The Pony with a Thousand Faces: My Little Pony and the Hero's Journey


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In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, anthropologist Joseph Campbell summarized myths and literature from cultures around the world as a "monomyth"--a literary pattern that forms the basis for thousands of different stories about heroes. Campbell's work has had a tremendous influence on modern day storytellers, including Richard Adams and George Lucas.

The hero is called to adventure. S/he is tested and subjected to suffering but ultimately overcomes his/her enemies. Now transformed, the hero bestows boons upon his/her community. This archetypical hero's journey, YouTube user chowdahrogansoraaa argues, is found in the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, particularly in the two-part episode "The Return of Harmony."


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Yes and that's one reason why this video is so good. The MLP=Plato essay is, of course, nonsense. But this interpretation of MLP is completely reasonable. If he were alive, I'm pretty sure that Joseph Campbell would agree with the video maker's premise.

You can see the hero's journey almost everywhere. Most recently, I read it in Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom, a picture book for young children.
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he very obviously misses the symbol of the labyrinth..but otherwise, isn't this a pretty well known story that prevades not just this show, but almost all shows currently on television?
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