My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (sometimes abbreviated MLP:FiM) is an animated television series adapted for television by Lauren Faust, based on the Hasbro toy franchise. Sometimes referred to as the "Fourth Generation" My Little Pony[1], the show is considered much better produced than any of the earlier television series and has proven to be popular among a large cross-section of viewers, including but not limited to furry fans[2]. It has become the subject of a large volume of fanfiction, fan art, and websites.

The first episode aired on The Hub on October 10, 2010 as one of the channel's flagship shows. Season 2 premiered on September 17, 2011. Season 3 premiered on November 10, 2012.


The show follows the character of Twilight Sparkle, a unicorn and star pupil of Princess Celestia after displaying an unusual talent for magic at a young age. When Twilight becomes preoccupied with her studies and paranoid about the impending return of the evil Nightmare Moon, the princess sends her and her assistant Spike to Ponyville to make some friends.

Twilight and her friends come to represent the Elements of Harmony, an extreme magical force that is used to defeat Nightmare Moon. Following Nightmare Moon's defeat, Twilight is told to stay in Ponyville and send reports to Celestia about the magic of friendship. As of the season two episode "Lesson Zero", all of the main characters are tasked with reporting to Princess Celestia when, and only when, they learn a valuable lesson in friendship.

The show follows the slice-of-life genre, with intermittent "adventure" episodes, with each episode usually revolving around a problem and it being solved through an application of friendship, tolerance, or other attribute that makes up the "moral" of the story. Episodes usually end with a letter to Princess Celestia, detailing how the preceding events have bettered the characters.



Main cast[edit]

  • Twilight Sparkle, a violet unicorn pony who is extremely studious but lacks many social skills. She runs Ponyville's library and represents the Element of Magic.
  • Applejack, a golden orange earth pony who is a hard-working country girl and owner of the Sweet Apple Acres farm. She represents the Element of Honesty.
  • Rainbow Dash, a blue pegasus pony with a rainbow-striped mane and tail, who is athletic, tomboyish, and a very talented flyer. She represents the Element of Loyalty.
  • Pinkie Pie, a pink earth pony who is incessantly cheerful and loves to throw parties. She frequently breaks the fourth wall and represents the Element of Laughter.
  • Fluttershy, a yellow pegasus pony who is very timid and soft-spoken with a talent for working with animals. She represents the Element of Kindness.
  • Rarity, a white unicorn pony with a purple mane and tail, who is very proper and has a talent for fashion, running her own dressmaking business. She represents the Element of Generosity.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Spike, a baby dragon, Twilight's assistant and sidekick.
  • Princess Celestia, an alicorn pony, the ruler of Equestria, controller of the sun and Twilight's teacher.
  • Princess Luna, Celestia's sister, the ruler of the night. She was formerly banished to the moon for 1000 years when her jealousy manifested itself into Nightmare Moon.
  • Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo, three fillies collectively known as The Cutie Mark Crusaders.
  • The Apple Family, a large family of ponies including Applejack, Apple Bloom, their brother Big Macintosh, and their grandmother Granny Smith, along with numerous others.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cake, a couple who operate the bakery where Pinkie Pie lives, and later give birth to twins Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake.
  • Zecora, a zebra who lives in the nearby Everfree Forest and always speaks in rhyme.
  • Ms. Cheerilee, the local school teacher.
  • Various school age children including the mischievous colts Snips and Snails, and fillies Twist, Diamond Tiara, and Silver Spoon.
  • Shining Armor, Twilight's brother and leader of the Royal Guard. He is married to Princess Cadance, Celestia's niece.
  • Derpy Hooves, a background character who became a fan favorite. Later added as an Easter egg and given a speaking role as a canon character.


My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has found a strong following among adults and older teens, despite the target audience being young girls. It has been well received for cleverly embedded double-entendre humor, original yet classical plot, pop cultural references, and modern visuals.

A male fan of the show is known as a "brony," a portmanteau of the words "bro" and "pony"[2][3]. Some female fans prefer to be known as "pegasisters", a portmanteau of "pegasus" and "sister"[4].

The creators of the show have reciprocated the feelings of the fandom, referencing bronies in the Equestria Girls promo and even marketing directly to the adult demographic[5]. Probably the most significant call out came in the canonisation of the character Derpy Hooves, whose name and personality was collectively created by the fandom. Other fan names have become canon outside of the TV show such as the name Lyra being adopted in the toy line.[6] Derpy - along with other fan favourites Doctor Whooves, Octavia, Carrot Top, Berry Punch, Colgate, Vinyl Scratch/DJ Pon-3, Lyra and Bon-Bon - appeared on the poster distributed at Comic Con 2011.

The brony fandom has seen significant cross contamination with the furry fandom, as the show heavily features anthropomorphic animals of various species. The brony fandom similarly features a large creative output of art, writing, costuming, animation and music along with websites dedicated to showcasing them. Gatherings similar to furmeets and conventions have also become commonplace around the world. Many bronies will also make ponysonas, similar to the fursonas of furry fandom.

The brony fandom has another parallel with the furry fandom in its fandom-specific terms (akin to the furspeech of the furry fandom); words include "anypony" (anybody), "fillies and gentlecolts" (ladies and gentlemen), and "brohoof" (bro-fist), while "clop" is a fan-derived term akin to yiff for similar use[7].


My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic won the Ursa Major Award for Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short or Series in 2011, 2012, and 2013.


  1. G4 Friendship is Magic Ponies
  2. 2.0 2.1 See Reception section of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" article at Wikipedia
  3. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic at Know Your Meme: Fans outside the show's demographic, especially teen and adult male fans, have come to be known as "bronies"
  4. Pegasister on Urban Dictionary
  5. MADMAN DVD Dubbed "The Brony Box" at Equestria Daily
  6. Lyra Heartstrings on Friendship is Magic Wiki
  7. "Epic Fail Guy is a Brony", "RandomMan" et. al. Wingboner / Clopping. Know Your Meme.

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