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My Little Pony (Franchise)

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    Generation One 
  • Moondancer and Glory as lesbian mates due to an official figurine depicting them as being married (the figure had Moondancer as a male).
  • Almost all ponies are gay or bisexual, especially the mares. Common duos are Fizzy/Wind Whistler, Glory/Applejack, and Moondancer/Glory, though anyone goes with anyone.
  • Nachtlicht (Nightlight) and Sunlight being siblings (sometimes even fraternal twins), or at least related, is popular. Both ponies are Rainbow Ponies with similar names but have never been confirmed as related. They often have a Sibling Yin-Yang comparable to fanon Celestia and Luna, though they usually aren't as divine.
  • There are a few foals, like Lucky and Ember, who aren't identical to their parents (not that they are even shown to have any). Foals like Baby Applejack and Baby Surprise are often presented as younger clones created by the Mirror or they being outright younger versions of their mothers taken from an Alternate Universe (this comes from the UK comics). Alternatively, when foals are born looking identical to their same-sexed parent. When they grow up their colors and Cutie Marks change, and they choose a new name.
  • Majesty is usually considered the The High Queen, or at least "head princess", of Ponyland. This is because she was packed with Dream Castle and in the comics is the only pony who can use all types of magic (others are restricted to one type of spell). Majesty has never officially been deemed a princess despite seeming like one (she even has a pet dragon - Spike - like the Princess Ponies). She's just a pony whose special talent is magic.
  • Dream Valley/Ponyland takes place in another universe from the normal human world. This is implied in the specials, movie, and TV series but never outright stated.
  • Dragons are pets for ponies. This is due to an official coloring book depicting them as so, and because of the fact that so many royal ponies have baby dragons as their servants.
  • Megan being thirteen or fourteen is common. She has a Vague Age in the cartoon.
  • When depicted, winged unicorns were usually called "unipeg" (though due to G4 "alicorn" is accepted). Unipeg are thought of as a myth, and usually are more powerful than unicorns, though sometimes they're born, usually due to particular circumstances. According to some fanon unipeg give off the illusion of being a pegasus or unicorn around others in order to blend in and avoid troubles.
  • Megan will eventually stop visiting the ponies as she grows older and all but forget about them.
  • Possibly due to their existence as The Scrappy or due the preference for Megan in Rescue from Midnight Castle over the animated series, Megan's siblings are usually ignored. She's presented as an only child most of the time (or her siblings are at least off-screen and not with her in Dream Valley).
  • Bonbon from My Little Pony Tales is overweight and the reason her weight changes often is due to her losing and gaining weight.
  • Melody Really Gets Around, and isn't particularly picky on the pony's gender.
  • Patch's Weirdness Magnet status is the result of an unknown parentage, and or is fated for greatness by the unicorns she meets in the episode "Up, Up, and Away".
  • Similarly, Clover has some form of Psychic Powers due to her constantly changing fortunes. Something lightly hinted at in the series itself, though far from anything conclusive.

    Generation Two 

    Generation Three 
  • "Core 7" is the Fan Nickname for the late G3, and G3.5, group of ponies: Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Cheerilee, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, Toola-Roola, and Starsong.
  • Minty and Pinkie Pie are the One True Pairing of G3.
  • G1 and G3 take place in alternate universes. While arguably canon in the cartoons, it's unknown in the toyline. Another fanon is it takes place millenia after G1.
  • Due to the fanon that her G4 counterpart is a Butch Lesbian, Rainbow Dash is depicted as a Lipstick Lesbian.
  • Humans are a fictional creature.
  • Males literally don't exist in G3. Either that or as a Furry Reminder they live separate from females. Another alternative is that they live in a lesbian settlement, coming from the jokes of Situational Sexuality in the franchise and the lack of stallions.
  • Due to the fact there are almost no unicorns and pegasus in the toys, and the fact that pegasus live on an island, Earth ponies live in Ponyville, and unicorns live in Unicornia, it's presumed the races are largely segregated.
  • There's a theory that there was a war or some sort of Inferred Holocaust centuries prior to G3 that caused the ponies to segregate. It's often cited Fantastic Racism was the reason. This concept comes from a throwaway line on one of the toy boxes.
  • Toola Roola's hairstyle is sometimes interpreted as dreadlocks.
  • Starcatcher is more than a regular pegasus, as her wishes granted by ponies seem to come true in a fashion, her more detailed animation, and the ethereal voice. Either as an alicorn in disguise, or a pegasus with unique magic.

    Generation Four 
  • Fanon associated with Derpy Hooves:
    • The gray pegasus extra in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Spotted with wonky eyes in a very brief shot, she was quickly embraced by the show's adult viewers as "Derpy Hooves" and cast by one fanfic writer as a mail carrier. There are varying interpretations of her personality (though generally she has always been a Cute Clumsy Girl), but her name and occupation are generally agreed on.
    • Frequently, Derpy has a daughter named Dinky Hooves, a purple unicorn with a blonde mane that first appeared in "Winter Wrap Up". Occasionally her daughter will be the child of either Pokey Pierce, his Palette Swap Ponet (who is also a purple unicorn with a blonde mane), or another background pony. If shipped with Doctor Whooves, she'll be the adopted daughter of his. Although the show itself seems to insist quite clearly that Dinky Doo is the daughter of Carrot Top/Golden Harvest and Written Script, fans of the show insist that Dinky is Derpy's daughter. Mostly, it's because Dinky looks so much like a younger Derpy. The fact that Derpy and Carrot/Golden have been canonically declared roommates cools things down a bit.
    • Due to the fact Dinky has been shown with another unicorn dubbed "Sparkler" (or "Amethyst") at the Sisterhood Social, it's not uncommon for Sparkler to be Derpy's teenage daughter. Because she looks different from the rest of her family, she is usually either adopted or is Dinky's half-sister.
    • Derpy has been confirmed for the postal service, and in "The Last Roundup," Rainbow Dash addressed her by name. According to this leaked storyboard, the makers of the show consider Derpy to be her name.
    • Also, after "The Last Roundup", her personality has started to consistently be Derpy just being a clumsy but hardworking mare.
    • Derpy is frequently Doctor Whoove's companion; if not, Twilight Sparkle or Colgate (Romana) takes that role.
    • Since "Winter Wrap Up" and some Word of God saying they might use Derpy's character design for a named character, many fans have used Ditzy Doo as Derpy's "real" name (with "Derpy" being a nickname), usually the ones who play her up as being smarter than she looks. Other less popular names include "Bubbles", "Bright Eyes", and "Muffins".
    • Oh yes, Derpy's Ambiguous Disorder. Her eyes are crossed, she's constantly bumping into things, and she has a deep voice. Fan interpretation rages from being completely able bodied/minded, deaf, visually impaired (as a result of strabismus), intellectually disabled, and several others. According to one episode, she gained her lazy eyes during her foalhood.
  • The widespread view that Rainbow Dash, the athletic tomboy with rainbow hair, is a lesbian. Although Lauren Faust has gone on record chiding people for making this assumption, since tomboy doesn't equal lesbian. An Inversion is also somewhat popular, that she's the only one out of her friends (besides Spike) that is straight. Some fanfics depict Dash as bisexual instead of either gay or straight.
  • When it comes to the Mane Six's sexualities, Twilight Sparkle (and less commonly, Fluttershy), is often headcanoned to be asexual (though bisexual is also common), Pinkie Pie is almost ALWAYS pansexual, Rainbow Dash is lesbian (see above), Applejack will either be completely straight or completely homosexual, and although Rarity is the only one in the Mane Six who has shown attraction to stallions before, only half of the fandom sees her as completely straight. The other half sees her as bisexual, homo/heteroflexible, a hetero/biromantic of any sexuality, etc. Pansexual Princess Cadance is also popular, as the princess of love! Celestia and Luna are often bisexual and have had various female and male lovers over the centuries.
  • For ponies with a two part name, the second half is often treated as a surname. Sort of confirmed in the episode "Cutie Mark Chronicles". Pinkie Pie's full name (as said by her parents) is "Pinkamena Diane Pie". Twilight is also referred to as "Miss Sparkle" in the same episode. Though this one's still up in the air, considering her brother's name is "Shining Armor". Some people simply don't care and say Twilight's brother's full name is actually "Shining Armor Sparkle".
  • Pinkie's family has been given nicknames: Inkie, Blinkie, Clyde and Sue. This was jossed by Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooa Party!. Her parents' names are Igneous Rock and Cloudy Quartz (father and mother respectively), and her sisters are Maud Pie, Marble Pie (the grey one) and Limestone Pie (the bluish one). It was assumed by fans that Limestone and Marble were twins, but eventually it was shown that Marble and Pinkie are twins.
  • Rainbow Dash's middle name is sometimes given as "Danger". Others say Rainbow Dash's middle name is "Miriam".
  • Similarly, some say Vinyl Scratch's middle name is "Jennifer" or "Agatha".
  • Also popular are names for background characters that appeared in as little as one scene in one episode. Sometimes they're named for their cutie marks (Lyra and Bon-Bon for their lyre mark and wrapped candy mark, respectively). Sometimes the name is decided by the fans in a somewhat-official poll (the unicorn DJ in "Suited For Success" is named Vinyl Scratch, with a stage name of DJ PON-3). And sometimes, the name just comes out of nowhere; the mustachioed sea serpent that appeared in the pilot episode is now known as Steven Magnet due to Youtube's hilariously bad speech-to-text translator. The show canonized Steven's name as "Stephen Magnet".
  • Fanon associated with Bonbon:
    • Bonbon is named for a G1 pony with a similar Cutie Mark and colors.
    • Bonbon will occasionally be a Jerk Ass due to the way she acts in her few speaking roles.
    • Every time Bonbon had a line she spoke with a different voice. This has led to the believe that Bonbon is a voice actress or (after the Season 2 finale aired) a Changeling.
    • Bonbon being a nickname while "Sweetie Drops" is her actual name.
    • Bonbon is sometimes depicted as owning a sweets shop, or being a candy maker.
    • Bonbon with a feeder fetish towards Lyra is a pretty common joke fanon.
    • Early on in the fandom, Bonbon and Lyra originally were often considered parents to a filly named Tootsie Flute. By season 3, most fans had dropped Tootsie as their child. Bonbon and Lyra are portayed as childless.
    • Bizarrely, the truth about Bonbon turned out to be even stranger than the fanon, as episode 100 revealed that she's actually a former secret government agent called 'Sweetie Drops', now living undercover for her own protection. Specifically, she was part of a monster-hunting squad before said squad was disbanded by Celestia (though her being in disguise could explain her different voices if she ever needs to go incognito.)
  • Lyra having an obsession with humans due to her slouching on a bench like a human being in the background in one episode. Many fan takes on this have been seen, from mimicking human behavior, to her obsession with attaining hands, to her dream of becoming a human being herself. The one episode where she had a prominent speaking role, "Slice of Life," didn't have her mention humans at all.
  • Lyra and Bonbon are the One True Pairing of the fandom. No matter what, they're always a couple. Occasionally they'll have a child together, and occasionally Colgate will get in the way of their romance (though she's commonly shipped with Berry Punch), but typically they're a couple. Vinyl Scratch and Octavia are starting to become the fandom's second One True Pairing, due to very well-written fanfics such as "Allegrezza" and "The Vinyl Scratch Tapes". This is semi-Ascended Fanon as the show has presented Bonbon and Lyra, along with Octavia and Vinyl, as roommates. Lyra and Bonbon are very close but aren't officially a couple.
  • Lyra's profession is usually given as being a harpist. Due to the "impoverished musician" cliche, Lyra is often written as having difficulties getting work. It's not uncommon to see Lyra and Octavia as sisters, with Octavia being the "successful" one while Lyra is in her sisters shadow.
  • Fanon associated with Anthropomorphic Personification:
    • When the cast is "humanized" in fanart, Twilight is often given a brown-skinned ethnicity, most often African-American or Indian (probably because her purple color makes her the darkest pony of the mane sixnote ), and seems to really, really like lavender sweater vests. No one knows why, though the second can be attributed to sweater vests being associated with intelligent and/or academic characters. Twilight usually keeps her hime cut from her pony form but a lot of fan-artists also shorten her hair into prim-and-proper bob haircut.
    • Similarly, Applejack wears cowboy-ish clothing (typically with short shorts, no matter how impractical that really is), Rarity dresses stylishly and lady-like (typically she either wears fashion from The Roaring '20s or wears dress suits), and Rainbow Dash dresses tomboyishly, often in sweatshirts or track jackets (often with goggles). Human!Twilight's typically drawn in a school uniform, and even in casual wear she's prone to sweater vests. Human!Rainbow Dash is almost always drawn as flat-chested and short, Human!Celestia often has rather dark skin (being a sun goddess and all), with Luna being very pale (though some present them as both being dark skinned but Luna being the lighter one). It's common to draw Rarity as either extremely pale or black. Pinkie almost always wears either a pink t-shirt, with her cutie mark on it, and jeans or a poofy dress. She's also rather likely to be portrayed as chubby due to her love of eating sweets. Probably because of her curly hair, African American Pinkie Pie is gradually becoming another popular interpretation. Applejack's blonde hair, green eyes, and Deep South tendencies means that she is almost always white, with most fan artist tending to ignore the Dark-Skinned Blond trope, and the fact that their are POC in the south, too. Asian is another popular choice for human!Rarity and human!Twilight (given the latter's Hime Cut hairstyle and both characters' Tsurime Eyes).
    • Rarity is also often portrayed as chubby in fanart as an Aesop that beauty comes in all sizes; and that Carousel Boutique is a plus-sized store.
    • Rainbow Dash's hairstyle in humanized fanart differs more than most other characters. The default is to use her mane style but others prefer pixie cuts, mohawks, and anything inbetween.
    • It's all but mandatory to draw a fully clothed Human!Gilda in a bomber jacket.
    • Fluttershy is a Statuesque Stunner due to being a model and being depicted as a lanky filly.
    • Fluttershy and Rarity are occasionally portrayed as Muslim women, with Muslim!Fluttershy being the more common of the two.
    • Human!Fluttershy is almost always depicted as a Sweater Girl, with the sweaters almost always being yellow to match her fur color as a mare, but occasionally green to match her theme of loving nature.
    • Human Spike with a fauxhawk or mohawk is most common, though generic spiky hair pops up too.
    • Scootaloo having leg prosthesics is common as a counterpart to her inability to fly.
    • Flying for Pegasi is often changed into running, though occasionally you'll see it made into flying with jet planes or riding a motorcycle. As a result, Rainbow Dash is often depicted wearing goggles.
    • Human!Diamond Tiara is occasionally drawn as latina due to the fact she had a cutecenera.
    • Humanized Octavia is drawn as dark skinned almost as much as she is with a lighter skin tone.
    • Humanized Trixie is often Ambiguously Brown.
  • In many fan works, especially in the Shipping Fics, lesbian ponies are called "filly foolers" while gay ponies are "colt cuddlers". "Jackmare" (a jack is a male donkey) and "gelding" (a castrated horse) are less often used as the equivalent of "dyke" and "fag".
  • Unicorn horns are usually portrayed as erogenous zones (especially in fanart), most likely due to their phallic appearance.
  • Similar, but unshorn fetlocks are kinky or sexual. This came from a piece of fanart that had Luna (who was imprisoned in the moon for the last thousand years) shocked to see stallions walking around with unshorn fetlocks, and generally treating it much the way a Victorian transported to modern America would react to (gasp!) bare legs.
  • Pegasi wings are also treated as erogenous zones. Mostly comes up in Twilight Sparkle/Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie/Rainbow Dash drawings.
  • G3 Dash as Rainbow Dash's mom who would make her dress girly as a foal and embarrass her pops up in fanworks sometimes. This was eventually jossed.
  • Fanon has My Little Pony TV Specials and My Little Pony 'n Friends taking place in the past, or at least the characters from G1 existing in G4 (usually minus the humans). The most common to appear in fanworks are Surprise, Twilight, Posey, Sparkler, and Firefly. Surprise is often a relative of Pinkie, though her being an unrelated Wonderbolt has become more popular due to the fact one of the mares has her coloring. Twilight is typically Twilight Sparkle's mom, which became canon when her name was shown to be "Twilight" too. Twilight's dad has been referred to as "Nightlight" a lot, since his coloring is so similar to a G1 mare by the same name and it goes with a theme naming as his wife and daughter are both called "Twilight". Alternatively, he is also known to be called "Orion" from time to time. Firefly is often thought to be Dash's mom (or at least a close relative) and less commonly Posey is often Fluttershy's mom. Both were ultimately jossed.
  • Applejack's trademark cowboy hat is often stated in fanon to be a family heirloom from her father, who has yet to appear on the show, and she's thought to be very protective of it. Jossed by Hot Topic's Hot Minute with Applejack. She won it bobbing for apples. This hasn't stopped some from marrying the two sides together. Further Jossed by the S4 episode "Somepony to Watch Over Me", where it's revealed that she has a whole closet of the things. This also hasn't stopped some from marrying the two sides together, with less sincerity.
  • Some fans have joked that Rarity's sensitivity to being called a mule means she was raised by them. Her sensitivity towards mules has also led to her being Innocently Insensitive in fanworks, often saying accidentally racist things about non-pony equines.
  • On a more Squick-ish part of Fanon, it's a popular belief that Applebloom is Applejack's and Mac's child, and that Sweetie Belle is Rarity's illegitimate child with someone. Since the airing of "Sisterhooves Social", it's been revealed that Rarity and Sweetie Belle were not raised by mules, and that not only is Sweetie Belle NOT Rarity's child, she lives with hers and Rarity's parents! That doesn't totally rule out the "Sweetie Belle is Rarity's illegitimate child" bit, but it's unlikely The Hub are ever going to go there.
  • Rarity and Cheerilee are often depicted as being the same age, generally in their late-twenties to mid-thirties, due to Cheerilee apparently being in Rarity's fillyhood flashback and Cheerilee mentioning being a teen in The '80s.
  • Another popular bit of fanon is that the G3/G3.5 Cheerilee and the G4 Cheerilee are the same character, with the G4 Cheerilee reminiscing about her "college days" as a childhood education/development major (the G3/3.5 theme song mentions her reading stories to other ponies).
  • It's not exactly rare to see Cheerilee as Scootaloo's sister, half-sister, or sister figure due to the fact they were siblings in G3. It's also not uncommon for Cheerilee to be the sister of a background pony called "Berry Punch" due to their similar colours. The comics revealed that Cheerilee does have a twin sister named Cherry Blossom. This is a Mythology Gag to the fact that her G3 Core 7 design reused the look of a pony by that name.
  • Celestia having a pink mane as a filly is near omnipresent fanon, due to the intro depicting her with pink hair. Originally fans also thought she had pink hair (and that the change probably occurred due to using the Elements of Harmony) when she banished Nightmare Moon, however the series debunked that fanon.
  • A popular fanon is Luna calls Celestia "Celly" or "Tia" as an Affectionate Nickname. The Journal of the Two Sisters canonized the spelling "Celie", however fans still more commonly use "Celly".
  • Luna was originally depicted as a small alicorn with a short, light blue mane. In her season 2 reappearance she appeared taller and with a mane similar to Celestia. Originally fans thought her season 1 style was how her mane looked when she was imprisoned but flashbacks jossed that. Fans then began writing her original mane-style as her filly hairstyle.
  • Vinyl Scratch, the DJ Pony, has red eyes in fanon. This was Jossed in the season 2 finale, where she is shown to have cerise eyes, similar to Rainbow Dash's.
  • Luna being introverted was common during season 1. Eventually her Shrinking Violet "Woona" persona was scrapped (though it pops up in works of her as a foal), but Luna is still depicted as less social than Celestia.
  • Big Macintosh often has a Gag Penis, which sort of makes sense if you know horse anatomy. Some elements of fanon also include him being called "Lil' Macintosh" as a colt and him being called "Big Mac" as a nickname (which eventually became canon).
  • The Mane Cast often goes by specific names when their genders are swapped. Rainbow Dash becomes Rainbow Blitz, Twilight Sparkle becomes Dusk Shine, Rarity becomes Elusive, Fluttershy becomes Butterscotch, Pinkie Pie becomes Bubble Berry (or occasionally Berry Bubble), and Spike becomes Barbara. Applejack's name is usually considered gender-neutral and left alone. The fic mostly responsible for this is On a Cross and Arrow.
  • Some of the toy Ponies, often dubbed "Hasbro's recolors" or "HasbrOCs" due to the fact that most of the official artwork is recolored versions of stock artwork for the Mane Cast, have Fanon personalities:
    • Firecracker Burst is often known as a Yandere or Genki Girl Pyro Maniac.
    • Dewdrop Dazzle is typically a Parody Sue who is obsessed with friendship.
    • Minty typically has her G3 personality rather than her G1 one. She treats socks as Serious Business and is often an old friend of Pinkie's.
    • Cupcake (a G1 pony who's been in all the gens) is frequently either the polar-opposite of Pinkie Pie (who may or may not be Yandere), or is a companion to Pinkie due to their love of cupcakes.
    • Similarly, toyline-only pony Star Swirl is often thought to be the descendant of Star Swirl the Bearded, due to them sharing a name. Though the fandom generally Retcons her into a Unicorn rather than go with her canon Earth Pony depiction.
  • Lauren Faust, the main creator of the series, drew herself as a pony, namely an alicorn. Alicorn Original Characters or self-inserts are greatly discouraged due to them almost always being Mary-Sues, but since Lauren is the creator, she deserves to have an alicorn OC. A few artists have even gone on to say that she is Celestia and Luna's mother in-universe, while others have her as a deity (thus the common use of "oh my Faust" in fanfics). One comic names her alicorn "Tau Sunflare". However, most just call Lauren Faust's alicorn "Fausticorn" or simply "Lauren Faust". Occasionally known as "Queen Faust".
  • Bonnie Zacherle, creator of My Little Pony, is also usually depicted as an alicorn ("Bonniecorn") - often as Fausticorn's teacher.
  • There's a pony dubbed "Berry Punch" by fans thought to be an alcoholic (though that has a slight Word of God on its side). She originally went by "Over-Protective Parent Pony" due to a scene where she pulled her filly into her house when Zecora went near, so despite being an alcoholic she's seen as a good, if overprotective, (usually single) parent. Her daughter is called either "Ruby Pinch" or "Berry Pinch" depending on whom you ask. Berry's occasionally shipped with another pony dubbed "Colgate", though not nearly as much as other Fanon duos. Berry Punch is commonly depicted as Cheerilee's relative (usually sister) due to their similar looks.
  • One of the background ponies, dubbed "Wind Whistler" due to her resemblance with the G1 pony, is often depicted as an attention horse.
  • It's become common in the fandom to have Discord be the reason there are so few alicorns, among other things. Another quite common one is that Discord's brutal Break the Cutie on Twilight and resulting mental anguish were the cause of her mental breakdown in "Lesson Zero".
  • Two background ponies, one called "Pokey Pierce" by fans and the other with the canon name "Caramel", are often considered Camp Gay. Though occasionally Caramel will be paired with Applejack or Twilight, and Pokey with Pinkie.
  • It's not uncommon to see humans depicted as fictional or mythological beings in Equestria, and occasionally G3, similar to how most people view pegasi or unicorns. Another popular theory is that humans did exist at one point, but have either since gone extinct or have traveled to another planet.
  • Fandom held for a while that Griffons came from a separate kingdom since only two showed up in the early seasons (Gilda and Gustav). Supporting evidence came in "Rainbow Falls" and "Equestria Games" where teams of griffons were seen competing in the flying relay, if only in the background. It was finally made canon in season five when the Griffon homeland of Griffinstone is introduced.
  • Princess Celestia, aka Trollestia or Molestia, is behind everything. (Except Discord.) Despite her godlike power, she is largely hands-off for most of the events in the series, but just about any unusual negative event where the Mane Cast learns a lesson about friendship is laid at her feet by some fan or another. Much more on the relevant page.
  • Celestia — and by extension Luna — even having 'godlike' power or any sort of divine status in the first place is this (because apparently even in the magical land of talking cartoon ponies only bona fide deities are somehow allowed to be able to move the sun and the moon). Pony religion, if it exists, has yet to make a distinct appearance on the show, and inasmuch as fair comparisons are even possible the princesses never seem to display magic quite beyond that of suitably powerful non-winged unicorns. Hasn't kept the fandom from firmly latching onto notions of their 'cosmic' power level or the idea that they aren't even ponies but some higher form of life in equine shape and running away with those ever since.
  • Keeping in the theme of Furry Reminder that makes occasional appearances in Friendship Is Magic, a popular bit of fanon is that ponies still do occasionally graze. That is, walk outside and eat the grass right from the ground. Most ponies only do this as a last resort or in emergency situations, since this is similar to a person on Earth digging through garbage or foraging in a forest. However, it isn't unusual to have whole lawns of specific kinds of grasses and plants planted specifically for grazing. Especially if it's a savored variety.
  • A bit of fanon about Queen Chrysalis is that she is not only the Changeling Queen, she is also the central point of a Changeling Hive Mind. Each Changeling has two consciousnesses: The primary consciousness serves as a direct mental link to all other Changelings, including Queen Chrysalis. The secondary consciousness is (mostly) the Changeling's own, and allows each Changeling to assume different disguises as each sees fit. Unfortunately, there are thousands of Changelings, so each individual is somewhat simple-minded, and only seem to be effective when fighting en masse (i.e.: Zerg Rush).
  • It's also popular to think that Changelings are Equestria's version of the Zerg. There's also the theory that the Changelings are twisted versions of the G1 Flutter Ponies.
  • Popular fanon in general about the Changelings is them operating as a eusocial insect or Hive society with Chrysalis being the mother of the race. This is despite the fact that during their limited screen time in the show and the comics there has been absolutely no solid evidence or reference whatsoever of a "hive" or Chrysalis herself referring to Changelings (the most of whom we have seen as soldiers in Chrysalis' army) as her "children" or "drones", and there being a perfectly good trope to explain why the evil "Alicorn" is called "Queen" instead of "Princess".
  • Prior to the CMC getting their Cutie Marks, any Future Fic that stars the CMC or any of the other foals in the series almost always had them in the same occupations. Though, the whole Cutie Mark thing makes them much more plausible than some other forms of Fanon:
    • Applebloom becomes a handy-pony.
    • Sweetie Belle becomes a singer.
    • Scootaloo becomes a dancer or stunt-mare.
    • Twist becomes a candy maker.
    • Snails becomes a scientist, usually an entomologist.
    • Snips becomes a barber or an apprentice tailor to Rarity.
    • Pipsqueak becomes an explorer or a deckhand on a airship.
    • Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara usually become business mares.
  • In a similar vein, the Adorkable Twist, Snips, and Snails almost always grow into fine-looking adults.
  • Several possible explanations have been proposed for why Scootaloo still doesn't seem to be able to fly. Even Fluttershy had awkwardly passed the occasional flight exam when she was Scootaloo's age. One explanation is that is starting to gain steam is that she's physically disabled. This translates into human!Scootaloo having a prosthetic leg, such as here, here and this fanfiction.
  • One bit of persistent fanon is Octavia's mother being a Beloved Smother. This goes from the usual Education Mama-type, in which she demands Octavia practice her cello so she can join a prestigious orchestra, all the way up to an Evil Matriarch who actively attempts to sabotage her relationship with Vinyl Scratch (due to a related bit of fanon that Octavia's mother is very homophobic).
  • Discord is often shown to be Luna and Celestia's childhood friend, until something went wrong. Either as a follow-up or alternative, he is also shown to have been in love with Celestia.
  • In "Luna Eclisped" the carriage of the Princess was pulled by two pegasi guards with bat wings and darker furs and armors than usually. Since the episode took place on Nightmare Night, the pony version of Halloween, it was probably just a costume. Many fans, however, liked the idea of Luna having her own guard of bat-winged pegasi and there’s quite a bit of Fan art of the “Night Guard”.
  • The idea of Luna having a "Night Court"note  (afflicted with varying degrees of corruption) has also become rather popular.
  • The "Bat-ponies" have since taken off in the fandom (or Thestrals, as they are sometimes called). Two characters in particular, both female, seem to pop up regularly in fan-art and fanfiction, named Angel (from The Golden Armor) and Midnight Blossom (from the NSFW Clopfic A Tryst at Midnight).
  • Fans seem to have grown attached to the idea that as a foal, Twilight Sparkle liked to build book forts. According to Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell, Twilight really did build book forts as a foal.
  • Since some episodes have confirmed that Equestria uses the same days of the week as Earth, people have assumed the ponies use the same months as well, but not the same years. Many fanfic writers make Nightmare Moon's banishment as Year Zero. Modern day Equestria, then, as of this writing, is in the year 1002 CE (Celestial Era, a play-on-words with Common Era). Sometimes, they use "ANM" (After Nightmare Moon), or alternatively, "RPL" (Return of Princess Luna). But the latter much more so.
  • On the subject of time, many fans believe that one year passes for each season of the show. There's really nothing to support this: The opening of season 4 suggests that everything up to that point happened over the course of one year. And "Tanks for the Memories" from season 5 explicitly happens less than a year after "May the Best Pet Win" from season 2.
  • Some fans assume that each of the pony races age at different rates and have different lifespans, with unicorns living much longer then earth ponies (similar to Elves and Humans). Pegasi lifespan vary, but usually they live as long as unicorns. Other fans assume the opposite, saying that earth ponies have longer lifespans than unicorns due to the earth ponies having a stronger connection to the planet, and unicorns "burning brightly, but for a (relatively) short time". Pegasi are still considered middle-of-the-road. Yet another faction has pegasi dead-last in the lifespans department. While Unicorns may be "magical elves" and Earth Ponies are "connected to the earth," Pegasi live fast and die young. This comes from them being more prone to injury (flying ponies and cloud cities mean long falls) and wing failure as they get older.
  • Another pervasive idea is that Earth ponies are often looked down upon by both the Pegasi and Unicorns for being "inferior" due to a lack of wings or magic. Fans also assume that there is a sort of Fantastic Caste System in place with the Unicorns on the top as royalty, Pegasi just below them as a warrior caste, and the Earth Ponies at the bottom. Nevermind the fact that this sort of thinking almost drove them all to near-extinction according to the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant as only Earth Ponies could grow enough food to support all three races until the influence of the Windigos began causing the harvests to fail. Possibly as a backlash against this sort of thinking, some fanfic writers write earth ponies as the Jack-of-All-Trades, while pegasi and unicorns suffer from Crippling Overspecialization. When it comes to fantastic slurs "mud pony" gets thrown around a lot for Earth Ponies.
  • Due to the number of stallions versus mares shown on-screen at any time, many fans assume there to be an actual disparity in gender populations. Whether this is genetic or merely some sort of segregation depends on the author. Also serves as an unintentional Furry Reminder, as real-life horse herds will only have a few stallions at most. And, seeing as two mares rule, they also assume that like real horse herds, ponies are matriarchal. Also possibly explained in some fics that Ponyville is a mostly lesbian town. Other settlements are more balanced and heterosexual in nature. As of Season 6, the actual ratio is close to 1:1.
  • Diamond Tiara's father Filthy Rich is often assumed to be an Upper-Class Twit or Corrupt Corporate Executive on par with Lucius Malfoy, even though his few appearances in the series proper display him as a Reasonable Authority Figure whose worst fault is blithely going on and on about his extremely boring job. He's also sometimes portrayed as actively spoiling Diamond Tiara and allowing her to be the little Jerk Ass that she is. More commonly, though, he does try to straighten her out, but he just can't make it stick.
  • As unicorns and pegasi have canon abilities unique to their races (magic, and flying/weather control, respectively), it's very common for fans to portray the earth ponies as having Super Strength and/or Green Thumb abilities so that their general power level is even with the other races. The former, while not outright stated, is implied, as Big Macintosh has no trouble dragging a house, and Pinkie's sister Maud is capable of drilling through solid stone with her bare hooves and throwing a large rock an incredible distance without even trying.
  • People often make King Sombra's normal, non-Living Shadow form Large and in Charge, going with the whole "royalty = bigger" thing the show has going. This actually seems to be Canon as well: His in-show size looks at least roughly between Celestia's and Luna's, while his comics self varies from being simply a big stallion by normal standards to being practically eye-level with Celestia.
  • Everyone writes Applejack and Scootaloo as being an orphan/having dead parents. Scootaloo having having same-sex parents often pops up when it's averted. The show all but confirmed that Applejack's parents are dead, however it was later confirmed that Scootaloo isn't an orphan. Her parents are just very busy, thus explaining their absence. Scootaloo is often taken care of by two aunts, who are heavily implied to be a couple.
  • After her appearance in Hurricane Fluttershy, background pony Blossomforth is often portrayed as a contortionist based on her contorted pose in that episode.
  • Fanon associated with gender:
    • Because she views her femininity as her best trait, Rarity is often headcanoned as a transgender woman.
      • Fluttershy as well.
    • Androgynous ponies such as Scootaloo, Babs Seed, Vinyl Scratch, and Rainbow Dash are interpreted by the fandom as being a trans boy, trans girl, agender, and everything in-between.
    • Also, Spike's gender. He's been raised by women all his life, virtually never associates himself with other males, and in "Dragon Quest" was (in some fan's eyes) taught the Aesop that masculinity isn't all it's cracked up to be. Him being genderqueer is the most common interpretation.
    • Due to the fact she wore a blue ribbon in flashbacks, something usually done for male horses, some consider Cadance a trans mare.
    • The background pony Caramel is sometimes (usually non-seriously) seen as trans, as mares have used his design as well.
    • Thanks to a popular fan-artist, Snails as nonbinary or as a trans girl isn't uncommon.
    • Because Trixie was originally written as a male character, fanworks about her being trans pop up.
  • When depicted as actual horse breeds, Pinkie Pie is a Shetland and the Apples usually have some sort of Draft horse in them. In fanart that depicts the characters as less stylized, the Apple siblings will be taller than other horses and more muscular as a result.
  • Several fans believe that Celestia and Luna were not born alicorn. This is supported by Cadance and Twilight having been transformed into alicorn, but it's unknown if the sisters are "natural" alicorn or not. The Journal of the Two Sisters implies they were but My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S6 E1 "The Crystalling – Part 1" implies otherwise. If they were born alicorn this is usually the reason given for why they are still young looking and over 1000 years old, while "ascended" alicorn seem to age normally and don't have ethereal manes. When it comes to what species they were originally, fans usually opt for both being unicorn. The second most popular choice is earth pony, with pegasus mainly only being an option if the other isn't a pegasus (like the Cake twins or if they're half-siblings).
  • Discord being a transformed Star Swirl the Bearded is a common theory.
  • Octavia used to be depicted as being one of Pinkie's sisters, though the fanon has died out and was ultimately jossed.
  • Cloudchaser and Flitter as twin sisters, or a couple (sometimes both). They look like sisters but it's left ambiguous in canon what their relationship is.
  • Fanon associated with Ambiguous Disorders:
    • Twilight having OCD or autism is common.
    • Maud Pie being autistic.
    • Pinkie Pie having ADHD, depression (and she acts happy to cope), or bipolar disorder.
    • Rarity having OCD due to her Super OCD traits is common.
  • For fan who believe all alicorns are essentially immortal (or at least are incredibly long lived), it's often assumed that Cadance and Twilight will grow taller and gain flowing manes within a few millenia. Either they're not powerful enough yet or they are too young. A comic, later adapted into an episode, supports the theory that their manes are related to their power level by showing very powerful mythical unicorns with ethereal manes.
  • Word of God is the series takes place in a universe with Schizo Tech however fanon prefers to have it take place in a Retro Universe. It doesn't help that even canon sways on whether it's in the past but has modern-esque technology or if it's modern day with a vintage aesthetic.
  • Fanon abounds about various characters' Trademark Favorite Foods:
    • As noted above, Derpy is almost always associated with muffins, even though she was only one among a number of ponies in the scene that originated the idea. It eventually became an Ascended Meme, as her collectors' toy had muffins on the box art, and a later episode shows her with a muffin clip on her bag. "Slice of Life" eventually showed her with a basket of muffins and after the controversy surrounding her name, "Muffins" ended up being used as a placeholder.
    • Soarin' is generally treated as being obsessed with pie after "Best Night Ever". In particular, Rainbow Dash first gets into the Wonderbolts' good graces when she saves Soarin's pie, and when he eats it he does so by sticking his face into it.
    • Pinkie Pie's love for sweets is canon, but fanon holds that she has a particular fondness for cupcakes due to the fact that an early episode showed her singing a brief song about them. In the actual show she likes cupcakes just fine, but it's never implied that she likes them more than any other type of baked good.
    • According to the fans, Celestia really, really, really, likes cake. This stems almost entirely from a brief gag in "Ponyville Confidential" when the CMC publish a photo of Celestia messily eating a slice of cake. It doesn't help that the very next episode shows Celestia as a judge in a dessert competition, gazing longingly at a cake. Naturally, "Cakelestia" became extremely popular, even though she's not shown eating cake outside of those two episodes. Less common, Celestia liking banana a lot pops up due to a popular fan animation.
    • After "Twilight Time" showed Twilight messily devouring multiple hayburgers, fans have treated it as her go-to meal. Her liking wine is popular too due to her seemingly trying to drink some in the first episode (but accidentally drinking hot sauce instead).
    • In fanworks, Luna is fond of making (and drinking) moonshine. This moonshine is different from actual moonshine in that it's made using rays of moonlight. Often times, real moonshine also exists in the series as something ponies made to emulate Luna's moonshine.
    • Rarity being fond of wine pops up due to her being high-class and sophisticated.
  • Many fan-artists draw unicorns in the "classical unicorn" design (unshoven fetlocks, cloven hooves, lions tail, etc), especially when it comes to unicorns in the past. Rarity and alicorn are also both often drawn as classic unicorns due to being perceived as elegant.
  • A lot of people write Pinkie as hating her full name or refusing to be called it despite no evidence suggesting that she dislikes the name "Pinkamena Diane Pie".
  • It was largely assumed that Trixie was Driven to Suicide in "No Second Prances". It was already common in fanworks to portray her as depressed and suicidal, but the episode helped boost the idea. Her appearances in the Season 6 finale and the Season 7 opener, where she's the complete opposite of "depressed and suicidal", suggest that if this was the case it isn't any more.
  • Prior to the reveal of her, most fans wrote Diamond Tiara's mother as being deceased. This was often used to give Diamond a Freudian Excuse or make her at least seem more sympathetic.
  • Many works centered around Diamond Tiara up her mother's abusive behavior. Often times this includes being an Alcoholic Parent or physical abuse. In canon her mother's abuse being primarily verbal and emotional but there's no real guarantee physical didn't happen off-screen. Prior to her canon portrayal, Diamond's mom was usually a nice mother who died when she was younger.
  • Mule OCs are rare in the fandom but when they appear they're pretty much guaranteed to suffer from Half-Breed Discrimination when it comes to either ponies as a whole or the pony side of their family.
  • When it comes to characters following human religions, Rarity and her family are often depicted as Jewish. Pinkie is usually some sort of Christian as her family resemble Amish (who are Anabaptist). Twilight is typically depicted as an atheist, even in works that don't relate to human religion. Diamond Tiara is occasionally written as Jewish too due to her fitting Jewish American Princess stereotypes.
  • Before Flurry Heart was introduced, fanworks portrayed toy-only character Princess Skyla as Princess Cadance and Shining Armor's daughter. She still occasionally pops up as Flurry Heart's younger sister.
  • The ages of the characters have never been decided on enough to be fanon, but some ideas are still commonly used. Either Twilight or Rainbow Dash are the youngest, between 18-23 at the start, while Rarity is the oldest at 23-30. Everything else is up in the air.
  • In fanworks revolving around Celestia and Luna's fillyhoods (especially those that have them being born as non-alicorn), they're often presenting as living as Partially Civilized Animals who live in herds and are hunted by predators. This may involve them having a tribal society and it's not unheard of them to live when humans still existed.
  • Quite a few fans write Celestia and Luna as half-siblings or adopted siblings. Their parents have never been depicted in canon, but it's assumed they're full-blooded sisters. Sometimes this is just used as an excuse to ship them together, sometimes it's used when they're presented as not actually being horses, and other times it's used in pre-ascension works in order to depict them as being of different races.
  • A lot of fanworks involve Celestia and Luna using illusion or transformation magic to appear as unicorn or Earth Ponies in order to relax as civilians.
  • Fans speculated that Celestia had fire or heat powers. Many fanworks revolved around an evil, dark, or just serious version of her that used said powers, most commonly referred to as "Solar Flare". The Season 7 episode "Royal Problems" eventually canonized this interpretation. In a nightmare, Starlight Glimmer dreams a Celestia equivalent of Nightmare Moon named "Day Breaker".
  • Most characters names are taken at face value but some are assumed to be nicknames, similar to how Pinkie's full name is "Pinkamena". It's not that uncommon for fans to depict Trixie's full name as "Beatrix Lulamoon".
  • Fanworks dealing with genderbending or trans characters near always have magic that can change a pony's sex being widely available in Equestria. The show itself implies that it doesn't.
  • Due to her friendly and affectionate nature, Pinkie being the type that Really Gets Around pops up a lot. Fluttershy as a Covert Pervert appears often as well, though usually as a joke.
  • A persistent piece of fanon is that Rainbow Dash and Applejack hate skirts and dresses. Neither are particularly fond of unpractical clothes and getting dressed up, but it's never been shown that they actually hate skirts themselves. They have both been depicted wearing them at multiple times.
  • Early on, fans thought that the ponies lived on a planet called "Equestria" where they were the dominant species and that Celestia ruled the planet (after all, she does control the celestial bodies). Eventually, the series itself clarified that "Equestria" is only one country on a larger planet. Fans still usually refer to the planet as either "Equestria" or "Equus".
  • Before Twilight was confirmed to be the "Princess of Friendship", fans who depicted her as an alicorn had her as the "Princess of Magic".
  • Cadance is frequently described as the "Princess of Love" in fanworks, however this title isn't mentioned in official media.
  • Pinkie Pie being a Fourth-Wall Observer. In the show, she does have some Medium Awareness, but it is mainly through one-time gags such as shaking the camera or preventing an Iris Out. Contrast that to the fanart, where she's basically a non-violent version of Deadpool, constantly acknowledging her existence as a fictional character.
  • John Joseco's Ask Princess Molestia and Gamer Luna blog has firmly rooted the fanon that Princess Luna loves video games into the brony community. A huge portion of the fan art of her just chilling out will involve a video game controller of some kind. All of this is in spite of the fact that Luna has never so much as mentioned video games in any official material.
  • Sweetie Belle living with Rarity, or at least Sweetie spending half of her time at Rarity's. This is due to the fact Sweetie spends so much time around her sister. In contrast, their parents only appeared once.
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