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 who can talk. Flank Insignia
are common but not a requirement. With the popularity of Friendship Is Magic
with older audiences, parodies have begun taking after it and are often more positive than previous depictions.
Subtrope of Bland-Name Product
. Not to be confused with iPhony
... Well, ok, maybe just this once
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- 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.