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Ultra Fast Pony is an Abridged Series based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It launched in August 2012. Series creator wacarb succeeded where numerous abridgers before him failed (or never even tried): covering every single episode of FIM's first season, in order. After a hiatus of a few months, wacarb returned in July 2013 and is now abridging season two. New episodes come out roughly once per week.In a version of Equestria with a much weaker Fourth Wall, 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 plot holes, Twilight prevents the apocalypse. As a reward for her heroism, Princess Celestia banishes Twilight to Ponyville.Twilight proceeds to learn firsthand about the Magic of Vitriolic Best Buds-ship from her five new friends: Applejack (a simple apple farmer, and certainly not a high-ranking member of amassive criminal empire), 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 gadfly), and Fluttershy (who’s just so shy). Shenanigans ensue, mixed with large helpings of snark, satire of the brony community, Lampshade Hanging, and Self-Deprecation.Season One is available here, and Season Two is here. Various bonus videos are available here.
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?
Affably Evil: Applejack's a very friendly pony, despite being a high-ranking member of a notorious criminal organization.
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.
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? Fluttershy: Hooaaaaauuuuuuoooooooaaaaaaaawwwwooooooouuuuu... Twilight: I don't have time for whatever that was supposed to be!
Anti-Climax: "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."
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? Twilight: No! Rarity: How about now? Twilight: Yes!
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!
Twilight leaves for Ponyville specifically so she can research Night Moon 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.
Ax-Crazy: Derpy Hooves, beyond any reasonable doubt. It's merely implied in her few scenes from season one: In "A Library With No Twilight", she attacks tree branches while hurling curses at Mother Nature. In "Ponynet Fight!", she drops heavy objects on Twilight's head, then declares, "You see, my way does work better!" Then, season two gives us "Derp and Destruction", in which she gains superpowers and immediately decides to kill everyone in Ponyville with them.
Rarity in the role of Princess Plutonium for the Hearth's Warming Eve play. She's almost completely monotone, she speaks at the wrong times (recovering awkwardly when she realizes her mistake), and she recites all her stage directions and her dialogue tags.
Princess Plutonium: Princess Plutonium that is absolutely not true I hate all of you I'm leaving exit stage left.
Twilight as Clover isn't as flagrantly bad, but she breaks character to correct her fellow actors, and the dramatic death scene is clearly beyond Twilight's acting range.
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?
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".
Big Mac: Would you like to know why they call me "Big Mac"? It's because I love to mac on yarr. And also because I've got a giant co— *14 HOURS LATER*
BDSM: Rarity has a lot of leather gear at her boutique. Her fantasies of Prince Blueblood involve branding irons and getting chained to the bed. Her masochism is so far gone that she enjoys pain for its own sake—whenever she's in physical danger, she's disappointed if she comes out unhurt. She engages in Self Harm when others don't indulge her.
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.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: According to both Spike and the Gala song choir, Twilight and Celestia both have a crush on each other. Nearly all of their interactions have been antagonistic.
Discord: Twilight, guess what! Twilight: What is it now!? Discord: Frieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeends! Twilight: What is that supposed to- Theme music (cutting in):Frieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeends!
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.
Butt Monkey: Several characters are disliked and abused by the rest of the cast. Which of them is the most disliked varies from episode to episode.
Spike is a source of free labor ("I prefer the term enforced volunteer") and physical comedy ("I swear, it's like everyone hates me or something!").
Rainbow Dash had a Hilariously Abusive Childhood, and her only friend outside the mane six was the late Snuggle Berry. She can coerce Twilight by threatening to hang out with her all day. When Apple Bloom needs to lay low for a while, she does this by visiting Rainbow Dash. In Twilight's dream of a Ponyville with all its problems solved, Rainbow Dash's death is a prerequisite for the utopia.
Fluttershy is a well-known punching bag because she's (usually) too spineless to fight back. All of her attempts to raise animals go completely wrong. Like Rainbow Dash, she can coerce Twilight by threatening to hang around her house all day, "Being shy!"
Princess Luna was banished to the moon for no good reason. Upon returning, Celestia makes her live in the castle basement. The only mail she ever gets is letter bombs (meant for Celestia).
Twilight is completely abandoned by her friends on her birthday. When Luna arrives in Ponyville, Twilight's ecstatic that "Someone is even more hated in Ponyville than I am!"
Call Back: The last stinger at the end of the season one finale is a reference back to the first episode: Night Moon Mare saying, "Saaaaaaaaaaaaaand!"
Twilight: According to this book I'm reading, the world is going to end soon! I think that might be bad.
In "Shameless Self Reference", as Rarity falls from Cloudsdale towards the ground:
Twilight: I'm not sure, but I think that might end badly.
In "Derp and Destruction":
Twilight: Well guys, in our attempt to run away from Derpy, we've made it here, into the desert! Rainbow Dash: Thanks for the update, Captain Obvious. Twilight: Hey, there's nothing wrong with a little recap. Fluttershy: It hasn't even been five minutes yet!
In Night Moon Mare's limited screen time, she manages to say "Saaaaaaaaand!" enough times to get Twilight complaining. When she shows back up as Luna, her new catch phrase is "Bloooooood!"
Twilight: [Fluttershy] can also fix your catch phrase while you're at it. Luna:I have a catch phrase?
The episode "To Control Freaks" lampshades the hell out the whole thing:
Twilight:[to Fluttershy] Are you serious? All you ever do is shout out the names of random black people! Rarity: And also she's shy and bad with animals! Twilight: That's another good point, Rarity. Fluttershy, quit hogging all the catchphrases! Fluttershy:You can't handle the catchphrases! Twilight:Dammit!
Twilight: Motherfu— [bleeeeeeeep] one little [bleeeeeeeeeeep] I'm gonna [bleeeeeep] right where Celestia doesn't shine!
Coconut Superpowers: Mutation is mute, and has the superpower of silencing anything around her. Naturally, this makes Wacarb's job a lot easier. Lampshaded in the stinger:
[Mutation rescues a bunch of ponies in complete silence.] Caption: BEST! SUPERPOWER! EVER! Rainbow Dash: Wow. I'm not sure if we're getting worse at editing these videos, or we're just getting lazier. Probably both.
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:
Scootaloo: <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!
Discord: Applejack, I want you to betray Twilight. Applejack: How dare you! I would never betray my friends for no reason. Discord: I'll give you a neverending apple! Applejack: Ha, the joke's on you! I'da betrayed Twilight for just a regular apple! Discord: Oh, whatever.
In the very next episode, Twilight uses it to get AJ back on her side:
Twilight: Applejack! I need you to break your deal with Discord. And as payment, I will give you a regular apple! Applejack: What, you think I'd go back on a deal just for one regular apple? What kind of pony do you think I am? Twilight:Two regular apples! Applejack: Yeah! Let's go kill Discord!
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!"
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.
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!
In "Rocks, Clocks, and Two Stupid Ponies", Pinkie and Spike spend all their time talking about how high they are, and never get around to commenting on the race.
In "The Pet Games", Dick Hardman spouts non-sequiturs and frequently has no idea what's happening at the race. Tom Watergate's commentary is relatively normal, but his complete non-reactions to Dick's nonsense suggest he's not all there, either.
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 "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.
Da Chief: Sir Lintsalot, Rocky, and Mr. Turnip all tell Detective Pinkie that they need results, dammit. They've got the District Attorney breathing down their necks, and if Pinkie can't crack the case open, then she'll have to turn in her badge.
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".
Death by Childbirth: Rainbow Dash's mom. Apparently, she had an extremely unhealthy diet, which caused her to have a heart attack while giving birth to Dash.
Destructo-Nookie: 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!"
Rainbow Dash and logic are not on speaking terms. The most blatant example is the fact that she can't tell the difference between road signs and clocks, nor the difference between changing time on a clock and manipulating time itself.
Sweetie Belle apparently fried her brain with Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. She forgets Twilight Sparkle's name, twice, in a conversation that only lasts a minute. She forgets what cutie marks are, after joining a club specifically about cutie marks.
The doctor from "Reading to Rainbow" is... probably not even a doctor.
Doctor:[examining an x-ray print] I'm afraid it doesn't look good. I tried connecting the dots, but they're not numbered. And without numbers, it's just chaos. Total chaos. I'm sorry, Rainbow Dash, but we're going to have to amputate your flappy things.
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."
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..."
Dull Surprise: 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.
Mare: 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!
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!
"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.
Enfant Terrible: Apple Bloom is already taking to the mob lifestyle, burning down schools and blackmailing adults to do her bidding. Sweetie Belle destroys stuff for no reason and expects that she can charm her way out of the consequences.
Filthy Rich: And that was when I figured out, Mexicans aren't even real. So you don't have to be afraid anymore, children.
In "Pirate Shipping:"
Sweetie Belle: Yeah, Scootaloo, the gays and the Mexicans don't exist.
Evil Matriarch: Granny Smith. Aside from the fact that she's the Don of her criminal family, she's cruel in completely gratuitous and downright petty ways. Like peeing on Apple Bloom and eating babies.
Evil Sounds Raspy: Subverted. Night Moon Mare is certainly evil and raspy enough to fit the bill... but we later find out that Princess Luna's voice always sounded like that.
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: invoked 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.
In "Utter Lunacy":
Twilight: 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.
Fandom Rivalry: invoked Shows up in-universe: Discord uses it to break Pinkie Pie.
Discord:Harry Potter was better! Pinkie: Nooooooooooooooo!
Fangirl: Pinkie is a Lord of the Rings fanatic. She frequently compares her own adventures to events from LOTR, and she wants to go to the Grand Galloping Gala so she can meet Peter Jackson and show him her fanfics.
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 "Derp and Destruction", the cast are visited by a creepy postman... who has a letter for them! "Everyone, remain on the verge of panic!"
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. 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.
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.
Twilight: Pinkie, you are not the internet! Pinkie: Oh, you mean ponynet! Twilight: Not everything has to have the word "pony" on it!
Foil: Trixie's similarities to Twilight are exaggerated to the extent that, in this 'verse, she's known as Blue Twilight. This serves to highlight the absurdity of Ponyville's very different treatment of the two Twilights.
For Science!: Twilight's justification for stalking Pinkie Pie. "Nothing's illegal if it's for science!"
Freudian Threat: Applejack apparently mistakes Twilight for a stallion: "Don't even think about telling the law! I'll cut your nuts off!"
Funny Foreigner: Mayor Mare has a vaguely Indian accent and refers a few times to her "native people". In "Utter Lunacy", she decides that this episode's variation on the joke is too offensive to continue, and notes that the show is going to make a lot of viewers angry.
The Gadfly: Pinkie Pie doesn't actually believe she has Pinkie Sense. She pretends to believe it for the sole purpose of annoying Twilight.
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.
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".
Celestia:[to Fluttershy] I need you to kill my pet bird, Philomena, for me. Well, I'd do it myself, but the animal rights groups have been giving me a lot of trouble, and also some letter bombs. They told me to treat the animals like I would treat a pony, but I told them I already do. Apparently that's something the police want to talk to me about as well.
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 with a country song, 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).
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.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Rainbow Dash has never had any friends prior to the mane six, and the longest she's ever stayed with a single foster family was one week. When the parasprites turn violent, Dash's reaction is "My new family's trying to kill me again!"
Mrs. Cake: 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: No. Pinkie: They grew from seeds I planted in the ground! Mrs. Cake: Nope. Pinkie: It was a Christmas Miracle! Mrs. Cake:Pinkie... Pinkie: I might have stolen them from their mum. Mrs. Cake: Pinkie! Pinkie: 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: Theoretically, yes.
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.
The Igor: Spike refers to Twilight as "Master" and has a (hilariously bad) German accent.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Luna. Her friendless Butt Monkey status is referenced in several season one episodes. Then, in "Utter Lunacy", she finally does befriend most of Ponyville, but she can't understand why, and she runs away in annoyance.
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.
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!
In "Pirate Shipping":
Sweetie Belle: You know, the recipe for this [love potion] looks a lot like the same one they use to make alcohol. Scootaloo: <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.
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.
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:
Apple Bloom: 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.
In "The Cheesen One":
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.
Insistent Terminology: In "Gelatin Swingsets", Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo argue several times over the proper shortened form of "gelatin": "jelly" or "jello".
Fluttersy: Maybe you can suggest something. As a matter of fact, you do suggest something. To me, you suggest a baboon. Dumb-bell: What!? Fluttershy: I'm sorry I said that, it isn't fair to the rest of the baboons.
Interactive Narrator: In "A Library with No Twilight", Rarity and Applejack hear and react to every (creepy) word the narrator says. Eventually, they bond with each other by mocking the narrator.
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!
Jerkass Woobie: invoked Rainbow Dash, who's terribly obnoxious to everyone, but really just wants to find a foster family that would love her. Eventually lampshaded during the Gala song.
Rainbow Dash: I just want to be loved for once at the gala. The Choir: No pony likes Rainbow Dash / Because she is annoying / But now I kind of pity her / No wait, the feeling has passed
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: For all her fangirling over Lord of the Rings, Pinkie Pie can be wildly wrong about it. In "The Longest Episode", she learns for the first time that the movies were based on a book series. And "Saying Words" has this trainwreck:
Pinkie: Oh, yeah, gettin' down in Minas Morgul! Rarity: I don't think Minas Morgul is the equivalent to Canterlot, Pinkie. Pinkie: Whoaho, bro. Bro. I am the Lord of the Rings expert here, and I think I know the name of the city that Saruman laid siege to.
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.
Twilight: What is your name, anyway? Spike: My name be Spiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii... der. Twilight: Well, Spider the double dragon...
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 Night Moon 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."
His name is Phil, and he turns everything into innuendo. Oh, yeah...
The caption writer also gets in on the act, generally to mock UFP's shortcomings or to agree with whatever the characters say. (He also sides with the ponies against Phil the narrator.) At one point, he argues with Scootaloo—by covering up her translation subtitles with his own captions.
"For Glorious Mother Equestria" introduces another narrator, who veers into outright Unreliable Narrator territory because of his political bias.
Rarity: Well, it wasn't easy, I'll tell you that! Fancypants: Oh, yes, I see. It's not the only thing between the two of us that feels quite hard. Rarity: Oh, really? Fancypants: Yes, this whole "being friends" thing is much more difficult than I thought. Rarity: Oh, that's what you meant.
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? Magnum: Sitting down? [beat] Rarity: Get out of my house.
Celestia: ...And that was where I met my 43rd True Love.
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..."
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."
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.
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.
Mistaken for Gay: For reasons unknown, Applejack is convinced that Rarity is gay.
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!
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.
Apple Bloom: 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? Zecora: What do you want?! Apple Bloom: I need drugs! Zecora: Apple Bloom, you sicken me!
All the buffalo tribe's females have been kidnapped, so it's up to the males of the tribe to give birth. It's not pretty.
Discord claims at one point that he's having a baby.
Mushroom Samba: Philomena accidentally gets dosed with some of Fluttershy's acid, and the ensuing chase is her drug-induced freakout. Later, Fluttershy's non-reaction to Discord's wave of chaos implies that she spends most of her waking hours tripping balls.
My Beloved Smother: Twilight knows what's best for Spike, and she won't let something minor like the laws of nature get in her way.
Twilight: Sorry, Applejack, but Spike's gone crazy! And by crazy I mean he's acting normal for a dragon, but crazy for a pony. Which he should be.
Twilight: Spike, we have a new mission. I'm going to take that pony down! Spike: But what about the end of the world? Twilight: Oh, you bet I'm going to end her world! [Later] Spike: Master, weren't we supposed to be doing something very important? Twilight: ... No. [Even later, Night Moon Mare returns, intending to bring about the end of the world.] Twilight: Dammit, I knew I forgot something! Why didn't Spike remind me?!
In "Ponynet Fight!", Twilight insists that her magic isn't working because Spike isn't concentrating hard enough (and she pointedly refuses to explain why her magic needs Spike's concentration).
In "Pirate Shipping":
Sweetie Belle: Just because something is my fault doesn't mean I'm not allowed to blame anyone else.
Sweetie Belle. All her suggestions for club names sound like death metal albums.
Apple Bloom: How about the Cutie Mark Crusaders? Sweetie Belle: The Crusades were the most violent, depraved, torturous, and brutal times of all history. I frickin' love it.
Luna greets everyone by shouting "Blooooood!" When pressed to say something normal, the first thing she thinks of is "I will devour your soul!"
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 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.
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.
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.
No Social Skills: Luna, Luna, Luna. She doesn't understand why her Nightmare Fetishist tendencies scare others away, and when she finally does get some friends, she has no idea why. "Wait, I don't know what I did! What did I do?!"
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?
Only Sane Man: Scootaloo tries (and often fails) to prevent the other Cutie Mark Crusaders from engaging in gratuitous destruction. Twilight is the sole voice of reason whenever the topic of racism comes up. When Twilight goes off the deep end, Spike tries (and usually fails) to talk reason into her.
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.
Original Character: Parodied in "Faith to Faith". The Flim Flam brothers preach about a god who seems to combine all the worst traits of bad OCs from the FIM fanfiction scene.
Flam: I'm here to teach you of the one true alicorn! He who saved Manehattan from killer robots! He who first fought and defeated Discord! He who is totally best friends with Celestia, and she has a secret crush on him! It is... King Lord High Commander Darkflame Steelwings, The Magnificent! [beat] He has an extra pair of wings, and also created magic.
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.
Twilight briefly meets Apple Bloom in episode 1. Apple Bloom returns in episode 9, and Twilight has completely forgotten about her in the meantime.
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 "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?
"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.
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: invoked 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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
Twilight: Hey Discord! Suck it! [fires the magic friendship laser]
Previously On: Parodied on "Stay Tuned", where the "Previously On..." montage is several times longer than the episode itself.
Prince Charming: In a complete inversion from canon, Prince Blueblood actually is a perfect gentlestallion. Things still don't work out between him and Rarity, because she wants a prince who's willing to bully her.
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.
Punny Name: Dick Hardman, commentator for "The Pet Games". His name also serves as an excuse to cram as many dick jokes as possible into the episode's dialogue.
Random Events Plot: "Makin' Babies" (the abridged version of "The Cutie Mark Chronicles") completely ignores the canon plot. Instead it's a story about the mane cast getting reverted to fillies by a miscast magic spell. They then scatter and get up to completely unrelated shenanigans. There is no resolution, only punchlines.
Applejack: "Faithless heathen"? Screw you, I'll have you know I'm Catholic! Twilight: Wait a minute. You're a Catholic? Applejack: Yeah... Twilight: But you don't believe in God. Applejack: Of course I don't! I'm Catholic!
Twilight: Nothing's illegal if it's for science! Spike: Isn't that what you said when you tried to clone that burrito? Twilight: How was I supposed to know they'd turn into super-intelligent evil mutants that haunt us to this very day? Spike: Because that's what it said in the instruction book. Twilight: Shut up, Spike.
After seeing the other ponies' treatment of Blue Twilight, Purple Twilight decides she's had enough. "That's it. I'm out. I hope a bear eats you all."
After Discord makes his introduction, Pinkie tries to walk out of the series. "Ultra Fast Pony, season two, everybody! I hope you all enjoyed it. I'm going home."
When Rainbow Dash gets hospitalized, Twilight is the only pony still willing to visit her. Then Dash cracks a racist joke, and Twi's response is, "Okay, that's it, I'm out! I'm done. You have fun by yourself."
Self-Deprecation: All over the place. Wacarb frequently mocks his own editing or lip-synching by slapping a "Quality editing!" subtitle on sub-par scenes, or uses a "This looks familiar..." subtitle to lampshade his over-reliance on particular footage.
Self Harm: Rarity enjoys pain. She hurts herself because it's fun.
Twilight: We have to do something, guys. If she gets too depressed, she might start hurting herself. Fluttershy: But she does that anyway. Twilight: Oh, yeah. Rarity, you're not hurting yourself in there, are you? Rarity: Do I sound like I'm in a good mood?
Self-Insert Fic: Pinkie writes a Lord of the Rings fanfic where "the brave and sexy Pinkie" joins the Fellowship of the Ring and winds up in a love triangle with Bill the pony and Shadowfax.
Series Fauxnale: The season one finale, "The Longest Episode", plays out like it's the last episode ever. Twilight seemingly breaks character to tell everypony how much she appreciates their friendship. It's followed by a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue and extended end titles with Wacard thanking everyone who helped or inspired him. ...And now he's working on season two.
Serious Business: The primary job of the Orange crime family (allies of the Apple family) is fielding a badminton team. "Badminton is very important in the mafia."
Shameless Self-Promoter: The episode "Shameless Self Reference" is loaded with call backs to prior episodes, as well as references to Wacarb's fanfics and non-UFP videos. Every single one of these is accompanied by an in-video comment with a link to the object of the reference.
Pinkie's references to The Lord of the Rings imply that Wacarb is a fan as well. One does not simply reference Bill the pony via pop cultural osmosis.
A few to Homestar Runner. Photo Finish sounds like (a slightly less Cloud Cuckoolander-ish) Senor Cardgage. The background "music" in "Stay Tuned" is very similar to the music from the Dangeresque films.
As young Rarity gets dragged towards her new destiny, the Wallace & Gromit theme music plays. A caption appears, reading "I love this song".
When Rarity reaches her destiny, she's disappointed that it's not Pride Rock, just an ordinary rock.
"There's no such thing as too much David Bowie!"
Sick and Wrong: Twilight serves as the judge for a talent show. One of the talents is racism. Her reaction: "This whole thing is sick and depraved! But yes, he was the fastest."
wacarb: Get your own gelatin swingset today! (Warning, swingset may cause diabetes, heart failure, motion sickness, stickiness, nausea, lycanthropy, rising, falling, and being laughed at by your friends because you own a gelatin swingset)
Twilight: Now, quick, Fluttershy, get [Rainbow Dash] in a full nelson! [...] Dammit, Fluttershy, I said full nelson, not one-quarter! Fluttershy:I don't know anyone named Nelson! Twilight: That has nothing to do with it! Rarity: What about Nelson Mandela? Twilight: That's a good point. What about Nelson Mandela, Fluttershy? Fluttershy: I don't know who that is! Twilight: How do you not know who that is?!
Skewed Priorities: Princess Celestia takes her tea and tea parties very seriously. She banishes Twilight to Ponyville for skipping a tea party (in the process of saving the world from Night Moon Mare). She won't cut a visit to Ponyville short upon learning that Manehattan is on fire, but she will cut the visit short upon learning that Princess Luna is holding a tea party without her.
Small Reference Pools: invoked Rarity won't allow the Diamond Dogs to go for the most obvious David Bowie reference: "Who are you? And don't say Ziggy Stardust, or I'll be pissed."
Twilight: Not everything has to have the word "pony" on it! Pinkie: Whatever you say, Pony Sparkle! Applejack: Top o' the mornin' to you, Pony Pie! How ya doin'? Pinkie: Oh yeah, I'm alright. Thanks for asking, Ponyjack! Applejack: Pony pony? Pinkie: Pony pony pony! Twilight: You can stop now.
Something We Forgot: At the end of "How to Control Freaks", after Twilight has returned her friends to normal, defeated Discord, and fixed all the chaos in Equestria... she realizes she never found Celestia's tea cups. And they were only problem that Celestia actually cared about. This triggers a Heroic BSOD in Twilight.
That day, I remained observant, as our contest grew more fervent. Every task I had to finish, I was always beaten to. And whatever Twilight needed, all my efforts were impeded But defeat was not conceded. There was much more I could do. But Owloysius beat me to all the work I set to do. I called him gay. He said "Who."
Space Jews: Fluttershy and Zecora are both the Equestrian equivalent of black stereotypes. Fluttershy fits the old "cowardly black servant" trope, while Zecora is the cool, rap-spouting "urban" character.
Spoof Aesop: Parodied in "Sister Angst". Sweetie Belle claims that it's okay to be selfish if you're cute. Rarity says it's ridiculous, but after she goes through great lengths to get her sister back (as in the original episode), she states that Sweetie Belle was right all along. At which point Sweetie Belle mocks her for having taken that seriously.
Pinkie calls all of her friends "bro", but her Kiwi accent renders it as sounding like "brew". So everyone in Ponyville is Pinkie's Brew.
Twilight's "threat" to Night Moon Mare: "I hope you get crabs! ... And the crabs give you cancer!" ("Cancer" is Latin for "crab", and the name of the crab constellation.)
Sticky Fingers (Sticky Hooves?): Applejack. So far, her confirmed steals include trees, Twilight's bicycle, and Twilight's medical supplies.
Stiff Upper Lip: Gilda has a posh British accent, and maintains composure even while suffering from severe burns and a malfunctioning pacemaker.
The Stinger: Every episode gets one, and "The Longest Episode" gets three. Generally, they're an extra joke that wouldn't have fit in the episode, or a scene redubbed with audio from an outside source.
Stop Helping Me!: invoked The discorded Applejack, Fluttershy, and Rarity are genuinely trying to help Twilight with her diary, but they just get in her way.
The Stoner: Fluttershy has acid pills just laying around her house. When Discord's chaos starts transforming Ponyville into Wackyland, Fluttershy's reaction is a mild, "Oh, this is just a normal day for me." When Spike's rampage leaves her stranded up a tree, Fluttershy remarks, "I thought I was the one chasing the purple dragon. But in the end, he was chasing me."
Twilight: This farm smells like pony droppings. Applejack: Well it'll smell a lot worse after I bury you under it. Twilight: What? Applejack: Oh, nothing, no need to get alarmed, we're just a normal family. Oh, 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.
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."
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]
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.
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! [Crash] 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... Luna: Blooooood!
Applejack: Yeah, but that's just a front. I mean, that's just a... Go away! Something about apples!
In "Faith to Faith":
Applejack: You know, you may think you're some sort of champion of the population, but you actually just sound more like an ass who hates anyone who doesn't share your opinion. Pinkie Pie: Yeah, you sound just like— INSERT OWN JOKE HERE Caption: I should do that more often. Saves me a lot of time.
Übermensch: Celestia does whatever the buck she wants. No one can possibly tell her otherwise, because she's immortal.
Uncle Tomfoolery: Fluttershy is a former slave; even though she's free now she continues to "do everything the white pony tells [her] to do" because she's too spineless to refuse.
Unfortunate Name: In the Hearth's Warming Eve story, Rainbow Dash plays the historic pegasus general Flying Monkey Style. And Fluttershy plays her second-in-command, Flying Monkey Crap.
Scootaloo does not speak; she scats. She even gets subtitles to translate all her dialogue. Skoobideeboo!
Diamond Tiara has a very nasally voice that's barely intelligible.
Bon Bon's lines are just an irritating "Ya ya ya ya".
Braeburn's Irish accent is so thick that Fluttershy can't understand a word he says.
Unreliable Voiceover: In "For Glorious Mother Equestria!", the narrator's politically-charged exposition keeps directly contradicting what actually happens on-screen. Hardly anyone is fooled.
Narrator: But wait! The evil dragon has lured ponies into his lair. What evil plans does he have for them? Spike: I'm glad I'm able to spend my birthday with all of my friends! I'm so happy and full of love!
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.
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.
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". The Cutie Mark Crusaders are happy enough to tell her exactly what happened.
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.)
Who Writes This Crap?!: Characters wonder just how stupid the writers of that episode were, usually as a reaction to the episode's Family Unfriendly Aesop.
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.
Scootaloo: <Why not get a thickshake?> Sweetie Belle: If I wanted a thickshake I'd just go dancing with your mom.
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.
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.