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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 ''Marvel Productions'' and Creator/SunbowEntertainment, in the year 1986 and ran until 1987. It was based on the toyline [[Franchise/MyLittlePony of the same name]]. This came out a few months after TheMovie. This series 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'': ''"Glo Friends"'', ''"Moondreamers"'', and ''"The Potato Head Kids"''. Yes, the series was very MerchandiseDriven. As the result, the ''pony'' episodes often ran as [[TelevisionSerial television serials]], as did the other shorts.

!!'''''My Little Pony'''''

This early incarnation of Franchise/MyLittlePony was set in a world called ''Ponyland''. Though its continuity was... lax, all of the stories take place within it. The basic framing structure of the show was that the ponies are magical creatures living idyllically in [[SugarBowl Dream Valley]], part of Ponyland (or Ponyland, part of Dream Valley - no two writers agreed on this point). Originally, the ponies resided in Dream Castle during the Half-Hour TV Specials, but after TheMovie (and the creation of that [[MerchandiseDriven playset]]) they moved into Paradise Estate. In fact, Dream Castle is never seen at all during the course of the series.

Ponyland is a MagicalLand "on the other side of the rainbow". The rainbow is basically hinted to be a doorway between the human dimension (Earth) and theirs'. Ponyland is populated by [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Bushwoolies]], Sea and [[TheFairFolk 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. Humans are often seen, and live in a Medieval Europe-style society. The ponies are assisted in their adventures by a 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 (relatively speaking), 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 once escalated to [[MundaneMadeAwesome ice cream warfare]].

The episodes focused on ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' ran for 65 episodes in total. There were 16 multipart 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 adapting the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials.

As mentioned above, show continuity was not the strongest point. The show officially follows on as a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie'' (as the ten-part pilot makes clear, since it's about the witches Hidea, Reeka, and Draggle [[spoiler: wanting revenge for the foiling of the Smooze]]), and both of the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials obviously take place before the movie, but were serialized as the last episodes of the first and second seasons, respectively. Not helping matters is that most official [=DVD=] releases tend to be simple conversions of the original grab-bag episode-featuring [=VHSs=], further jumbling the 27 storylines.

!!'''''Glo Friends'''''

The premise of the Glo Friends is that they are community of small, glow-in-the-dark insects that live in Glo Land, a magical kingdom located in the middle of a forest. Their homes are built near the Glo Pond, from where they harvest a substance known as [[{{MAcguffin}} Moondrops]]. These Moondrops literally drip down from the moon and the Glo Friends collect them and take them back to Glo Ponds in plastic bags. These buckets are then emptied into the lake. Apparently, Glo Pond is an artificial body of water built and maintained by the Friends, themselves. Anyway, these Moondrops are what sustains them and enables their ability to glow in the dark.

At one point, the pond springs a leak and the Glo Friends have trouble finding replacement Moondrops to refill the pond. If they fail, [[FelonyMisdemeanor they will cease to glow in the dark.]] Why is it important that the Glo Friends glow? [[ChewbaccaDefense Because it's in their name?]]

The Glo Friends live a peaceful existence, and is continually threatened by Starnose, the leader of the Moligans. They are a group of mole-like monsters that wish to abuse the Glo Friends' ability to light up the night. The Moligans were banished from the kingdom of Moleslavia by King Mole for several crimes which include [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking mob action, robbery, looting, cheating, and unlawful digging]]. The Moligans have been living underground and planning revenge against King Mole ever since their banishment. They are short-sighted, so they were unsuccessful in their attempts to harvest gold from some nearby mines. As such, the Moligans have attempted to enslave the Glo Friends to power their lanterns, allowing them to see in the darkness of the mines, harvest the gold and then buy out the kingdom of Molslavia. [[WhatAnIdiot Apparently these guys have never heard of oil lamps before.]]

''Glo Friends'' ran for 26 episodes, and had 3 serials. Only 10 of those were stand alone episodes, with [[FIveEpisodePilot Ten Episode Pilot]] and 2 other serials.

!!''Moondreamers'':

The Moondreamers are a group of celestial people led by Crystall Starr, the designer of the stars. They operate out of their HQ in Starry Up, which appears to be a fortress floating out in the emptiness of space and has many, many highways made of AppliedPhlebotinum that converge there. CrystalDragonJesus only knows where they all lead. Whimzee is another important figure among the Moondreamers, as she uses her imagination to create dreams for Dreamcasting. So naturally, she's having problems getting this done. She once accidentally brings her dream, a dreamkin, into reality where it wreaks havoc in Starry Up [[FluffyTheTerrible despite its adorable appearance]]. On another occasion, she actually loses her imagination and needs to go on a journey to find it, engaging in a duel with the supposed queen of imagination and is nearly killed for her trouble. The jobs of the other Moondreamers are to help Whimzee create these pleasant dreams and then deliver them to Earth's children.
Each of the others Moondreamers also fulfills the rule in literally running the known universe manually. The Moondreamers themselves seem to come in two varieties: ChristmasElves and [[FullyDressedCartoonAnimal Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals]].

The BigBad of the series is Queen Scowlene, who torments the everyone with her nightmare crystals, because she herself can't get any sleep.

The story begins with two [[TagalongKid tagalong kids]], Blinky and Bitsy, traversing one of the space highways to Starry Up to become Moondreamers. After a bit of trouble getting in, the two accidentally unleash SealedEvilInACan Queen Scowlene while tagging along to watch how they make dreams. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it]] [[TagalongKid kids]].

''Moondreamers'' ran for 16 episodes with 2 serials.

!!''The Potato Head Kids''

In this series, Mr. Potato Head plays the role of TheMentor to the ''Kids'' of the title. Mrs. Potato Head also made an appearance. These segments tended to focus more on mundane SliceOfLife stories rather than fantasy-adventure like the other three did.

It ran for 23 episodes with no mutlipart episodes. [[SarcasmMode I can't imagine why.]] This was the least popular segment of the show, but it has its fans.

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

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[[folder: Common Tropes]]

* AnAesop: once per episode on all these shows. Check the folders of the individual shows for specific details.
* 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.
* CrapSaccharineWorld: All of them except for The Potato Head Kids. While My Little Ponies is the most infamous for this, all the shows were full of horrible monsters right next to the cuddly protagonists. Like a D&D monster manual covered with Lisa Frank stickers.
* 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.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* 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.
* {{Syndication}}: How this series was aired. All four segments aired in it's First-run syndication. However, during it's Second-run syndication on the DisneyChannel in the 90s, only ''Pony'' segments were reaired.
* 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.
* 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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[[folder: My Little Pony]]
* [[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.
* ActorAllusion: PeterCullen voices a Hasbro character who's LargeAndInCharge, red & blue, and fights a race known for their deception. Not [[TransformersGenerationOne Optimus Prime]], but the Crabnasty Captain from the episode "Fugitive Flowers".
* 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).
* 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 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
* 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.
* 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.]]
* BadBoss: Squirk, Grogar, Queen Bumble, and Lavan. The latter two resulted in some [[MookFaceTurn rebellion]].
* 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... (This was all a ploy to make little girls everywhere have to buy a replacement Gusty...)
* 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.
* BrokenAesop: Partially, in the episode "The 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."
* 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 [[MyLittlePonyTheMovie 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 Gloom Mountain 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.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The Princess Ponies get their own story arc.
* 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.
* EasilyForgiven: The protagonists ''never'' held a grudge against the genuinely repentant.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: "Baby It's Cold Outside"
* EvilMatriarch: In this corner, returning BigBad Hydia. In ''this'' corner, Bee Queen Bumble.
* EyeScream: The Twinkle-Eyed Ponies were a group of Unicorns and Earth Ponies with gems for eyes. They looked cute and beautiful, until an official comic explained that they used to live as slaves underground, mining for gems for the evil Jewel Wizard. The long, long exposure to darkness ruined their eyes, leaving them blind and helpless, but after they got rescued by Applejack, an explosion ''stuck magic gems on their eye-sockets'', which accidentally restored their vision. Yeah, not so cute anymore, eh?
* FeatheredFiend: The Raptorians, King Charlatan.
* FindTheCure: In The Golden Horseshoes, it's... horseshoes. Magic ones.
* {{Flanderization}}: Draggle became much less smart in the show.
* ForScience: The Gizmonks from "The Great Rainbow Caper". Even ''they'' don't know what some of their inventions do.
* 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: "Woe is Me" is a 2-part story that featured a very unlucky goblin named Woebegone, who caused disasters wherever he stopped by. The first episode ends with Woebegone causing a chain of disasters which culminates with him releasing what may or not may be a river of ''liquid poo'' that quickly forms a small lake. ''And a baby pony almost dies drowned on it.''
** 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.
* HeelFaceTurn: Princess Porcina, and, amazingly, Queen Bumble.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: Averted; despite the presence of Megan, Molly, and Danny, the focus is usually on the ponies.
* {{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?
* 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''.
* 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.
* MythologyGag: TJ received a slight redesign that makes him resemble the first My Pretty Pony.
* 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.
* OhCrap: Grogar gets one when he hears the ringing of the bell which is the one thing capable of defeating him.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. In Flight to Cloud Castle, enter... Twilight! But it's not ''that'' Twilight, unless the one from that first special who is the inspiration for [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic that other Twilight you might've heard of]] somehow lost her horn and gained wings, a whole new color scheme, and a candle cutie mark instead of stars.
* OneWingedAngel: Pluma, Lavan.
* 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"
* 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]].
* 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"
* 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.
* 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.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: ''The Glass Princess'' did this for Shady. The writers were known to go out of their way to try to justify's Shady's existence. Over the course of the show, she is shown to be clumsy, terrible at sports, not all that bright, not very brave, and more of a place holder on whatever she was in than any actual help. Yet despite the presence of Gusty, Magic Star, and [[TheAce Megan]], she's the one who saved the day.
* ToBeContinued: Averted, the multi-part episodes lack them.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
** The Ponies themselves! Not once do any of the one-off characters wandering into Dream Valley/Ponyland say anything to the effect of, "Holy crap, 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, but she adapted quickly. And she told her siblings about them, 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".
* VillainDecay: Hydia and her daughters prove much less threat to the Ponies in the show than in the movie.
* 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".
* WeaksauceWeakness: The unicorns' [[UselessSuperpowers teleportation abilities]] would be a whole lot more useful if they could "wink" through walls. Or cages. Or ''nets''. And yet they have no problem [[GameBreaker using it while playing tag]].
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway:
** Pegasi can fly. Unicorns teleport and each have a unique [[ElementalPowers elemental]] or [[PsychicPowers psychic]] power. 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 happen 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.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Not as bad as the specials, but when there are villains, they take the scare factor UpToEleven.
* 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?"
* 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.
* 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...
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[[folder: Glo Friends]]

* TheAce: Glo Bug. The bravest of the Glo Friends and always leading the charge into battle and never one to let innocents get hurt.
* AnAesop: Several.
** BeYourself: Skunk Bug. He's ThePigPen and often very stinky. However, his best friend Go Clutterbug wouldn't have him any other way and convinces him to stay just the way he is.
** GreenAesop: The actions of the Moligans and Red Ant Army's mining activities are a constant threat to the environment.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: In the case of Glo Bashfulbug's feelings for Glo Bug.
* AnachronismStew: BambooTechnology, baseball caps, wooden huts, and plastic bags.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The reason why the [[BigBad big bads]] were banished from Moleslavia. Their crimes includes mob activity, theft, and digging without permission.
** Garden Ant launches an all out campaign against the Moligans because they were eating the plants in his garden.
* BadBoss: Driver, leader of the Red Any Army.
* BadButt: Glo Bug. He is what passes for a BadAss in this series.
* BambooTechnology: The Glo Friends have the natural resources of the forest at their disposal, yet are able to make modern appliances and others conveniences and make them work.
* BerserkButton: Calling Nails, a female Moliga who values beauty, "ugly witch" will incite her rage.
** Ruining Gardens Ant's garden will trigger his.
* BigBad: Starnose, leader of the [[MoleMen Moligans]]. Their goal is to chapter Glo Friends and put them inside lanterns so that they can mine for gold.
** Blanche, WickedWitch featured in the original TV special.
* BigEater: Glo Bedbug, when she isn't sleeping.
* BioluminescenceIsCool: The Glo Friends. A big part of their selling point was that they were critters that glow.
* CannotSpitItOut: Glo Bashfulbug. She has an attraction to Glo Bug, but never knows how to say it.
* CliffHanger: Much like the ''Pony'' segments, any conflict that wasn't solved in ten minutes ended with one of these. Though, the ''Glo Friends'' cliff hangers actually tended to be less severe than the former's.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Glo Butterfly believes she can cast magic, but all her "tricks" are this trope.
* CowardlyLion: Glo Bashfulbug. Her "lack" of courage borders on InformedAttribute.
* DowsingDevice: The Glo Friends use what look like dousing rods with crystals on the end to find the much needed Moon Drops.
* TheDragon: Rook, Driver's crow second-in-command.
* DumbMuscle: Smasher, another Moligan.
* EccentricMentor: Glo Frog. He's a mysterious old miser who gives advice to the Glo Friends using nigh inane riddles along with several other odd habits.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Most of the names of the Glo Friends were indicative of their personality traits.
* FantasticLightSource: The Glo Friends, themselves, and both the Red Ant Army and the Moligans want to use this fact to their advantage.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: If the Glo Friends ever run out of Moondrops, they will cease to glow in the dark. Why is this a bad thing? Frankly, we have no idea.
** They seem to get very weak and can't used their glowing powers well, if they don't drink their Moondrops.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: The Glo Wees. They ever have a book that allows them to communicate with nature.
* FurryConfusion: So, we have the Glo Friends and Moligans, who wear clothes, and various [[TalkingAnimal talking animals]] that don't. Huh.
* GettingTheBoot: The method by which the Moligans are banished by King Mole.
* GoldFever: The Moligan's motive, pretty much. It's bad enough that they're willing to harm innocent creatures and the environment to get it, too.
** This applies to Driver and his Red Any Army, too.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: The Glo Friends and others good guys are brightly colored whereas the Moligans and other villains tend to be earthy toned.
* GoodMorningCrono: Any episode involving the ever-lazy Glo Bedbug.
* GrumpyBear: Glo Snail.
* HeavySleeper: Glo Bedbug, should not come as no surprise.
* HedgeMaze: The Glo Friends end up having to pass through one of these in ''The Quest''.
** As a matter of fact, most of the voice actors from the ''My Little Pony'' segments also provide the voices of ''Glo Friend'' characters.
* HiddenElfVillage: Glo Land, which is deep in the woods.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Nails, of the Moligans is very selfish and egocentric.
* TheKlutz: Glu Clutterbug, who is always falling into traps and getting his friends into trouble.
** King Mole, too. The dude manages to fall out of his seat several times just trying to get up.
* LeeroyJenkins: Glo Bug.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Many of the Glo Friends were showcased in the series, but no where near all of them.
* MadScientist: Excavator, a Moligan who is always coming up with new ways to inflict harm ForScience and ''with'' science.
* TheMafia: The Moligans are TheThemeParkVersion of this.
* MagicalLand: Glo Land
** Molslavia, from the Moligans were banished, too.
* TheMentor: Glo Grannybug, the oldest and wisest of the Glo Friends. She is especially this to Baby Glo Worm.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Scoop of the Moligans.
** The jesters of the Red Ant Army.
* MoleMen: The [[BigBad big bads]], the Moligans.
* NiceHat: Glo Bopbug. A top hat, in fact.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: The Glo Wees. They glow like the Glo Friends and serve as caretakers of nature.
* ThePigPen: Skunk Bug. With a name like that...
* PluckyGirl: Baby Glo Worm, the youngest member of the cast.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Well duh. This ''is'' that kind of show, after all.
* PowerSource: Moondrops, which are harvested from Glo Pond.
* TheQuest: The title of their first episode, in fact. The Glo Friends embark [[MundaneMadeAwesome on a mighty quest to refill their pond]]. Yeah...
* SavingChristmas: The plot of a rare TV special ''The Glo Friends Save Christmas'', which actually predated the series. Can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvAMVf4j6OY here]].
** The Glo Friends had to free Santa from the clutches of an evil witch named Blanche.
* TheStoryteller: Glo Grannybug.
* StrongAnts: The Red Ant Army.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Excavator, who is pretty much the only genuinely intelligent Moligan.
* TalkingAnimal: The Glo Friends had several companions that were these.
* TomboyishPonytail: Scoop.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Scoop of the Moligans. She's the only nice one.
* VoiceChangeling: Rook the Crow could give [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Iago]] a run for his money with this skill.
* WeaponOfChoice: Slugger Bug is rarely seen without his trusty baseball bat. This being a child friendly show, though, he was never allowed to go BatterUp on anyone, though. ...It kind of defeats the purpose, actually.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Glo Friends...glow. Yeah...
** They used their glowing powers to melt a giant Ice cage in the winter(once they were able to circle together, holding hands) in ''Glo Friends Save Chritmas'' and they manage to help heal a giant tree and have it bloom flowers again("Love will Light the way!").
* WickedWitch: Blanche. In the orignal ''Glo Friends Save Chritmas'' special, she traps Santa and his reindeer in order to stop Christmas from happening.
* TheWorfEffect: Glo Bug, naturally. Whenever somebody needs to get beaten to show how dangerous the villains are, it's always the resident BadButt Glo Bug who takes the beating.
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[[folder: Moondreamers]]

* AlliterativeName: Bucky Buckaroo.
* AmericanAccents: While everyone else has standard Midwest accents, Bucky Buckaroo has a Texan one...or Cajun, the voice actor could never seem to settle on one or the other. To his credit, though, it rarely ever seemed to outright [[OohMeAccentsSlipping slip]].
* AnAesop: one for every episode!
** FantasticAesop: Remember kids, if you ever come across a manhole cover InSpace, leave it be, or else you'll unleash an evil queen that will trap everyone in everlasting nightmares in which their darkest fears come to life.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Whatever it is that runs all the Moondreamers' stuff.
* ArtifactOfDeath: Whimzee's Imagination. Whimzee's ability to creat dreams is Imagination, which if misused can kill both her and others. This fate is just narrowly avoided several times.
* BadButt: Anyone unimpressed with Glo Bug might find Bucky Buckaroo a bit more competent by comparison.
* BerserkButton: ''Do not'' question the importance of the Moondreamers in the presence of Sparky Dreamer!
* BigBad: Queen Scowlene.
* BigGood: Crystall Starr.
* BioluminescenceIsCool: For some reason, the Moondreamers glow in the dark. Yet unlike the Glo Friends, they don't seem to need to regularly recharge their batteries. Looks like someone is in need of a recipe exchange.
* ChekhovsGun: Combined with ChekhovsLecture and BriarPatching in "Whimzee, Come Home!" In that episode, Whimzee thought she'd lost her imagination, so her mentor sent her into the Cave of Imagination, "the ultimate test". Before she goes in, he tells her to remember that "Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is ''ever'' forgotten." Just beyond the cave entrance, she falls down to the cave proper down below, and starts walking backwards upon landing. She realizes everything is backwards in that section until she crosses a line. Later, when she and Celeste are fleeing from the cave's nasty resident queen, she remembers her mentor's words and heads back the way they came, crossing over into the backwards section. She begs the queen not to push them down a bottomless black pit. The queen conjures the pit, but when Whimzee jumps down (while holding Celeste's hand), they go up.
* ChristmasElves: The Moondreamers that are human in appearance pretty much look like children.
* CoolBigSis: Dream Gazer. She is the eldest and wisest of the Moondreamers and the others often turn her to for wisdom
* TheDragon: Scowlene's daughter, Scowlette.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: Some of the Moondreamers.
* FurryConfusion: Okay, so we have Roary and Ursa Major, who are a pair of [[TalkingAnimal talking animals]] that walk on all fours and don't wear clothes, and then you have the non-human-looking Moondreamers, which are [[FullyDressedCartoonAnimal fully dressed cartoon animals]]. Huh.
* TheHeart: Crystall Starr.
* HoverBoard: The ''Hover Bike'' variety. The Moondreamers and other entites of the cosmos typically get around on the science-y/fantastical highways of space on these.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Blinky and Bitsy. The whole reason they went to Starry Up was to become Moondreamers, and for this reason.
* TheIgor: Igon. A weird three-legged troll creature that's one of Profesor Grimace's experiments GoneHorriblyWrong.
* InNameOnly: Crystall Starr is supposed to be the Moondreamer's leader, yet she is never shown ever actually taking command like one would expect.
* ImprobablyCoolCar: While the other Moondreamers drove around on hover bikes, Bucky Buckaroo had a car that could leave the space highways and explore uncharted territories.
* InsufferableGenius: Sparky Dreamer is a know-it-all who takes great pride in her intellect and tends to be very strict about rules and regulations.
** Then again, she's the one who often has to fix other peoples' messes and the one time she disobeyed the rules and let two dimwits into Starry Up a SealedEvilInACan was unleashed. So perhaps her attitude is just a might bit justified.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sparky Dreamer. She's an InsufferableGenius, cranky, and a very strict rule enforcer. On the flipside, she'll never turn down someone in need of help and her reasoning for wanting everyone to follow the rules is pretty justified, since the Moondreamers pretty much run the universe on manual pilot.
* TheMentor: Dream Gazer, the eldest and wisest Moondreamer. Also the Sandman, who taught Whimzee how to create dreams.
* MadScientist: Professor Grimace.
* MakeAWish: The Moondancers grant wishes made off shooting stars, too.
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Moondreamers Can Breathe In Space]]: ...In fact, everyone seems to be able to, not just the Moondreamers.
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Nudging It Hero]]: Blinky and Bitsy accidentally ''nudge'' a freaking manhole cover, which ''somehow'' causes it to come loose, and that's what starts all of the Moondreamers woes from the first episode of the series on.
* [[MrFixit Mrs. Fixit]]: Sparky Dreamer, again. Crosses into WrenchWench and GadgeteerGenius.
* NonHumanSidekick: Some of the Moondreamers seems to have some kind of fantastic animal sidekick that accompanies them everywhere.
* TheOneGuy: Bucky Buckaroo. There are actually a few other guys on the show, but most of the time it's just Bucky representing the male gender.
* OnlySaneMan: Crystall and Sparky seem to get this role a lot.
* PhysicalGod: The Moondreamers, themselves. They are a race of supernatural beings the manually run the universe.
* SchmuckBait: On one of the Moondreamers' many roads to and from Starry Up, there's a manhole cover. A manhole cover. InSpace. Admit it. You'd open it up and take a look.
* SealedEvilInACan: Queen Scowlene, sort of. Apparently, a manhole cover keeps her out of Starry Up, yet she is able to go anywhere else in the universe before then. How does it all work? Uh, [[ChewbaccaDefense because there's a manhole cover]] InSpace.
* ShapeShifterShowdown: A battle akin to the one in Disney's ''{{The Sword in the Stone}}'' occurs in "Whimzee, Come Home!" between Whimzee and the Queen of Imagination courtesy of magic amulets.
* SpoiledBrat: Scowlette, Scowlene's daughter. Despite this, the former is still fiercely loyal to the latter.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: The Moondreamers, again. Compounding their PhysicalGod status, they also have a lot of machinery that allows them to run the universe.
* TagalongKid: Blinky and Bitsy.
* TalkingAnimal: Roary and Ursa Major.
* ThemeNaming: Bucky Buckaroo. Go ahead. Guess what his overall appearance, personality, and motif are.
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: The [[TagalongKid tagalong kids]] ask this about a manhole cover InSpace, which somehow kept Queen Scowlene and her minions out of Starry Up, the Moondreamers' home. Naturally, they somehow manage to accidentally loosen it despite complying to Bucky Buckaroo's order not to open it.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Queen Scowlene is allergic to animal hair.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter," Girl]]: Scowlette is all about pleasing mommy, at any cost. [[{{Yandere}} Any cost.]]
* {{Yandere}}: Princess Scowlette, who was willing to ''kill'' to please her mother.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Every Hair Color Imaginable]]: The Moondreamers are all about this trope, having pink, red, and just about every other colored hair you can imagine.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Potato Head Kids]]

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