"My Little Pony...My Little PonyMy Little Pony and Friends is an animated TV series that was released by Claster Television, Inc. and produced by Hasbro, Marvel Productions and Sunbow Entertainment in 1986 and ran until 1987. It was based on the toyline of the same name. It came out a few months after My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) and ran for two seasons. It was an Animated Anthology, featuring quarter hour shorts. The first half of the show would have an episode of ponies, and then the second half would feature an episode of their friends, Glo Friends, Moondreamers, and The Potato Head Kids. As a result, the pony episodes often ran as television serials, as did the other shorts.This incarnation of My Little Pony was set in a world called Ponyland. Ponyland is a Magical Land on the other side of the rainbow, populated by Bushwoolies, Sea and Flutter Ponies, Grundles, bee-people, talking pigs, giant terriers, bird-dog hybrids, zebra-people, evil storm clouds, elves, bigfoot-like people who build forests, and monster weeds, among other, weirder things. The ponies are assisted in their adventures by an Earth teen named Megan, her siblings Molly and Danny, Spike the Baby Dragon, and the Moochic, a scatter-brained gnome wizard with mushroom motif, and his Beleaguered Assistant, Habit the Rabbit.Being a fantasy-esque weekday afternoon cartoon, the episode plots were adventures, normally focused on a Victim of the Week requiring the ponies' help to defeat some Big Bad. The weirdness — and the overt scariness of some of the villains — kept the show from being as dangerously cute as one might naturally assume. Some episodes did not involve sugar apocalypses, though, and rather focused on more mundane plots, such as using one's imagination to have fun, scavenger hunts, taking care of a giant dog, dealing with bullies, and mending friendships after a feud escalated to ice cream warfare.The episodes focused on My Little Pony ran for 65 episodes in total. There were 16 multi-part serials, each 2-4 parts long with the sole exception of the ten-part pilot, and 9 stand-alone episodes, as well as two 2-part serials compressing the My Little Pony TV Specials.Glo Friends and Moondreamers have their own pages. The Potato Head Kids ran for 23 episodes with no multipart episodes.
What will today's adventure be?
My Little Pony…My Little Pony
Will there be exciting sights to see?
Where will you wander? Hither and yonder
Letting your heart be your guide
My Little Pony...My Little Pony
I’ll be there right by your side
I’ll be there right by your side"
What will today's adventure be?
My Little Pony…My Little Pony
Will there be exciting sights to see?
Where will you wander? Hither and yonder
Letting your heart be your guide
My Little Pony...My Little Pony
I’ll be there right by your side
I’ll be there right by your side"
—The opening theme song for the series.
My Little Pony And Friends provides examples of:
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- Animated Adaptation: Of four toylines.
- Animated Anthology: There were two episodes per airing, and four intellectual properties showcased.
- Apocalypse How: The My Little Pony, Glo Friends, and Mondreamers segments showcased every delicious flavor of this trope to the point where it crossed right into The World Is Always Doomed.
- Big Bad: Starnose in Glo Friends, Queen Scowlene in Moondreamers, and different ones in different episodes or serials of My Little Pony.
- The '80s: Perhaps a no-brainer, but in truth you will be hard pressed to find a more 80s show than this.
- Five-Episode Pilot: Two of the shows had these, only theirs were ten episodes long due to the Two Shorts format.
- For My Little Pony it was "The End of Flutter Valley".
- For Glo Friends it was "The Quest".
- Merchandise-Driven: Like whoa!
- Opening Credits Cast Party: The series Title Theme Tune was essentially this.
- Protagonist and Friends
- Quarter Hour Short: Yep, and to make room for animated adaptations of no less than four toylines.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Pretty much the vast majority of the cast all across the board. In fact, the show's purpose was to make cartoons out of Hasbro's cutest toylines.
- 65-Episode Cartoon: The show's entire run.
- Stock Footage: This show was notoriously guilty of reusing animation footage.
- Television Serial: Thanks to the show being quarter hour shorts.
- Title Theme Tune: The main show had one that encompassed all the properties showcased, and each show had their own specific theme tune that played as well. So this show sported no less than five theme songs over the course of just one 65 episode season.
- Two Shorts: First My Little Pony, and then one of three others shows.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: All of them except for The Potato Head Kids. While My Little Pony is the most infamous for this, all the shows were full of horrible monsters right next to the cuddly protagonists. Like a D&D monster manual covered with Lisa Frank stickers.
- The World Is Always Doomed: See Recycled Script for more details. The writers were absolutely in love with this scenario. They used and abused it in as many as episodes all across the board as they could get away with. The only aversion to this the show ever had was in the Potato Head Kids segment, which was more based in Slice of Life than in fantasy-adventure.
My Little Pony
- '80s Hair: Both here and in the movie above for two female humans, and here for one male pony. Draggle's hair is this with some late '70s in her hair as well. To a lesser extent, Megan's little sister Molly also has '80s hair. Nightshade is a pony with an afro.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Often played straight in that the cartoon looked better than the source toys. Averted when compared to the original pilot, which had much sharper animation and the series simplified it (and often went Off-Model).
- Adult Fear: The parents of Erebus' victims are naturally scared and fearful for their children.
- Ancient Evil:
- Squirk is so ancient that Dream Valley was part of the ocean when he ruled over it. Unlike most examples, he wasn't Sealed Evil in a Can but instead waiting for time to catch up with his archenemy and make him easy prey for him.
- Grogar was imprisoned in the Realm of Darkness 500 years ago.
- Angry Mob Song: "We're Gonna Make You Sorry" from Part Two of "Bright Lights".
- Anthropomorphic Shift: It's more subtle than in Tales, but compared to the pilot the ponies act less like actual ponies. They sleep in beds, sometimes walk on two legs, don't move as much like horses, don't have animal behaviors like licking each other, etc
- Pluma doesn't want to hurt anyone, but Squirk captured her grandfather and is holding him hostage in exchange for the half of the Flashstone he can't reach on dry land.
- Knight Shade doesn't want to be a villain: he made a Deal with the Devil with Erebus and is now being forced to carry out his end of the bargain, whether he wants to or not.
- Always Close: As one troper said about "The End of Flutter Valley", "For the love of Pete, it's 'almost sunset' for five hours."
- An Aesop: From "The End of Flutter Valley":Sting: I used to fly, but I wasn't very good. So I just don't do it anymore...Morning Glory: Gee...if we only did things that we were good at, we'd never try to make ourselves better. I think you should try again!
- And I Must Scream: Ponies are turned into glass, ice, and stone over the course of the series.
- While the ponies are always restored, The Raptorians are permanently turned to glass.
- Animated Anthology: Like whoa.
- Anything That Moves: Prince Charming (a human), flirts with human and Pony alike (bringing a new level to Furry Confusion) — and Heart Throb reciprocates... But keep in mind that Prince Charming was THE Prince Charming from the books, and he was only acting in character, while Heart Throb was a hopeless romantic living her lifelong dream. After a while, both of them realize that the situation is awkward and politely call it quits.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: In "The Ghost of Paradise Estate", Megan calms the frightened Baby Ponies with the assurance that monsters exist only in their imagination. In a world with witches, unicorns, dragons, Fairies, trolls, et cetera. Yeah... She's actually right, despite strong appearances to the contrary.
- Babysitting Episode: A late episode, "The Ice Cream Wars", has a group of ponies babysitting for the First Tooth ponies. They even sing about it! Tales and FIM will each go on to have a "babysit the super rambunctious twins" episode, making this a once-a-series plot.
- Baby Talk: The Baby Ponies talk like this to varying degrees, depending on the Baby Pony. Some, like Baby Heartthrob, will speak in fragmented sentences, while another Baby Pony will speak with a childish lisp. Lickety-Split goes back and forth, from perfectly fluent to Hulk Speak (while being intelligent enough to be a main character of multiple stories.)
- Bad Boss: Squirk, Grogar, Queen Bumble, and Lavan. The latter two resulted in some rebellion.
- Be Careful What You Wish For:
- Accidental misuse of the magic coins from the four-part serial of the same name can have devastating results. Case in point, Baby Lickety Split wished for it never rain again, causing a drought to the point where the sea ponies had no water to swim in, and eventually wildfires began to rage!
- During "The Prince and the Ponies", the First Tooth Ponies were jealous of how much attention the Newborn Twins were getting, and sang that they'd be happy if bad things happened to them. The song included the line "I'd have no regrets, if someone bought them collars and turned them into pets", which is what ended up happening.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: In "The Glass Princess", the Raptorians shave three Ponies bald — and their hair grows back immediately. There's some jazz about the hair being magic but...
- Bee People: The bees in "The End of Flutter Valley", led by Queen Bumble.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Hydia and Queen Bumble in the 10-part "The End of Flutter Valley".
- Big Damn Heroes: Megan and Northstar in the climax of the Big Damn Epic, "The Return of Tambelon".
- Big Eater: Reeka returns, and there is also Queen Bumble.
- Big "NO!": Lavan screams this when the Princess Ponies reflect his own attack back at him, killing him.
- Bragging Theme Tune: The Flutter Ponies' song in "Bright Lights" is one long Badass Boast:We are the Flutter Ponies!
Better run and hide!
We can zig and zag and zoom
Up and down and side to side!
We are the Flutter Ponies!
Now you've met your match!
Faster than a lighting bolt!
We're impossible to catch!
- Breather Episode: "Pony Puppy", "Sweet Stuff and the Treasure Hunt" and "Little Piece of Magic"
- Broken Aesop: Partially, in the episode "Fugitive Flowers"; while there is enough weight on the stated "don't judge a book by its cover" aesop that it works, one can't deny the Fridge Logic that the Crabnasties really did not do themselves any favors in that episode. Looking ugly is one thing; deliberately ripping a swathe of destruction through Dream Valley and ignoring any attempts to communicate with you is quite another. If the Crabnasties had apologised for their destructive search and explained their reasons, the Ponies might not have been so quick to assume Beauty Equals Goodness upon meeting the Flories. Though, the episode also has an Accidental Aesop — Poor Communication Kills. As stated above, while the ponies were at fault for presuming "pretty flories = good and ugly crabnasties = bad", the crabnasties were also at fault for not trying to communicate with the ponies. Having the word "nasties" in their name doesn't really help them either.
- The Cassandra: Honeysuckle in "The End of Flutter Valley."
- Casting a Shadow: Erebus and Zeb specialize in stealing shadows to increase Erebus' power.
- Casts No Shadow: The victims of Zeb and Erebus' shadow stealing fall into this. It also leaves them weak and sick.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: All the ponies featured in "Rescue at Midnight Castle" - most notably Firefly, Twilight, Bowtie, Applejack, and Ember - are never seen nor mentioned in any other episode, all of which are set after. The ponies in the rest of the episodes rotate.
- Scorpan seems to suffer this as well, though it could be argued he simply returned to his kingdom, which would have been restored with the death of Tirek.
- Cliffhanger: Pretty much every episode with a plot that can't be resolved in just over ten minutes. This must have been a pain for the writers; at exact intervals of only about ten minutes, there had to be something to make a dramatic to be continued moment, even in stories that were as long as the actual theatrical film.
- Combined Energy Attack: How the Princess Ponies manage to defeat Lavan.
- Crapsack World: What Ponyland used to be before the ponies came along. Its mentioned by the witches of the Volcano of Gloom that evil used to reign supreme, and we even meet a few of those ancient evils: most notably Grogar and Squirk.
- Darkest Hour:
- 3/4ths into "The Return of Tambelon", the heroes' multiple plans have all failed spectacularly, they have all been captured by Grogar's forces, and he's started a ritual to banish them to the Realm of Darkness.
- Part 8 of the End of Flutter Valley has everyone captured and Honeysuckle apparently dead.
- When the first attempts to negotiate with Niblick fail in "The Magic Coins", seemingly dooming Pony Land to a drought, and the Baby Sea Ponies to certain death.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Princess Ponies get their own story arc.
- Deal with the Devil: Knight Shade made one with Erebus to get his help to become a star...only for Erebus to start stealing and munching up the shadows of his concert goers. By the time Knight Shade realized what had happened, it was too late and he was stuck as his slave.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Wind Whistler suffers from this when the other ponies accuse her of being unfeeling for her usual stoicism during the episode Crunch, the Rock Dog when she favors strategy and logic over acting rashly in light of the titular villain turning everything he touches into stone.
- Dismantled Macguffin: The Flashstone was split in half, one half buried underneath what is currently Paradise Estate and the other half in the deepest depths of the river. Squirk forces Pluma to retrieve the half beneath Paradise Estate and quickly retrieves the other half using the first.
- Disney Death:
Lickety-Split: He's so still! Is he...?Woebegone: ACHOO!Lickety-Split: You're alive!
- Happens to Honeysuckle in "The End of Flutter Valley" arc after she falls down the hole.
- Played for laughs in "Woe is me" when the nursery collapses around the sleeping Woebegone.
- Easily Forgiven: The protagonists never held a grudge against the genuinely repentant. Though this is counterbalanced by how hard they are on the genuinely evil.
- Even Evil Has Standards: "Baby It's Cold Outside".
- Evil Overlord: Tirek, Grogar, and Lavan to name a few.
- Evil Matriarch: In this corner, returning Big Bad Hydia. In this corner, Bee Queen Bumble.
- Fake Defector: Wind Whistler pretends to betray the group to Crunch over how the others treated her...but it was all a ruse so he wouldn't notice Megan was about to use the Heart Stone to defeat him until it was too late.
- Feathered Fiend: The Raptorians, King Charlatan.
- Find the Cure: In The Golden Horseshoes, it's... well, horseshoes. Magic ones.
- Flanderization: Draggle became much less smart in the show.
- Flat Joy: The Troggles that Grogar forces to celebrate their victory over Ponyland make half-hearted celebratory sounds.
- For Science!: The Gizmonks from "The Great Rainbow Caper". Even they don't know what some of their inventions do.
- From Special To Series: The My Little Pony TV Specials led to the My Little Pony movie, which in turn led to this series.
- Furry Confusion: Zeb in "Bright Lights" is a pretty jarring presence, given that he's the only fully-anthro, fully-clothed biped among the equine characters. Though we will admit, he's also the only zebra we ever see on the show.
- Genre Blindness: If there's such a thing as Dangerously Genre Blind, the ponies fall under this.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "The End of Flutter Valley," one of the spells Draggle reads while searching for "landslide" is "landmine".
- Giant Enemy Crab: The Crabnasties, who are huge, ugly crab-creatures introduced smashing and tearing their way through the forests of Dream Valley, apparently to persecute cute sapient flower-critters called Flories. Subverted in that the Crabnasties are actually good guys; they're out to stop the Flories because they drain the life from the soil and create barren wastelands when left to themselves.
- Good Is Not Soft: While the heroes are very forgiving, the genuinely evil villains normally end up being Killed Off for Real.
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: Tirek's first scene.
- Heel–Face Turn:
- Catrina, Princess Porcina, Knight Shade, Crunch, King Charlatan, and, amazingly, Queen Bumble.
- Before Queen Bumble, her Dragon Sting is convinced to perform one of these by Morning Glory teaching him to fly.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Narrowly averted with Queen Bumble, whose own gluttony nearly did her in when Honeysuckle threatens to drop her down a very deep hole if she doesn't give up and the Queen is too fat to escape. She barely manages to jump to safety when Pointer cuts the rope in an ill thought-out attempt to save her.
- Human-Focused Adaptation: Subverted; despite the presence of Megan, Molly, and Danny, the focus is usually on the ponies.
- Killed Off for Real: Tirek is destroyed by Megan with the Rainbow of Light, and Lavan is destroyed by the Princess Ponies reflecting his attack back at him. This is notable not only because a series based on something as innocent as the My Little Pony toys would probably be the last place anyone would expect to see someone die, but also because killing off characters was something very rare to be seen in any TV cartoon in the 1980s.
- Leitmotif: "Shoo-be-doo, shoop-shoop-be-doo!"
- Literal Genie: The titular "Magic Coins", and the literal Literal Genie in "Through the Door", who starts rambling about meteorology when asked to make the weather "perfect":Genie: I also need to know the prevailing wind speed, and the percentage of the color orange in the sunset.Lickety-Split: Look, all I want is a perfect day! What's so difficult about that?
- Literal Metaphor: The Flutter Ponies sing about how they're "faster than a lightning bolt" while effortlessly dodging the lightning bolts their attacker's shooting at them, proving it's no exaggeration.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Lavan is shattered to pieces when he's killed.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: A rotating cast, due to the need to promote as many toys as possible. "The Return of Tambelon" tries to squeeze them all in, and thus features more than forty characters in forty minutes.
- Loads and Loads of Races: Between humans, five different pony species, grundles, bushwoolies, and others, the TV specials and movie had already started this trend. The cartoon kept it up - every other episode, the protagonists encountered members of a previously unmentioned race.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: The witch Somnambula uses this to lure ponies in and steal their youth to make herself young and increase her powers. It starts out as her simply being a Master of Illusion, but as her power increases, she's able to make her illusions real.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "We Are the Flutter Ponies". An upbeat, gentle song about the flutter ponies easily crushing the villain of the week.
- Magi Babble: In "Bright Lights," Galaxy theorizes that, since those who have had their shadows stolen become sick and weak, "the loss of their shadows must be an outward sign of some loss of substance."
- Magical Land: Ponyland
- Master of Illusion: Somnambula starts out as this, but once she's stolen enough youth from her targets, she becomes capable of making them real.
- Meaningful Name:
- Lavan is a lava demon.
- Arabus's name is a play on Erebus, the Greek god of darkness. He devours shadows and looks like a sapient storm cloud. It also means shadow.
- Somnabula's name is a play on somnambulism, otherwise known as sleepwalking. Her thing is trapping her victims in a Lotus-Eater Machine to live out their deepest fantasies and dreams.
- Porcina turns people into glass statues. Glass is one possible ingredient in porcine dolls.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Seen often the series' villains, such as Draggle and (to a lesser extent) Reeka to Hydia, Knight Shade to Zeb and Arabus (though in his case he wasn't evil of his own choice to begin with), Sting to Bumble, or Prince Edgar to King Charlatan. "The Glass Princess" inverts the trope, as the Raptarians are far more dangerous than Porcina, who mostly suffers from a Lack of Empathy.
- Mood Whiplash: "Rescue at Midnight Castle" begins with a lighthearted moment while the My Little Pony theme plays, ending in "May all your days be bright." Then things get dark as Tirek's minions attack, and soon after we see Tirek, who is the most malevolent villain in the show. After the fight sequence ending with the death of Tirek, things get lighter both literally and figuratively, and the My Little Pony theme plays again during a lighthearted moment with Ember.
- Moral Dissonance: In "The End of Flutter Valley", Inept Mage Draggle is depressed because she can't do evil magic right. The Ponies promise to teach her some good Pony magic if she'll set them free. After seeing some demonstrations via song, Draggle agrees to let them out...and they trap her in a net and wander off.Fizzy: Gee, what a shame. Bye Draggle, see ya!
- Though at least, after the ponies are recaptured and Hydia and Reeka blamed Draggle for her incompetence in a harsh way, the ponies defended her by admitting their fault.
- To make this worse, earlier on, Morning Glory successfully redeems Queen Bumble's second in command Sting by teaching him how to properly fly, and he becomes an ally.
- Motor Mouth: Whizzer (the pink pegasus pony with three beany caps as a cutie mark) is generally portrayed as one, if inconsistently. She both talks and flies fast.
- Mythology Gag: TJ received a slight redesign that makes him resemble the first My Pretty Pony.note
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: "Fugitive Flowers". The ponies rescue the desperate Flories from the pursuing Crabnasties, only to discover later that the former are escaped convicts, whereas the latter are a heroic police force. Oops.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Possibly Zeb, since he walks like a human, and anything human-like is a Primal Fear for zebras.
- No Antagonist: While most four-part episodes have a villain, The Magic Coins does not. Ironically it is the darkest episode with the drought that threatens to destroy Pony Land and up front kill the baby Sea Ponies, and attempt at negotiating with the only creature that can reverse the spell fails at first. Though of course everything still turns out in the end.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Partially subverted with baby ponies, some of whom get their first tooth by season 2, to promote the First Tooth Baby Ponies line.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Grogar gets one when he hears the ringing of the bell which is the one thing capable of defeating him.
- Lavan gets a big one when he sees his own attack be reflected right back at him by the Princess Ponies' wands.
- One Steve Limit:
- Averted; "Flight to Cloud Castle" has a different Twilight than the one from the first TV special.
- Also averted with foals. For example, Surprise appears despite Baby Surprise appearing in Escape From Katrina.. Though, the mothers and daughters never do appear in the same scenes together.
- One-Winged Angel:
- Pluma can turn into a number of forms, her most common being a monstrous specter.
- Lavan goes from being a lava monster into a nearly all powerful crystal monster.
- The Flories also do this. They start out in a weakened, tiny and cute state. But once they've devoured enough food from their surroundings, they transform into gigantic, monstrous forms.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Lampshaded in both "Spike's Search" and "Through the Door"
- Our Souls Are Different: Implied to a very eerie effect in "Bright Lights".
- Personality Swap: "Mish Mash Melee"
- Persona Non Grata: Queen Bumble and her swarm were banished from Flutter Valley by Queen Rosedust for her cruelty.
- Pet the Dog: While Hydia's cruel even to her daughters, she admonished Reeka for wanting to really punish Draggle—though it's implied she wanted to do the punishing.
- Pity the Kidnapper: In "The Great Rainbow Caper", Danny and Surprise help convince the Gizmonks to let them go by making a huge mess of their laboratory.
- Plot Tailored to the Party: In particular, the powers of "The Magic Coins" fit the needs of the story with ridiculous precision.
- Polar Bears and Penguins: In "Baby It's Cold Outside", guess which direction the Ponies go to find the penguin King Charlatan?
- The Power of Rock: In a few cases, the obligatory song would be worked in as a plot point.
- Rain Dance: Done by Cherries Jubilee and Spike to try to induce a downpour in The Magic Coins after Baby Lickity-Split unwittingly made a wish on one the said coins for the rain to stop and never return.
- Rapid Aging: The ponies caught in the illusions of "Somnambula" are very much older by the time the Big Brother Ponies reach them.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hot-tempered Honeysuckle and sweet, kindly Morning Glory of the Flutter Ponies.
- Reality Warper: The Flashstone is essentially capable of making its user one of these to some degree.
- Refugee From Storyland: The inhabitants of the Land of Legends in the episode "Through the Door".
- Rescue Romance: Subverted in "Flight to Cloud Castle". Garf's attempts to rescue Ariel are motivated by this, but Ariel herself does not actually fall in love with him just because of the rescue.
- Riddle of the Sphinx: "Sweet Stuff's Treasure Hunt" and "The Golden Horseshoes". In the latter case, it's used to bargain with a mole-man who likes junk and riddles. The ponies get their horseshoe in exchange for a riddle he doesn't know. It works, since humans are mostly unknown in Ponyland.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Despite the series being set in a world full of unicorns, dragons, and every kind of monster imaginable, the titular Ghost of Paradise Estate turns out to be merely a shape-shifting bird.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Peach Blossom. Naturally, Wind Whistler speaks her language just fine. Everyone else is left scratching their heads.
- Shaming the Mob: Knight Shade's mother saves the characters this way in Bright Lights part 3.
- Straw Vulcan: Averted with Wind Whistler, whose logical mindset is never presented as a flaw. Particularly defied in "Crunch the Rockdog".
- Terrible Trio: Hydia, Reeka, and Draggle. There's also the Raptorians in "The Glass Princess"
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Semi-averted. The Big Brother Ponies are very Bishōnen and look just like the girls aside from a different mane style, unshorn fetlocks, and "masculine" Cutie Marks. If anything they look more feminine than the girls, several of them even being pink colored.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: Every episode contained a song, and most of them were just busy filler.
- The only exception being one of the four episodes comprising the Return of Tambelon arc. An awkward break between scenes suggests a song was planned - but with so much going on, there was no time left for it.
- Ironically, "Rescue from Midnight Castle", the episode revision of the first special, actually cuts out the song "A Little Piece of Rainbow" from the special.
- "The Villain Sucks" Song: "How Can You Be So Cold?" is one of these about the Penguin King, basically consisting of Megan and her friends giving him a thorough chewing out over trying to ignore his obvious guilt over freezing his son, to convince drive him into a Villainous B.S.O.D..
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The Glass Princess did this for Shady. She is shown to be clumsy, terrible at sports, not all that bright, not very brave, and full of self-loathing, but she manages to come up with a plan to save the day.
- Time Abyss:
- Squirk has been around so long that the very geography of Dream Valley changed completely. He actually exploits this fact to claim a Victory by Endurance over Pluma's grandfather by simply waiting for time to leave him old and weak.
- Grogar is at the very least 500 years old, possibly far older.
- To Be Continued: The multi-part episodes lack them in the Disney Channel / DVD versions.
- Took a Level in Badass: Reeka is more competent than in the movie, even managing to pull off a few plans on her own.
- The Unfavorite: Draggle. While both Draggle and Reeka are disappointments to their mother, Draggle is clearly shown to be the least favorite due to her struggles with magic and her sensitivity. At one point, Hydia exclaims, "There are plenty of other witches! Why did I have to get Draggle?"
- Uncertain Doom:
- In "The Ghost of Paradise Estate", Squirk and Crank are sucked into a whirlpool by Megan when she removes the extra water Squirk used to flood Dream Valley.
- In "The Revolt of Paradise Estate", Beezen is last seen being chased by his wand, which has the power to zap things out of existence.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
- The Ponies themselves! Not once do any of the one-off characters wandering into Dream Valley/Ponyland say anything to the effect of, "Oh my gosh, Unicorns are real?"
- It's been shown that the rest of the world of Dream Valley is just as full of (semi) anthropomorphic animals, bizarre monsters, and magical artifacts. To them, the place is pretty normal. Megan, who's from Earth, was caught off guard the first time she met a talking, flying pony in the first special, but she adapted quickly. And in the movie, she had told her siblings about them at one point (off screen), so they were prepared when they met the ponies... Though the fact they believed her stories is its own oddity...
- It's possible that Danny and Molly believed Megan because she was their older sister who had always tried to be as honest as she could with them so they were prepared to believe the fantastic because she had always been truthful with the mundane.
- "Your sister is not lying, and anyone can see she is not mad, so ... you should assume she is telling the truth."
- Vain Sorceress: Porcina from "The Glass Princess".
- Victory by Endurance: How Squirk captured Pluma's grandfather who defeated him originally. Pluma's kind are Long-Lived, but Squirk is more so if not The Ageless and a Time Abyss, so Squirk just waited until time made his enemy old and weak for him.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: The witch Hydia is a recurring antagonist, and she has two daughters with no motivation for villainy who have this dynamic with her.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Not as bad as the specials, but when there are villains, they take the scare factor Up to Eleven. The most evil of these are Hydia, Squirk, Grogar, Lavan, and especially Tirek.
- Villain Decay: Hydia and her daughters prove much less of a threat to the Ponies in the show than in the movie, letting the bees do all the work while the Flutter Ponies return and quickly kick them out. Justified as the Smooze is explicitly Hydia's strongest spell, and they still manage to cause a lot of damage.
- Villain Song: Quite a few. The best ones are probably "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" from "The Ghost of Paradise Estate" (which is a borderline Disney Acid Sequence given the way Squirk uses his dark magic), the excellent Nightmare Retardant "There's Nothing Quite Like Shadows" from "Bright Lights" (just reading the lyrics should do), and "Here's to Power" from "The Quest of the Princess Ponies".
- The Voiceless:
- Sundance. Like many other characters, her voice actress from The Movie did not return for the TV series. Unlike the other characters, they never cast anyone to replace her! And thus Sundance appears in dozens of episodes without saying a word.
- The Flutter Pony Lily.
- Void Between the Worlds: The Realm of Darkness is described as being one of these. It's where Grogar and his city were sealed up.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The unicorns' teleportation abilities would be a whole lot more useful if they could "wink" through walls. Or cages. Or nets.note And yet they have no problem using it while playing tag or hide and seek.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?:
- Pegasi can fly. Unicorns teleport and each have a unique elemental or psychic powers. Earth Ponies... can run and jump real well. And occasionally bake. With hooves.
- The Flutter Ponies once mentioned, while grounded, that they weren't great runners, so it could be useful under the right circumstances.
- The Worf Effect: Gusty is the most combat oriented of the ponies, so in order to show that the villains mean business, something bad usually happens to her.
- The World Is Always Doomed:
- The possibility that Dream Valley or surrounding areas will be rendered uninhabitable crops up nine times in twenty-eight stories.
- Additionally, those were most of the multi-episode stories, so they represent the bulk of the episodes.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Hydia, Reeka, and Draggle are last seen being blown away by the Flutter Ponies, but it's never specified where to or what was done with them. One can guess, however, since they returned the last two times and are never seen again after this event.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: See "Genre Blind" above. But one scene that stands out is in "Through the Door", where Paradise (just as a reminder, she is a winged pony from a Magical Land) asks, "Why can't my life be more like a fairy tale?" Um...
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