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YMMV / My Little Pony (G3)

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Courtesy of Mr. Enter, we have the idea of Pinkie Pie being a pink supremacist.
    • Also courtesy of Mr. Enter, the idea of G3 Spike acting so anal about Wysteria being a proper princess was so he could live his own dream of being a princess through her.
  • Awesome Music:
    • This incarnation kicked off with an electric guitar remix of the original My Little Pony theme in "A Charming Birthday".
    • "Wish You Were Here," which describes Rainbow Dash's vacation to Unicornia.
    • "Feeling Good", as Daffy Dazey gives Spike a bath.
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    • All of the Runaway Rainbow songs were good.
    • "Shine On" from "Come Back, Lily Lightly"
    • "Nothing Says Christmas Like A Pair of Socks" from a Very Minty Christmas. A cute little number showing just how ditzy and adorably cute Minty is.
      • Also, "That's What I Love About Christmas".
    • G3.5's "Somewhere Super New," as well as the main theme.
    • Just about all the rearrangements in the musical with the actors from the specials giving it their best; the accompanying live orchestra's just the icing on the cake.
  • Broken Base:
    • "Bronies" who began with Friendship is Magic hate G3 for falling too far into Tastes Like Diabetes. That said, fans of G3 laud it for being Lighter and Softer compared to G4, and for carrying on the tradition of My Little Pony Tales' slice of life format. Also, every series, including this one, is someone's first MLP series and thus the standard by which they judge the others. There are those also who started this series, like G4, and recognize certain faults with G3 but still like it anyway, for any number of reasons. (And wince every time they see someone being bashed and harassed for liking it - after all, way to demonstrate the positive messages taught by either G3 or G4, eh?)
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    • Core 7. Hasbro ignored almost every pony aside from seven of them and only produced toys for them. Minty, Kimono, and a lot of other fan favorites stopped appearing in cartoons and they changed Rainbow Dash's personality to the much disliked fashionista one as well as taking away her British accent.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Minty was left out of the Core 7 in G3.5, but the fandom rejoiced when she was brought back in the G4 toys and some are hoping she makes an appearance in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The Christmas Special that focuses on her is often considered one of the best parts of the series. Even bronies who hate G3 will usually append that with the obligatory "except Minty, she was pretty cool."
    • Lily Lightly also gets lots of love for her Shrinking Violet personality and her Be Yourself song, which is considered by many to be one of the show's best.
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    • A good few minor characters with little more than a scene or two qualify. Take Sunny Daze, for instance. A relaxed, casually confident, cool surfer girl with a nice design.
    • Kimono only appears in one cartoon but is memorable. It helps that she's a more major character in other merchandise.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The G3 side of the fandom doesn't ship canon characters as often as the G1 or G4 sides (instead preferring OCs together or with canon characters), however Pinkie/Minty and Star Catcher/Skywishes have both caught on.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: G3 gets hit with this more than any generation, especially the cartoon.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Those that like this generation can probably identify with the message of Come Back, Lily Lightly:
    Firefly: I think it's great that you're different. That makes you special.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Princess Rarity is a hot pink unicorn with tri-colored hair, and is known as the Crystal Princess. She's just a younger, pinker, more hyperactive Cadence!
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Not a few have watched G3 simply for Minty.
  • Les Yay:
    • There are no male Ponies to get in the way of any Romantic Two-Girl Friendship moments, making the usual shipping habits the standard for this continuity. Further enforced as the girls are very, very close this generation.
    • Special mention goes to Star Flight and Heart Bright, who are "as close as two ponies can be," own a house together, share the same bed, dream the same dream, and finish each other's sentences.
  • Memetic Mutation: The line "Rainbow Dash always dresses in style" from the Core 7 theme, helped along by the extreme contrast to G4 Rainbow Dash. There's a number of YouTube videos, one of which simply presents the line over and over for just over two hours. For those that don't think they can take that, there's another that's only one hour. Another presents the G4 Rainbow Dash learning of the line, with a Record Needle Scratch.
  • Moe: Pick a pony, any pony and they'll be this.
  • Narm Charm: In general, G3 runs on this trope; cheesy but quite cute. And played straight enough that it's hard to hate.
  • Never Live It Down: G3 Rainbow Dash is best known for dressing in style, thanks to the opening song. It was only in the Core 7 shorts that she gained this characterization, but the original Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak Dash with the British accent is often associated with this too.
    • Newborn Cuties as a whole is this, as well. Haters of G3 often use this to describe the overall quality of G3, and even fans will tell you it's the worst that My Little Pony had to offer. It also doesn't help that this was G3's last hurrah before ending.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Twinkle Wish Adventure did this for G3.5, for some. With some actual screentime to write an actual plot and time for the characters to show their stuff, it helped some warm up a bit to them, just as the Generation concluded.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Several G3 voice actresses, including Tabitha St. Germain, Andrea Libman, and Cathy Weseluck, made the jump to G4, much to the amusement of bronies who decide to Archive Binge on previous generations for the first time. The most ironic case is Cathy Weseluck. G4 Spike is in love with Rarity... and is voiced by G3 Rarity. You could almost say it's narcissism...
  • Self-Fanservice: Star Catcher gets this reaction among older viewers.; the mildly sultry and imperious voice and mannerisms definitely help.
  • Scenery Porn: When it doesn't suffer from Special Effects Failure like below, it can have some pretty impressive art. It's vibrant, colorful, and of course very pretty. "A Very Minty Christmas" and "Runaway Rainbow" can surely attest to this.
  • Special Effects Failure: The animation wasn't always spectacular to begin with, but it took a very noticeable nose-dive with the Newborn Cuties shorts animated in Flash. In the first one, the characters mouths don't even move when speaking at all.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Yes, yes, yes it is. The specials have so much concentrated cute and optimism it's hard not to smile by the time you see the ending credits.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Particularly 3.5.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Good lord, the Newborn Cuties. Are they human? Pony? Mutant? In any case, once you've laid eyes on them, you will have trouble sleeping at night.
    • To a lesser degree, 3.5, with its cartoonier designs compared to G3 proper. Particularly the large heads and freakish bug eyes.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Razzaroo and Kimono from "A Charming Birthday". The main characters of the first special, the most sane and levelheaded of the ponies, cute in their own way, and set up as members of Ponyville, they're never seen or mentioned after the special.
    • The Core Seven. The minority that like 3.5 maintain that they could have been much better characters if they'd given time to further the generation before being canned for G4. Toola Roola and Starsong were not in earlier G3 and G4 reduced them to either a one-off role (Toola Roola) or no role at all (Starsong), so like Razzaroo and Kimono, it just feels like we should have gotten to know them better. Though, Starsong did get her own plush, but that's only for the playskool line.
  • What an Idiot!: In Twinkle Wish Adventure, the mayor gives Cheerilee the box containing the Twinkle Wish star, asking her not to open it until the Winter Wishes festival. Scootaloo opens the box and, sure enough, a dragon takes off with it.

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