A crude timeline with almost everything that occurred or is occurring in the Brony subculture
When Twilight Sparkle learns of the evil Nightmare Moon's return, Princess Celestia sends her to Ponyville to check on the decorations for the Summer Sun Celebration. There she meets Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Applejack for the first time. At the celebration, Nightmare Moon, a.k.a. "The Mare in the Moon" has decreed that Night shall last forever, and Princess Celestia shall not return.
After Nightmare Moon's decree of eternal night, Twilight Sparkle, with the addition of her new friends, sets out to find the Elements of Harmony in order to defeat Nightmare Moon. Twilight learns that the Elements of Harmony are none other than herself and her new friends, who represent Honesty, Laughter, Kindness, Generosity, Loyalty, and Magic. After defeating Nightmare Moon, Princess Celestia appears and forgives her little sister Princess Luna, for turning against her and becoming Nightmare Moon.
Princess Celestia sends Twilight Sparkle two tickets for the upcoming exclusive Grand Galloping Gala. Each of Twilight's new friends, on learning of the tickets, insist they should be the one to go with Twilight, and start giving her special treatment to earn her favor. Unwilling to pick any one friend over another, she politely returns the tickets to the Princess. To everyone's surprise, the Princess replies by sending back enough tickets for Twilight and her friends as well as Spike.
Applebucking season is upon Sweet Apple Acres, but with Big Macintosh injured, the task of harvesting falls onto Applejack, who insists she can do it herself and refuses the help of Twilight and her friends. Applejack becomes tired and weary from the work, but still upholds promises to help with other tasks around town but in her mind-addled daze, her assistance goes awry, wrecking havoc on Ponyville. Twilight and her friends intervene and insist they let them help; Applejack finally relents, and the task of harvesting is quickly completed.
Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash discover they share a common interest in playing harmless practical jokes on other ponies (Besides Fluttershy due to her sensitivity). Later, Rainbow Dash's childhood friend Gilda (Maryke Hendrikse) arrives, and Pinkie finds herself left out of Rainbow and Gilda's activities. When Pinkie sees Gilda acting rash to the other ponies around town, she determines to cheer her up with a party. At the party, Gilda becomes the victim of several practical jokes, and she blames Pinkie for them; however, Rainbow Dash admins to setting up the pranks, frustrating Gilda who flies off. Rainbow reaffirms her friendship with Pinkie.
"The Great and Powerful Trixie" (Kathleen Barr) arrives in town and boasts about being a powerful magical unicorn, outdoing stunts performed by Twilight's friends with her magic. Spike tries to have Twilight stand up for her friends, but Twilight refuses, believing the rest of town will dislike her due to her own powerful magic. That evening, two colts, Snips and Snails, attempting to prove Trixie's power, accidentally lure a giant Ursa Minor bear into town. Trixie tries to stop the bear, but her magic is too weak; instead, Twilight is able to use her own magic to lull the bear to sleep and return it to its cave. As Trixie runs off, the town gratefully thanks Twilight for her help, and she realizes that they readily accept her magical talent.
A dragon has taken to a nearby cave, and its smokey breath threatens to cover Ponyville. Twilight Sparkle and her friends are tasked to remove the dragon, specifically expecting that Fluttershy's affinity with animals will be useful. However, as they trek, Fluttershy reveals she has a paralyzing fear of dragons, making the journey difficult for the others. At the cave, Fluttershy refuses to enter, and the others try their own means to evict the dragon, but they end up getting knocked against a rock. Fluttershy becomes enraged and scolds the dragon for hurting her friends, causing the dragon to cower and cry. After apologizing to the dragon, Fluttershy is able to ask the dragon to leave on its own accord, leaving Ponyville smoke-free.
Applejack and Rarity have an argument over their respective approaches to work as they prepare for a thunderstorm; their arguing traps them outside when the storm hits, but Twilight invites them into the library to spend the night. Twilight decides to throw her first slumber party, by the book, much to Applejack and Rarity's regret. The hostility between Applejack and Rarity increases with each activity, with Twilight oblivious to the conflict. As they prepare to go to sleep, a lightning bolt threatens to sent a tree branch into a nearby home, but Applejack lassos it in time, accidentally dragging into Twilight's bedroom. Amid the mess, Applejack and Rarity work together to get rid of the branch and clean up the mess, overcoming their common differences. They later apologize to each other, and enjoy the rest of the slumber party with Twilight.
Twilight Sparkle finds that the rest of Ponyville are frightened of the mysterious zebra Zecora (Brenda Crichlow) who lives in nearby Everfree Forest; she insists their fears are unfounded. An encouraged Apple Bloom goes off to follow Zecora to her home, and the others quickly follow one they see her missing. They recover her just as she enters a field of blue flowers, while Zecora warns them off. The next day, Twilight and her friends find themselves suffering from strange problems (such as Fluttershy speaking in a deep male voice (Blu Mankuma)), and the others attribute it to Zecora having cursed them. They find Apple Bloom missing again, and assume Zecora took her. They race to Zecora's hut and accost her of witchcraft but find instead she and Apple Bloom were making a potion to cure them of the inflictions caused by the Poison Joke flowers they had stepped in the day before. Once cured, Twilight and her friends help to be more trusting of Zecora.
Twilight Sparkle anxiously prepares Ponyville for a visit by Princess Celestia. Fluttershy, in her preparations, finds a creature, a Parasprite, which she finds cute and takes back into town. The other ponies are enraptured by the creature - despite its strange ability to reproduce quickly, and adopt their own - except for Pinkie Pie who immediately starts look for musical instruments. The next day, the town is flooded with Parasprites who have begun eating the food from town, and Twilight realizes they must get rid of them, but find removing the creatures to be difficult. Twilight tries to use magic to convince the creatures to not eat food, but this only sets them to start eating the town itself. As Twilight panics, Pinkie arrives as a one-man band, and leads the creatures out of town, just as Princess Celestia arrives. The Princess thanks Twilight for preparing the town, but admits she is needed in Fillydelphia to take care of a parasprite invasion then. With the town emptied of Parasprites, Twilight and her friends apologize to Pinkie for doubting her behavior, and she promises she'll let them know what she's doing in the future.
Twilight Sparkle is eager to participate in Ponyville's "Winter Wrap-up", where the citizens help prepare the land for spring without using magic. Twilight tries to help out where she can but finds herself struggling without magic. As she frets about her inability to help, she overhears the various team leaders arguing over the timing of their activities and worried that they won't complete the Wrap-up in time. Twilight steps in, offering her skills in organization to get the Wrap-up back on track. The Wrap-up is successfully completed on time, and the town gives Twilight the job of official Wrap-Up coordinator in the future.
Apple Bloom becomes worried when two stuck-up classmates, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, get their cutie marks and taunt Apple Bloom as a "blank flank" for lacking hers. Apple Bloom starts striving to find her own talent and get her own mark, asking advice from her sister Applejack and her friends. Despite her efforts, she remains without her cutie mark. She finds herself caught within the Cute-ceañera celebration for Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, and tries to leave before she is ridiculed, but is soon discovered. However, before Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon tease her, two other fillies, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo, both lacking their cutie marks, stand up for Apple Bloom, assuring that she still has lots of potential in her life; the rest of the partygoers soon take more interest in Apple Bloom and her new friends than Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon. After the party, Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo agree to become the "Cutie Mark Crusaders" to earn their cutie marks together.
Applejack and Rainbow Dash, after a friendly game of horseshoes, start boasting to the other on their athletic prowess. They begin an informal series of "Iron Pony" challenges, overseen by Twilight, to prove who is better, but Rainbow Dash, enabled by her wings, soon takes the edge. Applejack insists on one last event to decide the winner, the "Running of the Leaves" marathon, with the stipulation that Rainbow has her wings tied down. At the marathon, Twilight decides to participate despite her lack of athletism. As the race starts, Applejack and Rainbow Dash take an early lead, and try to trick each other to keep their lead. As they near the end, they start to get more physical, and end up fighting across the finish line. To their surprise, they have come in dead last in the race; even Twilight had come in fifth place using her slow-and-steady pace. The two realize their feuding is futile, and agree to keep to more friendly competitions.
When Twilight brings an old dress to Rarity to repair for the upcoming Grand Galloping Gala, Rarity insists on making her and her friends all new dresses. The initial dresses, all designed by Rarity, do not go over well with her friends, but Rarity agrees to remake the dresses with their input. She soon finds that her friends' demands are excessive and outlandish, but she doesn't question them. She is shocked and horrified to learn that Spike arranged for the famous fashion designer, Hoity Toity (Trevor Devall) to come see Rarity's dresses. As the show proceeds, the others quickly realize from the reactions that the dresses are over-the-top. After the shown, Rarity considers her career over but the others lure her out and show her her own finished Gala dress, completed with Fluttershy's "freaky" knowledge of sewing. They all apologize to Rarity and assert they should have trusted Rarity's judgement and agree to use the original dresses. Spike is able to convince Hoity Toity to attend a second show, who is stunned by the better designs and asks Rarity to design several more dresses.
Twilight learns that the rest of town believe Pinkie Pie has a "Pinkie Sense", in which her body reacts as warnings to events. Twilight insists that this cannot be possible, and attempts to try to understand how Pinkie Sense works, though ends up in a number of pratfalls from this. When Pinkie asserts that there's a "doozy" of an event in the nearby bog, Twilight fears that Fluttershy is there, and she, Spike, Pinkie, and Applejack take off to save Fluttershy. They find Fluttershy safe, but soon are chased by a hydra. They all escape safely, but Pinkie asserts that her Sense is still going off and the "doozy" has yet to happen. Enraged, Twilight finally relents and gives up on trying to understand Pinkie Sense; Pinkie's Sense goes off and disappears, and Pinkie asserts that Twilight's revelation was the "doozy". Back in town, Twilight comes to accept that Pinkie Sense is real and not to worry about its origins.
Rainbow Dash is set to perform in the Young Flier's Competition in Cloudsdale, anticipating on performing a "Sonic Rainboom" (a mix of a sonic boom and rainbow effect) to win it. Fluttershy, who cheers Rainbow on, confides with her friends that she knows Rainbow has only been able to pull off the Sonic Rainboom once before, and that Rainbow is nervous about this performance. Twilight and the others feel they need to attend to support Rainbow, but need to somehow by able to fly. Twilight initially tries a difficult spell that gives Rarity a set of beautiful wings, while an easier spell allows the others to walk on clouds. In Cloudsdale, Rainbow is glad to see her friends and gives them a tour of the city, during which Rarity finds the pegasi enchanted by her wings, and spurred by a comment, enters into the competition herself. At the competition, Rainbow's nervousness and Rarity's stage preparations force them to compete together in the last spot. Rainbow blunders the early stages before preparing for the Sonic Rainboom, while Rarity stuns the audience by flying high into the sky and showing off her wings. However, as Twilight had warned her, the wings were fragile, and they disintegrate, causing Rarity to plummet to the ground; the Wonderbolts in attendance try to save her but she knocks them out with her floundering. Rainbow sees Rarity in trouble, and dives to the ground - pulling off the Sonic Rainbow and saving Rarity and the Wonderbolts in time. Rainbow safely returns them all to Cloudsdale, where she is cheered on and named by Princess Celestia as the champion of the competition.
With Rarity engrossed in work, Fluttershy offers to watch over the Cutie Mark Crusaders for the night. She finds the fillies to be rambunctious and hard to control. At night, the Crusaders find one of Fluttershy's chickens to have escaped into the Everfree Forest, and they go out to retrieve it. Fluttershy soon discovers them gone and follows herself; she comes across the petrified form of Twilight Sparkle and her chicken, and realizes that a cockatrice is around. She finds the fillies and warns them of the danger, but they soon come face-to-face with the cockatrice. As the cockatrice starts to turn Fluttershy to stone, she gives it an intense stare, talking down to it like an angry mother and demanding it reverse its spell. The cockatrice eventually relents, negating the petrification of her, Twilight, and the chicken, and disappears; the Crusaders cheer for Fluttershy and call her the "Stare Master". The next morning, Rarity comes to retrieve the Crusaders, and is surprised that they quickly fall in line with a simple request from Fluttershy.
Applejack donates her old clubhouse to the Cutie Mark Crusaders. From there, the Crusaders start to find ways to get their cutie marks, but end in comical failure. Twilight and Cheerilee suggest the three enter the school's talent competition; the Crusaders agree to perform a musical numbers, but each wanting to something that they aren't skilled in: Apple Bloom wanting to dance, Sweetie Belle wanting to do the props and costumes, and Scootaloo wanting to write and sing. At the show, they blunder disasteriously through the song, confusing the crowd. To their surprise, they have won a prize, for best comedy act; despite this, they still have yet to earn their cutie marks.
Rarity enlists Spike to help recover gems for a large order of dresses. As they work, Rarity is abducted by the Diamond Dogs (Scott McNeil, Lee Tockar, and Richard Ian Cox), who want her to douse for gems in their own caves. Spike races back to get the others to help rescue Rarity. Meanwhile, Rarity is able to use her wiles to trick the Dogs to treat her in royal manner. By the time Spike and others find Rarity, the Dogs are willing to let Rarity leave with large quantities of gems, not wanting to suffer under her anymore. The others help pull the gems back to Ponyville, while Rarity comments that one does not always need strength to win over one's enemies.
The famous fashion photographer, Photo Finish (Tabitha St. Germain), has come to Ponyville to see Rarity's dresses that she has made for the Gala. Rarity begs for Fluttershy to help model the fashions; despite her dislike of attention, Fluttershy agrees. Photo Finish is more taken by Fluttershy's shyness than Rarity's dresses, and declares Fluttershy to be an ideal model, leading her to stardom. Twilight becomes privy to Fluttershy's fear of disappointing Rarity and Rarity's jealously of Fluttershy's success, but Pinkie warns her that telling this secret to others can ruin her friendships, and Twilight frets with how to correct the situation. Eventually, Fluttershy and Rarity admit their secrets to each other, relieved that they agree; Fluttershy gives up her modeling role.
Applejack and her friends are delivering an apple tree to the foundling frontier town of Appleloosa. They find that the ponies of the town are in conflict with a nearby bison tribe, who previously have used the land set aside for the apple trees as a running ground for them. Twilight and her friends work to try to establish peace between the two sides, but Pinkie Pie's song, performed at an inappropriate time, leads the two sides to declare war on each other. The bison charge at the town, who fire on the bison with apple pies. When the chief of the bison is hit with a pie, he discovers the pie is tasty and quickly puts an end to the battle. The two groups agree to an animiable solution: the ponies leave a trail for the bison to run through the apple grove, while the bison get to enjoy apple pies made from the fruits.
Princess Celestia visits Ponyville, along with her seemingly sick pet bird, Philomena. Fluttershy, worried about the brid's health, secretly takes the bird to her cottage and tries to help it, but everything she does seems to worsen the condition. When Twilight discovers this, she gets involved in helping cure Philomena, and learns that the Princess' guards are looking for it. Eventually, Philomena escapes, leading Twilight and Fluttershy on a chase through town. The chase ends when Philomena falls from the top of a statue, bursting into flame, and falling as a pile of ash into Fluttershy's hooves, just as the Princess arrives. Fluttershy profusely apologizes, ready to take any punishment, before the Princess reveals that Philomena is a phoenix. Philomena rises from the ashes as a powerful bird, and at Princess Celestia's insistance, apologizes to Fluttershy for having fun with her.
Twilight realizes that Spike, as a baby dragon, is unable to stay awake to help her with her astronomy studies, but finds help with a new pet owl, Owloysius. Spike becomes jealous that Owloysius will replace him as Twilight's assistant, and unsuccessfully frames Owloysius. Later, when Twilight finds a book damaged by Spike's fire breath, Spike decides to leave on his own, and finds a cave full of gems. Too late, he realzies it is a cave belonging to another dragon, but Twilight and Owloysius soon arrive and help save him. Twilight admits to Spike that she only needs additional help at night, and Spike remains her number one assistant. Spike apologizes and makes friends with Owloysius.
After throwing a birthday party for her alligator Gummy, Pinkie decides to throw a day-after party to celebrate. She finds that her friends all seem to be busy. Pinkie starts to follow her friends, finding them acting strange, and decides that they may not consider her a friend anymore, causing her to become depressed. She is unaware that her friends are avoiding her only to prepare for a surprise party for Pinkie's birthday that day. When Rainbow Dash goes to retrieve Pinkie, she finds that Pinkie has thrown her own party using inanimate objects. Rainbow Dash eventually is able to drag Pinkie to her suprise party; Pinkie is elated quickly, realizing she forgot her own birthday, and joins in the birthday celebration.
The night of the Grand Galloping Gala in Canterlot has finally arrived. At the Gala, Twilight and her friends quickly separate to enjoy the Gala in their own ways, but each soons finds their experience fall well short of their expectations. As events mounts, the friends' actions lead to a mass of choas in the grand ballroom; Princess Celestia tells Twilight and her friends to run. They regroup later at a donut shop and express their disappointment with events, but are sooned joined by Princess Celestia. She explains that she had invited Twilight and her friend, hoping they would liven up the normally boring Gala, and was happy with what happened, to the surprise of the others. They all agree it was the "best night ever".
The spirit of disharmony and chaos known as Discord (John de Lancie) escapes from his stone prison, and Twilight and her friends discover that the Elements of Harmony have been stolen. They need to retrieve them in order to save Equestria from eternal chaos, but first have to contend with Discord's sinister mind games.
With her friends corrupted by Discord and all of Equestria falling into disarray, Twilight is still determined to find the Elements of Harmony. But even after obtaining them, Twilight and her friends must overcome forthcoming challenges.
When Twilight Sparkle forgets to write her weekly report for Princess Celestia, she becomes overly concerned over the potential consequences, and becomes increasingly stressed while trying to find a friendship-related problem she can solve and write about before day's end.
When Princess Luna returns to Ponyville on Nightmare Night (the Equestrian equivalent of Halloween), a holiday devoted to the legends of Nightmare Moon, Twilight Sparkle tries to help the princess get over her bad karma from her time as Nightmare Moon.
When Rarity's sister Sweetie Belle stays at her house while her parents are on vacation, the two sisters get caught in conflicts and quarrels. However, when Rarity learns about the "Sisterhooves Social", an event themed around sisterly unity, she tries to quickly make amends with Sweetie Belle.
When visiting Zecora's hut to receive medicine for her chipped tooth, Apple Bloom finds a "Heart's Desire" flower which can make "talent come into view." When Apple Bloom believes it could help her finally discover her special talent, she instead becomes afflicted with the "Cutie Pox", which causes various Cutie Marks to appear on her body, and forcing her to continually perform the talents they represent.
After seeing the rest of her friends out in the park on a playdate with their pets, Rainbow Dash (with the help of Fluttershy) tries to find herself an animal to be her pet using a series of contests. However, Fluttershy insists that a tortoise compete in the competition as well.
When Rainbow Dash becomes popular in Ponyville as a local superhero, she begins to be upstaged by a mysterious masked pony who constantly steals her spotlight.
While supervising the Crystal Fair, Twilight learns that the Crystal Heart is the only thing that can light the spirits of the Crystal Ponies and guarantee the empire's protection. However, King Sombra ('Big' Jim Miller) has hidden the artifact before his banishment. Now with Princess Cadance growing weaker from maintaining a shield spell, Sombra is slowly drawing closer to reclaiming his rule. Twilight must find the artifact before it's too late, but it will take an unlikely ally to bring it to the empire's citizens.
One thousand years ago, an evil Unicorn king of the ancient Crystal Empire was banished from power, but not before casting a spell, causing it to vanish from the face of Equestria. Now in present day, the empire has returned, and Princess Celestia has entrusted in Twilight to seek out a way to protect it. She brings her friends with her to join Shining Armor and Princess Cadance. However, they soon learn that the empire itself is not the only thing that has resurfaced.
Pinkie Pie is torn between spending fun time with all her friends, leading her to locate the Mirror Pond, which allows her to make a clone, albeit an imperfect one, of herself. When she finds herself further conflicted over which friends to spend time with, she and her clone make more - but the clones begin to clone themselves further. The mass number of Pinkies, intent on only having fun, overwhelm Ponyville, and Pinkie becomes depressed that her friends can't figure out who the real Pinkie is. Twilight Sparkle puts the clones to a test of watching paint dry, zapping away those that lose attention, and assuring that the last remaining Pinkie is the real one.
Apple Bloom's cousin, Babs Seed (Bryanna Drummond), visits Ponyville, and while Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo try to welcome her into the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Babs instead joins up with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, teasing and hounding the Crusaders. The Crusaders try to get back by rigging a parade float that Babs is driving, but learn at the last moment from Applejack that the reason Babs is visiting is that she herself was bullied by others back in Manehatten. The Crusaders save Babs, and together apologize for their actions; Babs joins the Crusaders before returning home, but not before defending her new friends from Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon at the train station.
Everything not canon or canon outside the show.
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