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Part of the My Little Pony 'n Friends anthology series, Glo Friends aired alongside Moondreamers and The Potato Head Kids. It ran for 26 episodes and had 3 serials, with a preceding TV special called The Glo Bugs Save Christmas.

The Glo Friends are a community of small, glow-in-the-dark insects that live in Glo Land, a magical kingdom located in the middle of a forest. Their homes are built near the Glo Pond, from where they harvest a substance known as Moondrops. These Moondrops literally drip down from the moon and the Glo Friends collect them and take them back to the Glo Pond in plastic buckets. These buckets are then emptied into the lake. These Moondrops are what sustains them and enables their ability to glow in the dark.


At one point, the pond springs a leak and the Glo Friends have trouble finding replacement Moondrops to refill the pond. If they fail, they will cease to glow in the dark. The Glo Friends live a peaceful existence, but it's continually threatened by Starnose, the leader of the Moligans. They are a group of mole-like monsters that wish to abuse the Glo Friends' ability to light up the night. The Moligans were banished from the kingdom of Moleslavia by King Mole for several crimes which include mob action, robbery, looting, cheating, and unlawful digging.

The Moligans have been living underground and planning revenge against King Mole ever since their banishment. They are short-sighted, so they were unsuccessful in their attempts to harvest gold from some nearby mines. As such, the Moligans have attempted to enslave the Glo Friends to power their lanterns, allowing them to see in the darkness of the mines, harvest the gold and then buy out the kingdom of Molslavia.


This show contains examples of:

  • The Ace: Glo Bug. The bravest of the Glo Friends and always leading the charge into battle and never one to let innocents get hurt.
  • An Aesop: Several.
    • Be Yourself: Skunk Bug. He's The Pig Pen and often very stinky. However, his best friend Go Clutterbug wouldn't have him any other way and convinces him to stay just the way he is.
    • Green Aesop: The actions of the Moligans and Red Ant Army's mining activities are a constant threat to the environment.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: In the case of Glo Bashfulbug's feelings for Glo Bug.
  • Anachronism Stew: Bamboo Technology, baseball caps, wooden huts, and plastic bags.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • The reason why the big bads were banished from Moleslavia. Their crimes includes mob activity, theft, and digging without permission.
    • Garden Ant launches an all out campaign against the Moligans because they were eating the plants in his garden.
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  • Bad Boss: Driver, leader of the Red Ant Army.
  • Bad Butt: Glo Bug. He is what passes for a badass in this series.
  • Bamboo Technology: The Glo Friends have the natural resources of the forest at their disposal, yet are able to make modern appliances and other conveniences and make them work.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Calling Nails, a female Moliga who values beauty, "ugly witch" will incite her rage.
    • Ruining Gardens Ant's garden will trigger his.
  • Big Bad: Starnose, leader of the Moligans. Their goal is to capture Glo Friends and put them inside lanterns so that they can mine for gold.
  • Big Eater: Glo Bedbug, when she isn't sleeping.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: The Glo Friends. A big part of their selling point was that they were critters that glow.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Glo Bashfulbug. She has an attraction to Glo Bug, but never knows how to say it.
  • Cliffhanger: Much like the Pony segments, any conflict that wasn't solved in ten minutes ended with one of these. Though, the Glo Friends cliff hangers actually tended to be less severe than the former's.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Glo Butterfly believes she can cast magic, but all her "tricks" are this trope.
  • Cowardly Lion: Glo Bashfulbug. Her "lack" of courage borders on Informed Attribute.
  • Dowsing Device: The Glo Friends use what look like dousing rods with crystals on the end to find the much needed Moon Drops.
  • The Dragon: Rook, Driver's crow second-in-command.
  • Dumb Muscle: Smasher, another Moligan.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Glo Frog. He's a mysterious old miser who gives advice to the Glo Friends using nigh-inane riddles along with several other odd habits.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Most of the names of the Glo Friends were indicative of their personality traits.
  • Fantastic Light Source: The Glo Friends, themselves, and both the Red Ant Army and the Moligans want to use this fact to their advantage.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: If the Glo Friends ever run out of Moondrops, they will cease to glow in the dark. Why is this a bad thing? They seem to get very weak and can't used their glowing powers well, if they don't drink their Moondrops.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The Glo Wees. They ever have a book that allows them to communicate with nature.
  • Furry Confusion: So, we have the Glo Friends and Moligans, who wear clothes, and various talking animals that don't. Huh.
  • Getting the Boot: The method by which the Moligans are banished by King Mole.
  • Gold Fever:
    • The Moligan's motive, pretty much. It's bad enough that they're willing to harm innocent creatures and the environment to get it, too.
    • This applies to Driver and his Red Ant Army, too.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The Glo Friends and others good guys are brightly colored whereas the Moligans and other villains tend to be earthy toned.
  • Good Morning, Crono: Any episode involving the ever-lazy Glo Bedbug.
  • Grumpy Bear: Glo Snail.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Glo Bedbug, should not come as no surprise.
  • Hedge Maze: The Glo Friends end up having to pass through one of these in The Quest.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Glo Land, which is deep in the woods.
  • It's All About Me: Nails, of the Moligans is very selfish and egocentric.
  • The Klutz:
    • Glu Clutterbug, who is always falling into traps and getting his friends into trouble.
    • King Mole, too. The dude manages to fall out of his seat several times just trying to get up.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Glo Bug.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters and Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Many of the Glo Friends were showcased in the series, but no where near all of them.
  • Mad Scientist: Excavator, a Moligan who is always coming up with new ways to inflict harm For Science! and with science.
  • The Mafia: The Moligans are The Theme Park Version of this.
  • Magical Land:
    • Glo Land
    • Molslavia, from the Moligans were banished, too.
  • The Mentor: Glo Grannybug, the oldest and wisest of the Glo Friends. She is especially this to Baby Glo Worm.
  • Minion with an F in Evil:
    • Scoop of the Moligans.
    • The jesters of the Red Ant Army.
  • Mole Men: The big bads, the Moligans.
  • Nice Hat: Glo Bopbug. A top hat, in fact.
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: The Red Ant Army. Particularly the Jesters, who are not red but instead bright pink — which maybe can fool the viewer that they are naked like humans.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: The Glo Wees. They glow like the Glo Friends and serve as caretakers of nature.
  • The Pig Pen: Skunk Bug. With a name like that...
  • Plucky Girl: Baby Glo Worm, the youngest member of the cast.
  • The Power of Friendship: Well duh. This is that kind of show, after all.
  • Power Source: Moondrops, which are harvested from Glo Pond.
  • The Quest: The title of their first episode, in fact. The Glo Friends embark on a mighty quest to refill their pond. Yeah...
  • Saving Christmas: The plot of a rare TV special The Glo Friends Save Christmas, which actually predated the series. The Glo Friends had to free Santa from the clutches of an evil witch named Blanche. Can be seen here.
  • The Storyteller: Glo Grannybug.
  • Strong Ants: The Red Ant Army.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Excavator, who is pretty much the only genuinely intelligent Moligan.
  • Talking Animal: The Glo Friends had several companions that were these.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Scoop.
  • Token Good Teammate: Scoop of the Moligans. She's the only nice one.
  • Voice Changeling: Rook the Crow could give Iago a run for his money with this skill.
  • Weapon of Choice: Slugger Bug is rarely seen without his trusty baseball bat. This being a child friendly show, though, he was never allowed to go Batter Up! on anyone, though. ...It kind of defeats the purpose, actually.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The Glo Friends...glow. But then, it can be quite powerful in the right situation; for example, they used their glowing powers to melt a giant Ice cage in the winter (once they were able to circle together, holding hands) in Glo Friends Save Chritmas and they manage to help heal a giant tree and have it bloom flowers again ("Love will Light the way!").
  • Wicked Witch: Blanche. In the orignal Glo Friends Save Chritmas special, she traps Santa and his reindeer in order to stop Christmas from happening.
  • The Worf Effect: Glo Bug, naturally. Whenever somebody needs to get beaten to show how dangerous the villains are, it's always the resident Bad Butt Glo Bug who takes the beating.


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