The following is a
list of allusions
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
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The title is a reference to the 1907 song " School Days".
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 .
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
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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
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
When Spike takes over the class, Twilight returns to hear the students say "O dragon, my dragon...", a reference to the film , which, in turn, referenced the Dead Poets Society 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 .
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 and/or 2001's Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult .
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 .
The title is a wordplay on the phrase "matter of principles".
While posing as a School of Friendship student, Discord dresses and acts like Steve Buscemi in season six, episode eight of , "The Tuxedo Begins".
30 Rock Discord's banana phone is a reference to the popular children's song "Bananaphone" from the 1994 album of the same name released by Raffi and Michelle Creber's father Michael Creber.
The episode title is a play on the expression "between a rock and a hard place".
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 , and Final Destination 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 , where Autumn is performing on a stage in 18th century attire Hamilton
 The 1941 film , with the scene where Autumn gives a speech in front of a backdrop of Rain Shine
Citizen Kane The novel/musical , with the lyric ""story about the Kirin who hid below an opera stage"
The Phantom of the Opera Autumn Blaze asking "Is some Kirin trapped in a well?" is a reference to the 1954 TV series . 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.
Lassie "Baby fish mouth" is a reference to the 1989 film
When Harry Met Sally...
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
↑ 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. ↑
2.0 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.
↑ Jim Miller (2018-04-14).
Big Jim on Twitter: "Yes.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 April 14.
↑ 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.
↑ Nicole Dubuc (2018-05-05).
Nicole Dubuc on Twitter: "Sire's Hollow - any Gilmore Girls fans out there?". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 May 6.
↑ Michael Vogel (2018-09-23).
mktoon on Twitter: "Ding ding dig ding ding ding ding!!!!!!… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 September 26.
↑ 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. :-)… https://t.co/DH2YTCXOwO". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 September 26.
↑ 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. ↑ 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.