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The [[LaResistance Resistance]] is in peril. The forces of evil are knocking on their gate. They have no choice, they must use the DangerousForbiddenTechnique to [[SummoningRitual summon]] a hero from another world to assist them.

And they get [[TheEveryman Bob Smith]], from Normal, Arizona! An [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent average kid]] who just happens to be what they need for the job. The summoners may be [[GenreSavvy unimpressed]], or be [[GenreBlind totally blind]] that this guy is going to [[TheChosenZero need]] a lot of TrainingFromHell to be useful. Since he IS the ChosenOne, he will save the day in the end and either [[IChooseToStay choose to stay in the new fantastic world]] or [[ButNowIMustGo go home and be normal again]] at the end of his adventure.

A typical set up for TrappedInAnotherWorld stories. This is a ''very'', ''very'' popular trope in regards to getting TheEveryman from the modern world into the MagicalLand.

Sometimes, rather than [[TheEveryman An Everyman]], the spell summons someone who is exactly what's needed for a given situation. If no summoning is involved, he's an ActionSurvivor. Other times, the everyman really is very average and probably too squishy to last long enough to make a difference, but they will get summoned INTO the body of someone or something more physically impressive as part of the summoning or just by accident.

Named for the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' spell "[[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/summonmonsteri.htm Summon Monster]]".

See also RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude. For some reason, the Everyman will be [[InconvenientSummons summoned while doing something embarrassing]].
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** The Digidestined from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' could count as an example of this, since the summoners were "totally blind that [these guys are] going to need a lot of training to be useful."
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' also did this, but with a twist; they summoned a bunch of kids but only kept around the handful that actually got some results.
* The protagonists of ''Manga/ThoseWhoHuntElves'' were summoned before the start of the story to defeat the BigBad, which they did immediately by blasting him with the armored tank the spell also summoned. They then spend the rest of the series gathering the parts of the spell that will let them get back to Earth.
* Miaka and Yui, along with the past priestesses of Genbu and Byakko from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. The Princess Emeraude, the Pillar of Cephiro, summons the Magic Knights at the moment they all meet (coincidentally) in Tokyo Tower. Everyone assumes their calling is to rescue the princess from the [[SpikesOfVillainy evil]] [[TroubledButCute Zagato]].
* While it wasn't on purpose, ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' results in this. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that he isn't ''exactly'' an "everyman".]]
* The TV series ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' (''Märchen Awakens Romance'') starts this way, though the high school kid accidentally summoned to help LaResistance of another dimension doesn't stay "normal" for long (the world of MÄR has [[HeavyWorlder much lower gravity than Earth]], rendering him [[NormalFishInATinyPond much stronger than most of the natives]]). (It should be noted that the series is an intentional takeoff on this kind of stories, with plenty of fairy tale references.)
* The guys from the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime were trying to unlock a powerful monster to help them. What they got was a kid from our world playing a ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' game beta disk.
* ''Anime/DogDays'', because TheHero is very athletic. At least they don't summon a random person into their world.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'', modern-day scientist and fantasy enthusiast Peter Dickinson is summoned as a champion in a conflict between wizards (his mind gets put in a dragon body, which helps). Nobody is particularly impressed, although his summoner is prepared to trust that "antiquity" had a purpose in choosing this guy. [[spoiler: which is proven in the end when Peter discovers that he can use his knowledge of science to cancel out any kind of magic by contemplating the logical rule it breaks, and '''''literally''''' [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Talks The Big Bad To Death]].]]\\\
Justified in the book that the movie was (loosely) based on. Jim Eckert and Angie are transported into the past/alternate dimension using an astral projection machine invented by a colleague, not summoned. And Jim isn't exactly an "everyman", he's a medieval scholar, which puts him in the perfect position to understand the culture around him but work outside it using modern sensibilities and knowledge.
* In the second ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' movie, ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie'', a princess sends a [[TimeMachine magic ball]] to summon heroes to help her save her brother...and winds up with a trio of [[OutOfJobIntoThePlot waiters who just got fired.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt''. {{Lampshaded}} in the sequel, ''A Kid In Aladdin's Palace''.
* ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' did this, with the slight inversion that the normal kid accidentally summoned ''himself'' to the magical land. Of course, it was AllJustADream. OrWasItADream
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' did a non-magic version. A con man looking for recruitment bounties wants to recruit the most talented pilot he can find in order to get paid by the Star League. He does this by seeding planets with a testing booth disguised as an arcade game called Starfighter; the one person who beats the game turns out to be a human teenager living in a desert trailerpark.
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* While Merlin doesn't summon the body of an everyman hero in ''Literature/GrailQuest'', he does summon their mind. Yours.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Just look at ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' by Mark Twain/Sam Clemens. This trope is literally THE NAME of the book.
* Jon-Tom from ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster. A Sanitation Engineer (janitor) was summoned to the world where the story takes place by a wizard searching for a more technical type of engineer. That he turned out to be a magician after all, which is what Clothahump expected an "engineer" to be, suggests it's not just Jon-Tom whose magic brings what's needed rather than what's expected.
* Several of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' books: ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', and possibly ''Literature/TheSilverChair''. It's explained in story that the heroes have to been [[HumansAreSpecial Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve]] and that only children and devout believers understand Aslan, explaining the kid thing. Why some kid with ninja training skills wasn't summoned instead, though, is a mystery.
** In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', the Narnians were ''trying'' to summon the legendary kings and queen from the Golden Age (basically their King Arthur equivalent). They just didn't realize that the form they would come in was British schoolchildren.
** ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' starts with the kids praying to go to Narnia, and besides one of them already had, so he was already 'part of the story,' and Aslan seems to prefer some form of continuity when linking up the worlds. ''The Last Battle'' doesn't involve ''anyone'' new, and Jill especially has spent the whole time since her last visit practicing skills specifically useful to a quest in Narnia. Note that thanks to NarniaTime, the entire history of Narnia occurs within the span of Diggory Kirke's life. The trips there seem to be as much for the enlightenment of English schoolchildren as to solve Narnia's problems.
* William "Wiz" Zumwalt from Rick Cook's ''Literature/WizBiz'' series. At first (in ''Wizard's Bane''), he appears to have no magical abilities, despite being summoned to fight against powerful evil wizards. [[spoiler:Turned out that the summoner ''did'' pick the right guy -- a computer programmer was just what was needed. Once he learns that [[PowersAsPrograms magic can be programmed]]...]] And then improved on in the second book (''The Wizardry Compiled'') when [[spoiler:to improve Wiz's original code, they bring over ''an entire programming team'' recruited at a SCA war... two of which [[IChooseToStay join him in the magical world]] at the end of that book.]]
* ''Out of Time: Yanked!'' by Creator/NancyKress.
* Lots of [[Creator/DaveDuncan Dave Duncan's]] books use this premise. The ''Seventh Sword'' trilogy with Wally Smith being transported to the subject world is a good example. On Earth, Wally is a chemist who dies of encephalitis. In the other world, he is turned into a great swordsman (sort of). In this case gods needed a super-swordsman with an engineer's knowledge, since just a super-swordsman wasn't enough.
* The five protagonists of Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry''.
* Also, this is the basic premise of ''Literature/UnLunDun'' by Creator/ChinaMieville.
* ''ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'': Thomas Covenant is a normal guy except for having leprosy. [[MoralEventHorizon Infamous]] for [[FlatEarthAtheist not]] [[GrumpyBear taking]] [[MoralDissonance it]] [[{{Jerkass}} well]]. Linden Avery fits the trope in the second series.
* In the ''Spellsong Cycle'' by L. E. Modesitt, Jr., magic is done by a combination of song and music. The fact that music has magical effects leads to the paradoxical situation where musical ''theory'' is stunted, since the musical experimentation required to advance theory is dangerous. The summoned heroine is a professor of music whose trained singing voice, advanced knowledge of musical theory and [[TheEveryman Every(wo)man]] knowledge of science allows her to do things with magic that no one who born in the world could possibly match.
* The first time Creator/MichaelMoorcock's Eternal Champion is summoned goes like this; although it's only the mind that he's TheEveryman, the body he gets stuck in is significantly more formidable. Interestingly, although recalling his Everyman hero identy staves off a HeroicBSOD near the end of that incarnation, on the instances when the Champion recalls previous incarnations he tends to adopt the identity of his first summoning, as opposed to Mr. Everyman, claiming 'it was the only time I experiened true happiness'. An odd instance of BecomingTheMask, since he's innumerable masks to choose from.
* Terisa Morgan in ''Mordant's Need'' by Stephen Donaldson. What they wanted was a mighty warrior from another world armed with [[FrickinLaserBeams powerful rayguns]]. What they got was a [[LonelyRichKid lonely rich girl]] with microscopic self-esteem and no combat skills. [[spoiler:They tried again.]] And anyone who GenreSavvy enough will not be surprised that [[spoiler:Terisa turns out to be just the champion they needed after all. Though the guy with the rayguns helps eventually , even if he originally panics and blasts a hole in the castle.]]
* Christopher Stasheff's ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme'' series has a couple of these.
* Done in ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom''. To be fair about it, they were looking for someone about to die of natural causes. To be more specific, the villain, Mister Monday, wanted to avoid passing his [[MacGuffin Key]] onto a mortal, although he was legally supposed to do so. Instead of outright ignoring his obligation, Monday decided to circumvent it by giving the Key to a critically ill mortal who would die shortly afterwards. He could then quite legally take back and keep the Key. Unfortunately for him, [[BatmanGambit he was being manipulated by his enemy]], and the power of the Key saved the mortal's life. Whoops.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Rincewind, after being thrown out of the universe at the end of his previous appearance, is summoned by Discworld/{{Eric}}, who is trying to summon a demon.
* ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' is a book that sucks in its reader. [[PostModernism Very meta]].
* The ''Demon Tech'' series by David Sherman begins with an evil wizard and a good "philosopher" each performing magic to summon assistance for his respective country. The bad guys wanted knowledge, so they wind up with a batch of 20th-century military doctrinal manuals (which they eventually manage to translate and use). The good guys wanted leadership. They get a USMC Gunnery Sergeant (in full dress uniform). His first words to them: "Who's in charge of this circle jerk?" Well, from then on, '''he''' is.
* Grey Murphy, the title "Man From Mundania", comes to the land of ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' to save the day.
* Subverted heavily in Mary Gently's ''Literature/{{Grunts}}'' Some odd piece of magic summons a U.S. Marine staff sergeant into the middle of a battle between a swarm of alien locusts and a battalion of trainee elf marines and their orc marine sergeants (yes you read that right). However, he panics at being sucked into a new dimension and flees screaming. Later on his logistics skills do help the Orcs defeat the aliens.
* ''Literature/TheWarGods'' has the novella Sword Brother where a Wencit, in summoning help, ends up getting a gunnery sergeant and a corporal driving a Striker.
* Played with in the ''Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover'' series where the everyman hero is summoned by the GenreBlind villain with the expectation of being useless as a hero, complete with a job interview designed to ensure uselessness. The hero is just the latest in a long line of summoned everymen who were until then as useless as expected.
* Somewhat subverted in two books of the ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' series. The summoned characters are both {{doppelganger}}s of two members of the main cast. One of them [[AscendedExtra eventually becomes a second protagonist of the book]], while the other just serves for a TwinSwitch or something like that.
* In a duology within the ''Literature/SagaOfRecluce'', a spaceship suffers from a {{Hyperspace}} malfunction which lands them in a universe where magic is real. In the second book the main character ends up aiding a [[TheLostWoods magic forest]] against TheEmpire, which wants to seal the forest away. The main character's companion speculates that the magic forest might have summoned them by causing the {{Hyperspace}} malfunction in the first place.
* ''Literature/{{Enchantment}}'', a lesser-known novel of Creator/OrsonScottCard: Ivan Smetski, college decathlete but otherwise normal grad student, saves a sleeping princess from a giant bear, and next thing he knows, he's in ninth-century Ukraine. Naked. It's never revealed who exactly summoned him.
* The protagonist from ''Literature/TheSwordOfGood'', Hirou, is apparently snatched from our world before the story starts, and aside from a prophecy and ability to wield the titular blade, is less than stellar hero material. He doesn't take the pressure and stress well, and the casual slaughter of "evil monsters" nauseate him to the point of vomiting. [[spoiler:The deconstructive twist ending is quite memorable.]]
* The Creator/RuEmerson sextet ''Literature/NightThreads'' summons 3 people- a lawyer, her sister, who is a hippie, and her teenage nephew, while they were out for a day trip in the desert.
* Several stories in the ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail'' anthologies.
* Creator/SergeyLukyanenko and Creator/NickPerumov's novel ''Literature/WrongTimeForDragons'' features a teenage girl coming to an average Russian man and asking him to come with her. He ends up in a world where magic is real and told that he is the next Dragonslayer meant to protect this world an invasion of dragons from another world. To this end, he must absorb the power of the four elemental magics. At the end, he finds out that [[spoiler:one of the people chasing him is his own grandfather, the previous Dragonslayer, and that his grandmother was a dragon in human form, raped by his grandfather and banished to our world]].
* Creator/AndreiBelyanin's ''The Thief of Baghdad'' books feature an ordinary modern-day Russian man being whisked away to ArabianNightsDays by a genie at the wish of Omar Khayyám. While Omar is initially disappointed at the genie's choice (he expected a Middle Eastern man, not an infidel), Omar eventually accepts the protagonist as his student in thievery. The subsequent books have him be summoned again by the genie, although, by that point, he's hardly an "everyman" anymore.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'' averts this trope. Eric was not summoned to the magical world of Tariatla to be a hero. Tasio regularly pulls people from other worlds and drops them there because [[ItAmusedMe it amuses him.]] Eric becomes a novice battle mage for a mercenary company during peace time.
* ''Literature/TheBeyonders'' has Jason and Rachel brought to Lyrian because of a prophecy that stated a "Beyonder", that is someone from another world, would defeat Emperor Maldor. Rachel turns out to be quite talented with magic but Jason spends a lot of the trilogy wondering why he was summoned.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Amazon High'', a failed pilot episode that had some of its footage used in the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Lifeblood". A tribe of women warriors uses magic to "summon their savior"... and get Cyane, a wimpy teenage ValleyGirl from the modern times. The tribe is [[TheChosenZero greatly disappointed]] at first, but after Cyane gets some CharacterDevelopment and TookALevelInBadass, she helps the tribe rise to greatness. The tribe renames themselves the Amazons at Cyane's suggestion.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/CastleFalkenstein'' backstory tells of Tom Olam, computer game designer, who is summoned into a world of Victorian Steampunk Fantasy by a mighty spell. Although he proves to be of some value, the real prize is the book he brought with him - he picked it up at a used book shop cheap, and it holds the secret to saving the day.
* ''Traveler'' is based on this. The players are sucked into a fantasy/cyberpunk/whatever-genre-the-GM-is-running world with the items within a 10' radius.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi''
** Played with: the summon spell summons Miyamoto Musashi, one of history's greatest swordsmen, instead of some average high schooler with no idea what he's doing. He's summoned as a kid, yes, but still one that obviously has some combat training.
** The sequel, ''VideoGame/MusashiSamuraiLegend'' (which takes place in a different setting and different characters) also kind of fits, except that once again he's actually the hero they were trying to summon.
* The Avatar/Stranger from ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' (not to mention Lord British himself and his friends, perhaps a LITERAL AuthorAvatar.)
* This is the basic plot for the Westwood game ''VideoGame/{{Nox}}'', though it also features a twist: it is actually the villainess who summons Jack to the Land of Nox. Moreover, it happens accidentally, as she is only after the [[MacGuffin Orb]] that he unwittingly possesses.
* ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon: Ripto's Rage'' has the denizens of Avalar trying to summon a mighty dragon to save their world, and get... well a mighty dragon, but much smaller and younger than they expected.
* ''VideoGame/{{Cythera}}'', where you're summoned from your home to a strange island by the [[FisherKing LandKing]]. It's implied that the island's human population are descended from ancient Greeks swept there by a storm.
* ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' has you stumbling on a mysterious book and... [[SignatureSoundEffect VOIP!]]
* The Heroes are summoned this way via ''VideoGame/GoldBox'' game ''Secret of the Silver Blades''. Completely naked. Pity the summoners forgot to request [[BagOfSpilling their equipment from the previous game.]]
* ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' starts with the protagonist's mother trying to summon Lord Zenon, the evil overlord that took over the planet, so her son could defeat him. What they got instead was Rozalin, the overlord's [[LonelyRichKid sheltered daughter,]] who they have to then protect as they take her back home. [[spoiler: The game's huge twist is that they actually did summon the right person -- ''Lady'' Zenon got tired with the constant battle of her previous existence and reincarnated herself as a baby girl.[[note]]As in, complete with a mother's womb and a blank slate.[[/note]] A little later, an UnknownRival tracks her down, murders her family (and most of the village) takes over the name and effectively imprisons her while playing the role of devoted (if distant) father.]]
* While he's not exactly an everyman, [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] gets this in ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheBlackKnight''. When Merlina cast the spell,[[note]]"O brave knight, swift as the wind! Heed my call!"[[/note]] she likely wasn't expecting a blue hedgehog [[DeadpanSnarker with an attitude]].
* The term for this in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' universe is "spiriting away," and Yukari likes to do this with mortals she finds interesting. Also, ''[[FridgeHorror severely]]'' [[FridgeHorror deconstructed]]; outsiders are considered fair game for more [[ImAHumanitarian predatory]] youkai unless they can find protection by nightfall.
* {{Player character}}s in ''VideoGame/{{Wizard 101}}'' arrive in the game world having been summoned from ours by the headmaster of the wizard school. How they promptly develop magical abilities is never really explained.
* The player character of ''The Summoning'' is (unsurprisingly) recruited this way. It's not really made clear where s/he came from or what his/her life was like before, but s/he's sent into a vast dungeon full of puzzles and monsters to slay the EvilOverlord.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Captain N's spiritual successor, Alex Williams of ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES''.
* Parson from ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}''. The trope is even lampshaded when he [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0016.html outright states he wishes he could be transported into a tabletop game]], just before vanishing (complete with a [[UnsoundEffect "PLOT!"]] sound effect when he disappears and rematerializes in said world). Of course, he's exactly the TurnBasedStrategy master they need, but he has to learn the local rules first... One of the people who saw him disappear remarks that it's the first plan he's ever followed through on.
-->"[[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Dibs on his dice]]."
* A [[YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou problem for the returning hero]] is pointed out by an ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/693/ strip]].
* Torg from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' gets this during the "[[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/040519 That Which Redeems]]" StoryArc. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since, while Torg is ordinary ([[IdiotHero if kinda stupid]]) by our world's standards, in the dimension he's summoned to, he's unique in being the only person who's not a complete, totally dedicated pacifist. So, while there are plenty of other people in that world who ''could'' fight off the DemonicInvaders, Torg's the only one actually ''willing'' to. He picks up some BadassNormal abilities along the way, too. [[spoiler:The magic demon-killing sword powered by the blood of the innocent certainly helps.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'' has played with this several times, perhaps most notably in [[http://nedroid.com/2011/03/at-least-i-have-a-great-story-to-tell-my-plant/ "At Least I Have a Great Story to Tell My Plant"]].
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'' features [[http://axecop.com/index.php/acepisodes/read/episode_8/ Mr. Stocker]], a superhero with no powers. Immediately after being summoned to assist in a battle, he's bitten by an evil robot and turns into one himself, and is presumably destroyed. He later popped up to offer his help in fighting evil cats, [[http://axecop.com/index.php/acepisodes/read/episode_137/ only to be killed again]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster''.
* Done en masse in a cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice''. The Knights of Camelot are imprisoned by Morganna le Fay so Merlin summons an entire high school football team from modern day America to replace them. They get by entirely by being [[TheBigGuy ridiculously huge]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon.
* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Planet of the Capes", where a planet full of superheroes has lost its only powerless ordinary guy. They fetch Darkwing Duck to replace him since, though he's a [[NonPoweredCostumedHero "superhero"]] in his own world, they know he has no actual superpowers and thus should make a perfect ordinary guy. [[spoiler:Turns out the last ordinary guy got sick of the job and became a technology-powered SuperVillain, whom Darkwing ends defeating while all the supers are useless.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' and other similar normal-child-becomes-the-hero cartoons. Partly subverted in that it's partially [[NiceJobBreakingItHero their fault in the first place]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans,'' this happens to Cyborg when he is pulled back in time to the Bronze Age by a witch to help save her people from monsters. Subverted twice in that Cyborg is not an "everyday" hero (he does begin to lose his powers, from lack of electricity, though) and in that [[spoiler: the summoning was part of an evil scheme all along]]. It does otherwise fit the trope, however, including the part about falling in love with someone you cannot stay with.
* More like Pick Up Every(wo)man Hero, but it counts: Firefly going to our world and asking Megan's help in the first ''[[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials My Little Pony]]'' special. Megan subsequently became a regular visitor to the fantastical world where the Little Ponies hailed from, in times of crisis and peace alike. It became a second home to her.
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