''PONIES The Anthology'' is a series of compilation videos composed of brief [=AMVs=] (or, as they are known in the fandom, [=PMVs=]) of the cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. The first one, released in 2011 and running 24 minutes, relied on profane audio clips and songs (examples include the Music/InsaneClownPosse's "Miracles", Ludacris' "Move Bitch", the "You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?" scene from ''HappyGilmore'', and Christian Bale's infamous on-set rant) as well as the occasional absurd joke and extended {{homage}}. It has since been followed by two longer sequels: ''II'' (2012, 82 minutes) and ''III'' (2013, 74 minutes). The humor of ''II'' and ''III'' is derived from large doses of absurdism and {{Literal Minded}}ness, as well as many {{Visual Pun}}s, {{Homage}}s, and showing off fancy editing and flawless lip syncing.

Basically? Think AMVHell, but with the titular equinoids instead of anime.

''IV'' is only 6 minutes long and contains no [=PMVs=] whatsoever, instead consisting only of a few completely original {{Parody Commercial}}s about Bronycon 2014 and a ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' themed opening that gets more and more ridiculous. It ends with a note from the creators, explaining that the stress of doing the project led them to stop production. The very end of the video hints that they will put out a fifth installment in 2015.

Watch ''I'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tjb14VoWjg here]].[[note]]It was taken down for a few days, but is back up. For now.[[/note]] Watch ''II'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay_1IZGxMaA here]]. ''III'' is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPW9ki-IfZ8 here]]. ''IV'' (such as it is) can be found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-FLjd_LkcU here]].
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'''The ''PONIES The Anthology'' series provide examples of:'''

* AdventureGame: ''[[VideoGame/KingsQuest Pony Quest I]]''
* AffectionateParody: Contains parodies of among other things KanyeWest's "Power", a segment from ''AMV Hell 5'', the Epic Sax Guy, and the ''Beavis and Butthead'' intro. And that's just ''Anthology I!''
* Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra: Used in the ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' parody, naturally.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "The Rainbow Connection" is rated PG-13 for "Crude Humor, Language, [[ShoutOut And A]] [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Rob Schneider Reference]]".
* ArtShift: A few shorts are done in the style of the work they're parodying, such as "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJFGkrgIH3Y Not Your Buddy Guy!]]", having Gilda and the ponies as ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' Canadians.
** The two stills "Friendship is GAR!" told of the beginning and end of the commercial break. These were done in the style of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** The "Worker and Parasite" segment parodies (and is named after) another ArtShift [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubckx7X2Nd4 sequence]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** ''Anthology II'' has 2 clips featuring a ConspicuousCG Princess Celestia.
** ''Anthology III'' has a clip from the intro to ''[[VideoGame/DragonsLair Dragon's Mare]]'', done in Creator/DonBluth's style, and even including a ROM check sequence.
** Three skits have been made using General Zoi's Pony Creator: The WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} joke in ''Anthology II'' showing a pony dying from boneitis, and two bits in ''Anthology III'' where [[StylisticSuck deliberately terrible]] [=OCs=] of the contributors partake in parodying Series/TheOC.
** Several bits from ''Anthology III'' were made in Source Filmmaker.
** The ponified versions of The Dead Alewives' "Dungeons and Dragons" sketch and the Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt credits are done in a somewhat chibi style.
* BlackComedy: The "Unicorns are falling from the sky" segment in ''Anthology III''.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: Along with the uncut version, the original ''Ponies: The Anthology'' has a "con friendly" version that doesn't include the segments that feature cursing.
* CallBack: In ''Anthology'', Fluttershy is shown staring at the viewer in black and white, to Film/{{Koyaanisqatsi}}. In ''Anthology III'', she still is...and [[CameraAbuse crashes into the camera]].
** At the end of the bit showing Crackle singing AndreaBocelli's "Time to Say Goodbye" in ''III'', the duck who was shown singing "Figaro's Aira" from Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville in ''II'' pops out of his mouth. The duck also shows up later during the second set of closing credits.
* CameraAbuse: In ''Anthology II'', when "Rarity Wrecks the Camera":
--> '''Rarity:''' Of all the worst things that could happen, this is the worst. Possible. *Crash*\\
'''Twilight:''' Are you all right?!
** In ''Anthology III'', Fluttershy's Film/{{Koyaanisqatsi}} stare from the first is continued by showing her crashing into and breaking the camera.
* DancingTheme: Pinkie Pie dances to the Fast Food Song.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes The trope namer]] gets directly referenced in ''Anthology III''.
* EpicFail: In ''Anthology III'', Scootaloo tries to look cool. She promptly trips on a a log, flies up the side of a tree, and lands so hard she causes [[Manga/{{Nichijou}} a giant nuclear explosion]].
* FanVid
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' segment with Luna, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1yX6_8LRz4 The Moon Rules]]," Lauren Faust's Alicorn avatar can be seen in a window in the background.
** In the segment immediately before that, Rainbow Dash singing Music/JonLajoie's "Very Super Famous", a baby carriage in the background rolls offscreen and explodes.
** In ''Anthology III'', at the very end of the bit with Twilight and Spike reenacting the "I am WesternAnimation/KimPossible" vine, [[spoiler:[[Film/{{Insidious}} the Lipstick-Faced Demon]]]] randomly appears in Twilight's open door. Doubles as a CallBack, seeing how an earlier bit involved it randomly appearing and scaring Spike, and triples as a FreezeFrameBonus.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Somehow, they pulled it on themselves. In ''Anthology II'', which was more censored than Anthology, the word "shitty" got through in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK5HUGX1_QM You're a Wizard, Twilight]]". This was primarily due to the fact that it was pronounced in the English manner, which sounds more like "shy-ty".
** Curses also got through a few times in the Inferno Spike sequence in ''III''. Interestingly, though, whenever ''III'' uses them in spoken dialogue, they're bleeped.
* HaveANiceDeath: Parodied with the ''Pony Quest'' clip.
-->If you had been paying attention to Pinkie's tail 20 screens ago you would have seen this coming. Oh well.\\
Thank you for playing Pony Quest I. We are very sorry that you are not smart enough to beat our game.\\
Now go read a book or something.
** CurseCutShort / AtomicFBomb: The player's response. 'FFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU', then the end of the clip before C.
* {{Homage}}: All over the place, but most notably the first ''Anthology'' opens with a shot-for-shot ([[TheOner sort of]]) remake of the music video of KanyeWest's "Power". Other examples include:
** The second of the {{Koyaanisqatsi}} segments bears an uncanny resemblance to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pYs9IP7aWY this clip from AMV Hell 5]], with Fluttershy taking [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi's]] place.
** A redux of the ''BeavisAndButthead'' opening sequence with two of the bullies from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]].
** ''Anthology II'' recreates several television [[TitleSequence Title Sequences]] with MLP characters, including ''Series/{{Monk}}'' [[note]]("Twilight")[[/note]], ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' [[note]]("The Trotting Dead")[[/note]] and ''{{Archer}}.'' [[note]](with Applejack in the title role)[[/note]]
** The last clip before the end credits of ''Anthology II'' is a ten-minute-long, almost shot-for-shot ponified remake of some of the most iconic scenes from ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', in loving detail. It's also available as a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fFOoIo-kMk standalone video]].
** The first part of the credits to ''Anthology II'' mimics the credits of ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', using similar effects and Jonsí's "Sticks and Stones".
** The start of the Mitternacht segment in ''Anthology II'' (with the fade outs in beat to the song) is an homage to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPDahFDchDw this AMV]], which sets the song to ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', ''[[LightNovel/VampireHunterD Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust]]'', and ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire''.
* InTheStyleOf: ''Anthology I's'' end theme and ''Anthology II's'' game screen rework the songs "Winter Wrap Up" and "Smile, Smile, Smile" in 8-bit style.
** The end of Anthology II used, in addition to Jonsí's "Sticks and Stones", an orchestral version of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qabiEXQEEhw Smile, Smile, Smile]]".
* LeeroyJenkins: "Twilight Jenkins."
* LighterAndSofter: Where the first Anthology had a content warning and a separate clean version, the second and third were specifically designed to stay PG-13.
** They even bleeped a few instances of curse words. Rather strange considering, although there are no uncensored swears in dialogue, a bit in ''Anthology III'' spoofing ''WebAnimation/InfernoCop'' that contains Shining Armor saying in subtitles "Who the hell do you think I am? I am the motherfucking law you piece of shit!".
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: The third anthology features a scene where Alicorn Twilight bumps into Canterlot Castle. The top then falls off and lands on Ponyville.
* MindScrew: Dog Spike's face shrinking accompanied by the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure'' mini-boss music.
* MoodWhiplash: Going directly from a creepy montage using the ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' theme to Pinkie laughing like WoodyWoodpecker.
* NoodleImplements: The credits of Anthology II feature such responsibilities as Hip-Hop Specialist, Executive Mad Scientist, Speech Therapist, and Executive Inspector of D'awww.
* OffscreenCrash: Rainbow Dash's thrown horseshoe in ''III'' causes, in order: glass breaking, the [[StockScream Wilhelm Scream]], a thudding noise, a slide whistle, ThatPoorCat, a crashing sound, an old-timey car horn, more glass breaking, [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants "My leg!"]], [[UpToEleven an air raid siren, and a nuclear explosion]].
* OldShame: The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends G1 cartoon]] in-universe as of ''Anthology II,'' appearing in the "Ponies React To" segment and also when Applebloom sees a video of G1 Applejack.
** ''Anthology III'' continues it with a bit where the Cutie Mark Crusaders are swimming away from the Sea Ponies.
* OverlyLongGag: The "Fallin' in Love" montage in ''Anthology II'' goes through [[Music/TomPetty six]] [[Music/BarenakedLadies different]] [[Music/TheOffspring reiterations]] [[Music/TheKinks until]] the whole cast of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' [[LampshadeHanging tells them to get on with it]].
* ParodyCommercial: A few about halfway through ''Anthology II'' in a short break, all parodying various commercials both real and [[Creator/TomSka from]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons other]] [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark works]]. The third also them, some put into a break but others scattered around. Again, they all parody [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls various]] [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike real and]] [[WebVideo/GameGrumps fictional]] [[{{Playstation 4}} commercials]].
** The majority of ''IV'' is some original commercials about Bronycon, first one for the convention itself, parodying a typical stock scam ad, then a DadaAd for Bronypalooza, and finally "Joey Costa's Panel Emporium", a SeverelySpecializedStore that sells panels for the convention.
* PunBasedTitle: ''Pinkie Pi''.
* RapidFireComedy: As in AMVHell, the clips featured are around thirty seconds at the longest.
* ReactionShot: The Cutie Mark Crusaders and Angel Bunny during the "Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals" bit in ''Ponies the Anthology''; Pound and Pumpkin Cake at the end of the segment spoofing ''Film/TheRoom'' in ''Ponies the Anthology II''.
* RealSongThemeTune: Kanye West's "Power" for the first ''Anthology,'' as mentioned above.
* RealTrailerFakeMovie:
** ''Anthology I'' has ''Pinkie π'', a DeliberatelyMonochrome trailer that tells the events of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]] using audio from the trailer for ''Film/{{Pi}}''.
** The last skit of the commercial break of ''Anthology II'' is one for "[[ShoutOut The]] [[TheMuppets Rainbow Connection]]", about Spike, played by Rob Schneider, [[Memes/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic becoming Rainbow Dash]]. The whole thing is a ShoutOut to the parody trailers in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Biggest Douche In The Universe".
* RummageFail: One segment in ''Anthology III'' features Pinkie Pie accidentally grabbing Rarity's fainting couch, and Rarity subsequently grabbing Pinkie's party cannon by mistake.
* RunningGag: Characters [[MemeticMutation firing their]] [[BreathWeapon lazor]]. Done with Fluttershy, Pinkie (twice), Spike, and, somehow, ''a letter to Princess Celestia''.
** ''Anthology II'' has a few:
*** Princess Celestia punishing the ponies with time in the dungeon a la ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime's'' Lemongrab.
*** "U2" [[spoiler:(See StealthPun below)]]
*** Audio clips from [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]].
*** {{Dubstep}}/[[StupidStatementDanceMix drum n' bass]] songs starring different members of the "Mane 6," complete with ScreenShake effects.
*** Gummy's "Bucks Not Given" was ''meant'' to be this, however all but the first segment were cut for time.
**** In addition, two segments dubbed "Rainbow WMD" in Anthology II were supposed to have several other in effect. These were cut not only for time, but quality control.
** [[invoked]] ''Anthology III'' has a couple: one involving the [[MemeticMutation "Thanks, M. A. Larson" meme]]; the other involving ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''.
** [[invoked]] One series wide one seems to be extending one very short clip of a character to show him/her performing some SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic. There's the duck singing "[[Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville Figaro's Aira]]" in ''II'', Pinkie Pie playing "[[Disney/TheLionKing Can You Feel the Love Tonight]]" on a flugelhorn in ''III'', and Crackle the dragon singing "[[Music/AndreaBocelli Time to Say Goodbye]]" (which calls back to the duck) also in ''III''.
* SoundEffectBleep: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pqmB4sKKl4 Fluttery Tate]], using Fluttershy's [[VocalDissonance Yay]].
** Fluttershy's squee is used five times in Anthology III, for bits parodying ''Film/EndOfDays'', ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'', WebVideo/JonTron's reviews of ''VideoGame/{{Nightshade}}'' and ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV'', and the "Don't Jinx My Sneeze" vine.
* SoundtrackDissonance
* SpeakingSimlish: What happens when you mix Rarity with Captain and Tenille's "Muskrat Love" in ''Anthology III''.
* StealthPun:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RUz1mVcj3k Not U2]]."
** Perhaps also "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uer3jc7t3OA Applejack is Stubborn]]", given that [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar the tree is already dead]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay_1IZGxMaA&t=35m20s Mr. Sparkle]]
** [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji's rant]] is done [[spoiler:by [[Creator/SpikeSpencer Spike]]]].
** A parody of ''Literature/TheRing'' featuring Applejack in ''Anthology III'' is a pun in the sense that the Japanese word for "apple" is "ringo."
* TakeThat: ''Anthology III'' features a lot of jabs at [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks the drama over]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Twilicorn"]], including the event mentioned under MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds, Manga/{{Akira}} characters and Pinkie Pie being terrified of it, and ''M.A. Larson'' himself undoing it.
** There's also one to WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls ([[PoesLaw or at least the average fan reaction, it's hard to tell]]), using a scene from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
-->'''Applejack''': Son of a bitch. They also stole my sense of wonder. ''[[[CutawayGag Cut]] to Applejack looking at the movie's logo, then towards the camera]'' Nope.
** And one to the C&D of VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic via a ParodyCommercial for the {{Playstation 4}}. In the commercial, Applejack and Twilight play the game on an XboxOne. The console then reports it for copyright, causing the library to explode.
** Contributor Dr. Dinosaur has been confirmed to hate Rarity. As a result, he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOJ3JAmrg3I put this bit]] in ''III'' showing her falling from a great height and splattering on the ground while [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEXlpCN1bKQ this obscure YouTube song]] that goes "Unicorns are falling from the sky, they won't survive, I'll let them die." plays.
** There's a non-pony one in a FreezeFrameBonus on the StreetFighterIII parody, with Trixie's Winner screen.
---> A Real Fighter cheats to win
---> It works for investment bankers
---> All the time, Barry Bonds used steroids
---> And look how stinking rich he is
* TheStinger: ''Anthology I'' has a sort of [[spoiler:ScreamerPrank]], while ''Anthology II'' has one more PMV set to ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' theme song.
** ''Anthology III'' contains two stingers. The first is the regular credits to Friendship is Magic done in the style of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', while the second involves [[spoiler: Applejack in a picture depicting [[Film/TheShining Bronycon 1921]].]]
* UpToEleven: [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap The trope namer]] gets a reference in ''III''.
* VisualPun: There's a lot.
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