Created By: Pichu-kun on November 27, 2013 Last Edited By: MorningStar1337 on December 7, 2013
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My Little Phony

A stock parody of My Little Pony

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Since the height of The '80s fad days to recent years, My Little Pony has been etched in popular culture as a saccharine toy line for young girls who love horses.

Parodies and homages typically are Show Within a Show's featuring Always Female pastel ponies who can talk. Flank Insignia's are common but not a requirement. With the recent popularity of Friendship Is Magic with older audiences parodies have begun taking after it and are often more positive than previous depictions.

Subtrope of Bland-Name Product

Examples

     Literature 
  • Susan, Death's granddaughter in the Discworld book Soul Music, gets a "My Little Binky" toy for her third birthday from her grandfather, modelled after his pale horse, Binky. His parents return it, fearing that it will make her a less "normal" child.

     Live Action TV 
  • One of the Once an Episode Parody Commercial on The Aquabats! Super Show! featured a toy like this called the Scruffy Scruff, except the toy was exceptionally ugly. The kids in the commercial played with and adored it as if it were just as pretty as its real-world counterpart.
  • One sketch in a fifth season Horrible Histories episode included the Victorian My Little Pit Pony. This doll described what life was like for horses that worked in coal mines, including breathing coal dust and getting stuck in tunnels. They only came in one color: black.

     Webcomics 
  • In Heavenly Nostrils, Phoebe is a fan of the cartoon Pastel Unicorns and has a bunch of the toys. In a few strips (like on March 17, 2013 and on August 11, 2013) she discusses recent plot developments from the show, and they're barely-veiled references to actual episodes of Friendship Is Magic.

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     Western Animation 
Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • November 28, 2013
    maddthesane
    A sub-trope of some parody trope. Perhaps Stock Parody?
  • November 28, 2013
    Snicka
    This often takes the form of a Show Within A Show.

  • November 30, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Would some of the skits on MAD qualify? They made a few skits parodying MLP.
  • December 1, 2013
    DracMonster
    My Little Phoney

    I'd apologize, but I have no regrets.
  • December 1, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Okay, who added that Motion To Discard tag? There Aint No Rule that says "New Stock Parodies are banned"
  • December 1, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ I hate when people add tags and don't explain why.
  • December 2, 2013
    Noah1

    Also, Seconding My Little Phoney!
  • December 2, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ I remember that. Grim had gone all Gargamel just to have enough money to get the show continued (and became a victim of a Shaggy Dog Story) if he only knew.

    Also thirding My Little Phoney
  • December 2, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    • One sketch in a fifth season Horrible Histories episode included the Victorian My Little Pit Pony. This doll described what life was like for horses that worked in coal mines, including breathing coal dust and getting stuck in tunnels. They only came in one color: black.
  • December 2, 2013
    xanderiskander
    I was just about to suggest My Little Phony as well. Wow. Fourthing that I guess.
  • December 2, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    I can think of another one.

    • One of the Once An Episode Parody Commercial on The Aquabats Super Show featured a toy like this called the Scruffy Scruff, except the toy was exceptionally ugly. The kids in the commercial played with and adored it as if it were just as pretty as its real-world counterpart.
  • December 2, 2013
    DAN004
    My Little Phony gets my vote as well.
  • December 2, 2013
    MetaFour
    • Robot Chicken had a sketch advertising My Little Pony: Apocalypse Ponies, a toyline modeled after the Horsemen Of The Apocalypse.

    • In Heavenly Nostrils, Phoebe is a fan of the cartoon Pastel Unicorns and has a bunch of the toys. In a few strips (like on March 17, 2013 and on August 11, 2013) she discusses recent plot developments from the show, and they're barely-veiled references to actual episodes of Friendship Is Magic.
  • December 2, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    • MAD has several:
      • My Little War Horse: Pinkie Pie in a crossover with War Horse.
      • Thunder-LOL-Cats: Lion-O verses memes, Ponies included.
      • Cowboys and Alien Force: an Applejack ersatz in a Mind Screwy crossover that also involves Ben 10 Alien Force, Stretchy bands and multiple title cards.
      • Rainbow Dash and Berstein: Rainbow Dash replaces the titular puppet of Crash And Bernstein.
      • My Little Pwny: The most direct parody. A mock commercial of ponies causing nothing but trouble (especially of the "painful to humans" variety.
  • December 4, 2013
    Noah1
    Anyone think we should have a separate section for the Friendship Is Magic influenced examples?
  • December 4, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Depends on the ratio to g1-3 parodies to G4 parodies and the amount of examples given.
  • December 4, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    You want I should illustrate this trope with the Scruffy Scruff I mentioned?

    (On second thought, maybe not).
  • December 4, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Okay I updated the examples. I was wondering if I can help with the trope and examples.
  • December 4, 2013
    TheTitan99
    It's being bombarded (I think unfairly) with Motion to Discards, and the Sponsor's nowhere to be seen. I say it's fine to help out at this point.

    By the by, I also vote for My Little Phony.
  • December 5, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Namespaced an example.
  • December 5, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    I'm just dropping by to say that the name My Little Phony IS AWESOME. kudos Drac Monster.
  • December 5, 2013
    Noah1
    I'm thinking the image should be the Apocalypse Pony image that used to be on the Horsemen Of The Apocalypse page.
  • December 5, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ I think that we might need to go to image picking for YKTT Ws. Plus I need a link for the markup (if it was already used for the Horsemen page then it should already be in the database)
  • December 6, 2013
    Noah1
    Yeah, I was thinking that it would be in the database. Just how would you retrieve specific images from the database?
  • December 6, 2013
    Lorialet
    Congratulations, this seems like a great trope. Drac Monster, this is a very good idea for a title ! For the examples, I would suggest :
  • December 6, 2013
    Someoneman
    This sounds like a subtrope of Bland Name Product.
  • December 6, 2013
    CrypticMirror
    Do we really need more pony stuff?
  • December 6, 2013
    jamespolk
    No, no we do not.
  • December 6, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^, ^^ well you ask the tropers for a ban on new Stock Parodies like how they banned new stock phrases, but until then this will be on the YKTTW until its ready to launch.
  • December 6, 2013
    DAN004
    Some people just hates ponies I guess...
  • December 6, 2013
    xanderiskander
    I'd like to point out to the critics that a lot of these examples predate Friendship Is Magic as well. Not that discarding it based on the source material is a valid reason to discard anyway
  • December 7, 2013
    Snicka
    I think this one is a completely valid Stock Parody.
  • December 7, 2013
    Snicka
    Literature:
    • Susan, Death's granddaughter in the Discworld book Soul Music, gets a "My Little Binky" toy for her third birthday from her grandfather, modelled after his pale horse, Binky. His parents return it, fearing that it will make her a less "normal" child.
  • December 7, 2013
    MetaFour
    Edited yet another MAD cartoon sketch into the OP.
  • December 7, 2013
    Someoneman
    Why does this have so many "Motion to discard tags"? We cannot just get rid of a YKTTW because you don't like ponies, especially if there are enough examples to prove this is undeniably a legitimate trope.
  • December 7, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    Looks like its got five hats
  • December 7, 2013
    xanderiskander
    There seems to be no one disputing it's tropability in the discussion, and the description, name and examples are all looking good. I'd say this is ready for launch.
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