From the height of The Eighties
fad days to The New Tens
, My Little Pony
has been etched in popular culture as a saccharine
toy line for young girls who love horses
Parodies and homages typically are shows within a show
featuring Always Female
pastel ponies (or other pastel animals) who can talk and have cutesy names
. Flank/Rear Insignias
are common but not a requirement. With the popularity of Friendship Is Magic
with older audiences — partly because the series almost completely subverts the image of the original — parodies have begun taking after it and are often more positive than previous depictions (or just poking fun at the fact that there is an older audience).
Subtrope of Bland-Name Product
. Not to be confused with cheap knockoffs of the show
, or with iPhony
... Well, ok, maybe just this once
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- Nissan's 2011 Pôneis Malditos ("damned ponies") campaign in Brazil.
- A Sega commercial circa Christmas 1994 had a dad go into a department store after his son asked for "Sega Genesis or Game Gear", repeating the names out loud to himself but accidentally confusing the words as he passes other displays. At the end, he stops and asks, "Mega Pegasus for Reindeer?" while standing in front of a display for "My Precious Pegasus". Watch it here.
- This◊ Belch Dimension Comics cover. Notably, it preceded the actual MLP:FIM comic book by three months and had Spike portrayed by a dog a good year before the release of My Little Pony Equestria Girls.
- Inside the MLP:FIM universe itself, there's a franchise aimed at little fillies called "My Tiny Gecko".
- The Annual 2014 issue features a side story based on the superhero group the Power Ponies (for which, in the TV show, the main cast briefly fill in the roles); they end up defeating the villains thanks to the advice from a television show about how friendship is magic: My Little Donkey. All the characters being donkey versions of the Mane Six.
Live Action TV
- One of the Once an Episode Parody Commercials on The Aquabats! Super Show! featured a toy like this called the Scruffy Scruff, except the toy was exceptionally ugly. The kids in the commercial played with and adored it as if it were just as pretty as its real-world counterpart.
- One sketch in a fifth-season Horrible Histories episode included the Victorian My Little Pit Pony. This doll described what life was like for horses that worked in coal mines, including breathing coal dust and getting stuck in tunnels. They only came in one color: black.
- Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! had a fake advert for "Candy Tails", horse tail hair coated in candy and braided for children to attach to their hair and lick the candy coating off. A tie-in My Little Pony-esque Candy Tails animation was there too, showing happy colorful talking horses who can't wait to get their tails chopped off to be turned into Candy Tails. Unusually for this trope, it is an old male horse who gets the most lines in the segment.
- ''Roland Rat: Superstar" had a Parody Commercial spot for "My Little Warthog", with the tagline: "To have, to hold, and to smell"
- In Phoebe And Her Unicorn, Phoebe is a fan of the cartoon Pastel Unicorns and has a bunch of the toys. In a few strips (like on March 17, 2013, and on August 11, 2013) she discusses recent plot developments from the show, and they're barely-veiled references to actual episodes of Friendship Is Magic.
- In Rhapsodies, Shilo's daughter, Bonnie, enjoys playing with her ''Pony Pals'' play set which includes the throne room of the Pony Ruler, the Pink Unicorn!
- In Draconia Chronicles, we have My Little Dracony: Togetherness is Magical, which is immensely popular despite being intended for dragonlings; so much so that it's implied that even prisoners of war are allowed to watch it (although it's stated to be anti-tiger propaganda rather than a 30-minute toy commercial)—and they like it too(!).
- In Homestuck:
- First is Maplehoof. Instead of buying pony toys for her daughter, Rose's mother went all the way to buying a live pony. Its name and a heart mark on the flank follow suit with the style of the show.
- And then there is Dirk Strider, who watches the actual show without any phony-ness and has posters to show for it. He may or may not be a fan of the show itself (irony is a strange mistress) but he admits to loving Rainbow Dash. Like his creator, Dirk is obsessed with horses in general.
- Paradox Space, a spin-off of Homestuck, features Sweet Bro playing with a magenta / rainbow colored unicorn in "Pones" (also known as "Ponie"). Hella Jeff thinks that this means Sweet Bro will want to be the back of his horse costume.
- Tagger the Beaver from Nip and Tuck is a fan of "Bitty Pretty Pony"; this is used to settle a dispute with his rival via Mutually Assured Blackmail. Later, we see that Tagger is a hipster about it.
- Flare has "Dolf and the Pretty Pony", supposedly written and illustrated by Flare and her sister when they were little girls.
- Nella's Epic Poney Soap Opera from The Nostalgia Chick. It contains a Bastard Boyfriend Anti-Villain Domestic Abuser, an inevitable saintly wife who is The High Queen and a Love Martyr to boot, a naive innocent woobish son with a few schoolfriends with disabilities, and a schoolteacher who is also "sometimes a whore, one with a heart of gold".
- The Welcome to... web series frequently mentions MLP and its fandom by name. However, one gag from "Welcome to Tumblr" involves a large number of humorously misnamed fandoms, and MLP is mentioned as My Last Prognosis, a pony-themed medical drama.
- Moshi Monsters has the "My Little Mutant" toys that can be bought as decorations for rooms. They look like the classic ponies...with six legs.
- The inevitable Fun T-Shirt versions such as "My Little Zenomorph".