YMMV / My Little Pony

See also

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 G1 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?
  • Crack Is Cheaper Collecting is not a cheap hobby at all. Over 30 years full of Lots And Lots Of Characters does that to a franchise.
  • Common Knowledge: Bronies in particular often refer to Tales as "G2". That is incorrect. Generations come from the toys, not the cartoons. Tales predates G2 by several years and is very obviously set in G1 due to the character designs. G2 was in fact the only generation not to have a cartoon, though it did get comics and a video game.
  • Dork Age:
    • G2 for the toys.
    • G3 for the cartoon, though some include the G1's Tales.
  • 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.
    • With Breyer horses, which is another popular brand of horse toys however they strive for realism.
    • There's a bitter inter-fandom rivalry amongst G4 Fans vs Everyone Else. G4 fans are often hostile towards other generations while people who enjoy previous gens are often annoyed by bronies. The two sides are pretty much completely different fandoms in every way besides both liking multicolored ponies.
  • Friendly Fandoms: My Little Pony fans and Transformers fans. To a lesser extent, with G.I. Joe. Crossover gags between the three are very common and given all three series originated on television at about the same time, it was natural for fans of one series to follow one of the others. Fringe extremists aside, the trio had good relations in the 1980s that persist to this day. Helps they're all owned by the same parent company.
  • 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. It seems more G4-only fans are accepting Bonnie.
  • 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.
    • The term "Cutie Mark" originated from G3 but didn't become mainstream until G4.
  • Popularity Polynomial: Was huge in The '80s, dwindled in The '90s (especially due to G2's controversial redesigns), came back with G3, died the same gen due to G3.5, and made a huge resurgence of popularity on par with the original fad due to G4. Only time will tell what happens with G5.
  • 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:


  • 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.
    • Firefly is pretty much the G1 pony according to fans.
    • Princess Silverswirl is by far the most popular G2 pony due to her mystical looking design. Even G4 fans have taken a liking to her and sometimes use her in their fanworks.
  • 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.
  • Older Than They Think: The custom of "ponifying" every single little thing was extremely popular in G3 and only became bigger with G4.
  • 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 Magicnote  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.
    • Some post-season 2 episodes of FIM is pretty much this to some Slice-of-Life fans.