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Entire Franchise:
  • Accidental Innuendo: Online product descriptions of the toys put certain items in quotation marks to indicate that they can't actually be used as intended (e.g. plastic cake). (This probably has something to do with avoiding lawsuits.) A description with several words in quotation marks may end up sounding like a Hurricane of Euphemisms.
    • Not to mention they named one of the G2 ponies Morning Glory...
  • Adaptation Displacement: While the series is Merchandise-Driven, many people believe the toys are based off the cartoons. In reality, up until My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic the toys were the original.
  • Broken Base: Between the generations. The most common is My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic vs Any-other-gen-in-the-series; several bronies consider themselves only fans of G4, and not My Little Pony fans. Though anything post-G1 is guaranteed to get hate from even the classic fans
    • Though G3 has a niche fandom with those drawn to the series since My Little Pony Tales for it's Slice of Life format, who considers anything prior to Tales unwatchable and are against the direction taken by G4 Season 2.
    • Even G4 has it's own broken base. Again, it's a battle between those who love the show for being hip and for it's pop-culture references (drew there due to Lauren Faust helming the series) versus existing viewers from G3 who love the franchise for it's Slice of Life format.
      • It gets worse than that. What about the fans who loathe the toy line and all toy ponies vs the ones who want them to appear in the cartoon?
  • Dork Age: Arguably G2 for the toys, and either Tales or G3 for the cartoon.
  • Ear Worm: We apologize for putting the song back in your head after all these years. For those who know not of what we speak, watch this old commercial. A lot of the songs, in fact, though "Shine On" and its reprise from Come Back, Lily Lightly stand out. Also "Wish You Were Here". "La la la lee, la lee loo, every unicorn knows it's true!" Not to mention anything the seaponies sing.
  • Fan Community Nickname: "Pegasis(ter)" or "Filly" for female fans and "Brony" for... well, that title actually appears to have several different meanings. Most often it means either "male FiM-fan" or just "FiM-fan" (that is, a FiM-fan of either gender), other times "male MLP-fan" (that is, any male MLP-fan, regardless of whether he is mostly into FiM or any other incarnation of the franchise), or, finally, simply "MLP-fan" (which of course means a fan of any MLP incarnation and of either gender).
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Care Bears and occasionally Transformers.
  • Friendly Fandoms: My Little Pony fans and Transformers fans. To a lesser extent, with G.I. Joe.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The first series on TV Tropes to have its own page of it.
  • Misaimed Marketing: The Merch includes a T-shirt that features G1 ponies but mentions G4's Periphery Demographic, leaving both generations' fans confused.
  • My Real Daddy: American illustrator and designer Bonnie Zacherle, sculptor Charles Muenchinger and manger Steve D'Aguanno are the creators of My Little Pony. Fans of G4 will tell you the only Pony creator that matters is Lauren Faust.
    • There have been attempts to avert this though. Fans have even ponified Bonnie as an alicorn, much like Lauren made an alicorn OC of herself which fans embraced.
  • Older Than They Think: My Pretty Pony was the prototype for the series and was released a full year before the introduction of its more famous version. The original model's design was used for Applejack and it came with a "baby pony" that would become Butterscotch. The second model's design resembled Posey in colors.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Katrina" or "Catrina"? Even sources mix them up. "Firefly's Adventure" or "Rescue from Midnight Castle"? Many, many ponies have different names in different countries, leading to this too. There's also Arabus or Erebus, and there at least four different ways to spell Tirac.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Infamously common with the original G1 version of Applejack, due to her boyish name, deep voice, and... affection towards other Ponies. Also, some of the translations change characters to male to get a more even gender balance.
    • The Big Brother ponies can also be mistaken for girls, as they were very Bishōnen and looked almost exactly like the girls at first.

Mobile Game:

  • Game Breaker:
    • Laugher Shards. They're ever so plentiful in the game, to the point where you can easily stock literally hundereds of them within a few minutes.
    • Princess Celestia and Luna both have an animation that has them drop one of each shard. Justified by their high price.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • Turning on airplane mode on iOS devices allowed you to pay bits for ponies that would normally require playing a game to obtain.note  It also changed Soarin's price from 450 Gems to 67500 Bits and vice versa for Fleetfoot. This was patched in version 1.0.1.
    • Once Twilight becomes an alicorn, Derpy will no longer appear in her box. This bug makes her easier to spot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Depending on which order you came to it. One point involves Love Potion, and there's a screen with a picture of Lovestruck (a pony with Valentine's Day colors and a bow-and-arrow cutie mark; clearly Pony Cupid before that role was taken in the show by Cadence) and words to the effect of love potions being a good way to help a shy pony ask someone out on a date. Well, that idea has been tried, and it didn't go so well.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Nuisance Objects (stones, bushes, thorns, hollow trees) that naturally occur and cost money and time to remove (some even requiring 16,000 bits to remove). It's evident that these exist to convince you to buy Gems to delete them faster.
    • Parasprites in Ponyville, Changelings in Canterlot. Each unit requires five of a certain elemental gem to remove. Have fun grinding Magic shards (the rarest of the Gems) if you end up with magenta Parasprites or Changelings shielded by magenta energy, as they're just as common as the other five types.
    • There is no confirmation prompt (as in, the "are you sure you want to X?" box you would get for, say, deleting a file) for using Gems. It's very easy for a single mistap to use precious Gems you've been trying to stockpile for a big purchase, and there is no way to undo it.
  • That One Level: The constellations game. If you're not using a tablet, prepare to keep missing, a lot.


  • Ensemble Darkhorse: More like an Ensemble Leaf-green Unicorn, though. Her name is Mimic. There is no evidence to suggest that she is the rarest Pony note , but she is the most sought-after. Just look her up on eBay.
  • Fan Myopia: So very very very much. Many people would take one look at the show and go "I don't get it. What's the big whoop?"
    • Averted with the actual demographic though.
  • Fanon: Aside from unicorn Dazzleglow having wings in Tales and a few animation mistakes, there were no Winged Unicorns in the franchise until G4, and even then there aren't many of them. Here's a Drinking Game. Plow through any given listing of My Little Pony fansites and drink for every website run by somebody with a Winged Unicorn as their avatar/Fursona/whatever.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The much-maligned G2 line. Just see for yourself. (For the record, G1 is all the early ponies up to approximately the 10th anniversary or so. G2 was the revival, and G3 is when people stopped complaining.) The G3 line itself later received a makeover and fans were... not thrilled with it. Even later, this photograph from Toy Fair popped up, and while the Ponies are in yet another redesign, their color schemes were surprisingly similar to those of some G1 characters, and the Fandom was quiet. Then the news of Friendship is Magic arrived and the rest is history.
    • The change to the "Core 7" during G3 is very much dislikednote . So is the lack of male ponies, unlike G1 and G2.
    • Season 2 and newer episodes of FIM is pretty much this to some Slice-of-Life fans.

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