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


Development

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic incorporates elements of classic fantasy, fairy tales, and mythology. Among the works mentioned by Lauren Faust as inspiration for the show are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, The Lord of the Rings, Transformers, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Faust saw the inclusion of European and Greek mythologies as obvious, since the characters, unicorns and Pegasi, themselves draw from mythology.[1]

Multiple works

Character names and designs

Other names, titles, and design

Mythology

  • Lauren Faust and Rob Renzetti encouraged the writers to infuse mythology into the series.[5]
  • The show features dragons, griffons, unicorns, and Pegasi in multiple episodes, and several other mythological creatures detailed in individual episode sections below, like manticore, windigo, Hydra, cockatrice, a minotaur, and others.

Re-use of assets

Audio

Animation

Other

  • Dr. Hooves' descriptions on Enterplay's Mayor Mare & Time Turner trading card, in Gameloft's mobile game, and for Gaia Online's promotional item of him say, to varying effect, that he keeps Ponyville's clocks in sync, sets the hourglass for cider competitions, and takes care of all things "timey-wimey."[7] The phrase "wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff" originates from the Doctor Who episode "Blink". In the season five episode Slice of Life and the Korean broadcast of the season one episode Call of the Cutie, Dr. Hooves speaks the phrase "Allons-y!", a signature saying of his live-action counterpart, the 10th Doctor.

Episodes

Season one

Main article: List of allusions/Season one

Season two

Main article: List of allusions/Season two

Season three

Main article: List of allusions/Season three

Season four

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Season five

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Season six

Main article: List of allusions/Season six

Season seven

Celestial Advice

  • Twilight mentions "Claw-achella", a reference to the Coachella music festival.
  • Starlight and Sunburst's use of a drawn circle to "materialize an object that was lost in the past", as well as the ritual's result in failure, mirror the similar plot point of the anime/manga series Fullmetal Alchemist in which lead characters Edward and Alphonse Elric use a Transmutation Circle in an attempt to resurrect their dead mother.

All Bottled Up

  • While on their Friendship Retreat the Mane Six play an "Escape Room"
  • The Jewelry Store Pony throws her hat at Trixie in a similar fashion to the James Bond villain: Oddjob from the Bond movie Goldfinger.

A Flurry of Emotions

Rock Solid Friendship

Forever Filly

  • The title is a play on the expression "forever young", which is frequently used in film, television, and music.

Parental Glideance

  • The title is a play on "parental guidance".
  • The phrase on Rainbow Dash's motivational poster alludes to the classic proverb "when the going gets tough, the tough get going".

Hard to Say Anything

  • The title is a reference to the 1989 film Say Anything..., which is also referenced at the end when Feather Bangs plays a gramophone over his head like John Cusack in the movie.
  • While playing with their disguises, the Cutie Mark Crusaders assume a group pose similar to that of Charlie's Angels.
  • The three swooning ponies sigh and swoon over Feather Bangs in a manner similar to how the "Bimbettes" do the same over Gaston in Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
  • Pictures in Sweetie Belle's book of fairy tales allude to real-life fairy tales:
  • The shot of Feather Bangs pouring cheese fondue on himself is a parody of the scene in Flashdance.
  • Scootaloo's line "The cupcake has landed!" alludes to the phrase "The Eagle has landed" spoken by Neil Armstrong when he landed on the moon in 1969.

Honest Apple

  • The title is a reference to "Honest Abe", the nickname of sixteenth U.S. president Abraham Lincoln.
  • Hoity Toity and Photo Finish argue over which of a pair of identical-looking belts goes best with Starstreak's dress design, similar to how Miranda Priestly had to choose between two identical belts for a dress in the 2006 film adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada.
  • Applejack's line "I don't think that word means what you think it means" is a reference to a near-identical line by the character Inigo Montoya in the 1987 film The Princess Bride.

A Royal Problem

  • In one of the bubbles of Celestia's dreamscape, Dr. Hooves is seen in a hedge maze avoiding a statue trying to catch him. This is a reference to the Weeping Angels from the sci-fi TV series Doctor Who.
  • In Princess Luna's nightmare, the fillies sing in creepy voices in a similar manner to the children singing in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Celestia appears in the mirror and pulls Luna into it, similar to how Freddy Krueger pulls Nancy's mom into a mirror after killing her at the end of the 2010 remake.

Not Asking for Trouble

  • Pinkie Pie's expression "You can lead a yak to water, but you better not let him know you're doing it" is a play on the real-life expression "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink".

Discordant Harmony

The Perfect Pear

  • The title is an allusion to the phrase "the perfect pair" referring to an ideally matched couple.
  • Young Granny Smith's bedtime story to her apple trees is a reference to the children's book Goodnight Moon.
  • Bright Mac and Pear Butter's love story as the son and daughter of feuding families is somewhat similar to that of Romeo and Juliet in the Shakespeare play of the same name.
  • Burnt Oak bears a resemblance to frequent Western film actor Sam Elliott.
  • Bright Mac and Pear Butter sharing a milkshake and their noses meeting in the middle is a reference to the iconic spaghetti scene in Disney's Lady and the Tramp.

Fame and Misfortune

  • The title is a play on the phrase "fame and fortune".
  • Pinkie Pie tackles Twilight in a similar fashion to Tigger bouncing Winnie-the-Pooh and other characters in Walt Disney Animation adaptations of the Winnie the Pooh franchise.

Campfire Tales

  • Each legend draws influences from different real-life cultures:
    • Rockhoof: Norse
    • Mistmane: East Asian
    • Flash Magnus: Roman
  • Sable Spirit is based on Chinese empress Dowager Cixi.​[​dubious – discuss‍​]​

To Change a Changeling

  • Trixie suggests using the "good pony/bad pony" routine on Pharynx, alluding to the "good cop/bad cop" tactic used in law enforcement interrogations.
  • Starlight's speech is patterned after that of Mel Gibson's character in the film Braveheart.

Daring Done?

  • When Pinkie, Rainbow, and A. K. Yearling travel to Somnambula, a map with a moving red line marks their journey, identical to the traveling scenes in the Indiana Jones films—the same allusion to which was made in Daring Don't.
  • Just as the legends in Campfire Tales were influenced by real-life cultures, the legend of Somnambula draws influences from Ancient Egypt, such as the ponies' clothes and makeup, the pyramids, and the sphinx.
  • Somnambula shares her name with a G1 villain, a human witch who steals youth from others.
  • The sphinx's bridge challenge for Somnambula, and Dr. Caballeron's challenge for Daring Do, bears a resemblance to the "Path of God" challenge in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

It Isn't the Mane Thing About You

A Health of Information

  • The title is a play on the expression "a wealth of information".

Marks and Recreation

Secrets and Pies

  • The title is a play on the phrase "secrets and lies".

Films

Main article: List of allusions/Films

IDW comics

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Storybooks

Main article: List of allusions/Storybooks

Advertising

Television

Billboards

  • Billboards in Los Angeles, California that promoted the show in June 2011 reference the film Bridesmaids. It shows the main cast against a brick wall in poses similar to the women in the poster of Bridesmaids, under the parody title Bridlemaids.
  • Billboards for season 2 show Pinkie Pie with her hooves pressed against a "snow screen" TV with the caption "They're baaack!" This references the 1982 supernatural horror movie Poltergeist, which has a poster where the little girl, Carol Anne Freeling, has her hands pressed against a "snow screen" TV and the tagline "They're here" and its 1986 sequel Poltergeist II: The Other Side, which has the tagline "They're back."

Newsprint

  • On January 8, 2012, a full page ad ran in the LA Times, referencing the opening to AMC's award-winning drama Mad Men. It shows Rainbow Dash in silhouette, wearing a suit, falling in front of pictures of the main cast, with the parody title, Mad Ponies.[8]

Merchandise

Trading cards

  • Series 3
    • Card #PP1 gives the Masked Matter-Horn the secret identity of Trot Summers, a student of Professor Celestia's School for Gifted Youth; these are references to Scott Summers and the X-Men franchise as a whole, respectively.
    • Card #PP2 describes Mistress Mare-velous as hailing from Alfalfis, a lost city on a hidden island where the female inhabitants are all born with super strength; this is a combined reference to the DC Comics' locations of Atlantis and Themiscyra.
    • Card #PP3 identifies Radiance as a former pilot named Green Gardener who received her power bracelets from an alien hero; this is an homage to the Green Lantern mythos of DC Comics, with her name specifically referring to Guy Gardner while her origin resembles that of Hal Jordan.
    • Card #PP4 identifies Fili-Second as Marey Allen, a detective who acquired her super-speed after an accident involving lightning and a chemical plant; these are a parody of Barry Allen's origin story as the Flash.
    • Card #PP5 details Saddle Rager's backstory: as scientist Spruce Spanner, she was exposed to radiation as a result of an experiment gone wrong, a nod to Bruce Banner's origin story.
    • Card #PP6 reveals that Zapp is in reality a princess named Aurora who traveled from her distant homeland in disguise to prove herself worthy of becoming queen; this is a nod to the concept of Marvel Comics' Thor.

Collectible card game

  • Premiere
    • Card α #21 R of Gala Appleby has the quote "Sweet Apple Acres is the place for me... Keep Manehattan, just give me that countryside!", a reference to the theme song for Green Acres.
    • Card α #59 R of Rare Find has the quote "Never tell me the odds", a line spoken by Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.
    • Card α #136 C, Foal Free Press, has the Diamond Tiara quote "I want pictures! Pictures of ponies!", a reference to an internet meme commonly attributed to the Spider-Man character J. Jonah Jameson.
  • Canterlot Nights
    • Card #16 R of Pipsqueak has the quote "I wanted a real Red Rider sword for my birthday, but mum said I'd put my eye out", a reference to the 1983 film A Christmas Story.
    • Card #41 C of Purple Waters has the quote "... and when DJ PON-3 starts spinning different tunes, I'll see the Dark Mare of the moon", a possible reference to Pink Floyd's song "Brain Damage". In fact, Purple Waters' cards contains various references to the former bassist/vocalist of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters. Their names are alike, and Purple has made an album called 'The Fence', parodying the Pink Floyd album 'The Wall'.
    • Cards #102 R, Critter Stampede, and #141 C, Joe's Doughnut Shop, have the Cheese Sandwich quotes "Hey. You've got weasels on your face." and "You got any bear claws?", references to "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Albuquerque".
  • The Crystal Games
    • Card #27 C of Sheriff Silverstar has the quote "I AM the law!", a possible reference to comic book character Judge Dredd.
    • Card #59 U of Top Marks has the quote "He just kept talking in one long, unbroken sentence, moving from topic to topic. It was really quite hypnotic...", paraphrased from a Captain Picard quote in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Timescape".
  • Absolute Discord
    • Card #27 U of Princess Luna has the song lyric "Princess Luna, bring me a dream! Make him the cutest that I've ever seen!", a reference to the Chordettes song "Mr. Sandman".
  • Equestrian Odysseys
    • The name of card #135 R, Rolling Tones, is a play on the band The Rolling Stones.
    • The name of card #138 U, Special Beam Cannon, is the name of a technique used by Piccolo in the anime/manga franchise Dragon Ball.
  • High Magic
    • Card #44 U of Dance Fever has the song lyric "Disco filly, coming through! That filly is you! Ooh ooh! Ooh ooh!", a reference to the Disney Channel original series Gravity Falls and the fictional song "Disco Girl".
  • Marks in Time
    • Card #24 R of Discord mentions "an evil interdimensional triangle wearing a tophat", specifically alluding to the Gravity Falls character Bill Cipher.
    • Card #70 U, Unplanned Guests, Very Animated, has the quote "Oh, it looks like Heero and Duo couldn't make it. They must be busy tonight...", a reference to Heero Yuy and Duo Maxwell of the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.
    • Card #87 C, Repulsor Blast, has the quote "All of Princess Celestia's unicorn soldiers are trained in this defensive technique, along with the offensive spell Uni-beam." Repulsor Blast and Unibeam are two techniques used by Iron Man in the Marvel vs. Capcom game series.
    • Card #93 U, Time Warp, has the quote "Let's NOT do the time warp again, Twilight", referencing the song "Time Warp" from the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show.

See also

References

  1. Lauren Faust panel - Equestria LA 2012 (2012-11-05). Retrieved on 2012 November 6.
  2. Ishi Rudell (2017-05-15). Ishi Rudell on Twitter: "Have I watched West World? Yes... yes I have 😉 https://t.co/59xcwVaoH5". Twitter. Retrieved on 2017 May 15.
  3. Lauren Faust panel, Equestria LA 2012 (2012-11-05). Retrieved on 2012 November 6.
  4. M.A. Larson confirming the reference to Las Vegas (2012-05-24). Retrieved on 2012 May 24. Archived locally.
  5. M. A. Larson discussing mythology in Friendship is Magic (2012-05-02). Retrieved on 2012 July 28.
  6. Jayson Thiessen on Twitter (2012-12-01). Retrieved on 2013 January 23.
  7. MLP: Time Turner Companion. Gaia Online. Retrieved on 2013 December 7.
  8. My Little Pony spoofs Mad Men in newsprint ad Mad Ponies (2012-01-13). Retrieved on 2012 April 19.