"as bad as this may sound, I'm trying to bring back stupidity to abridged series"
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 abridged season two, finishing in April 2014, but not without assurances that yes, he will be doing Season 3 later that year.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.Now has a character sheet.
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.)
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? 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 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... Twilight Awwww. 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.
Pinkie: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo... Applejack: Dammit, Pinkie, would you just shut up? Pinkie: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo—
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.
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.
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.
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: Night Moon Mare saying, "Saaaaaaaaaaaaaand!"
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!
In "So Random!":
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. Twilight: Yes! 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!
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!"
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.
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? Chrysalis: Yes. Twilight: That's stupid. You're stupid!
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 "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.
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".
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!
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.)
Pinkie: 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.
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.
"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".
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.
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!
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.
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.
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! [beat] Twilight: Uuuuuuuuhhh...
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.
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.
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!
Fandom Rivalry: invoked Shows up in-universe: Discord uses it to break Pinkie Pie.
Discord:Harry Potter was better! Pinkie: Nooooooooooooooo!
Fan Dumb: invoked 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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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".
Golden Snitch: Rainbow Dash chooses the five finalists for the Pet Games completely at random, rendering all the prior rounds pointless.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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":
Chrysalis: 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.
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.
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.
In "Saying Words":
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!
In "Gossip Girls":
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.
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.
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!
Luna: Siiiigh! Sometimes I feel like no one understands me. Twilight: Hey, Luna, what up? Luna:Blooooood! Twilight: Yeah, sorry, I don't really get that. Luna: Oh, I knew it!
In "Faith to Faith":
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]
In "Gossip Girls":
Diamond Tiara: So listen up and listen good! Sweetie Belle: What did she say? I wasn't listening.
The Irish Mob: Applejack and her family are the Equestrian equivalent.
Rarity: 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].
The Ken Burns Effect: Used at the beginning and end of “Time” to make the episode look more like a documentary.
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.
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."
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? [beat] Rarity: Get out of my house.
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..."
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
Rainbow Dash: 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."
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!
In "Gossip Girls":
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!
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:
Twilight:Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Who are you? Apple Bloom: It's me, Apple Bloom. Twilight: Uuuuhhhhh... Apple Bloom: You met me in episode one! Twilight: Uuuuhhhhh... Apple Bloom: I'm Applejack's sister! Twilight: Uuuuhhhhh... 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.
"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.
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.
Painful Rhyme: invokedIn "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.
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.
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.
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. [later] 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.
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 "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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Previously On: Parodied on "Stay Tuned", where the "Previously On..." montage is several times longer than the episode itself.
[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. YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!
Later the same episode, Twilight tries to pull off one of her own, and messes up in every possible way.
Rainbow Dash: No way! How did you know? Twilight: Well, I guess you could say... I'm just amazing. Yeaaaaaaaaaooooh are we not doing that anymore?
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.
Rant Inducing Slight: In “All A Boot Shy”, Pinkie offers Fluttershy some of “your favorite purple drink”. Fluttershy finds it offensive and flips out (even though she really does like purple drink).
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.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "Faith to Faith", an unnamed pony in the audience rants about everyone who ticks him off. He claims that he's speaking for the masses, but it becomes increasingly clear that no one really agrees with him. Eventually, Applejack puts him in his place:
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.
In "One Joke to Rule Them All", everyone dismisses Pinkie's warnings about the parasprites because she phrases them as Lord of the Rings references.
Pinkie: Rarity, I need you to help me summon the Riders of Rohan! Rarity: Pinkie, stop making references. They're not funny.
In "The David Bowie Drinking Game", the endless David Bowie shoutouts eventually grate on Rarity: "No, I can't take any more of these stupid references!"
In "Faith to Faith", Pinkie name-drops LittleKuriboh and quotes Futurama. Most of her audience laughs at this, but one naysayer shouts "Your low standards of humor are why no one tries to make legitimate comedy anymore!"
In "C.S.Pie", Twilight assumes the entire episode is a C.S.I. parody, so she gets pissed when Pinkie keeps making other references that "don't fit". References to Sherlock Holmes, Starsky and Hutch, Columbo, The X-Files...
Remembered I Could Fly: "Upon returning to Canterlot, Princess Celestia banished Luna to the moon again. This time Luna remembered she had wings and just flew back later that month."
Remember the New Guy: Twilight's friends aren't impressed with Shining Armor's abrupt introduction to the story.
Twilight:[reading a letter] "We are happy to invite you to the marriage of Mi Amore Cadenza and..." [gasps]my brother? [Cut to intro, interrupted by...] Applejack: Wait a minute, wait a minute. I'm calling bollocks. Twilight: What? Rarity: Twilight, you can't just randomly decide that you've always had a brother. Twilight:What? I have always had a brother, I just haven't talked about him until now!
Replacement Love Interest: Celestia thinks Rarity is angling to take Twilight's place in her heart, but she won't have any of it.
Celestia: You know, you can't replace her. You're only part purple. She's purple everywhere, you're just your hair. You think that's good enough? Just the hair? It's not.
Rainbow Dash: Aw dammit! I really wish my wings weren't broken right now. [Her wings magically heal.] Like, omigosh! My wish came true! I really wish someone out there loved me! [Chirping Crickets] Eh. One out of two ain't bad.
Rousing Speech: Rainbow Dash loves to give pep talks, and they're invariably rambling and nonsensical. Her talk from "The Pet Games" is covered under Perfectly Cromulent Word (above), and "Forgettershy" features:
Rainbow Dash: Okay guys. Now, I know what you're all thinking, and I'm thinking it, too. So nothing really needs to be said.
A "14 Hours Later" card is frequently used for scene transitions, even if it makes no sense for that much time to pass. No, especially if it makes no sense.
The caption "I swear I'm not racist" shows up whenever the ponies show off their xenophobic side.
Every time Mayor Mare gives a speech, one (unknown) pony in the crowd heckles her.
Rarity "accidentally" showing someone her bondage gear instead of her dress designs.
Twilight doesn't take well to David Bowie references. At first, in "The David Bowie Drinking Game", she just doesn't get any of the jokes. In later episodes, she gets annoyed that these references keep popping up.
In all the two-part episodes, the "To be continued..." card cuts Twilight off mid-sentence.
Apple Bloom: Hey you guys, you're supposed to be helping me find someone for Cheerilee. Sweetie Belle: Why don't we just call a prostitute? Apple Bloom: No, Sweetie Belle, we're trying to get her to fall in love, not just get laid. Sweetie Belle: Isn't getting laid the entire point of falling in love? Apple Bloom: No, of course not! They're completely different. Scootaloo: <How are they different?> Apple Bloom: Because Disney!
In "The Longest Wedding":
Chrysalis: My changelings feed on love, and here there is love aplenty! Celestia: Oh, that's all you wanted? I have a harem, you could have just borrowed it, you know. [...] Chrysalis: No! It must be pure love.
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."
In "All A Boot Shy", Iron Will tries to collect some money Fluttershy owes him. When he realizes just how stoned Flutters is, he leaves and declares that he's never coming back.
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-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. ...Season Two started a few months later.
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. Marzipan's "Oh Yeah Yeah" song is used for two separate montages. 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.
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?!
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.
Used straight in "Makin Babies". No explanation is given for how the mane cast were returned to adulthood, and there have been no references to the incident in episodes since.
wacarb: I had a canon once. It was awful.
Subverted by the schoolhouse. Apple Bloom burns it down in "Out With the Old Characters", but it shows up again with no explanation. Then, in "Granny Smith Is Mean", she burns it down again, and it's back in the very next scene, prompting Sweetie Belle to comment, "Aw, they're getting really fast at rebuilding the school."
Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: In "So Random!", Cranky is the only one in Ponyville who doesn't think Pinkie is a laugh riot. She makes it her goal to get Cranky to admit she's funny.
Cranky: Oh, I'm so happy now! Pinkie Pie, how can I ever repay ya? Pinkie: Can you please tell me that I'm funny? Cranky: I don't understand, we've only just met. Why does my opinion even matter? Pinkie: Look, Lanky, if I can't get the approval of complete strangers for my sense of humor, then my life will never be validated!
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.
In "Derp and Destruction", the mane cast escape from Derpy... then realize too late that they lost Rainbow Dash somewhere along the way. Sure enough, Dash got captured by Derpy.
In "Forgettershy", Rainbow Dash gather all the pegasi in town to make the tornado, but she forgets to bring Fluttershy. When FS realizes that she's been neglected, she shows up to participate anyway, and everyone ignores her. Dash keeps feeling like she's forgotten something until she finally remembers: they forgot the opening theme song. And also Spike.
Twilight: Yay! Three cheers for Spike, yeah! Fluttershy: Oh, you guys suck!
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."
Celestia: Anyone who thinks these two ponies should not get married, speak now, or speak later and cause an argument. Twilight: Stop!
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.)
The Stinger: Every episode gets one, except for season-ending episodes, which get 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.
Strip Poker: In "The Longest Engagement", the mane six (sans Twilight) play a game during the train ride. The caption notes that these games are always boring, for the obvious reason. Later in the episode, they receive bridesmaid dresses, and they note that they can finally play strip poker properly.
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. 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?
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."
"Faith to Faith" has a jab at how Reference OverdosedYu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series can be. (Though it's slightly mitigated: the one pony who criticizes Little Kuriboh-style referential humor is eventually dismissed by the rest of the cast. "Ignore him. He's a douchebag.")
Pinkie Pie: 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.
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]
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!
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 out 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!"
Twilight: 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! Hahaha.
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. Twilight:Okay. [beat] 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.
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.
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!
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". But the Cutie Mark Crusaders are nearby and happy enough to tell her exactly what happened.
Fluttershy: Come to think of it, why am I under this tree? Why am I surrounded by animals?
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 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":
Celestia: 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: Hey!
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 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.
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! [beat] 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.
Zecora: In the words of the immortal Mister Rogers, "Get the hell off my property!"
"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.
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.
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.
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.