. It launched in August 2012. Series creator wacarb succeeded where numerous abridgers before him failed (or never even tried): covering every single episode of
's first season, in order. After a hiatus of a few months, wacarb returned in July 2013 and abridged season two, finishing in April 2014. Season 3 premiered August 2014 and finished that December.
, Twilight Sparkle learns that a world-ending catastrophe is imminent (and that’s probably a bad thing). With “help” from five Ponyville mares, and liberal exploitation of
, Twilight prevents the apocalypse. As a reward for her heroism, Princess Celestia banishes Twilight to Ponyville.
), Rainbow Dash (the fastest and most irritating pony alive), Rarity (a dressmaker with a suspicious tendency to injure herself), Pinkie Pie (an energetic fangirl and
). Shenanigans ensue, mixed with large helpings of snark, satire of the brony community,
. Various bonus videos are available
- The Abridged Series
- A Cappella: The bonus videos "UFP sings Tainted Love" and "UFP sings Take On Me" both feature the mane six doing all-vocal renditions of the song.
- Acceptable Targets: "Snuggle Berry was an alicorn OC, so it's ok that she died."
- Accidental Misnaming:
- In "So Random!", Pinkie seems incapable of remembering Cranky's name, and instead refers to him by a variety of other words that rhyme (or slant rhyme) with cranky. (And all of which happen to be names of members of the Donkey Kong family.)
- In "Discord and Me", Celestia tells the mane six that, if all else fails, they can turn Discord back into stone with "the Eggplants of Ramadan or whatever they are."
- Accidental Public Confession: In "C.S.Pie":
Twilight: [sighs] We are never gonna find out who did this.
Rainbow Dash: Oh, no way! You mean I got away with it?
Twilight: Oh, it was Rainbow Dash.
Rainbow Dash: No way! How did you know?
- Adam and Eve Plot: In the Hearth's Warming Eve play, the pegasus population is reduced to two individuals.
Flying Monkey Style: Hey, let's go find a new country to live in.
Flying Monkey Crap: Well, as long as I don't have to repopulate the entire pegasus species, I'm okay with that.
Flying Monkey Style: Wow, today is just not your day, is it?
- Adapted Out: Twilight doesn't appear in "A Library With No Twilight". This is particularly noteworthy as the original episode ("Look Before You Sleep") only had three characters in total.
- Aesop Amnesia: In the conversation at the very end of “All A Boot Shy”, Fluttershy summarizes what she learned that episode and then forgets it all, mere seconds later.
- All Just a Dream: The episode "Random Eye Magic" is revealed in its final seconds to have been an elaborate dream.
- Amusing Injuries: After waking from cranial trauma, Twilight declares, "Look really I didn't the brain damage!" She returns to full lucidity seconds later.
- And the Rest: In the extended opening credits from "C.S.Pie", the mane six are listed by name... except for Applejack, who's just credited as "And supporting actress".
- Rainbow Dash's grasp on the language is weak at the best of times, so when she gets emotional she tends to degenerate into complete gibberish.
Rainbow Dash: Wait a minute, you guys hate me because I'm blue? [distraught] Iwuhwoowah! Iwuh I can't believe you guys! Rrrlrhalrurah!
- For non-Dash examples, there's Fluttershy in "To Kill a Firebird". After barely escaping from an attempted lynching:
Twilight: Fluttershy, you were supposed to be here an hour ago. Where were you?
Twilight: I don't have time for whatever that was supposed to be!
- "Stay Tuned", where an investigation into a massive criminal conspiracy ends up uncovering... the same thing as in the original canon episode. "It was a surprise birthday party all along!" "Yeah, okay, that makes sense."
- "Discord and Me" teases the audience with a a Fake-Out Fade-Out involving a title card reading, "The next part of the end credits is the most interesting thing you will ever read in your life." When the credits finally happen for real, the next part of the end credits just reads, "I lied. Heh."
- Anticlimax Cut: "The Longest Recap" has an exchange that seems like it's leading up to the culmination of the three-season-long subplot of Celestia pining (and lusting) for Twilight Sparkle:
Celestia: I can raise you back to life. But I'm going to have to do something to your body. Are you okay with that?
Twilight: Well, if it's that or die...
Celestia: All righty, here we go!
[Instead of doing anything sexual, she turns Twilight into an alicorn.]
- Are We There Yet?:
- As they're approaching the castle in the Everfree Forest:
Pinkie: Are we there yet?
Twilight: No, we're not there!
Rainbow: Look guys, we're here.
Twilight: It's just a coincidence. We're not really here.
- As they're climbing the mountain:
Rarity: Are we there yet?
Rarity: How about now?
- While escaping from the cave with Twilight, Princess Cadance apparently did not shut up for one second. According to the Travel Montage flashback, she started at "Are we there yet?" and just got more annoying.
Cadance: Hey, Twilight, are we there yet? [cut] Hey, Twilight, can I go potty break? [cut] Hey, Twilight, look what I found! Shakey shakey! [cut] Hey, Twilight, can we go in the mine cart? [cut] Shakey shakey! [cut] Twilight, put your hooves in the air! [cut] Shakey shakey shakey! [cut] [sings:] I was made for loving your brother / he was made for loving me! [cut] Twilight, I still have to go potty. [cut] Shakey shakey!
[Later, Twilight reminisces about the escape:]
Twilight: It was the worst ten minutes of my life!
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?:
- As the fillies and colts are voting on who should fill the role of Village Idiot and/or Scapegoat, Snails makes himself an obvious candidate by spouting nonsense like "Peaches are made of crayons!" Snips slyly looks at Scootaloo and says they all know what must be done—they must collectively fill the position so as to share the burden. Meeting adjourned!
- In "I Am Pinkie":
Pinkie: This plan needs a special kind of pony. One who thinks like me, talks like me, flies like me, and even looks like me! Wait a minute, I know exactly what I have to do!
[14 hour later...]
Pinkie: Twilight, can you please help me with something?
Twilight: For the last time, no!
Pinkie: Okay, plan B it is then. My very own clone!
Celestia: Of course. I need your cooperation. If only there were some sort of yellow pegasus here, who would do anything I told them to, under threat of anything I could do to them...
Rainbow Dash: Applejack's not a pegasus!
- Argument of Contradictions:
- Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo argue about whether they're getting a jelly swingset or a jello (Skeeboo!) one, and they almost immediately degenerate into shouting "Jelly!" "Skeeboo!" at each other.
- In "The Longest Wedding", Twilight calls Chrysalis' ultimate plan stupid, which leads to the two of them shouting "No, you're stupid!" "No, you're stupid!" Then Celestia jumps in... to take Chrysalis' side.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Ponyville Noire", the list of Blind Eye McGamminy's petty crimes is, "street robbery, vandalism, react videos..."
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!:
- Twilight leaves for Ponyville specifically so she can research Nightmoon Mare and prevent the end of the world. After a single run-in with Rainbow Dash, Twilight makes it her mission to destroy Dash, and she completely forgets about the impending apocalypse.
- Rarity wants to destroy Fluttershy's modeling career. She creates a Zany Scheme to accomplish this, but the scheme immediately derails into punishing Rainbow Dash instead.
- Audience-Alienating Premise: In "Faith to Faith", Twilight can't believe that the episode's premise was approved.
Twilight: In today's episode, everyone in Ponyville is lined up so that they can drink cider. That is what is happening. That is a thing that we are all doing. Someone thought it was a good idea for this episode if everyone just lined up, so that we could all drink cider.
- Bad Liar:
Sweetie Belle: Dumb body bag! ... I mean, fabric.
- In "Granny Smith Is Mean":
Granny Smith: We'd earn our keep by selling medicinal herbs and eating babies.
Scootaloo: <What was that second thing you said?>
Granny Smith: Riding on unicycles.
- In "The Longest Engagement:"
Impostor Cadance: Hm. Not bad. Do you have anything in pear flavor?
Applejack: [under her breath] How about I stab you in the face?
Impostor Cadance: What?
Applejack: I said how about I... stab... you... in the face. Sorry, I was going to come up with a lie there, but I just couldn't think of anything. Not like me at all...
- Bad News in a Good Way: In "Pinkie's Day In".
Pinkie: Okay, so, I have some good news and some bad news.
Mrs. Cake: Well, that doesn't bode well. What happened?
Pinkie: Well, the good news is that I'm still alive.
Mrs. Cake: You killed the babies, didn't you, Pinkie?
- Bad News, Irrelevant News: In "Faith to Faith":
Applejack: Alright, everyone, if you're done being stupid, I've got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, I've had to quadruple the price of the cider. The good news is, I'm about to be very rich.
- Bait and Switch: Played straight, then immediately subverted by Big Mac in "Pirate Shipping".
: Would you like to know why they call me "Big Mac"? It's because I love to mack on yarr. And also because I've got a giant co— *14 HOURS LATER*
Rarity's father: Hello, Rarity. How's my favorite daughter?
Rarity: Yeah, good.
Rarity's father: And how are you?
- In "How Not to Train Your Dragon":
Twilight: Great. What do you want?
Rarity: We don't need a reason to come and visit one of our best friends...
Rarity: Speaking of which, where is Spike?
Celestia: That is it! We are having a laser beam fight. Anime style.
- Became Their Own Antithesis / Not Himself: Like canon, Discord alters the personalities of the mane six. Unlike canon, he does this by inverting each character's defining vices rather than virtues. Applejack becomes honest and generous, Rarity becomes extremely safety-conscious, Fluttershy loves to serve others, Pinkie Pie becomes quiet and serious, and Rainbow Dash just wants to be left alone. This quickly leads to Twilight deciding she wants the old jerks back.
- Big Brother Is Watching: In "The Longest Recap", Twilight discovers Celestia has used the starry void to spy on Twi's entire life. Her reaction:
Twilight: Okay, that's really creepy. Why would you do that?
- Big "NO!":
- In "Gelatin Swingsets", we discover what a Big No sounds like translated into scat.
- In "The Penny and Clyde Show":
Applejack: Dammit, Pinkie, would you just shut up?
- The cold open of “All A Boot Shy” ends with Pinkie shouting “Oh nooooooooo...” and Rarity shouting “Oh my goooooooooosh,” at the same time. Their cries continue over the entire opening credits, and into the next scene.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Subverted in "Forgettershy":
Fluttershy: What's that, Mr. Badger? You say all my pegasus friends are down by the lake making a tornado? You say they all forgot about me? You say I should fly over there to help 'em out? Well, alrighty then!
Mr. Badger: I didn't say any of that, and you damn well know it!
- Black Comedy: Jokes about racism and off-screen deaths. Possibly the blackest moment is in "Pinkie's Day In", when Pinkie kills two babies through incompetent parenting. Lampshaded, of course:
Mrs. Cake: Well, this series took quite a dark turn.
Pinkie: Yeah, even I feel kinda bad making jokes about dead babies.
- Black Comedy Cannibalism:
- Possibly. References are made to characters eating glue, off-screen (Cheerilee in "Gelatin Swingsets", and Sweetie Belle in "Gossip Girls") but it's never explained whether glue is synthetic or made from horses in this version of Equestria. Ditto the gelatin from the aforementioned swingsets.
- Granny Smith mentions in passing that she ate babies when she was younger.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
Twilight: I hope you get crabs!
Nightmoon Mare: Well, that's kind of a mean thing to say.
Twilight: And the crabs give you cancer.
Nightmoon Mare: What?
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Discord is aware of the theme tune:
Discord: Twilight, guess what!
Twilight: What is it now!?
Twilight: What is that supposed to-
Theme music (cutting in): Frieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeends!
- Brief Accent Imitation: In "Winning", Applejack switches to her canon accent for the sake of a joke.
Twilight: Wow, I can't believe we're using plot points from the actual show this time!
Applejack: [in a southern US accent] Aw, shucks, Twilight. We always try to be as accurate as we can!
- But Liquor Is Quicker: In "Pirate Shipping", the "love potion" is just alcohol. Cheerilee and Big Mac drink it, fall madly in love, get married, and consummate their union (all night long), before regaining sobriety.
- Call Back: The last stinger at the end of the season one finale is a reference back to the first episode: Nightmoon Mare saying, "Saaaaaaaaaaaaaand!"
- Came Back Strong: In the season 3 finale, the Elements of Harmony explicitly kill Twilight Sparkle. Then she comes back from the dead as an alicorn princess.
- Chekhov's Gag: In Blue Twilight's debut episode, wacarb jokes that Purple Twilight and Blue Twilight are two-fifths of a full set of Twilight Rangers. Two seasons later, Blue Twilight returns, and she's accompanied by yet another ranger: Yellow Twilight.
- Cluster Bleep Bomb: Twilight breaks into one when she learns that her friends won't be coming to celebrate her birthday. Spike is Dumb Struck.
Twilight: Motherfu— [bleeeeeeeep] one little [bleeeeeeeeeeep] I'm gonna [bleeeeeep] right where Celestia doesn't shine!
- Comically Missing the Point: All over the place.
- In "Funk Master Z", after establishing that Twilight is the only one of the mane six who isn't racist towards Zecora:
Twilight: You know what? You all stay here, and I'm gonna go talk to her.
Pinkie: Don't worry Twilight, we'll go with you!
Twilight: Did you not just hear a word I said?!
Applejack: Yeah, but we hate listening to you, remember?
Twilight: Fine! Whatever!
- In "Gelatin Swingsets", after Scootaloo learns that Sweetie Belle sold her scooter:
<Will you please excuse me for a moment?> Sweetie Belle:
Sure, okay. [Scootaloo smashes her face into the piano keyboard repeatedly.] Sweetie Belle:
What'd you do that for? Scootaloo:
<Being in this group makes me want to cry.> Sweetie Belle:
Well, maybe you wouldn't feel so bad if you didn't hit your head on the piano. [Beat. Sweetie Belle smiles at Scootaloo.] [Scootaloo resumes smashing her head against the keyboard.] Sweetie Belle:
I like that noise, though. Totally brutal.
- In "The Longest Episode":
Spitfire: In fact, you're not allowed in my presence anymore. Stop following me.
Rainbow Dash: Omigosh, that's a friggin' secret code! That's the secret code for I have to follow her! I am so freakin' good at secret codes.
- In "The Penny and Clyde Show":
Discord: Silly soliloquies, / this strange dance. / You'll find your teacups / up the backside of your pants.
Twilight: Hmm, a riddle. And I've got the answer! He must have hidden them in the labyrinth!
Applejack: Actually, I think that was just a roundabout way of him saying "Shove it up your a—"
Twilight: To the maze-y place!
- In "Derp and Destruction", Applejack tries to give an important warning to the rest of the cast, but keeps getting interrupted.
Applejack: Damn it all, I'm trying to give you important information so that when I get back, the town isn't destroyed!
Twilight: I want an ice cream!
Pinkie: Oh, me too!
Applejack: For the last time, this is extremely important! You all need to remember to—
Twilight: And two hard-boiled eggs!
Cranky: I just want to be left alone, thank you very much.
Pinkie: Oh, I think I understand, Funky. You want me to get in your cart and have a look at your stuff. Don't worry, I can do that!
Rarity: Surely you can’t be serious!
Fluttershy: I am shyly. And don’t call me serious!
Rainbow: I just dumped [the rubbish] in that abandoned library.
Twilight: Dammit Rainbow Dash! That's not an abandoned library, that's my home, I live there!
Rainbow: Ooooooh. So that's why you kept saying "Guys get out of my house" the other night.
Rainbow: Well, why didn't you say so?
- In "The Longest Engagement":
Twilight: Oh, it's a letter from the princess.
Applejack: Well, how about that. Which one?
Twilight: All 26 of them! And they've been arranged to form different words and sentences!
- And the letter in question opens with "Dear Twilight, This letter is for your eyes only." Yet Twilight reads the entire thing aloud to her friends.
Twilight: What's this about you marrying some mare? You're supposed to be gay!
Shining Armor: Well of course I'm happy, Twilight, why wouldn't I be? I'm getting married!
- In "A Sombra Affair", Spike is discussing Twilight's weight problem:
Spike: You know, this wouldn't be much of a problem if you just exercised more.
Twilight: What are you talking about? I have a treadmill at home!
Spike: You do know you have to actually use it in order of it to work?
Twilight: And waste all my time running and going nowhere? Why would I do that?
Spitfire: Oh no, not you. Rainbow Dash, what are you doing here?
Rainbow Dash: I'm Rainbow Dash!
Spitfire: You have been a constant headache to me since the first time I met you. Once again, what are you doing here?
Rainbow Dash: I am Rainbow Dash!
Spitfire: For pony's sake, I am not asking you what your name is!
Rainbow Dash: I am Dainbow Rash!
- In "The Longest Recap", Celestia brings up that time that Twilight was showering and the soap suddenly started slathering itself all over Twilight, and Celestia lets slip that she was right there, invisible. She claims that she was rescuing Twilight from some other, also invisible, pony—and Twilight doesn't think to question this.
- Later that same episode:
Applejack: So, why don't you come down here so I can beat the living crap outta you!
Rainbow Dash: Yeah, okay. Wait a minute, are you trying to trick me again?
Rainbow: Okay, but this better not be a trick.
- Also in the same episode:
Fluttershy: So, what kind of pet do you want, Rainbow Dash?
Rainbow: I want something super fast that can fly!
Fluttershy: How about this really old, about-to-die tortoise?
Rainbow: Omigosh, that's exactly what I wanted! Thanks, Fluttershy!
- Commie Land: In "How to Control Freaks", Spike makes an offhand comment about Equestria being a "communist dictatorship"... and implies that Twilight is trying to replace it with a fascist dictatorship.
- Confusing Multiple Negatives: In "Discord and Me", as they're arguing about whether to try reforming Discord:
Twilight: Oh, no, we are not doing this, Fluttershy! You'd better not!
Celestia: Fluttershy, I think the healthier choice for you would be to not not.
Twilight: Don't give in, Fluttershy! You will not not not!
Celestia: Yes, or you could not not not not!
Twilight: Fluttershy! You have to not not... not... not?
Celestia: Ha! I win.
- Conspiracy Theorist: In “Time”, Rainbow Dash is convinced that time doesn’t actually exist. It’s just a conspiracy to sell doughnuts. She's probably right.
- Continuity Nod:
- Lampshaded. The Cutie Mark Crusaders kidnap Luna to finance their fort; in the next episode, Celestia mentions that she's "pretending to care" about the kidnapping. This is accompanied by the caption "EPIC CONTINUITY!"
- In "Top Dumb", as Rarity falls towards certain death for the umpteenth time, she shouts "I fricking hate déjà vu!"
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Celestia gets angry that Fluttershy is late for the tea party, so she regales her other guests with an agonizingly detailed account of every prior tea party she's ever had in her millennia of existence.
- Could Say It But:
Granny Smith: Much different from the ponies today, who only seem to whine and complain, without naming Apple Bloom's name...
- Crapsaccharine World:
Rainbow Dash: There's one thing I'll never understand, Scootaloo. Why can't everyone in Ponyville just accept me for who I am?
Scootaloo: <Maybe because we live in a corrupt society where the lower class are mistreated while unelected dictators take all they want without thought towards building a more stable future for us all to live in.>
- In "The Longest Wedding":
Chrysalis: No, it must be pure love!
Twilight: And you came looking for it in Equestria?
Twilight: That's stupid. You're stupid!
- After Pinkie dies in "I Am Pinkie", the ending caption reads:
Don't worry, Pinkie Pie is in a better place now.
She's in the pony underworld, in an endless struggle with the other souls of the damned, doomed for all eternity.
Still counts as a better place.
- And "The Hip Hop Happening" shows that Ponyville is terrible, even by the standards of the rest of Equestria. The sole reason that Ms Harshwhinny agrees to hold the Pony Games in the Crystal Kingdom is because Ponyville is the only other candidate city, and she'd rather die than hold the games there.
- Crazy Enough to Work:
Twilight: That's all you know [about Pinkie Sense]?
Applejack: Well, if you want, you can just try asking her.
Twilight: That idea isn't crazy enough to "just might work"!
[14 hours later...]
Twilight: Pinkie, can you tell me how your Pinkie Sense works?
Pinkie: Yeah, okay.
Twilight: I can't believe that worked!
- Crossover Cosmology: If every throwaway reference is correct, then the members of the Greek pantheon (at the very least, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus) exist. Celestia is regarded as a deity (Luna less so, just because people keep forgetting she exists). Disney and Anime are also belief systems. ("Disney lied! Animation was formed in the big bang.") Catholicism exists, but the only explicitly confirmed Catholic doesn't believe in God.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right:
- In "A Library With No Twilight", Rarity claims to be allergic to water, and only has the weakest evidence to back this up. Applejack scoffs at this, until Rarity breaks out in a nasty rash and declares "I told you I was allergic!"
- In “Time”, Rainbow Dash believes that time is just an advertising ploy by the doughnut makers. Considering that the resident “time expert” is constantly shilling doughnuts, and considering the “Time to make the doughnuts!” ad campaign from Dunkin Donuts, Dash is probably on the right track.
- Curse Cut Short:
- In "Random Eye Magic", both in the cold open and the ending, Twilight's cusses get cut off by the theme song and the end titles, respectively.
- In "Ponynet Fight!", Twi gets angry enough to burst into flames, then shouts "FU—" then the end titles cut her off.
- In "The Cheesen One", Scootaloo gets cut off by the opening theme. Her subtitled translation reads, "WHAT. THE. F..."
- Cutting the Knot: In FIM, the Apple Family winds up in a huge cider-making competition against the Flim Flam Brothers, a competition that almost costs them Sweet Apple Acres. In UFP, Applejack calls the competition a stupid idea and tells the Flim Flam Brothers to piss off. Which they do.
- Damned by Faint Praise: When the caption writer in "The Pet Games" isn't blatantly insulting Rainbow Dash, he's subtly insulting her with captions like, "Rainbow Dash: Smartest Mare In Her Family" or "Rainbow Dash: Knows Her Own Name".
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Blue Twilight and Yellow Twilight used The Secret Hidden Technique to escape their banishment to the Shadowdark. Judging by Purple Twilight's reaction, it must be pretty bad, but we never hear any details.
- Department of Redundancy Department: A few times in "Ponyville Noire":
Dick Spiky: I handle cases too hard or illegal for the law to take: espionage, surveillance, spying, staring at ponies who don't know I'm staring at 'em...
Dick Spiky: Then Davis got mad... angry, even! We threatened Sam with anywhere from twenty-four months to two years in prison.
- Description Cut:
- In "Mob Wars", Applejack needs some help fighting off the bovine mob:
Applejack:' Maybe some of the ponies in town can help me fight.
[Cut to an award ceremony in Ponyville]
Twilight: And that's why we're giving this award to Snuggle Berry, for being a cutesie wootsie cuddlepie!
- In "The Longest Wedding":
Chrysalis: Even now, my changelings ravage your city!
[Cut to the changelings trying in vain to enter The Orb.]
The Orb: Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.
Chrysalis: Uh, that is to say, very soon, my changelings will break down the barrier!
Twilight: Oh crap, he's gonna kill us!
Shining Armor: Oh, Twilight, don't be so melodramatic. He might not kill us.
Sombra: I'm gonna kill y'all with crystals!
- In "Pirate Shipping", after a night of drunken sex, Big Mac and Cheerilee wake up on top of a mattress at the bottom of a deep hole. "This hole wasn't even here yesterday!"
- In "The Longest Engagement", they somehow manage to blast the roof off their house.
- Deus ex Machina: Fluttershy accuses Iron Will of being one, after discovering that he’s come to Ponyville with no foreshadowing to solve her specific problem. (In practice, though, he just introduces more conflict.)
Well, if you want, there’s someone I know who can help you out. His name’s Iron Will. He just moved here yesterday, and specializes in helping shy ponies be assertive! Fluttershy:
Really, that’s how we’re solving my problem? With a deus ex machina? Rarity: Wait, who’s having sex with machines?
- Didn't We Use This Joke Already?: "Everybody Hates Gilda" uses the song "Oh Yeah Yeah" by Marzipan for a montage. Then "Out With the Old Characters" uses the same song for a similar montage, but they get abruptly cut off.
- Disney Death: When the Changelings invade Canterlot The Orb apparently dies but makes a triumphant return at the end.
- Disney Owns This Trope:
- Doctor Whooves had to change his name to Time Turner, to avoid running afoul of copyright.
Oh, kind of like Timmy Turner, from that other cartoon
! Time Turner:
- "Copywrong" gets interrupted by a sudden visit from the Copyright Police, who proceed to break both of Wacarb's legs.
- In "The Pet Games", the flamingo is disqualified for using Disney footage. The commentators note that this could get the entire show taken off the air.
- Disproportionate Retribution:
Rarity: Sorry, Sweetie Belle, but I have real-life commitments that my livelihood depends upon.
Sweetie Belle: Oh my gosh you're so rude I can't believe you said that! I'm gonna complain about you on Tumblr and they're gonna destroy you for real and I'll dance on your dead body, because I'm so mad at how you treated meeeee!
- Also in "The Longest Recap", the other five discover that Twilight experimented on their minds, and react by killing Twilight. When Twilight comes back, Pinkie apologizes and admits it was a bit of an overreaction.
- Dissimile: "Reading is just like riding a bicycle. Except instead of riding a bicycle, you're reading a book."
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: In "Ponyville Noire", Roxine hires Dick Spiky to find out who's framing her and her partner, Melvin, for a crime. Turns out the culprit is Melvin, who framed himself to distract from his real plot: killing Roxine to steal her inheritance.
- Double Standard:
- Lampshaded. "There is no swearing in Ultra Fast Pony. Racism and sexual innuendos are OK. But no swearing!"
- In "One Joke to Rule Them All", Twilight's "new joke" gets a tepid reaction from everyone. At the end, Princess Celestia tells exactly the same joke, but everyone cracks up at it. Twilight does not take this well.
- "Breaking copyright laws is bad. Racism is OK."
- In "The Longest Recap", King Sombra and Blue Twilight commit the same crimes, but racism works in Blue Twilight's favor for once:
Blue Twilight: I’m so sorry I took over your town. Can you ever forgive me?
Purple Twilight: Well, last time someone tried to take over a city and try to make everyone there a slave, only a few episodes ago, we blew his ass up into a million pieces. But you’re not black, so I guess we can forgive you.
- Drawing Straws: In "The Cheesen Ones", when Snips asks why they're all there, Scootaloo says it's because they all drew short straws. Snips says that they probably shouldn't have let Rainbow Dash hold the straws, since there were three long ones and all the rest were short.
- Dream Land: In "The Nightmoon Mare Zone", Scootaloo and Princess Luna wind up together in dreamland, where a lucid dreamer can do anything they want... as long as it's in the original episode's footage. Scootaloo uses this to speak in normal English for the first time.
- Dream Within a Dream: In "Random Eye Magic", Spike wakes up from a dream... then turns around and tells Twilight that she's the one who's dreaming, and she wakes up. She wakes up again at the end of the episode—it was All Just a Dream.
- Drinking Game:
- "A Dog and Pony Show" becomes "The David Bowie Drinking Game", with the opening text encouraging viewers to take a drink for every single reference to David Bowie. The very next scene consists of Rarity chanting, "Bowie Bowie Bowie Bowie Bowie Bowie Bowie Bowie Bowie..."
- "Time" tells viewers to take a drink every time someone says "time".
- For "I Am Pinkie", the video description encourages viewers to take a drink every time they hear the word "Bro". For reference, this is the episode where Pinkie (who uses "bro" as punctuation) clones herself.
"On second thought's, it's better just to be drunk for every episode."
- Dull Surprise / Flat Joy: Used as a joke. Large crowds' reactions are represented by a single, completely unemotional voice. Lampshaded in "The Cheesen One", where Rainbow Dash gets annoyed that the cheers from her adoring fans sound like crap.
Someone help. My baby's about to die. That really cheeses me off. [...] Rainbow Dash:
Okay, I saved it. Everyone cheer! Crowd:
Yay. Rainbow Dash:
What, seriously, is that it? Crowd:
Yaaaaay. Rainbow Dash:
Wow. We've gotten really lazy at doing the crowd noises. Crowd: [A Stock Scream. Loud, panicked screaming, at that.] Rainbow Dash:
Now you're just using one that we've used before!
- Dumb Struck:
- In "Purple Party Pooper", Spike is shocked into silence by Twilight's Cluster Bleep Bomb.
- In "The Hip Hop Happening", Rainbow Dash gives a suggestion so stupid that Twilight temporarily forgets how to rap.
Rainbow Dash: I know what'll put a smile on her face! / I'll put her on my back, and I'll fly into space!
Twilight: That is so dumb! Dummy dumb dumb dumb dumb! Dummy dumb dumb dumb stupid dumb!
- Easy Impersonation: While impersonating Princess Cadance, Chrysalis acts and sounds nothing like Cadance, yet no one catches on. Shining Armor was apparently brainwashed, and Twilight has the excuse that she hadn't seen Cadance in years (and apparently doesn't know how puberty works), but everyone else in Canterlot really dropped the ball.
- Elephant in the Living Room: For reasons unknown, everypony seems to know about humans but is afraid to talk directly about them.
Twilight: You don't have time for that? You, of all people?
Rarity: [gasp] You said "people"!
Twilight: There's nothing wrong with "people". It's "human" we're not allowed to say.
Rarity: You said "human"!
Twilight: Oh no! Oh, wait, so did you!
- Endless Daytime:
- "Ponynet Fight!" uses the "14 hours later..." scene transition six times, and Spike wonders why the sun doesn't set at all during those 84 hours. Twilight points out that Luna was kidnapped, and Celestia's apparently too lazy to raise the moon while she's gone.
- It happens again in "Purple Party Pooper". This time, Celestia's extending the day because it's her birthday.
- The End... Or Is It?: In "Funk Master Z", Fluttershy gets turned into a white girl by the poison joke—this is indicated by her shouting the names of random white celebrities (instead of black celebrities, like she usually does). At the end, after everyone has supposedly been cured:
Twilight: And now the curse is finally gone. Right, Fluttershy?
Fluttershy: Michael Jackson!
- Enemy Mine: In "A Library With No Twilight", Applejack and Rarity have to put aside their differences so they can unite against the narrator's creepy voiceovers.
- Epic Fail:
- In the opening of "How Not to Train Your Dragon", Twilight warns the other ponies to not let the passing dragons burn them. Rainbow Dash is somehow already burnt, even though the dragons haven't arrived yet.
- In "Stranger than Fan Fiction":
Twilight: [Reading from the script] I guess I'd better... go? [aside] How do you misspell the word "go"?
- Eskimos Aren't Real:
- In "Granny Smith Is Mean":
Filthy Rich: And that was when I figured out, Mexicans aren't even real. So you don't have to be afraid anymore, children.
Sweetie Belle: Yeah, Scootaloo, the gays and the Mexicans don't exist.
- Evil Gloating: In "Ponyville Noire":
Dick Spiky: He told me his plan, for some weird reason.
- Eye Scream: In "Forgettershy":
[Rainbow Dash crashes into a tree with her face, so hard that her eyes bore holes through the trunk.] Rainbow Dash: Ow! My eyes! But now I'm okay.
- Failed a Spot Check:
- Fluttershy is supposed to wait until the snow is cleared away before waking up the animals. She doesn't notice that the snow is still there, even though she's standing in it.
Fluttershy: I thought it was dandruff!
Sweetie Belle: Holy crap, guys! A talking pony!
- In "Ponyville Noire", Dick and Davis interrogate Sam, who refuses to even talk to them...
Dick Spiky: That's when I realized we had been barking up the wrong tree this whole time. Sam couldn't have framed the rabbit. Sam had been dead for five years. We spent all that time yelling at some small alligator thing.
- Fake-Out Fade-Out: "Discord and Me" uses this a few times.
Discord: Hey, Fluttershy, let's end the episode now!
[The end credits start playing...]
Fluttershy: No, I think we'll get in trouble if we end it this early.
- Fake Static: In "Random Eye Magic".
Twilight: Hey, you get back here, I'm speaking to you!
Rainbow: I'm sorry Twilight, I can't hear you, I'm going through a tunnel or something.
Twilight: You're in the sky!
Rainbow: I can't hear you, Twilight!
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Lampshaded, as the characters themselves occasionally wonder what kind of message they're sending to the viewers.
- In "Fillin' Dem Plot Holes, Bro!":
Twilight: They rely on friendship, but they only work with magic.
Applejack: Well, that's a terrible lesson for the children. What are we supposed to tell them, "No matter how big your problem is, you can only solve it with magic"?
Twilight: That is exactly right!
- In "Everybody Hates Gilda":
Celestia: What is this? Invisible ink? Is this what we're teaching our children these days? Yes, no, I see why they say this has great morals for all the children, oh, that's really great! I mean, what kind of idiotic writer tells children that it's okay to be continuously playing pranks on everyone? We're raising a generation of assholes, that's what we're doing.
Fluttershy: I learned that I shouldn't chase my dreams, and I should be happy where I am.
Rarity: And I learned that being a white hot chick is totally awesome. I was destined to succeed from the moment I was born!
- In "The Longest Episode":
Twilight: We taught children all over the world that it's okay to crash parties, then run away.
If you want people to like you, you need to fit in. Princess Luna:
Wait, are you saying I need to conform? [...] Wouldn't it make more sense to have an episode where we teach children it's okay to be themselves
rather than changing who they are just to fit it? Twilight:
Ahahahaha hahahaha hahaha! Oh, oh, oh, you're serious. No, we're going with conformity.
- In "For Glorious Mother Equestria!":
Rarity: Maybe this show does have good morals for the children after all: Don't eat your friends, kids!
Spike: And never grow up to be the person you're supposed to be.
- In "The Best Episode Ever":
Spike: But then, they were all saved by magic. Proving once again that, no matter what problems you face, magic is the only solution.
Caption: My favorite moral.
- In "The Longest Engagement", Applejack puts an odd spin on the aesop from "C.S.Pie":
Applejack: Twilight! Literally, last episode, we taught children all across the world not to accuse someone of doing something wrong, just in case we hurt their feelings.
- And in "The Longest Wedding":
Twilight: Time to solve our problems using physical violence, just as the writers intended!
- In "A Sombra Affair": "And that day, Twilight truly learnt what it meant to be a princess... Being a princess means getting others to do your work for you."
- In "Join the Club":
Applejack: No matter how any pony treats ya, you should always forgive them if they say they're sorry.
Apple Bloom: That sounds like advice for either a beautiful relationship, or an abusive one.
Fluttershy: [to the dragon] Don't make me turn this into an episode where we teach children that getting mad is the only way to solve their problems.
Fancypants: The moral in this episode is to have money.
- Fandom Rivalry: Shows up in-universe: Discord uses it to break Pinkie Pie.
Discord: Harry Potter was better!
- Fan Dumb: Rarity invokes this to annoy the David Bowies.
- Fantastic Racism: Gilda and Blue Twilight are driven away because the citizens of Ponyville are complete xenophobes. The ponies try to do the same to Zecora, but she successfully defends herself. (The dragon incident is kind of a wash. Applejack is gung-ho for killing the dragon, but Twilight convinces most of the ponies to try reasoning with him... until AJ points out she can have Big Macintosh break the spines of everyone who doesn't agree with her plan.) Pegasi were (or possibly still are) generally used as slave labor. All of these play out with enough references to Real Life racism that the captioned disclaimer "I swear I'm not racist" becomes a running gag.
- Faux Horrific:
- In the first episode, Twilight's reaction to Dash ruining her hair is "Truly, yours is the most evil of evils!"
- In "Funk Master Z", the mane six are horrified by Fluttershy's transformation into a white mare, who shouts the names of white celebrities.
- In "Derp and Destruction", the cast are visited by a creepy postman... who has a letter for them! "Everyone, remain on the verge of panic!"
- Fauxlosophic Narration: "Time" parodies this, as the narrator muses about the nature of time, and very quickly degenerates into gibberish.
Narrator: Would we know whether or not time is real, depending on whether or not time is real? The answer, is three.
- Fictional Holiday:
- In "Utter Lunacy", no one can agree on the name of the holiday. Twilight calls it Halloween (though she cuts herself off), Mayor Mare calls it Scary Give Candy Night, and Luna declares "Merry Scaremas, everyone!"
- Similarly, in "Pirate Shipping" the date is alternately known as Heartsgiving and Love Dependence Day.
- Final Speech:
- Discussed in "The Cheesen One". Rainbow Dash's mom may or may not have said something profound to Dash just before she died.
Rainbow Dash: Let me tell you something my mother used to say to me.
Twilight: Your mother died giving birth to you!
Rainbow: So I'll tell you what she said.
Twilight: Unless she said, "Guys, I think I might be dying, I think I'm dying, oh god I'm actually dying, I'm dying, I'm dead," I won't believe you.
Rainbow: She said life is like a wheel of cheese...
Twilight: I don't believe you.
Rainbow: ...and you have to eat the cheese before it gets moldy.
- In "The Best Episode Ever", Fluttershy, Applejack, and Twilight's characters face death together, and meet it in their own ways:
- Flame Bait: In "Faith to Faith", Flim and Flam come to Ponyville preaching religion.
- Flintstone Theming: Defied and lampshaded. Characters frequently use insufficiently ponified dialogue (like "everybody" or "Oh, man..." or references to "both your legs") and the captions react with shock nearly every time.
Pinkie, you are not the internet! Pinkie:
Oh, you mean ponynet! Twilight:
Not everything has to have the word "pony" on it! Celestia:
Want to name a country after horses, even though there are plenty of other creatures living here? Do it! You're immortal, who cares?
- Foe Romance Subtext: In "Stranger than Fan Fiction" Twilight Sparkle suddenly can't stop talking about how sexy and awesome Yellow Twilight is.
- Freudian Slip: As it becomes clear that Celestia is less than happy with Rarity staying in Twilight’s old bedroom:
Rarity: Okay, look, do you want me to stay somewhere else?
Celestia: Oh, no no no! No, no no no no. No. No. Yes. No. No. No. You can stay here.
- Freudian Threat: Applejack apparently mistakes Twilight for a stallion: "Don't even think about telling the law! I'll cut your nuts off!"
- Fun with Acronyms:
- In "How to Control Freaks", Twilight insists that Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder should instead be called Aggressively Belligerent Compulsive Disorder.
- In "How Not to Train Your Dragon", the dragon frat boys form the Brother's Republic Of Noble Youth.
- Furry Confusion: In "The Longest Recap":
Fluttershy: I'm so angry, I could eat a horse!
Rarity: What the heck is a horse?
- Gambler's Fallacy: Used and lampshaded in "Derp and Destruction":
Twilight: Hmm. I've got it. We'll run away and hide! Because it didn't work this time, so according to the laws of heads and tails, it must work the next time!
Fluttershy: I don't think the laws of probability work like that.
- Gilligan Cut: Aside from the example under Crazy Enough To Work (above) there's:
Applejack: I bet you're gay.
Rarity: I am not!
[14 hours later...]
[Night has fallen, and Applejack and Rarity are sharing a bed.]
Rarity: This doesn't prove anything.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot:
- The narrator certainly thinks so. Particularly noticeable in "A Library with No Twilight", where every comment from the narrator is not-so-subtly encouraging Rarity and Applejack to get into compromising positions.
- Referenced in "The Best Episode Ever", where the mane six put on a play because Twilight misunderstands the audience and thinks they want "smoking hot thespian action".
- The Glomp: In "The Longest Recap", as Rainbow Dash tackles Twilight:
Rainbow: The power of hugs compels you!
Twilight: Why would you do that?
Rainbow: It's the only way I know to show love! Shut up!
- Golden Snitch: Rainbow Dash chooses the five finalists for the Pet Games completely at random, rendering all the prior rounds pointless.
- Go Look at the Distraction: In "A Sombra Affair", Rainbow Dash is convinced that she can help Applejack distract the crystal ponies. So:
Applejack: Actually, you know what? I heard that there was something, uh, happening somewhere. Did you hear about that?
Rainbow: Are you serious?! That sounds so awesome! I better go check it out.
- Good Is Boring: In "Discord and Me", as they're discussing the process of reforming Discord:
Fluttershy: I don't even know why I was chosen to do this.
Twilight: Well, reformation is just a fancy way of saying "We're going to make you into a boring character." And, since you're the most boring out of all of us...
- Gray and Grey Morality: In "How Not to Train Your Dragon", both the ponies and the dragon bros are abusive jerks. Tellingly, the dragon bros insist that Spike break the phoenix egg—then, after "fighting" the dragons off, the ponies make Spike cook the egg for breakfast.
- Greedy Jew: Rainbow Dash cracks a joke to this effect, ruining Daring Do for Twilight.
Rainbow: She went through all that just to get a friggin' statue? More like Daring Jew, amirite?
- Hard Work Montage:
- In "Little Miss Montage", Rarity uses her powers as "the master of montages" to finish dresses for her friends in record time.
- Subverted in the "Behind the Scenes" video. Wacarb says he'll show us the process of creating a UFP episode. What follows is a montage of him playing Cookie Clicker, running around his house randomly, falling asleep while playing Cookie Clicker, singing along to "When You Say Nothing At All", running into a couch, and finally a scene of him agonizing over the vocal delivery of a single word.
- Harpo Does Something Funny: As described in the "Behind The Scenes" video, Wacarb doesn't write or plan any of Rainbow Dash's lines. He just gets in front of the mic and says the first thing to pop into his head. It's his way of method acting, because Rainbow Dash doesn't know what she's saying, either.
- Hat of Power: The actual powers are never elaborated on, but In "Rocks, Clocks, and Two Stupid Ponies", Applejack attributes her success in life to wearing a hat. Twilight Sparkle agrees that AJ's hat might pose serious competition to her own magic powers (while completely dismissing pegasus wings as a threat).
- Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Whatever it is Celestia is watching Big Mac and Cheerilee doing through a telescope in "The Longest Engagement".
Celestia: Whoa! I'm pretty sure I made that illegal!
- Heh Heh, You Said X:
Pinkie Pie: Haha! Bro! His name is Thunderbutts! Hey, bro! His name is Thunderbutts, bro, yeah it's funny.
- Hide Your Lesbians: Discussed in "Pirate Shipping".
Scootaloo: <How do we know Cheerilee's not gay?>
Apple Bloom: No, Scootaloo, this is a kid's show! I mean, I get that they're trying to be accepting of all ponies, and that's good. But I doubt they'll actually put any gay ponies in.
- High-Class Glass: During the song "At the Gala", a rich stallion's monocle pops off his face in reaction to Rarity's verse about visiting Prince Blueblood's sexy torture chamber.
- High School A.U.: Yellow Twilight's new script recasts everyone as students at Ponyville High School.
- How We Got Here: "The Longest Recap" opens with Twilight stranded in a starry void with Princess Celestia, and wondering how she got there. Celestia agrees to tell Twilight what happened... but only after she recaps every episode up to that point.
Twilight: I didn't miss that! That was season 1! I was there when it happened!
- Hurricane of Excuses: In "Pinkie's Day In":
Oh, Pinkie, I'm afraid to ask this, but why do you have two babies in our house? Pinkie: A stork left them on the doorstop! Mrs. Cake:
They grew from seeds I planted in the ground! Mrs. Cake:
It was a Christmas Miracle
! Mrs. Cake: Pinkie... Pinkie:
I might have stolen them from their mum. Mrs. Cake:
Oh, wait, now, wait, Mrs. Cake, I said "I might have". I didn't say it was actually true. Mrs. Cake:
But it is true. Pinkie:
- Hypocritical Humor:
- In "Now with a Sound Effect", the characters demonstrate Medium Awareness and comment on the improved quality of the recording. Then Twilight remarks that this is the best lip-synching she's ever seen, but the line is spoken over a clip where Twilight isn't moving her mouth at all.
- In "Hippocratic Oafs", the ponies think Trixie is an annoying show-off, so they respond by showing off themselves. "It's okay when we do it!"
- In "Out with the Old Characters", Scootaloo's entrance prompts Diamond Tiara (who's barely intelligible herself) to observe, "Your voice is so stupid! I can't understand a word you're saying!"
- In "Purple Party Pooper", Applebloom is informed by her imaginary friend that Twilight might be crazy.
- In "Time", Twilight realizes that her future self is a huge jerk, but fails to notice that she and Future Twilight have exactly the same personality.
Twilight: My future self is an annoying jerk!
Spike: Well, it's good to know time didn't change anything.
- From "How Not to Train Your Dragon":
Twilight: Now where did a baby dragon like Spike get the idea that mistreating children was okay?
Rainbow Dash: [snorts] Haha.
Twilight: Shut up, Rainbow.
- In "The Longest Engagement", the others point out that, by accusing Cadance of being evil without any evidence, Twilight is contradicting the moral lesson of the immediately prior episode. Twilight's reply: "I don't care! It's different when it's me and I'm right!"
- In "The Longest Wedding":
Soon, Equestria will bow before their new dictator! Celestia:
No, Equestria would never suffer a tyrant to rule over them! And before any of you start
, I am a princess
and that makes it different
- Pinkie Pie names her first clone Pinkie Guy, because "You kinda sound like a dude." Not noticing that they both have exactly the same voice.
- In “Wolfenspike 3D”:
Spike: It looks more like Celestia's just getting you to do her work for her.
Twilight: Don't be silly, Spike! Celestia would never teach her students to do that. Oh, and by the way, can you go to the Everfree Forest and get me a coriander leaf? I need it for dinner.
- Later the same episode, Spike guesses that there must be some horrible secret in Granny Smith's apple pie. Applejack is offended that he would assume this—"Bugger me, Spike, not everything we do is nefarious!"—before she lets slip that the pies are disguised explosives.
- In "The Longest Recap":
Twilight: It's very essential that we teach children the importance of reading books!
Applejack: She said, while being in a TV cartoon, the complete opposite of a book!
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The last episode (or episodes in case of Season Two's two-parter) in each season is named "The Longest X". It started with "The Longest Episode" in Season One, which indeed was the longest up to that point, then it stuck.
- Idiot Ball: Twilight fails to realize that Chrysallis is an impostor despite them sounding nothing alike. She apparently assumed the difference in their voices was a result of Cadance's testicles descending. This is lampshaded when Applejack points out that Cadance is a mare and doesn't actually have those.
- Ignore The Disability: In "The Longest Recap":
Future Twilight: Twilight! I'm me from the future!
Present Twilight's internal monologue: Don't make a Doctor Who reference, don't make a Doctor Who reference, don't make a Doctor Who reference!
Future Twilight: Are you okay there?
Present Twilight: Doctor Who!
Future Twilight: Dammit!
Present Twilight: I know, right?
- I Just Write the Thing: One can only assume that wacarb is being slightly silly:
wacarb: dude, I have no idea what I'm doing when I make these, I just sit in front of a microphone a couple hours and say random words out of my mouth, hoping they can somehow make sense. (or as much sense as wanting to make an episode about gelatin swingsets can get)
because of this I can watch my own series and laugh, because every episode is new to me as well.
- Immediate Self-Contradiction: In "The Nightmoon Mare Zone":
Narrator: The scenario: You're all alone in the woods, surrounded by monsters. I lied about the "alone" part. Sorry. That was rude of me. No excuse for that.
- Implausible Deniability:
- In "The Butts Family", Applejack emphatically denies that she stole Rarity's tree. She claims that the "Rarity" carved into the tree trunk could have been left by a completely different Rarity. The lies just get more absurd from there.
- In "Faith to Faith":
Twilight: Maybe because Rainbow Dash peed in the water supply!
Rainbow: Hey, you can't prove that was me!
Twilight: You admitted doing it five minutes ago!
Rainbow: Yeah, but maybe I can't prove that was me?
Twilight: We saw you do it six minutes ago!
Rainbow: Fluttershy told me to do it!
You know, the recipe for this [love potion] looks a lot like the same one they use to make alcohol
<Are you sure this is a good idea?> Apple Bloom:
Of course! Why wouldn't it be? Sweetie Belle:
You know, you could almost say it's exactly
the same as what they use to make alcohol. Scootaloo:
<I'm still not sure...> Apple Bloom:
Trust me, it will be fine! Sweetie Belle:
It even has "alcohol" written in brackets next to it.
- Imposter Forgot One Detail: In "I Am Pinkie", everyone realizes that Twilight killed the real Pinkie and left a clone, because this Pinkie doesn't even know what Lord of the Rings is.
- I'm Standing Right Here:
Rainbow: Uh, guys, we need to find a nice way of telling Rarity these dresses look like ass.
Rarity: You know I can hear you, right?
Rainbow: Nevermind, guys, I think she already heard me say that the dresses look like ass.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: In "The Pet Games", none of the animals in the competition are up for adoption. Rainbow Dash decides on the spur of the moment that she's taking Rocky the tortoise home with her anyway.
- Informed Attractiveness / Informed Deformity: Since Only Six Faces is in full effect, character dialogue is our only indication that Rarity is smoking hot, Cheerilee is ugly, and Twilight Sparkle is overweight.
- Insane Troll Logic:
- In "Little Miss Montage", as Rarity is designing a dress for Rainbow Dash:
Rainbow: I wanna look like my parents.
Rarity: Well, what do they look like?
Rainbow: I dunno? I was dead before they were born.
Rarity: Wait. You were dead before they were born?
Rainbow: Obviously, if they haven't been born yet, then I must still be dead? Duh.
Rarity: That's a... interesting ideology.
Rainbow: Ideology? I'm not Buddhist.
- In "Gelatin Swingsets", the Cutie Mark Crusaders are putting on a show, and decide to play to their strengths:
Since I'm used to destroying things, I'll make the sets. Scootaloo: Skeebadoo-bopbalah hebadoobah-skeeballah! [Translation: Since I'm easy to understand, I'll sing!] Sweetie Belle:
Since I was the lead singer in my last band, I'll make the uniforms.
- In "Copywrong", Fluttershy models some of Rarity's dresses:
Rarity: I own those clothes. You are wearing my clothes. According to proper logic, I own you, so no running away or anything.
Mayor Mare: You can go back to being the Village Idiot now.
Rainbow Dash: But I've only been on vacation for three days!
Mayor Mare: Yes, but light travels faster in a vacuum.
Rainbow Dash: Ooooooh. Yeah, okay, I guess that makes sense.
Fancypants: Oh my, Rarity, what's going on?
Rarity: Don't you talk to me like you know my name!
Fancypants: But your name is Rarity.
Rarity: It is, but it might not have been!
Apple Bloom: Hey, Rainbow Dash!
Rainbow Dash: Oh, that's nice. You think just cuz I fly fast and have rainbows for hair, that I'm Rainbow Dash?
Scootaloo: <But you are Rainbow Dash...>
Rainbow Dash: Hey! You can't just go around assuming that I'm Rainbow Dash and putting it in your stupid newspapers. Not cool, guys.
- In "The Longest Engagement":
Twilight: That's weird. [The letter] doesn't say who's getting married.
Rarity: Maybe it's Pinkie Pie!
Pinkie Pie: Hooray, it's me!
Dick Spiky: I told him, blowing up the train he was on would probably kill him, too. I had to hope to God he'd believe that lie.
- Lampshaded in "The Longest Recap":
Twilight: Uh, hello? Is anyone there? Where am I?
Celestia: You know what's stupid, Twilight? You ask if anyone's there, no one answers, so you ask another question! That's pretty dumb, Twilight.
- Insistent Terminology: In "Gelatin Swingsets", Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo argue several times over the proper shortened form of "gelatin": "jelly" or "jello".
- Insult to Rocks:
- The stinger for episode 16 has the characters act out a Marx Bros. routine with this:
Fluttersy: Maybe you can suggest something. As a matter of fact, you do suggest something. To me, you suggest a baboon.
Fluttershy: I'm sorry I said that, it isn't fair to the rest of the baboons.
- The intro to "Stranger than Fan Fiction":
Twilight: They're just a bunch of crybabies who can't handle simple criticism.
Spike: You said their writing was like being stabbed through the anus with a rusty AIDS knife.
Twilight: It was a compliment! Their writing's usually worse.
Twilight: Don't call me stupid.
Rarity: Oh, right, to call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people!
- The Internet Is Serious Business: In "Ponynet Fight!", Twilight and Pinkie's argument over Pinkie Sense is transformed into every internet argument about science, ever.
Twilight: Spike, get your things ready for a new mission.
Spike: Problem, master?
Twilight: A problem of the worst kind. Someone is wrong on the ponynet!
- I Resemble That Remark:
Luna: Siiiigh! Sometimes I feel like no one understands me.
Twilight: Hey, Luna, what up?
Twilight: Yeah, sorry, I don't really get that.
Luna: Oh, I knew it!
Applejack: Are we just introducing random characters whenever we feel like, now?
[The Flim Flam Brothers appear from nowhere]
Flam: Well a good morning to you, Ponyville!
Future Twilight: Remember, Twilight, how you're always getting cut off, just as you're about to say something really important?
Present Twilight: It's true! I'm always getting—
Future Twilight: I've figured out a way for you to stop it!
Present Twilight: Then, quick, you have to tell me!
Future Twilight: Okay! All you have to do is— [gets yanked back to the future]
Diamond Tiara: So listen up and listen good!
Sweetie Belle: What did she say? I wasn't listening.
Applejack: Twilight, haven't you had enough pies today?
Twilight: I haven't had a pie since brunch!
Fluttershy: I'm not boring! I'm shy, and I talk to animals.
Twilight: I'm sorry, what'd you say? I wasn't listening.
- The Irish Mob: Applejack and her family are the Equestrian equivalent.
- It Will Never Catch On: In "Faith to Faith", Spike predicts that the cast will be watching paint dry sometime in season three. Twilight scoffs at this.
- I Was Born Ready: Pinkie's first clone in "I Am Pinkie" says that she was cloned ready. One transition later, and she decides that she wasn't cloned ready.
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake: But The Cake Is a Lie.
Twilight, you're probably wondering why I asked you here today. Twilight:
You said there'd be cake, remember? Rarity: That was an outright fabrication! Caption:
The cake is a [copyrighted material blocked].
- Similarly, in "Top Dumb", Twilight is angry that a promised pie never shows up. Turns out Rainbow Dash actually promised tiramisu, but she was lying about that.
- The Ken Burns Effect: Used at the beginning and end of “Time” to make the episode look more like a documentary.
- Killed Off for Real: One of the mane six actually dies and stays dead, with a Replacement Goldfish taking her place: "I am Pinkie" ends with Twilight accidentally killing the real Pinkie Pie, and everyone decides to just pretend the last Pinkie clone is the original. It doesn't get reversed or snapped back at all... but the replacement character has so few lines that you can barely tell the switch happened.
- Kirk Summation: In "Stranger than Fan Fiction", Twilight delivers a speech that actually convinces the villain to do a Heel-Face Turn.
Twilight Sparkle: You may have sent me away and brought darkness to the land, but there is a light not even water can extinguish! And that is the light of all good things, like... friends! And comrades!
- Lame Comeback:
- In "A Library With No Twilight":
Applejack: You're still a complete and total moron.
Rarity: Yeah, well you're... stupid.
Applejack: Oh, that's fantastic.
- In "Rocks, Clocks, and Two Stupid Ponies":
Applejack: My hat versus your wings, winner takes all!
Rainbow Dash: Bring it on, Apple... l-loser... jack?
Applejack: Did you want to try that again, maybe?
Rainbow Dash: Nah, just forget I said anything.
- In "The Longest Engagement":
Rarity: See, Twilight? She's lovely.
Twilight: More like... poop face.
Rarity: Well done, Twilight. Well done.
Twilight: Shut up. It's been a bad day.
- Lame Pun Reaction:
Dick Hardman: Looks like some of the racers have been caught in the thorns.
Tom Watergate: Looks like they're having no trouble getting the point, don't you think so?
Dick Harman: My lawyer has advised me not to answer that question.
- Lampshaded Double Entendre:
- In "The Penny and Clyde Show".
- And in "Purple Party Pooper".
Celestia: Twilight, you are in a lot of trouble. I want to see you alone, in your bedroom, right now.
Phil the narrator: Oh, yeah...
- And again in "Saying Words". Rarity is wondering aloud about Fancypants' wife, Fleur De Lesbian:
Rarity: Something seems a bit off with his wife, too, but I can't quite put my tongue in it...
Phil: [very quietly] Oh, yeah...
Rarity: Shut up, Phil! Whatever you're laughing at...
Sweetie Belle: [to Cheerilee] So, you got anyone you're going to spend some quality time with tonight, huh, wink wink nudge nudge, you know what I'm saying, right, I'm implying you're gonna have sex.
- Fluttershy doesn't understand why she's jousting with Rainbow Dash:
Fluttershy: That's stupid. Who in their right mind wants to see two girls thrusting into each other?
Phil: Oh, yeah.
Twilight: But Celestia, I need to know! Whatever you have to teach me, I am willing to learn. [...] I may be young an inexperienced, but I want you to show me all you have to offer! [...] No matter how big it is, I can take it! [...] Give it to me, Celestia! I can swallow it all!
Celestia: I'm going to remember all those words you said for the rest of my life. But mostly just at night when I'm alone.
- Last-Second Word Swap:
- In "Utter Lunacy", when Spike is in disguise:
Twilight: What is your name, anyway?
Spike: My name be Spiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii... der.
Twilight: Well, Spider the double dragon...
- In "The Hip Hop Happening," Harshwhinny describes how much she hates Ponyville. Then she asks the mane six where they're from...
Twilight: Oh, we're from Pony... ill. Pony-ill.
Harshwhinny: Hm. Never heard of it.
- Late for School: In "Stranger than Fan Fiction", Twilight accidentally sleeps in, because apparently you can't have a High School A.U. without the protagonist being late for school at the beginning.
- Late to the Punchline: In "Shameless Self Reference", Fluttershy continually fails to understand the other characters' references. At the end, as the other react to Dash's Title Drop, Fluttershy jumps and shouts, "I got the joke! I got the joke!"
- Law of Disproportionate Response: Both Twilight and Nightmoon Mare threaten to kill each other, and neither bats an eye at this. But when Twilight says "I hope you get crabs!" NMM is so shocked she can only respond, "Well, that's kind of a mean thing to say."
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again:
- In "Purple Party Pooper", when Twilight and Rarity accidentally use the word "human" in a conversation, they panic before agreeing to just pretend the conversation never happened.
- In "The Cheesen One":
Rainbow Dash: Thanks for covering for me while I was gone, Scootaloo.
Scootaloo: <Don't ever mention it. Ever.>
- Life Isn't Fair: Pinkie Pie refuses to use Cranky Doodle Donkey's full name, saying that having "doodle" in his name is offense. Cranky says that that isn't fair since it's the name he was born with, but Pinkie just tells him that life isn't fair.
- Luke, I Am Your Father:
Spike: You're not my mom.
Twilight: What are you talking about? Of course I am.
Twilight: Yes, Spike, it is true.
- Magic Feather: In "The Longest Recap":
Rarity: But then we all learned that the real Crystal Heart was inside us all along.
Twilight: No it wasn't. It was on top of the tower.
- Major Injury Underreaction: In "Forgettershy", Thunderlane is surprisingly articulate for someone who just got maced.
Thunderlane: I can't believe you maced me! Why did you mace me?
- Maternal Death? Blame the Child: It's unclear if Granny Smith actually believes this, or is deliberately invoking it just to give Apple Bloom a guilt complex.
Granny Smith: You make a huge difference on this world. [...] Why, if it wasn't for you, your parents would never have committed suicide. [...] You're also the reason why Applejack drinks herself to sleep at night and Big Mac has horrible nightmares.
- Mathematician's Answer: In the stinger from "Sister Angst", Rarity realizes that her parents still haven't left her kitchen:
Rarity: What are you two still doing here?
Rarity’s dad: Sitting down?
Rarity: Get out of my house.
- Men Don't Cry: In "How Not to Train Your Dragon":
Spike: I wonder if dragons cry...
Twilight: Only little pussies cry, Spike! Don't be a pussy, be a stallion!
Spike: But I'm a dragon.
Twilight: I said be a stallion!
- Meanwhile, Back at the...: Parodied. The very first words in the series are the narrator's "Meanwhile, in Equestria. Oh yeah..." Then the second episode opens with, "Meanwhile, in the previous episode..."
- Medium Blending: "Stranger than Fan Fiction" incorporates live-action footage, as Yellow Twilight is portrayed by an actual MLP figurine.
- Metaphorgotten: In "Ponynet Fight": "Trolling is like a fat chick bungee jumping and the rope breaks and she falls in the river below, causing a humongous splash... Sorry, I forgot where I was going with that. I got distracted imagining a fat chick bungee jumping."
- Misery Poker: As everyone laments how badly their trip to the Gala has gone:
Applejack: No, seriously, screw their minor problems! Why isn't anyone buying from me? This is my livelihood we're talking about!
- Missing Steps Plan: In "Discord and Me":
Fluttershy: Don't worry, I've got a plan!
Twilight: That's great!
Fluttershy: I am gonna reform Discord.
Twilight: And how do you plan on doing that, exactly?
Fluttershy: Oh, uh... I don't know! I didn't really think of that.
Twilight: You're going to fail, aren't you?
- Missing Trailer Scene:
- The one part of the season 2 trailer that looked like it might have been an actual episode scene—a bit from "Lesson Zero", with Twilight's dialogue changed to "I'm just so full of all the emotions!"—didn't appear in the episode itself. Quoth Wacarb: "the trailer is its own thing really."
- It comes full circle in "The Longest Recap"—when it comes time to recap "Purple Party Pooper":
Twilight: I'm just so full of all of the emotions! There! We finally used that line from the season 2 trailer! Are you happy now? Can we finally shut up about it?!
- Mistaken Confession: In "Purple Party Pooper", it looks like Twilight is in trouble with Celestia, and she threatens to take the other ponies down with her. The others confront Celestia to defend Twilight, or defend themselves, or beg for mercy, or bribe Celestia. Only after indirectly incriminating themselves do they realize that Celestia was just looking for someone to celebrate her birthday with.
- Mistaken for Dying:
Twilight: Spike! I need you to... holy crap!
[Spike is lying on the ground, apparently in pain.]
Spike: I'm scared, master. Will I dream?
Twilight: No, Spike, you can't die! I won't let you!
Spike: Who said anything about dying? I'm going to sleep.
- Mixed Metaphor: All over "Ponyville Noire":
Dick Spiky: Yet another puzzle piece to add to this crossword puzzle. But I still had an ace up my sleeve. And now wasn't the time for games!
Dick Spiky: This guy is a tough nut to peel.
Dick Spiky: ...But that cold-blooded snake had trapped me in his spider's web.
Dick Spiky: I told him not to do it, and he said he might. But I would have to play his little game first. I gritted my tongue and said I'd play. But now wasn't the time for games!
- Montages: Many.
- Lamphaded in "Winning": "Montages... for when I'm too lazy to write anything."
- Then defied in "Saying Words":
Rarity: Oh, Opalescence, today has not been my day. Why, not even a montage would cheer me up.
[The intro of "Becoming Popular" plays.]
Rarity: Whoa whoa whoa whoa, hey, hey stop the music! What are you doing? I told you a montage wouldn't work!
- In “All A Boot Shy”, Fluttershy demonstrates that she’s no longer a doormat by stealing one of Rarity’s montages.
- Mood Whiplash:
- UFP uses, as its theme music, the "frieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeends!" clip from the end of the official Friendship Is Magic opening theme. Many episodes derive humor from the abrupt transition between the cold open and this theme music.
Twilight: Rainbow Dash, apologize!
Rainbow Dash: No!
Theme music: Frieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeends!
- "Granny Smith Is Mean" has dramatic, swelling music as the magic trees bloom and bear beautiful fruit in quick succession. Then...
Applejack: Damn it all, I wanted bananas!
- Morton's Fork: In "Winning":
You do what I say, or I'll tell the police you tried to sell me drugs! Zecora:
That ain't true! Apple Bloom:
I know. But who are they going to believe, a pony or a zebra
What do you want?! Apple Bloom:
I need drugs! Zecora:
Apple Bloom, you sicken me!
- Mundane Solution: In "The Longest Recap":
Applejack, this isn't like you! You have to remember the good times! Applejack:
Yeah, alright. Twilight:
What, seriously? Applejack:
Well yeah, it seems simple enough. Twilight:
But I had a magic spell all ready and everything! Applejack:
It's memory, Twilight! It doesn't need magic!
- Mushroom Samba:
- Philomena accidentally gets dosed with some of Fluttershy's acid, and the ensuing chase is her drug-induced freakout.
- Fluttershy's non-reaction to Discord's wave of chaos implies that she spends most of her waking hours tripping balls.
- Lack of sleep and too much coffee makes Cadance hallucinate and scream randomly.
- Musical Episode: "The Hip Hop Happening", where everyone raps the majority of the episode.
- Must Have Caffeine: In "Smoky and the Crystals", Cadance has been eating coffee so she can stay awake longer. Not drinking coffee, eating it.
Cadance: Drinking it makes me have to pee.
Twilight: That doesn't sound healthy.
Cadance: Oh, you sound just like my doctor!
- My Friends... and Zoidberg:
- In "Little Miss Montage":
Applejack: You're just making dresses for all your friends, then.
Rarity: That's right.
Applejack: How in blaze are you going to make five dresses?
Rarity: And Fluttershy.
Applejack: Six dresses.
- In "The Best Episode Ever":
Spike: Once upon a time, the world was quite bad. Unicorns and pegasus and the other ones were all separate from each other.
Pinkie: I don't understand, Twilight, everyone wants to be my friend!
Twilight: I don't want to be your friend.
Pinkie: I mean everyone who matters.
- Nested Story Reveal: The episode "The Butts Family" turns out to just be a "scary" story told by Pinkie.
- Never Going Back To Prison: In "Purple Party Pooper", Twilight threatens to rat everyone out. Fluttershy panics and says that she can't go back to jail.
- Never Heard That One Before:
- In "The Pet Games", when the Duck is introduced, his subtitle reads "Has Heard All The Jokes Before".
- In "For Glorious Mother Equestria", Twilight greets the doctor with "Doctor, doctor, give me the news!" He's not amused.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands:
- Since the abridging process cut out all the foreshadowing about the Elements of Harmony...
Twilight: Vaguely established magical friend powers, activate!
Nightmoon Mare: What the heck is that?
Twilight: It's a plot hole. Deal with it!
Flam: I just remembered he has the power to make cider! He can totally do that.
Applejack: You're making this up as you go along!
- In "The Longest Wedding":
Quick, Cadance, you need to use your vaguely-established magical powers! [Later] Cadance: The power of love
will fill all plot holes!
- No Animals Were Harmed: The ending of "Chickens! Run!" states "No animals were harmed during the making of this episode. Except for the chickens, of course. They suffered the most horrific of pains."
- Nobody Poops: In "The Longest Recap":
Twilight: That's Owlowiscous, he's gonna help me out at night time. ... And he's also gonna help out during the day.
Spike: How does he stay awake that long?
Twilight: Spike, none of us have ever even taken a crap on this show. Who cares how he stays awake?
- No Communities Were Harmed: The final round of The Pet Games is held in the Gand Canyon, one of the most scenic locations in the Untitled Stats of Amrica.
- No, Except Yes:
Pinkie Pie: Oh, we're not racist. We just hate Zecora cause we don't understand her.
Twilight: That is racism, you idiot!
Pinkie: Oh, yeah, I guess it is. Whoops! Hehe.
- In "The Longest Wedding":
Twilight: Hey, I am not fat! I'm just bigger than the above-average pony.
Rainbow: I'm not a liar. I didn't say there was going to be pie, I said there would be tiramisu! ... But there's no tiramisu. I lied about that.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In episode 2, Twilight doesn't get rewarded for saving the world from the apocalypse; she gets punished for missing a tea party while she was saving the world. Her sentence is banishment to Ponyville.
- Noir Episode: "Ponyville Noire". The whole thing, including the opening and closing credits, is Deliberately Monochrome, with Spike delivering a Private Eye Monologue the entire time.
- Non Sequitur Thud: After Celestia loses her laser beam fight with Chrysalis:
Twilight: Princess Celestia!
Celestia: Santa Claus, is that you?
- Noodle Implements:
- From "Granny Smith Is Mean":
Granny Smith: Go and get me some bricks, duct tape, a hacksaw, and some party balloons. There's some orphans I want to play a prank on.
- In "The Longest Engagement", Cheerilee and Big Mac get up to something mind-boggingly kinky involving pie, at least five midgets, a full mariachi band, a lion skin...
- Noodle Incident:
- Rarity needs Fluttershy to model for her. We're privy to the very beginning and very end of Rarity's explanation why: it's apparently a very convoluted tale involving a handicap access ramp, an off-color nectarine, and a wager about the color of the sky.
- Rarity does it again in "A Sombra Affair": "...Anyway, that's the story of the fourth time I lost my virginity. Anyone else wanna share their story?"
- Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught:
- In "Purple Party Pooper," Rarity tries to invoke this. "What I do would be perfectly legal if no one knew about it!"
- Similarly, in "Winning":
Applejack: Applebloom, I am disgusted! Winners never get caught taking drugs.
Twilight: Something seems a little off in the morals, there.
- In "All A Boot Shy", Fluttershy says, "Aw, hell no, you can’t make me! I didn’t steal nothin’ that you know about!"
- No, You:
- UFP 10: One Joke To Rule Them All
Rarity: Shove off, Pinky.
Pinkie: No, you shove off! This is my house!
Rarity: No it's not, it's mine!
Pinkie: It is? Oh, balls, I think I had too much chocolate again.
Spike: Twilight said my plan was stupid/I responded "No, you're stupid!"
- UFP 26: The Longest Episode
Blueblood: I believe that goes against... several, safety regulations!
Rarity: Shut up.
Blueblood: No! ... You!
Heckler: Get off the stage!
Mayor Mare: No, you get off the stage! Actually, I do have to get off the stage, but not because of anything you said!
Applejack: Well eat spinach gravy and build me a train set, let's get going!
Rarity: You don't even know what that means, Applejack!
Applejack: No, you shut up, you don't know what it means!
- UFP 37: The Best Episode Ever
Rainbow Dash: Well, you smell like farts!
Rarity: No, you smell like farts!
- UFP 52: The Longest Engagement
Celestia: And so, we are gathered here in the middle of the day, because the nighttime sucks...
Luna: No, you suck!
Diamond Tiara: Well, well, well, if it isn't three buttholes in the ground!
Applebloom: No, your hole is a butt in the ground!
- N-Word Privileges:
Dragon: What's a pegger like you doing out of the fields?
Fluttershy: Oh, hell no! You can't say that word! Only pegasus' can say that word!
- Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Apparently happened off-screen in "How Not to Train Your Dragon":
Twilight: Fine! I'll help you find out about dragons. Will you shut up about it already?
Spike: But I didn't say anything.
- Oblivious Mockery:
Sweetie Belle: Is it because everyone thinks you're ugly?
Cheerilee: Everyone thinks I'm ugly?
Sweetie Belle: Well, they're not saying it to your face, that's for certain.
Cheerilee: Oh-oh, I-I didn't know that. Excuse me, please, I have to go cry in the corner for a moment.
Sweetie Belle: Okay, have fun. Uuugh, why is she always crying in the corner?
- Ocular Gushers: In "Funk Master Z", the mane six bathe in a pool filled with tears. Rainbow Dash filled this pool all by herself.
Rainbow: All I had to do was remember a time when my parents were still alive, and it just came gushing out!
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
- In "Ponynet Fight!", the characters' escape from the hydra is skipped over with a "14 hours later..." card.
- In "How to Control Freaks", Twilight breaks the mind-control over four of her friends on-screen, but Rainbow Dash is skipped over. It's lampshaded with a caption reading, "Rainbow Dash normalized off-screen."
- In "Time":
Narrator: They also had an epic fight with a three-headed dog, and broke into Canterlot. But sadly, there was no time to see that.
Okay, I did it! And it was awesome! Did you all see it? Spitfire:
No, we had to do the intro. Rainbow Dash:
You mean nobody saw me make the tornado, and fight off an army of dragons, and cure cancer, and fall in love? Spitfire:
No, but I'm sure it was amazing.
- In "The Longest Wedding": "Fluttershy's picture of her juggling chainsaws was unfortunately lost."
- In "Top Dumb", Rainbow Dash rescues her friends from falling to their death (without any help from the rest of the Flight Team, even) but all we see is a "Mind Blowing Footage Missing" card.
- Again in "Wolfenspike 3D", where the footage of Applejack killing the timberwolves goes missing.
Applejack: Wow. We are literally so lazy, we can't even be bothered to do a montage anymore. That's kind of sad.
- Offscreen Teleportation: In "The Longest Engagement":
Twilight: Oh, Princess Cadance who's suddenly in the throne room with me even though we saw you leave a few moments ago...
- Oh My Gods!:
- Rainbow Dash's default exclamation is "OMC!" (Oh my Celestia.)
- From "Mob Wars":
Applejack: I swear to god... Do we even have gods in Equestria? But I swear...
- Fluttershy uses the names of black celebrities as expletives.
- In "The Longest Engagement", Celestia exclaims "Oh my me!"
- Oh, No... Not Again!:
- In "Hippocratic Oafs": "Celestia says she doesn't want to lose another entire town to bear attacks this week..."
- Rainbow Dash's reaction to the parasprites trying to kill her.
- In "Out with the Old Characters", Diamond Tiara's reaction to being informed her mother's preparing for an orgy with 30 stallions.
- As the time portal opens, Twilight mutters, “Oh, please don’t be the Illuminati again.”
- In "I Am Pinkie", Pinkie wants Applejack to burn down the palace in Canterlot. AJ's first response is, "Again?"
- In "Wolfenspike 3D", when Spike decides Applejack is his new mother, Twilight's reaction is, "I won't let this stand, I can't lose another child!"
- One-Person Birthday Party: In "Purple Party Pooper", Twilight's downward spiral is kicked off when she discovers that none of her friends will make it to her birthday party.
- One Steve Limit: Twilight, Blue Twilight, and Yellow Twilight say Hi.
- On Second Thought: The Cakes are looking for a pony to take care of the babies Pinkie Pie kidnapped while they look for their parents. Their first stop is Fluttershy.
Fluttershy: Well, I'd love to look after these babies! I'll just need to give them a rabies shot.
Mrs. Cake: To protect them from rabies?
Fluttershy: Protect 'em?
Mrs.Cake: On second thought, maybe Fluttershy's not the best choice.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In "Utter Lunacy", while faking a Jamaican accent for a Paper-Thin Disguise, Spike almost gives himself away when he accidentally lapses back into his original accent.
- Open Secret:
- Rarity is pretty bad at hiding the kinky stuff she's into.
Pinkie: Yeah, okay, there is no way what Rarity does is still a secret.
- Even though everyone and their grandma commented on Fluttershy’s shyness in season one, in “All A Boot Shy”, Fluttershy acts as though her shyness is some painful secret.
[While attending Iron Will’s shyness seminar:]
Iron Will: Now, I understand you have a boot of problem?
Fluttershy: Yeah, but it’s a secret.
Iron Will: You’re shy, aren’t you?
Fluttershy: [gasps] He’s a mind reader!
Big Mac: You told everybody I was a pirate!
Applebloom: But you are a pirate!
Big Mac: Yeearr, but it was supposed to be a secret!
- Opposite Day: In "Discord and Me":
Discord: Shaking their heads like that means "No!"
Fluttershy: But today's Opposite Day!
Discord: No, it's not!
- Ordered Apology:
- Fluttersay takes great offense at being called a "pegger" by a dragon, and she orders him to apologize. He does.
- At the beginning of "Little Miss Montage", Twilight bets that she can get Rainbow to apologize for trashing the house. She tells Rainbow to apologize, and Rainbow refuses.
- Orphanage of Fear: Rainbow Dash has lot of experience with different orphanages. Mostly bad. As she says in "Shameless Self Reference":
Rainbow Dash: Anyway, this is the seventh orphanage I got kicked out of. I think it was my third longest-running orphanage. [...] Aw, coming back here, so many good memories. I mean, there's a lot more bad memories, but there's a few good memories, too.
- Orphaned Punchline:
Rarity: ...and that's where the term "gold digger" came from.
Spike: I don't understand that, either.
- Out of Focus: Lampshaded.
- Twilight briefly meets Apple Bloom in episode 1. Apple Bloom returns in episode 9:
Twilight: Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Who are you?
Apple Bloom: It's me, Apple Bloom.
Apple Bloom: You met me in episode one!
Apple Bloom: I'm Applejack's sister!
Applejack: I'm Applejack, you daft ninny!
- After Zecora's brief scene in "One Joke to Rule Them All", there's a caption "And we'll never see Zecora again... A fate worse than Luna."
- In "The Longest Episode", most of Fluttershy's subplot is cut because, by Fluttershy's own admission, it's not very interesting.
- In "Utter Lunacy", Ponyville organizes a celebration in Zecora's honor, to make up for her lack of screen time last season. Spike points out that Luna was similarly neglected, and Luna immediately crashes the party.
- Subverted in "Sister Angst". Rarity is thankful that "At least Twilight's not in this episode, stealing my screen time," at which point Twilight shouts a reply from just off-screen. For the rest of the episode, Twilight stays just off-screen, shouting things at Rarity at awkward moments.
- In "Faith to Faith":
Twilight: That's bullcrap! Princess Celestia is the only true alicorn!
Spike: What about Princess Luna?
Twilight: Princess who of the what now?
- In "C.S.Pie", the mane six are listed by their names (and a number of parody names) in the opening credits... except Applejack, who is just listed as "Supporting Actress".
- In "The Longest Engagement", Twilight accuses Applejack of stealing her screen time. And Fluttershy, again, has her entire subplot cut from the episode.
- At the end of "Join the Club", Sweetie Belle addresses Babs Seed:
Sweetie Belle: Now, you are going home, and we won't see you again, making this whole thing pointless.
Clone Pinkie: Hey, how come I was introduced at the start of the season and haven't had a line since then?
Twilight: Zecora, you've been cut from the rest of the season. Apparently you're too offensive.
- Later the same episode, Clone Pinkie tries to steal some of Original Pinkie's scenes. "If I don't get any proper character development, I'm gonna curse all of you!"
- Out-of-Genre Experience:
- "Edgar Allen Poen". No funny voices, no Alternate Character Interpretation, no jabs at the fandom; just the episode "Owl's Well That Ends Well" retold in the style of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven".
- "Stay Tuned" uproots Pinkie Pie and plunks her into a Cop Show parody.
- "Pet Games" is stylized to be an in-universe sports transmission, with two off-screen commentators providing most of the dialogue and Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle being judges in the competitions.
- "For Glorious Mother Equestria!" is an in-universe political propaganda film. Or at least it would be, if more people did what the narrator told them to do.
- "Pinkie's Day In" briefly turns into a sitcom, with a Laugh Track and Seinfeld-esque transitional music.
- “Time” is formatted like a documentary. It opens and closes with a narrator talking over still images, and interviews with "experts" break up the action in the middle.
- "C.S.Pie" replaces the usual introduction with an extended credits sequence that parodies the opening credits of CSI: Miami.
- "Stranger than Fan Fiction" has an Ascended Fangirl writing the episode's script, warping the show's universe to accommodate her Author Avatar.
- "The Nightmoon Mare Zone" replaces the intro with a parody of The Twilight Zone's famous opening.
- "Ponyville Noir". Even aside from it being a film noir parody, there are a lot of differences. Instead of animated clips, it's a slide show with Spike's monologue as the only voiceover. The characters all have different names (Spike is now Dick Spiky, Fluttershy is now Roxine, and so on). And the humor is more absurdly nonsensical than usual, akin to Wacarb's other series, "Kevin Sees the World".
- "The Hip Hop Happening" is an all-rap Musical Episode.
- Overly Preprepared Gag: "Shameless Self Reference", episode number 16, ends with Rainbow Dash claiming to be an "Ultra Fast Pony". The end credits then claim that Wacarb created the entire series for the sole purpose of making that joke.
- Padding: Lampshaded in "Granny Smith Is Mean":
Apple Bloom: Why do we even have these trees, anyway?
Applejack: It's a short episode. We need to fill in the time somehow.
- Painful Rhyme: In "Edgar Allen Poen", most of the lines end with a rhyme for "who". However, Spike forces "here we go" into this scheme by mispronouncing it as "here we goo". He visibly cringes as he reads this part aloud.
- Pandering to the Base: Referenced by Twilight in "The Best Episode Ever".
Fluttershy: So why do we have to do this?
Twilight: Well, according to the fans of the show, we need to have more "smoking hot thespian action". [...] As long as we give the fans everything we think that they want, I'm sure this will be the best episode ever.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Utter Lunacy", Spike disguises himself with a new accent and a dragon costume that doesn't even cover his face. When questioned, he uses the least subtle Last-Second Word Swap, ever, to avoid giving his real name. Twilight, the person who knows Spike best, completely falls for it.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: In "The Pet Games":
Rainbow Dash: So, like, winning is good. And losing... is kind of like the opposite of good. I should come up with a word for that. I'll call it... jfragrstl. So you don't wanna jfragrstl. That's not good.
- Persecution Flip:
- Fluttershy—a former slave—is angry that slavery was abolished before she could get her turn to hold the whip.
Fluttershy: Oh, I get it. It's okay to have Fluttershy do everything her owners say. But as soon as she gains ownership of her own farm, suddenly it's all "Equal rights" and "Slavery is not okay anymore!" In the name of the black smoke in the sky, I demand reparations!
- In "The Longest Engagement", Twilight insists that her brother is gay, so he ought to marry a stallion instead of a mare. Her friends all disagree with her: they're all in favor of gay ponies' right to marry the opposite sex.
Twilight: Wait, I think we've hit some kind of reverse homophobia here.
- Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Parodied in "Little Miss Montage".
Twilight: Rarity, this isn't Youtube. You can't just ask us to look at something and chuck a hissy fit if we don't like it.
Hoity Toity: Well, [those dresses] are quite fabulous! You have my approval.
Rarity: Wait, wait, wait. That's it?
Hoity Toity: Yes...
Rarity: You just "like" them?
Hoity Toity: Indeed.
Rarity: Not gonna... "favourite" or anything?
Caption: HINT HINT!
Hoity Toity: No... just the "like".
Rarity: Well, that sucks.
Caption: Every time you like something without adding to favourites, a baby penguin dies. Think of the penguins; like AND favourite. Also subscribe or a piano falls on a baby giraffe.
- Plot Hole: Lampshaded.
- Episode 2 is named "Fillen' Dem Plot Holes, Bro!", and Twilight spends the entire Cold Open explaining plot points that should have been covered in the previous episode but weren't.
- "Purple Party Pooper":
Applejack: Wow, Twilight, you're looking awfully nice. Especially after the last episode, Celestia supposedly cut your horn off.
Twilight: Really? You're complaining? You, out of everyone here, is complaining about continuity?
- "For Glorious Mother Equestria!":
Narrator: But then the next day, the dragon was suddenly big!
Twilight: Whoa, whoa, hang on there a second. I think we maybe missed a teeny tiny little bit of all of the backstory.
Caption: Nothing new here...
Rainbow Dash: Wait, what was that all about what now?
Twilight: It's just all the plot points we missed from last episode. It doesn't matter!
- In "Copywrong", Pinkie Pie claims that she wrote The Lord of the Rings. In "The Longest Episode", Pinkie discovers for the first time that LOTR was a book series before it was a movie series. She explains the apparent contradiction in "Time": she was claiming that she wrote the screenplays.
- In "Forgettershy":
Twilight: All will obey the will of Celestia!
Thunderlane: But you hate Celestia!
Twilight: That's it. More mace.
- In "The Longest Wedding", Twilight initially claims that her and Cadance's escape from the cave was just a plot hole, but Chrysalis demands an explanation anyway. Twilight admits that they just walked out.
- In "Top Dumb", Rainbow Dash is still illiterate, but everyone just overlooks this fact when the plot calls for Rainbow Dash to read some important information. Everyone except Twilight.
Rainbow Dash: I still can't read. But in order to advance the plot, [the letter] says I've been accepted into the Moderately Effective Flight Team.
Twilight: Hang on a second, you can't just go over important parts of the story to advance the plot like that!
Rainbow: Yeah, I'm pretty sure I can.
- In "Wolfenspike 3D", Applejack wonders why Spike is such a klutz when he tries to help her, yet so competent when he's helping Twilight. Twilight says there's a very good reason for this... but she's feeling too lazy to explain it.
- Poor Communication Kills: In "The Longest Wedding", Twilight sees "Princess Cadance" casting a very suspicious spell on her brother. When she publicly confronts Cadance about this, in front of Celestia and her friends, she just says, "You better believe I have proof! I saw her be evil and things!" and offers no further elaboration. Naturally, no one believes her.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure:
- In "The David Bowie Drinking Game", Twilight tries to correct her friends' sayings, without realizing that they're actually making David Bowie references.
Rarity: Well, look back in anger, I say.
Twilight: Oh, Rarity! It's "don't look back in anger."
Rarity: Twilight, you don't know who David Bowie is, do you?
Twilight: Yeah, I had no idea what's going on this episode.
- Pinkie is a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies. Somehow, she's completely unaware of the books those movies were based on.
- The Power of Friendship: The literal interpretation of the "Friendship is magic" concept gets mocked on occasion.
- From "The Longest Episode": "Twilight eventually learned friendship wasn't magic... It turned out magic was actually magic."
- From "Granny Smith Is Mean:"
Apple Bloom: Well, isn't friendship magic?
Applejack: I don't know. Do you have friends?
Apple Bloom: Yeah...
Applejack: Are you magic?
Apple Bloom: No...
Applejack: Well, there you go then!
- In "The Longest Wedding", DJ 3-Pones encourages Cadance to invoke the Power of Friendship against Chrysalis. Cadance shouts "Aha! Take that!" and does literally nothing else. It's just as effective as it sounds.
- The Power of Love: In "The Longest Wedding", Cadance and Shining Armor use this to bring The Orb back from the dead, defeating Chrysalis in the process. Also, it fills plot holes.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
- In "How to Control Freaks":
Twilight: Hey Discord! Suck it! [fires the magic friendship laser]
- From "How Not to Train Your Dragon":
Twilight: [to the dragons] Yeah, so lay off or I'll punch you or something!
Rarity: Twilight, you're new to this. Let me try. [to the dragons] I'm gonna put my hoof so far up your ass, your heart's gonna make a clopping sound every time it beats!
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In "Wolfenspike 3D", just before Spike kills the giant German timberwolf with a single rock:
Spike: When you get to heaven, tell the Führer I sent you!
- Previously On: Parodied on "Stay Tuned", where the "Previously On..." montage is several times longer than the episode itself.
- Product Placement:
- In "The Pet Games", Tom and Dick take a break to shill their sponsor.
Tom Watergate: Now introducing Extreme Friendship! The great new taste, in glorious yellow.
- In "Time", Pinkie Pie mentions doughnuts in all of her explanations of how time works.
Pinkie: Hey, you wanna go get something to eat, bro? I'm starving.
Twilight: Yeah, okay. For some reason, I really want a doughnut.
Pinkie: Yeah, that's right you do, bro.
- Quip to Black: "C.S.Pie" uses this, as a parody of CSI: Miami:
[Someone has taken a huge bite from Pinkie's cake.]
Pinkie: Looks like we've got a crime on our hooves. In fact, I bet you could say this mystery food thief...
Twilight: Please don't.
Pinkie: ...takes the cake.
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: “I’m a poet and I didn't even realize it!”
- Super Mode: Twilight unleashes her Panic Mode to find the Crystal Heart and defeat Sombra.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: In "I Am Pinkie":
Pinkie: Now first of all, no one must know of this conversation.
Rainbow: What conversation?
Pinkie: Good, Rainbow Dash! That's exactly right!
Rainbow: Aw, yeah, I was totally just trying to do that thing that you said I did right! Okay, but seriously, what's going on? I don't know what I did.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Rarely used, but heavily lampshaded.
What, we couldn't get the real
music? Pinkie Pie:
Oh, no way, bro! It's copyrighted! Twilight:
Never stopped us before. Pinkie Pie:
Oh, quiet, bro, or they'll hear you
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- Applejack's introduction in the first episode.
Twilight: This farm smells like pony droppings.
Applejack: Well it'll smell a lot worse after I bury you under it.
Applejack: Oh, nothing. We're just a... we're just a normal family. No need to get the law involved. We sell apples, we sell apples. [winks]
- In "The Cheesen One", the cause of Dash's mother's death.
Rainbow Dash: But then she died of a heart attack because her arteries were clogged. But the cheese factory told me it had nothing to do with all the cheese she ate! And I believe them because they gave me a lot of money.
- In "All A Boot Shy", Rarity somehow manages to make the vaguest statement ever sound suspicious all the same:
Rarity: I wasn't doing anything back there!
Fluttershy: Hi, Rarity! What were you doing?
Rarity: Anything. I mean, nothing! What do you want?
- Take That:
- The series takes a couple of jabs at Friendship is Witchcraft. In the comment section below "The Penny and Clyde Show", Wacarb clarifies that he does it out of professional rivalry rather than actual ill will. "If you're wondering what I feel about FiW, they are ok, I only really make fun of them because they are the most popular competition."
- In "One Joke To Rule Them All", Twilight, as a "new joke", takes up saying "Talk about eye candy!" at random occasions. Which nobody finds funny.
- "I stole all these jokes from Friendship Is Witchcraft. And by that I mean there are no jokes this episode". The episode in question indeed contains no jokes (see Out-of-Genre Experience).
- "Pega, Please" has one that's either much more subtle or just a coincidence. Twilight says that the dragon is "dragone", which Spike finds incredibly lame. ("Dragone Baby Gone" is the title of another Friendship is Witchcraft episode.)
- In "Pega Please!" Pinkie encourages Fluttershy to think of "that famous basketball player" to help her jump across the ravine.
Fluttershy: Shaquille O'Neal!
Pinkie Pie: No, not that one!
Twilight: Never, ever, that one, Fluttershy.
- In "Little Miss Montage", DJ Scratch Vinyl 3-Pones plays "Hamster Dance", which prompts Hoity Toity to comment, "Oh, now that's just poor taste in music. Still better than dubstep, though."
- In "The Best Episode Ever":
Time to make Little Kuriboh proud! "Shut up and take my money!
" [The crowd has a good laugh at this.] Random pony:
Your low standards of humor are why no one tries to make legitimate comedy anymore!
- In "The Longest Engagement", Fluttershy introduces a bird she befriended, a bird who sings with the voice of Nicki Minaj.
Twilight: For the love of Celestia, make it stop!
Fluttershy: Sorry. Some birds just ain't cut out for singing.
Celestia: Marriages are like abridged series. They're usually offensive and don't last very long.
- In the video description for "UFP sings Take On Me", wacarb writes "I'm better at butchering the classics than George Lucas."
- In a few season 3 episodes, Wacarb's treatment of the source material gets more bluntly negative than usual. His video description for "Join the Club" reads, "Hey, at least things couldn't get worse. I'm not kidding this time, this is the actual pits." In "Wolfenspike 3D", Twilight attributes a specific plot hole to laziness, and Applejack replies, "I frickin' hate season 3." And in "Discord and Me", Celestia defends a plot hole by saying "It's season 3, Twilight, try not to think too much about it. The writers certainly didn't!"
- The video description for "Ponyville Noire" reads "A video of still images, monotone voice work and slowly decreasing quality of humor? What is this, the Mentally Advanced Series?"
- Take That, Audience!:
- In "A Library With No Twilight", after establishing just how creepy Phil the Narrator can be, the episode ends with the text, "Phil is a brony, exactly like you! YES! JUST LIKE YOU!"
- In "Derp and Destruction":
Rarity: Nobody's that stupid, Twilight.
Twilight: They watch this show. They have to be a little bit stupid.
- In "The Longest Engagement":
Celestia: Kind of weird, I guess, me watching them. I wonder if anyone's watching me watching them. Wow, that would be weird! And also pathetic.
- Take That, Critics!:
- Take Our Word for It: In "Ponyville Noir", Spiky describes Roxine and Melvin's touching reunion...
Dick Spiky: It was a beautiful sight, something you'd really have to see for yourself.
- Take Your Time: In "The Longest Wedding", Cadance insists on taking a 14-hour potty break during her escape from the cave. Later, when Celestia tells Twilight to get the Elements of Harmony (because they're the only thing that can defeat Chrysalis) Twilight sticks around to listen to Celestia jabber about nothing in particular.
Celestia: Oh, and hey Twilight? Would you hurry up already?
- Taking You with Me: A non-lethal variant in "Purple Party Pooper". When Celestia shows up to announce that Twilight's “in a lot of trouble, Twi threatens to dish out the dirt on her five friends.
Twilight: Oh, don't think I won't take any of you down with me!
Pinkie Pie: Bro, I don't care. We've got nothing to hide, right, guys?
[Dismayed silence from Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash]
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: In "Purple Party Pooper".
Fluttershy: Hey, Twilight. How's your birthday?
Twilight: Don't you "Have a nice day" me!
Fluttershy: I didn't say that.
[later, at the end of the conversation]
Twilight: I'm gonna find new friends!
Fluttershy: Okay, Twilight. Have a nice da— Ooooh! I get it now! Oh, she good.
- Tempting Fate:
- In "Funk Master Z", Twilight praises Ponyville for going an entire week without driving away some outsider. As soon as she finishes, she realizes her friends are hiding from Zecora because she's different. Cue a Rapid-Fire "No!" on Twilight's part.
- In "Little Miss Montage":
Twilight: I think karma kicked in and the universe is finally giving me a happy, stress-free day!
Rainbow Dash: Look out below!
Twilight: Thanks, universe. Thanks a lot.
- "Purple Party Pooper" opens with Twilight singing about how today is the best day ever, and her telling Spike how much she's looking forward to celebrating her birthday with her friends. Then Spike tells her that none of her friends can make it, prompting a Cluster Bleep Bomb from Twilight. Then it happens again, complete with a Lampshade Hanging.
Twilight: Oh, today has been the worst day of my life. I don't think today could get any worse than this!
Applejack: Karma in three... two...
Princess Celestia: Twilight, you are in a lot of trouble.
- Even Twilight starts to catch on. In "Utter Lunacy":
Twilight: Besides, I don't want anyone taking the limelight away from Zecora! ... And even as I say that ...
Luna: I'm coming back, baby!
Twilight: Well, I saw that coming, but as long as she stopped with that stupid catch phrase...
- In "C.S.Pie", Twilight admits that she's impressed with the episode's premise for a change, and she just hopes the writers don't screw it up. Then two blatant National Stereotypes walk in...
- At the beginning of "The Longest Wedding", it looks like the usual episode intro isn't going to happen. Twilight admits that she hates the intro and is glad to finally do an episode without it. Then the intro plays.
- Later the same episode, Celestia is glad that the second wedding went off without any problems. Rainbow Dash then craps herself, very publicly. "Dammit, Rainbow Dash! You had one job!"
- Shortly after:
That was not
how I wanted this to end. Spike:
Well, at least it was a better ending than last season. [Luna flies in from nowhere] Luna:
Hey, guys! Saaaaaaaaaand
- In "A Sombra Affair", Twilight lets Spike take the Crystal Heart down to the others, then adds, "But if you cause a chain reaction of stupid things to happen, I'm gonna be so mad at you!" Cue Spike dropping the Crystal Heart, and the Epic Wife Tossing scene. "Dammit, Spike!"
- In "Top Dumb":
Twilight: I can't wait until Celestia arrives, then we'll finally have some intelligence around here!
Celestia: Guess who's reforming Discord for no freaking reason!
Celestia: Thanks for doing my work for me, Twilight.
Twilight: Whatever. But I don't want to make a habit out of this!
Twilight: Oh, what are you going to do? Kill me to death?
[The other five ponies blast her with the Elements of Harmony.]
- That Came Out Wrong / Verbal Backspace:
Hey, Zecora. You wanna hang? [Beat. Oh, Crap expression on Twi's face.] Twilight:
Wow, that came out so wrong. I mean, do you wanna hang out?
- There Are No Rules: At the Running Of The Leaves, it's stated outright that there's no rule against cheating.
- Think of the Censors: In Pinkie's "Zorba Style" song:
Pinkie: When I get some good luck
After my hoovies get stuck
My Bill will rescue me and then we will...
wait, I can't say that word.
- This Is no Time to Panic: As Twilight is trapped in the caves below Canterlot:
Twilight: Okay, Twilight. Now, whatever you do, don't panic.
Chrysalis: Suprise, fatty!
Twilight: Abandon the no-panic plan!
- Threat Backfire:
- In "The David Bowie Drinking Game", Rarity is threatening to whine at the David Bowies. Bowie retorts, "Dammit, girl, if you whine I will be forced to hurt you!" forgetting that he's talking to the most masochistic pony in the world. Rarity immediately starts whining in earnest.
- In "The Penny and Clyde Show":
Celestia: Oh, and Twilight [...] If you call me "Celestia" again without adding "Princess" in the front, I'm going to have you tortured.
Rarity: Celestia Celestia Celestia!
Celestia: The torture is for Twilight only.
Rarity: Aw, piss.
- In "How to Control Freaks":
Twilight: Screw you, Discord!
Discord: Only on my birthday! Which is tomorrow, by the way...
Twilight: Oh no, what have I gotten myself into?
- Throwing the Fight: Sort of. In "Mob Wars", Big Macintosh is training for a prize fight—he's supposed to win the fight, but the opponent is supposed to go down in the fourth round and no sooner.
- Title Drop:
: But I don't get it. How were you able to get down there so quickly? Rainbow Dash
: Gee Rarity I don't know, I guess you could say I'm an Ultra. Fast. Pony.
- Too Much Information: Twilight's reaction to hearing about Rarity's fantasies about Prince Blueblood. Applejack's reaction to hearing what Twilight's been doing during Winter Wrap Up (described with the worst possible wording).
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: In “Discord and Me”, Fluttershy manages to scare Discord with her stoned weirdness.
- Translation: Yes:
- In "Chickens! Run!" Scootaloo says “Skee!”, which translates to English as, "You are indeed correct in your assumptions.”
- In "The Cheesen One", she says "Zabadoo zadabadaba skeebadoo balabadaba skeebaloo hebadalaba daba dabadabo," which translates to English as "Yes."
- In "The Longest Recap", she says three completely different lines that somehow all translate to "And I'm Scootaloo!"
- Travel Montage: In "The Longest Wedding", Twilight and Cadance's escape from the cave is depicted with one of these.
- Trivially Obvious:
- The Crystal Kingdom librarian keeps answering Twilight's questions in the least helpful manner possible.
Twilight: Hang on, let me finish! Do you have any books—
Librarian: Yes, we have many books.
Twilight: King Sombra! Or like, how to kill him or something.
Twilight: Oh, good. Where is it?
Librarian: It's in the library.
Pinkie: Today I learned an important lesson: I can't be everywhere at once. Stay tuned next week, when we learn that the sky is blue!
- [Trope Name]:
Photo Finish: And I learned... lesson.
Applejack: Yeah, but that's just a front. I mean, that's just a... Go away! Something about apples!
- In "Faith to Faith", after Applejack delivers a decisive verbal smackdown to an annoying pony in the audience, Pinkie Pie adds:
Yeah, you sound just like
— INSERT OWN JOKE HERE Caption:
I should do that more often. Saves me a lot of time.
- In "The Hip Hop Happening", Rainbow Dash needs a rhyme:
Rainbow: Don't worry! I'll have you out of there in a hurry! Uh... something about curry!
- Trust Password:
Present Twilight: Huh. If you're me from the future, then what's my middle name?
Future Twilight: Uhhh, it's uhhh a secret?
Present Twilight: I knew it! You really are from the future!
- 2 + Torture = 5: In "Forgettershy":
Thunderlane: I mean, just think about it. Maybe Celestia is wrong, and one plus one doesn't equal four.
Twilight: Lies! Lies and blasphemy!
Thunderlane: Hey, you can't oppress me! I believe in free speech.
Twilight: That's it. I'm gonna mace you.
- Two Words: Obvious Trope: As Pinkie is planning Cadance's wedding reception in "The Longest Engagement":
Pinkie: Okay, I'm just gonna say one word, one word about your reception. And it's gonna blow your mind!
Impostor Cadance: Good.
Pinkie: Oh, one word, I love it, even you're on board! Okay, bro, are you listening? Listen real good, eh, bro? Bro! Bro!
Impostor Cadance: Yes, yes.
Pinkie: Oh, it's a repeated one word, oh, I love that, bro! Anyway, here it is: Water balloons.
Impostor Cadance: That was two words. I am disgusted and unhappy!
Pinkie: Don't worry, I'll keep working on it!
- Unfortunate Implications: In "The Longest Recap", during the recap of Twilight restoring her friends from Discord's mind-screwing:
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee:
Twilight: Oh, and one last thing. You have to make sure that—
[Cut to the opening theme. After it finishes, cut back to Twilight...]
Twilight: ...otherwise the whole plan will fail and everyone will die! Did you get all that?
Twilight: I'll take that as a yes! Good luck!
Huh. That gives me an idea... which I will now explain
! Phil the narrator:
No, we're still too lazy to do any of that. Applejack:
Fine, just cut to the action!
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In "The Longest Recap", Twilight returns as an alicorn. The rest of the mane six don't even notice until the stinger, where Twilight points it out herself. In the most blase way possible.
Twilight: Oh, by the way, I have wings and I'm a princess now.
[The episode ends]
- Uterine Replicator: According to Twilight's explanation in "Making Babies", foals are created via magic. Because sex was "messy and painful"; besides, there aren't enough males around for that to work anymore.
- Uranus Is Showing:
Derpy: From this day forward, you might as well refer to me as the Ruler of Space, because now I own yer anus!
- Verbal Backspace:
Applejack: What, you're just making dresses for all your friends, then?
Rarity: That's right.
Applejack: How in blazes are you gonna make five dresses?
Rarity: And Fluttershy.
Applejack: Six dresses.
- Another example comes from when Rarity is being (willingly) kidnapped by the three David Bowies.
Spike: I don't think I understand what's going on here.
Rarity: I'll explain when you're older!
Spike: I'm sixty-seven.
Rarity: I'll explain tonight!
- In "The Longest Engagement":
Twilight: [reading a wedding invitation] You are cordally invited... cord... cordial... [Beat] We are happy to invite you to the marriage of...
- Virgin Power: In "Funk Master Z", the poison joke can be cured by bathing in the tears of a virgin.
Rarity: I've never seen Rainbow Dash cry that much.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Rarity is allergic to water.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: Discord inverts the mane six's vices, but Twilight notes that the end results are "even bigger jerks than you usually are." Twi has to revert them back to their old jerk selves before they can wield the magic friendship laser.
- What Did I Do Last Night?:
Sweetie Belle: So, me and my band tried to patch things up the other night. Yeah, didn't go very well. [...] Also, don't go in the bathroom. Someone vomited blood in there, and it might have been me. Details are a little bit fuzzy.
- In "Pirate Shipping", Cheerilee wakes up with no memory of what she did while under the influence of the "love potion". But the Cutie Mark Crusaders are nearby and happy enough to tell her exactly what happened.
- In "Forgettershy":
Fluttershy: Come to think of it, why am I under this tree? Why am I surrounded by animals?
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- In "Pega Please", we never find out whether the dragon left peacefully, or if the ponies went with AJ's plan and killed him. Twilight says that he's "dragone" and that's all the explanation we get.
- In "Pinkie's Day In", the Cakes search all of Ponyville but never find the babies' real parents—leaving the babies' actual origin an unsolved mystery.
- What's He Got That I Ain't Got?!: In "Top Dumb", Rainbow can't believe that Lightning Dust snagged her place in the Moderately Effective Flight Team.
Oh come on, what does she got that I don't? Spitfire:
Well, she actually knows how to follow orders. Rainbow:
Aw come on, that was only one time! Spitfire:
She doesn't take craps on the runway. Rainbow:
Oh come on, that was only two or three times! Four, if you count the one I did five minutes ago. Spitfire:
And, Celestia help me, she
is smarter than you
. Rainbow: I don't even know what that means!
- What Would X Do?: Everyone at the wedding asks what DJ 3 Pones would do, even Chrysalis.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The end of "The Longest Episode" explains the mane six's futures. Apparently, none of them see any significant progress or character development.
- Who's on First?: Thanks to her accent, Pinkie's pronunciation of "talking" sounds a lot like "Tolkien". Which leads to a bit of confusion when she tries to ask who wrote the Lord of the Rings books. (To drive the point home, one of the stingers for that episode features Pinkie reciting part of Abbott and Costello's original "Who's on First?" routine.)
- From "The Penny and Clyde Show":
It was... Discord. Twilight:
Uh... which chord? Celestia:
Discord. Rainbow Dash:
That chord? Applejack:
This chord? Discord:
Dis chord! Rarity: Dun dah dun-dun-dun-dun! Fluttershy:
- Who Is Driving?: Spoofed in a conversation with Rarity's parents.
Rarity: You're drunk already, aren't you?
Rarity's dad: I'm not drunk, I'm your father!
Rarity's mom: I'm drunk.
Rarity's dad: Wait a minute. If you're drunk, and I'm your father, then who's driving the plane!?
- Who Writes This Crap?!:
- Characters frequently wonder just how stupid the writers of that episode were, usually as a reaction to the episode's Family Unfriendly Aesop.
- In "Stranger than Fan Fiction", Twilight gives up on making sense of her script and just reads it exactly as it's (mis)written.
- A Wizard Did It: At the Running Of The Leaves.
Celestia: You two were so busy fighting you forgot to get any of the leaves down.
Applejack: What are you talking about? We were kicking the trees and everything, how did we do the worst job?!
Celestia: Because, uh... magic.
- Word Salad Humor: Pinkie considers it the height of hilarity in "So Random!" Cranky isn't impressed.
Pinkie: What are you talking about? Everyone wants to be my friend, I'm hilarious! Chicken strudel!
Pinkie: Why won't you laugh, you, uh, you stone-hearted... No, cold-hearted! No... you don't even have a heart! You have a stone... made of cold.
Cranky: No, you're not funny. You're just saying random words in a funny accent and thinking that's the same as comedy.
- Word Salad Lyrics:
- Zecora is no stranger to sacrificing meaning just to make her words rhyme.
Zecora: The ponies of this town / are really weird. / Did you know Santa Claus / has a beard?
Rarity: Sweet dreams are made of peas. / Who am I to eat your cheese?
- Discord introduces himself by singing about "Penny and Clyde", admitting that they have nothing to do with anything but he likes saying their names.
- Would Rather Suffer:
- In "Top Dumb", Spitfire says that she'd rather have her eyes gouged out than be Rainbow Dash's mother. Rainbow says that that's what all her other mothers used to say.
- In "The Hip Hop Happening", Harshwinny says she'd rather die than hold the Pony Games in Ponyville.
- Wrongfully Attributed: In "Winning":
In the words of the immortal Mister Rogers
, "Get the hell off my property!"
- In "The Longest Episode" Twilight says "In the words of the famous Stephen Hawking: Run like crazy!"
- "Yes"/"No" Answer Interpretation:
- In the first episode, Rarity apparently models Twilight in a gimp suit off screen. Rarity asks if she likes it, and when she's met with silence, she takes it as a no.
- In "A Sombra Affair", Twilight's explanation of the plan is interrupted by the title sequence. When she asks Rainbow if she understood the plan, Rainbow just says "Uhhhhh...". Twilight decides to take that as a yes.
- You Are Fat: Many people have insulted Twilight's weight over the course of the series, among them Princess Celestia and the narrator. And it's apparently Chrysalis's favorite insult, because she constantly calls Twilight a fatty.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: As explained in "Wolfenspike 3D", the Dragon Code specifies that anyone who saves a dragon's life becomes that dragon's mother or father. Twilight "saved" Spike's life by killing his biological mother—Twi mistakenly thought that Spike and his dragon mom were fighting to the death.
- You Know The One: While searching Twilight's library in "Stranger Than Fan Fiction" for a way to defeat Blue and Yellow Twilight, Spike finds a book he thinks will help. It's only ever referred to as "This book" or "That book".
- Your Answer to Everything:
Fluttershy: Guys! I don't think I can make this jump!
Twilight: Oh why not?
Fluttershy: I'm just too shy.
Twilight: That's your reason for everything!
Fluttershy: It's a good reason!
- In "Random Eye Magic", Spike claims that tomato juice is the cure for everything.
- In "The Longest Recap":
Scootaloo: [to Sweetie Belle] Stop suggesting roofies for everything!
- Your Mom: In "Pirate Shipping".
Scootaloo: <Why not get a thickshake?>
Sweetie Belle: If I wanted a thickshake I'd just go dancing with your mom.
- You Shall Not Pass: Apparently, The Orb's entire reason for being is to show up at inconvenient places and tell everyone that they can't enter. When he tries to stop an entire train in "The Longest Engagement", it ends badly for him.
- You Were Trying Too Hard: In "Utter Lunacy", the stated aesop of "Conform or else" is subverted by the events of the episode. Luna's attempts to act normal all fail hilariously, but when she gives up and starts complaining about Twilight, Ponyville immediately accepts Luna as one of them.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: In "The Longest Wedding":
Celestia: Someone better damn well tell me what is going on before I get murder everyone. And you wouldn't like me when I'm murder everyone.
- Zany Scheme: In "Copywrong", Rarity devises an insanely convoluted plan to ruin Fluttershy's career as a model. The plan doesn't even mention Fluttershy, and instead culminates in being mean to Rainbow Dash.