YMMV: My Little Pony Tales

  • 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 but 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Although everyone has their favorite of the seven girls, Patch tends to be the most notable. The single tomboy of the group, fun-loving, and the shear amount of weird things that keep happening to her.
    • Clover's sister, Meadowlark. Likely because of her Cool Big Sis persona and the only sibling dynamic to get fleshed out in the series. She appeared in all of two episodes, and it's common to hear fans wish they could have gotten more of her.
  • 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*
  • Fandom Rivalry: Within the same franchise, to boot. As noted above, this incarnation of MLP draws ire from some fans of the previous And Friends incarnation. Aside from that, fans of Tales are also locked in a cold war with certain brony sects (to be specific, the rabid ones who enjoy dissing anything not FiM). The latest shot fired by the said bronies with the dissing of the series' DVD release in the reviews at Amazon is seen by many Tales fans as a move as despicable as the Westboro Baptist Church picketing a funeral. note 
  • 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 has had no toy releases for its home market, the U.S, and home video releases were witheld until 2015 when other countries got them earlier.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In one episode, an annoyed Teddy kicks an apple tree, and all the apples fall down (a good deal of them right onto him, naturally.) Fast forward to FIM and this is the main method of apple harvesting used by Applejack's family. Able to harvest an entire tree in one kick, if he were in FIM, Teddy would be legendary for his "applebucking" skills.
  • 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: One episode introduced mysterious pegasi (one of which introduces herself as Brightglow) and a Winged Unicorn who's bodies are noticeably brighter than the other characters and dotted with stars. The winged unicornnote  performs magic and they appear to know Patch. They are only seen for one episode, only to never be brought up again. Presumably this might have gotten a followup if there had been a second season. Still, it does make for good Fanfic Fuel.
  • 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.