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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 IDW comic series of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. Entries on this page must follow the similarity guidelines.
- Scootaloo's attire on the first two pages bear a resemblance to Indiana Jones.
- Page 3 of the comic features numerous references to previous MLP generations and pop culture:
- A background pony on page 6 resembles actor Donald Sutherland, making a gesture identical to one made by Sutherland's character in the 1978 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
- Book titles seen in Twilight's library on page 7 include "To Serve Ponies" (a reference to the 1950 science fiction short story "To Serve Man" and the 1962 Twilight Zone episode of the same name), "How I Did It" (a reference to 1974's Young Frankenstein), and "Incident at Santa Mira" (another reference to Body Snatchers).
- Rainbow Dash's cry of "It's clobbering time!" is the catchphrase of Marvel Comics' The Thing.
- The scene where Pinkie Pie teaches the characters how to act like changelings is a reference to a scene in Shaun of the Dead.
- Rainbow Dash telling Fluttershy to be "nice until it's time not to be nice" is a reference to Road House.
- The Secretariat Comet is named for renowned real-life racehorse Secretariat.
- A gray background pony on page 17 resembles an Observer from the science fiction TV series Fringe.
- When the group stands in front of the entrance to the cave, the names under the two gargoyles are "Ziggy" and "Stardust", a reference to the stage name used by British rock musician David Bowie.
- In the chamber where the troll is, on the shelf is an Optimus Prime toy from the Transformers series.
- The scene in which the troll picks up one of the rock ponies made by Pinkie and Rarity and calls it "George" is a commonly used allusion to the character Lennie in John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men.
- Queen Chrysalis's chambers are an allusion to the Wicked Witch of the West's from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
- Also, the panel that Queen Chrysalis send out the changelings mirrors the scene where the Wicked Witch of the West sends out the flying monkeys.
- This issue contains references to the song "Diamond Dogs" by David Bowie, such as a sign on page 10 reading "sashay on the boardwalk, scurry to the ditch." Another sign references Bowie's song "Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)": "Red like jungle burning bright." The mine's exit reads "Never look back, walk tall, act fine", lyrics from "Golden Years."
- The "thwip" sound effect used by the spiders' web mirrors that of Marvel Comics' Spider-Man.
- Landmarks on the map at the end of the issue include the Swamps of New Horseleans, an allusion to real-life city New Orleans, and Rocinante Cliffs, a reference to Don Quixote's horse.
- Fluttershy's line, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" is a line from Spock in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
- The "bamf" sound effect produced by Twilight's teleporting is the same as that of Marvel Comics' Nightcrawler.
- Rarity's line, "Why did it have to be snakes?!" is nearly a direct quotation of Indiana Jones's famous line.
- Chrysalis says "The filly-ship is broken", a reference to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
- The interior of Queen Chrysalis' castle as soon as Twilight and her friends enter resembles M. C. Escher's Relativity.
- There are numerous references in the doors that the ponies open in the changelings' castle:
- The clown that Fluttershy finds behind her door is a reference to Pennywise from the 1990 Stephen King mini-series It.
- The twins that Rainbow Dash finds behind her door are a reference to The Shining.
- The pony that Applejack finds behind her door is a reference to Mola Ram, the main villain from the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
- The pony that Rarity finds behind her door is a reference to The Phantom of the Opera.
- The pony in the cellar that Pinkie finds is a reference to Henrietta from Evil Dead II.
- The riddle "How is a Pegasus like a writing desk?" mirrors a riddle that the Hatter asks Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. ("Why is a raven like a writing desk?")
- Princess Celestia mentions a giant marshmallow pony attacking Manehattan; this is a reference to Gozer's final form from the movie Ghostbusters.
- Scootaloo's impression of Queen Chrysalis ("I'mma getchoo, Twilight! And your little pony friends too!") mirrors a line spoken by the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.
- The logo on the coffee cup Spike holds bears a strong resemblance to the Starbucks logo.
- A Pegasus resembling Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon and a unicorn resembling Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter can be seen in a panel on page 2.
- A panel on page 9 features a pony named Maybelle, who bears a strong resemblance to Mabel Pines from the Disney Channel original series Gravity Falls.
- On page 18, Spike cradles a blanket and sucks his thumb in a manner identical to Linus van Pelt from Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts comic strip.
- Twilight's line "That's one small step for ponies, one giant leap for ponykind!" is a reference to the famous words Neil Armstrong spoke when he set foot on the moon in 1969.
- Pinkie's line "In space, no one can hear you squee!" is a reference to the tagline for Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror film, Alien.
- Two Dr. Hooves appear standing next to each other in the last panel on page 3, one with a messy mane commonly associated with "Ten", the other with a swoopy mane, a fez, and a bow-tie characteristic of "Eleven".
- It is notable that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, which features both Ten and Eleven working together, debuted on the same day as the Friendship is Magic season 4 premiere.
- On page 7, Pinkie Pie refers to her friends as "pegasisters", referencing the name for female fans of the series.
- Similar to issue 7, two Dr. Hooves appear standing next to each other in the same panel on page 10; one is "Ten," and the one next to him with a curly mane and tail and a very long scarf is "Four."
- Granny Smith's pose on page 11 resembles the "Crane Stance" demonstrated by Ralph Macchio's character in The Karate Kid. Furthermore, Big McIntosh's exclamation of "By the mane of Miyagi!" is a reference to Pat Morita's character Keisuke Miyagi from the same film.
- A green pony with a dark blue scarf who looks like Sherlock Holmes (as played by Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock) appears on page 16.
- Ponies resembling Rei Hino/Sailor Mars, Minako Aino/Sailor Venus, and Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury appear throughout the issue.
- The title of the arc is a play on the title of the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
- Big McIntosh's toolbox on page 1 bears a Binford logo, a reference to Binford Tools in Home Improvement.
- The empty box of nails has the words "For want of a nail" this is a reference to the poem of the same name.
- On page 3, there is a pony with a Green Lantern Corps logo for a cutie mark.
- The red wagon labeled "Rodeo Flyer" that The Cakes are using is an allusion to the popular Radio Flyer wagon.
- There are multiple references on page 8:
- Dr. Hooves' line "This watch is me!" is a quote from the Doctor Who episode Human Nature.
- In the second panel, the cabbage cart is a nod to the cabbage merchant from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Two foals in the right part of the second panel are dressed up as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Michelangelo with orange headband and nunchucks, and Donatello with purple headband and Bo staff.
- Page 9 features a kiosk called "Bluth's Frozen Banana", a reference to Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand in Arrested Development.
- Page 10 features a dotted line travel map similar to those seen in The Family Circus.
- The medical station at the top right of page 10 is from M*A*S*H
- There is also a giant Joker playing card referencing Batman.
- Page 12's banner "Can you read my mind?" references Superman.
- The newspaper titled "The Derby Planet" featured in Fleetfoot's dream sequence alludes to The Daily Planet from the DC universe.
- Page 13 features an allusion to Peanuts, specifically, Lucy's 5-cent "psychiatric help" stand (changed to 5 bits and Advice, respectively), with Diamond Tiara standing in for Lucy.
- Moreover, page 14 shows a kite in a tree behind Diamond Tiara's stand, a reference to Peanuts Kite-Eating Tree.
- A sign on page 16 reads "Plasmids and Vigors", a reference to the BioShock series of video games.
- Page 16 features DJ Pon-3 singing lyrics to a song based on Drive My Car by The Beatles.
- On page 17, Princess Luna's shirt bears a symbol resembling a Star Trek Starfleet badge.
- On page 17, the scoreboard in panel 3 names the teams as "Hawkeye's Yellow Blackbirds" and "BJ's Pink Elephants", a reference to an episode of the 70's sitcom M*A*S*H.
- In one panel on page 18, Princess Luna's shirt bears the classic Batman logo.
- One of the trophies on page 18 resembles the Stanley Cup.
- There are multiple references to a series of My Little Pony n' Friends episodes entitled The End of Flutter Valley, such as:
- Rainbow Dash mentioning a Sun Stone to Wild Fire
- Pinkie Pie talking about how giant bees showed up
- Rarity mentioning being stuck in a giant beehive
- On the last page of this story, Hay's Hardware is a reference to Midwestern hardware store chain Ace Hardware with a similar font.
- Page 2 panel 3 has dolls of Totoro from Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro.
- Page 5 features a scene taken from the Star Trek episode The Return of the Archons.
- Pages 5 and 9 continue the previous issue's references to The End of Flutter Valley:
- Fluttershy mentioning a big spider
- Twilight Sparkle mentioning the Sun Stone again
- On page 6, the Dodge Junction float features the playing card hand known as The Dead Man's Hand.
- Page 8 features Sapphire Shores and backup dancers singing lyrics to a song based on Car Wash by Rose Royce.
- On page 14, Vinyl Scratch plays a record by a band called "Candle Light Orchestra", a play on Electric Light Orchestra. The logo on the record also bears a resemblance to the band's logo.
- Splash art on page 15 makes a number of references to James Bond and James Bond films:
- Page 16 panel 3, Mac says that Cheerilee is "Lugnut's father's sister's cousin's former roommate" a reference to the movie Spaceballs in which Darkhelmet says a very similar line, even the words "Former roommate" at the end.
- On page 17, Pinkie Pie says "Just for a minute let's all do the bump!", a reference to MC Hammer's U Can't Touch This.
- On page 21, Lugnut is clearly meant to be an homage to James Gandolfini, as confirmed by the address on the signboard in panel 4.
- A cassette tape on the cover page references Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."
- The title of the arc is a play on both name and story of the film Say Anything...
- 8-bit's cutie mark is of an alien from the classic arcade game Space Invaders.
- Page 3 has a poster that says "Go Dragons! Ruin Rydell", referencing the 1978 film Grease.
- Page 3 also features a cutie mark resembling the emblem of The Flash.
- On page 4, Lemony Gems' word balloon in panel 4 obscures a poster that references M*A*S*H.
- Several posters on page 6 allude to various science fiction and fantasy films:
- The Canterlot Academy pep rally is held in the Zacherle Stadium, a reference to Bonnie Zacherle, the original creator of My Little Pony.
- Page 8 has a Swan float with banner that says "Sponsored by Leeman Furniture", referencing the 1999 film Drop Dead Gorgeous .
- The Tabletop RPG that Shining and his friends are playing "Oubliettes and Ogres." is an allusion to "Dungeons and Dragons."
- Page 12 features Shining Armor singing lyrics to a song similar to Oingo Boingo's Little Girls.
- On the same page, 8-bit is seen wearing a Devo hat.
- Shining Armor is dressed in a manner similar to Adam Ant.
- Poindexter is dressed in a manner similar to Boy George.
- Poindexter is seen wearing buttons bearing the phrases "Where's the Beef?" and "Save Ferris", referencing the 1984 Wendy's slogan and the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off respectively.
- Poindexter is seen also playing a cowbell,a reference to Saturday Night Live Sketch "More Cowbell."
- Poindexter's synthesizer has the label: "The Mystic Knights of the Electric Stable" referencing Oingo Boingo 's original name: "The Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo" as well as having a sticker saying "Who Care What Frankie Say?", referencing the band Frankie Goes To Hollywood 's famous T-Shirt slogan: "Frankie Say Relax Don't Do It!
- A number of the gadgets and products that Shining Armor and his friends use to try and sabotage Buck Withers bear the Acme logo.
- In the top right corner of page 17, there is a banner that says "M*A*S*H the Manticores." The word MASH is written in a fashion that references the television show of the same name.
- The subtitle for neigh anything Part 2, "presentable in periwinkle", is a play on the title of the 1986 film Pretty in Pink.
- On page 8, Princess Cadance is holding an album called "Magenta Rain" by a band called Prance and the Revolution, a play on Purple Rain by Prince and The Revolution.
- An album on page 9 bears the name Bruce Springsteed, a clear reference to singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen.
- On page 10 are posters of The New Foal Titans, an allusion to DC Comics' Teen Titans, and the Wylld Stallyns, a reference to the fictional band in the Bill & Ted films.
- On page 11, 8-bit mentions a game called "Hocuspocus: The Get-Together", a play on Magic: The Gathering.
- On page 18, Shining Armor mentions Gaffer's replica bat'leth sword. A bat'leth is a traditional Klingon bladed weapon in the Star Trek franchise.
- Also on the page, Gaffer and 8-Bit are shown planning a prank on Buck Withers. The prank involved a bucket but they decide not to do it because it was "Too messy." This is a reference to the moment in the Stephen King novel Carrie when a bucket of blood is dropped on the prom queen.
- On page 21, Gaffer's line "Why haven't I leaped, Al?" is a reference to the science-fiction series Quantum Leap. The page also features a pony bearing a resemblance to Quantum Leap character Al Calavicci.
- In the short post-comic section PTV by Katie Cook, there are an additional ten musician and song references:
- 10: "Bits for Nothing" ("Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits)
- 9: "Everypony Wants to Rule the World" ("Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears)
- 8: "Pony in the Mirror" ("Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson)
- 7: "Hoofloose" ("Footloose" by Kenny Loggins)
- 6: "Safety Prance" ("The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats)
- 5: "Let's Get Tangible" by Olivia Newton Jump ("Physical" by Olivia Newton-John)
- 4: "Crop It" by Derby ("Whip It" by Devo)
- 3: "Tack on Me" by A-halter ("Take on Me" by A-ha)
- 2: "When Birds Cry" by Prance ("When Doves Cry" by Prince)
- 1: "Never Gonna' Give Up You" by Rein Astley ("Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley)
- It should also be noted that the 1992 TV series My Little Pony Tales also featured a television station called PTV.
- The Gallopinghost islands is a verbal parody of The Galápagos Islands.
- Hoofbeard frequently says "Savvy?", a catchphrase made famous by Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
- Page 10 features ponies that bear a resemblance to Monkey D. Luffy, "Black Leg" Sanji, and Roronoa Zoro of the One Piece manga.
- Rainbow Dash calls her "crew" The Four Ponies of the Apocalypse.
- On page 14, Rainbow Dash cries out "Hey, yoou guuuys!" as she swings from a chandelier, a reference to the 1985 film The Goonies.
- On page 18, Hoofbeard mentions "Wavy Bones' Locker", which alludes to Davy Jones' Locker.
- After Twilight Sparkle zaps a pirate, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie say, "Ha! Don't make her angry!" "You wouldn't like her when she's angry!" This is a quote often said in The Incredible Hulk comics.
- The Goast Crab's hoard on page 2 contains many items with real-life counterparts:
- On page 3, Twilight says "D'oh!" a la Homer Simpson.
- In the Robin Hood-like book, Rarity takes on a role similar to Rapunzel. On page 21, Rainbow Dash calls her "Ms. Lost Princess", a reference to Tangled, the Disney adaptation of the Rapunzel fairy tale.
- On page 6, Rarity briefly sings the Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin song "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves."
- On page 8, Rarity's line "Khaki, why'd it have to be khaki?" is a play on a famous line by Indiana Jones.
- Page 22 features various ponies that resemble characters and villains of literature and cinema:
- Tarzan of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes
- Sweeney Todd
- Robin Hood
- Smaug of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
- Gandalf of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
- Lord Voldemort of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter
- Marvel Comics' Loki
- Katniss Everdeen of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games
- The fantasy story Pinkie creates shares several parallels with The Lord of the Rings, such as the story's title "One Worm To Fool Them All", Pinkie being dressed similarly to Gandalf, Rainbow Dash being dressed similarly to Frodo Baggins, and Mt. Worm.
- Rainbow Dash's comment of 'we're not using the zed word' is a reference to British 2004 horror comedy Shaun of the Dead.
- The sci-fi story Rainbow Dash creates shares parallels with Star Trek, including Rarity's similar appearance to Nyota Uhura and Twilight's similar appearance to a Vulcan.
- Rarity's name in her mystery story, Helga Bugart, alludes to Humphrey Bogart and his noir detective films such as The Maltese Falcon.
- Kaa from The Jungle Book, Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons from Game of Thrones, the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia, and a dog bearing a resemblance to Snoopy from Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts appear on panel 1 of page 8.
- On page 1, the Observer pony says "Twilight Sparkle... there is more than one of everything." This alludes to the first season finale of Fringe which had a similar plot (a portal to a parallel universe).
- On page 8, the helmet display case marked "Helm of Neigh-bu" alludes to an identical helmet worn by DC Comics' Doctor Fate, whose helmet was obtained by the ancient Egyptian wizard Nabu.
- On page 10, there is a dismantled golden handgun in a display case. This item is a reference to Francisco Scaramanga's signature weapon from the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun.
- Page 16 contains two references to famous novels:
- On page 19, Rainbow Dash is reading a book that appears to be Bram Stoker's Dracula. The quote on the page she's on reads "Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring!"
- Throughout the issue, Princess Luna and Spike are seen playing various Hasbro-owned board games or variants thereof:
- On page 11, text on a wall inside a jail cell reads "It wasn't me! It was the one-armed pony!", a reference to 1993's The Fugitive.
- Also written on the wall is "Brooks was here. So was Red.", a quote from The Shawshank Redemption.
- On page 15, a book on a shelf in Star Swirl the Bearded's library is labeled "Cortexaphan Studies", alluding to the fictional drug in Fringe called Cortexiphan.
- The crown Evil Celestia is wearing resembles the horns of Maleficent.
- One of Pinkie Pie's nicknames for evil Celestia is "Fauxlestia", similar to Fringe's alternate universe counterpart of Olivia Dunham, "Fauxlivia."
- The caption at the bottom of page 22 -- "Though Nothing Will Keep Up Together, We Could Steal Time, Just For One Day" -- are lyrics to David Bowie's song "'Heroes'."
- A piece of paper on page 3 reads "Don't blink", a reference to the Doctor Who episode "Blink."
- The custom in the alternate King Sombra's world to write wishes on slips of paper and tie them to trees mirrors the same custom practiced during the Japanese festival of Tanabata.
- Slips of paper on pages 10-12 read lyrics to The Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror."
- King Sombra's advice to Twilight, "Whatever kind of pony you are, be a good one", is a reference to a famous quote by Abraham Lincoln.
- On page 11, pony versions of Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop, Walter Bishop, "Fauxlivia", and "Walternate" from the TV series Fringe appear.
- Slips of paper on page 22 read lyrics to The Supremes' "Reflections."
- On cover RE, several items in the store reference various media:
- A comic book cover resembling the Lone Ranger
- A comic book cover resembling the Hulk
- A "Wonder Pony" comic book (referencing Wonder Woman)
- An "Aqua Pony" comic book (Aquaman)
- A "Batpony" comic book (Batman)
- A "Superpony" comic book (Superman)
- An "Adventure Pony" comic book (Adventure Time)
- A comic book cover resembling Spider-Man
- An Iron Man helmet
- A tabletop game called Dragons & Dragons (a reference to the similarly named Dungeons & Dragons)
- A Dalek
- The name of Carneighie Hall is a play on the real-life concert hall Carnegie Hall.
- The name of the Ostlerheimer Diamond is a play on the Oppenheimer Diamond.
- Clyde Giddyap's name is a reference to the real director of Carnegie Hall Clive Gillinson.
- The combination to Clyde Giddyap's safe is 4-14-84, referencing the premiere date of the My Little Pony TV special Rescue at Midnight Castle (April 14, 1984).
- The Phantom Variant cover is a parody of the first issue of The Incredible Hulk.
- On the Fan Expo exclusive cover, the Mane 6 cosplay as various characters in fiction:
- On the first page, the name of the newspaper is Equestria Daily, a shout-out to the unofficial blog of the same name.
- The name of the Forehoof Pendant is a play on the Forsbrook Pendant.
- A pony version of Anna from the Disney movie Frozen appears on page 10.
- Pony versions of various Peanuts characters appear on page 16: Charlie Brown, Sally Brown, Linus van Pelt, Peppermint Patty, and Lucy van Pelt.
- The issue's cover RE is a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.
- The issue's Hot Topic cover parodies the theatrical release poster for the 1989 film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
- On page 5, Discord changes outfits in a sequence similar to that seen in Sailor Moon.
- The issue makes several references to Doctor Who:
- Discord wearing a fez throughout most of the issue
- Discord mentioning that his time machine is smaller on the inside on page 8
- Dr. Hooves' presence on page 9
- Cyber-ponies on page 16
- The civilization of Anugypt shares various cultural aspects with Ancient Egypt.
- The underwater city of Coltlantis is similar to the fictional city of Atlantis.
The Good, the Bad and the Ponies
- The issue's Phantom Variant cover is a reference to the cover of DC Comics Showcase #4 featuring the Flash.
- Summer Mane mentions a "silly series with the vampire pony", in reference to the Twilight series of books by Stephenie Meyer.
- This issue makes numerous references to well-known authors, books, and book series:
- "Of Ponies and Prejudice" (Of Mice and Men and Pride and Prejudice)
- "The Horseback of Notre Dame" (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)
- Jade Singer's "Canter in the Sky" (J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye)
- "How to Train Your Baby Dragon" (How to Train Your Dragon)
- "Marble Universe" (Marvel Universe)
- "I Have No Snout Yet I Must Whinny" (I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream)
- The song Twilight sings on page 11 has lyrics similar to Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe.
- Summer Mane puts on a record labeled "The Boogie Woogie Pony Boy of Stable C", a reference to The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.
- The Lipizzaner model of typewriter shares its name with a breed of horse.
- The bookstore that sells Jade Singer's new book in the end, "Barns and No Bell", is a reference to the bookstore chain Barnes & Noble.
- Summer mane says to Twilight, "You got spunk, kid. I hate spunk!" A reference to what Ed Asner said to Mary Tyler Moore in the pilot of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
- The speech at the bottom of page 4 is a reference to Roy Batty's final words in the film Blade Runner, famously known as the "tears in rain soliloquy."
- The line "What fools these ponies be" mirrors a line from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- Mule Tzu's "The Start of War" is a reference to Sun Tzu's The Art of War.
- Rainbow Dash's line "Hey! Take your stinking claws off me, you darn dirty gremlin!" is a reference to the film Planet of the Apes.
- The line "The goggles, they do nothing!" is a reference to The Simpsons.
- On pages 21 and 22, Applejack's zap apple cart reads "Rainbowie's Apple Odyssey", a reference to David Bowie's "Space Oddity". The cart's depiction of Rainbow Dash with a lightning bolt-shaped tattoo on her face mirrors the cover art of Bowie's album Aladdin Sane.
- Rarity's fashion show is held at the "Kazumi Theater", a reference to Kazumi Evans, who provides Rarity's singing voice.
- Page 2, Panel 2's "after party" scenes contain a number of 80's references:
- The two ponies at the bar surrounding Fluttershy bear a resemblance to the Festrunk brothers, a recurring sketch comedy duo from Saturday Night Live.
- The two leftmost ponies playing a card game against Katie Cook's ponysona are BJ and Hawkeye from M*A*S*H.
- The burly pony in the lower left of the scene screaming "Gator!" is based on John Belushi's character Bluto from Animal House (complete with togas for Pinkie Pie and Octavia).
- A poster in the barn Rarity stays in reads "Celestia Superstar", a reference to Jesus Christ Superstar.
- On page 15, the two rightmost ponies in panel 3 are based on the characters Venus Flytrap and Dr. Johnny Fever from WKRP in Cincinnati.
- On page 20, pony versions of an Observer from Fringe and Tara Strong can be seen.
- One of the pony hippies on page 7 resembles cult leader Charles Manson.
- Prior to Pinkie Pie bursting into the library on page 1, there are vibrations in Twilight's glasses of water, a reference to a scene in 1993's Jurassic Park.
- Pinkie Pie mentions winning her tickets to see Ponyacci from a contest held by Colta-Cola, a reference to the soft drink Coca-Cola.
- The issue features a clown pony named Ponyacci, a reference to the Italian opera Pagliacci.
- One of Ponyacci's students near the end of the issue is named Trollo Lollo, a reference to Eduard Khil's rendition of I Am Glad, 'Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home (or, as it's more popularly known, the "Trololo song").
- The name of the Sass Squash is play on that of the fabled sasquatch, or Bigfoot.
- Apple Bloom's line, "Magnets! How do they work?" is a reference to the Insane Clown Posse song Miracles.
- One of Applejack's lines, "Waitin' is the hardest part!", is a reference to the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song The Waiting.
- Among the toys Sweetie Belle suggests as a possible transformation for Imp are Octi from The Powerpuff Girls, a doll of Ponyacci from Micro-Series Issue #5, and the ursa minor doll from Micro-Series Issue #5's cover B.
- The outfit Apple Bloom models on page 14 features parts of Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot's heads, as well as the dog-bone satellite, from Mystery Science Theater 3000. Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle's lines are also from MST3K.
- The two-page flea market panel features a number of cameos from other shows and serials, including:
- A number of unicorns featured in the issue bear resemblances to characters of the Harry Potter series:
- A unicorn resembling chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay appears on pages 1, 6, and 9.
- A trio of colts resembling Disney triplets Huey, Dewey and Louie appear on page 4.
- On page 9, panel 3, the red-maned pony with a baseball bat cutie mark resembles Gosalyn Mallard from Darkwing Duck. The stallion accompanying her is wearing a pink shirt and green sweater -- the casual attire of Drake Mallard, her father.
- During Princess Celestia's flashback (on page 10), there is a white-haired green stallion with an hourglass cutie mark whose design resembles that of the first Doctor from the series Doctor Who.
- A number of ponies featured in the issue also bear resemblances to characters of the Sailor Moon manga:
- During Celestia's flashback we see a number of G1 Ponies, including" Gusty, Firefly, Baby Firefly, Baby Glory and Baby Surprise
- The colt on page 14 with a magnifying glass cutie mark is Tintin.
- In a flashback on page 18, Inkwell turns herself into a pony version of Napoleon Dynamite.
- Princess Celestia's assistant Raven (with her writing desk cutie mark) is a reference to the riddle the Mad Hatter asks in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ("Why is a raven like a writing desk?").
- The bushy-haired, mustachioed pony calling the meeting to order resembles the main character from TV show Welcome Back, Kotter.
- On page 1, Twilight Sparkle calls Owlowiscious' pose "Karate Colt", a reference to The Karate Kid.
- The Sea Beasts advertisement on the back of Spike's comic book mirrors the similar pop culture presence of Sea-Monkeys.
- The Daniel Keyes story Flowers for Algernon appears on page 18.
- Po-Neigh Decart and his quote, "I think, therefore, I yam what I yam", are a reference to René Descartes and his famous quote.
- "Two bees? Or not two bees? That is the question..." is a play on a famous line in William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
- Spike dresses like Thomas Jefferson when he says, "All ponies are created equal."
- Page 4 shows two royal guards passing each other named Sam and Ralph. This is a reference to Warner Bros.' Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog series of cartoon shorts.
- On page 17, the pink Crystal Pony has the Star Trek Starfleet operations division insignia as a cutie mark.
- Page 18 features the Magnum, P.I. pony from Friendship is Magic Issue #1.
- Below the Magnum P.I. pony and to the left of DJ Pon-3, there is a pony with glasses, a red and white striped sweater and hat, and the letter "W" as a cutie mark. This pony and the entire panel is a reference to the Where's Waldo? children's books and activities.
- Directly behind Magnum is a frazzled pony with a taxicab-styled cart the resembles "Reverend" Jim Ignatowski from the TV series Taxi.
- On page 19, the side of a trailer reads "Faust's Traveling Circus."
- Another trailer with a shark tank reads "Bruce the Shark" while showing an image of a Great White Shark. Both the name and type of shark shown reference a character from Finding Nemo.
- At the end of page 21, Princess Luna, Apple Bloom, and Luna's pet opossum Tiberius are talking behind a brick wall. This panel closely mimics an activity commonly seen in Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strips.
- In Katie Cook's mini-comic that follows Issue #10 titled "Luna Gets a Pet", Fluttershy says "My Spidey Sense is tingling..." This is a quote often said in the Spider-Man comics.
- On page 9, in response to Applejack asking her "You thinkin' what I'M thinkin'?", Pinkie Pie replies, "I think so, brain!", a common response said by Pinky in Pinky and the Brain when he's asked the same question.
- On page 6, Discord mentions snozberries, a reference to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
- Page 17 features the Cutie Mark Crusaders in a parody of Star Trek: The Next Generation, with Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, and Apple Bloom dressed as Jean-Luc Picard, William T. Riker, and Geordi La Forge respectively. Discord (wearing "post-atomic horror" judges robes from "Encounter at Farpoint") even says "Hmmm... This one seems familiar," alluding to Discord's voice actor John de Lancie's role as Q on The Next Generation.
- Page 19 features the Crusaders in a Power Rangers parody, complete with the Crusaders piloting a Megazord and fighting a monster that is portrayed by Gummy.
- Page 20 references Lord of the Rings, with Starswirl as Gandalf.
- Page 1 features a character named Duke Silversaddle, a reference to the similarly named fan-made character "Prince Silversaddle" in TV Land's Hot in Cleveland.
- On page 12, Spike says "You could have turned the bars into steam, or the walls into snowflakes or teleported both of us back to Canterlot." This is almost word for word from the scene in Watchmen when The Comedian is attacked by the Vietnamese woman with the bottle.
- A pony in a bowler hat on page 2 references Monty Python's Flying Circus: he walks silly and has a dead parrot for a cutie mark.
- Several pony versions of characters of Mystery Science Theater 3000 appear in the issue: TV's Frank and Pearl Forrester on page 2 and Dr. Clayton Forrester on page 3.
- Two ponies on page 3 resemble Mario and Luigi of Nintendo's Super Mario series of video games.
- One of Princess Celestia's comedy routines involves smashing watermelons with a giant mallet, a known staple of comedian Gallagher.
- On page 19, Princess Luna interrupts Celestia, saying "I'm sorry to do this and I'll let you finish...", a reference to Kanye West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
- The issue's title, "Reins, Trains and Carts with Wheels", is a play on the title of the 1987 film Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
- On page 10, Applejack wears a flight cap bearing the United Airlines slogan "Fly the Friendly Skies."
- Mount Monument is a reference to Mount Rushmore.
- Coltifornia is a play on California.
- On page 17, pony versions of the Marx Brothers appear in Applewood.
- On page 20, Applejack and Rarity visit Whinnyland, an Equestria version of Disneyland, which features a number of rides and attractions based on those at Disneyland.
- Wilhelm Wombat is a reference to Mickey Mouse
- Elmer Eagle is a reference to Donald Duck
- New Horseleans Square is a reference to New Orleans Square
- The Haunted stable is a reference to the Haunted Mansion
- The City Bear Disco is a reference to the Country Bear Jamboree
- Rainforest Yacht Club is a reference to the Jungle River Cruise
- Pirates of the Carriagebean is a reference to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride
- Coltifornia Adventure is a reference to California Adventure
- The "Dancin' Across Equestria" photo montage is a reference to the similar Dancin' Across the U. S. A. photo montage and song from the 1983 film National Lampoon's Vacation.
- On the 3rd panel of page 5, four ponies are wearing costumes identical to the costumes worn in the Fruit of the Loom commercials.
- A pony version of musician Saul Hudson, better known as Slash, appears on page 7.
- Marian is based on the identically named Marian from the 1962 film The Music Man.
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- The mirror that Celestia shows Sunset Shimmer is similar to the Mirror of Erised from Harry Potter.
- Book titles on page 5 make a number of references to the TV series Fringe:
- Other book titles on the same page make reference to various TV series, movies, and comic book serials:
- In the final panel of the comic, the flyer by Sunset Shimmer's foot tells students to bring submissions to 'Megan, Danny or Molly', the main human characters of the classic My Little Pony television series.
- On the page where Applejack is trying on various outfits, one of the outfits is the Yellow & Black striped jumpsuit made famous by Game of Death and Kill Bill.
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- The cover appears to be based off of the bottom panel on page 24 in Batman #686.
- The first panel is modeled after the introduction of every episode of The Powerpuff Girls, "The city of Townsville..."
- Pharaoh Phetlock is based on Victor Buono's depiction of King Tut from 1966's Batman television series.
- A ponified Commissioner James Gordon appears on page 6.
- Long-Face is, according to Ted Anderson, a cross between DC Comics' Two-Face and the Scarecrow.
- Maretropolis' Mayor Blossom is named after Blossom of the Powerpuff Girls.
- The name of Balkham Asylum is a play on DC Comics' Arkham Asylum.
- Hum Drum calling his friends jerks on page 27 is a reference to Uncanny X-Men issue #168 in which Kitty Pryde declares "Professor X is a jerk!"
- On page 31, the Mane-iac mentions a city called Trotham, a play on DC Comics' Gotham.
- The television show that the Power Ponies watch on page 40, "My Little Donkey," is a parody of the My Little Pony franchise.
- The comic concludes with the narration "Same pony time, same pony channel," a reference to the Batman television series' closing episode narration.
- ↑ andypriceart (2012-10-13). MLP:FIM Page 3 issue 1. deviantArt. Retrieved on 2012 December 11.
- ↑ "My Little Pony" Writer Katie Cook Declares "Friendship is Magic" (2012-11-28). Retrieved on 2013 March 27.
- ↑ Andy Price via Twitter (2013-03-06). Retrieved on 2013 June 4.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Fan made compilation of the panels and Wikipedia summary. Derpibooru (2013-07-20). Retrieved on 2013 August 5.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Ted Anderson (2013-07-04). Annotations for My Little Pony: Micro-series issue 5 (Pinkie Pie). The Ted Anderson Repository. Retrieved on 2013 July 24.