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 . Entries on this page must follow the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic similarity guidelines.
"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 lore.
Starlight exclaiming "We have to go back!" is a reference to the ABC mystery drama series . Lost
The title is a reference to O. Henry's 1905 short story . Pinkie Pie's trade of her party cannon is a reference to the story's plot.
The Gift of the Magi 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 . The tune they are playing is the beginning of the Big 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 , and was further popularized by Paul Clifford 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
The title is a reference to the phrase, "On your mark, get set, go!"
Three stallions in the art class all bear resemblances to famous artists:
The ponies dancing on the stage at the recital are modeled after Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey from the 1987 film .
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.
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.
 Pinkie and Featherweight's tap-dancing routine is almost similar to the one with Gene Kelly and Jerry Mouse in .
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 , complete with a similar-sounding musical score.
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 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.
The Legend of Zelda When Zephyr Breeze tries living in the woods, he starts talking to his mannequin and names it Wigford, referencing the 2000 Tom Hanks film , in which Hanks' character has an imaginary friend that he makes out of a volleyball and names Wilson.
The title is an allusion to the Spice Girls song of the same name.
Multiple ponies at the second grand reopening of the Tasty Treat strongly resemble real celebrity chefs:
The title is an allusion to the 2002 film and/or its 2007 sequel 28 Days Later .
28 Weeks Later
The episode's story also contains various story elements and tropes reminiscent of zombie films such as and Night of the Living Dead , such as:
The Return of the Living Dead
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 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."
 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 series of paintings.
Dogs Playing Poker Spike and Discord's role-playing characters Garbunkle and Captain Wuzz bear resemblances to Gandalf and Legolas respectively of the and Lord of the Rings book/film series.
Hobbit 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.
The title is a reference to the popular tourism slogan " Viva Las Vegas".
Many of the buildings in Las Pegasus resemble real-life hotels/casinos and attractions on the Vegas Strip.
Gladmane's accent and manner of speech are reminiscent of Elvis Presley.
Applejack reinforces this resemblance by announcing " Gladmane has left the building!", which was often said whenever Presley was demanded an encore by the audience.
The three posters in the lobby bears a resemblance to:
Two performers in Gladmane's employ resemble stage magicians Siegfried & Roy.
Two other background stallions at Gladmane's resort resemble Penn & Teller.
One of the games being played in Gladmane's resort arcade is .
Dance Dance Revolution The stage manager of Ponet Fantastique bears a resemblance to the Muppets character Scooter.
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
 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 .
The episode's premise is similar to the Japanese 1950 film , in which one incident is retold from several different, sometimes contradictory, perspectives.
Rashomon 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 .
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
The title is a reference to the 1986 film .
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 .
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 .
Josh Haber (2016-03-26). Lost reference! #MLPSeason6. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 March 26.
↑ 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.
↑ 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.
↑ 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.
↑ Josh Haber (2016-09-03).
Josh Haber on Twitter: "FYI - Story inspiration: Bad News Bears meets Dumbo. #mlpseason6". Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 September 3.
↑ Josh Haber (2016-09-24).
Sorcerers' Apprentice reference UNLOCKED. #mlpseason6. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 September 24. ↑ Josh Haber (2016-10-22).
Love the Wizard of Oz peep hole that happened a #halfhourago #mlpseason6. Twitter. Retrieved on 2016 October 22.