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Basic Trope: A female character will be obsessed with ponies, often from a very young age.

  • Straight: Alice asks for a pony for Christmas. Her bedroom is also filled with a collection of toy ponies, and unicorns.
  • Exaggerated: When Alice grows up, her entire home is decorated with a horse motif, from the throw pillows on the couch, to the paintings on the walls, to her china pattern. And despite being well into her 30's and married, some of these horses are still pastel or rainbow colored, and/or unicorns. Speaking of her marriage, her wedding had a horse or Western theme to it and took place at a ranch or on a farm, and she rode down the aisle on horseback.
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  • Downplayed: Alice has a poster with a horse on it, but it never really comes up, and is in fact tucked away in an awkward corner, so she doesn't think about it too much.
  • Justified: Alice just likes ponies.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice's dad buys her a pony, but she turns it down, saying she hates ponies and would rather have her father buy her a toy truck instead.
    • All Ponies Like Girls.
  • Gender Inverted: Bob asks for a pony for Christmas, and has a collection of toy ponies and unicorns.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice thinks about asking for a pony for Christmas, but wonders how Santa Claus would possibly be able to get it to her, and decides against it.
    • Alice moves to a new apartment, and whoever lived there before left a painting of a horse in the living room. Alice takes it down.
    • Alice had some pony-related stuff and/or took riding lessons as a little girl, but by the time high school rolled around, she no longer cared about horses.
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    • Ponies are brought in or introduced for the little girls who would be expected to squee over them. The ponies are a hit with little boys, older boys, and men, who squee even louder and more vocally than the little girls.
  • Double Subverted:
    • She asks for a rocking horse instead.
    • She puts it up in her bedroom instead.
    • But in college, she joins the equestrian club and relearned how to ride. And when it came time to make up her bridal registry, one of the items included was a set of wine glasses with galloping horses etched into the glass.
  • Parodied: Alice loves ponies so much, she asks to be made into a centaurette.
  • Zig Zagged: Some girls and women are shown to be interested in horses, some are not shown to be either interested or disinterested, and some absolutely despise horses.
  • Averted:
    • There are no girls, or no girls of any importance In-Universe.
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    • Alice is not interested at all in horses.
  • Enforced: Acceptable Feminine Goals
  • Lampshaded: "Buy her a toy pony. All girls like ponies!"
  • Invoked: Alice is encouraged to like ponies and princesses as a little girl.
  • Exploited:
    • An artist markets works featuring ponies chiefly to young girls and to women.
    • A Manipulative Bastard promises Alice (who, despite being 20 years old, has never left her Princess Phase) that he'll buy her a pony, in order to make her more willing to sleep with him.
  • Defied:
    • Alice is never shown to have any interest in ponies, and would honestly rather play with trucks anyway.
    • Alice's parents encourage her to play with any kind of toys she wants, and not to worry about fitting any sort of gender roles.
    • Alice's parents forbid her to play with "girly" toys, either on the grounds that Real Women Don't Wear Dresses, or because they wanted a boy and decided to raise her as a boy instead.
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