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"Winter Wrap-Up" seems to have the message "If you have no talent, and are good at nothing, go into management" (or "managers are incompetent at everything except bossing people around"), even though Twilight wound up the All-Team Organizer because she actually is good at getting things organized (and everypony else stinks at it).
"Suited for Success" provides the explicit moral of "don't look a gift horse in the mouth", and the implicit moral of "if you hire a professional to do a job, let THEM do the job they're paid for."
"Feeling Pinkie Keen" was interpreted by many as the triumph of religious dogma over skepticism. According to Lauren Faust, this was totally unintentional, and she was a little freaked out when folks on DeviantArt started complaining about it.
The moral of "The Show Stoppers" was probably intended to be "Be Yourself, and embrace your natural talents," but to some fans it came off as "Don't waste your time trying new things. Just stick to what you're good at, even if you hate it."
"A Dog and Pony Show" can be misinterpreted as "Whining will make everyone bend to your whims!"
Also, "Just ignore it when your friend gets kidnapped; they can probably handle themselves."
Actually averted since they DID manage to come to her aid eventually.
"Cutie Mark Chronicles" is about "be patient and be yourself and you'll learn who you are", and "Sweet and Elite" is about "don't be ashamed of where you come from" but both have the sub-lesson of "city people are shallow, snobby, and sneer down their noses at anything outside their experience, so don't let their opinions sway you."
"Owl's Well That Ends Well" and "Lesson Zero" both have "if you blow off your friend's concerns/feelings/freakouts, it will cause more trouble", which apparently means Aesop Amnesia as Twilight learned it in the first and then freaked out in the second.
Celestia's amendment at the end of "Lesson Zero" sort of turns the moral into "if your friend has a psychotic breakdown, you're obligated to share her homework load. Even if you don't go to school."
It may also be interpreted as "you will take OCD seriously, or terrible things will happen".
The episode also has the lesson the CMC should've learned: "If someone offers you something you really don't want, you can politely turn it down and not trying to dance around avoiding accepting it to avoid hurt feelings. Honesty is the best policy."
The moral of "Cutie Pox" is about having patience and that good things come to those who wait. While this is a valid aesop, it's not exactly the real aesop of the episode, which was earning what you want and not cheating by taking short cuts and being dishonest.
In "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" many fans seem read to this one as "it's okay to humiliate your friends to teach them a lesson of humility." It wouldn't be the first time a lesson about hubris fumbled slightly.
"Cutie Mark Chronicles", "The Best Night Ever" and "Sweet or Elite" all have the secondary lesson of "If you're from a quaint and sweet little provincial town, all the rich big city people are going to be shallow snobs who sneer at you and your "country" ways." So far the only exceptions have been Hoity Toity from "Suited For Success" (who was fairly impressed with Rarity's original designs for the dresses she made) and Fancypants from "Sweet and Elite" (who seemed to think that Rarity's Ponyville friends were "charmingly rustic")
The pageant in "Hearth's Warming Eve" seems rather anti-authoritarian, depicting all the rulers of the pony tribes (be they aristocracy, the military, or elected officials) as selfish, stubborn, and/or incompetent.
Fridge Brilliance: No matter one's race, color, or creed, we all question the sanity of upper management (at least sometimes). Notice that the "assistant" ponies bonded over shaking their heads at their superiors' foolish actions.
"A Friend In Deed" seems to teach kids "If someone doesn't want to be your friend, bug them until you find out why."
Or alternatively: "Social trial and error can lead to friendship."
"The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" could be taken to teach the lesson that market competition is a good thing, because it was clear that, the way things were, the Apples were unable to serve the needs of the market. The Flim-Flams were definitely bad, but them introducing competition did force the Apples to innovate and make enough cider for all.
Rarity's shop includes bridles (one is even shown on Carousel Boutique's sign), as seen in various episodes (such as "Swarm of the Century", in which Twilight calls outfits incorporating them "gorgeous") and other official materials (such as Adventures in Ponyville, in which Rarity and Applejack wear them). Given that ponies don't even wear them while pulling carriages ("Over a Barrel", "The Best Night Ever", etc.), it makes you wonder just what they are supposed to be used for... probably just for fashion, as none of the ponies wear clothes either, except when clothes are used as a status indicator or simply for fashion.
Are you saying my mouth is making promises my legs can't keep?
Rarity getting to bed in "Look Before You Sleep" makes noises that, when taken out of context, make this scene look... interesting.
In "Bridle Gossip", Rarity is lounging in a hot tub, with a look of sheer bliss on her face. Cue Pinkie rising out of the water in, um, questionable proximity to Rarity...
Alternatively: "I have located the water jet."
In the same episode, Twilight Sparkle's horn becomes floppy with blue dots on it. The way it flops around is reminiscent of, well... you get the picture. The way Spike stares at it on the verge of cracking up almost implies he's in on the joke.
Due to where Spike is sitting during Twilight's first verse in the "Winter Wrap-Up" song, it's easy to see how he might be doing something else entirely. The way he bounces while Twilight is walking along does not help.
A squicky example occurs in "Feeling Pinkie Keen" when ponies are running away from hydra, and Spike is seen sitting on Twilight's head right in the place where her horn should be, which is nowhere to be seen, and there's an expression of pain on his face. (not to mention he's positioned there suspiciously firmly considering they were running uphill at high-speed)
"Sonic Rainboom", which ends with Rainbow Dash flying off with two (male) members of the Wonderbolts and declaring "... I've got plans!", could be taken as this.
That same episode also opens with Fluttershy recapping "the elements of a good cheer": "loss of control", "screaming and hollering", and "passion". Taken out of context, it kinda sounds like she and Rainbow Dash are talking about... something else. Not to mention that it's given out of context, with no explanation until afterwards.
In the same episode, to get the Wonderbolts' attention Rainbow Dash catapults a male pony into the air and "saves" him from the fall by catching him on her back... and if you cut the last scene out of context, it suddenly starts looking completely different. It doesn't help that Rainbow's expression looks really dirty.
In "Lesson Zero", Twilight tries some Armchair Psychology on Rainbow Dash when she thinks Rainbow is angry at Applejack, and tells her "Oh, Rainbow Dash, you don't have to hide your feelings from me." TwiDash shippers took notice.
It doesn't help that she delivered that particular line in this◊ pose. Some AppleDash fans also interpreted the scene as Twilight being a Shipper on Deck
In "The Cutie Pox", some amused fans noted "Apple Bloom gained the pony equivalent of puberty, and Applejack was kept awake during the night due to loud clopping coming from Apple Bloom's room".
In "May the Best Pet Win", Rainbow Dash tells Twilight that her inability to understand the difference between "coolness", "awesomeness", and "radicalness" is why she would never qualify to be her pet. Errmmm...
Also in that episode, Fluttershy's reaction to learning Rainbow Dash wants a pet sounds a bit too ecstatic
In "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", the sounds of Amethyst Star opening a jar of peanut butter off-screen, can sound... different. Let's leave it there.
A Singin' in the Rain tribute (in "Hearts and Hooves Day") wound up being mistaken by some for a pole-dancing joke. What made this particularly foul was that the tribute was done by Sweetie Belle, of all characters.
The trading card for Lyra Heartstrings and Golden Harvest includes the line "... lolling in the park, sharing bonbons with Golden Harvest." Bonbon is the name of Lyra's fanon girlfriend, making this either a poorly thought out Fandom Nod, or a case of ramming a freight traininto the radar.
Given that Hasbro hired members of the fandom to write the cards, it's likely a little of both.
Watch "Spike At Your Service" and look carefully at the placement of Spike's hands when he gives Applejack her massage, along with her reaction.
The season 4 premiere features so many scenes of ponies entrapped in vines, one has to wonder what DHX were thinking when making the episodes.
Also notable was the color of the potion Twilight drank.
Alternate Aesop Interpretation: "Griffon the Brush Off" and "Green Isn't Your Color" set us up to believe the aesops "a prank is only fun if everybody is laughing" and "don't be jealous" are coming. Twilight instead ends the episodes with "a bad friend will eventually make themselves known" and "be honest about your feelings." Both are decent aesops which fit their episodes and could also be a subversion or double subversion of stock aesops.
"The Mysterious Mare Do Well" could be said to not only preach "You shouldn't let glory go to your head and turn you into a braggart", but also "Fame is fleeting", based on how quick the ponies of Ponyville were to celebrate Mare Do Well and almost completely ignore Rainbow Dash. And given that Mare-Do-Well is actually four of the other members of the Mane Six, who manage to accomplish more than Rainbow Dash could alone, it teaches a lesson about the Power of Teamwork.
A different Aesop that can be taken from the episode "Hearts and Hooves Day" than the one given at the end can be taken as "You don't NEED a 'very special somepony' to be happy, even on a day dedicated to having one."
In the pilot episode, Twilight says "All the ponies in this town are CRAZY!" By the end of the season, every mane character has suffered a nervous breakdown at some point. And then in the season 2 episode "Lesson Zero", Twilight goes completely (if temporarily) over the edge.
The whole Scootaloo/flightless bird jokes from within the show and fandom become less funny, if they aren't to some already, now that a future episode for S4 has Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon making fun of Scoot for not being able to fly.
Ass Pull: Twilight becoming an Alicorn could have worked, but the final thing she did, to become worthy, was creating new magic, when that was never brought up before as being such a big deal. This gets really grating when the writers online said this episode was written a year before it was made, so no opportunity was taken for Foreshadowing in the rest of the season.
"Feeling Pinkie Keen" started a ton of arguments over whether the episode was intentionally anti-skeptic/science, or had a good point that got muddled.
"One Bad Apple" divided the fandom over whether it did an adequate job of tackling the issue of bullying.
Designated Hero: Many consider the entire Mane 6 to be this in "Mysterious Mare Do Well". Rainbow Dash was being portrayed as a hero with too much ego. The other Mane 5's response was seen by many fans as just as bad as how Rainbow Dash acted. They saved ponies just to make Rainbow Dash look bad, got all of Ponyville pissed at her (though partially her fault), and put Rainbow Dash into a depression
Look at the chalkboard in the beginning of "Call of the Cutie". These kids are learning damn astrophysics!
Or at least physicsnote based on the magnetic permeability symbol and vector calculusnote Based on the gradient sign.
Gilda's maltreatment of the ponies actually borders on Fridge Brilliance when you realize that in mythology, griffons and horses were mortal enemies.
Rarity re-enacts the Greek myth of Icarus at the Young Flyer's Competition.
At the end of the second episode (part two of the pilot), "The Elements of Harmony": two foals lay a wreath of red and white roses around Princess Luna's neck. This might seem like a conventional way of honoring and welcoming a princess, but consider that, at the end of the War of the Roses, Henry VII took as his symbol a red and white rose, combining the Lancastrian red rose and the Yorkist white rose. So red and white roses together are a symbol of reconciliation following a civil war within a royal family for control of the kingdom, or principality in this case.
In "The Best Night Ever", Spike mentions Princess Celestia has a golden apple tree. In certain Greek and Norse mythos, golden apples grant immortality.
They are also, in Greek mythology, a symbol of DISCORD... one golden apple in particular led to the Trojan wars, and the sacking of Troy— and the death of a dozen or so legendary Greek heroes.
The Apple(s) of Discord return in the second season's first episode, where they are used to sow discord among the mane six, fittingly, right at the start of the challenge.
Twilight's mentioned Star Swirl the Bearded created an "amniomorphic spell". "Amnio-" as a medical term deals with the fetus, so "amniomorphic" potentially deals with the development of babies, which is essentially what Twilight did when she hatched Spike.
Actually, it's highly possible that the spell's name refers to "lamb-shape". Which would make Star Swirl the inventor of a spell that turns ponies into sheep.
Some claim that amniomorphic is actually a subtle joke. Amnio could be translated to bowl. That would make Star Swirl the Bearded a hairy potter.
Also in "Luna Eclipsed," Luna keeps using old-fashioned, "formal" versions of the second-person personal pronoun: thou, thee, thy, thine, etc., even though she supposedly wants (much like her sister, in a way) a closer, warmer relationship with her subjects. But actually, thou, thee, thy, and so forth are actually the informal, personal versions of the second-person personal pronoun, much like "tu" in French or Spanish, or "du" in German. You, your, and so forth are the formal forms. When Luna addresses the other ponies as "thou," she's basically saying that she considers them to be close friends.
This makes sense if you consider that she has been trapped in isolation for a thousand years. Thou, thee, thy and thine are Early Modernnote read ‘Shakespearian’ English, which was still in use a thousand years ago.
Which is also why she would not know the meaning of the word fun (in this case amusement) which in the real world has only had that meaning since the 1700s.
Both Princesses wear collars. Celestia, who wears the larger collar, is older, more mature, and more experienced... and has bourne (and still bears) most of the burden of ruling Equestria. Luna, whose collar is much smaller, is the younger, less mature, and more impulsive sister... and is still adjusting to 1000 years' worth of progress. Factor in the purpose and benefits of the real-world horse collar harness, and decide for yourself if the symbolism was intentional or not.
If you have any interest in color theory, Celestia's mane might be of great interest to you. Sky Blue is the main color, and one of the stripes bears a shade of cyan called Celeste. The third color present is Orchid, a shade of magenta. Why Orchid? Because the orchid is one of the flowers representing the Chinese Four Gentlemen. It symbolizes spring, the season in which the sun warms the earth so life can continue.
In "It's About Time", Twilight is seen looking over a chalkboard covered in equations, which are apparently real equations for the effects of time dilation.
Oh, how is this for genius: in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1", during the song "B.B.B.F.F", there is actually a double meaning (which Daniel Ingram has confirmed):
The song is in the key of Db Major (just like winter wrap up!) . That means that the root chord is a Db major chord. Usually, a Ab major chord will lead into a Db major. This is the V-I chord progression and it is also known as the Authentic Cadence (stick with me here). Now, it seems to resolve to a sadder chord at the end of the phrase. Instead of ending on Db major around 1:16, it lands on Bb minor: the relative minor of Db major. Now, when a chord progression seems to be heading to the root chord but lands on the relative minor instead, that is called a...
Also worth noting, listen to how Twilight sings the last "forever" in the song. Her little cadenza (I am seriously not making these words up) quotes the opening notes of the theme song.
Daring Do's grey-scale tail and mane (at least as imagined by Rainbow Dash) incorporate the "colours" of a rare phenomenon known as a moonbow.
Glurge: While the show does seem to make a rather commendable effort to avoid this trope a lot of the time, it sometimes can't resist falling into it due to its cutesy nature and sometimes easily re-enterpretable Aesops. Faust has even admitted to some stories such as that of "Feeling Pinkie Keen" as giving a very bad message.
Growing the Beard: A lot of fans consider the very early episodes weaker than the rest of the show. Depending on who you ask, the series hit its stride either on "Applebuck Season" or halfway through the first season. Some contend that it didn't really take off until season two.
Regardless of one's opinion on the writing, there's been some definite Art Evolution when comparing Season 1 to Season 2. Season 3 seems to have taken that Art Evolution and about doubled it from Season 2.
Considering the episode was produced long before Cupcakes was written, Pinkie Pie's psychotic break in "Party of One" is rather eerie, doubly so considering Rainbow Dash is the pony to visit her during her episode.
Twilight Sparkle's line "All the ponies in this town are crazy!" is either a lot less funny or a lot more funny, given the episodes in which one of the mane cast suffer some sort of breakdown.
Scootaloo has been called a chicken by Apple Bloom and a dodo by Sweetie Belle, which means that her two best friends are taunting her by calling her the names of flightless birds. Now keep in mind that Scootaloo is a flightless pegasuswho idolizes and wants to be like Rainbow Dash, a pegasus that's known for her flying ability, and think how painful that must be for Scootaloo.
Most people thought that Twilight's panic attack about Princess Celestia possibly being upset about Ponyville being destroyed by the Parasprites in "Swarm Of The Century" was pretty funny. Now look at Twilight's nervous breakdown in "Lesson Zero" along with Princess Celestia's appearance in the end, and see if you can laugh at Twilight's nervousness about staying on Princess Celestia's good side.
The entire story presented in "Hearth's Warming Eve" becomes really creepy for those who are familiar with the mythology surrounding Wendigos.
In the Canterlot Wedding two-parter, the need for increased security at the wedding seems a bit more eerie in light of the recent issues with insufficient security at the London 2012 Olympics. Keep in mind that the Canterlot Wedding was based off the Royal Wedding between William and Kate... Which also happened in London.
Rainbow Dash's attitude towards Fluttershy in Dragonshy seems out of place compared to future episodes such as The Cutie Mark Chronicles And Hurricane Fluttershy.
Also, "Look Before You Sleep" has Twilight Sparkle so obsessed with having a slumber party, she doesn't even sensibly react to half of a tree crashing through her bedroom window.
Although, that might not be Idiot Plot so much as Twilight Sparkle specifically holding the Idiot Ball. Most likely from the concussion she got from the tree hitting her.
In "Fall Weather Friends", Rainbow Dash uses her ability to fly to cheat in various events. Until Applejack points it out, none of the ponies think it unfair, and neither do they bother rerunning the events she cheated in. Let's face it, when even Twilight Sparkle doesn't object to Dash LIFTING APPLEJACK INTO THE AIR DURING A TUG OF WAR, this trope is definitely in play.
In "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", the Flim Flam brothers are either holding the Conflict Ball or the Villain Ball, but either way a lot of what they do triggers one of these. If either of them had possessed an ounce of business sense, or at least hadn't been so arrogant during the contest, the episode would have been much shorter.
The plot of "Games Ponies Play" relies on the cast not realizing that the pony they greeted at the train station wasn't the games Inspector. It's an understandable mistake at first, as they're in a rush, but as the episode goes on they grow increasingly more oblivious to the fact that the pony they're escorting around doesn't resemble the inspector at all, as well as the fact that despite spending the entire afternoon with her no one ever thinks to refer to her by name. If any of them had thought to ask her name (or if the pony in question had thought to introduce herself), the mistake would have been caught within five minutes.
It Was His Sled: Princess Luna became Nightmare Moon, Nightmare Moon was defeated and turned back into Luna. There are toys of her and she came back in one episode of Season 2 (she even gets mentioned in the Season 2 première). The reveal at the end of the second episode isn't much of a spoiler anymore.
The Season 3 finale, namely the ending where Twilight becomes a princess, has been widely and openly discussed long before the relevant episode's airdate.
Less Disturbing in Context: Fluttershy's song from "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" includes the lines "Oh, what a magical place!/And I owe it all to the Pegasus race!" If heard out of context and without the accompanying visuals it may sound like Fluttershy is propagating Pegasus supremacy. It doesn't help that the mentions of wild animals, bees, and trees might be mistaken for a reference to "Tomorrow Belongs to Me"...
Nightmare Fuel coupled with Fridge Logic: Many of the situations in the series, although portrayed as saccharine, in reality would be nightmare fuel. Some examples that come to mind are the mind rape of the Mane 6 by Discord (As well as implied with everypony in Equestria), or the Nightmare Moon arc's threat of eternal night.
Paranoia Fuel: Anypony you see on the screen may be a changeling. Any one at any given time. Much worse in-universe.
There's a joke about the repeated background ponies.
Season 1: Recycled drawings.
Season 2: Changelings.
Season 3: Mirror Pool clones.
Seasonal Rot: While My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is still popular, Season 3 was generally not as well-received as the prior two. Since it was only half the length of an average season (likely to hit the 65-episode syndication minimum), its problem episodes - which, naturally, vary depending on who you ask - tend to stick out more. Almost a full third of the episodes therein have been a point of contention for at least some fans.
Some fans also felt this way about "The Best Night Ever", while others thought the episode was So Cool It's Awesome. Amusingly enough, part of the lesson for that episode was not getting your expectations up too high.
Any time Pinkie Pie starts singing. Thankfully, her songs are presented in an ironic fashion; breaking into song impromptu is one of Pinkie Pie's personality quirks in-universe. The rest of the cast reacts appropriately ("Tell me she's not..." "(sigh) She is."). Thus, instead of being the Narm that one might expect from this franchise, this subtle Fourth Wall lampshading allows the Periphery Demographic to feel at ease watching the show.
You think Pinkie Pie's songs are that? When Fluttershy sings, it's the equivalent of syrup flooding the room!
In general, watching this show has been known to cause cavities.
The fact that the 6 main ponies have had nervous breakdowns tends to lessen the sweetness.
The whole show could be considered a huge subversion/aversion (compared to expectations), which is why it has the popularity and fanbase that it does.
Still, the theme song... Let's just say it remains embarrassing.
Some people think it's okay. That said, some people do feel a need to turn down the volume when someone's in the room for the theme song (although the sound for it being balanced louder than the rest of the show might have something to do with that).
When the "Teens React" show used the intro, the reaction from both the teens and the bronies responding to that was fairly predictable.
The ending to The Cutie Mark Chronicles was even further on the sweet side than usual for this show, but well-written enough for come off as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. It didn't stop Scootaloo and Spike from Lamp Shading how sappy it was, though.
Spike: Gross! When did you get so cheesy?
Some have noted that Baby Cakes is this trope, at least, up until the Nightmare Fuel-inducing sequence when Pinkie loses the babies.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In "Dragon Quest" Spike wants to learn about dragons during "The Great Dragon Migration". Good, but then the plot goes into him being picked on teenaged dragons, earning their respect and then finding out they're just mean bastards. It could have been better spent building a mythology of the place of dragons in Equestria and add in that the bullying subplot could have just been easily done with stallions in Ponyville.
An episode about Rainbow Dash breaking her wing? That's an amazing idea! Think of the drama she would go through, wondering when she would fly again, being forced to live the life of an Earth pony until it heals... or it could be about her getting addicted to reading. Uh, sure, that might work too, I guess.
The premiere of Season 3could have beenawesome. It concerns the return of a long forgotten empire, the coming of an ancient evil ruler and Twilight and friends tasked to help save the empire alongside Shining Armor and Princess Cadance. Too bad that the entire two-parter kept its focus on almost everything but said ruler, who had fewer lines than certain background characters and very little screentime. Plus, the Aesop for the episode certainly didn't warrant a two-part special.
The Season 3 finale too. Just imagine all the great material that could be derived from the characters' lives being swapped around, and then sigh because we only get to see it for a few minutes before Twilight figures out how to fix the situation.
Values Dissonance: The Japanese dub completely changed Griffon The Brush-Off's aesop from "rather than try to influence who your friends spend time with, you yourself should try to be a good friend, and trust that the true face of a false friend will eventually be revealed through their behavior" to "if someone's being mean, don't retaliate." However, both these lessons are useful and can actually work hand in hand: jumping the gun and retaliating immediately will only get in the way of the truth revealing itself.
Discord was stuck as a stone statue twice, once for well over a millennium, and fully conscious both times. Once freed, he seems completely unfazed by the experience, even mentioning his boredom and loneliness off-handedly.
Luna/Nightmare Moon is in a similar situation, having been sealed in the moon for a thousand years. Yet her sanity seems unaffected. The comic book tie-in implies that she had company during her imprisonment, but it's unclear whether this is canon.
As of "Magic Duel", Trixie's ego may very well stem from having spent a life being terrible at things, and being desperate to be the best at something.
Base Breaker: Pick a pony, anypony. There will be people who love him/her and people who think he/she's the worst character on the show and ought to be removed. Yes, even THAT Pony.
In terms of specific examples, the example of this trope in the fandom is the fact that Twilight Sparkle becomes an alicorn princess in the season 3 finale. Depending on who you ask, it's either a much needed shakeup of the status quo and welcome development of an ongoing plot, or it turns Twilight into a Mary Sue and serves as the show's Jump the Shark moment.
Pinkie Pie and Kirby, mainly because they are both pink heroes with huge appetites and also inflate there bodies at certain points (Kirby to fly, and Pinkie Pie during some of her random cartoon physics most noticeable during her Pinkie Sense when she found out that Twilight believing in her abilities was the doozy she predicted). They also have had trouble with dealing with bird based characters (King Dedede for Kirby and Gilda for Pinkie) so these characters do have a lot in common.
Pinkie gets a lot of comparison to Deadpool as well. Both characters are Fun PersonifiedMotor Mouths with a tendency to act completely random. Both characters also have Medium Awareness, but, despite what the fandom says, Pinkie's is official league's behind Deapool's.
Rarity and Rouge the Bat. This one's easy to figure out. Both of them are Proud Beauties who are white with blue eyeshadow, can handle themselves well in a fight, and have younger males attracted to them (Spike for Rarity, and Knuckles for Rouge), while both being obsessed with jewels and have no problem using their feminine wiles to get what they want. Hey, in "Sonic Rainboom" Rarity even has wings, lipstick, and nearly falls to her doom much like Rouge does in Sonic Adventure 2, stressing this comparison even more.
Princess Celestia shares more than one similarity with The Doctor: they both lived an undefined long time, they both have a backstory enveloped in absolute mystery, they both had a particular event that changed their life and it's treated like their biggest failure (the banishment of her sister Luna/NMM for her, the Time War for him) and they both have cheerful personality hidden inside their aura of professionalism.... oh, and they both have shades of a Guile Hero and are both very protective in regard of their subordinates/companions.
Same can be said of Celestia sharing some similarities to Optimus Prime.
A few members of the fandom have compared Pinkie Pie to The Master pointing how both experienced an event in their childhood (Staring into the Untempered Schism for The Master and witnessing the Sonic Rainboom for Pinkie Pie) that had a major effect in their lives (The Master went mad from the drumming in his head and Pinkie became insanely cheerful after getting her cutie mark). Both characters have a bizarre sense of humor, both characters are considered woobies by the fandom, and both characters have created mass duplicates of themselves at one point (Pinkie wanted a way to spend time with all of her friends and The Master wanted an army to take over the universe). Likewise, both characters have Hidden Depths to them having tragic aspects to them that are hidden by their hammy personalities.
Both Celestia and Luna can be compared to Thor and Loki. Celestia/Luna are both essentially goddesses much like how Thor/Loki are both gods. Both pairs shared a close sibling relationship until jealously caused the younger sibling to turn evil (Loki wanted to take over Asgard and Luna became Nightmare Moon). Likewise, Celestia tries to reconcile with Luna much like how Thor tries to reconcile with Loki.
Less common than the two above, and back to Sonic, she's been likened to Tails, for being a genius and the smartest of the group.
She's also been likened to Blaze, because of their similar attitudes. (Didn't care about friends, obsessed with pursuing their goals at first, discover The Powerof Friendship and change their minds.)
Rainbow Dash has been compared to Black Star. Both being loud boisterous members of their team who tend to have large egos. Likewise, both are best friends with a quiet meek female character (IE: Fluttershy and Tsubaki) as well as an odd friendship with a more serious-minded character (IE: Twilight Sparkle and Death The Kid) And, both characters are loyal to their friends and are willing to risk their lives to help them in times of danger.
Her minions, the changelings, also get this treatment. However, this is more justified, as they appear to bear little ill will and just want to feed.
Prince Blueblood also receives sympathy from fans. They claim that he was "seen in the wrong by fans" for expecting chivalry from Rarity and that Rarity was just a gold-digger that Blue Blood was trying to shake off, forgetting the fact that he's a rude, narcissistic, stuck-up, selfish, and spoiled jerkass who insulted Applejack's food and used Rarity as a pony shield to protect himself from flying cake, and not apologizing for his actions after Rarity called him out on his behavior. His defenders might exist due to backlash against the people who outright wanted to murder him for his rude behavior.
Dudette, Not Funny!: Rainbow Dash, considering that some of her actions and pranks fall under this description.
Her behavior in "Luna Eclipsed" is a shining example of this.
Genius Bonus: Remember that rather prominent stars that were shining through the Ursa Minor's body?? When the whole thing was perfectly standing still and straight, guess what stellar formation they gave off.
To the Japanese fandom, Big Mac, Cheerilee, and Fluttershy are the top three most popular ponies. Big Mac is usually known by the honorific "Aniki" ("Big Brother"), Cheerilee is greatly respected for her teaching skills (earning her the nickname "Cheerilee-Sensei"), and Fluttershy has been regarded as an “Honorary Japanese” because of her personality.
According to a Japanese poll, Applejack is more popular in Japan than in the West, even beating out "Honorary Japanese" Fluttershy. A lot of fans even consider her an Ikemen.
Another poll taken in Laketown shows that Japanese children were very fond of Pinkie Pie (of course, Pinkie is extremely popular as a character worldwide). A translation of the Bushiroad conference even shows that the Japanese marketers think that Pinkie seems more fitting as a main protagonist than Twilight Sparkle.
Rainbow Dash is also surprisingly one of the more popular characters in Japan, thanks in part to fans being impressed by Izumi Kitta's boyish voice.
Jerkass Woobie: The large majority of time in the Slice of Life stories however, said character brings it upon themselves out of arrogance or stubborn refusal to get out of an often easily escapable scenario and are handed An Aesop at the end of it all.
Luna, with the emphasis on "jerkass" in season 1's first two episodes, and the emphasis on "woobie" in "Luna Eclipsed"note Wherein she just wants to be admired yet everypony else is running away from her.
Trixie is also often seen in this light, mainly because she loses her home after her debut episode.
Twilight Sparkle herself usually has plenty of legitimate reasons to be upset about her problems. However, her Super OCD-ness and inferior complex gets the better of her, causing her to make her own problems worse more than better.
Rainbow Dash in some of her lower points. To some extent, all the mane cast have moments in the spotlight that involve them acting arrogant or reckless, and paying a heavy price for it a couple of times.
Made even better in Keep Calm and Flutter On. As manipulative as he was in the Season 2 premiere, he was still backed by omnipotent magic, which means he had a distinct advantage over the Mane Six (as they started out without their Elements). In Keep Calm And Flutter On, however, they do have their Elements, he cannot do anything about that, and they are ready to blast him back to stone at a moment's notice. Faced with this disadvantage, Discord has no choice but to really start using his wits to gain the upper hand. Does he succeed? Let's put it that way: just about the only thing that stands between him and total domination of Equestria is... himself.
As of Season 4, a backup plan he made 1000 years ago has successfully forced the girls into giving up their Elements of Harmony. In other words, only his own friendship with Fluttershy stands between him and Equestria plunged in chaos. We should really be glad for that Heel-Face Turn...
King Sombra in his two-part episode proved to be one when he hid the Crystal Heart during his rule over the Crystal Empire.
Magnificent Bitch: Princess Celestia. Yes, her. If her plans throughout Season 1 didn't qualify her, then outgambitting Discord by sending Twilight some letters certainly does.
Queen Chrysalis is also a cunning foe herself, successfully fooling everyone including Celestia.
A possible interpretation of Pinkie Pie can paint her as this. Despite her... bizarre personality, she always seems to be at least two steps ahead of everypony else.
Twilight Sparkle can be portrayed as this in some episodes, most notably in Magic Duel with her plan to get the Alicorn Amulet off of Trixie.
Princess Celestia, memetic goddess. All but omnipresent even on this wiki. Things such as her defeat by Chrysalis almost immediately getting blamed on the Worf Effect and discussions of whether or not Princess Cadance is even a real alicorn can be pretty straightforwardly traced to this.
"The Great and Powerful" Trixie is one. In show, she's displayed as being somewhat talented, but rather pathetic in terms of power. The fandom likes to think of her as a worthy rival to Twilight who is equal in terms of power.
The fact that next episode she used candy to lure Pinkie Pie into a dark alley, then pins Pinkie down and makes her promise not to scream hasn't helped.
Discord has also gotten a bit of this, mainly due to his No Sense of Personal Space with Twilight Sparkle, especially the scene were he runs his paw across her cheek. Of course, unlike the previous examples, Discord is actually evil and nasty enough for this to have at least some degree of validity.
Queen Chrysalis is quickly gaining steam as a canon example of this. On top of essentially being a G-rated succubus, she, like Discord, has No Sense of Personal Space, placing her hoof on Twilight's chin◊ (What's with villains and touching Twilight's face?) and getting really close to Shining Armor (As both fake Cadance and in her true form!).
The plunder vines from the premiere of season four were shown to be very grabby. The fandom promptly went to the obvious place with them.
The gang of dragon bullies from Dragon Quest collectively cross this when they attempt to steal the seemingly-defenseless phoenix hatchlings. Spike, on the other hand, stays on the safe side of the horizon by refusing to shatter the remaining egg when pressured into doing so.
In the two-parter episode, "A Canterlot Wedding", Fake!Cadance/Queen Chrysalis crosses this when she leaves Twilight trapped in the caves beneath Canterlot, which no one remembers even exist, meaning she'll likely never be found! Chrysalis even taunts her with that very fact! And if that wasn't enough, she probably crossed it even earlier by doing the same thing to the real Cadance herself!
Princess Celestia banished somepony into the Moon only once (reluctantly even) within the series' canon. The princess is now notorious within the fandom for banishing anyone or anything she dislikes into the Moon.
We have this to thank for most of the "TO THE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" stereotypes associated with Celestia.
And not to mention the whole 'Molestia' thing ever since that one fanfic of the same name, 4Chan, fan tumblrs, and especially youtube videos.
Given that the first episode of season 2 reveals she dealt in a similar fashion (albeit with a different form of punishment) with another ancient evil, there may be more truth to this than fans ever imagined. Though in her defense, Luna helped do that one and Discord probably earned it.
Let's not forget Jerk Celestia which many fans enjoyed turning the princess into an unpleasant pony thanks to those memes and all, mainly in parody comics.
The candid photo of Celestia gorging herself on cake is another thing nobody will get over. At this point, any brony humor relating to Celestia is almost guaranteed to involve cake, banishment, or both.
The photo of Mayor Mare dying her normally pink mane silver in "Ponyville Confidential".
Really, a character does anything in this show entire memes will spawn and Fanon forged around it, especially background ponies. One of the most famous examples is Derpy's muffin obession is based on a line heard in "Applebuck Season". However she's among a group of other ponies that are also there for free muffins, some of them drooling, and she's among three ponies whose mouths flap in the scenenote In fact, it could be argued the line better fits Sea Swirl/Seafoam and Minuette/Colgate's mouth movements, but that's over analyzing at its finest.
For another such example, Lyra Heartstrings' fanon personality revolves around her obsession with humans. This is based on her human-like posture in the background in one episode.
Pinkie Pie turned "Pinkamena"note they call this state as "Pinkamena" due to the fact that Pinkie Pie's appearance dramatically changes similar to when she was a sad straight maned filly in her family's rock farm. This was also the time we learn of her full name for the first time only once in the entire series yet this is one of the things that she is known for. It's gotten to the point where everyone is expecting Pinkie's mane to deflate whenever she gets depressed.
And is portrayed as homicidal when it happens, instead of self-destructive. Though, the whole homicidal personality did not come from the show but from a certain fanfic.
Princess Luna being useless due to her absence from the Wedding's events has started to gather fan works already.
Princess Cadance not inviting Spike back to the Crystal Empire to help out with the preparations for the games and/or welcoming the inspector even though he was the one who ultimately saved it. has not gone well with some of the fans.
However, in "Games Ponies Play", it becomes evident that Cadance did have understandable reasons for not inviting Spike, despite not bringing him up. It's also made clear in both episodes that there was nothing actively preventing Spike from joining them if he hadn't had responsibilities at home.
A Canterlot Wedding held a bunch of Never Live It Down moments, ranging from the aforementioned "Luna is useless", to Celestia being weak, to the ponies ditching Twilight for the fake Princess Cadance.
Scootaloo is known for being called a "chicken" even though she was called as one only once and it was because she and Applebloom were bickering on how to call a chicken.
Another thing that made this popular among the fans was due to the fact that Scootaloo doesn't seem to be able to truly fly even though she has wings. Just like a chicken.
Firecracker Burst was originally released with her description "Firecracker Burst loves watching fireworks and guessing how they'll look when they burst—it's always a surprise!" shortened to just "Firecracker Burst loves surprises!" Combined with her fire cutie mark, this led to fans interpreting her as a pyromaniac.
Gilda has yet to live down insulting, scaring, picking on, and roaring at Fluttershy and making her run off in tears for no reason.
Even Pinkie Pie was understandably ticked off by this moment.
Cherry Fizzy is primarily remembered for one thing. Kicking Derpy off stage making her sad in Hearth's Warming Eve.
One-Scene Wonder: Many one-shot characters that have shown up for little gags have left a lasting impression. We should start with, of course, the pony patron of this trope: Vinyl "DJ Pon3" Scratch. Proof that all you need to be popular is to have a cool design, she originally only appeared for a few seconds in "Suited for Success" doing nothing but bobbing her head yet she became one of the most popular characters in the show. She returned in the Season 2 finale for the Dance Party Ending, revealing her eye colornote They're magenta, by the way.
While Derpy is not a One-Scene Wonder character, her speaking scene in "The Last Roundup" came as such a surprise a ton of fans forget the episode was about Applejack.
Crackle, the rather amusing looking dragon in "Dragon Quest" that just so happens to look like the ponies' dragon disguise.
Paranoia Fuel: Discord is capable of shapeshifting. That's paranoia fuel enough for younger audiences (specifically, the target audience). He could be any stranger you meet!
When Pinkie Pie is chasing after you, go ahead and hide. No matter where you go, you can never escape. She will find you. Even when you're in a place that she couldn't possibly reach, yup, she's there. This is taken Up to Eleven if you break a Pinkie Promise, and she Turns Red.
The Changelings have the explicit ability and tactic of turning into your loved ones, and they can use mind control to keep you from noticing or fighting back.
Pony Sue: Princess Cadance initially had this response by the fans, but it's been toned down lately.
Many people take the whole "Celestia is pony Hitler" thing a little too seriously and a little too far. Combined with Draco in Leather Pants towards Nightmare Moon for extra mileage. A number of fics involving Princess Celestia, who in canon is a kind, laid-back, accessible Reasonable Authority Figure who loves her subjects and sometimes engages in lighthearted mischief. In fanfiction however, "Trollestia/Molestia/etc" is a cruel and shameless prankster, a manipulative bitch, a tyrant, a rapist/annoying flirt, or worse. This kind of meme tread started ever since the show's very first premiere.
Pinkie Pie also gets painted as a cold-blooded murderer thanks to a certain fanfic and fans interpreting her breakdown in the episode "Party of One" based on said fanfic.
Or, people take Pinkie's Cloudcuckoolander, Genki Girl ways and interpret it into her being a bully, like in "A Friend In Deed" with her behaviour with Cranky, ignoring the fact that Pinkie Pie wanted to be his friend and, canonically, she is shown to have Ambiguous Disorder, No Sense of Personal Space and has a naïve, childlike outlook on things and desperately wants to please everyone.
Rainbow Dash and Rarity, as the Jerks With Hearts of Gold among the Mane 6, will occasionally get this treatment (the latter suffering the worst of all).
They actually seem to both provoke it or vent it onto another character, some fans think they are too arrogant and obnoxious, while others complain about them being hit on the head with An Aesop harder or being treated hypocritically by the other "nicer" ponies. "Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" invoked this trope hard with a large amount of the fanbase, though for which character in particular varies depending on who you ask.
Rainbow Dash is also portrayed as a psychotic killer in Rainbow Factory. She's also seen as more of a genuine Jerk Ass than a true hero by a portion of the fandom.
Rarity herself sometimes get this treatment. In canon, she's a somewhat haughty but kind pony most of the time. In fanon however, some fans enjoy taking her character and twisting it into her being a manipulative bitch or a psychopath, mainly in a few shipping fics that she appears in. Certain fan artists like Gavalanche continually portrays Rarity as a gold-digging slut who had Sweetie Belle out of wedlock and then burned her flesh with bleach in order to make her look like her sister. Half of his comics (the half not portraying Sweetie Belle as retarded) show Rarity trying to kill Sweetie in order to make her own life easier.
Fluttershy also gets this from a lot of fans for taking several levels of jerkassitude in the episode "Putting Your Hoof Down." It doesn't help that she made Pinkie Pie and Rarity cry, and some fans use that particular moment to bash her. She has her moments in other episodes as well.
Spitfire will sometimes get this treatment. Some fanfics will make her looking like the bad guy, mainly to paint Lightning Dust as the victim, despite for the fact that she was doing her job as a drill sergeant.
After his behavior in "Putting Your Hoof Down", Angel launched himself squarely into this territory. He was redeemed somewhat in "Hurricane Fluttershy" for comforting and helping an upset Fluttershy, but then launched back to Scrappy status in "Just For Sidekicks", where it's even lampshaded by the other pets giving him a Death Glare for his Jerk Ass behaviour.
Of all the CMC ponies, poor Scootaloo wasn't well liked by a few fans. Many fan complained that she was nothing more than a knock-off of Rainbow Dash or she was too boring to be a CMC character.
Twist gets it the worst since all it took was a nerdy lisp and already most fans have despised her regardless of the fact that Twist is a kind filly who appeared to be Apple Bloom's only friend prior to Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle showing up.
They Wasted A Perfectly Good Character: Princess Luna. With her being purified of her Nightmare Moon side, she was certainly set up to be a good recurring character for season 1, at least as a sidekick of sorts for Celestia, but she didn't appear at all. In season 2, they at least explained that "Luna Eclipsed" marked her first public appearance since being rescued, and then she was again clearly set up to be a recurring character again, but, alas, she still didn't appear at all for the rest of the season until the finale. But then, the finale manages to waste her potential even more. With Celestia losing her fight against Queen Chrysalis, it would have been a good opportunity for Luna to come in and avenge her big sister...but instead she managed to miss the whole event (a common fan theory is that she somehow just slept through it all) and then only reappeared with a few seconds left in the episode and a single line of dialogue.In Magic Duel, Twilight needs an expert magician, and Celestia is out of the country, so who does she go to? Zecora◊. Kinda justified because Everfree forest was much closer than Canterlot. Also Twilight actually says during the episode that without Spike, getting a message to anyone would take way too long, suggesting that she thought of it, put Zecora was the more practical answer.
Another one is KingSombra. While arguably the most competent and deadly of villains, Sombra was portrayed with so little character development and focus, many fans find it difficult to feel the impact he was meant to have on our heroes. His forms were frightening, his abilities were terrifyingly powerful and his legacy on the Crystal Ponies was more than unsettling, which only makes it even worse that he had very few lines and didn't even interact once with the mane cast. Top it all off with a rather anti-climatic death in the form of being blasted to oblivion, and one can't help but feel slightly bitter about it.
As well as her changeling army, to a certain degree.
Tank, Rainbow Dash's pet tortoise. "Aww, look. He even smiles slow."
Uncanny Valley: The pony's faces look extremely human-like when viewed from the front, and, when combined with the horselike ears, can look quite unsettling... And then designs for Equestria Girls came in...
The artwork in the Expanded Universe picture book Under the Sparkling Sea sometimes falls under this. Mary Jane Begin is a good artist, and to her credit the illustrations are wonderfully painted, but her detailed pseudo-realistic art style doesn't mesh well with the cartoonish character designs (most evident with faces).
There have been two ponies so far (Lickety Split from "Secret of My Excess" and the young earth pony who gets a bowling Cutie Mark at the beginning of "The Cutie Pox") who have male-looking head shapes, but also have eyelashes which are only visible when their eyes are closed or not fully open.
Scootaloo and Babs Seed. Both have short hair and rather masculine demeanour and voices. About the only giveaway as to their real gender are the very short eyelashes carried by both of them.
Rainbow Dash can qualify for this. Besides being primarily blue (a typically masculine color), she often behaves in a boyish manner and is voiced with a classic example of the young-boy-portrayed-by-female-voice-actor voice. You could probably come up with a good Drinking Game. Just take a swig every time you have to correct yourself for thinking of Rainbow as a him.
Played for laughs in "Suited For Success". After Rarity's fashion show ended in disaster (thanks to trying too hard to give her friends "perfect" dresses), suffering a brutal review by a fashion critic and getting laughed at by the other ponies, she locked herself in her shop and cried out in shame and depression. This one may actually be justified, since she just wanted to please her friends, since they didn't like the dresses she made, and she didn't know that the fashion show would end up in disaster.
Rarity: Leave me alone! I vant to be alone! I want to wallow in... whatever it is that ponies are supposed to wallow in! Do ponies wallow in pity? Oh, listen to me! I don't even know what I'm supposed to wallow in! I'm so PATHETIC!!!
Rarity is the master of trope, but Twilight can wangst something fierce too.
Rainbow Dash: AAAUUGH! What do I do?! Everypony's going to see me fail! The Wonderbolts will never let a loser like me join! Princess Celestia would probably banish me to the Everfree Forest! MY LIFE IS RUINED!
Wheelchair Woobie: Played with. Every time she used her adult walker, Granny Smith was the butt of a joke.
When Gilda terrifies her into thinking there's a rattlesnake, she gimps away as fast as she can. Which is no faster than she usually moves. You just don't do that sort of thing to someone as old as Granny, which explains some of the hatred towards Gilda.
Oddly enough, the one time a character was actually in a wheelchair (Twilight after she fell down some stairs), it was treated as Amusing Injuries.
Americans Hate Tingle: According to various queries, Russians hate Rarity - she fares only on par with one-off and background ponies, way behind the mane cast. CMC and Spike are even worse. "Lesson Zero" is considered one of the worst episodes, same for all CMC episodes. Surprisingly, "Sisterhooves Social", despite being heavy on CMC and Rarity, is rated very high... two negatives equal positive?
Comments left on Japanese fansubs indicate that Trixie is not thought of very highly over there - her bossiness and show-offiness makes her seem (even more) disrespectful and unsympathetic. At least initially. See Germans Love David Hasselhoff above.
With the Japanese audience online it is Rarity who doesn't fare well, she is often called "Obasan" (Auntie) or a "Baba" (Old hag). And the voice actress's way of making Rarity sound mature has been described as 'sounding like something from a hentai' rather than regal. Though sometimes the aunt comments can be interpreted in jest, especially when Rarity displays her cute side.
In the poll mentioned above regarding Applejack's surprising popularity in Japan over America, Rarity is ranked second favorite character, beating the aforementioned Applejack and Fluttershy. Then again, as mentioned, the "Obasan" may just be a light-hearted joke.
Broken Base: With the fandom as large as it is, this is inevitable. Some dividing factors include the Aesop of some episodes coming off the wrong way to some fans ("The Mysterious Mare Do Well" being a prime example), the portrayal of fan-favorite characters, and whether or not Fandom Nods are good for the show.
While humanization of any of the pony folks won't cause that much of a uproar, it will when they add their own indication on their race or ethnicity.
Alicorn Twilight. You can probably split it between those who love the idea, those who are not opposed but would have preferred to have a better build up, and those who hate it with a passion of a thousand fiery suns.
Rainbow Dash's Japanese voice. Some find it great, while others think its way too hoarse and shaky for her to the point where they prefer other foreign voices, like her Polish dub voice.
Canon Fodder: The fanfiction community for the show is one of the biggest and fastest growing fanfiction communities in all media fandoms. One of the many reasons is the many gaps in the details about the history of the FiM universe. Fanfic writers have a field day answering questions such as "What turned Luna into Nightmare Moon?", "What happened between the founding of Equestria and the rule of Discord?", "Where does the Hearts and Hooves Day backstory fit into this?", and so on.
The whole fandom kicked off because of an article on Cartoon Brew — written before the show even started airing — saying that the very existence of the Hub represented (exact words) "The End of the Creator-Driven Era". How ironic when Friendship Is Magic turned out to be proof of how dramatically a creator-driven approach can improve a Merchandise-Driven franchise. The article's hubris attracted a lot of attention from 4chan's comics-and-cartoons board, whose visitors decided to watch the show for themselves just to spite the writer.
Additionally, it's been an uphill climb for people spreading the news about how good the show actually is. The first discussion thread at Something Awful was a veritable mine field of Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch. Oddly, the second thread, after having been going strong without too much trolling and attracting dozens and dozens of new fans to the show for almost 150 pages (!!!), and generating over a thousand dollars in account, avatar, and banner purchases, was unceremoniously deep sixed. The moderators explained that they disliked having to patrol a thread in which people talk about how much they enjoy a cartoon directed at elementary school-age girls. Incidentally, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars thread is still okay...
This decision was actually good for both sides: The posters in that thread simply moved their discussion to an off-site forum. The ponygoons now have a whole forum to themselves while the non-fans don't need to be annoyed/creeped out by said ponygoons. It's also caused a bit of a Streisand Effect: Why on earth would a show that's as innocuous as My Little Pony cause such a commotion?
A word of warning for those who want to post on their forums: They loathe Ponibooru and will ban anyone who posts a link to it (because of its NSFW nature). They suggest using their own image site, Bronibooru. Which is free from NSFW images and images of terrible quality.
They also have their own website with well-written editorials if you want an alternative to EQD.
A similar incident occurred on 4chan on February 27, 2011note ironically, almost exactly one year after Robot Unicorn Attack day on /v/, when a moderator , without warning, decided to place an autoban filter on the website, making everyone who posted the word "pony" or "ponies" receive an automatic one day ban. People who were not posting anonymously received a 2 week ban. However, pony threads on /co/ were accumulating, on average, one post every fifteen seconds, twenty-four hours a day, constantly, for weeks, resulting in hundreds being banned. No real justification was given, other than "pony threads were shitting up 4chan." Many pointed out the hypocrisy in that just as many threads were constantly posted about Batman or Homestuck on /co/, and that the rules of /b/ stipulated that users can post anything they please. The moderator(s) refused to listen, so for about 12 hours, all of 4chan was incapacitated due to angry bronies protesting (as well as people who didn't like/watch the show but thought this whole thing was stupid). Eventually the moderators relented and removed the autobans (but didn't unban anyone that was banned). This historic event became known as "The Great Pony War", which bronies are sure to tell their children for years to come.
A radio show in Pittsburgh made fun of this wired.com article about the fans. Another radio show also lambasted the show and its fans, at one point claiming it was causing the decline of society. Not long after, a TV "news" team followed up a report of a man filing for government unemployment benefits because he was too busy with some fandom he was in to get a job... with a brief blurb about bronies that heavily implied that they do the same thing.
One such radio show ("True Capitalist Radio", hosted by a fella under the alias "Ghost") has since become a frequent target of Internet troll raids due to Ghost's tendency to do acrobatic pirouettes off the handle in reaction to just about anything that draws his ire.
NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me and Redeye (A Fox News opinion program) also poked fun at the fans, but were considerably gentler about it. The latter asked "how ashamed" bronies should feel, and one of the guests did imply that bronies were drug users.
On the other hand, In Living Glover stated the above-mentioned baseless idea that bronies are taking disability because they like My Little Pony too much to actually work as fact.
Daniel Ingram, the show's composer, gets some of his own worship for composing the series' Awesome Music.
M.A. Larson is one of the more well-received writers on the staff, most famous for "Sonic Rainboom", "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", Discord's debut two-parter, and the full-fledged introduction of Princess Luna.
This attitude has gone sadly extreme, actually: There is a large amount of Fan Dumb (mainly of the Theocrat variety) who hold Faust to be absolutely infallible and praiseworthy, and a smaller, but still significant, reaction Fan Dumb who get irritated at others' praise of Faust, and paint her as an ungrateful quitter (after she left during season two), a Moral Guardian, or any number of insults concerning her style, attitudes, or actions.
Dude, Not Funny!: Rule 50 is very much in effect with this show. And then images appear on gallery sites and search engines that show, among others, Celestia photoshopped into a picture of one of Hitler's parades. Or the mane cast appearing in the American Civil War. Or most infamously, Rainbow Dash becoming a Holocaust victim.
During a livestream of the episode "One Bad Apple", some hackers claiming to be from /v/ decided to troll the viewers by cutting into the video with a message that they've been hacked by /v/ and asking "U mad, horsefuckers?" it's especially ironic given that the episode in question has an anti-bullying message.
A few people got sick of the Trollesta/Molestia/Tyranlestia/etc jokes that are implemented on Celestia all the time in fanon.
The same can be said of Cupcakes Pinkie Pie which is way worse than the Molestia treatments.
While Scootabuse is slowly dying, Sweetieabuse is pretty much dead at this point.
Epileptic Trees: For a show where the creators claim they don't "hammer logic very hard", the fans sure like to speculate on stuff. Just look at our own massive Wild Mass Guessing pages. Yes. Pages. Massive pages. And we're probably gonna need more.
Fanfic Fuel: The fanfiction community for FiM is huge. In addition to the Canon Fodder described above, the show has the tendency to drop things that serve as good starting points for fanfiction.
Fandom Rivalry: Some Fan Dumb of FiM are pissed that it got snubbed at the Daytime Emmys for Transformers Prime, however for the most part Transformers fans and My Little Pony fans get along, which makes sense if you consider most male pony fans probably grew up watching Transformers instead of ponies. Also, both properties are owned by Hasbro, so there is a natural brother/sister dynamic. In fact, the Transformers fanbase and the "old" MLP fanbase, the one who existed even before FiM came along, have historically had good relations.
There appears to be a mild rivalry between bronies and fans of Adventure Time, with many who dislike Fi M holding up Adventure Time as a superior alternative.
There is also a bit of vitriol between FiM and Homestuck; for quite a while, whenever ponies appeared on Homestuck image boards, everyone would flip out, and vice versa for pony image boards. However, after the Homestuck image board hit a Hard Reset and lost all of its comments, the pony-Homestuck battles have lessened considerably (though they haven't disappeared completely).
In certain places, a noticeable hate towards Sonic the Hedgehog seems to be developing. Equestria Daily has had a ban on FiM/Sonic crossover content of ANY kind for a while now. This is due to negative reactions from staffers and beta readers, along with the volatile reactions whenever Sonic related content was initially posted. There are recent exceptions to this: a fan-made Sonic style Super Mode for Rainbow Dash has made it onto the Drawfriend posts and one fanfic that only featured Dr. Eggman/Robotnik and OC ponies got past the beta readers, only to get the same level of venom as expected in the comment box. Some theorize that the bronies hate Sonic out of the fear of becoming like the Sonicfanbase (and, at worst, they can come off as not being too far off). Meanwhile in the Sonic fandom, opinions of FiM are just about the same as you'd get elsewhere, although some of the saner Sonic fans will remark on how the brony Fan Dumb makes the SonicFan Dumb look easier to deal with in comparison. Despite this, there are plenty of crossover pictures and fanfic to be found (even shipping Sonic with Rainbow Dash). And, yes, at least oneAwesome Music mashup.
Another major example occurs between Ponychan posters and "/mlp/" posters. The former sees that latter as "bronies in name only" who do not follow any of the "love and tolerate" polices that the former believes the fandom is built on. On the other hand, the latter sees the former as "douchebags" who should just "give in to the internet."
Some fans of educational Slice of Life programming also do not get along well with some bronies since FiM season 2, with the former seeing the latter as crude trolls who ran a promising slice of life show into the ground by pressuring Hasbro to drop the slice of life format in favor of more villains and adventure, costing the show its E/I status. The latter sees the educational slice of life fans as babies who should go back to watching Barney & Friendsnote Adding salt to the wound, many educational slice of life fans hate Barney for its unrealistic depiction of school and family life anyway, making this an extremely hurtful insult.
Ditto for bronies and the Battlefield 3 fandom, owing in large part to the fact that the first MLP thread on Battlelog was infested with Rule 34 links and fandom arguments.
This also happens with furries too. Some bronies subscribe to furry stereotypes and some are uncomfortable with them, while some furries simply hate having to sift through dozens of pages of pony art.
There are fans of previous generations of MLP who have received hate mail and death threats from bronies. If this isn't Fan Dumb to the extremes, then what is?
Any sort of reference to ponies will become a powder keg for flaming idiotic arguments. Someone makes a ponified video of anything on YouTube, expect bronies to spam the original video with the pony reference, which will piss off people who just wanted to watch the original video. It's so awful that many forums have gone out of their way to place bans on anything pony related (Which is a good thing if you want to avoid anything pony related it since bronies have the tendency to spam ponies virtually everywhere).
A lot of Bronies appear to be incapable of distinguishing fanon from canon. Which leads to people thinking that traits originating in the fanon is canon. Which then leads to unfortunate instances and paints the fandom in an extremely unpleasant light.
Fan Hater: There are some clueless folks out there assuming all bronies to be zoophiles/pedophiles.
4chan, particularly /v/ hates ponies with a passion, even today with the fandom at its lows. But then again, compared to at the show's peak, the site was flooded so much with viral material that the servers chugged constantly, forcing a ban on ponies to /co/ until the inception of /mlp/. During this quagmire, ponychan was created as a safe haven...and regarded as a hugbox because of it.
Rainbow Dash is considered by many in the fandom to be the "lesbian" pony (probably due to her boyish appearance, rainbow motif, and attitude... which happens to be exactly the stereotype that Lauren Faust dislikes).
After Lyra Heartstrings was shown sitting human-style on a bench, she was portrayed as having a marked interest in humans, even wanting to be one in certain works.
Derpy Hooves is depicted as a letter carrier who is somewhat obsessed with muffins, has a unicorn daughter named Dinky (who shows no connection to Derpy in the actual show, but looks like her), and is anywhere between Inspirationally Disadvantaged and merely a space cadet.
It is better off if one doesn't get too into the fanon, lest canon comes along and renders it invalid. Flame Wars have erupted due to details in the actual show apparently not fitting their fanon exactly.
Works both ways. Many fans of the G4 toys also completely ignore the show for various reasons. The recent announcement that Hasbro is going to sync the toys to the show already has some fans of the toys crying foul.
The show in general, for that matter, with most of episodes having spawned at least one meme, and a few episodes that produced more than one.
Even the commercials aired during new episodes can become memetic - "Secret but(t) fun", Gyrobowl and Gak can be considered prime example (the latter even getting commercial song remixes and a fan album within a day of it airing like mad during the season 3 premiere. Just goes to show how explosive the fandom is with memes.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Bushiroad at least thinks that this would be the case in Japan, as they gave its Japanese dub considerable hype and aiming it towards both little girls and the Moe crowd.
"When I took the job, I braced myself for criticism, expecting many people — without even watching the show — to instantly label it girly, stupid, cheap, for babies or an evil corporate commercial. I encourage skeptics like this to watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic with an open mind. If I'm doing my job right, I think you’ll be surprised."
Growing the Beard: As beloved as the first season was, most the fans agree that season two introduced a major improvement to the show's formula by having Celestia ask all the Mane Six to send her reports on friendship lessons, meaning that Twilight no longer had to be shoehorned into a major role in every episode.
Guilty Pleasure: One of the main descriptives given by several fans for liking it.
Luna gets this a lot too, expect at least one person to claim she's overrated when talking about her.
Hypocritical Fandom: For a fanbase whose main mantra is "Love and Tolerance", they're surprisingly prone to infighting and being nasty with other fandoms if the Fandom Rivalry section is to be believed.
This reaches truly mind-boggling proportions if you're unfortunate enough to meet nastier bronies who are casually racist, sexist and/or homophobic. It's like the "Love and Tolerance" message is twisted to "You must love and tolerate us while we do what we want", presenting a Mind Screw of "It's intolerant not to tolerate intolerance!" to boot.
And for a fanbase who preaches about The Power of Friendship, there are a surprising amount of them who've burned their bridges with their old friends. Irony at its finest.
Bring up "Feeling Pinkie Keen" on the adult-fan websites. Fans argue over the intended message and if it was a good message to have in the first place.
Also the episode "Over a Barrel" seems to have this effect. These episodes were both written by Dave Polsky, which is probably no small coincidence.
Bronies were in quite an uproar over several toys of background ponies. More specifically, they were mad about the official names, which are the way they are not because Hasbro is snubbing the fandom (in fact, they do◊ try to utilize names fans have developed), but mainly because of Writing Around Trademarks, or the inverse, trying to create a name that can be trademarked.
Do not bring up "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" on any of the fan websites, unless you want to send everyone into a heated discussion over things like whether or not the episode was any good.
For that matter, DO NOT mention Merriwether Williams on any fan site. Not only will every thread drift back to MMDW, but things will always degenerate into a Flame War over whether she should still work on the show, whether she's gotten better, and whether or not she's wrecked the show.
Mention Derpy's behavior in "The Last Roundup" if you have to - but make sure you're wearing asbestos underpants if you want to stick around for the Flame Wars between the "There's nothing offensive about her character, she's just acting silly" camp and the "She's an offensive stereotype of the mentally handicapped" camp. Amy Keating Rogers even received a bit of hate mail for Derpy's depiction claiming she was offensive and a jab at mentally-challenged people, even though other characters in the show are depicted as similarly dopey and, as Rogers pointed out, she has a mentally-challenged son herself.
And then fans started causing a ruckus due to worries that Hasbro was taking Derpy down, based on iTunes removing "The Last Roundup" (though The Hub's and later Hasbro's temporary online uploads still included it, and it's still on Shout! Factory's DVD The Friendship Express) and WeLoveFine removing and/or renaming their licensed merchandise (though in some cases only temporarily, as it turned out).
iTunes later re-added TLR with edits to Derpy's scene: she's no longer referred to by name, her voice sounds completely different, and her eyes have mostly been un-crossed. No, the fanbase did not take it well. At all. Even later, this edited version went on to be aired by The Hub.
Howard Stern's report on bronies has caused a lot of controversy between both fans and haters of the show, after he, to no surprise, portrayed the fanbase in a negative light. Fans completely unaware of how to handle a shock jock proceeded to send hate mail to him, which only gave him material for a followup.
There was quite a big one in response to the confirmation that Twilight was to become an alicorn and a princess of Equestria alongside Celestia and Luna.
Here's one debate that often brings out the ugly side of the fandom: How to depict the Mane 6 as humans. If you decide to draw the ponies as humans, and depict any of them as an ethnicity other then Caucasian (white), be prepared to have a dozen or so bronies to jump down your throat and claim that they shouldn't be depicted as (insert your non-white ethnicity here), then have another dozen to come in and claim that the first dozen as being racist. God help you if you decided to depict poor Fluttershy wearing a hijab. It's no wonder that Hasbro decided to go with the "Doug Approach" and depict them as the same colors as their pony incarnations.
The fans themselves are sometimes looked upon with scorn, primarily for spamming image-boards with pony-related content, regardless of what that board is meant for.
Big McIntosh at least has his "gets all the mares" jokes to even it out. Braeburn, on the other hand, is probably written/drawn/whatever as gay just as often (if not more often) than he is as straight.
Derpy's canonization (having started with shirts and promos, with it all but confirmed in "The Last Roundup") is one massive catering to the Brony community.
A number of seemingly minor interactions by the background ponies are a result of Ascended Fanon, such as Lyra Heartstrings and Bon Bon hanging out together, Berry Punch continuing to be an implied alcoholic, and Derpy having a muffin pin on her carry bag.
Oddly enough, the animator for "Call of the Cutie" confirms that they were originally trying for that interpretation of Berry Punch, but the belch that would originally have followed her drinking from the punch bowl didn't make it past Executive Meddling.
The mention that Alicorn Twilight and the possibility of a human-based adaptation being introduced has sent some bronies into an uproar, however. One of the main reasons of their complaints, of course, is this, due to the fact that there's a metric ton of fanart done of these very things well before they officially existed.
Periphery Demographic: The very existence of this work page's Troper Critical Mass and its many Trope Overdosed subpagesnote Even those subpages have subpages of their own. is evidence enough. You can go to any website and you're guaranteed to discover a member or two who is a fan of the show or even the existence of an entire brony subcommunity within that site. The fandom has grown so large that even news media is taking notice.
Scapegoat Creator: It used to be Dave Polsky, but since then Merriwether Williams has become the prime target for fandom scorn. Unfortunatley her first aired episode was not the best hoof to start out on, and since then, arguments have mutated from her just not getting the show, to more than a few fans pinning everything they dislike about season 2 on Merriwether's shoulders. Merely mentioning her name on many fan sites can cause an immediate Flame War. Never mind that she's just the writer, and has to go through editors and other members of the production team before her episodes are aired, or that she's helped write great episodes on other shows before FiM *cough Band Geeks cough*. No, she's just a bad writer that doesn't "get the show."
This hits incredible levels of Fridge Logic when you consider that her next episode "Hearth's Warming Eve" was extremely well received by a majority of the fanbase.
Tainted by the Preview: The lead up to the "Royal Wedding" made many fans angry over just about everything. Of course, most fans agreed it was much better than expected.
"Magical Mystery Cure", on the other hand, was incredibly divisive before airing due to its use of Nothing Is the Same Anymore, and remains fairly divisive to this day, although not entirely because of Princess Twilight.
Some Slice of Life fans who were drawn to the show by season 1 also feels this way about season 2.
The pony names from the toys (which in most cases only JossedFan Nicknames rather than changing previously-established official names). To say that the fans weren't happy is understating things.
Some Japanese fans are upset at the fact that the Japanese version will be using different opening and ending themes, preferring that they use the original theme songs. One fan even made a "Hitler Reacts" video in frustration.
Game Informer took a very lighthearted and harmless jab at the show in their Timeline feature, which led to an oversensitive brony sending an angry letter ranting about how the ponies are badass and "not frilly". They poked some lighthearted fun at him while sincerely acknowledging the show's quality... which led to more oversensitive bronies sending hate mail. By then, they could've easily ripped the bronies a new one and no one would've blamed them — yet incredibly, they took the high ground and vowed not hold a grudge against the fanbase. Instead of publishing any of their hate mail, they published a couple of letters from levelheaded bronies apologizing for the idiots in the fanbase. GI also specifically stated that frilly does not equal bad or lame — a sentiment Lauren Faust would agree with 100%.
Within the fandom, there are many people who voice their negative opinions of the show or certain episodes, and they are very loud and obnoxious about voicing their hatred. But judging by the amount of thumbs up comments praising the show or calling out the haters on EQD get, we have a Silent Majority of sane bronies.
Another vocal minority which evolved as of late are doing the opposite; being loud and obnoxious about anyone daring to talk against any aspect of the show, regardless of the arguments used. Their love of the series is such that any criticism is answered by sheer hatred and prejudice, which said Silent Majority only rarely acknowledges. Especially prevalent on EQD, in which repeat posters routinely insult and despise anyone going against the majority.
Despite the show being focused on friendship and very little romance outside of seeing a few married couples, shipping is quite popular. Especially Les Yay Shipping, probably due to there being so few males.
Broken Base: As in any fandom, some fans think everypony should be gay or lesbian, some get angry if a character is anything but heterosexual, and some get angry that shipping exists at all, citing the fact that it's a kids' show and that Lauren Faust specifically invoked No Hugging, No Kissing. And even more only subscribe to filly/adult pony ships or incestual ships.
Cargo Ship: Rarity x "Tom," a boulder nearly twice her size which she is hypnotized into believing is a diamond.
Big Mac and "Smarty Pants".
Crack Pairing: Most Discord ships are viewed as this, except Discord/Celestia, which is just straight up Foe Yay.
Some also say similar things about Rainbow Dash and Gilda.
Foe Yay Shipping: Twilight Sparkle and the Great and Powerful Trixie is a popular ship. Oddly enough, they hardly interact with each other directly in "Boast Busters".
You would think that with his grotesque form and his Moral Event Horizon crossing that Discord would not get a lot of shipping. You'd be wrong. Doesn't help that at one point he strokes Twilight's cheek. Discord/Celestia seems to be gaining the most steam, probably because of them being ancient enemies and both being Trolls.
Rainbow Dash tends to get paired up the most out of the cast by the fandom, to the point where it's easier to count the ponies she hasn't been paired up with on one hand. To drive the point home, one artist paired her with a kitchen sink.
OTP: Lyra Heartstrings/Bon Bon, two background ponies that are often seen with each other when Lyra is up to her wacky antics. Of all the shipping pairings in this fandom, there seems to be some unwritten law of fanart/fanfiction that these two are not to be shipped with anypony but each other.
How extensive is this? The first reaction to any other pairing is cries of "Lyra is cheating on Bon Bon!" and vice versa.
Braeburn/Little Strong Heart also comes up, playing up the Romeo and Juliet angle as well as the fact that they were two of the more level-headed characters on both side of the conflict who wanted to try to work out a compromise beforePies were discharged.
In the two episodes he was in, Discord spawned quite a few pairings. Discord/Celestia, Discord/Pinkie, and Discord/Fluttershy seem to be the most popular.
The Japanese fandom was particularly big on this. Look Before You Sleep was tagged "Yuri" on Nico Nico Douga at one point.
Ships That Pass In The Night: Discord/Chrysalis is quickly gaining steam despite the only thing connecting them is their ability to shapeshift and their threat to Equestria.
Spike gives an Almost Kiss to Applejack while fantasizing about Rarity in "A Dog And Pony Show", and now the AppleSpike pairing has become highly popular.
The massage Spike gives Applejack in "Spike At Your Service" has just added more fuel to this fire.
Soarin' once bought an apple pie from Applejack. This alone is the basis for the rather popular Applejack/Soarin' ship.
Rainbow Dash briefly saving Soarin's life in "Sonic Rainboom" and his pie in "The Best Night Ever" has automatically made the two of them into a popular couple. The picture of them together at the end of "A Canterlot Wedding" only adds fuel to the fire.
Also on the Soarin ship is Braeburn, who has, as far as can be determined, never even been in the same city as Soarin, much less met him.
Twilight/Trixie has quite the fan following, even though they barely, if ever, spoke to each other in "Boast Busters."
Of course, nowadays season 3 has given the shippers all of "Magic Duel" to play with, too.
Vinyl Scratch and Octavia have never appeared in the same scene, episode, or even city together. They do share a trading card that suggests that maybe they know each other somehow, but that's not a lot to go on. Doesn't stop people from shipping them.
Nightmare Rarity only appears in an arc of the comic. Spike's adult self only appears for only part of a single episode of the television show. Despite not even appearing in the same medium, NightmareSparity is widely considered the most metal ship in the franchise.
When the episode synopsis of "Hearts and Hooves Day" was released, Twimac and Fluttermac (and perhaps Caramac) shippers started to go on the war path due the the possibility of Big Mac/Cheerilee becoming canon. The episode ends with a very ambiguous Maybe Ever After.
Although the Caramac shippers were still on the warpath after the CMC song about finding Cheerilee a date showed Caramel with a girlfriend. It doesn't help that even for those who don't pair him with Big Mac, Fanon in general tends to portray Caramel as a coltcuddler.
The Hub released an image of "A Canterlot Wedding" that shows what looks likes to some as Rarity flirting with Fancy Pants. Spike/Rarity shippers began to mobilize the fleets.
Although that might be neutralized by another picture that shows Spike dancing with Rarity's little sister Sweetie Belle. Then again, it might add more fuel to the fire in the eyes of the Spike/Rarity shippers.
Squick: There are some that have been pairing Twilight Sparkle with her brother Shining Armour in an incestuous relationship.
The fandom really likes to pair up Spike with Apple Bloom.
Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Spike has apparently been paired off with each of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, and some of their classmates in certain parts of the fandom.
The fact that Spike and Sweetie Belle were shown dancing together at the end of "A Canterlot Wedding Part 2" helps. In many stories he gravitates toward her after being rejected by Rarity, or being reminded that he has no chance with Rarity in the future with explanation.
Apple Bloom is also shipped with Featherweight, Diamond Tiara (mixed with Foe Yay), and Snips, as mentioned below.
Pinkie Pie's laugh. Since she's the Element of Laughter, it really isn't surprising that her happy little giggle is nice to hear.
Princess Cadance's singing voice.
Older Than They Think: The bronyfandom is this. Believe it or not, back in the 80s, there were a lot of boys watching G1 due to the adventure-filled plots that were highly unusual in girl's shows at the time. (Obviously, they didn't call themselves "bronies", though.) But since 4chan didn't exist back then, the franchise never caught on as boy-friendly.
Another good example, that's slightly less old, would be Sailor Moon fans from the nighties gave way to pretty much the same reaction as we're getting now the whole "these guys are a pile of happy cigarettes" from the haters and a "it's the turning point of masculinity" from the fans side.
Painful Rhyme: Crops up occasionally; the show's "songwriter" just composes the music and relies on the episodes' regular writers for lyrics. Pinkie's song in "Over a Barrel" invokes this intentionally.
The Crusaders did get some flak upon their introduction; but to some fans, they are now adored on par with the mane cast.
Many people admit to hating Rarity early into the show, since she comes off as dim, shallow, arrogant and useless - in other words, typical Rich Bitch, the very stereotype she is designed to subvert. It's not until a bunch of episodes, starting with "Suited for Success", came out, giving her a lot of screen time, massive Character Development, and actually living up to her element more often that they started warming up to her.
Before the airing of "A Canterlot Wedding", there was a generally negative opinion of Princess Cadance and Shining Armor, due to being an alicorn without any explanation and being Twilight's brother despite never being brought up before, respectively. In addition, it was generally believed that they were forced into the show by higher-ups at Hasbro. While there is still much grumbling about these issues, after the airing of the episodes, they have managed to gain a lot of fans.
Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The quality of the writing in the early Season 1 episodes (especially the two-part pilot) may seem quite low to people who are used to watching the later episodes, which have a lot more Parental Bonus and Fandom Nods. This was before Hasbro knew about the show's Periphery Demographic, so it's justified.
Her helmet seemed to be re-used for her Commander Hurricane role in "Hearth's Warming Eve", however.
That is to say, cool for a superhero. For a formal dance... perhaps not so much. Then again, her reason for attending was to crash the Wonderbolts' performance with her flying moves, so it makes sense she initially thought the dress would work.