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Twilight: Dear sweet Celestia! Discord, the god of chaos, has returned from his stone imprisonment to lay waste to everything, and everyone we hold dear! Spike, we have only one option: we must locate the Elements of Harmony!
Spike: [lights and smokes a bong] Yeah. Far out, dude.
—"DRESS.MOV"
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PONY.MOV is a six-part Flash mini-series created by Max Gilardi. It's basically My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic if it was created by John Kricfalusi and involves a metric ton of Mind Screw. The basic premise is the same as the show—ponies doing... stuff. Except with a much darker, more grotesque twist. And swag.

The main series of videos:

Side videos:

Behind-the-scenes videos:

PONY.MOV is a spinoff of the Ask a Pony blog/webcomic Ask Jappleack. Gilardi also made a Twitter for Paco from "DRESS.MOV", "SPIKE.MOV", and "PARTY.MOV".


PONY.MOV contains examples of:

  • And Starring: Kira Buckland as Twilight Sparkle.
  • Animal Gender-Bender:
    • Despite being female equines, Rarity has man-tits and Rainbow Dash has male nipples.
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    • Rainbow Dash gains man-muscles when fighting Discord.
    • Fluttershy's discharge papers from the psych ward label her gender as "undefined" rather than "female".
  • And I Must Scream: Rainbow Dash is revealed in SWAG.MOV to have been a coma the whole time, seemingly aware of everything that's happened to her.
  • Anything That Moves: Pinkie Pie.
    Spike: She'd fuck anything. Chicks, dudes...didn't matter. Fat guys, skinny guys, guys who climb on rocks. Dogs, cats, squirrels, bugs. Snails. She fucked a snail. I watched her fuck a snail once. That sounds weird, right? Just hearing me say it? Imagine how weird it was to see it. She fucked. A snail.
  • Apocalypse How: Discord, Wolflor, the R-Dash 5000's, and all sorts of other natural disasters cause a Class 0 when they destroy Ponyville. Then Rainbow Dash pulls off a Class X-4 with her Sonic Rainboom. Fortunately, Rainbow Dash causes a Cosmic Retcon that prevents either from happening.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    R-Dash 2000: Crush, Kill, Destroy, Swag.
  • Art Shift:
    • "HE'S COMING" is made from clips of the actual show.
    • In "SHED.MOV", Fluttershy changes into her design from the show at the very end.
    • When Twilight accidentally summons a demon to help Discord destroy Ponyville in "MAGIC.MOV", she and Spike have a Reaction Shot that very much resembles The Simpsons.
  • Ass Pull: Invoked and Played for Laughs. The Elements of Harmony were up Spike's nose the entire time.
  • Ass Shove: More like an Ass Poke, but Twilight Sparkle does this to Fluttershy using her horn in "DRESS.MOV".
    "Hey, hey, hey! Quit poking me with your thing!"
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Twilight attempts to resurrect Rainbow Dash in "MAGIC.MOV", but to no effect. Then she comes back in "SWAG.MOV" and reveals she was only in a coma; her friends merely assumed she was dead after she was vertically sliced in half with a chainsaw.
    • Apple Bloom (and, by extension, Princess Celestia) is also alive again thanks to a Cosmic Retcon caused by Rainbow Dash.
  • Bad Boss: Rarity to her "family" of illegal Mexican immigrants.
  • Balloon Belly: Applejack after eating tons of apples in "APPLE.MOV".
  • Berserk Button:
    • Whatever you do, do not go in Fluttershy's shed.
    • Don't call Applejack crazy, or tell her that she can't eat all those apples.
  • BFS: The Sword of the Holy Titans. Deconstructed in Ask Jappleack because, while powerful, there was no way for Jappleack and the Equestria Prime ponies to actually use it due to its size. Thankfully, Rainbow Dash becomes a giant to fight Discord in "SWAG.MOV", making her big enough to wield it.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: By "PARTY.MOV", Discord, Wolfor and R-DASH 5000 are destroying everything together. The former two exist because Appelox had created them. The latter was invented by Twilight in a failed effort to stop them.
  • Book-Ends: The series ends as it began: with Applejack eating a shitload of apples.
  • Brain Food: In "SHED.MOV", Fluttershy threatens to eat Rainbow Dash's brain.
  • Broken Angel: Rainbow Dash loses her wings in the battle against Discord in "SWAG.MOV".
  • The Bus Came Back: Rarity returns in "SWAG.MOV".
  • Call-Back:
    • In "PARTY.MOV", when Twilight tries to hold an intervention for Pinkie, she notices all her other friends are missing and asks Spike:
      Twilight: This is supposed to be an intervention! Where is everypony?
      Spike: Applejack's in a coma, Rarity's being held hostage by Mexicans, Fluttershy's in the nuthouse, and Rainbow Dash is dead. Anymore questions, smartass?
  • After Applejack's Mushroom Samba in "APPLE.MOV", Spike says, "Yo, Applejack...you alright?" After Rainbow Dash's attempted resurrection in "MAGIC.MOV", Spike says, "Yo, Rainbow Dash...you alright?"
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • Invoked in the Panel Cartoons to explain Rainbow Dash being not dead.
    • The Cosmic Retcon in "SWAG.MOV" rewinds history to the very beginning of "SHED.MOV", well after the period Rarity is being held hostage by the immigrants from "DRESS.MOV". With her appearance here, she is completely fine, with no visible body damage or explanation how she escaped.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: A common trend in the series. "MAGIC.MOV" flanderizes almost all of the wackiness out of Twilight to turn her into a bland Straight Man, and "PARTY.MOV" turns Pinkie into a whorish celebrity addicted to parties. While this works on an individual level (each video uses a characterization that acts as an accurate parody of the character), this results in a bizarre case of one-man Depending on the Writer.
  • Characterization Marches On: Spike slowly grows more cynical and frustrated with the weirdness surrounding him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Sword of the Holy Titans is mentioned in the Ask Jappleack blog by Twilight Prime, but she states no one is big enough to wield it. In "SWAG.MOV", the .MOV universe's Twilight summons it for a giant Rainbow Dash to use to finish off Discord.
  • Child by Rape: Apparently, Lyra Heartstrings is pregnant with twins due to being raped. She doesn't really seem to care about the rape part, though.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When trying to recall what Fluttershy keeps telling everyone about her shednote :
    • And then when they do enter and see the horrors inside, Spike says, "Oh my god...look at this porn!", picking up a nearby dirty magazine.
  • Continuity Lockout: "SWAG.MOV" features plot elements from the Ask Jappleack Tumblr, particularly the Sword of the Holy Titans, which Rainbow Dash uses to vanquish Discord. Applejack even explicitly references her adventures there.
  • Cool Sword: The Sword of the Holy Titans. Not only is it gigantic, it's powerful enough to One-Hit Kill Discord.
  • Cosmic Retcon: After Rainbow Dash destroys the universe at the start of "SWAG.MOV", the universe resets itself to the moment Apple Bloom gets her cutie mark, giving Rainbow Dash the chance to keep history from repeating itself.
  • Country Matters: A couple pop up during the series. In "PARTY.MOV", Pinkie even has it written on her shirt!
  • Crapsaccharine World: Everyone in this magical, colorful land of ponies is either retarded, a jerk, or completely nuts. Plus, we have slavery, cannibalistic psychopaths, and a giant monster who rampages through the city. Oddly for this trope, the authorities are quite competent, with police and doctors doing their jobs and taking matters seriously. It's improved a bit at the end of the series, since Discord's been killed (the other two monsters are Ret Goned in the process), Fluttershy's sane, and at least two of the Mane Cast have Taken a Level in Kindness. Applejack, after her Character Development, also resolves to start teaching others what friendship and compassion really mean to help make it a better place.
  • Crossover: With Wacky Game Jokez, 4 Kidz! at the end of "SPIKE.MOV".
  • Cruelty-Rich Leather: Fluttershy's shed has skinned critters all over the walls and a skinned Derpy as a toaster cozy.
  • Death by Racism: Downplayed; she doesn't die, but Rarity gets quite a "generous beating" from the illegal Mexican immigrants whom she forces to make her dresses.
  • Dem Bones: In "SHED.MOV", the skinned critters come to life during the musical number.
  • Deranged Animation: It looks like John Kricfalusi made it.
  • Despair Event Horizon: At the start of "SWAG.MOV", Twilight is dejected that she failed to find the Elements of Harmony to stop Discord, and that none of her so-called friends did anything to help.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: While coked up, Pinkie rants about it to passing musicians.
    Pinkie: What would you do if Ringo Starr just waltzed into your house and stole your...uh...favorite dress?!
    Octavia: I think I'd mostly just be confused?
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: Rarity breaks her routine of abusing her workforce to gaze at her reflection, calling herself "the most beautiful creature in all of Equestria".
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Upon entering Fluttershy's corpse filled shed, the first thing both Spike and Rainbow Dash notice is the porn.
  • Dwindling Party: The mane cast gets gradually smaller as the shorts progress. As of "PARTY.MOV", Twilight is the only Element bearer still able to do anything. This is undone due to a Cosmic Retcon.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The episodes' plots mature over time, going from completely random, absurd, and even abstract in structure, to more straightforward, plot-driven, and comprehensible.
    • Rarity wasn't fat in the first episode and did not have a British accent.
    • Rainbow Dash had her cutie mark from the show in the first episode.
    • In the first episode, Pinkie Pie looked and sounded like Ed, unibrow and everything.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: As surprising as it sounds, they actually do. After the resurrected Rainbow Dash performs a Sonic Rainboom and destroys the universe, she resets history to the point in time when Apple Bloom would've died (saving her life in the process). This also turns Rainbow Dash into a giant...somehow. In the end she beheads Discord with the Sword of the Holy Titans summoned by Twilight, not only saving Ponyville, but preventing most of the other disasters from ever happening at all. The ending has Ponyville rebuilt, the Mane Six on good terms again, and Applejack even keeps her Character Development from Ask Jappleack.
  • Everybody Lives: Well, aside from Derpy (who remains a decorative toaster cozy) and some innocent civilians (who lost their lives in Discord's rampage and battle with Dashzilla), all consequential characters survive in "SWAG.MOV" thanks to the Cosmic Retcon.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: From "DRESS.MOV" to "MAGIC.MOV", the series seems to take place within the course of one day ("DRESS.MOV" taking place in the morning, "SHED.MOV" taking place later in the day, "MAGIC.MOV" taking place at night, and so on).
  • Eye Awaken: Discord's severed head opens its eyes after landing back on ground. This isn't done for horror, because he's landed in Fluttershy's shed...
  • Fan Remake: This video, remaking most of "SHED.MOV" in Source FilmMaker with [1] characters.
  • Fat Bastard: Rarity from "DRESS.MOV" onward is fat and nasty.
  • Feather Fingers: Parodied a few times. In "SHED.MOV" Fluttershy inexplicably gains fingers (which she snaps) for a moment. Even better, in "MAGIC.MOV", Twilight's hoof suddenly sprouts a finger for the sole sake of pressing a button; the same thing happens with Pinkie in "PARTY.MOV", who sprouts a finger for the sake of tapping on the bench she's sitting on.
  • Flanderization: Spike's stoner personality is based on three main canon concepts; the way it looks when he burns letters and sends them to Princess Celestia; a Running Gag within the fanon where certain frames appears as if he has "stoner eyes" (the middle of his blinking animation, where any character can look "stoned"); and of course, his scale colors (green and purple).
  • Filming for Easy Dub: Almost no mouths at all appear in Panel #2.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: We have Paco's Twitter account. Just don't tell Meesus Rarity.
  • Foreshadowing: Fluttershy's cutie mark is a bloody knife.
    "Stay outta my shed!"
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In the Ask Jappleack blog, it is established that apples have their own system of letters, replacing the standard A-Z with different shaped apple symbols. On the bottom of Pinkie's vodka bottle in "PARTY.MOV", there's a sentence written in the apple's language. Translated, it reads " APPLE BLOOM NEVER DIED".
    • At a single point in "SWAG.MOV", when Rainbow Dash takes the Sword of the Titans, the words "THIS IS SO FUCKING RETARDED OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M ANIMATING THIS" appear.
    • The penny Paco picks up in "SWAG.MOV" reads "In Twilus We Trust". Twilus, of course, is the leader of the Holy Titans who created the multiverse.
    • The labels on Pinkie's alcohol bottle in "PARTY.MOV", aside from the message in apple language, read "CAUTION!! EXTREMELY LAME freeze-frame gag", "WARNING! BOOZE — made from flowers or something I guess", and "Caution. Do not apply to open flame. Keep away from heat and open flame. Do not feed to babies unless you're really bored or something. I don't know. That might be funny I guess. A drunk baby. He would be like oh man googoo gaga I am so wasted I'm going to puke my strained peas all over my crib LOLOLOLOLOL."
  • Funny Afro: The first effect of Rainbow Dash's attempted resurrection in "MAGIC.MOV" due to all the electricity frizzing her hair up.
  • Furry Reminder: Twilight poops just like a real horse.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: For the TrotCon videos, which were required to be PG-rated at most, Spike claims that his jaundiced and baggy eyes are because he "didn't get any sleep last night".
  • Gone Horribly Right: Twilight succeeds in making a robot duplicate of Rainbow Dash, but it goes on a murderous rampage.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Twilight's resurrection spell for Rainbow Dash instead summons the demon Wolflor.
  • Psycho Fluttershy. The first time we saw her was enough to qualify for this trope, but then there was the "sit back and relax, WHILE I EAT YOUR BRAIN" face. Good god.
  • Twilight had several moments during her resurrection of Rainbow Dash in "MAGIC.MOV".
  • Power-Strain Blackout: In "SWAG.MOV", Rainbow Dash turns into a huge anthropomorphic pony to battle Discord. After finally killing him, she shrinks and faints.
  • Porn Stash: Fluttershy's shed is revealed to be this in "SHED.MOV". Never mind the mutilated woodland animals hung up on the walls.
  • Put on a Bus: Rarity all but disappears from the story at the end of "DRESS.MOV" after her sweatshop workers stage a revolution.
  • Pun: From "MAGIC.MOV":
    "I've heard of shock humor, but this is ridiculous!"
    "I guess it's true what they say. There really is no sense in beating a dead horse." *rimshot*
  • Pungeon Master: In "MAGIC.MOV", Spike shows he is quite fond of making puns at every possible opportunity.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: This happens in "SWAG.MOV" between Rainbow Dash and Spike after the former wakes up.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The main source of humor.
  • Ret Gone: The R-Dash 5000 and Wolflor after Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom does a Cosmic Retcon on Ponyville.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: This seems to be the case with the Mane Cast when history resets itself after Rainbow Dash inadvertently destroys the universe, since they act as if everything that transpired between the reset point and the universe's destruction still happened.
  • Rotten Robotic Replacement: After Rainbow Dash is sawed in half by Fluttershy, Twilight attempts to use a resurrection spell to bring her back to help take down Discord. When that doesn't work, she decides to build a robot of Rainbow Dash to serve as her replacement. Unfortunately, R-DASH 5000 instead ends up doing the opposite and helps Discord in destroying Ponyville.
  • Running Gag: "Yo, ______! ...y'alright?"
  • Same Character, but Different: In "APPLE.MOV", Rarity is thinner and doesn't have the upper-class voice she does in "DRESS.MOV".
  • Sanity Slippage: Twilight becomes gradually unhinged throughout "MAGIC.MOV" with each failed attempt to bring back Rainbow Dash.
  • Screamer Prank: The ending of the Panel Cartoons, which show Fluttershy's "WHILE I EAT YOUR BRAINS!" face with a blood-curdling scream.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle in "SHED.MOV" right before Apple Bloom gets crushed by Discord.
    • Spike and Pinkie Pie bolt in the same episode right when Fluttershy arrives in her shed with a chainsaw.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The plot of Twilight trying to resurrect Rainbow Dash in "MAGIC.MOV" is rendered completely moot when "SWAG.MOV" reveals Rainbow Dash was never dead to begin with.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Applejack's Nightmare Face and distorted voice when demanding "More apples..." is a shoutout to Tarman from The Return of the Living Dead.
    • The second half of "APPLE.MOV" (to specify, Applejack's Mushroom Samba) is a shout out to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    • "SHED.MOV" has one towards Carrie with Fluttershy winning Prom Queen, and Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie backstage yanking a rope that drops a bucket of blood on her.
    • Wolflor the demon wears a Wolf Mother T-shirt.
    • Fluttershy's mask at the end of "SHED.MOV" looks a lot like the one worn by Hannibal Lecter.
    • Fluttershy, being an expy to Fat Albert, sings a song that is a variation of her source's theme song.
    • Twilight Sparkle's cutie mark is in the shape of the "stick man" Blair Witch symbol.
    • "MAGIC.MOV"'s climax has Twilight and Spike using electricity to try and resurrect Rainbow Dash.
    • Paco's theory as to why the planes are disappearing? Heartless.
    • In "PARTY.MOV", Spike mentions that, in relation to Pinkie's scandals, among those she fucks include "fat guys, skinny guys, guys who climb on rocks", in reference to the old Armour Hot Dog jingles.
    • A very drunk Pinkie once says a slurred, Wiseau-like "Don't touch me, motherfucker!"
    • The pony a coked-up Pinkie rants about music piracy to has a NERV cutie mark. This is a pony version of Garrett Hunter from Mega64, whose band "Slowdraw the Hungry Eskimo" was featured in the previous episode.
    • One of the paparazzi in "PARTY.MOV" is a pony medley of John, Jake, and Karkat.
    • At the very beginning of "PARTY.MOV", when Spike is channel surfing, ponified versions of The Simpsons, Home Movies, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force appear. Not to mention the entire video is one to E!!'s celebrity stories.
    • The beginning of the fight between Rainbow Dash and Discord is a shout out to Megas XLR. In addition, at multiple points during the fight, Rainbow Dash bears an uncanny resemblence to the Rogue Titan, and lets out Godzilla's roar (specifically from the Millennium films) as a victory cry.
    • The Panel Cartoon has Pinkie and RD(!) playing WolfPuncher II, which has a Game Over screen with Sweetie Belle talking in a robot voice.
    • Among the ponified cameos who get crushed under RD's butt in "SWAG.MOV": Anthony and Ashley Burch, the Mega64 guys, the Game Grumps, The Anime Club, and John, Rose, Dave, and Jade.
    • When Spike sees the tidal wave of blood coming, he says, "I hate Mondays".
    • The "credits" in "SPIKE.MOV" resemble those from Seinfeld. Complete with the appropriate BGM and weird names.
  • Species Surname: Spike T. Dragonowitz.
  • The Stinger: At the end of the credits of "SWAG.MOV", we see Fluttershy having tea in her shed (which doesn't appear to have any of the animal corpses from before) when Discord's head lands on it. He opens his eye to see Fluttershy glaring at him and saying "You're in my shed."
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie in "APPLE.MOV".
    Rainbow Dash: Woah-ho-ho-ho, Applejack! You eat all those apples, you're gonna get a wicked bad tummy ache!
    [later]
    Pinkie Pie: Man, Applejack! You eat all those apples, you're gonna get a wicked bad tummy ache!
    Rainbow Dash: Aw, no way, I just said the same thing, you crazy cunt! Heheheh!
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Twilight's real last name is "Mengele".
  • Time Skip: "SWAG.MOV" starts one year after Discord destroys Ponyville.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Spike in "SWAG.MOV". Though already a total Jerkass in his own right, he still seems pretty affable and only gets angry for good reason in previous episodes (such as Pinkie spraying him with menstrual blood in "PARTY.MOV"). Then Applejack returns, prompting a virtual "Who gives a fuck" from Spike, who then proceeds to verbally bash her when she tries to tell them about her adventure. Keep in mind that the latter was in a coma for five episodes, and barely did anything to provoke this over-the-top assholish behaviour from Spike.
  • Un-Entendre: In "MAGIC.MOV" Spike delivers this gem:
    Twilight: I'm going to try a black magic resurrection spell.
    Spike: How about you resurrect my penis. [beat] With sex.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Everyone's reaction to Applejack returning not just from her coma, but also from saving their very existence:
    Spike: Nobody cares, you stupid cunt, shut your fucking mouth, oh my god shut up shut up, a million times shut up, I'm going to kill you, shut up. Nobody cares.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Pinkie refers to her genitals as her "pretty pink princess" in "PARTY.MOV".
  • Valley Girl: Bon Bon.
    Bon Bon: I'm texting my dog.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: In "DRESS.MOV", Discord demands that the people of Ponyville bring him their virgins.
    Discord: I AM YOUR GOD NOW! BRING ME YOUR VIRGINS!
  • Villainous Incest: Discord and Wolflor are revealed to be brothers in the Jappleack blog. Discord ends up humping Wolflor in "PARTY.MOV".
  • Villain Song: "Gunna Eat'cha Brains" for Fluttershy, sung in the tune of the Fat Albert theme song.
  • Visual Pun: Selfish, greedy Rarity constantly talks about how generous she is. There are only two generous things about her in this show: her obese figure, and the beating she gets when her Mexican workers start a revolution.
  • Voice of the Legion: During Fluttershy's musical number in "SHED.MOV".
    "Just sit back and relax, while I eat your brain."
  • Volumetric Mouth: "RARITY!!! Get your fat ass out here and help me find the Elements!!"
  • Writer's Block: Twilight struggles to write a letter to Princess Celestia because she hasn't learned anything, so she screws it up and throws it in the trash, which is full of other balls of screwed up paper. Not that Princess Celestia is even alive at that point...
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Twilight's theories about resurrecting cadavers are all from movies, and she doesn't understand why they don't work. It's because the one dead body she tries bringing back, Rainbow Dash, isn't actually dead.
  • Xylophones for Walking Bones: In SHED.MOV, there are a bunch of skeletons in Fluttershy's shed. When Fluttershy sings her Villain Song, the skeletons suddenly come to life and provide musical accompaniment on their bones, creating xylophone sounds.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • Apple Bloom gets squished by Discord moments after earning her cutie mark.
    • In "SWAG.MOV", Paco finds a penny on the ground. Then he gets hit by a tidal wave of blood.

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