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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

  • All the designs of the leading characters, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Spike are inspired by characters from G1 named: Twilight, Applejack, Firefly, Sparkler, Posey, Surprise, and Spike, respectively.
  • Applejack's name is the name of an alcoholic beverage, and the derisive nickname "Apple Teeny" that Spike gives her in Bridle Gossip is pronounced the same as "appletini", the name of another alcoholic beverage.
  • Applejack usually has her mane and tail tied with one red ribbon each, and her Rainbow Power appearance bears not red but green ribbons. In real horse shows, a ribbon of one of four colors may meaningfully be tied to a horse's tail, a red ribbon meaning the horse is a kicker, and a green one that it is unpredictable.​[​dubious – discuss‍​]​
  • Big McIntosh, Granny Smith, Braeburn, and several of the Apple family members' names are of apple cultivars. Other members' names are of culinary dishes made with apples.
  • Big McIntosh's design is inspired by the G1 Big Brother Ponies.
  • The royal guards wear crested helmets which are reminiscent of Roman galea.
  • Snips and Snails, two colts, are a reference to the nursery rhyme "What Are Little Boys Made Of?".
  • Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor's mother Twilight Velvet is inspired and designed after G1 Twilight.
  • Derpy is named for her eyes being off-center, resembling a meme which afterward became a word.
  • Dr. Hooves is named after Doctor Who, and though his resemblance to the 10th Doctor (portrayed by David Tennant) was at first only coincidental, he has been depicted similarly in various official material. In some material he wears a green or red necktie and/or the 10th Doctor's outfit.

Other names, titles, and design

Mythology

  • Lauren Faust and Rob Renzetti encouraged the writers to infuse mythology into the series.[4]
  • The show features dragons, griffons, unicorns, and Pegasi in multiple episodes, and several other mythological creatures detailed in individual episode sections below, like manticore, Hydra, cockatrice, a minotaur, and others.

Re-use of assets

Audio

Animation

Other

  • Dr. Hooves' descriptions on Enterplay's Mayor Mare & Time Turner trading card, in Gameloft's mobile game, and for Gaia Online's promotional item of him say, to varying effect, that he keeps Ponyville's clocks in sync, sets the hourglass for cider competitions, and takes care of all things "timey-wimey".[6] The phrase "wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff" originates from the Doctor Who episode Blink. In the Korean broadcast of the season one episode Call of the Cutie, Dr. Hooves speaks the phrase "Allons-y!", a signature saying of his live-action counterpart, the 10th Doctor.

Episodes

Season one

Main article: List of allusions/Season one

Season two

Main article: List of allusions/Season two

Season three

Main article: List of allusions/Season three

Season four

Main article: List of allusions/Season four

Films

My Little Pony Equestria Girls

  • The transforming sound effect from Transformers is used when Pinkie Pie uncurls from being a ball at the start of the film.[7]
  • There is a slight plot reference to the 1985 film Back to the Future.​[​specify​]​
  • When Twilight Sparkle and Spike see the person walking his dog after Twilight first arrived in the other world, the dog is drawn in the same style as the 2010 version of Pound Puppies.
  • The beginning of This Strange World is similar to "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.
  • Fluttershy describes all the different student cliques to Twilight while they're in the cafeteria, referencing a scene from Mean Girls.
  • The skull that one of the drama students in the cafeteria is holding is a reference to the character Yorick from William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
  • Sunset Shimmer comments to Twilight Sparkle about Spike, "and your little dog, too", referencing The Wizard of Oz.
  • In the part where the Cutie Mark Crusaders are looking at their music video, there is a brown cat wearing a bow in the related videos that bears a striking resemblance to Fluffy from Pound Puppies. Also, the website that the Crusaders are surfing resembles the video-sharing website YouTube.
  • During Twilight and Rainbow's one-on-one soccer match, the music is similar to "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley.
  • The beginning of Equestria Girls (Cafeteria Song) is similar to "We Will Rock You" by Queen.
  • During Time to Come Together, when Twilight tosses brooms to the rest of the main cast, Fluttershy flinches and lets the broom hit her instead. This is a reference to a scene from Arrested Development.[8]
  • In the first Fall Formal dance scene, Sweetie Belle dances similarly to Tsukasa Hiiragi in the opening sequence of Lucky Star.[9]
  • When the spell is lifted from the Canterlot High School students, removing them from Sunset Shimmer's mind control, the beam travels through them all like the power of the Ark of the Covenant did to the German soldiers in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • In the final dance of the film, near Trixie, a male student is doing PSY's signature "invisible horse dance" from Gangnam Style.[10]
  • Scootaloo does the Chicken Dance. This is a reference to the episode Stare Master, where she is called a chicken by Apple Bloom.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

  • The Mane 6's facial makeup displaying their cutie marks resembles the band Kiss's facial makeup.
  • DJ Pon-3's locker contains a poster with a picture of a speaker with the words "It's just my bass cannon!" surrounding it, a reference to the popular MLP fan-animation by Alligator Tub Productions called "Epic Wub Time: Musicians of Ponyville."[11]
  • The Dazzlings were inspired by the sirens from Greek mythology.

Rainbow Rocks animated shorts

Music to My Ears

Guitar Centered

Hamstocalypse Now

  • The title is a play on the title of the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now.
  • Fluttershy leading the hamsters into the habitat is an allusion to the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
  • Rarity names one of the hamsters Emilia Furhart, a reference to famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart, who mysteriously disappeared in 1937, along with her navigator, whilst attempting a circumnavigational flight of the globe.

Pinkie on the One

  • Pinkie's drumming style is reminiscent to that of Animal from the Muppets.

Player Piano

A Case for the Bass

  • The banana suit Applejack wears at the end is an allusion to the internet meme, "Peanut Butter Jelly Time".
  • The record albums on display are Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Velvet Underground's self-titled album and Wilco's "AM".
  • Also on display is the poster for the film Jaws.

Shake your Tail!

  • Granny Smith, "Naomi", and another girl do Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" dance.

Perfect Day for Fun

  • When Fluttershy hits the Discord plushie with a hammer, a straw hat similar to that of Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece can be seen in the background.
  • In a photo showing Twilight, Pinkie Pie and Rarity having fun on the carousel, Pinkie Pie is shown riding a carousel horse version of herself.

IDW comics

Main article: List of allusions/IDW comics

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 movie Poltergeist, which has a poster where the little girl, Carol Anne Freeling, has her hands on a "snow screen" TV and the tagline "They're here.", and its 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 the AMC television show Mad Men. It shows Rainbow Dash, wearing a suit, falling in front of pictures of the main cast, with the parody title, Mad Ponies.[12]

Merchandise

Chapter books

Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell

  • Chapter 1 makes mention of a place called San Franciscolt, a play on San Francisco, California.
  • Two books in Twilight's library are titled "The Princess Bridle", a reference to The Princess Bride, and "Purple Reign", a reference to the song Purple Rain.
  • A line by Pinkie Pie in chapter 6 mentions "Sparkle's Six", a reference to Ocean's Eleven. Or this could be a reference to the title characters referred to as the "Mane 6".
  • Rarity mentions a place called Mythica, Neigh York, a play on Ithaca, New York.
  • There are two allusions to the brony fandom: Twilight Sparkle calls Cadance her "pegasister-in-law", and Cadance says that her destiny was to lead other ponies with "True Love and Tolerance".​[​dubious – discuss‍​]​

Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party!

Equestria Girls: Through the Mirror

  • Pinkie Pie makes mention of "Canterlot Idol", a reference to reality television series American Idol.

Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare

  • A landmark in the new Daring Do book is called Mount Vehoovius, a play on Mount Vesuvius.
  • Applejack mentions a place called South Amareica, a clear play on South America.

Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity

  • Chapter 1 makes mention of a place called Neigh Mexicolt, a play on the U.S. state of New Mexico.
  • Rarity imagines herself as a fairytale character named Raponyzel, a play on Rapunzel.
  • In chapter 5, Charity mentions having studied abroad in Mare-is, Prance, a play on Paris, France.
  • In chapter 7, Charity mentions buying a sun hat from Neighcy's, a play on the Macy's outlet of department stores.

Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo

  • Rarity mentions PegasUs Weekly, a reference to the magazine Us Weekly.
  • Two of the apples trees are named after people who work on the show. Steffan is named after orchestrator Steffan Andrews and Big Jim is named after director "Big" Jim Miller.
  • Pinkie Pie sings a ditty to the tune of "I've Been Workin' on the Railroad".
  • Rainbow Dash mentions a Pegasus named "Darwing" after talking about "Survival of the Leafiest", a reference to scientist Charles Darwin and his studies on survival of the fittest.
  • Pinkie Pie mentions a writer of one of Twilight's books named Cart Bacon, whose name is a reference to Carl Sagan.

Daring Do and the Marked Thief of Marapore

Collectible card game

  • A couple of cards that have "Cheese Sandwich" quotes are actually lyrics from "Weird Al's" song, "Albuquerque", specifically, "Hey...you've got weasels on your face." and "Do you have any bear claws?"

The Journal of the Two Sisters

- Granny Smith's entry begins, "Four cores and seven seeds ago...", a play on the famous opening words of the Gettysburg Address.

See also

References

  1. Lauren Faust panel - Equestria LA 2012 (2012-11-05). Retrieved on 2012 November 6.
  2. Lauren Faust panel, Equestria LA 2012 (2012-11-05). Retrieved on 2012 November 6.
  3. M.A. Larson confirming the reference to Las Vegas (2012-05-24). Retrieved on 2012 May 24. Archived locally.
  4. M. A. Larson discussing mythology in Friendship is Magic (2012-05-02). Retrieved on 2012 July 28.
  5. Jayson Thiessen on Twitter (2012-12-01). Retrieved on 2013 January 23.
  6. MLP: Time Turner Companion. Gaia Online. Retrieved on 2013 December 7.
  7. In Topic: Equestria Girls (2013-06-19). Retrieved on 2013 June 21. Archived locally.
  8. Jayson Thiessen via Twitter (2013-07-28). Retrieved on 2013 July 31.
  9. https://derpiboo.ru/385521
  10. https://derpiboo.ru/357296
  11. Ishi Rudell (2014-04-09). "This the revised design...". Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 April 9.
  12. My Little Pony spoofs Mad Men in newsprint ad Mad Ponies (2012-01-13). Retrieved on 2012 April 19.

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