Based on Hasbro's Franchise/MyLittlePony toyline. Created in TheEighties, this pair of MerchandiseDriven half-hour TV specials came with the wide success of the toyline. The first was aired in 1984 and another in 1985.

!!''My Little Pony: Rescue at Midnight Castle/Firefly's Adventure''

EvilOverlord Tirek requires four ponies to use as [[BalefulPolymorph demons]] to pull his chariot to bring in TheNightThatNeverEnds in order to TakeOverTheWorld. He sends his henchman [[AntiVillain Scorpan]] to carry out the task. The special actually begins with the ponies enjoying themselves in Dream Valley until Scorpan and his subordinates attack. Two ponies are captured in the attack.

In light of the first assault by Scorpan and his army of [[OurDragonsAreDifferent stratadons]], the rest of the ponies panic and hide in Dream Castle, pulling up the drawbridge. Fearful that anyone can be next, Firefly goes off for help and decides to ask it of the very first human she happens to come across. The human is Megan, a cowgirl who lives at a ranch at the other end of the rainbow. From there, Firefly basically kidnaps Megan to go back to Ponyland with her despite the girl being about ten years old and without a single means of helping them. ...Yeah, Firefly's plan needed more thought.

Just as Firefly and Megan arrive at Dream Castle, Scorpan returns for another assault, having only attained two on the first run, and proceeds to grab the other two while at it. Thus, Megan and a party of ponies set out to stop Tirek, but first they stop by the Mushrump to meet with the Moochick, a strange gnome wizard with a terrible memory and a mushroom motif, to ask how to defeat Tirek. He gives Megan a locket called "The Rainbow of Light" and they are on their way.
Once at Midnight Castle, they break in and confront the evil overlord, himself, [[spoiler:and the Rainbows of Light and Dark clash in a surprisingly epic finale in which ''Tirek is torn and ripped into shreds by the former'']].

Originally untitled, this special was known as ''Rescue at Midnight Castle'' in repeats and ''Firefly's Adventure'' on VHS.

!!''My Little Pony: Escape from Catrina''

The Little Ponies prepare for a "Welcome Back" party for their human friend, Megan. Strangely, absolutely none of the original ponies from the first special appear in this follow-up, so it's anyone's guess why they're welcoming her back. Meanwhile, little furballs called Bushwoolies are the slaves of a drug-addicted {{Catgirl}} named Catrina and are watched over by a shape-shifting lizard-man named Rep. When they escape, she tries to make the Little Ponies her new slaves to keep her drug brewing machine working nonstop.

She and her companion manage only to grab one, Baby Moondancer, and they are pursued back into their lair by the other ponies and Megan. [[spoiler:There, she gives them the choice: serve her or Baby Moondancer takes a dip in the [[FantasticDrug witch weed potion]], which would be presumably fatal. It's around this point that Rep has had enough of Catrina's increasingly violent tendencies and strongarms her into breaking the habit]].
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!! The two specials contain examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: '''The Moochick''', in spades. In fact, he has an entire song dedicated to this.
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale: Averted. Throughout ''Escape from Catrina'', Rep is pushed around, belittled, and even struck by Catrina. The special ''does not'' treat this like it's okay.
* ActionGirl: in ''Midnight Castle'', there are three of them: Megan, Firefly, and Bowtie.
** In ''Escape from Catrina'', we have Megan and, to a certain extent, Sundance.
* AdultFear: The special involved a girl who couldn't be older than fourteen essentially being kidnapped by a talking pony and almost murdered. You wonder what her parents thought when she was gone.. The second special involved the antagonist nearly murdering a filly.
* AnAesop: In ''Catrina'': drugs are bad.
* AnotherDimension: Not outright stated, but it is heavily implied that rainbows are passage ways between our mundane Earth and the ponies' [[MagicalLand Ponyland]]. Plus, had Megan lived in the same reality as the ponies, that Firefly could speak and fly would not have come as a surprise to her.
** Another explanation is that they do live in the same reality but the Ponyland ponies live far in an area from "normal" places.
* AntiVillain: Scorpan in the first TV special, Rep in the second.
** By the end, he's become an AntiHero ('''Type II''').
* ArtifactOfDoom: Tirek's Rainbow of Darkness. Normally is contained into a pouch, where it throbs like a heart and shines with an eerie, creepy glow. Also, Catrina's Witchweed potion, to which she is completely addicted.
* BadassAdorable: "Danger is my life!" says Firefly, who later ''kicks a dragon in the face''.
** Bowtie also counts. She frees herself from being picked up by the dragons by kicking her way free and she's the best jumper of the land-walking ponies.
* BadassNormal: Megan, who begins the series by fending off a ''dragon'' empty-handed and finishes the first special by [[spoiler: ''killing Tirek'']].
* BodyHorror: The first three ponies being transformed by Tirek can be seen at a kind of halfway stage midway through, still crying and whimpering in fear.
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: The seaponies song is accompanied with a dance number that is very reminiscent of one in an Esther Williams movie.
* CatsAreMean: Played with Catrina on the second TV special. The trope is inverted before she became addicted to Witchweed Potion, and is played straight during this phase. She subverts it again after she finally kicks the habit.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The [[http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p31/spikethedragon/mystery.jpg European covers]] for both specials relate to the actual content very little. The ''Rescue at Midnight Castle'' cover shows many of ponies aren't even in the episodes and for some reason Spike has wings and is big enough to be ridden by Megan. The ''Escape From Catrina'' cover shows a prototypical version of Danny with much nothing from the special in it.
* ChekhovsSkill: Firefly attempts her "double inside-out loop" early on in "Rescue at Midnight Castle", but fails and crashes into Applejack. She attempts it again to save Megan and later during the final battle to help defeat Tirek.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Scorpan. He looks pretty {{Satan}}ic, but he couldn't be less like the original angel of darkness if he tried.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted, Catrina nearly falls into a pit at the end of the special, but the ponies and Rep save her after she agrees to destroy the Witchweed Potion machine and thus the source of her insanity.
** DistressedDude
* DistressedDamsel: In ''Midnight Castle'', we have five of them, including Applejack. Actually, ''especially'' Applejack, who almost drowns, later is kidnapped by Tirek's henchmen and finally is turned into a monster after she takes a direct hit of the Rainbow of Darkness.
** Baby Moondancer in ''Escape from Catrina''.
* TheDogBitesBack: Scorpan and Spike against Tirek in the first special, Rep against Catrina in the second.
* DrugsAreBad: The subtle-as-a-brick Aesop of the second TV special.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Catrina's addiction to the witchweed potion and the power it brings. Her only friend Rep laments how it has warped her personality.
* EightiesHair: Even though they're horses, several Ponies in the pilot have hair in this style.
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Tirek.
* EmpathicEnvironment: At the very beginning, it's sunny and pleasant out, but the instant Scorpan and the other riders show up, it becomes cloudy, windy, and ominous immediately. It's also permanently overcast over Midnight Castle, but that's possibly justified, since its master controls of the power of darkness.
* EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes: Tirek really ''shouldn't'' have threatened Scorpan with decapitating Spike, since this is what finally made Scorpan rebel against him.
** An interesting case in the second with Rep, who's loved one is Katrina herself, namely the person she ''used'' to be before getting DrunkOnTheDarkSide. He still cares about her now, but laments how she's changed.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: The first TV special.
* FaceMonsterTurn: The ponies transformed into demon-dragons by the Rainbow of Darkness.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Megan's Rainbow of Light tears Tirek apart, almost destroys Midnight Castle (with the good guys still on it) and finally drags Tirek to the sky, where he is killed on a giant ''explosion.'' But frankly he deserved it.
* FantasticAesop: Also from ''Catrina''. Remember kids, stay off drugs, or else you'll become a [[ShockAndAwe lightning]] spamming giant that tries to enslave pastel-colored hairballs and ponies! After a while, even your long time [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] LizardFolk enabler will grow tired of you, turn into a bull, and knock you into a pit of the stuff to drown in your own habit!
* FashionShow: The second special ends with one.
* [[FiveManBand Five Mare Band]]:
** TheHero: Megan
** TheLancer: Firefly
** TheSmartGuy: Twilight and Medley
** TheBigGuy: Bowtie
** TheChick: Applejack
* FungusHumongous: The Mushromp
* FurryConfusion: Megan has a horse. A non-sentient horse. Though admittedly she lives in the human world while the ponies live in Dream Valley.
* GeniusDitz: The Moochick. He always knows exactly what the ponies need to do to fix whatever apocalypse they're in the middle of now, but he has a terrible memory and a tendency to misplace ''very'' important items and tools.
* GenkiGirl: Firefly. She abducts Megan within minutes of meeting her and listens to precisely none of Megan's (reasonable) arguments that she's not qualified to be their savior.
* GirlishPigtails: Bowtie.
* GRatedDrug: Witchweed potion. It turns [[CatsAreMean Catrina]], who used to be a much nicer PettingZooPerson, into a [[OneWingedAngel huge demonic giant]] that shoots lightning out of her eyes. (Certainly, this is a [[SpaceWhaleAesop well-documented side-effect]] of real narcotics...)
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Catrina, after her addiction to Witchweed potion drove her insane. After she kicks the habit, she inverts this trope.
* GoodHurtsEvil: It only took a few seconds of struggle for Megan's ''ridiculously tiny'' Rainbow of Light to absorb Tirek's Rainbow of Darkness and ''brutally'' kill him.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Completely averted as far as those lizardman creatures that serve Tirek are concerned. That they're actually ''good'' at their job makes Megan and the ponies' victory more impressive.
* HeelFaceTurn: Scorpan and Catrina.
* HellishHorse: The ponies captured and transformed by Tirek become monstrous dragon-like creatures.
* HypercompetentSidekick: The Moochic's long-suffering rabbit, Habit, definitely counts.
** Firefly and Bowtie for Megan.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Quite a number of them in the first special, including future main character, Spike.
* InterspeciesRomance: On the second TV special, we have Catrina (a catwoman) who's boyfriend is a shape-shifting lizard-man named Rep.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Megan goes from discovering a talking winged pony in her well to flying off to Ponyland in about three minutes.
* LadyLand: A staple of the series besides ''Tales'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. G3 has no male Ponies actually.
* LastSecondChance: Catrina is offered this, and she actually accepts it to reform herself.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Everything'' after the first TV special was this. The first special was pretty dark and grim for a kids show, included ''ponies set on fire'', considerable violence, threatening beheading, and the BigBad was brutally killed at the end.
** Ironic in that this was how the ''My Little Pony'' show ''began'', as possibly the most hardcore TV cartoon of its time, yet its second and third generations created such a powerful reputation as a little girl show that it was difficult for many to believe My Little Pony could ever be anything else even when ''[[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'' came along to change the show's style again.
* LizardFolk: Rep.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Scorpan. That fact that he looks like ''Satan'' may have something to do with it.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Scorpan in the first special; a fundamentally ape-like body and limbs, a lion's tail and mane, bat-like wings, pointed bestial ears, and a face that can be described as a mixture between simian and crocodilian.
* MoralityPet: Spike is this for Scorpan on the first TV special, Rep ''tries'' to be this for Catrina in the second.
* TheNightThatNeverEnds: Tirek's ultimate goal in the first TV special is The TropeNamer.
* NobleDemon: Scorpan was like a father for Spike and tried to spare as much people as he could from falling into Tirek's hands. Subverted in that [[spoiler:he is really an enchanted human prince and the rightful lord of the lands seized by Tirak.]]
** He also warned Megan not to interfere.
* NoOntologicalInertia: After Tirek is killed, his entire kingdom reverts to a pleasant countryside, and everyone he transformed goes back to normal.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Tirek and Scorpan are drawn in a far more dark and realistic style that is unusual for such a show.
* OffWithHisHead: Tirek threatens Scorpan with making heads roll- Spike's head if he fails at bringing him the final pony before midnight. This was the last drop for Scorpan, who allies with the ponies and turns against Tirek.
* OpeningCreditsCastParty: In ''Midnight Castle'', the special opens with the ponies partying like its [[ShoutOut 1899]]. Then... things get worse.
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Tirek is one.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The dragons of Tirek's army, and the dragons he morphs the ponies into.
* PainfulTransformation: ''Strongly'' implied in the case of the ponies who are turned into dragons.
* PowerEchoes: Tirek's voice, two sentences out of three, has an echo under it. Why? 'Cause he's ''evil''.
** Or he's mostly in a castle with flat stone walls and probably isn't the type to decorate with tapestries or chandeliers.
* PowerSource: Catrina's power depends of having a constant supply of Witchweed potion. When she is about to run out of it, she completely ''snaps,'' which kickstarts the TV special.
* PunchClockVillain: On the second TV special we have Rep, who's a pretty decent guy. He's just (initially) too much of a sap to stand up to the power-crazed Catrina.
* RecycledPremise: The plot of the second special is near identical to the first: BigBad wants to kidnap ponies to serve their purposes and they have to be stopped. Oh, and Tirek and Catrina both have AntiVillain employees.
* RedOniBlueOni: Firefly plays Red Oni to everyone else in the special, but especially Medley and Twilight.
* SecretUndergroundPassage: Megan and the ponies use one to get into Midnight Castle.
* ShoutOut: The panther statues in Catrina's lair in the second special look almost exactly like Ravage on TransformersGenerationOne.
** When we first see Tirek, his face is never seen, and he is petting his Rainbow of Darkness as though it were a cat. Much like [[Film/JamesBond Ernst Stavro Blofeld]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is the villain in the first special named Tirek or Tirac? Not even ThisVeryWiki can agree on it.
** Website/IMDb further clouds the argument with the spelling Tirak.
** The G4 version of him is named "Tirek" according to the credits of the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 "Twilight's Kingdom"]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 two-parter]].
** The later edition (and subsequent 2-part syndication version) of "Escape from Catrina" misspells Catrina's name in the title.
** "Katrina" or "Catrina" is a common debate amongst fans.
* SignatureStyle: The resemblance of ''Rescue at Midnight Castle'' to ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can be explained by the fact that it was made by the same production team responsible for the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon.
* TagalongKid: Averted with Megan. The ponies are tagging along with her.
** Played straight with Ember and Spike, though.
* TeamMom: Medley. She is without the soft spoken voice of reason in the group.
* TemptingFate: The last two lines of the ''Rescue From Castle Midnight'' intro theme are "No sign of trouble in sight/May all your days be bright". Not ''thirty seconds later'', giant dragons appear and wreck havoc on Dream Valley.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Firefly and Medley, respectively.
* ToylessToyLineCharacter: Only three of the Sea Ponies were actual toy characters. Notably there's a [[http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg225/britesprite85/FIreflys%20Adventure/PDVD_050.jpg white mare]] who appears with Twinkles but never had a toy. Common theory is that she's the [[http://mylittlewiki.org/w/images/9/94/Newborn-porcelain.jpg "First Born"]] figurine.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: And how!
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: Rep, again.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the first special, an unnamed white pony with a multi-color mane, who is accompanied by a cat later given to Peaches, was never named or made into a toy.
** None of the ponies from the first special appear in ''MyLittlePonyAndFriends''.
* WingedUnicorn: In ''Escape from Catrina'', a {{Blooper}} causes pegasus Baby Surprise to have a horn for a couple of shots during the song "Let's Not Take A Nap".
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Catrina's Witchweed potion gives her immense magical powers at the cost of her morality & sanity.
* WouldHurtAChild: Tirek. The only reason he doesn't turn Ember into a dragon is because she's too small to pull his chariot.
* XMeetsY: ''Rescue at Midnight Castle'' could be aptly renamed ''MyLittlePony'' meets ''DungeonsAndDragons''. Heck, it even had both dungeons ''and'' dragons!