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  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation:
    • "Winter Wrap Up" seems to have the message "If you have no talent, and are good at nothing, go into management" (or "managers are incompetent at everything except bossing people around"), even though Twilight wound up the All-Team Organizer because she actually is good at getting things organized (and everypony else stinks at it).
    • "Suited for Success" provides the explicit moral of "don't look a gift horse in the mouth", and the implicit moral of "if you hire a professional to do a job, let THEM do the job they're paid for."
    • "Feeling Pinkie Keen" was interpreted by many as the triumph of religious dogma over skepticism. According to Lauren Faust, this was totally unintentional, and she was a little freaked out when folks on DeviantArt started complaining about it.
    • The moral of "The Show Stoppers" was probably intended to be "Be Yourself, and embrace your natural talents," but to some fans it came off as "Don't waste your time trying new things. Just stick to what you're good at, even if you hate it." Or maybe that "things you do in your spare time for fun are most likely to be the things you're really good at."
    • "A Dog and Pony Show" can be misinterpreted as "Whining will make everyone bend to your whims!" Or alternatively, "If someone accuses you of whining, pull the Rarity card!"
    • "Cutie Mark Chronicles" is about "be patient and be yourself and you'll learn who you are", and "Sweet and Elite" is about "don't be ashamed of where you come from" but both have the sub-lesson of "city people are shallow, snobby, and sneer down their noses at anything outside their experience, so don't let their opinions sway you."
    • "Owl's Well That Ends Well" and "Lesson Zero" both have "if you blow off your friend's concerns/feelings/freakouts, it will cause more trouble", which apparently means Aesop Amnesia as Twilight learned it in the first and then freaked out in the second.
    • "Lesson Zero" has the lesson the CMC should've learned: "If someone offers you something you really don't want, you can politely turn it down and not trying to dance around avoiding accepting it to avoid hurt feelings. Honesty is the best policy."
    • The moral of "Cutie Pox" is about having patience and that good things come to those who wait. While this is a valid aesop, it's not exactly the real aesop of the episode, which was earning what you want and not cheating by taking short cuts and being dishonest.
    • "Hearth's Warming Eve":
      • The pageant seems rather anti-authoritarian, depicting all the rulers of the pony tribes (be they aristocracy, the military, or elected officials) as selfish, stubborn, and/or incompetent.
      • Fridge Brilliance: No matter one's race, color, or creed, we all question the sanity of upper management (at least sometimes). Notice that the "assistant" ponies bonded over shaking their heads at their superiors' foolish actions.
    • "A Friend In Deed" seems to teach kids "Social trial and error can lead to friendship."
    • "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" could be taken to teach the lesson that market competition is a good thing, because it was clear that, the way things were, the Apples were unable to serve the needs of the market. The Flim-Flams were definitely bad, but them introducing competition did force the Apples to innovate and make enough cider for all.
    • Inspiration Manifestation:
      • Constant praise actually can stifle your artistic integrity and it's alright to take some criticism now and then. Just roll with the punches and adjust when you need to.
      • Your usual artistic style isn't always what the customer needs; try to think of the client's context. At the same time, you can's just assume the artist/contractor knows exactly what you want or need when placing a special order. Be specific!
    • "Griffon the Brush Off" and "Green Isn't Your Color" set us up to believe the aesops "a prank is only fun if everybody is laughing" and "don't be jealous" are coming. Twilight instead ends the episodes with "a bad friend will eventually make themselves known" and "be honest about your feelings." Both are decent aesops which fit their episodes and could also be a subversion or double subversion of stock aesops.
    • "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" could be said to not only preach "You shouldn't let glory go to your head and turn you into a braggart", but also "Fame is fleeting", based on how quick the ponies of Ponyville were to celebrate Mare Do Well and almost completely ignore Rainbow Dash. And given that Mare-Do-Well is actually four of the other members of the Mane Six, who manage to accomplish more than Rainbow Dash could alone, it teaches a lesson about the Power of Teamwork.
    • A different Aesop that can be taken from the episode "Hearts and Hooves Day" than the one given at the end can be taken as "You don't NEED a 'very special somepony' to be happy, even on a day dedicated to having one."
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Despite the show being both a massive mainstream and cult success in America, the show has failed to obtain any level of mainstream success in Britain. British TV only aired the first season (on Boomerang, since there's no UK version of The Hub. Although it could happen). Compare this to the rest of Europe, where most countries have aired all currently-made episodes (My Little Pony has always been more popular in Europe than America, and – as happened in The '80s – Hasbro released most of this generation's early merch in Europe first). The series finally returned to British TV in 2013 via Tiny Pop, a channel targeted at preschoolers. It was later moved to the Tiny Pop's freeview sister channel Pop which is aimed at the same audience demographic as Nicktoons. Despite this, Britain has a small yet highly dedicated fandom towards the show, with many fan artists being based there.
    • According to various queries, Russians hate Rarity - she fares only on par with one-off and background ponies, way behind the mane cast. CMC and Spike are even worse. "Lesson Zero" is considered one of the worst episodes, same for all CMC episodes. Surprisingly, "Sisterhooves Social", despite being heavy on CMC and Rarity, is rated very high... two negatives equal positive?
    • Comments left on Japanese fansubs indicate that Trixie is not thought of very highly over there - her bossiness and show-offiness makes her seem (even more) disrespectful and unsympathetic.
    • The show has quite a bad reputation in Romania as well. The two major reasons are 1: A dub that is considered really bad not only by the Romanians but by everyone else who has watched it, and 2: The fact that for many Romanians, FIM is just another little kids / girl show type cartoon.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Discord was stuck as a stone statue twice, once for well over a millennium, and fully conscious both times. Once freed, he seems completely unfazed by the experience, even mentioning his boredom and loneliness off-handedly.
    • Subverted with Luna/Nightmare Moon, who was sealed in the moon for a thousands years. Her sanity is not immediately shown to be affected by her imprisonment. In "Do Princesses Dream Of Magic Sheep", she still struggles a lot with what happened in her past.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Considering its huge Periphery Demographic, it's safe to say this is an aversion.
  • Archive Panic: Guaranteed 221 episodes and five movies. That's over 80 hours to watch everything uninterrupted.
  • Award Snub:
    • According to this article, the fandom was not pleased to hear that this show received no Emmy nominations, while Transformers: Prime received six (and to make matters worse, the series won two, both for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation).
    • For the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards the following year, both of FIM's entries for Best Original Song ("Becoming Popular (The Pony Everypony Should Know)" and "Find A Pet Song") lost to "In the Happy Little Land of Hoboken Surprise". To say the fandom wasn't happy was an understatement.
    • It would be another four years before My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was in the running for another Emmy. "The Magic Inside" from "The Mane Attraction" was nominated for Best Original Song but it also lost. This time, a song from the sequel to The Penguins of Madagascar, All Hail King Julien, won instead.
  • Awesome Art: Not only are the show's aesthetics and character designs incredibly popular and spawned millions of fan artists and followings, but it is considered one of the quintessential examples of good Flash animation, due to a much larger amount of specific, varied expressions and a generally higher quality in character-acting than most previous users of the method that make it more appealing to watch than even some hand-drawn or CGI cartoons.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • Rainbow Dash proudly proclaims she's the best flyer in Equestria and often treats herself like a Memetic Badass. Thing is, she's right, and the fans certainly concur with the second part.
    • Trixie is commonly depicted in fandom as Twilight's Worthy Opponent who is her equal in magical talent but lacks the training and/or dedication to be as good with it as her. A far cry from the show, where her hammy boasts are admitted by her to prop up her ego because her magic is really just stage effects and parlor tricks.
  • Awesomeness Withdrawal: Inevitable for some when the series' hiatuses can last as long as 11 months- some fans just lose interest between seasons. Especially notable between seasons 4 and 5 (the aforementioned 11-month hiatus). Not helped by the fact the recent seasons are having summer hiatuses.
  • Badass Decay: Shining Armor is the biggest offender. He starts out as the Captain of the Royal Guard in Canterlot so you'd expect him to be a capable fighter. Unfortunately, he's always beaten easily by the Big Bad and utterly useless to the main characters. It's actually gotten to the point where he cries at least once an appearance in later episodes.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In addition to instances in individual episodes (see the Recap pages), there's also the entire song "Last Year I Got Coal for Christmas" on the It's a Pony Kind of Christmas album. It's sung by Vincent Tong as a character called "Pop Fly" with an annoying voice, it doesn't have any connection to ponies at all, and there's never been any real confirmation about who Pop Fly actually is. (He's speculated to be the schoolcolt with an orange coat, a blue mane and a bat-and-baseball cutie mark, whose Fan Nickname is "First Base".) The only reason this song is on the album seems to be that Daniel Ingram thought it could become a mainstream novelty Christmas carol.
  • Canon Fodder: The fanfiction community for the show is one of the biggest and fastest growing fanfiction communities in all media fandoms. One of the many reasons is the many gaps in the details about the history of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic universe. Fanfic writers have a field day answering questions such as "What turned Luna into Nightmare Moon?", "What happened between the founding of Equestria and the rule of Discord?", "Where does the Hearts and Hooves Day backstory fit into this?", and so on.
  • Continuity Lockout:
    • Five seasons in, there's been irreversible status quo altering events like Discord's redemption, Twilight becoming an alicorn and her house getting destroyed, as well as the introduction of recurring antagonists. There are still a few stand-alone episodes, but several still require a bit of knowledge from at least the beginning of the season to make any sense at all.
    • Even since the beginning, the show had a decent amount of continuity, in that it felt like episodes were mostly done in order, with the characters clearly remembering events from previous episodes, and evolving during said episodes. Season 1 had a story arc involving the Grand Galloping Gala, and following season-wide arcs have gotten more complex and important.
    • The only episodes that don't quite follow continuity are the seasonal episodes. (During Season 1, Ep. 11 is winter-based, while Ep. 13 is fall-based.)
  • Creator Worship:
    • Across the brony fandom, Lauren Faust has been literally deified — it's not uncommon to find fan depictions of characters using her name as a curse in place of God (ie, "I swear to Faust!"), and sometimes her Author Avatar "Fausticorn" is depicted as Celestia's mother and/or the creator goddess of the world. Meta-wise, there's a part of the fandom that consider every idea she had for the show golden, and any change or deviance from her original intentions that were made after her departure are disgusting blasphemy.
    • Daniel Ingram, the show's composer, gets some of his own worship for composing the series' Awesome Music.
    • M.A. Larson is one of the more well-received writers on the staff, most famous for "Sonic Rainboom", "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", Discord's debut two-parter, and the full-fledged introduction of Princess Luna.
    • Meghan McCarthy is also considered to be a very good writer. This is mainly due to her two-parters, particularly A Canterlot Wedding and Twilight's Kingdom. She has also been praised for writing the first two Equestria Girls movies, and normal episodes, like Lesson Zero and Dragonshy.
    • Amy Keating Rogers is also another well received writer, for handling episodes like "The Best Night Ever," "Pinkie Pride," and "Crusdaders of the Lost Mark."
    • The duo of Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco, aka "the Lady Writers", are also popular writers for handling many well-received episodes in the later seasons, including "Castle Sweet Castle," "Gauntlet of Fire," "Top Bolt," "A Royal Problem," and the acclaimed "The Perfect Pear." Fans really felt their absence in Season 8, and many were ecstatic when they came back to handle the ninth season premiere.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Discord practically wrote the book on this trope.
    • Apparently, Queen Chrysalis wrote the sequel.
    • King Sombra turned it into a trilogy.
    • Nightmare Moon wrote the foundations and did the research required for the trilogy to be even created.
    • Lord Tirek WAS the foundation and research for said book LONG BEFORE Friendship Is Magic was even a thought.
  • Creepy Cute: Some consider the Changelings to be rather adorable.
  • Designated Hero:
    • In "Boast Busters", Rainbow Dash, Applejack and Rarity comment on Trixie showing off when she first performs for Ponyville. After Rainbow Dash heckles her, the three then accept Trixie's challenge and show off their own talents in the process.
    • Many consider the entire Mane Six to be this in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well". Rainbow Dash was being portrayed as a hero with too much ego. The other Mane Five's response was seen by many fans as just as bad as how Rainbow Dash acted. They saved ponies just to make Rainbow Dash look bad, got all of Ponyville pissed at her (though partially her fault), and put Rainbow Dash into a depression.
    • Pinkie Pie in A Friend In Deed. Her antics against Cranky Doodle Donkey really made her come off a fully aware and selfish jerk out to fill her personal friend quota rather than the Innocently Insensitive character who just wants to make others happy she is usually portrayed as. The Family-Unfriendly Aesop, Pinkie not getting called out or facing any real repercussions and the resolution definitely didn't help matters either. Because of this, viewers found it very difficult to feel happy for Pinkie and Cranky Doodle Donkey, the character we're supposed to dislike, definitely came out as the more sympathetic character to some.
  • Designated Villain: For Trixie, this trope is played straight once and later deconstructed twice.
  • Discredited Meme: Nicole Oliver has made it clear that she does not tolerate Princess Celestia being portrayed as a tyrant (especially of the Those Wacky Nazis variety) or molester. This came to a head when a fan at a convention infamously asked her for her opinion on the latter. Oliver reacted exactly how you'd expect. The jokes were revived by Celestia's line "There is no wrong way to fantasize" from the season seven premiere being taken out of context.
  • Ear Worm: So far, pretty much every song has been declared an ear worm. Naturally overlaps with Awesome Music. In particular, there's the infectious theme song that opens every episode and lays down the premise for the show ("I used to wonder what friendship could be, til you all shared it's magic with me!"), as well as the extended version of it that delves into Twilight's affection for her friends.
  • Epileptic Trees: For a show where the creators claim they don't "hammer logic very hard", the fans sure like to speculate on stuff. Just look at our own massive Wild Mass Guessing pages. Yes. Pages. Massive pages. And we're probably gonna need more.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Zecora got some of this when she was first introduced, but quickly became an Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Evil Is Cool: Why else would Discord and Nightmare Moon have such huge fanbases?
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Nightmare Moon. To some people, anyway. And that's not even touching that voice of hers...
    • Queen Chrysalis to an extent, for some. Some of her fan-art has been quite... provocative. It may have to do with that alluring voice or the gothic design. The fact that she's essentially a succubus certainly doesn't hurt.
    • Alicorn Amulet Trixie has apparently reached this status.
    • Discord, due to his voice and trickster personality. And the Flim Flam Brothers.
    • Mane-Iac thanks to her hammy and over-the-top voice and an attractive design.
    • King Sombra, for being Tall, Dark, and Handsome, as well as devious, tough and ruthless.
    • Starlight Glimmer, especially thanks to this.

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  • Face of the Band: For the band that played at the Grand Galloping Gala, Octavia is the most popular and always in the center of the band (or near it at least) during "The Best Night Ever" and the first to appear on-screen when they show up again during "Sweet and Elite".
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • The episode "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" came under a lot of fire because its aesop was interpreted by some as "If your friend lets their ego get the upper hand, you should go behind their back to show them up and humiliate them."
    • "One Bad Apple": It's not okay to stand up to a bully, no matter how much they push you around and no matter how badly they've been bullied themselves. It just makes you even worse than them.
    • In "Green Isn't Your Color", Rarity confesses to Twilight that she is horribly jealous of Fluttershy's success as a supermodel, while Fluttershy herself later confesses to Twilight that she hates being a model and she's only doing this because Rarity told her she wanted her to. However, Twilight is tongue-tied because she promised both of them not to tell anyone. Instead of having her get the two of them in a room together and telling them the truth to stop both of them from being miserable, however, Twilight instead tries to help Fluttershy ruin her reputation as a model — only for Rarity, under the impression that Fluttershy liked modelling, to try and save it. The moral of the story is "Being able to keep a secret is important, but you should never be afraid to share your feelings with a friend", but it comes across more as "Even if you know people are hurting because of the secrets you keep, you shouldn't tell the truth and instead hope things will resolve themselves".
  • Fanfic Fuel: In addition to the Canon Fodder described above, the show has the tendency to drop things that serve as good starting points for fanfiction.
    • Why are Celestia and Luna apparently the only winged unicorns in the series?
    • Did anything interesting happen in the thousand years between Nightmare Moon's imprisonment and the pilot?
    • Luna's 1-year Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
    • Now we have Daring Do, an Adventurer Archaeologist who is the protagonist of a Book Series Within A Show; the contents of one of the books have been shown on-screen, we know the title of another, and we know that there are many other books in the series. Cue lots of fan-made "Daring Do and the [x]" installments.
    • In "Hearts and Hooves Day", the Cutie Mark Crusaders create a love potion, but they only use a very small amount and leave quite a bit in the pitcher. Cue Shipping Fics involving one pony (or more) accidentally drinking the potion and hilarity ensuing.
    • The introduction of Tartarus and time travel spells in "It's About Time" has given rise to many fanfics
    • The questionable actions of Shining Armor, The Mane Six, and Celestia that were taken during first part of the second season finale had garnered a bit of fuel, having writers insert bitterness into Twilight when she alienated everyone she ever loved, even when she was right about her suspicions surrounding the fake Cadance and write out stories calling out the ponies involved.
    • During the space between seasons 2 and 3, Hasbro released a series of Friendship is Magic posters... including an official map of Equestria which featured a number of new locales to tickle the imaginations of fanfic writers.
    • Trailers for Inspiration Manifestation showing a green-eyed Rarity with her horn glowing the same color had fans wondering if King Sombra or Queen Chrysalis would be involved (they aren't). Given that all of Rarity's designs involve heavy use of crystals and gemstones and Twilight explicitly refers to the book's powers as dark magic, the episode looks to be implying that the book came from Sombra but backs off before stating it, leaving it open to speculation.
      • Given that the jewels were only a result of Rarity's design style and not part of the spell she used, they were probably a red herring as far as Sombra was concerned, but the gradual loss of reason and increase in power was similar to the effects of the Alicorn Amulet.
    • Equestria Games: Who are the delegates from other lands, and what are their kingdoms like? Plus, all the characters on the other teams, and what events the other ponies from Ponyville were participating in, and how the parts of the games that we didn't see (which were most of them) went, and Equestria's relationship with the griffon kingdom that sent a team (assuming it wasn't a griffon-majority territory located in Equestrian boundaries), and how the actual anthems of Ponyville and Cloudsdale go...
    • As of Twilights Kingdom Part 1, on top of fans tying the series back to G1 now more than ever, we have Scorpan, another G1 based character and Tirek's brother who befriended ponykind but left soon after Tirek was imprisoned. This is itself a reference to the original Scorpan, who also pulled a Heel–Face Turn against Tirek near the end of the G1 pilot. Oh yes, and Discord and Tirek know each other somehow.
      • And Scorpan and Starswirl were friends?
  • Fanon:
    • Rainbow Dash is considered by many in the fandom to be the "lesbian" pony (probably due to her boyish appearance, rainbow motif, and attitude... which happens to be exactly the stereotype that Lauren Faust dislikes).
    • After Lyra Heartstrings was shown sitting human-style on a bench, she was portrayed as having a marked interest in humans, even wanting to be one in certain works.
    • Derpy Hooves is depicted as a letter carrier who is somewhat obsessed with muffins, has a unicorn daughter named Dinky (who shows no connection to Derpy in the actual show, but looks like her), and is anywhere between Inspirationally Disadvantaged and merely a space cadet.
    • Thanks to a popular fanfic, Progress, Luna has an abacus which she treats as her baby.
    • Discord is at least one of the following:
    • Pinkie Pie is a Fourth-Wall Observer. Word of God initially denied this several times, to no avail, and then later ran with it and made it canon.
    • There are so many fanon surrounding the background ponies that we have created an entire page dedicated on documenting and studying it.
    • Princess Luna being confirmed to be corrupted by an outside force was the source of many fanon, with Discord and King Sombra being both being popular candidates for the culprit. However, the IDW comic thoroughly jossed a lot of theories about that.
    • Earth ponies having Super Strength, or at least being physically stronger than the other two races, is a common fanon to correct a perceived "imbalance" between earth ponies and the other two.
    • Fans talk so much about fanon without remembering that not everybody knows about fanon that some people can feel a form of Continuity Lockout.
      • It's better if one doesn't take fanon seriously to the point of equating it to fact, lest canon come along and joss it. Flame Wars have erupted due to details in the actual show apparently not fitting their fanon exactly.
    • Based on Pinkie's canon birthday of May 3, a statement of hers saying that she was born on a Tuesday, pseudocanon materials like Equestria Girls treating the mane six as teenagers or young adults and assuming the series takes place in a similar year to real life, some fans have started guessing that Pinkie was born in 1994 and is most likely in her early twenties.
      • Then again, as the show's Comic-Book Time is starting to become more apparent, this is set to fluctuate between the other closest possible (realistic) dates, namely 1988, 1994 and 2000.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans completely ignore the toys.
    • Works both ways. Many fans of the G4 toys also completely ignore the show for various reasons. The announcement that Hasbro is going to sync the toys to the show already has some fans of the toys crying foul.
    • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls probably set the fastest land speed record from confirmation to fanon discontinuity.
    • Princess Twilight Sparkle is discontinued by a fraction of the community.
    • Due to how close the events of Daring Don't are to a fanfiction completely imagined by Rainbow Dash, from their quick bonding to the multitude of questions raised by the events of the books taking place in actual Equestria, even becoming Daring's first sidekick in the end, some fans have taken to considering the episode as 22 minutes inside Rainbow's imagination.
    • The official comics from IDW has detractors for its discrepancies in tone, continuity, and characterization. Even those who accept it (or parts of it) tend to be dismissive of the following:
    • THE most discontinued content is the foreign comics, which don't even make an effort to be good or even consistent with the show, something IDW honestly tries.
  • Fountain of Memes:
  • Friendly Fandoms: Bordering on Odd Friendship in some cases. Examples include:
    • Transformers and My Little Pony share something of a brother/sister dynamic going as far back at the 80s with both franchises' first show incarnations. Being arguably the the two largest of their franchises, Hasbro has done nothing to stop this relation. Almost every generation of one series correlated with one from the other, and there was a very broad group of fans that crisscrossed between the two. This showed up best when Transformers: Prime and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic became flagship series for The Hub network and had very frequent crossover gags in the animated commercials.
    • With fans of Valve Software games, since Team Fortress 2 helped spread the word of the show in its early days, and crossovers with Valve games are probably the most common pony crossovers.
    • With Doctor Who, thanks to the background pony "Doctor Whooves".
    • In the face of a brony Vocal Minority haters against Sonic the Hedgehog, many other bronies would like to become friendly with the Sonic fandom, especially because of the comparison between Sonic and Rainbow Dash.
    • They are also on very good grounds with Gravity Falls and Adventure Time fans.
    • "Bionicle" fans overlap as well, due to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic coming out a few months after Bionicle ended, having similar plots, setting, elements and characters, and a shared voice actor.
    • The respective 4chan board for pony fans seems to have a few JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fans lurking on it. Talk about a bizarre friendship. It's also amusing to think how some of the Japanese voices in the show have also voiced JJBA characters at some point. note 
    • Fans of both this and Sofia the First get along well due to both being TV-Y rated shows about purple princesses that break the boundaries of what's generally expected from shows with this rating.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In the pilot episode, Twilight says "All the ponies in this town are CRAZY!" By the end of the season, every mane character has suffered a nervous breakdown at some point. And then in the season 2 episode "Lesson Zero", Twilight goes completely (if temporarily) over the edge.
    • In "Bridle Gossip", Spike gives Rainbow Dash the nickname "Rainbow Crash", due to her temporary clumsiness. In "Sonic Rainboom", we learn that this was the very name Rainbow Dash's childhood bullies labeled her with for years. However, "Read It and Weep" shows it may not be a completely undeserved title.
    • Seven months after "Hurricane Fluttershy" aired, most of the United States' Mid-Atlantic region was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
    • The whole Scootaloo/flightless bird jokes from within the show and fandom become less funny, if they aren't to some already, now that the S4 episode "Flight to the Finish" has Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon making fun of Scootaloo for not being able to fly.
    • One scene in "Family Appreciation Day" has a bee land on Apple Bloom's nose while Granny Smith is harvesting honey. Four seasons later, Apple Bloom is revealed to be allergic to bees.
  • Gateway Series: This series is undoubtedly the reason why Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot and Littlest Pet Shop (2012) immediately got a Periphery Demographic.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Knowledge of astronomy and a close look at the Ursa Major's tail in Boast Busters may tip you off early that it's actually an Ursa Minor.
    • The scene in "Winter Wrap Up" with the two hedgehogs embracing and accidentally sticking each other with their spines is a reference to the hedgehog's dilemma theory of psychology. Fans of the popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, which often references the hedgehog's dilemma, have not let this go unnoticed.
    • Look at the chalkboard in the beginning of "Call of the Cutie". These kids are learning damn astrophysics! Or at least physicsnote  and vector calculusnote .
    • Gilda's maltreatment of the ponies actually borders on Fridge Brilliance when you realize that in mythology, griffons and horses were mortal enemies.
    • Rarity (albeit accidentally) re-enacts the Greek myth of Icarus at the Young Flyer's Competition.
    • At the end of the second episode (part two of the pilot), "The Elements of Harmony": two foals lay a wreath of red and white roses around Princess Luna's neck. This might seem like a conventional way of honoring and welcoming a princess, but consider that, at the end of the War of the Roses, Henry VII took as his symbol a red and white rose, combining the Lancastrian red rose and the Yorkist white rose. So red and white roses together are a symbol of reconciliation following a civil war within a royal family for control of the kingdom, or principality in this case.
    • "The Best Night Ever":
      • Spike mentions Princess Celestia has a golden apple tree. In certain Greek and Norse mythos, golden apples grant immortality.
      • They are also, in Greek mythology, a symbol of DISCORD... one golden apple in particular led to the Trojan wars, and the sacking of Troy — and the death of a dozen or so legendary Greek heroes.
      • The Apple(s) of Discord return in the second season's first episode, where they are used to sow discord among the mane six, fittingly, right at the start of the challenge.
    • Discord, in the second season premiere, is very similar to Apep from Egyptian mythology. Both were giant lizard serpents, both were embodiments of chaos, and both were the greatest enemies of the sun (Celestia and Ra, respectively). Additionally, Apep was overthrown and imprisoned for his evil by Ra - much as Celestia overthrew and imprisoned Discord in the backstory.
    • Twilight's mentioned Star Swirl the Bearded created an "amniomorphic spell". "Amnio-" as a medical term deals with the fetus, so "amniomorphic" potentially deals with the development of babies, which is essentially what Twilight did when she hatched Spike.
    • Also in "Luna Eclipsed", Luna keeps using old-fashioned, "formal" versions of the second-person personal pronoun: thou, thee, thy, thine, etc., even though she supposedly wants (much like her sister, in a way) a closer, warmer relationship with her subjects. But actually, thou, thee, thy, and so forth are actually the informal, personal versions of the second-person personal pronoun, much like "tu" in French or Spanish, or "du" in German. You, your, and so forth are the formal forms. When Luna addresses the other ponies as "thou," she's basically saying that she considers them to be close friends.
      • This makes sense if you consider that she has been trapped in isolation for a thousand years. Thou, thee, thy and thine are Early Modernnote  English, which was still in use a thousand years ago.
      • Which is also why she would not know the meaning of the word fun (in this case amusement) which in the real world has only had that meaning since the 1700s.
    • Both Princesses wear collars. Celestia, who wears the larger collar, is older, more mature, and more experienced... and has bourne (and still bears) most of the burden of ruling Equestria. Luna, whose collar is much smaller, is the younger, less mature, and more impulsive sister... and is still adjusting to 1000 years' worth of progress. Factor in the purpose and benefits of the real-world horse collar harness, and decide for yourself if the symbolism was intentional or not.
    • If you have any interest in color theory, Celestia's mane might be of great interest to you. Sky Blue is the main color, and one of the stripes bears a shade of cyan called Celeste. The third color present is Orchid, a shade of magenta. Why Orchid? Because the orchid is one of the flowers representing the Chinese Four Gentlemen. It symbolizes spring, the season in which the sun warms the earth so life can continue.
    • In "It's About Time", Twilight is seen looking over a chalkboard covered in equations, which are apparently real equations for the effects of time dilation.
    • Oh, how is this for genius: in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1", during the song "B.B.B.F.F", there is actually a double meaning (which Daniel Ingram has confirmed):
    The song is in the key of Db Major (just like "Winter Wrap Up"!) . That means that the root chord is a Db major chord. Usually, a Ab major chord will lead into a Db major. This is the V-I chord progression and it is also known as the Authentic Cadence (stick with me here). Now, it seems to resolve to a sadder chord at the end of the phrase. Instead of ending on Db major around 1:16, it lands on Bb minor: the relative minor of Db major. Now, when a chord progression seems to be heading to the root chord but lands on the relative minor instead, that is called a...
    ...
    Also worth noting, listen to how Twilight sings the last "forever" in the song. Her little cadenza (I am seriously not making these words up) quotes the opening notes of the theme song.
    • Daring Do's grey-scale tail and mane (at least as imagined by Rainbow Dash) incorporate the "colours" of a rare phenomenon known as a moonbow.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Bushiroad at least thought this would be the case in Japan, as they gave its Japanese dub considerable hype and aiming it towards both little girls since many of the characters line up with established Japanese archetypical characters. As it turns out, though, this applies to the Japanese dub itself; while it the handful fans that existed before it was dubbed, it hasn't been doing too well thanks to being crowded out by the sea of many other Japanese shows that feature similar themes. Western fans, on the other hand, love the Japanese dub thanks to all of the Woolseyisms that it incorporates in trying to imitate other anime archetypes.
    • The Japanese dub itself inverted this. It may have been crowded out in its home country due to the sheer number of like minded shows that use its same themes (An american Magical Girl show in a country that has codified it into an entire genre). However, Bronies and anime fans back in America adore the Japanese dub, due to its voice cast consisting a very popular and well-known actors, the massive amounts of Woolseyisms, and the fact that the cutesy nature of the series fits Japan like a glove. Equestria Daily regularly reported on Japanese dub episodes, despite its limited success in the country, and Japanese Dub episodes get a ton of views and comments online. The fandom actually rejoiced when it was announced the series was Un-Cancelled, and actually look forward to new Japanese episodes as much as if not more so than the English ones.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: A lot of male fans, though most people would argue it hasn't broken out of it. Lauren Faust's words on the subject:
    "When I took the job, I braced myself for criticism, expecting many people — without even watching the show — to instantly label it girly, stupid, cheap, for babies or an evil corporate commercial. I encourage skeptics like this to watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic with an open mind. If I'm doing my job right, I think you'll be surprised."
  • Glurge: While the show does seem to make a rather commendable effort to avoid this trope a lot of the time, it sometimes can't resist falling into it due to its cutesy nature and sometimes easily re-interpretable Aesops. Faust has even admitted to some stories.
  • Good Bad Translation: One line in the Japanese version mistranslates Applejack's "Widdle Rarity" as "Peeing Rarity". Most Japanese audiences found this line to be hilarious.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2 is when the series shifted from a show made just for girls to one made for little girls but also with its Periphery Demographic in mind, moving away from the Strictly Formula aspects freeing things up for stronger stories and writing. note 
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Considering the episode was produced long before Cupcakes was written, Pinkie Pie's psychotic break in "Party of One" is rather eerie, doubly so considering Rainbow Dash is the pony to visit her during her episode.
    • The entire story presented in "Hearth's Warming Eve" becomes really creepy for those who are familiar with the mythology surrounding Wendigos.
    • In the Canterlot Wedding two-parter, the need for increased security at the wedding seems a bit more eerie in light of the issues with insufficient security at the London 2012 Olympics. Keep in mind that the Canterlot Wedding was based off the Royal Wedding between William and Kate... Which also happened in London.
    • Rainbow Dash's attitude towards Fluttershy in "Dragonshy" seems out of place compared to future episodes such as "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" and "Hurricane Fluttershy".
    • In "It's About Time", Twilight is repeatedly concerned about a possible disaster in the future. As we find out much later on, a disaster was brewing ever since Cerberus temporarily left Tartarus.
    • In My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Comic Book Issue 74, when Zephyr Breeze appears, he and Fluttershy's relationship seems to be much better than it was previously, with the two having affectionate nicknames for each other and playfully joking around. She even calmly helps pull him out of a panic attack. Come Season 9 episode "Sparkle's Seven" when Fluttershy mentions him to Spike, she says that he (Zephyr) could learn a lot from Spike about being a good little brother.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Everything in Twilight's Kingdom Part 2, from the Golden Oaks Library's destruction and the fight scene that follows is definitely not the sort of thing most would think would ever appear in the show.
    • As is Tirek causing the stained glass window depicting Princess Twilight to melt.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • "Look Before You Sleep" has Applejack and Rarity fighting like children for the duration of the episode. Their bickering over an incomplete job trimming tree branches before a rainstorm spills over into Twilight Sparkle's first slumber party and nearly ruins her night. However, Twilight isn't any better in this episode. She becomes so infused with her slumber party guidebook that she thinks it can somehow solve the problem of a giant tree branch in her bedroom.
    • "Swarm of the Century": see Poor Communication Kills on the Western Animation page.
    • In "Fall Weather Friends", Rainbow Dash uses her ability to fly to cheat in various events. Until Applejack points it out, none of the ponies think it unfair, and neither do they bother rerunning the events she cheated in. Let's face it, when even Twilight Sparkle doesn't object to Dash LIFTING APPLEJACK INTO THE AIR DURING A TUG OF WAR, this trope is definitely in play.
    • In "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", the Flim Flam brothers are either holding the Conflict Ball or the Villain Ball, but either way a lot of what they do triggers one of these. If either of them had possessed an ounce of business sense, or at least hadn't been so arrogant during the contest, the episode would have been much shorter.
    • The plot of "Games Ponies Play" relies on the cast not realizing that the pony they greeted at the train station wasn't the games Inspector. It's an understandable mistake at first, as they're in a rush, but as the episode goes on they grow increasingly more oblivious to the fact that the pony they're escorting around doesn't resemble the inspector at all, as well as the fact that despite spending the entire afternoon with her, no-one ever thinks to refer to her by name. If any of them had thought to ask her name (or if the pony in question had thought to introduce herself), the mistake would have been caught within five minutes. Also, the problem could have been completely avoided in the first place if the Mane Six had been given a description of the games inspector's cutie mark (they had instead been told to look for a pony with flower-print luggage).
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Princess Luna became Nightmare Moon, Nightmare Moon was defeated and turned back into Luna. There are toys of her and she came back in one episode of Season 2 (she even gets mentioned in the Season 2 première). The reveal at the end of the second episode isn't much of a spoiler anymore.
    • "Games Ponies Play" ends with Spike, the Cutie Mark Crusaders and the pets hiding from the Mane Six while they're on the train back from Ponyville after Applejack suspects that something's wrong. The problem is its companion episode, "Just for Sidekicks", had already aired by that point and it revealed that they avoided detection.
    • The Season 3 finale, namely the ending where Twilight becomes a princess has been widely and openly discussed long before the relevant episode's airdate.
    • The Season 4 finale where Lord Tirek destroys Golden Oaks Library now that Twilight has been living in her own castle since the start of Season 5.
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders getting their cutie marks in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark".
    • Starlight Glimmer's Heel–Face Turn at the end of "The Cutie Re-Mark" which also does this to her other featured two-parter "The Cutie Map" from Season 5.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many Japanese fans of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes began watching the Japanese dub because many of the voice actors from that anime were dubbing it, only for many of them to become full-on fans of the show itself.
  • Less Disturbing in Context: Fluttershy's song from "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" includes the lines "Oh, what a magical place!/And I owe it all to the Pegasus race!" If heard out of context and without the accompanying visuals it may sound like Fluttershy is propagating Pegasus supremacy. It doesn't help that the mentions of wild animals, bees, and trees might be mistaken for a reference to "Tomorrow Belongs to Me"...
  • LGBT Fanbase: Homosexual pairings are very popular in the fandom for both the mares and the stallions. The Mane Six in particular seem to be shipped with each other or with popular guest star and/or background mares more often than with stallions, and the comparatively few (important) stallions in the show tend to be shipped with each other with some regularity (especially Big Mac and Braeburn).
  • Love to Hate: After seven seasons Queen Chrysalis stands tall as the show's most popular villain, only rivalled by Discord. With many other antagonists major and minor being redeemed as the show has continued, many fans were happy about her Redemption Rejection in Season 6 and her escaping to return against someday. Said return being revealed to be Season 8 likewise got fans excited.

    M-R 
  • Memetic Badass
  • Memetic Bystander: Derpy Hooves began as an extra... rivals the Mane Six in popularity.
  • Memetic Loser: With all the talk of who is "Best Pony", naturally, fans also talk about who they consider is "Worst Pony". The "winner" of these arguments is usually Twist.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Along with "Trollestia", another Alternative Character Interpretation fans like to give to Celestia is "Molestia", where she sexually abuses her subjects. The variant with victim being Luna is called "Incestia".
    • The Diamond Dogs, mainly because of the way they swarm around Rarity when they first see her and then kidnap her along with the constant I Have You Now, My Pretty vibes they give off, especially during the Imagine Spot where they backed her into a corner, complete with spanking Rarity later on have earned them this title in spades.
    • With the advent of "Lesson Zero", Twilight Sparkle of all ponies now bears this title. The fact that next episode she used candy to lure Pinkie Pie into a dark alley, then pins Pinkie down and makes her promise not to scream hasn't helped.
    • Discord has also gotten a bit of this, mainly due to his No Sense of Personal Space with Twilight Sparkle, especially the scene were he runs his paw across her cheek. The Pony POV Series implied that his brainwashing of Fluttershy, the only one he could never break, is similar to Rape Of course, unlike the previous examples, Discord is actually evil and nasty enough for this to have at least some degree of validity.
    • Queen Chrysalis is quickly gaining steam as a canon example of this. On top of essentially being a G-rated succubus, she, like Discord, has No Sense of Personal Space, placing her hoof on Twilight's chin (what's with villains and touching Twilight's face?) and getting really close to Shining Armor (as both fake Cadance and in her true form!).
    • The plunder vines from the premiere of season four were shown to be very grabby. The fandom promptly went to the obvious place with them. In fact, one can easily compare the plunder vines to the trees from The Evil Dead.
    • Ten episodes later came the Tatzlwurm and its three (also very grabby) tentacle-tongues. There's an excellent chance that it reached this status the very second that it opened its mouth.
  • Memetic Psychopath:
  • Memetic Troll: There is a reason one of Celestia's nicknames is "Trollestia". Her character in the actual series is a benevolent ruler and a Reasonable Authority Figure, but it's very frequent amongst fans to portray her as a Caligula who banishes her subjects to the moon on a whim and goes on her way to constantly prank them.
  • Mis-blamed: Fans are quick to blame Hasbro for the show's problems. However, Hasbro is only responsible for deciding on whether or not an episode is OK to air ("green lighting" as they call it). The real company to blame is DHX Media, who is responsible for everything in the show, since they're the company who animates the thing.
  • Moe: If Friendship is Magic is My Little Pony mixed with Anime Tropes, then expect the series to include elements of Moe in its setting, thus contributing to its popularity from a large section of the Anime demographic. Specific examples include:
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • Any time Fluttershy or Pinkie Pie sings.
    • Any time Fluttershy talks would qualify with most of the fans.
    • The *Squee* heard in various episodes is just one of the Stock Sound Effects utilized by the show, but rather than just being used for squeak toys, it's often used for ponies smiling.
    • Rarity's singing is also very highly regarded, same with her sister Sweetie Belle.
    • The sound unicorn magic makes, as well as the very similar Sonic Rainboom. SHOOM
    • Princess Luna's indoor voice can be added to the list.
    • "Dear Princess Celestia...", so wonderful, it has become a Catchphrase for Tara Strong whenever she wants to make a Shout-Out to bronies.
    • Pinkie Pie's laugh. Since she's the Element of Laughter, it really isn't surprising that her happy little giggle is nice to hear.
    • Princess Cadance's singing voice.
      • For that matter, the sound of Princesses Cadance, Luna and Celestia singing in choir.
  • My Real Daddy:
    • Fans have given major props to Lauren Faust for revitalizing the franchise in spite of her stepping down to creative consultant in the middle of season 2, ignoring other show-runners such as Meghan McCarthy and Jayson Thiessen.
    • Ever since the show has gained popularity, Faust has been given a lot more credit than My Little Pony's original creators (Bonnie Zacherle, Charles Muenchinger and Steve D'Aguanno).
  • Narm: Hasbro has taken to using Wilhelm Screams in pretty much every single episode of Season 4.
    • However, there are a few occasions wherein it reaches Narm Charm levels. Most notably in Season 4, episode 6, wherein the characters are inside an homage to Superhero comics. As well as Season 4, episode 4, which was a homage to Indiana Jones.
  • Narm Charm: While the show runners are absolutely aware of the older fans and pander to them frequently, at its core, this is still a show for young children. As a result, a lot of time it can be very corny, cheesy, sappy, Anvilicious, etc. But that's part of why the Periphery Demographic loves it, and it's usually done well enough to result in this trope instead of straight Narm.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • The dragon from Dragonshy becomes this as a result of Fluttershy setting him straight. When he starts talking normally, he whines "But that rainbow one kicked me!"
    • Twilight's Imagine Spot in "A Bird in the Hoof" where Fluttershy is banished with imprisonment becomes this when Fluttershy bends her cage's bars, softening the effect.
    • "Castle Mane-ia" has the ominous organ player who's been scaring the ponies in the abandoned castle. Then, Twilight uncloaks the player who turns out to be Pinkie Pie.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: The show's popularity skyrocketed thanks to an article lambasting it as uncreative drivel.
  • No Yay:
    • Discord teleporting into Spike's bed, under the covers while he's sleeping and asking "Where's Twilight?" leaving Spike curled up in the fetal position, shaking.
    • Fans were just as uncomfortable with Zephyr Breeze flirting with Rainbow Dash in "Flutter Brutter" as she was.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The brony fandom is this. Believe it or not, back in the 80s, there were a lot of boys watching G1 due to the adventure-filled plots that were highly unusual in girl's shows at the time. (Obviously, they didn't call themselves "bronies", though.) But since 4chan didn't exist back then, the franchise never caught on as boy-friendly at the time.
    • The Slice of Life nature that this series is known for, especially in the first season, was first explored in My Little Pony Tales and My Little Pony G3.
    • The Lady Land aversion? Also first done in Tales.
    • Another good example, that's slightly less old, would-be Sailor Moon fans from the nighties gave way to pretty much the same reaction as we're getting now the whole "these guys are a pile of happy cigarettes" from the haters and a "it's the turning point of masculinity" from the fans side.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Many one-shot characters that have shown up for little gags have left a lasting impression.
    • We should start with, of course, the pony patron of this trope: Vinyl "DJ Pon-3" Scratch. Proof that all you need to be popular is to have a cool design, she originally only appeared for a few seconds in "Suited for Success" doing nothing but bobbing her head; yet she became one of the most popular characters in the show. She returned in the Season 2 finale for the Dance Party Ending, revealing her eye color (they're magenta, by the way).
    • While Derpy is not a One-Scene Wonder character, her speaking scene in "The Last Roundup" came as such a surprise a ton of fans forget the episode was about Applejack.
    • Crackle, the rather amusing-looking dragon in "Dragon Quest" that just so happens to look like the ponies' dragon disguise.
  • Painful Rhyme: Crops up occasionally; the show's "songwriter" just composes the music and relies on the episodes' regular writers for lyrics. Pinkie's song in "Over a Barrel" invokes this intentionally.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • After months of "PMVs" popping up on the Internet, The Hub decided to make one of their own — and incorporated references to not only "DJ Pon-3" but "bronies" as well!
    • Derpy's canonization (having started with shirts and promos, with it all but confirmed in "The Last Roundup") is one massive catering to the Brony community.
    • A number of seemingly minor interactions by the background ponies are a result of Ascended Fanon, such as Lyra Heartstrings and Bon Bon hanging out together, Berry Punch continuing to be an implied alcoholic, and Derpy having a muffin pin on her carry bag.
      • Oddly enough, the animator for "Call of the Cutie" confirms that they were originally trying for that interpretation of Berry Punch, but the belch that would originally have followed her drinking from the punch bowl didn't make it past Executive Meddling.
    • The mention that Alicorn Twilight and the possibility of a human-based adaptation being introduced has sent some bronies into an uproar, however. One of the main reasons of their complaints, of course, is this, due to the fact that there's a metric ton of fanart done of these very things well before they officially existed.
    • As described as above, some view the pandering as a negative trait. It's sometimes viewed as exploitation, a crutch to allow the writers to slack off in favour of cheap tricks to get laughs and cheers from the fanbase. It's impossible to please everyone, as several bronies absolutely cringed whenever they found Ascended Fanon.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Discord is capable of shapeshifting. That's paranoia fuel enough for younger audiences (specifically, the target audience). He could be any stranger you meet!
    • When Pinkie Pie is chasing after you, go ahead and hide. No matter where you go, you can never escape. She will find you. Even when you're in a place that she couldn't possibly reach, yup, she's there. This is taken Up to Eleven if you break a Pinkie Promise, and she Turns Red.
    • The Changelings have the explicit ability and tactic of turning into your loved ones, and they can use mind control to keep you from noticing or fighting back. Anypony you see on the screen may be a changeling. Any one at any given time. Much worse in-universe. There's a joke about the repeated background ponies.
    Season 1: Recycled drawings.
    Season 2: Changelings.
    Season 3: Mirror Pool clones.
  • Periphery Demographic: The very existence of this work page's Troper Critical Mass and its many Trope Overdosed subpagesnote  is evidence enough. You can go to any website and you're guaranteed to discover a member or two who is a fan of the show or even the existence of an entire brony subcommunity within that site. The fandom has grown so large that even news media is taking notice. Notice the number of reviews on this site.
  • Poor Man's Substitute:
    • Subverted. They originally intended to do this with someone who sounded like John de Lancie, but someone suggested they get the real de Lancie instead.
    • Initially played straight with Tirek's voice actor, who, in his "weak" voice, is clearly trying to sound like Tim Curry (which actually lead to a rumor that Tim Curry was indeed Tirek's voice actor). Averted later, as he ditches the Tim Curry impersonating for a more "generic" monster lord voice.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Want to unlock all the characters in the smart phone game? Better really REALLY like it or be willing to spend a lot of money on it.
  • The Producer Thinks of Everything: There's a surprising amount of detail put into the backgrounds, set design, background music, and sound effects. Heck, "Art of the Dress" goes as far as to give us a sound effect for Rarity's uvula wiggling around.
    • Similar with Rarity, they also provided a sound effect for Pinkie's uvula wiggling around during her "I'm at the Grand Galloping Gala" song.
    • Overlapping with Shown Their Work, "The Return of Harmony Part 2" has the ponies' pupil sizes increase and decrease accordingly as Discord screws with the sun and moon.
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • The show has an incredibly popular version of this in the New Lunar Republic - a LARGE group of fans who resent the reign of supposed "tyrant" Celestia and would rather Luna take the throne. Whether or not this counts as Rooting for the Empire depends on whether they're rooting for Luna or Nightmare Moon. Luna is not an example because she's ultimately good (if only a little impulsive), and the legitimate arguments against her right to the throne are purely political. Those who flat out rooted for Nightmare Moon... play this trope straight.
    • Discord enjoys enormous popularity, many of his fans wanting the fun-loving, Laughably Evil Trickster to succeed in his goal of eternal chaos. It didn't hurt that in his introductory episode, one of the main characters (namely Pinkie Pie) seemed perfectly fine with a guy who makes chocolate milk rain from the sky.
    • The Changelings have their fans, arguing that despite the cruelty of their queen most Changelings just want something to eat.

    S-Z 
  • The Scrappy: Snips and Snails gained a lot of ire early on for being dopey, obnoxious and being complete Karma Houdinis in their debut episode who even got rewarded for their stupidity while the Designated Villain of the episode got punished too harshly. By the second and third seasons, their appearances were limited enough that their Scrappy status dwindled considerably, and their roles in episodes like "Magic Duel" (wherein they get tortured over the course of the episode by said "villain") were clearly to those episodes' benefit. Snails has at least gained some love from his portrayal in "Buckball Season" which finally gave him some characterization outside of "completely undeveloped unlikeable obnoxious dumbass", but he has a long way to go before he could even be considered Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Season 3 was generally not as well-received as the prior two. Since it was only half the length of an average season, its problem episodes — which, naturally, vary depending on who you ask — tend to stick out more. Almost a full third of the episodes therein have been a point of contention for at least some fans, most notably the season finale, which splintered the fandom when released.
    • After the very well-received Season 4 and somewhat more divisive but still liked Season 5, Season 6 proved a victim of Tough Act to Follow. The overarching plot of Starlight Glimmer's redemption had very mixed reception on it own merit but was widely thought to have been done better by Discord and Sunset Shimmer, with some accusing Starlight of hogging runtime. A number of episodes were criticized as re-hashed from earlier seasons and the comics and/or were considered So Okay, It's Average (even Rainbow Dash becoming an official Wonderbolt was surprisingly low key and suffered from unrelated controversy). It's thought that this is due to the show's best received writers leaving or focusing on the movie.
    • Season 8 is possibly the most contested season of the bunch due to the School of Friendship concept coming off as a forced and lackluster way to change the show's dynamic. Additionally, Arc Villains Neighsay and Cozy Glow were deemed underwhelming by many, and the episodes ranged from forgettable to detested. It's telling that a decent amount of fans considered Best Gift Ever, an off-season Christmas Episode, to be the best thing MLP produced in 2018.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The quality of the writing in the early Season 1 episodes (especially the two-part pilot) may seem quite low to people who are used to watching the later episodes, which have a lot more Parental Bonus and Fandom Nods. This was before Hasbro knew about the show's Periphery Demographic, so it's justified.
  • Scapegoat Creator: It used to be Dave Polsky, but since then Merriwether Williams has become the prime target for fandom scorn. Unfortunately her first aired episode was not the best hoof to start out on, and since then, arguments have mutated from her just not getting the show, to more than a few fans pinning everything they dislike about season 2 on Merriwether's shoulders. Merely mentioning her name on many fan sites can cause an immediate Flame War. Never mind that she's just the writer, and has to go through editors and other members of the production team before her episodes are aired, or that she's helped write great episodes on other shows before FiM *cough Band Geeks cough*. No, she's just a bad writer that doesn't "get the show."
    • This hits incredible levels of Fridge Logic when you consider that her next episode "Hearth's Warming Eve" was extremely well received by a majority of the fanbase, and her episode "Wonderbolts Academy" was considered one of the high points of season 3.
    • It got even more ridiculous with season 4's "Bats!" Initial fan reaction to the episode was positive, but once word began circulating that Meghan McCarthy's writing credit was in error and it was actually Williams who wrote the episode, suddenly some fans didn't like it so much (though plenty of people still liked the episode, and there were some people who didn't like the episode even before this was revealed).
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • Out of all the sucky outfits the other ponies forced Rarity to make in "Suited For Success", fans generally agree that Rainbow Dash's really did look cool. They just don't agree on who that helmet reminds them of: Spartans? The Rocketeer? Flash Gordon? Magneto? Judge Dredd? Space Marines? Sangheili Elites?
      • Her helmet seemed to be re-used for her Commander Hurricane role in "Hearth's Warming Eve", however.
      • That is to say, cool for a superhero. For a formal dance... perhaps not so much. Then again, her reason for attending was to crash the Wonderbolts' performance with her flying moves, so it makes sense she initially thought the dress would work.
    • The live show at the 2011 Calgary Stampede. Unfortunately, unlike the other examples, this is not Stylistic Suck.
    • Twilight's very awkward dance from "Sweet and Elite."
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • Consensus on Season 6. It's generally seen as a "meh" season, since a lot of its episodes were criticized for being less interesting and memorable than average. Still, it's not exactly considered terrible, since it did have a few widely-liked episodes.
    • The opinion of many fans about "Owl's Well That Ends Well", largely because it aired a week after the more widely-loved episode "The Cutie Mark Chronicles".
    • Some fans also felt this way about "The Best Night Ever", while others thought the episode was awesome. Amusingly enough, part of the lesson for that episode was not getting your expectations up too high.
    • Back when "Look Before You Sleep" first aired, the reaction was so lukewarm that most fans just went back to discussing "Dragonshy" until "Bridle Gossip" aired.
  • Spoiled by the Format:
    • "Magical Mystery Cure". You know that there's going to be more coming when it looks like the problem's solved and everything's going to be all fine and dandy...with a third of the episode left.
    • In Inspiration Manifestation, Rarity has made her creative contribution to the Foal and Filly Fair, nothing bad has happened, and she's about to return the book to Spike...and at this point, we're only eight minutes into the episode. She decides to hold onto the book for just a little while longer...
    • "Crusaders of the Lost Mark": The episode's selling conflict, a class president election between Diamond Tiara and Pipsqueak, only takes up the first half of the episode, with Diamond Tiara cementing her Heel–Face Turn a few minutes afterward.
  • Squick:
    • One pony at the party in "Call of the Cutie" drinking straight from the punch bowl instead of using the ladle provided.
      • There's also Pinkie Pie's party in "Party of One" with Gummy the alligator swimming in the punch bowl.
    • The "baked bads" from "Applebuck Season"; muffins made with lemon juice and live earthworms, among other things. Mmmm, tasty.
    • Rarity stuffing her head in a garbage can in "Party of One". She wasn't the only one trying not to throw up.
    • The way the parasprites reproduce. Apparently, they barf out their babies.
      • Which they appear to have been doing inside of Fluttershy's and Twilight Sparkle's manes.
    • Rarity's pruned hoof in "Green Isn't Your Color".
      • That is nothing compared to her entire face pruned in "Applejack’s 'Day' Off".
    • Flutterhulk from Power Ponies can be this for some viewers.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • The Canterlot Elite in "Sweet and Elite" are depicted as smug elitists for treating the ponies from Ponyville as boorish hicks. In addition to the Mane Cast's disruptive behavior at the Grand Galloping Gala (the highest profile national annual party), Rarity's friends crash and trash the Canterlot Garden Party (the second highest profile national annual party), making one wonder if the reputation for being boorish hicks is at least somewhat deserved. Indeed, for the Gala, Celestia deliberately invited the main characters in hopes of "livening up" the party, and afterwards claims it was the best one in a long time BECAUSE the party ended in a disaster because of their antics.
    • Similarly, in "Bridle Gossip" the viewer is supposed to find the cast's suspicions of Zecora to be unfounded and based on misconceptions. The problem is that while they go a bit overboard, their suspicion isn't entirely unfounded as 1) Zecora lives in a forest that's infamous for being full of dangerous creatures, 2) Zecora is a zebra, a species that none of the cast members have ever seen before and have no frame of reference for, 3) Later episodes confirm that there are all sorts of dangerous creatures and persons in the setting, 4) Zecora's behavior doesn't exactly help her case; she shows up wearing a cloak with Glowing Eyes of Doom and when she comes around she just sort of walks around aimlessly rather than making any attempt to communicate. In light of that, it isn't really that odd that the townfolk are a bit wary of her. It's especially true in AJ's case; it's not exactly surprising that she'd want to keep her little sister from following a stranger into a dangerous forest.
    • In "Bats!", Applejack is treated as being in the wrong for wanting to oust the vampire fruit bats entirely rather than coming to a compromise. However, anyone who's ever worked on a farm knows that pests can utterly ruin a crop, and as Sweet Apple Acres is generally treated as being a bit unstable financially, Applejack's concerns about the bats being a threat to her livelihood are completely valid. It's compounded by the fact that an infestation had happened in the past, and the farm had barely survived.
    • Spike's Heroic Self-Deprecation in "Equestria Games" is perfectly justified. His little anthem shtick was probably extremely offensive towards anyone from Cloudsdale (they were not entertained: they didn't laugh, and, judging by the audience's reactions, they seemed furious), while the heroic actions he can take credit for basically amount to being in the right place at the right time — any other pony would have probably done the same. Other ponies trying to chalk it up to him senselessly being self-conscious, outright ignoring how he humiliated himself in front of thousands of spectators (along with how long it took him to light the torch, followed by his embarrassing failure to light the picture he signed on fire) is somewhat bewildering.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: To most of the previous My Little Pony incarnations, but especially G3 and G3.5.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Of all the languages My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic got dubbed in, many bronies consider the Polish dub to be the best, even with its flaws. Exhibit A and Exhibit B. The Japanese dub is also very well received (despite being Edited for Syndication), especially with the amount of Woolseyisms they were able to incorporate.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The show has a not-quite version of "Yakety Sax". There have been many others, both with and without lyrics, ranging from Aaron Copeland's Rodeo to Sondheim showtunes to... "The Hokey-Pokey."
    • The crowning jewel of this is "Art of the Dress", which is based on "Putting It Together".
    • "At the Gala" is even more obviously "Ever After" from Into the Woods.
    • The piece of ballet music used in "Sonic Rainboom" and "The Show Stoppers" is a riff on the Swan Lake waltz.
    • The background music in the kite-flying scene in "Call of the Cutie" is an homage to "Let's Go Fly a Kite".
    • The show also does a few homages to Star Wars endings of all things. "Elements of Harmony" ends with a suspiciously similar version of "Augie's Great Municipal Band" and "Return of Harmony, Part 2" ends with a homage to A New Hope's ending, the music of which fits quite well with.
    • The scene where the sun is setting in "Lesson Zero" has a suspiciously similar Version of the "Dream is Collapsing" theme from Inception. And in the scene immediately following, The Princess' Speech is emphasized by music from... The King's Speech.
    • "Find a Pet" is a take on "Fabulous Places" from the 1967 Doctor Dolittle (fittingly, considering who sings it).
    • The music playing at Iron Will's seminar in "Putting Your Hoof Down" is actually "Eye of the Tiger" with one note changed. In the same episode, when Fluttershy realizes she's become a monster, the Lonely Man theme from The Incredible Hulk starts playing.
    • During the scene in the episode "It's About Time" where Twilight Sparkle meets a future version of herself, the background music is suspiciously similar to "I am the Doctor" from Series 5 and 6 of Doctor Who.
    • "One Bad Apple" features an A-Team Montage while the CMC are building the second float, down to the music.
    • A parody of the Bonanza theme is often used in scenes relating to the Apple family.
    • The Cloudsdale anthem from Equestria Games sounds an awful lot like The Canada Song from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
    • Flim and Flam's song "Opportunity" from "Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" bears a striking resemblance to con-man Harold Hill's song "Ya Got Trouble" from The Music Man
      • Which, given the fact that they were travelling con men arriving in a small town and dressed exactly like Harold Hill in the musical, was probably intentional.
    • While not quite as similar as other examples of this trope, "Morning In Ponyville" from "Magical Mystery Cure" is clearly at least inspired by "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" from Oklahoma!.
    • The music in the Crystal Library scene from "The Crystal Empire part 1" is a thinly disguised version of David Rose's "Holiday For Strings".
    • "I'll Fly" from "Tanks for the Memories" is very similar to "Defying Gravity". Both are villainous in nature, are sung in the same key and have a flying theme.
  • Tainted by the Preview:
    • The lead up to the "Royal Wedding" made many fans angry over just about everything. Of course, most fans agreed it was much better than expected.
    • "Magical Mystery Cure", on the other hand, was incredibly divisive before airing due to its use of Nothing Is the Same Anymore, and remains fairly divisive to this day, although not entirely because of Princess Twilight.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • From season 3 onwards, Angel has been the number one victim of this trope.
    • In the episode "Too Many Pinkie Pies", one of the Pinkie Pie clones turns her face into a G3 pony's face only to get zapped and killed by Twilight Sparkle. This is even more noticeable in an ad for Season 3 in which Rarity and Fluttershy react to the face with disgust.
    • Snips and Snails get their just desserts in "Magic Duel" when they are abused by Trixie, whose cart they ended up wrecking through their own stupidity in her first appearance.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • The flexible art style has resulted in a number of cute moments. See: Fluttershy.
    • Any time Pinkie Pie starts singing. Thankfully, her songs are presented in an ironic fashion; breaking into song impromptu is one of Pinkie Pie's personality quirks in-universe. The rest of the cast reacts appropriately ("Tell me she's not..." "She is."). Thus, instead of being the Narm that one might expect from this franchise, this subtle Fourth Wall lampshading allows the Periphery Demographic to feel at ease watching the show.
    • You think Pinkie Pie's songs are that? When Fluttershy sings, it's the equivalent of syrup flooding the room!
    • In general, watching this show has been known to cause cavities. Try as it might, the show still cannot resist being cute and adorable.
    • The fact that the six main ponies have had nervous breakdowns tends to lessen the sweetness.
    • The whole show could be considered a huge subversion/aversion (compared to expectations), which is why it has the popularity and fanbase that it does.
    • Still, the theme song... Let's just say it remains embarrassing.
      • And yet still pretty catchy at the same time.
      • Some people think it's okay. That said, some people do feel a need to turn down the volume when someone's in the room for the theme song (although the sound for it being balanced louder than the rest of the show might have something to do with that).
      • When the Teens React show used the intro, the reaction from both the teens and the bronies responding to that was fairly predictable.
    • The ending to "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" was even further on the sweet side than usual for this show, but well-written enough for come off as a Heartwarming Moment. It didn't stop Scootaloo and Spike from Lamp Shading how sappy it was, though.
      Spike: Gross! When did you get so cheesy?
  • Testosterone Brigade: The famous bronies.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Some Slice of Life fans who were drawn to the show by season 1 also feels this way about season 2.
    • The pony names from the toys (which in most cases only Jossed Fan Nicknames rather than changing previously-established official names). To say that the fans weren't happy is understating things.
    • Some Japanese fans are upset at the fact that the Japanese version will be using different opening and ending themes, preferring that they use the original theme songs. One fan even made a "Hitler Reacts" video in frustration.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In Dragon Quest Spike wants to learn about dragons during "The Great Dragon Migration". Good, but then the plot goes into him being picked on teenaged dragons, earning their respect and then finding out they're just mean bastards. It could have been better spent building a mythology of the place of dragons in Equestria and add in that the bullying subplot could have just been easily done with stallions in Ponyville.
    • The Season 4 arc involving the Equestria Games missed a great opportunity, with no related episodes airing during the real-world Olympics.
      • This may stem from the show's elongated production schedule, in which the final script for an average 22-minute episode of the show is locked approximately 15-18 months before its airdate. Applying this to context, the initial arc and episode premises constituting the Equestria Games arc (as part of season 4 as a whole) were most likely planned during mid-2012 (concurrent with the period the legitimate 2012 Olympics occurred within), with the scripts for said episodes being written, developed and eventually locked a matter of months later, which, while technically still a missed opportunity, renders the missed deadline somewhat more excusable.
    • Equestria Games: The synopsis and subsequent airing of this episode has led to complaints of the Equestria Games arc culminating in a Spike episode rather than putting the focus on the games themselves. Ironically, considering that the complaints to the first episode of the Games arc were that Spike wasn't getting enough focus in the form of him not being invited back to the Crystal Empire.

      Considering the tourist mustang's speed and stamina in Games Ponies Play - not to mention the fact that Shining Armor was training a Crystal Empire team on a steeplechase course - it's a shame that no hoof races were shown.
    • A number of episodes from the later seasons tend to fall into this territory on a subjective level - "Surf and/or Turf" introduces an allegory for divorce, a unique and potentially compelling issue for the show to tackle, as its main plot, yet barely explores this conflict in favor of a basic disagreement between Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle and an overly idealized and unearned Golden Ending, "Molt Down" brings up the possibility of Spike being expelled from Twilight's castle (possibly as a duty) following his entrance into 'dragon puberty' during the first act prior to sacrificing any further insights into this conflict almost entirely (asides from one brief handwave at the end) for cliched puberty jokes and a relatively rote monster attack and "Marks and Recreation" finally suggests introspection into a character with a negative philosophical view on cutie marks before bailing on this premise altogether by exposing their view as a simple deflection/result of an overdone sibling plot and therefore neglecting any further groundwork for the more original narrative an exploration of the episode's original point could have resulted in.
  • Tough Act to Follow: After Seasons 4 and 5 being seen by many as the two best seasons of the show, Season 6 was hit with this. While still considered a decent season by the fandom, it was criticized for the overarching plot of Starlight Glimmer's redemption, not having enough standout episodes and a lot of the episodes suffering from poor comedy (including an over-reliance on cartoonish faces as the crux of jokes, sometimes multiple times within a single episode, to the extent where even scenes intended to play out seriously accidentally devolve into dumb jokes) and They Copied It, So It Sucks!.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The Ursa Major cuddling its Ursa Minor cub? Equal parts hideous and precious.
    • The Cockatrice too. Half-chicken, half-snake, all vicious and with glowing red eyes that turn people to stone... and yet it's weirdly adorable.
    • With her braces and ugly 80's style, younger Cheerilee was definitely less attractive than her current adult self.
    • Even the vultures are adorable and Fluttershy loves them.
    • Snips and Snails also count.
    • Discord, a hodge-podge of critters, can be this.
    • Some fans have hoped and prayed for a return appearance of the Diamond Dogs for this very reason.
    • What about the scraggly, doe-eyed mule in brief appearances in "Applebuck Season" and "Hurricane Fluttershy"?
    • Queen Chrysalis may count due to her enormous green eyes and Cute Little Fangs.
      • As well as her changeling army, to a certain degree.
    • Tank, Rainbow Dash's pet tortoise. "Aww, look. He even smiles slow."
    • Flutterhulk from Power Ponies can be considered this, particularly when she sheepishly apologizes for destroying Mane-iac's hairspray cannon.
    • The Chimera sisters who made their debut in "Somepony to watch over me" are perhaps among the freakiest monsters the show's thrown at us, yet they can be surprisingly adorable in some scenes, what with their interaction which is quite similar to that of quarreling younger siblings.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The pony's faces look extremely human-like when viewed from the front, and can look quite unsettling to first-time viewers... And then designs for Equestria Girls came in...
    • These ponies are easily the most expressive ones of the franchise, and it certainly shows whenever they are particularly scared or in extreme distress. While many of their over-the-top faces can be pretty hilarious, other are either downright bizarre or hideous-looking. It doesn't help that the ponies have been making more weird faces on an even more frequent basis in the most recent seasons of the show.
    • The artwork in the Expanded Universe picture book Under the Sparkling Sea sometimes falls under this. Mary Jane Begin is a good artist, and to her credit the illustrations are wonderfully painted, but her detailed pseudo-realistic art style doesn't mesh well with the cartoonish character designs (most evident with faces).
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Derpy Hooves appearing as Rainbow Dash's replacement in the episode "Rainbow Falls". One of her previous appearances had sparked off a massive controversy that resulted in the character being absent from season three and all the released episodes of season four up to that point, leaving most of the fanbase to assume that she had been removed from the show completely. Compounding the surprise is the fact that aside from one or two extremely vague hints from the staff, none of the show's promotional materials so much as hinted that the character would be returning.
    • Cherry Jubilee of all ponies sits among the princesses and delegates in Equestria Games.
    • Tirek (or at least a character heavily based off him) returning in Twilight's Kingdom. For reference not only was it believed Hasbro had lost the rights to a lot of their old properties, Tirek hadn't been seen in the franchise for thirty years since the original G1 pilot.
    • Scorpan, here reimagined as Tirek's brother, also counts, due to having less a role in the original story than Tirek, but here being the one responsible for his original defeat.
  • Unfortunate Implications: One magazine seemed to cherry-pick the show for this. Faust was quick to rebut this as Everyone Is Satan in Hell.
  • Vanilla Protagonist:
    • Twilight to some degree in the first season. Most of her role focused more on her Fish out of Water status as a way to develop Ponyville's customs and civilians, having less personality centric episodes than the other five. Season Two onwards averted this, not only by finally giving Twilight episodes entirely devoted to her own personality and story arc as a student to Celestia, but also demoting her slightly for more an Ensemble Cast setup.
    • Starting with the second season Applejack developed into a more down-to-earth Team Mom role, and typically acts as a more "normal" Foil to other characters.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The Japanese dub completely changed "Griffon the Brush Off"'s aesop from "rather than try to influence who your friends spend time with, you yourself should try to be a good friend, and trust that the true face of a false friend will eventually be revealed through their behavior" to "if someone's being mean, don't retaliate." However, both these lessons are useful and can actually work hand in hand: jumping the gun and retaliating immediately will only get in the way of the truth revealing itself.
    • The Japanese dub also toned down Rainbow Dash's arrogant behavior, making here more of an Adaptational Nice Guy, especially in "Boast Busters", where the moral is to not to be arrogant. This is because arrogance is viewed especially negatively in Japan, and if one of the heroes were to be shown to be too prideful in their abilities, then this could cast them in bad light.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • There have been two ponies so far (Lickety Split from "Secret of My Excess" and the young earth pony who gets a bowling Cutie Mark at the beginning of "The Cutie Pox") who have male-looking head shapes, but also have eyelashes which are only visible when their eyes are closed or not fully open.
    • Scootaloo and Babs Seed. Both have short hair and rather masculine demeanour and voices. About the only giveaway as to their real gender are the very short eyelashes carried by both of them.
    • Viewers who didn't know about Derpy prior to The Last Roundup wouldn't be blamed for thinking her (original) voice was that of a male. Tabitha St. Germain who voiced her even said she didn't know she was a girl and that the voice was inspired by a neighbor's son.
    • Rainbow Dash can qualify for this. Besides being primarily blue (a typically masculine color), she often behaves in a boyish manner and is voiced with a classic example of the young-boy-portrayed-by-female-voice-actor voice. You could probably come up with a good Drinking Game. Just take a swig every time you have to correct yourself for thinking of Rainbow as a him.
    • Also, many fans usually mistake Angel Bunny for a female rabbit.
  • Vindicated by History: Some early episodes concerning continuity changes were criticised for being too quick and lacking proper focus, especially in Season Three. Seasons Four and Five seem to be devoted to furthering the development of these arcs, making said episodes more enjoyable taken as mere pivots than the entire story. "Keep Calm and Flutter On" (concerning the start of Discord's Heel–Face Turn) is a key example.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • Scenes that deserve special mention are Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom, Princess Cadence and Shining Armor's love spell, the underground cave Queen Chrysalis traps Twilight in, the pegasus-powered water tornado in "Hurricane Fluttershy", Twilight's transformation sequence in "Magical Mystery Cure", Luna's transformation into Nightmare Moon in "Princess Twilight Sparkle" and the shot of the Cutie Mark Crusaders running against a sunset backdrop in "Flight to the Finish".
    • There are also many instances where the possibilities of Flash are used very cleverly. For instance, populating backgrounds with more or less randomly-generated ponies rather than using Faceless Masses.
      • Not to mention that these background ponies aren't just standing motionless in the background either. Looking closely in the background one can see them blinking, shifting and moving slightly, and talking to eachother.
    • And if what we have seen of season 4 so far is any indication, the animation quality is set to just keep improving. A particularly noticable change between seasons is that now, when there are close shots of characters, the backgrounds actually have depth of field!. We had seen depth of field tricks occasionally beforehand (Usually shifting depth of field from foreground to background), but now it seems to have become the norm for closeup shots.
    • With the Season 4 Finale, let's just say it's obvious where a fair chunk of Season 4's budget went. The effects in these two episodes are some of the greatest yet seen.
  • Wangst:
    • Played for laughs in "Suited For Success". After Rarity's fashion show ended in disaster (thanks to trying too hard to give her friends "perfect" dresses), suffering a brutal review by a fashion critic and getting laughed at by the other ponies, she locked herself in her shop and cried out in shame and depression. This one may actually be justified, since she just wanted to please her friends, since they didn't like the dresses she made, and she didn't know that the fashion show would end up in disaster.
    Rarity: Leave me alone! I vant to be alone! I want to wallow in... whatever it is that ponies are supposed to wallow in! Do ponies wallow in pity? Oh, listen to me! I don't even know what I'm supposed to wallow in! I'm so PATHETIC!!!
    • Rarity is the master of trope, but Twilight can wangst something fierce too.
    • Rainbow Dash's reaction to Fluttershy's failed attempt at reassuring her in "Sonic Rainboom":
      Rainbow Dash: AAAUUGH! What do I do?! Everypony's going to see me fail! The Wonderbolts will never let a loser like me join! Princess Celestia would probably banish me to the Everfree Forest! MY LIFE IS RUINED!
  • Watch It for the Meme: This is generally how many fans started watching the show. Namely, many looked for the Lyra or Derpy Hooves memes.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!
    • Season 4 has been accused of this, due to references to internet memes from a pony with a Grumpy Cat cutie mark in "Rarity Takes Manehattan" to a ponified Slender Man appearing in the background of "Pinkie Apple Pie". note 
    • The majority of episodes from the more recent (6-9) seasons have sporadically undergone criticism for their heavy presence of shoehorned unusually detailed and over-the-top facial expressions, a number of which come off as an attempt to push new memetic 'reaction faces' onto the fandom.
    • Pinkie Pie's rap number in "Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3" appears to be a parody of this trope.
      Pinkie: Commander Easyglider was the real cream of the crop—
      Twilight: Pinkie! Stop rapping! That isn't gonna help Rainbow!
      Pinkie: Well I suggest you put down your silly cards of flash
      For I know that they cannot help our good friend Rainbow Dash!
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Every time she used her adult walker, Granny Smith was the butt of a joke.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • After the comparatively lukewarm reception of season 3, season 4 was largely heralded as a welcome return to form, as despite its own share of less popular episodes, it featured an unprecedented level of forward planning and nods to the fans.
    • After the divisive reactions to Season 6, Season 7 saw popular writer duo Kristine Songco and Joanna Lewis take over as story editors. Reception during their tenure has been very positive; many fans have felt the show has gathered a better input of new writers this time around while still making good use of the staff that came aboard in the previous season, with the seventh season including several worldbuilding and backstory elements that many viewers have been hoping to see for years and a strong focus on the season's theme of family, to the point that several episodes in the season such as "Shadow Play", "Parental Glideance," "A Royal Problem," and "The Perfect Pear" have been strong contenders for many to be some of the best episodes in the show's entire run.

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