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'''Tropes A-B''' | [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic/TropesCToD Tropes C-D]] | [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic/TropesEToK Tropes E-K]] | [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic/TropesLToP Tropes L-P]] | [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic/TropesQToS Tropes Q-S]] | [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic/TropesTToZ Tropes T-Z]]
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!!''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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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 ''WebVideo/SonicF'' team. Name-drops a lot of tropes.
** ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' currently has nine episodes, a ton of MoodDissonance, [[Music/{{Friday}} and quite]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots a few]] [[YuriFan little]] [[BrotherSisterIncest 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]]''.
** ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', which manages to abridge the first and second seasons.
* AbsenteeActor: There are times where a character in the main cast does not make any kind of appearance in an episode of the series. For those keeping tab:
** 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]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E6SleeplessInPonyville Sleepless in Ponyville]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMAgicS3E7WonderboltsAcademy Wonderbolts Academy]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont Daring Don't]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E5FlightToTheFinish Flight to the Finish]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E10RainbowFalls Rainbow Falls]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E17SomeponyToWatchOverMe Somepony To Watch Over Me]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E21LeapOfFaith Leap of Faith]]
** 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]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts And Hooves Day]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E6SleeplessInPonyville Sleepless in Ponyville]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion Apple Family Reunion]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E5FlightToTheFinish Flight to the Finish]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E9PinkieApplePie Pinkie Apple Pie]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E15TwilightTime Twilight Time]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E17SomeponyToWatchOverMe Somepony To Watch Over Me]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E21LeapOfFaith Leap of Faith]]
** 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]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E6SleeplessInPonyville Sleepless in Ponyville]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E5FlightToTheFinish Flight to the Finish]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E17SomeponyToWatchOverMe Somepony To Watch Over Me]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E21LeapOfFaith Leap of Faith]]
** 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]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts And Hooves Day]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E9PinkieApplePie Pinkie Apple Pie]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E15TwilightTime Twilight Time]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E17SomeponyToWatchOverMe Somepony To Watch Over Me]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E21LeapOfFaith Leap of Faith]]
** Rarity: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call of the Cutie]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts And Hooves Day]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E5FlightToTheFinish Flight to the Finish]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E9PinkieApplePie Pinkie Apple Pie]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E15TwilightTime Twilight Time]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E17SomeponyToWatchOverMe Somepony To Watch Over Me]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E21LeapOfFaith Leap of Faith]]
** Applejack: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster Stare Master]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay Hearts And Hooves Day]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E5FlightToTheFinish Flight to the Finish]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E15TwilightTime Twilight Time]]
** Twilight Sparkle: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E6SleeplessInPonyville Sleepless in Ponyville]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion Apple Family Reunion]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E5FlightToTheFinish Flight to the Finish]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E17SomeponyToWatchOverMe Somepony To Watch Over Me]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E21LeapOfFaith Leap of Faith]]
* AbsurdlySharpClaws: Rarity's cat Opal cuts off half of Sweetie Belle's mane with a swipe of her claws.
* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal:
** Everypony living at Sweet Apple Acres wears exactly one accessory each: Applejack's cowboy hat, Big [=McIntosh's=] yoke, 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.
** Celestia, Luna, and Cadence all just wear crowns, necklaces, and shoes.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny:
** The BigBad Discord makes Pinkie Pie laugh by [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/Boogie.gif doing a little dance]] on the head of an image of Twilight Sparkle. [[MemeticMutation The fans certainly found that animation amusing.]]
** In the episode "Baby Cakes", Pinkie Pie becomes the victim of a running gag. The only way the foals she's baby sitting will quiet down is if flour gets dumped on her (in one case while she was soaking wet). At the episode's end, the foals do the flour gag to themselves to cheer up ''Pinkie''. She admits they were right, that ''is'' funny.
** In an earlier episode, "Griffon the Brush Off", Pinkie applies this to her love of pranks by pranking ponies in such a way that it evokes this reaction. She won't pull a prank on someone who's sensitive enough to take even a harmless prank seriously, which is why she aborts a prank when [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] winds up the one it would have hit.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', Tirek admits Discord's stained glass window of the two of them is quite amusing.
* AdaptationalBadass:
** [[BadassNormal Applejack]] and [[LightningBruiser Rainbow Dash]] are near-unrecognizable compared to [[TheKlutz G1 Applejack]] and [[TheFashionista G3 Rainbow Dash]].\\\
Rainbow Dash goes from basically having [[TheFashionista FIM Rarity's exact personality, dahling,]] to being much more athletic and competitive, and does things like demolishing an old barn by flying into it at SuperSpeed causing a ''rainbow-colored mushroom cloud.'' \\\
Applejack is also pretty much TheBigGuy of the series, being a tomboyish cowgirl. Sweet Apple Acres' apple harvesting method is basically "Applejack kicks the tree so hard that all the apples fall at once while everyone else runs around with buckets."
** The original Tirek was no pushover by a long shot, in the original VileVillainSaccharineShow, but his main threat was being the wielder of the Rainbow of Darkness and having an army whom he mutated with it at his command. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Lord]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Tirek]]? He has no army and is still such a massive threat that sending ''Discord'' after him is considered [[GodzillaThreshold the best means of defeating him]]. Somewhat played with, though -- he starts out far weaker than G1 Tirek due to his imprisonment, and Discord was sent out because his abilities let him sense Tirek's magic and track him down effortlessly. It's only after he drains enough ponies that he becomes a real threat.
* 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 mane 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!
*** How did they resist using "...pestered a population of ponies"?
** About 50% of the dialogue in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]]
* AdorableEvilMinions: The Changeling {{Mooks}} from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 the Season 2 finale]]. They're insectoid little shapeshifters with CuteLittleFangs and really big blue eyes.
* AdoringThePests: In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm Of The Century]]," Fluttershy finds a cute Parasprite, feeds it, and brings it home. On the way, it multiplies. The Parasprites keep multiplying until they eat most of Ponyville (the buildings, not the residents!).
* {{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.
* AdultFear:
** An episode where Rarity has to spend a week with her much younger sister Sweetie Belle, with her essentially taking a parent role for in every scene they have together. They get on each other's nerves until they declare that they don't want to be sisters anymore, and Sweetie Belle runs away. Rarity soon has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and heads out to find her, and while the next scene has her doing just that, the fact that her epiphany happened in the daytime and the next scene is at night indicates that she's spent quite a long time desperately searching everywhere in town, worried about what might have happened to her baby sister.
** Then there's season one episode "The Stare Master". The Cutie Mark Crusaders venture into the [[TheLostWoods Everfree Forest]], in the middle of the night, to find a missing chicken. Fluttershy, who was entrusted with their care, goes after them and bumps into a [[TakenForGranite petrified]] Twilight Sparkle; she then realizes that a Cockatrice, a very dangerous ''chicken-shaped'' monster, is near...
** "The Secret of My Excess" is so far the largest example from the series. Twilight gets to watch as her surrogate brother/child, Spike, goes through an unknown health problem before maturing into a monster and becoming a threat to everyone and everything around him. [[GrowingUpSucks Spike finds out that growing up will involve destroying everything around him and abandoning or hurting everyone he holds dear.]]
** The "Baby Cakes" episode featured a scene that's every parent's and babysitter's nightmare. Pinkie turns her back on the babies she's taking care of, and when she checks on them again, the babies have disappeared. To emphasize the Adult Fear, the following tense minutes where she's looking for them are even shot like something straight out of a horror movie.
** "Dragon Quest" has Spike falling in with the wrong crowd. There's also a recurring theme of an adopted child rejecting his foster parents as not his "real" family.
*** Spike's not the only one to get a dose of this trope in the episode. He finally realizes that his fellow [[TeensAreMonsters adolescent dragons]] are "the wrong crowd" when he finds out that they make a regular activity out of stealing phoenix eggs from their parents' nests and [[WouldHurtAChild smashing them]], purely because [[ItAmusedMe they find it fun]]. If that revelation doesn't push them over the MoralEventHorizon, their willingness to ''take the newborn babies'' after they hatch definitely does.
** "The Cutie Pox" has Apple Bloom contracting a life-threatening illness with no known cure. Also, in the ColdOpen, a throwaway ShoutOut to ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' has FridgeHorror to the effect that polerasts (the equine equivalent of pederasts) are canon.
* AdultsAreUseless: Episodes featuring the Cutie Mark Crusaders tend to use this trope. For instance, the adult ponies rarely do anything about Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's bullying, even when it happens right in front of them.
* 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.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: See the [[VideoGame/MyLittlePony game's page]]
* AlliterativeFamily: Cup & Carrot Cake and their children, Pound & Pumpkin Cake.
* 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: Crusaders Clubhouse[[note]]the Cutie Mark [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Crusaders' clubhouse]], named [[http://chimicherrychanga.com/img/tc/76a.jpg on its trading card]][[/note]], Day Spa[[note]]Ponyville's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin day spa]], named [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/06/pony-trading-cards-sneak-peek-6-day-spa.html on its trading card]][[/note]], [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Golden Oak Library/Golden Oaks Library]]/[[AdaptationNameChange Golden Eagle Library]]/[[AdaptationNameChange Books and Branches Library]][[note]]the Ponyville library, named on its and Spike's [[http://chimicherrychanga.com/img/tc/78a.jpg trading]] [[http://theponyartcollection.tumblr.com/post/26391213917/pets-and-spike cards]], in the Twilight Sparkle Animated Storyteller's storybook ''Welcome to Ponyville'', in the TieInNovel ''Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell'', in the picture book ''Under the Sparkling Sea'', in the ''Stuck On Stories'' storybook, in the ''Sparkle World'' stories ''Christmas at Canterlot!'', ''Spooky Slumber Party!'', and ''Winter Wonderland!'', 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]], in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM651CNDF2U Swedish]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrYBTEvhLTU German]] versions of ''My Sound Book'', in the German magazine story ''Ein ulösbares Rätsel für Twilight Sparkle'', and in the [[IOSGames iOS game]] ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monopoly-hotels/id479412611?mt=8 Monopoly Hotels]]''; also given alternate names in the English version of ''My Sound Book'' and in Creator/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]], Pony Princess Wedding Castle[[note]]part of Canterlot Castle, named on Hasbro's ''Pony Wedding'' [[http://wedding.mylittlepony.com/ microsite]] and in the toys[[/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.
* AllYourColorsCombined:
** The CareBearStare-esque attack at the end the two-part pilot is a partial example; the multi-colored gems associated with the Elements of Harmony ([[color:red:red]], [[color:orange:orange]], [[color:pink:pink]], [[color:purple:purple]], [[color:magenta:magenta]], and [[color:blue:blue]]) don't comprise all the colors of the rainbow, but they form a traditional six-colored rainbow when their powers combine.[[note]]Interestingly, this seems to be part of [=FiM's=] tremendous aversion to [[color:green:green]]. Try it! Count the ponies who are honestly, properly green. Not light minty greenish teal (I'm looking at you, Lyra), not a slightly lime yellow, actual green.[[/note]]
** Played straight in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilights Kingdom Part 2]]'', when the Mane Six unlock the mysterious chest at the Tree of Harmony and gain access to the [[SuperMode Rainbow Power]] form of the Elements of Harmony. The traditional [[RainbowLite six colors]] of the rainbow are replaced with the colors of the mares' fur.
* AllYourPowersCombined:
** Creator/LaurenFaust once [[http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/12/24/my-little-non-homophobic-non-racist-non-smart-shaming-pony-a-rebuttal/ stated]] that Princess Celestia (and thus presumably any WingedUnicorn[[note]]either called a Pegasus unicorn or an alicorn[[/note]] in the show's universe) embodies the traits of Earth ponies (strength), Pegasi (wings), and unicorns (magic). The first series of [[TheMerch trading cards]] [[http://theponyartcollection.tumblr.com/post/26391355776 listed]] Princess Celestia as well as her sister Princess Luna/Nightmare Moon and niece Princess Cadance as being Pegasi and unicorns but not Earth ponies; the second series [[http://i.imgur.com/qACi5v9.jpg corrected]] that.
** When Twilight Sparkle becomes an alicorn, Celestia tells her:
--> ''Since you've come to Ponyville, you've displayed the charity, compassion, devotion, integrity, optimism, and of course, the leadership of a true princess.''
--> [As she is talking, the camera moves to show Twilight's friends: Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, then back to Twilight Sparkle - i.e. the elements of generosity, kindness, loyalty, honesty, laughter, and magic.]
** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'':\\\
Celestia, Luna, and Cadance transfer their magic energy into Twilight for safekeeping. This gives Twilight the power to control the sun and the moon, though not with the same level of skill.\\\
Tirek provides a villainous example. His goal is to absorb all the magic in Equestria, including unicorns, pegasi, Earth ponies, and alicorns. He would supposedly gain the ability to control the environment as ponies do, but he's never seen using it except to enhance his own powers.
* 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:
** Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, the two fillies who bully Apple Bloom at school.
** [[spoiler:The Discord-corrupted 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]].
** Gilda, of course, of whom Faust's comment was originally directed at. Also, Trixie.
** Babs Seed, where the entire episode is based on why bullies are bullies, which is because [[spoiler:often times bullies don't want to be bullied as well, so they bully others to fit in with the other bullies, like how Babs is mean to the CMC to avoid Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's teasing.]]
* 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FVqFN_Hn20 Italian version]] has a different opening song. 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]].
** The Japanese version uses a song by Pinkie Pie's dub VA SuzukoMimori called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S9aKeCq0tE "Mirai Start" (Future Start)]] as its first opening theme song. The ending theme is called [[http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/HKT48---Kataomoi-no-Tou-Age/34bf6378cd88c4c3d1c0dc082c35c230 Kataomoi no Tou Age (Deep-Fried Unrequited Love)]], sung by [=HKT48=].
*** The second opening is called [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12ii78_shortfilms "Magical Dai Dai Daibouken!"]] (Magical Big Big Big Adventure) by Nanamori-chu☆Goraku-bu
*** The Japanese commercial theme song is Milky Holmes' [[http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/Milky-Holmes-Sisters---Pinch-ni-Punch/ce534a46ee9cf54b01027e9d9a85a301 "Pinch ni Punch"]].
*** The second ending theme is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F_eH--rZUU "Step by Step"]] by Suzu.
*** The third opening is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9tIn4aCn_U "Yumemiru! Shinjiru! Mirai Kanaete!" (Dream! Believe! The Future Comes True!)]], once again sung by Suzuko Mimori.
*** The fourth opening theme is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuxRSeSqmuc "Lucky Girl"]] by Silent Siren.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Daring Do's nemesis, Ahuizotl, is actually ''not'' something made up for the show - Ahuizotl is actually the name of an Aztec creature. On top of that, it's actually a fairly accurate portrayal in terms of appearance.
** A few people unfamiliar with the concept of a greenroof (or Sod Roof) thought Fluttershy's house was impossible - actually, Nordic people have done this for centuries.
* 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/Time_Turner believable]] to flat-out garish (like [[AllThereInTheScript Merry May]], a Pegasus with a lime coat and a magenta mane).
** While griffons don't exist in the real world, one would assume they would have colorations similar to real-world lions and eagles. [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gU8dY5JYK6M/UvWDanj-trI/AAAAAAABsYA/GwKWMUe1d7o/s1600/1604498_612738698775216_1605492141_n.png And yet we have these]].
* 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, whenever 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 in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon The Brush Off]]", as the smudge on Dash's eye is first on her left eye, then on her right when she looks in the pond.
** 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.
** Subverted with Discord, whose concept art by Lauren Faust indicate he was ''supposed'' to have limbs that change position; to further support his role as the spirit of chaos and confusion. Averted as the artists did not follow this concept, presumably because it would be too difficult to animate and still look good.
%% 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, except when such desire cuts ahead of her friends.
* AnachronicOrder: A consequence of the episodic nature of the series. WordOfGod [[http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=88003&view=findpost&p=2103844 says]] that "The show is made up of both 'adventure' and 'slice of life' episodes. There is a loose time line for the show, but many of the episodes (especially the 'slice of life ones') are written in such a way that they can fit almost anywhere in said time line." The show also seems to have some ComicBookTime going on, and there is more than a little bit of NegativeContinuity going on.
** 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. WordOfGod says their main priority was to make sure young viewers 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 dresses Rarity makes in episode 14, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]", appear very briefly in episode 10, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury Swarm of the Century]]". Perhaps the parasprites ate them and forced Rarity to start over.
*** 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's website and ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' Website/YouTube channel, Creator/TheHub and its website, Google Play, {{Netflix}}, and partly the iTunes Store have gone with)--episodes 37 through 39 and 60 through 63 are OutOfOrder in broadcast order ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]" being moved from after "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay Family Appreciation Day]]" & "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]" to before them, and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Just for Sidekicks]]" being moved from before "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion Apple Family Reunion]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E10SpikeAtYourService Spike at Your Service]]" & "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn Keep Calm and Flutter On]]" to after them).
** 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.
** None of the seasonal episodes could have happened in the order that they were made or aired. Every annual event also seems to be the first since Twilight moved to Ponyville, meaning that seasonal episodes from the second and third television season should have happened concurrently with events from the first.
** The fourth season premier seems to commemorate the one year mark of the series, and is the first time that an annual event recurs, making it the first event that can't be put into a single year. Whether the writers will pay more attention to a timeline in the future is unknown, but unlikely.
* 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.
** Consider the fact that Equestria possesses technology from several different centuries. The houses of Ponyville are straw-thatched cottages lit primarily by candlelight; the kingdom of Canterlot has architecture based in MedievalStasis while advancing in all other aspects; and Cloudsdale appears to be more technologically advanced, having the abilities to control weather and develop a modern military, despite having architectural motifs from ancient Greece. Appleloosa is a Wild West town, while [[BigApplesauce Manehattan]] is a modern metropolis. The creatures range from a [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Cerberus and phoenix]], associated with ancient myth, to farm animals and domesticated pets. Characters might use a wooden cart, a chariot, a feather and quill, or non-electrical farm equipment in daily life; others might use a jackhammer, a record turntable, an anemometer, or even a laboratory meant to monitor vital signs and natural phenomena.
* 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.
*** Even worse? In the fan-made/non-canon PhoenixWrightAceAttorney crossover, the punishment for murder in Equestria is banishment to the Sun.
** Discord was imprisoned in stone by Luna and Princess Celestia, and outright states that it's quite lonely being encased in stone, implying he was entirely aware of his time in there (which was upwards of a thousand years). [[spoiler:He gets put back in short order.]]
*** This is mentioned again in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn Keep Calm and Flutter On]]". [[spoiler:Discord tells us that even while stone he can hear everything Celestia says. So he's definitely conscious and aware. Though it didn't seem to bother him that much as when he turned back (Both times) he treated it as an minor inconvenience/annoyance rather than torturous suffering]]
** Averted with King Sombra who, assuming his mortality, was kept in a state of unaware suspended animation in the glaciers north of Equestria after Celestia and Luna deposed him.
** In "Twilight's Kingdom", we have Tirek, who joins the ever-growing ranks of villains imprisoned for a thousand years by Celestia. This time, he was locked away in Tartarus (Basically the Greek version of hell). [[spoiler:As most saw coming, he goes back there at the end of the episode]]
* 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).
* {{Angrish}}:
** Rarity lapses into this in "Sisterhooves Social" when Sweetie Belle's attempts to help her go awry.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilights Kingdom Part 2]]'', Tirek's dialogue during the fight with Twilight consists largely of enraged roaring and growling.
* AnAesop: The show has one of these about friendship at the end of each episode, usually given in the form of a letter from Twilight Sparkle to Princess Celestia.
** Averted in episodes 1 and 2 (since they're two-parters).
** 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]]
** While most shows would treat these as throwaway morals, these actually are ''a plot point'' in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 "The Return of Harmony, Part 2"]]: [[spoiler:Celestia sends all of them back to Twilight to remind her why she should be fighting for her friends, instead of giving up, packing her bags and leaving Ponyville and Equestria to Discord's mercy. Also, the Aesop of the episode ends up being used in Twilight's ShutUpHannibal speech.]]
** The Aesop becomes a MacGuffin in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero "Lesson Zero"]], where Twlight panics because she doesn't have an Aesop of the Week to report to the Princess.
** Subverted in ''The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000''. The usual "letter to the princess" Aesop-delivery is set up... and then Applejack points out that she knew the aesop already, and didn't need to learn a thing. Then DoubleSubverted, as she proceeds to explain ''what'' it was she was right about all along.
-->'''Applejack:''' Dear Princess Celestia, I wanted to share my thoughts with you. [Clears Throat] I didn't learn anythin'! Ha! I was right all along!
** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'': Being a good friend means being honest to them as well.
* AnimalsLackAttributes: It's a family show, so the ponies' genitalia are never visible even when logic dictates they should be.
* AnimationBump[=/=]ArtEvolution:
** The show took a bump in quality towards the end of the first series as TopDraw Animation took over from in house, but it wasn't too noticeable at first. "Lesson Zero" really showed what they could do, with crisper colors, complex fluid animation throughout and refinement and outright changes to character models.
** A very notable instance goes to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyjYh-O3UAY this shot]] from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]]", where the camera does a beautifully animated 3D pan while Rarity tells Fluttershy that she can utilize her assertiveness without being a {{Jerkass}} about it.
** This extends to the "Madame Pinkie" scene in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime "It's About Time!"]] and the first couple of minutes during [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 "A Canterlot Wedding Part Two"]]
** 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.
** Season 3 seems to have improved on the animation even more, if [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 "The Crystal Empire - Part 1"]] is any indication. The way Twilight's mane and tail flow in the wind during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP5cjRmRUJs "The Failure Song"]] is something that was rarely seen even during Season 2.
** Certain scenes in Season 3 also feature non-mirrored sprites.
** Season 4 develops things even ''more''. Even from the just the first few episodes, different types of shading get used more often, and the animators ''really'' seem to be going for broke in designing new expressions for the cast.
** The battle between Twilight and Tirek in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]''.
* {{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 "[[{{Emoticon}} n_n]]" expression the characters often get when they smile.
** The style of this show is very reminiscent of [[ThePowerpuffGirls something]] [[FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends else]] too.
** The Japanese version takes it to the next level by giving it an AnimeThemeSong, and adding BossSubtitles to character introductions.
** The Italian version also gave it an AnimeThemeSong. This theme song can even be found on Youtube with a watermark that says "anime fun".
* AnswerCut:
** In one episode we get a very straightforward example.
-->'''Spike:''' If that was an Ursa ''Minor''... what's an Ursa ''Major'' like?
--> *answer cut to the [[BearsAreBadNews actually rather scary reveal]]*
-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Trust me, [[YouDoNotWantToKnow you don't want to know]].
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', when Tirek screams "Where is your magic?!?", immediately cut to Twilight blowing the door off her library, blowing a crater in the town square, and blowing past Rainbow Dash with a sonic boom.
* AnthropomorphicShift: Inverted. In predecessor 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. To explain, fans latched onto Lyra sitting upright like a human in one scene as meaning that she is obsessed with all things human, including that she wants hands and to walk upright.
** Played straight on Season 2. That season had 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 her reaction to the [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/friendship-is-magic-billboard.html Bridlemaids billboard ad]] and the "put up your dukes" scene in the episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]''.
** Though, the G4 ponies' faces are the most human-like of all the generations, most female and younger ponies even having noticeably smaller noses.
** Lampshaded when the Ponies are getting gussied up for the Gala and Rarity doesn't let Spike in because "They aren't dressed" in which Applejack points out that being ponies they don't normally wear clothes.
* 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...
* AntiClimax: The Equestria games are built up for two seasons, with several episodes focused on preparation and training for it. And in the end...it's a background event in a Spike focused episode.
* AntiSneezeFinger: The episode "Owl's Well That Ends Well," Spike does this to himself when the dust from the library book Twilight sent him to get starts bothering him. It doesn't work, and his fiery sneeze destroys the book.
* 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 dismembered and ate a mouse on the library floor. 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 hostile 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:
** In 2014, the Hub Network posted two parody trailers for upcoming shows. ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMglq5ZgYK4 My Biggest Pony]]'' featured a giant Sweetie Drops rampaging around Ponyville, and ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-DDF0q68kw Dragonfire]]'' featuring a human Spike set in a SpaceOpera.
** 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.
* ArcWords: "[[TitleDrop Friendship is magic]]", used repeatedly. It isn't just a saying, in this world, ThePowerOfFriendship ''is'' a form of magic, and the most powerful magic of all at that.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** Rarity does this to her sister Sweetie Belle in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Confidential]]" upon discovering that, in their pursuit of their talent and destiny declaring Cutie Marks, Sweetie Belle and her friends have been writing a slanderous gossip column.
-->'''Rarity:''' Do you really think that writing nasty things and making everypony feel horrible is your destiny?
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', Discord notably pauses and looks uncertain after Shining Armor is drained and asks him "How could you do this?"
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Discord's listed offenses are turning Ponyville into "the chaos capital of the world", turning the protagonists into their polar opposites, and making it rain chocolate milk without whipped cream.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The most obvious example of this on the show is seeing the ponies in poses that would be physically impossible for actual horses, such as standing upright and crossing their legs. Less obviously, horses cannot belch, but that didn't stop Apple Bloom from doing so adorably.
** The ponies are sometimes seen feeding ferrets with vegetables and nuts, even though ferrets are entirely carnivorous. One episode has averted this when Fluttershy is shown feeding them fish.
** Contrary to "Winter Wrap-Up", mice, rabbits, porcupines, and tree squirrels do not hibernate.
** The bald eagle in "May the Best Pet Win!" screams like a red-tailed hawk.
** Beavers are drawn with [[TypicalCartoonAnimalColors white incisors]]. Real beavers have orange incisors.
** When a pony opens their mouth especially wide, you can often see their uvula - very few animals outside of humans have uvulas, and horses are not one of them. [[JustifiedTrope Of course, the uvula exists primarily to aid in speech, and Equestrian ponies are much more talkative than Earth ones.]]
** The seal in "May the Best Pet Win!" is more evidently a sea lion, with ear flaps and more upright posture.
** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'': Robins make their nests out in the open and not in hollowed out trees and therefore don't use birdhouses. Robins also do not eat birdseed so would have no interest in the rather copious amount of it Fluttershy provides.
** While may play this trope straight to egregious levels for the sake of the plot and settings, it's also obvious that the animators and writers have seriously [[ShownTheirWork done their homework on the subject]]. Everything from the way the ponies walk to [[GeniusBonus little things]] most people would never notice are actually done by horses in real life.
* 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.
** She was going Mach 10. Logically Rainbow Dash shouldn't have survived even hitting that speed.
** 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).
*** Dash's wings were spread during the moment of [[PerfectlyCromulentWord catapultation]], most likely adding more lift than just the catapult alone... which was exactly Dash's plan in the first place, making this situation internally-justified.
** 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), 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.
* TheArtifact: Early episodes almost always ended with Twilight (and later her friends) writing their lesson to Princess Celestia. However, later episodes rarely feature letters at all, to the point that it's almost forgotten.
** The letters were officially discontinued, with the replacement being a diary that allows others to write their lessons. The final episode to feature a letter to Celestia was "Apple Family Reunion"
* ArtifactOfDoom:
** The Alicorn Amulet from the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]. It [[AmplifierArtifact amplifies the user's magical powers to tremendous amounts]], but also corrupts them into a megalomaniac.
** The ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'' spell was inscribed on a stone tablet-like book covered in spikes and kept in a dark cave and guarded with a barred and locked gate. The spell itself also slowly corrupts the user.
* ArtShift: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtUFeDB7gg The]] [[http://vimeo.com/46931583 two]] SpinOffBabies toy commercials and the [[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?R=BFE7D83B-5056-900B-1033-D78451DC3A9B:en_US commercial]] for the Princess Cadance talking toy 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 silent picture, 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."
** In "Pinkie Pride" during the big contest, they show clips of Cheese Sandwich's rubber chicken as a real puppet, and Gummy shown as a realistic lizard on a log.
%% For Ascended Meme, 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 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 Pon-3". 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.
** Several ponies who appeared early but went unnamed have been officially dubbed with their fan names, to the point of changing the names after announcements. These include "Dr Whooves", who was initially dubbed Time Turner, and Derpy Whooves, who was initially named Ditsy Doo.
** Derpy's love of muffins was made canon as an ending credits gag of the Equestria Girls movie.
** In "Pinkie Apple Pie", when Applebloom picks up the map she starts dancing around and singing something that sounds like her own version of Twilightlicous.
** From the Season 4 premiere, the "Twilicane" or "Twilight Scepter" went memetic for its goofy grin. It got its own card in the tie-in Trading Card Game as "The Twilicane".
* AscendedFridgeHorror:
** The episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess "Secret Of My Excess"]] applies ascended fridge horror to the implications of a dragon living in a pony community, even though most other episodes before it stepped around it. Later, though the issue isn't explicitly dwelt on for very long, "Dragon Quest" addresses the fact that Spike is an orphaned child and neither he nor Twilight knows where his egg came from or who/where his real parents even are. [[TearJerker Ouch]].
** [[http://porpoiseoflife.org/my-little-dv-survivor-761/ It's been suggested by some]] that Fluttershy's ShrinkingViolet characteristics are at least partially the result of childhood trauma. "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" establishes that she was bullied, but Rainbow Dash seemed to get it about as badly as her (at the hooves of the same bullies, no less), and [[BoisterousBruiser look how she turned out]]. But then "Hurricane Fluttershy" shows us just how pervasive the problem ''really'' was, and how it affected her to the point that its resurgence is enough to provoke graphic, demonic hallucinations well into her adulthood.
** "Keep Calm and Flutter On" confirms the popular theory that Discord is [[AndIMustScream still aware of everything]] while in his [[TakenForGranite stone]] [[SealedEvilInACan prison]].
** "Princess Twilight Sparkle" revolves around how Discord, a [[ForTheEvulz massively vindictive]] {{Reality Warp|er}}ing ManipulativeBastard, left a few nasty surprises around for his captors even after he was defeated the first time, an idea that fanfiction writers used constantly ever since his debut.
** Despite the show itself [[AngstWhatAngst glossing over it]], fans quite reasonably speculated that Celestia being forced to banish [[CainAndAbel her sister]] to the moon for a thousand years, to save Equestria from [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]], would have been devastating to her. Cue Twilight's vision of the past in "Princess Twilight Sparkle", which shows Celestia ''desperately pleading'' with Luna to stop, tried to stop her by herself, only using the Elements of Harmony when it was clear Nightmare Moon was too powerful, and when she makes that decision she starts ''crying'', literally the only time in the series she does so.
** When ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime It's About Time]]'' introduced the realm of Tartarus, where various monsters and villains were sealed away, many people feared that someone may have been able to escape it while Cerberus was away from his post in that episode. In season 4's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 finale]], it turned out [[spoiler:Tirek]] HAD.
*** The same episode also addresses the fan-theory that [[spoiler: Discord may not have been sincere in his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* AsHimself:
** Tori Spelling in some of Creator/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]]".
** Mallory Hagan (Miss America 2012-2013) was called upon by Creator/TheHub to do [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw_iH9iiqHM some]] [[http://derpy.tv/the-hub/season-3-finale-bumps-video_cc99c4e5c.html commercials]] for the Princess Coronation Season 3 finale, as well as host the event in question.
** Cheese Sandwich is pretty much just WeirdAlYankovic in Pony Form. They don't even try to be subtle about it.
* 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".
** Spike gives one complete with a raised eyebrow in "Simple Ways" when Rarity says he can't know what it's like to obsess over someone only for them to obsess over someone else.
* AssKicksYou:
** Rarity does it to Twilight in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]".
** Twilight does it to Spike in "The Cutie Pox".
** Pinkie Pie does it to [[ButtMonkey Twilight Sparkle]] 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.
** Rainbow Dash does it to Rarity in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]", although as it is not fully shown (as they are under a dragon costume at the time) some might debate whether she used her tail instead.
* AssuranceBackfire: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E11FamilyAppreciationDay "Family Appreciation Day"]] features this, when Apple Bloom is worried about feeling embarrassed when her grandmother shows up at school.
-->'''Applejack:''' I'm sorry Apple Bloom, but don't you fret. Granny Smith's got no shortage of entertaining stories to tell.
-->'''Apple Bloom:''' I know. That's what I'm worried about.
* AsYouKnow:
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', Twilight mentions how [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 Spike helped save the Crystal Empire]], something he should be fully aware of for obvious reasons. Probably justified because Spike isn't used to being treated like a national hero (he's usually a NoRespectGuy), and Twilight and Cadance had to explain to him how much the Crystal Ponies adore him.
** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilights Kingdom Part 1]]'': "I can't believe we had to give up the Elements of Harmony."
* AttackBackfire: Pinkie Pie throwing cakes at Spike in "Secret of My Excess".
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever:
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]]", Spike undergoes an abnormal growth spurt when he gets greedy on his birthday and his draconic "hoard-building" instincts kick into overdrive. He ends up the size of a full-grown dragon before [[ResetButton finally being brought back to normal]].
*** He's also turned giant in the ''Sparkle World'' magazine story ''The Hero of Ponyville!'', in this case due to having brushed against a magic plant. As a giant baby dragon, he retains his usual appearance (read: the illustrations use resized stock art of regular Spike).
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', once Tirek gains Twilight's power, he grows to giant size.
* AttentionWhore:
** Rainbow Dash can slip into becoming a real attention horse at times, up to the point that in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]]", she puts people in danger by insisting on shouting her new catchphrase instead of saving them from accidents.
** Rarity spent pretty much all of the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" attempting to [[AcquiredSituationalNarcissism get more attention than her mystically-created butterfly wings already did]], culminating in her going too close to the Sun and doing an impression of an equine [[IcarusAllusion Icarus]].
** Although normally a GenkiGirl, Pinkie Pie will slip into this if anyone dares to ignore her or reject her friendship. ''There are two episodes dedicated to this'', where Pinkie uses copious amounts of CartoonPhysics and borderline [[RealityWarper reality warping]] to mercilessly chase them all over Ponyville.
** Then there is Trixie who has turned this kind of behavior [[StageMagician into an income source]].
** Played with in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]''; Ms. Harshwhinny assumes Spike is one for wanting to do "something really worthy of the Crystal Empire's admiration," when he's just attempting to make up for what he sees as a failure in the torch lighting ceremony.
-->'''Ms. Harshwhinny''': Next thing you know you'll be asking to put on a rock concert! Ugh, celebrities.
* 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]]
** Opalescence, slicing Sweetie Belle's mane.
* AudioAdaptation: There's a series of 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"]]. Volume 3, ''Angeber-Trixie'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff "Gilda, die Partybremse"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters "Angeber-Trixie"]]. Volume 4, ''Die Pyjama-Party'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy "Drachenscheu"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep "Die Pyjama-Party"]]. Volume 5, ''Das fremde Zebra'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip "Das fremde Zebra"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury "Fürchterlich niedliche Tierchen"]]. Volume 6, ''Etwas ganz Besonderes'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp "Frühlingsanfang in Ponyville"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Etwas ganz Besonderes"]]. Volume 7, ''Die Modenschau'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends "Das Blätterrennen"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess "Die Modenschau"]]. Volume 8, ''Pinkie Weisheiten'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen "Pinkie Weisheiten"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom "Rainbows großer Tag"]]. Volume 9, ''Die Showstars'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Babysitter Fluttershy"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "Die Showstars"]]. Volume 10, ''Fluttershy auf dem Laufsteg'', contains [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow "Diamanten-Hunde"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor "Fluttershy auf dem Laufsteg"]].
* [[AWizardDidIt A Unicorn Pony Did It]]: This is what [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/exclusive-season-1-retrospective.html Lauren Faust]] told herself every time an electrical device had 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.
** Also, note the color of the aura on Tank's helicopter rig. Who do we know with yellow 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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* BackForTheFinale:
** [[EnsembleDarkHorse Derpy Hooves]] makes a few cameo appearances in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Season 3 finale]] after practically an entire season of being absent.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', we briefly see the other key givers -- Coco, Spitfire with the Wonderbolts, Cheese Sandwich, Seabreeze, and Silver Shill.
* BadassBystander:
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', the pegasi from the stands who rushed in to help avert catastrophe via giant spiked ice-cloud, at least from the perspective of the ponies sitting next to them, unable to do anything. Imagine you're at a sporting event and something horrible happens on the field/track and the guy next to you immediately runs down to help while you feel comparatively useless, then multiply that feeling by the Olympics.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilights Kingdom Part 1]]'', during the montage of Tirek and Discord [[CurbStompBattle steamrolling]] over Equestria, quite a few background ponies are shown bravely trying to fight back. Noteworthy is the first to fire off a magical blast at them, while a mob of pegasi (including the Wonderbolts and Derpy) try to swarm them.
* BadassMustache: One of Twilight Sparkle's spells 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...
** This comes back in the episode "Magic Duel", but the target is Trixie.
** There are plenty of them in Apple-loosa as well, especially Sheriff Silverstar.
** 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 and only Rarity appreciates it, or it could be in-universe ValuesDissonance if he's a Chinese river dragon, in which case, the mustache ''does'' effectively represent this.
** Leaves form the effect on Applejack in "Secret of My Excess" when she stoically asks Twilight to get her rope to go after Spike.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: This has been the premise of three episodes: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Stare Master"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes "Baby Cakes"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks "Just For Sidekicks"]].
* BalefulPolymorph:
** A few times in the show. In a flashback, Twilight's PowerIncontinence turns her parents into potted plants. In "Too Many Pinkie Pies", people keep interrupting her as she's practicing her Apples to Oranges spell, resulting in unfortunate orange/animal hybrids of a bird and a frog when her aim is thrown off.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', a party clown gets turned into a waiter and a mariachi pony gets turned into Octavia!
* 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 yes, the same thing again happens to Pinkie Pie at the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery On The Friendship Express]]".
** Happens one last time to Applejack in "Spike At Your Service", where Spike literally inflates her like a balloon.
* BarrierWarrior:
** Shining Armor in has this as his cutie mark. Not only can he set up a barrier around the entirety of Canterlot, but he can [[spoiler:combine a force field with Cadence's [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower power of love]] to [[HeartBeatDown expel Queen Chrysalis and her changeling army from the entire county]] ''with a single blow.'']]
** His sister Twilight Sparkle can create AntiMagic barriers and shield her library to keep undesirables out, but they are much smaller than her brother's.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', Twilight uses magic barriers to absorb some otherwise devastating hits from Tirek, including being thrown into and tackled ''through'' a mountain. Tirek, likewise, uses a magical barrier to defend himself against Twilight's massive beam attack.
* BatmanGambit: Princess Celestia's response to Twilight Sparkle's first letter sets one up.
** Later, Celestia's inviting Twilight's friends to the Grand Galloping Gala so they can mess it up.
** "The Return of Harmony": After Discord has stolen the Elements of Harmony, he tells the ponies to meet him in the labyrinth. [[spoiler:As it turns out, the Elements aren't even in the labyrinth, and Discord wanted the ponies in the labyrinth only so he could separate them from each other and [[BreakTheCutie corrupt them]].]] He doesn't even mention the labyrinth. Twlight assumes that's the answer to the riddle. [[spoiler: It's not. That part was useless. He hid them back where Twlight began: The book on the elements from the first episode]]
** "Keep Calm and Flutter On": Discord falls prey to a gambit himself. [[spoiler:Fluttershy wanted Discord to believe he was using her to break up the Elements, when in reality she was slowly wedging her way into his heart; as a result, when she takes her friendship away from him, he realizes how much he wanted and appreciated said friendship… and he promptly sets everything back to normal to appease her.]]
* BeamOWar:
** In the final episode of season two, Princess Celestia tries to defeat [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis of the Changelings]] by shooting out an arcing beam of magic from her horn. She tries to counter with one of her own and, [[spoiler: to even her own surprise, is able to push back and stun Celestia, due to the strength of the [[EmotionEater love she has been feeding on]].]]
** The climax of Twilight and Tirek's battle in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]''. This results in a stalemate that forces [[spoiler:Tirek]] to try a different tactic, since brute force isn't getting the job done.
* BearHug: Princess Luna gives one to a terrified Fluttershy in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]".
** Pinkie Pie nearly breaks Rainbow Dash's back with one in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E7WonderboltsAcademy Wonderbolts Academy]]".
* BearsAreBadNews: Ursa Minors[=/=]Majors are large bear-like creatures with starry pelts. By "large" we mean [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever building-size]] - and that's the baby Ursa Minor. The Ursa Major makes it look like a bear cub by comparison.
* 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
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished:
** Rarity cuts off her own tail at one point, reassuring the others that it will grow back. It gets restored by the end of that episode via a different HandWave, when [[spoiler: Rarity gains the reawakened Element of Harmony, Generosity]].
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', Rarity looks very good for someone who's spent the day crying and devouring ice cream, and only very slightly below her usual standards. Of course, this being Rarity, she immediately fixes her mane to its usual pristine state when she perks up.
* 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]].
*** Princess Luna is this, too; she wished to exceed her sister, to be appreciated like her, and then she became [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon]] as a consequence.
** 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.
*** Earlier, Rarity insists 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, 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.
** Pinkie Pie wishes in "Too Many Pinkie Pies" to have a clone to be able to have fun in two places, but then she makes more clones to have more fun, and then the clones clone themselves further, which ultimately obscures who the ''real'' Pinkie Pie is. Now the real Pinkie can't have any fun at all.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', wishing for a spell that will make one's imagination come to life might cause them to want to inflict it upon the town.
* TheBechdelTest: Passes easily, since nearly everyone is female. In fact, you can barely find two ''males'' having a conversation, with only two episodes (Over a Barrel and Ponyville Confidential) passing the inverse Bechdel Test. %%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.
** The Best Night Ever also features a brief exchange between two males (Spike and Pony Joe), though it's short enough to be debatable whether it counts as a conversation.
* BefriendingTheEnemy: In ''Keep Calm and Flutter On'', Fluttershy's plan for redeeming Discord amounts to treating him like a friend. [[spoiler: It works.]]
* BehindTheBlack: Excited characters also have the strange ability to stick their heads in from behind the black, often in positions where they would have to be hovering several feet above the ground. Nobody questions this. Pinkie Pie in particular takes this to ridiculous levels. At one point, it's subverted as she promptly falls down.
** Originally ''only'' Pinkie was able to do this. When other, generic, ponies do it in Winter Wrap Up, Rainbow Dash is definitely surprised by it.
** It's also taken to a ridiculous extreme in Call Of The Cutie as an entire party appears out of nowhere while the camera is zoomed in on Apple Bloom's face.
** Also done to a rather extreme in "Bridle Gossip" when Twilight and Spike first duck into Sugarcube Corner with Pinkie Pie. Twilight asks why she's sitting alone in the dark, to which Pinkie replies she isn't. At that, the camera zooms out to reveal all the other mane cast are also in hiding.
** In "Secret of My Excess" Spike is able to steal everything in Zecora's hut when the camera zooms in on her and Twilight, including a brewing pot ''in front of them''.
** And now, in "Baby Cakes", Pinkie Pie is looking at the new twins, and phases under the window. In this case, [[LampshadeHanging The other ponies notice it]].
** In the 20th episode of season 2 "It's About Time" Twilight Sparkle fails to notice the entrance to the Star Swirl the Bearded wing of the Canterlot Library until Pinkie Pie points out that it is right next to them (just behind the viewer's point of view) right next to where they entered. Twilight {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s this by wondering how she could have possibly missed that, though to be fair she had been awake for almost 3 days.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', after melting the giant ice block, Spike pulls an umbrella from just below the bottom of the screen. He opens it to shield himself from the brief downpour, then puts it back where it was, below the bottom of the screen. The camera cuts to a wider shot of Spike in the middle of the field. There's no umbrella, and nothing it could possibly fit behind.
* BeQuietNudge:
** Rarity gives a few to Pinkie Pie in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]]''.
** Twilight Sparkle has to give one to Spike in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]]''.
** She also performs the inverse, a "Make noise!" nudge, to get Fluttershy into hiding the sound of Philomena's coughing in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]''.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', Rarity slams into Spike rather hard to prevent him from revealing the existence of the spell.
* BerserkButton:
** Threatening Fluttershy’s friends isn't a good idea.\\\
Animals running from her and not wanting to be her friend will send her off the deep end.\\\
Threatening colts or fillies in front of her [[MamaBear is an even worse idea]].\\\
In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony - Part 2]]", the idea of Discord emerging triumphant is enough incentive for Fluttershy to stop crying and push herself to her physical limits while the ponies are [[spoiler:chasing Rainbow Dash.]]
--->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' If you can't catch her, Discord wins!\\
'''Fluttershy:''' That. Big. ''Dumb. '''MEANIE!'''''
** Whatever you do, '''NEVER, EVER''' break a Pinkie Promise.
** Normally, the Cutie Mark Crusaders don’t take kindly to being pushed around, but when their clubhouse was taken, that finally set them off.
** Whatever you do, don't ever disrespect Shining Armor’s wife Cadance in front of him. [[spoiler:Twilight learned this the hard way when she called out Queen Chrysalis who fooled everyone else with her impersonation of Cadance during the wedding rehearsal.]]
** Never come between Spike and Twilight.
*** Never disrespect Rarity.
** After Rarity states that she's above challenging Trixie:
-->'''Trixie:''' Ooooo; what's the matter? Afraid you'll get a hair out of place in that ''rat's nest'' you call a mane?\\
'''Rarity:''' Oh, it is ON!
*** Best not to threaten Spike in her presence either.
** Never, ever, threaten Cadance’s husband Shining Armor or anyone else she cares about, [[BewareTheNiceOnes or else...]]
** ''Winning'' against Discord’s mind games. In which case he will promptly [[MindControl cheat]] to win.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', Twilight tries to avoid Tirek when he first tracks her down... until he blows up the library. After that, she turns all her magic on him.
* BetweenMyLegs: A rather strange example of this trope. In the episode Bridle Gossip, after Pinkie Pie sings her Evil Enchantress song, there are two shots framed by her legs showing Twilight, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy's (somewhat confused) expressions.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Fluttershy is the nicest character around -- too nice, in fact, timid and prone to let others push her around. She almost never gets angry... and you'll already have guessed this entry is about those times that necessitate the "almost" in that sentence. Hurting or threatening her friends can make her angry enough to forget to be afraid and instead bring out a will strong enough for StaringDownCthulhu. At least then she's still being good, just extremely stern. But a momentary nervous breakdown she suffers in one episode when her ability to befriend animals inexplicably fails causes her to snap and go berserk hunting the animals. ("You are going to LOVE ME!") And bad assertiveness training in another episode turns her temporarily into a highly effective bully. This is ironic in itself because she could already at best be genuinely assertive enough to make a dragon stop attacking and start crying just by talking to it, and it makes perfect sense when you see it.
** Normally, [[PrincessesRule Princess]] [[GodEmperor Celestia]] is very calm and collected, and seems to enjoy having a little fun with her subjects now and then. Then we have the first part of "The Return of Harmony", where she smacks the villain with a ShutUpHannibal TWICE, and then tells him point-blank to quit screwing around and answer her questions. He begrudgingly tosses out a riddle and leaves before she can grill him any further. It's one of the few times she's ever been seen not only genuinely angry but faced with someone who outright ''defies'' her and seemingly gets away with it.
*** In the season two finale we finally see Celestia fight, complete with PreAsskickingOneLiner. [[spoiler:True, [[TheWorfEffect she loses]], but that surprised EVERYONE, including the villain]].
*** In the Season 3 opening episode, we see Twilight entering the main room of the Canterlot Castle, only to find a ''very pissed off'' Celestia, going as far to practically bring Twilight Sparkle to TEARS!! Granted, it's just Sombra's dark spell creating an illusion, but still... assuming that's how she really sounds when angry, it makes you want to NOT anger the Demigod in the first place!
--> '''Princess Celestia''': It doesn't matter to me, *face turns to Twilight, angered* you ''FAILED'' the test, Twilight!
** Flashbacks of Celestia in the Season 4 opener also show a few of the other times in her past where she's had no other option to deal with rampaging magical beings except to (sometimes reluctantly) fight them, a reminder that she's the ruler of Equestria for a darn good reason.
** Twilight Sparkle is the poster mare for {{Adorkable}} and NoSocialSkills, whose passion for knowledge is only challenged by her desire to be a good friend. She's also the most powerful unicorn in Equestria with an ''incredible'' well of magic at her disposal, and is entirely capable of unleashing the hurt on anypony she desires. "Lesson Zero" even shows that she's just as capable of sowing chaos and disharmony as Discord.
** [[GenreSavvy You'd think]] that the [[ThePollyanna perpetually cheerful]] GenkiGirl with borderline RealityWarper powers would be an excellent candidate for this trope, but Pinkie Pie repeatedly subverts it. In "Griffon the Brush Off", her reaction to proof that Gilda is a grade-A jerkface is to throw her a party, because she thinks Gilda is just stressed and needs to unwind. In "Party of One", when she thinks her friends have abandoned her she avoids them altogether and throws her own party with various {{Companion Cube}}s, in stark contrast to the far more destructive {{Sanity Slippage}}s of Fluttershy and Twilight. And when Applejack breaks a Pinkie Promise in "The Last Roundup" she [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O9HVV-vPMM breaks out the scary voice]], leads a pursuit across the desert, and when she finally catches her she... demands Applejack apologize.
** Princess Cadance [[spoiler:(the real one)]] is a kind and sweet LoveGoddess and used to work as a babysitter. [[spoiler:However, when she is kidnapped and her husband-to-be is about to marry her evil double, she shows nothing but [[{{Determinator}} determination]], repeatedly defies the changeling queen (even after said queen defeats [[PhysicalGoddess Princess Celestia]]), and then helps deliver the HeartBeatdown that blows the changelings ''across the continent!'']]
*** Then in the season 3 opener she maintains a field of light and love around the Crystal Empire that manages to keep King Sombra, a unicorn EvilOverlord that took both her aunts to defeat the first time, out for what was likely ''days''. This, combined with his horrific treatment of his [[SlaveRace subjects]], leads to her [[spoiler:setting up another love-powered WaveMotionGun and telling his subjects DoWithHimAsYouWill. The end result is King Sombra being ''obliterated''.]]
** Rarity is Element of Generosity, an empathetic and helpful friend, and TheFashionista (and a DramaQueen and LargeHam besides) with some rather stereotypically girly/princess-y behavior, but she has been seen spin-kicking ''Applejack'', far and away the strongest of the Mane Six, uppercutting Changelings, and bodily threatening adolescent dragons who dare to threaten Spike.
** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'':\\\
Twilight goes absolutely ''berserk'' when Tirek destroys her home, unloading on him with everything she's got.\\\
When you get down to it, Tirek's final fate is to get ''[[DraggedOffToHell blasted to hell.]]''
* BeyondTheImpossible: This is a cartoon with the occasional AcceptableBreaksFromReality by RuleOfFunny... but there are exceptions
** Pinkie Pie can do much more cartoonish and impossible things than anyone else.
*** One time, she appeared places that were too small for her to fit and finally appeared in a mirror without being in the room.
*** Besides OffScreenTeleportation, she has appeared briefly in more than one location at once.
*** There's her disregard of the fourth wall. Outside of a one-off gag or two, Spike is the only other character to engage in this, and does so far less overtly or consistently.
*** In the episode "A Friend In Deed," Pinkie Pie has FantasySequence done in ''felt'' as she runs through her checklist of friend-making activities. After coming out of the spot, she resolves to complete her list, and punctuates it by holding up a green felt checkmark '''from her FantasySequence'''.
*** In the same episode, she also sprouts an extra pair of limbs, which disappear just as suddenly. ...Yeah.
*** In "Too Many Pinkie Pies," Rainbow Dash is trying to nap by the lakeside. Pinkie, who still wants to jump and splash around, compromises by doing a ''huge'' cannon-ball - only to slow herself down just as she reaches the water, and gently float the rest of the way down. Rainbow stares and [[LampshadeHanging asks]] "How did you ''do'' that?" Though it gained less attention, she did the same thing while bouncing on a trampoline at the beginning of "The Best Night Ever."
*** "Too Many Pinkie Pies" also has her (or rather, her clones) perform feats like inflating her hoof so that working fingers pop out, or making a "crazy face" by [[VoluntaryShapeshifting morphing her face]] to resemble that of [[MythologyGag a G3 pony]].
*** The "[[SpiderSense Pinkie Sense]]" is an ability of Pinkie's that, according to Twilight Sparkle, breaks the MagicAIsMagicA rules of the world.
** The Everfree Forest is considered an EldritchLocation because [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows everywhere else in Equestria requires ponies to manage it]] but the Everfree Forest takes care of itself.
** Everypony thought that the Sonic Rainboom was impossible until Rainbow Dash performed it.
* 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]], [[HornyDevils Queen Chrysalis]] and [[SorcerousOverlord King Sombra]]) 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").
** Lord Tirek in the Season 4 [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 fin]][[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 ale]], who incidentally is a revamp of the ''original'' MLP BigBad.
* BigBallOfViolence: Numerous times. Lets face it. This show ''loves'' this trope.
** 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]]".
** The Mane Six get into a massive one when fighting the changeling horde in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2]]".
* 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. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion Apple Family Reunion]]", baby Applejack reveals she has the appetite of a full grown stallion, eating all the apple fritters on one platter.
** [[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.
** As of "Twilight Time," turns out Twilight is this too.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Though not actually pointed out at any point, plenty of houses in the show are [[https://derpicdn.net/img/2014/2/9/547921/large.jpg roomier than their petite appearances would suggest]]. In general, the exterior shapes don't match the interiors of the houses and buildings shown in the cartoon. With very few exceptions, one could fit the exterior of a building inside one of the inner rooms and have room to spare.
** 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).
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilights Kingdom Part 2]]'', the [[KingArthur Round Table]]-like throne room in Twilight's new crystal tree-castle, and the corridor leading up to it, seem to be much too big to fit into the castle's exterior.
* BigFancyCastle: [[WordOfGod Lauren Faust says]] that the city of Canterlot, built into the side of a mountain, is a ShoutOut to [[TheLordOfTheRings Minas Tirith]].
* BigGood: [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Celestia]] is [[GodEmperor ruler over the whole setting]], Twilight's mentor, the one who more often than not tells the mane six they need to save Equestria and easily the most intelligent character on the show - and armed with the massive power that comes with being a {{Physical God}}dess, to boot. The major villains see her as their chief opponent, and she's always the one to send out the heroes against them. Her less-often-seen younger sister, [[TheSacredDarkness Luna]], is technically equal in rank and power potential but has [[FaceHeelTurn learned from]] [[HeelFaceTurn personal experience]] to defer to her older sibling's superior wisdom.
* 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.
** Every major villain (except King Sombra) has given one of these shortly before their defeats.
* 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]].
** Spike again uses one of these in "Dragon Quest."
* BittersweetEnding: The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Call Of The Cutie]]". Apple Bloom doesn't get her Cutie Mark, but she makes new friends and they form "The Cutie Mark Crusaders."
* BlackMagic: Can be used by unicorns, and manifests with their horns (and eyes) glowing black and green, instead of their usual aura color. Known users are King Sombra, [[spoiler:Celestia and Twilight]].
* BlanketTugOWar: Applejack and Rarity have one of these in "Look Before You Sleep", when they are forced to share the same bed at a sleepover at Twilight's house.
* BlessedWithSuck: Representing the Element of Honesty means that Applejack can't lie to save her life. However, she knows other methods of not telling the truth.
** To an extent for Twilight Sparkle - 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]]".
* BlingOfWar:
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]''.\\\
The Crystal Empires' guardsponies can be seen wearing crystalline armour that's [[UpToEleven even shinier]] than that of the normal royal guards.\\\
Shining Armor is wearing his ornate captain's armour for the occasion as well.
** At one point in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilights Kingdom Part 1]]'', Discord [[{{Film/Patton}} dons a military uniform decked out with numerous gaudy medals and ribbons and a M1 helmet with four stars on it]], which is made funnier in the next shot when Discord is wearing [=MacArthur's=] iconic sunglasses and corncob pipe.
* BlueBoyPinkGirl: Played straight and inverted with Shining Armor and Princess Cadance. His color scheme is a regal white and blue hair, while Cadance is thoroughly pink with tricolor hair. At the same time, His unicorn magic is bright mauve-pink and his bride's is pale blue.
* BlunderCorrectingImpulse: Derpy Hooves is this in her one speaking role. While setting up decorations it's implied she's responsible for serious damage to city hall, knocks over a support beam and, when Rainbow Dash begs her to just sit there and do nothing, [[EpicFail she breaks the floor she sits down on.]]
** In another episode of My Little Pony, Spike insists on being Applejack's helper to repay her back for saving his life, but he's so terribly bad at everything she asks him to do that she is immediately forced to figure out how to let him go.
* 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 [=McIntosh=]:''' 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 [=McIntosh=]:''' [[MemeticMutation Eeyup.]]
* BlushSticker: Not having distinct outlines or failing to adhere to the skin, but blushes still consist of two ovals on cheeks.
* BookEnds: There are oh-so-many of these...
** The first three 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 Six prepare for a celebration, and Season 2 ends the same way.
** Season 3 begins with "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 The Crystal]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 Empire]]", where Princess Cadance ascends to her role as the Crystal Princess. Season 3 ends with "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure]]", where [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle ascends to her role as princess. We don't know what her duties as princess entails yet, though.]]
** The first and last songs of Season 3 (''I Wasn't Prepared for This'' and ''Life in Equestria'') end with a long zoom-out from Twilight standing on the parapet of Canterlot Castle.
* BoringButPractical: Speaking on a general level, unicorns can do magic, pegasi can fly and build cities from clouds, earth ponies... can grow food.
* BossSubtitles: In the Japanese version, whenever a major character makes their first big appearance, their name pops up underneath them, much like in Japanese anime.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: When aired on TreehouseTV, all instances of the word "loser" are silenced from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters "Boast Busters"]],[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne "Party of One"]] , and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E16ItAintEasyBeingBreezies "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"]] (including one instance of the word "stupid") (though not from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom "Sonic Rainboom"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 "The Return of Harmony Part 2"]], or [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve "Hearth's Warming Eve"]]). [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff "Griffon the Brush Off"]] is rarely played.
** In Taiwan, some of scenes were cut. Like in "Party Of One", they cut the scenes where Rainbow Dash knocked down Rocky and in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", they cut the scenes where Rarity scolds a rock. They also cut a few scenes in "Fall Weather Friends" for no reason at all.
* 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.
*** WordOfGod says this is a [[{{Blooper}} glitch]], that Pinkie was supposed to be looking at Applejack but ended up SpikingTheCamera by mistake. Oddly fitting of Pinkie in hindsight...
** 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.
** 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.
** Towards the end of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]]", Iron Will gives a clear thumbs-up and wink to the ''audience'' -- actually momentarily confusing both Rarity and Pinkie Pie in the foreground.
** [[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]]".
** At the end of "Magic Duel", the camera iris closes, but forced open by a still mouth-less Pinkie Pie. Then TWILIGHT opens up another iris to get to her and restore her mouth.
** During "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure,]]" our favorite wall-eyed background pony made an appearance at [[spoiler:Twilight's coronation]] several times. Once, she was even winking at the camera.
** Also during "Magical Mystery Cure" when Twilight [[spoiler:ascends to the astral plane]] Celestia demonstrates that she has been keeping track of Twilight's progress...by displaying a grid of clips from the show. This implies Celestia is ''watching'' the show (or perhaps even ''producing'' it).
* BreakoutCharacter: Rainbow Dash, depending on your point of view.
** Less POV-oriented, Princess Luna. She had all of two lines in the entirety of Season 1 (sans her lines as Nightmare Moon), and yet the fandom positively screamed for her to start showing up in Season 2. She got [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed an entire episode,]] and then [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 a couple]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 of appearances]] in the season finale. She also appeared in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 both]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 parts]] of the start of season 3, as well as [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E6SleeplessInPonyville playing a major role]] in another episode and appearing yet again in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure season finale]].
* BreakTheCutie: When Fluttershy decided to get assertiveness lessons from IronWill and started becoming a Jerkass. After she realized that she had become a monster, she boarded up her cottage and had Angel tie her up.
* BreakTheHaughty:
** The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well is revealed to be [[spoiler: an intentionally constructed BreakTheHaughty scenario: The rest of the group got sick of Rainbow Dash's gloating and created the superhero persona to knock her down a few pegs.]]
** The "Great and Powerful" Trixie, a traveling magician, gets one off-screen. She's introduced in her first episode as the type of over-the-top "I'm the most awesome thing alive" antagonist you might expect to find in a children's cartoon, and after getting shown up by the [[FanNickname Mane]] character, is still going on about how awesome she is as she flees town. It turns out later that the event destroyed her career, to the point where she had work on a [[ItMakesSenseInContext rock farm]] to make ends meet.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', Discord is subjected to this at Tirek's hands, finally solidifying his HeelFaceTurn.
* 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 [=McIntosh=] 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 [=McIntosh=] 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.
** What Discord is eating in the flashback where Celestia and Luna challenge him.
* {{Bridezilla}}: The entire "It seems like the bride has been replaced by a monster" is subverted and played with when it turns out [[spoiler: Princess Cadence actually has been replaced by a [[BodySnatcher monster]]]].
* BrokenAesop: The show has a few:
** In the episode "Swarm of the Century," the lesson is that you should always listen to your friends, even if what they say doesn't make sense. Pinkie has the solution to the problem, but she just demands that everyone help her without telling them how or why, and when another method almost works, she screws it up. [[AccidentalAesop It's a better illustration of how important it is to explain yourself properly if you want to get your ideas across to others.]]
** Perhaps not quite a Broken Aesop, the episode "Luna Eclipsed" deserves mention. The episode's aesop states that some people(ponies) have trouble finding friends and you should offer them your friendship even if they seem scary or intimidating. However, Luna was getting the hang of friendship with the help of Twilight Sparkle, but every single time somepony would try to be friends with Luna, Pinkie Pie would come in and ruin everything by shrieking and making everypony freak out due to Luna formerly being Nightmare Moon. She then explicitly stated that she knew all along that Luna was not a threat to her or anyone else's well-being. Even worse, Pinkie Pie was never called out on her behavior. Just when Twilight was about to call Pinkie out, Twilight dropped it all because "Sometimes it's just really fun to be scared", Twilight then just rolled with it. Basically instead of making a lesson about taking a joke too far, the lesson was telling people that they should get over their pain if it's all in the name of innocent fun. While this is applicable in real life, Pinkie Pie was making jokes out of an exceptionally dark time in Luna's past and no one around seemed to comprehend the concept of going too far.
** In the generally infamous "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", the moral imparted by the Mane 6 on Rainbow Dash at the end of the episode is that humility and humbleness is necessary in the wake of great success. Not only did the other five ponies brag about their own contributions to Mare-Do-Well's achievements in front of Rainbow Dash, it still took all of them working in a team to just barely outdo her, which is pretty damn impressive.
** "A Friend In Deed" aims to teach that you can't force someone to be your friend, and that if someone doesn't want you hanging around them all the time, you should give them their space. The problem is that Pinkie doesn't leave him alone until she figures out what she needs to do to endear herself to him.
*** That would be true, if that was the moral given in the episode. Pinkie actually says "There are many ways to express friendship; some friends like to run and laugh and play together, but others just like to be left alone, and that's fine, too." Considering the wording, that means the last line is supposed to be read as "but some friends just like to be left alone." She's not saying you can't force someone to be your friend (which you can't but that's not the moral of the episode) nor that you should give people who don't want your company space (which you should but again, not the actual given moral), but that ''not everyone likes to do stuff with their friends''. Which you can argue that Pinkie ''did'' learn and display, since Cranky hasn't shown up since the episode and she didn't exactly haul him off to go do things, but followed him. It's a messed-up aesop, but it's not exactly broken, either.
** "Magical Mystery Cure" has the Mane 6's cutie marks being switched accidentally, and Twilight spends the rest of the episode undoing it by sending them to help each other rediscover their own destinies for themselves, instead of continuing on blindly with the one they were handed by someone else. Immediately afterward, Princess Celestia unilaterally transforms Twilight into an alicorn and makes her a princess.
** All that stuff about teamwork, accepting your friends for who they are, the special bond between friends existing before they've even met, and the importance of honesty fall flat at the end of season three, when we find out that Celestia was having Twilight's friends unwittingly doing her schoolwork for her, and only wanted her to make those friends in the first place so that she would make a suitable princess. Twilight thanks them in her coronation speech, but never tells them how they contributed to her ascension. More directly, in season 4, Twilight uses the Elements of Harmony by herself (albeit to give them up), and Celestia, the closest thing the series has to a BigGood, tells lies of omission all the time.
** The season four opening episode has Twilight assuring Applejack that even though she has new responsibilities because of her new role as Princess, they'll always remain friends. It breaks because she spent the entire episode ''rejecting'' those new responsibilities in order to be true to her old ones, and was clearly shown to be correct in doing so with the other Mane Six being in the wrong to insist that Twilight uphold her role as a ruler.
* BroughtDownToNormal:
** Discord can take away pegasus wings and unicorn horns on a whim, which he demonstrates on the mane cast in the season 2 opener.
** In the season four premiere, [[spoiler:the Mane Six is forced to give up the Elements of Harmony to stop Everfree Forest from growing out of control. On the plus side, doing so revealed a special chest that ''may'' be able to get them back. If they can find six special keys.]]
** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'': Celestia, Luna and Cadance when they transfer all their magic to Twilight, and Discord goes through this when Tirek drains him of his magic. This also happens to Twilight when she surrenders hers and the Princesses' power to Tirek.
* BrutalHonesty: This is a common gag on the show. Rainbow Dash is the most frequent offender, but others include Fluttershy (when she's pressured into answering a question she'd rather avoid), Applejack (as an unfortunate consequence of her virtue of honesty, though usually [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on who wrote the episode]]), Twilight Sparkle (out of sheer [[SociallyAwkwardHero awkwardness]]), and even Spike (as the youngest of the major characters.)
** Fluttershy to Rarity in "Suited For Success". After Rarity kindly makes dresses for her friends for the Grand Galloping Gala, the dresses are given less than stellar reviews. So, Rarity decides to make new dresses ''exactly'' to their specifications. After being hammered for her honest opinion of the dress, Fluttershy gives Rarity an expertly precise and intricate critique of the technical imperfections of the fabric, sewing, style and the like; displaying what was coined by Applejack as a "freaky knowledge of sewin'."
-->'''Fluttershy:''' Alright, since you ''really'' want to know... *big inhale* The armscye's tight, the middy collar doesn't go with the shawl lapel, the hems are clearly machine stitched, the pleats are uneven, the fabric looks like ''toile,'' you used a backstitch when it clearly called for a topstitch or maybe a traditional blanket stitch, and the overall design is reminiscent of ''prêt-à-porter'' and not true French ''haute couture.''
-->*Pause*
-->But, uh... you know... um, whatever you want to do is fine.
** PlayedForDrama in the Season 2 episode, Putting Your Hoof Down, by Fluttershy.
** In the "Canterlot Wedding" two-parter, [[spoiler: when Twilight, at her big brother's wedding, in front of her mentor and friends and said brother, calls the bride evil. However, because she provided no real evidence to support her assertions and due to her behaving like a ClingyJealousGirl for almost the entirety of the episode up to this point, everypony else is shown to be remarkably angry at her for this. Twilight turns out to be right about this, and if she held back, no one would have found out until it was too late, although this had more to do with the evil "bride" whisking her away to where the real bride is imprisoned, and thus triggering the events of the second part of the two-parter, rather than anypony actually ''believing'' her.]]
** Applejack, being the Element of Honesty, when she bluntly acknowledges how selfishly Rarity acted in "Rarity Takes Manehattan". [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Rainbow Dash:
-->'''Applejack:''' Yeah, you ''were'' pretty rotten.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Wow, Applejack. I know your thing is honesty, but ''come on''!
** What ultimately breaks the ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'' spell over Rarity when Spike finally tells her that her "improvements" aren't making things better for anypony. He also tells Twilight she looks awful at the end after she's spent the entire day cleaning up Rarity's mess.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', Rainbow Dash encourages the Ponyville teams to win the gold...except for her team, who she admits probably won't do as well.
* BunniesForCuteness: Fluttershy, to emphasize her shy cuteness, has a pet rabbit, although he doesn't always act cute and cuddly. She also mentions "cute bunnies" in one of her songs.
* ButtMonkey: Really no one is safe from the universe's abuses, and all of the main seven become butt monkey material at some point or another, though Twilight, Spike and Rainbow Dash are the normal targets for suffering. In general, it's a fair bet that if someone starts being overly cute, is afraid, acts like a jerkass, or starts questioning things, something bad will happen to them. It wouldn't be surprising if Unicron simply came along and smashed his big finger on all of Ponyville.
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