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Pony Chronology v2 by TheLastGherkin Pony Chronology v2 by TheLastGherkin
I made this because I am the craziest nerd!

I've tried to listen to all the feedback (there is LOADS OF IT) and here is a more coherent version!

As before, down means forward through time. Links between bubbles mean that they can be manipulated around each other, to an extent, like free-floating ice floes.

Again, tell me if you think I'm wrong. Well, don't do that. Tell me how to improve it.
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HyaenusDominae Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
You absolutely must do these for the other seasons/movies.
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ScarletandLunaRcool Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting
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tehursus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Season 4 opening takes place a year after first season's opening.
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shyal-malkes Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Not necessarily, please forgive my nitpic, but the only context we have is Celestia saying that this "was one of the first" Summer Sun Celebrations she'd been looking forward too. Not only is this ambiguous because she might have not been looking forward to other SSCs after Luna's return for other reasons but if she'd been looking forward to  the others subsequently after Luna's return then the most recent one would still be "one of the first".

It's still ambiguous.
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tehursus Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Hm, right. :]
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Mr-Matz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Well done! It makes so much more sense now! I always had trouble to organize the chronology of the first season, this follows a very clean logic based on witness accounts, observation of certain frames, quotations from dialogues and analysed habits.
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Turret-Bot Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
"Wow, you are a nerd, huh." -Gryphon (Dogbuscus)
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CrazyGirlEspeon Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Why did I read it all...
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q97randomguy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I like this... I like this a lot!
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mariusioannesp Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
You've obviously put alot of thought into this. Maybe too much. Just one thing though. At least in the United States from what I know, a talent show doesn't necessariy have to take place at the end of the school year. So The Show Stoppers could conceivably take place as far back as around after The Cutie Mark Chronicles and the reasoning that they got the clubhouse to prepare for summer still kind of stands. But as Fluttershy says "But,... you know..., whatever you want to do is fine. "
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Meatabex Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a crazy timeline. BUT IT'S SO GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDDDD
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Cyclone-Dusk Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Can't wait to see you integrate S2! :D I wonder if some of the second season's events might even fit within the first season's chronology! Maybe the entire span of MLP:FIM is *actually* taking place in less than two entire years thus far! O_O
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rosutu Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This all seems to be rather coherent and cohesive. Bonus points towards keeping everything about the seasons and such in mind.

Would you try to tackle Season 2, too?
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cutemute34 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you gonna include the events of Season 2? Plus, even if they can't officially make story arcs for the most part, sometimes I wonder if the team even has a timeline of sorts where they're planning things out; this could be a useful asset. Or maybe I'm being presumptuous on your behalf. I dunno.
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Rarity-pie Featured By Owner May 24, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is true i agree exept i think swap around Owl's well that ends well and The show stoppers...
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Norcon72 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Hmm... head canon excepted
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Mosflow Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think for the heck of it i might rearange the episodes on my computer and watch the season agian and see if it feels more in order.
Yes another reason to watch the episodes agian. woot
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
This is quite well thought out, it would be nice to see something like this done for season two.
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EmperorJewel Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
With Season 2 over, think you will do one for it as well?
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Devilot109 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
My comment appears to not be on here? @.@
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Devilot109 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
You also have to factor in that in "Stare Master" Apple Bloom's "help" was more a hindrance. Show Stoppers shows that Sweetie Belle is hopeless at any sort of crafts project (she didn't know how to use dressing dummies, and her sets looked like random bits of wood and cardboard colored on with crayon), and Scootaloo openly admits that she didn't even realize they were trying to make a table.
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garciarael Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
How are you sure that Bon Bon wasn't just being a jerkass? After all, Ponyville isn't that big and the Carousel Botique isn't exactly obscure or anything.
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JoshGalen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
I was planning on doing one of these, but I know it wouldn't have been anywhere near as good as this. Are you planning on doing this with Season 2 once it's over?
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MLPFIMlover234 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
woa
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SRB2master1337 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Possible explanation that doesn't change the order in this at all:
Pinkie was describing watching Rainbow Dash train and/or practice the routine.
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Bentheechidna Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Can't wait to see you revise this for Season 2's episodes. Of course you'll probably wait until Season 2 is finished before you do so.
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BishounenTaurus Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Now that you've gone and done this, i'm getting a Haruhi-esque vibe from it. Would be interesting you have a Youtube playlist of all these episodes in apparent chronological order.

Just watched Season 2 Episode 4. Theoretically Twilight Sparkle should already have experienced one Nightmare Night as it happens every October. If this happened during her first year in Canterlot (making this her first Nightmare Night), it would explain her not being familiar with Pinkie Pie's trick-or-treating.

It also definitely needs to take place after Dragonshy due to Fluttershy's assertive nature towards apparent trick-or-treaters (it would need to be after Griffon the Brush-Off anyways due to Rainbow Dash pranking Pinkie Pie, and Bridle Gossip for Zecora). The fact that the Cutie Mark Crusaders are being watched over by Pinkie Pie (alongside Pip) also suggests that this was before they were mature enough to look after themselves, so probably before The Cutie Mark Chronicles.

Only problem is, if it does indeed take place during the first October, how did Luna manage such a growth spurt in just a couple of months?
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K0ttin-K0b Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about Miss Faust's headcanon for Luna? I believe she spoke of it right here on DA, but I believe it had to do with her stunted maturation suddenly being kicked forward a bit by the powerful, evil magics that may have still been in her. Or maybe I read that somewhere else, but it seems to fit the growth spurt thing. :/
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BishounenTaurus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
If she did say that, then that would be Word of God, which solves everything. :3
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Bentheechidna Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
tropes lulz
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BishounenTaurus Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
How do you think I discovered this chronology map in the first place? ;)
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Bentheechidna Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
ditto xD
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derfurshur Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
That's also how I ended up here
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Truepikapuff Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Holy....dude, can you do this with Zelda? Please? ....Have you? Maybe I should go check your art gallery....after I finish looking up all the TV tropes that are in MLP, because that's how I found this in the first place. It's linked there, did you know?
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BadgerswordX Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Except there's an official Zelda timeline now...
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Truepikapuff Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Except I commented that before there was....
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Furana Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you should do this for season 2 once its done ^^

Now I wanna really wanna watch the episodes in this order. :)
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BioMutt70 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
i am a bit confused with this
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LinksLove Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I never actually assumed that there was any continuity between episodes (especially since Fall Weather Friends was aired after Winter Wrap Up, but I do like the order you put these in quite a bit. Wonder how badly season 2 is going to put a wrench in people's timelines, though. XD
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are the Chronologist!
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
I sent this to a friend who's just started watching the series with his wife. He was watching them in broadcast order and I suggested he watch them by your order here.
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MrGBH Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   Writer
I must now watch every episode in chronological order.
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PaperMatt202 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
You, sir, could give The Legend of Zelda timeline nerds a run for their money.
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kemisanna Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you for this.
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BlackWidower Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Writer
HA! Nerd! This is how you know you have a problem, when you put more thought into something than the creators likely did.
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J4B Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite the nice thingy put together. Good job.
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ProjectSNT Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
I'd say this is the most accurate anyone has ever gotten to organizing the episodes. Great job!
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ShadeTail-US Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Quite frankly, I think the original episode lineup is the one that makes the most sense, except for the seasonal change that happens in episodes 11 to 13. I would change those three (11, 12, 13) to 13, 11, 12 to accommodate the change from fall to spring. But beyond that, I wouldn't change anything, because the original lineup has a very strong character development arc. Moving the episodes around can really hurt the general flow of how they change and learn.

For example, it makes sense for #3, Ticket Master, to happen right after the 2-episode pilot, because it show-cases a new group of friends who are still a bit awkward around each other and haven't yet learned the limits of their new relationships. Also, #6, Boast Busters, was a huge turning point. Most of the magic tricks Twilight used before then are very minor spells that don't really show off how powerful she is. Minor lifting spells (books, index cards, etc.) are apparently commonplace for unicorns, since we see Rarity doing the same thing once or twice. And they certainly don't compare to what she did to the Ursa Minor. Even the teleport at the end of #3 doesn't compare; it might take a lot of power, but it doesn't look very spectacular. By contrast, using the wind to put the Ursa to sleep, giving it a huge bottle of milk, and then lifting it back to its cave was a very spectacular stunt that showed off how strong she really is. That's why several episodes after that had her friends implicitly expecting more great tricks from her, while the earlier episodes didn't.

Finally, #18, Show Stoppers, shouldn't be at the end. Talent shows can happen throughout the year, as my husband (a high school math teacher) could tell you. #26, Best Night Ever, really does make the perfect season closer, because it is the perfect bookend for #3, Ticket Master. Aside from finally seeing the payoff of them going to the Gala, we also see that their friendships have strengthened so much. They're no longer the awkward group of new friends who don't really understand each other yet; they've learned and developed a great deal since then.
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knothole-chronicler Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Spectacular logic! Show Stoppers would have made such a lame season finale...
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BlackMage-13 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
I always thought a Party of One would happen after The Best Night Ever. Mainly because The Best Night Ever made pinkie doubt her party abilities, or at least realize that not everypony would enjoy her parties.
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