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A YouTube original web series based on the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls franchise, the series centers around the Mane Seven (Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Applejack) and their magical adventures while dealing with their daily school lives.

It premiered on November 17th 2017 with the episode "A Fine Line", and the initial press release mentions that it'll run for at least 45 episodes. However, several sets have premiered early on the Discovery Family GO! app and Discovery GO! website: on November 2 (1-4), November 5 (5-7), and November 8 (8-11). A second season was announced on January 10, 2019.

Watch the series every Friday on Hasbro's YouTube channel here, or get an early taste on the Discovery GO! website here.

The trailer used in Comicbook.com's initial announcement of the series can be seen here; the second trailer released shortly after the first episode can be seen here. The second season's trailer is available here.

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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The (fictional video-game character) Tirek from this universe is seen in his eponymous game's box art and related promotional material with a very different color scheme to the one from Equestria: he has dark brown skin, he's entirely covered in reddish orange fur barring his face, and has yellow horns and claws. The Tirek from Friendship is Magic has bright red skin, furless arms, has a white mane and beard, grey horns, and black fur on his chest.
  • Air Quotes: Twilight does the gesture when she describes how she's gonna go "hang out" with Timber Spruce.
  • Alternate Self: Human counterparts for Zephyr Breeze (Fluttershy's younger brother), Prim Hemline, and Cranky Doodle Donkey appear at various times.
  • Art Evolution:
    • The series is part of a larger case of this for the franchise as a whole. The logo has been subtly redesigned and the episode title cards are all designed to look like a teenager's notebook (i.e. cutouts, stickers, drawings), fitting with the overall "marker drawing" feel of the 2018 redesign.
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    • More and more characters have transitioned from using "old model" clothes (i.e. big, square boots or shoes; huge skirts) to newer, more natural and realistic models.
    • The series also sees the introduction of more different facial expressions and body shapes for various characters.
  • Artistic License – Cars: A few in "Driving Miss Shimmer."
    • Sunset says her upcoming retest for her driver's license is her last chance to pass the test. There is no "last chance" in most countries that let you take a driving test - generally, the worst that happens is the time between retests keeps increasing.note 
    • In Applejack's version, Sunset passes the test by knowing how to change a tire after her test car's front wheel goes flat. While knowing how to change a tire is certainly an important skill to have for a driver, Cranky marks Sunset as passing the test the moment she pulls a jack from the trunk. Also, Cranky was ready to fail Sunset when the tire blew out a moment earlier; not only was that not Sunset's fault, she hadn't even started the engine yet.
    • Rarity's version has Sunset learning how to drive a limousine to help with her driver's test in a regular car. A limousine requires an entirely different license to operate, and has an entirely different standard for testing.
  • Art Shift:
    • "Super Squad Goals" randomly shifts to a pulp comic-style of artistry throughout the short. Justified, as it's Sunset drawing a comic book.
    • "X Marks the Spot" shifts to a simplistic video game style as Twilight, Pinkie, Sunset head for the treasure chest at the beach, mirroring the one Sunset was playing on her phone.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Played with. In "Pinkie Sitting," Pinkie Pie completely tires herself out while acting out a story being read by the little girl she is babysitting. The short ends with the girl reading Pinkie to sleep.
  • Beach Episode: The season 2 shorts are set on the beach, taking place shortly after Forgotten Friendship.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: When Sunset asks her friends to guess the best bit of the Tirek's Revenge video game, others guess "The quests?" "The powerups?" But it's Fluttershy who suddenly gains an evil look in her eyes and says "The revenge?"
  • The Bus Came Back: Timber Spruce — Twilight's love interest last seen in 2016's Legend of Everfree — reappears to go on a date with her at a planetarium. He also shows up as a lifeguard in a few beach shorts.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: In "Display of Affection", Rarity praises Flanksy's graffiti art style, saying she can't imagine what it's like to do all that work for just artistic praise. Sunset, who is Flanksy, agrees that she can't imagine what that's like while looking rather suspiciously off to the side.
  • Call-Back:
    • One of the episodes will involve a Spring Break on a yacht, most likely a follow-up to "Dance Magic".
    • "Super Squad Goals" has the girls shifting at will into their superhero-esque forms from the climax of Legend of Everfree.
    • Twilight Sparkle's and Timber Spruce's budding relationship was introduced in 2016's Legend of Everfree, and the episode "Star Crossed" shows them going on a date.
    • Sunset Shimmer shows her proficiency for graphic art — first seen in the Summertime short "The Art of Friendship" — in "Display of Affection" and "Super Squad Goals". In the former, she helps Rarity finish a shop display and in the latter it's revealed that the entire short is a comic she drew herself.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: Compared to their earlier everyday clothes, which respected their color schemes but were a bit generic, the new costumes introduced with this series are more varied and fit their respective personalities more closely. For example, Fluttershy's long skirt looks more conservative, fitting with her shyness, and her open shoes reflect her closeness to nature. Likewise, Rainbow Dash is dressed in a track suit emphasizing her tomboyishness and love of sports. Rarity is the most elegant, Twilight is just as nerdy as always, etc.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • "Queen of Clubs" shows Twilight, at one point, wearing the blond wig Rarity had used to disguise her pony counterpart back in the first film.
    • In "Queen of Clubs," Twilight brings the robotic puppy she built in "Mad Twience" to a school club photo shoot.
  • Costume Evolution: The most clear example is the main characters' brand new wardrobe, but even the recurring but nameless extras at school get some of it.
    • Each of the girls get a new wardrobe, getting rid of the skirts-and-big-boots that all of the main characters except Twilight and Sunset have worn since the first film in favor of more unique and character-fitting outfits. Rarity gets elegant gem-encrusted high heels and a pencil skirt, Fluttershy gets a green breezy dress, Pinkie Pie gets a mostly white and pink outfit with a rah-rah skirt, and Rainbow Dash gets what looks like sportswear with black tights. Applejack's outfit is actually fairly close in overall "look and feel" to her original clothes, but uses the newer, more natural boot and skirt designs. Sunset's design also echoes her original one, with an orange/black/purple color palette and a skirt, and Twilight's clothes bear a superficial similarity to the Equestrian Princess-as-human's (blue shirt with slightly poofy shoulders, bright pink bowtie, purple skirt).
    • Some of the recurring background and supporting classmates also get wardrobe overhauls, some minor (Trixie swaps the giant boots for ankle-high boots with similar design) and some major (one of the most commonly recurring jocks — a blue fellow usually seen accompanying a techie — got a new jacket, shoes and pants).
    • One girl previously seen as a Crystal Prep student seems to have transferred like Twilight and is now among the background students at CHS. Of course, she has ditched her uniform for new, casual clothes (and a fedora) in the process.
    • Flash Sentry's first appearance in the series was as a cameo in "Queen of Clubs", where he looked as he always did (barring the Labcoat of Science and Medicine). He then opens the "Best Trends Forever" episode with a light redesign: his hairstyle is subtly different, and his shoes use the new model instead of the big design used for non-Crystal Prep boys and men since the first film.
  • Cower Power: Timber hides behind Twilight in "Unsolved Selfie Mystery". She isn't amused by it.
  • Crush Blush: Twilight and Timber both blush while sitting together admiring the fireflies outside the planetarium.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: In the Trixie ending for “Rarity Investigates: The Case of the Bedazzled Boot”, Rarity and Trixie discover it was Spike who took the missing boot, because he wanted to know what it was like to be a dancer.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Although she's too nice to swear or be overtly mean, Twilight certainly lays down the law in "The Finals Countdown". She make sure they don't nap (Rainbow Dash), pretend to study (Rarity), or skip studying due to overconfidence (Sunset).
  • Drives Like Crazy: In "Road Trippin", Granny Smith takes the Rainbooms on a high-speed, hazard-filled ride through the woods to reach their latest gig.
  • Driving Test: "Driving Miss Shimmer", in which Sunset failed her driving test, and learns about cars from either Applejack, Rarity, or Fluttershy, depending on which ending the viewer chooses, in an attempt to pass on the retest. Fluttershy annoys Sunset with a long lecture on safety, Applejack's old farm truck breaks before Sunset can drive it, and Rarity has Sunset try to drive a rented limo.
  • Gamer Chick: Sunset has her own livestream gaming channel. In the short "Game Stream," she plays a video game with Fluttershy about squirrels collecting nuts. Fluttershy defeats Sunset in the game effortlessly, with Sunset quickly reaching a Rage Breaking Point over how badly she's doing.
  • Genre Shift: Slightly implied by the official press release(s) describing the series, but it seems the magical shenanigans will now have a heavier superhero (or Magical Girl Warrior) bent to them, and the girls will have to learn how to deal with that.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "The Other Side" feels like a G-rated parody of over-sexualization in music videos.
  • Greasy Spoon: "Pinkie Pie: Snack Psychic" takes place in a 1950's-style diner, where Pinkie is a roller-skating waitress. She sees the food people eat, knows intuitively what their needs are, and brings one of her friends to help them.
  • Growling Gut: When asked by Sunny Sugarsocks how Pinkie knew just what everyone needs, Pinkie replies "It's just a gut feeling, you know?" Then Pinkie's stomach growls — and Sunny whips up a sundae for Pinkie.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Sunset Shimmer's artistic talents are expanded upon throughout the shorts, after they were first shown off in the "The Art of Friendship" Summertime short. She likes to draw superhero comics in her spare time featuring herself and her friends, and also does graffiti art under the alias "Flanksy." She's also shown to enjoy videogames — she's on the line for the line to get the latest installment of a series she loves. And in "Queen of Clubs", she's part of the fencing club.
    • "Queen of Clubs" gives a few for various characters:
      • Rainbow Dash is shown being really good at knitting when she briefly joins the knitting club, and is among the extremely few club activities she's explicitly successful in.
      • Rarity, Derpy and Flash Sentry are shown to be part of the chemistry club alongside Twilight.
      • Twilight herself is shown in a picture of what seems to be a club dedicated to wearing silly wigs.
      • Various background and secondary students can be seen indulging in clubs that do not seem to fit them at first glance: a fairly large, burly football player background student is part of the chess club; a "techie" girl who wears really big and implicitly thick glasses is part of the cheerleading squad; and besides the chemistry club, Flash is part of the baking club (and is apparently decent at it).
    • "Road Trippin" reveals that Granny Smith is either an ace daredevil driver or certifiably insane.
  • Hurricane of Puns: In "School of Rock", Maud gives a lecture filled with clever rock puns. They might be hard to notice at first due to Maud's intensely monotone delivery.
  • Inner Monologue:
    • Nearly all of Trixie's ending in "Rarity Investigates: The Case of the Bedazzled Boot" consists of this, with Rarity's and Trixie's thoughts heard in voice-over as they barely say anything out loud to each other. Lampshaded by Spike at the end.
      Spike: [narrating] How come nobody's talking out loud?
    • In the Rainbow Dash ending of "Best Trends Forever", Rarity finds herself surrounded by CHS students with rainbow hair. Her voice-over narrates that she is in an alternate dimension called the "Rainbow Zone".
  • Ironic Echo: In "Friendship Math", Twilight decides to do her own calculations to prove that she and Pinkie are best friends. Later, she unleashes her inner Pinkie Pie by saying the word "FOREVER!" which is a reference to the Season 1 episode "Green Isn't Your Color."
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the "Choose Your Own Ending" shorts, every single time one of the characters tries to choose which character to help them out with their problems, they look at three YouTube links with three characters. Observe:
  • Monster-Shaped Mountain: At large from the beach where most of the Beach Episodes happen, we can see a rocky islet shaped like a horse head.
  • Multiple Endings: The "Choose Your Own Ending" shorts let the viewer pick one of three different endings, each corresponding to a different character.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In "A Fine Line", the titular line is for the latest installment of a popular video-game series: Tirek's Revenge, sequel to Rise of Tirek.
    • In "My Little Shop of Horrors", Twilight accidentally creates Flories.
  • New Transfer Student: A few new background students at Canterlot High School were originally seen as Crystal Prep students. Apparently, Twilight Sparkle wasn't the only one to transfer following Cinch's downfall.
  • Novelization: A very peculiar example, but the "Queen of Clubs" short gets adapted as a chapter in the novel A Friendship to Remember, which is otherwise an adaptation of the following special My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Forgotten Friendship. An interesting change (that ties into the rest of the plot of the novel): Sunset Shimmer is not part of the fencing club, instead being the photographer and editor for the Yearbook.
  • Power Incontinence: The aptly-titled short "Overpowered" is about the girls dealing with a sudden surge of their powers for a day. Sunset can read the minds of anyone nearby without touching them, and can't turn it off; on their way to school, Twilight ends up telekinetically lifting herself, bike and all, high into the sky and Fluttershy is followed by a swarm of many different animals; Applejack tears off her locker's door; Pinkie accidentally makes an apple explode; and nothing is mentioned about Rarity. Rainbow Dash acts like an over-excited Motor Mouth who uses her superspeed for the most mundane of tasks but otherwise doesn't seem to having incontinence, per se. This tips off Twilight that their geodes are in sync, so when one girl — Rainbow Dash, in this case — overuses her powers, the others get a power boost in turn. Cue a barrage of disapproving looks towards Rainbow.
  • Reality Ensues: In "Super Squad Goals", like many Easily Forgiven villains before him, the jewel thief gives a heartfelt apology and an explanation that he only wanted to impress an unidentified "her". He still goes directly to jail.
  • Recycled Title: A weird zig-zag — the title card on the episodes only says "Equestria Girls" — with no subtitle stated or implied — which, among many things, is the plain title of the film that started it all. Early press releases and promotional materials call the series by the full (and rather clunky) "Equestria Girls Digital Series", but the Discovery Family GO! app, Discovery GO! website and YouTube description subtitle it "Better Together".
  • Right on Queue: "A Fine Line", where Sunset Shimmer waits in line to buy a copy of the video game Tirek's Revenge. She starts out waiting by herself, annoyed at how much fun everyone else is having until her friends show up. When Sunset finally gets to the front, the store has just sold the last copy. Lucky for Sunset, Pinkie Pie pre-ordered it for her.
  • Ship Tease: "Star Crossed" centers on Twilight's "hang-out" with Timber Spruce, and she has a picture of herself and Timber stuck to her bedroom mirror.
  • Shout-Out:
    • What might be a subtle reference to Sailor Moon, but Twilight wears her Amulet of Concentrated Awesome as a brooch or pin on her collar bow. The titular character of Sailor Moon did the same on her school uniform. (Rarity wears hers on the collar of her dress as well.)
    • Another one for Sailor Moon in "Queen of Clubs"; what looks like a manga club is seen doing the Sailor Soldiers' iconic transformation poses for a photo; Applejack photo bombs them by holding a rose and wearing a black and red cape, like Tuxedo Mask.
    • In "Overpowered", Twilight's telekinesis makes her ride her bike up (with Spike in her basket) in front of the sun in a reference to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (including the music).
    • In "A Little Birdie Told Me", Fluttershy says the quote, "Go on. Make my day." in a reference to Dirty Harry.
  • Smart People Play Chess: During the Training Montage in "Finals Countdown", Sunset and Twilight play chess. Notably, when Twilight was putting a complicated math problem on a chalkboard, Sunset is the only one who gets it right on the first try, indicating she didn't need Twilight's help.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Tirek's name is spelled as "Tyrek" in the description for "Sunset Shimmer's Fine Line". It's not the first time.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In Sunset's ending for "Text Support", she tells Twilight to just call and ask Timber what his strange emoji text meant instead of sending more strange emoji texts like Rarity and Fluttershy suggest. Then when Twilight wants to accept his offer but doesn't know how to do it via emoji, Sunset hands her the phone to say it directly to Timber.
    Twilight: Calling?! No calling! Who talks on the phone?!
  • Superhero Episode: "Super Squad Goals" involves the girls — in their "Crystal" forms from Legend of Everfree — stopping a jewel thief. It's actually Sunset Shimmer writing and animating a superhero comic starring herself and her friends.
  • Title Confusion: A surprising amount, given how only eleven episodes are out as of this writing.
    • Mixing with a recycled title, the title card calls the series "Equestria Girls", the press releases add a subtitle of "Digital Series", but in official sources (YouTube, Discovery (Family) GO!) subtitle it as "Better Together".
    • The episode titles get worse:
      • "A Queen of Clubs"note  vs. "Queen of Clubs"note  vs. "The Queen of Clubs"note .
      • The official YouTube releases add weird possessives: "Sunset Shimmer's Fine Line" on the video title vs. "A Fine Line" elsewhere.
  • Visual Pun: In "Driving Miss Shimmer", Sunset pulls a jack from the trunk of her test car with an apple on it. In other words, an "apple jack".
  • Whole Plot Reference: The episode "My Little Shop of Horrors" is basically a G-rated version of... well, guess.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: In "Lost and Found", Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity completely ignore the gold coins and bars they turn up in their search for Rarity's missing earring.

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