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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 sixth season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. Entries on this page must follow the similarity guidelines.

The Crystalling - Part 1

  • "Crystalling" has the same cadence as "christening," a Christian rite with outstanding similarities to the titular ceremony in principle and purpose.
  • Starlight Glimmer remarking that the Castle of Friendship looks "smaller on the outside" is a reference to the TARDIS of Doctor Who lore.

The Crystalling - Part 2

  • Starlight exclaiming "We have to go back!" is a reference to the ABC mystery drama series Lost.[1]

The Gift of the Maud Pie

  • The title is a reference to O. Henry's 1905 short story The Gift of the Magi. Pinkie Pie's trade of her party cannon is a reference to the story's plot.
  • During the sightseeing trip, the trio visits a toy store where two ponies are playing a duet on a foot-operated electronic keyboard, which is a reference to a famous scene from the 1988 movie Big. The tune they are playing is the beginning of the My Little Pony theme song.
  • The skating rink is modeled after the rink at Rockefeller Plaza.
  • Maud begins the story of how she met Boulder with the line "It was a dark and stormy night", which is attributed as originating as the first sentence of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1830 novel Paul Clifford, and was further popularized by Snoopy in his persona of "The World Famous Author" in the comic strip Peanuts.
  • In the jewelry store, Rarity is dressed as Holly Golightly from the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

On Your Marks

No Second Prances

Newbie Dash

  • When imitating Twilight, Rainbow suggests the nickname "Reading Rainboom", a reference to the 1983 literary educational children's TV series Reading Rainbow.
  • When imitating Fluttershy, Rainbow suggests the nickname "Care Mare", a reference to the Care Bears line of toys.

A Hearth's Warming Tail

  • The story A Hearth's Warming Tale is based on the Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol.
    • The characters are parodied as follows:
      • Starlight Glimmer/Snowfall Frost: Ebenezer Scrooge
      • Rainbow Dash/Snowdash: Bob Cratchit
      • Applejack: The Ghost of Christmas Past
      • Pinkie Pie: The Ghost of Christmas Present
      • Princess Luna: The Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come
    • In addition, Featherweight appears holding a crutch in reference to the character of Tiny Tim, and Octavia appears in the role of the Fiddler at Fezziwig's party.
  • During Say Goodbye to the Holiday, a little filly is seen modeled after the title character from the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Little Match Girl".
  • The duck doll seen throughout the episode has the same color scheme as Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb.
  • Snowfall Frost's teacher Professor Flintheart is modeled after Severus Snape from the Harry Potter franchise, as portrayed by the late Alan Rickman.[2]
  • Pinkie and Featherweight's tap-dancing routine is almost similar to the one with Gene Kelly and Jerry Mouse in Anchors Aweigh.

The Saddle Row Review

Applejack's "Day" Off

  • The scene in which Twilight is suspended over the pigpen and stops falling just short of the ground mimics a scene in the 1996 film Mission: Impossible, complete with a similar-sounding musical score.

Flutter Brutter

  • Zephyr Breeze tricking Spike into cleaning the throne room windows is a reference to Tom Sawyer getting a boy to paint a fence for him in the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • An Earth pony stallion in Ponyville bears a resemblance to Link from The Legend of Zelda video game series. This pony wears a green cap, has a Heart Container for a cutie mark, and appears pulling a cart of gems resembling the games' Rupee currency.
  • When Zephyr Breeze tries living in the woods, he starts talking to his mannequin and names it Wigford, referencing the 2000 Tom Hanks film Cast Away, in which Hanks' character has an imaginary friend that he makes out of a volleyball and names Wilson.

Spice Up Your Life

Stranger Than Fan Fiction

The Cart Before the Ponies

28 Pranks Later

  • The title is an allusion to the 2002 film 28 Days Later and/or its 2007 sequel 28 Weeks Later.
    • The episode's story also contains various story elements and tropes reminiscent of zombie films such as Night of the Living Dead and The Return of the Living Dead, such as:
      • Pinkie lying sick in bed as a parallel to Night's Karen Cooper
      • The zomponies craving cookies as a parallel to Return's zombies craving brains
  • The Cutie Mark Crusaders' uniforms and their cookies are references to Girl Scouts of the USA and their cookies.
  • The prank that Rainbow Dash uses on Pinkie, where she appears hanging upside down in a closet, alongside Gummy is a reference to a similar scene featuring Grandpa Munster and Igor the Bat, on the episode "Family Portrait" from the 1964 CBS television series "The Munsters".

The Times They Are A Changeling

Dungeons & Discords

  • The title is a reference to the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, which has had two in-universe counterparts—Ogres & Oubliettes and Dragons & Dragons—introduced in the IDW comics.
  • The tiny Discord's running sounds is the sound used for Fred Flintstone revving up his Flintmobile.
  • "Discord as basketball player" "was inspired by actual real sports."[4]
  • Discord's entrance music is similar to the song "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited.
  • Discord's dance club and zoot suit are a reference to the 1994 film The Mask.
  • A background Earth pony mare dancing in the club scene bears a resemblance to Betty Boop.
    • Another background Earth pony mare bears a resemblance to African-American dancer Josephine Baker aka "Chiquita Banana".
  • In one scene, Discord, Spike, and Big McIntosh recreate Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's 1904 painting "A Friend in Need", part of the Dogs Playing Poker series of paintings.
  • Spike and Discord's role-playing characters Garbunkle and Captain Wuzz bear resemblances to Gandalf and Legolas respectively of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit book/film series.
  • Big McIntosh's character Sir McBiggun wears a helmet resembling the Dragon born helmet from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • The symbol on the Squizard's amulet is the "Super S" or "Stussy", a stylized "S" commonly drawn by elementary school students.

Buckball Season

The Fault in Our Cutie Marks

Viva Las Pegasus

Every Little Thing She Does

  • The title is a reference to the 1981 Police song "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and/or the 1964 Beatles song "Every Little Thing".
  • The episode's plot shares elements with The Sorcerer's Apprentice.[6]
  • Pinkie Pie's short cake-baking song shares its lyrics (but not its melody) with the LazyTown song "Cooking By the Book".
  • Several of Applejack's lines allude to various literature and film or famous quotes:
    • "Granny Smith knew she was gonna need a bigger boat" - Jaws
    • "If you can't say anythin' nice about anypony, come sit by me!" - Alice Roosevelt Longworth
    • "She was just a pony standin' in front of another pony askin' him to love her" - Notting Hill
    • "They can take our farm, but they can't take our freedom!" - Braveheart
    • "It was the best of apples, it was the worst of apples" - A Tale of Two Cities
    • "With a whole lot of power comes a heck of a lot of responsibility" - Spider-Man
  • The photo with Big McIntosh covered in mud and hiding from a mysterious creature is an allusion to a similar scene in the 1987 science-fiction film Predator.

P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View)

  • The episode's premise is similar to the Japanese 1950 film Rashomon, in which one incident is retold from several different, sometimes contradictory, perspectives.
  • The jacket Rarity wears in Pinkie's story is similar to the one worn by Captain Stubing in the 1977 series The Love Boat.
  • Rarity's dress in Applejack's story is similar to the dress worn by the character Rose in the 1997 film Titanic.
    • Before Applejack joins Pinkie and Rarity on the ship, Rarity even recreates the film's iconic "I'm flying" scene.
    • Rarity's line before the wave hits, "Luxury cruises never sink." may also be a reference to the passengers on the Titanic, who thought the cruise was unsinkable, but were proven wrong, much like Rarity.
  • The wave that capsizes the boat in all three stories mirrors the capsizing scene of the F/V Andrea Gail in the 2000 film The Perfect Storm.
  • Applejack's line "There'll be no mutiny aboard me ship!" is a direct allusion to the line spoken by Captain Queeg in the 1954 film The Caine Mutiny.​[​specify​]​

Where the Apple Lies

Top Bolt

  • The title is a reference to the 1986 film Top Gun.
    • The line "You can be my wingpony anytime" is also a reference to a famous line from the same film.
  • Twilight's Pegasus diagram is based on da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.

To Where and Back Again - Part 1

To Where and Back Again - Part 2

  • The scene when Discord conjures up a pig and a lance, rides on it and says "For Fluttershy!" is an allusion to the battle scene when Peter Pevensie says "For Narnia!" in the 2005 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
  • The scene in which all of the changelings claim to be the real Fluttershy is reminiscent of the "I'm Spartacus!" scene from the 1960 film Spartacus.

References

  1. Josh Haber (2016-03-26). Lost reference! #MLPSeason6. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 March 26.
  2. Twitter (2016-12-25). 4) My FAVORITE character in the is the SNAPE teacher. I didn't write him to be Snape. That was ALL DHX (they make everything better). Retrieved on 2016 December 25.
  3. Josh Haber (2016-05-21). @ImperfectXIII @nickconfalone the direct address "interstitial" moments reminded us of the show Parks & Rec.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 May 21.
  4. Jim Miller (2016-08-30). The Biggest Jerk on Twitter: "@FrankieFoster2 @AndreaLibman No. That was inspired by actual real sports.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 September 2.
  5. Josh Haber (2016-09-03). Josh Haber on Twitter: "FYI - Story inspiration: Bad News Bears meets Dumbo. #mlpseason6". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 September 3.
  6. Josh Haber (2016-09-24). Sorcerers' Apprentice reference UNLOCKED. #mlpseason6. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 September 24.
  7. Josh Haber (2016-10-22). Love the Wizard of Oz peep hole that happened a #halfhourago #mlpseason6. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 October 22.

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