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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[KidsAreCruel Fluttershy! Fluttershy! Fluttershy can hardly fly!]]'']]

->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Seven ninety-five! We are so close! Fluttershy, they need you up there!\\
'''Fluttershy:''' ''I won't make a difference!''

-> Written by Cindy Morrow

At an all-pegasus meeting, Rainbow Dash announces that Ponyville's reservoir has been chosen this year to supply Cloudsdale with the water for all the rain for Equestria -- and Ponyville's pegasi will get the water from the ground to Cloudsdale by flying together and making a tornado of at least 800 wing power. Every capable pegasus in Ponyville is needed to help (including the RunningGag of a huge, beefy, enthusiastic stallion with disproportionately small wings). Rainbow Dash wants Ponyville to break the record of 910 wing power set by Fillydelphia the previous year with a hurricane of over 1,000 wing power! Everypony's cheering is marred by a little coughing.

As training begins, Rainbow Dash watches over the proceedings, providing encouragement and scolding the coughing ponies for attempting to malinger. Fluttershy is conspicuously absent -- she's at home, faking being sick and injured. Rainbow Dash spots the ploys and forces Fluttershy to admit the real problem: she was humiliated by her weak flying in front of the other young pegasi at Flight Camp, and now she feels a crippling sense of performance anxiety. Rainbow tones down her usual brash approach and reminds her friend how important their mission is. Fluttershy agrees to try despite her obvious misgivings.

Twilight brings [[ShownTheirWork an anemometer]] to the training grounds to test pegasus wing power. When it's Fluttershy's turn, she makes a valiant effort but when she hears laughter from twin pegasi on the sidelines, it causes her to {{flashback}} to being teased:

->''"Fluttershy! Fluttershy! Fluttershy can hardly fly!"''

Fluttershy falters, resulting in a miserable score of 0.5. She runs off in tears. Rainbow Dash tries to bolster her spirits, but Fluttershy's nerve has failed. Alone with her animal friends, however, she musters up her courage and begins practicing on her own. When she returns, her wing power has improved significantly -- but it is still only 2.3 which is well short of the 10.0 goal Rainbow Dash has set for all pegasi. Though both Rainbow and Twilight commend her for her significant improvement, Fluttershy still feels humiliated and runs away yet again.

On the big day, Spitfire of the Wonderbolts shows up to oversee the proceedings and witness the record-breaking attempt. Unfortunately, it turns out the coughing fits were ''genuine'' -- eight ponies are out with the feather flu! Not only does this mean they won't beat the wing power record, but they might not even lift the water to Cloudsdale. Determined to overcome these setbacks, Rainbow Dash and the Ponyville pegasi start the tornado only to fail due to a mid-air crash. Despite Twilight's warnings that she's endangering TheTeam, Rainbow Dash rallies everypony to try again. They build a tornado of 795 wing power -- five short of the minimum needed. Twilight urges Fluttershy to help, but Fluttershy says her measly strength is too little to make a difference. When Twilight convinces her to try not just for Rainbow Dash or Ponyville, but for herself, the meek pegasus takes flight and enters the maelstrom.

In mid-flight, Fluttershy's memories of being teased strike again, but she refuses to let them stop her, pushing herself past her limits. The sight of Fluttershy's determination encourages the other pegasi. Together, they generate just enough wing power to propel the water to Cloudsdale!

Spitfire congratulates Rainbow Dash, who graciously steps aside and gives props to Fluttershy, her number one flier! Everypony begins to chant:

->''"[[MeaningfulEcho Fluttershy! Fluttershy! Fluttershy can really fly!]]"''

Fluttershy narrates her letter to Princess Celestia from the shoulders of everypony: ''"Sometimes you can feel like what you have to offer is too little to make a difference. But today, I learned that everypony's contribution is important, no matter how small. If you just keep your head high, do your best, and believe in yourself, anything can happen!"'' YEAH!
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!!Tropes present in this episode (YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy here]]):

* AbsenteeActor: Applejack, Pinkie Pie, and Rarity are not present, although Ashleigh Ball and AndreaLibman are still present as Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy, respectively. This leaves TabithaStGermain as the only main VA absent.
* AdultsAreUseless: The teachers back at Flight Camp apparently took no action in preventing Fluttershy from being bullied. One teacher literally kicks her off a cloud, and another one shown with a circle of foals simply stared as Fluttershy was humiliated.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Thunderlane gets one from Cloudchaser after his first anemometer test shows off his wing power.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** After her complicated explanation of what her anemometer does, Twilight looks quite pleased with herself (and ignorant of everyone else's confusion), tapping her hooves together.
** Fluttershy as well. It's that adorable little fake sneeze.
* AgainstTheSettingSun: Fluttershy's entrance to retest her wing speed after her intensive training.
* AnimeHair: Cloudchaser. It looks straight out of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** While the spinning air in a tornado can lower the pressure at the center, and a pressure drop can create some lift on internal fluids, it's not going to suddenly shoot water high into the air immediately upon crossing a threshold. There is such a thing as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterspout waterspout]], but it's a condensation effect inside a funnel cloud rather than a tornado actually sucking up water. [[AWizardDidIt But then again pegasi did it.]]
** Under the effects of the super-tornado, the water in the reservoir displays properties more like a non-Newtonian fluid, with the water's surface tension holding most of it in a single large drop-shaped mass below the critical wingpower threshold.
* BadassAdorable
** One of the participants in the tornado making is a little colt, Rumble.
** There's also [[FanNickname Tornado Bolt]] shown just before Fluttershy's first measurement.
* BadBadActing: Fluttershy tries to fake sickness and a hurt wing. Unfortunately, her voice is too monotone to be convincing.
* [[BeQuietNudge "Be Quiet!" Slap]]: Twilight does this towards Spike when he's accidentally insensitive towards Fluttershy.
* BigYes
** The muscular white pegasus (officially named Bulk Biceps as of Rainbow Falls, previously known as Snowflake), whose every appearance has him shouting "'''YEAH!!!'''".
** A completely serious one with Fluttershy declaring that she ''is'' going to let her fillyhood trauma scare her away from joining the tornado.
* BreakTheCutie: Fluttershy, ''[[UpToEleven 3 times]]'' (though twice it's self-inflicted). The poor girl just couldn't get a break this episode.
* TheCameo
** Derpy is present, derped-eyes and all, throughout the entire show, including participating in generating the tornado. No surprise there, as she ''is'' a pegasus. Thankfully, it wasn't her fault the tornado failed the first time. (Her friend Raindrops was the first to give out, followed by many others.)
** The same mule from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason "Applebuck Season"]] makes an appearance.
** Spitfire of the Wonderbolts is there to oversee the water transferring process.
* CallBack: Fluttershy's and Rainbow Dash's time at [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles Flight Camp]] is revisited. Both have their cutie marks by this flashback point, while Fluttershy is still the lanky filly compared to Rainbow.
* CanonImmigrant: Blossomforth gets her debut in the show after making two appearances in the toy line the previous year.
* CharacterDevelopment: Rainbow Dash starts off as being very aggressive when confronting Fluttershy about participating in the tornado but catches herself on this before switching to a gentler approach, reflecting a greater sense of empathy and understanding in her character. This goes beyond this episode and for the rest of the series beforehand. In episodes like "Dragonshy", Rainbow Dash had zero patience for Fluttershy's cowardice. While previous Season Two episodes made subtle pushes into a [[CoolBigSis kinder role]], this cements it, with Rainbow Dash being nothing short of gentle and supportive towards Fluttershy despite her excessive lack of self-esteem.
* CircleOfShame: Fluttershy keeps imagining that everypony is laughing at her like in her {{Flashback}}.
* ComicRolePlay: Angel Bunny, the animals of the cottage, and the animals of the forest wear little outfits, some in pony masks, to help Fluttershy learn to cope with her fear of performing with other ponies watching.
* ContinuityNod:
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Fluttershy is disguised as a tree.]]
** As Rainbow Dash flies around and announces the meeting at the library:
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Be cool or be mule. ''[flies over to the same mule from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason "Applebuck Season"]]]'' No offense.\\
'''Mule:''' None taken.
** Rainbow Dash coaches while wearing a [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin cap and whistle]].
** When questioned by Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy admits that she's capable of impressive flying, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 but only in emergencies]].
** Fluttershy's wings snapping shut when she's afraid just like in ''Dragon Shy''.
** When pretending to be sick, Fluttershy wears the same jacket that she wore in the spa in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor "Green Isn't Your Color"]].
* CrazyAwesome:[[invoked]] Referred to by name by Rainbow Dash.
* CrisisMakesPerfect: Rainbow Dash sets the goal for every pegasus to achieve 10.0 wingpower so they can make a tornado and lift water to Cloudsdale. Fluttershy initially gets 0.5 wingpower, and trains to get up to 2.3 wingpower. When the pegasi try to create the tornado, they don't have enough wingpower to lift the water, so Fluttershy joins and manages to fly faster than she ever did before.
* {{Determinator}}
** Rainbow Dash and all of the Ponyville pegasi.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' No! One more time! I gotta know we gave it our all! If I'm going down, I'm going down flying!
** Fluttershy also becomes this when she ''sucks an about-to-fall tear right back up into her eye''.
* DelayedReaction: Fluttershy keeps flying around in circles even after the tornado has disappeared.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The educational film shown by Rainbow Dash to the assembled pegasi.
* DieOrFly: It's established that Fluttershy is capable of flying pretty fast, but ''only'' when there's danger.
** This also seemed to be the motive for Fluttershy's [[SadistTeacher flight school coach]] pushing her off the cloud before she was ready, hoping that maybe her flight instincts would kick in.
* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: Downplayed; everybody outside the tornado gets tossed around.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The overly-muscled pegasus stallion with disproportionately small wings is somewhat suggestive of steroid abuse. (Hence, why one FanNickname for this pony is "Roid Rage".)
* DopeSlap: Spike gets dope-slapped by Twilight during a bout of being InnocentlyInsensitive.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Rainbow Dash has shades of this in her coaching style with the other pegasi, particularly with Thunderlane.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For Fluttershy. After the training and overcoming her fear and diving into the malestrom, she has never deserved it more.
* {{Expy}}: Blossomforth was previously a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 G3/G3.5]] [[http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/G3_Blossomforth Earth]] [[http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/Ponyville_Blossomforth pony]].
* EyeScream: Rainbow Dash slamming into the tree, causing her eyes to pop out the other end, and get stuck there, temporarily.
* FantasticMeasurementSystem: Wing Power. A fan did some work and calculated 1 Wing Power to be roughly equivalent to 19.5 Miles per Hour.
* FeatherFingers: Fluttershy (and [[FanNickname Dizzy Twister]] in the background in another scene) were shown doing pushups with her wings, and another Pegasus mare is shown weightlifting with hers. It's used one more time when Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy high-five each other.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The coughing pegasi.
** Thunderlane's excessive perspiration and Blossomforth's "too much flexibility" during the first training scene. Fever is often the first observable symptom of a flu, "feather" or otherwise, and often presents as hypermobility before anyone reaches for a thermometer.
* FurryReminder: Rainbow Dash bucking and snorting. Also, the Pegasi stomping in celebration.
* [[GlassesPull Goggles Pull]]: Spitfire does this when the pegasi actually manage 800 wingpower.
* HairDecorations: Flitter wears a pink bow.
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Flitter and Cloudchaser.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: This week it's Spike, harping on Fluttershy's lowly wing power score. Twilight goes upside his head and gestures for him to zip it.
* InstructionalFilm: With obligatory StylisticSuck in parody of old [=1950s=] films of this nature.
* JerkassRealization
** When first confronting Fluttershy about skipping out on training, Rainbow is typically abrasive. Realizing this, she reins herself in and treats Fluttershy much more gently throughout the rest of the episode.
** Similarly, Fluttershy is first convinced to do a test run out of guilt after a dejected Rainbow Dash submits to her refusal to train.
* KidsAreCruel: The fillies in Fluttershy's flashback tease her mercilessly.
* LaymansTerms: Spike fills in for Twilight. After her techno babble confuses the mares, Spike says "it measures how fast you're going and how strong your wings are."
* TheLeader: This episode confirms that Rainbow Dash is the leader for Ponyvile's pegasi; she calls the meeting, she leads the meeting, she supervises the training, and gives the rousing speech. She is the headstrong variety.
* MadeOfIron: Both Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash crash halfway through a tree and neither suffers more than the minor inconvenience of being in that position.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Fluttershy, Fluttershy, Fluttershy can hardly/really fly!".
* MythologyGag: A male pegasus spotted during the final tornado attempt is [[PaletteSwap Caramel in G1 Firefly's colors.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero
** Rainbow Dash calls out Thunderlane for trying to [[PlayingSick play sick]] to get out of training and tornado duty and forces him to train with the other pegasi. Turns out Thunderlane (or Blossomforth) really ''was'' sick and got several other pegasi sick on the big day, which not only prevented them from breaking the wing power record, but nearly prevented them from raising the water to Cloudsdale.
** Fluttershy, Rainbow, and Twilight seemed satisfied with her 0.5 first attempt, but Spike just had to be snide about it, sending the poor girl into tears. Twilight's smack to his head was well deserved.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The white Pegasus with huge muscles and tiny wings, who has drawn comparisons to the works of Creator/JohnKricfalusi and been {{Fan Nickname}}d Roid Rage.
* OffModel: During the second tornado attempt, Fluttershy's wings briefly disappear when she smacks against the wingpower measuring machine.
* PaintingTheFrostOnWindows: Either normal water evaporation doesn't happen, normal condensation doesn't happen, or they find the natural processes inefficient,[[note]]Hearth's Warming Eve established that Equestria had normal weather prior to the arrival of ponies[[/note]] because water is brought to the raincloud factory in liquid form. This itself requires a bare minimum of 80 pegasi with an average of 10.0 wingpower to generate a large tornado.
* PerformanceAnxiety: Fluttershy is a great flyer when it's an emergency like catching falling birds [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess and friends]], but suffers crippling stage fright when it comes to a performance.
* PowerLevels: The anemometer readings assign a number to wing power; Rainbow Dash's goal is for every pony, through intensive training, to reach 10.0.
* PlayingSick
** Fluttershy tries to fake the pony pox to avoid having to get involved in making the tornado. Rainbow Dash "cures" her with ice cold water.
** Inverted when Rainbow Dash thinks Thunderlane was faking sick. It turns out he really was sick all along.
* RealityEnsues: While undergoing a few days of intense training will certainly help you improve, it's just not possible to go from the bottom of the heap to the top that quickly.
* RousingSpeech:
** Rainbow Dash gives one to all the pegasi in Ponyville after the educational film and then as they prepare to bring up the reservoir water up to Cloudsdale.
** Fluttershy's animal friends all team up to give her one in the forest, though she's the only one who can understand them.
* RunningGag: The muscular, white pegasus shouting "'''YEAH!!!'''".
* SchizoTech:
** 1950 style propaganda films and the anemometer and Twilight's ''abacus''.
** In Dash's chart, Ponyville is represented by the expected thatched roofs and cottages, but Fillydelphia has a skyline full of skyscrapers.
* SchoolBullyingIsHarmless: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], as Fluttershy spends the episode fighting off her trauma of being teased in the past.
* SecondPlaceIsForWinners: The pegasi might not have broken the previous wing power record, but Spitfire congratulates everypony for having the guts to keep trying.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: [[BadassBookworm Twilight]] naturally, when trying to explain the anemometer to Cloudchaser and Flitter.
-->'''Cloudchaser:''' What exactly does this machine do?\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' This is an anemometer. It measures your accelerative velocity and translates it into wing power, thus gauging your cumulative [=H2O=] anti-gravitational potential. Any other questions?\\
'''Flitter:''' Yeah. ''[to Spike]'' What exactly does this machine do?\\
'''Spike:''' It tells you how fast you're going and how strong your wings are.\\
'''Pegasi:''' Ohhhh...
* ShipTease: The Fluttershy / Rainbow Dash subtext reaches critical mass here. Rainbow Dash is dismayed when Fluttershy gives up, is overjoyed when she returns to try, and Fluttershy puts forth her greatest effort in an attempt to make Rainbow Dash happy and do her part to support her. The dialogue includes tidbits such as Rainbow Dash telling her "But I ''need'' you!" and Twilight telling Fluttershy "Do it for Rainbow Dash!"
* ShownTheirWork: Twilight refers to a device to measure the "wing power" of the pegasi as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anemometer anemometer]]. While the design is unconventional, this is a scientific device used to measure wind speed.
* ShoutOut
** To the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' episode "The Magic Coins", which was all about the importance of rain.
** Angel brushing Fluttershy's hair could be a subtle one to the toy line.
** One of the {{Fan Nickname}}s for the overly-muscular stallion is "[[Film/SpaceMutiny Big McLargeHuge]]".
** The instrument Spike is seen playing looks very much like the instrument the Gelfling has from "The Dark Crystal"
** Fluttershy's critter friends donning pony masks could be a shout out to the Gig Simulator in Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny
* ShutUpHannibal: Fluttershy telling her own flashback of kids taunting her to shut up.
* StylisticSuck: The educational film shown to the pegasi is deliberately 1950's black and white with lame pictures and malfunctioning slides.
* SuperOCD: While it's a character defining trait, Twilight is seen enforcing a germ-free environment. [[UpToEleven Absolutely]] germ-free. Turns out to be {{Justified|Trope}} when eight pegasi get sick and create a problem for Rainbow Dash. Also the whole point of the job was to transport water up to Cloudsdale. If the pegasi moving it were sick, the water could've been tainted.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: [[AvertedTrope Twilight can't talk to squirrels]] but Fluttershy can.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Bulk Biceps is this to a fault. He's huge, muscular, hot blooded and his sole purpose is a running gag.
* TookALevelInKindness: After spending most of the second season as an abrasive LeeroyJenkins, this episode pivots Rainbow Dash's CharacterDevelopment into a gentler, more selfless figure. The same goes for Angel Bunny who started off the season as a selfish SpoiledBrat but in this episode is understanding and even oversees Fluttershy's personal training as her coach.
* TrainingMontage: The training montage with the pegasi is mostly offscreen, but Fluttershy has one of her own that is played much more straight.
* TrainingFromHell: Fluttershy (see above). If one does the math, it results in a whopping ''300% increase'' (give-or-take) in her wing power.
* TranslatorBuddy: Spike plays this role after the pegasi are confused by Twilight's [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness explanation]] of the anemometer.
* VisualPun: Fluttershy cries... under a weeping willow.
* VocalEvolution: Spitfire's sole line in the episode sees her with a higher pitch than she previously had, though unlike in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E7WonderboltsAcademy "Wonderbolts Academy"]] she doesn't have the rasp just yet.
* TheWallsHaveEyes: When Fluttershy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJWRu7QF2Hw panics]], she envisions a monstrous tunnel of giant, disembodied eyeballs, their collective glare uniformly fixed on her.
* WatchOutForThatTree
** Fluttershy crashes into a tree during her training.
** Rainbow Dash, after being ejected from the first tornado, smashes in a tree and her ''eyes'' go through the trunk.
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens
** Twilight's anemometer measures [[FantasticMeasurementSystem wing power]] by how fast the propeller on it moves.
** By creating the tornado's vortex, the pegasi are helping to draw water from the reservoir.
* WritersCannotDoMath: [[FantasticMeasurementSystem Wing Power]] is stated to be cumulative. For the 8 Pegasi missing to account for breaking the record versus barely able to make the tornado would require them to have an average of over 13.75. This is unlikely given that only Dash displays a number higher than 10. That's only to beat Fillydelphia's 910, Dash's over 1000 goal would require the 8 to have been averaging over 25.
* YankTheDogsChain: The first time Fluttershy attempts to test run she gets off to a good start, but her trauma kicks in and she stumbles at the last second making only 0.5. After an intense training montage and bulk up in courage, she tries again, more hopeful and confident, but still only makes 2.3. [[GiveTheDogABone She finally musters up a proper speed for the actual tornado]].
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