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 to confused 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 Equestria Girls' release.
- Inside the MLP:FIM universe itself, there's a franchise aimed at little fillies called "My Tiny Gecko".
- Susan, Death's granddaughter in the Discworld book Soul Music, gets a "My Little Binky" toy for her third birthday from her grandfather, modeled after his pale horse, Binky. Her parents return it, fearing that it will make her a less "normal" child.
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 and 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"
- Maria collects "My Precious Pony" dolls in the Backyard Sports games.
- In Red Faction: Armageddon, one of the many weapons a player can equip is "Mr. Toots", a cutesy, colorful unicorn about the size of a small dog who is wielded by being slung over the player's shoulder and having his belly squeezed to make him fart. Of course, since he farts super-destructive rainbow colored lasers, he classifies as a Lethal Joke Item.
- In Heavenly Nostrils, 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 P.O.W.'s 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.