History YMMV / MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW

21st Feb '17 6:28:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Issue #51 onward promise to tie into Season 7 of the show looks to address the increasingly severe {{Continuity Snarl}}s and [[SeasonalRot decline in quality]] compared to the show.
1st Feb '17 6:36:24 PM Psyga315
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** "Chaos Theory," for its sheer {{Worf Effect}} on literally everypony [[note]]Including the [[WorldHealingWave Elements of Harmony]], [[BeyondTheImpossible of all things]]![[/note]] but [[SpotlightStealingSquad Starlight]].

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** "Chaos Theory," for its sheer {{Worf Effect}} on literally everypony [[note]]Including the [[WorldHealingWave Elements of Harmony]], [[BeyondTheImpossible of all things]]![[/note]] but [[SpotlightStealingSquad Starlight]]. ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E26ToWhereAndBackAgainPart2 Again.]]''
1st Feb '17 3:53:40 PM Peridonyx
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** "Chaos Theory," for its sheer {{Worf Effect}} on everypony [[note]]Including the [[WorldHealingWave Elements of Harmony]], [[BeyondTheImpossible of all things]]![[/note]] but [[SpotlightStealingSquad Starlight]].

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** "Chaos Theory," for its sheer {{Worf Effect}} on literally everypony [[note]]Including the [[WorldHealingWave Elements of Harmony]], [[BeyondTheImpossible of all things]]![[/note]] but [[SpotlightStealingSquad Starlight]].
1st Feb '17 3:34:36 PM Peridonyx
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** While the {{Retcon}} to [[DemonicPossession Nightmare Moons nature]] has been mixed, her latest incarnation, [[spoiler:Nightmare Rarity]], is easily the most popular thing to come out of the comics, impressive given she only appears halfway through her story and is a [[WalkingSpoiler huge spoiler]]. Helping is that she has a [[EvilIsCool cool]], [[EvilIsSexy attractive]] character design, [[LampshadeHanging is savvy enough to know it]] and [[WeakButSkilled remain a serious threat]] despite lacking her [[PhysicalGod previous incarnations power]], and some of the comics most epic and emotional moments came out of her confrontation.

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** While the {{Retcon}} to [[DemonicPossession Nightmare Moons nature]] has been mixed, her latest incarnation, [[spoiler:Nightmare Rarity]], is easily the most popular thing to come out of the comics, impressive given she only appears halfway through her story and is a [[WalkingSpoiler huge spoiler]]. Helping is that she has a [[EvilIsCool cool]], [[EvilIsSexy attractive]] character design, design; [[LampshadeHanging is savvy enough to know it]] and [[WeakButSkilled remain a serious threat]] despite lacking her [[PhysicalGod previous incarnations power]], it]]; and some of the comics most epic and emotional moments came out of her confrontation.


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** "Chaos Theory," for its sheer {{Worf Effect}} on everypony [[note]]Including the [[WorldHealingWave Elements of Harmony]], [[BeyondTheImpossible of all things]]![[/note]] but [[SpotlightStealingSquad Starlight]].
4th Jan '17 3:26:42 AM valar55
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** While things in the show could always be a bit quirky with the pony population's [[HilarityEnsues antics]] and [[EasilyForgiven the general lack of consequences]], they come to a head in ''The Good, the Bad and the Ponies'', as Equestria can be seen here as a CrapsaccharineWorld whose cute exterior belies a horribly dysfunctional legal system that excuses things like assault, vandalism, extortion, arson, kidnapping, impersonation, false imprisonment, fraud and entrapment, but vandalizing a historical site, even one declared so about under dubious circumstances, could get those just ''associated'' with you thrown in jail. Essentially valuing the letter of the law over innocent lives, and having no provisions to deal with dangerously violent criminals.

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** While things in the show could always be a bit quirky with the pony population's [[HilarityEnsues antics]] and [[EasilyForgiven the general lack of consequences]], they come to a head in ''The Good, the Bad and the Ponies'', as Equestria can be seen here as a CrapsaccharineWorld whose cute exterior belies a horribly dysfunctional legal system that excuses things like assault, vandalism, extortion, arson, kidnapping, impersonation, false imprisonment, fraud and entrapment, but vandalizing a historical site, even one declared so about under dubious circumstances, could get those just ''associated'' with you thrown in jail. Essentially valuing the letter of the law over innocent lives, and having no provisions to deal with dangerously violent criminals.
5th Dec '16 11:50:45 PM ectostar
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* EvilIsSexy: [[spoiler:Nightmare Rarity]], as nicely detailed [[http://derpiboo.ru/284489 here]] (major spoilers, of course). This was even lampshaded in the comic when [[spoiler:[[FanNickname Nightmarity]]]] says at one point, "I'm so hot, I should be on fire!"

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* EvilIsSexy: [[spoiler:Nightmare Rarity]], as nicely detailed [[http://derpiboo.ru/284489 [[http://derpibooru.org/284489 here]] (major spoilers, of course). This was even lampshaded in the comic when [[spoiler:[[FanNickname Nightmarity]]]] says at one point, "I'm so hot, I should be on fire!"



** [[https://derpiboo.ru/130528 This image]] since the first act!

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** [[https://derpiboo.ru/130528 [[https://derpibooru.org/130528 This image]] since the first act!



** In the IDW Holiday Special for Equestria Girls, Sunset Shimmer is the victim of cyberbullying. Yeah, [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2877190/Teenage-Little-Pony-fan-posted-heartbreaking-YouTube-video-APOLOGISING-internet-trolls-tormented-days-threw-train.html about that]]...
28th Nov '16 6:02:48 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* EightDeadlyWords: Between the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive purely unlikeable villain]], the Deers hypocrisy squandering what sympathy they had, and the Ponies [[CantArgueWithElves failing to call the latter out]] or do anything useful on their own, many wrote off "Root of the Problem" by part 1. While the finale had [[DeusExMachina significant]] [[IdiotPlot criticisms]], it failed to cause the backlash the writers previous {{Story Arc}}s did, likely because readers had stopped caring one way or another.
28th Nov '16 10:51:25 AM crazysamaritan
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* EightDeadlyWords: Between the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive purely unlikeable villain]], the Deers hypocrisy squandering what sympathy they had, and the Ponies [[CantArgueWithElves failing to call the latter out]] or do anything useful on their own, many wrote off "Root of the Problem" by part 1. While the finale had [[DeusExMachina significant]] [[IdiotPlot criticisms]], it failed to cause the backlash the writers previous {{Story Arc}}s did, likely because readers had stopped caring one way or another.
1st Oct '16 1:55:57 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* FanonDiscontinuity:
** Some fans of the show view the comic as such for its discrepancies in tone, continuity, and characterization. Even those who accept it ([[BroadStrokes or parts of it]]) tend to be dismissive of the following:

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* FanonDiscontinuity:
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FanonDiscontinuity: Some fans of the show view the comic as such for its discrepancies in tone, continuity, and characterization. Even those who accept it ([[BroadStrokes or parts of it]]) tend to be dismissive of the following:
12th Sep '16 8:00:35 AM Ultra64
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* CantUnhearIt: Naturally, anyone who watches the show has claimed they can easily hear [[Creator/TaraStrong Tara]], [[Creator/AndreaLibman Andrea]], [[Music/HeyOcean Ashleigh]], [[Creator/TabithaStGermain Tabitha]], [[Creator/CathyWeseluck Cathy]] and other voice actors from the show when reading their respective characters' lines.

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* CantUnhearIt: CantUnhearIt:
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Naturally, anyone who watches the show has claimed they can easily hear [[Creator/TaraStrong Tara]], [[Creator/AndreaLibman Andrea]], [[Music/HeyOcean Ashleigh]], [[Creator/TabithaStGermain Tabitha]], [[Creator/CathyWeseluck Cathy]] and other voice actors from the show when reading their respective characters' lines.



* DesignatedHero: King Aspen in Issues 27-28. He claims that the reason Ponyville is being torn up by vines from the forest is because a construction company of ponies and minotaurs are tearing down trees to build an amusement park, and they must replant the forest away from the development site to replace the many animal homes being lost; any pony homes destroyed in the process is simply LaserGuidedKarma. He's not in the right, but you can understand his position... until the final panels show the forest's vines have reached Canterlot, and tied up Celestia and Luna and hung them from a tower. At this point he passes DisproportionateRetribution and straight into self-righteous hypocrisy. The blatant FantasticRacism of the deer as a whole does not help. There's a reason some people interpret him as an ecoterrorist. And it doesn't help that there are comparisons to [[CantArgueWithElves elves]].

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* DesignatedHero: DesignatedHero:
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King Aspen in Issues 27-28. He claims that the reason Ponyville is being torn up by vines from the forest is because a construction company of ponies and minotaurs are tearing down trees to build an amusement park, and they must replant the forest away from the development site to replace the many animal homes being lost; any pony homes destroyed in the process is simply LaserGuidedKarma. He's not in the right, but you can understand his position... until the final panels show the forest's vines have reached Canterlot, and tied up Celestia and Luna and hung them from a tower. At this point he passes DisproportionateRetribution and straight into self-righteous hypocrisy. The blatant FantasticRacism of the deer as a whole does not help. There's a reason some people interpret him as an ecoterrorist. And it doesn't help that there are comparisons to [[CantArgueWithElves elves]].



* DorkAge: Entered one during the "Reflections" arc ([[BrokenBase where in it is debated]]), it and the stories since have ranged from average to criticized to the point [[FanonDiscontinuity fans reject its existence]]. Note that this was toward the end of Season 4, [[WinBACKTheCrowd which ended the shows own age]] it entered in Season 3, when the comics debuted, making its current shortcomings stand out more.

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Entered one during the "Reflections" arc ([[BrokenBase where in it is debated]]), it and the stories since have ranged from average to criticized to the point [[FanonDiscontinuity fans reject its existence]]. Note that this was toward the end of Season 4, [[WinBACKTheCrowd which ended the shows own age]] it entered in Season 3, when the comics debuted, making its current shortcomings stand out more.



* EvilIsSexy: [[spoiler:Nightmare Rarity]], as nicely detailed [[http://derpiboo.ru/284489 here]] (major spoilers, of course).
** This was even lampshaded in the comic when [[spoiler:[[FanNickname Nightmarity]]]] says at one point, "I'm so hot, I should be on fire!"

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* EvilIsSexy: [[spoiler:Nightmare Rarity]], as nicely detailed [[http://derpiboo.ru/284489 here]] (major spoilers, of course).
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course). This was even lampshaded in the comic when [[spoiler:[[FanNickname Nightmarity]]]] says at one point, "I'm so hot, I should be on fire!"



* FanonDiscontinuity: Some fans of the show view the comic as such for its discrepancies in tone, continuity, and characterization. Even those who accept it ([[BroadStrokes or parts of it]]) tend to be dismissive of the following:

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* FanonDiscontinuity: FanonDiscontinuity:
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Some fans of the show view the comic as such for its discrepancies in tone, continuity, and characterization. Even those who accept it ([[BroadStrokes or parts of it]]) tend to be dismissive of the following:



** The 2014 Holiday Special for details that become questionable when placed alongside ''Rainbow Rocks'' and the human characters [[spoiler:(especially the Cutie Mark Crusaders)]] characterization.
*** The 2013 Annual fell into this once fans realized [[FranchiseOriginalSin it has the same points of criticism]].

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** The 2014 Holiday Special for details that become questionable when placed alongside ''Rainbow Rocks'' and the human characters [[spoiler:(especially the Cutie Mark Crusaders)]] characterization.
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characterization. And the 2013 Annual fell into this once fans realized [[FranchiseOriginalSin it has the same points of criticism]].



* FranchiseOriginalSin: The first story arc cause some BrokenBase over being DarkerAndEdgier, with the next arc [[ContestedSequel getting it worse for being more so]], but were both well received. Later stories were criticized for objectionable means (like having ''The Princess of Friendship'' unwilling to help ''when her friends were threatened'', foes arbitrarily immune to her magic when she was) to enable such conflict. Note that the LighterAndSofter issues and spinoffs have had less criticism.

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* FranchiseOriginalSin: FranchiseOriginalSin:
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The first story arc cause some BrokenBase over being DarkerAndEdgier, with the next arc [[ContestedSequel getting it worse for being more so]], but were both well received. Later stories were criticized for objectionable means (like having ''The Princess of Friendship'' unwilling to help ''when her friends were threatened'', foes arbitrarily immune to her magic when she was) to enable such conflict. Note that the LighterAndSofter issues and spinoffs have had less criticism.



** Having different writers has led to [[SeriesContinuityError continuity discrepancies]] (like the [[RefugeeFromTVLand appearance of Daring Do]] clashing with [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont her being shown to be]] RealAfterAll) which were understandable and minor enough [[MST3KMantra as to not interfere with enjoyment]]. The 2014 Holiday Special seemed written pre ''Rainbow Rocks'', and had Sunset Shimmer mistreated in a way that would have been understandable [[TheBully given her past]], but a detail (Sunset's journal) showing it was post (when she's proven her reformation) made her persecutors UnintentionallyUnsympathetic and the story detested.
*** It also gets criticized for plot points that were handled better in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 "A Canterlot]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Wedding"]] ([[spoiler:the Mane 5 abandoning their friend was payed off with an epic villain, action, and they realized their mistake]]), and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E20ForWhomTheSweetieBelleToils "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils"]] ([[spoiler:one of the Cutie Mark Crusaders being a GreenEyedMonster, but was potrayed sympathetically enough that her forgiveness received no complaints]]).

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** Having different writers has led to [[SeriesContinuityError continuity discrepancies]] (like the [[RefugeeFromTVLand appearance of Daring Do]] clashing with [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont her being shown to be]] RealAfterAll) which were understandable and minor enough [[MST3KMantra as to not interfere with enjoyment]]. The 2014 Holiday Special seemed written pre ''Rainbow Rocks'', and had Sunset Shimmer mistreated in a way that would have been understandable [[TheBully given her past]], but a detail (Sunset's journal) showing it was post (when she's proven her reformation) made her persecutors UnintentionallyUnsympathetic and the story detested.
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detested. It also gets criticized for plot points that were handled better in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 "A Canterlot]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Wedding"]] ([[spoiler:the Mane 5 abandoning their friend was payed off with an epic villain, action, and they realized their mistake]]), and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E20ForWhomTheSweetieBelleToils "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils"]] ([[spoiler:one of the Cutie Mark Crusaders being a GreenEyedMonster, but was potrayed sympathetically enough that her forgiveness received no complaints]]).



* HilariousInHindsight: [[http://www.strangekidsclub.com/2012/03/01/check-out-the-sexy-new-superheroine-cast-of-my-little-pony/ This article]], posted before the comic series was announced, showing fanart of the (humanized) Mane Six as pin-up superheroines, mentioning "Somewhere 'bad girl artist' J. Scott Campbell is smiling". Campbell ''did'' do a [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0onesXxyp30/UPhh3un3E-I/AAAAAAABPIA/AHYyvYyHrBc/s1600/image.jpeg variant cover]], with no {{Fanservice}} in sight!

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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[[http://www.strangekidsclub.com/2012/03/01/check-out-the-sexy-new-superheroine-cast-of-my-little-pony/ This article]], posted before the comic series was announced, showing fanart of the (humanized) Mane Six as pin-up superheroines, mentioning "Somewhere 'bad girl artist' J. Scott Campbell is smiling". Campbell ''did'' do a [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0onesXxyp30/UPhh3un3E-I/AAAAAAABPIA/AHYyvYyHrBc/s1600/image.jpeg variant cover]], with no {{Fanservice}} in sight!



* IdiotPlot: "Root of the Problem" would be over in one page, if it ever happened at all, if any of the characters acted intelligent for just a moment. King Aspen could have sent an envoy to meet with Celestia and Luna in person; Celestia and Luna themselves could visit in person; Twilight could have used her powers and authority as Princess. Instead the ponies are completely useless to do anything while the deer jump straight to eco-terrorism without any regard for the chaos they cause. Further, the resolution of the conflict (the deer just invade the construction site and kick Well-To-Do and his workers out) could have been done at the start of it all without the need to attack Ponyville.

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* IdiotPlot: IdiotPlot:
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"Root of the Problem" would be over in one page, if it ever happened at all, if any of the characters acted intelligent for just a moment. King Aspen could have sent an envoy to meet with Celestia and Luna in person; Celestia and Luna themselves could visit in person; Twilight could have used her powers and authority as Princess. Instead the ponies are completely useless to do anything while the deer jump straight to eco-terrorism without any regard for the chaos they cause. Further, the resolution of the conflict (the deer just invade the construction site and kick Well-To-Do and his workers out) could have been done at the start of it all without the need to attack Ponyville.



* InternetBackdraft: Ted Anderson caused this in several forums, including IDW's own, with the revelation that he, in the 2014 "Power Ponies"-themed Annual issue canonized dragondicks, a rather polarizing figure in the fandom, known for her vocal criticisms of it, specially men in the fandom. It was aggravated when his defense was that dragondicks' work and political views are just satire.

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* InternetBackdraft: InternetBackdraft:
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Ted Anderson caused this in several forums, including IDW's own, with the revelation that he, in the 2014 "Power Ponies"-themed Annual issue canonized dragondicks, a rather polarizing figure in the fandom, known for her vocal criticisms of it, specially men in the fandom. It was aggravated when his defense was that dragondicks' work and political views are just satire.



* {{Narm}}: In issue 34, [[spoiler:when Radiant Hope uses a really powerful healing spell to revitalize King Sombra, that appears very intense and painful. However, it's hard to take it seriously when Sombra starts yelling "The pain!"]]

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* {{Narm}}: {{Narm}}:
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In issue 34, [[spoiler:when Radiant Hope uses a really powerful healing spell to revitalize King Sombra, that appears very intense and painful. However, it's hard to take it seriously when Sombra starts yelling "The pain!"]]



* UglyCute: Jim the Cave Troll. Sure he's a hulking brute who could easily crush a pony if he wanted to, but he's so innocent and carefree it's hard not to see him as anything other than the softie he really is. And he genuinely did love the Mane Six's company.

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* UglyCute: UglyCute:
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Jim the Cave Troll. Sure he's a hulking brute who could easily crush a pony if he wanted to, but he's so innocent and carefree it's hard not to see him as anything other than the softie he really is. And he genuinely did love the Mane Six's company.



* UncannyValley: Issue #1's [[http://www.amazon.com/Little-Friendship-Magic-Subscription-Variant/dp/B00A8RS4BC/ SUB]] cover by Jill Thompson. The mouths just look wrong.

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* UncannyValley: UncannyValley:
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Issue #1's [[http://www.amazon.com/Little-Friendship-Magic-Subscription-Variant/dp/B00A8RS4BC/ SUB]] cover by Jill Thompson. The mouths just look wrong.



* VindicatedByHistory: The Nightmare Arc (Issues 5-8) was [[ContestedSequel controversial when it came out]], but future issues were even more so, with criticisms this arc [[FranchiseOriginalSin adequately contained]], meaning it's now viewed as one of the comics best stories. Helping is that it's biggest criticism ([FanDislikedExplanation the nature of the Nightmare Forces and their relation to Nightmare Moon]]) was [[AuthorsSavingThrow retconned into something more palatable]] in ''Fiendship Is Magic''.

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* VindicatedByHistory: The Nightmare Arc (Issues 5-8) was [[ContestedSequel controversial when it came out]], but future issues were even more so, with criticisms this arc [[FranchiseOriginalSin adequately contained]], meaning it's now viewed as one of the comics best stories. Helping is that it's biggest criticism ([FanDislikedExplanation ([[FanDislikedExplanation the nature of the Nightmare Forces and their relation to Nightmare Moon]]) was [[AuthorsSavingThrow retconned into something more palatable]] in ''Fiendship Is Magic''.



** Princess Celestia, as a result of the Sunset Shimmer short.
*** She's either this or JerkassWoobie in the "Reflection" arc [[spoiler: where she ignores Starswirl's warning to see her lover King Sombra which ultimately causes her to be separated from her mentor then her lover.]]
** Sunset Shimmer in the Holiday Special [[spoiler:where she gets framed for being Anon-a-Miss, a person posting secrets on Mystable, gets rejected by the Humane five and once again becomes the most hated student in Canterlot High. Post-heel-face-turn Sunset Shimmer can't catch a break!]]

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** Princess Celestia, as a result of the Sunset Shimmer short.
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short. And she's either this or JerkassWoobie in the "Reflection" arc [[spoiler: where she ignores Starswirl's warning to see her lover lover, the alternate universe King Sombra which ultimately causes her to be separated from her mentor and then her lover.]]
** Sunset Shimmer in the Holiday Special [[spoiler:where she gets framed for being Anon-a-Miss, a person posting secrets on Mystable, MyStable, gets rejected by the Humane five Five and once again becomes the most hated student in Canterlot High. Post-heel-face-turn Sunset Shimmer can't catch a break!]]
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