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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 eighth season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. Entries on this page must follow the similarity guidelines.

School Daze - Part 1

  • The title is a reference to the 1907 song "School Days".

School Daze - Part 2

The Maud Couple

Fake It 'Til You Make It

  • The title is a real-life English aphorism: "fake it 'til you make it", which suggests that if one pretends to be confident, competent, and optimistic in mindset, they'll eventually achieve those qualities in real life.
  • The male goth pony is modeled after the title character from the Tim Burton film Edward Scissorhands.

Grannies Gone Wild

Surf and/or Turf

  • The title is a reference to "surf and turf", a popular main course dish that combines seafood and red meat.
  • Sweetie Belle dances and twirls in the Harmonizing Heights in a similar fashion to Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
  • The seaponies possess shell drums similar to ones seen during the "Under the Sea" song in The Little Mermaid.​[​dubious – discuss‍​]​

Horse Play

  • The title is a play on horseplay, referring to rough or boisterous playing.
  • Pinkie says she will need "Big Bertha" for the show. Big Bertha was the name of a howitzer used during World War II.
  • Spike's choreography is similar to the very first lines of the musical A Chorus Line.

The Parent Map

Non-Compete Clause

The Break Up Break Down

  • When making the pie bake faster, Discord imitates magician Doug Henning, who was best known for his parody of hokey magic acts.
  • Cranky Doodle Donkey and Matilda sharing a plate of spaghetti is a reference to Disney's Lady and the Tramp.
  • Spike's last line, "Nopony's perfect", is a reference to the final line of the Billy Wilder film Some Like It Hot.

Molt Down

Marks for Effort

  • When Spike takes over the class, Twilight returns to hear the students say "O dragon, my dragon...", a reference to the film Dead Poets Society, which, in turn, referenced the Walt Whitman poem O Captain! My Captain!.
  • When Cozy Glow meets with Starlight Glimmer, Starlight softly says "I'm listening...", a reference to Frasier Crane, the title character of the NBC sitcom Frasier.

The Mean 6

  • Many of Fake Rarity's mannerisms mirror those of Gollum from the Lord of the Rings series and film franchise.
  • Fluttershy's line "Can't we all just get along?!" is a reference to 1994's Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult and/or 2001's Planet of the Apes.
  • Fake Applejack mentioning that she survived in the forest for a hundred and twenty-seven hours is a reference to the 2010 film 127 Hours.

A Matter of Principals

The Hearth's Warming Club

The End in Friend


Road to Friendship

The Washouts

A Rockhoof and a Hard Place

  • The episode title is a play on the expression "between a rock and a hard place".

What Lies Beneath

Sounds of Silence

  • The title is a reference to the 1964 Simon & Garfunkel song "The Sound of Silence" and/or their 1966 studio album Sounds of Silence.
  • Twilight's line "flanks don't lie" is a reference to the 2006 Shakira song "Hips Don't Lie".
  • The ticket taker pony makes references to the horror films End of the Line, Final Destination, and Scary Tales: Last Stop.
  • A Kirin Tale makes references to:
    • Sudoku, a logic-based combinatorial number-placement puzzle, with the lyric "Seriously, there's only so long that Sudoku can keep you entertained!"
    • The Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Hamilton, where Autumn is performing on a stage in 18th century attire[9]
    • The 1941 film Citizen Kane, with the scene where Autumn gives a speech in front of a backdrop of Rain Shine
    • The novel/musical The Phantom of the Opera, with the lyric ""story about the Kirin who hid below an opera stage"
  • Autumn Blaze asking "Is some Kirin trapped in a well?" is a reference to the 1954 TV series Lassie. In one episode, Lassie gets trapped in a well and is in need of rescue. Contrary to popular belief, there was never an episode where the character of Timmy got trapped in the well.
  • "Baby fish mouth" is a reference to the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally...

Father Knows Beast

School Raze - Part 1

  • The scene in which the Mane Six interrogate Tirek in Tartarus is similar to Clarice Starling interrogating Hannibal Lecter in the 1988 novel/1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.


  1. Nicole Dubuc (2018-03-25). Nicole Dubuc on Twitter: "Lyric scan VAGUELY inspired by a Mighty Wind. Kudos if you can guess which song.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 March 25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gillian M. Berrow (2018-04-14). G.M. Berrow on Twitter: "By the way, I looove @RickandMorty and @GordonRamsay, so it was great seeing them in my episode! #MLPSeason8ep5… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 April 14.
  3. Jim Miller (2018-04-14). Big Jim on Twitter: "Yes.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 April 14.
  4. Nicole Dubuc (2018-05-05). Nicole Dubuc on Twitter: "Houyhnhnm’s Guide - in case you were wondering about spelling.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 May 6.
  5. Nicole Dubuc (2018-05-05). Nicole Dubuc on Twitter: "Sire's Hollow - any Gilmore Girls fans out there?". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 May 6.
  6. Michael Vogel (2018-09-23). mktoon on Twitter: "Ding ding dig ding ding ding ding!!!!!!… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 September 26.
  7. Michael Vogel (2018-09-22). mktoon on Twitter: "Ah... not what I was thinking of BUT.... that's definitely an inspiration in my life in general AND probably tangentially related to the episode that directly inspired it because..... you're in the right universe. :-)…". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 September 26.
  8. Michael Vogel (2018-09-22). mktoon on Twitter: "This episodes was definitely one of the toughest I've ever written. LOTS going on. Points to anyone who can guess what episode of ANOTHER popular animated series inspired it. #MLPSeason8". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 September 26.
  9. Nicole Dubuc (2018-09-29). SPOILER if you haven't seen tomorrow's MLP:FiM episode - an exclusive look at @Racheldoesstuff 's wonderful song! @Lin_Manuel , there's a Hamilton kirin for you!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 September 29.