Released for TV in the early [[TheNineties nineties]], ''My Little Pony Tales'' is the second TV series based on the toyline, MyLittlePony, by Hasbro. Unlike the previous incarnation like ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends My Little Pony 'n' Friends]]'', which was a fantasy/adventure series, this was decided to give the ponies a [[SliceOfLife slice of life]] angle, and removed most of the fantasy elements. As the result, the only breed of pony in this series are Earth Ponies. Your mileage will vary on whether this was a good thing or not. The show was set in a town named Colton (sometimes Coltonville) which is somewhere in Ponyland.

The show centered on seven pony girls named Starlight, Sweetheart, Melody, Brighteyes, Patch, Clover, and Bon Bon. However, the show is notable for averting the LadyLand rule that ''My Little Pony'' normally prescribes to by introducing three male ponies: Ace, Teddy, and Lancer. The show focused on their daily lives and how they dealt with things like stage fright, dating, personal responsibility, the environment, pets, cultural differences, school, trust, bullies, and other things normal kids deal with. This was the first of three attempts to make a SliceOfLife style ''MyLittlePony'' show. The producers did this to try to reach their core demographic, girls, who watched the original series but would be old enough by then to worry about any of the above issues the show tackled. Depending on who you ask, it may or may not have been a good idea.

The series was met with mixed responses from its viewers and only lasted a [[ShortRunners single season]] of 26 fifteen-minute shorts as the result. Some see that as a good thing. Others think it was {{too good to last}}. Much like its predecessor, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', the series was comprised of [[QuarterHourShort quarter hour shorts]], but unlike before, shared its running time with no other properties. The series ran for twenty-six episodes told over the course of thirteen airings in 1992.

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!! ''My Little Pony Tales'' contains examples of:

* AerithAndBob: The girl ponies usually had outright fantastical names, like Starlight and Bright Eyes, while the boys tended to have more normal names like Ace and Teddy. This even happened with supporting and one-off characters - one episode has a pony mention offhand that "Justin finally proposed to Moonglow."
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Sweetheart and Teddy (although in Teddy's case it's more like JerkassFacade). And later, Starlight and Ace.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Starlight has a crush on Ace, who's far more interested in Melody, who's more interested in herself. Averted with Sweetheart[=/=]Teddy and Bright Eyes[=/=]Lancer, however.
* AnAesop: One per episode, many of them pertaining to friendship, not unlike [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a later incarnation]] of the franchise. So, NotSoDifferent? Also, a good chunk of them dealt with real life...ish, subjects that many kids deal with.
* AnthropomorphicShift: The most well-known in the series. Characters are periodically changing from moving like horses to being barely below {{Funny Animal}}s.
** In "Birds of a Feather", Bon Bon runs out of food and complains that they'll starve to death. ''In a forest full of grass''. Their solution? [[ArtisticLicenseBiology To go fishing]].
* ApocalypticLog: Invoked by Bon Bon in "Birds of a Feather", when ponies get lost in the woods and she tearfully decides to write a "farewell entry" in her diary, in case anyone ever finds it.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Ponyville has a tropical island [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin called]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "Tropical Island"]] that ''somehow'' qualifies as "foreign" despite being close enough to be seen from a hot air balloon over Ponyville. Long shots of the planet show it's [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted identical to Earth]], placing Ponyville in the suburban United States, meaning [[NonindicativeName Tropical Island isn't actually in the tropics]]. They don't even have the benefit of saying [[AWizardDidIt it's magic]], as [[ContinuityReboot there are no unicorns or anything even remotely supernatural in this generation]] (with one exception -- see How Unscientific below).
* BeAWhoreToGetYourMan: Subverted in "Roll Around The Clocks": Melody leads the other girls in giving Bright Eyes an UnnecessaryMakeover while Lancer is given a similar overhaul by the boys. Both makeovers wind up backfiring, as they reject each other's new looks and attitudes. It's only when they start [[BeYourself dressing and acting normally again]] that they quietly get together, much to Melody and Ace's confusion.
* BigEater: Bonbon is seen eating many sweets. She even eats a cookie right after waking up in the intro. At one point, the gang had packed a week's worth of food and turned to find Bon Bon had just eaten ''all'' of it.
* BilingualBonus: The name of Meadowlark's fiancee Cheval; it's actually a French word for horse.
* {{Blackmail}}: Done to Ace and Lancer in "Shop Talk" when the girls lure them into doing something embarrassing to entertain some baby ponies they're babysitting, then take pictures and threaten to expose them unless they stop teasing Teddy.
** Teddy also threatens to show Ms. Hackney the entry in "Bon Bon's Diary" that says she cheated in a test unless she goes to the school dance with him.
** And he was stopped by Sweetheart threatening to reveal his UnmanlySecret. These ponies will fight fire with fire!
* BrokenAesop: In "Just for Kicks", Starlight joins the soccer team hoping to impress her crush Ace, but he keeps humiliating her due to her lack of skill. Patch helps her become a better player, only for Ace to reject her ''again'' out of jealousy after she scores a game-winning kick. Starlight seems to realize that she shouldn't let her feelings for Ace dictate how she feels about herself... but then Ace, on the urging of the rest of the team, grudgingly apologizes, and she falls head over heels for him again. So much for finding your own self-confidence...
* CatScare: Seen in "Slumber Party" when the girls investigate a noise in the attic.
* ChangelingFantasy: "Princess Problems" turns it on its head, as Patch is ''horrified'' at the thought she might be a princess and have to leave her friends and adoptive family behind. [[spoiler:Played straight when she realizes fellow orphan ''Rosy'' is the real lost princess.]]
* ClingyMacGuffin: The unlucky white teapot in "Out of Luck". Clover just can't seem to get rid of it, no matter what she does...
* CloudCuckooLander: Patch has traits of this, being shown as a very excentric and ungirly girl rather than a (stereo)typical tomboy. She acknowledges her own weirdness, but couldn't care less about what others think of her behaviour.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The DVD releases of the show in Australia has cover art of G2 ponies.
* EdutainmentShow: It was one of the first ''slice of life'' type show to enter the market back when the market lacked shows of said genre.
* FantasticRacism: Apparently, mainland ponies believe that tropical ponies practice cannibalism and make [[HumanSacrifice pony sacrifices]] to the volcano.
Then again, this belief is only expressed by the mane cast (who are kids and likely wouldn't know better)and it's unlike that the town would even allow a student exchange program in the first place if such views were common place.
* FeatherFingers: My gosh, the confusion here rivals ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. How the heck are animals with hooves supposed to use guitars and ice-cream scoops anyway?
* FiveManBand
** TheHero - Starlight
** TheLancer - Melody (sometimes Patch)
** TheSmartGuy - Bright Eyes
** TheBigGuy - Bon Bon
** TheChick - Clover (sometimes Sweetheart)
** TheHeart - Sweetheart
** ActionGirl - Patch
* FreezeFrameBonus: During the FantasySequence in "And the Winner is...", we see Clover switching channels on a big TV. Among the many briefly visible pictures, some of them just small miniatures on 4x4 or 8x8 grids, are [[Main/ChristopherColumbus Santa Maria ship]], MuppetBabies, a rocker pony, a highway junction, a Shinkansen train, and even a pair of [[FurryConfusion human laced boots]].
* FurryConfusion: Like Woah. See FeatherFingers.
** The most outstanding example had to be royal carriage being pulled by ''horses''. In a world of sentient ''ponies''. Of course one could assume that in this world draft horses are to ponies what chimpanzees are to humans, but still...
** While it's a later incarnation not canon to this series, ''Friendship is Magic'' offers an explanation for such things: in that series, drawing a carriage is a job similar to being a taxi driver. Or, in the case of royalty (as it was in this example) it's the equivalent of servants carrying the palanquin of someone who is TooImportantToWalk.
* GarageBand: Rockin' Beats.
* GenreShift: From ''fantasy'' to ''slice of life''. Fans tuned in hoping to see ponies and Megan fighting evil. They got something along the lines of WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} (or if you want to be period-accurate, {{Doug}}) instead.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The animators seemed to be rather fond of Bon Bon's rear. She also got BedroomEyes and even ''breasts'' on a few episodes.
** One ImagineSpot featured Bon Bon as a cover girl for a magazine. She's wearing a onepiece bathing suit that resalts her breasts and next to her, two young mares (dressed as nurses) are hugging while they stare deep into each other's eyes. ''Wow.'' Considering the scene is about modeling I'm guessing Bon Bon understand what 'adult' models do.
** The episode "Birds of a Feather" had Ace and Bright Eyes massaging her rear end and flanks. Granted, they were just rubbing mud onto her nettle-stings, but still.
* GossipyHens: Melody and Starlight in "Shop Talk", kicking off that episode's plot when Sweetheart won't participate.
* GreenAesop: "Who's Responsible", and to a lesser extend "Birds of a Feather".
* HappilyAdopted: Patch, and in "Princess Problems" she's not happy about the idea of having to leave her adoptive family.
* HowUnscientific: The episode "Up, Up, and Away" features a UFO and... [[CanonDiscontinuity unicorns]]. (In fact, the UFO ''is'' this group. It was actually the light shining from them as they traveled.)
** Not just unicorns... one was an alicorn! And it's not a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials one-scene animation error]] this time: The pegasus that fixed up the hot-air balloon did so with magic from his or her ([[ImprobablyFemaleCast probably her]]) horn. However, as this is 18 years before ''Friendship is Magic'' made wings and a horn on the same pony equal GodEmperor, the alicorn is not named and silently flies around fixing the damage instead of being the leader as you'd expect, let alone doing anything like raising the sun.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: Rare example of an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] -- this and all series that followed were completely human-free. However, in a way, this does fit it - the focus is on humanlike characters in an Earthlike world.
* InvisibleAnatomy: The Ponies can hold objects, grip on things, press buttons, play musical instruments, hold small pencils and operate precision machines, using just their hooves.
* {{Jerkass}}: Everyone took turns to be this against each other, but Melody, Patch, Ace and Teddy were the biggest offenders of all.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Again, everyone: they always learn their lessons in the end and usually didn't have malicious intent in the beginning. Teddy was really ''intended'' to be this type of character, but in practice, [[InformedAttribute we've only got Sweetheart's word to suggest]] that Teddy is a saint with a JerkassFacade, as ''most'' episodes that heavily feature him basically make him the villain of the story, and he learns his lesson at the end just in time to get AesopAmnesia by the next time. ''Ace,'' the ''designated'' jerk character, on the other hand, fits better as he has more than one PetTheDog moment that ''wasn't'' forced on him.
* TheKiddieRide: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R8SW-0xlw0 This Youtube video's description says it all]]. For those unable to see the video tho: [[spoiler:The rides were made in the early 90s and were modeled after My Little Pony Tales characters. They were licensed, but frequently mismatched the color of the ponies with their symbols. The company that made the ride was subsequently bought over by Jolly Roger]].
* LadyLand: Much much ''much'' less so than most series. The core cast and most of the other characters who do most of the talking are female, but in addition to Ace, Teddy, and Lancer as oft-seen recurring classmates of the gang, we have two-parent families, and in one episode a king and a queen. Male ponies are represented more here than even in ''Friendship is Magic'' (with stallions outside Applejack's brother Big Macintosh largely relegated to crowd filler.)
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Used at the end of the episode "Just for Kicks"
* LockedInARoom: Lancer engineers this to force his quarreling friends to reconcile in "Happy Birthday Sweetheart". ''His'' version involves stranding the lot of them on his father's private yacht.
* OffModel: Boy, the animators cut a ''lot'' of corners when making this series (This is Creator/{{AKOM}} we're talking about after all). For example, when the ponies are facing to the camera, they become something ''hideous.''
** Bon Bon's weight shifted among episodes as if the animators couldn't decide if she was pudgy, fat or a complete porker.
* OutOfGenreExperience: "Up, Up, and Away." We go from plots like "Bon Bon hides her bad grade" or "the girls and the boys run competing lemonade stands" to "There's a UFO... oh, wait, it's just [[spoiler: three pegasi and an alicorn flying around the world in the form of a blinding light nobody can see through unless they want to reveal themselves.]]" It's even kicked off by Patch wanting to do something adventurous and picking something significantly more dangerous than what your average kid could stumble into doing - similar to FIM - and it involves a hot-air balloon, which G3 and FIM pretty much turned into an icon of the franchise. With [[spoiler: multiple pony races]] and magic and danger and the balloon, it's like we're in one of the other series for a while. All that's missing is a cute little dragon.
* ParanormalEpisode: The episode "Up, Up, and Away", notable for being the only episode featuring unicorn ponies - who were otherwise absent from the show as this iteration had removed most fantastic elements.
* PowerpuffGirlHands: See InvisibleAnatomy.
* ThePrankster: Patch and Teddy. Both have taken it too far, to the point where Patch sabotaged Bright Eye's class project and caused its failure while Teddy got the girls disqualified from a swim meet.
* ProductPlacement: There is one episode where two ponies are revealed to be drinking CocaCola, as they clearly state that they are "Cokes".
* PsychoStrings: These are used in "Out of Luck" when Clover returns home and spots the teapot she believes is making her unlucky. They resurface later when the teapot is returned to the house again.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In "Send in the Clown", they put on ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''. The actual Tchaikovsky ballet. Is it possible for a show about talking ponies to be on the SlidingScaleOfLikeRealityUnlessNoted?
* RealAfterAll: Patch's ghost story in "Slumber Party" it would seem, [[spoiler:as the ghost of the story character Squire appeared to thank Patch for telling the story.]]
* SchizoTech: Ponies have desktop computers and... steam trains. Also, the cars on the streets range from pre-war vans to modern convertibles.
* SevenDeadlySins:
** Starlight: Lust
** Sweetheart: Envy
** Melody: Pride
** Bright Eyes: Wrath
** Patch: Greed
** Clover: Sloth
** Bon Bon: Gluttony
* ShortRunner: The show only got one season of 26 episodes. The TwoShorts format means it's actually ''thirteen.''
* ShoutOut: During the FantasySequence described above, we can briefly see LawyerFriendlyCameo of Kermit and Miss Piggy from ''MuppetBabies''.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Bright Eyes and Lancer
* SliceOfLife: The basic style of the show.
* TakeAThirdOption: "Happy Birthday Sweetheart" sees the other girls telling Sweetheart she has to choose between them or Teddy: either uninvite him from her upcoming party, or none of them will come. Sweetheart responds by tearfully canceling the party.
** When Clover wins two concert tickets in "And the Winner is...", instead of picking one of her friends to go with her, she decides to hold another lotto with ''both'' tickets up for grabs. [[spoiler:Melody and Clover win, but wind up pawning them off for pizza money and watching the concert on TV with the rest of the girls]].
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: The only way to tell a background pony's gender is by its single clothing accessory or by the length of its mane. And sometimes, not even then. Teddy's farming cousins with the pink coats and long, curly rainbow-colored manes? Half of them are men. And [[UnfortunateImplications the father looks identical to the mother]], but that's a [[IncestIsRelative different trope entirely....]]
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: OnceAnEpisode!
* ThemeTuneRollCall: Well, for the core female ponies anyway.
--> ''Starlight, Sweetheart, Melody, Bright-Eyes, Patch and Clover/Bon Bon's baking cookies, girls, hurry up on over!
** TitleThemeTune: "My Little Pony, My Little Pony, ''My Little Pony Tales''! My Little Pony, My Little Pony, ''My Little Pony Tales''!"
* ThroughHisStomach: Referenced by Bon Bon's line in the song "Play It Cool":
--> '''Bon Bon:''' Want to catch a boy's eye? / Bake a chocolate cream pie!
* TwiceShy: Bright Eyes and Lancer, until their RelationshipUpgrade in "Roll Around the Clocks".
* UnmanlySecret: Teddy didn't want anyone to know he has a teddy bear.
* VinylShatters: Averted in the episode "Roll Around the Clocks"; when Bright Eyes falls while carrying a huge stack of records at the roller rink, they stay in one piece, and are still perfectly usable.
* WhatTheHellHero: Lancer calls out Teddy and the rest of Sweetheart's friends when their feuding leads to her miserably cancelling her own birthday party.
* WingedUnicorn: "Up, Up and Away" features the four Glow 'n Show Ponies with wings, despite only Starglow being a pegasus in the toy line. Dazzleglow, a unicorn in the toy line, has both wings and a horn here.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Sweetheart found herself torn between Teddy and her friends several times, with the girls demanding she choose them over him or lose their friendship. (Teddy didn't make it easy with the "Jerk" part of being a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Sweetheart was usually the only one who ever saw any solid evidence of that heart of gold.)