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Season one
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Season three
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Season four
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Season eight
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Season nine
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Season one

Title sequence

  • The opening includes an extreme long shot of Ponyville's town square. The buildings, most noticeably the spa and the joke shop, are in different places around the square than they are in long shots in the episodes. --Kinrah 09:51, September 1, 2011 (UTC)
  • Twilight uses a hot air balloon to get to Ponyville, but in the first episode she uses a chariot. Fear Not! 21:13, February 15, 2012 (UTC)
  • When Twilight leaves the balloon, she looks nervous but when we zoom in on her, she is smiling. Fear Not! 21:13, February 15, 2012 (UTC)
  • At the point in the theme that focuses on Rainbow Dash (Big Adventure!), there is a frame in which her feathers are not attached to her wings. --Jorlem 21:08, September 25, 2011 (UTC) This error is not fixed in the new version of the 2nd season. --Bahnpirat 22:47, October 15, 2011 (UTC) I wouldn't be surprised if this was deliberate. Often in animation some parts of a character are left behind a little bit to emphasise the speed at which they're moving. This would make sense especially with RD and her wings.
    • A slowed down and looped gif of this over here.   Heeeeyyyy, everybody! It's Meester Tweester!   15:09, August 4, 2013 (UTC)
  • Twilight still teleports in a white poof which is the old season 1-era magic aura style (while Celestia's aura is accommodated for new style). In season 2 and 3 episodes, her magic poof actually changed from white to purple. Xeoxer (talk) 18:06, February 9, 2013 (UTC)

Multiple episodes

  • Frequently, crowd shots in the series contain duplicate ponies. This is first apparent in the scene where Nightmare Moon surveys the crowd in Friendship is Magic, part 1.
    • Actually, there were cloned background ponies in the Apple Family Reunion, which took place before NMM surveying the crowd.
  • The pink and lavender highlights on Twilight Sparkle's mane frequently swap sides. --Kinrah 13:50, September 13, 2011 (UTC)
  • Sometimes, Rarity has broken leg. And other ponies.
  • Sometimes Princess Celestia has pink eyes, and other times purple eyes.
  • Sweetie Belle without ear.
  • Often, Sweetie Belle's mane colours swap sides.
  • Whenever a mare is viewed from the back, her eyelashes are reversed
  • In one of her running animations, Applejack has no freckles. Her freckles are also missing in a number of additional scenes. -Mylittlewut 23:05, September 27, 2011 (UTC), -Kinrah 18:39, October 8, 2011 (UTC)
  • Twilight's door has been viewed in many different ways. Mylittlewut 23:05, September 27, 2011 (UTC)
  • The interior of Twilight's library often changes, especially the location of the balcony. Mayanighstar 15:58, October 17, 2011 (UTC)
  • At various points throughout the show, cutie marks can be seen on ponies' inner thighs. --Kinrah 12:14, October 4, 2011 (UTC)
  • Whenever Rainbow Dash is wet her tail is missing the green and yellow colors. 69.179.130.199 00:20, December 25, 2011 (UTC)
  • In multiple shots, the colors of Rainbow Dash's forelock are reversed.Starflight98 (talk) 19:56, April 3, 2014 (UTC)
  • In some scenes, the ponies' hooves are heard stomping on the ground, while in others they are not. Happy2432 23:07, February 4, 2012 (UTC)
    • Actually, that's more of a sound error than one with the animation.76.114.65.177 17:21, August 16, 2012 (UTC)
  • Sometimes, when a character blinks, its eyelids are slightly darker colored than their real body color. Happy2432 21:12, February 10, 2012 (UTC)
  • Big Macintosh's cutie mark often has white sparkles, and they sometimes even disappear and reappear from one shot to another. Xeoxer 18:52, April 20, 2012 (UTC)
  • Frequently in episodes Fluttershy is missing her tail. --SableWolfAngel 4:45, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
  • Sometimes, the streak in Twilight's bangs turns to the same color as her hot pink horn aura. Fear Not! 16:30, May 5, 2012 (UTC)
  • Frequently the part of the ponies' manes that rest on the ponies' necks switch sides.A LOT. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.1.67.221 (talkcontribs)
    • Technically not an error - that's an effect called "Ambidextrous Sprite". Fear Not! (talk) 18:24, August 10, 2012 (UTC)
  • The rings on Zecora's foreleg swap legs occasionally. --Kinrah (talk) 21:28, July 25, 2012 (UTC)
  • Sometimes a pony's lashes turn upside down.
  • Whenever a mare is viewed from behind most times her upper lashes are missing.
  • Throught the series, minor errors occur with Luna's mane.
  • Sometimes, Princess Twilight's Alicorn wings can be seen as ordinary Pegasus wings in multiple episodes. PegasusParchment (talk) 19:05, January 29, 2014 (UTC)
  • Scootaloo has floaing pixels rigidly attaced to her mane in some episodes Endorb (talk) 05:20, July 17, 2014 (UTC)
  • Sometimes, items leaving the scene dissapear from it too quickly, as when it is slowed down, one frame the item is partially in frame, and the exact next it is gone. This is improper transition. SquiddyFIMOrca (talk) 22:49, February 26, 2015 (UTC)

Season three

I'll just leave this here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJO76DHkc2Y ~Bobogoobo (talk) Lyra_speaks_S2E25.png 10:58, December 12, 2012 (UTC)

Pre-aired song "The Failure Song"

  • 0:51-0:53 mount of Twilight Sparkle's tail seem's a bit misplaced some times when she's turning. Sorry, I didn't want to interrupt our pleasant anticipation for this season. :-o --Bahnpirat 23:17, July 13, 2012 (UTC)
  • 0:11 Twilight Sparkle's cutie mark seems to not be there. Abbeybunny 23:20, July 17, 2012 (UTC)

Pre-aired song "Ballad of the Crystal Ponies"

  • 0:20-0:24 Fluttershy's wing is on her flank.
  • 0:35 The mannequin does not have ears, but does have them when Rainbow Dash lifts the helmet.
  • 1:20-1:27 The book Twilight is levitating is glowing, but Twilight's horn is not.
  • 1:30-1:35 Now Twilight's horn is glowing, but the book is not.
  • 1:40 Where's Applejack
    • At the fake heart waiting to ask Twilight what it is. PegasusParchment (talk) 22:43, June 7, 2014 (UTC)

This is a correction: the next shot shows us she is looking at the crystal heart (which is on the other side of the path) at 1:40 she must of been over there.

  • While Twilight is reading the book near the end she's reading right to left, not left to right.

Season four

Multiple episodes

  • Part of Twilight's mane turns yellow at times, then turns back to its normal navy blue. --Catluvr2 (talk) 00:50, February 3, 2014 (UTC)
    • Examples? furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 00:54, February 3, 2014 (UTC)
      • It appears that it was due to a low-quality stream being maximized to my screen. I suppose it actually didn't happen, then.Catluvr2 (talk) 15:11, February 15, 2014 (UTC)
        • Most likely a LQ stream, as I see neither of these errors in the iTunes files. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 19:36, February 15, 2014 (UTC)
  • Whenever Twilight flies, her wings are the same as those of Cadence and Luna, instead of the type of wings she normally has. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Glenn31 (talkcontribs)

Season five

Title sequence

Season eight

School Daze - Part 1

  • When Twilight opens the book during the beginning of the song with her friends (plus Starlight) crowding around her, the book is floating, but her horn isn't bathed in its magenta glow like it's supposed to be. GoldenLine (talk) 00:33, July 5, 2018 (UTC)
    • Also, the same thing happens when she changes up Fluttershy's class (she's casting a spell, but her horn isn't glowing). GoldenLine (talk) 01:02, July 5, 2018 (UTC)

School Daze - Part 2

  • At 14:44, Rainbow Dash's right hind leg very briefly appears detached from her body. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 03:17, July 9, 2018 (UTC)
    • (I see you watched the newest Bronies React) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Master Templar Shay (talkcontribs)
      • Maybe. :P furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 03:55, July 9, 2018 (UTC)
  • At 21:10, Yona's braids are missing. Otherside86 (talk) 18:00, May 9, 2018 (UTC)
  • When the leaders arrive at the School of Friendship, Spike is absent despite being seen between Applejack and Rarity in one of the previous shots. --Lightening McQueen (talk) 20:04, December 6, 2018 (UTC)

Fake It 'Til You Make It

  • At 1:02, when Rarity says, "The entire collection is designed around it!", her front left hoof disappears for one frame. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 12:52, April 8, 2018 (UTC)
  • At 18:13, while Fluttershy in her goth persona is walking, her black shoes on her back hooves are gone, only for them to reappear when she stops. Master Templar Shay (talk) 00:19, April 9, 2018 (UTC)
  • At 18:30, Softpad (seen between Applejack and Pinkie) disappears. Master Templar Shay (talk) 00:19, April 9, 2018 (UTC)
  • At 19:15, Rainbow Dash's right ear moved her back mane for three frames.

Grannies Gone Wild

  • When Rainbow Dash and the Gold Horseshoe Gals land in Las Pegasus, Rivet, guiding the balloon with orange batons, is an Alicorn. Master Templar Shay (talk) 20:20, April 17, 2018 (UTC)
  • When flying through the Las Pegasus hotel, one of Sunshower Raindrops' wings is blue. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 21:02, April 14, 2018 (UTC)
  • In two shots of Rainbow Dash and the Gold Horseshoe Gals before they board the Wild Blue Yonder, Rainbow Dash is missing her cutie mark. --Lightening McQueen (talk) 19:03, April 19, 2018 (UTC)

The Parent Map

  • At 8:15, Stellar Flare's coat color is the same as Sunburst's. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 09:29, May 6, 2018 (UTC)
  • The unicorn of the left of the Sire's Hollow crowd at the end of the episode is not wearing her usual earrings. Otherside86 (talk) 15:35, May 31, 2019 (UTC)

The Break Up Break Down

  • At 8:11, Sugar Belle's entire head appears detached from her neck for a couple of frames. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 11:34, May 20, 2018 (UTC)
  • When Sugar Belle tries to fix her wagon, one of the apples seems to fade. --Lightening McQueen (talk) 01:20, May 28, 2018 (UTC)

The Mean 6

  • At 13:40, when comforting Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie appears to have five hooves. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 19:22, June 10, 2018 (UTC)

A Matter of Principals

The End in Friend

  • At 6:18, Rarity's reflection in a gemstone doesn't reflect her hard hat, only her hard hat's bow and headlamp. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 11:29, August 19, 2018 (UTC)
  • When Starlight yells “enough” while counseling Rainbow Dash and Rarity the lock of hair on the back of her mane is missing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Volectro (talkcontribs)

A Rockhoof and a Hard Place

  • At 6:29-6:30, the unicorn student that Yona is talking to appears overlapped with himself for several frames when Rockhoof crashes through the wall. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 10:12, September 16, 2018 (UTC)
  • At 20:15-20:29 Twilight has Pegasus wings. 15:51, September 18, 2018 (UTC) Zottag981 (talk) 03:47, September 19, 2018 (UTC)

Season nine

The Beginning of the End - Part 1

  • When Twilight says "Starlight, can you stay here and take care of the school?", it is Starlight's voice that comes out of Twilight's mouth when she says "and take care of the school?", most likely from a change in the script. --Master Templar Shay (talk) 02:29, April 15, 2019 (UTC)

Uprooted

  • At 16:30, when Smolder is mopping paint off the ground, her mop handle vanishes for a few frames. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 02:21, April 15, 2019 (UTC)

Sparkle's Seven

  • During the shot where Twilight talks to Rarity about her opinion to break into Celestia’s Castle, when Twilight’s body moves to the right, Spike disappears from the shot, and then reappears a few shots later. User:Lovable98159/Sig 05:04, April 21, 2019 (UTC)
  • During Applejack's flashback/fantasy, in the first shot of Apple Chord as a teenager, Apple Bloom can be seen in the crowd with her cutie mark, compared to the rest of the shots where she does not have her cutie mark. --Lightening McQueen (talk) 18:28, April 24, 2019 (UTC)
  • Twilight and Applejack's discussion of Applejack bucking through a wall happens immediately after a guard fires Zephyr Breeze. In fact, the camera actually pans from 1 to the other (18:22). But when the beginning and end of the pan are combined, we can see that there's only about 20 feet between these 2 things, so Applejack breaking through the wall happens right next to a guard and construction worker, and the guard is even looking in their direction and actually walking toward them with nothing obscuring her view. --Reversalmushroom sig 14:40, May 25, 2019 (UTC)
    • That's not an animation error. That's just overanalyzing the scene. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 15:06, May 25, 2019 (UTC)
      • It's clearly a mistake. Twilight&friends are trying to sneakily break into a place. So they break down a wall right next to a guard who is looking right at all this? And it's extremely loud. But these 2 things not being in the frame together makes it seem like the creators just forgot about it, like Twilight and Applejack are in some secluded spot, or if they were aware, like they didn't want the audience to think about it, like they thought if they were in separate shots, we wouldn't connect it. Characters who are offscreen don't suddenly stop existing. So right next to Applejack breaking the wall down is a guard watching it, and the construction worker had to hear it too. Even if you don't think it's an error in the animation, how is that "overanalyzing"? That is a huge, gaping flaw.--Reversalmushroom sig 15:17, May 25, 2019 (UTC)
        • It's an in-universe flaw, not a reflection of the animation itself. That's the main purpose of this forum: to point out animation errors, not to explain/reconcile perceived story mistakes. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 15:42, May 25, 2019 (UTC)
          • I wouldn't put in stuff like "this thing a character did doesn't make sense" because that's writing and has nothing to do with animation. This is because of the layout artists/people who actually made the art and animated it. I highly doubt the writers specified that they wanted these 2 things to be that close together with nothing obscuring them and to make the guard be looking at it and walking toward it. I've heard stories where artists on a show will just work on 1 part of something and be unaware of the rest, so they'll make things that don't entirely fit in. This might not be something like characters having missing body parts and wrong cutie marks, but I thought it counted because it is an error stemming from the visual side of things, because of the art makers, so it is an error from the animating aspect of the show.--Reversalmushroom sig 16:11, May 25, 2019 (UTC)

Frenemies

  • At around 7:20, after Tirek's line "I could feel it flowing through my body...", Chrysalis doesn't have ears. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 22:20, May 18, 2019 (UTC)
  • At 21:09, Grogar doesn't have any hair. At 21:10, his hair returns. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 18:46, May 21, 2019 (UTC)

Sweet and Smoky

  • At the 1:00 mark, during Fluttershy's "Baby dragon hatching season?!" line, Spike vanishes from the scene for one frame. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 11:38, May 26, 2019 (UTC)
  • At 18:02, when Fluttershy gasps, the bottom of her right ear overlaps her top eyelash for one frame. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 23:01, May 26, 2019 (UTC)
  • When "Viverno" is breathing fire at 18:27, the fire effect is partially visible behind his head and under his horns. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 23:01, May 26, 2019 (UTC)

The Last Crusade

  • At 6:00, when the scene transitions to the dessert shoppe, Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle don't appear in their seats for a couple of frames. furdklZ.png 2xoHxMt.gif 14:08, June 16, 2019 (UTC)
  • When Apple Bloom say "Sure we do. Look!", she speaks in Sweetie Belle's voice. Otherside86 (talk) 05:38, June 17, 2019 (UTC)
  • At the end, Babs Seed has her cutie mark in her first shot, but it is missing in the rest of the shots. ----Lightening McQueen (talk) 11:30, June 18, 2019 (UTC)
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