The Mentally Advanced Series is an Abridged Series of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which is mainly written, voiced, and produced by Greg Hoffman, a.k.a. FimFlamFilosophy. Later episodes start featuring additional people doing voices and editing. The show features a more adult sense of humor than the original show, which include darker interpretations of the original characters that come from the brony community's fanon and from the team's own creations.Unlike most of the other MLP:FiM Abridged Series out there, this one skips the pilot episodes completely and just starts with the third episode ("The Ticket Master"), which means every episode number mentioned here is the same as the original series number minus 2.*
O.S.3=M.A.1, O.S.8=M.A.6, etc.
Apart from the Abridged Series, the team also does the spinoffRainbow Dash Presents, which features re-imaginings of popular Friendship Is Magicfanfiction as narrated by Mentally Advanced's Rainbow Dash. Well, narrated up to the point that she even read the story; a better descriptor would be that she skimmed it over breakfast and then decided to fill in the blanks with whatever was on her mind that day.The "Mentally Advanced" episodes have been blocked in the United States after getting caught up in "ContentID", Youtube's automated program that flags popular videos perceived to be copyright violations. Youtube then rejected Greg's appeal. He then attempted to move to Blip (due to its being more accepting of fair use claims), but Blip deleted his account after just a week, taking even the original-content videos with it.The series can still be found on the team's website here.
In "Griffon the Brush Off", Rainbow Dash's double entendres intentionally make her sexuality unclear.
Then again, it's also implied that she doesn't even know what sex is.
Ambiguously Gay: Big Mac is implied to be "a certain colt-cuddling stallion" and in Rainbow Dash Presents: Spiderses, he wishes he could go back to Caramel. However, he initiates sex with Twilight within the same episode.
Bilingual Bonus: Snips and Snails. They mostly talk about food (Snips reads lines from a German recipe for Wienerschnitzel, while Snails takes quotes from a Swedish recipe for Janssons Frestelse), but occasionally they'll say stuff that is downright hilarious (not matching the subtitles at all).
Lampshaded when Spike wonders why he always feels hungry after talking to them.
Black Speech: The language that Thrackerzod and Smarty Pants speak to each other in until Zecora shows up.
Blessed with Suck: Fluttershy gets mind-reading powers because of a curse. All the other ponies think it's cool, but she finds others' thoughts disturbing.
Catch Phrase: Fluttershy often responds to Twilight getting her name wrong with "My name is Fluttershyyy!"
Twilight's standard response: "Shut up."
Chain of Deals: The plot of episode 9 (the Winter Wrap-Up episode). Twilight needs holy water from Pinkie, who wants vengeance on Fluttershy, who wants her hairbrush back from Rarity, who wants Applejack to lend her some farmhands for her work. It eventually falls apart when Twilight can't remember who wanted what or why.
Pinkie Pie:You were to procure misery from the miserable Fluttershy. An easy task, if Pinkie were to remark. Yes. But instead... YOU RETURN WITH A HAIRBRUSH!
Twilight:No! I know hairbrush fits prominently into the equation here!
Applejack: Maybe I should kick y'all in your pretty face!
Rarity: You really think my face is pretty?
This scene carries it further when AJ then follows Rarity's train of thought and completely loses the point she was trying to make.
In Rainbow Dash Presents: Cupcakes, Mrs. Cake finds Pinkie in her cutie mark gown with sewn-on wings and unicorn horn necklace with Rainbow Dash (dressed as a gorilla) strapped to a table. The basement is also adorned with organ balloons, painted skulls, and bone furniture. She's more annoyed that Pinkie isn't manning the cash register and has stuff cluttering the basement than the bones, organs, and obvious evidence of murder.
Disproportionate Retribution: One of Celestia's advisors once warned another that he was slated to be executed. Celestia, after killing the advisor she was planning to put to death by pouring molten silver into his ears, killed the one who blabbed by pouring more molten silver down his throat.
Cursed with Awesome: In episode 7, Fluttershy's curse lets her read minds. Her friends think they all got gypped curse-wise after learning that.
Dark Is Not Evil: Or rather, it's not intentionally evil. Luna genuinely wants to be friendly, but her attempts at doing so are frightening and/or dangerous and she doesn't take rejection too well.
Cupcakes shows how impossible it would be for Pinkie to really have her own secret dungeon in the basement of Sugarcube Corner after Mrs. Cake walks into it.
Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla shows that Rainbow Dash couldn't run a factory to save her life, let alone a secret one that processes Pony Resources.
My Little Dashie shows the actual inevitable outcome of keeping Rainbow Dash locked in a small house for the entirety of her formative years.
Rarity: Whoa. You got faaaaaaaaaaat.
Democracy Is Bad: In Rainbow Dash Presents: Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla, the Pegasi didn't want to grind up their youth to produce rainbows... but they were outvoted by the other two races. And the reason the subject came up in the first place is because the electorate wanted rainbows.
Rainbow Dash says a few in Griffon the Brush Off. One is that she's gay because she's so colorful, but she meant it in the "happy" way. Later she says she doesn't want anything to do with dicks ("dick" here meaning "jerk", referring to Gilda).
Subverted when Twilight tells Applejack that Rarity is building a nest, and Applejack wonders if it's a Double Entendre. Then, Twilight intentionally makes several several double entendres just to mess with her.
Do Wrong, Right: When Twilight finds that Zecora's curse made her horn floppy, gave it a rash, and made it incapable of using magic, she's more annoyed about how stupid it is as a curse than how much it disfigures and weakens her.
Drowning My Sorrows: Twilight, every time she is reminded of her spectacularly abusive upbringing.
Early-Bird Cameo: Thrackerzod turns up in the Stinger for episode 7 claiming that there is no such character as "Sweetie Belle".
For a while, there was apparently a Shoggoth living in Rainbow Dash's fireplace. She urged everyone to not make eye contact with it.
The... whatever it was that initially manifested as Smarty Pants in Haunting Nightmare. It, in its own words, "seeks the highest star such that [it] may be devoured and allowed to reproduce." When it reveals its true form to Rarity and Applejack, it claims that "Dunwich Horror's got nothing on me!"
Everything Is Better With Primates: Rainbow Dash Presents. Rainbow Dash likes to put primates into her stories in some way. First in "Cupcakes" she dresses as a gorilla. In "Somewhere Only We Know", her owner is an Orangutan, and in "Rainbow Factory" she hides it under the title of "Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla".
"A Beautiful Day in Equestria" ends with Twilight running into the Everfree Forest. The Stinger reveals it has a nightclub where a large number of primates gather. "Somewhere Only We Know" also replaces the humans in the story with apes.
"My Little Dashie" replaces all the humans with apes until Jokermort uses a device to transform all of them into ponies.
Rainbow Dash: Darn it, I've got my own songs, a lengthy script with over two hundred fifty lines of dialogue, several voice actors, and the entire thing is hand-drawn and edited frame by over one thousand frames! Seriously, I have more than one thousand pictures in this folder! BUT THEY SAID THEY'RE NOT GONNA TOUCH IT! Twilight Sparkle: Well, if they let everyone get by with that amount of effort, I imagine they'd be buried in thousands of submissions doing the exact same thing! They've gotta set standards.
High-Class Glass: Rainbow Dash imagines a rubber duck in a top hat with a monocle, 'cause he's rich.
In Name Only: Other than Twilight getting possessed, and Smarty Pants coming to lifeRainbow Dash Presents: Haunting Nightmare has almost nothing to do with the fanfiction it was based on.
Ditto with Rainbow Dash Presents: My Little Dashie.
Hell, a couple episodes of Mentally Advanced themselves fall under this, particularly the "Suited For Success" abridgement, which manages to turn an episode about Rarity nearly driving herself insane attempting to satisfy all her friends' demands into the Mane cast begrudgingly (and halfheartedly) trying to convince Rarity to get over being dumped.
Similarly, "Winter Wrap-up" is turned into Twilight Sparkle's quest for holy water.
In the Blood: Luna somewhat implied that Celestia is like this inherently due to their mother's mental illness.
Insufferable Genius: Twilight, especially in the later episodes. In episode 10, she debates Apple Bloom to the point of tears, then fears she might be turning into Celestia.
Apple Bloom: Well, maybe I won't need the sciences! Maybe your science can't explain the reasons why I feel... and it can't explain all the big things, like what makes as angry... or in love... or full of hate about something! Twilight Sparkle: Your amygdala. Apple Bloom: My what? Twilight Sparkle: Your amygdala probably regulates a storage of emotional memories, which is why— Apple Bloom: What the heck is an amygdala? Twilight Sparkle: Oooh well, looks like someone knows less about science than science knows about her!
What makes it worse is that Twilight started the debate by saying that Apple Bloom would end up getting A Degree In Useless.
Interspecies Romance: In Rainbow Dash Presents: My Little Dashie, Dash forms one with the simian The Jokermort. Though at the end, he attempts to address this via a device that transforms everyone in the world into ponies.
Jerkass: Twilight. She can't stand any of the other ponies, only associating with them out of fear of Celestia.
Freudian Excuse: Said fear and bitchiness comes from Celestia constantly and mercilessly abusing her.
"This book is made for kids! It's got illustrated pictures of little fillies enjoying the childhood that I never had!"
Kick the Dog: Parodied in Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla. Apparently, the rainbow making process works better if the kid is sent into the machine with a puppy, a picture of the kid's family, and some crayons so they can draw in Pony Heaven.
Kids Are Cruel: Apple Bloom uses this as an argument to bully a pony into buying some apples so she would get ice cream.
Kissing Cousins: Apparently, Applejack's first kiss (we hope) was her cousin Braeburn.
Knight Templar Parent: Harry Wayne from "Rainbow Dash Presents My Little Dashie" is portrayed this way. In his bid to keep Rainbow Dash safe, he locks her up in the house, expressly forbids her from going outside, doesn't let her socialize with other apes, and gives her no opportunities to exercise or use her bundles of energy. She grows up rebellious and resentful of him. Word Of God is that this is pretty much how Greg saw the man as in the original fic.
Lampshade Hanging: Done HARD (HOO!) in Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla (but it's really Rainbow Factory), in particular with the fact that the titular rainbow factory is made of clouds.
Lip Lock: In the early episodes, Greg openly admitted he had no idea what he was doing, so scenes were minimally edited, and the dialogue written to fit the preexisting lip-flaps, which sometimes led to some... weird lines. Shrimps.
The Load: Fluttershy. During the journey to slay the dragon, all she ended up doing was slow everyone down. Later, when they went to confront Zecora, she was tasked with bringing a shovel that they would kill the zebra with, but she forgot to bring it.
Loophole Abuse: Applejack figures out how to cancel Twilight's Celestia-mandated slumber party by daring Twilight to do so in a game of Truth Or Dare.
Somewhat subverted in the earlier episodes when most of the ponies (except of course for Pinkie) sound alike. He varies the voices more as the series goes on.
Master Race: The unicorn ponies, who see themselves as the master race due to their magic powers and look down on the earth ponies and even the pegasus ponies.
The pegasus ponies seem to have this attitude as well.
Minion with an F in Evil: Rainbow Dash in Rainbow Dash Presents: Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla. However, she's supposed to be the one in charge of the Rainbow Factory, which technically makes her a Big Bad with an F in Evil.
Dragon-in-Chief: As a result, the Factory's day to day operations fall to chief engineer Surprise.
Surprise: Man, get over it! After a few of these, it's like nothing! Sure, you stay up late at night thinking about how your family would think of you, you wonder what Pony Hell's gonna be like, but other than that it's no big deal!
Obstructive Bureaucrat: Rainbow Dash is a government employee. In "Winter Wrap Up", she complains about all the paperwork she would have to fill out to change the weather.
Discussed in "Swarm of the Century", when the characters are trying to figure out how to get rid of the parasprite infestation.note There's a spray, but it's too expensive, so in order to get the city to consider buying some they'll need to bring up the issue at the next council meeting.
One of the Kids: Deconstructed. Rainbow Dash, by her own admission, isn't good with kids; not because she doesn't like them, but because she encourages and joins in on their shenanigans.
Rainbow Dash: This one time, I was supposed to be watching my cousin's kid, and her kid wanted to try eating ice cream for dinner! And y'know, I thought, I'd never really tried that before! Kids have good ideas sometimes! But then I got all hyperactive, and I did a bunch of tricks to impress her, but then I crashed and broke both my wings and all four legs, and she started throwing up because she had too much ice cream... And when I woke up in the hospital, I wasn't allowed to watch my cousin's kids anymore. Apple Bloom: Your cousin's daughter got to eat ice cream for dinner?! That sounds fantastic! Rainbow Dash: It was great at the time!
Again in the same video, we see the very long introduction. It is even lampshaded
Pokémon Speak: None of the background ponies say anything other than "meep".note There are three exceptions so far. Once in "The Ticket Master" when Daisy and Shoeshine offer Twilight random crap (but everypony else speaks in meeps). Once in "Applebuck Season" when Roseluck and Lily complain about the rabbit stampede (but Daisy speaks in meeps). And finally in "Swarm of the Century" when Carrot Top argues with Twilight about a misspelled banner.
Rarity: Last week, I caught you spray painting the word 'ass' all over my windows, and you told me it was Fluttershy! Pinkie: It was! (beat) And you are an ass! Rarity: And then there was the time when I caught you in my room replacing all my condoms with live cobras, and you told me that was Fluttershy! Pinkie: That is just the kind of thing that she would do! Rarity: And then there was that time when you stole my sewing machine and left Fluttershy, dressed up as a burglar, tied and gagged in my living room! Pinkie: It seems Fluttershy gets blamed for a lot of things around here!
Trixie: Dating someone is just like picking out a parakeet from the pet store. You should always look for a bird that's friendly and getting along with the others. Well, that's all I got.
Start My Own: Greg used to be part of the team creating another abridged series of the show but left over Creative Differences with the rest of the crew. He wound up completing 8 episodes in the time it took that team to do just one, and his were far more positively received.
Stop Helping Me!: Rarity suffers from this when everypony tries to cheer her up after she gets dumped.
The Straight Man: Applejack has by far the most common sense out of any of the main characters.
To the point that she doesn't even get her lines changed in the theme song!
Southern Belle: According to Word Of God Luna was supposed to be this in Rainbow Dash Presents: Haunting Nightmare. She doesn't sound even remotely Southern.
Surprise: See? We're all having fun! You don't need to run away through the cloud floor, or through the walls, or anything! You are not gonna be ground up into rainbows! Heh heh, that's a silly thing to think was gonna happen!
Anytime Thrackerzod says "I am a normal pony."
Sweet Tooth: Apple Bloom's eyes light up at the mention of cupcakes, and she's willing to help Pinkie smuggle contraband cupcakes across the border in order to taste some. Earlier on, she is less than enthusiastic at the idea of selling apples, but throw in the promise of ice cream and she becomes rather too eager.
Apple Bloom: "Children have no empathy. I don't even care! Now you give me some friggin' ice cream!!" Doctor Hooves: "Ok, just take the money and leave me alone!"
Take That: In Episode 4 (the "Boast Busters" episode), the original MLP:FiM Abridged project that Greg left is the butt of a few jokes.
Rarity: So what exactly is this show? Trixie: Okay, I really loved Peter Pan On Ice, so I'm going to make a parody of Peter Pan On Ice, but every character is Darth Vader. That's the hook. And because I love the show, I really wanna stay true to the characters. So I'm gonna be holding open auditions to look for people who are EXACTLY like Peter Pan if he were Darth Vader. None of this "I'm a good actor but I only sound kinda like Pater Pan who is Darth Vader", I need exactly like the character. Applejack: Well, that's just plain stupid. Trixie: Also, everyone gets to write. Applejack: Well, that's just plain stupider!
Rainbow Dash Presents: Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla refers to major MLP fansite "Equestria Daily" as "Trixie Variety Show", given the site owner's preference for Trixie.
There's also mention in Dash's rant of someone named "Alclop Pones", a pretty thinly-veiled reference to the maker of another abridged series, SherclopPones. This is due to Equestria Daily's administrative crew (and a lot of its userbase) traditionally having a blatant preference for Friendship Is Witchcraft over Mentally Advanced.
Applejack: I bet Rarity knows best about getting facials. Rarity: (throws mud mask at Applejack's face) Yeah, here's a tip: don't get it in your eyes, and seriously was that a burn, Applejack? Did I just get burned? Twilight Sparkle: I think you just got burned, bitch!
Rainbow Dash: "Harry Wayne lived his life like any normal monkey: One day at a time, experiencing one event after the next. Or, maybe every event all at once if you think about it, but he just thinks he's experiencing every event one at a time, or, y'know, anyway, uh..."
You've pretty eyes, yes you do!/Flesh and blood, I want it too!
Wrong Genre Savvy: Rainbow Dash has no flipping idea what any of the stories she reads in Rainbow Dash Presents are really about. Most notably, she thought that the infamous Dark FicCupcakes was a romantic comedy!
You Don't Look Like You: An unintentional example. Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla features Blossomforth as the teacher in charge of the filly-flyers race, but makes her a green Pegasus re-skin of Cheerilee.note Blossomforth is white with a green-&-red striped mane. In Greg's defense, his episode came out months before Blossomforth actually appeared in the show.*
She's been featured in the toy-line since the initial waves, with the white-&-watermelon color scheme, but Greg and Petirep had no idea.