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 My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and My Little Pony Equestria Girls films and related media. Entries on this page must follow the similarity guidelines.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

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.

Pinkie on the One

Player Piano

A Case for the Bass

Shake your Tail!

Perfect Day for Fun

  • 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.

My Past is Not Today

  • The shot of Sunset letting her leather jacket blow away in the wind is similar to the shot of Elsa letting her cape blow away in the wind in the 2013 film Frozen.

Friendship Through the Ages

  • Each of the Main Six's attire as well as their respective backdrop represents a different music period: Twilight Sparkle in the 1950s, Fluttershy in the 1960s, Rarity in the 1970s, Rainbow Dash in the 1980s, Applejack in the 1990s, and Pinkie Pie in the 2000s.
  • The background scenery shown during Rarity's verse is reminiscent of the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine.
  • Rainbow Dash smashes her guitar at the end of her verse, which was a trademark of Pete Townshend of The Who.
  • The scene of the Rainbooms singing together on a darkened background is a reference to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" music video.
  • The scene where Sunset Shimmer is singing while on a spinning record is a reference to the opening sequence of Happy Days.

Life is a Runway

  • The title of the animated short alludes to Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway."
  • When Rarity gives Cheerilee a new look, she has pigtails tied with green flowers, like her G3.5 look.
  • Once again, Rarity does Gene Kelly's lamppost dance from Singin' in the Rain.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games

Friendship Games animated shorts

All's Fair in Love & Friendship Games

  • The title is a parody of the proverb "All is fair in love and war," which is often attributed to John Lyly's Euphues.
  • One brief scene of Lyra and Sweetie Drops facing each other before the contest mirrors the character placement and on-screen display of early arcade fighting games such as Street Fighter II.
  • When Lyra and Sweetie Drops face off, one shot is posed and staged almost identically to a shot in the 2013 anime television series Kill la Kill, during the fight sequence between Satsuki Kiryuin and Ryuko Matoi in episode 3 where the two characters are viewed in silhouette against a pure white background, with Lyra taking the place of Satsuki (the combatant leaning back) and Sweetie Drops standing in for Ryuko.
    • Additionally, two subsequent close up shots of Sweetie Drops' and Lyra's feet (respectively) when they launch at each other mirror two shots of Ryuko and Satsuki (respectively) launching themselves at one another.[5]

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree

Equestria Girls specials

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Movie Magic

  • Pinkie Pie's favorite movie, Stormy with a Side of Pudding, is a parody of the children's book and animated film adaptation Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
  • The special makes several references to the Indiana Jones film series:
    • The Daring Do nightclub outfit resembles the outfit worn by Willie Scott at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
    • During the Daring Do film sequence at the end of the special, "Crystal Lullaby" holds a small golden relic similar to the one at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    • Also during the Daring Do film sequence, two extras appear carrying a prop that resembles the Ark of the Covenant in the above film.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Mirror Magic

My Little Pony The Movie

  • Twilight's opening sound references the religious mantra Om.
  • Spike says, "Whachoo talkin' 'bout?", a reference to Gary Coleman's catchphrase on Diff'rent Strokes, "Whachoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
  • During her pitch, Twilight says, "But wait! There's more!", a common infomercial catchphrase often attributed to being created by inventor Ron Popeil, although it is more likely he popularized the phrase.
  • Songbird Serenade's bodyguards resemble Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, portrayed by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson respectively, in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction.
  • Grubber's unfolding loudspeaker makes the transforming sound effect from the Transformers franchise as it opens.
  • The banner depicting the Storm King is stylized after the classic "I Want You" poster of Uncle Sam by James Montgomery Flagg.
  • Some of the main characters' dialogue makes a gag reference to the Hasbro board game Hungry Hungry Hippos.
  • When the Storm King calls Tempest, a sound-alike version of the Apple iPhone's "Xylophone" ringtone is heard.
    • In addition, as the spell window generates the Storm King's image, it makes noises identical to those of dial-up Internet access.
  • Capper and Fluttershy reference the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz with their respective lines "Not like the queen of lions or the tigers or the bears...?" and "Oh, my!"
  • "The Girl from Ipanema" by Antonio Carlos Jobim is briefly heard in Capper's bachelor pad.
  • Capper's line "Objects in windows may be less mountainous than they appear" is a reference to the real-life automobile safety warning "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear".
  • Verko's opening line, "Here's Verko!" parodies the famous line "Here's Johnny!" from the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining, which, in turn, was a reference to Ed McMahon's catchphrase on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
  • When Spike describes the Hippogriff Kingdom as a "ghost town", Fluttershy says, "A g-g-g-g-ghost town?!", a reference to adult characters' reaction upon seeing Casper the Friendly Ghost in the Harvey Cartoon animated shorts of the same name.
  • Skystar's transformation from a seapony back into a Hippogriff is similar to Ariel's transformation from the 1989 Disney animated film The Little Mermaid.
  • A poster of the Storm King in Canterlot features the Storm King imitating the iconic pose of a woman (often mistakenly called Rosie the Riveter) in the World War II propaganda poster We Can Do It! by J. Howard Miller.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Better Together

School of Rock

  • The title is a reference to the 2003 film of the same name.

Queen of Clubs

  • In one of the yearbook photos, Applejack and several female students imitate the signature poses of the main cast of Sailor Moon, with Applejack wearing a cape and holding a rose like Tuxedo Mask.


  • When Sunset reads Twilight's mind, Twilight recreates the iconic flying bicycle scene from the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, complete with a sound-alike of John Williams' "Flying" theme.

The Finals Countdown

My Little Shop of Horrors

Display of Affection

  • Flanksy is a reference to real-life mysterious graffito Banksy.

A Little Birdie Told Me

Super Squad Goals

Unsolved Selfie Mysteries

Blue Crushed

  • The subtitle "Baewatch" is a reference to the syndicated TV series Baywatch.


My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Choose Your Own Ending

Best Trends Forever

  • In the "Choose Rainbow Dash!" ending, Rarity briefly does an imitation of Rod Serling's typical introductions to episodes of The Twilight Zone.

Fluttershy's Butterflies

  • When Fluttershy pictures the audience as Applejack, it is a reference to the 1998 film The Waterboy.​[​specify​]​

Driving Miss Shimmer

Happily Ever After Party

  • In the "Choose Rarity" ending, Rarity and Cranky Doodle's "you're out of order!" exchange is a reference to Al Pacino's famous courtroom breakdown scene in the 1979 film ...And Justice for All.
  • The music in the "Choose Rarity" ending is a parody of the theme music from the Dick Wolf-created NBC franchise Law & Order.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Forgotten Friendship

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rollercoaster of Friendship

  • The image-sharing social media platform "Snapgab" is a reference to Snapchat.
  • One of the background characters at Equestria Land resembles the G1 character Megan Williams as she appears in My Little Pony 'n Friends.
  • Rainbow Dash dabs when Rarity introduces her to Vignette Valencia.
  • Applejack's reaction to Twilight's technical talk ("Magic, got it!") is very similar to Fry's reaction to Professor Farnsworth's scientific talk in the Futurama episode "When Aliens Attack".


  1. In Topic: Equestria Girls (2013-06-19). Retrieved on 2013 June 21. Archived locally.
  2. Jayson Thiessen via Twitter (2013-07-28). Retrieved on 2013 July 31.
  5. Fanmade collage for clarification/confirmation
  6. Nick Confalone (2018-02-20). Doctor Who is TOTALLY an inspiration! If we can make Equestria Girls become 1/10 as sci-fi fantasy fun as Steven Moffat’s stories, I could die happy.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018 February 20.