Webcomic: Friendship Is 4komagic
Friendship is 4komagic: Same heroines, different bust-sizes!Friendship Is 4komagic
is a Slice of Life
webcomic, normally in Yonkoma
format, by Taiwanese artist Han Jan, also known as Shepherd0821
. The webcomic is obviously inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Originally only available in taiwanese, it was picked up by a group of fans, collectively known as Retired Pyramid Head Scanlations
, and translated into English, with the approval of the artist himself, which he himself later posts on his own deviantart and tumblr.
The comics can be read on the scanlation group's tumblr
, Sheperd's own tumblr
, and Shepherd's deviantart gallery
The first fanbook can be read here
The second fanbook can be read here
This webcomic provides examples of:
- A-Cup Angst:
- Rainbow Dash bristles, in one strip, at being told she could use 20% more breasts.
- Pinkie Pie as well. In one strip, where Spike mentions she should call herself Flatie Pie, she reacts angrily by summoning Meteor to flatten him.
- Adorkable: Derpy, in every comic she appears. A well-meaning Cute Clumsy Girl with serious Cloudcuckoolander issues. In one strip she finally realizes that focusing on an object allows her to see better. In another strip, she ends up destroying things that she meant to fix, or fixing things that she meant to destroy.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: The Editor usually puts links between the panel breaks to provide more information regarding some of the dialogue that might seem outlandish at times, like the sexual behavior of dolphins or one of the benefits of zebra stripes, or just to expand on some of the references, like the Brothers Grimm and their tales.
- Animesque: Being made in Taiwan.
- Annoying Arrows: Played with. Pinkie has a party in hell with the dead spartans. They seem to be really into the party, arrows and all.
- Art Evolution: Pinkie's hair has been getting some love.
- Author Appeal: Big breasts on some characters. And Season 1 hairstyle for Luna.
- Beat Panel: How long it takes for Twilight to realise that things don't unspawn in real life.
- Berserk Button: Luna gets sufficiently riled up about Superman 64 and the infamous Error 37 in Diablo III (inability to connect to the game) to switch to her Nightmare Moon persona.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Fluttershy keeps a diary that resembles a Death Note. So far, she has included Rainbow Dash and the Cutie Mark Crusaders in it.
- Big Breast Pride:
- Aj to a lesser degree.
- Luna displayed this in Celestia's nightmare, even referring to them as "We".
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: AJ has the thickest eyebrows of all the characters, including Big Mac.
- Black Comedy: One time when Pinkie Pie reenacted The Little Match Girl for comedy purposes.
- Bland-Name Product: Starbooks as a Starbucks knock-off.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Pinkie has no concept of a Fourth Wall, to the point that in one instance Pinkie Pie decides to learn Japanese, so she could voice herself after hearing that FIM was gonna be broadcast in Japan. She does.
- British Royal Guards: Well, Equestrian Royal Guards, but the intention is the same, specially with Rainbow Dash trying to make them laugh by dancing like Twilight.
- Butt Monkey: Silver Spoon.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Applejack. She's told to leave the lame jokes to Pinkie.
- Catapult Nightmare: One strip where Celestia was dreaming that Luna is not only more popular than her (which is true even In-Universe), but also her breasts have grown larger, thus making it impossible for Celestia to send her back to the moon ever again.
- Christmas Episode: The X-mas special.
- Corner of Woe: Rarity uses her couch from "Lesson Zero" for this on at least one strip.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: Rarity, when she dresses Fluttershy as Fiona in one strip.
- Cute Clumsy Girl:
- Derpy in just about every Derpy-related strip.
- Rainbow Dash plays this accidentally, in the second fanbook, when she loses her glasses after bumping into Spike.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Part of Applejack's outfit.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sweetie Belle, specially when dealing with Silver Spoon and her seemingly useless cutie mark.
- Death Glare: Fluttershy's "The Stare" gets quite a bit of mileage.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: As Luna warms up to the rest of the cast.
- Dope Slap: Spike gets a few fists atop the head, mostly when he's perving over Rarity.
- Dream Walker: Luna is this, then Pinkie Pie walks into her dream!
- Eating the Eye Candy: Cherilee ogling over a photo of shirtless Big Mac.
- Enforced Method Acting: Invoked In-Universe with Rarity, when she's told she will be the Wicked Stepmother and says that she'll have to kill Snow White/Fluttershy. Spike remarks her acting is really natural. Twilight mentions Rarity isn't acting.
- Fanservice: Occasionally. And invoked In-Universe in one strip where AJ uses this to sell more grape juice.
- Farmer's Daughter: AJ is depicted like this. At one point, she uses her assets to advertise her farm.
- Fetish: Spike really likes Rarity's hair, even when it's other ponies sporting that hairstyle.
- Flanderization: Some characters' personality quirks get exaggerated, but it's Played for Laughs.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Pinkie gives a rather not safe for work and downright insane explanation on why male pantless cartoons only have four fingers.
- Frame Break: Fluttershy's breasts tend to, where they're shown to alter the shape of the 4koma panels.
- Gag Boobs: Fluttershy.
- Gamer Chick: We find out later that Luna loves gaming. And has developed some rage issues towards a couple of them.
- Genki Girl: Pinkie, in most comics. Lampshaded on a strip where The Mask had no effect on her.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Flash Sentry's other reaction to TwilightXSunset.
- Green-Eyed Monster:
- Celestia towards Luna, because Luna is more popular/affable with the rest of the cast.
- Rarity towards Fluttershy, once, when Rarity was selected to be the Evil Queen whereas Fluttershy was selected to play Snow White.
- Grimmification: Invoked and Inverted In-Universe. Fluttershy asks Twilight for a book on fairy tales, as she wants to read cute things. Twilight gives her a Brothers Grimm book instead, which obviously shocks her.
- Halloween Episode: This.
- Harmless Villain: Silver Spoon's nightmare involving Ginosaji.
- Hating On Monday: One strip has several characters voicing their hatred towards mondays. Celestia even delay rising the sun on a monday.
- Hot Teacher:
- Cheerilee is depicted like this, although Big Mac seems uninterested.
- Celestia, being Twilight's mentor, also comes across as this.
- Hypocritical Humor: The Halloween Episode is about Twilight calling out the factual inaccuracies of everyone's costumes. Then the editor's note throws in another one.
- I Can't Dance: Twilight. Everyone mocks her for it, specially because she danced in the first place and was awful at it.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Celestia
- Insane Troll Logic:
- Pinkie Pie. She claims Fluttershy is clearly Russian because she's big breasted, can be very assertive and fights bears.
- Twilight also delves into this in one strip, using the existence of griffons as proof that interspecies unions should be possible.
- Pinkie ends up trolling herself when she analyzes Yoshi's anatomy.
- Interspecies Romance:
- Lampshaded by Rarity in one strip, where she asks Twilight if its possible for ponies and dragons to crossbreed. Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy proceed to have some fun at her expense, much to her chagrin.
- Lampshaded in another strip, with griffons.
- Lampshaded Double Entendre:
- In the second fanbook, Applejack mocks Twilight's floppy horn, mentioning it shoulda been hard in the morning instead.
- Celestia trolls Luna by asking her to describe what Celestia is doing. The scene explicitly makes it look like Celestial is giving someone a handjob, while in reality, she's pretending to be button-smashing at an arcade.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Not-Mickey and Not-Donald appear to illustrate Four-Fingered Hands.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Spike.
- Malfunction Malady: Invoked on the third page of the second fanbook when we see what happens when Spike tries to send letters with the flu. It doesn't turn out THAT badly, but still.
- Meganekko: Interestingly enough, not Rarity, but Rainbow Dash in a couple of strips. In one of them she says she wears them because if you're gonna be a writer, they're required as part of your apparel, and she wants to be one.
- Medium Awareness: Pinkie Pie, as part of her Fourth Wall powers, can read thought bubbles.
- The comic parodies the series and its need to sell toys by having one strip be about all the Mane Six pitch products and Celestia collecting all the money from the sales.
- Another strip has Pinkie Pie mention that ponies are born whenever Hasbro needs new merchandise, after Sweetie Belle asks that very same question.
- Meta Guy: Pinkie Pie. Able to break into panels, reading others' speech bubbles, jump into real life situations and realizing ponies come from a toy company.
- Moe: Invoked in page 2 of the second fanbook. When Rarity gets a wet mane (re. "Sisterhooves Social"), she turns out hot, but when Dashie tries it, she just gets a cold; Fluttershy sneezes later on, but comes out as cute as a result. Later, in the same fanbook, Dashie comes out as cute when she loses her glasses.
- Mr. Fanservice: Bic Mac, at least on Cheerilee's eyes.
- Ms. Fanservice:
- Applejack once, although she was doing for in order to sell Juice.
- Mythology Gag: Several events of the show get a nod in this series.
- Name's the Same: Played with In-Universe. Silver Spoon and Ginosaji (Gin No Saji = Silver Spoon).
- Never Heard That One Before: Twilight laments that people will approach her at the library, and ask to borrow Twilight.
- Nice Hat: Rarity has a collection of them.
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Big Mac. Then again, Cheerilee comes out as a stalker.
- Not What It Looks Like: Invoked once by Celestia, by doing a Double Entendre, just to troll Luna.
- Petting Zoo People: The cast, 'cept for Spike, who looks the same as he is on the show.
- Physical God: Both Celestia and Luna. One strip have them playing a sort of air hockey by smashing celestial bodies against each other, mainly because they're bored. Celestial simply calls it "Playing Catch with my Sister"
- The Prankster: Celestia messes up with Luna in several strips.
- Product Placement: One strip lampshades the commercial nature of the show.
- The Ojou: Rarity always seem the classiest in every strip that she appears in.
- Passionate Sports Girl:
- Rainbow Dash.
- Scootaloo to a lesser degree.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Big Mac appears in this comic with Smarty Pants.
- Royal "We": Luna. In the early comics, she grows out of it quickly. It is Played for Laughs once in one comic when Luna uses the Royal "We" to describe her breasts in one of Celestia's nightmares.
- Running Gag: Rainbow Dash' flatness has been referenced at least 4 different times.
- Fluttershy hates Dolphins.
- Schedule Slip: Or rather lack of schedule. Shepherd draws his yonkomas when he gets ideas and free time. Sometimes we get a burst of several strips in a row, sometimes we go months without new material, leading to something of a deluge of Rainbow Rocks-related material.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Rainbow Dash, towards AJ, in the X-mas special.
- The Scrooge: AJ comes off as on several strips, where her main concern is making money, above everything else.
- Sexy Packaging: AJ resorts to this, once, to sell juice, with herself as the model.
- She's Got Legs: Celestia
- 300, Uzumaki, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Toy Story, Nicolas Cage, The Little Match Girl, Doraemon, Death Note, The Powerpuff Girls, Dragon Ball Z, The Mask, Pokémon, QWOP, Life of Pi, The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon among other stuff!
- The ponies sometimes get rage faces, Celestia is more in line with the infamous Trollestia and Molestia, and Luna loves Gaming.
- a commercial that only spawned a Memetic Mutation in Taiwan.A particularly obscure one in "Episode 0" references
- Sibling Rivalry: A friendly one between Luna and Celestia. Luna lampshades in one strip that the reason it's friendly at all is because they spent 1000 years apart in the first place.
- Silent Snarker: Angel Bunny
- Slice of Life: Pretty much every comic strip. Although every now and then something really unusual happens, like having Gundam Heavyarms in the middle of the town.
- Something Completely Different:
- "Episode 0", an 8-page special in proper manga format, depicting the alternate debut of this series.
- Celestia's Nightmare is a full page comic that in part parodies "Mega Milk".
- A couple of one-shot pages focus on Twilight and Pinkie in the library.
- There's also Shepherd's levels-of-anthro series, which covers the Mane Six and several canon characters before dipping into fanmade OC ponies, from Fluffle Puff to lesser-known ones. The latest of these? Princess Unikitty.
- The Halloween Episode is still technically four panes, but they're all in widescreen to help the gag.
- Split Personality:
- The Nightmare Moon side of Luna appears occasionally, but only when dealing with video games, like the infamous Error 37 that afflicted Diablo III in the early days of its release.
- Pinkamena also appears on one strip, when Pinkie Pie is not allowed to enter a private party.
- Stalker with a Crush: Cheerilee, towards Big Mac.
- Statuesque Stunner: Celestia. The tallest character in the cast. Her Fanservice dress helps a lot.
- Story Arc: Although most 4komas can be read in any order, there has been at least two stories, the "Episode 0" and the crossover with Adventure Time.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Luna's initial appearance in the comic comes out as aloof. Turns out she's just shy.
- Sweater Girl: Fluttershy, of course.
- Team Pet: Sonata is this for the other Dazzlings, but that's because they consider her to be about as bright as one.
- The Talk:
- A variation. Spike asks Twilight why its customary to give flowers to the one you like. Twilight replies that it might unconsciously do with flowers being the reproductive system of plants, so its a symbolical offering of your sexual organ to your partner as an indication you want to mate, at least from a biological standpoint. Spike chastises her for ruining the romantic mood...
- Played with. Rarity is shocked when Sweetie Belle asks her where ponies come from. Pinkie Pie intercedes and explains that ponies are born whenever Hasbro needs new merchandise.
- Things That Go Bump in the Night: Under Big Mac's bed... It's Cheerilee.
- Tights Under Shorts: Pinkie Pie's default outfit.
- Token Yuri Girls: Lyra and Bonbon. They're apparently also Yaoi Fangirls, specially Lyra.
- Trickster Mentor: Celestia, towards Twilight. Like telling Twilight if she's gonna be reading something, she should be reading PlayPony instead of a book for once.
- Trolling: Celestia as mentioned above. And now Luna's getting a piece of the action!
- Truth in Television: Fluttershy's disdain for dolphins as she judges them to be rapists and murderers, a behavior some scientific studies have confirmed.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: A strip lampshades this about Super Mario World. Spike, the one playing, is absolutely horrified.
- Viewers Are Geniuses: Some of the dialogue might seem random at times unless you actually know a lot of things. Of course, the Editor doesn't seem to have faith in the readers.
- The Voiceless: Octavia does not speak at all in this comic. One comic has Fluttershy admit that she is not the the World Champion at "The Quiet Game", Octavia is.
- Weight Woe: Fluttershy. And how she deals with it...
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Sweetie Belle lampshades this on Silver Spoon and her useless Cutie Mark.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Rainbow Dash, who wears skintight cycling shorts.
- With Friends Like These...: Twilight comments this when others mock her for her inability to dance.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Lyra, and she's a big fan of Sherlock×John.
- Yonkoma: The format of the comic, for the most part.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Fluttershy's outfit most of the time. Twilight's outfit some times. At one point it is lampshaded when Angel steals their stockings and sells them in the black market.