Hilarious In Hindsight moments from My Little Pony
During an interview at a MLP convention back in 2008, Bonnie Zacherle, the creator of MLP, stated that she originally envisioned the MLP franchise as gender neutral, in other words something aimed at both girls and boys. It was the suits at Hasbro who decided that the toys should be marketed exclusively to girls (which, among other things, meant amping up the amount of ponies with pink and purple colors). During the interview, Bonnie remarked that nevertheless there were definitely many boys who enjoyed the toys, and that she "felt bad" that the franchise came to be marketed exclusively to girls because "why shouldn't boys play with ponies too?". Flash forward to 2010 when a certain MLP-reboot is released that is specifically designed to appeal to both genders, and which indeed manages to attract an absolutely enormous amount of male fans. Bonnie must be happy!
Bonnie appeared at a 2013 toy convention and was asked point-blank about the Brony phenomenon by a female collector. Bonnie reiterated that she had always intended MLP toys to be gender-neutral and was pleased that boys and men were finally enjoying the franchise.
There's only really been one pony with the title "Queen", unless you count Chrysalis in G4. She was a G2 pony named Sunsparkle and she had a Cutie Mark very similar to Celestia◊. In G4's development Celestia was meant to be a queen until Executive Meddling got their way.
And not just "a" pegasus, but one of the strongest flyers in the series-and proud of it.
In G3.5's Twinkle Wish Adventure, a blooper gives Cheerilee googly eyes for about a second. This was over two years before Derpy.
In My Little Pony Live: The World's Biggest Tea Party, Spike mentions getting his "How to..." book from a "kindly old troll". If one considers the thousands-of-years-old Princess Celestia's memetic reputation as a troll, this is pretty snicker-worthy.
A G3.5 toy had Pinkie Pie with curly hair◊ at a time when her mane was straight. Come a year or two later and Pinkie Pie actually has curly hair.
The best example has to this. Back in 2008 Lauren Faust posted a poll on her deviantART page asking if any of her followers were My Little Pony fans. At the time it wasn't announced that she was involved in a reboot and one of her comments says she has a "very specific reason" on why she's asking her fans about ponies. One fan, a male at that, says he likes cute ponies and isn't afraid to admit to it. Lauren had this to say.
TwilightSparkle was named before... well.note Lauren began initial development for MLP:FIM in early 2008, several months before the first Twilight movie hit cinemas, though Meyer's books had been around and popular for a couple years at that point.
An "urban legend" that went around the Internet forums was the rumor that Twilight Sparkle was supposed to be named Twilight Twinkle, after a G3 pony. When someone asked Lauren Faust if "Twilight Sparkle" was intentional, the only reply she gave was "It passed legal."
One of the common complaints about Twilight Sparkle's toy was that it had replaced Spike with an owl. Come the plot of "Owl's Well That Ends Well", however...
When Photo Finish made her début in "Green Isn't Your Color", nearly everyone compared her appearance to Lady Gaga. However, she is actually an homage to Vogue editor Anna Wintour. What makes this hilarious in hindsight? This statement from Lady Gaga, which has a minor Take That to Wintour:
I’ll never forget when Anna Wintour called me to play at this event, she called me and said, "I would like you to play at the Met gala, but I just want to make sure, because I’ve seen you perform before, that you won’t be swearing during the performance." So Anna, I will do my f#@&ing best!
Knowing anything about fashion makes MLP even funnier when you realize that Hoity Toity, who is based on Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, speaks with Wintour's accent, while Photo Finish speaks with Lagerfeld's accent.
Pinkie Pie's comment in the pilot about quiet parties being boring seems like a throw-away comment; fast-forward to the Grand Galloping Gala, and Pinkie's first excitement of the event is quickly dashed when she finds it's exactly the kind of quiet, stuffy party she lambasted.
When Rarity gains Green Lantern-grade conjuration powers in Inspiration Manifestation, she promptly tracks down Rainbow Dash and conjures an elaborate dress around her in midair. Dash is not amused. The fandom is.
The garish outfit Fashion Style Rainbow Dash ships with. Dresses in style indeed.
While we're on the G3 theme song, the line after that is "Sweetie Belle's magic brings a great big smile." So naturally, FIM Sweetie Belle... is a filly who can't use magic yet. (Mind you, G3 Sweetie Belle herself never made good on those lyrics either; a tiny spark gleaming on her horn when we hear that line is all we get, making FIM Sweetie Belle doing the same thing once when excited a possible Homage.) However, as of season four, Sweetie Belle is learning.
More generational irony in the form of Scootaloo: G3 Scootaloo has a scooter when released in the "Scootin' Along With [name]" set. We never see her actually use one onscreen, despite her name! FIM Scootaloo on the other hand can do all manner of stunts and outrun a train. You'd really expect the toyline to feature her trademark accessory. As Big Mac would put it... Nnnope.
Before the show, a "pink pony" was (and still is, admittedly) associated with trippy hallucinations, a crazy person, or a Non Sequitur Thud from someone who is just knocked out. Then in prances Pinkie Pie...
In August 2011, a fanfic called Writer's Block was released that revolved around Twilight Sparkle having trouble coming up with a friendship lesson to send to Princess Celestia. Then came the season 2 episode "Lesson Zero"...
Similarly, one fanfic submitted for Equestria Daily's "April Foal's" contest was "Big Dragon", in which Spike grows humongous overnight, gives in to his draconic hoarding instincts, and engages in a King Kong homage with Rarity in the Fay Wray role. This was published about eight months before "Secret of My Excess", in which... well, yeah.
In Surprise, Surprise, Pinkie Pie is at first thrilled to meet the eponymous pegasus who is so much like her, until her friends take to the newcomer a bit too much, and she feels she's being pushed aside. Finally she has had enough, decides to fight for her place, then realises she's been a big Jerkass about it, goes to apologize, and finds out that not only did Surprise not intend to steal her thunder, it was Pinkie herself who inspired the formerly unpopular Surprise to become a party-pony. Then Pinkie Pride airs... basically, replace Surprise with Weird Al. You gotta wonder if the writer was secretly a member of the show staff or something, because it hits every note in exactly the same order. Of course, Surprise isn't quite as epic as Weird Al, because who is?
Fan-favorite background pony Carrot Top has a pretty epic scene in "Over a Barrel" where she jumps out of a building and kicks buffalo ass like an action movie star. She was eventually given the All There in the Script name Golden Harvest. It's fitting if you think about it.
At the end of "Lesson Zero", Spike tries to add a postscript to the Mane Six's joint letter to Celestia that he didn't need to learn the lesson of the day. At the end of "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", Applejack actually does send a letter to Celestia stating that she didn't need to learn anything from the events of that episode.
Speaking of Cadance, anybody remember that banner with the Mane Six all in funny hats straight out of the Prince William wedding? Except Applejack, who's still in her cowboy hat - which didn't happen until the end of the actual episode.
In the first episode an exasperated Twilight Sparkle remarked: "All the ponies in this town are CRAZY!" Throughout the rest of the season, each of the mane cast (including Twilight herself) had a mental breakdown. It only got funnier when Twilight had an even bigger breakdown in "Lesson Zero".
If one stops to think about it, oddball behavior actually doesn't seem all that unusual for inhabitants of Ponyville in general, even the background ponies. So maybe Twilight inadvertently hit the nail on the head...
A bit of (arguable) controversy in the fan art community arose from the creator of Cteno, a blob monster masquerading as a pony, intended to troll the fandom. Now that other creatures masquerading as ponies actually did appear in the show...
Many episodes, most notably "The Best Night Ever" and "A Canterlot Wedding", contain some obvious Shout Outs to various Disney movies. Guess what company was rumored to be planning on buying Hasbro.
For the same reason, the title of this parody video.
Discord's last words to the Mane 6 before being turned to stone was a sarcastic "Fine, use your little magic. Friend Me. Just be quick about it!" Later, Fluttershy turned him good by literally befriending him.
This comic, made just before A Canterlot Wedding aired, features Rarity being excited that Twilight's brother is getting married, and laments that Twilight is not a princess, because she could marry a prince and have a huge wedding. At the time, it was a reference to The Ticket Master, but then came "Magical Mystery Cure", in which Twilight does indeed become a princess.
The Cupcakes fan-fic is funnier after you've read this article about Ikea selling horse meat in their meatballs, along with horsemeat being found in beefburgers sold by Tesco.
On 28 December 2012, a fanfiction was uploaded to FIM Fiction.Net entitled Nosflutteratu. Precisely one year later, on 28 December 2013, the episode "Bats!" aired, in which Fluttershy turned into a vampire pony. This was not lost on several of the commentors, but it was brought to the limelight by one meme-asaurus, who was quick to comment on this and mentioning several things that happened in the fic itself that ended up happening in the show only episodes before.
Compare the climax of It's A Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door to that of the season 4 episode "Three's a Crowd". In each, ponies set out to find a magical flower to heal a sick friend. In both cases, said flower turns out to be a) on a mountain and b) attached to the head of a very large snake that the ponies then have to fight.
The Equestrian currency is "Bits". They come in coins.
Discord eating the pages from Twilight's spellbooks becomes even more hilarious when you remember this scene featuring John de Lancie as Q.
Hilarious In Hindsight moments from other works inspired by My Little Pony:
Fallout: Equestria is a Friendship is Magic fan-fic set after My Little Pony's equivalent of a nuclear war, written before season 2. Fast forward to this scene in Lesson Zero...
FO:E also predicted Pink Cloud, a character named Pipnote Well, the canon version is an Earth-pony colt named Pipsqueak while FO:E's Unicorn mare is named Little Pip, and Canterlot's city shield. A Running Gag on the fanfic's comment threads was, "Season 2 is still FO:E Compliant!".
The Pony POV Series had a side story called 'Pinkie's Fourth Wall Breaking Reality Show' where users could submit skits. One storyline involved the characters wearing full body suits of one another. Pinkie reveals she has one of Fluttershy in 'The Crystal Empire'.
King Sombra could've been replaced with a slightly altered Pony POV Series Grogar and there'd have been little difference to the story minus a somewhat more fleshed out character.
On a Cross and Arrow was a fanfic about the mane six meeting their colt counterparts. In the episode "Magic Duel". One of the magic tricks that Twilight does is turn Applejack into a colt.
The NSFW Twilight/Luna Slash FicLate Night With Luna writes Spike out of the story by saying he went on a camping trip with Applejack, Big Macintosh, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Then came "Sleepless In Ponyville", which is about the Cutie Mark Crusaders going on a camping trip (although Spike and Big Macintosh weren't involved). Even better, Luna played a role in that episode.
Progress could practically be called Hilarious In Hindsight: The Series. Unlike other Luna-centered fics of the time - which near-universally depicted the Princess of the Night as a massive Woobie - this one has Luna being 1) Adorkable, 2) A Fish out of Water, and 3) A Dreamwalker. A few months later "Luna Eclipsed" aired, showing that this fic (and pretty much only this one) correctly predicted Luna's canon personality. In addition, there's one part where Trixie gets a Artifact of Doom to get revenge on Twilight Sparkle. Sound familiar?
Twilight's wobbly efforts at lowering the moon and raising the sun are similar to Twilight's lunar "puppet show" in the Friendship is Witchcraft short "Star Waving Mad".
The first spell Twilight uses on Tirek looks suspiciously like a balefire bomb.
In RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse AU, Carrot Top (officially known as Golden Harvest) is portrayed as a competitor to Sweet Apple Acres, with the latter's family not being as friendly as their canon counterparts, to say the least. In the "Sweet Apple Acres" update to the MLP mobile game that was released on June 5, 2014, not only was Golden Harvest was one of the new playable ponies, but she lives in the new SAA area and the Carrot Farm shop was moved there from the Ponyville area. Yes, SAA is part of Ponyville in the show, but became its own playable area in the game.
In Dragon Ball Z, the Ocean Dub had Ian James Corlett as the voice of Goku and Brian Drummond as the voice of Vegeta, who are the two greatest rivals in the series. Fifteen years later, Ian's daughter Claire Corlett was cast as Sweetie Belle; two years after that, Brian's daughter Brynna was cast as Babs Seed. This means the conflict between Goku and Vegeta's families has technically passed on into the next generation and has been reincarnated into My Little Pony. It gets even funnier when you remember that Goku and Vegeta eventually became friends, and Sweetie Belle and Babs Seed also eventually became friends.
Also the beginning of "The Return Of Harmony" where Princess Celestia and the Mane Six are together during Discord's introduction. In other words, all seven were needed to summon the dragon. This gets even better if you remember the end of Dragonball GT where the evil manifestations of the Dragonballs were created much like how Discord inverted the elements of the Mane Six, and how both Omega Shenron and Discord were powerful dragons that were defeated by a powerful Combined Energy Attack.
In Digimon Adventure, Matt's Crest was "Friendship" and his partner had the most powerful evolutions if you count Omnimon as one of his evolutions.
I don't exactly remember all of it, but I think Jou/Joe wondered if his destiny involved a rock. Years later, filly Rarity wonders the same thing. Both rocks do; one to his crest and the other to her cutie mark.
In one episode Gomamon was lamenting his lack of hands. Lyra can certainly sympathize with that.
In the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, we're introduced to Mileina Vashti - an upbeat, easily excited girl with curly hair. The English dub (released in 2009), Mileina is voiced by Andrea Libman. In 2010 Friendship is Magic premieres, with Pinkie Pie (voiced by Libman) sounding like a hyperactive Mileina.
Also, Cathy Weseluck plays the professional and serious Col. Kati Mannequin. Weseluck later goes on to play Spike in Friendship is Magic.
Nicole Oliver, Princess Celestia herself, voiced the manipulative Regene Regetta in Gundam 00. And this was before anyone came up with Trollestia.
From the Japanese version of the same show, Mamoru Miyano (Setsuna F. Seiei) and Ayahi Takagaki (Feldt Grace) voice respectively Shining Armor and Princess Cadance, who both got married. The hilarity comes with the fact Feldt falls in love with Setsuna in the second season, who doesn't reciprocate her feelings at the end.
In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Domon and Rain use the Sekiha Love-Love Tenkyoken to destroy the Devil Gundam. Flash forward to the Royal Canterlot Wedding - Shining Armor and Cadance use the Power of Loveto vanquish Queen Chrysalis in a very similar fashion.
In the movie Summer Wars, Natsuki gets an upgrade, specifically for her Avatar, so she can take down the Big Bad in a Hanafuda Koi Koi match. And in both the Italian dubs for this and Friendship is Magic, she and Twilight Sparkle, respectively, were voiced by the same person. Guess what happened to Twilight in the 3rd Season Finale...
The first live action Transformers film features a small cameo from Pinkie Pie (a little girl is holding a G3 Pinkie Pie plushie) as a nod to Hasbro owning both franchises. Suddenly this commercial makes a bit more sense. There's an even better reference to "Transformers" at the beginning of Equestria Girls, where Pinkie Pie makes the transforming sounds as she comes out of her little curled up ball after talking to Twilight Sparkle about being afraid.
During the production of My Little Pony The Movie, the writers pitched a scene where the ponies are spotted by G.I. Joe's Shipwreck... who then promptly throws away his bottle of booze. Hasbro execs' reaction was, essentially, "This is very funny. NO."
Disney's Tangled came out little more than a month after the premiere of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Now try to think of the sun-themed kingdom, the heroine's snarky reptilian sidekick, the fact that the royal army's got a horse as the one competent member, and most of all the fact that one of the Snuggly Duckling thugs collects ceramic unicorns (which happen to be same in color scheme to Twilight Sparkle) and not chuckle.
The coat-of-arms for the sun kingdom is, by sheer coincidence, identical to Celestia's Cutie Mark.
If it's still up, take a look at the Pastoral symphony from Disney's Fantasia. Count how many comments there are about how the equines in act one happen to resemble ponies.
While Kamen Rider Fourze merely took a more Hot-Blooded approach to The Power of Friendship, even mirroring the "love and tolerate" message at one point, "A Friend In Deed" seems to be taking the references in the opposite direction, with Pinkie Pie already being friends with everyone in Ponyville and Determinatoring her way to become Cranky's friend. Then we see Cranky caught without his wig and putting dirt on his head, much like Tomoko. The most telling indication is at the end, when Pinkie takes off like a rocket.
Turns out "Ponyville Confidential" shares its premise with part of Fourze #25-26 (the gossip column).
Friendship is Magic Bitch, a fanmade animation where Princess Celestia frequently utters the phrase, "You ain't findin' no bananas... ON THE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNAAAAHHHH!!!!!!" becomes much funnier when you watch this All That sketch from 1997 (skip to about 2:06 in, the line itself is about 4:00 in).
"Apple's rubbish, I hate apples." says the Doctor to a little girl in "The Eleventh Hour", which aired in April of 2010. Fast forward to "Call of the Cutie" where a certain background pony gets terrified of a little girl trying to sell him some apples....
During the early days of Nintendo Power, the Player's Pulse section once featured a topic of the issue being the most infuriating gaming moments for players. One such player ranted about something involving his sister, and ended his post with "God must be a girl!"note Ironically, this was a time when Nintendo of America didn't allow religious references in any games it licensed, and since NP was an American magazine...Three decades later...
Julio Iglesias'sManuela, from 1974, has an intro that sounds note-for-note like the enduring theme song of the whole Pony franchise, and it predates Escape from Midnight Castle, the very first Pony show, by a whole decade.
The clean version of Tenacious D's "Kickapoo" replaces all the "fuck"s in the part where young JB is singing his vulgar song about slicing a dragon's "cockles" off to his Christian family with "buck". A lot of the bronies use this Unusual Euphemism as well.
An April 2010 story arc of Doonesbury beginning here that heavily involved a Captain Ersatz of Pinkie Pie, considering the facts that Doonesbury is a very serious strip, and a mere 6 months afterwards, Friendship Is Magic premiered.
In one issue of My Cage, Norm tried to make something girls and boys would be interested in by making "Cute Force", made of several overly butch versions of popular girl's toys from The Eighties. One is "My Little War Horse", showing a little pony in robotic military gear. Fast-forward to 2011 and the Brony movement...
What's more, "My Little War Horse" became the later title of a MAD spoof.
A FoxTrot comic from the late 1990s had Jason playing with Paige's Barbie doll as "Indiana Barbie" so he could do things like crush it with the garage door, crush it with a large ball, and feed it to "The Iguana Of Doom" (Quincy). This predicted DaringDo quite well.
Before the announcement of Crystal Ponies in Season 3 Borderlands 2 villain Handsome Jack had Diamond Pony, a living pony made of diamonds, named "Butt Stallion". Cue "Butt Stallion is now canon".
Reciprocated later on: Butt Stallion actually shows up in one of the DLC packs, and she looks a lot like a crystal version of Rarity.
In most My Little Pony/Metal Gear Solid crossover fanarts, Celestia is often portrayed as the Boss (with Twilight as Naked Snake). Then comes the announcement of the Japanese dub of Friendship is Magic, with Celestia being voiced by none other than Kikuko Inoue, the voice of the Boss in the Japanese version of the game.
During one Have a Nice Death sequence in Star Trek: Borg, Q expresses disgust at the player's idiocy and declares his need to "renew myself in some alternate reality". Which is essentially what de Lancie did by choosing to play Discord.
In the comment section of the final part of the webcomic Ensign Sue Must Die! a user sarcastically comments: "My Little Pony, eh? Now THAT'S a fan demographic waiting to happen..." in response to one of Mary Sue's reincarnations being a pony. The comment was made 1 month before the premiere of a certain animated show.
Twilight: There is indeed a spell to endow a pony with permanent wings, but it's extremely difficult and exhausting to cast. Only a real master of magic can hope using this spell without suffering a dangerous level of fatigue in the process.
Toward the end of the first crossover guest comics between Campaign ComicsGrand Line 3.5 and Friendship is Dragons, Rainbow Dash's player asks where she can find the Griffin race. Luke shows her the book, but the GM shoots that idea down. This is doubly funny given the end of the FiM episode from two years later, "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies": Rainbow Dash tells Twilight she "always kinda wondered what it would be like to be a griffin." Twilight tells her, "Not a chance," but Rainbow Dash won't give up so easily and asks about being turned into a dragon instead ("It doesn't have to shoot fire!").
During Friendship is Dragons's "Feelin' Pinkie Keen" arc, Cerberus shows up and is dealt with. Twilight brings him back, but it turns out that a prisoner escaped during his absence. Initially, the escape was exclusive to the comic, but then came the Season 4 two-part finale...
Also, Chick said some peeves she had with the show were that the ponies never had internal conflict and Spike was the only male (and not even a pony). Then came Friendship Is Magic, which got rid of both problems.
In the Abridged SeriesFriendship is Witchcraft, Pinkie Pie is represented as secretly being a gypsy witch. In the FiM episode "It's About Time", Pinkie Pie dresses up as a gypsy when trying to see Twilight Sparkle's future. Also, Twilight actually has a brother, Rainbow Dash has to dash, and robots do exist in some capacity.
In "The Convention", a FiW parody of "At the Gala" that portrays the Mane Six as various types of con goers, Rarity represents the Cosplayers. The crowd's lines following her verse are, "Show off outfits that you sewed last night in your hotel room. People are less critical, here at the convention!" Almost two years later in "Rarity Takes Manehattan", Rarity's new fashion line ends up being done last minute at the hotel after she makes the mistake of giving some of her special new fabric to her rival. And Rarity won anyway!
In "Lunar Slander", which was posted before "Magical Mystery Cure", Princess Luna passes the title of "Princess of the Night" to Twilight. This and the short "Star Waving Mad" in particular are this trope not just because of Twilight's transformation but also because of events in the Season 4 finale. Luna (along with Celestia and Cadence) gives Twilight her alicorn magic to keep Tirek from stealing it and Twilight subsequently has trouble making the moon set and the sun rise.
This anti-Twilight picture from 2009, which predates the Twilight Sparkle character itself.
ThisCracked article, which explains in detail why Boast Busters is a terrible episode. The logic they give is that Trixie is apparently boasting about everything she "did" to make money, and considering that she sleeps in a cabin, she apparently lives off of it. Therefore, when Snips and Snails unleashed the Ursa Minor, they effectively destroyed her career, and thus her life. They ended it with "Get ready for an episode in Season 2 where Trixie is begging on the street." Although it wasn't shown, there was indeed an episode in Season 2 that implied Trixie got reduced to just that.
The Season 3 episode "Magic Duel" (which was actually written during Season 2's production but got pushed back) confirmed that Trixie did indeed lose her job and was left working on a rock farm.
Final Fantasy: Real Men has a scene where Jecht, one of the most manly fighters in Dissidia, confesses his love of ponies after a manly screaming session with Cloud. He is promptly hit with the Buster Sword. Looks like Cloud found too many references to the show on the world wide web for his liking.
An Amazon.com review of a DVD of My Little Pony And Friends (a.k.a. G1) talked about how the woman brought it for her kids, expecting it to be like G3, but got proven wrong, as this is the old series filled with Nightmare Fuel. It ended "So, if you are looking for Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo, and Minty, this is not for you.". This was written when G3 was the current incarnation. Years later, three of those four names got incarnated as My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic characters, a show that was heavily influenced by G1.
Happily Ever After has Moonbeam, a character responsible for controlling the Moon and the night, with sisters that basically amount to nature spirits (one of them controlling the Sun), is awkward, and is the sister with the least screentime and relevance to the plot. Sounds familiar?
Even funnier is that Lauren Faust worked on that show (she's married to creator Craig McCracken)
Even more hilarious when you find out who voiced Terrence.
Way back in 2001, there was a little series that ran on PBS called Dragon Tales. In it, we have Emmy and Cassie, girl and dragon. Emmy would ride Cassie once an episode. Now, fast forward to 2010. Fluttershy was revealed to be afraid of dragons, except Spike because he's so tiny. Emmy = Andrea Libman = Fluttershy. Also, Cassie happens to be the youngest dragon in the dragon main characters group.
The Fairly OddParents has an episode where Timmy makes his own radio station, and in that episode, Vicky mocks Timmy by saying in the microphone that Timmy "likes ponies and unicorns with long eyelashes." Bonus points for Timmy being yet another Tara Strong role.
In 2006, American Greetings relaunched its Care Bears line, featuring a new bear named Oopsy. He doesn't really have a belly badge yet, and he's silly as heck, and clumsy to the point of always crashing into things. Fast forward four years. His voice actor was called onboard to voiced a pair of ponies. How do these two relate? spoiler: Ashleigh Ball, Oopsy's voice actor, plays Applejack and Rainbow Dash in the show. One known in the past for being a silly pony (and still is a little silly in the present), and the other known to randomly crash into things in this new continuity. Adding to this was the fact that some fans actually confusing Applejack and Rainbow Dash's gender and thought they were male ponies before the series premiered- Oopsy is a male Care Bear. And oh, how does a Care Bear get his or her belly badge? The same way a pony gets his or her Cutie Mark. And both Oopsy and the Cutie Mark Crusaders are still searching for theirs. Also, Hasbro buying back the master Care Bear license from Play Along Toys and announcing their intention to revamp the Care Bears franchise again shortly before the MLP:FiM relaunch. Long string of strange coincidences? Yeah.
Episode 35 of Garfield and Friends had a U.S. Acres episode ("Hamelot") about a griffon, followed by a Garfield short ("How to be Funny!") that had a part mentioning practical jokes. Sound familiar?
The entire episode "The Bunny Rabbits is Coming!", especially the ending, is funnier when you remember a certain bit from "Applebuck Season".
As pointed out, this dinosaur has an uncanny resemblance to Spike.
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "The Schlubs" opens with Grim watching Billy's My Troubled Pony DVDs and actually enjoying it. That episode first aired five years before Friendship is Magic.
That female pony also bears a striking resemblance to Twilight Sparkle.
"Billy and Mandy Save Christmas" has Mandy and Grim traveling through a dangerous path with numerous hazards, with the worst being "Lovable Pony Lane." At the end Grim even comments that he never imagined "those lovable ponies" would give them so much trouble.
The Bugs Bunny short "Ballot Box Bunny" features Bugs and Yosemite Sam competing for the title of mayor in town, only for them both to lose to a mare. So for all intents and purposes, that means she's Mayor Mare!
In the Chuck Jones adaptation of Horton Hears a Who!, there is a yellow bird with long, flowing pink hair who looks suspiciously like Fluttershy!
Surely the suspicion should be pointing the other way, given that Jones' version predates FIM by decades.
Dexter's Laboratory has the famous "Muffin King" episode, where Dexter's dad appears as a blonde muffomaniac (Bonus points: even briefly with Fish Eyes). It's even more hilarious when you find out who's the wife of the guy who worked on the show.
In the Powerpuff GirlsChristmas Special "The Fight Before Christmas", the Mayor asks Santa for a "My Little Horsie" doll, the joke being that he's a grown man. Even funnier — Lauren Faust worked on this episode. She must have been planning this whole 'brony' thing for years.
The Arthur episode "That's a Baby Show!" features Arthur accidentally tuning into a Teletubbies expy called "Love Ducks" and becoming a closeted fan of the show, going to great lengths to avoid anyone finding out he enjoys it. Fast forward to early 2011, and young men across the nationare beginning to relate quite a bit. This might not have been accidental: Arthur itself has a prominent Periphery Demographic, which was already rather large, and the episode was meant as a message to them.
Another Hilarious in Hindsight from that same show: Crash plays a game with a pony in it in the power outage episode.
The South Park episode "Butt Out" has Cartman making a commercial for an anti-tobacco group in which he states that he will soon be dead from secondhand smoke. Cartman is then forced to eat a cupcake, which he refuses, and runs away. Then along comes a particular MLP fan fic...
In the The Simpsons episode "Three Gays of the Condo", guest star "Weird Al" Yankovic makes a parody of John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" to reunite Homer and Marge, which ends with "Long after the grilled cheese sandwich is gone.". Eleven years later, Al guest stars in the Friendship is Magic episode "Pinkie's Pride", his character being named Cheese Sandwich.