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Pinkie Tales is a series of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic videos published by Magpiepony, also known as the creator of Princess Trixie Sparkle.

The concept of the series is Pinkie Pie telling Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake bedtime stories in the form of classic fairy tales. Pinkie being... Pinkie however things are rarely that simple as she drastically changes things, often by inserting her friends as the characters of the story. She's also prone to changing details on a whim mid-story, much to the frustration of the narrator who Pinkie frequently interrupts to question about things she doesn't understand or just to comment. Needless to say Rule of Funny is invoked so that Hilarity Ensues.

An intriguing facet of the series is that each video has an entirely different cast so production details such as artwork and narration vary, though voice actors tend to remain consistent.

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The list of works in this series consist of:

Written versions of theses stories can be found here

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These videos contain examples of:

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Pinkie in canon will, at worst, possibly reach Innocently Insensitive with some of her actions. Here though she is outright uncaring about what she does to the stories, refusing to stop her antics even when its clearly explained to her just what she's doing.
  • April Fools' Day: "Discord Tales" was planned and written as an April Fools Day joke (as "Shaladdin" was actually the next episode scheduled to be released at the time), but its release date was delayed due to TheLostNarrator's cyst surgery.
  • Art Shift: The series started out using show style vectors. "Discord Tales" switched to using the "pointy pony" style, originally thought to be because it was planned as an April Fools Day joke, but the style returned for "Shaladdin." Since "The Little Mermare," each episode uses artwork drawn by various artists.
  • Author Powers: Pinkie can, and does, change things on a whim, whenever she feels an idea will make for a better story. The narrator can also alter things, usually to keep Pinkie in line when she acts up. Magpiepony herself wields a bit more power than the other narrators since she also writes the episodes, which comes in handy when she's forced into the position for the final story attempt in "Discord Tales 2."
  • Big "NO!": Adagio does this, after her deal with Partiel, accidentally causes her to receive Pinkie's voice.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Pinkie, all the time. A Running Gag of the stories is her interrupting to talk to the narrator, conveniently pausing the whole story when she does. She also frequently inserts herself into the story despite ostensibly being the one who's reading it to begin with.
    • Discord is even worse since his magic lets him do whatever he wants, in and out of story.
  • Butt-Monkey: Applejack. She has to suffer through Pinkie's version of the stories where she appears and is often subjected to all manner of slapstick humor if she's lucky. Making things worse is that she knows she's in a story but unlike Pinkie she can't change things to her preference.
  • Call-Back: Aside from the Continuity Cavalcade mentioned below, Pinkie's past experiences with the narrators will often be mentioned ahead of time to the narrator of the current story so they know how to handle her and when to send her to the "bad Pinkie corner" first mentioned in "Little Red Riding Bloom."
    • The dress the "Cutie Mouse Crusaders" make in "Cindershy" shows up again in "Egghead and the Beast" as an option offered to Sparkelle (Twilight as Belle) by Tresser (Trixie as a dresser). Rariteapot (Rarity as... well, a teapot) even says it looks like three mice sewed it together.
    • Pinkie mentions in "Raripunzel" that she "had a bad experience with an OC not too long ago," referencing the ridiculous alicorn OC cast as the Beast in "Egghead and the Beast."
  • Carnivore Confusion: Instead of trying to eat Little Red Riding Bloom (thank goodness) Applewolf simply tries to steal her basket of sweets.
  • Character Exaggeration: Done to the point of parody in "Discord Tales" with the princesses. Celestia becomes a sun-obsessed Large Ham, Luna becomes a depressed Goth, and Cadence becomes a Shipper on Deck for pretty much everything.
  • Cats Are Mean: Fittingly, Opalescence plays Lucifer in Cindershy.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: While not exactly Darker and Edgier, "The Little Mermare" and "Raripunzel" are noticeably more serious and story driven than their predecessor's. Not that this is saying much.
  • Clark Kenting: Lamp Shaded by Pieola, who points out to Lady Rarity that Cindershy isn't even wearing a mask, yet she can not decipher her identity.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Princesses Solestia, Glooma, and Shippence, Discord's versions of Celestia, Luna, Candence are all this to varying degrees. Especially Solestia. Also, Pinkie Pie could probably qualify at times.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Goldichaos and The Three Princesses has several references to past episodes.
  • Contrived Coincidence: In Applejack and the Beanstalk Applejack lampshades that both The Beanstalk and later the giant table, both happen to have spiral ramp like designs that allow her to easily climb them. Later in the same story, their is a wagon conveniently placed ten feet away from "Flutter Tree" that she can use to take her home, which she can only use because of the afformentioned ramps.
  • Creator Cameo: Magpiepony herself appears in (and narrates, against her will) "Discord Tales" due to it (in universe) originally being planned to be the "Shaladdin" episode before being hijacked by Discord.
    • Magpiepony and a lot of voice actor's OCs sometimes pop up in the background, such as being attendees at the fashion show in "Raripunzel."
    • Furthermore, if "Raripunzel" is any indication, the narrators of each story may actually be the OCs of the VAs narrating, as in the before mentioned episode, Pinkie Pie comments on the (unseen) narrator's odd appearance, and he replies that he's a hippogriff. The narrator of this particular story is Silver Quill, whose OC is, in fact, a hippogriff. "Discord Tales 2" pretty much confirms this, with all three of the narrators in the story being name dropped within the episode.
  • Cross-Cast Role: Rainbow Dash plays princes in "Cindershy," "The Little Mermare," and "Slumber Jack," as well as the Gaston role in "Egghead and the Beast"
    • Also in "Egghead and the Beast," Scootaloo plays Lefou's role.
    • Applejack plays the prince role in "Raripunzel," which also has Big Mac playing "his" sister. Though "her" statement of "I'm a STALLION!" near the end of the video, along with the implication that it wasn't a lie suggests that the Big Mac example may actually be an aversion.
    • Spike plays one of the stepsisters in "Cindershy," which also has Twilight playing the Duke.
    • Discord plays "Goldichaos" in "Discord Tales." Magpiepony calls him out on it, and he tells her that if she can make Rainbow Dash a prince, then he can do what he wants. He continues this pattern by playing the queen in the first attempt at the story in "Discord Tales 2."
    • Twilight plays the sultan in "Shaladdin" and Sebastian's role in "The Little Mermare."
  • The Dog Bites Back: The narrators will only take so many of Pinkie's shenanigans before they push back.
    • Applejack does this to Pinkie (playing the Maleficent role) in "Slumber Jack" as payback for all the things she had to put up with throughout the entire series. Unfortunately, it doesn't stop Pinkie from putting Chrysalis back in the role just before she's about to get stabbed.
  • Dawson Casting: Taken to ridiculous levels in "Slumber Jack" in which the adult Applejack has to play her character when she's a baby as well.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Glooma to Solestia.
    Solestia: Until this pourage is worthy of the royal taste buds...
    Glooma: Do you even have taste-buds anymore? I figured you burned them all off.
    • Also Magpiepony to Discord in the same episode:
    Discord: I might catch a disease, like kindness, caring, or something..
    Magpie: No trust me, you won't catch caring.
  • The Ditz: Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash at times.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: In both his/her appearances, Prince Dash call his/her Duke "Dukey."
  • Flanderization: Pinkie's occasionally ditzy and hyperactive personality are tuned up to the point, that she has arguably Took a Level in Dumbass.
  • Fantastic Racism: Rariwolf attributes Rainbow Swine's lack of architectural ability, to the fact that she is a dumb pig.
    • Rariwolf herself seems genuinely hurt, that the pigs think she is just a big, ugly, savage, and hungry beast trying to get an easy meal and not the very civilized wolf, trying to critique their architecture ability she actually is.
  • Forgetful Jones: Prince Dashie somehow forgets what his own true love looked like, literally minutes after she had left.
  • Foreshadowing: Applehog questions where Sparkle Swine could have heard of a nearby wolf, when they lived on a farm their whole lives and just got to the woods that day. It is later revealed that Pinkie.. Oonkie Pie has been telling her made up stories about Rariwolf being a big bad wolf and getting them scared, because it the story wouldn't work, if they knew Rariwolf was actually nice.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Pinkie Pie of course. A status that leads to her constantly bickering with the various narrator.
    • More surprisingly, Applejack of all ponies is also this, as she often breaks character to point out various oddities in the story, like why she of all ponies was cast as the fairy godmother and often tries to address her friends as she would in the show.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Though Magpiepony has said the series is for all ages, she has slipped in a few adult jokes.
    • Lampshaded by Applejack, when she hears the villain in Pinkie The Giant's little game (really just a Twilight doll dressed up like an outlaw) is named Midnight Moonshine, Moonshine obviously being a type of alcohol, but is interrupted before she can point this out.
    • The beginning of "Discord Tales" has Discord conjuring up the faces of ObabScribbler, TheLostNarrator, and GutiuSerenade onto his face (voiced by the aforementioned voice actors themselves) to convince Magpie to narrate the story. Each shows some signs of their personality, which for Scribbler and Guti isn't too adult. However, if you knew that the name of TheLostNarrator's OC is "Curse Word," then what she says, although bleeped, is DEFINITELY an example of this:
    TheLostNarrator: Discord Tales. F**K B**CHES, GET MONEY!!!
    • Continuing the theme with TheLostNarrator, she narrates Discord's second attempt at the story in "Discord Tales 2." When she starts getting annoyed by his antics, Discord reminds her that she can't swear because she's on Magpiepony's channel. Lost follows through with this for a while, but when she finally can't take anymore, she decides to just forget the rules, and we hear her utter an "f" sound before the camera switches to a test pattern.
    • In "The Little Mermare," Pinkie claims that the end of the story (after she and Rainbow Dash as the prince get together) is "too good to share."
  • Heel–Face Turn: Unlike in the original version, the epilogue for Cindershy reveals that Cindershy's step family eventually made amends with her.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Discord does this in "Discord Tales".
  • Idiot Ball: Lamp Shaded by Pinkie, after Applejack escapes through a door she left open.
  • Interactive Narrator: Pinkie frequently talks to the narrator, often to discuss what's happening in story. Or they will talk to her, often out of frustration with what she's set up.
  • It Amused Me: Whatever changes Pinkie makes to a story are because she thinks they're more entertaining.
  • Karma Houdini: Lady Rarity and her daughters, not only do not see any real punishment for their treatment of Cindershy, but they are also eventually forgiven and allowed to live with her in the castle. Though this is mitigated somewhat, as their misdeeds are significantly toned down from the source material.
  • Kick the Dog: Lady Rarity trying to take Prince Dash away from her own daughter, after Piella gets a chance at marrying him.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • In Cindershy, Pinkie responds to Rataloo's suggestion that if she knows so much about baking, why doesn't she do it herself by reminding her that since she's an antagonist in this story, it's her job to be rude and impossible towards Cindershy.
  • Large Ham: Solestia, Discord's version of Celestia, embodies this trope.
  • The Last Straw: Applejack isn't that big of a fan of being part of the stories to begin with but will usually go along once it's clear she has no choice. "Slumber Jack" however has her reach her breaking point when her dead parents are cast in the role of the queen and king. That has her directly calling out Pinkie Pie.
  • Love at First Sight: Prince Dash is determined to marry the mare he met at the Gala, despite the fact she/he only danced with her for ten minutes, knows absolutley nothing about her, doesn't know how to find her, and somehow does not even remember what color she was.
  • Lighter and Softer: This series is this to even the Disney versions of the fairytales.
  • Medium Awareness: A key part of humor in these videos is some characters knowing that they're in a fairy tale.
    • Pinkie is the biggest offender because not only is she aware that she's in a story when it's being told but also that she's in a video about said story being told.
    • Applejack is always aware that she's in a story being told by Pinkie, which is explained as her being a possible relative of Pinkie's in "Egghead and the Beast".
    • Braeburn and Cheese Sandwich also have this when they appear. For Cheese, it's explained as him being a "male ripoff of Pinkie Pie." Braeburn's reason for it isn't confirmed, though it could be the same reason as Applejack's.
  • Meta Girl: Applejack often breaks character to point out various oddities, like how her "mother" Mrs. Sparkle doesn't just use her Alicorn Magic to help out in the story, despite clearly being an alicorn or that part of the Beanstalk conveniently spirals around it like a ramp, or how Pinkie pretends like they are complete strangers, despite the fact that she obviously knows who Applejack is.
  • Morality Pet: For all of Pinkie's antics when it comes to the stories she is doing it for the sake of Pound and Pumpkin. The narrator in "The Little Mermare" gets her to behave by presenting the possibility of disappointing them with the lack of a bedtime story.
    • Fluttershy in "Discord Tales 2" is the one who manages to convince Discord to make his story less scary to make the twins stop crying- even though that wasn't really the reason the twins were crying in the first place, not that either Discord or Fluttershy could've known at the time.
  • Mythology Gag: After Partiel (Pinkie) is turned from a mermare to a pegasus, her coat and mane inexplicably change from pink to white and yellow, the same colors as Surprise, the generation one pony Pinkie Pie was based on. But, she turns back to pink by the end.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Pinkie does this to Discord, after he performs a show takeover and leaves her tied up for the whole episode. Arguably doubles as Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?.
  • Nonindicative Name: Instead of giving himself a golden mane as "Goldychaos", Discord steals Twilight's pink and purple mane.
    Discord: I doubt she'll even miss it.
    Twilight: AHHHHHHHH!!!
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being the Only Sane Man in the stories Applejack will usually play along if not take advantage of it for her own amusement.
  • Only Sane Man: The narrator will usually try in vain to keep the story on track, even against Pinkie's spur of the moment changes. Surprisingly they usually succeed.
    • Applejack is this in-story, often pointing out the gaps in logic that govern every other characters behavior. Unlike the narrator this doesn't do her much good because she can't affect the narrative like Pinkie.
    • In "Cindershy", Twilight as the Duke plays this role somewhat, calling out the Prince (played by Rainbow Dash) on his stupidity.
      • Also in "Cindershy," Scootaloo as "Rataloo" is this to an extent; she is smart enough to be the only one of the "Cutie Mouse Crusaders" to realize that Pinkie (as one of the stepsisters) can understand them, but not smart enough to realize that she's a rat, not a mouse.
    • Glooma is this to the other princesses. Not that she accomplishes much.
    • Due to Applejack's absence in "The Little Mermare," Twilight (in the role of Sebastian) plays the role more in this story.
    • Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer share this role in the first story in "Discord Tales 2."
  • The Other Marty: In universe, Pinkie originally intended to play the candle in "Egghead and the Beast," but wound up giving her role to Cheese Sandwich because she was too scared of the terrible OC cast as the Beast, which she insists she didn't come up with.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Subverted. Regardless of whatever role a character plays in the story they always maintain their normal personality from canon, if directed towards specific roles.
    • In "Applejack and The Beanstalk", Pinkie points out that it is not like Applejack to steal, even from a giant.
    • Played straight in "Discord Tales" with the princesses who don't act anything like their canon selves. This is deliberate since Discord is the one telling the story this time.
  • Pandering to the Base: In universe, the reason Rainbow Dash was cast as a fashion model in "Raripunzel" is because Pinkie received a lot of comments complaining about casting her in male roles in previous Pinkie Tales episodes.
  • Playing Against Type: The reason Pinkie Pie swapped roles with Chrysalis in "Slumber Jack" is because she realized that she was playing the same type of character in every story and wanted to be evil for once.
    • Though, as DisneyFanatic2364 pointed out in her reaction, she had actually played a villain before- the giant in "Applejack and the Beanstalk." This may be nullified somewhat by the fact that the giant was still bumbling and comedic, while the villain in "Slumber Jack" is more of a serious threat.
  • Plot Hole: Just like the original story, the magic used for Cindershy's big day at The Gala, wore off on literally everything, but the glass shoe for some reason.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Pinkie is this in Cindershy, where she plays one of the wicked sisters and has to be nasty to Cindershy, while being fully aware that she is only doing this because it is her role in the story and later goes through the fourth wall to help Apple Godmother make Cindershy a dress, when she was failing miserably.
  • Punny Names: Pretty much everypony.
    • When TheLostNarrator is brought in to narrate Discord's second attempt at the story in "Discord Tales 2," she asks why as the previous narrator seemed perfectly fine to her. Discord replies by saying that there WAS no first narrator and that the narrator was him all along, but he apparently wanted to follow Pinkie's rules and bring in a different narrator. Lost wonders what he's talking about, as the credits don't say that the first narrator was him, they say that the first narrator was Chaotic... then realizes the pun.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • When Cindershy's Fairy Applemother asks what her greatest desire is, it's to have her parents back not just to go to The Gala. But, sadly they couldn't do that, so they just had to settle for going to The Gala.
    • Also, there are hundreds of mares in the kingdom with Cindershy's hoof size.
  • Running Gag: Rarity being put in roles that do not at all reflect her personality or desire for social standing: a magic tuba, a wolf, and a bird.
  • Shipper on Deck: Parodied and Taken Up To Eleven with "Princess Shippence" Discord's version of Princess Candece, who reasons that her duties to spread love and compassion, involve randomly "shipping" everyone regardless of their personnel input and compatibility. Including, but not limited to, making a random guard and maid fall in love, because the maid sneezed and the guard said "bless you".
  • Shout-Out:
    • After seeing Spike's playing a girl, Pinkie Pie jokingly says it's Princess Trixie Sparkle all over again, which is the creator's other major series, where all the characters all got their bodies swapped for most of the story and Spike had to be stuck in a girl's body.
    • Flowery appears as one of the many things, Discord turns a poor guard into, before said guard leaves.
    • Cassandra appears as a pony in "Raripunzel", fittingly enough.
  • The Silent Bob: Spike in his appearance in "The Three Little Pigs and Big Bad Rariwolf" is interupted by Rarity every time he tries to talk.
  • Straight Man: Whoever the narrator for the episode is, usually ends (begrdugingly) acting as this to Pinkie.
    • Also, Magpiepony herself unfortunately had to be this, during Discord's Hostile Show Take Over. She was missing Pinkie by the seven minute mark. By the time of "Discord Tales 2" however, she seems to have learned from this, and uses her power as the writer of the episode to speed through the story as quickly as possible and stop Discord from bothering her.
  • Straw Nihilist: "Glooma", Discord's version of Princess Luna is a parody of goth girls, which includes her having this view on life.
  • Take That!:
    • The reason Pinkie could not listen to the song she wanted to, during Applejack and the Beanstalk was apparently because Disney claimed it.
    • Discord takes several jabs at Hasbro during his episode.
  • Time Skip: Played for Laughs in The Little Mermare, where the narrator decides to skip a good chunk of the romance, to the last minute before Partiel has to get Prince Dashie to kiss her, do to the story already running fairly long, while taking advantage of the fact that Pinkie can't tell him to stop at the moment.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Solestia needs the other princesses to drag her away from looking at the sun or she'll burn her eyes out.
  • Troll: Discord takes this to new heights, during his episode.
    • The narrator of The Little Mermare does this, by deciding to skip Pinkie's second song and asking if there're are any objections, knowing full well that they are at the point where Pinkie loses her voice and can't object.
    • Magpiepony herself eventually becomes this in "Discord Tales 2" when she narrates Discord's final attempt at the story, as unlike the other narrators, she has a bit more control over what goes on since she is the writer of the episode, and uses that privilege to speed through the story as soon as possible and get Discord to silence himself before either of them says something they'll regret.
    • Also in "Discord Tales 2," Pinkie Pie turns out to be one toward Discord. She told Fluttershy that she was sick and couldn't tell the twins their story because she knew that Discord would use it as an opportunity to try to impress Fluttershy by telling the twins one of his stories. What she didn't mention was that the twins caught the same cold she did, and as a result, were a lot moodier and harder to put to sleep. This was so she could get revenge on Discord for what he did to her in the first "Discord Tales".
  • Vocal Dissonance: The Princesses are all given male voices in Discord's tale.
  • Worthy Opponent: The narrator in "The Little Mermare" is able to get Pinkie to behave by pointing out that if she acts up then Pound and Pumpkin won't get their bedtime story. She complains that he doesn't play fair before saying she likes them for pulling that off.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After finally getting her show back, after Discord's Hostile Show Take Over Pinkie is "informed" that their is no time left to tell the story she was actually going to tell and the episode just ends.
    Pinkie: Oh heck no! It can't be over? Nooo!
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