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8th Jan '17 10:45:09 PM Satakieli
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*** @/{{Satakieli}}: Seconded. Introducing a "long-lost" brother might have been okay, or a "long-lost" babysitter. Introducing both of them and having them marry each other isn't, especially when one is an alicorn with virtually no explanation or reason other than for selling toys, ruining the duality that was established with Celestia and Luna. They could have just as easily left her to be an unicorn as was originally intended and nothing in the episode would be changed except her not flying in one scene! This is just the beginning of the trend of [[UniquenessDecay of alicorns, also making them not that special after all other than being a little rarer than an ordinary pony and that's it, in a move that screams "wasted potential"]]. But by far the worst was not only the rest of Mane 6 abandoning Twilight (they can be jerks from time to time, okay...) but Celestia as well, in what comes across as shoehorned and completely OOC moment. The worst moment of the episode. Not to mention the fight scene between her and Chrysalis was a complete disappointment that would mark the use of the royal siblings/alicorns continually being Worfed whenever plot demands so Twilight can save the day. They could have as easily simply not have Celestia in the key part of episode if they hadn't seemed intent on humiliating her for no reason other than to make the villain "threatening". The sitation in Return of Harmony was far more serious without resorting to Worfing. In any case, this episode for me marks the definitive point where the original world Faust created and that I fell love in with and the rest of series running on SchizoTech as well as seeming more and more of a copy of US except with ponies rather than the world on its own as in the beginning, would diverge. Hence opting for FanonDiscontinuity. While it might be entertaining, the rest of the series is simply not the same world and the same series I began to watch in the first place.

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*** @/{{Satakieli}}: Seconded. Introducing a "long-lost" brother might have been okay, or a "long-lost" babysitter. Introducing both of them and having them marry each other isn't, especially when one is an alicorn with virtually no explanation or reason other than for selling toys, ruining the duality that was established with Celestia and Luna. They could have just as easily left her to be an unicorn as was originally intended and nothing in the episode would be changed except her not flying in one scene! This is just the beginning of the trend of [[UniquenessDecay of alicorns, also making them not that special after all other than being a little rarer bigger than an ordinary pony and that's it, in a move that screams "wasted potential"]]. But by far the worst was not only the rest of Mane 6 abandoning Twilight (they can be jerks from time to time, okay...) but Celestia as well, in what comes across as shoehorned and completely OOC moment. The worst moment of the episode. Not to mention the fight scene between her and Chrysalis was a complete disappointment that would mark the use of the royal siblings/alicorns continually being Worfed whenever plot demands so Twilight can save the day. They could have as easily simply not have Celestia in the key part of episode if they hadn't seemed intent on humiliating her for no reason other than to make the villain "threatening". The sitation in Return of Harmony was far more serious without resorting to Worfing. In any case, this episode for me marks the definitive point where the original world Faust created and that I fell love in with and the rest of series running on SchizoTech as well as seeming more and more of a copy of US except with ponies rather than the world on its own as in the beginning, would diverge. Hence opting for FanonDiscontinuity. While it might be entertaining, the rest of the series is simply not the same world and the same series I began to watch in the first place.
8th Jan '17 8:14:42 PM Satakieli
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*** @/{{Satakieli}}: Seconded. Introducing a "long-lost" brother might have been okay, or a "long-lost" babysitter. Introducing both of them and having them marry each other isn't, especially when one is an alicorn with virtually no explanation or reason other than for selling toys, ruining the duality that was established with Celestia and Luna. They could have just as easily left her to be an unicorn as was originally intended and nothing in the episode would be changed except her not flying in one scene! This is just the beginning of the trend of [[Uniqueness Decay of alicorns, also making them not that special after all other than being a little rarer than an ordinary pony and that's it, in a move that screams "wasted potential"]]. But by far the worst was no only the rest of Mane 6 abandoning Twilight (they can be jerks from time to time, okay...) but Celestia as well, in what comes across as shoehorned and completely OOC moment. The worst moment of the episode. Not to mention the fight scene between her and Chrysalis was a complete disappointment that would mark the use of the royal siblings/alicorns continually being Worfed whenever plot demands so Twilight can save the day. They could have as easily simply not have Celestia in the key part of episode if they hadn't seemed intent on humiliating her for no reason other than to make the villain "threatening". The sitation in Return of Harmony was far more serious without restorting to Worfing. In any case, this episode for me marks the definitive point where the original world Faust created and that I fell love in with and the rest of series running on [[SchizoTech as well as]] seeming more and more of a copy of US except with ponies rather than the world on its own as in the beginning, would diverge. Hence opting for [[FanonDiscontinuity]]. While it might be entertaining, the rest of the series is simply not the same world and the same series I began to watch in the first place.

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*** @/{{Satakieli}}: Seconded. Introducing a "long-lost" brother might have been okay, or a "long-lost" babysitter. Introducing both of them and having them marry each other isn't, especially when one is an alicorn with virtually no explanation or reason other than for selling toys, ruining the duality that was established with Celestia and Luna. They could have just as easily left her to be an unicorn as was originally intended and nothing in the episode would be changed except her not flying in one scene! This is just the beginning of the trend of [[Uniqueness Decay [[UniquenessDecay of alicorns, also making them not that special after all other than being a little rarer than an ordinary pony and that's it, in a move that screams "wasted potential"]]. But by far the worst was no not only the rest of Mane 6 abandoning Twilight (they can be jerks from time to time, okay...) but Celestia as well, in what comes across as shoehorned and completely OOC moment. The worst moment of the episode. Not to mention the fight scene between her and Chrysalis was a complete disappointment that would mark the use of the royal siblings/alicorns continually being Worfed whenever plot demands so Twilight can save the day. They could have as easily simply not have Celestia in the key part of episode if they hadn't seemed intent on humiliating her for no reason other than to make the villain "threatening". The sitation in Return of Harmony was far more serious without restorting resorting to Worfing. In any case, this episode for me marks the definitive point where the original world Faust created and that I fell love in with and the rest of series running on [[SchizoTech SchizoTech as well as]] as seeming more and more of a copy of US except with ponies rather than the world on its own as in the beginning, would diverge. Hence opting for [[FanonDiscontinuity]].FanonDiscontinuity. While it might be entertaining, the rest of the series is simply not the same world and the same series I began to watch in the first place.
8th Jan '17 8:06:41 PM Satakieli
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*** @/{{Satakieli}}: Seconded. Introducing a "long-lost" brother might have been okay, or a "long-lost" babysitter. Introducing both of them and having them marry each other isn't, especially when one is an alicorn with virtually no explanation or reason other than for selling toys, ruining the duality that was established with Celestia and Luna. They could have just as easily left her to be an unicorn as was originally intended and nothing in the episode would be changed except her not flying in one scene! This is just the beginning of the trend of [[Uniqueness Decay of alicorns, also making them not that special after all other than being a little rarer than an ordinary pony and that's it, in a move that screams "wasted potential"]]. But by far the worst was no only the rest of Mane 6 abandoning Twilight (they can be jerks from time to time, okay...) but Celestia as well, in what comes across as shoehorned and completely OOC moment. The worst moment of the episode. Not to mention the fight scene between her and Chrysalis was a complete disappointment that would mark the use of the royal siblings/alicorns continually being Worfed whenever plot demands so Twilight can save the day. They could have as easily simply not have Celestia in the key part of episode if they hadn't seemed intent on humiliating her for no reason other than to make the villain "threatening". The sitation in Return of Harmony was far more serious without restorting to Worfing. In any case, this episode for me marks the definitive point where the original world Faust created and that I fell love in with and the rest of series running on [[SchizoTech as well as]] seeming more and more of a copy of US except with ponies rather than the world on its own as in the beginning, would diverge. Hence opting for [[FanonDiscontinuity]]. While it might be entertaining, the rest of the series is simply not the same world and the same series I began to watch in the first place.
3rd Jan '17 9:43:22 PM SenorCornholio
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** Tropers/SenorCornholio: I'm changing my entry from "The Crystalling" to this because, though I did enjoy both two-parters overall, they each had their things that bugged me (no pun intended). In the case of "To Where And Back Again", it's the amount of missed potential throughout. I did like seeing Starlight interact with Trixie, Discord getting some time to shine, and Thorax's character arc coming full circle (in fact I'm one of few who like the reformed Changeling designs), there were way too many things left unchecked. I could go on about how there could have been far more characters to lead a raid on the (admittedly cool) Changeling hive, and the Changelings' reformation in general is a source of discontent for a few people (personally I would have preferred if Chrysalis wasn't the overall main antagonist for the next season), My biggest problem, however, has to be thus: [[TheWorfEffect how did the Changelings capture the Mane 6, the princesses, and Shining Armor?]] That would have been amazing to see, but it all happens offscreen; we could have seen how formidable the Changelings really are for the first time since the season 2 finale, presenting them as a crafty, threatening species capable of silently usurping ponies you love, and yet we don't get that. At all. It's just an excuse for Starlight to have to be the hero (which, I like Starlight, but even I found this a bit farfetched). The worst of it is, after the season premiere put so much focus on Flurry Heart and how powerful she is, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter she gets captured just as easily as her parents and doesn't even play a major role in the episode]]. I get that she's a newborn foal, but her face in the [[AvengersAssemble huge confrontation]] at the end means she was clearly not happy with Chrysalis, so the Changelings probably took her by force. Bottom line: for such an interesting part of the plot, you'd think the writers would go into a little bit more detail than they did. At the end of the whole ordeal, [[SequelHook we're left with far more questions than answers]] and it really annoys me since we may never get a true answer to this question as long as this show is alive. Hopefully, we don't get situations like this in the next seasons. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh yeah, and why did Tinypop air this finale before Discovery Family?]]

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** Tropers/SenorCornholio: I'm changing my entry from "The Crystalling" to this because, though I did enjoy both two-parters overall, they each had their things that bugged me (no pun intended). In the case of "To Where And Back Again", it's the amount of missed potential throughout. I did like seeing Starlight interact with Trixie, Discord getting some time to shine, and Thorax's character arc coming full circle (in fact I'm one of few who like the reformed Changeling designs), but there were way too many things left unchecked.unchecked throughout. I could go on about how there could have been far more characters to lead a raid on the (admittedly cool) Changeling hive, and the Changelings' reformation in general is a source of discontent for a few people (personally I would have preferred if Chrysalis wasn't the overall main antagonist for the next season), My biggest problem, however, has to be thus: [[TheWorfEffect how did the Changelings capture the Mane 6, the princesses, and Shining Armor?]] That would have been amazing to see, but it all happens offscreen; we could have seen how formidable the Changelings really are for the first time since the season 2 finale, presenting them as a crafty, threatening species capable of silently usurping ponies you love, and yet we don't get that. At all. It's just an excuse for Starlight to have to be the hero (which, I like Starlight, but even I found this a bit farfetched). The worst of it is, after the season premiere put so much focus on Flurry Heart and how powerful she is, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter she gets captured just as easily as her parents and doesn't even play a major role in the episode]]. I get that she's a newborn foal, but her face in the [[AvengersAssemble huge confrontation]] at the end means she was clearly not happy with Chrysalis, so the Changelings probably took her by force. Bottom line: for such an interesting part of the plot, you'd think the writers would go into a little bit more detail than they did. At the end of the whole ordeal, [[SequelHook we're left with far more questions than answers]] and it really annoys me since we may never get a true answer to this question as long as this show is alive. Hopefully, we don't get situations like this in the next seasons. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh yeah, and why did Tinypop air this finale before Discovery Family?]]
29th Nov '16 2:53:05 PM SenorCornholio
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Even though this is considered to be a surprise CultClassic, there are some episodes that not even some [[FanCommunityNickname Bronies]] could love and tolerate. Please order entries by episode number.

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Even though this is considered to be a surprise CultClassic, there are some episodes that not even some the most hardcore of [[FanCommunityNickname Bronies]] could love and tolerate.would want locked deep in the pits of Tartarus. Please order entries by episode number.
29th Nov '16 2:50:56 PM SenorCornholio
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** {{@/Psyga315}}: With the wounds of ACW mended, it feels sensible to shift to a new DMOS. No, it's not how Celestia and the others were captured to make Starlight look good. No, [[AuthorsSavingThrow they actually introduced her and fleshed her out a bit]] unlike what they did with [[AssPull Shining Armor and Cadance]]. The problem here is that the heroes simply let Chrysalis go. You're telling me that you imprison (or even ''kill'') villains who enslave Equestria under different means ranging from eternal night/chaos to draining Equestria of all its magic, sometimes ''twice'', and yet for the villain who caused terrorist attacks and multiple kidnappings (and if we're accounting comics as canon, the genocide of an entire nation), you not only offer a hand of friendship (granted, the one who offered said friendship was no saint herself) but when she obviously didn't go for it, just let her go despite knowing full well that she'll be back. There's TurnTheOtherCheek and then there's [[TheFarmerAndTheViper letting a known terrorist linger around]]. There's an old saying: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 Fool me once]], [[YouMonster shame on you]]. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E25ToWhereAndBackAgainPart1 Fool me twice,]] [[WhatAnIdiot Shame on me]].

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** {{@/Psyga315}}: With the wounds of ACW mended, it feels sensible to shift to a new DMOS. No, it's not how Celestia and the others were captured to make Starlight look good. No, good; [[AuthorsSavingThrow they actually introduced her and fleshed her out a bit]] unlike what they did with [[AssPull Shining Armor and Cadance]]. The problem here is that the heroes simply let Chrysalis go. You're telling me that you imprison (or even ''kill'') kill) villains who enslave Equestria under different means ranging from eternal night/chaos to draining Equestria of all its magic, sometimes ''twice'', twice, and yet for the villain who caused terrorist attacks and multiple kidnappings (and if we're accounting comics as canon, the genocide of an entire nation), you not only offer a hand hoof of friendship (granted, the one who offered said friendship was no saint herself) but when she obviously didn't go for it, just let her go despite knowing full well that she'll be back. back? There's TurnTheOtherCheek and then there's [[TheFarmerAndTheViper letting a known terrorist linger around]]. There's an old saying: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 Fool me once]], [[YouMonster shame on you]]. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E25ToWhereAndBackAgainPart1 Fool me twice,]] [[WhatAnIdiot Shame on me]].
28th Nov '16 3:55:12 PM Isaac_Heller
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To Where And Back Again, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E25ToWhereAndBackAgainPart1 Part 1]] & [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E26ToWhereAndBackAgainPart2 Part 2]]

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* To Where And Back Again, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E25ToWhereAndBackAgainPart1 Part 1]] & [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E26ToWhereAndBackAgainPart2 Part 2]]
28th Nov '16 3:53:50 PM Isaac_Heller
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** {{@/Psyga315}}: With the wounds of ACW mended, it feels sensible to shift to a new DMOS. No, it's not how Celestia and the others were captured to make Starlight look good. No, [[AuthorsSavingThrow they actually introduced her and fleshed her out a bit]] unlike what they did with [[AssPull Shining Armor and Cadance]]. The problem here is that the heroes simply let Chrysalis go. You're telling me that you imprison (or even ''kill'') villains who enslave Equestria under different means ranging from eternal night/chaos to draining Equestria of all its magic, sometimes ''twice'', and yet for the villain who caused terrorist attacks and multiple kidnappings (and if we're accounting comics as canon, the genocide of an entire nation), you not only offer a hand of friendship (granted, the one who offered said friendship [[OmnicidalManiac had bigger sins on her plate]]) but when she obviously didn't go for it, just let her go despite knowing full well that she'll be back. There's TurnTheOtherCheek and then there's [[TheFarmerAndTheViper letting a known terrorist linger around]]. There's an old saying: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 Fool me once]], [[YouMonster shame on you]]. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E25ToWhereAndBackAgainPart1 Fool me twice,]] [[WhatAnIdiot Shame on me]].

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** {{@/Psyga315}}: With the wounds of ACW mended, it feels sensible to shift to a new DMOS. No, it's not how Celestia and the others were captured to make Starlight look good. No, [[AuthorsSavingThrow they actually introduced her and fleshed her out a bit]] unlike what they did with [[AssPull Shining Armor and Cadance]]. The problem here is that the heroes simply let Chrysalis go. You're telling me that you imprison (or even ''kill'') villains who enslave Equestria under different means ranging from eternal night/chaos to draining Equestria of all its magic, sometimes ''twice'', and yet for the villain who caused terrorist attacks and multiple kidnappings (and if we're accounting comics as canon, the genocide of an entire nation), you not only offer a hand of friendship (granted, the one who offered said friendship [[OmnicidalManiac had bigger sins on her plate]]) was no saint herself) but when she obviously didn't go for it, just let her go despite knowing full well that she'll be back. There's TurnTheOtherCheek and then there's [[TheFarmerAndTheViper letting a known terrorist linger around]]. There's an old saying: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 Fool me once]], [[YouMonster shame on you]]. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E25ToWhereAndBackAgainPart1 Fool me twice,]] [[WhatAnIdiot Shame on me]].
28th Nov '16 10:45:56 AM crazysamaritan
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** Tropers/Spanks: Much like A Friend in Deed, the direct predecessor to this episode, Putting Your Hoof Down suffers from a lot of Designated Heroism which makes it (and many other MLP episodes like it) suck. If there is anything I will not stand for in this show, it's hypocrisy and Designated Heroism. God forbid we actually have our favorite adorable little ponies out to be... *gasp* wrong! We can't have that! You want to sympathetic with Fluttershy, but then she takes her training too far and turns into a bitch, you probably want be sympathetic with [[DesignatedHero Rarity and Pinkie Pie]], but then [[{{Hypocrite}} they're no better]], swindling and conning people themselves (Not to mention, Pinkie Pie has no issues whatsoever about taking advantage of Fluttershy's kindness in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime very next episode]]), which brings me to the very next problem. Instead of doing the responsible thing, [[DesignatedHero Rarity and Pinkie]] (and the plot) just say [[DesignatedVillain Iron Will is the bad guy]]. Why? How is he the bad guy? Because he ran a real legitimate business, and in the end he didn't want to be cheated and just happened to be rude? [[FantasticRacism Or is it because he's a big, hulking minotaur]] and a not a cute little bright colored sparkly-eyed pony, therefore he must be in the wrong no matter what. When the "villain" is the ''most sympathetic'' character, you know you messed up big time. As mentioned before, this episode is just bad, and I'd go so far to say it's one of the few ''irredeemably awful'' episodes of the entire series in the aspect in that I can find absolutely ''nothing'' good about it. Everything it tried to do was executed and written so much better before and since. We get it. Fluttershy is not the most assertive or the most standing out badass around, but that's fine. She doesn't need to be, and she had [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy little to no issue]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster with assertiveness before]], especially [[LetsGetDangerous when she was called upon]] to do so. So Fluttershy's ExtremeDoormat tendencies comes off as an InformedFlaw, invented and ''exaggerated'' just so this abomination can exist (Alongside the entirety of Ponyville grabbing a huge JerkassBall, but that's another issue entirely). The story and setting goes off the rails. The characters aren't likeable, and the storytelling and aesop just stinks to high heaven. A catastrophic failure in every sense of the word. EightDeadlyWords doesn't do this episode justice.

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** Tropers/Spanks: Much like A Friend in Deed, the direct predecessor to this episode, Putting Your Hoof Down suffers from a lot of Designated Heroism which makes it (and many other MLP episodes like it) suck. If there is anything I will not stand for in this show, it's hypocrisy and Designated Heroism. God forbid we actually have our favorite adorable little ponies out to be... *gasp* wrong! We can't have that! You want to sympathetic with Fluttershy, but then she takes her training too far and turns into a bitch, you probably want be sympathetic with [[DesignatedHero Rarity and Pinkie Pie]], but then [[{{Hypocrite}} they're no better]], swindling and conning people themselves (Not to mention, Pinkie Pie has no issues whatsoever about taking advantage of Fluttershy's kindness in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime very next episode]]), which brings me to the very next problem. Instead of doing the responsible thing, [[DesignatedHero Rarity and Pinkie]] (and the plot) just say [[DesignatedVillain Iron Will is the bad guy]]. Why? How is he the bad guy? Because he ran a real legitimate business, and in the end he didn't want to be cheated and just happened to be rude? [[FantasticRacism Or is it because he's a big, hulking minotaur]] and a not a cute little bright colored sparkly-eyed pony, therefore he must be in the wrong no matter what. When the "villain" is the ''most sympathetic'' character, you know you messed up big time. As mentioned before, this episode is just bad, and I'd go so far to say it's one of the few ''irredeemably awful'' episodes of the entire series in the aspect in that I can find absolutely ''nothing'' good about it. Everything it tried to do was executed and written so much better before and since. We get it. Fluttershy is not the most assertive or the most standing out badass around, but that's fine. She doesn't need to be, and she had [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy little to no issue]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster with assertiveness before]], especially [[LetsGetDangerous when she was called upon]] to do so. So Fluttershy's ExtremeDoormat tendencies comes off as an InformedFlaw, invented and ''exaggerated'' just so this abomination can exist (Alongside the entirety of Ponyville grabbing a huge JerkassBall, but that's another issue entirely). The story and setting goes off the rails. The characters aren't likeable, and the storytelling and aesop just stinks to high heaven. A catastrophic failure in every sense of the word. EightDeadlyWords doesn't do this episode justice.
5th Nov '16 9:29:30 AM dlchen145
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** Tropers/Spanks: Much like A Friend in Deed, the direct predecessor to this episode, Putting Your Hoof Down suffers from a lot of Designated Heroism which makes it (and many other MLP episodes like it) suck. If there is anything I will not stand for in this show, it's hypocrisy and Designated Heroism. God forbid we actually have our favorite adorable little ponies out to be... *gasp* wrong! We can't have that! You want to sympathetic with Fluttershy, but then she takes her training too far and turns into a bitch, you probably want be sympathetic with [[DesignatedHero Rarity and Pinkie Pie]], but then [[{{Hypocrite}} they're no better]], swindling and conning people themselves (Not to mention, Pinkie Pie has no issues whatsoever about taking advantage of Fluttershy's kindness in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime very next episode]]), which brings me to the very next problem. Instead of doing the responsible thing, [[DesignatedHero Rarity and Pinkie]] (and the plot) just say [[DesignatedVillain Iron Will is the bad guy]]. Why? How is he the bad guy? Because he ran a real legitimate business, and in the end he didn't want to be cheated and just happened to be rude? [[FantasticRacism Or is it because he's a big, hulking minotaur]] and a not a cute little bright colored sparkly-eyed pony, therefore he must be in the wrong no matter what. When the "villain" is the ''most sympathetic'' character, you know you messed up big time. As mentioned before, this episode is just bad, and I'd go so far to say it's one of the few ''irredeemably awful'' episodes of the entire series in the aspect in that I can find absolutely ''nothing'' good about it. Everything it tried to do was executed and written so much better before and since. We get it. Fluttershy is not the most assertive or the most standing out {{Badass}} around, but that's fine. She doesn't need to be, and she had [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy little to no issue]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster with assertiveness before]], especially [[LetsGetDangerous when she was called upon]] to do so. So Fluttershy's ExtremeDoormat tendencies comes off as an InformedFlaw, invented and ''exaggerated'' just so this abomination can exist (Alongside the entirety of Ponyville grabbing a huge JerkassBall, but that's another issue entirely). The story and setting goes off the rails. The characters aren't likeable, and the storytelling and aesop just stinks to high heaven. A catastrophic failure in every sense of the word. EightDeadlyWords doesn't do this episode justice.

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** Tropers/Spanks: Much like A Friend in Deed, the direct predecessor to this episode, Putting Your Hoof Down suffers from a lot of Designated Heroism which makes it (and many other MLP episodes like it) suck. If there is anything I will not stand for in this show, it's hypocrisy and Designated Heroism. God forbid we actually have our favorite adorable little ponies out to be... *gasp* wrong! We can't have that! You want to sympathetic with Fluttershy, but then she takes her training too far and turns into a bitch, you probably want be sympathetic with [[DesignatedHero Rarity and Pinkie Pie]], but then [[{{Hypocrite}} they're no better]], swindling and conning people themselves (Not to mention, Pinkie Pie has no issues whatsoever about taking advantage of Fluttershy's kindness in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime very next episode]]), which brings me to the very next problem. Instead of doing the responsible thing, [[DesignatedHero Rarity and Pinkie]] (and the plot) just say [[DesignatedVillain Iron Will is the bad guy]]. Why? How is he the bad guy? Because he ran a real legitimate business, and in the end he didn't want to be cheated and just happened to be rude? [[FantasticRacism Or is it because he's a big, hulking minotaur]] and a not a cute little bright colored sparkly-eyed pony, therefore he must be in the wrong no matter what. When the "villain" is the ''most sympathetic'' character, you know you messed up big time. As mentioned before, this episode is just bad, and I'd go so far to say it's one of the few ''irredeemably awful'' episodes of the entire series in the aspect in that I can find absolutely ''nothing'' good about it. Everything it tried to do was executed and written so much better before and since. We get it. Fluttershy is not the most assertive or the most standing out {{Badass}} badass around, but that's fine. She doesn't need to be, and she had [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7Dragonshy little to no issue]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster with assertiveness before]], especially [[LetsGetDangerous when she was called upon]] to do so. So Fluttershy's ExtremeDoormat tendencies comes off as an InformedFlaw, invented and ''exaggerated'' just so this abomination can exist (Alongside the entirety of Ponyville grabbing a huge JerkassBall, but that's another issue entirely). The story and setting goes off the rails. The characters aren't likeable, and the storytelling and aesop just stinks to high heaven. A catastrophic failure in every sense of the word. EightDeadlyWords doesn't do this episode justice.
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