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 fourth season of . Entries on this page must follow the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic similarity guidelines.
The gas-spewing vines that attack Princess Twilight bear a resemblance to the facehugger parasitoids from the film series.
The end of the cold open is a play on the cartoon cliché of having birds or stars circle around a character's head when they receive a blow to the head.
The author of the book series is named A.K. Yearling. This is a reference to the author of the Daring Do book series, Harry Potter J.K. Rowling.
A.K. Yearling's name is also a reference to a yearling, a male or female horse between one and two years of age.
A.K. Yearling's name could also be a reference to Yearling Books, an American company that reprints classic works of literature.
The traveling sequence with the red line being drawn across the map is a variant on similar sequences in all four of the Indiana Jones films.
Including Ahuizotl, the episode makes a number of references to Aztec history and mythology, such as Tenochtitlan and Quetzalcoatl.
On the cover of the book that Rainbow Dash receives in the mail, she is depicted as wearing a faded baseball cap similar to the one Short Round wears in .
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Dr. Caballeron's henchponies' Cutie Marks are an allusion to comic book actions.
The title is an allusion to Saban's franchise. Power Rangers [ ] citation needed
[ dubious – discuss] The Mane-iac's origin is a reference to the Joker's origin in Tim Burton's 1989 movie.
Batman Maretropolis is an allusion to the city of Metropolis from DC Comics.
Each of the Power Ponies and their abilities were inspired by various Marvel and DC Comics characters:
Twilight Sparkle/Masked Matter-Horn: Cyclops
Applejack/Mistress Mare-velous: Batman/Wonder Woman
Pinkie Pie/Fili-Second: The Flash/Quicksilver
Rarity/Radiance: Star Sapphire/Green Lantern
Rainbow Dash/Zapp: Thor/Storm
Fluttershy/Saddle Rager: The Hulk
Spike/Hum Drum: Burt Ward's portrayal of Robin
Spike says, "Holy new personas, ponies!" like Burt Ward's role as Robin in the 1960s live-action TV series. In addition, the color scheme of Spike's superhero costume is similar to that of Robin's.
Batman Fili-Second's name is derived from the word " millisecond".
Though it is embellished with a lightning bolt, the pink trail of light left behind by Fili-Second strongly resembles the trails of colored light produced by the Light Cycles in the TRON films, particularly noticeable in the distant camera shots where it can be seen changing directions at only right angles.
[ dubious – discuss] How the Mane-iac walks with her long mane and the manner in which she uses it as appendages is based on that of Doctor Octopus (aka Otto Octavius) from the Spiderman comics.
The Mane-iac's powers resemble those of Sedusa from .
The Powerpuff Girls Mistress Mare-velous using the lasso on the tornado is an allusion to Pecos Bill.
Spike's "Once again, the day is saved!" is an allusion to what the narrator ends each episode with in .
The Powerpuff Girls
The title is a reference to the 1981 musical . Cats
 Rainbow Dash's cry of "Won't somepony please think of the cider!" is a parody of the common phrase, " Won't somebody ".
please think of the children! The ponies' use of "pony signals" imitates that of the Batman comics' own Bat-Signal.
At one point, Pinkie wears apples on her head like Brazilian performer Carmen Miranda in the 1943 film .
The Gang's All Here The scene of the bat licking the apples off of Rarity's hazmat suit is a parody of a scene from . Alien
[ specify] The episode's song and imagery therein bear a strong resemblance to " This Is Halloween" from .
The Nightmare Before Christmas
In addition, the clouds at 12:29 are similar in design to the cliff on which Jack Skellington stands on in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The idea of stopping bats from eating apples, the results of an "apple-test" on a bat, and Fluttershy turning into a vampire-pony hybrid are allusions to the 2005 film, .
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Twilight's diagram grid is done in the style of and its sequel, Tron .
Tron: Legacy Rainbow's "She's coming!" is in a similar pitch to that of . Alvin and the Chipmunks
[ specify] In the end, Pinkie does an impersonation of Bela Lugosi's interpretation of , even though he never said, "I vant to drink your blood" anytime during the film.
Manehattan's Fashion Week is based on the real life bi-annual New York Fashion Week event where designers showcase their works.
"Bridleway" is wordplay on Broadway.
A bridge in Manehattan is modelled after either the Brooklyn Bridge or the Manhattan Bridge.
[ specify] One of the buildings in Manehattan is modeled after the Chrysler Building.
In the Manehattan equivalent of Times Square, there is a billboard with two pony eyes with pony silhouettes in them, like the logo for the Broadway musical There is also a juice box above it that is a take on the Cats. Coca-Cola logo.
As with the bag in Sweet and Elite and Sleepless in Ponyville, the two horseshoes on Rarity's bag that Spike is carrying bears similarity to the Chanel logo.
There are four ponies present in the background that are modeled after characters from the television series, , including Mad Men Don Draper, Joan Holloway, Peggy Olson, and Roger Sterling, and the statue (first seen in The Cutie Mark Chronicles) resembles that of the Statue of Liberty.
One of the ponies has a cutie mark of Tardar Sauce a.k.a. Grumpy Cat. The pony even does her famous frown.
Rarity swings on a lamppost like Gene Kelly does in .
Singin' in the Rain Hinny of the Hills is a parody of .
The Maid of the Mountains Coco Pommel's character name is a play on fashion and makeup icon Coco Chanel.
According to Dave Polsky, the Registration Pony is based on the character of Grace from the 1986 film . Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Apple Bloom does her own version of the Twilightlicious meme; itself a parody of Fergie's song Fergalicious.
Before Apples to the Core starts, the clanging of the pans and the clattering of the cart resembles the beginning to The Open Road song in the 1983 Cosgrove Hall film adaptation of .
The Wind in the Willows During the song "Apples to the Core", Pinkie Pie says the lyrics "Swim, not sink" and throws a kitchen sink that she found from the cart. This is a reference to the common phrase, "everything but the kitchen sink", meaning that someone packed too much stuff.
Pinkie Pie pounces on Applejack in the same fashion Tigger pounces on Pooh in the series.
Winnie the Pooh The four photos taken on the waterfall are in the style of photos seen at Splash Mountain in the Disney Parks.
At 17:04, when Pinkie pounces Applejack, a faceless gray character in a suit and red tie resembling the Slender Man can be seen hiding behind the bushes in the background for a split second.
The pony giving Spitfire a massage is a caricature of Burgess Meredith's character, Mickey Goldmill, from the movie franchise.
Rocky The Wonderbolts' training music is patterned after "Gonna Fly Now", the theme song from the original 1976 film.
The title is a part of the proverb 'two is company, three's a crowd', meaning that a third person spoils the ideal combination of a couple.
Pinkie chasing a red balloon is a reference to the 1956 French film . Le Ballon rouge
[ specify] When Rainbow Dash asks what flew towards them and crashed into a nearby tree, Discord responds, "Not a what, but a who.", a quote taken from the Dr. Seuss book .
Horton Hears a Who
Discord's thinking tree also resembles trees from Dr. Seuss' works as well.
The Star Swirl costume that Twilight wore in Luna Eclipsed is reused for the Star Swirl the Bearded traveling museum.
During the Glass of Water song:
Discord, Twilight and Cadance are standing before a castle dressed in black robes and ties and Twilight's wearing glasses, a reference to the series.
Harry Potter When Discord asks for lozenges, he is standing in front of a hilly background while a pony in lederhosen plays the sousaphone, a parody of the Ricola ads.
The shot of Discord looking out a window wishing on a wishing star is a parody of a scene in Disney's version of .
Pinocchio The shot of Discord holding a magic lamp is a reference to the 1992 Disney film .
The line he sings during both of these aforementioned scenes, "I wish I may, I wish I might", is a reference to the nursery rhyme Star Light, Star Bright.
Discord holds up a glass of water victoriously against a black background like Luke Skywalker holding up his lightsaber in the theatrical poster for the 1977 film, .
Star Wars The shot of Discord pouring water on himself is a parody of the scene in .
Flashdance When Discord is giving directions, he dresses like author Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson and his fictional counterpart Raoul Duke.
Discord's chariot resembles Xerxes's throne from the movie 300.
Discord slides offscreen and reappears in sunglasses, a button down shirt, underpants and white socks like Tom Cruise does in .
Risky Business The Tatzlwurm bears a striking resemblance to the graboids from the series.
The name of "Weird Al" Yankovic's character is " Cheese Sandwich". Cheese is a recurring motif in many of Weird Al's songs. The character incorporates many attributes of Weird Al's work and his persona:
He has a similar mane-style.
His cutie mark is a grilled cheese sandwich shaped like an accordion, Weird Al's signature instrument.
The Super Duper Party Pony and The Goof Off are done in the style of polka, which also include random sound effects in the background, like a slide-whistle, and the W.A.Y. Moby Polka melodies in the middle of the song. Weird Al is known for combining various parts of modern songs into polkas featured on his studio albums.
The colt version of Cheese has a "Jew 'fro" and large glasses, and an alternate version of Cheese in a police lineup has a technicolor shirt and mustache, much like Al did before he got laser eye surgery.
Cheese Sandwich is initially dressed like the Man with No Name from Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy. He mimics Clint Eastwood's manner of speech, and he is even accompanied by an Ennio Morricone-esque harmonica score.
Pinkie finishes off the episode by saying "I never did catch that pony's name" as Cheese Sandwich trots off into the sunset, further cementing the comparison.
The song Pinkie the Party Planner resembles the song "Belle" from the 1991 animated film in that it features the protagonist singing about what she enjoys while the townsfolk sing about the protagonist.
Beauty and the Beast The song Pinkie's Lament was based on Don't Cry for Me Argentina from the 1978 musical .
Evita At first, Pinkie suggests holding the goof-off at , but after seeing that it is already 3:00, she suggests High Noon , both references to classic western films.
3:10 to Goof-Off The Goof Off song shares some elements with:
Cheese Sandwich says, "This cheese has stood alone a long time." This is a reference to a lyric from the nursery rhyme " The Farmer in the Dell".
Pink's " Raise Your Glass" was the inspiration for the song Make a Wish.
The ending of the tango music heard under "Apple Jewel"'s first entrance is taken from the Uruguayan tango " La cumparsita".
The title is a play on the controversial German R&B band Milli Vanilli.
The episode's storyline also shares some parallel with the band's infamous lip-syncing scandal.
Fluttershy singing to the animals closely references to Briar Rose singing from Disney's .
Sleeping Beauty Zipporwhill's name is a play on the nightjar bird, the Eastern whip-poor-will.
 Applejack saying "For corn's sake", a line originally written for Fall Weather Friends, is a reference to the character Fred Mertz from the 1951 sitcom .
I Love Lucy
She also says to Big Mac, "You've got some 'splainin' to do", a line attributed to, but never actually said by, Ricky Ricardo from the same show.
Pinkie climbing up the wall to Fluttershy is an allusion to the Marvel superhero, Spider-Man.
The reveal of Fluttershy singing behind the curtain is similar to the ending of the 1952 film .
Singin' in the Rain
Maud Pie's name is a play on mud pie, a popular dessert that originated in the southern U.S state of Mississippi.
Maud is said to be working on her "rocktorate in rock science", a play on the doctorate degree awarded by universities.
Rainbow Dash's line describing Maud—"a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an igneous"—is a reference to the British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill's 1939 statement about Russia's initial role in World War II—"a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma".
Pinkie does her own ponified version of "A Friend in Need", part of the " Dogs Playing Poker" series by C.M. Coolidge, during her amusement park montage.
The coloring that Pinkie Pie makes is resemblant of what the character Tyrone "TD" Kennelly does from the PBS Kids show . Martha Speaks
[ dubious – discuss] The obstacle course Pinkie Pie sets up is reminiscent of the classic Nickelodeon children's game show s stunt challenges. Double Dare'
[ dubious – discuss] Maud's spiked helmet resembles the German Pickelhaube.
The title is a reference to a line in the John Donne work, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, published in 1624. It was later the title for the Ernest Hemingway novel .
For Whom the Bell Tolls Sweetie Belle's line "Ooh, dresses, dresses, dresses, dresses!" is delivered in a similar cadence to Jan Brady's famous catchphrase on The Brady Bunch, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
[ dubious – discuss] The scene in which Princess Luna transports Sweetie Belle to the past, present, and future is a reference to the 1843 Charles Dickens novella, .
A Christmas Carol Rarity says, "What in the wide, wide realm of Equestria" similar to the line "What in the wide, wide world of sports?" from the 1974 satirical western film .
The title is a common phrase used by musicians to test the volume levels of a microphone.
Twilight mentions Princess Celestia's favorite flight pattern as being the "Icaranian Sun Salutation," a reference to the mythological story of Icarus, who fashioned his own makeshift wings and fell to his death after flying too close to the sun.
During the rap song " The rappin' Hist'ry of the Wonderbolts," Pinkie wears an alarm clock on a chain, a reference to Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav, who often wears a huge clock on a chain during performances. She also wears a hat similar to the ones worn by the members of the American hip hop trio Run–D.M.C.. Furthermore, it is reminiscent of '80s hip-hop, or early '90s rap, music videos.
One of the shots of the rap is a reference to the 1992 anti-piracy PSA " Don't Copy That Floppy".
Also during the sequence, the headphones that DJ Pon-3 is using are very similar that her human counterpart uses in .
Equestria Girls The founder of The Wonderbolts is named General Firefly alluding to the show's creator Lauren Faust's DeviantArt screen name and Twitter username "Fyre Flye" and, by extension, the  G1 Pegasus pony of the same name.
 Rainbow Dash's consideration of learning to shine shoes, sell hats, and dig ditches is a reference to the 1952 musical film .
Singin' in the Rain During the flight over Ponyville, Filthy Rich is seen buying apples from Big McIntosh with a briefcase with unseen glowing contents, referencing the mysterious briefcase from Quentin Tarantino's 1994 black comedy crime film Pulp Fiction.
Two ponies in the background of Applejack and Rarity's first scene bear a resemblance to Robert and Rosalind Lutece from the video game . BioShock Infinite
 The pony who runs the antique chicken booth has a voice similar to that of American comedian and actor Paul Lynde.
The scene in which Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy attempt to cross a thoroughfare crowded with lines of ponies is a reference to the 1981 arcade game . Frogger
The scene in which Spike finds the magical spell book is reminiscent of the scene in Disney's 1992 animated film in which the title character finds the magic lamp.
Aladdin Rarity saying "I'm so excited!" and Spike replying with "I'm so scared!" is a reference to the character Jesse Spano from the NBC sitcom . Saved by the Bell
 Claude the puppeteer pony's voice is modeled after the American comedian W.C. Fields.
When Spike decides to follow the golden road that Rarity created to find her, it resembles the famous "Yellow Brick Road" from The Wizard of Oz.
The episode title and titular event allude to the Olympic Games.
When Spike sees the crystal statue in his likeness, he does an imitation of Barbra Streisand in the film/musical saying, "Hello, gawgeous."
Funny Girl Twilight says, "Equestria, we have a problem", a reference to the famous, and often misquoted, dispatch from NASA's Apollo 13 space mission, "Houston, we've had a problem."
Tirek is named after, and based on, the Generation 1 villain of the same name.
Scorpan betraying Tirek mirrors the climax of the Generation 1 TV pilot, Rescue at Midnight Castle.
Discord makes his entrance dressed as Julie Andrews' famous portrayal of Mary Poppins in the 1964 film of the same name.
Discord's army uniform, accompanied by the flag of Equestria behind him, is reminiscent of George C. Scott's portrayal of George S. Patton in the 1970 biographical war film .
Furthermore, Discord's use of a corncob pipe and a pair of sunglasses in his military display alludes to the trademark appearance of General Douglas MacArthur.
Discord takes off on Blythe Baxter's electric scooter from .
Littlest Pet Shop When Pinkie Pie confronts Discord about how he knows what Twilight is feeling, he says a line from William Shakespeare's : "woe is me."
Hamlet Rare Find walking down a deserted alleyway carrying oranges, only for him to become Tirek's first victim, is a "sly" reference to the 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film , in which oranges are associated with death and misfortune.
The Godfather Discord's appearance when capturing the Earth ponies with a fishing rod is slightly similar to the character Quint in .
Discord says he got Twilight's friends "...and her little dragon, too!". This is yet another reference to the "...and your little dog, too!" line from the 1939 film .
The Wizard of Oz Tirek's defeat mirrors that of his Generation 1 version in the TV pilot, Rescue at Midnight Castle.
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