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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has an Improbably Female Cast and is based around close relationships. It was almost inevitable to have at least some Ho Yay.

Note that this page is for likely unintentional examples of Homoerotic Subtext. Intentional moments like later moments between Lyra and Bon Bon from Season 5 onward are not this trope. They may fall under Ship Tease instead.

See here for Ho Yay page of Equestria Girls.

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Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie

Happens with Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash so many times it's easy to lose count, jokes about the latter's rainbow-coloured mane aside. Like with Lyra and Bon Bon/Sweetie Drops, many have pointed out Pinkie's eyes are close to Rainbow's coat color, and Rainbow's eyes are close to Pinkie's mane and tail color.
  • "Griffon the Brush Off" plays exactly like Pinkie Pie trying to vie for Rainbow Dash's attention after her old flame shows up. It even starts with something very closely resembling Pepé Le Pew chasing Penelope Pussycat, complete with Pinkie doing his little love hop sound as Rainbow sprints off, where Pepe would grope and mouthrape her until she broke free. Ninjaed! Netflix's description of the episode says that Pinkie becomes a "third wheel" between Gilda and Rainbow. This includes Gilda (see below) violently preventing Pinkie from intruding on her time with Rainbow, and Twilight outright stating she thinks Pinkie is jealous of Rainbow and Gilda's relationship. And at the end, after Gilda reveals herself to be a total bitch, Rainbow reaffirms that she'd much rather be with Pinkie.
  • Pinkie's Rainbow Dash obsession is revisited in later episodes; it's almost a running gag that she's Rainbow Dash's Stalker without a Crush (with similar themes to a stalker with a crush), with Pinkie affectionately calling her "Dashie" (something almost nopony else does), following her damn near everywhere (particularly in "Over a Barrel" and "Party of One"), and having a severe case of No Sense of Personal Space even by Pinkie standards.
  • In "Party of One" the pony sent to fetch Pinkie for her surprise party is Rainbow Dash, entering with a brief shot showing Rainbow Dash's face framed in the heart on Pinkie's door. Rainbow Dash tries to force Pinkie Pie to move by shoving her forehead in Pinkie Pie's butt, Pinkie then sits on Dash's face, and Rainbow Dash says they'll have to do it "the hard way".
  • Right at the end of "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", Pinkie offers one of her mugs of cider to a really crushed Rainbow Dash after the poor Pegasus finds the cider running out yet again. Throughout most of the episode, Pinkie acts extremely oblivious to Dash's annoyance at not being able to get any cider, and while gushing about the cider she just drank, Pinkie leans further and further onto Rainbow Dash, until she's literally draped over Dash's back.
  • The infamous "wingboner" incident in "Over a Barrel", where Rainbow Dash's wings are tucked against her body and then suddenly splayed to the side after Pinkie reveals her showgirl outfit.
  • "Read It And Weep" opens with an equally wide-eyed, smiling Pinkie and Rarity watching mesmerized as Rainbow performs a bunch of impressive flying tricks, like a couple of drooling fangirls.
  • In "Too Many Pinkie Pies" Pinkie initially is unable to choose between Applejack and Rainbow Dash for the afternoon, but once she has her first clone immediately chooses to be with Dashie herself and sends her clone to Applejack. Rainbow Dash is willing to be far more patient with Pinkie's antics than she normally would be for other characters, even as she states she just wants to relax while Pinkie is being her usual self. In response to this, Pinkie actually goes quiet, something she almost never does unless things are serious.
    Pinkie Pie: At least we'll still be together!
  • All throughout "Wonderbolts Academy", Pinkie becomes increasingly stressed while Rainbow is off at the academy, unable to spend time together, and almost devolves into a state of paranoia and depression very similar to her previous Sanity Slippage. At the end of the episode, when the others have been saved by Rainbow Dash, Pinkie happily jumps into Rainbow's forelegs and glomps her tight.
  • In "Daring Don't", Pinkie hugs Dash and rubs up against her for far longer than is strictly necessary, before Dash pushes her away.
  • Pinkie Pie is infuriated when she thinks Rainbow Dash has been hurt in "Rainbow Falls", and threatens payback on who/whatever hurt Dash. In the episode, she also acts as the Ponyville Team's single cheerleader, and loudly cheers on Dash as she flies the relay race.
  • In "Pinkie Pride", Pinkie and Dash hold hooves right before Pinkie pins Dash to the ground and ends up in quite an interesting position. Pinkie spends the whole episode desperately trying to impress Rainbow Dash and make her happy, only stopping when she realized that her efforts were only making Rainbow Dash less happy. She also treats Rainbow Dash's "birthaversary" as a very serious matter, more so than most of her parties.
  • In "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" Dash and Pinkie are the only two chosen by the map to go to the griffon city. Even inanimate objects ship them!
  • "Secrets and Pies" is quite possibly the most PinkieDash filled episode of the show to date—Pinkie reveals that she's been making special pies specifically for Rainbow Dash for years, is extremely hurt when she realizes that Rainbow Dash doesn't like them and has been lying about it for years, more or less "breaks up" with her when the truth finally comes out and after forgiving her, tells her that all she ever really wanted was to make her happy. On Rainbow Dash's side, she reveals that the whole reason she lied about liking pie was to spare Pinkie's feelings and make her happy, is shown to be genuinely distraught about the aforementioned "break up" and is willing to risk food poisoning from a rancid homemade pie to earn Pinkie's forgiveness (Pinkie, fortunately, stops her before she can). Heck, just look at the context of said break-up!
    Rainbow Dash: (after Pinkie explodes at her over the lies) Wait! I can explain!
    Pinkie: (furious) I DON'T WANNA HEAR IT!
    (Later, at Twilight's castle)
    Rainbow Dash: (sounding like she might cry) She won't listen to me...she won't let me apologize...(sighs) I feel terrible!
  • After the Pony of Shadows is defeated in "Shadow Play", Pinkie Pie's first act is to jump up and glomp Rainbow Dash while shouting "FRIENDSHIP RUSH!"

Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy

Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy, Childhood Friends for longer than any of the other mane six members have even known each other, are frequently shown to be very close.
  • "Sonic Rainboom" opens with Fluttershy recapping "the elements of a good cheer" that Rainbow Dash has been teaching her: "loss of control", "screaming and hollering", and "passion". It's given out of context with no explanation until afterwards, so it kinda sounds like she and Rainbow Dash are talking about... something else.
  • Their first meeting (as shown in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles") is straight out of a Rescue Romance, with Rainbow rushing in to protect Fluttershy from the bullies tormenting her, and Rainbow herself saying that she was "defending Fluttershy's honour".
  • In "May The Best Pet Win," Fluttershy starts the song with, "Rainbow, my dear..." — a song the two spend the next three minutes singing together, often throwing their arms around each other, grabbing the other by the shoulders, or leaning very close in the other's face. Later, letting the tortoise compete in her contest is all-too-obviously the very last thing Rainbow Dash wants to do, but when Fluttershy pleads with her with those adorable puppy-dog eyes, you can tell she's gonna give in (which she does).
  • A Running Gag in the play performed in "Hearth's Warming Eve" (casting by Princess Celestia) is Fluttershy's character jumping into Rainbow's character's arms.
  • "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" opens with Rainbow Dash barging into Fluttershy's room and pulling the blanket off of her as she lies in bed, causing the latter to blush and cover her chest (albeit rather pointlessly). Rainbow Dash also deciding to cut Fluttershy in on her deal to hoard cider (over all her other friends) says a bit, as does Rainbow letting Fluttershy go ahead of her in line.
  • "Hurricane Fluttershy" is utterly full of Ship Tease for them. Rainbow Dash can stay amazingly patient and understanding of Fluttershy's nerves while Fluttershy can work herself up enough to overcome her fears for Rainbow's sake. One particular line from Twilight Sparkle helps seal the deal. "Do it for Rainbow Dash", indeed.
    • Rainbow at one point tells a distraught Fluttershy "But I need you!" while dramatic, emotional music plays. Then, after Fluttershy runs off, Rainbow Dash reaches out with her hoof, her disappointment and frustration mimicking a lover being disappointed in their other half. Fluttershy's breakdowns themselves seemed to be a combination of self-doubt and being upset for disappointing Rainbow.
    • Rainbow took no comfort whatsoever when told by Spike and Twilight that they could break the record. All she could think about was Fluttershy's despair.
    • Throughout the episode, Rainbow was oftentimes making intimate physical contact with Fluttershy. Hugging her, bringing a foreleg around her shoulders, touching her cheek, holding her at arm's length, and even sharing the equivalent of a high five.
    • Fluttershy showing up at the site of the reservoir during Tornado Day, just to give Rainbow moral support. Despite that she felt terrible and didn't even want to participate in the slightest, she still showed up to support her.
    • Rainbow almost immediately turns the praise to Fluttershy when Spitfire was congratulating her, even going as far as referring to Fluttershy as her "number one flyer". It's a Heartwarming Moment for so many reasons and really shows how much Rainbow cares about Fluttershy.
    • There's also when Rainbow first asks for Fluttershy's help, leading to this now infamous exchange that sounds like Fluttershy confirming a certain sexuality, and Rainbow being overjoyed to hear it. She's saying "I'm game," but that's not always how it sounds.
      Fluttershy: I'll do it.
      Rainbow Dash: You will!?
      Fluttershy: I will.
      Rainbow Dash: You're gay!?
      Fluttershy: I'm gay.
      Rainbow Dash grabs Fluttershy and flies through the air holding her.
      Rainbow Dash: ALRIGHT!
  • "Dragon Quest" opens (what is it with these two and episode openings?) with Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle trying to get Fluttershy to go see the dragon migration, when Rainbow Dash mentions when she and Fluttershy went to go see the butterfly migration together. Casual outing between friends, or really boring date? On top of that, Dashie has a picture of them on the migration trip together that she has been carrying around. Photo to remember the date, perhaps? (While probably unintentional, Rainbow's line of vision in that photo is actually directed right at Fluttershy's cutie mark. So she actually was watching butterflies, just not the ones passing in the air.)
  • During the attack of the changelings in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", Rainbow Dash almost kisses Fluttershy on the nose when helping her up. What sells this is that Fluttershy briefly closes her eyes as though she expected to be kissed, and that a bit of background noise sounds a lot like a kiss.
  • "Keep Calm and Flutter On" not only has Rainbow acting more like a jealous and overprotective girlfriend when she sees Fluttershy being nice to Discord, but Fluttershy also called her "Dashie", something she never did before.
  • "Daring Don't" has yet another opening with the two. An excited Rainbow Dash constantly touches Fluttershy in some manner, right to holding her hooves.
  • "Magic Duel" had an especially sweet moment when Rainbow displayed unwavering faith in Fluttershy's abilities.
  • There was a bit going on between them in "Rainbow Falls", such as Fluttershy (along with Bulk Biceps) being part of Rainbow's three-pony pegasi relay team, and saying she was competing for Rainbow (and Ponyville, as well).
  • In "Trade Ya" Fluttershy does everything in her power to make Dash happy by getting her the Daring Do book she wanted, and when Dash realizes she's traded Fluttershy for the book she immediately fights to get her back and doesn't give the book a second thought. Plus she gets Fluttershy the bird call she wanted at the end.
  • When Dash is sulking because of Tank needing to brumate and refusing to talk to anyone about it, Fluttershy knows exactly what to say to get through to her and make her deal with the situation so she can move on.
  • "Friends Forever #18" has the two go to their flight camp reunion. At the climax of the story, Fluttershy ducks under the table they're sitting at (itself a rather suggestive image), and Rainbow goes after her. Fluttershy pours her heart out about how awful flight camp was for her, and Rainbow consoles she's moved on from that and is still very cool in her own ways. The scene is topped off by Fluttershy giving Rainbow a tight hug, their mouths so close they almost kiss. Also, while they were each invited separately, it could be inferred the two attended the reunion as a date.
  • "The Cutie Re-Mark" puts emphases on the importance of their interactions at flight camp as fillies, as the slightest change in their past resulted in horrific Alternate Timelines. Also, at one point, an alternate version of Applejack mentioned the ship name "FlutterDash" when talking to Twilight about the whereabouts of their friends.
  • In "Flutter Brutter" Fluttershy's parents and her brother Zephyr have all somehow been convinced for years that Rainbow has a huge crush on Zephyr. One wonders if they could actually be misinterpreting her feelings for someone else close by. Plus, Rainbow suddenly stops in midair, causing Fluttershy to smack face-first into her rear end.
  • In "Fluttershy Leans In", Rainbow Dash actually tears up while listening to Fluttershy talk about her dream of making an animal sanctuary. She even describes it as "pretty awesome".
  • In "Fame and Misfortune", during the "Flawless" song, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy hug and press their cheeks together at one point, with their coat color behind the other pony.
  • In "Best Gift Ever", Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy end up getting each other in the gift exchange and go through a lot trying to figure out what gift to get each other.

Rainbow Dash with Applejack

Rainbow Dash and Applejack's Vitriolic Best Buds routine shifts into Slap-Slap-Kiss on occasions. On a side note, you might notice a trend here with Rainbow... The fact that their voice actress is a Shipper on Deck for them only adds fuel to the fire.
  • "Fall Weather Friends" might as well have been called "Belligerent Sexual Tension: The Episode", with the two going to ever greater lengths to best the other and prove their superiority. Even the lesson at the end wasn't that they were constantly competing, but them taking it too seriously was threatening their relationship, and the episode ends with them galloping off into the sunset together. It also features a very exploitable split-second shot of Applejack leaping onto Rainbow's back as they near the finish line.
    • They've become more friendly rivals in later episodes and a stop motion short prior to Pony Life has Rainbow and Applejack playing volleyball together which they heavily tease each other in, (Rainbow cheating which surprisingly isn't called out by referee Fluttershy, then again this IS Fluttershy) to which Applejack responds to this by faking being knocked out by the ball, naturally shocking Rainbow, so she can score the game winning point on Rainbow. Rainbow then steals Applejack's hat and the two run off to play together.
  • In "Bridle Gossip", Applejack fashions a crude set of bit-and-reins and rides an upside-down flying Dashie around.
  • In "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" Rainbow Dash "immortalizes" Applejack as her best friend, in the process bringing their faces very close together (which is conveniently obscured by a camera flash). So close, in fact, that it can easily mistaken for them kissing.
  • In "The Last Roundup", Rainbow Dash is depicted as the one pony closest to Applejack, including being the first one to notice when she's lying, and tackling her at the end of the chase scene, with a briefly triumphant expression.
  • In "Castle Mane-ia", when Rainbow Dash feels a hoof around her, she grins at the thought of it being Applejack. Meghan McCarthy left a comment on it.
  • When AJ is forced to sacrifice her prize apple in "Bats", Rainbow is the only member of the group who actually takes a moment to console her over it (as opposed to say, Twilight, who was the one responsible for Fluttershy's transformation in the first place).
  • In "Return Of Harmony Part 2" a newly restored Dash tackles AJ to the ground and pins her down (to ask what the situation is, but still).
  • Issue 25 of the comic opens with the characters riding a train to Canter Creek. While AJ appears to be reading something, Rainbow is slumped against her, fast asleep and wearing her hat.
  • In "Applebuck Season", during AJ's award ceremony, some of the characters take it in turns to compliment Applejack's hard work and kind offers to help them out. Then Rainbow (and this is early season one, pre-Character Development, major narcissist Rainbow, bear in mind) comes in and begins gushing, nay, fangirling over AJ and how awesome her athleticism is. It's pretty much the same tone she uses when talking about the Wonderbolts.
  • Make New Friends but Keep Discord first shows Applejack appearing to have No Sense of Personal Space around Rainbow, happily using her tail as a tissue when getting choked up (with Rainbow only appearing mildly annoyed). Then later at the Gala, Rainbow suggests that they "hit the dance floor" as a way of excusing herself from Discord and his weirdness.
  • While everyone else in 28 Pranks Later accuse Dash's pranks of being mean and insensitive, Applejack's seems less bothered, merely dismissing them as lazy and easy. This seems to be the only thing Dash pays any attention to as she proceeds to go on a massive pranking spree to prove how not lazy she can be. Her efforts going forward can easily be read as Dash trying to awkwardly impress A.J and win her approval.
  • It all comes to a head in the series finale when in the future, Rainbow and Applejack arrive to the Council of Friendship together (the only two to do so) and are bickering about doing chores Like an Old Married Couple. Word of God states that any relationships in the finale were left ambiguous for fans to debate about. Look closely and the very last shot of the series is Dash laying her hoof on Applejack's head.

    Twilight Sparkle 
Our heroine, in her unending quest for friendship, can get very close to the ponies around her.
  • Twilight is intensely reverent of Princess Celestia, well beyond even the usual level of grovelling obedience most ponies display towards her, and is utterly terrified of disappointing her or seeming "unworthy" in any way (as shown in "Swarm of the Century", "Bird in the Hoof", and especially "Lesson Zero").
    • In her flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", Twilight says that Celestia raising the sun was "the most amazing, most wonderful thing [she's] ever seen," and was the inspiration for her to pursue both magic and research as passions.
    • Twilight says she wants to go to the Grand Galloping Gala to talk magic with Celestia, but she has already been regularly doing this by sending friendship lessons by Spikemail. Their wording for each other can be interpreted as more than professional:
      Princess Celestia: Well, I want you right by my side the entire evening, so we'll have plenty of time together.
      Twilight Sparkle: That's just what I was hoping you'd say.
      • They later get their chance for a dance together at the end of Make New Friends but keep Discord, as Celestia cheekily pushes Twilight onto the dance floor after all the trouble with Discord was resolved.
  • In "Lesson Zero", Twilight Sparkle asks Rainbow Dash not to "hide her feelings" by cupping her face with both forehooves in a manner that could be interpreted romantically when taken in combination with her words. Humorously, the context is that Twilight is actually talking about Rainbow Dash's feelings towards Applejack.
    • Near the end of the episode Pinkie Pie nuzzles Twilight, the only pony to do so. (Twilight also nuzzled Applejack and Rainbow Dash respectively in "Dragonshy" and "Over a Barrel".)
  • "May the Best Pet Win!" has some amusing Accidental Innuendo in this scene:
    Rainbow Dash: (to the pets) Alright, now these games will determine which one of you has the most important qualities I'm looking for in a pet. Speed, agility, guts, style. Coolness. Awesomeness. And radicalness.
    Twilight Sparkle: Aren't those all the same thing?
    Rainbow Dash: You would think that, Twilight. And that's why you would never qualify to be my pet.
    • "The Ticket Master" has Rainbow hovering by Twilight when asking about the ticket along with this line:
    Twilight: Rainbow Dash! Were you following me?
    Rainbow Dash: Yes-I mean no-I mean, maybe!
    • "The Cutie Re-Mark" has Twilight trying to convince filly Rainbow in the past to perform the Sonic Rainboom, leaning rather too heavily on their own closeness considering this Rainbow has no idea who she is. She has No Sense of Personal Space and ends by giving Rainbow a very suggestive look after claiming to know her in the future, making filly Rainbow feel quite weirded-out.
  • In "A Canterlot Wedding Part 2", Twilight asks Shining Armor how he managed to get Cadance to marry him. He says that he mentioned that if she did, she'd get an "awesome sister". So Cadance married a guy just to get closer to his sister?
    • In Part 1, Twilight's first reaction to reuniting with the fake Cadance is to wiggle her rump in her face. Later, the real Cadance returns the favour, although the actual wiggling occurs off-screen. (Sure, It Makes Sense in Context, but wow.)
    • In "Three's a Crowd" Twilight makes quite a big deal over how happy she is that she and Cadance will get to spend time together, and how frustrated she is that Discord tries to get between them. After she makes a remark about finally spending some quality time together, Cadance does this sort of awkward grin-nod, and out of context it looks kind of funny.
    • During the "You'll Play a Part" song from "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1", Cadance tells Twilight "You're gifted and you are strong," at which Twilight blushes.
    • "The Crystal Empire - Part 2" shows that Twilight's worst, deepest fear is Celestia rejecting her and no longer being able to be her student.
    • When Twilight sees Celestia in the alternate dimension she gets transported to after finishing the spell in "Magical Mystery Cure", her first reaction is to run over and give her a hug. Even when Twilight is transformed into an alicorn princess, she is upset at first, because she thinks she won't be Celestia's student anymore.
    • Now that Twilight is a princess and no longer her student, the hugs give way to a PDA in "Princess Twilight Sparkle: Part 1".
      Princess Celestia: You may no longer be my student, Princess Twilight, but I hope you know that I will always be here if you need me. Just as I hope that you will always be there when I need you.
    • After Cadence, Luna, and Celestia transfer their magic to Twilight for safekeeping in "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2", Twilight's first instinct upon recovery is to rush over and hug the exhausted Celestia comfortingly. She's even crying as she does so.
    • "Celestial Advice" shows Celestia is concerned about Twilight not needing her anymore, enough to constantly make excuses about not sending Twilight to Ponyville to face Nightmare Moon. There's even a slightly teasing Bait-and-Switch comment:
    Celestia: I loved having you as a student. ...I am embarrassed to admit it, but I was afraid if you made friends, you wouldn't need me anymore.
  • In "MMMMystery on the Friendship Express", Pinkie and Twilight take turns to roleplay as Sherlock Holmes and Watson (famous for their own Ho Yay), and even share the Bubble Pipe! (Though Twilight makes sure to clean said pipe before using it, so that specific moment may be deliberately subverted.)
    • At the end of "Feeling Pinkie Keen" the two of them are holding their hoofs together while they're reconciling.
    • Pinkie and Twilight get a bit at the end of "Trade Ya" when Pinkie reminds Twilight of the sentimental value of the books she's trying to get rid of.
    Twilight: ...And this is the book I got on the day I met you.
    • In "Luna Eclipsed", Twilight lures Pinkie into a dark alley with candy, and when she's out of view of the crowd she jams her against a wall with a hoof to her mouth and tells her "No shrieking. No screaming or squealing either." Twilight then shows Pinkie she isn't alone, at which point Pinkie flees in terror, prompting Twilight to tackle her and pin her to the ground. note 
  • At the very end of "The Crystal Empire - Part 2", Rarity winds up holding Twilight's hoof.
  • Trixie and Twilight in "Magic Duel", by the end of the episode they manage to become friends.
    Twilight Sparkle: I can't stop thinking about Trixie!
  • During "Dragonshy," Applejack saves Twilight's life from an avalanche and gets a neat little nuzzle in return for her heroics.
    • Speaking of these two, look at how her friends react when Twilight becomes an alicorn in "Magical Mystery Cure." Most of them are, understandably, either stunned or excited, but Applejack looks sad. Why would Twilight gaining wings and becoming a princess hurt the Earth pony so much? Did she fear this would create a gap between them? A case of "I can't be lieve a girl like you would notice me now"?
    • In "Princess Twilight Sparkle Part 2," Applejack's the one who's so worried about Twilight that she suggests the latter stay behind for her own safety while the rest of them risk their lives.
    • In "Applebuck Season," Applejack eventually stops being stubborn and asks Twilight for help, something the episode has made clear has always been impossible for her.
  • The Equestria Girls version of Twilight is surprisingly flirty in the "Perfect Day for Fun" short. First she drags Fluttershy around the carnival by the hand as though they're on a date. When the group has gotten together and they're all taking pictures in the photo booth, one picture depicts what can only be described as Twilight copping a feel! She has her hand very clearly touching Applejack's chest (who in response looks very shocked). Finally at the end, the group ride a ferris wheel together and Twilight has her arm around Fluttershy's shoulder, again in a very "date-like" way.
  • "Amending Fences" reveals that Moondancer, the pony whose party Twilight blew off in the pilot, was turned into a bitter loner by her not showing up. Many fans pointed out that this is a rather extreme reaction to a friend not coming to a party, but not so much if Moondancer was secretly in love with her.
    • Possibly adding to this is the fact that, in the past, Moondancer was a Palette Swap of Twilight, with the same mane and tail style. Perhaps she styled them that way due to having a crush on her?
    • The old group photo that Spike gives Moondancer shows everyone talking and laughing while Moondancer looks at Twilight while she reads.
  • Applejack says that any relative of Twilight's is practically family.
  • In "Newbie Dash" Fluttershy is blown into Twilight's lap when the Wonderbolts fly by, and they hold hooves afterwards.
  • As of My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) , Twilight now has another unicorn Shadow Archetype shipped with her who is Tempest. Sheesh Twilight, are you secretly using your adventures to find your future special somepony?

  • Rarity has a notable tendency to be physically affectionate with other girls, and freely throws around flirty eyes and intimate dialogue as part of her 'camp fashion designer' persona. Still, there are a few examples that stand out.
  • The start of "Sweet And Elite" features Rarity profusely kissing Princess Celestia's hooves, thanking her for everything. For her part Celestia looks highly uncomfortable with the affection... while nervously glancing between Rarity and her bed.
  • In the first episode, "Mare in the Moon", Rarity drags Twilight to her house to forcibly dress her in several dresses, and starts gushing over her after learning she's from Canterlot, and gets really close to her cheek to cheek saying they're going to be "the best of friends".
    • She does this again to Twilight in "The Ticket Master". This time, she rubs her head against Twilight's neck while saying "After all, we are the best of friends, are we not?" before forcing her into a dress she made for the gala.
  • In the beginning of "The Return of Harmony", Rarity comes to the orchard to see if she can do anything to help "without getting wet or dirty or out from under [her] umbrella." Not one minute later, she hands over the umbrella to Twilight completely unprompted after Twilight's spell fails.
  • The final scene of "The Crystal Empire" involves Rarity starting off the 'Twilight is awesome' song, approaching her alone and tilting up her chin with a hoof, making goo goo eyes at her throughout, and eventually cuddling with her inside a heart-shaped window while putting her hoof on hers. Not to mention the camera focus on said hoof-holding, or Twilight's blush as Rarity approaches.
  • "Princess Twilight Sparkle" opens with everyone looking at a stained glass depiction of Twilight at her coronation.
    Rarity: [turning to Twilight] You look amazing, darling. [turning back to the window, practically swooning] They really captured your regality.
    • "Canterlot Boutique" reveals that the window inspired a new dress design.
  • In "Rarity Investigates" there is some mild Rainbow Dash/Rarity subtext, some of the comments on the episode said it seems like they're going out on a date or something. Their overall interactions were incredibly sweet, including a very cute scene of Rarity applying lotion on Dash via Nose Boop.
  • In "The Gift of the Maud Pie," Pinkie's first thought when Rarity and Maud call her over is that they want to take a swan boat ride together.
  • In "Applejack's "Day" Off", the spa pony Aloe calls Rarity "her favorite" (customer) and kisses her on the cheek twice, while she just gives a hug to Applejack.
  • In "It Isn't the Mane Thing About You," Rarity ends up restyling her damaged mane into a multicolored mohawk. Rainbow is understandably very taken with it.

    Rarity with Applejack 
  • The Tomboy and Girly Girl dynamic between Applejack and Rarity sometimes borders on romantic tension, particularly in "Look Before You Sleep". One scene includes them sharing a bed, and when they're frightened by the thunder — and later by Twilight's ghost story — the first thing they do is grab each other in panic.
  • During Rarity's nightmare of a date in "The Best Night Ever," they stop by Applejack's snack stand. Blue Blood refuses to buy Rarity anything, but Applejack assures her, "I've got ya' covered."
    Rarity: Thank you, Applejack. At least somepony here has good manners...
  • In "It's About Time", Rarity works alongside Applejack when they help to repair the Ponyville dam, and she even goes so far as to mop off AJ's perspiration! And then after scouting the perimeter, she picks the leaves out of AJ's mane - did the leaves get in there while they were looking for "new positions", one wonders?
  • In "The Crystal Empire - Part 2", we have this exchange:
    Rarity: Oh, I just so wish it [the crystalization] was permanent! Did you see how my mane just absolutely sparkled?
    Applejack: But, good things are better when they're a "rarity". (winks).
    Rarity: Awwwwwww. (giggles).
  • The Rarity issue of the the micro series comics shows Rarity going on vacation... and bringing along a picture of Applejack to put on her nightstand.
  • Applejack and Rarity both hate it when the other isn't themselves in "Simple Ways", and they both mention how much they know each other.
    Rarity: (speaking to Applejack) ...You probably know me better than I know myself.
  • Applejack and Rarity spend the whole day in "Trade Ya" arguing over a trade each one wants, taking all their collected items to trade, but instead of trying to convince the other that their item is more important they instead argue that the other should go get their item. In the end neither get their wanted item and instead trade half their stash to get an item similar to what the other wanted.
  • In Issue #25 of the main comic series, Rarity gushes over Sheriff Tumbleweed's hat, which Applejack points out is the same as hers with a quite irritated look, just like someone dealing with an Oblivious to Love crush. Or who suspects their partner's eye is wandering, whichever you prefer.
  • Rarity and Applejack head to the Gala together in "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", with vaguely disgruntled expressions as the Cutie Mark Crusaders run past excitedly, as though they were on a date that was being disrupted by the need to babysit their little sisters.
  • In "Made in Manehattan," Rarity has No Sense of Personal Space around Applejack in multiple scenes, and puts a picture of their faces with a heart between them on her "friendship booth." In the end scene, after buying Applejack a new hat, Rarity and A.J. clasp hooves and stare into each others eyes, much the same way Lyra and Bon-Bon did in "Slice Of Life."
  • Rarity's behavior towards Applejack in "Applejack's "Day" Off" come off as someone who's annoyed about being unable to spend time with a Workaholic significant other. Not to mention both Aloe and Twilight being eager to get them to spend more time together.
  • In "P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View)" Applejack's story portrays Rarity dressed as Rose from Titanic. Whose love interest was named Jack.
  • During the "Flawless" song in "Fame and Misfortune", Rarity sings her part while laying on what seems to be a silhouetted piece of furniture. The "chair" is then revealed to be Applejack, whose part starts with a line about being "too eager to please".
  • In "The Mean 6", Rarity doesn't realize that it's the psycho ranger version of Applejack who has upset Starlight Glimmer, who runs off in tears; Rarity gets right up in AJ's face and says, "I'm going to make sure that she doesn't break a hoof out there, and then you and I are going to have a serious talk!" It practically screams lover disappointed in her partner.
  • In "Yakity Sax" Rarity accidentally makes an apple pun, much to Applejack's delight.

    Rarity with Fluttershy 
Rarity and Fluttershy are the most feminine two from the mane six. They have a lot in common but only a minority of the fandom ships them. Although, there are a few hints that could be referred to as "Rarishy moments".
  • In "Green Isn't Your Color" Rarity seems more upset and jealous about Fluttershy's career forcing her to miss a (for lack of a better word) date with Rarity than Fluttershy accidentally becoming part of the fashion spotlight instead of her.
  • In "Putting Your Hoof Down" Rarity repeatedly calls Fluttershy "sweetie".
  • "Filli Vanilli" shows Fluttershy and Rarity giving an adorable nuzzle. Both episodes feature Rarity putting a lot of effort into trying to gently coax Fluttershy out of her shell, compared to most of the other characters who are usually either far more blunt about Fluttershy's hang ups if not outright oblivious.
  • In "Bats", Rarity was on Applejack's side, but she comforted Fluttershy all the way through the episode and she kind of tries to justify her choice in supporting Applejack, as if she felt it was mandatory for her to agree with Fluttershy but her other principles were against it. After the song finished, she came over to Fluttershy, gently helped her up and literally apologized for not being on her side.
  • At the end of "A Hearth's Warming Tail", Rarity floats a sprig of holly (a common substitute for mistletoe) above her and Fluttershy's heads, before placing it in her hair.

    Starlight Glimmer with Trixie Lulamoon 
  • Starlight Glimmer and Trixie quickly bond over being reformed villains who others are still wary of, causing Twilight to get suspicious of what they could get up to together that at times comes off more like a love triangle, like when Twilight is spying on them from the bushes and Starlight sarcastically calls it "completely non-creepy." Trixie ends up possibly being Driven to Suicide when she screws the relationship up, and just before the deed calls out to Starlight that if she can forgive her, "Let's be great and powerful together."
  • It gets even more blatant in the Season 6 finale, where Starlight chooses to go back to the town with Trixie as backup. Trixie even helps Starlight bail when she gets a little too stressed out. There's also that one moment where Trixie presses her snout to Starlight's in what is basically a kiss.
  • "All Bottled Up" is another StarTrix episode, which makes Starlight seem like she's trying to hide her discontent with her significant other. On the other end, Trixie is especially touchy-feely with Starlight especially in the beginning, and she ends the conflict off with this emotional and almost flirtatious statement.
    Trixie: "The Starlight I love is passionate, lively and yeah, sometimes a little angry. Those are my favourite parts of you! That, and the fact that you forgive me every time."
  • In "Uncommon Bond" Trixie shows Starlight and Sunburst a new trick. Sunburst has an excited smile, while Starlight's is rather more...intimate.
  • In "To Change a Changeling," when Starlight boasts of having teleported them "straight to the Changeling hive":
  • In "On the Road to Friendship," their song "We're Friendship Bound" could very easily be taken for a romantic duet, including Starlight pondering them getting into a Chained Heat situation. Plus, Cadence (a.k.a. the Princess of Love herself) notes they have "great chemistry."
  • They make a brief appearance in "Best Gift Ever," spending Hearth's Warming together in Trixie's, er, "cozy" wagon.
  • "Student Counsel" is all about Starlight struggling to make time for both her job and Trixie, and is very reminiscent of the old "overworked husband needs to spend time with his family" plot. They also start out going on a picnic date.
  • In "A Horse Shoe-In" Starlight becomes the School of Friendship's new Headmare, and upon deciding to also hire a Vice Headmare, Trixie immediately assumes this is a way for them to hang out at work without the problems in the last entry. And even though she actually was serious about the position, Starlight quickly starts ignoring the obvious signs that Trixie isn't right for it because she really does want them to spend more time together, and ultimately hires her to fill Starlight's own old job so it can happen.
  • "The End of the End" has Trixie taking the School's students to safety as Starlight faces her final showdown with Chrysalis, with Starlight giving her a desperate hug before they separate.

    Lyra Heartstrings with Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon 
Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon and Lyra Heartstrings, two background mares who appear together in many episodes, were widely assumed to be either best friends or a couple. Bon Bon's eyes are emerald and Lyra's eyes are golden, more intense hues of the other's coat, as if to hint each only has eyes for each other. Season 5 is when this becomes Ascended Fanon, with a Running Gag of them acting very romantic while going on about what great friends they are. See the Ship Tease page for these later moments.

  • In "One Bad Apple", Scootaloo gleefully rubs her rear end against Babs Seed's flank, topped off by Scootaloo's wings snapping open.
  • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in "Fall Weather Friends", in which Derpy Hooves (before the animators started intentionally derping her eyes) drops a rose, which Fluttershy just happens to catch.
  • Fluttershy reaches near Even the Girls Want Her status in "Green Isn't Your Color". Rarity wants her to model for her in the first place because "nopony is going to have [Fluttershy's] elegance and poise". Twilight says that "on her own Fluttershy could never do something unattractive" (hence her plan to use magic and make her do something unattractive). Photo Finish spends almost her entire appearance fan-girling over Fluttershy ("Yes! Even her sneezes are graceful!"). And the main reason Fluttershy hates being a model is the hordes of mostly female fans that flock to her wherever she goes, and is getting between her quality time with Rarity.
  • The ending of "The Return of Harmony Part 2" is a shot-for-shot homage to the ending of Star Wars: A New Hope. Complete with Applejack winking at Princess Celestia in imitation of Han winking at Leia.
  • In "The Last Roundup" Mayor Mare seems to be checking out Applejack during her speech, and later when the latter boards the train.
  • The end of "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" features two stallions standing close and drinking cider together, one of whom has a rainbow for a cutie mark.
  • In "Hearts and Hooves Day", Twist gives her holiday card to a gray colt, and they hug. This visibly disappoints another filly (Tootsie Flute), who had been looking in their direction. Was that filly hoping to give her card to the colt, or to Twist? Meanwhile, yet another filly (Princess Erroria) gives her holiday card to Diamond Tiara, who seems surprised by this attention.
  • In "Best Night Ever", Pinkie invades the personal space of a number of mares during her "Pony Pokey" song. The most infamous moment is probably the bit where she rubs her head on another mare's behind.
  • In "Hearth's Warming Eve", Princess Platinum seems very close to her assistant/advisor Clover the Clever. Platinum yells out "Clover the Clever! I NEEEEEEEED you!" in Clover's introduction. Later, she tells Clover she doesn't mind it when Clover "stoops down" for her, before riding Clover across said stream while Clover is wearing a bridle. After the leaders thaw out, the Pegasi and Earth ponies share hugs and high-fives; Platinum and Clover, however, nuzzle. Since the ponies are also portraying the characters in a play, this could be considered another Rarity/Twilight moment. note 
  • In this clip of "Hurricane Fluttershy", two mares can be seen cuddling each other with big grins on their faces.
  • Gilda has the same raspy voice and passion for athleticism that leads so many fans to think Rainbow is a Lesbian Jock, coupled with an extreme level of jealousy that quickly turns violent when Pinkie tries to get anywhere near Rainbow. She thinks a series of relatively harmless pranks are deliberate attempts by Pinkie to drive her away so she can keep Rainbow for herself, but when Rainbow reveals she was the one who set up the pranks Gilda is furious, and demands that Rainbow choose between them now. When Rainbow doesn't choose her Gilda is visibly hurt, and leaves immediately after tossing out a half-hearted insult.
    • Increased in "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies," where Twilight shows that she can now change anyone's species. Rainbow's immediate reaction after the first demonstration is "I've always wanted to be a griffin."
    • "The Lost Treasure of Griffinstone" ups the ante with Pinkie/Gilda shipping.
  • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On" Celestia has so much faith in Fluttershy's abilities she's confident she'll be able to induce a Heel–Face Turn in the local Mad God. One part of the scene even looks very much like wedding vows if taken out of context.
  • "Read It and Weep" opens with a mesmerized Rarity and Pinkie Pie swooning as they watch the "dazzling" Rainbow Dash work out. Twilight soon joins them.
  • In "Daring Don't" Rainbow Dash openly proposes herself as a housewife to A.K. Yearling, the author of the Daring Do books she is a fan of. After she learns A.K. is Daring Do, she tags stalks along and violates her personal space quite often.
    Twilight Sparkle: A.K. Yearling just might be my favorite author. I know everything about her. Where she grew up, where she studied literature, where she wrote the first Daring Do book...
    Rainbow Dash: Where she lives?
    Twilight Sparkle: Uh... no, though I could probably find out somehow. Why?
    Rainbow Dash: Don't you get it? The new book is obviously delayed because she needs help dealing with whatever everyday nonsense is distracting her from spending her every living breathing second writing! So I– I mean, fans like me, can get to read the new book ASAP! Think about it! We could help her with her laundry, buy her groceries, cooking her meals, whatever! Now, who wouldn't appreciate that?
    Twilight Sparkle: Hmm, I don't know... What she probably wants most of all is respect for her privacy.
    Rainbow Dash: She can always just say no.
    Twilight Sparkle: Mmh... I suppose you're right...
    Rainbow Dash: Of course I am. So... how's about getting that address?
    • This episode, the 69th in the series, centres around one of the Rings of Scorchero that Daring Do hid in a book at home. Daring Do and Rainbow Dash go looking for a the ring, as it gets stolen. The former disguises herself and buys it back, but another foe catches her:
      Ahuizotl: The ring, Daring Do! Give it to me!
      Daring Do: Now, Ahuizotl, you know I love you, but I can't give you the ring 'til I've properly proposed.
    • Ahuizotl's gang take her and bind her in the fortress until the ponies find them and break up their ring-placing ceremony. Daring Do and Rainbow Dash are left at the altar with the last first ring in their hooves which they fly off with. They smash the ring; Daring takes out a hoof but Rainbow hugs her; Daring hugs her back and nuzzles her.
    • The writing of fourth season episodes was already completed by the end of the third season in 2013 February. In January, Rainbow's VA Ashleigh Ball released this instagram of her and Brianna Armour tied at the wrists in wedding costumes, at a past Burning Man, likely in 2011. Could the episode be designed after them?
    • In "Stranger Than Fan Fiction" Rainbow spreads her wing possessively over Daring Do after Quibble Pants realizes she was telling the truth about them knowing each other, much to Daring's irritation.
  • In "Twilight Time", when the crowd of fillies start snapping photos of the CMC with Twilight, Scootaloo starts posing, including pulling Sweetie Belle to her side like they're a celebrity couple.
  • Apparently, Scootaloo watches Apple Bloom sleep, and thinks she does everything "with sass".
  • Applejack protectively holding Fluttershy after Discord betrays their friendship and causes her to cry in "Twilight's Kingdom."
  • During "In Our Town", Starlight Glimmer strokes Twilight's face. The only reason that this isn't under Twilight is the fact that Starlight has No Sense of Personal Space and gets up in the face of one of her female followers while rearranging her mane.
  • In "Castle Sweet Castle" Bulk Biceps and Spike, courtesy of the "extra strength, hot stone, deep tissue massage".
    Bulk Biceps: YEAAAH!! Let's DO this, little dragon! *Uses a Pec Flex to pick Spike up*
  • "Make New Friends but Keep Discord" has Fluttershy and Tree Hugger. Fluttershy uses her +1 ticket to the gala to invite a pony she hit it off with while on a trip to see the Breezies, giving it the distinct feeling of a date. It doesn't help that she's the only main cast member whose guest isn't a family member (AJ, Rarity, and Pinkie all bring their sisters, and RD brings Scootaloo, who's basically a sister to her anywaynote ). Throughout the episode, Discord acts like a jilted lover and gets pissed when he sees Fluttershy rest her hoof on Tree Hugger's shoulder. Not to mention that their hug after Discord lets Tree Hugger go doesn't really look platonic. The icing on the cake is the fact that there's a rather long-running inside joke in the fandom about how Fluttershy is secretly a tree, making Tree Hugger's name a Double Entendre.
  • The first line of the final song, "Shine Like Rainbows" in Rainbow Rocks sounds incredibly shippy. It's not 100% clear whom Applejack is singing tonote , but it seriously sounds like the beginning of a declaration of love.
    Applejack: Once upon a time,
    you came into my world and made the stars align...
  • Vinyl Scratch and Octavia Melody is a very popular couple in the fandom, but the two had not even been in the same scene together for four straight seasons. That is until "Slice of Life", which revealed the two live in the same house. On top of that, the two get into a rather passionate rehearsal, sharing rather suggestive looks and smiles and, at one point, Octavia's collar nearly comes off. It's almost borderline G-Rated Sex.
  • "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep" has a scene where Pinkie Pie uses her Offscreen Teleportation powers to get into Applejack's bed, then falls asleep next to her.
  • In "Canterlot Boutique", Sassy Saddles actually calls Twilight Sparkle hot.
  • In "Scare Master", Fluttershy blushes when Applejack compliments her voice.
  • In "Brotherhooves Social", Big Macintosh Disguised in Drag, and it seems one of the middle-aged stallions had taken a liking to him. It may seem like he's attracted to the mare, but it's revealed that nopony at all was fooled by the disguise. Maybe he just liked Big Mac for Big Mac?
  • When taken out of context, the conversation between Pinkie Pie and Mayor Mare in the hall of records in "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows" comes off like Mayor Mare trying to come out to Pinkie Pie and see if she reciprocates her feelings.
  • In "Scare Master" Fluttershy hangs drawings of Pony-fied versions of anime characters in her house. Front and center is Utena Tenjou from Revolutionary Girl Utena, a deeply homoerotic show with a passionate LGBT Fanbase.
  • Almost the entirety of Mane Attraction for AJ and Rara. Particularly the flashback scene.
  • The comics have Pinkie and Celestia's friends forever issue, where Celestia repeatedly gets really physical with Pinkie throughout. The most blatant is the 'intimate baking' scene, where their embrace while covered in cake mixture really doesn't look that platonic.
  • In "Gift of the Maud Pie", there are stallions sitting in an intimate manner on the Manehattan train.
  • Predictably, "The Times They Are A Changeling" managed to put in quite a bit of Ho Yay between Spike and Thorax (the new Token Heroic Changeling whom Spike becomes friends with). While it's more subtle than most of the examples on this list, there are still moments, especially during Spike's slow song about how he wants everyone to accept that a Changeling can be good—at one point, Spike gently touches Thorax's face and at another he catches a snowflake with a picture of Thorax on it.
    • More fuel was added to the fire in "To Where and Back Again", when Thorax comments that he "hasn't been hungry for love ever since meeting Spike", never seems to clarify what he means by "love", specifically mentions Spike when talking about the friendships he's made and is primarily motivated to enter the Changeling kingdom despite his fear of the Queen for the sake of rescuing Spike, similar to how Discord is mostly motivated by wanting to save Fluttershy. After all the captives are freed, Thorax immediately goes to help Spike out of his cocoon.
  • In "Buckball Season" Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy are discovered hiding in a train's baggage car, holding each other very tightly.
  • Also in "Buckball Season", there's a pair of stallions watching the game who look and act suspiciously like male versions of Lyra and Bon Bon (see above).
  • "Triple Threat" features a scene where Spike is desperately searching for the friendship problem he has to solve and at one point walks in on two stallions who appear to be on a dinner date.
    • There's also plenty more with Spike and Thorax. Thorax is very interested in spending time with Spike over anyone else, and one scene where he does a Head Desk over being abandoned yet again looks very much like someone whose date just stood them up.
  • In "School Daze Pt. 2", Starlight and Twilight touch horns to form a barrier spell. The last time we saw two horns touch to form a barrier, it was Shining Armor and Cadance, who were romantically involved.
  • In "School Daze," new students Gallus and Sandbar share more than a few loving glances at each other, and seem to be the closest of the Young Six. A particularly noteworthy moment would be Gallus saving Sandbar from getting crashed into by Yona (who had accidentally tripped over her own pigtails again). When Sandbar thanks him, Gallus' reaction sounds distinctly like the classic "It's not like I like you or anything, baka!" line.
  • In "The Break Up Breakdown" a mail mix-up leads Sweetie Belle to spend the day thinking she has a secret admirer, with the CMC teaming up to find him. After finding out the truth, she says that she's realized she has two "very special someponies" in the two of them.
  • Autumn Blaze the kirin is very friendly with Applejack from the moment they meet, with No Sense of Personal Space and wanting to constantly hang out thanks to her long isolation.
  • "She's All Yak" has a background appearance from two colts dancing together, at a dance who two people typically go as each others dates.
  • At the end of "Student Counsel," Trixie brings attention back to the "petrified" cake she and Starlight made, and turns around to find Maud right in her face, who says "You had me at petrified."
  • The final musical number in the series finale "The Last Problem" features several explicit and implied romantic couples, including Smolder and Ocellus as they hang out in a tree at the School of Friendship.

    Outside show media 
  • The Theme Tune Extended (included as a sing-along on the DVD The Friendship Express) has such wonderful character puns, sung from Twilight's perspective, such as "Once smitten, twice Fluttershy", "You are the Applejack of my eye", "A heart that shines so beautiful, a Rarity to come by", and perhaps best of all, "As easy as Pinkie Pie."note 
  • In Adventures in Ponyville, when the player's (female) pony talks to any of the Mane Six, they'll sometimes say "Pony up!" to her. Unlike everything else they say to her, the speech balloon used for "Pony up!" is lined with a couple of hearts, making it seem like the Mane Six are casually flirting with the player's pony.
  • In the standalone version of Rainbow Dash's game from Adventures in Ponyville, when the player's (female) pony helps her (also female) friend up, hearts appear over said friend. (The hearts are most likely just a replacement for Adventures in Ponyville's Friendship Sparkles, but nothing in the game actually indicates this.)
  • The top-right panel of the third page of the extremely Off-Model Sparkle World story Rain, Rain Go Away!
  • The German magazine comic Der Stern der Winterträume, Scanlated as The Star of Winterdreams, ends with the Mane Six sleeping together by the fireplace. Rainbow Dash is on her side, turned towards Applejack.
  • Box-art for some of the toys includes Rainbow Dash looking at Pinkie Pie while their faces are framed together in a heart symbol.
  • The Crystal Empire toyline has a set with Pinkie and Fluttershy sharing a tub.
  • In the season 2 cast promo image, DJ Pon-3/Vinyl Scratch is a bit too close to Octavia. It even looks like she's kissing her nape!
  • WeLoveFine released some Valentine's Day (or should we say Hearts & Hooves Day?) themed t-shirts, and two of them include Rainbow Dash apparently getting a valentine from Pinkie or Derpy. Clearly, the official shirt for Pinkie/Dash shippers everywhere. Meghan McCarthy even bought the shirt, and wore it around at Los Pegasus.
  • There is a placemat(?) featuring Pinkie and Twilight looking at each other inside a heart shape with many smaller hearts around them.
  • This toy from Hasbro has the ability to create characters from the show and then mix and match them. They use some of the fandom's Portmanteau Couple Names to describe the examples, including Appledash and Flutterpie.
  • Using "Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?" (a meme from another show packed with as much Ho Yay as the Holmes/Watson example above) with Pinkie Pie is, unsurprisingly, a popular trend in fan art and fan comics. 75% of the time, Twilight is the one cast in Brain's role. "The End of the End" actually puts it in canon.
  • This stop-motion short involves Pinkie Pie making Fluttershy a giant Hearts and Hooves Day card.