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YMMV: My Little Pony Tales
  • Aborted Arc: One episode introduced mysterious pegasi (one of which introduces herself as Brightglow) and an alicorn who's bodies are noticeably brighter than the other characters and dotted with stars. The alicorn performs magic and they appear to know Patch. They are only seen for one episode, only to never be brought up again. Still, it does make for good Fanfic Fuel.
  • Anvilicious: A good part of the time, anyway. While a few of the aesops were handled with surprising subtlety, most of them fell into this.
  • Broken Base: Many fans who loved the previous fantasy good-versus-evil themed episodes of My Little Pony and Friends cried out They Changed It, Now It Sucks; there's also the Anthropomorphic Shift. Other fans however were indifferent and there are a few who liked it, aside from drawing fans of Slice of Life programming to the franchise.
  • Cult Classic: The previous generations were this to start with, but Tales even more so by having the smallest, though rabidly devoted fanbase.
  • Ear Worm: In the grand tradition of My Little Pony, the opening theme and some of the better songs will definitely stay with you.
    • "Boys, Boys, Boys!" from "The Tea Party" stands out as a contender.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Shop Talk" is MADE of this...and of the worst kind. Hey kids! What did we learn today? Blackmail is the answer to all your problems! *blech*
  • Fan Nickname: "Acehole" for Ace
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The only plausible reason why two of the ponies from this series got a kiddie ride made after them and the show has seen home video releases in the UK and Australia. And in Australia's case, it was a complete release of all 26 episodes spread across 4 volumes. The series received no video releases in its home market, the U.S.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Bon-Bon tends to be drawn this way, and many of her spotlight episodes have her worrying about her body image.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The way Patch's symbol looks has led some fans to think that she possibly sewed it onto her own body.
  • Tear Jerker: The song Off You Go from the episode Gribbet. You try not crying, especially just after losing a pet, or giving away something of sentimental value to someone else.
  • The Scrappy: Ace is the most hated character for not only treating girls like crap and using them for his own purposes (only made worse by the fact that the show is aimed for girls) but for also being a Jerkass in general.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The episode "Stand by Me". While Teddy is usually a Jerk with a Heart of Gold (especially around Sweetheart), during Sweetheart's song about Teddy's true self, we see him physically and emotionally assaulting her and then making up for it a little bit. It makes Sweetheart look more like a beaten housewife than Teddy's savior.
    • Their relationship in general, thanks to Aesop Amnesia. Teddy is intended as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but in every episode where Teddy is featured heavily, we start out with him being a jerk and have him learning to not be a jerk in the in the closing scenes after much pushing, or resorting to blackmail. (No, not the same incident mentioned before. Sweetheart had to resort to fighting fire with fire when Teddy was holding Bon Bon's diary hostage to make her his personal slave.) If you have to work that hard to get a guy to stop actively making your life or your friends' lives hell for two minutes, and this is a regular occurrence, you are not the one person capable of seeing the true self of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold; you're the Love Martyr to a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk. In Real Life, Sweetheart and Teddy are a textbook example of what a bad relationship looks like about a week or two before Sweetheart starts "accidentally falling down the stairs" a lot... including or especially Sweetheart's "He's not a jerk, really he's not, he can learn to be different, really!" bit.
      • Also, more than half the time the girls are essentially saying to leave her abuser this instant (often a difficult task in it's own right) or they will drop Sweetheart like a hot potato and leave her to her fate without a second thought. Bonus points because it makes their friendships look shallow and exclusive.
    • "Shop Talk." Should we really be teaching our kids that blackmail is the best answer to their problems?
    • Any episode with the girls Vs. Teddy. Jerkass though he is, they are rarely much better whenever he's in the picture, often jumping to conclusions and twisting facts to fit their bias. They're almost always putting poor Sweetheart in unfair situations and threatening to end their friendships with her.
  • Vindicated by History: More people like it more than when it was first released, as many now see the Slice of Life format as being groundbreaking.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Despite the cast consisting of ponies rather than humans, it showcases many trends and fads popular with kids at the time. The 90s to the previous series 80s.

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