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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – The My Little Pony/Quantum Leap Crossover You Never Knew You Needed!

Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today we take a look at an amazing crossover in the pages of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Okay, in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #11-12, by Katie Cook and Andy Price (and colorist Heather Breckel), Princess Cadance and Shining Armor are relating the story of how they first fell in love back in high school (they eventually got married).

In the first part of this two-part story, we see how Shining Armor’s friends tried to help him win Cadance over.

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Notice the pony Gaffer who comes up with the plan.

Okay, so at the end of #11, the plan fails miserably and Cadance goes to the prom with this jerk pony named Buck Withers.

Gaffer and the gang aren’t giving up yet (meanwhile, Cadance is planning on breaking up with Buck at the dance anyways)…

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At the dance, Gaffer runs interference for Shining Armor and Cadance…

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Things were looking good until the king and the queen were named and it was Cadance and that jerk Buck. He uses the opportunity to run Shining Armor down, calling him a loser, etc. But then Shining Armor stands up to him and Gaffer jumps in and has everyone rally around what a good pony Shining Armor is…

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And thus, the day is won!

However, check out the ending…

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Yep, Sam Beckett (or at least the pony version of Sam Beckett) leaped into Gaffer and his mission on this leap was to get Cadance and Shining Armor together! How awesome is that? What a great bit by Cook and Price (Price’s first comic gig was drawing Quantum Leap twenty years ago for Innovation, so it was doubly cool by him!)

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If you have suggestions for future editions of I Love Ya But You’re Strange, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

19 Comments

I would have liked to have seen some animated QL. Would have been nice to see him leap into Shaggy.

Another great idea for “The Line is Drawn” series…”Quantum Leap Meets….”

Is that pony in last panel dead?

Andy E. Nystrom

August 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Actually it seems more like that’s what Sam *thought* his mission was. But the fact that he hadn’t leaped suggests it might be something else or that it’s part of a larger component.

The other big question is why is Al a pony? Maybe Ziggy made Al look different so that Sam could more readily adjust to his new surroundings?

“Buck Withers” is such a great 1980s teen movie comedy school bully name :)

Oh boy…

Mark_S: There was a rumor back in the day of QL planning an episode where the leap landed him in an animated universe.

Several fanfic authors, not being deterred by this not actually happening, wrote stories to that effect. One of my favorites was a “A Leap and a Half”, which had Sam leaping several times within the Ranma 1/2 universe, into different characters each time, because something (from his previous leaping experience) kept screwing things back up.

@Andy Presumably Ziggy projected Al as a pony because the ponies (like all animals and children) would actually be able to see him.

And there’s a theory I never thought I’d ever have reason to consider! :)

But if the ponies could see Al, then they’d also be able to tell Sam had replaced the other pony…

Maybe this is something we just shouldn’t question too closely.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic should adapt this story for the animated series. Gaffer would, of course, be voiced by Scott Bakula. Buck Withers could be voiced by William Zabka :)

The Quantum Leap cameo is the least strange thing here.

Does this really count as a “crossover”? It’s more like a quaint reference in the last panel. If there had been clues the whole time that the pony was Sam, I’d buy it.

I mean, “Family Guy” did this once on that episode where Neal was trying to get with Meg.

Andy E. Nystrom

August 8, 2014 at 10:34 pm

You can certainly take it as a one-off gag. I think it’s all what’s more fun for the individual reader. If for a reader, the most fun take is that it is in fact a true crossover, then for that reader it is despite the evidence hinging on that one panel..If it was a piece of actual history the truth would be more important to me, but since it’s all make believe, I opt to make believe that Sam did in fact leap in.

That pretty much came out of nowhere. :I

Now I want a miniseries like the recently-completed X-Files one in which Quantum Leap crosses over with a different property every issue.

Who has the rights to Quantum Leap these days?

I’d like to see a Quantum Leap / Star Trek: Enterprise crossover where Sam Beckett leaps into Jonathan Archer, and his task to “put right what once went wrong” is to turn it into a show that doen’t suck :)

Trying to come up with a way to make “this guy’s a nozzle” and “hung like a horse” come together in a horrible, horrible joke, but it’s not working. Cool stuff.

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