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  • Take That!: One possible interpretation of a Hub commercial which edited together animation from "Too Many Pinkie Pies" to show Fluttershy and Rarity reacting negatively to the Pinkie Pie duplicate who makes the face of a Generation 3 My Little Pony.
    • A slightly subtler Take-that in the same episode could be the personalities of the Pinkie clones in general. All of them have had virtually all personality traits stripped away, leaving the most obvious one (Pinkie's desire for fun) which is exaggerated and inflated to the point where it becomes obnoxious and annoying. Sounds like the classic symptoms of Flanderization.
    • As noted on the recap page, "Suited for Success" is a theoretical 'Take That' to Hasbro when they interfere with the creative process of the writing and animation teams. Particularly blatant in the "Art Of The Dress (Reprise)" lyrics:
      All we ever want is indecision
      All we really like is what we know
      Gotta balance style with adherence
      Making sure we make a good appearance
      Even if you simply have to fudge it
      Make sure that it stays within our budget
    • The entire episode "Fame and Misfortune" can be seen as Take That! towards negative commentators in the fandom. Probably the most direct instance of this trope in the episode is when a pony exclaims "Twilight was better before she got wings."
  • Taken for Granite: Used often on occasion.
    • In "Stare Master", a creature called the cockatrice has the ability to turn any living thing to stone with just one look.
    • Discord was stoned by Celestia and Luna a thousand years before the series, but was freed by the Crusaders arguing with each other when near him. He was restoned by the Mane Six at the end of "The Return of Harmony", but was freed again and for good as of "Keep Calm and Flutter On". In "The Ending of the End", he turns Cozy Glow, Queen Chrysalis and Lord Tirek into a statue.
  • Talking Is a Free Action:
    • Subverted when Rainbow Dash lets her reputation as a hero go to her head. She insists on making grandiose speeches before she actually does anything to save ponies in danger, until they ask her to just save them already. Ironically, the request to stop screwing around took far longer than the remainder of her catchphrase.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", after Twilight surrenders her alicorn magic to Tirek, Tirek immediately grows to monstrous proportions and should be able to easily squash the heroes... yet Discord has plenty of time to explain his sincerity in giving the medallion to Twilight as a sign of their friendship.
    • Subverted in "All Bottled Up". After Twilight and her friends solve clues in an escape room and find the key to open the door out, they break out in song about their friendship and how they work together. Turns out they didn't turn the key yet, and by the time they do, they missed the escape room record by two seconds because of their musical number.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Played With in Season 1's "Boast Busters", where Twilight thought that her friends' dislike of Trixie was due to her magic, and feared they'd hate her when she used her own power to stop an Ursa Minor. Ultimately averted, as the others' dislike of Trixie was due to her grandstanding, not her power.
    • Played with chilling straightness in Season 5's debut, "The Cutie Map", where Starlight Glimmer used this philosophy to govern her village.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Frequently invoked In-Universe, and almost always played as a good thing. In a universe where The Power of Friendship is the most powerful magic of all, this is to be expected (much to the disgust of one Rainbow Dash).
  • The Team: Now there are two: the Mane Six (for friendship issues) and the Cutie Mark Crusaders (for identity issues).
    • The Heroine: Twilight Sparkle or whomever is playing the main role at the moment.
    • The Lancer: Each of the cast have their own corresponding opposites within the group and this role will switch depending on which character's being focused on at the time.
    • The Smart Gal: Twilight Sparkle usually fills this role due to her nerdiness, organizational skill, and the fact the she lives in a library - thus, she's the mare to go to if one of the cast wishes to inquire about something - but the rest of the cast sometimes fills this role when it come to their own personal expertise, such as Rarity's knowledge of fashion.
    • The Big Gal: Applejack and Rainbow Dash.
    • The Heart: Rarity or Fluttershy.
    • Team Mom/Cool Big Sis: Applejack fills this role most of the time (usually in the Team Mom category). Some of the cast becomes this when interacting with younger characters. Each of them are cool in their own way so any of them could fill the Cool Big Sis role.
      • Fluttershy has also been a Team Mom. Prior to her "Friending" Discord, the mere mention of his name could have caused her to overtake Rainbow Dash (granted, Dash was being weighed down at the time, but still no less impressive, considering that while Rainbow Dash was anchored by Rarity and Pinkie, Fluttershy was towing Twilight, Applejack, and the entire Twinkling Balloon!). Plus, you may have huge teeth and sharp scales and snore smoke and breathe fire, but you. Do. NOT. hurt Fluttershy's friends.
    • The Medic: Fluttershy, but mostly towards animals.
    • Mentor Archetype: Most of them when interacting with younger characters.
    • Sixth Ranger: Twilight Sparkle could fill this role as she is the last pony of the Mane Cast to move to Ponyville. If the others have been friends with each other before her arrival, then that would make her the sixth member of their group.
    • Tagalong Kid: Spike or one of the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
    • Team Pet: Each of them has their own pet but group-wise, Spike seems to fill this role even though he is as sentient as them and even had his own pet at one point.
    • Kid-Appeal Character: Pink, fun, energetic, and happy. Pinkie Pie seems to fit this role very well.
  • The Voiceless: Derpy appears as cameos fairly often but only speaks twice, first in "The Last Roundup" and then much later in "Slice of Life".
  • Teen Genius: The Mane 6, in their respective talents.
    • Twilight Sparkle is quite possibly the most powerful unicorn to ever exist.
    • Applejack is the undisputed strongest mare in Ponyville, due to her job bucking apples.
    • Rainbow Dash is likely the best and fastest flyer in Equestria, probably even better than the Wonderbolts themselves.
    • Rarity's dresses amaze fashion veterans.
    • Fluttershy can calm any animal, be it a raging dragon to the freakin' Cerberus.
    • Pinkie Pie makes just about anyone smile, and throws the best parties in Ponyville.
  • Teleport Spam:
    • When Twilight confronts Applejack in an episode, rather than simply following her as she carries her apple baskets from tree to tree, she repeatedly teleports right in front of her face.
    • Discord is also quite a fan of this.
    • Twilight does it again throughout "Lesson Zero". Note that in both that episode and "Applebuck Season", she's using it to actually spam. Well, talk a lot, anyway. (She also uses a tactical version in "Luna Eclipsed" to block a panicking Pinkie.)
    • In "Secret of My Excess" she uses it externally on a fleeing Spike, repeatedly teleporting him to her as he tries to run; it ends when Pinkie Pie is teleported unexpectedly.
    • Seems to have all but perfected the technique by "The Crystal Empire". Winking several times in and out in sequence to a musical number while striking different poses. Would she ever actually need to fight somepony directly...
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", Twilight makes good use of this during her fight with Tirek. Every time he manages to pin her down, she just teleports out.
  • Temporarily a Villain: The show uses this every now and then, typically with mild examples.
    • Spike the dragon is normally good, but his envy in "Owl's Well That Ends Well", at the attention Owlowicious is getting, drives him to do some very morally objectionable things, such as planting a fake mouse corpse to frame Owlowicious for killing the mouse. note 
      • A more threatening temporary villainy occurs during "Secret Of My Excess", when his greedy dragon nature gets out of control. When Rarity, not knowing he is the same Spike, talks about how generous Spike was, he feels ashamed of what he has become and immediately reverts back to his old self.
    • Twilight Sparkle has this in "Lesson Zero", when she drives herself insane trying to find a friendship problem (to the point where she deviously creates one herself). Her Apple of Discord plan, however, goes horribly right.
    • Spike again becomes a kind of villain in "Just For Sidekicks", as he abuses his position as pet minder (even tormenting Angel, and not loosening his tail, which would be hurting him), all due to the fact that he wants to get more gems for a cake he was making because he ate the first batch himself (and then, over the course of the episode has to give away almost the entire new batch - which could be viewed as karma).
  • Tempting Fate: Shows up a few times:
    • In the very first episode, Twilight Sparkle brushes off Princess Celestia's advice to make some friends, saying "The fate of all Equestria doesn't depend on me making friends". By the next episode it's clear that actually yes, it does.
    • Probably the best, and most lasting, example, also from the pilot: "All the ponies in this town are crazy!" Over the course of the season, all the members of the Mane Six have at least one Freak Out.
    • In "Look Before You Sleep", Twilight ends up lecturing Applejack and Rarity after their bickering spoils Twilight's first slumber party, and ends her rant with "Is there anything else that could possibly go wrong?!" The thunderstorm outside swiftly worsens, and a lightning bolt strikes a nearby tree and threatens to send it crashing into Twilight's house.
      • The Japanese dub has a line that's an even bigger example, as Twilight snaps: "If you two are going to fight, I'd rather be struck by lightning!"
    • She refuses to believe any of Pinkie Pie's predictions in "Feeling Pinkie Keen", and ends up on the receiving end of every one of them.
    • In "Owl's Well that Ends Well", Spike causes trouble because of his jealousy over Owlowiscious the owl, and ends up running away from home after getting a lecture from Twilight. As he trudges, alone and feeling unloved, through the Everfree Forest, he asks himself "Can it get any worse?" It almost immediately starts raining.
    • "The Best Night Ever" pretty much starts with this, with the Mane Six indulging in a Crowd Song about how all their hopes and dreams for the Grand Galloping Gala are about to come true. Naturally, they don't. Then near the end of the episode, Celestia and Twilight Sparkle step into the main hall and find that the others have laid waste to the entire party. Thinking she's been utterly humiliated in front of her mentor, Twilight remarks "At least things can't get any worse..." A moment later, a horde of wild animals stampedes into the room with an insanely frustrated Fluttershy on their heels.
    • Happens when the mayor gives a speech about Applejack, calling her "a pony of the utmost trustworthiness, reliability, and integrity. Ponyville's most capable and dependable friend: Applejack!" But then... she doesn't show up on time.
    • In "A Canterlot Wedding", the song "BBBFF" contains the line "Never had a single fight." I'm going to give you one guess as to what happened by the end of the episode.
    • "Magical Mystery Cure" begins with Twilight singing "Can things ever go wrong? I don't think that they will." She doesn't even get to finish the song before disaster strikes.
    • In "Filli Vanilli", Rarity says, "It is wonderful when a plan comes together without any sort of drama, isn't it?" Cut to the next scene, in which the plan unravels and much drama ensues.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", Tirek cites the medallion as useless since it reminds him of Scorpan and his siding with the ponies. Take a wild guess what ends up being the final key to unlock the box and seal his defeat.
  • Terrible Trio:
    • The Diamond Dogs from the episode "A Dog and Pony Show" are led by such a trio. Word of God says their names are Fido (the hulking one), Rover (the tall, skinny one) and Spot (the short one).
    • Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, and Babs Seed are this for the majority of "One Bad Apple". Later subverted when Babs has a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The male ponies' manes are less inclined to be particularly frilly or oddly-colored, but that probably has to do with personal grooming.
    • As far as secondary characteristics go, males have shorter eyelashes and more angular muzzles and narrower ears than females. Some are taller and stockier, but not all; for example, the exposed muzzle is the only way to determine Wonderbolt (and Shadowbolt) genders. That's about it, unless the animators really want you to be sure.
    • In "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", it is revealed that Rarity, at least, wears false eyelashes. Not that you would ever mistake her for male. Also, she's been seen applying mascara to Fluttershy.
    • There are also several prominent cases of false TSCs.
      • Lots of casual observers think Rainbow Dash is The One Guy because it's exactly the sort of art style where a blue character would generally be Color-Coded for Your Convenience. Additionally, her mane (though still long) is a lot closer cropped than the rest of the Mane Six, her voice is about the same timbre as Spike (who is a boy), and she is tomboyish in behavior.
      • Zecora has the more angular muzzle of male ponies. Casual viewers may mistake her for a male until she speaks.
      • One notable exception to the rule is a young pony who has the muzzle of a colt and the long eyelashes of a filly in "The Cutie Pox". He can be seen in the episode's Cold Opening as the bowler with the bowling cutie mark.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: The show actually averts the previous trend of having the ponies burst into song Once per Episode. Cloudcuckoolander Pinkie Pie is often the designated song starter, and had this Lampshaded with her first cue in "Elements Of Harmony, Part 2":
    Pinkie Pie: When I was a little filly and the sun was going do-o-o-own...
    Twilight Sparkle: Tell me she's not...
    Pinkie Pie: The darkness and the shadows, they would always make me fro-o-o-own...
    Rarity: She is.
    • Later, in "Dragonshy", Twilight asks the others to help Fluttershy across a crevasse, leading to Pinkie instantly bursting into a (very silly) song about jumping across crevasses. This only serves to shorten Twilight's rapidly fraying temper.
    • Lampshaded again in "Bridle Gossip":
      Pinkie Pie: And that wicked Enchantress, Zecora, lives there doing her evil... stuff! She's so evil, I even wrote a song about her...
      Rainbow Dash: Here we go...
      • Later in the episode, when Pinkie Pie has lost her ability to speak due to a curse, she asks Fluttershy, who has been cursed to have a comically deep voice, to sing it for her.
    • It's something of a running gag that although sometimes other ponies will join in on the rare occasions that someone other than Pinkie Pie starts a song — to the point of an outright Crowd Song in "The Best Night Ever" — no-one will ever join in on Pinkie Pie's songs, and the usual result is the other ponies watching in something between fear and bewilderment.
    • Another lampshading in "A Friend In Deed". Part of Pinkie's "checklist" to making a new friend is "sing random song out of nowhere".
      • And the trope's played with in her initial song in that episode, which manages to draw in half of Ponyville (averting the usual course of things) and would perfectly offset the plot if there were any plot yet. As all we see before the song turns out to be a warm up to the song, the sheer magnitude of the performance comes entirely out of nowhere.
    • "Over A Barrel" manages to deconstruct this, when Pinkie's performance makes the situation worse. Twice. The first, the buffalo chief and the sheriff say that that was the worst performance they have ever seen, and the chief decides the next day they will stampede. When they do, the chief has second thoughts, and looks like he's not going to go through with it, until Pinkie starts singing again, which causes him to go through with it.
    • In "Rarity takes Manehattan", Rainbow Dash expresses her dislike for this trope. A musical number begins shortly after.
  • The Four Loves: The need of Phileo love is the main theme of this series; but the other three are addressed as well. Storge is referenced from time to time, often in combination with Phileo, and in particular with regard to Applejack and Rarity's family bonds. Agape is referred to as an emphasis to Phileo (eg. the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant). Even Eros has been referenced at times; most commonly with Shining Armor and Princess Cadance's wedding, though obviously only indirectly, such as with Princess Cadance's pregnancy, and with Spike's crush on Rarity.
  • Theme Naming: Multiple Pegasus warriors seem to be named after iconic World War II British planes (Spitfire - Supermarine Spitfire, Commander Hurricane - Hawker Hurricane, General Firefly - Fairey Firefly, etc).
  • Theme Tune Extended: Included as a sing-along on the DVD The Friendship Express. Parts of it have also been used for the game Discover the Difference, the Twilight Sparkle Animated Storyteller toy, and The Friendship Express' trailer.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: Subverted. The cast is introduced by element instead of by name, except in the Theme Tune Extended and in one toy commercial.
  • The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: Corollary: if you're a colt who isn't a fashion designer or an absolute stud, and Rarity talks to you, she probably just wants to take advantage of you. Rarity has shown a few instances of this, and fandom extrapolated it into her standard M.O. when she needs something that a male can give.
  • "They've Come So Far" Song: The Season 3 finale gives us "Celestia's Ballad", where Celestia sings about how Twilight has come such a long way in the context of telling her it's time to fulfill her destiny.
  • Thick-Line Animation: Though unlike the recent glut of cartoons that use this style, this show has a unique way of going about it, using colored outlines instead of plain black.
  • Third-Person Person:
    • The Great and Powerful Trixie.
    • Rarity, when she's "in the zone, as 'twere".
    • I, Photo Finish, am this trope!
    • Spike, during his growth in "Secret of My Excess", devolves into this and Hulk Speak.
    • Iron Will, who manages to cause Fluttershy to briefly become one, after one of his seminars.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • Discord is absolutely stunned when he realizes (far too late) that not only have the Mane Cast broken free of his Mind Rape, but rekindled their friendship to the point they can activate the Elements Of Harmony again... which are presently aimed at his face.
    • Same happens to Nightmare Moon when the Elements' blast hits her.
    • Trixie declares "This can't be!" in "Magic Duel" after Twilight Sparkle seemingly wields greater power than her.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", Tirek shouts this when he sees Twilight and the Mane Six with their new Rainbow Power, unable to understand how they are empowered again after draining their magic.
  • This Is No Time for Knitting: In the episode "Swarm of the Century" Pinkie Pie spends most of the episode gathering musical instruments while Twilight and the rest of her friends are trying to get rid of the parasprites. Just after Twilight's last desperate attempt to get the parasprites to stop eating all the food backfires spectacularly and she gives up in despair, Pinkie saves the day by leading the parasprites away from town with a one-pony band.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Said several times in the Japanese dub.
  • This Means War!: Anytime Punctuated! For! Emphasis! is invoked it is pretty much interchangeable with this trope. Celestia's reaction towards Discord also qualifies.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • A Running Gag in the episode "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" involves Rainbow Dash not being able to get a cup of the Apple family's homemade apple cider because they always run out by the time she reaches the booth, or in one instance because she spilled the cup (leading her to shove the dirt it was spilled on into her mouth). She finally gets a mug at the very end of the episode.
      • And she gets the mug from none other than Pinkie Pie, who up until that point, had been hoarding mugs of cider and unintentionally rubbing it in Rainbow Dash's face about how good the cider tasted.
    • In "Equestria Games", Spike, a character who's often the butt of many jokes, is celebrated as a hero by the denizens of the Crystal Empire, and gets to save the day there a second time after going through two humiliating experiences.
  • Tie-In Novel: Several storybooks (many of them packed with toys) and magazine stories (not all of which are in English). Only around half of the magazine stories are Novelizations.
  • Title Drop:
    • In "Elements of Harmony", The Reveal of the sixth element shows that Friendship is indeed Magic.
    • In "Call of the Cutie", Cheerilee refers to her students as "my little ponies".
    • In "Fall Weather Friends" during the Running of the Leaves.
      Pinkie: You know, Spike, despite the name, the leaves don't do any of the actual running. That's left to my little ponies.
    • In "Stare Master", the Cutie Mark Crusaders drop the episode title.
      Scootaloo: You're like the queen of Stares!
      Scootaloo, Apple Bloom, and Sweetie Belle: You're the "Stare Master"!
    • In "The Show Stoppers", Twilight addresses the Cutie Mark Crusaders twice as "my little ponies".
    • In "A Bird in the Hoof", Princess Celestia refers to Fluttershy as "my little pony".
    • Title drops occur frequently during "The Best Night Ever".
    • Cheerilee, Celestia, and Discord all refer to her class (in the case of the former) and the Mane Six (the latter two) as "my little ponies" in "The Return of Harmony".
    • "May the Best Pet Win!" has it as the last line of Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash's duet.
    • The Mayor drops the title when naming the town's new hero in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well".
    • The nurse pony also uses it in "Read It and Weep"
    • After being reformed by Fluttershy, Discord actually says "Friendship is Magic" when prompted by Fluttershy.
    • A rather harsh one in "Rarity Takes Manehattan":
    Cheese Sandwich: "Oh, it's no coincidence my little ponies, my cheesy sense was a-tinglin'."
  • Title Theme Tune: My Little Pony, anyway. The theme begins with the traditional "My Little Pony" theme and transitions into a zippier, fast-paced theme.
  • Token Houseguest: The bakery Sugar Cube Corner houses the Cake family, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Cake and their twins Pound (colt) and Pumpkin (filly)... as well as Pinkie Pie, the goofy party planner/baker.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore:
    • A Comic Book of Eldritch Lore in the Season 4 episode "Power Ponies", which transported the Mane 6 and Spike to Maretropolis and turned them into costumed superheroes until defeating The Maniac.
    • In "Inspiration Manifestation", the book that Spike finds with the spell to help Rarity is hidden in the old Everfree Castle, hidden by a secret wall, behind a locked gate, and on a rock stairway that immediately crumbles when the book is removed from the pedestal. It's made of stone and even has spikes sticking out of the cover. Spike seems to think it's safe.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: In "Hearth's Warming Eve", Scootaloo and some other poor anonymous filly get their tongues stuck to a huge (Christmas-tree-sized) candy-cane prop.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Rainbow Dash was altered from earth pony in the previous toy line to Pegasus for this series, and revels in every second of it.
    • Fluttershy got one in Season 2. So far, she was able to resist the embodiment of chaos attempting to corrupt her until he resorted to brute force, and seemingly wrestled a bear (turned out to be a massage, but that still took some strength). Note that she was already a Badass Pacifist capable of giving angry/disappointed lectures to shame the monster of the week into submission, in combination with her infamous Stare; this was merely expanding her repertoire.
    • It looked at first as though the future-Twilight of "It's About Time" had gotten one (due to her spiky mane, eye patch, scar, ripped black bodysuit, etc.), but the differences in her appearance were just coincidental results of her trying frantically to evade the "disaster" that she assumed had caused her future self to look like that.
  • Too Long; Didn't Dub: Most dubs leave character names (even where this contradicts earlier translations of previous MLP series, e.g. Pinkie Pie remaining Pinkie Pie in the French dub instead of becoming "Rosarot"), Cutie Mark, and My Little Pony in English. Possibly the most extreme example comes from the Turkish dub, which leaves the entirety of Pinkie's "Cupcakes" song entirely untranslated.
    • Then there's the Chinese dub... None of the songs, including the opening, are dubbed. Nearly all of the names are changed in this case though.
    • The Japanese dub does translate most of the songs - but leaves the songs "Winter Wrap Up", "Art of The Dress", "Becoming Popular", the "Heart Carol", and "Love is in Bloom" in English with Japanese subtitles.
  • Too Upset to Create: Rarity suffers this twice:
    • Shown in a Yet Another Christmas Carol plot in "For Whom The Sweetie Belle Toils" when Luna shows Sweetie Belle what the consequences of her actions in sabotaging Rarity's headpiece for Sapphire Shores will be if she doesn't fix things. Namely the headpiece falls apart when Sapphire tries it on during a dress rehearsal, Rarity loses her credibility due it, obsesses over the mistake to the point she won't even speak to her friends anymore and ultimately stuck in a fetal position while her dress shop falls into ruin.
    • Happens again in "Inspiration Manifestation" though this time due to Rarity not designing a cart for a puppeteer properly and getting chastised for it. Spike finds her in the dress shop suffering Heartbreak and Ice Cream, which prompts him to help her gain her spark back via an ominous-looking book he finds in the Castle of the Two Sisters.
  • Toon Physics:
    • Mostly with Pinkie Pie, who has no problem popping out of places she shouldn't be able to (including inside a mirror), although some of the other ponies have their moments as well.
    • Pegasi can hover in the air as long as their wings are flapping, and any cart they are harnessed to will also hover or follow the pony without any drag, inertia, or gravity effects. The wheels can even turn despite not being in contact with any surface. Commonly held Fanon says that these abilities are part of inherent pegasus magic. "Twilight's Kingdom" confirmed that pegasus flight is a magical ability.
  • Tracking Spell:
    • From Season 5 onward, the "Cutie Map" — the magical table at the center of the throne room of Princess Twilight Sparkle's new castle — is a powerful artifact that can project a map of the whole of Equestria. It then detect "friendship problems" anywhere by summoning members of the Mane Six (and later, Starlight Glimmer and Spike) through their cutie marks, projecting a floating image of said mark over a location. The specific ponies summoned are the best suited to solve whatever friendship problem is afoot.
    • In "Shadow Play, Part 1", another function of the map is revealed. When Twilight Sparkles concludes that they'll need artifacts belonging to the Pillars of Equestria to bring them back from Limbo and reads again Star Swirl's journal for a clue, a glow appears above the Cutie Map — not from any input on the part of any of the Mane Six. Then, images of the five missing artifacts (the six one being said journal, already in their possession) are seen floating, and settle on their respective locations above the map of Equestria. Quite handy at this point in the story, but since the map is directly linked to the Tree of Harmony, which (as confirmed by the next episode) has very strong ties to said Pillars, it is justified.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: A recurring problem for the series, especially when combined with Spoiled by the Merchandise, which is also often in effect.
    • During the two-week hiatus leading up to "Slice of Life", several teasers and commercials of the episode were released, in total showing over five minutes of footage from the episode, including shots from its ending. With the episode being the usual 22 minutes long, writer M.A. Larson commented that they might as well have just shown the episode itself for all they were giving away, and actually asked fans to avoid the teasers so they would enjoy the episode more.
    • Rainbow Rocks ended up showing the first twenty minutes or so of the film in total across its previews and teasers, and is only 73 minutes long. Friendship Games included the scene of Twilight releasing her magic and being overwhelmed by it in the first trailer, and merchandise advertising Twilight's Superpowered Evil Side "Midnight Sparkle" had been around for months. Fans easily put two and two together and what should have been a twist reveal was ruined.
    • A particularly infamous case happened with a Discovery Family promo for Season 8, where the second frame of the trailer shows Spike with wings, flying. The rest of the trailer has no problem casually spoiling that Sunburst is called by the map for an adventure with Starlight and Queen Chrysalis is back, even showing her disguise for good measure to make sure the reveal is fully ruined. In the span of less than fifteen seconds, the promo uses clips from four episodes, and spoils three of them.
  • Trailer Spoof: One of the trailers for Season 9 opens with billowing snow and the font from the Game of Thrones TV series, playing off the hype for that series before revealing it's an MLP trailer.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • Celestia, the (very) few times she's gotten angry. It's... surprisingly unsettling, particularly when she reprimanded Twilight in "Lesson Zero".
      • Less surprising when you notice the common thread. Steal her cake, she smiles. Steal her pet phoenix, she smiles (and asks the guards to search). But you threaten her little ponies... well, the words "duck and cover" come to mind.
    • Fluttershy, as mentioned elsewhere.
  • Transformation Sequence:
  • Transmutation: The story being told in "A Hearth's Warming Tail" features the main character, Snowfall Frost, attempting to transmutate a lump of coal into gold. She almost succeeds until the ringing of bells out in the street breaks her concentration.
  • Trash the Set:
    • Applejack's barn goes through this with astounding regularity.
    Raze this barn, raze this barn, one, two, three, four!
  • Treehouse of Fun:
    • Twilight and Spike live in Ponyville's Golden Oak Library, a four-story structure built inside a tree. It has a Mad Scientist Laboratory in the basement, for some reason.
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders get their own tree house in "The Show Stoppers".
  • Triangle Shades: Worn by Princess Cadance in one of the non-matching pictures from the printable Princess Cadance Perfect Match activity.
  • Trickster Mentor:
    • Princess Celestia. She sets up the episode's whole source of conflict, runs away when anything dangerous happens, or chooses not to be a Deus ex Machina even when she could easily solve everything on her own so often that fans have dubbed her "Princess Trollestia".
      • In the series premiere, she knows full well about the prophecy predicting that her sister, whom she imprisoned, is about to escape and wreak havoc. Rather than explain things, or even do anything herself, she just tells the protagonist to "stop reading those dusty old books" and make friends, and is absent for the rest of the episode. Incidentally this is exactly what needs to be done, and as she notes later, she never explicitly said that the prophecies were wrong.
      • She knows that Twilight has six friends, but gives her only two tickets to the Gala, forcing her to agonize over who to give the extra ticket to. Though there is some controversy over whether she might have honestly expected Twilight to just go with Spike. In the end Twilight returns the tickets saying she can't go if she can't bring all her friends. Celestia replies, "Why didn't you say so in the first place?" and gives her more tickets. Apparently the lesson was: You never had to choose.
      • She sits back and watches as Rarity plummets to her doom, letting Rainbow Dash have a Big Damn Heroes moment. The fact that Rarity was put in this situation due to the heat of the sun, and the fact that Celestia controls the sun, leads some to suspect that she caused the whole incident to begin with.
      • She invites the main characters to a snooty, boring, rich-people party and hopes that they'll cause a disaster and liven up the event. She outright admits as much after said scheme goes precisely as she planned.
      • She intentionally tricks overzealous citizens into filling her teacup so that it overflows. This is an undeniably harmless joke though, and seems to have been made as an attempt to break the tension her presence caused to her overly-nervous subjects. Though she still clearly enjoys it.
      • She takes her old, dying pet bird to a party, then runs away and leaves it there with Fluttershy, resident animal lover, failing to tell her the bird is actually a phoenix whose time for rebirth has nearly come. Again, the debate as to whether this was purposefully done or simply a case of absentmindedness continues. Although, Fluttershy did kind of steal the bird on her own instead of just asking the Princess what was wrong with it, and it did seem like Celestia genuinely didn't know where Philomena had gotten to.
      • She seems remarkably nonchalant when she discovers that Twilight has traveled all the way to Canterlot and broken into the Canterlot Library of Magic's Star Swirl the Bearded Wing at the crack of dawn - all while sporting a torn jumpsuit, a wildly unkempt mane, a scar on her cheek, and an eyepatch. Almost as if she suspected what was going on but didn't want to interfere with Twilight learning a valuable lesson... Of course, Twilight being Twilight, Celestia may have assumed she was simply doing extra studying... in the capital city several miles away, in what is probably the largest and oldest library in Equestria. Twilight isn't just an A+ student, she's the neurotic A+++++++ student.
      • She sends Twilight a valuable, uncompleted spell from one of the most important mages of all time, in hope that Twilight could fix it, suggesting that she knew very well what was wrong with it... and doesn't bother giving her a heads-up that it completely changes the destiny and lives of all her friends. Her justification was that by saving her friends and completing the spell, she was able to ascend to become an alicorn princess, too.
    • Discord in Season 4's "Princess Twilight Sparkle" two-parter. He knew all along what was causing the Everfree Forest to run wild, but kept silent because he didn't want to "rob Twilight of an important lesson about being a princess". He is also the one who suggests they speak to Zecora for guidance, and convinces Twilight to return to her friends, albeit by insinuating her new title has gone to her head.
      • Unlike Princess Celestia though, Discord's method of "teaching" seems to be more just messing with Twilight and then teaching a lesson about friendship as a justification/excuse to do so. In his other Season 4 episode "Three's A Crowd", the friendship lesson Twilight learned was completely unintended on his part, because he faked being sick in order for Twilight to prove she's friends with him by looking for a cure, and was disappointed when he didn't completely wreck Twilight's day with Cadance.
      • Discord seems up to this again in "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1", manipulating Twilight towards trying to open the chest from the Tree of Harmony.
      • Deconstructed in Season 9, where he's revealed to have disguised himself as Grogar, having brought three past villains as a final test for Twilight, only for them to drain his power.
  • Troll Fic:
    • Cupcakes, seems to have been written solely for shock value and lulz. Surprisingly, it's an aversion! The author, Sergeant Sprinkles, later stated that he wrote it on a whim just to see who would read it, and was surprised by how infamous it was (he admits that it's terrible, so the Troll Fic part may have been played straight after all; it's hard to tell). He has written several other decent, non-horrific stories. (None of which will ever be as successful as Cupcakes, of course.)
    • The Spiderses is a more straightforward example, being the Friendship is Magic equivalent to My Immortal.
    • Prince Martin Willis is another trollfic (hopefully) that has gained some traction within the Brony community for its extremely coarse subject manner and practically illegible format. Dramatic readings can be found on Youtube.
    • Pattycakes is this by Word of God. It's well-written and most characters (with the notable exception of Psychoshy) are at least show-accurate on the surface, and this somehow makes it worse.
    • Cheerilee's Garden, a gory Dark Fic that makes Cupcakes look tame, has some of its horror defused by the opening author's note, which declares that it was written just for the hell of it and shouldn't be taken seriously.
    • Twillight Sparkle's awesome adventure is clearly a parody of bad fanfics; most of the cast are either flanderized or wildly out of character, the plot has more holes than a wheel of swiss cheese, and an original character who just happens to share the author's name winds up stealing the limelight and becoming the Nominal Hero. Of course, it hangs so many lampshades on its shortcomings that the joke is obvious.
    • Dakari-King Mykan briefly attempted to release non-Starfleet MLP fanfics that were likely intended to troll fans of the show by ending after the first chapter with no intention to continue. It didn't work.
    • A great PMV troll vid is this one set to "Best Song Ever" (the Jon Lajoie one, not One Direction), itself Stylistic Suck. It too has deliberate repetition, as well as non-existent lip syncing and large blank gaps in between spaces.
  • Trope Overdosed: Limitations in the wiki's code required splitting the main tropes list into six subpages. As for the Characters pages, this is the only work outside DC/Marvel comic books where the protagonists have their own pages. The Loads and Loads of Characters means even more trope overdosing.
  • Trophy Child: This seems to be the case with Diamond Tiara's mother, Spoiled Rich. In the episode she was introduced in, "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", it was revealed that Diamond Tiara's Alpha Bitch status was largely due to her mother putting her under extreme pressure to be perfect and above everyone else, while teaching her that anyone not of their status was to be looked down upon. She tells Diamond Tiara to "always think of your social standing" and berates her for making, what she considers to be, mistakes.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour:
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders engage in some relatively dangerous activities without any adult supervision for the sake of finding their cutie marks.
    • "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" has Applejack travel all the way to Manehattan and back to the Apple family farm in Ponyville all by herself.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: In the OP itself, as if hammering home the fact that this won't be your usual MLP.
    • Happens all over the place in the songs ("Pony Pokey" works in four of them, for example).
  • True Companions: The Mane Six and the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
  • Turtle Power: Rainbow Dash's pet tortoise, Tank.
  • Twitchy Eye: Used almost as often as Quivering Eyes, usually when somepony is undergoing Sanity Slippage.
  • Tyop on the Cover: Target's Canterlot Twilight Sparkle Animated Storyteller talking doll includes a set of four Novelizations of the first four episodes of the show, with the one based on "Friendship is Magic, Part 2" titled The Magic of Frienship.

  • Unconventional Food Usage:
  • Unexpected Kindness:
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode: The Two-parters, such as "Friendship is Magic"note , "The Return of Harmony"note , "A Canterlot Wedding"note , and "The Crystal Empire"note  involve scenarios much more dire than those of most of the show's episodes. Among those two-parters, though, "Friendship is Magic" is considered milder than the other three.
  • Unexplained Accent: Rarity's transatlantic accent plays with this. Given her parents' and sister's New York accents, and the North Plains accent common to Ponyville residents, hers is clearly an affectation intended to make her sound more sophisticated; and has a tendency to drop under times of great stress or excitement. Similar, but more British-leaning versions can be heard from some of the upper-class Canterlot ponies.
  • Unicorn: One of the three main pony types. Two of the Mane Six were originally unicorns.
  • Uniqueness Decay: Lauren Faust had intended for Celestia and Luna to be the only alicorns. The introduction of Cadance and Twilight's ascension after she left makes them not-so-unique anymorenote , though it's been stated that they're still special in that they're the only ones of the four who are The Ageless.
  • Unknown Rival:
    • Throughout "The Mean 6", the ponies are completely unaware of Chrysalis' presence and Evil Plan, and were also unaware that she made mean doppelgängers of them, instead thinking they themselves behaved mean and rotten to each other out of nowhere.
    • Twice in Season 9. Firstly, the mane characters were unaware of Grogar's presence, and they were also unaware that all the preparations being ruined during the last Summer Sun Celebration were caused by their past foes to distract everypony from catching them from sneaking into the Canterlot Archives to steal an instruction book on Grogar's Bewitching Bell. The former of these becomes subverted when it's revealed that Grogar was Discord in disguise, and he freed the villains to test Twilight on her bravery and confidence before her coronation.
  • Unmoving Plaid:
    • The Ursa Major's pelt is an Unmoving Star Field. While Princess Celestia's mane also flows, the colors on her mane don't flow the same way. And on one occasion, the colours on Rainbow Dash's tail continue to curve smoothly even where the end of the tail is ruffled into a zigzag.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", when Tirek drains Discord's magic, the bolt has this appearance. Of course, since it is pure chaos, it does fit thematically.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer:
    • In "Suited for Success", Rarity's attempts to design new dresses for her friends turns them all into Unsatisfiable Customers with vague, tacky, or impractical suggestions which nearly drive her to distraction. After seeing the reception their own designs get, they gratefully accept her original offerings, while for her part Rarity learns that she can't please everypony.
    • In "Inspiration Manifestation", Rarity thinks Claude is this at first, until she is able to satisfy him.
  • Unstoppable Rage: This can not be stressed enough: Do not, I repeat, not, I'll say it again, Not, and I'll reiterate one more time, NOT break a Pinkie Promise. Lest ye incur the WRATH! of Pinkie Pie.
    • Push Fluttershy too far, and you will get the tongue-lashing of a lifetime.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Being a kid's show, the characters have unique phrases they say in place of swearing.
    Rainbow Dash: (Realizing she's at the rear of the pack after tricking Applejack in "Fall Weather Friends") Oh horse apples!
    Fluttershy: (concluding an angry rant to Pinkie Pie and Rarity) ...when they are throwing their own lives away on pointless pursuits that nopony else gives a flying feather about!
  • Unwanted Assistance: The Cutie Mark Crusaders usually receive this response when they try to help other ponies while trying to look for their Cutie Mark.
  • Up, Up and Away!: Many pegasus ponies (usually Rainbow Dash) often do this when flying fast.
  • Upper-Class Twit: A rather large number of the wealthy of Equestria come off as this. Of course, we don't actually hear what any given high-society pony does besides... being part of high-society, so it's unknown how many of them truly fit this trope, and how many are actually useful to pony society.
    • Prince Blueblood, however, is undeniably a twit. He has absolutely no manners or redeeming features and his high-class living is all but guaranteed to be simply as a result of his royalty.
      • Surprisingly averted in the comics where it's shown that despite everything he's actually a very capable diplomat.
    • Averted with Fancypants, who is a rather nice chap that goes on to reassure Rarity in her fashion abilities.
  • The Usurper:
    • Nightmare Moon, who removed her own sister from play to obtain the throne and then some.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", after he finds out that Celestia, Luna, and Cadance have hidden their magic from him, we see Tirek sitting on Celestia's throne. He then sends the Princesses to Tartarus to ensure that nopony can challenge his claim to the throne. Having drained Shining Armor as well, and Shining Armor being a Prince, Tirek thought he had removed the Royal Family completely from power. He assumes his claim as the new King of Equestria is secured for good once he drains Twilight of the Princesses' magic, but his claim is short-lived once he is hit with Rainbow Power, re-imprisoned in Tartarus, and Celestia, Luna, Cadance, Shining Armor, and Twilight are restored to their places as Equestria's true Royal Family and sovereigns.
  • Utility Magic: Rarity's magic is mostly useful for things like sewing, and Twilight Sparkle, although she can do more impressive magic, mostly uses hers for things like turning pages and writing. In fact, it's implied that most unicorn magic only works for things like this. Their magic is usually related to whatever their special ability happens to be, but in Twilight Sparkle's case, her special ability is magic, so she can do more.
    • Later episodes make it unclear whether other unicorns are only able to perform magic in line with their talents, or if a unicorn is theoretically capable of any magic, but that most unicorns only know magic that is related to their talents and interests. In the second case, Rarity (or any unicorn) could learn much of the magic Twilight knows, but are simply not dedicated enough to the study of magic itself.

  • Vanilla Edition: The two pre-Shout! Factory DVD volumes. Neither of them include closed captions, and besides their menu music (a fully instrumental version of most of the theme song), they only contain the following:
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Snips and Snails act comically unintelligent and kiss up to Trixie, who is much more serious than either of them.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show:
  • Villain-Beating Artifact: The Elements of Harmony, which were needed to defeat Discord and Nightmare Moon in the past, and are needed to do so in the present.
  • Villain Episode:
    • Chrysalis is the main focus of "The Mean 6", as it generally revolves around her creating copies of the real Mane 6. While the real ponies do appear, they only get about 14-16 minutes of screentime, and half of it is shared with their clones.
    • "Frenemies" focuses entirely on the villain trio of Chrysalis, Tirek and Cozy Glow, and the Mane 6 are nowhere to be seen.
  • Villainous Badland, Heroic Arcadia: The villains tend to make their bases in decidedly unwholesome places, in contrast to the idealized farmland, green woods, pastoral towns and shining castles of Equestria and the other heroic countries.
    • The dragons, who depending on the individual in question tend to be either villains or simply violent jerks, live in the Dragon Lands, an area of volcanic badlands and jagged rocks bereft of vegetation, crossed by rivers of lava and filled with sulphuric smoke. The actual boundary between Equestria and the Dragon Lands, shown in "Campfire Tales" and "Sweet and Smoky", is very clearly visible: on one side of an invisible line, the land is green and softly hilly and the sky blue and dotted with white clouds; on the other, the land is barren and dominated by jagged rocks and the sky is covered by menacing gray clouds.
      Smolder: The stink of sulfur. Sharp rocks under my claws. *sigh* It's good to be home.
    • In "To Where and Back Again", the changelings are revealed to be based in a barren dustbowl under a yellow sky, housing nothing but rocks and the occasional dead tree. In the center is the hulk of the changelings' hive, a dull grey, hole-ridden cone of thin, gnarled spires and jagged edges that dominates the horizon. This state is explicitly stated to be due to the changelings themselves — once they turn good and stop sucking the love out of everything around them, plant life returns to their land and covers both their lands and the hive itself with lush green growth.
    • In "The Beginning of the End", one of the first things to happen once Sombra destroys the Tree of Harmony and starts to take over Equestria is that, as soon as he leaves the Tree's cave, the sky inexplicably turns a lurid yellow. When he's defeated at the end, the sky is instantly turned back to its normal cheery blue by the World-Healing Wave that did Sombra in.
    • Grogar's lair is in a giant skull-shaped monolith rising from a putrid swamp covered in slime and moss, in the middle of a stretch of flat gray rock.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Discord snaps when Fluttershy doesn't play along with his twisted mind games. He drops the Faux Affably Evil act and just brainwashes her with a huffy "Arrivederci!".
      • He actually gets terrified when he realizes he's about to be hit with the Elements Of Harmony. His Faux Affably Evil act dissolves into fear as there's nothing he can do as the attack strikes him. Considering everything he'd done over the past two episodes has just effectively imploded right in front of him, this makes perfect sense.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", Tirek is shocked that Twilight and her friends have magic again and finds himself completely overpowered by them.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Seven Web Games, though three of them are just alternate versions of previous ones:
  • Villainous Face Hold:
    • In the first episode, Nightmare Moon crashes a party and uses her starry mane to hold Rarity's chin up and then hit her whilst mocking the ponies over failing to predict her return.
    • In Queen Chrysalis's debut episode, she holds the brainwashed Shining Armor's face and makes him look at her, whilst she boasts to his fiancée that he will soon be too weak to maintain the magic shield he has put around Canterlot, allowing her army to attack. She does this to Twilight in the same episode, holding her chin up whilst mocking the Mane Six's failure to stop her plan.
  • Veganopia: Ponies are exclusively vegetarian, though they still seem to enjoy dairy and eggs. Lampshaded by Pinkie Pie's cabaret performance in Season 1 episode "Over A Barrel".
  • Villain Song: "The Flim Flam Brothers Song", although it's a little more cheery than most.
    • Making up for the cheeriness is "This Day Aria", a duet sung between Chrysalis and Princess Cadance.
  • Violence Is Not an Option: In "The Cutie Re-Mark, Part 1" and "Part 2", the villain Starlight Glimmer uses time travel to change the past. Twilight Sparkle gets pulled along with the time travel spell, and tries to stop Starlight by fighting her. But after several failed loops, Twilight realizes that fighting can't work: the side effects of their fight wind up altering the timeline just as badly as Starlight did herself. Twilight only succeeds by showing Starlight the Bad Future her actions are creating, and talking her into giving up her quest for revenge.
  • Virtue/Vice Codification: A central theme of the show seems to be a simple model of virtue ethics, where six different Elements constitute the whole of Harmony, and one of the core narrative functions of each main character is to exemplify one of these ideals. Being social virtues, many of these are often de-emphasized or completely overlooked in other contexts, due to the traditional tendency of virtue ethics to place the emphasis on individual excellence of character.
    • Generosity, in other contexts often referred to as charity or self-sacrifice. Personified by Rarity, who only tends to display her sincere affinity for it when the need is most dire. The similarity between her name and "charity" seems likely to be intentional.
    • Honesty, another classic virtue. Can be interpreted in truthfulness in word, but also as integrity of character, and fidelity and reliability in deed. Personified by Applejack.
    • Kindness is a classic virtue, often referred to in other contexts as compassion, and closely related to forgiveness and understanding. Personified by Fluttershy.
    • Laughter. A highly unorthodox virtue. Hardly found in any other context in quite the same form, it nevertheless shares several traits with hope and mirth, both of which appear in some virtue-ethical models; and in one episode, optimism is explicitly linked to it. Personified by Pinkie Pie.
    • Loyalty. A classic social virtue. In some ways related to the traditional value of honor, it can be interpreted both as devotion to one's country and to one's friends. Personified by Rainbow Dash.
    • Magic/Friendship. The central theme of the show. This virtue can be regarded as a mixture of all of the others, as well as a constituent in and of itself of the whole of Harmony. It is the strength of unity that arises from harmonious, joyful relationships with others. A similar notion, albeit with less emphasis on the emotional dimension, in different contexts is that of solidarity. Personified by Twilight Sparkle.
  • Visual Pun:
    • Many of the apple trees at Sweet Apple Acres have apple-shaped crowns.
    • "Call of the Cutie" has a scene with a close-up of Apple Bloom, who is feeling depressed, when Rainbow Dash sticks her head into the audience's view:
      Rainbow Dash: Whoa. Looks like somepony's got a dark cloud hanging over her head! Let me do something about that... (The camera pulls back, revealing the dark cloud that was hovering just a couple feet above Apple Bloom)
    • During Rarity's first fashion show in "Suited For Success", Hoity Toity says Rarity's designs were "a piled-on mishmash of everything but the kitchen sink". Cut to Rarity kicking a kitchen sink away behind the curtains.
    • In "Feeling Pinkie Keen", Twilight stops to give a speech about the difference between magic and the Pinkie Sense — after literally stepping up onto a soapbox that happens to be nearby.
    • During Braeburn's tour of Appleloosa in "Over a Barrel", he points out the horse-drawn carriages, then immediately mentions "horse-drawn horse-drawn carriages" as the camera cuts to several artists sketching out the horse-drawn carriages.
    • A rather brilliant one in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express". The griffon chef uses a Dramatic Spotlight to show off his eclairs, but suddenly he is shown holding a lamp, which he throws away. Why a lamp? Why not a flashlight? Well, it does have a nice shade...
    • Applejack normally has both her mane and tail tied up ... in a ponytail.
    • In "Magic Duel", Trixie turns Spike into a Dragon Ball.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On" Discord sports a second face when telling Fluttershy about how he thinks he's becoming reformed already, implying that he's a two-faced liar.
    • In "Rarity takes Manehattan", Applejack stops under a damaged carriage and lifts it off the ground with her back, so that they can repair the broken wheel.
    • Invoked by Pinkie Pie in the cold open of "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1".
      Pinkie Pie: (stretching Twilight's lower jaw) Why the loooooong face?
      • Discord as usual. The best being his "ears burning" listening to gossip.
      • Later he shapeshifts into a bird solely for the sake of making a "free as a bird" joke.
      • Cadance sings "Soon will come the day it turns around" while the camera orbits around Twilight.
  • Vocal Evolution: Several places:
    • Creator/Ashleigh Ball made some changes to Applejack's voice to make it more distinct from her Rainbow Dash voice.
    • Rarity has gotten more goofy sounding and exaggerated.
    • Fluttershy has become less shy-sounding, also taking on a bit of a goofy tone.
    • Sweetie Belle became less slurred and childish.
    • Applejack's Japanese voice started out higher-pitched during the first four episodes but became deeper around the fifth episode.
  • Voice of the Legion: In "The Last Roundup", Pinkie has this when Applejack breaks her Pinkie Promise.
    • Princess Luna at her Season 2 appearance when she gets angry due to her lack of "indoor voice" (she's running on extremely outdated etiquette where shouting at your subjects is proper.
    • Fluttershy, of all ponies, can have this too when she gets cranky.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting:
    • Princess Luna is capable of shifting to or from her Nightmare Moon form at will. She also turns into a thorn and several ponies at once (the Shadowbolts) as Nightmare Moon.
    • The Changelings are a race that are capable of taking the shape of any pony.
    • In "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies", Twilight Sparkle demonstrates a new spell she found in the Castle of the Two Sisters that lets her transform herself and her friends into Breezies in order to help Seabreeze and his friends get home.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1", Discord once again demonstrates this power, both for the sake of puns, and to lure Tirek into a trap by turning into a unicorn stallion.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: "Applebuck Season" features a scene with a bunch of ponies who got sick from some poorly prepared baked goods. Pinkie Pie has just enough time to declare them "baked bads" before she begins throwing up. The camera cuts away just before it happens.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • Philomena in "A Bird in the Hoof".
      • Genius Bonus: When Philomena is restored at the end of the episode, her beak has a wicked, sharp hook to it—a predator's beak. Of course she would puke up the birdseed, her digestive tract is meant for meat, not plant matter.
    • In "Swarm of the Century", Rarity discovers that this is how the parasprites reproduce.
    • Spike receives mail by gagging, then burping out a flame (in a barfing manner) that forms the message.

  • Walking Disaster Area: If her one prolonged appearance is to be believed, Derpy Hooves is one of these. She manages to completely tear apart town hall merely through clumsiness, not looking where she's going, and just sitting down.
    • It turns out that Spike is terrible at pretty much everything that doesn't involve books, and he spends most of an episode making Applejack's life difficult.
  • Walking Spoiler: For the final season: Grogar is Discord in disguise.
  • Wardrobe Wound: In the episode "A Bird In the Hoof", Rarity becomes a nervous wreck at Princess Celestia's luncheon, afraid of anything getting spilled on her pretty party dress.
  • Watch Where You're Going!: Happens when Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy are trying to round up a phoenix, and when Twilight Sparkle teleports as two temple guards close in on her.
  • Wave-Motion Gun:
    • The show uses the Power of Friendship combined with an Amplifier Artifact to create a Rainbow-colored beam capable of defeating the most malevolent forces in the world, and clean up the damage.
      • The fandom has nicknamed this the "Orbital Friendship Cannon".
    • There's also the Crystal Heart, the artifact that protects the Crystal Empire by uniting the love and unity of the entire kingdom into a powerful energy wave.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", Twilight's first volley against Tirek is a massive energy beam which completely envelops him, then explodes in the background into a giant mushroom cloud.
      • After being empowered with the Rainbow Power, the Mane Six fire one of these at Tirek, returning him to his weak and frail state and blasting him back to Tartarus forever.
  • Weirder Than Usual: In "Feeling Pinkie Keen", when Spike notices Pinkie Pie acting strangely, Twilight gives the standard response of "She's just being Pinkie Pie". Spike watches her for a moment and notes that she's being "Super-extra Pinkie Pie today".
  • Weird Moon: The Sun and the Moon can not be up at the same time (see the phases part of the trope page). The moon also functioned as a can for Nightmare Moon. When Nightmare Moon escaped, the Mare in the Moon disappeared off the face of the moon.
  • Warp Whistle: Adventures in Ponyville's Places of Ponyville map.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor:
    • Celestia welcomes back her little sister Luna after she's defeated as Nightmare Moon after Luna sincerely apologizes. Justified as Luna wasn't entirely well in her head when she tried to overthrow her sister, having become a Mad Goddess until the Elements restored her. And even then, while Celestia forgave her, it takes time for their subjects to do so.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", Discord betrays all of ponykind to the most titanically dangerous threat it has ever faced... and yet Twilight rescues him with the rest of her friends.
      • Towards the end when the Mane Six are having a Group Hug and Discord is nervously waving from off to the side, Twilight uses her magic to pull him into the group, making this trope literal.
  • We'll See About That: This is Discord's response to Rainbow Dash's statement that she'll always be loyal to Princess Celestia.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • The Alicorn sisters Princess Celestia and Princess Luna used to jointly rule Equestria together until Luna became bitter and resentful when their subjects favored Celestia over her, turning her into Nightmare Moon. After Luna is defeated and returned to normal centuries later, however, the two sisters reconcile.
    • Rainbow Dash and Gilda in "Griffon the Brush Off". They used to be childhood friends, but their friendship is broken off after Dash finds out that Gilda has been bullying her other friends behind her back. This bitterness carries over into their reunion in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone", though Pinkie Pie proves that Gilda has a heart of gold and helps them make up in the end.
    • Discord attempts to invoke this in the two-part Season 2 premiere "The Return of Harmony" in order to keep them from using the Elements of Harmony against him, using a combination of mind control and mind tricks to get Twilight's friends to behave opposite of their respective elements. He very nearly succeeds in pushing Twilight over the Despair Event Horizon with her corrupted friends, but Twilight overcomes his mind games with help from her old friendship reports and lifts his spell on her friends to take him down.
    • In "Amending Fences", Twilight is shown to have drifted so far apart from her old friends at Canterlot that she can't even remember their names. As soon as this dawns on her, she immediately sets out to fix things. While most of them are willing and eager to reconnect, her closest friend Moondancer wound up holding a deeply seated grudge because Twilight brushed off her one attempt to be more social and then left without saying goodbye, which caused Moondancer to isolate herself in her books and studies much like Twilight herself used to do. After Moondancer finally vents her pent up frustrations at Twilight, the two patch things up.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The "Magical Mystery Cure" in which Twilight rewrites an ancient spell, thereby becoming an alicorn & a princess. Sweet Celestia, where do we go from here?
    • "Princess Twilight Sparkle, Part 2" manages to top the above by having the Mane Six relinquish the Elements of Harmony to keep the Tree of Harmony from dying. Nothing Is the Same Anymore, indeed.
    • "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2": Let us count the ways: Twilight's library is destroyed; Discord's Heel–Face Turn is fully complete; Twilight is dubbed Princess of Friendship; and Twilight is given a brand new castle of her very own, with thrones for herself and all her friends (including Spike).
    • "Crusaders Of The Lost Mark" starts out as a simple story about a class election and then blindsides the audience twice. Longstanding antagonist Diamond Tiara undergoes a Heel–Face Turn, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally earn their cutie marks.
  • Wham Shot:
  • Wham Line:
    • Celestia's response in "The Ticket Master" which would've prevented all the trouble from before:
    My dear student Twilight: Why didn't you just say so in the first place?
    • In "The Return of Harmony, Part 1", Discord proves he means business when he has Applejack mentally cornered:
    • Throughout "Lesson Zero", Twilight is terrified that Princess Celestia will punish her should she fail to complete a friendship report by the end of the day. Those familiar with the characters know full well that Twilight is highly prone to overreaction, particularly when it comes to both academics and the princess - who is nothing if not kind, understanding, and fun-loving. Thus, most people watching will expect Celestia not to care about the tardy homework assignment. This turns out to be correct, but Celestia is furious when she sees the mayhem that Twilight's reckless actions have wreaked upon the town, and the timing of her appearance comes as a huge surprise.
      Celestia: TWILIGHT SPARKLE!
    • The first part of the second Season finale, "A Canterlot Wedding":
      Twilight: "Princess Celestia invites you to the wedding between Princess Mi Amore Cadenza and... *gasp* My brother!?"
    • And later in that same episode, when Twilight believes she's messed up after accusing Princess Cadance of being evil:
      Twilight: I'm sorry...
      Impostor!Cadance: You will be.
    • "Keep Calm and Flutter On":
      Discord: You think you can boss Discord around?! You think I'm gonna turn all this back because you say so? Because if I don't I'll lose the one friend I ever had? *gasps in realization of what he just said* ...Well played, Fluttershy. Well played.
    • "Magical Mystery Cure", while a number of people saw it coming due to rather large media coverage, has perhaps the most controversial Wham Line of the series:
      Fluttershy: (to Twilight) Wow... You look just like a princess!
      Celestia: That's because she is a princess.
    • "Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2": Twilight discovers what she thought was Luna turning into Nightmare Moon a second time is really a flashback to the night Celestia banished her, upon seeing the original Elements of Harmony:
      Twilight: Are those the Elements of Harmony? But that's how they looked in... the past.
    • In the same episode, she comes up with the only solution to save the Tree of Harmony:
      Twilight: I know how we can save the tree. We have to give it the Elements of Harmony.
    • "Daring Don't", though it's something of a minor spoiler, it still shocked the Mane 6:
      Twilight and Rainbow Dash: A.K. Yearling is Daring Do!
    • For fans at least in "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1":
    • As well as:
      Princess Celestia: We must rid ourselves of our magic, before Tirek has the chance to steal it from us!
    • For the viewers who have already put two and two together and realized the villain has caused a Make Wrong What Once Went Right plot using Starswirl the Bearded's time travel spell, another of these happens when Twilight views the changed Map of Equestria, revealing exactly what Starlight's meddling has changed (and invoking a Mass "Oh, Crap!" from the fandom):
      The map doesn't even make any sense any more. The Crystal Empire takes up half of Equestria!
    • "Slice of Life": In a purely meta sense, as most fans would never have expected this character to speak again:
      Derpy: Muffin?
      • Also from the same episode:
      Bon Bon: My name isn't Bon Bon. It's Special Agent Sweetie Drops.
    • "Crusaders of the Lost Mark":
      Diamond Tiara: [to her Mother] They are the Cutie Mark Crusaders and they're my friends!
      • Later in the same episode:
      Diamond Tiara: It's your cutie marks! They're amazing!
      • Then:
      Applejack: [to Applebloom] Oh sugarcube, if Mom and Dad were here, they'd be so proud.
    • "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows":
      Pinkie Pie: Shining Armour and Princess Cadance are having a baby!
    • "To Where and Back Again Part 2":
      Trixie: How often do Changelings all get hungry?
      Thorax: Actually, I haven't been hungry since I met Spike. And Changelings are always hungry.
    • "A Royal Problem":
      Princess Celestia: Don't worry, Starlight. I know how to handle Nightmare Moon!
      Daybreaker: Yeeesss. But can you handle... ME? [laughs madly as Princess Celestia and Starlight Glimmer look on in shock and terror]
    • "The Perfect Pear", the Apple siblings learn a surprising fact about their own heritage, turning an investigation into the origins of their family's long-standing feud with the Pear family into something far more personal:
      Applejack: Bright Mac and Buttercup? Those are our parents' names!
    • "Shadow Play - Part 1":
      Star Swirl the Bearded: You cannot bring only the Pillars back!
    • "The Hearths Warming Club":
      Silverstream: [After hearing Gallus describe a Griffon holiday] Well, at least you get to be with your family.
      Gallus: No... because I don't have a family.
    • "School Raze - Part 1":
      Cozy Glow: Enjoying yourself in there, Starlight? I'm sorry I had to lock you in, but what else could I do? You were going to ruin all my plans.
    • Twice in "The Beginning of the End - Part 1":
      Celestia: So, after much consideration, my sister and I have decided it is time for us... to retire!
      • Followed by:
        Celestia: Everything you've gone through over the years has been a training program.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • "Inspiration Manifestation": Exactly what did happen to the evil spell after it was driven out of Rarity, since the Tome of Eldritch Lore was (presumably) destroyed? Assuming that breaking the spell didn't destroy it entirely, of course.
      • What of the transformed band, turned into background ponies we've seen before? Are there two Octavias out there, one of which doesn't know used to be a very different, very male pony?
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", Tirek's brother is mentioned a number of times, and depictions of him are shown in a storybook, but never makes an actual appearance. Unless Tartarus gives Tirek enhanced longevity, his brother should still be around. Though considering he went back to wherever he came from and there is no easy means of long-distance communication except between Spike and Celestia, they might just not have been able to find him.
      • Where did Owlowicious go after he flew away before Twilight started fighting Tirek? Did he go back to live in Twilight's castle or did he just fly away?
  • What Song Was This Again?: Many of the songs are very different lyrics-wise in foreign dubs. The Italian version even wrote a new theme song whole cloth.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders get a few from "Ponyville Confidential", but special mention goes to Big Macintosh, who was actually mad enough to chew them out for humiliating him and Applejack.
    • In "Putting Your Hoof Down", after seeing Fluttershy violently deal with a random tourist pony Rarity and Pinkie Pie call her out on her behavior. Considering her new personality though, it doesn't end well for them.
    • In "A Canterlot Wedding", Twilight Sparkle is suspicious of impostor Princess Cadance's behavior, and after apparently misinterpreting one of her actions, Twilight bursts into the wedding rehearsal and accuses the princess of being outright evil. Her friends all leave without even speaking to her, and even Princess Celestia herself makes it clear she's disappointed. Then it turns out Twilight was right, that Cadance was evil... but she wasn't even the real Cadance. During the Near-Villain Victory, the impostor, Changeling Queen Chrysalis, gives a variation to the rest of the Mane Cast, basically stating that it was their fault for not listening to Twilight at all about her behavior. Applejack was very remorseful about this and apologized to Twilight on everypony's behalf, but she brushed it off, stating that it wasn't their fault seeing as Chrysalis fooled everypony.
    • Fluttershy gives an epic one to her friends in the episode "Keep Calm and Flutter On", after they try to pull such a moment on her, believing that she was ignorant of the actions of Discord, whom Fluttershy had been charged with reforming.
      Rainbow Dash: You see Discord's behind all this, right?
      Fluttershy: Oh, of course I do! Do you all think I'm a silly, gullible fool? (cue the rest of them looking very sheepish and muttering.)
    • In "Inspiration Manifestation", Owlowiscious toward Spike as Rarity begins running amok with the spell, and his insistence that everything's going fine.
      • Twilight also berates Spike at the end of the episode for taking the spellbook from the castle without asking permission. She was pissed.
  • Wheel o' Feet: Granny Smith, Photo Finish's helpers, and a few background ponies do this now and then.
    • Hilariously played with in Granny's case; she does it after been tricked into thinking she saw a snake... and then proceeds to walk away very slowly.
    • The "Great and Powerful" Trixie does this when she sees the Ursa Minor come into town.
  • When She Smiles: Pinkie used to be a Perpetual Frowner like her family, but the sight of Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom caused her to smile for the first time, and her family does the same when they see the party she threw them.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Characters in the show can speak French, and Fluttershy has mentioned ‘French couture’. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?...
    I think so, Brain, and there's surely enough bears and beavers about, but Sugarcube Corner doesn't sell croissants OR poutine!
  • Who's on First?:
    • Used as a Running Gag in "Owl's Well That Ends Well", Owlowiscious' "hoo" is understood as the question "Who?" most of the time.
    • In "Inspiration Manifestation", at first, Spike's conversations with Owlowiscious seem like a reprise of their first meeting but eventually he starts responding to what the owl is saying.
    • "Tanks for the Memories" uses three pegasi trying to get names straight as a reason for Rainbow Dash to prevent winter.
  • Wingdinglish: Used inconsistently. In "Swarm Of The Century" we can see a banner with clearly English words, but in "Sisterhooves Social" the posters have their text written in some sort of Latin-like language with a weird font (although still with Arabic numerals). Finally, "Ponyville Confidential" manages to use both conventions in a single episode.
  • Wing Shield: In order to save Starlight Glimmer from her nightmare in "A Royal Problem", Princess Celestia has to defeat the dream versions of Nightmare Moon and Daybreaker. While the two villains are busy fighting each other, Celestia uses both of her wings to put a stop to their Beam-O-War and flips her wings to toss their attacks right back at them, vaporizing them from Starlight's dream.
  • Wistful Smile: Burnt Oak has a sad smile when Big Mac asks if he can come back and talk about his (presumably) late father, Bright Mac. Burnt Oak is remembering the loss of his old friend, but is happy to share those memories with his friend's now adult son.
    • Both Rarity and Apple Jack have wistful smiles in "Make New Friends But Keep Discord" when seeing Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom in their Gala dresses for the first time.
  • Witch Species: The unicorns are basically this with regards to other ponies. Only they are able to consciously perform magic and all of them are born with this ability; although many unicorns pursue non-magical careers, seemingly only able to perform basic telekinesis and magic related to their special talent. More advanced magic requires extensive studies.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity:
    • In "Magic Duel", Trixie's sanity deteriorates while under the influence of the Alicorn Amulet, the first thing she does after banishing Twilight being to turn Ponyville into a micronation with her as its Caligula, then it comes to a head when she has Snips and Snails drag her chariot across the ground, as she is now so paranoid that she can't trust wheels.
    • In "Inspiration Manifestation", the more Rarity uses the book's power, the more deranged she becomes.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Perks: As shown on the trope page's image. Admittedly, it must be hard to sew when you don't have hands. Actually overlaps almost entirely with Mundane Utility as ponies with cutie marks fully utilize their special talents or powers in their everyday tasks.
  • Wizarding School: "Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns", which Twilight enrolled in. She also once mentions that there's a magic kindergarten, but given her mental state at the time, it is unclear if it is real.
  • The World Is Always Doomed: Threats that will spell doom for Ponyville, if not all of Equestria, are horribly common. A burst dam, choking smog, parasprites, Sombra, Nightmare Moon, Discord, even a full scale invasion of the kingdom... the ponies never seem to get a break. Furthermore, "Hearth's Warming Eve" shows that even in the distant past ponies lived in nigh-constant peril.
    • Subtly lampshaded in "It's About Time", with Twilight immediately assuming that Future Twilight contacted her to warn her of some terrible catastrophe, every other pony easily believing her (at least before she started yet another Sanity Slippage), and in the course of attempting to prevent the disaster that doesn't exist they encounter another potential disaster completely by accident. Said disaster casually reveals that Ponyville is located within walking distance of the gates of Hell, where a huge number of monsters are kept imprisoned solely due to Cerberus's keeping watch on the gate. And apparently he runs off every so often.
    • Outright parodied in the 100th episode "Slice of Life", in which the background ponies are pretty used to the constant attacks, and throughout the episode the Mane 6 are seen in the background fighting whilst everyone goes about their daily lives.
    • In "Gauntlet of Fire", Celestia and Luna casually mention how, in addition to matters of state, they're often busy dealing with some crisis or another.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Rainbow Dash never tiring of recklessly charging straight at big scary monsters and getting swatted out of the sky. Applejack and Rarity often find themselves on the wrong end of this too; all three were soundly thrashed by the Manticore and Trixie in just the first few episodes.
      • "Over a Barrel" had a hilariously straight playing of this, when new character Little Strongheart shows up. How is she introduced? By instantly running rings around Rainbow Dash and tricking her into plowing into a railway sign. The poor girl can't get a break.
    • Twilight Sparkle gets a lot of this, too, in order to prevent her immense magical power from being story breaking. Her powers will function correctly when and only when they are needed in the plot. Otherwise, her spell will end up being useless or make things even worse.
    • Celestia, despite (or perhaps, per this trope) being THE most powerful major character in the series who is treated as a deity (whether she likes it or not), receives this treatment multiple times:
      • The entire series kicks off when Nightmare Moon kidnaps/incarceratesnote  her, leading the Mane Six to set out to find the Elements of Harmony.
      • In the back-story, Celestia has been worfed at least once before that, possibly twice. When Discord is released from his prison, Celestia admits there is not a thing she can do against him, and he completely outmatches her, even stealing the Elements of Harmony from a secure cell right under her nose only she can supposedly access.
      • In the Season 2 finale, she gets defeated by Queen Chrysalis fueled by Shining's Armor's love, making it a double Worf Effect, since it was used to show how strong SA's magical power and love were as well.
      • At the start of Season 4, both she and Luna are easily taken out by... vines? Justified, because those vines are the creation of the aforementioned Discord. Worse, in the Season 4 ending, Celestia, Luna, and Cadance, are easily sent to Tartarus by the villain, but only because they had given their magic to Twilight for safekeeping, leaving them powerless and Cutie Mark-less.
    • Discord gets this in Season 3. Despite Celestia saying in the second Season that Discord is more than a match for her, she can somehow cast a spell on the Elements of Harmony to protect them from him despite the fact that he's supposed to be more powerful than she is. Made even more Egregious when we see the Season 4 opener, where Discord is seen as able to physically alter her body (specifically he's seen to remove her tail without even touching her) with her being helpless to do anything about it.
    • Shining Armor himself gets one in the Crystal Empire storyline when King Sombra disabled his horn with black magic.
    • The Wonderbolts swoop in to save the day both in "Sonic Rainboom" and in "Secret of My Excess". So far their "achievement" amounts to cutting a couple of Spike's spikes from the latter.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", just to demonstrate how absurdly strong he has become, Tirek drains Discord's chaos magic once he no longer requires his help.
  • Worldbuilding: With the first Season establishing the characters, the second Season is free to focus on this. We've had more trips throughout Equestria comparing societies, a look at their holidays, and even the Creation Myth is touched on at least twice. Not to mention the origins of Ponyville.
    • During the 2012 New York Comic Con MLPFIM Writer's Panel (just before Season 3 aired), the writers discussed wanting to put more of this into the show. Season 3 opens with yet another villain from a millenia ago that enslaved an empire of ponies before being banished by Celestia and Luna.
    • As mentioned above, the Season 4 premiere.
  • World-Healing Wave:
    • In "The Return of Harmony, Part 1", Twilight Sparkle tries to cancel out the bizzare weather caused by Discord... it fails... miserably. In Part 2, when the Elements of Harmony are unleashed on Discord, it not only turns him to stone but lets loose a World Healing Wave that restores Equestria to how it was before Discord appeared.
    • Also happens in "The Crystal Empire" when Sombra is defeated.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", after Tirek's defeat, the Mane Six release a rainbow wave which restores the magic of all the drained ponies, including restoring the Princesses' magic and releasing them from Tartarus.
  • World of Pun: The show loves puns, especially horse-related ones, both noticeable and stealthy. This especially shows up in the place names and some of the character names, such as Trixie and Granny Smith. Do you also think it went unnoticed that one of the Apple family is named McIntosh?
  • World of Snark: Many characters can't resist to slip in a witty remark when the situation calls for it. Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Spike and Scootaloo do this often, though the rest of the Mane Six, Princess Luna, Opalescence and the other two Crusaders have had their moments as well.
  • World Tree: While not as large as the usual instances of this trope, the Tree of Harmony fits. It's where the Elements of Harmony come from, embodying The Power of Friendship. Season 4 concludes with it granting a castle that Season 5 shows is connected to every part of Equestria and can serve as an Amplifier Artifact to break every previously established rule of time travel. It's actions also implies an abstract intelligence and influence that can detect conflict anywhere in Equestria and direct the protagonists to figure out how to solve it, strengthening friendships and therefore everyone's connection to each other.
  • Worm in an Apple: In "Sleepless in Ponyville", Applejack tells Scootaloo that she appears "more nervous than a worm in an apple on cider making day."
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Gems and jewels can come across as this, but that is because one of the mane characters has the power to find them and another major character eats them. For ponies that aren't friends with Rarity and Spike, gemstones have high financial value.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Daring Do gets into a Big Ball of Violence with Caballeron's Mooks in "Daring Don't". And Ahuizotl's worshippers try to attack the Mane 6.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", Tirek has no problem with physically manhandling Celestia as well as Twilight whom he throws into a mountain followed by tackling her THROUGH it. When offering Twilight's friends in exchange for the alicorns' magic, the clearly implied bargain is the magic for their lives.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The adult green dragon in "Owl's Well That Ends Well" tries to kill Spike after the latter enters his cave uninvited (not realizing it belonged to another dragon) and eats some of his gems.
    • In "Dragon Quest", the adolescent dragons attempt to steal and smash phoenix eggs just for the fun of it, something they're implied to have already done on multiple occasions. When the eggs unexpectedly hatch, their leader decides that they'll take the newborn babies instead.
    • Queen Chrysalis wants to control every stallion, mare, and foal, and King Sombra seems willing to snack on Spike. Being the Tagalong Kid isn't easy.
    • In "Magic Duel", Trixie tormented Snips and Snails quite extensively. They did ruin her life and she was under the influence of an Artifact of Doom at the time.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2", Tirek has no problem holding Spike hostage.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: The show has given a few time measurements in moons in the third Season. When converted to months and years, they tend to produce rather odd results. The usage of moon instead of month (which the series has used previously) would indicate that they aren't supposed to be the same thing, but that just raised more questions, most importantly, how long a moon is supposed to be when the lunar cycle is manually controlled.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: The inverse of this — Hasbro's desire to give characters names that can be trademarked — is the reason for Adaptation Name Changes, especially in the toyline. Examples include Twist-a-loo, Manny Roar (for the previously unnamed manticore), Diamond Dazzle Tiara, Mrs. Dazzle Cup, Daring Do Dazzle... I'm starting to see a pattern here.
    • It's surprising that the name "Big McIntosh" was able to pass legal, but Lauren Faust's original idea for his name, "Big Apple", didn't. The production team has to be careful with how his name is written: he's referred to as "Big Mac" in dialogue for the show, but never in merchandise because it's trademarked by McDonalds, and the spelling "Macintosh" is never used because it's trademarked by Apple.

  • Xanatos Gambit: This is how Rainbow Dash was corrupted. Discord set her loyalty to her hometown against her loyalty to her friends. Morton's Fork at its finest: she's gored either way.

  • "Yes"/"No" Answer Interpretation:
    • Done twice in a row in one conversation in "The Ticket Master":
      Applejack: I've got apple pie, apple fritters, apple tarts, apple dumplings, apple crisps, apple crumblers, and apple brown betty... uh, the dessert, not my auntie. What do you say there, best friend?
      Twilight Sparkle: *stomach rumble*
      Applejack: Is that a "yes"?
      Twilight: No. No! I don't know who I'm giving the ticket to. And all these favors aren't making it any easier to decide. In fact, I'm less certain now than I was this morning! Aargh! (runs off)
      Applejack: So... that's a "maybe"?
    • "Dragonshy", between one of the ponies and her non-talking rabbit Angel (note that the trope doesn't appear until the last lines):
      Angel: [coughs]
      Fluttershy: Oh, goodness! Are you okay?
      Angel: [coughs]
      Fluttershy: Are you coughing because there's a carrot stuck in your throat?
      Angel: [coughs]
      Fluttershy: Because you need some water?
      (Angel looks exasperated, coughs enormously and lifts Fluttershy's chin to make her look up)
      Fluttershy: *gasp* Because of that giant cloud of scary black smoke?
      (Angel throws a carrot at her head, looking annoyed)
      Fluttershy: I'll take that as a "yes".
    • In "Green Isn't Your Color":
      Twilight: It's the perfect plan! You can't tell anyone about it. Promise me you won't tell anyone?
      (Pinkie Pie makes a long series of gestures that seem to be miming various actions, including digging at the ground)
      Twilight: So... you do promise, or you don't?
      Pinkie Pie: Uhh, yes! Obviously, that's why I (repeats the gestures) zipped my mouth closed, then locked it with a key, then dug a hole, then buried the key, then built a house on top of the hole where I buried the key, then moved into the house on top of the hole. (grin)
      Twilight: Obviously...
    • In "Owl's Well That Ends Well", Spike sarcastically interprets a Rock Bottom + Tempting Fate situation by this model. "Could it get any worse?" (Cue the Rain.) "I guess that's a 'yes'."
  • You Already Changed the Past: The episode "It's About Time" was essentially this.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!:
    • The episode "Flight to The Finish", has Scootaloo, a young pegasus who can't fly (a situation that, in fanon, is considered equivalent to a kid being handicapped), getting mocked and bullied for this, and ends locking herself in her room, extremely depressed. Her surrogate Cool Big Sister, Rainbow Dash, gives her a speech after she loses all faith in herself, getting her out of her Heroic BSoD.
    Rainbow Dash: Listen, Scootaloo. Maybe you'll fly someday, or maybe you won't. You're all kinds of awesome anyway. Who's the toughest little pony in town?
    Cadance: But you stand here for a reason,
    You are gifted and you are strong,
    That crown is upon your head because you belong!
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: The two-part episodes fall under this. The heroines can't stop Nightmare Moon from getting free. They can't find the Elements of Harmony before Discord brainwashes them. They can't stop the changelings from launching an attack on Canterlot and defeat Celestia along the way. They can't get the Crystal Heart in its pedestal before King Sombra gets past Cadance's barrier. They can't stop Celestia's and Luna's disappearances and the Everfree Forest beginning to take over Ponyville...
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good:
    • Not mentioned, but the main reason why the Mane Six end up bringing in the Heel–Face Turn-inflicted Starlight Glimmer into the fold in the Season 5 finale — despite her misguided ways, Starlight Glimmer is an incredibly powerful unicorn and with her unhinged and friendless, the Mane Six just couldn't possibly let her go.
    • In fact, what with the general theme of redemption through friendship, this has happened repeatedly throughout the series. Notable examples includes Fluttershy being charged with bringing Discord around in Season 3 - they could've just kept him petrified, but if his powers could be used for good, it'd be of great benefit! In Season 5, even Diamond Tiara demonstrates that when redeemed by friendship, she can use her powers for good - even though that power happens to be a potent talent for manipulation and blackmail. No such thing as Bad Powers Bad Ponies in Equestria!
  • You Do Not Want To Know:
    • Twilight Sparkle says this after Spike asks what an Ursa Major is like after an Ursa Minor rampages through Ponyville. The audience, however, knows that the Ursa Minor was towering over every building in Ponyville — and the Ursa Major is several times bigger.
    • Rainbow Dash also says this when she inadvertently refers to Pinkie Pie's mental breakdown.
  • You Mean "Xmas": The show has featured multiple holidays celebrated in Equestria which seem to correspond roughly to Earth holidays:
    • Hearts and Hooves Day: Valentine's Day.
    • The Summer Sun Festival: Summer Solstice.
    • Nightmare Night: Halloween.
    • Hearth's Warming: While the actual celebration is more of a cross between Thanksgiving and a Founder's Day, its trappings are definitely meant to invoke Christmas.
    • Strangely Zigzagged by the record album It's a Pony Kind of Christmas, which uses the names Christmas, Santa Claus and St. Nicholas, but all of the songs are rewritten to remove any other religious references. Songwriter Daniel Ingram says it's non-canon.
    • Winter Wrap Up: The Vernal Equinox, when winter ends and spring begins.
  • Younger Mentor, Older Disciple: Following "Marks For Effort", Applebloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle become tutors for Twilight's School of Friendship. Keep in mind that they are still fillies and the school has students of various ages. This means that the Cutie Mark Crusader are not only the youngest of the school staff, but they are also younger than some of the students attending the school.



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