Character Reactions And Interpretations / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Discord was stuck as a stone statue twice, once for well over a millennium, and fully conscious both times. Once freed, he seems completely unfazed by the experience, even mentioning his boredom and loneliness off-handedly.
    • Luna/Nightmare Moon is in a similar situation, having been sealed in the moon for a thousand years. Yet her sanity seems unaffected. The comic book tie-in implies that she had company during her imprisonment, but it's unclear whether this is canon.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • Rainbow Dash proudly proclaims she's the best flyer in Equestria and often treats herself like a Memetic Badass. Thing is, she's right, and the fans certainly concur with the second part.
    • Trixie is commonly depicted in fandom as Twilight's Worthy Opponent who is her equal in magical talent but lacks the training and/or dedication to be as good with it as her. A far cry from the show, where her hammy boasts are admitted by her to prop up her ego because her magic is really just stage effects and parlor tricks.
  • Badass Decay: Shining Armor is the biggest offender. He starts out as the Captain of the Royal Guard in Canterlot so you'd expect him to be a capable fighter. Unfortunately, he's always beaten easily by the Big Bad and utterly useless to the main characters. It's actually gotten to the point where he cries at least once an appearance in later episodes.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Rainbow Dash is incredibly similar to Sonic the Hedgehog. Both of them are cartoon animals who can break the sound barrier, have spiky hair, have an "attitude", and have a tendency to boast about their speed. To drive the point home, both of them are idolized by orange-furred children (Scootaloo for Rainbow, Tails for Sonic) and pink-furred Genki Girls (Pinkie Pie for Rainbow, Amy for Sonic). They are also both primarily blue.
    • Pinkie Pie and Kirby, mainly because they are both pink heroes with huge appetites and also inflate there bodies at certain points (Kirby to fly, and Pinkie Pie during some of her random cartoon physics most noticeable during her Pinkie Sense when she found out that Twilight believing in her abilities was the doozy she predicted). They also have had trouble with dealing with bird-based characters (King Dedede for Kirby and Gilda for Pinkie) so these characters do have a lot in common.
    • Pinkie gets a lot of comparison to Deadpool as well. Both characters are Fun Personified Motor Mouths with a tendency to act completely random. Both characters also have Medium Awareness, but despite what the fandom says, Pinkie's is to a much, much lesser extent than Deapool's. The comparison was only strengthened when Pinkie rambled about "chimi-cherry-changas" (chimichangas are Deadpool's favorite food).
    • Rarity and Rouge the Bat. This one's easy to figure out. Both of them are Proud Beauties who are white with blue eyeshadow, can handle themselves well in a fight, and have younger males attracted to them (Spike for Rarity, and Knuckles for Rouge), while both being obsessed with jewels and have no problem using their feminine wiles to get what they want. Hey, in "Sonic Rainboom" Rarity even has wings, lipstick, and nearly falls to her doom much like Rouge does in Sonic Adventure 2, stressing this comparison even more.
    • Princess Celestia shares more than one similarity with The Doctor: they both lived an undefined long time, they both have a backstory enveloped in absolute mystery, they both had a particular event that changed their life and it's treated like their biggest failure (the banishment of her sister Luna/NMM for her, the Time War for him) and they both have cheerful personality hidden inside their aura of professionalism... oh, and they both have shades of a Guile Hero and are both very protective in regard of their subordinates/companions.
    • Same can be said of Celestia sharing some similarities to Optimus Prime.
    • A few members of the fandom have compared Pinkie Pie to The Master pointing how both experienced an event in their childhood (staring into the Untempered Schism for The Master and witnessing the Sonic Rainboom for Pinkie Pie) that had a major effect in their lives (The Master went mad from the drumming in his head and Pinkie became insanely cheerful after getting her cutie mark). Both characters have a bizarre sense of humor, both characters are considered woobies by the fandom, and both characters have created mass duplicates of themselves at one point (Pinkie wanted a way to spend time with all of her friends and The Master wanted an army to take over the universe). Likewise, both characters have Hidden Depths to them having tragic aspects to them that are hidden by their hammy personalities.
    • Both Celestia and Luna can be compared to Thor and Loki. Celestia/Luna are both essentially goddesses much like how Thor/Loki are both gods. Both pairs shared a close sibling relationship until jealously caused the younger sibling to turn evil (Loki wanted to take over Asgard and Luna became Nightmare Moon). Likewise, Celestia tries to reconcile with Luna much like how Thor tries to reconcile with Loki.
    • Twilight Sparkle has been compared to Death the Kid by a few members of the fandom. Both are obsessive-compulsive to the point where they take the slightest hint of failure as a big deal, both have stripes on one side of their head, and both tend to be the Only Sane Man in the group at times.
    • Rainbow Dash has been compared to Black Star. Both being loud boisterous members of their team who tend to have large egos. Likewise, both are best friends with a quiet meek female character (IE: Fluttershy and Tsubaki) as well as an odd friendship with a more serious-minded character (IE: Twilight Sparkle and Death The Kid) And, both characters are loyal to their friends and are willing to risk their lives to help them in times of danger.
    • Fluttershy's Shrinking Violet and Moe characteristic have led to comparisons between her and Hinata, especially by shippers that ship Hinata and Naruto along with Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash.
    • These said traits, along with her tendency to Take a Level in Badass in order to help her friends (just to name a few similarities) also leads to Fluttershy being compared to Nodoka Miyazaki.
    • Adding to the Soul Eater comparisons, Fluttershy is often compared to Crona. Both are shy, pink-haired woobies who love animals and have hidden dark sides.
    • Celestia is sometimes compared to Palutena. Both are tall, long-haired, dignified light goddesses with mischievous streaks who have a dark goddess sister as an adversary after said sister turned evil.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Pinkie Pie practically defines this trope.
    • Discord, considering he is the embodiment of chaos.
    • In "Family Appreciation Day" Granny Smith says and does a number of strange things which turn out to be very important for the harvesting of Zap Apples and the creation of Zap Apple Jam.
    • Cheese Sandwich, by virtue of being Pinkie Pie's Spear Counterpart.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Discord practically wrote the book on this trope.
    • Apparently, Queen Chrysalis wrote the sequel.
    • King Sombra turned it into a trilogy.
    • Nightmare Moon wrote the foundations and did the research required for the trilogy to be even created.
    • Lord Tirek WAS the foundation and research for said book LONG BEFORE Friendship Is Magic was even a thought.
  • Creator's Pet: Starlight Glimmer began getting accusations that she is this from quite a few fans after "The Cutie Re-Mark." The most-common complaints included (1) her having too much Story-Breaker Power for a normal Unicorn note , (2) her Freudian Excuse being too rushed and disproportionate to her crimes, (3) the fact that she is way too Easily Forgiven after everything was said and done (even by the show's standards), (4) the amount of story focus she seems to get over the main cast, especially in Premiers/Finales, and (5) the narrative shilling Starlight by having other characters either praise her too easily or by making her look good at the expense of making other characters look worse by giving them the Jerkass Ball or by weakening them. Depending who you ask, some of the later episodes have either been able to subvert some of these complaints, have still retained them or have even managed give rise to new ones.
  • Creepy Cute: Some consider the Changelings to be rather adorable.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Zecora got some of this when she was first introduced, but quickly became an Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Evil is Cool: Why else would Discord and Nightmare Moon have such huge fanbases?
  • Evil is Sexy:
    • Nightmare Moon. To some people, anyway. And that's not even touching that voice of hers...
    • Queen Chrysalis to an extent, for some. Some of her fan-art has been quite... provocative. It may have to do with that alluring voice or the gothic design. The fact that she's essentially a succubus certainly doesn't hurt.
    • Alicorn Amulet Trixie has apparently reached this status.
    • Discord, due to his voice and trickster personality. And the Flim Flam Brothers.
    • Mane-Iac thanks to her hammy and over-the-top voice and an attractive design.
    • King Sombra, apparently, for being Tall, Dark and Handsome.
    • Starlight Glimmer, especially thanks to this.
  • Face of the Band: For the band that played at the Grand Galloping Gala, Octavia is the most popular and always in the center of the band (or near it at least) during "The Best Night Ever" and the first to appear on-screen when they show up again during "Sweet and Elite".
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff / Americans Hate Tingle:
    • If Nico Nico comments on Japanese fansubs are anything to go by, Gilda is more sympathetic to Japanese audiences and Trixie less so. However, two polls held by one of the fansubbers placed Trixie over Gilda.
    • To the Japanese fandom, Fluttershy, Big Mac, Cheerilee, and Applejack are the top four most popular ponies. Fluttershy has been regarded as an "Honorary Japanese" because of her personality and as the most triumphant Western example of the Moe Archetype, Big Mac is usually known by the honorific "Aniki" ("Big Brother"), Cheerilee is greatly respected for her teaching skills (earning her the nickname "Cheerilee-Sensei"), and Applejack, due to her honesty and simple humility, is more popular in Japan than in the West. Rainbow Dash is also surprisingly one of the more popular characters in Japan, thanks in part to fans being impressed by Izumi Kitta's boyish voice.
  • Hype Backlash: Has happened to a few fan-favorite characters.
    • Luna gets this a lot; expect at least one person to claim she's overrated when talking about her.
    • The sheer amount of zeal many Derpy fans possess for the character can make some bronies feel the opposite about her.
    • Maud Pie is now starting to get this with the news of her being the focus of a Season 7 episode. Fans have accused her of hogging the spotlight from the rest of Pinkie's family members.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The large majority of time in the Slice of Life stories however, said character brings it upon themselves out of arrogance or stubborn refusal to get out of an often easily escapable scenario and are handed An Aesop at the end of it all.
    • Luna, with the emphasis on "jerkass" in season 1's first two episodes, and the emphasis on "woobie" in "Luna Eclipsed", wherein she just wants to be admired yet everypony else is running away from her.
    • Trixie is also often seen in this light, mainly because she loses her home after her debut episode.
    • Twilight Sparkle herself usually has plenty of legitimate reasons to be upset about her problems. However, her Super OCD-ness and inferior complex gets the better of her, causing her to make her own problems worse more than better.
    • Rainbow Dash in some of her lower points. To some extent, all the mane cast have moments in the spotlight that involve them acting arrogant or reckless, and paying a heavy price for it a couple of times.
    • Discord, as of "Keep Calm and Flutter On" and especially in "Twilight's Kingdom". The poor guy betrayed his best friend for someone he thought was a better friend, only for that friend to betray him, causing him to deeply regret his actions and consider himself unworthy of forgiveness.
    • Diamond Tiara in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", especially during her solo number.
    • Starlight Glimmer. She lost her only friendship as a filly, and never had any confidence in real friendship, resulting in a lonely life and stint as a bitter dictator.
    • Gilda becomes one when she returns in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone". It’s revealed her hometown was destroyed and every griffon who lives there acts like a jerk to her. As a child, she was a victim of bullying and her only friend was Rainbow Dash, and it can be assumed that her obnoxious behavior in her first appearance was because she didn’t want to lose the one person who had ever really been nice to her.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Discord is one sly trolling bastard in his two-part episode. Made even better in "Keep Calm and Flutter On". As manipulative as he was in the Season 2 premiere, he was still backed by omnipotent magic, which means he had a distinct advantage over the Mane Six (as they started out without their Elements). In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", however, they do have their Elements, he cannot do anything about that, and they are ready to blast him back to stone at a moment's notice. Faced with this disadvantage, Discord has no choice but to really start using his wits to gain the upper hand. Does he succeed? Let's put it that way: just about the only thing that stands between him and total domination of Equestria is... himself. As of Season 4, a backup plan he made 1000 years ago has successfully forced the girls into giving up their Elements of Harmony. In other words, only his own friendship with Fluttershy stands between him and Equestria plunged in chaos. We should really be glad for that Heel–Face Turn....
    • King Sombra in his two-part episode was certainly one in the past, at least, due to his Crazy-Prepared measures when hiding the Crystal Heart during his rule over the Crystal Empire. His return reduces him to an Almighty Idiot, but he's still a terrifying No-Nonsense Nemesis.
    • Queen Chrysalis is also a cunning foe herself, successfully fooling everyone including Celestia. Shining Armor's shield spell could conveniently block all threats out of Canterlot. This was a spell that neither Luna, nor Celestia could accomplish. How do you overcome such an obstacle? Oh I dunno, how about impersonating his fiancé and sucking all his energy away? Keep your enemies close after all. Not only that, she's also quick-thinking enough to play with her friends' perception of Twilight in order to make her seem jealous of her marrying Shining.
    • Lord Tirek is certainly one. He patiently manipulates Discord, a Magnificent Bastard in his own right, like a fiddle, and manages to successfully drain every pony in Equestria of their magic, including the Princesses and the Mane Six. He's also very good at playing Xanatos Speed Chess, catching up to current events and playing them in his favor. If it hadn't been for Discord's key, Tirek would have been unstoppable.
  • Memetic Badass
  • Memetic Bystander: Derpy Hooves began as an extra... rivals the Mane Six in popularity.
  • Memetic Loser: With all the talk of who is "Best Pony", naturally, fans also talk about who they consider is "Worst Pony". The "winner" of these arguments is usually Twist.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Along with "Trollestia", another Alternative Character Interpretation fans like to give to Celestia is "Molestia", where she sexually abuses her subjects. The variant with victim being Luna is called "Incestia".
    • The Diamond Dogs, mainly because of the way they swarm around Rarity when they first see her and then kidnap her along with the constant I Have You Now, My Pretty vibes they give off, especially during the Imagine Spot where they backed her into a corner, complete with spanking Rarity later on have earned them this title in spades.
    • With the advent of "Lesson Zero", Twilight Sparkle of all ponies now bears this title. The fact that next episode she used candy to lure Pinkie Pie into a dark alley, then pins Pinkie down and makes her promise not to scream hasn't helped.
    • Discord has also gotten a bit of this, mainly due to his No Sense of Personal Space with Twilight Sparkle, especially the scene were he runs his paw across her cheek. The Pony POV Series implied that his brainwashing of Fluttershy, the only one he could never break, is similar to Rape Of course, unlike the previous examples, Discord is actually evil and nasty enough for this to have at least some degree of validity.
    • Queen Chrysalis is quickly gaining steam as a canon example of this. On top of essentially being a G-rated succubus, she, like Discord, has No Sense of Personal Space, placing her hoof on Twilight's chin (what's with villains and touching Twilight's face?) and getting really close to Shining Armor (as both fake Cadance and in her true form!).
    • The plunder vines from the premiere of season four were shown to be very grabby. The fandom promptly went to the obvious place with them. In fact, one can easily compare the plunder vines to the trees from The Evil Dead.
    • Ten episodes later came the Tatzlwurm and its three (also very grabby) tentacle-tongues. There's an excellent chance that it reached this status the very second that it opened its mouth.
  • Memetic Psychopath:
  • Memetic Troll: There is a reason one of Celestia's nicknames is "Trollestia". Her character in the actual series is a benevolent ruler and a Reasonable Authority Figure, but it's very frequent amongst fans to portray her as a Caligula who banishes her subjects to the moon on a whim and goes on her way to constantly prank them.
  • Moe: If Friendship is Magic is My Little Pony mixed with Anime Tropes, then expect the series to include elements of Moe in its setting, thus contributing to its popularity from a large section of the Anime demographic. Specific examples include:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • In "Dragon Quest", the adolescent dragons, who are initially portrayed merely as obnoxious Jerkasses, bring Spike along on a "raid" that involves stealing phoenix eggs away from their parents and smashing them, simply because they think it's fun. They don't change their minds when the newborn babies hatch, either. If that doesn't convince you they're bad news, then Garble personally walked past it by declaring his first action as Dragon Lord to be raiding Equestria and burning it to the ground.
    • In "A Canterlot Wedding", Imposter-Cadance/Queen Chrysalis crossed this by leaving Twilight trapped in the mines under Canterlot which were long forgotten so nopony would ever find her. Then taunting her with that fact, just to rub it in. And then it's revealed she did the exact same thing with the real Cadance, who is in rough shape by the time Twilight finds her. All this after letting an already-broken and regretful Twilight think all is forgiven.
    • "The Crystal Empire" does this to King Sombra immediately upon his introduction, in which it is revealed that he used Black Magic to turn the Crystal Empire into Mordor and enslave the crystal ponies who lived there. Worse still, he's given no excuse for his crimes — Nightmare Moon had a tragic backstory, and though it doesn't remotely excuse their actions, Discord and Chrysalis were at least motivated by some component of their natures. Sombra, though, was just a regular unicorn who decided to seize power for himself even if it meant ruining the lives of everyone around him. Appropriately, the episode presents him more as a monstrous force of evil than as an actual character.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2", if Lord Tirek hadn't crossed this already, he certainly did when he imprisoned Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity and Spike, drained their magic, betrayed Discord, and drained him of his magic. Even earlier than that, he banishes Celestia, Luna, and Cadance to Tartarus, even though they have no magic and are powerless to do anything against him.
    • Discord is an interesting case. In "The Return of Harmony" he comes dangerously close to crossing the MEH by cheating at his own game and mentally torturing the main ponies. "Keep Calm and Flutter On" heavily implies that Discord did this in self-defense. By pretending to be Fluttershy's friend, he eventually becomes the mask and makes a Heel–Face Turn. In "Twilight's Kingdom", betraying all of Equestria to Tirek, including Fluttershy, would almost count as this, but due to his recurring remorse and reaction to Tirek betraying him not only make him sympathetic, but solidify his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • The dragon from Dragonshy becomes this as a result of Fluttershy setting him straight. When he starts talking normally, he whines "But that rainbow one kicked me!"
    • Twilight's Imagine Spot in "A Bird in the Hoof" where Fluttershy is banished with imprisonment becomes this when Fluttershy bends her cage's bars, softening the effect.
  • No Yay: Discord teleporting into Spike's bed, under the covers while he's sleeping and asking "Where's Twilight?" leaving Spike curled up in the fetal position, shaking.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Many one-shot characters that have shown up for little gags have left a lasting impression.
    • We should start with, of course, the pony patron of this trope: Vinyl "DJ Pon-3" Scratch. Proof that all you need to be popular is to have a cool design, she originally only appeared for a few seconds in "Suited for Success" doing nothing but bobbing her head; yet she became one of the most popular characters in the show. She returned in the Season 2 finale for the Dance Party Ending, revealing her eye color (they're magenta, by the way).
    • While Derpy is not a One-Scene Wonder character, her speaking scene in "The Last Roundup" came as such a surprise a ton of fans forget the episode was about Applejack.
    • Crackle, the rather amusing-looking dragon in "Dragon Quest" that just so happens to look like the ponies' dragon disguise.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Discord is capable of shapeshifting. That's paranoia fuel enough for younger audiences (specifically, the target audience). He could be any stranger you meet!
    • When Pinkie Pie is chasing after you, go ahead and hide. No matter where you go, you can never escape. She will find you. Even when you're in a place that she couldn't possibly reach, yup, she's there. This is taken Up to Eleven if you break a Pinkie Promise, and she Turns Red.
    • The Changelings have the explicit ability and tactic of turning into your loved ones, and they can use mind control to keep you from noticing or fighting back.
  • Poor Man's Substitute:
    • Subverted. They originally intended to do this with someone who sounded like John de Lancie, but someone suggested they get the real de Lancie instead.
    • Played straight with Tirek's voice actor, who, in his "weak" voice, is clearly trying to sound like Tim Curry (which actually lead to a rumor that Tim Curry was indeed Tirek's voice actor). To be fair, he only sounds like this very briefly, as he later ditches the Tim Curry impersonating for a more "generic" monster lord voice.
  • Replacement Scrappy: After her Heel–Face Turn, Starlight Glimmer came off as a poorly done Expy to Sunset Shimmer, who remains confined to the Equestria Girls spin-off. Starlight committed far worse crimes then Sunset, but was even more Easily Forgiven than Sunset (lacking her Break the Haughty); being instantly forgiven by the town she enslaved, wasting the chance to put her through what redeemed Sunset to the fandom. Reception to Starlight's redemption have been mixed, coming off as a Tough Act to Follow at best.
  • Rooting for the Empire: The show has an incredibly popular version of this in the New Lunar Republic - a LARGE group of fans who resent the reign of supposed "tyrant" Celestia and would rather Luna take the throne. Whether or not this counts as Rooting for the Empire depends on whether they're rooting for Luna or Nightmare Moon. Luna is not an example because she's ultimately good (if only a little impulsive), and the legitimate arguments against her right to the throne are purely political. Those who flat out rooted for Nightmare Moon... play this trope straight.
    • Discord enjoys enormous popularity, many of his fans wanting the fun-loving, Laughably Evil Trickster to succeed in his goal of eternal chaos. It didn't hurt that in his introductory episode, one of the main characters (namely Pinkie Pie) seemed perfectly fine with a guy who makes chocolate milk rain from the sky.
    • The Changelings have their fans, arguing that despite the cruelty of their queen most Changelings just want something to eat.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Since the show has picked up a notoriously large male Periphery Demographic, Snips and Snails gained a lot of ire early on for being the main representation of males in Ponyville. The fact that they're unattractive, dopey, and obnoxious didn't sit well with a crowd of men more educated than the show's intended audience effectively, they're the gendered version of an Ethnic Scrappy. Later episodes helped tone this down as Snips and Snails appeared less often while other much nicer male characters like Spike, Big Macintosh, Carrot Cake and Shining Armor got more focus. By the second and third seasons, their appearances were limited enough that their Scrappy status dwindled considerably, and their roles in episodes like "Magic Duel" (wherein they get tortured over the course of the episode by fan-favorite character The Great And Powerful Trixie) were clearly to those episodes' benefit.
    • Twist gets it the worst since all it took was a nerdy lisp and already most fans have despised her regardless of the fact that Twist is a kind filly who appeared to be Apple Bloom's only friend prior to Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle showing up.
    • Fluttershy's pet bunny, Angel, gets quite a bit of hatred due to the fact that he's often a Jerkass to Fluttershy. It was worst after "Putting Your Hoof Down", in which he kicked Fluttershy out of her own house because she didn't put a cherry on his salad. It's telling that Angel has received more Take That, Scrappy! moments in subsequent seasons than any other character.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • From season 3 onwards, Angel has been the number one victim of this trope.
    • In the episode "Too Many Pinkie Pies", one of the Pinkie Pie clones turns her face into a G3 pony's face only to get zapped and killed by Twilight Sparkle. This is even more noticeable in an ad for Season 3 in which Rarity and Fluttershy react to the face with disgust.
    • Snips and Snails get their just desserts in "Magic Duel" when they are abused by Trixie, whose cart they ended up wrecking through their own stupidity in her first appearance.
    • Also, whenever Diamond Tiara receives karmic punishments from her bullying. Not all the time though.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Pinkie Pie might be to some.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Princess Luna. With her being purified of her Nightmare Moon side, she was certainly set up to be a good recurring character for season 1, at least as a sidekick of sorts for Celestia, but she didn't appear at all. In season 2, they at least explained that "Luna Eclipsed" marked her first public appearance since being rescued, and then she was again clearly set up to be a recurring character again, but, alas, she still didn't appear at all for the rest of the season until the finale. Eventually, the writers caught on by season 3, and now Luna seems to be inseparable from Celestia, averting this.
    • Another one (some may even consider him to be the most notable one) is King Sombra. While arguably the most competent and deadly of villains, Sombra was portrayed with so little character development and focus, many fans find it difficult to feel the impact he was meant to have on our heroes. His forms were frightening, his abilities were terrifyingly powerful and his legacy on the Crystal Ponies was more than unsettling, which only makes it even worse that he had very few lines and didn't even interact once with the mane cast. Top it all off with a rather anti-climatic death in the form of being blasted to oblivion, and one can't help but feel slightly bitter about it.
    • Princess Celestia herself. While her personality is well established and known, her (including Luna's) backstory were not explored further. What's more disappointing is that the chances of having a Celestia episode or a major role of a certain episode aside from exposition and possible plot device is very slim at the moment. Naturally on many fanfics would explore more into her character but not in the same way the show makes her to be.
    • This is actually inverted with Discord when the writers realized his potential as a character after his defeat in his debut episode, and was brought back with a Heel–Face Turn afterwards as a result. The fact that Discord is so popular and that John de Lancie gets to do more voice acting for them probably helped with this a lot.
    • In Twilights Kingdom Part 1, Scorpan is mentioned during Tirek's backstory as Tirek's brother, and is never seen or mentioned again, other than in the next episode when Tirek says that the medallion he gave to Discord belonged to Scorpan. Whether it means that Tirek killed Scorpan in revenge, or that he was merely unavailable as he lives in a foreign country and the only reliable long distance communication is via Spike and Celestia, leaves his fate ambiguous.
    • Babs Seed who was inducted as the fourth Cutie Mark Crusader at the end of One Bad Apple, opening up a flood of possibilities for her to crusade either in Ponyville or her hometown of Manehattan. Her next appearance later in the season briefly mentions her new life in Manehattan and making friends with two other blank flanked foals. After that, she was Put on a Bus until early on in the fifth season where it was revealed off-screen that she got her cutie mark.
    • Shining Armor is starting to get this due to his Bad Ass Decay above. He is the captain of the Royal Guard yet in every appearance after his first, he has been reduced to getting his butt whupped by the Big Bad or crying at least Once a Season.
    • Starlight Glimmer is something of a victim to this, mostly because of the comparisons drawn between her and Sunset Shimmer. Because the latter went through a compelling redemption arc that helped make her a more sympathetic and beloved character, many fans were expecting the same to be done with Starlight, especially considering her crimes were many times worse than anything Sunset did. Unfortunately, due to her rushed redemption, and the lack of a decent explanation behind her powerful magic note , many fans found her to be rather shallow in comparison to her villainous self, and although later episodes have tried to make her more enjoyable, some think that it hasn't had the desired effect.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The Ursa Major cuddling its Ursa Minor cub? Equal parts hideous and precious.
    • The Cockatrice too. Half-chicken, half-snake, all vicious and with glowing red eyes that turn people to stone...and yet it's weirdly adorable.
    • With her braces and ugly 80's style, younger Cheerilee was definitely less attractive than her current adult self.
    • Even the vultures are adorable and Fluttershy loves them.
    • Snips and Snails also count.
    • And even Discord for some people.
    • Some fans have hoped and prayed for a return appearance of the Diamond Dogs for this very reason.
    • What about the scraggly, doe-eyed mule in brief appearances in "Applebuck Season" and "Hurricane Fluttershy"?
    • Queen Chrysalis may count due to her enormous green eyes and Cute Little Fangs.
      • As well as her changeling army, to a certain degree.
    • Tank, Rainbow Dash's pet tortoise. "Aww, look. He even smiles slow."
    • Flutterhulk from Power Ponies can be considered this, particularly when she sheepishly apologizes for destroying Mane-iac's hairspray cannon.
  • Uncanny Valley: The pony's faces look extremely human-like when viewed from the front, and can look quite unsettling to first-time viewers... And then designs for Equestria Girls came in...
    • The artwork in the Expanded Universe picture book Under the Sparkling Sea sometimes falls under this. Mary Jane Begin is a good artist, and to her credit the illustrations are wonderfully painted, but her detailed pseudo-realistic art style doesn't mesh well with the cartoonish character designs (most evident with faces).
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Twilight to some degree in the first season. Most of her role focused more on her Fish out of Water status as a way to develop Ponyville's customs and civilians, having less personality centric episodes than the other five. Season Two onwards averted this, not only by finally giving Twilight episodes entirely devoted to her own personality and story arc as a student to Celestia, but also demoting her slightly for more an Ensemble Cast setup.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • There have been two ponies so far (Lickety Split from "Secret of My Excess" and the young earth pony who gets a bowling Cutie Mark at the beginning of "The Cutie Pox") who have male-looking head shapes, but also have eyelashes which are only visible when their eyes are closed or not fully open.
    • Scootaloo and Babs Seed. Both have short hair and rather masculine demeanour and voices. About the only giveaway as to their real gender are the very short eyelashes carried by both of them.
    • Viewers who didn't know about Derpy prior to The Last Roundup wouldn't be blamed for thinking her (original) voice was that of a male. Tabitha St. Germain who voiced her even said she didn't know she was a girl and that the voice was inspired by a neighbor's son.
    • Rainbow Dash can qualify for this. Besides being primarily blue (a typically masculine color), she often behaves in a boyish manner and is voiced with a classic example of the young-boy-portrayed-by-female-voice-actor voice. You could probably come up with a good Drinking Game. Just take a swig every time you have to correct yourself for thinking of Rainbow as a him.
    • Also, many fans usually mistake Angel Bunny for a female rabbit.
  • Wangst:
    • Played for laughs in "Suited For Success". After Rarity's fashion show ended in disaster (thanks to trying too hard to give her friends "perfect" dresses), suffering a brutal review by a fashion critic and getting laughed at by the other ponies, she locked herself in her shop and cried out in shame and depression. This one may actually be justified, since she just wanted to please her friends, since they didn't like the dresses she made, and she didn't know that the fashion show would end up in disaster.
    Rarity: Leave me alone! I vant to be alone! I want to wallow in... whatever it is that ponies are supposed to wallow in! Do ponies wallow in pity? Oh, listen to me! I don't even know what I'm supposed to wallow in! I'm so PATHETIC!!!
    • Rarity is the master of trope, but Twilight can wangst something fierce too.
    • Rainbow Dash's reaction to Fluttershy's failed attempt at reassuring her in "Sonic Rainboom":
      Rainbow Dash: AAAUUGH! What do I do?! Everypony's going to see me fail! The Wonderbolts will never let a loser like me join! Princess Celestia would probably banish me to the Everfree Forest! MY LIFE IS RUINED!
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Played with. Every time she used her adult walker, Granny Smith was the butt of a joke.
    • When Gilda terrifies her into thinking there's a rattlesnake, she gimps away as fast as she can. Which is no faster than she usually moves. You just don't do that sort of thing to someone as old as Granny, which explains some of the hatred towards Gilda.
    • Oddly enough, the one time a character was actually in a wheelchair (Twilight after she fell down some stairs), it was treated as Amusing Injuries.
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