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  • Angst? What Angst?: In "Farina, the Fire Dragon", Rose finally learns that her great-grandmother Lilly was the one who made the all powerful Dark Crystal by means of The Power of Hate, which inavertently aided Wranglum, all because she got her heart broken. After a lot of self-doubt and crying at just about any mention of what wrongdoing Lilly did, she then learns that her great-grandmother atoned for her actions by helping Farina the Dragon get back to health. However, this still doesn't really excuse anything that she did prior to that, only just implying that she regretted doing it, but Rose surprisingly gets over her dilemma too quickly by the end of the episode. Not helping is that all of this only came up in this episode and not before, despite how it feels like it should've been a longer Character Arc.
  • Awesome Art:
    • The show itself may not look polished, but the concept art is absolutely gorgeous.
    • The 2D book illustrations in episodes 12 and 13 also look pretty.
  • Awesome Music: The music in this show is just so awesome that it has its own page.
  • Bile Fascination: Big time. After the first trailer had dropped out of nowhere, many bronies were genuinely curious about what they had initially perceived as some foreign Friendship Is Magic knockoff.
  • Broken Base: Is the show's animation passable (or just excusable), or should they have stuck to a 2D style that's more accurate to the beautiful concept art mentioned above? Maybe both? A third group is willing to give them the benefit of the doubt given the Troubled Production and the show having to change animation studios midway through production.
  • Cult Classic: The show has a very small, but vocal fanbase, despite the show itself being fairly unknown outside of MLP spaces (and nostalgia for the franchise it was based on).
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Petunia, Wranglum's gender-bending fake Filly form in "Wranglum in Disguise", was pretty well-received for being quite cute, with some actually fanonizing "her" as a real character.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With My Little Pony fans (mostly just Friendship Is Magic fans, though many fans of that are also into Filly Funtasia). Before it had its own TV show, the Filly line was/is generally not well regarded among MLP toy collectors. Equestria Daily reported on the show in October 2013 when the first trailer dropped, and continued to do so for two more times with other trailers of the show, and let's just say that bronies were not amused each time. It was essentially the start of a rivalry.
    • With the show finally premiering in March 2019, right on the cusp on the announcement of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's ninth and final season. Fans have noticed the coincidence, with some going so far to say the long delay was all a deliberate and calculated attempt on part of the producers for Filly Funtasia to step in while Friendship Is Magic ends.note  Not helping is the case is the show's sudden disappearance once Friendship Is Magic's Season 9 premiered, then the sudden re-surface of the English version's trailer in October 2019, well after Friendship Is Magic aired its Series Finale weeks earlier.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • The bits and pieces that we know of the cancelled TV specials from BRB ("Filly Butterfly" and "Filly Stars") leave a lot to the imagination, such as:
      • The Origin Story of how Rose met the rest of the Filly Five, and even how they met each other.
      • The long running feud between Zach's tribe of Star Fillies and the rest.
      • The cataclysmic 'dark moon' that would throw the setting's magic into chaos.
    • The toyline also has a massive amount of lore surrounding it full of this, including each Filly race's homeland with their own culture.
  • Fanon: Cedric is usually regarded as an autistic-coded character (to a similar degree as Peridot or Entraptanote ), due to him being a very intelligent Gadgeteer Genius, yet not as understanding to some emotions and social cues and willing to question anything that doesn't seem logical.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Despite the history of Funtasians and bronies, the latter fandom has recently been kinder to the former after finding that the series wasn't as bad as they perceived from the initial trailers. It is very much helped by the fact that 4chan allows you to post about Filly per /mlp/'s rules, so these two fandoms were bound to cross paths eventually. With Friendship Is Magic confirmed to be ending in 2019, a few heartbroken Bronies have latched onto Filly as a Replacement Goldfish show.
    • There's a bit of overlap with My Little Pony: Pony Life fans aswell, due to both shows being infamously despised by the Friendship Is Magic fandom despite being considered harmless by fans of both. However, there is still a group of Filly Funtasia fans that hate Pony Life.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The toyline is massively popular in Germany and other German-speaking countries. In fact, there's a general misunderstanding that a German toy company (Simba) created and owned the brand, when they were only licensed to distribute it until that deal fell through.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • While Principal Sparkle already sounds familiar to a certain purple alicorn we all know, in season 8 of that show, Twilight Sparkle actually becomes a teacher, and at least most the season is dedicated to a school setting. Go figures.
    • It's purely coincidental, but Fabian actually predates Maud Pie by at least one year. Both are misunderstood nerd-type ponies that have a fascination with rocks.note 
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The entire show's existence had gained this status in the brony fandom back in October 2013, where the show's relevancy was at an all-time high, and many bronies were bewildered by it.
    • A quick scene in the first episode where Bella kicks with her hind left leg and yells "haaaa!", causing four other fillies to follow suit, became a short-lived meme within the brony fandom. Here's a cute drawing of Fluttershy doing it.
    • "NO FROM SIMBA!"note 
    • The logo to the Ukrainian channel that has aired the show, PLUSPLUS, has been memed by the fandom for how unintentionally hilarious it looks, especially if you pause at the right part.
    • Jokes about the show premiering in unlikely and/or impossible places before it ever airs in English are frequent among the fandom.
  • Moe:
    • A necessity for a show like this, all of the Fillys look adorable despite the somewhat unpolished CGI animation. But Bella especially qualifies.
    • Battiwigs looks adorable, even for a villain.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: If it weren't for Equestria Daily reporting on the show three times before its premiere (with additional help from 4chan!), most people wouldn't have even known that this show existed. Sure, it helped kickstart the "ripoff" complaints, but it also helped the show gain a cult following, and to some bronies, it was just pure Bile Fascination.
  • Older Than They Think: Some people, like Dr. Ashen here, think the Filly toyline was created as a direct response to the success of Friendship Is Magic, when it predates that show by four years.note  To be fair, he didn't specifically say "Friendship is Magic", at which point he would be correct that Filly is merely a cash-in on the success of MLP in general. That said, it's clear by the context that the comment was referring to the present iteration of the franchise.
  • Periphery Demographic: Filly Funtasia instantly caught fire, with a fansite springing up just a short time after being revealed, that was still going with updates even when the show hadn't debuted yet. Of course, being similar to a certain other show about colorful equines could have something to do with it.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some people actually want Wranglum to win, because he's just so damn awesome.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Those that were curious about the show, expecting something on-par with the later seasons of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, were a bit disappointed, while others expected just as much from its trailers. Some just think the show is nothing more than inoffensive. The dialogue may be cheesy and the animation may look unpolished at times, but it's not enough to outright call the show bad. For those that actually gave the show a chance (that weren't already fans), the general consensus is that it's not as awful as everyone once made it out to be, but it's not the best thing ever either.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Due to being the first dub we ever officially got, plus the voices generally being better (especially Wranglum's), people vastly prefer the Italian dub to the English version simply based on the latter's trailer. People weren't fond of the older English trailers either. Those that have grown accustomed to the Italian dub dread the day we ever get a full English version, especially with those voices.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: A show about incredibly cute horses having fun and being friends in their school is bound to be this in spades (much like the show it's usually compared to). However, unlike that show, even the villains in the show (both being adorably cute in their own ways) retain a cheesy 90's cartoon feel, as does the show itself, and one can always feel comfort in the fact that they lose in the silliest of ways. Some might even say that the show downright borders on Tastes Like Diabetes. How good or bad that is depends.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: The general reaction by the brony fandom (which is not unusual).
  • Ugly Cute: Wranglum's real form might somewhat qualify to some, but his "mirror face" is this trope in spades, being very expressive (even moreso than Wranglum's real face) and pulling a lot of comical, or outright cute expressions.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Because of the Memetic Mutation status of the show in the brony fandom, along with the Bile Fascination some had, once the show finally premiered, some bronies would watch it just simply because they thought it'd be So Bad, It's Good. For most that actually watched it, either it ended up being So Okay, It's Average, or they stayed because they genuinely liked it. Or maybe it was So Bad, It's Good.
  • Win Back The Crowd: When the initial trailer for the series back in 2013 was released, bronies were... not amused, to say the least. But ever since it was announced that it would finally air, it's safe to say that while some were skeptical, others were pretty intrigued and more open to the idea of another pony show. More heads started to turn as the first episode was uploaded to YouTube and shared on Equestria Daily, and even more people were on board once the subtitles for it came out. It helped that the show itself, while clearly inspired by MLP, has its own setting, magic system, lore, and unique races and thus wasn't the straight ripoff many expected.


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