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31st Oct '17 2:47:32 PM Theriocephalus
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** Pony names tend to be one- or two-word constructs relating to their appearance, talents and/or personality. They don't seem to use surnames much, if at all -- rather, most families in the show seem to go for FamilyThemeNaming (such as the Apples, who are all named after apple cultivars or apple-based products).
** Griffon names are mostly "regular" human names, with one caveat -- every one of them on the show so far[[note]]to wit, Gilda, Gustave, Grandpa Gruff, Greta, King Grover, King Guto and Gabriella called "Gabby"[[/note]] starts with "g".

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** Pony names tend to be one- or two-word constructs relating to their appearance, talents and/or personality. They don't seem to use surnames much, if at all -- rather, most families in the show seem to go for FamilyThemeNaming (such as the Apples, who are all named after apple cultivars or apple-based products).
products). Although there are plenty of exceptions, there are also noticeable naming trends within the three tribes of ponies:
*** Most earth pony names derive from words relating to the earth, plants and food [[note]]Applejack, Granny Smith, Bright Macintosh and Pear Butter, Igneous Rock and Cloudy Quartz, Cherry Jubilee, Cheese Sandwich, Meadowbrook, Cattail, Tree Hugger, Burnt Oak...[[/note]].
*** Pegasus names tend to involve flying, weather and the sky[[note]]Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Soarin', Wind Rider, Lighting Dust, Zephyr Breeze, Night Glider, Sky Stinger and Vapor Trail...[[/note]]. At one point, this leads to a WhosOnFirst situation when some pegasus weather workers couldn't figure out whether the phrases "Clear Skies", "Open Skies" and "Fluffy Clouds" referred to the weather or each other.
*** Unicorn names often derive from celestial phenomena, usually but not always nighttime ones[[note]]Twilight Sparkle, Starlight Glimmer, Sunset Shimmer, Starswirl, Moondancer, Sunburst, Twilight Velvet and Night Light[[/note]]. This seems to be the least prevalent of the three naming trends.
** Griffon names are mostly "regular" human names, with one caveat -- every one of them on the show so far[[note]]to wit, Gilda, Gustave, Grandpa Gruff, Greta, King Grover, King Guto and Gabriella called "Gabby"[[/note]] starts with "g". "g".
** Dragon names tend to be short, one to two syllable words, usually referring to body parts or something to do with fire[[note]]Spike, Garble, Crackle, Ember, Torch[[/note]].
24th Oct '17 12:15:11 PM Unicorndance
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* FirstDayOfSchoolEpisode: A flashback in "Cutie Mark Chronicles" focuses on Twilight's first day at Celestia's school for gifted unicorns.
12th Oct '17 10:28:25 PM MetaFour
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E12DiscordantHarmony Discordant Harmony]]", Discord calms himself down by breathing into a paper back. The bag stays still, while Discord inflates and deflates as he breathes.

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E12DiscordantHarmony Discordant Harmony]]", Discord calms himself down by breathing into a paper back.bag. The bag stays still, while Discord inflates and deflates as he breathes.
12th Oct '17 10:27:03 PM MetaFour
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* InflatingBodyGag:
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]", Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie sense" makes her twitch all over--in anticipation of a "doozy" happening soon--and this includes her spontaneously inflating very briefly.
** Takes a more grotesque turn in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E3TooManyPinkiePies Too Many Pinkie Pies]]": Twilight casts a spell to send the clones back to the Mirror Pool, and this makes the clones inflate and pop first.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E10SpikeAtYourService Spike at Your Service]]", while desperately looking for [[UnwantedAssistance some way to help]], Spike offers to help Applejack with breathing. He shoves a fireplace bellows into AJ's mouth and pumps hard enough to inflate her.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E13SimpleWays Simple Ways]]", Pinkie gasps so hard that her head inflates, and she just floats off-screen.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E12DiscordantHarmony Discordant Harmony]]", Discord calms himself down by breathing into a paper back. The bag stays still, while Discord inflates and deflates as he breathes.
24th Sep '17 11:44:52 AM LavonPapillon1
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* ImpossiblePickleJar: Rainbow Dash open a jar of pickles as one of her "heroic" stunts as she is getting desperate for "heroic" things to do.
16th Sep '17 4:01:55 PM nombretomado
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** Meanwhile, the other two types of ponies both represent Western Europe, but apparently evolved socially at different rates: In the aforementioned "flashback," the unicorns are stuck in TheHighMiddleAges with a feudal monarchy, while the earth ponies dress like continental Europeans (from France, the Netherlands, and Germany in particular) during TheRenaissance and have elected a chancellor.

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** Meanwhile, the other two types of ponies both represent Western Europe, but apparently evolved socially at different rates: In the aforementioned "flashback," the unicorns are stuck in TheHighMiddleAges with a feudal monarchy, while the earth ponies dress like continental Europeans (from France, the Netherlands, and Germany in particular) during TheRenaissance UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance and have elected a chancellor.
12th Sep '17 6:52:19 AM CosmicFerret
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** The Power Ponies are based on comic heroes. Radiance is the {{Green Lantern}}, Saddle Rager is TheIncredibleHulk, Fili-second is TheFlash, Humdrum is ComicBook/{{Robin}}, Zap seems to be [[ComicBook/{{Storm}} Ororo "Storm" Monroe]] (with, shades of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] thrown in, if you take the 2014 comic book annual into account), Mistress Marevelous is WonderWoman, and Masked Matter-horn is [[ComicBook/XMen Bobby "Iceman" Drake]].

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** The Power Ponies are based on comic heroes. Radiance is the {{Green Lantern}}, Saddle Rager is TheIncredibleHulk, Fili-second is TheFlash, Franchise/TheFlash, Humdrum is ComicBook/{{Robin}}, Zap seems to be [[ComicBook/{{Storm}} Ororo "Storm" Monroe]] (with, shades of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] thrown in, if you take the 2014 comic book annual into account), Mistress Marevelous is WonderWoman, and Masked Matter-horn is [[ComicBook/XMen Bobby "Iceman" Drake]].
10th Sep '17 7:45:22 PM Theriocephalus
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** Even in the present day: locations in Equestria are based on different cultures of different eras:

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** Even in the present day: day, locations in Equestria are based on different cultures of different eras:



** The [[http://futzi01.deviantart.com/art/Map-of-Equestria-323909537 official map of Equestria]] reveals significant similarities to North America, albeit with as many horse puns as they can stuff in ("Manehattan" and "Fillydelphia" being the most obvious)

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** The [[http://futzi01.deviantart.com/art/Map-of-Equestria-323909537 [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uj5l0C_W9Ps/Vh9gxWnaXKI/AAAAAAAAA98/kYLCGxpkHmI/s1600/eq_map.jpg official map of Equestria]] reveals significant geographical similarities to North America, albeit with America. Major cities exist roughly where they would in a map of the real U.S. and Canada (albeit as many horse puns -- "Manehattan", "Fillydelphia", "Baltimare", "Las Pegasus", "Vanhoover"...), as they can stuff do broad geographic areas -- there's large swamps in ("Manehattan" the southeast, deserts in the southwest and "Fillydelphia" being unexplored wooded frontier in the most obvious)farthest west.
10th Sep '17 7:40:57 PM Theriocephalus
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Whereas Griffonstone mostly scratches Mongolian culture, Yakyakistan all but embraces it, combining Mongolian aesthetics with temper and attitude not unlike those of Vikings.

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** Whereas Griffonstone mostly scratches Mongolian culture, Yakyakistan all but embraces it, combining Mongolian aesthetics with temper and attitude not unlike those of Vikings.
10th Sep '17 7:40:32 PM Theriocephalus
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** "Magic Duel" features visiting delegates from Saddle Arabia, which is a stand-in for... well, guess.
*** Actually subverted, seeing how the male delegate carries a crescent moon coat-of-arms, and UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia does not have this as its crest (as one of very few such countries).

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** "Magic Duel" "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]" features visiting delegates from Saddle Arabia, which is a stand-in for... well, guess.
*** Actually subverted, seeing how the
guess. An interesting note is that its male delegate carries a crescent moon coat-of-arms, and UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia Saudi Arabia does not have this as its crest (as one crest, although many of very few such countries).its neighboring countries do.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone]]" introduces the Kingdom of Griffonstone, whose culture seems to be caught somewhere between the Urals and the Caucasian mountains (primarily Georgian, Armenian and Kazakh cultures) with a dash of Tibet and Mongolia to round out the society's remote mountainous flair.
Whereas Griffonstone mostly scratches Mongolian culture, Yakyakistan all but embraces it, combining Mongolian aesthetics with temper and attitude not unlike those of Vikings.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E16CampfireTales Campfire Tales]]", Mistmane's homeland, from its architecture to its culture to its dress styles, is openly based on eastern Asia.
** The desert village in southern Equestria seen in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E17DaringDone Daring Done?]]" and in Somnabula's issue of ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyLegendsOfMagic Legends of Magic]]'' is heavily reminiscent of ancient Egypt. It is located close to ancient pyramids, its present citizens all seem to wear kohl and, in Somnabula's time, its residents all wore distinctly Egyptian clothing, the area was explicitly ruled by a Pharaoh and the beginning of the flashback segment recounting Somnabula's tale is in the form of animated hieroglyphics.
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