Other / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Despite the show being both a massive mainstream and cult success in America, the show has failed to obtain any level of mainstream success in Britain. British TV only aired the first season (on Boomerang, since there's no UK version of The Hub. Although it could happen). Compare this to the rest of Europe, where most countries have aired all currently-made episodes (My Little Pony has always been more popular in Europe than America, and – as happened in The '80s – Hasbro released most of this generation's early merch in Europe first). The series finally returned to British TV in 2013 via Tiny Pop, a channel targeted at preschoolers. It was later moved to the Tiny Pop's freeview sister channel Pop which is aimed at the same audience demographic as Nicktoons. Despite this, Britain has a small yet highly dedicated fandom towards the show, with many fan artists being based there.
  • Archive Panic: Guaranteed 143 episodes and five movies. That's 80 hours to watch everything uninterrupted.
  • Awesome Art: Not only are the show's aesthetics and character designs incredibly popular and spawned millions of fan artists and followings, but it is considered one of the quintessential examples of good Flash animation, due to a much larger amount of specific, varied expressions and a generally higher quality in character-acting than most previous users of the method that make it more appealing to watch than even some hand-drawn or CGI cartoons.
  • Ear Worm: So far, pretty much every song has been declared an ear worm. Naturally overlaps with Awesome Music.
  • Good Bad Translation: One line in the Japanese version mistranslates Applejack's "Widdle Rarity" as "Peeing Rarity". Most Japanese audiences found this line to be hilarious.
  • Growing the Beard: It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment the show grew the beard, but generally it is believed to be sometime near the middle of season 1, though some believe that it didn't fully grow the beard until season 2. (Coincidentally, the E/I rating was dropped around this time as well.)
  • Hell Is That Noise: The Evil Laugh from when Discord's statue starts cracking is easily the scariest sound in the series, and creepier than you'd expect from a Y-rated cartoon.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • Any time Fluttershy or Pinkie Pie sings.
    • Any time Fluttershy talks would qualify with most of the fans.
    • The *Squee* heard in various episodes is just one of the Stock Sound Effects utilized by the show, but rather than just being used for squeak toys, it's often used for ponies smiling.
    • Rarity's singing is also very highly regarded, same with her sister Sweetie Belle.
    • The sound unicorn magic makes, as well as the very similar Sonic Rainboom. SHOOM
    • Princess Luna's indoor voice can be added to the list.
    • "Dear Princess Celestia...", so wonderful, it has become a Catch Phrase for Tara Strong whenever she wants to make a Shout-Out to bronies.
    • Pinkie Pie's laugh. Since she's the Element of Laughter, it really isn't surprising that her happy little giggle is nice to hear.
    • Princess Cadance's singing voice.
      • For that matter, the sound of Princesses Cadance, Luna and Celestia singing in choir.
  • Narm: Hasbro has taken to using Wilhelm Screams in pretty much every single episode of Season 4.
    • However, there are a few occasions wherein it reaches Narm Charm levels. Most notably in Season 4, episode 6, wherein the characters are inside an homage to Superhero comics. As well as Season 4, episode 4, which was a homage to Indiana Jones.
  • Narm Charm: While the show runners are absolutely aware of the older fans and pander to them frequently, at its core, this is still a show for young children. As a result, a lot of time it can be very corny, cheesy, sappy, Anvilicious, etc. But that's part of why the Periphery Demographic loves it, and it's usually done well enough to result in this trope instead of straight Narm.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The brony fandom is this. Believe it or not, back in the 80s, there were a lot of boys watching G1 due to the adventure-filled plots that were highly unusual in girl's shows at the time. (Obviously, they didn't call themselves "bronies", though.) But since 4chan didn't exist back then, the franchise never caught on as boy-friendly at the time.
    • The Slice of Life nature that this series is known for, especially in the first season, was first explored in My Little Pony Tales and My Little Pony G3.
    • The Lady Land aversion? Also first done in Tales.
    • Another good example, that's slightly less old, would-be Sailor Moon fans from the nighties gave way to pretty much the same reaction as we're getting now the whole "these guys are a pile of happy cigarettes" from the haters and a "it's the turning point of masculinity" from the fans side.
  • Painful Rhyme: Crops up occasionally; the show's "songwriter" just composes the music and relies on the episodes' regular writers for lyrics. Pinkie's song in "Over a Barrel" invokes this intentionally.
  • The Producer Thinks of Everything: There's a surprising amount of detail put into the backgrounds, set design, background music, and sound effects. Heck, "Art of the Dress" goes as far as to give us a sound effect for Rarity's uvula wiggling around.
    • Similar with Rarity, they also provided a sound effect for Pinkie's uvula wiggling around during her "I'm at the Grand Galloping Gala" song.
    • Overlapping with Shown Their Work, "The Return of Harmony Part 2" has the ponies' pupil sizes increase and decrease accordingly as Discord screws with the sun and moon.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The quality of the writing in the early Season 1 episodes (especially the two-part pilot) may seem quite low to people who are used to watching the later episodes, which have a lot more Parental Bonus and Fandom Nods. This was before Hasbro knew about the show's Periphery Demographic, so it's justified.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • Out of all the sucky outfits the other ponies forced Rarity to make in "Suited For Success", fans generally agree that Rainbow Dash's really did look cool. They just don't agree on who that helmet reminds them of: Spartans? The Rocketeer? Flash Gordon? Magneto? Judge Dredd? Space Marines? Sangheili Elites?
      • Her helmet seemed to be re-used for her Commander Hurricane role in "Hearth's Warming Eve", however.
      • That is to say, cool for a superhero. For a formal dance... perhaps not so much. Then again, her reason for attending was to crash the Wonderbolts' performance with her flying moves, so it makes sense she initially thought the dress would work.
    • The live show at the 2011 Calgary Stampede. Unfortunately, unlike the other examples, this is not Stylistic Suck.
    • Twilight's very awkward dance from "Sweet and Elite."
  • Spoiled by the Format:
    • "Magical Mystery Cure". You know that there's going to be more coming when it looks like the problem's solved and everything's going to be all fine and dandy...with a third of the episode left.
    • In Inspiration Manifestation, Rarity has made her creative contribution to the Foal and Filly Fair, nothing bad has happened, and she's about to return the book to Spike...and at this point, we're only eight minutes into the episode. She decides to hold onto the book for just a little while longer...
    • "Crusaders of the Lost Mark": The episode's selling conflict, a class president election between Diamond Tiara and Pipsqueak, only takes up the first half of the episode, with Diamond Tiara cementing her Heel–Face Turn a few minutes afterward.
  • Squick:
    • One pony at the party in "Call of the Cutie" drinking straight from the punch bowl instead of using the ladle provided.
      • There's also Pinkie Pie's party in "Party of One" with Gummy the alligator swimming in the punch bowl.
    • The "baked bads" from "Applebuck Season"; muffins made with lemon juice and live earthworms, among other things. Mmmm, tasty.
    • Rarity stuffing her head in a garbage can in "Party of One". She wasn't the only one trying not to throw up.
    • The way the parasprites reproduce. Apparently, they barf out their babies.
      • Which they appear to have been doing inside of Fluttershy's and Twilight Sparkle's manes.
    • Rarity's pruned hoof in "Green Isn't Your Color".
      • That is nothing compared to her entire face pruned in "Applejack’s 'Day' Off".
    • Flutterhulk from Power Ponies can be this for some viewers.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Of all the languages MLP:FIM got dubbed in, many bronies consider the Polish dub to be the best, even with its flaws. Exhibit A and Exhibit B. The Japanese dub is also very well received (despite being Edited for Syndication), especially with the amount of Woolseyisms they were able to incorporate.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The show has a not-quite version of "Yakety Sax". There have been many others, both with and without lyrics, ranging from Aaron Copeland's Rodeo to Sondheim showtunes to... "The Hokey-Pokey."
    • The crowning jewel of this is "Art of the Dress", which is based on "Putting It Together".
    • "At the Gala" is even more obviously "Ever After" from Into the Woods.
    • The piece of ballet music used in "Sonic Rainboom" and "The Show Stoppers" is a riff on the Swan Lake waltz.
    • The background music in the kite-flying scene in "Call of the Cutie" is an homage to "Let's Go Fly a Kite".
    • The show also does a few homages to Star Wars endings of all things. "Elements of Harmony" ends with a suspiciously similar version of "Augie's Great Municipal Band" and "Return of Harmony, Part 2" ends with a homage to A New Hope's ending, the music of which fits quite well with.
    • The scene where the sun is setting in "Lesson Zero" has a suspiciously similar Version of the "Dream is Collapsing" theme from Inception. And in the scene immediately following, The Princess' Speech is emphasized by music from... The King's Speech.
    • "Find a Pet" is a take on "Fabulous Places" from the 1967 Doctor Dolittle (fittingly, considering who sings it).
    • The music playing at Iron Will's seminar in "Putting Your Hoof Down" is actually "Eye of the Tiger" with one note changed. In the same episode, when Fluttershy realizes she's become a monster, the Lonely Man theme from The Incredible Hulk starts playing.
    • During the scene in the episode "It's About Time" where Twilight Sparkle meets a future version of herself, the background music is suspiciously similar to "I am the Doctor" from Series 5 and 6 of Doctor Who.
    • "One Bad Apple" features an A-Team Montage while the CMC are building the second float, down to the music.
    • A parody of the Bonanza theme is often used in scenes relating to the Apple family.
    • The Cloudsdale anthem from Equestria Games sounds an awful lot like The Canada Song from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
    • Flim and Flam's song "Opportunity" from "Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" bears a striking resemblance to con-man Harold Hill's song "Ya Got Trouble" from The Music Man
      • Which, given the fact that they were travelling con men arriving in a small town and dressed exactly like Harold Hill in the musical, was probably intentional.
    • While not quite as similar as other examples of this trope, "Morning In Ponyville" from "Magical Mystery Cure" is clearly at least inspired by "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" from Oklahoma!.
    • The music in the Crystal Library scene from "The Crystal Empire part 1" is a thinly disguised version of David Rose's "Holiday For Strings".
    • "I'll Fly" from "Tanks for the Memories" is very similar to "Defying Gravity". Both are villainous in nature, are sung in the same key and have a flying theme.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Want to unlock all the characters in the smart phone game? Better really REALLY like it or be willing to spend a lot of money on it.
  • Unfortunate Implications: One magazine seemed to cherry-pick the show for this. Faust was quick to rebut this as Everyone Is Satan in Hell.
  • Vindicated by History: Some early episodes concerning continuity changes were criticised for being too quick and lacking proper focus, especially in Season Three. Seasons Four and Five seem to be devoted to furthering the development of these arcs, making said episodes more enjoyable taken as mere pivots than the entire story. "Keep Calm and Flutter On" (concerning the start of Discord's Heel–Face Turn) is a key example.
  • Watch It for the Meme: This is generally how many fans started watching the show, but quite a few of them actually care more about the show than seeing Lyra/Bon Bon in the background.
    • This is debatable, as any episode involving an appearance by Derpy can fill comment pages simply pleased with her appearance and nothing else in the episode. The most egregious example was The Last Roundup, which may as well only have been the opening five minutes of the episode.
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