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The following is a list of allusions to other My Little Pony generations, works of fiction, people, places, events, and other cultural touchstones in the series My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. Entries on this page must follow the similarity guidelines.


Development

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic incorporates elements of classic fantasy, fairy tales, and mythology. Among the works mentioned by Lauren Faust as inspiration for the show are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, The Lord of the Rings, Transformers, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Faust saw the inclusion of European and Greek mythologies as obvious, since the characters, unicorns and Pegasi, themselves draw from mythology.[1]

Multiple works

Character names and designs

Other names, titles, and design

Mythology

  • Lauren Faust and Rob Renzetti encouraged the writers to infuse mythology into the series.[10]
  • The show features dragons, griffons, unicorns, and Pegasi in multiple episodes, and several other mythological creatures detailed in individual episode sections below, like manticore, windigo, Hydra, cockatrice, a minotaur, and others.

Re-use of assets

Audio

Animation

Other

Episodes

Season one

Main article: List of allusions/Season one

Season two

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Season three

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Season four

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Season five

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Season six

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Season seven

Main article: List of allusions/Season seven

Season eight

Main article: List of allusions/Season eight

Season nine

The Beginning of the End - Part 1

  • Grogar's history as an ancient tyrant and creator of monsters resembles that of Morgoth, villain of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. His title of "Father of Monsters" is also similar to that of the Greek Titan Typhon, husband to the Mother of All Monsters Echidna.​[​dubious – discuss‍​]​
  • Grogar's lair resembles the Hall of Doom from various DC animated media.
  • After King Sombra captures Shining Armor, Princess Cadance, and Flurry Heart, he says "Kneel before Sombra", which is a direct reference to General Zod and his signature line, "Kneel before Zod", from DC Comics.
  • After Rarity mentions "cakewalk", Pinkie Pie does her version of a "cakewalk", which is a variation of the moonwalk with cake made famous by Michael Jackson.

The Beginning of the End - Part 2

  • When she is about to dig, Rarity yells, "Show me the muddy!", a parody of Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s catchphrase "Show me the money!" from the 1996 film Jerry Maguire.
  • Twilight Sparkle declares "You may knock us down, but we're gonna get back up again!" as she confronts King Sombra, alluding to the chorus of "Tubthumbing" by the alternative rock band Chumbawamba.​[​dubious – discuss‍​]​

Uprooted

Sparkle's Seven

The Point of No Return

  • Among Twilight's childhood belongings is a "G1 Star Swirl figure", referencing G1 My Little Pony – and, indirectly, Star Swirl's G1 counterpart.
  • One of the images inside Mooncurve's Seven Theories on Bending Time is a melting clock similar to the painting "The Persistence of Memory" by Salvador Dalí.
  • Twilight speculates that the note on First Folio's door says "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here", which is the message that appears above the entrance to Hades in Dante's Inferno.
  • When the Meathead Pony tries to remember the name of the place Dusty Pages moved to, he says "Silver" and "Surfer", referencing the Silver Surfer of Marvel Comics.

Common Ground

She's All Yak

  • The title is a play on the expression "she's all that" and a reference to the 1999 film She's All That, which, itself, was a "modern retelling" of the Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion.
    • Discovery Family's promotion for the episode on Facebook is a parody of the theatrical poster for She's All That.[14]
  • Yona's transformation into a proper lady reflects that of the character Eliza Doolittle in the 1964 musical film My Fair Lady, also based on Pygmalion.
    • Rarity's line "By Celestia, I think she's got it!" is a reference to the similar line "By jove, I think she's got it!" from My Fair Lady.
  • Spike's headwear at the dance is similar to the one worn by DJ Deadmau5.

Frenemies

  • The title is a common portmanteau of the words "friends" and "enemies".
  • Mount Everhoof is a play on Mount Everest.

Going to Seed

Student Counsel

  • The title is a wordplay on the phrase "student council".
  • Maud says to Mudbriar, "You complete me" and "You had me at 'petrified'", mirroring both Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger's lines at the end of Jerry Maguire.

The Last Crusade

Between Dark and Dawn

The Last Laugh

  • The security ponies refuse Pinkie Pie entry to Cheese Sandwich's factory with the line "nopony ever comes out, and nopony ever goes in", almost identical to a line in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

2, 4, 6, Greaaat

A Trivial Pursuit

She Talks to Angel

Daring Doubt

  • Caballeron's alias "Groom Q. Q. Martingale", as well as his disguise, are a reference to author George R. R. Martin.

Growing Up is Hard to Do

Films

Main article: List of allusions/Films

IDW comics

Main article: List of allusions/IDW comics

Storybooks

Main article: List of allusions/Storybooks

Other media

Advertising

Television

Billboards

  • Billboards in Los Angeles, California that promoted the show in June 2011 reference the film Bridesmaids. It shows the main cast against a brick wall in poses similar to the women in the poster of Bridesmaids, under the parody title Bridlemaids.
  • Billboards for season 2 show Pinkie Pie with her hooves pressed against a "snow screen" TV with the caption "They're baaack!" This references the 1982 supernatural horror movie Poltergeist, which has a poster where the little girl, Carol Anne Freeling, has her hands pressed against a "snow screen" TV and the tagline "They're here" and its 1986 sequel Poltergeist II: The Other Side, which has the tagline "They're back."

Newsprint

  • On January 8, 2012, a full page ad ran in the LA Times, referencing the opening to AMC's award-winning drama Mad Men. It shows Rainbow Dash in silhouette, wearing a suit, falling in front of pictures of the main cast, with the parody title, Mad Ponies.[17]

Merchandise

Trading cards

  • Series 3
    • Card #PP1 gives the Masked Matter-Horn the secret identity of Trot Summers, a student of Professor Celestia's School for Gifted Youth; these are references to Scott Summers and the X-Men franchise as a whole, respectively.
    • Card #PP2 describes Mistress Mare-velous as hailing from Alfalfis, a lost city on a hidden island where the female inhabitants are all born with super strength; this is a combined reference to the DC Comics' locations of Atlantis and Themiscyra.
    • Card #PP3 identifies Radiance as a former pilot named Green Gardener who received her power bracelets from an alien hero; this is an homage to the Green Lantern mythos of DC Comics, with her name specifically referring to Guy Gardner while her origin resembles that of Hal Jordan.
    • Card #PP4 identifies Fili-Second as Marey Allen, a detective who acquired her super-speed after an accident involving lightning and a chemical plant; these are a parody of Barry Allen's origin story as the Flash.
    • Card #PP5 details Saddle Rager's backstory: as scientist Spruce Spanner, she was exposed to radiation as a result of an experiment gone wrong, a nod to Bruce Banner's origin story.
    • Card #PP6 reveals that Zapp is in reality a princess named Aurora who traveled from her distant homeland in disguise to prove herself worthy of becoming queen; this is a nod to the concept of Marvel Comics' Thor.

Collectible card game

  • Premiere
    • Card α #21 R of Gala Appleby has the quote "Sweet Apple Acres is the place for me... Keep Manehattan, just give me that countryside!", a reference to the theme song for Green Acres.
    • Card α #59 R of Rare Find has the quote "Never tell me the odds", a line spoken by Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.
    • Card α #136 C, Foal Free Press, has the Diamond Tiara quote "I want pictures! Pictures of ponies!", a reference to an internet meme commonly attributed to the Spider-Man character J. Jonah Jameson.
  • Canterlot Nights
    • Card #16 R of Pipsqueak has the quote "I wanted a real Red Rider sword for my birthday, but mum said I'd put my eye out", a reference to the 1983 film A Christmas Story.
    • Card #41 C of Purple Waters has the quote "... and when DJ PON-3 starts spinning different tunes, I'll see the Dark Mare of the moon", a possible reference to Pink Floyd's song "Brain Damage". In fact, Purple Waters' cards contains various references to the former bassist/vocalist of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters. Their names are alike, and Purple has made an album called 'The Fence', parodying the Pink Floyd album 'The Wall'.
    • Cards #102 R, Critter Stampede, and #141 C, Joe's Doughnut Shop, have the Cheese Sandwich quotes "Hey. You've got weasels on your face." and "You got any bear claws?", references to "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Albuquerque".
    • Cards #52 and ƒ #21 of Professor Neigh include the quote "Now if you'll excuse me, I have some square roots to calculate. See ya!" This is a play on the closing line of each episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy.
  • The Crystal Games
    • Card #27 C of Sheriff Silverstar has the quote "I AM the law!", a possible reference to comic book character Judge Dredd.
    • Card #59 U of Top Marks has the quote "He just kept talking in one long, unbroken sentence, moving from topic to topic. It was really quite hypnotic...", paraphrased from a Captain Picard quote in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Timescape".
  • Absolute Discord
    • Card #27 U of Princess Luna has the song lyric "Princess Luna, bring me a dream! Make him the cutest that I've ever seen!", a reference to the Chordettes song "Mr. Sandman".
  • Equestrian Odysseys
    • Cards #75 C and #Pƒ10 of Spike have the quote "Sapphire cupcakes are good, ruby cupcakes are great, but garnet cupcakes are so much better!", a reference to the Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe.
      • The Enterplay collectible card game's Twitter account tweeted on August 5, 2015, "Pinkie made malachite cupcakes for Spike once, but they came out all soggy...",[18] a reference to the Steven Universe character Malachite and her extended period of being trapped underwater.
    • The name of card #135 R, Rolling Tones, is a play on the band The Rolling Stones.
    • The name of card #138 U, Special Beam Cannon, is the name of a technique used by Piccolo in the anime/manga franchise Dragon Ball.
  • High Magic
    • Card #44 U of Dance Fever has the song lyric "Disco filly, coming through! That filly is you! Ooh ooh! Ooh ooh!", a reference to the Disney Channel original series Gravity Falls and the fictional song "Disco Girl".
  • Marks in Time
    • Card #24 R of Discord mentions "an evil interdimensional triangle wearing a tophat", specifically alluding to the Gravity Falls character Bill Cipher.
    • Card #70 U, Unplanned Guests, Very Animated, has the quote "Oh, it looks like Heero and Duo couldn't make it. They must be busy tonight...", a reference to Heero Yuy and Duo Maxwell of the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.
    • Card #87 C, Repulsor Blast, has the quote "All of Princess Celestia's unicorn soldiers are trained in this defensive technique, along with the offensive spell Uni-beam." Repulsor Blast and Unibeam are two techniques used by Iron Man in the Marvel vs. Capcom game series.
    • Card #93 U, Time Warp, has the quote "Let's NOT do the time warp again, Twilight", referencing the song "Time Warp" from the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show.
  • Friends Forever
    • Card #90 U, Hyper Beam, has the Star Swirl the Bearded quote "I am impressed that Starlight Glimmer didn't need a turn to recover after casting that spell!", referencing​[​specify​]​ Pokémon.
    • Card #100 U, Tough Questions, has the quote "And how do you become a princess anyway? Strange ponies floating in space distributing wings is no basis for a system of government!", referencing​[​specify​]​ Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Tabletop RPG

  • The Master Claw resembles the Master Hand from the Super Smash Bros. video game series.

Software

My Little Pony (mobile game)

  • When Zecora is instructing the player in the minigame associated with her hut, she utters "The power is yours", which is the catchphrase of the titular supehero of the cartoon series Captain Planet.
  • The in-game description for the Guitarist Pony parodies the Beatles song I Am the Walrus.
  • The in-game description for Songbird Serenade mentions a chandelier, alluding to the Sia song of the same name.
  • The in-game description for Flash Magnus refers to the saying "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."
  • The in-game descriptions for the Royal Legionnaire and General Seaspray reference the Major-General's Song from The Pirates of Penzance.
  • The in-game description for the Gray Forest-Dweller references the song Do-Re-Mi.
  • The in-game descriptions for Cubist Pony, Pop Art Pony, and Surrealist Pony each reference the artist upon whom each is modeled, namely: Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dali.
  • The in-game description for Clear Skies is a parody of the famous "Is it a bird?..." intro for Superman.
  • A mission in update 4.3 refers to a Las Pegasus street called "Sineightra Drive"; this is a reference to Frank Sinatra.
  • During the Somnambula Springtime event, Somnambula encourages Fluttershy "believe in me, who believes in you!" This is a reference to the anime series Gurren Lagann.
  • The in-game description for Grim EEA Official references the character of Severus Snape from the Harry Potter franchise.
  • The in-game description for Twilight Sparkling references the Twilight series of novels.
  • The in-game description for Rainbow the Flying Reindeer references Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • The in-game description for Bird Whisperer Pony references the song "Feed the Birds" from Disney's Mary Poppins.
  • The in-game description for Northerly Pony references the film Elf.
  • The in-game description for Unlucky Pony references the Peanuts franchise, including A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • The in-game description for True Umbrum names "H. Pony Lovecart", a parody of H.P. Lovecraft.
  • The in-game description for 8-bit mentions "Hocus Pocus: The Get-Together", a play on Magic: The Gathering.
  • In the "Cold Front" group quest, Rainbow Dash's line "Make my hay" is a play on the famous line from Dirty Harry.
  • The character collection name "Elementary, My Dear Stallion" is a reference to the catchphrase often associated with Sherlock Holmes, "Elementary, my dear Watson."
  • The "Lyra and Bon Bon Save Hearth's Warming" event features quests that are named in parody of various well-known espionage films.

See also

References

  1. Lauren Faust panel - Equestria LA 2012 (2012-11-05). Retrieved on 2012 November 6.
  2. M. A. Larson (2018-05-22). M.A.Larson on Twitter: "There's another layer of mispronunciation. I thought it was "non-par-eye" which I was trying to do a little rhyme with "why." Then during the record it got changed to "non-par-ay," also incorrect. Double fail. https://t.co/9btnXR4uO2… https://t.co/9sEaN1ib1V". Retrieved on 2018 May 28.
  3. Ishi Rudell (2017-05-15). Ishi Rudell on Twitter: "Have I watched West World? Yes... yes I have 😉 https://t.co/59xcwVaoH5". Twitter. Retrieved on 2017 May 15.
  4. Jim Miller (2018-03-25). Big Jim on Twitter: "Is it just the goatee and high collar? It wasn’t intentional.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 March 25.
  5. Jim Miller (2018-08-04). Big Jim on Twitter: "RICKMAN, BABY!… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 August 5.
  6. Jim Miller (2018-08-04). Big Jim on Twitter: "There’s a touch of sorcerer supreme in there for sure. Plus some Sheriff of Nottingham and other stuff.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 August 5.
  7. Jim Miller (2018-06-02). Big Jim on Twitter: "Among others. Also Baby Doll from Batman TAS… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 June 3.
  8. Lauren Faust panel, Equestria LA 2012 (2012-11-05). Retrieved on 2012 November 6.
  9. M.A. Larson confirming the reference to Las Vegas (2012-05-24). Retrieved on 2012 May 24. Archived locally.
  10. M. A. Larson discussing mythology in Friendship is Magic (2012-05-02). Retrieved on 2012 July 28.
  11. Jayson Thiessen on Twitter (2012-12-01). Retrieved on 2013 January 23.
  12. MLP: Time Turner Companion. Gaia Online. Retrieved on 2013 December 7.
  13. Discovery Family (2019-04-19). 📣Attention everypony!!!📣This Saturday 4.20 is our 200th episode and it's going to be the heist-iest one EVERRR!!! You won’t wanna miss it on Discovery Family at 11:30am. 🎉🎉🎉 #MyLittlePony #MLPseason9 #MLP200. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019 April 19.
  14. My Little Pony (2019-05-10). If they say opposites attract, what.... Facebook. Retrieved on 2019 May 10.
  15. Jim Miller (2019-06-01). It was at one point.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019 June 1.
  16. Jim Miller (2019-06-15). Steve Irwin and Jane Goodall.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019 June 15.
  17. My Little Pony spoofs Mad Men in newsprint ad Mad Ponies (2012-01-13). Retrieved on 2012 April 19.
  18. MLP: CCG on Twitter: "Pinkie made malachite cupcakes for Spike once, but they came out all soggy... #mlpccg http://t.co/4Gh3uOE7fC". Twitter (2015-08-05). Retrieved on 2018 August 19.
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