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- Derpy Hooves is nothing but this trope. A five-second shot has a pony with Fish Eyes in the background, and the fans create an entire character based on her. She was part of a group interested in having some muffins when they were served to a group of ponies (the word "muffins" matches the lipsynching of at least one, possibly two other ponies), and everyone went with it; her toy's box even features muffins. She drops a bunch of things on Twilight, and she's The Klutz. And don't even start on when her appearance in "The Last Roundup" was edited to remove her being called by name and changed her voice and eyesnote ; absolutely nobody involved — including several people not involved — have been allowed to live it down, with death threats thrown around left and right.
- Fluttershy wanting to be a tree, based on a random night conversation on a train. This received a Continuity Nod in "Hurricane Fluttershy" where she hides inside a tree costume to avoid participating in the local pegasi's efforts to supply Cloudsdale with water.
- Fluttershy's Sanity Slippage in "The Best Night Ever" forever convinced a large section of fans that she's secretly a Yandere.
- A Meme in which Scootaloo is secretly a chicken, based on a short bout of teasing from her friend Apple Bloom.
- Pinkie Pie being a sadistic serial killer who may or may not have severe childhood trauma, based on her Sanity Slippage in "Party of One", compounded by a certain infamous fanfic. Never mind that in the episode she was, at most, bipolar/manic depressive, which is many times more likely to result in self-harm than any violent tendencies.
- Celestia is often depicted in fan works as an arbitrary and capricious dictator.
- She banished somepony to the moon once (a Mad Goddess whose scheme would have killed all life in Equestria), and even then only with the help of the Elements of Harmony. This doesn't stop numerous fans from depicting her as solving all her problems by banishing them to the moon, and even having her own Catch Phrase ("TO THE MOOOOOOOOOOOON! BEEYETCH!").
- Before that, she (and Luna, which no-one seems to remember) turned Discord to stone... after he conquered Equestria and turned it into a nightmarish World Gone Mad. Naturally this led to depictions of "turn it to stone" being her answer to every problem that can't be solved with "send it to the moon". (Funnily enough, Discord seems to think this In-Universe. "Unlike you, I don't turn ponies to stone!")
- Rainbow Dash said "twenty percent cooler" once, and "ten seconds flat" twice. To a lot of fans, they might as well be her Catch Phrases. The former was finally referenced again after four years in Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, where she says "twenty percent less cool." And even then it's not the pony Rainbow, but her human counterpart.
- Twilight will never live down her Sanity Slippage (noticing a pattern?) in "Lesson Zero". In fairness, it was terrifying. However, not only did Twilight have some basis for Sanity Slippage in "Swarm of the Century", but she did it again in "It's About Time". Furthermore, she is slowly learning to control it as of "Games Ponies Play". The fans have spoken about her mental health, and the writers are listening.
- Shining Armor did a Fastball Special with his wife Cadance exactly once, in a life-or-death situation where there was basically no other option. (And it worked, saving Spike from certain death and the Crystal Empire from enslavement by King Sombra.) Since then, the fandom only knows him as "Wife Thrower" (albeit affectionately).
- Lyra Heartstrings has once been seen sitting on her haunches (like a human would) on a park bench in "Dragonshy". Since then, you can't swing your arm without hitting a fanfic, music video, comic, or some other fan work depicting Lyra as a human-obsessed fanatic, bent on proving humanity's existence, gaining hands, or becoming human herself.
- Ironically, Lyra isn't even the only pony to sit like that. Future episodes depict more ponies sitting "like humans" and appears to be normal behavior in their world.
- Sweetie Belle gained a reputation as The Ditz because she didn't understand "more than I can chew" was a figure of speech.
- On the other hand, nearly every plan Sweetie comes up with backfires spectacularily on her and anyone else immediately involved, so there may be some merit to this. Then again, Sweetie also tends to be rather perceptive towards others' stupidity, making her more a Genius Ditz at worst.
- "A Canterlot Wedding" has many examples of this:
- Twilight accusing Cadance of being evil despite having no evidence. She was right, just not in the same context she was thinking.
- Shining Armor yelling at his sister, more or less cutting off his ties with her, and never apologizing for it after Chrysalis got kicked out of Canterlot. Especially so given the implication he was brainwashed the whole time.
- Twilight's friends abandoning her for a pony they just met a day or so ago and not even giving Twilight a chance to explain her doubts before the big accusation scene. The Big Bad even called them out on it in a sarcastic thank you speech, leading Applejack to very earnestly apologise for it.
- Celestia being easily beaten and Luna being absent.
- People also still have a hard time getting past the blatant case of Remember the New Guy regarding both Shining Armor and Cadence. The show so rarely feels like the glorified toy commercial it actually is than when seeing it regress to a stunt like this was quite jarring.
- The Season 3 premiere featured a villain who was intended to be a sinister and ominous presence in the vein of Sauron, but whom many fans interpreted as being an ineffective Orcus on His Throne. It looked like poor Sombra would never get to redeem himself in the eyes of the fandom, as he is the only villain on the show to have been Killed Off for Real. This changed with the season 5 finale, where a Bad Future where he wasn't defeated showed him as a frighteningly competent overlord, leading a brainwashed army capable of fighting the rest of Equestria to a standstill.
- The episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen", in which writer Dave Polski worded the ending so badly that it turned a perfectly acceptable "Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it doesn't exist" moral into sounding more like "Science Is Wrong and you should just accept that things work the way they do without trying to understand it". Before "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" this was the episode that was negatively spoken about constantly, although later it was finally able to be Lived Down.
- Merriwether Williams' debut episode "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" is still a top contender for the show's worst episode. Her next episode, "Hearth's Warming Eve," was better received, but then "Putting Your Hoof Down" and "Dragon Quest" were again controversial and cemented her reputation as the worst writer on the staff who has no understanding of the characters, despite the next season's "Wonderbolt Academy" showing that she's definitely learned from her mistakes. This is best illustrated by the response to her episode "Bats," which was accidentally credited to Meghan McCarthy. Response to the episode was very positive at first, but when the word came of who really wrote it, a lot of fans suddenly turned on it just because of her. All of this is also in spite of the fact that her episode credits from the early seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants were relatively well received (she even worked on fan favorite episode "Band Geeks").
- The Mysterious Mare Do Well itself led to a case for the main ponies par Rainbow Dash, having them listed as narcissistic Designated Heroes who self righteously formulate elaborate Humiliation Congas onto Rainbow Dash for getting a bit too arrogant, and are treated as right for it. Note that this is one of very few episodes to condone directly humiliating someone over a grudge (Applejack and Twilight Sparkle did previously take similar steps in "Fall Weather Friends" and "Feeling Pinkie Keen" respectively, only to get a comeuppance and learn An Aesop over acting worse than those they tried to punish).
- Princess Cadance dropped the ball and went right down to the Scrappy status she had been rescued from for not inviting Spike, one of the key figures in saving the very empire she rules, to the preparations for the Equestria Games. Notably, she did eventually Live It Down in the episode "Equestria Games", where she invited Spike to light the torch at the opening ceremony - and later the fireworks at the closing ceremony, giving up her own place to do so.
- Similar to a certain superhero, Angel Bunny will never live down the domestic violence he inflicted on Fluttershy in Putting Your Hoof Down. He has never been seen doing this before or since, and has occasionally been shown comforting Fluttershy at her lowest moments, but the viewers will forever remember him as "the asshole who slapped Fluttershy and kicked her out of her own house over a cherry", and even demonize him in fanfics for this.
- Soarin' the Wonderbolt had his first real debut scene in the season one finale: "Best Night Ever" where he enthusiastically purchases an apple pie from Applejack. This resulted in many fans flanderizing him into being some kind of pie-addict. Said flanderzation became canon in "Rarity Investigates!" where he's shown sloppily eating a pie.
- Applejack's Gen 1 counterpart was made famous for being the subject of a song in a My Little Pony cassette tape from the '80s which is about her being a "silly pony".note The silly pony trait has been projected onto the Gen 4 Applejack by fans on account of her sleep deprivation and exhaustion in exactly one episode. Note that FIM AJ is somewhat accident-prone and goofy, but no more so than nearly every other pony in the slapstick-heavy series.
- Rainbow Dash's G3 counterpart is best known for being a fashionista from G3.5, supported by the infamous line "Rainbow Dash always dresses in style" in the Theme Tune Roll Call. G4 Rainbow Dash is shown to be the complete opposite of liking fancy clothes though any time she dresses up in the show, it will evoke her G3.5 fashion persona.
- Sonata Dusk from Rainbow Rocks excitedly says "It's Taco Tuesday!" early in the film. The result was similar to the one with Soarin above. One could also swear she had the catchphrase "For Realsies", despite saying it a total of one time in the movie.
- Fluttershy was shown as being afraid of her shadow once in "Dragonshy" (while under immense stress over the fact that she could have to confront a dragon, even), yet it's a common part of her fanon characterization for some reason.
- Babs Seed is best remembered for being The Bully in her original appearance and she only did so because she was being bullied in her hometown. Not helping is by the end of the episode, she was willing to protect the Cutie Mark Crusaders from being bullied and was showing signs of being reformed in her next episode and the comic book. It doesn't quite help that, one, after the aformentioned episode, she's never seen again and is only given a mention two seasons later, and two, not a lot of people accept the comics as canon.
- Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon mocked Scootaloo for her inability to fly. Despite having been reformed in Season 5 and Discord and later Starlight Glimmer having been redeemed of far worse, many fans haven't forgiven them for it.
- Meta example: writer M.A. Larson has written many episodes on the series, but he's best known for the controversial "Magical Mystery Cure", where Twilight became an alicorn princess. Since then, every time Larson is mentioned on the Equestria Daily fansite, either the article or someone in the comments will make a joke about how Larson likes to "put wings on things". Most forget that the final script of said episode wasn't even entirely his, as it got a heavy re-write without his knowledge once it was clear it wouldn't be the show's Grand Finale.
- When the preview to "Flutter Brutter" was released, the Periphery Demographic got a first glimpse at Zephyr Breeze... and they were not amused at his characterization. When he turned out to be a lazy, manipulative jerk, they immediately accused the show of painting them as This Loser Is You. The backlash died down after the episode aired where it turns out he's just a Jerkass Woobie with a crippling fear of failure but some fans will still remember him from his portrayal from the trailer.
- Big Macintosh has a secretly flamboyant feminine side, if his dreams of being an Alicorn Princess and enjoyment of wearing dresses are any indication.
- Strawberry Sunrise's very first appearance in the show was to proudly express her dislike of apples in front of Applejack. She even insults Applejack when she demands an apology from Strawberry Sunrise.
"Oh, I'm sorry... that you actually bite into those tasteless, mealyworm-filled things. Ohhh."
- What's worse, the whole point to her character was to establish that "having an 'honest opinion' doesn't mean you can go around expressing it and not risk upsetting others", something that Applejack was guilty of in the first place, and which she admitted. Yet fans like to depict her as a rude jerk overall who gets 'deserved' punishments from the morally correct Applejack.
- Some fans still hold a burning hatred against Starlight Glimmer for brainwashing the Mane 6 in "Every Little Thing She Does", despite the fact that she apologises and learns her lesson afterwards.
- Sunset Shimmer never expects to live down transforming into demonic hellspawn and mind-controlling Canterlot High as teenage zombies for her own personal army in the first Equestria Girls film. Most of the sequel has a Running Joke where even the only people willing to hang out with her constant bring it up against her, much to the dismay of her newly reformed self. It isn't until the third film that people stop regularly discussing it, and the fourth film until she's comfortable enough to joke about it herself.
- This is the entire plot of the Season 6 episode "Newbie Dash" — Rainbow Dash, upon finally making the Wonderbolts proper, is given the call-sign "Rainbow Crash" after nearly getting ran over and landing into a trash can. However, "Rainbow Crash" was the insulting name she got at flight school and, instead of telling the Wonderbolts the sordid past of that name, tries to force a new name from them.
- Both Season 6 and 7 have Starlight constantly reminded of her villainous misdeeds, though it's more of off-handed comments that Starlight would really wish was not brought up.
- Their having Twilight be Lawful Stupid and refusing to use her magic to help her friends, despite her never acting this way in the show. Even later comics where she's back to normal, which came off as deliberate attempts to atone, are used as examples of how they don't care about constancy.
- What makes the above example even more odd is that in the very same storyline "The Good, The Bad and the Ponies", Twilight blatantly breaks the law by having Fluttershy kidnap a random lawyer, then impersonating said lawyer with Rarity to sabotage Longhorn's lawful purchase of Canter Creek. Not only that, but their are multiple instances of Longhorn threatening or outright physically assaulting her friends or innocent townsfolk in front of her, yet Twilight still doesn't do much.
- The Human CMC's cyberbullying in the Equestria Girls Holiday Special was meant to be an in-universe example; a one-off moment that, despite fully owning up to and apologizing for, they could never fully take back. Instead, they got this for being more Easily Forgiven than their pony selves despite being more antagonistic, no matter that the six months' detention they got was the harshest punishment any redeemed villain received in the franchise or their actions being a fraction of what Sunset Shimmer had successfully lived down by that point.
The Movie (massive spoilers)
- For some fans, just how easy it was for the other Princesses to be captured in the prologue just sinks them to Memetic Loser levels to the extent that the drama of The Worf Effect fell flat and was met with raised eyebrows. Especially for Celestia who after seeing Cadance get turned to stone in front of her, proceeds to leave herself wide open instead of finding/taking physical cover when telling Luna to find the queen of the hippogriffs. Even Luna only managed to blast one Mook before flying away to find said queen of the hippogriffs only to get petrified in mid-air. On the flipside, Cadance being the only other princess that actually tried to do something and was only thwarted due to being unaware of the Anti-Magic properties of the Obsidian Orbs let some fans give her a free pass on this.
- Some fans will never forget Twilight going behind her friends' backs and attempting to steal Queen Novo's Pearl of Transformation. Even if the queen ever does forgive her, that black mark will not be coming off anytime soon. This is especially bad since it practically undoes seven seasons worth of development all for a dramatic moment.
- Likewise, there are some that won't forget Rainbow Dash performing a Sonic Rainboom in the middle of the sky, drawing Tempest Shadow's legions to Celaeno's ship and essentially almost dooming the latter's crew and Capper. Notable in that it's what drives Twilight to do what she did above.