History Recap / MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E12GamesPoniesPlay

24th Nov '15 7:04:23 AM KoopaKid17
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** The very last scene has Spike, the Crusaders and the pets of the Mane Six getting one when Spike's GrowlingGut threatens to expose them to the Mane Six.
24th Nov '15 6:59:04 AM KoopaKid17
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* StockEpisodeTitles: This episode is based on one: "Games People Play".
26th Sep '15 4:04:49 PM nombretomado
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Useful Notes/ pages are not tropes
* OlympicGames: The Equestria Games.
16th Aug '15 4:03:29 PM nombretomado
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* AmericanAccents: The tourist the Mane Six mistake for the inspector has a noticeable southern dialect to her voice, similar to Applejack's. Justified as she mentions she's a mustang.
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* AmericanAccents: UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: The tourist the Mane Six mistake for the inspector has a noticeable southern dialect to her voice, similar to Applejack's. Justified as she mentions she's a mustang.
22nd Jul '15 5:26:29 AM Morgenthaler
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** The Crystal Empire welcoming the wrong pony as the Inspector is very similar to NikolaiGogol's play ''Revizor'', in which a small provincial town hears that a government inspector is coming, but welcomes the wrong man, who plays along with the town's mistake.
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** The Crystal Empire welcoming the wrong pony as the Inspector is very similar to NikolaiGogol's Creator/NikolaiGogol's play ''Revizor'', in which a small provincial town hears that a government inspector is coming, but welcomes the wrong man, who plays along with the town's mistake.
14th Apr '15 11:29:49 PM pvsage
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* FashionHurts: While Rarity is working on Princess Cadance's mane, the latter's hooves can be seen twitching and straining against the pain inflicted by the elaborate hairstyling.
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* FashionHurts: While Rarity is working on Princess Cadance's mane, the latter's hooves legs can be seen twitching and straining against the pain inflicted by the elaborate hairstyling.
3rd Apr '15 12:23:07 AM pvsage
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* FashionHurts: While Rarity is working on Princess Cadance's mane, the latter's hooves can be seen twitching and straining against the pain inflicted by the elaborate hairstyling.
6th Mar '15 10:22:33 AM Spanks
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* ThirteenIsUnlucky: When Twilight advises the Mane Six practice the Welcome Committee Song ''"one more time from the top"'' while on the train, AJ mentions they've already practiced it ''twelve'' times earlier. Of course, the Mane Six practice it ''one'' more time... just in time for the train to arrive at the Crystal Empire, screech to a stop and throwing all of them for a loop.
17th Feb '15 2:49:25 PM StFan
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* StockScream: Two Crystal Ponies scream a Wilhelm simultaneously when the tourist Ms. Harshwinny crashes into them.

* WilhelmScream: Two Crystal Ponies scream one simultaneously when the tourist Ms. Harshwinny crashes into them.
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* WilhelmScream: Two Crystal Ponies scream one simultaneously when the tourist Ms. Harshwinny crashes into them.
17th Feb '15 2:48:19 PM StFan
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!!Tropes present in this episode: [[YMMV/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E12GamesPoniesPlay YMMV Tropes here]].
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!!Tropes present in this episode: [[YMMV/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E12GamesPoniesPlay YMMV Tropes here]]. !!Tropes:

-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' ''(meekly)'' Cinnamon bun?
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-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' ''(meekly)'' (''meekly'') Cinnamon bun?

** Pinkie does an honest one later when they find out they've been entertaining the wrong pony... *** BigYes: ...only to change it to this to respond to Rainbow Dash's rhetorical "We got the wrong pony?!"
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** Pinkie does an honest one later when they find out they've been entertaining the wrong pony... *** BigYes: ...pony... only to change it to this a BigYes to respond to Rainbow Dash's rhetorical "We got the wrong pony?!"

-->'''Pinkie:''' So, you see this here? This, um... This is, um...a big, ''round'' room. It's known for its ''roundness'', and bigness. And did I mention that it's ''round''? * DramaticIrony: A somewhat unique example: everything that happens here makes it evident that Cadance's reasons for not inviting Spike (as mentioned back in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks "Just For Sidekicks"]]) are more understandable and justified. Plus, considering all things, there was nothing actively preventing Spike from joining them if he hadn't had responsibilities at home. ** Goes double for Rainbow Dash's comment at the end about how Spike had to miss out. It even makes very little sense when you realize how much hell the Mane 6 (save for Rarity who focused on styling Cadance's mane) went through while mistaking a tourist for the inspector.
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-->'''Pinkie:''' So, you see this here? This, um... This is, um... a big, ''round'' room. It's known for its ''roundness'', and bigness. And did I mention that it's ''round''? * DramaticIrony: DramaticIrony: ** A somewhat unique example: everything that happens here makes it evident that Cadance's reasons for not inviting Spike (as mentioned back in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks "Just For for Sidekicks"]]) are more understandable and justified. Plus, considering all things, there was nothing actively preventing Spike from joining them if he hadn't had responsibilities at home. ** Goes double for Rainbow Dash's comment at the end about how Spike had to miss out. It even makes very little sense when you realize how much hell the Mane 6 Six (save for Rarity who focused on styling Cadance's mane) went through while mistaking a tourist for the inspector.

* {{Face|palm}}hoof: Rainbow gives one when Pinkie starts making funny faces at the false inspector.
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* {{Face|palm}}hoof: FacePalm: Rainbow gives facehoofs one when Pinkie starts making funny faces at the false inspector.

* {{Face|palm}}hoof: ForegoneConclusion: The climax of "[[SynchronousEpisodes Just for Sidekicks]]" where the Mane Six are ready to return home hints that the trip ends okay, even if Rainbow gives one when Pinkie starts making funny faces at Dash's comment about Spike missing out makes little sense considering how much hell they went through while mistaking a tourist for the false inspector.

* ForegoneConclusion: The climax of "[[SynchronousEpisodes Just for Sidekicks]]" where the Mane Six are ready to return home hints that the trip ends okay, even if Rainbow Dash's comment about Spike missing out makes little sense considering how much hell they went through while mistaking a tourist for the inspector. * FreezeFrameBonus: When the train causes Fluttershy to crash into the wall you can see that she has [[SpecialEffectFailure Twilight's cutie mark for some reason]]. Same goes for Pinkie when the Mane Six do their cheer at the castle. * FunnyBackgroundEvent: Twilight and Cadance's usual dance and rhyme greeting gets relegated to this trope, both by the animators and by Rarity, who pretty much ignores the whole thing while looking around Cadance's private spa, while the rest of the Mane Six watch Twilight and Cadance.
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* ForegoneConclusion: The climax of "[[SynchronousEpisodes Just for Sidekicks]]" where the Mane Six are ready to return home hints that the trip ends okay, even if Rainbow Dash's comment about Spike missing out makes little sense considering how much hell they went through while mistaking a tourist for the inspector. * FreezeFrameBonus: When the train causes Fluttershy to crash into the wall you can see that she has [[SpecialEffectFailure Twilight's cutie mark for some reason]]. Same goes for Pinkie when the Mane Six do their cheer at the castle. * FunnyBackgroundEvent: FunnyBackgroundEvent: ** Twilight and Cadance's usual dance and rhyme greeting gets relegated to this trope, both by the animators and by Rarity, who pretty much ignores the whole thing while looking around Cadance's private spa, while the rest of the Mane Six watch Twilight and Cadance.

-->'''Twilight Sparkle''': Come on, how bad could it be?\\ '''Rarity''': Imagine her mane turned into a porcupine.\\ '''Twilight Sparkle''': Ooh.
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-->'''Twilight Sparkle''': Sparkle:''' Come on, how bad could it be?\\ '''Rarity''': '''Rarity:''' Imagine her mane turned into a porcupine.\\ '''Twilight Sparkle''': Sparkle:''' Ooh.

* GenerationXerox: Rainbow-colored manes run in Rainbow Dash's family, if the flashback of Filly!Dash with her dad is anything to go by.

* GenerationXerox: Rainbow-colored manes run in GlassSmackAndSlide: Rainbow Dash's family, if Dash is sent flying and smack flat against the flashback slopped glass ceiling of Filly!Dash with her dad a Crystal Empire building, before sliding down. Rarity, below, is anything to go by.briefly intrigued by the sound but doesn't think of looking up.

* HandshakeSubstitute: Twilight and Cadance's famous not-so-SecretHandshake.
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* HandshakeSubstitute: HandshakeSubstitute: ** Twilight and Cadance's famous not-so-SecretHandshake.

* {{Irony}}: It turns out Ms. Harshwhinny has seen so many other Equestrian cities put on overblown welcoming performances that she's all but sick of them, so it's probably for the best the Mane Six ''didn't'' meet her first.
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* {{Irony}}: {{Irony}}: ** It turns out Ms. Harshwhinny has seen so many other Equestrian cities put on overblown welcoming performances that she's all but sick of them, so it's probably for the best the Mane Six ''didn't'' meet her first.

* [[NiceGuy Nice Mare]]: The fake inspector, apart from her claustrophobia and mild irritation when she first meets the welcome committee, is among the cheeriest ponies they could ever hope to meet. [[EntertaininglyWrong Rainbow Dash thinks]] [[StepfordSmiler it's all just a front]] [[SecretTestOfCharacter to test them]]. * NoNameGiven: The tourist who gets mistaken for Ms. Harshwhinny. She is credited as "Games Inspector," which of course she ''isn't,'' but there's also a credit for "Ms. Harshwhinny," who is probably the real one. [[AllThereInTheManual Some sources]] call her Ms. Peachbottom. [[note]]Meghan [=McCarthy's=] Twitter says "[=#MLPSeason3=] factoid: Original name for new character intro'd in this week's episode was Ms. Peachbottom." The wording, saying that the "original name" for a character "was" Ms. Peachbottom, suggests that the name was changed; it was ''probably'' going to be Ms. Harshwhinny's name at one point. However, "Ms. Peachbottom" as the visitor's name has since found its way into DVD closed captioning and a Hub online game.[[/note]]
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* [[NiceGuy Nice Mare]]: NiceGuy: The fake inspector, apart from her claustrophobia and mild irritation when she first meets the welcome committee, is among the cheeriest ponies they could ever hope to meet. [[EntertaininglyWrong Rainbow Dash thinks]] [[StepfordSmiler it's all just a front]] [[SecretTestOfCharacter to test them]]. * NoNameGiven: The tourist who gets mistaken for Ms. Harshwhinny. She is credited as "Games Inspector," Inspector", which of course she ''isn't,'' but there's also a credit for "Ms. Harshwhinny," who is probably the real one. [[AllThereInTheManual [[AllThereInTheScript Some sources]] call her Ms. Peachbottom. [[note]]Meghan [=McCarthy's=] Twitter says "[=#MLPSeason3=] factoid: Original name for new character intro'd in this week's episode was Ms. Peachbottom." The wording, saying that the "original name" for a character "was" Ms. Peachbottom, suggests that the name was changed; it was ''probably'' going to be Ms. Harshwhinny's name at one point. However, "Ms. Peachbottom" as the visitor's name has since found its way into DVD closed captioning and a Hub online game.[[/note]]

* POVSequel: To "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Just for Sidekicks]]" as told through the Mane Six's perspective.
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* POVSequel: To "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Just [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks "Just for Sidekicks]]" Sidekicks"]] as told through the Mane Six's perspective.

* SeriesContinuityError: Despite apparently taking place at the same time as "Just For Sidekicks", there are some inconsistencies. At the end of "Just for Sidekicks", the ponies line up to board the train at the end as Twilight Sparkle-Applejack-Pinkie Pie-Rainbow Dash-Rarity-Fluttershy. When the same scene is shown at the end of this episode, Twilight and Pinkie have inexplicably switched places. * SeriousBusiness: Both Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash treat the welcoming of the inspector very seriously both as a favor to Princess Cadance and the Crystal Empire and, in Rainbow Dash's case, to not have the Crystal Empire suffer the same disappointment she felt when she was a filly. Hosting the games is a huge honor for any city, so there is no reason not to treat the matter seriously. Plus, the fate of all of Equestria kinda depends on the Crystal Ponies' self-esteem, as "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 The Crystal]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 Empire]]" demonstrates.
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* SeriesContinuityError: Despite apparently taking place at the same time as "Just For for Sidekicks", there are some inconsistencies. At the end of "Just for Sidekicks", the ponies line up to board the train at the end as Twilight Sparkle-Applejack-Pinkie Pie-Rainbow Dash-Rarity-Fluttershy. When the same scene is shown at the end of this episode, Twilight and Pinkie have inexplicably switched places. * SeriousBusiness: Both Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash treat the welcoming of the inspector very seriously both as a favor to Princess Cadance and the Crystal Empire and, in Rainbow Dash's case, to not have the Crystal Empire suffer the same disappointment she felt when she was a filly. Hosting the games is a huge honor for any city, so there is no reason not to treat the matter seriously. Plus, the fate of all of Equestria kinda depends on the Crystal Ponies' self-esteem, as "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 The [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 "The Crystal]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 Empire]]" Empire"]] demonstrates.

** Cities really do go to absurd lengths to woo Olympics inspectors. *** Studio B, the animation studio in which ''Friendship Is Magic'' is produced, is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and around the same time, the first season of [=FiM=] was in the process of being animated there. The writers would be all too familiar with the lengths such cities can go.
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** Cities really do go to absurd lengths to woo Olympics inspectors. *** inspectors. Studio B, the animation studio in which ''Friendship Is Magic'' is produced, is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and around the same time, the first season of [=FiM=] was in the process of being animated there. The writers would be all too familiar with the lengths such cities can go.

* StrongerThanTheyLook: The tourist is clearly a better athlete than anyone the Crystal Empire is preparing to send to the games, by ''far.'' When she is panicked and running, she at one point ends up on the racetrack, and easily blows past the other runners before blowing straight ''[[ThereWasADoor through]]'' the hurdles and the exit. Rainbow Dash has to catch up with her to remove the vase on her head, and (though it ''may'' have something to do with being thrown against a wall when it finally popped loose) was completely ''exhausted'' by the chase even though the tourist is perfectly happy and saying that a good run always makes her feel better. She may have proven not to be the one to decide if the games will be held in the Crystal Empire, but if they signed her up, she could ''surely'' make sure a gold medal ''did'' end up there. On top of that, she once makes a reference to "these old bones." When she was young, how strong must she have been? * StrongFamilyResemblance: In a flashback, it's revealed that Rainbow Dash really takes after her father. * SynchronousEpisodes: With "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Just for Sidekicks]]".
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* StrongerThanTheyLook: The tourist is clearly a better athlete than anyone the Crystal Empire is preparing to send to the games, by ''far.'' ''far''. When she is panicked and running, she at one point ends up on the racetrack, and easily blows past the other runners before blowing straight ''[[ThereWasADoor through]]'' the hurdles and the exit. Rainbow Dash has to catch up with her to remove the vase on her head, and (though it ''may'' have something to do with being thrown against a wall when it finally popped loose) was completely ''exhausted'' by the chase even though the tourist is perfectly happy and saying that a good run always makes her feel better. She may have proven not to be the one to decide if the games will be held in the Crystal Empire, but if they signed her up, she could ''surely'' make sure a gold medal ''did'' end up there. On top of that, she once makes a reference to "these old bones." bones". When she was young, how strong must she have been? * StrongFamilyResemblance: In a flashback, it's revealed that Rainbow-colored manes run in Rainbow Dash really takes after Dash's family, if the flashback of Filly!Dash with her father. dad is anything to go by. * SynchronousEpisodes: With "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks Just [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E8JustForSidekicks "Just for Sidekicks]]".Sidekicks"]].

* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Messenger?]]: Rainbow Dash chews out Princess Cadance's messenger for telling everypony the more pressing issue of Ms. Harshwhinny's early arrival ''after'' telling them Cadance's mane stylist has the flu.
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* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Messenger?]]: WhatTheHellHero: Or Messenger in this case -- Rainbow Dash chews out Princess Cadance's messenger for telling everypony the more pressing issue of Ms. Harshwhinny's early arrival ''after'' telling them Cadance's mane stylist has the flu.

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* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Messenger?]]: Rainbow Dash chews out Princess Cadance's messenger for telling everypony the more pressing issue of Ms. Harshwhinny's early arrival ''after'' telling them Cadance's mane stylist has the flu.
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