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[[caption-width-right:300:"Behold the Great and Powerful [[TheWizardOfOz Oz]]... er... Trixie!"]]

->'''Rarity:''' Just because one has the ability to perform lots of magic does not make one better than the rest of us.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Especially when you got ''me'' around being better than the rest of us!

-> Written by Chris Savino

After a bout of magic practice, Twilight is busy modestly shrugging off praise from Spike, who is impressed by the variety of magical spells she can accomplish. Suddenly, they learn from [[ThoseTwoGuys two excitable unicorn colts]], Snips and Snails, that "The Great and Powerful" Trixie is in Ponyville to perform her magic show. Twilight and her friends go see the show, but some of the others quickly grow tired of Trixie's boasting that she's the greatest magician in all Equestria and her tall tales about her defeat of a bear-like monster called the Ursa Major, and Rainbow Dash starts heckling her.

->'''Trixie:''' Well, well, well, it seems we have some ''neeeigh''-sayers in the audience!

Trixie retaliates by challenging Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity to test her claim that "anything you can do, I can do better!", then proceeds to turn their challenges against them and humiliate them one by one. Despite urging from Spike, Twilight Sparkle refuses to do anything because she's afraid of being mistaken for a show-off herself.

Snips and Snails are impressed by the act, but Spike tries to convince them not to take Trixie's stories at face value:

->'''Spike:''' Look, unless an Ursa Major comes walking up the street for Trixie to "vanquish", I am ''not'' going to believe a word she says, and neither should you!\\
'''Snips:''' Hmmm... [[ComicallyMissingThePoint an Ursa walkin' up the street, eh?]] Snails, you thinkin' what I'm thinkin'?\\
'''Snails:''' [[AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering Why is it they call it a flea market when they don't really sell fleas?]]

The two unicorn lads sneak into the Everfree Forest with the intent of luring an Ursa Major to Ponyville so they can watch Trixie take one on. This proves to be a bad idea: the giant bear monster goes on a rampage, Trixie nearly panics at the sight of the beast, and when she does try to defeat it, she barely annoys it. With Ponyville at risk, Twilight finally decides to make with the magic and... lulls the Ursa to sleep by rocking it and feeding it with an improvised bottle of milk, made by telekinetically ripping open a water tower, milking a barnful of cattle, and affixing a makeshift nipple to the end. After returning the Ursa from whence it came, her friends ask how she was able to defeat a creature considered to be invincible, where Twilight reveals the titanic Ursa "Major" was only a ''baby Ursa Minor.''

Trixie runs off while Twilight and company deliver the Aesop: taking pride in your abilities and using them when they're needed isn't showing off. Twilight also tasks Snips and Snails with helping out the town, but is generous enough to give them (and Spike) fashionable mustaches as well.

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!!Tropes present in this episode (YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters here]]):

* AbsenteeActor: The first episode to [[DemotedToExtra reduce several mane-players to background characters]]. Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy appear as spectators for Trixie's magic show, but otherwise play no part in the episode's events.
* TheAdjectivalSuperhero: She's "The Great and Powerful" Trixie.
* AnimalisticAbomination: Used as a punchline. Keep in mind that the following conversation concerns a creature so powerful, it nearly destroyed Ponyville because it was in a bad mood. Might Equestria be a more [[CrapsaccharineWorld terrifying world]] than meets the eye?
-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' That wasn't an Ursa Major. That was a baby, an Ursa Minor.\\
'''Trixie:''' THAT was just a BABY!?\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' And it wasn't rampaging. It was just cranky because ''someone'' [gives a look at Snips and Snails] woke it up.\\
'''Spike:''' Well, if that was an Ursa Minor, then what's an Ursa Major like?\\
''[cut to a monster large enough to cradle the Ursa Minor in its arms and rock it back and forth]''\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' [[YouDoNotWantToKnow You don't want to know]].
* AnythingYouCanDoICanDoBetter: Trixie ''claims'' to be able to do this, but she just interfered with Applejack, Rainbow Dash and Rarity's tricks to humiliate them. Oddly, it's only in the latter two cases that the tricks could be taken as being impressive, given that every unicorn we've seen using magic has telekinesis.
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: Snips and Snails mimic [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain the trope namer]] almost to the letter.
* AsideGlance: Twilight gives an amusing one in the vein of [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} Jon Arbuckle]] when Spike slams the conjured door in the TheExitIsThatWay example below.
* BearsAreBadNews: The Ursa Major (and Minor). Not just any bears: bears made out of ''stars''.
* BeYourself
* BrickJoke: The "Number 25".
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: When Snips and Snails enter the cave.
* CelestialBody: The Ursas.
* {{Constellations}}: The episode involved a giant bear [[CelestialBody made of stars]] incorrectly called an Ursa Major (it's actually an Ursa Minor as Twilight Sparkle pointed out in the end). There is an actual Ursa Major though, but it is a little more monstrous than its Ursa Minor cub.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: [[BadassMustache Number 25]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: The episode itself towards Trixie. She hypes up her show by bragging, is shamed for it, then has her home destroyed and her reputation(vital for her line of work) destroyed.
* DubInducedPlotHole: The Japanese dub accidentally has Snips outright state in front of Spike that he plans to bring an Ursa Major to Ponyville, but he doesn't do anything to try and talk them out of it, which is probably what he would have done if he heard it in the original version.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Cheerilee appears for the first time as a background pony in this episode, though she wouldn't actually play a role in the show until [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie six episodes later]].
* TheExitIsThatWay: Slamming the door just created in the middle of the room isn't an effective way to make an exit.
* {{Fake Ultimate Hero}}ine: Trixie presents herself as a powerful unicorn who saved another city from an Ursa Major and has the personality to go with it. The first thing she does when a ''real'' Ursa shows up is to scream and run away, then when she ''tries'' to stop it, all she does is annoy it more, causing her to reveal her story was a lie to make her look tougher than she really was.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The spots on the [[http://images.wikia.com/mlp/images/7/76/Trixie_facing_the_ursa_minor_S1E06.png Ursa Minor's flank and tail]] form the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursa_Minor Little Dipper]].
* TheHeckler: Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Spike all complain about Trixie's attitude loudly in the audience, [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter pivoting her challenge]].
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: Trixie counters Rainbow Dash, Rarity, and Applejack by turning their own tricks against them.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: "It seems we have some ''neeeigh''-sayers in the audience!"
* HumblePie: What Trixie doles out to those who challenge her claims, by taking whatever task they challenged her with and twisting it to her own ends. And at the end of the episode, she stoutly refuses to accept the slice that's served up to her, running away instead.
* HypocrisyNod: Rainbow Dash, being as much of a braggart as Trixie, isn't in much of a position to lecture her, though even she knows that.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' There's no need to go showing off like that. That's ''my'' job.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Seems to be a driving point of Trixie's boasting. Twilight plays with this since while she is insecure about showing off to her friends, she is visibly bummed when thinking [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter she has been surpassed in magic]].
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: "I think I hear my laundry calling."
* LetMeAtHim: Rainbow Dash tries to do this when Trixie runs away after the "Ursa Minor" problem, [[CloserToEarth but Applejack holds her back.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Snips and Snails are actually ''rewarded with mustaches'' for bringing an Ursa Minor to Ponyville that nearly destroys the town. Granted, Twilight was able to prevent this, and she does make them clean up the town, but the fact that they're rewarded for doing something so incredibly reckless, their punishment doesn't seem very proportionate.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: Trixie issues this after being heckled by the other ponies. Granted she doesn't quite play fair.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: [[ThoseTwoGuys Snips and Snails']] PrecociousCrush on [[CuteWitch Trixie]] is often cited as the reason they went to such extremes to see her perform and help her reputation as a mare who defeated an Ursa Major. Of course in the end, it really didn't work out as planned.
* LoudGulp: Twilight confronting the Ursa.
* MagiciansAreWizards: All unicorns have some degree of magic, but Trixie augments hers in her stage act with fireworks and smoke bombs.
* MatchlightDangerRevelation: Not done with a match, but when Snails uses magic to create light in the Ursas' cave, he and Snips find out they are just under the nose of the giant monster.
* MeaningfulName: Trixie is a unicorn who does magic tricks.
* MilesGloriosus: Played with. Trixie claimed to be powerful enough as to defeat a powerful monster called an Ursa Major, and when Applejack, Rainbow Dash and Rarity challenged her to a skills duel, she defeated them by interfering with their own tricks rather than by displaying superior skill. May come with a side of SmallNameBigEgo, since when Snips and Snails lead an Ursa into Ponyville, Trixie attempts to fight it; only after failing does she admit that all of her amazing tales were just lies to make her look more important.
* MonsterIsAMommy: The Ursa Minor is gigantic and took Twilight at her strongest to placate, much less "defeat". It's about the same size as the dragons usually depicted as the most dangerous creatures in the series. [[http://ponibooru.413chan.net/post/view/6916 The Ursa Major]] is [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever pretty much a MLP]] {{Kaiju}}. Given how protective mother bears are of their young, Ponyville is seriously lucky Twilight avoided a [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} Grendel]] [[MamaBear situation.]]
* NoSell: The entire Trixie vs. Ursa Minor "bout", if it can even be called that.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: On TreehouseTV airings of the episode, an entire line said by Trixie is silenced.
-->'''Trixie:''' When Trixie is through, the only thing they'll call you [Rainbow Dash] is "loser".
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: While Trixie's behavior was excessive, much of the conflict in the episode between Trixie and the Mane Cast could have been avoided if the Mane Cast decided it was just a stupid show and walked away, instead of creating a scene and calling attention to themselves.
* PunBasedTitle: [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Who ya gonna call?]]
* RentAZilla: The Ursa Minor.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Trixie.
* RunningOnTheSpot: Trixie, when she sees [[BearsAreBadNews exactly]] [[RentAZilla what]] is stomping its way through Ponyville towards her.
* ShoutOut : Trixie's self-title is a reference to TheWizardOfOz, and, like the eponymous Wizard, her supposed greatness is nothing but cleverly used stage magic and acting.
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy:
-->'''Snips:''' The Great and Powerful Trixie vanquished an Ursa Major. Can your Twilight claim that?\\
'''Spike:''' Oh, really? Were you guys actually there?\\
'''Snips:''' Well, uh... no, but--\\
'''Spike:''' But nothing! The proof is in the pudding!\\
'''Snails:''' Huh huh huh huh huh... I like pudding!
* SmokeOut: Though it doesn't last long enough to completely cover Trixie's exit.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Though no one directly accuses Twilight of being a coward when she refuses to rise up to Trixie's challenge, her development in this episode otherwise fits this trope.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Trixie often [[ThirdPersonPerson refers to herself]] as "The Great and Powerful Trixie".
* SplitScreenReaction:
** Snips and Snails screaming, and the Ursa Minor roaring.
** And later, Snips, Snails, and Spike receiving mustaches.
* StealthPun: Trixie goads Rarity into challenging her by calling her mane a "rat's nest". After Trixie changes her mane, it actually has two rat's tails poking out, making the earlier insult literal.
* StopHelpingMe: Invoked; Trixie's reaction to Snips and Snails bringing the Ursa Minor to Ponyville so she could "vanquish" it.
* [[ThirdPersonPerson Third-Pony Pony]]:
** "The Great and Powerful Trixie!"
** Rarity gets into it too.
* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: Twilight puts a zipper on Spike's mouth with her magic to stop him from boasting in her stead and further antagonizing Trixie.
* WordSchmord: How Rainbow Dash disapproves of Trixie showing off, following a glare from Applejack when Rainbow herself starts bragging.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Yeah! Uh, magic schmagic! Boo!
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: When asked what an Ursa Major is like, Twilight gives this response. Not [[ScareChord before showing]] the audience, however.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rarity is horrified that her mane (normally purple) has been turned green. But of course there is already one pony in the audience who has green hair and is offended by this. Ironically, the otherwise identical character (named Carrot Top) usually has orange hair and only ever appears with a green mane in this scene. Even in this episode, the orange-maned version is seen later. (Maybe she dyed it after the comment earlier?)

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