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.


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


  • 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





Season one

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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

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Season eight

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 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 30 Rock, "The Tuxedo Begins".
  • 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 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

  • In the credits, the ponies who beckon Smolder to join their tea party are referred to as "Stepford Ponies 1 and 2". This is a reference to the thriller novel, The Stepford Wives, which portrays an idyllic New England town where all the women are murdered and replaced by robotic perfect housewife duplicates. The story was adapted multiple times, notably in in 1975 by Bryan Forbes, and recently, in 2004 by Frank Oz.

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.
  • Autumn Blaze's "Seriously, there's only so long that Sudoku can keep you entertained!" line makes a reference to Sudoku, a logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle.
  • Autumn Blaze's "story about the Kirin who hid below an opera stage" is a reference to the novel/musical The Phantom of the Opera.
  • 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.

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.


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IDW comics

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  • 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."


  • 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.[18]


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...",[19] 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.

Tabletop RPG

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


My Little Pony (mobile game)

See also


  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.…". Retrieved on 2018 May 28.
  3. Ishi Rudell (2017-05-15). Ishi Rudell on Twitter: "Have I watched West World? Yes... yes I have 😉". 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. 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.
  14. 14.0 14.1 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.
  15. Jim Miller (2018-04-14). Big Jim on Twitter: "Yes.… ". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 April 14.
  16. 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.
  17. Nicole Dubuc (2018-05-05). Nicole Dubuc on Twitter: "Sire's Hollow - any Gilmore Girls fans out there?". Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 May 6.
  18. My Little Pony spoofs Mad Men in newsprint ad Mad Ponies (2012-01-13). Retrieved on 2012 April 19.
  19. MLP: CCG on Twitter: "Pinkie made malachite cupcakes for Spike once, but they came out all soggy... #mlpccg". Twitter (2015-08-05). Retrieved on 2018 August 19.