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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 to 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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January 3rd, 2013

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