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Given the show's immense popularity, it's no surprise that other works would make reference to it and its fanbase.

NOTE: A lot of these examples fall under the trope, My Little Phony. However, they are references nonetheless. If you find or know of a work that references the MLP franchise as a whole, list it there or here, not here. Just keep in mind that the example has to be dated after 2010 for it to be at least most likely a reference.

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    Films — Live-Action 

  • At one point in Artemis Fowl, Foaly tells Mayne "Listen, nephew, if you want to strap a horn to your forehead and go to conventions on the weekends, that's completely fine".

    Live-Action TV 
  • Pinkie Pie appears in The Aquabats! Super Show! episode "Cowboy Android".
  • The Comic Book Men episode "BronyCon" takes place at BronyCon 2014.
  • In the Modern Family episode "Schooled", Haley is given Friendship is Magic-themed bedsheets.
  • One episode of The Colbert Report has Stephen saying "I want to give a big shout-out here out there to all my bronies who may be watching." He even drives the point home by making a horse-riding motion. He did another a few months later, though he admitted he had no idea what it meant. When he did find out, he promptly took them back.
  • One $800 dollar question on an episode of Jeopardy! was "Applejack & Pinkie Pie are 2 of the teensy equines in this toy line". Said question was answered correctly as simply "My Little Pony".
  • A Rainbow Dash doll can be seen inside a backpack in the Adam Ruins Everything episode "Adam Ruins Security".
  • In the season 4 premiere of Legends of Tomorrow, Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood are revealed to be bronies and the latter calls a unicorn "Twilight Sparkle".

    Theme Parks 
  • At Universal's Halloween Horror Nights in 2015, in one variation of The Carnage Returns show, after one of the victims of Jack the Clown and Chance interrupts their fun, they try to decide on a number of acts they could do to kill her off. Chance eventually suggests "The Brown Derby". Jack responds, "... but where are we going to get Chris Brown, a Brony, and an exorbitant amount of Ex-Lax at this time of night?"

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    Web Videos 
  • Pie Guy Rulz:
    • In "Every Episode of SpongeBob Season 3 Reviewed", he notices that the episode "My Pretty Seahorse" references My Little Pony, "before Friendship is Magic was a thing!".
    • In his Pie Week 2014 recap, he mentions at one part "Of course there's going to be a My Little Pony episode about pie! Why wouldn't there be?". Most likely referring to either "Over a Barrel" or "Somepony to Watch Over Me".
  • The Completionist: Jirard wears a pair of Rainbow Dash wings throughout the review of Spyro the Dragon, which he promised to a friend.
  • Channel Awesome:
    • The Nostalgia Critic has taken many jabs toward the show and its fanbase. His philosophy being every single time someone says the word "pony" on the internet, the views go through the roof. Doug Walker himself is just indifferent towards the show in general and doesn't mind either the fans or haters. He's just making fun of the overabundance of the show online.
    • One episode of Ask That Guy with the Glasses has a question that asks if either Rainbow Dash or Twilight Sparkle is the better pony. Ask That Guy says that it's a matter of opinion, followed by him begging to just letting him like ponies.
  • In the opening of RedLetterMedia's Half in the Bag episode on Blade Runner 2049, Jay describes the film using the synopsis of My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) as a gag since both movies were released on the same weekend.
  • In Steam Train's playthough of "Secret of the Magic Crystals", one of them says that the meteor got the horses their cutie marks.
  • MovieBob, while not confirmed to be a brony, has made many references to the show in "The Big Picture".
    • In his Family Guy episode, he stated that admitting to liking Family Guy is like bringing up a discussion on whether Friendship Is Magic or Adventure Time is the better show. He then shows a picture of someone saying "It's Adventure Time", though he never said that was because he hated the show.
    • In "Science!" a picture of the main six hugging each other from "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" is shown at one point.
    • A vector of Pinkie Pie briefly appears in "If the Oscars Were the VGAs".
  • In Classic Game Room Undertow's review of "My Little Pony: The Runaway Rainbow", Derek sings the first part of the theme song near the beginning, as well as saying he used to wonder what friendship could be as well.
  • During Brows Held High's review of Exterminating Angels, Kyle scolds his audience for being turned on during the lesbian sex montage and shows the clip of Pinkie singing "Evil Enchantress" instead.
  • CGP Grey occasionally makes references in his videos, usually involving cutie marks.
    • In "5 Historical Misconceptions Rundown", Rarity's cutie mark is added to Lady Godiva's horse, and Napoleon's horse appears to bear a screw cutie mark.
    • "Groundhog Day Explained" features a groundhog with Trixie's hat and cutie mark, as well as a hyperlink to a video of Trixie.
    • In "You Are Two", when explaining the concept of left- and right-brain separation, left-brain holds up an Applejack toy that right-brain now has to justify holding, with the answer "Because it's the best pony."

    Western Animation 
  • In the Sanjay and Craig episode "Road Pizza", Sanjay finds that Craig has eaten his pony toy.
  • Teen Titans Go! has a Show Within a Show called "Pretty Pretty Pegasus", which Raven is a fan of. Most likely an Actor Allusion to Tara Strong reprising her role.
  • MAD had at least six skits either parodying MLP or at least having a cameo by a pony. Even going so far as having Tara Strong reprising her role as Twilight in some instances.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror XXIV", Lisa is implied to have a dream about Rainbow Dash at one point.
  • The Bob's Burgers episode, "The Equestranauts", directly parodies the brony fanbase. Even going as far as to having it's own version of BronyCon.
  • In the Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode, "Littlest Pet Shop of Horrors", Blythe is seen riding a rather large Applejack plush as part of her Halloween costume. Most likely an Actor Allusion to the fact that both characters are voiced by Ashleigh Ball.
  • In the Sonic Boom episode, "Fortress of Squalitude", when Dr. Eggman hires Amy to redecorate his lair so that he can get on the cover of a magazine, Amy hangs a painting with ponies resembling Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity on his wall.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "The Last Mabelcorn", Mabel encounters Celestabellebethabelle an unpleasant unicorn with Celestia's mane and Rarity's cutie mark.
  • The 2015 reboot of Danger Mouse features a pony (used by recurring villain Dawn Crumhorn) who looks suspiciously like Twilight Sparkle.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • An episode has a pair of kelpies, a.k.a. "Murder Ponies", named Briar and Bramble, who were voiced by none other than Tara Strong and Andrea Libmannote  respectively.
    • There's another episode in the same show that's titled "Friendship Hates Magic!", after Friendship Is Magic.
  • Robot Chicken had a sketch that showed a teenage pony (voiced by Tara Strong no less) showing her father that she got a butt tattoo that is suppose to parody cutie marks. The father then complains that his daughter won't get a decent job because of the tattoo, but the daughter doesn't believe that and thinks she'll become famous making YouTube videos. Cut to years later where the daughter now has a miserable job at a bank and has a boss who keeps telling her to "cover her ass."


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