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My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise is a four issue mini-series comic that, exactly as it says, crosses over the franchises of My Little Pony and Transformers. Particularly G4 and G1 respectively.

Queen Chrysalis has decided if her army and she are outnumbered by too many heroes on Equestria, then she'll summon some help from Changlings in other dimensions. However she gets her wires crossed during the summoning spell and ends tapping into a Cybertronian Space Bridge, warping the Autobots and Decepticons from Cybertron into the Equestria world. Both bots from the conflicting sides end up scattered across the land. Twilight ends up making contact with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee and naturally they become fast friends. However Megatron and Chrysalis have likewise joined forces as well, leading into a race to find the other allies of their respective sides with a major, if rather odd, clash between ponies and robots imminent.


The series has a fair share of writers among which is Ian Flynn, Sam Maggs, and James Asmus. Likewise art provided Tony Fleecs, Jack Lawrence, Sara Pitre-Durocher, and Casey W. Coller

My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Rumble is conspicuously absent from Soundwave's cassette entourage in "Pet Sounds".
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original toyline, the Deluxe Insecticons were multiple vibrant colors. Here, they share the same black-and-yellow color scheme as the original Insecticon trio.
  • Alien Lunch: In "They Eat Ponies, Don't They?" Pinkie Pie invites Gauge onto her Show Within a Show, "Preppin' with Pinkie", to share recipes in the spirit of cultural exchange. Pinkie, naturally, decides to make cupcakes. Gauge's choice? Iron filling casserole. The audience is decidedly put off by the sight. At the end of the story, Pinkie and Gauge try each other's dishes... only to learn the hard way that Cybertronian and Equestrian cuisine is not cross-compatible.
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  • Ambiguous Time Period: Nothing has been firmly established concerning the exact timing of the crossover. The presence of changelings supporting Queen Chrysalis suggests it's set before their Heel–Race Turn in Season 6, Season 7 at latest as there were still renegade changelings until then. But Spike has wings which he grew in Season 8. The final story also includes appearances by the Young Six, who didn't debut until Season 8. This was lampshaded by Quibble Pants in the very first page.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: In "Inspiring", Spike was able to learn enough of the Autobot language and how to operate the Ark's engines (with books three times his size) before learning how to use a computer to turn the Ark on and incinerate Devastator in it. Guess being Twilight's Number 1 assistant has rubbed off on him.
  • Barrier Warrior: Rarity conjures up a diamond shield to protect Arcee from the Seekers’ attack.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The final issue has the Autobots along with the ponies going into an all out battle against the Deceptions and the Changlings at the foot of the Crystal Empire.
  • Came from the Sky: The Autobots and Decepticons end up dropping out of the sky over Equestria after Chrysalis summons them into their dimension.
  • The Cameo:
    • Quibble Pants shows up at the start of the first issue complaining about an in-universe comic crossover between Daring Do and the Power Ponies and how it doesn't explain where along the timeline it is for both series.
    • All the Manehattan staff of Rarity Carousel Boutique (Coco Pommel, Plaid Stripes and the three nameless interviewees from "The Saddle Row Review") are shown polishing Starscream in "Shine Like a Diamond".
    • Derpy Hooves, DJ Pon-3, Octavia Melody and Dr. Hooves can be seen in the audience for Pinkie's Show Within a Show in "They Eat Ponies, Don't They?"
    • In "Strength in Numbers", Discord summons a plethora of Apple family members to help repel the Insecticons.
    • During the final battle of "Finale", Maud Pie, Sugar Belle, Owlowiscious, Starlight Glimmer, Trixie, Tempest Shadow, Shining Armor and the Cutie Mark Crusaders appear as part of the reinforcements against the Decepticons and Changelings. On the Transformers' side of things, Prowl and Ironhide appear amongst the Autobots, while Crasher appears amongst the Decepticon ranks.
  • Continuity Snarl: Pinkie has her own television show in "They Eat Ponies, Don't They?", despite the fact that television has never been shown to exist in the world of Equestria before.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Giant robots who transform into different vehicles with magical pastel colored equines (and a dragon). How can this not be awesome?
  • Covers Always Lie:
    • There are a few characters who appear on the covers of certain issues that don't actually appear at all in the series. Examples include Blitzwing appearing on the cover of "Transformation Is Magic", Beastbox on the cover of "Pet Sounds", and Princesses Celestia and Luna on the cover of "Finale".
    • In a story specific example, Megatron, Starscream and Soundwave appear on the cover of "The Flyin' Fox Trot", but aren't featured in that story.
  • Crossover: Of course, it's the main hook of the series.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In "Inspiring", the Constructicons try to attack the Autobots' Ark but are curb-stomped by its lone guardian: Grimlock. The Constructicons proceed to combine and form Devastator, and then Grimlock is the one on the receiving end. And then, Spike's ingenuity saves the day when he scurries inside the Ark and ignites the ship's giant engines to one-shot Devastator with the combined jet blasts.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Fluttershy mistakes the Mini-Cassettes as animal companions and goes out to see them. The cover of her story even has Fluttershy gasping at seeing Laserbeak, Ravage and Beastbox (who doesn't appear in the story proper for some reason).
  • Darker and Edgier: Very heavily Downplayed. My Little Pony is no stranger to dark storylines, but this story features the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons coming to Equestria’s doorstep.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In "Pet Sounds", Soundwave decides to make a truce with Fluttershy and Discord after Discord and the robot-transformed animals beat the stuffing out of him and Frenzy. That and Discord's not so subtle threat to turn Soundwave and Frenzy into ponies.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Downplayed, as Arcee is initially all business during and soon after her battle with Starscream, only to quickly correct herself and properly introduce herself to Rarity, who can't help but gush and Lampshade Arcee's shift from battle-hardened warrior to a "tender, delicate" soul.
  • Dynamic Entry:
    • Happens to Starscream twice. Once at the beginning where Bumblebee interrupts Starscream by crashing into his face in vehicle mode, then again in Manehattan where Arcee races up in vehicle mode, then transforms into robot mode before delivering a kick to his face.
    • During the climax, Megatron and Chrysalis' villain speech is suddenly interrupted by Spike and Grimlock falling from the sky to punch Megatron and crush one of Chrysalis' monsters. (Spike is wearing a transformable Exosuit.)
  • Fist Bump: Arcee and Rarity do this after they drive off Starscream and his flunkies.
  • Framing Device: "Inspiring" is based off of Spike writing a letter to Twilight Sparkle.
  • Friend to All Living Things: In "Pet Sounds", Fluttershy proves herself as the Element of Kindness by befriending the Mini-Cassettes (who she mistook as real animals) and they in turn defend her from Frenzy when he knocks her down. Discord even brings this up to Soundwave who heavily underestimated her.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Rainbow Dash and Windblade in "The Flyin' Fox Trot".
  • Frying Pan of Doom: In "They Eat Ponies, Don't They?", Gauge and Pinkie sandwich Shockwave's head between two frying pans.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: In the fourth and final issue, the Insecticons raid Sweet Apple Arces with only Applejack there to try and fight them off while they consume the farm's apples. Just when it looks like she can't stop them, Discord arrives and uses his magic to summon the entire Apple clan to help fight them off.
  • If I Can't Have You...: During the final battle, Chrysalis tells Twilight that she will never reverse the spell that brought the Autobots and Decepticons to Equestria. Her reasoning is that if she can't rule Equestria, then she'll just let it get torn apart by the Transformers' war.
  • Human Resources: More like "Pony Resources", but Shockwave's plan to convert ponies into Energon still counts.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Fluttershy sees a "boo-boo" on Ravage's nose, Frenzy gets annoyed.
    Frenzy: Hey, we don't get "boo-boos"! That's...battle damage!
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Spike states that Grimlock can fight off all challenges...and the next panel shows the Dinobot getting curb-stomped by Devastator.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After the Constructicons are defeated thanks to Spike's ingenuity, they decide to cut their losses and retreat.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The comic opens up with Quibble Pants complaining about comic crossovers causing Continuity Snarl over when in the series they're supposed to be set, only to be told "it's just supposed to be fun", which applies to this comic's questionable time placement in the My Little Pony continuity.
  • Lighter and Softer: For Transformers, the story is more light hearted than IDW’s mainline series.
    • Shockwave in particular stands out, in most incarnations he's typically a coldly logical Mad Scientist and The Dreaded among Autobots and Decepticons alike. While his appearance here does have him attempt to use the ponies as an energy source, he also spouts puns and goes after the ponies using cooking utensils.
  • Misguided Missile: Rainbow Dash and Windblade defeat Misfire and the Rainmakers by redirecting their heat-seeking missiles back at them.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The crown and cape that Starscream dons when he takes over Manehattan are the same that he briefly wore in the original movie.
    • During the final battle, Spike wears the same kind of Exosuit the Autobots' human ally Spike and his son Daniel wore in the movie.
    • Twilight uses her magic to place an orange cap over the barrel of Megatron's fusion cannon. This is a nod to how the original G1 Megatron toy (which transformed into a gun) became more difficult to release over time, as western toy standards later required that toy guns have orange caps over the barrels in order to keep them from looking too much like real guns.
  • Not Me This Time:
    • When Soundwave arrives in front of Fluttershy's cottage, Fluttershy immediately questions if this is Discord's doing. Discord states that even he couldn't think this up.
    • Likewise happens in the fourth issue when Discord arrives at Sweet Apple Arces and Applejack thinks the Insectoids are one of his pranks. He cites it as "too mundane" for him before showing that he actually came there with reinforcements to help her combat them.
  • Oh, Crap!: Devastator has this look when he sees the Ark's engine on and its exhaust about to incinerate him.
  • One-Hit KO: Spike delivers one against Devastator by blasting him with the exhaust from the Ark's engines.
  • Orphaned Punchline: "Pet Sounds" opens up with Discord stating a tale to Fluttershy about why you don't eat oranges in his dimension.
    Discord: —And I said, "That's why you don't eat oranges in my chaos dimension, buddy! Sometimes, the fruit bites you!"
  • Papa Wolf: Do not hurt Fluttershy in front of Discord. Soundwave learned this the hard way when Discord transforms himself and Fluttershy's animal friends into robots to maul him.
  • Pie in the Face: Pinkie Pie delivers one to Soundwave before he can launch his cassettes in "Finale".
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Played with. When not using combat magic, the My Little Pony side of the conflict always has the Autobots save them from the Decepticons with the exception of Rainbow Dash and Spike, painting Transformers as the more effective combatant. Discord being in a passive role and the Royal Sisters being absent is also a major reason. This is not surprising, given the franchises' respective genres. However when the alicorns step in "Finale", their magic allows them to fight the Decepticons on even footing.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    • Devastator gets one in "Inspiring":
      Devastator: Prepare for EXTINCTION, Dinobot!
    • Another one from Shockwave in "They Eat Ponies, Don't They?"
      Shockwave: Ponies. I believe in your vulgar parlance, you would say I am here to... spice things up.
  • The Power of Friendship: Common on the My Little Pony side of things, but one of the main themes of the comics is how the Equestrians befriend the Autobots.
    • In Pet Sounds, Fluttershy shows off her kindness to take care of the Mini-Cassettes to the point that when Frenzy attacked her, Ravage, Laserbat and Rampage attack him and Discord shows how dangerous friendship can be when he transforms himself and Fluttershy's animal friends into robots to maul Soundwave.
    • In "Finale", Twilight and Optimus combine this power with that of the Matrix to blast the Decepticons back through the spacebridge to Cybertron.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In "Pet Sounds", Fluttershy does this when she sees the Mini-Cassettes:
    Fluttershy: It [Soundwave]. has. Pets?!
  • Sequel Hook: The Decepticons are defeated and forced back to Cybertron. The Autobots soon follow and destroy the spacebridge to keep the Decepticons from going back to Equestria. It's a total loss for the villains, but Shockwave reveals if they can't return to Equestria, then maybe they can look into bringing some of their magic into their realm. He reveals he pinpointed the source of the magic, showing Megatron an image of Twilight's castle as the comic closes out.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Skywarp when Rarity gets him and Starscream tangled up in midair:
    Skywarp: This is stupid! I'm out! [teleports away]
  • Shout-Out: In "Strength in Numbers", Discord brings every Apple family member to Sweet Apple Acres via a series of portals. This is similar to the scene in Avengers: Endgame where The Cavalry arrived to aid in the final battle against Thanos and his forces.
  • Show Within a Show: Pinkie's cooking show, "Preppin' with Pinkie".
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Arcee is quite complimentary of Rarity's fashion prowess, but even more so when the fashionista summons a diamond shield to protect Arcee as the Autobot takes out Thundercracker with her blaster.
  • Squee!: Spike totally loses his marbles over Grimlock.
    Grimlock: Does tiny Spike have any questions for Grimlock?
    Spike: How did you get to be so cool?!
    Grimlock: Grimlock already strongest Autobot. Make sense to also be greatest dinosaur.
    Spike: [with stars in his eyes] AAAAAAH! SO! COOL!
  • That's Gotta Hurt: Pinkie says as much when Gauge bashes Shockwave over the head with a cookie tray. Lampshaded by Gauge, who notes that "such language is universal".
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Grimlock has this moment when he taunts the Constructicons into combining into Devastator.
    Grimlock: Grimlock and Grimlock's big mouth...
  • Title Drop:
    • In Issue 2, Spike states the title of his story at the end.
      Spike: He [Grimlock] called me... me... inspiring...
    • In Issue 3, Rainbow Dash brings up the Flyin' Fox Trot maneuver, which is the title of her story.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Spike is able to save Grimlock by reading through two Autobot guidebooks (which are three times his size) then somehow learns how to use a computer to activate the Ark's engine to incinerate Devastator.
    • Later, during the final battle against the Decepticons and Changelings, Spike and Grimlock arrive to help, but Spike is wearing a transformable Exosuit to fight alongside Grimlock, and the first thing Spike does is deliver a huge punch against a surprised Megatron. No wonder Grimlock says he became inspired by the little dragon!
    • Fluttershy does not show any fear around Soundwave or Frenzy and even states that Frenzy is nothing more than a bully after he attacked her.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Soundwave's threat assessment on Fluttershy when she comes to greet him end up as negative and he's focused more on Discord. However, he changes his tune when he sees Fluttershy's kindness endear her to the Mini-Cassettes (sans Frenzy) and it's this kindness that motivates Discord to really let loose.
  • Villain Team-Up: Chrysalis and Megatron naturally start working together no sooner then they meet one another.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: In "Inspiring", Spike brings down Devastator by blasting him with the Ark's engines.
  • Weird Crossover: It's a crossover featuring giant fighting robots and color coded ponies with both having wildly different demographics to boot. Honestly, it's a wonder why it didn't happen sooner. This is even lampshaded in the first page when Quibble Pants is questioning a Daring Do/Power Ponies crossover (though he's more concerned with the continuity than anything else).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • In the final issue, when Chrysalis orders her army to retreat, she gets grabbed by Megatron who demands what she promised him. But after Megatron is blasted by Optimus and Twilight and sent back through the spacebridge, we don't see what became of Chrysalis.
    • There are also a handful of Decepticons seen in Equestria throughout the crossover who do not appear in the final battle, such as Skywarp, Thundercracker, Misfire and the Rainmakers.
  • Wingding Eyes: Spike has stars in his eyes when he starts gushing over Grimlock. When Spike tells Grimlock to take cover (because the little dragon is planning on attacking Devastator with the Ark's engines), Grimlock has an 'X' for an eye.
  • The Worf Effect: Shockwave is hit HARD by this, managing to lose to Gauge and Pinkie Pie in "They Eat Ponies, Don't They?". He"s bizarrely limited to kitchen implements instead of his usual arm cannon.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Grimlock, of all 'Bots, gives one of these speeches to Spike at the end of "Inspiring", praising the little dragon for his ingenuity and yet-untapped potential.
  • Your Other Left: A variation: In "They Eat Ponies, Don't They?", Pinkie tells Gauge to go to stage left at the start of their battle with Shockwave. Pinkie soon clarifies that she meant right, leaving Gauge confused.
    Gauge: But you said left!
    Pinkie: That's showbiz, baby!


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