This is a summary of Generation 4 of My Little Pony. For a more in-depth look, check out the page on the My Little Wiki for Generation 4.
Generation 4 (shorthand: G4) was the fifth incarnation of the My Little Pony toyline. It began in late 2010 and was distributed until late 2019.
There are over 50 different characters to collect. The toyline began similarly to previous generations in that there were a wider variety of characters available at the start, however shifted into a more character-driven toyline as time went on, similar to Generation 3. Releases of repeat characters are either almost indistinguishable from one another or resemble Generation 3.5 with different hair colors and extra printing.
There was one show with an interlinked movie, two specials, and a handful of shorts. There was also a spinoff movie franchise which also holds a slew of specials. There are many books that expand upon the show's canon, as well as a comic series that serves as a parallel canon to the show.
With Respect to Generation 5
The setting of Equestria borrows its name from the setting of generation 4 and is meant to be a future version of it in comparison to Friendship is Magic's timeline. The characters of Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Rarity are all directly inspired by the Friendship is Magic characterizations and storyline.
Specific references listed here:
Re-used Pony Names
See the category page for more of such ponies.
- Applejack (Previously used in G1, G3, G4.5)
- Fluttershy (Previously used in G3, G4.5)
- Pinkie Pie (Previously used in G3, G3.5, G4.5)
- Rainbow Dash (Previously used in G3, G3.5, G4.5)
- Rarity (Previously used in G3, G4.5)
- Twilight Sparkle (Previously used in G4.5)