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* GoodPrincessEvilQueen: The only character bearing the title "Queen" is Queen Chrysalis, the villainous leader of the Changelings, a race of shapeshifting emotion-eaters. Every other female monarch (Celestia, Luna, Cadence, Twilight Sparkle) bears the title "Princess". This was an Enforced Trope, as Celestia was a queen when the show was being planned, but Hasbro [[https://www.deviantart.com/comments/4/1603670/1791456540 asked the creator to make her a princess]] because children viewed princesses as good and queens as evil.


* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: As to be expected from an idealistic child-friendly TV-Y show like this, No matter [[DarkestHour how dire the situation]], or how powerful, threatening or seemingly unstoppable or infallible the villains become, the heroes will ''always'' prevail. Always. No PyrrhicVictory or cost, either. So you basically know how the whole situation is going [[ForegoneConclusion to end]] ahead of time. However, the show still manages to keep up the interest anyway by offering storytelling twists in other ways, proving that this is [[TropesAreTools not necessarily a bad thing]].

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* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: As to be expected from an idealistic child-friendly TV-Y show like this, No matter [[DarkestHour how dire the situation]], or how powerful, threatening or seemingly unstoppable or infallible the villains become, the heroes will ''always'' prevail. Always. No PyrrhicVictory or cost, either. So you basically know how the whole situation is going [[ForegoneConclusion to end]] ahead of time. However, the show still manages to keep up the interest anyway by offering storytelling twists in other ways, proving that this is [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools not necessarily a bad thing]].


-->'''Discord:''' You know, it really does seem like you just might be ready for whatever comes next, Your Majesty.

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-->'''Discord:''' --->'''Discord:''' You know, it really does seem like you just might be ready for whatever comes next, Your Majesty.

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* Season 9 has multiple hints that [[spoiler:Grogar is Discord in disguise]]:
** When Celestia and Luna decide to delay their retirement, Discord is annoyed and believes his anticipation for Twilight to become their successor is all for nothing.
** Discord somehow doesn't detect Tirek's presence at the Summer Sun Celebration, despite being his partner five seasons ago. He also politely denies himself when the ponies suspect he's the reason behind all the chaos.
** After the sun is raised, this line comes up.
-->'''Discord:''' You know, it really does seem like you just might be ready for whatever comes next, Your Majesty.


** The Power Ponies are based on comic heroes. Radiance is the {{Green Lantern}}, Saddle Rager is The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, Fili-second is Franchise/TheFlash, Humdrum is ComicBook/{{Robin}}, Zap seems to be [[ComicBook/{{Storm}} Ororo "Storm" Monroe]] (with, shades of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] thrown in, if you take the 2014 comic book annual into account), Mistress Marevelous is WonderWoman, and Masked Matter-horn is [[ComicBook/XMen Bobby "Iceman" Drake]].

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** The Power Ponies are based on comic heroes. Radiance is the {{Green ComicBook/{{Green Lantern}}, Saddle Rager is The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, Fili-second is Franchise/TheFlash, Humdrum is ComicBook/{{Robin}}, Zap seems to be [[ComicBook/{{Storm}} Ororo "Storm" Monroe]] (with, shades of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] thrown in, if you take the 2014 comic book annual into account), Mistress Marevelous is WonderWoman, and Masked Matter-horn is [[ComicBook/XMen Bobby "Iceman" Drake]].


** Twilight in the first season seemed to be far more skeptical of the supernatural than in later episodes. Most notably in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]'' and ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]'', where she refuses to just simply accept that Pinkie has an innate sense to know when bad things are about to happen and that curses exist, respectively (though she was admittedly right about the latter in that particular instance). This is the despite the fact that she's a ''unicorn'' in a world that basically depends on magic to keep itself running. It appears the writers just took the standard AgentScully bookworm archetype that Twilight is mostly modeled and ran with it, forgetting for the first season that it makes no sense given the context of the universe she occupies.

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** Twilight in the first season seemed to be far more skeptical of the supernatural than in later episodes. Most notably in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]'' and ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]'', where she refuses to just simply accept that Pinkie has an innate sense to know when bad things are about to happen and that curses exist, respectively (though she was admittedly right about the latter in that particular instance). This is the despite the fact that she's a ''unicorn'' in a world that basically depends on magic to keep itself running. It appears the writers just took the standard AgentScully bookworm archetype that Twilight is mostly modeled after and ran with it, forgetting for the first season that it makes no sense given the context of the universe she occupies.


** Twilight in the first season seemed to be far more skeptical of the supernatural than in later episodes. Most notably in ''[[Reap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]'' and ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]'', where she refuses to just simply accept that Pinkie has an innate sense to know when bad things are about to happen and that curses exist, respectively (though she was admittedly right about the latter in that particular instance). This is the despite the fact that she's a ''unicorn'' in a world that basically depends on magic to keep itself running. It appears the writers just took the standard AgentScully bookworm archetype that Twilight is mostly modeled and ran with it, forgetting for the first season that it makes no sense given the context of the universe she occupies.

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** Twilight in the first season seemed to be far more skeptical of the supernatural than in later episodes. Most notably in ''[[Reap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]'' and ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]'', where she refuses to just simply accept that Pinkie has an innate sense to know when bad things are about to happen and that curses exist, respectively (though she was admittedly right about the latter in that particular instance). This is the despite the fact that she's a ''unicorn'' in a world that basically depends on magic to keep itself running. It appears the writers just took the standard AgentScully bookworm archetype that Twilight is mostly modeled and ran with it, forgetting for the first season that it makes no sense given the context of the universe she occupies.

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** Twilight in the first season seemed to be far more skeptical of the supernatural than in later episodes. Most notably in ''[[Reap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]'' and ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]'', where she refuses to just simply accept that Pinkie has an innate sense to know when bad things are about to happen and that curses exist, respectively (though she was admittedly right about the latter in that particular instance). This is the despite the fact that she's a ''unicorn'' in a world that basically depends on magic to keep itself running. It appears the writers just took the standard AgentScully bookworm archetype that Twilight is mostly modeled and ran with it, forgetting for the first season that it makes no sense given the context of the universe she occupies.

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** Oddly, Equestria's division of labour bears a striking resemblence to the traditional Hindu varna, or caste system: the unicorns, with their aristocratic position and connection to the alicorn "gods", are brahmins; the pegasi, with thier history as warriors, are the kshatriyas, and the earth ponies, who till the land and sell their produce, are the vaishyas and shudras. Who the untouchables are supposed to be in this analogy it's better not to ponder.

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* GoldenMoment: The first four seasons all ended with one of the main cast narrating a summation of the episode's moral. This was dropped by the start of season five, as even the writers were growing tired of having to stop an episode to explain the lesson that most anyone with a brain would already have picked up on.


** The [[IOSGames iOS]] EdutainmentGame ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle/id465213808?mt=8 Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day]]'' is an interactive storybook with two types of educationally-beneficial minigames thrown in. The makers of the game have gone on to make another one, ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-ruckus-reader/id498464830?mt=8 Ruckus Reader]]''.

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** The [[IOSGames [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]] EdutainmentGame ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle/id465213808?mt=8 Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day]]'' is an interactive storybook with two types of educationally-beneficial minigames thrown in. The makers of the game have gone on to make another one, ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-ruckus-reader/id498464830?mt=8 Ruckus Reader]]''.



* HiddenObjectGame: ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/game-mylittlepony-discover Discover the Difference]]'', ''[[http://mcdonalds.com.mx/mlp_bakugan/encontra.html Encuentra los Símbolos]]'', and the Hidden Picture and Spot the Difference activities in the IOSGames ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle/id465213808?mt=8 Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day]]'' and ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-ruckus-reader/id498464830?mt=8 Ruckus Reader]]''.

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* HiddenObjectGame: ''[[http://www.hubworld.com/my-little-pony/shows/friendship-is-magic/games/game-mylittlepony-discover Discover the Difference]]'', ''[[http://mcdonalds.com.mx/mlp_bakugan/encontra.html Encuentra los Símbolos]]'', and the Hidden Picture and Spot the Difference activities in the IOSGames UsefulNotes/IOSGames ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle/id465213808?mt=8 Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day]]'' and ''[[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-ruckus-reader/id498464830?mt=8 Ruckus Reader]]''.


** The final season opener is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin appropriately titled]] "The Beginning of the End".

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** The final season opener is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin appropriately titled]] "The Beginning of the End".End", and the three-part GrandFinale consists of a two-parter called "The Ending of the End" followed by "The Last Problem".


* GrandFinale: The series ends with an overreaching three-part finale consisting of the two-parter "The Ending of the End" followed by "The Last Problem".

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* GrandFinale: The series ends will end with an overreaching three-part finale consisting of the two-parter "The Ending of the End" followed by "The Last Problem".

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* GrandFinale: The series ends with an overreaching three-part finale consisting of the two-parter "The Ending of the End" followed by "The Last Problem".


* IstanbulNotConstantinople: Strangely averted by characters making references to our Earth -- Twilight calling Spike "[[TheCasanova Casanova]]" and "[[RomeoAndJuliet Romeo]]"; Spike wanting a "Literature/FuManchu beard" in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]"; and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]" with French ''haute couture'', Dutch apple pie, and constellations as seen from Earth including [[FurryConfusion Sagittarius]], Orion, and Canis Major -- as well as the Ursas Major and Minor.

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* IstanbulNotConstantinople: Strangely averted by characters making references to our Earth -- Twilight calling Spike "[[TheCasanova Casanova]]" and "[[RomeoAndJuliet "[[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Romeo]]"; Spike wanting a "Literature/FuManchu beard" in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]"; and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Suited For Success]]" with French ''haute couture'', Dutch apple pie, and constellations as seen from Earth including [[FurryConfusion Sagittarius]], Orion, and Canis Major -- as well as the Ursas Major and Minor.

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