Little movie Crafting dead This is the list of characters from the 1986 animated series My Little Pony. The first My Little Pony series began in 1984 with two pilot episodes: " Rescue from Midnight Castle" and " Escape from Catrina". The popularity of the specials gave way to the 1986 animated series which first aired from September 15, 1986 to September 23, 1987 with 27 episodes. The current incarnation of My Little Pony, unofficially known as the " Generation Four", was launched in. It is set in a fictional location named Equestria, and the main characters include Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rarity and Fluttershy.