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 . Entries on this page must follow the My Little Pony: Pony Life similarity guidelines.
The series' art style is inspired by cartoons produced by
United Productions of America and various anime.  Rainbow Dash's tendency to spin like a ball when she goes fast is similar to Sonic the Hedgehog's signature "Spin Dash" technique.
At the beginning of Potion Mystery, Rainbow Dash's mane is styled like Sonic's quills, she runs super-fast like Sonic, and her line "Gotta go dash!" is a play on Sonic's catchphrase "Gotta go fast!"
Princess Celestia calling Pinkie Pie's dessert "raw" is a reference to when Gordon Ramsay spouts similar dismissals to his contestants on cooking reality shows like . Hell's Kitchen
The Trail Less Trotten
The title is a reference to the 1978 M. Scott Peck book
The Road Less Traveled. The Trail Trotters organization and focus on earning badges is similar to both
Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA. Fluttershy's line "I'll just be a pony standing in front of a dolphin" is a reference to a similar line in the 1999 film . Notting Hill
Death of a Sales-Pony
The title is a reference to the 1949 Arthur Miller stage play
. Death of a Salesman Fluttershy specifically mentions the William Shakespeare play
. Hamlet Pinkie Pie following a trail of crumbs in the woods to a house made of sweets is a reference to .
Hansel and Gretel The house having chicken legs is also a reference to the folktale of Baba Yaga.
Edvard Munch's painting
appears in Fluttershy's cottage. The Scream The legend of Bighoof is nearly identical to the real-life legend of
Bigfoot. Marepedia is a play on
Wikipedia. "Scaryravioli" is a play on creepypasta.
The Fluttershy Effect
The Fast and the Furriest
The title is a reference to the film series.
Fast & Furious The episode's title card logo is even modeled after the logo of the film series' first installment.
The title and plot are a reference to the 1997 film . Dante's Peak
A Camping We Will Go
The title is a reference to the 1777 folk song/nursery rhyme "
A-Hunting We Will Go". Applejack's "I don't know but I've been told" song is in the style of U.S. military sound-offs.
Rainbow Dash's line "You're making it sound like a kitchen nightmare!" is a reference to the reality television series
. Kitchen Nightmares Twilight's line "It was the best of times... it was the best of times!" is a reference to the famous opening sentence to the 1859 Charles Dickens novel . A Tale of Two Cities
Spike wearing sunglasses and going "YEEEEEAH!" with a city backdrop behind him whenever someone says a pun or play on words is a reference to the television series and its theme song. CSI: Miami
Pony Surfin' Safari
The myth of the Cute Triangle is similar to the Bermuda Triangle and the urban/paranormal legends surrounding it.
All Bottled Up
The alternate title "Bottle Episode" refers to a type of episode in television that is cheaply produced and restricted to use as few characters, effects, and sets as possible.
The title is a reference to the 1950 Isaac Asimov science fiction novel
and/or its I, Robot 2004 film adaptation. Pinkie shouting "It's alive!" is a reference to the 1931 film
. Frankenstein Pinkie being tied to the ground by the living cookies is a reference to the 1726 novel . Gulliver's Travels
Ponies of the Moment
One Click Wonder
The title is a play on "one hit wonder".
Rarity receives an e-mail from someone in "Neigh-geria", referencing a well-known form of
advance-fee scam commonly referred to as the "Nigerian Prince scam". During Pinkie's "hilarious original content in a bite-sized package" line, the tablet screens around her are references to famous real-life internet memes (from top to bottom, left to right):
The title is a play on "sound off".
Twilight giving a speech with "TWI" in large red lettering behind her is a reference to TED Talks.
Don't Look a GIF Horse in the Mouth
The Root of It
Twilight's "massive immersive virtual reality simulation" is a reference to
. The Matrix Chums is a reference to the 1994 television sitcom .
Friends The Mane Six also hang out by a water fountain, referencing Friends' opening sequence.
The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies
The title is a play on "game night".
Perfect Pitch-tionary is a reference to/play on . Pictionary
Director Spike's Mockumentary
When Rarity suggests making a "romantic Ponywood epic", the picture shown is a reference to a theatrical poster for the 1939 film
. Gone with the Wind Twilight mentions "The Day Before Tomorrow", a reference to the 2004 film . The Day After Tomorrow
The title is a play of "whodunit", a variety of mystery/detective story in which the main focus is determining the culprit of a crime.
The episode's plot is similar to the reality television series (originally titled Queer Eye Queer Eye for the Straight Guy).
The title and name "Superb Six" is a reference to the collective hosts of Queer Eye, the "Fab Five".
The Rarity Report
The title and plot are a reference to the 1998 film . Deep Impact
The Crystal Capturing Contraption
Fluttershy's "Peter Pony" tongue twister is based on the real-life tongue twister "
Peter Piper". Fiddler on the Hoof is a play on/reference to . Fiddler on the Roof
The Comet Section
Close Encounters of the Balloon Kind
The title is a reference to the 1977 film
. Close Encounters of the Third Kind Lamilton is a play on/reference to the 2015 musical .
Hamilton The song Rarity sings is based on the song "The Room Where It Happens" from the musical.
The Tiara of Truth
In Gummy's sugar-induced fantasy sequence, he gobbles up cubes of sugar in a manner similar to
Pac-Man. Fluttershy's brunch fantasy sequence is based on , with Angel Bunny dressed as the Mad Hatter. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The rock music that plays during the Mane Six's fight against Hawthorne sounds similar to " Thunderstruck" by AC/DC.
Planet of the Apps
Back to the Present
Magical Mare-story Tour
Life of Pie
The title is a play on the 2001 Yann Martel novel .
Life of Pi
The Rarest of Occasions
Playwright or Wrong
A poster on the side of the Ponyville Theater building resembles the official poster for the Broadway musical . Wicked
The Shows Must Go On
Journey to the Center of the 'Cord
The title is a play on the 1864 Jules Verne novel
. Journey to the Center of the Earth Discord's final line "Aren't I a stinker?" is a reference to how Bugs Bunny would sometimes close out classic Looney Tunes cartoons with the line "Ain't I a stinker?"
One Last Wish