to release her friends from Discord's mind control.]]
* ChekhovsSkill[=/=][[ChekhovsHobby Hobby]]: Turns out Fluttershy has a ''surprising'' knowledge of sewing, as evidenced when she was forced to tell Rarity what was "wrong" with her dress in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]". This skill allowed Fluttershy and the others to finish Rarity's dress at the end of the episode.
** Also in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap Up]]", where Twilight used her organization skills to help Ponyville finish on time for the first time in years.
** Applejack's herding skills in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]" resurface five eps later in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]".
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", Rainbow Dash is shown playing with a ball and skillfully bouncing it off her head. Later, during the Iron Pony competition in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]", she uses her skill to easily win the ball-bouncing challenge.
** Twilight spent the ''entire first season'' writing reports back to Celestia with what she's learned about friendship. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony, Part 2]]", [[spoiler: Celestia snaps Twilight out of Discord's spell... by sending back copies of all her reports, so that reading them will remind Twilight that friendship is worth fighting for.]]
* ChromaKey: Was apparently used in episodes [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon 1]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters 6]] at least, judging by their [[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?R=748FD778-5056-900B-1058-67C660F92478:en_US story]] [[http://www.hasbro.com/common/assets/Flash/Demos/dad2af6e1c4311ddbd0b0800200c9a66/C21AD62C5056900B109690D7D6FB6F09/C21C78D85056900B10540B526C90E7D8.swf galleries]].
* CrushBlush: Spike blushes after receiving a kiss from his blush Rarity,
* CircleOfFriendship: The default way of dealing with {{Cosmic Horror}}s, {{Mad God}}s, and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s is pretty much to blast them with weaponized [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]] in this fashion.
* CivilizedAnimal: While previous pony cartoon series had been leaning towards FunnyAnimal from ''Tales'' onwards, ''Friendship is Magic'' fits this portrayal; the ponies can talk, live in houses, and in some cases have jobs, but are otherwise quite equine in behavior, eating hay, grass, and flowers and using their mouths to manipulate things.
* CliffHanger: At the end of all three two-part episodes. More specifically, the premiere episode of both seasons, plus the second to last episode of season 2. They also sometimes like to set up mini-cliffhangers going to commercial breaks.
** For instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L142_juksw8 this]].
* CloudCuckooLander: Pinkie Pie, in ''spades.''
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': "And then I said 'Oatmeal, are you crazy?'"
** Subverted in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]]. It turns out that Granny Smith actually ''isn't'' a senile old mare: [[ChekhovsGag the seemingly insane acts she performs, such as pep-talking glass jars or sweet-talking bees]] are actually required in order to make Zap Apple Jam.
** Snails from "Boast Busters:"
--> "I like pudding..."
* ColdOpening: While all the episodes are almost exactly 22:00 each, the openings vary, with "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]]" being the shortest at 30 seconds and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]" being the longest at 2 minutes 51 seconds.
* ColonCancer: The [[IOSGames iOS game]] ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle/id465213808 My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day]]''
* ColorCodedWizardry: Though present since Season 1, the unicorns' magic have clear distinctions in their auras from "Lesson Zero" on. For example, Twilight's is dark pink, Celestia's is bright yellow, and Luna's is clear blue. Usually the color matches the color of the unicorn's eye color or cutie mark.
** Demonstrated in the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]], when a unicorn with a pink magic aura picks up a bag and passes it to Rarity--the aura changes from pink to blue.
* ComicBookAdaptation: At least ten comics have been printed in a German ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' magazine published by Panini.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint : In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]", Twilight lectures Spike about all the trouble he's been causing because he's jealous of Owlowiscious, telling him "This is not the Spike I know and love!" A dejected Spike interprets this as meaning Twilight doesn't love him anymore, and prompts him to run away from home.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders, if nothing else, are ''really'' talented in this area:
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]", Twilight tries to guide the Cutie Mark Crusaders to see that they're very close to finding their cutie marks if they'd just switch their roles from the talent show, but they just don't get it (though they also have no interest in performing said roles on stage.)
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", Scootaloo complains about having to listen to all the "namby-pamby" stories of how the other ponies got their cutie marks because they're not helpful; they're all about "finding who you really are and boring stuff like that".
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]]", Sweetie Belle sings a lullaby so loudly that it not only fails to put anypony to sleep, it actually wakes up everypony nearby.
*** In general, all three of the Cutie Mark Crusaders seem almost determined not to realize that Scootaloo's special talent is her scooter, Sweetie Belle's special talent is singing, and Apple Bloom's special talent is in some way related to construction.
* CompanionCube: Bloomberg from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", an apple tree that Applejack ''reads a bedtime story to''.
** It's contagious; Spike climbs into bed with him (yes, the apple tree has its own bed) and then apologizes in advance in case he starts snoring.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]", Pinkie goes crazy when she thinks her friends don't want to come to any more of her parties, and sets up a pile of rocks, a bucket of turnips, a piece of lint, and a sack of flour as her new friends. She even gets Rainbow Dash to argue with the rocks.
** "Tom".
** Twilight's Smartypants doll in "Lesson Zero".
* CompositeCharacter: With the sole exception of Applejack, the six main characters are a composite of a Generation 1 pony and a Generation 3 pony. Rainbow Dash, for example, has the wings and personality of the Gen 1 pony Firefly, and the color scheme (more or less) of the Gen 3 pony Rainbow Dash. Faust couldn't use the names of the Gen 1 ponies, due to Hasbro having lost the trademark to all of them but Applejack, so the use of Gen 3 ponies for extra inspiration is her WritingAroundTrademarks. Full explanation [[http://ponibooru.413chan.net/_images/02b14f657f8b589243c1279e8a08d8f6/122%20-%20applejack%20chart%20Firefly%20fluttershy%20g1%20lauren_faust%20list%20pinkie_pie%20Posey%20rainbow_dash%20rarity%20Sparkler%20Surprise%20twilight_sparkle.jpg here.]]
* CompressedAdaptation:
** The {{Novelization}}s in general, since many of them are either storybooks that come with toys or short stories published in different countries' magazines.
** The Canadian live show. It managed to squeeze part of "The Ticket Master", part of "Applebuck Season", part of Part 2 of the pilot, part of "Winter Wrap-Up" and part of "The Best Night Ever" into a 30-minute play (which took place over an ''entire year'').
* ConflictBall: Shows up in a few episodes. "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]" particularly comes to mind.
* ConspicuousCG: In a few of the toy commercials:
** Pinkie Pie's RC Car in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTY3zJaA2Dc its commercial]].
** Rarity's Carousel Boutique in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRSFsNbPp0o its commercial]].
** The Friendship Express Train engine, Sweetie Belle's Ice Cream Train Car, Fluttershy's Nursery Train Car, the railroad cart and the track in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPSY9QLNRY0 their commercial]].
* ContinuityNod: Quite a few, which is unexpected for a show where the episodes are supposed to be watchable in any order.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]", Applejack explains to Twilight that her huge family was only in town for the Sun Festival (the pilot episode), which is why she's the only one left on her farm that's strong enough to harvest the orchard after Big Macintosh hurts his back.
** During "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", Rainbow Dash mentions the ferocious manticore that Fluttershy befriended during the pilot episode.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]", Rainbow Dash says in a playful and friendly tone, "Pinkie Pie, you are so random!" A few episodes later, in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]", Rainbow Dash says the same thing [[IronicEcho in an irritated voice]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]", Rarity is creating the dresses that she and her friends will wear for the Grand Galloping Gala announced in episode 3. Some of these dresses can be seen in later episodes (Rarity wears hers at the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird In The Hoof]]"). The Gala itself is the season finale.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]", Fluttershy remembers the jumping advice that Pinkie Pie gave to her during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]" and, thanks to it, manages to escape from the Hydra chasing her. In the same episode, Twilight Sparkle uses the [[LeeroyJenkins same approach that Rainbow Dash used]] when facing the dragon in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]" on said Hydra.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]", Applejack mentions that Rarity won't even touch mud unless it's imported, a nod to the mud masks in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]".
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]", Rarity states that she "[[GrandHotel vants to be alone]]" when she is upset over Fluttershy's popularity. She said the same thing in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]", after a failed fashion show made her a laughingstock in Ponyville. While sorting through dresses for Fluttershy to try on, she tosses aside several outfits which appeared in prior episodes.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]", Rainbow Dash gives Apple Bloom a little bit of Karate training. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]", Apple Bloom incorporates Karate into her "dance".
** At the beginning of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", the dresses from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]" can be seen hanging in Fluttershy's closet. In a later scene, Rarity is wearing hers.
** In the first episode, one of the dresses Rarity has Twilight try is a Statue of Liberty outfit. In "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", we learn that a pony version of the Statue of Liberty actually exists in their world.
** The straight-haired version of Pinkie Pie reappears in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]" when Pinkie Pie convinces herself everypony is avoiding her because they no longer like her parties.
*** Also briefly in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]" as she tries to straighten it for the Gala. But because she's happy, it goes poofy again immediately.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", Rainbow Dash mentions that she's broken the rainbow barrier once before, "a long time ago". In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", we get to see how it happened.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]," the Wonderbolts recognize Rainbow Dash from the events of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]". The entire episode also serves as one giant nod to everypony's {{Imagine Spot}}s about the Gala way back in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]". During her attempts to befriend the animals at the garden, Fluttershy remembers the advice Twilight gave her in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird In The Hoof]]". Additionally, this episode features the dresses created in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]" and has a brief appearance of Pinkie Pie's straight hair from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]."
** And Zecora, debuting in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", establishing the context for her cameo one episode later in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]". She's also mentioned (but not seen) in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]]"; visiting her for tea is Twilight's reason for going into the Everfree Forest that night.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]", Snips and Snails are shown to be awe-struck by Trixie's magic skills. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]", they attempt to stage a magic show of their own.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return Of Harmony, Part 2]]" features two short segments with several clips taken from previous episodes, when [[spoiler:Twilight and Applejack's memories are being restored.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]", Twilight's messed up bird nest from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap Up]]" can be seen.
** Another nod to "Bridle Gossip" was made in the season two episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox The Cutie Pox]]". Seems Zecora hasn't forgotten her initial treatment by Ponyville's inhabitants.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]]" Pinkie Pie says she used her Pinkie Sense (from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]") to save the construction workers. She then immediately gets a twitch and pushes Rainbow Dash out of the way of a falling flower-pot. Pinkie Sense then gets brought up again during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime It's About Time]]", where Pinkie is doing a [[FortuneTeller fortune telling]] routine. Twilight asks Pinkie to use her Pinkie sense to predict the coming disaster, but Pinkie says she doesn't use her Pinkie sense for that. Pinkie then immediately gets a twitch and a flower-pot falls on Twilight.
** During the musical number in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]]", Rarity attends an opera in the same dress she wore at the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver Grand Galloping Gala]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend In Deed]]", Rainbow Dash is shown in Twilight's library reading a Daring Do novel, a hobby that she picked up in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read It And Weep]]"
* ConversationCut: Used several times throughout the show:
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony The Elements of Harmony]]", as Twilight Sparkle is reading the last known location of the Elements of Harmony, the scene dissolves from the library into the location as she (and the other ponies) say "...the Everfree Forest!" Pinkie Pie does another one at the end of the episode:
--->'''Pinkie Pie''': "Hey, you know what this calls for?" (transitions to Ponyville) "A party!"
** Pinkie Pie pulls another one in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]" as the ponies try to figure out how to show their appreciation to Applejack for saving Ponyville from a stampede. This cut apparently lasts a week.
** The cold open in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]" is basically a series of these.
* ConstructedWorld: Despite a few slip-ups of writing such as a few mentions of France, Equestria is part of a world that is very different from our own with its own features.
* CoolHorse: Rainbow Dash, among others.
* CoolHouse: All six ponies live in some sort of Cool House (not surprising given that one of the show's jobs is to sell the playsets those houses are based on).
** Twilight lives in a library built into a giant hollow tree, with an observatory on top, a balcony a little farther down and a bizarre laboratory at the basement.
** Rarity lives at her business, the Carousel Boutique, which is styled to resemble an ornate antique merry-go-round, complete with horses.
** Pinkie Pie lives at Sugarcube Corner, a bakery whose roof resembles a heavily decorated gingerbread house with two cupcakes stacked on top.
*** Oddly, the apartment itself is kind of bare, for reasons speculated upon in this wiki's WildMassGuessing page (Pinkie has one all to herself).
** Fluttershy lives in a large sod-roof cottage near the Everfree Forest. The entire property, inside and out, is filled with houses and shelters for an assortment of small animals, plus the house itself is covered with beautiful plants.
** Rainbow Dash lives in a floating house made of clouds... that looks like a small Greek palace, with rainbow waterfalls on either side. She at least probably designed it from scratch.
** Applejack lives in a house/barn on the edge of her family's sprawling apple orchard.
* CoolTrain: The Friendship Express Train.
* CostumePorn: Almost anything Rarity designs (with some glaring yet justified exceptions), particularly the dresses she and her friends wear to the Grand Galloping Gala.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer:
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGc6Ullcd3o trailer]] for the DVD ''The Friendship Express'' claims that it's the show's first DVD release. While it ''is'' the first of ShoutFactory's releases and the first DVD to be available online, it's actually the ''fifth'' DVD to be released in the US, following the toy-pack-in [=MiniDVD=] ''The Ticket Master'', the Target-exclusive DVD ''Celebration at Canterlot'', the DVD ''Adventures in Ponyville'', and the toy-pack-in [=MiniDVD=] ''Applebuck Season''.
** On Hasbro's ''MyLittlePony'' {{Facebook}} [[http://www.facebook.com/mylittlepony page]], they [[http://www.facebook.com/mylittlepony/posts/390054594351142 said]] that TheHub's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 Royal]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Wedding]] WebGames are also available on Hasbro's own ''MyLittlePony'' [[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/ site]] and that one game has you "help Pinkie Pie create a yummy cupcake treat for the guests" (the only Pinkie Pie game of the bunch being the non-cupcake-related ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-dj-pinkie-pie DJ Pinkie Pie]]'').
** On TheHub's {{Facebook}} [[http://www.facebook.com/hubtvnetwork page]], they [[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=246933645355725 called]] Rainbow Dash's Nightmare Night costume from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]" a Wonderbolt costume instead of a Shadowbolt costume, and on their own [[http://www.hubworld.com/ site]], they initially called Discord a dragon instead of a Draconequus (or Dragonokis, as they [[SpellMyNameWithAnS misspell it]]).
** Hub advertisements for the ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=5B309E58-5056-900B-1040-324367303E14 Castle Creator]]'' game available on Hasbro's website and their own website describe it as a game in which you select a pony to explore the Canterlot palace with and dress them up in various costumes. Footage of the game accompanying this description shows it to be nothing like that.
** TV listings' synopses of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]]" respectively [[ViewerGenderConfusion refer to Rarity and Rainbow Dash as male]].
** An insert included with Creator/MadmanEntertainment's Australian [=DVDs=] misidentifies [[GodCreatedCanonForeigner toy line exclusive pony]] Ploomette as Pinkie Pie.
** [=80sTees.com's=] [[http://www.80stees.com/products/MLPFIM-Wonderbolts-Shirt.asp two]] [[http://www.80stees.com/products/Wonderbolts-Shirt.asp versions]] of Mighty Fine's ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=661 Wonderbolts]]'' [[TheMerch shirt]] have a mistake in their product descriptions misidentifying an unnamed Wonderbolt as Fleetfoot (a different Wonderbolt, who's named in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]]").
** A ''New York'' [[http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2012/06/slideshow-the-my-little-pony-hair-color-trend.html slideshow]] misidentified [[http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2012/06/slideshow-the-my-little-pony-hair-color-trend.html#photo=6x00007 Sweetie Belle as Berry Punch]] and [[http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2012/06/slideshow-the-my-little-pony-hair-color-trend.html#photo=7x00006 Apple Bloom as Rose]].
** The infamous "My Little Racist, Homophobic, Smart-Shaming Pony" [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/09/my-little-homophobic-racist-smarts-shaming-pony/ article]] on Ms. Magazine's website, which stated that a pony's coat color were metaphors for race and/or sexual orientation--WordOfGod [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/24/my-little-non-homophobic-non-racist-non-smart-shaming-pony-a-rebuttal/ states]] that they never are or were intended to be--as well as claiming that Twilight Sparkle completely gave up her studies under the princess in favor of a stereotypically girly life in Ponyville. (Not only is life in Ponyville anything ''but'' girly and bland, Twilight's original problem wasn't that she was studying at ''all''; it was that she was studying to the exclusion of anything resembling a social life.)
** [[http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/29/my-little-pony-parodies-katy-perry/ "If you're not 7, there's a good chance that you are unaware of the latest 'My Little Pony' re-boot"]].
** {{NPR}} seems to think that ([[MerchandiseDriven like the previous MLP cartoon]]) [[http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/10/05/141037194/skipping-the-ads-on-tv-get-ready-for-the-shows-that-are-the-ads FiM is just a 30-minute ad]], which makes it obvious that they just assumed "MLP = MerchandiseDriven" and didn't bother to look into it at all.
*** To be fair, even prominent members of the fandom acknowledge that the show was and remains designed to market merchandise to a particular age group, and that all of the goodness that Lauren Faust and team infused into the reboot was a special bonus that attracted its passionate untargeted demographic (who have a vocal subgroup that proudly purchases MLP merchandise in addition to creating their own fan-made content). It turns out that making a great show can also be a great way to sell toys to people - parents or not - with large disposable incomes.
** A ''Daily Dot'' [[http://www.dailydot.com/business/hasbro-my-little-pony-sherry-bourlon/ article]] treated the fan misconception that Hasbro has no official pony plushies as fact. A small number of official plushies actually do exist, the first few of which were released over a year before the article was published.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Underneath the idealistic aesthetic in this world filled with adorable marshmallow ponies, Equestria's a pretty dark nation. It's to the point that, as shown in It's About Time, there's a portal to [[{{Hell}} Tartarus]] just a day's gallop away from Ponyville. Note that the ponies are genuinely nice people in general... it is just that their world happens to contain HORRORS that they must fend off.
** CrapsackWorld: It temporarily became this during Return of Harmony Pt. 2.
* CrazyPrepared: Pinkie Pie never travels anywhere without her Party Cannon, and has balls and eyepatches stashed all over Ponyville in case of "ball emergencies" or "eyepatch emergencies".
* CreatorCameo:
** Director Jayson Thiessen is the voice of the [[TheQuietOne rarely speaking]] royal guards and of the Ponyville Hospital security guard from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read It and Weep]]".
** The mule in "Applebuck Season" and "Hurricane Fluttershy" is voiced by co-director [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/James-Wootie-Wootton/216767748385467 James "Wootie" Wooton]].
** One of the animators [[http://princesschuchi.deviantart.com/ Holly Suarez]] slipped in her OC pony Holly Dash into the background for a brief moment in "Swarm of the Century". Some fans might know said pony better as [[FanNickname Tutti Frutti]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding]] Sibsy's ponitar makes an appearance as a wife arguing with her husband about a hooficure... until Princess Cadance uses her magic to alter the situation for the better.
* {{Crossover}}:
** Some of TheHub's promotional materials feature characters from this show and other Hub shows (often reaching MassiveMultiplayerCrossover levels), including ''The Adventures of Chuck & Friends'', ''Series/{{Batman}}'' ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', ''DanVs'', ''FraggleRock'', ''GIJoeRenegades'', ''PoundPuppies'', ''StrawberryShortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures'', ''TransformersPrime'', ''The Twisted Whiskers Show'', ''WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'', and ''The [=WotWots=]''.
*** [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Commercials#Miscellaneous A whole lot of their commercials]], which mostly consist of StockFootage from the shows blended together with new audio.
*** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/club Club Hub]]'' lets you bring this trope to your room by mixing and matching characters from various shows that air on the channel.
*** From the WebGames ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-ponymaker The Fabulous PonyMaker]]'' and/or ''[[http://royalwedding.hosting-hasbro.com/fashion.html Rarity's Bridal Boutique]]'', one of the available cutie marks is Music/TheAquabats mascot, and some of the available parts look ''{{Transformers}}''-y (the former game even has said parts together as one of its costume {{Easter Egg}}s, complete with sound effect).
** The [[TheMerch officially licensed merchandise]] has included a couple of crossovers you'd never expect to see on ''MyLittlePony'' merchandise.
*** The shirt and hoodie ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1356 Pinkie]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1357 Peek]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1976 A Boo]]'' and the art print ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1901 Everypony]]'' respectively show Pinkie Pie and [[AllThereInTheScript Doctor Whooves]] using portals from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''.
*** The shirt ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1429 Derpy 209]]'' shows Derpy Hooves with the ED-209 from ''Film/RoboCop''.
* CrowdSong: "Winter Wrap Up" from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp the episode of the same name]], "At the Gala" from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]", "The Heart Carol" from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearths Warming Eve]]" and "The Flim Flam Brothers" VillainSong from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]]".
* CucumberFacial: First appears as part of the sleepover in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]", in which Rarity [[ShownTheirWork accurately explains its purpose]]; Applejack eats hers, of course. Later, Rarity has them in the spa scene of "Green Isn't Your Color", and when sleeping on the train in "Over a Barrel".
* CutenessOverload: The Brony Community constantly joke that they die from Fluttershy's cuteness.
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* DancePartyEnding: These are inevitable when Pinkie Pie is on your team.
** The ending to Season 2 was this. At the reception of the wedding, Twilight Sparkle nods to Pinkie Pie, who, with a sound like a squealing teddy bear, dashes behind a DJ station and proceeds to pull up Vinyl Scratch/DJ Pon-3, who then starts the music, and with it, the party.
* {{Dandere}}: Fluttershy started off as this, although she's gotten a bit better with talking. Just a bit, though.
* DarkerAndEdgier: By comparison to G2 and G3.
** S2 as a whole is way darker then S1 with the inclusion of [[EldritchAbomination Discord]], [[HellishHorse The Windigos]], and [[spoiler:[[BodyHorror Queen Chrysalis]] [[EmotionEater and her Changelings]]]].
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** Every member of the primary cast get their fair share of star time throughout the series run. But more often than not, one or more members of said cast get featured more prominantly than others. For those keeping tab:
*** Twilight Sparkle: [[PilotEpisode Friendship is Magic]] ([[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon Parts 1]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony and 2]]), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]] (Shared with Applejack and Rarity), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]] (Shared with Pinkie Pie), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap Up]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]] (Shared with Pinkie Pie), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), The Return of Harmony [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOFHarmonyPart1 (Parts 1]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 and 2.)]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]] (Shared with Princess Luna), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime It's About Time]], [[SeasonFinale A Canterlot Wedding]] ([[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 Parts 1]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 and 2]])
*** Pinkie Pie: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]] (Shared with Rainbow Dash), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]] (Shared with Twilight), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]] (Shared with Twilight Sparkle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend in Deed]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]]
*** Rainbow Dash: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]] (Shared with Pinkie Pie), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]] (Shared with Applejack), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]] (This despite only being in this episode for about 7 and a half minutes.), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May The Best Pet Win]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read It And Weep]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]] (Shared with Fluttershy),
*** Fluttershy: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]] (Shared with Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]] (Shared with Rarity), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]] (shared with Rainbow Dash),
*** Rarity: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]] (Shared with Twilight and Applejack), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited for Success]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]] (Shared with Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]] (Shared with Fluttershy), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]] (Shared with Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike),
*** Applejack: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]] (Shared with Rarity and Twilight), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]] (Shared with Rainbow Dash), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the rest of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6 and Spike), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup The Last Roundup]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]] (Shared with the rest of the Apple family),
*** Apple Bloom: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]] (Shared with Fluttershy, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]] (Shared with Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox The Cutie Pox]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]] (Shared with Granny Smith), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]] (Shared with the rest of the Apple family), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Cofidential]] (shared with Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo)
*** Sweetie Belle: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]] (Shared with Apple Bloom, Fluttershy and Scootaloo), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]] (Shared with Apple Bloom and Scootaloo), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]] (Shared with Rarity),[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Cofidential]] (shared with Apple Bloom and Scootaloo)
*** Scootaloo: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]] (Shared with Fluttershy, Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]] (Shared with Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Cofidential]] (shared with Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle)
*** Spike: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]] (Shared with Rarity), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] (Shared with the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] 6), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]],
*** Princess Luna: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]] (Shared with Twilight Sparkle),
*** Granny Smith: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]] (Shared with Apple Bloom), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]] (Shared with the rest of the Apple family),
*** Big Macintosh: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]] (Shared with the rest of the Apple family), [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts And Hooves Day]] (Shared with Cheerilee),
*** Cheerilee: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts And Hooves Day]] (Shared with Big Macintosh),
*** Unknown: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over A Barrel]]
** On a different note, the background ponies are generally silent with occasional brief lines, but once in a great while they'll get a bit of extended dialogue, usually (but not always) all in one scene. Specific examples include:
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon "Friendship is Magic, part 1"]] for [[AllThereInTheScript Twinkleshine]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason "Applebuck Season"]] for the flower trio Daisy/Flower Wishes, Rose/Roseluck and [[FanNickname Lily]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip "Bridle Gossip"]] for the flower trio Daisy/Flower Wishes, Rose/Roseluck and [[FanNickname Lily]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]] for [[AllThereInTheScript Doctor Whooves]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor "Green Isn't Your Color"]] for [[FanNickname Lyrica]] and [[FanNickname Violet]] as well as for [[AllThereInTheScript Bon Bon]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox "The Cutie Pox"]] for the flower trio Daisy/Flower Wishes, Rose/Roseluck and [[FanNickname Lily]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell "The Mysterious Mare Do Well"]] for [[AllThereInTheScript Amethyst Star]]/[[FanNickname Sparkler]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup "The Last Roundup"]] for Derpy [[AllThereInTheScript Hooves]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"]] for Caramel/Chance-a-Lot.
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]] for [[FanNickname Boxxy Brown]]/[[FanNickname Crafty Crate]] as well as for [[AllThereInTheScript Cherry Berry]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Twilight Sparkle, of course, making various sarcastic remarks and frequently having the snarker's facial expression.
** Spike, Discord, and Rainbow Dash apply as well, but to a lesser extent than Twilight Sparkle.
%% Discussion of who counts as a Deadpan Snarker and who does not are also available in the following thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1331473451059167100&page=7#173
* DeathGlare: Of all ponies, Fluttershy has one. She's used it to stare down a dragon, a cockatrice, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a few chickens]].
** This helps explain part of her shyness -- she can't really control it and doesn't want to be overbearing.
** Pinkie Pie in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]". She spends a big part of the episode with a Death Glare on, especially when she confronts Applejack at her farm, or by the end of the episode before the surprise party.
* DefangedHorrors: Episodes that are meant to be scary usually go for this.
* {{Defictionalization}}:
** The official ones:
*** Spike's Rarity shirt from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor "Green Isn't Your Color"]], in [[http://www.80stees.com/products/Spikes-Rarity-Shirt.asp two]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/2684-rarity-fan-club.html versions]].
*** ''Adventure Ponies! The Video Game'' from TheHub's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7URogxWx_aE "8 bit"]] promo and [[http://vimeo.com/43418672 "8-bit"]] network ID [[http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/06/28/the-hub-tv-network-programming-spotlighted-at-comic-con-international-with-five-panels-and-an-aquabats-rock-concert/139797/ is to be this]].
** The fanmade ones:
*** Some have actually tried to make muffins with Applejack's "baked bads" recipe. With some tweaking (most notably gummy worms for earthworms) you can produce something "[[http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/7096/1294009768004.jpg reasonably palatable]]". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHvw6wmx4Pw Using actual worms]], though, brings them closer to what the episode purports.
*** [[http://voodoo-tiki.deviantart.com/art/Miss-Smartypants-plushie-263976603 A real Miss Smartypants doll]] was crafted within three days of ''Lesson Zero'' airing for the first time.
*** [[http://coldcalzone.deviantart.com/art/Rainbow-Dash-Bed-299712158 A replica of Rainbow Dash's bed]] as seen in the last scene of "Read It and Weep".
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Averted surprisingly often. While Princess Luna (AKA [[TheNightThatNeverEnds Nightmare Moon]]) was redeemed at the end of her story arc, it's really rare for show antagonists to befriend the Mane Six in the end. [[{{Jerkass}} Gilda]], [[SmallNameBigEgo Trixie]], the [[{{Hustler}} Flim-Flam Brothers]] and [[EmotionEater Queen Chrysalis]] left (or were forced out of) town at the end of their episodes, and [[RealityWarper Discord]] ended his arc TakenForGranite.
** [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon]] usually end their stories [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard humiliated by their own actions]], but are nothing more than schoolyard bullies anyway. Still, for being probably the only recurring antagonists in the series thus far, very little has been done to redeem them.
** Referenced by Discord at the climax of ''Return of Harmony pt 2''. Discord, not realizing the Mane Six had shaken his control and reconnected with the Elements of Harmony, sarcastically dared them to use the Elements to defeat him, saying "Fine, go ahead; ''friend me''. Just make it quick."
* DeletedScene:
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "The Ticket Master"]], a scene of Big Macintosh [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70384 reacting]] [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70385 to]] [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70387 and]] [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70389 pulling]] the new plow during Applejack's ImagineSpot (seen in a since removed video from one of the show's animators) and a scene featuring Mr. Greenhooves (mentioned by the show's art director).
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess "Suited For Success"]], [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70390 a]] [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/70391 shot]] of [[AllThereInTheScript Sea Swirl]], [[AllThereInTheScript Lemon Hearts]], [[FanNickname Cloud Kicker]], [[AllThereInTheScript Merry May]], and [[AllThereInTheScript Minuette]] at the beginning of the first fashion show (seen in a since removed video from one of the show's animators).
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver "The Best Night Ever"]], one or more {{Cut Song}}s, including Pinkie Pie's "Piggy Dance" that ended up being used in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes "Baby Cakes"]] ([[http://www.facebook.com/dannyimusic/posts/294497797264466 mentioned]] [[https://twitter.com/KeatingRogers/status/215148827370467329 by]] Daniel Ingram and Amy Keating Rogers).
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], a scene featuring Rarity giving Princess Luna a makeover ([[http://comments.deviantart.com/4/1603670/2248019348 described]] [[http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=82897&view=findpost&p=1936492 by]] Creator/LaurenFaust and one of the show's layout artists. Luna's unused design can be seen [[http://www.hubworld.com/hubworld/flash/games/GAME_C_MLPCASTLE/assetsuitcase/characters/MLP_CharH_Luna.swf here]]).
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup "The Last Roundup"]], a longer version of the scene featuring Derpy, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen then named Ditzy Doo]], including a {{flashback}} explaining just how she caused so much damage to Ponyville Town Hall ([[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/02/amy-keating-rogers-response-to-derpy.html described]] by the episode's writer Amy Keating Rogers).
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"]], [[spoiler:Applejack being one of the culprits]] ([[https://twitter.com/KeatingRogers/status/212625404756901888 mentioned]] [[https://twitter.com/KeatingRogers/status/212628404049149953 and]] [[https://twitter.com/KeatingRogers/status/212631050457841666 described]] by the episode's writer Amy Keating Rogers).
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", Rarity says the ponies have been "[=BFFs=] Forever".
** Also, the ''Astronomical Astronomer's Almanac to All Things Astronomy''.
** In episode 10, Fluttershy claims to have "tried begging, and pleading, and beseeching, and asking politely" to control the parasprites.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Some aspects of pony culture change from one episode to another. The usage of 'somepony' 'nopony' and 'everypony' fades in and out depending on how much the writer is paying attention (or cares.)
** Also, in some episodes such as [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]], the pony audience applauds by stamping their hooves on the ground, which makes a lot of sense. In other episodes, such as Hoity Toity in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success,]] they applaud like humans: clapping their hooves together with their front legs in the air, despite how unsuited pony anatomy is to that movement.
** While it plays somewhat into the complexity of the cast's personalities, some facets of the characters are exagerrated from episode to episode if it helps with the Aesop or humor value, to the point almost every character can alternate between TheStraightMan and a complete CloudCuckooLander on different occasions. Applejack, in terms of her rowdiness for example, can range anywhere from being [[CloserToEarth the most level headed and approachable]] of the mane cast or something of an [[StubbornMule over]] [[CompetitionFreak assertive]] JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Twilight Sparkle similarly can have [[NervousWreck her neurotics]] [[DeadpanSnarker subtle]] and justified due to being an OnlySaneMan or...[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero well...]]
* {{Descriptiveville}}: The ponies all live in Ponyville, as part of the larger equine population of Equestria.
** Also, ''Fillydelphia'', and the Pegasus-only city, Cloudsdale.
* DeterminedHomesteader: Grannie Smith's family founded Ponyville.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Twilight Sparkle leads her [[BandOfBrothers new-found friends]] into battle successfully against Nightmare Moon, a SealedEvilInACan MadGod.
** Celestia and Luna rose up against and defeated a [[AnthropomorphicPersonification spirit of chaos]] to free Equestria from his tyranny over 1000 years ago. While they are {{Physical Goddess}}es in their own right, Discord is a near omnipotent RealityWarper whose power far outclasses theirs, so it still counts.
** The [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] Cast eventually manages to do the same.
** The ponies that founded Equestria managed to take out the Windigos, a group of powerful spirits threatening to freeze everything that was feeding on their hatred. As always, this involved blasting it with weaponized [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship.]]
** A meta example: While a massive four billion dollar multi-national isn't exactly cthulu, it's s still impressive that bronydom managed to put Hasbro into a rather dazed and confused state.
* DigitalDestruction:
** On iTunes, the episodes are slightly stretched, losing bits of the left and right sides of the screen. The first 28 episodes also have noticeably faded color, with following episodes still being a bit off.
** According to a [[http://www.derpyhoovesnews.com/review-german-audio-plays-and-dvds/ review]], the two German [=DVDs=] look gray-washed compared to iTunes.
* DisneyDeath: Chief Thunderhooves in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", when he is struck down by an unknown assailant during the war between the Buffalo tribe and the Appleloosians. A taste of the [[PieInTheFace apple pie splattered on his face]] revives him, though.
** Princess Celestia's pet bird, Philomeena, [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath burns to ashes]] in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]", but it turns out she is a phoenix and just started a new lifecycle.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis and her army]] in [[spoiler: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding Part 2]] ]] most likely apply. Although many believe they will return, the distance they fall is greater than both of Twilight's near-fatal falls (as listed below) put together (especially when you look at [[spoiler: the changeling falling directly toward the ground]]).
** Averted with Twilight in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2FriendshipIsMagicPart2 Friendship is Magic Part 2]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]," and Rarity in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]" (sharing with the Wonderbolts in the former and Spike in the latter). They are saved from their respective falls.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: {{Averted}} - Hasbro has been very forgiving in allowing episodes to be uploaded to YouTube (now within hours of being broadcast the first time), used in remixes and video parodies, and the like. There have been cases where some episode videos have been taken down, but they are not sustained efforts, and suspected to be [[{{Troll}} Trolling]] from other sites (since anypony can submit a "takedown request" under any name at YouTube). Hasbro's may be a case of having no idea what to actually do about it: one Hasbro exec even acknowledged [[http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/09/play/colt-success they haven't seen anything like this in 25 years]]. Without Hasbro's laiseez-faire approach, it is unlikely the show would have had the following that it did.
* DoIReallySoundLikeThat: [[http://youtu.be/rP61SQA-UWw According to this interview]], AndreaLibman, the voice of Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, isn't very fond of listening to her own voice.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Averted with Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, and Rarity, but played straight by Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Fluttershy.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Apple Bloom getting her cutie mark is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial totally not supposed to be a metaphor for puberty]]. (Any resemblance it may have to the need to find a unique identity or a goal in life is also ''completely'' [[BlatantLies coincidental]].)
** Pinkie Pie and Twilight fighting over Pinkie's "Pinkie sense" is very reminiscent of a science/religion argument --complete with assertions that Twilight won't "believe in anything I cannot explain" and "needs to take a leap of faith". Of course, FridgeLogic renders this more malleable and less applicable, given that the "Pinkie Sense" is a verifiable and repeatable-in-controlled-settings phenomenon, making it more like science vs. religion [[{{Discworld}} if the gods made a habit of striking atheists with lightning]].
*** Obviously, the episode isn't a straight religion v. science fight. However, the point is that "Pinkie Sense" ISN'T verifiable, or repeatable-in-controlled-settings, as demonstrated when Twilight tries to get Pinkie's sense to repeat in a controlled setting, and fails miserably. The instant Pinkie leaves said controlled setting, her Pinkie Sense starts acting up again.
**** This actually happens in real science. The response isn't "give up", its "repeat experiments with modified version of the variables in the controlled setting to figure out what variable causes the difference between the controlled setting and the field observations". In this case, a proper experiment would be either trying to set up a situation where Pinkie Pie could be appropriately monitored without being informed beforehand (for example, at a sleepover in the library with remote sensing equipment in another room), as it doesn't happen when she's expecting it to, or to set up stimuli to happen on command that the observer knows the schedule of but Pinkie doesn't to try and prompt it, rather than waiting for something external to happen and trigger the phenomenon.
*** WordOfGod indicates that though they suspected this would be one interpretation it wasn't the intention, and Faust was pretty surprised when fans assumed it was a straight religion vs. science argument.
*** The idea of science vs. religion is understandable, but there's a much better parallel to skeptics vs. psychics. Most notably, Pinkie Sense is basically a silly version of common claims of psychic knowledge. The comparisons get even freakier as the role of skeptic in the real world is often taken by magicians (JamesRandi being the most famous), whereas in Ponyville, the skeptic is... someone who can do magic.
** Rarity all but retells the story of Icarus in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]".
** Big Mac taking the Smarty Pants doll is a pretty clear comparison between the male Bronies and the show itself.
** "Read It and Weep" Anypony?
* DoubleMeaning: It's easy to assume that Twilight is the Element of Magic simply because of her incredible magic potential; the ''real'' reason behind this is because she is [[TheHeart friendship personified.]]
* DramaticSpotlight: In the songs "Winter Wrap Up" and "Find a Pet".
** Also [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] in "Party of One": Pinkie Pie draws the (wrong) conclusion that her friends have all turned against her from her interrogation of Spike, and declares so in a Dramatic Spotlight. Then it turns out the light comes from the lamp she used to interrogate him with, as he turns it off.
** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress Gustave Le Grand]] has a similar lamp on hand for his Eclairs.
* DubInducedPlotHole: The German dub of the show has Twilight Sparkle introduce herself to Rainbow Dash as simply Twilight in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the first episode]] to keep the [[LipLock lip flaps]] in sync. This is all well and good... until Rainbow refers to her by her full name towards the end of the scene.
* DudeNotFunny: Spike is an in-universe example. He makes jokes at the most inopportune moments much to the chagrin of his friends.
** Rainbow Dash's pranks are also seen as an InUniverse example. She sometimes pulls pranks at the wrong time and often gets yelled at for it.
* DummiedOut: From some of the WebGames:
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlp-adventures-in-ponyville Adventures in Ponyville]]'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was going to have]] a Fluttershy game, which can be glimpsed [[http://www.hubworld.com/hubworld/flash/games/GAME_A_MLPHUB/assetsuitcase/MishMash.swf here]] and read about [[http://www.hubworld.com/hubworld/flash/games/GAME_A_MLPHUB/assetsuitcase/strings.xml here]].
** The original version of ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=5B309E58-5056-900B-1040-324367303E14 Castle Creator]]'' (found on [[http://hub.promotions.com/canterlot/page.do?page=splash.html this page]] prior to September 18, 2011) has a file of [[http://hub.promotions.com/canterlot/assets/props/MLP_Prop_FriedEggs.swf fried eggs in a pan]], which is completely unused now that the original version is unavailable (it isn't included in any of the updated versions).
** TheHub's [[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/game-mylittlepony-castle-creator version]] of ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=5B309E58-5056-900B-1040-324367303E14 Castle Creator]]'' has an [[http://www.hubworld.com/hubworld/flash/games/GAME_C_MLPCASTLE/assetsuitcase/characters/MLP_CharH_Luna.swf unused file of Luna]], which has been [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/11/mystery-luna-from-castle-creator.html?showComment=1320220610457#c3030487614541901712 confirmed]] to be a design for a DeletedScene from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]".
** ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=0F6B55AF-5056-900B-1013-CD724A8D4018 Card Creator]]'' has unused (and in at least one case, updated) Nightmare Night files from ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=5B309E58-5056-900B-1040-324367303E14 Castle Creator]]''.
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-ponymaker The Fabulous PonyMaker]]'' contains one or two unused head designs.
** [[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-twilight-sparkle-royal-invitation-designer Both]] [[http://royalwedding.hosting-hasbro.com/invitations.html versions]] of ''Twilight Sparkle's Royal Invitation Designer'' have unused interface files from ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?guid=0F6B55AF-5056-900B-1013-CD724A8D4018 Card Creator]]''.
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-fluttershy-songbird-chorus Fluttershy's Songbird Chorus]]'' was available before it was linked to (and was slightly different during that time).
** ''[[http://royalwedding.hosting-hasbro.com/fashion.html Rarity's Bridal Boutique]]'' contains the same one or two unused head designs from ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-ponymaker The Fabulous PonyMaker]]'' as well as unused parts and audio from said game.
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlpfim-dj-pinkie-pie DJ Pinkie Pie]]'' has DJ Pon-3's [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/04/vinyl-scratch-flash-version-eye-colors.html eye]] [[http://www.derpyhoovesnews.com/dj-pon3s-palette-revealed/ color]] hidden under her CoolShades (it would later be shown during "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2]]", but only in nighttime lighting), and the game's file may have also been available before its page was put up.
* DrunkOnMilk: The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]" suggests that salt licks are the equivalent of hard liquor.
** We don't know what Twilight thought she was drinking in the pilot, but the scene [[INeedAFreakingDrink pretty much speaks for itself]].
** Spike acts like he's getting drunk on doughnuts with extra sprinkles in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]". Then again, He's a baby dragon that eats gems. Different foods affect him differently than ponies.
* DynamicEntry: Rainbow Dash does this a lot, from her very first appearance on the show. Pinkie Pie has occasionally been known to do likewise.
** Spike gets a couple on Twilight in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]"
* DysfunctionJunction: A light example. Every [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] character has had her turn at going completely around the bend, some more extreme than others. Particularly, it tends to happen when a character finds their special talent, marked by their Cutie Mark, just not working how they'd expect.
--> '''Twilight Sparkle:''' [[{{Foreshadowing}} "All the ponies in this town are CRAZY!"]]
** "The Return Of Harmony" has all of the mane cast (excluding Twilight) go insane AT ONCE.
[[/folder]]
[[folder:E]]
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders -- Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle -- appear huddled together for a short moment at the end of the first episode (Apple Bloom had already been introduced earlier, but the other two wouldn't officially meet her until episode 12).
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/mlp-adventures-in-ponyville Adventures in Ponyville]]'', a flash game on the Hub's website, revealed a few tidbits about the show during the long gap between the premiere and the second episode. Snips, Snails, and Cheerilee were first seen (though unnamed), Rarity's and Pinkie Pie's occupations were made explicit, and Twilight demonstrated the power to temporarily give wings to other ponies, an ability not seen until episode 16.
** ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/game-mylittlepony-discover Discover the Difference]]'', another flash game on the Hub's website, provides glimpses at the beginning of the instrumental version of a ThemeTuneExtended, as well as revealing scenes from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]".
** In the [[http://i.imgur.com/gZhjI.jpg Comic-Con 2011 poster]]/[[http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.262953797055398.84804.118429394841173 desktop background]], [[http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=82897&view=findpost&p=1936410 the rightmost pony in the Twinkling Balloon is Pipsqueak]], who wasn't introduced until "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]".
** Displays seen during a party at Hasbro's world headquarters, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM78zuCRcdE during the Hong Kong Licensing Show]] and [[http://mlparena.com/mlp/index.php?topic=290623.msg110717#msg110717 at a British Toys "R" Us store]] featured Princess Cadance and Shining Armor before their debut in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1"]].
** [[CanonForeigner Diamond Rose]] [[http://csr.hasbro.com/pla01-our-employees.php appeared]] on Hasbro's Corporate Social Responsibility site before the first toy of her was [[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/shop/details.cfm?R=C976877E-5056-900B-1077-F1350B3FDC1A:en_US listed]] on their ''My Little Pony'' site.
* EdibleAmmunition: The citizens of Appleloosa use apple pies to repel a buffalo stampede. ''It works.''
** Although the entire episode was a metaphor for the American Settlers encroaching on the Native's land. And the pie battle was very intentionally a tame version of a shootout, because you wouldn't get incapacitated by a pie, would you?
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", Applejack demonstrated expert marksmanship with kicked apples. She didn't get to use them against the dragon, but she was ready to.
*** In the same episode, Angel beans Fluttershy with a half-eaten carrot.
* EdibleThemeNaming: Applejack. Her entire family qualifies too, given that they're named after brands of, types of, or products made from said fruit.
** Distant relatives seem to be named after different fruits, such as Aunt and Uncle Orange.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", when Applejack is shrunk, Spike dubs her "Appletini".
*** Both names are kinds of alcoholic drinks.
** Seems to be a pattern with most (though not ''quite'' all) Earth Ponies; Pinkie hails from the Pie family, though makes her living with the Cakes; two of Equestria's founders were Chancellor ''Pudding''head and her secretary Smart ''Cookie''; even Rose and Daisy could arguably count, since ponies have been seen multiple times eating flowers.
* {{Edutainment}}:
** During the first season, the show was broadcast with an E/I logo in the upper left corner, but the only real concession it makes to being educational and informative is to have AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle dialogue at the end of every episode. (These days, simply claiming to encourage positive social values is often enough to allow the use of the logo.) Cable channels aren't required to air E/I programming, but there may be conditions to the partnership between Hasbro and Discovery Channel to form the Hub that the audience doesn't know about. Still, a cartoon that manages to be {{Edutainment}}, MerchandiseDriven and genuinely entertaining even for adults all at the same time is a truly astonishing achievement.
*** The E/I mark goes back to the Discovery Kids days; the network adds E/I tags in electronic program listings to make it easier for parents to find actual educational children's programming. Since no other cable network (like Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network) uses the E/I tag, it's a really big advantage for The Hub to tag their shows E/I.
*** The show could be a TropeCodifier for Stealth Education. The writers are very talented at sneaking in educational tidbits without disrupting the flow of the show -- going all the way back to the pilot, where Twilight explains that being "on the precipice (or threshold, or brink) of disaster" means that "something really bad is about to happen", and that "imperative" means "important".
*** Hasbro has also released guidelines for some episodes for parents that want their kid to learn more.
*** The bug has been absent in Season 2 so far, which left certain fans wondering if Hasbro has ditched the Edutainment aspect of the show. Either that, or The Hub has since deprecated the practice all together.
** The [[IOSGames iOS]] EdutainmentGame ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle/id465213808 Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day]]'' is an interactive storybook with two types of educationally-beneficial minigames thrown in. The makers of the game have gone on to make another one, ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-ruckus-reader/id498464830 Ruckus Reader]]''.
* EldritchAbomination: The Ursa Minor and Major. True to the central theme of Lovecraftian Mythos, they cannot be truly defeated, only put back to sleep temporarily.
** Discord may also count, as he's an ancient creature of primordial chaos that has to be [[SealedEvilInACan sealed into a can]], and who will only stay sealed until someone new takes up the Elements of Harmony, at which point he can break free again.
** The Mare of the Moon is released on a very special event, aided by the stars when they are in the right position. "When The Stars Are Right" tend to be a classic release clause for many Lovecraftian entities.
* EldritchLocation: The Everfree Forest is one to the ponies.
-->That place just isn't natural! The plants grow, animals take care of themselves, and clouds move, ''all on their own!''
* ElementalPowers:
** Rainbow Dash can manipulate water to create rain (her profession), and also to create rainbows, as seen most clearly in with her stunt in "Boast Busters" (also, her name contains the word "rain"), despite the fact that one might think that Rainbow Dash, as a great flyer, might also be associate with the air
*** This seems to be a common thing with all pegasi, considering that [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy Hooves]] caused lightning by hopping on a cloud, and that weather control is the job of the pegasi.
** Rarity can magically locate pockets of precious or semiprecious stones within solid rock, meaning that she, despite not being an earth pony, has earth-based powers.
** Pinkie Pie, despite being, paradoxically, an earth pony, has a clear affinity for the air, as noted [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/6643032/ here]], and her speed and apparent teleportation abilities are also suggestive of air-based powers, as is the fact that her cutie mark is a bunch of balloons.
** Twilight Sparkle could be seen as either a fire elemental, given the way her mane and tail are transformed into flames at the party in "Mare in the Moon" and in her rage in "Feeling Pinkie Keen"; on the other hand, Twilight might also be seen as a [[ElementNumberFive fifth elemental]], given her association with the stars; either designation would fit with her magical powers, especially since, in the classical schema of the elements, fire was seen as being the closest to the fifth element anyway.
** Interestingly, all of these powers involve some paradox or ambiguity: Rainbow Dash, a pegasus and a great flyer, has water powers; Pinkie Pie, an earth pony, has air-based affinities and powers; Rarity, a unicorn, has earth-based magical powers; Twilight's status is not so much paradoxical as ambiguous: fire powers or fifth-element powers? Meanwhile, Applejack and Fluttershy don't easily fit the classical schema, although Applejack or Fluttershy might be seen as representing some sort of plant element, which was part of some elemental schema, especially in the far east.
* EmpathicWeapon: The Elements of Harmony. They only work for those who represent their Elements, stop working if the harmony between the users is broken, and can reform from being destroyed.
* EpunymousTitle: Episodes so far include:
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]" (the character who saves the day is Fluttershy)
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]" (after Pinkie Pie's "pinkie sense")
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]" (Princess Luna deals with being "eclipsed" by her previous Nightmare Moon image)
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" (after Rainbow Dash's "sonic rainboom")
* EverythingsBetterWithBunnies: Angel, as well as the [[HairRaisingHare bunny stampede]] from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]".
* EverythingsBetterWithChocolate
--> '''Pinkie Pie''': "Oooooh... chocolate fountainy goodness...!"
** And
--> '''Pinkie Pie''': "Hold on a second! Eternal chaos comes with ''chocolate rain'', you guys! Chocolate. Rain!"
* EtTuBrute: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Rarity to Sweetie Belle in Ponyville Confidential, after discovering her sister [[spoiler: was the gossip columnist who put her diary in the paper]].
---> '''Rarity''': "Et tu, ''Gabby Gums''?"
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Celestia was originally supposed to be a queen, but was made a princess due in part to this trope, leading to a situation similar to that of [[SuperMarioBros the Mushroom Kingdom]] -- a princess being the ruler of a land instead of a queen.
** Princes and princesses '''can''' be the rightful head of state: such is the case of principalities (or ''princedoms'') - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monaco Monaco]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andorra Andorra]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liechtenstein Liechtenstein]] are real-world ones.
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: Ursa Minors/Majors are large bear-like creatures with starry pelts. And by "large" we mean [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever building-size]].
* EvilLaugh: Nightmare Moon and Discord. Spike also gets one in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]".
** [[spoiler: Fluttershy]] of all ponies gets one in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]".
** [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis]] adores this trope, getting one several times in the first part of the two part season 2 finale, and about once every five minutes, give or take, in the second part.
* EvilPlan: Nightmare Moon's 'everlasting night' plan in the pilot. For a god of chaos, Discord is incredibly strategic about getting his "rulership" (AKA position to make up extremely creative and nonsensical torments for everyone) of Equestria back. [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis's 'first Canterlot, then all of Equestria' plan in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 season two]] [[spoiler:[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 finale]].]]
* EvolvingCredits: In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]", the opening was changed to include [[PromotionToOpeningTitles the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Big Macintosh, more background ponies]], and the Friendship Express Train, as well as an additional appearance of Canterlot and the mountains in the background. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]", [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/81791 parts of the Friendship Express Train were recolored and/or rearranged]], making it and its Nursery Train Car the same color as they are in the show proper and in the toys.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Episodes so far include:
** "Friendship Is Magic" ([[MagicAIsMagicA and yes, in this universe it really is]])
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]" (which has both dogs and ponies)
* ExactWords: "You simply must stop reading those dusty old books!" is not the same thing as "I don't believe you". This is all part of the Princess' BatmanGambit, though.
** Also done by Applejack, otherwise known for her honesty and integrity, when racing against Rainbow Dash with her [[ItMakesSenseInContext wings tied up]] in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]", in which she has no problem hitching a ride on the Twinkling Balloon after Rainbow Dash [[RoadsignReversal sent her wildly off track]]. Her justification?
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' What the hay--you said no flying!\\
'''Applejack:''' No, I said ''no wings''.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return Of Harmony Part 2]], Discord points out that he never actually said [[spoiler:the Elements Of Harmony were in the maze. Twists and turns ''were'' his master plan, but it had nothing to do with the Elements.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May the Best Pet Win]]":
--->'''Rainbow Dash:''' But I said whoever crosses the finish line ''with'' me gets to be my pet.
--->'''Pinkie Pie:''' You did! You ''did'' say that! She did say that, that was the rule!
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup The Last Roundup]]:
--->Applejack: [[spoiler:I said I'd tell you at breakfast, and I didn't come to breakfast.]]
* ExpandedUniverse
* {{Expy}}: Rainbow Dash is a lot like Buttercup from ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', another show that Lauren Faust worked on. She's also a CaptainErsatz of one of the G1 pony Firefly.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders could be based off of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', especially since they are a young BeautyBrainsAndBrawn PowerTrio consisting of a TomboyAndGirlyGirl. Apple Bloom even wears a bow similar to that of Blossom's.
** One could also make a case that Rainbow Dash is very, very much like Bloo from [[FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends that OTHER show she worked on]]; Buttercup and Bloo are fairly similar, granted.
** Pip is very similar to [[FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Mac]].
* ExtremeOmnivore: Spike can eat fruit, grass, ''gemstones'' and was the only one unaffected by Applejack's toxic muffins. In fact, he liked them so much that he went through the trouble of rescuing the "baked bads" from the trash so he could eat them all.
** Oddly, he rejected an apple in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]" for having a worm. Maybe he wasn't in the mood.
** Pinkie Pie is an Extreme Herbivore at least. The wormy muffins made her sick (she was the only major character to appear in the infirmary, in fact), but she has no problem eating cupcakes that are badly burnt or covered in hot sauce.
** Pumpkin Cake from the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]" is probably just being a baby and chewing on everything in sight as they are prone to do, but it's possible for her to grow into this down the line.
** The Parasprites can eat ANYTHING, especially after Twilight Sparkle magically changed their diet from food to non-food.
[[/folder]]
[[folder:F]]
* FaceFault: The other ponies in "Dragonshy" when Fluttershy is to scared to go in the cave.
** Rainbow Dash in "Sonic Rainboom", again because of Fluttershy. This time because she just can't get an outdoor voice "yay" from her.
* [[FacePalm Facehoof]]: Twilight's typical response to the strange happenings around her, though some other ponies get one in now and then, too.
** Angel can be seen to face''paw'' at Fluttershy's clueless moments.
** Now compiled in this handy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIQZ-hfwATQ compilation]]! Begins at 2:45.
* FacePlant: Happens to most of the main characters at one time or another.
** Applebloom has this as a running joke in Hearts and Hooves.
* FalseCameraEffects: There is a LensFlare in the opening animation.
* FandomNod:
** A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTPqjKk_xCo promo video]] referenced not only a FanCommunityNickname ("bronies"), but also a FanNickname for a minor character ([[http://ponibooru.413chan.net/post/view/2194 DJ Pon3]]).
** Lyra Heartstrings and Bon Bon appear together in one scene in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]" - Bon Bon even gives Lyra bedroom eyes.
*** And then, Derpy pops out of the bushes.
** The [[TheMerch officially licensed shirts]] are ''filled'' with these.
* FantasticDrug: Pinkie Pie's laughter-inducing apple cookies from the German [[ComicBookAdaptation magazine comic]] ''Wundersame Apfelkekse''.
* FantasyAxisOfEvil:
** Savage: Dragons and most of the other types of monsters from the [[LostWoods Everfree Forest]]
** Eldritch: [[EmotionEater Windigos]]
** Humanoid/Fallen: [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Changelings]]
** Crafty: Diamond Dogs
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: To some extent. The aesthetics of pegasus society and Canterlot -- especially architecture -- seem to be based on Ancient Greece, with Disney's ''[[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hercules]]'' being a particular source of inspiration. Of course, the Pegasus is a creature from Greek mythology to begin with.
** This also explains Rarity's inspiration for Rainbow Dash's custom dress.
*** And the Pre-Equestrian Pegasus tribe in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]] are clearly [[AncientGrome Greco-Roman]] in their choice of costumes.
** The Appleloosan settler-ponies and the buffalo herd are [[FantasyCounterpartCulture quite obvious analogues]] to Wild West settlers and Native Americans, respectively.
** Canterlot seems to be inspired by France with a dash of Britain.
* {{Fanservice}}: Of the non-sexual variety. After [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy Hooves]] took off within the fandom, animators started including her more and more often, sometimes in a scripted event and other times as a FunnyBackgroundEvent - to the point that spotting her has become a WheresWaldo-esque game in some circles. Bassist Octavia being the only returning member of the fancy band (as well as the harpist with her) in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet and Elite]]" can't be a coincidence, either.
** However, by far the largest example of this is in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup the Last Roundup]]", when the name Derpy for [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy Hooves]] was made canon, as well as ''giving her a voice''!
** Octavia may actually be a [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/12/sweet-and-elite-episode-followup.html cellist,]] though admittedly it does appear to be a bass based on visuals as evidenced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st9CxveZieg here]].
** Played straight whenever TaraStrong decides to troll the fandom.
*** And on rare occasion, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1aTKd4lRPo in the show itself.]]
* FashionShopFashionShow: Twilight and Fluttershy go through this, courtesy of Rarity. Though Twilight doesn't buy anything and Fluttershy was just modeling.
* TheFashionista: Not only is Rarity the proprietor of the Carousel Boutique, but there's an entire fashion industry in Equestria including designer Hoity Toity, photographer Photo Finish, print advertising campaigns, and trend-following audiences at fashion shows who can't seem to form opinions of their own.
* FeatherFingers: This was averted initially. Ponies use their mouths, magic, or sometimes even tails to manipulate objects as long as it can be made to work. However, later season 2 episodes features ponies using their hooves as hands more often, or in the case of Pegasus characters (Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy), a literal feather finger.
** In Hurricane Fluttershy, the titular character tries to improve her flying by training, including doing wing 'push-ups'
* FireBreathingDiner: Twilight Sparkle suffered this after accidentally drinking some hot sauce. ''Even her tail and mane were on fire.''
** Gilda suffers this, too, during her HumiliationConga. Pinkie Pie used the fire to roast some marshmallows.
** Pinkie Pie discovers that rainbows don't really taste like Skittles, or vice versa, in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]".
* FirstNameBasis: Pretty much anypony who refers to Twilight Sparkle simply calls her "Twilight." Interestingly, Princess Celestia is the only character to refer to her by her full name with any regularity.
** Averted with Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash. The former can be either Pinkie or Pinkie Pie (and in one FullNameUltimatum, "Pinkamena Diane Pie"), while the latter can be called by first name, last name, or both, with equal familiarity.
* FlatCharacter: Diamond Tiara. Lampshaded; her cutie mark matches her crown. This also applies to her BFF Silver Spoon.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The Cutie Mark Crusaders' attempts to gain their cutie marks always fail, because otherwise there couldn't be more episodes about them attempting to gain their cutie marks.
* {{Foil}}: Interestingly enough, each of the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] six acts as a foil to another one. The most obvious pair in this regard is Applejack and Rarity; their scenes together emphasize Applejack's more blunt and tomboyish side while highlighting Rarity's mildly obsessive-compulsive girly-girl nature. Similarly, Fluttershy's soft-spoken and gentle personality [[BewareTheNiceOnes wrapped around ]][[YamatoNadeshiko an iron core]] amplifies Rainbow Dash's personality as a loud, brash, and reckless pony [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a soft center]]. Twilight's straight-laced no-nonsense approach to most things and love of organization contrasts particularly with Pinkie Pie's free-wheeling and scatterbrained pursuit of fun, as well as Pinkie Pie's sometimes irrational behavior against Twilight's preference for logic. These contrasts are almost certainly intentional, and used to help advance a less overt aesop about friendship; the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] Six can be such close friends and an effective team ''because'' of their differences, not in spite of them.
** These are the more obvious pairings, but you could probably find contrasting behaviors between any two ponies that allow them to act as foils. Dashie's brash and reckless act-first-think-later MO, for instance, contrasts nicely with Twi's more careful think-first-act-later nature.
* FoodAsBribe: Twilight is faced with this several times throughout "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster The Ticket Master]]" by her friends in attempts to gain an extra ticket to the Grand Galloping Gala, but Twilight manages to turn away the bribes each time despite stating several times how hungry she is. Pinkie Pie also uses this against Spike in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]" as part of her PerpSweating sequence.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** As the camera follows Twilight Sparkle when she's dictating her letter to Celestia in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon the pilot episode]], the hourglass distorts everything behind it like you'd expect, but ''replaces'' the unicorn head sculpture outside with Nightmare Moon's head.
** In the same episode, Rarity is choosing decorative ribbons. Upon selecting a particularly glittery one, she declares "Sparkle always does the trick!".
** Also in the same episode, Twilight exclaims, "the fate of Equestria does not depend on me making friends." By the end of episode 2, it's pretty clear that it does.
** Listen closely to the music playing at Pinkie's surprise party in episode one. It's almost identical to the tune of her song in episode 2.
** When Nightmare Moon shows up at the festival, the Cutie Mark Crusaders are briefly shown cowering in fear next to each other, despite the fact that this episode was ''before'' "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]."
** The camera also pans across each of Twilight's friends as she lists each of the Elements of Harmony as they correspond to each pony.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]," Rainbow Dash tells Apple Bloom that she got her cutie mark after her first race. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]," she says that she's only done a sonic rainboom once before, when she was "just a filly." These are, in fact, the same event, which is shown in detail in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]."
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers The Show Stoppers]]" hinted what each of the Cutie Mark Crusaders' special talents are. Apple Bloom's is designing, Sweetie Belle's is singing/song-writing, and Scootaloo's is dancing.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]," what happens at Gummy's birthday party is mostly {{Fauxshadow}}ing, but one of Pinkie Pie's lines is true {{Foreshadowing}}.
--->'''Pinkie:''' I can't tell you that, silly--then it wouldn't be a surprise!
** In the first episode, Twilight proclaims that "all the ponies in this town are CRAZY!". By the time the first season ended, all the [[IncrediblyLamePun mane]] characters had had a mental breakdown at least once.
*** Some fans have noticed this and made [[http://ponibooru.413chan.net/post/view/11732 these]] [[http://ponibooru.413chan.net/post/view/11389 pics.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]", Spike mentions that Twilight has a cape, and that he and Twilight dropped it off at the cleaners. [[spoiler:In the next episode, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]", Twilight wears a cape as part of her Nightmare Night costume.]]
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]'' during the infamous [[SanitySlippage Pinkamena insanity scene]], an odd rendition of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 Discord's theme]] can be heard briefly in the background.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 Return of Harmony Part 1]]", after Rainbow Dash says that she'll always be loyal to the princess, Discord ominously says "We'll see about that...". [[spoiler: He later gives her a SadisticChoice and inverts her sense of loyalty.]]
* ForgotICouldFly: Rainbow Dash NEVER forgets this, and is rarely seen walking on the ground. Fluttershy, however, is a mediocre flyer at best, and rarely flies if she doesn't have to, and on occasion, doesn't even remember she can. The other ponies occasionally forget that two of them (Although in practice, only one of them) can fly. In one instance, this trope is inverted, as Twilight Sparkle asks if she can help with weather duty, forgetting she needs to be able to fly to do that.
** Applejack forgets that her friends can fly when she attempts a TrainEscape in "The Last Roundup".
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: After episode two, the ponies' Elements of Harmony powers and jewelry did not appear until the two-part Season 2 opener. They'd probably be overkill, anyway.
* TheFourChordsOfPop: The theme song uses I-IV-vi-V.
* FourthWallMailSlot: On March 9th, 2012, to promote that month's McDonalds toys, [[http://www.happymeal.com/en_US/index.html#/MyHappyMeal HappyMeal.com]] [[http://www.ponibooru.org/post/view/146062 interviewed Pinkie Pie with ten questions submitted by fans]].
* FlowerPotDrop: Every episode involving "Pinkie Sense" has used this:
** In ''Feeling Pinkie Keen'', when the already horribly-injured Twilight Sparkle is assuring Spike that something is not going to fall, a flowerpot then crashes on her head. [[AnvilOnHead Then an anvil.]] [[SerialEscalation Then a hay wagon]]. ''[[PianoDrop Then a grand piano]]''. They all turned out to have fallen out from a delivery truck that [[TheDitz Derpy Hooves]] was working at.
** In ''The Mysterious Mare Do Well'', during TheReveal that [[spoiler:Mare Do Well is some of the Mane 6 teaching Rainbow Dash a lesson]], Pinkie Pie says she [[spoiler: stopped the building collapse]] with her Pinkie Sense. She then detects a falling flowerpot with it, and dashes away to avoid it.
** In ''It's About Time'', when Twilight asks the gypsy Pinkie Pie if she can use her Pinkie Sense to detect what will happen in the future, Pinkie explains that it's only for immediate emergencies. Cue flowerpot to Twilight's head.
-->'''Pinkie:''' Like that. (pause) [[LampshadeHanging Where did that even come from?]]
** Twilight then has to wear a white blindfold over her head due to the injury for the rest of the episode. [[spoiler:Which turned out to be the reason Future Twilight was wearing one.]]
* FortyTwo: Twilight's racing number in Fall Weather Friends, but it also turns out to be the number of points on the stars of her Cutie Mark. Additionally, 101010, which is 42 in binary, is the date the show first premiered.
** Additionally, Twilight Sparkle's cutie mark has seven stars with six points each, adding up to 42 total points.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]": When Rainbow Dash and Gilda race to a cloud, each claims to have been first, but Pinkie Pie claims Rainbow Dash won by just a little bit. To the naked eye it looks like a draw, with both arriving in a flash at the same time, but freezing the image at the right time shows Pinkie is actually right.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]": When Twilight Sparkle casts the wing-making spell, an outline of Rarity with her butterfly wings appears for a couple of frames in the explosion of light, several minutes before we get to see the results of the spell properly.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]]":
*** When her friends dismiss the broken table as who wants a hammer for a cutie mark, Apple Bloom looks dreadfully upset.
*** Just before Sweetie Belle starts singing, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom cover their ears.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]": During Fluttershy's flashback, at the end of her song, if you watch the upper-left corner of the screen carefully, you can see Rainbow Dash just as she hits her first Sonic Rainboom. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dashfreezeframe_916.png See here.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May the Best Pet Win!]]": You can spot Derpy in the hen house during the LetsDuet sequence as the song ends. (There's a [[EasterEgg visual pun]] hidden there.)
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet And Elite]]": During Rarity's "Becoming Popular" song, close examination of the "talking portraits" scene reveals cameos from Hoity Toity, Sapphire Shores, Photo Finish... [[http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n197/TheNovak/BecomingPopularFreezeFrameBonusHighlighted.png and Derpy with a paper bag on her head]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]":
*** The dog anatomy pictures in the Vet's room all have the outline of Winona, Applejack's dog.
*** When Spike recovers his normal size and Rarity says "YOU were the rampaging dragon?" Spike grins and strikes a "let me explain" pose for half a second before plummeting to the ground.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]": If you look closely during the opening, the babies in the nursery have the same or similar color schemes as other ponies, though most of them match more than one other pony (two that can be pinned down are the ones matching [[AllThereInTheScript Rainbowshine]] and [[FanNickname Medley]]).
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p50-oWY1pFE This promo]] from the Hub riffs on the 'There's an App for That' adds from Apple. Every pony app shown has an appropriately punny name and a matching icon (e.g. Wikiponia, Hooftube, etc.), proper use of pony terminology for various app functions, and even the 'PNN' news article with tiny text which flashes by at the end is fully coherent and readable. Someone at TheHub obviously knew that that the PeripheryDemographic would examine every frame for details like that, going so far as to give a ShoutOut to popular Pony Blog Equestria Daily.
* FreudianTrio: Really more of a Freudian Sextet:
** Twilight Sparkle: Intellectual, driven, conscientious, principled, and dutiful, but also obsessive-compulsive, and at least initially cold and impersonal. (Superego)
** Rarity: Driven, ambitious, orderly, meticulous, and also can be obsessive-compulsive. (Also superego)
** Applejack: Responsible and sensible. (Ego)
** Fluttershy: Also generally responsible, and tries to mediate conflict within the group, and in general. (Also ego)
** Rainbow Dash: Brash, arrogant, voluble, but also lazy and prone to selfishness. (Id)
** Pinkie Pie: Chaos incarnate. (Also id)
* FuroScene: There have been several scenes where the main characters bathe communally at the local spa, although these really aren't that exciting considering that they're just cartoon ponies who rarely wear clothes anyway.
* FurryConfusion: On top of the usual ponies, this world also boasts talking cows, mules, sheep, and donkeys, along with non-talking birds, bunnies, dogs, cats, and equines.
** Applejack mentions a zoo in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]". What could they possibly be keeping there? [[PoisonOakEpilepticTrees (Humans?)]]
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in both the pilot and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel]]", where we see ponies that are clearly sentient pulling carriages for other ponies.
---> '''Pony 1:''' ''(Looking back at the carriage he's pulling)'' Okay, you pull now.\\
'''Pony 2:''' ''(Leaning out the carriage window)'' Aww, we just switched!
*** This one is expanded into [[UncannyValley incredible weirdness]] when Twilight [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} magically transforms a bunch of mice into horses]] to pull their carriage to the Gala. And then, when Opalescence scares them off, Rarity just asks some of her (male) neighbours to do it instead.
---->'''Twilight:''' Oh... right.
** Fluttershy's [[CutenessProximity initial reaction to Spike]] suggests that in their world he's seen more like an animal.
*** Further backed up when you remember that in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy Dragonshy]]", Fluttershy is brought along to deal with a fully sentient and talking dragon because of her "way with wild animals".
** Winona. Diamond Dogs. The latter are meant to be troll analogues, but still.
* FurryReminder: Many. Lauren Faust wanted it to be clear that the ponies were ''ponies'', not pony-shaped humans. In fact, her reaction to the Bridlemaids ad was, "HUMAN POSES!!! AAARRRRGH!!!" Even the slight AnthropomorphicShift of Season 2 doesn't stop the reminders from coming.
** When faced with a threat and it looks like ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption, most of the horses lower their head, snort, and paw at the ground before charging. The pawing part alone is sometimes used to indicate displeasure.
** "I heard Zecora ''eats hay.''" "Pinkie, I eat hay. ''You'' eat hay!"
*** Pinkie remembers this later when singing to the buffalo: "We all eat hay and oats--why be at each other's throats?"
** When the ponies are getting ready for the Gala, Rarity won't let Spike come in because they're getting dressed. Applejack reminds her, "We don't normally wear clothes."
** Rarity's song about dressmaking includes a line about cutting out the parts of the dress: "Piece by piece, snip by snip/Croup, dock, haunch, shoulders, hip".
*** In the same song there are the lines: "Making sure it fits forelock and crest/Don't forget some magic in the dress/Even though it rides high on the flank/Rainbow won't look like a tank"
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E3TheTicketMaster "The Ticket Master"]], Twilight picks off a flower's petals to determine which of her friends she gives the gala ticket to, gives up after one round... and then proceeds to eat the fallen petals.
** At one point, Pinkie rolls around in the grass. You may think it's just her randomness, but real horses do that a lot.
** In the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel "Over the Barrel"]]" there's a saloon in Appleloosa called "The Salt Block" where ponies serve salt to customers. This may seem bizarre but if you're familiar with real horses then you would know that salt is an important source of nutrition for horses (usually served in a form of solid blocks of salt). It also helps them keep cool especially in hot areas (like the desert environment where Appleloosa is) through the minerals the salt they consume provides.
** You can hear Big Macintosh let out an authentic neigh towards the end of "Lesson Zero".
*** You can also occasionally hear neighing and other horse sounds being uttered through out the show.
** Pinkie makes a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98luXgkELo very horse-like snort of exasperation]] at (unsuccessfully) trying to get the infant twins she's babysitting to eat.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend In Deed]]" Rose tosses a flower at Pinkie Pie, who catches it in her mouth and eats it.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend In Deed]]" Cranky Doodle Donkey occasionally brays when something surprising happens.
** Ponies have been known to buck or rear as signs of excitement or annoyance.
** In some adventure/quest-based fanfics, (like [[FanFic/ItsADangerousBusinessGoingOutYourDoor It's A Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door]]), the ponies don't pack as much food as one would think, as they can eat the surrounding grass and leaves to conserve their supplies or in case of emergency.
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* GentleGiant: Turns out both the manticore and the sea serpent in episode 2 are actually friendly and easy-going beings.
** Big Macintosh also qualifies for this, given his huge build, calm personality, and how he patiently puts up with Applejack's stubborn nature.
*** Celestia counts. She's bigger, and more powerful than most of the cast and is LargeAndInCharge.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The UnusualEuphemism "Oh, horse apples!" does this literally; "horse apples" is a slang term for horse dung. Also, see StealthPun on the Q to Z page.
* GhibliHills: Surrounding Ponyville and Fluttershy's house.
* GigglingVillain: While Chrysalis can certainly pull off a full blown EvilLaugh, she does tend to giggle creepily when amused.
* GilliganCut: Done ''without a cut'' in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]]", when Apple Bloom declares that she won't go to Diamond Tiara's cuteceañera, which, thanks to the RuleOfPerception, turns out to have already started BehindTheBlack. The show [[JustifiedTrope Justifies]] this by Apple Bloom forgetting Pinkie was hosting and she was already where the party was set to be held.
** Used more conventionally to omit any explanation for how the Cutie Mark Crusaders ran into Twilight Sparkle in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]":
--->'''Scootaloo:''' Come on, girls! We need action! We need Rainbow Dash!\\
''(cut)''\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' As a young filly in Canterlot, I always wanted to go to the Summer Sun Celebration....
* GivingUpOnLogic: The episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen" is all about Twilight Sparkle trying to find a logical reason how Pinkie Pie has the strange ability called "[[SpiderSense Pinkie Sense]]". By the end of the episode, Twilight Sparkle gives up, and learns that not all things need to be completely understood to be considered real or true.
* GoalInLife: Discovering your purpose in life creates your cutie mark on your flank. Given how permanent those things seem to be, one has to hope there's no pony equivalent to a mid-life crisis.
** Well, considering most of the Mane 6's breakdowns had something or other to do with their cutie mark (e.g. Pinkie Pie in "Party of One," having an insanity scene; Fluttershy not being able to make the creatures of the Canterlot Gardens love her in "The Best Night Ever"; et cetra), it seems that the fan-named Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome is said equivalent.
** The cutie mark just represents that particular pony's special talent, which often goes hand in hand with their chosen occupation. For example, Rainbow Dash's cutie mark signifies that her special talent is high-speed flying. She definitely enjoys it, and plans to make a career out of it by joining the Wonderbolts, but she's also shown great skill in weather control (clearing the sky in ten seconds flat, etc.). Another good example is Pinkie Pie. Her special talent, as shown by her three-balloons cutie mark is organizing parties. However, she's also an excellent ice skater and is able to play several instruments at once, which don't have any direct relation to parties.
* GoshHornet: Twilight Sparkle has disturbed a bee's nest and been covered with stings ''[[ButtMonkey twice]]'': in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp Winter Wrap-Up]]" and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]". Rainbow Dash was chased by a swarm of bees in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]", but managed to get away from them. Interestingly, there's a beehive hanging from one of the upper branches of the library where Twilight lives.
* GonnaFlyNowMontage: An almost literal one for Fluttershy in ''Hurricane Fluttershy'', where she trains herself to be a stronger flyer (with her animal friends acting as motivational trainers).
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: Fluttershy to Rainbow Dash in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]":
-->'''Fluttershy:''' But Rainbow Dash, just because you failed the Sonic Rainboom ''a hundred thousand times'' in practice doesn't mean you won't be able to do it in front of an ''entire'' stadium full of impatient, super-critical sports fan ponies!
** Played with in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]". Photo Finish really wasn't trying to be reassuring.
---> '''Photo Finish:''' Nervous? Don't be ridiculous. You're only facing a large crowd of ponies who will be watching your every moves and silently judging you.
** Also see the entry for IronicEcho.
* GreenRooming: Princess Luna and Zecora both got entire episodes dedicated to introducing each early on in Season One, but neither really got any further screentime until Season Two (barring one quick scene for Zecora in the episode immediately after hers).
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The BigBad of the season 2 finale is Chrysalis, queen of the Changelings.
* GrossUpCloseUp: A few relatively tame ones.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]" features a close-up of one Diamond Dog's dirty claws.
** Rarity's pruney hoof in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]".
** Philomeena's bloodshot eyes in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]".
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Spike's cheek]] where Rarity kissed him, one week later...he said he was never gonna wash it again, and gosh darn it, he meant it!
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet And Elite]]": During Rarity's "Becoming Popular" song, close examination of the "talking portraits" scene reveals cameos from Hoity Toity, Sapphire Shores, Photo Finish... [[http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n197/TheNovak/BecomingPopularFreezeFrameBonusHighlighted.png and Derpy with a paper back on her head]].

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet And Elite]]": During Rarity's "Becoming Popular" song, close examination of the "talking portraits" scene reveals cameos from Hoity Toity, Sapphire Shores, Photo Finish... [[http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n197/TheNovak/BecomingPopularFreezeFrameBonusHighlighted.png and Derpy with a paper back bag on her head]].
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Sweet And Elite]]": During Rarity's "Becoming Popular" song, close examination of the "talking portraits" scene reveals cameos from Hoity Toity, Sapphire Shores, Photo Finish... [[http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n197/TheNovak/BecomingPopularFreezeFrameBonusHighlighted.png and Derpy with a paper back on her head]].
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* AllThereInTheScript: Besides several character names (see the [[Characters/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Characters pages]] for those), some other names have only come up outside of the show: [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Golden Oaks Library/Golden Oak Library]]/[[AdaptationNameChange Books and Branches Library]][[note]]the Ponyville library, named [[http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/BravoGangUS/d49937f6.jpg on its trading card]], in the ''Stuck On Stories'' storybook, in the ''Sparkle World'' story ''Spooky Slumber Party!'', on a TreehouseTV [[http://promos.treehousetv.com/mlp-express/default.aspx web page]], [[http://mlparena.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=3413942.html#3413942 at a Hasbro seminar]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM651CNDF2U in a Swedish book]], and [[http://www.bronies.de/showthread.php?tid=55&pid=52894#pid52894 in a German magazine story]]; also given an alternate name in TheHub's ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/club Club Hub]]''[[/note]], (Sweetie Belle's) Ice Cream Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual first car, named in the toys[[/note]], (Fluttershy's) Nursery Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual second car, named in the toys[[/note]], Pie Family Rock Farms[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Pie family's rock farm]] outside of Ponyville, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Pony Joe's[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pony Joe's]] donut store in Canterlot, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Ponyville Schoolhouse[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Ponyville schoolhouse]], named in the toys, [[http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/BravoGangUS/d49937f6.jpg on its trading card]], and in [[https://twitter.com/MyLittlePony/status/216173472844496896 a tweet]] by Hasbro's ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' {{Twitter}}[[/note]], (Applejack's) Sweet Apple Barn[[note]]the Sweet Apple Acres barn, named in the toys[[/note]], and (Twilight Sparkle's) Twinkling Balloon[[note]]the hot air balloon, named in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMatVdLyHq8 this]] toy commercial and in the toys[[/note]]. Additionally, "Glimmer Wings" may be the term for ponies with wings like the ones Rarity gets in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", as they're similar to those of the Glimmer Wings toy ponies.

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* AllThereInTheScript: Besides several character names (see the [[Characters/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Characters pages]] for those), some other names have only come up outside of the show: [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Golden Oaks Library/Golden Oak Library]]/[[AdaptationNameChange Books and Branches Library]][[note]]the Ponyville library, named on its and Spike's [[http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/BravoGangUS/d49937f6.jpg on its trading card]], trading]] [[http://theponyartcollection.tumblr.com/post/26391213917/pets-and-spike cards]], in the ''Stuck On Stories'' storybook, in the ''Sparkle World'' story ''Spooky Slumber Party!'', on a TreehouseTV [[http://promos.treehousetv.com/mlp-express/default.aspx web page]], [[http://mlparena.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=3413942.html#3413942 at a Hasbro seminar]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM651CNDF2U in a Swedish book]], and [[http://www.bronies.de/showthread.php?tid=55&pid=52894#pid52894 in a German magazine story]]; also given an alternate name in TheHub's ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/club Club Hub]]''[[/note]], (Sweetie Belle's) Ice Cream Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual first car, named in the toys[[/note]], (Fluttershy's) Nursery Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual second car, named in the toys[[/note]], Pie Family Rock Farms[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Pie family's rock farm]] outside of Ponyville, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Pony Joe's[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pony Joe's]] donut store in Canterlot, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Ponyville Schoolhouse[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Ponyville schoolhouse]], named in the toys, [[http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/BravoGangUS/d49937f6.jpg on its trading card]], and in [[https://twitter.com/MyLittlePony/status/216173472844496896 a tweet]] by Hasbro's ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' {{Twitter}}[[/note]], (Applejack's) Sweet Apple Barn[[note]]the Sweet Apple Acres barn, named in the toys[[/note]], and (Twilight Sparkle's) Twinkling Balloon[[note]]the hot air balloon, named in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMatVdLyHq8 this]] toy commercial and in the toys[[/note]]. Additionally, "Glimmer Wings" may be the term for ponies with wings like the ones Rarity gets in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", as they're similar to those of the Glimmer Wings toy ponies.
2nd Jul '12 7:43:15 PM Whatshisgame
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* AllThereInTheScript: Besides several character names (see the [[Characters/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Characters pages]] for those), some other names have only come up outside of the show: [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Golden Oak Library/Golden Oaks Library]]/[[AdaptationNameChange Books and Branches Library]][[note]]the Ponyville library, named in the ''Stuck On Stories'' storybook, in the ''Sparkle World'' story ''Spooky Slumber Party!'', on a TreehouseTV [[http://promos.treehousetv.com/mlp-express/default.aspx web page]], [[http://mlparena.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=3413942.html#3413942 at a Hasbro seminar]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM651CNDF2U in a Swedish book]]; also given an alternate name in TheHub's ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/club Club Hub]]''[[/note]], (Sweetie Belle's) Ice Cream Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual first car, named in the toys[[/note]], (Fluttershy's) Nursery Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual second car, named in the toys[[/note]], Pie Family Rock Farms[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Pie family's rock farm]] outside of Ponyville, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Pony Joe's[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pony Joe's]] donut store in Canterlot, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Ponyville Schoolhouse[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Ponyville schoolhouse]], named in the toys[[/note]], (Applejack's) Sweet Apple Barn[[note]]the Sweet Apple Acres barn, named in the toys[[/note]], and (Twilight Sparkle's) Twinkling Balloon[[note]]the hot air balloon, named in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMatVdLyHq8 this]] toy commercial and in the toys[[/note]]. Additionally, "Glimmer Wings" may be the term for ponies with wings like the ones Rarity gets in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", as they're similar to those of the Glimmer Wings toy ponies.

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* AllThereInTheScript: Besides several character names (see the [[Characters/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Characters pages]] for those), some other names have only come up outside of the show: [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Golden Oak Oaks Library/Golden Oaks Oak Library]]/[[AdaptationNameChange Books and Branches Library]][[note]]the Ponyville library, named [[http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/BravoGangUS/d49937f6.jpg on its trading card]], in the ''Stuck On Stories'' storybook, in the ''Sparkle World'' story ''Spooky Slumber Party!'', on a TreehouseTV [[http://promos.treehousetv.com/mlp-express/default.aspx web page]], [[http://mlparena.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=3413942.html#3413942 at a Hasbro seminar]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM651CNDF2U in a Swedish book]]; book]], and [[http://www.bronies.de/showthread.php?tid=55&pid=52894#pid52894 in a German magazine story]]; also given an alternate name in TheHub's ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/club Club Hub]]''[[/note]], (Sweetie Belle's) Ice Cream Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual first car, named in the toys[[/note]], (Fluttershy's) Nursery Train Car[[note]]the Friendship Express Train's usual second car, named in the toys[[/note]], Pie Family Rock Farms[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Pie family's rock farm]] outside of Ponyville, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Pony Joe's[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pony Joe's]] donut store in Canterlot, named in the licensed [[TheMerch merchandise]][[/note]], Ponyville Schoolhouse[[note]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Ponyville schoolhouse]], named in the toys[[/note]], toys, [[http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/BravoGangUS/d49937f6.jpg on its trading card]], and in [[https://twitter.com/MyLittlePony/status/216173472844496896 a tweet]] by Hasbro's ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' {{Twitter}}[[/note]], (Applejack's) Sweet Apple Barn[[note]]the Sweet Apple Acres barn, named in the toys[[/note]], and (Twilight Sparkle's) Twinkling Balloon[[note]]the hot air balloon, named in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMatVdLyHq8 this]] toy commercial and in the toys[[/note]]. Additionally, "Glimmer Wings" may be the term for ponies with wings like the ones Rarity gets in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", as they're similar to those of the Glimmer Wings toy ponies.
2nd Jul '12 2:24:12 AM Whatshisgame
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** "MMMystery on the Ponyville Express" does this when Pinkie Pie is giving her theories about who took a bite out of [[ItMakesSenseInContext MMMM]]. The first shift is to an old western movie, the second is noticeably brighter and paler and is a parody of James Bond movies, and the third becomes slightly darker than usual to reflect that of a "Ninja movie."

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** "MMMystery "[=MMMystery=] on the Ponyville Friendship Express" does this when Pinkie Pie is giving her theories about who took a bite out of [[ItMakesSenseInContext MMMM]]. The first shift is to an old western movie, the second is noticeably brighter and paler and is a parody of James Bond movies, and the third becomes slightly darker than usual to reflect that of a "Ninja movie."
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** "MMMystery on the Ponyville Express" does this when Pinkie Pie is giving her theories about who took a bite out of [[ItMakesSenseInContext MMMM]]. The first shift is to an old western movie, the second is noticeably brighter and paler and is a parody of James Bond movies, and the third becomes slightly darker than usual to reflect that of a "Ninja movie."
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** [[http://www.80stees.com/products/Spikes-Rarity-Shirt.asp Spike's Rarity shirt]] from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]".
** The fandom provides more examples.

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** The official ones:
*** Spike's Rarity shirt from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor "Green Isn't Your Color"]], in
[[http://www.80stees.com/products/Spikes-Rarity-Shirt.asp Spike's Rarity shirt]] two]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/2684-rarity-fan-club.html versions]].
*** ''Adventure Ponies! The Video Game''
from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]".
TheHub's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7URogxWx_aE "8 bit"]] promo and [[http://vimeo.com/43418672 "8-bit"]] network ID [[http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/06/28/the-hub-tv-network-programming-spotlighted-at-comic-con-international-with-five-panels-and-an-aquabats-rock-concert/139797/ is to be this]].
** The fandom provides more examples.fanmade ones:
28th Jun '12 9:56:22 AM Whatshisgame
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** After [[CommercialPopUp popping up]] in a live-stream and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJelKyxtXXU fighting the Wonderbolts]] in a video from one of the show's animators, {{Magneto}} (or [[CaptainErsatz Magneighto]], at least) eventually got some official recognition [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=867 on]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1282 this]] [[TheMerch licensed shirt & hoodie]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p50-oWY1pFE This]] [[TheHub Hub]] promo name-checks "DJ Pon3". One of the apps is called Derp-Zam (a riff on the Shazam app), most likely after fan character Derpy Hooves, and there's a ShoutOut to fan blog Equestria Daily.

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** After [[CommercialPopUp popping up]] in a live-stream and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJelKyxtXXU fighting the Wonderbolts]] in a video from one of the show's animators, {{Magneto}} (or [[CaptainErsatz Magneighto]], at least) eventually got some official recognition [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=867 on]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1282 this]] on a [[TheMerch licensed shirt & hoodie]].
hoodie]], though these eventually stopped being available.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p50-oWY1pFE This]] [[TheHub Hub]] promo name-checks "DJ Pon3". One of the apps is called Derp-Zam (a riff on the Shazam app), most likely after fan fan-named character Derpy Hooves, and there's a ShoutOut to fan blog Equestria Daily.
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