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-> ''"My Little Pony...My Little Pony''\\
''What will today's adventure be?''\\
''My Little PonyÖMy Little Pony''\\
''Will there be exciting sights to see?''\\
''Where will you wander? Hither and yonder''\\
''Letting your heart be your guide''\\
''My Little Pony...My Little Pony''\\
''Iíll be there right by your side''\\
''Iíll be there right by your side"''
-->--The opening theme song for the series.

''My Little Pony and Friends'' is an animated TV series that was released by Claster Television, Inc. and produced by Hasbro, Marvel Productions and Creator/SunbowEntertainment in 1986 and ran until 1987. It was based on the toyline [[Franchise/MyLittlePony of the same name]]. It came out a few months after WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie1986 and ran for two seasons. It was an [[AnimatedAnthology Animated Anthology]], featuring [[QuarterHourShort quarter hour shorts]]. The first half of the show would have an episode of ponies, and then the second half would feature an episode of their friends, ''WesternAnimation/GloFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Moondreamers}}'', and ''The Potato Head Kids''. As a result, the pony episodes often ran as [[TelevisionSerial television serials]], as did the other shorts.

This incarnation of ''My Little Pony'' was set in a world called Ponyland. Ponyland is a MagicalLand on the other side of the rainbow, populated by [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Bushwoolies]], Sea and [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Flutter]] Ponies, [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Grundles]], bee-people, talking pigs, giant terriers, bird-dog hybrids, zebra-people, evil storm clouds, elves, bigfoot-like people who build forests, and monster weeds, among other, weirder things. The ponies are assisted in their adventures by an Earth teen named Megan, her siblings Molly and Danny, Spike the Baby Dragon, and the Moochic, a scatter-brained gnome wizard with mushroom motif, and his BeleagueredAssistant, Habit the Rabbit.

Being a fantasy-esque weekday afternoon cartoon, the episode plots were adventures, normally focused on a VictimOfTheWeek requiring the ponies' help to defeat some BigBad. The weirdness -- and the overt scariness of some of the villains -- kept the show from being as dangerously cute as one might naturally assume. Some episodes did not involve {{sugar apocalypse}}s, though, and rather focused on more mundane plots, such as using one's imagination to have fun, scavenger hunts, taking care of a giant dog, dealing with bullies, and mending friendships after a feud escalated to [[MundaneMadeAwesome ice cream warfare]].

The episodes focused on ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' ran for 65 episodes in total. There were 16 multi-part serials, each 2-4 parts long with the sole exception of the [[FiveEpisodePilot ten-part pilot]], and 9 stand-alone episodes, as well as two 2-part serials compressing the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials.

''WesternAnimation/GloFriends'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Moondreamers}}'' have their own pages. ''The Potato Head Kids'' ran for 23 episodes with no multipart episodes.

!!'''''My Little Pony And Friends''''' provides examples of:


[[folder: Common Tropes]]

* AnimatedAdaptation: Of ''four'' toylines.
* AnimatedAnthology: There were two episodes per airing, and four intellectual properties showcased.
* ApocalypseHow: The ''My Little Pony'', ''Glo Friends'', and ''Mondreamers'' segments showcased every delicious flavor of this trope to the point where it crossed right into TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed.
* BigBad: Starnose in ''Glo Friends'', Queen Scowlene in ''Moondreamers'', and different ones in different episodes or serials of ''My Little Pony''.
* TheEighties: Perhaps a no-brainer, but in truth you will be hard pressed to find a more ''80s'' show than this.
* FiveEpisodePilot: Two of the shows had these, only theirs were ten episodes long due to the TwoShorts format.
** For ''My Little Pony'' it was "The End of Flutter Valley".
** For ''Glo Friends'' it was "The Quest".
* MerchandiseDriven: Like whoa!
* OpeningCreditsCastParty: The series TitleThemeTune was essentially this.
* ProtagonistAndFriends
* QuarterHourShort: Yep, and to make room for [[AnimatedAdaptation animated adaptations]] of no less than ''four'' toylines.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Pretty much the vast majority of the cast all across the board. In fact, the show's purpose was to make cartoons out of Creator/{{Hasbro}}'s cutest toylines.
* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon: The show's entire run.
* StockFootage: This show was notoriously guilty of reusing animation footage.
* TelevisionSerial: Thanks to the show being [[QuarterHourShort quarter hour shorts]].
* TitleThemeTune: The main show had one that encompassed all the properties showcased, and each show had their own specific theme tune that played as well. So this show sported no less than five theme songs over the course of just ''one'' 65 episode season.
* TwoShorts: First ''My Little Pony'', and then one of three others shows.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: All of them except for The Potato Head Kids. While My Little Pony is the most infamous for this, all the shows were full of horrible monsters right next to the cuddly protagonists. Like a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] monster manual covered with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Frank Lisa Frank]] stickers.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: See RecycledScript for more details. The writers were absolutely in love with this scenario. They used and abused it in as many as episodes all across the board as they could get away with. The ''only'' aversion to this the show ever had was in the ''Potato Head Kids'' segment, which was more based in SliceOfLife than in fantasy-adventure.

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* [[EightiesHair '80s Hair]]: Both here and in the movie above for two female humans, and here for one male pony. Draggle's hair is this with some late '70s in her hair as well. To a lesser extent, Megan's little sister Molly also has '80s hair. Nightshade is a pony with an afro.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Often played straight in that the cartoon looked better than the source toys. {{Averted}} when compared to the original pilot, which had much sharper animation and the series simplified it (and often went OffModel).
* AdultFear: The parents of Erebus' victims are naturally scared and fearful for their children.
* AncientEvil:
** Squirk is so ancient that Dream Valley was part of the ocean when he ruled over it. Unlike most examples, he wasn't SealedEvilInACan but instead waiting for time to catch up with his archenemy and make him easy prey for him.
** Grogar was imprisoned in the Realm of Darkness 500 years ago.
* AngryMobSong: "We're Gonna Make You Sorry" from Part Two of "Bright Lights".
* AnthropomorphicShift: It's more subtle than in ''Tales'', but compared to the pilot the ponies act less like actual ponies. They sleep in beds, sometimes walk on two legs, don't move as much like horses, don't have animal behaviors like licking each other, etc
* AntiVillain:
** Pluma doesn't ''want'' to hurt anyone, but Squirk captured her grandfather and is holding him hostage in exchange for the half of the Flashstone he can't reach on dry land.
** [[spoiler:Knight Shade doesn't ''want'' to be a villain: he made a DealWithTheDevil with Erebus and is now being forced to carry out his end of the bargain, whether he wants to or not.]]
* AlwaysClose: As one troper said about "The End of Flutter Valley", "For the love of Pete, it's 'almost sunset' for ''five hours''."
* AnAesop: From "The End of Flutter Valley":
-->'''Sting:''' I used to fly, but I wasn't very good. So I just don't do it anymore...
-->'''Morning Glory:''' Gee...if we only did things that we were good at, we'd never try to make ourselves better. I think you should try again!
* AndIMustScream: Ponies are turned into glass, ice, and stone over the course of the series.
** While the ponies are always restored, [[spoiler: The Raptorians are permanently turned to glass.]]
* AnimatedAnthology: Like whoa.
* AnythingThatMoves: Prince Charming (a ''human''), flirts with human ''and Pony'' alike (bringing a new level to FurryConfusion) -- and Heart Throb [[InterspeciesRomance reciprocates...]] But keep in mind that Prince Charming was THE Prince Charming from the books, and he was only acting in character, while Heart Throb was a hopeless romantic living her lifelong dream. After a while, both of them realize that the situation is awkward and politely call it quits.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In "The Ghost of Paradise Estate", Megan calms the frightened Baby Ponies with the assurance that monsters exist only in their imagination. [[ThisIsReality In a world with witches, unicorns, dragons, Fairies, trolls, et cetera.]] Yeah... [[spoiler: She's actually ''right'', despite strong appearances to the contrary.]]
* BabysittingEpisode: A late episode, "The Ice Cream Wars", has a group of ponies babysitting for the First Tooth ponies. [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong They even sing about it!]] ''Tales'' and ''FIM'' will each go on to have a "babysit the super rambunctious twins" episode, making this a once-a-series plot.
* BabyTalk: The Baby Ponies talk like this to varying degrees, depending on the Baby Pony. Some, like Baby Heartthrob, will speak in fragmented sentences, while another Baby Pony will speak with a childish lisp. Lickety-Split goes back and forth, from perfectly fluent to HulkSpeak (while being intelligent enough to be a main character of multiple stories.)
* BadBoss: Squirk, Grogar, Queen Bumble, and Lavan. The latter two resulted in some [[MookFaceTurn rebellion]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
** Accidental misuse of the magic coins from the four-part serial of the same name can have ''devastating'' results. Case in point, Baby Lickety Split wished for it never rain again, causing a drought to the point where the sea ponies had no water to swim in, and eventually wildfires began to rage!
** During "The Prince and the Ponies", the First Tooth Ponies were jealous of how much attention the Newborn Twins were getting, and sang that they'd be happy if bad things happened to them. The song included the line "I'd have no regrets, if someone [[spoiler:bought them collars and turned them into pets]]", which is what ended up happening.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: In "The Glass Princess", the [[FeatheredFiend Raptorians]] [[ImportantHaircut shave three Ponies bald]] -- and their hair grows back ''immediately''. There's [[HandWave some jazz]] about the hair being magic but...
* BeePeople: The bees in "The End of Flutter Valley", led by Queen Bumble.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Hydia and Queen Bumble in the 10-part "The End of Flutter Valley".
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Megan and Northstar]] in the climax of the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Big Damn Epic]], "The Return of Tambelon".
* BigEater: Reeka returns, and there is also Queen Bumble.
* BigNo: Lavan screams this when [[spoiler:the Princess Ponies reflect his own attack back at him, killing him.]]
* BraggingThemeTune: The Flutter Ponies' song in "Bright Lights" is one long BadassBoast:
-->''We are the Flutter Ponies!''\\
''Better run and hide!''\\
''We can zig and zag and zoom''\\
''Up and down and side to side!''\\
''We are the Flutter Ponies!''\\
''Now you've met your match!''\\
''Faster than a lighting bolt!''\\
''We're impossible to catch!''
* BreatherEpisode: "Pony Puppy", "Sweet Stuff and the Treasure Hunt" and "Little Piece of Magic"
* BrokenAesop: Partially, in the episode "Fugitive Flowers"; while there is enough weight on the stated "don't judge a book by its cover" aesop that it works, one can't deny the FridgeLogic that the Crabnasties really did ''not'' do themselves any favors in that episode. Looking ugly is one thing; deliberately ripping a swathe of destruction through Dream Valley and ignoring any attempts to communicate with you is quite another. If the Crabnasties had apologised for their destructive search and explained their reasons, the Ponies might not have been so quick to assume BeautyEqualsGoodness upon meeting the Flories. Though, the episode also has an AccidentalAesop -- PoorCommunicationKills. As stated above, while the ponies were at fault for presuming "pretty flories = good and ugly crabnasties = bad", the crabnasties were also at fault for not trying to communicate with the ponies. Having the word "nasties" in their name doesn't really help them either.
* TheCassandra: Honeysuckle in "The End of Flutter Valley."
* CastingAShadow: Erebus and Zeb specialize in stealing shadows to increase Erebus' power.
* CastsNoShadow: The victims of Zeb and Erebus' shadow stealing fall into this. It also leaves them weak and sick.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: All the ponies featured in "Rescue at Midnight Castle" - most notably Firefly, Twilight, Bowtie, Applejack, and Ember - are never seen nor mentioned in any other episode, all of which are set after. The ponies in the rest of the episodes rotate.
** Scorpan seems to suffer this as well, though it could be argued he simply returned to his kingdom, which would have been restored with [[spoiler: the death of Tirek]].
* CliffHanger: Pretty much every episode with a plot that can't be resolved in ''just'' over ten minutes. This must have been a pain for the writers; at ''exact'' intervals of only about ten minutes, there had to be something to make a dramatic ''to be continued'' moment, even in stories that were as long as [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie1986 the actual theatrical film]].
* CombinedEnergyAttack: How the Princess Ponies manage to defeat Lavan.
* CrapsackWorld: What Ponyland ''used'' to be before the ponies came along. Its mentioned by the witches of the Volcano of Gloom that evil used to reign supreme, and we even meet a few of those [[SealedEvilInACan ancient evils]]: most notably Grogar and Squirk.
* DarkestHour:
** 3/4ths into [[AlienInvasion "The Return of Tambelon"]], the heroes' multiple plans have all failed spectacularly, they have all been captured by [[DimensionLord Grogar's]] forces, and he's started a ritual to banish them to the Realm of Darkness.
** Part 8 of the End of Flutter Valley has ''everyone'' captured and Honeysuckle apparently dead.
** When the first attempts to negotiate with Niblick fail in "The Magic Coins", seemingly dooming Pony Land to a drought, and the Baby Sea Ponies to certain death.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The Princess Ponies get their own story arc.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Knight Shade made one with Erebus to get his help to become a star...only for Erebus to start stealing and munching up the shadows of his concert goers. By the time Knight Shade realized what had happened, it was too late and he was stuck as his slave.]]
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Wind Whistler suffers from this when the other ponies accuse her of being unfeeling for her usual stoicism during the episode ''Crunch, the Rock Dog'' when she favors strategy and logic over acting rashly in light of the titular villain turning everything he touches into stone.
* DismantledMacguffin: The Flashstone was split in half, one half buried underneath what is currently Paradise Estate and the other half in the deepest depths of the river. Squirk forces Pluma to retrieve the half beneath Paradise Estate and quickly retrieves the other half using the first.
* DisneyDeath:
** Happens to Honeysuckle in "The End of Flutter Valley" arc after she falls down the hole.
** Played for laughs in "Woe is me" when the nursery collapses around the sleeping Woebegone.
-->'''Lickety-Split:''' He's so still! Is he...?
-->'''Woebegone:''' ACHOO!
-->'''Lickety-Split:''' You're alive!
* EasilyForgiven: The protagonists ''never'' held a grudge against the genuinely repentant. Though this is counterbalanced by [[GoodIsNotSoft how hard they are on the genuinely evil.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: "Baby It's Cold Outside".
* EvilOverlord: Tirek, Grogar, and Lavan to name a few.
* EvilMatriarch: In this corner, returning BigBad Hydia. In ''this'' corner, Bee Queen Bumble.
* FakeDefector: Wind Whistler pretends to betray the group to Crunch over [[DoYouThinkICantFeel how the others treated her]]...but it was all a ruse so he wouldn't notice Megan was about to use the Heart Stone to defeat him until it was too late.
* FeatheredFiend: The Raptorians, King Charlatan.
* FindTheCure: In The Golden Horseshoes, it's... well, horseshoes. Magic ones.
* {{Flanderization}}: Draggle became much less smart in the show.
* FlatJoy: The Troggles that Grogar forces to celebrate their victory over Ponyland make half-hearted celebratory sounds.
* ForScience: The Gizmonks from "The Great Rainbow Caper". Even ''they'' don't know what some of their inventions do.
* FromSpecialToSeries: The WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials led to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie1986 the My Little Pony movie]], which in turn led to this series.
* FurryConfusion: Zeb in "Bright Lights" is a pretty jarring presence, given that he's the only fully-anthro, fully-clothed biped among the equine characters. Though we will admit, he's also the only zebra we ever see on the show.
* GenreBlindness: If there's such a thing as ''Dangerously'' Genre Blind, the ponies fall under this.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "The End of Flutter Valley," one of the spells Draggle reads while searching for "landslide" is "landmine".
* GiantEnemyCrab: The Crabnasties, who are huge, ugly crab-creatures introduced smashing and tearing their way through the forests of Dream Valley, apparently to persecute cute sapient flower-critters called Flories. Subverted in that the Crabnasties are actually good guys; they're out to stop the Flories because they [[WalkingWasteland drain the life from the soil and create barren wastelands]] when left to themselves.
* GoodIsNotSoft: While the heroes are very forgiving, the genuinely evil villains normally end up being KilledOffForReal.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Tirek's first scene.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Catrina, Princess Porcina, Knight Shade, Crunch, King Charlatan, and, amazingly, Queen Bumble.
** Before Queen Bumble, her [[TheDragon Dragon]] Sting is convinced to perform one of these by Morning Glory teaching him to fly.
* HoistByHerOwnPetard: Narrowly averted with Queen Bumble, whose own gluttony nearly did her in when Honeysuckle threatens to drop her down a very deep hole if she doesn't give up and the Queen is too fat to escape. She barely manages to jump to safety when Pointer cuts the rope in an ill thought-out attempt to save her.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: Subverted; despite the presence of Megan, Molly, and Danny, the focus is usually on the ponies.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Tirek]] is destroyed by Megan with the Rainbow of Light, and [[spoiler: Lavan]] is destroyed by [[spoiler: the Princess Ponies reflecting his attack back at him]]. This is notable not only because a series based on something as innocent as the My Little Pony toys would probably be the last place anyone would expect to see someone die, but also because killing off characters was something ''very'' rare to be seen in any TV cartoon in the 1980s.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Shoo-be-doo, shoop-shoop-be-doo!"
* LiteralGenie: The titular "Magic Coins", and the ''literal'' Literal Genie in "Through the Door", who starts rambling about meteorology when asked to make the weather "perfect":
-->'''Genie:''' I also need to know the prevailing wind speed, and the percentage of the color orange in the sunset.
-->'''Lickety-Split:''' Look, all I want is a perfect day! What's so difficult about that?
* LiteralMetaphor: The Flutter Ponies sing about how they're [[SuperSpeed "faster than a lightning bolt"]] while [[NonChalantDodge effortlessly dodging]] the [[ShockAndAwe lightning bolts their attacker's shooting at them]], proving it's no exaggeration.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: [[spoiler: Lavan is shattered to pieces when he's killed.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: A [[GeodesicCast rotating cast]], due to the need to promote as many toys as possible. "The Return of Tambelon" [[CrowdedCastShot tries to squeeze them all in]], and thus features more than forty characters in forty minutes.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: Between humans, five different pony species, grundles, bushwoolies, and others, the TV specials and movie had already started this trend. The cartoon kept it up - every other episode, the protagonists encountered members of a previously unmentioned race.
* LotusEaterMachine: The witch Somnambula uses this to lure ponies in and steal their youth to make herself young and increase her powers. It starts out as her simply being a MasterOfIllusion, but as her power increases, she's able to make her illusions real.
* LyricalDissonance: "We Are the Flutter Ponies". An upbeat, gentle song about [[TheCavalry the]] [[FairFolk flutter ponies]] easily [[CurbstompBattle crushing]] the villain of the week.
* MagiBabble: In "Bright Lights," Galaxy theorizes that, since those who have had their shadows stolen become sick and weak, "the loss of their shadows must be an outward sign of [[OurSoulsAreDifferent some loss of substance]]."
* MagicalLand: Ponyland
* MasterOfIllusion: Somnambula starts out as this, but once she's stolen enough youth from her targets, she becomes capable of making them ''real''.
* MeaningfulName:
** Lavan is a lava demon.
** Arabus's name is a play on Erebus, the Greek god of darkness. He devours shadows and looks like a sapient storm cloud. It also means shadow.
** Somnabula's name is a play on somnambulism, otherwise known as sleepwalking. Her thing is trapping her victims in a LotusEaterMachine to live out their deepest fantasies and dreams.
** Porcina turns people into glass statues. Glass is one possible ingredient in porcine dolls.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Seen often the series' villains, such as Draggle and (to a lesser extent) Reeka to Hydia, Knight Shade to Zeb and Arabus (though in his case [[spoiler:he wasn't evil of his own choice to ''begin with'']]), Sting to Bumble, or Prince Edgar to King Charlatan. "The Glass Princess" inverts the trope, as the Raptarians are far more dangerous than Porcina, who mostly suffers from a LackOfEmpathy.
* MoodWhiplash: "Rescue at Midnight Castle" begins with a lighthearted moment while the My Little Pony theme plays, ending in "May all your days be bright." Then things get dark as Tirek's minions attack, and soon after we see Tirek, who is the most malevolent villain in the show. After the fight sequence ending with [[spoiler: the ''death'' of Tirek]], things get lighter both literally and figuratively, and the My Little Pony theme plays again during a lighthearted moment with Ember.
* MoralDissonance: In "The End of Flutter Valley", IneptMage Draggle is depressed because she can't do evil magic right. The Ponies promise to teach her some good Pony magic if she'll set them free. After seeing some demonstrations via song, Draggle agrees to let them out...and they trap her in a net and wander off.
-->'''Fizzy:''' Gee, what a shame. Bye Draggle, see ya!
** Though at least, after [[spoiler:the ponies are recaptured and Hydia and Reeka blamed Draggle for her incompetence in a ''harsh'' way]], the ponies defended her by admitting their fault.
** To make this worse, earlier on, Morning Glory successfully redeems Queen Bumble's [[TheDragon second in command]] Sting by teaching him how to properly fly, and he becomes an ally.
* MotorMouth: Whizzer (the pink pegasus pony with three beany caps as a cutie mark) is generally portrayed as one, if inconsistently. She both talks and flies fast.
* MythologyGag: TJ received a slight redesign that makes him resemble the first ''My Pretty Pony''.[[note]]A short lived toy that predated ''My Little Pony''.[[/note]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: "Fugitive Flowers". The ponies rescue the desperate Flories from the pursuing Crabnasties, only to discover later that [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute the former are escaped convicts, whereas the latter are a heroic police force]]. Oops.
* NightmareFetishist: Possibly Zeb, since he walks like a human, and anything human-like is a PrimalFear for zebras.
* NoAntagonist: While most four-part episodes have a villain, The Magic Coins does not. Ironically it is the darkest episode with the drought that threatens to destroy Pony Land and up front kill the baby Sea Ponies, and [[spoiler: attempt at negotiating with the only creature that can reverse the spell fails at first]]. Though of course everything still turns out in the end.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Partially subverted with baby ponies, some of whom get their first tooth by season 2, [[MerchandiseDriven to promote the First Tooth Baby Ponies line]].
* OhCrap:
** Grogar gets one when he hears the ringing of the bell which is the one thing capable of defeating him.
** Lavan gets a big one when [[spoiler:he sees his own attack be reflected right back at him by the Princess Ponies' wands.]]
* OneSteveLimit:
** Averted; "Flight to Cloud Castle" has a different Twilight than the one from the first TV special.
** Also averted with foals. For example, Surprise appears despite Baby Surprise appearing in ''Escape From Katrina.''. Though, the mothers and daughters never ''do'' appear in the same scenes together.
* OneWingedAngel:
** Pluma can turn into a number of forms, her most common being a monstrous specter.
** Lavan goes from being a lava monster into a nearly all powerful crystal monster.
** The Flories also do this. They start out in a weakened, tiny and cute state. But once they've devoured enough food from their surroundings, they transform into gigantic, monstrous forms.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Lampshaded in both "Spike's Search" and "Through the Door"
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Implied to a [[FridgeHorror very eerie effect]] in "Bright Lights".
* PersonalitySwap: "Mish Mash Melee"
* PersonaNonGrata: Queen Bumble and her swarm were banished from Flutter Valley by Queen Rosedust for her cruelty.
* PetTheDog: While Hydia's cruel even to her daughters, she admonished Reeka for wanting to really punish Draggle--though it's implied ''she'' wanted to do the punishing.
* PityTheKidnapper: In "The Great Rainbow Caper", Danny and Surprise help convince the Gizmonks to let them go by making a ''huge'' mess of their laboratory.
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: In particular, the powers of "The Magic Coins" fit the needs of the story with ridiculous precision.
* PolarBearsAndPenguins: In "Baby It's Cold Outside", guess which direction the Ponies go to find the penguin King Charlatan?
* ThePowerOfRock: In a few cases, the obligatory song would be worked in as a plot point.
* RainDance: Done by Cherries Jubilee and Spike to try to induce a downpour in ''The Magic Coins'' [[spoiler:after Baby Lickity-Split unwittingly made a wish on one the said coins for the rain to stop and never return]].
* RapidAging: The ponies caught in the illusions of "Somnambula" are very much older by the time the Big Brother Ponies reach them.
* RedOniBlueOni: Hot-tempered Honeysuckle and sweet, kindly Morning Glory of the Flutter Ponies.
* RealityWarper: The Flashstone is essentially capable of making its user one of these to some degree.
* [[RefugeeFromTVLand Refugee From Storyland]]: The inhabitants of the Land of Legends in the episode "Through the Door".
* RescueRomance: Subverted in "Flight to Cloud Castle". Garf's attempts to rescue [[DamselInDistress Ariel]] are motivated by this, but Ariel herself does not actually fall in love with him just because of the rescue.
* RiddleOfTheSphinx: "Sweet Stuff's Treasure Hunt" and "The Golden Horseshoes". In the latter case, it's used to bargain with a mole-man who likes junk and riddles. The ponies get their horseshoe in exchange for a riddle he doesn't know. It works, since humans are mostly unknown in Ponyland.
* ScoobyDooHoax: Despite the series being set in a world full of unicorns, dragons, and every kind of monster imaginable, [[spoiler: the titular Ghost of Paradise Estate turns out to be ''merely'' a shape-shifting bird.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Peach Blossom. Naturally, [[TheSpock Wind Whistler]] speaks her language just fine. Everyone else is left scratching their heads.
* ShamingTheMob: Knight Shade's mother saves the characters this way in Bright Lights part 3.
* StrawVulcan: Averted with Wind Whistler, whose logical mindset is never presented as a flaw. Particularly defied in "Crunch the Rockdog".
* TerribleTrio: Hydia, Reeka, and Draggle. There's also the Raptorians in "The Glass Princess"
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Semi-averted. The Big Brother Ponies are very {{Bishonen}} and look just like the girls aside from a different mane style, unshorn fetlocks, and "masculine" Cutie Marks. If anything they look more feminine than the girls, several of them even being pink colored.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: ''Every'' episode contained a song, and most of them were just busy filler.
** The only exception being one of the four episodes comprising the [[DarkestHour Return of Tambelon]] arc. An awkward break between scenes suggests a song ''was'' planned - but with so much going on, there was no time left for it.
** Ironically, "Rescue from Midnight Castle", the episode revision of the first special, actually cuts out the song "A Little Piece of Rainbow" from the special.
* TheVillainSucksSong: "How Can You Be So Cold?" is one of these about the Penguin King, basically consisting of Megan and her friends giving him a thorough chewing out over [[spoiler:trying to ignore his obvious guilt over freezing his son]], to convince drive him into a VillainousBSOD.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: ''The Glass Princess'' did this for Shady. She is shown to be clumsy, terrible at sports, not all that bright, not very brave, and full of self-loathing, but she manages to come up with a plan to save the day.
* TimeAbyss:
** Squirk has been around so long that the very geography of Dream Valley changed completely. He actually exploits this fact to claim a VictoryByEndurance over Pluma's grandfather by simply waiting for time to leave him old and weak.
** Grogar is at the very least 500 years old, possibly far older.
* ToBeContinued: The multi-part episodes lack them in the Disney Channel / DVD versions.
* TookALevelInBadass: Reeka is more competent than in the movie, even managing to pull off a few plans on her own.
* TheUnfavorite: Draggle. While both Draggle and Reeka are disappointments to their mother, Draggle is clearly shown to be the least favorite due to her [[AmbiguousDisorder struggles]] with magic and her [[{{Moe}} sensitivity]]. At one point, Hydia exclaims, "There are plenty of other witches! Why did I have to get Draggle?"
* UncertainDoom:
** In "The Ghost of Paradise Estate", [[spoiler: Squirk and Crank are sucked into a whirlpool by Megan when she removes the extra water Squirk used to flood Dream Valley]].
** In "The Revolt of Paradise Estate", [[spoiler: Beezen is last seen being chased by his wand, which has the power to zap things out of existence]].
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
** The Ponies themselves! Not once do any of the one-off characters wandering into Dream Valley/Ponyland say anything to the effect of, "Oh my gosh, Unicorns are real?"
** It's been shown that the rest of the world of Dream Valley is just as full of (semi) anthropomorphic animals, bizarre monsters, and magical artifacts. To them, the place is pretty normal. Megan, who's from Earth, was caught off guard the first time she met a talking, flying pony in the first special, but she adapted quickly. And in the movie, she had told her siblings about them at one point (off screen), so they were prepared when they met the ponies... Though the fact they ''believed'' her stories is its own oddity...
*** It's possible that Danny and Molly believed Megan because she was their older sister who had always tried to be as honest as she could with them so they were prepared to believe the fantastic because she had always been truthful with the mundane.
*** "[[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe Your sister is not lying, and anyone can see she is not mad, so ... you should assume she is telling the truth]]."
* VainSorceress: Porcina from "The Glass Princess".
* VictoryByEndurance: How Squirk captured Pluma's grandfather who defeated him originally. Pluma's kind are LongLived, but Squirk is more so if not TheAgeless and a TimeAbyss, so Squirk just waited until time made his enemy old and weak for him.
* VileVillainLaughableLackey: The witch Hydia is a recurring antagonist, and she has two daughters with no motivation for villainy who have this dynamic with her.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Not as bad as the specials, but when there are villains, they take the scare factor UpToEleven. The most evil of these are Hydia, Squirk, Grogar, Lavan, and especially Tirek.
* VillainDecay: Hydia and her daughters prove much less of a threat to the Ponies in the show than in the movie, letting the bees do all the work while the Flutter Ponies return and quickly kick them out. Justified as the Smooze is explicitly Hydia's strongest spell, and they still manage to cause a lot of damage.
* VillainSong: Quite a few. The best ones are probably "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" from "The Ghost of Paradise Estate" (which is a borderline DisneyAcidSequence given the way Squirk uses his dark magic), the excellent NightmareRetardant "[[http://www.kimsites.net/dreamvalley/songs86-2.html#nothing_quite_like_shadows There's Nothing Quite Like Shadows]]" from "Bright Lights" (just reading the lyrics should do), and "Here's to Power" from "The Quest of the Princess Ponies".
* TheVoiceless:
** Sundance. Like many other characters, her voice actress from The Movie did not return for the TV series. Unlike the other characters, they never cast anyone to replace her! [[ActorExistenceLimbo And thus Sundance appears in dozens of episodes without saying a word]].
** The Flutter Pony Lily.
* VoidBetweenTheWorlds: The Realm of Darkness is described as being one of these. It's where Grogar and his city were [[SealedEvilInACan sealed up.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: The unicorns' [[UselessSuperpowers teleportation abilities]] would be a whole lot more useful if they could "wink" through walls. Or cages. Or ''nets''.[[note]]To be exact, they can't wink through any solid objects, or through spaces smaller than they are, apparently.[[/note]] And yet they have no problem [[GameBreaker using it while playing tag or hide and seek]].
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway:
** Pegasi can fly. Unicorns teleport and each have a unique {{elemental|powers}} or {{psychic|powers}} powers. Earth Ponies... can run and jump real well. And occasionally bake. With hooves.
** The Flutter Ponies once mentioned, while grounded, that they weren't great runners, so it could be useful under the right circumstances.
* TheWorfEffect: Gusty is the most combat oriented of the ponies, so in order to show that the villains mean business, something bad usually happens to her.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed:
** The possibility that Dream Valley or surrounding areas will be rendered uninhabitable crops up ''nine times'' in twenty-eight stories.
** Additionally, those were most of the multi-episode stories, so they represent the bulk of the episodes.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Hydia, Reeka, and Draggle]] are last seen being blown away by the Flutter Ponies, but it's never specified where to or what was done with them. One can guess, however, since they returned the last two times and are never seen again after this event.
* WrongGenreSavvy: See "Genre Blind" above. But one scene that stands out is in "Through the Door", where Paradise (just as a reminder, she is a winged pony from a MagicalLand) asks, "Why can't my life be more like a fairy tale?" Um...

[[folder: The Potato Head Kids]]

* AnAesop: One for every episode.
* CoolOldGuy: Mr. Potato Head, himself.
* TheMentor: Again, Mr. Potato Head.
* SpinOffBabies: The Kids.