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Shout Out: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW)
Much like its parent show, the comic has a ton of little nods. Seriously, it's like IDW is in some kind of competition with DHX to see how many Shout Outs they can cram in a single issue/episode! Shout outs from the main series, the Micro series, and the ''Friends Forever'' series are covered here.
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    General 
  • Fringe references abound in issues drawn by Andy Price, due to the artist's love for the show.
    • One of the freed ponies in Issue #1 is a Pony Observer - the grey hairless one, in a fedora and grey suit with a set of binoculars for a cutie mark - as confirmed by Price as part of his self-stated appreciation of the show.
      • In spirit of the Once per Episode, "Where's Waldo?"-like appearance of the Observer in Fringe, an (the?) Observer pony has appeared in every story drawn by Price, including the two micro-series he did (Rarity and Luna), and the Sunset Shimmer short. All known sightings are logged here.
      • The Observer pony has even crossed over to stories with Amy Mebberson's art, appearing in one panel in Issue #15.
    • One poster in the Rarity micro-comic is for "Velvet Sedan Chair", a band within the fiction of Fringe.
    • The Sunset Shimmer short, given that it deals with her discovering about parallel worlds, has no fewer than five Fringe references on page 5: the books Shimmer read include "The First Ponies", "ZFT", "The Observers", "There is more than one of everything" and "Crossing Over by Bell & Bishop". It's probably some kind of record.
    • The "Reflections" arc (Issues #17-20) is basically a love letter to Fringe by Andy, given that the basic plot involves two separate universes, a key theme of Fringe:
      • The first page of #17, the Observer actually speaks to Twilight and Spike, warning them "There is more than one of everything", and then disappears about as mysteriously as the Observed did on Fringe.
      • The Observer pony appears very much front and center on the Price variant for #18, part of an arc involving alternate universes. No way he's out of place here. In addition, his cover of Issue #19, which mirrors #18, give yet another title drop to the Fringe episode, "There's More Than One of Everything", and the two sides use the blue/red color scheme that Fringe associated with the two different universes. Issue #18's title is "Back To Where You've Never Been Before", another Fringe episode title.
      • A flashback to Star Swirl's laboratory in #18 shows one book called "Cortexiphan Studies".
      • "Over there" King Sombra's wall of study in #19 shows several differences between the two universes and other theories, many relating to Fringe, such as Manehatten being spelling with one "T", the lack of sugar or avacados in the "over there" and the lack of coffee in the main 'verse, the concept of amber, the double-F Fringe Division badge used "over there", and a "Resist" poster similar to the one used in Fringes 5th season.
      • Pinkie and Spike discuss how to name the evil versions of Celestia and Luna, a task that Fringe fans had done when the alternative versions of the main characters were revealed. One suggested by Pinkie, "Fauxlestia", follows with what became the canon name of the alternate Olivia, "Fauxlivia".
      • Twilight's plans for how they will face the evil Celestia and Luna include a piece of paper with "ZFT" on it.
      • The conclusion of the "Reflections" arc ends with the concept of the two universes merging and subsequently destroying each other to make way for a new one, which was an ultimate goal by William Bell's character in Fringe. A splash page in issue #20, where the fate of both universes loom, show a numerous number of characters from both sides reacting to a dangerous explosion; the background for each set of characters is blue (the prime universe ones) or red (Good Sombra's universe), which mimics the blue/red used for Fringe. Further, in addition to the Observer pony, ponified versions of the main Olivia Dunham, Walter Bishop (with a white tulip cutie mark), and Peter Bishop, and the alternate universe versions of Olivia ("Fauxlivia") and Secretary Walter Bishop can be seen.
  • Similarly, works drawn by Amy Mebberson will typically nod to the Sailor Moon series and fandom for the same reasons. All five Sailor Scouts appear in the Nightmare Forces arc, and the Chibi versions in the Celestia micro-series comic.
  • The Ascended Meme character of Doctor Whooves, playing on Doctor Who, reappears several times in the series. The canon Doctor Whooves character (that is said to be the Tenth, David Tennent, version) has appeared several times, but there has also been nods to the First (Harnell), Fourth (Baker), Eleventh (Smith), and the War Dcotor (John Hurt) by both Price and Mebberson.
  • The comic book series has a map with a location labeled as "Rocinante Hills". Rocinante was Don Quijote's horse.

    The Return of Queen Chrysalis (Issue 1) 

    The Return of Queen Chrysalis II (Issue 2) 
  • Issue #2, which has the ponies going through the Diamond Dogs' abandoned mines, is suitably replete with David Bowie references, including statues named Ziggy and Stardust, another one that looks like Aladdin Sane, and multiple lyrical quotations on signs and carved into stone, including lines from "Golden Years", "Cat People", and the song "Diamond Dogs" itself.
    • "Sashay on the Boardwalk, Scurry to the ditch", directions to the emerald mines. Lyrics From Diamond Dogs.
    • "Red like Jungle Burning Bright" Lyrics from Cat People (Putting out Fire).
    • "Never Look Back, Walk Tall Act Fine" inscription on the cave exit, lyrics to Golden Years.
    • On the map, a quip about poachers called "Diamond Dogs"(also refers to lyrics from Diamond Dogs
  • Pinkie picks up a skull and calls it Mr. Bones. More apt considering that the skull has a hairpiece that matches a certain other "Bones".
    • Also relating to Star Trek, in the map at the end of the issue, a gray obelisk is clearly depicted. This obelisk is very similar in appearance to Obelisks left by Preservers, Ancient galactic beings who rescued cultures and species at risk of extinction and transplanted them to more hospitable planets. Since IDW also prints a Star Trek series, the implications are very interesting.
    • Calling the skull Mr. Bones could also be a shout-out to a very popular fan-made roller coaster on Roller Coaster Tycoon called Mr. Bones' Wild Ride. (NOTE: for safety, consider this link NSFW. It is an archived 4Chan thread, after all.)
  • A cave troll living in the mine in issue 2 resembles the trolls from the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, and has a collection of various "toys", including a damaged Optimus Prime and a Rubik's Cube.
  • Chrysalis' pose on her couch is based on one of the changing portraits at the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, as confirmed by Andy Price.
  • The sound effect the spiders make while shooting web is very familiar.
  • One of the spiders in issue #2 steals Applejack's hat and says "Imma cowboy! Howdy, howdy, howdy!"
  • On the forest map in issue #2 is Silver and Scout Meadow.
  • At the end of issue #2, Rainbow Dash panics when Twilight leaves them without a map and Pinkie responds: "Where we're going, we don't need no stinkin' map!"
  • The whole of issue #2 suspiciously resembles the Moria segment of The Lord of the Rings.
  • The map at the end of Issue 2 has a mansion in a swamp called the Old Mansion the surrounding properties are listed as "Gracey's Swamp", "The Forests of Leota" and "Hatchaway Falls"
  • The Rocinante Cliffs is a nod to the horse of Don Quixote.

    The Return of Queen Chrysalis III (Issue 3) 

    The Return of Queen Chrysalis IV (Issue 4) 

    Issue # 5 
  • Spike is carrying a white cup with a green logo that looks suspiciously like that of Starbucks.
  • Two mares talking in the background of page #2 look suspiciously like Sailors Moon and Jupiter.
  • In Rarity's nightmare, she imagines her friends replacing her with a pony that looks similar to Mabel, including having the name Maybelle. Even the creator of Gravity Falls took notice of the Shout-Out when a preview of the comic was published.
  • Rarity's capture at the hands of the Nightmare Forces seems to mirror a particular Tsukihime pic. This is apparently a coincidence though.

    Issue # 6 

    Issue # 7 
  • Two different regenerations of Doctor Whooves appear next to each other (Ten and Eleven, the latter wearing a bowtie and a fez) as the citizens of Ponyville are preparing themselves for the oncoming storm. Ten's expression looks deadpan serious to boot as he glances at Eleven's fez incredulously.
  • Nightmare Rarity chastises the Mane Six for thinking this is a Sligh Stallion film.
  • Fluttershy tends to a wounded bunny in the nightmare landscape, and calls it "Buffy" (considering that we already have Spike and Angel...)
    • It's not even a coincidence. After meeting "Buffy" the first thing she does is mention Spike.

    Issue # 8 
  • When the Nightmare Forces first start their invasion of Ponyville, there are once again two Doctor Whooves regenerations next to each other. In this case, it's Four and Ten. Ten is even shown in the ensuing battle either bewildered about how to use his Sonic Screwdriver with hooves, or simply shaking a malfunctioning Sonic Screwdriver.
  • One page features a pony who seems to be modeled after Benedict Cumberbatch's depiction of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Granny Smith beats a (literal) cartful of Nightmares using what she called "The Kamikazi Karate Clop Of Eldery Respect" She says it while striking a Karate Kid pose and her Grandson Big McIntosh says "By the mane of Miyagi!" on amazement.
  • Amy Mebberson included mare versions of Sailor Mars, Mercury, and Venus to go along with the cameos of Moon and Jupiter. She also included a cameo of the pony version of the woman who runs the Key of Nik blog on tumblr, which has been doing liveblog recaps of Sailor Moon episodes. The recap of the Sailor Moon based cameos can be found here.

    Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair (Issue #9) 
  • The title of the two-issue arc "Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair", calls to the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
  • Big Mac's toolbox has a sticker reading "Binford", a reference to the manufacturer in the TV series Home Improvement.
  • One pony on the splash page with Big Mac entering the fair has a cutie mark that is the same as the Green Lantern symbol.
  • Time Turner is freaking while holding his fob watch, claiming that "This watch is me!", which is a direct shoutout to the Doctor Who episodes "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood".
  • A pair of fillies are dressed like Michelangelo and Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's advice booth is a shout out to Lucy's psychiatry booth from Peanuts. Both even adopt suspiciously similar poses in one panel.
    • May also be intentional that Diamond Tiara is running the booth, since she behaves... somewhat similar to Lucy.
    • A few panels later in the same scene is a kite stuck up in a tree, another related shoutout.
    • Silver Spoon asks about Bic Mac's yoke in a very Seinfeld-ish way and pose.
  • Vinyl is singing along to a song that parodies The Beatles' "Drive My Car".
  • One of the stalls is "Bluth's Frozen Banana". Further, the stallion running it has a very dark blue coat, matching that used by the Blue Man Group 's makeup, referencing the Tobias Funke "I blue myself" joke.
  • A banner between two stalls directs the way to "Plasmids & Vigors".
  • The Tom Selleck-like Magnum, P.I. pony, seen in Issue #1, returns as Rarity is talking to him and her parents.
  • Big Mac takes a very meandering path through the fairgrounds on one splash page.
  • The Imagine Spot splash page panel of Fleetfoot falling for Big Mac (also used as the Comics World Retail Incentive cover for the issue) uses a number of nods to Superman: Fleetfoot's retirement from the Wonderbolts is announced in "The Derby Planet" (a parody of the Daily Planet), and Fleetfoot takes Big Mac for a flight, a flip of the roles during the "Can You Read My Mind?" love theme during the first Superman film, the title stated on a banner that highlights the page.
  • Luna's Expressive Shirt displays the emblem of the Starfleet during the race, and the Batman emblem later on.
  • The teams in the tug of war are named Hawkeye's Yellow Blackbirds and BJ's Pink Elephants.
  • One of the trophies that Luna and Big Mac win appears to be the Stanley Cup.
  • "Hay's Hardware" is a play on real-life chain Ace Hardware, including the use of a similar font style.
  • One the the stands is "Chuckle Hut and Laugh Factory", a reference to a combination pork-rendering plant/comedy club from 30 Rock.

    Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair II (Issue #10) 

    Neigh Anything (Issue #11) 
  • The title of the two-issue arc is a callout in both name and story to Say Anything (as confirmed by Katie Cook). One of the alternate covers is a parody of the film's poster.
  • A banner at Canterlot Academy reads "Ruin Rydell".
    • Later, one of the Acme Products they attempt to use on Buck is "Grease", as written with the musical's distinctive cursive style.
  • One of Shining's friends at school, named 8-Bit has a cutie mark based on an enemy from the arcade game Space Invaders.
  • Shining and his friends play "Oubliettes and Ogres". They are also drinking "Honey Dew" drinks.
  • Among the posters in the basement room include posters for Star Trot II, Haylander, and Bridle Runner.
  • The school stadium is named after Bonnie Zacherle, the original creator of the My Little Pony line.
  • The Ark of the Covenant appears to be in the school's storage building.
  • One of the other floats for the rally is a swan float sponsored by Leeman Furniture, a reference to the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous.
  • For their song, Shining Armor is dressed as Adam Ant, Poindexter as Boy George from Culture Club, 8-Bit as a member of Devo, and Gaffer as a member of Oingo Boingo. They even name their band based on Oingo Boingo's name they used in films, "The Mystic Knights of the Electric Stable", and the song lyrics parody the band's song "Little Girls". The other sticker on Poindexter's soundboard, "Who cares what Frankie says?" is based on a promotional campaign for the band Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
  • One of the signs seen at school and at the game is "M*A*S*H the Manticores"
  • The image of a despondent Shining Armor is captioned with "No wedding day smiles, no walk down the aisle, no flowers, no wedding dress," a quote from Bruce Springsteen's song "The River".
  • The map featured in the Oubliettes & Orges two page story in the back of the issue features "Laputa", some sort of Castle in the Sky, Rohirrim, a reference to a Lord of the Rings race, and the Larping Fields.

    Neigh Anything (Issue #12) 
  • The subtitle of this part is Presentable in Periwinkle.
  • Princess Cadance is shown holding an album based off Purple Rain by Prince. Additional musical references in this scene include "The Equestrian League" (a nod to The Human League), Dan Stableberg (a nod to Dan Folgelberg), Bruce Springsteed, and Stallions at Work.
  • Shining's room includes a figurine of Batpony, a model of the ''USS Enterprise'', a moose hat from Wally World, and posters for Wyld Stallyns and The New Foal Titans. One comic lying on the floor is of Colt-Thing.
  • After they are all ready, Shining and friends decide to play a round of HocusPocus: The Get-Together.
  • A sandwichboard at the dance shows songs by Stallions Without Hats, and Quarterhorse (a nod to the band Quarterflash).
  • After Cadance ditches Buck, Lemony Gem and Diamond Rose rush in to grab his attention, and Diamond Rose suggests a number of dances Buck might know, including the Time Warp.
  • When the crowning of the King and Queen starts, Gaffer and 8-bit can be seen in the rafters with a bucket containing some kind of liquid. They don't use it though.
    Gaffer: "Skip it. Too messy"
  • Poindexter is the one forced to wear drag because he hasn't returned Gaffer's bat'leth.
  • Perhaps the single most unexpected shout-out is one that involves Quantum Leap. Sam had leapt into Gaffer's body at some point, and his mission was to get Shining and Cadance together. An (apparently) holograph Al (in pony form) appears by his side. Doubles as a Creator In-Joke, as Andy Price's first comic job was working on the ''Quantum Leap'' comic.
  • A 2 page extra from Katie Cook is a spoof of MTV of the 80s (you know when they actually showed music videos) featuring various pony-based musical acts.
    • The host is a pony version of Nina Blackwood, one of MTV's first 5 V Js.
    • Five are given in text:
      • "Bits for Nothing" ("Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits)
      • "Everypony Wants to Rule the World" ("Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears For Fears)
      • "Pony in the Mirror" ("Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson)
      • "Hoofloose" ("Footloose" by Kenny Loggins)
      • "Safety Prance" ("Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats)
    • And then there's 5 shots that parody the actual videos themselves, including:
      • "Lets Get Tangible" by Olivia Newton Jump ("Let's Get Physical" by Olivia Newton John), with Lyra in exercise gear.
      • "Crop It" by Derpy ("Whip It" by Devo), with Derpy Hooves, Vinyl Scratch, Princess Luna, and Katie Cook's brother Lorne as a pony in the Devo outfits.
      • "Tack On Me" by A-Halter ("Take On Me" by Music/A-ha), with Cadance and Shining in the combination color/pencil draw style from the video.
      • "When Birds Cry" by Prance ("When Doves Cry" by Prince), with Fancypants mimicking the bathtub shot from the video.
      • "Never Gonna' Give You Up" by Rein Astley ("Never Gonna' Give You Up" by Rick Astley) with Snowflake (of all ponies!) as the singer.
      • As Katie Price notes, this means the arc effectively ends in a Rick Roll.
    • There is a final nod to Ponies At Work on this spread.

    Annual 2013 

    My Little Pirate: Friendship Ahoy (Issue #13) 
  • Captain Hoofbeard is pretty much Captain Jack Sparrow ponified.
  • Fluttershy's fish Gil appears as a Moorish idol, a parallel to Gill in Finding Nemo. In fact, Fluttershy's drive to be a pirate is to find her lost fish.
  • Ponified versions of One Piece 's Luffy, Nami, Zoro, and Sanji appear (the former two in the background on the balcony and the latter two in the foreground of the panel). There's also a much clearer shot of Luffy when Pinkie does her song during the bar fight.
  • Rainbow swings on a chandlier, shouting "Hey yoou guuuys!", a reference to Sloth from The Goonies.
  • As Twilight convinces the pirates to help them, Rainbow and Pinkie remark that "You wouldn't like her when she's angry".

    My Little Pirate: Friendship Ahoy (Issue #14) 
  • The plot involving Hoofbeard and Jewel definitely brings to mind The Little Mermaid.
  • A ponified Mona Lisa is in the giant crab's treasure hoard.

    Issue # 15 

    Issue # 16 

    Reflections I (Issue #17) 

    Reflections II (Issue #18) 

    Reflections III (Issue #19) 

    Reflections IV (Issue #20) 
  • The Observer pony shows up yet again while the walls between the realms are collapsing.
  • "Sir Discord" is seen changing into his heroic persona "Captain Goodguy" in a manner similar to Superman.
  • "Let the Sunshine In" might have been a Shout-Out to the musical Hair, which includes a song by that title.
  • Crossing over with Fandom Nod, one of the things Pinkie has failed at is Underwater Basket Weaving, a specialty of Princess Woona in Moonstuck. She probably didn't take it too seriously.

    Micro-Series 
  • Twilight Sparkle (Issue #1):
  • Rainbow Dash (Issue #2):
  • Rarity (Issue #3):
    • The title of the main story is ""How Rarity Got Her Groovy Back".
    • Raritys' fashion show is set at the "Kazumi Theater", referencing Kazumi Evans, the singer for Rarity on the show.
    • The guests at Pinkie's party include ponified versions of Bluto from Animal House, the Festrunk Brothers ("two wild and crazy guys!") from Saturday Night Live, and BJ and Hawkeye from M*A*S*H.
    • Rarity's luggage includes a sticker that is nearly the same as the original emblem for the United Federation of Planets.
    • One of the ponies at the natural spa (specifically a pony named Tofu) looks very similar to Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.
    • At the first breakfast scene, a green pony looking at the reader suspiciously resembles Charles Manson. (You know, for kids!).
    • There's an old poster saying "Celestia Superstar" which is an obvious reference to the famous musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Another poster is for a musical group, the "Babboons", a parody of The Monkees (also apt for the theme of the issue).
    • Another shot has a poster for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Saddle, and a poster for Violet Sedan Chair, a fictional 70s band from the TV show Fringe.
    • Yet another shot, among other pop-art and hippie culture phrases, includes Mane the Musical and a nod to Robert Crumb's famous comic in "Keep on Trottin'".
    • When Rarity is explaining running a business to the others, there are ponies of Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap from WKRP in Cincinnati.
    • At the "Art of the Dress" fashion show, the theater in the background is playing a film called "See You Next Wednesday", a recurring motif in films produced by John Landis (including Animal House and The Blues Brothers, both previously referenced by the comic book.)
  • Fluttershy (Issue #4):
    • When Fluttershy is fretting about her art, and Angel is trying to help, he's shown in front of three different paintings. The last two include Pablo Picasso's "Mandolin and Guitar", and Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory". Angel even emphasizes this last one, suddenly sporting a vest and a mustache similar to Dali's own style.
    • Most of the other paintings used in background shots of the contest hall are highly abstracted versions of other cover art from both the main and micro MLPFIM series.
  • Pinkie Pie (Issue #5):
    • The first page includes the standard Bad Vibrations joke from Jurassic Park as Pinkie rushes Twilight at the library.
    • Pinkie wins tickets (from a contest hosted by "Colta-Cola" to see a clown named "Poniacci".
      • There are further references to the opera: in Pinkie's song, she uses lines from "Vesti la Giubba", the famous aria.
    • Though the joke is not told explicitly, Twilight repeats some elements of the Pagliacci joke from Watchmen (which is where the more youthful readers will likely recognize the name).
    • One of the salesponies in the market is a stallion with blue spiked hair/mane, a cream-colored coat, and bright green eyes. Considering the artist is Ben Bates and his resume, this could be Sonic the Hedgehog in pony form.
    • One of the students that Ponyacci takes on is named "Trollo Lollo", similar to the "Trololo" (the Russian Rickroll) meme.
    • Pinkie's party cannon is described as a "Z&R model" cannon. This is a reference to the comic artist and writer Zander Cannon, who's a friend of the writer and helped him get the gig at IDW.
    • The pony OC of webcomic artist Magnolia Porter appears during one of the market scene panels, as shown here. It's also a Visual Pun: the pony, Couch Potato, is carrying saddlebags full of magnolias, making her a "magnolia porter."
  • Applejack (Issue #6):
    • The main antagonist is the "Sass Squash", a play on the Sasquatch/Bigfoot legend. Granny's book even has a photo that spoofs the famous blurred photo that is used over on that trope page.
    • As they prepare to go out to capture Sass Squash, Apple Bloom asks "Magnets, how do they work?", an Internet meme based on the Insane Clown Posse's song "Miracles".
  • Cutie Mark Crusaders (Issue #7):
    • One of Rarity's "dangerously impractical" dresses that the CMC have Imp try to recreate is one based on elements from Mystery Science Theater 3000; Sweetie Belle even comments "It stinks!", a riff popularized in show in the "Pod People" episode.
    • A Where's Waldo? pony is among the large 2-page flea market spread, as are ponies based off Ponyta and Keldeo & Starlite.
    • A Godzilla toy is in the CMC's clubhouse.
  • Princess Celestia (Issue #8):
    • Harry Potter anypony? (This is a school of magic, naturally...)
      • Pony versions of Draco, Lucius, and Narcissa Malfoy are entering the banquet.
      • Mrs. Weasley is leading Ron into the banquet.
      • Pony versions of Snape and Trelawney are seen at the table later. Professor McGonagall is also seen in a later panel.
      • The pony trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermonie can be seen as the banquet goes wrong.
      • Inkwell herself is basically a ponified version of Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody.
    • A ponified Gordon Ramsay is helping to set up the banquet. He even swears!
    • A young, somewhat odd looking filly who's mother Floribunda is proud to have her starring in the play is named Honey Sweet.
    • Chance is named after the same character from the Peter Sellers film, Being There and even has a rake as a cutie mark, a reference to Chance being a gardener, as confirmed by Georgia Ball.
    • Inkwell is speaking to a set of unicorn colt triplets wearing colored baseball hats. In fact, the matchup to Huey, Dewey, and Louie follows with their cutie marks and hat/eye colors: the one is red has a silhouette of Baby ''Huey'', the one in blue has a book (representing the Dewey Decimal system), and the one in green has a trumpet, the signature instrument of ''Louie'' Armstrong.
    • Also seated at Celestia's table is a ponified Mr. Kotter.
    • A ponified Hotaru and Chibi-Usa are among the ponies in the fray when the banquet food comes to life.
      • Sailor Pluto, Uranus, and Neptune all feature in Princess Celestia's flashback.
    • Among the fillies that Celestia brings to Inkwell, along with the G1 ponies, is a ponified Tintin.
    • Also present in the flashback is the First Doctor.
      • Susan, Barbara, and Ian are present at the disbarment meeting.
    • Inkwell cheers up a young Floribunda by turning into Napoleon Dynamite.
    • Pony versions of Don Draper, Peggy Olsen, and Pete Campbell are at the meeting.
  • Spike (Issue #9):
    • The Sea Beasts are a spin on the fad of Sea Monkeys.
    • The Beasts, before they can speak the same language as Spike, use the same symbolic language as the Martians in the IDW Mars Attacks! comics.
  • Princess Luna (Issue #10):
    • At one point, a Night Guard and one of Celestia's Royal Guard walk by each other and respectively refer to the other as Sam and Ralph.
    • Luna inspects the Royal Guards outside of the 12th Precinct.
    • Luna wonders whether ponies would come to court at night.
    • Luna has trouble walking two Corgis.
    • She'd rather take on a full grown owlbear than do Celestia's work for another day.
    • In the large 2-page spread of several activities running simultaneously:
    • When Luna finally has had it with Kibitz' schedule, she rears up and threatens the ponies around her, surrounded by bats and in pose similar to another hero of the night.
    • Luna and Applebloom talk at a walk very similar to the typical tableau for Peanuts.
    • The two-page short reveals the opossum's name as Tiberius, a nod to either James Tiberius Kirk or Emperor Tiberius Nero.
    • Fluttershy's spidey-senses tingle when Luna's thinking about finding a pet, though it turns out just because there was a spider nearby.

    Friends Forever 
  • Issue #1: Pinkie Pie and Applejack
    • Blade Sparxx is easily a ponified Guy Fieri.
    • When Pinkie begins losing it, Milk and Cheese appear.
    • As AJ considers a plan to help Toffee, she asks Pinkie "You thinking what I'm thinking?" Pinkie responds "I think so, Brain!".
  • Issue 2: CMC and Discord
    • Apple Bloom's joke during their attempt at stand-up comedy is straight out of a Seinfeld routine.
    • Discord's experimentation with flavored apples is very similar to what a certain candy maker had tried before. Discord even considers a snozzberry-flavored apple.
    • Among the various scenarios that Discord puts the CMC through include:
      • The equivalent of a NASCAR race, using steam-powered wagons.
      • A full-on take of Star Trek: The Next Generation, including an Actor Allusion to Discord's inspiration, Q.
      • The Cutie Mark Crusaders as Power Rangers//Super Sentai. Their "Mega Pony" robot bears a resemblance to Jetfire (or the Macross//Robotech mecha that developed into Jetfire, but IDW has the Transformers liscense, so Jetfire himself seems more likely). The monsterized version of Gummy they wind up fighting is blatantly based on Godzilla.
      • A variant of Power Ponies, with Sweetie Belle as a robot! Not to mention Scootaloo's superhero outfit bears a striking resemblance to Hawkman (or Hawkgirl).
      • The CMC as cops being chewed out by their police supervisor. According to Tony Fleecs at EFNW '14, Scootaloo is meant to dressed as Axel Foley in this.
      • A take on The Lord of the Rings, with Star Swirl the Bearded as Gandalf.
  • Issue 3: Celestia and Spike
    • The pair are captured by anthropomorphic stone lobsters living in the mountains, aka "Rock Lobsters".
    • Duke Silversaddle, who appears on the first page, is a reference to Hot In Cleveland, which had a brony character in a couple episodes. For the local nerd convention, he dressed up as "Prince Silversaddle".
    • As with Anderson's Pinkie Pie issue, there's a Watchmen reference: Spike's line about how Celestia could have saved them easily is almost a word-for-word quote of something the Comedian says to Dr. Manhattan in the Vietnam flashback.
  • Issue 4: Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor
  • Issue 5: Fluttershy and Zecora:
    • Zecora refers to a staff as a Jaffa stick.
    • During one of the tests, Zecora says the word hip, and Fluttershy replies by saying square.
  • Issue 6: Rainbow Dash and Trixie:
  • Issue 7: Princess Luna and Pinkie Pie:

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