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!!Continued from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1]]".
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[EarnYourHappyEnding You should see what happens before this...]]]]

->''This day has been just perfect~\\
The kind of day of which I've dreamed since I was small.\\
Everypony I'll soon control!\\
Every stallion, mare and foal!\\
Who says a girl can't really have it all?''
-->-- '''Queen Chrysalis'''

-> Written by Meghan [=McCarthy=]

Twilight finds herself in a dark cave, magicking up a light from her horn, wondering where she is.

Cadance's evil laughter fills the air heralding her appearing and vanishing in faceted reflections overhead, mocking Twilight and saying there's nothing she can do to stop her -- and that Twilight will be forgotten and imprisoned forever. Twilight, undaunted, gives chase and attacks with magic, before breaking through a wall and tumbling into -- Cadance?!

The truth is revealed: Twilight was ''right'' about Cadance being evil -- but the truth is it's ''not'' actually Cadance. The ''real'' Cadance proves her identity by greeting a suspicious Twilight with their SecretHandshake and explaining that the Cadance above is an impostor seeking to take over Canterlot. Twilight and the real Cadance fight the bewitched bridesmaids, then make their way back to the surface of Canterlot. Just before Princess Celestia can complete the ceremony, [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace Twilight and the real Cadance storm in to expose the deception]].

When the jig is up for the fake Cadance, [[OneWingedAngel she reveals herself as Chrysalis, the frightening queen of the Changelings]], a race of parasitic beings with the ability to copy the shape of a loved one and then eat the love feelings directed to the fake. Chrysalis has decided to take over Canterlot because as the capital of Equestria, the country with the most ''love'' in the world, it can feed her subjects -- the other Changelings. She smugly announces that since she took Cadance's place, she turned Shining Armor into her puppet and has weakened him so much that soon he will be unable to keep Canterlot safe inside of his protective force field.

Celestia rises to challenge the evil impostor, but after a short (yet intense) struggle, she is beaten by Chrysalis. Among everypony in the room, Queen Chrysalis herself is the most surprised: Having fed on so much of Shining Armor's love for Cadance, she has become even stronger than Celestia!

Celestia urges Twilight and the others to get the Elements of Harmony, just when Chrysalis's army finally destroy Shining Armor's force field and attack Canterlot. The Mane Six end up in a pitched battle against Changelings magicked to look like them but in the end, they are overwhelmingly outnumbered and captured before they can get to the Elements.
Chrysalis's victory is absolute: Canterlot is invaded by her army, Celestia is imprisoned inside of a cocoon, the bearers of the Elements of Harmony have been neutralized and Shining Armor's power has been completely drained, leaving him incapable to recast his energy barrier. When the Evil Queen stops to gloat, Twilight frees Cadance so she can go to the side of her love. She not only breaks the Changeling's hold on him, but together, their love is strong enough to give Shining Armor the strength to once again perform his protection spell and banish the Changelings, not only from Canterlot but from all of Equestria. The day is saved!

The real wedding can finally take place. Twilight's organizational skills pull the whole thing together with dazzling speed, with Cadance enthusiastically participating, and Twilight's position as Best Mare is reinstated and she is allowed back into the wedding. The ceremony is sweet and beautiful, especially for Twilight when Shining warmly tells her that he persuaded Cadance to accept his proposal with the fact that she would gain Twilight as a sister-in-law. As night falls, Princess Luna arrives, and the reception begins in earnest. Everypony dances, and as the couple departs, Shining thanks his sister for everything she has done with a warm reaffirmation of their love. As the carriage leaves, Rarity makes a spectacular dive for the bouquet, and Spike announces his intentions for the bachelor party.

Everypony lives HappilyEverAfter. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpire For about six months anyway.]]

The end.

'''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome *Cue epic cred...]][[RunningGag ...Tori Spelling.* ]]'''
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!!Tropes present in this episode and/or the preceding episode (YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 here]]):

* AbandonedMine: According to Queen Chrysalis, no one in Canterlot remembers the mines underneath them exist
* AdultFear:
** In the DarkReprise, a terrified Carrot Top being cornered with Dr. Whooves by the Changelings and trying to protect her foal.
** Cadance's fear of losing the person she loves most to someone else due to the {{Brainwashing}} and kidnapping and magic...
* AllThereInTheScript: Her name is never mentioned on-screen, but the Changeling Queen's name is, according to the script, Chrysalis. Confirmed when she returned in [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the comic book]].
* AlternateAnimalAffection: {{Averted}}. Shining Armor and Princess Cadance kiss at the end.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Not even the BrainwashedAndCrazy bridesmares can resist the allure of a wedding bouquet. All Cadance did to "vanquish" them was use one as a distraction.
* AudibleGleam: While preparing for the wedding, when Chrysalis holds up her hoof, her shoe goes ''ting''.
* AwardBaitSong: "Love is in Bloom," the final song of the two-parter. It's very Disneyesque, and bears some resemblance to "Ever After" from ''{{Enchanted}}.''
* BackToBackBadasses: Exploited. Applejack does this with Twilight, only for "Twilight" to turn out to be one of the Changelings.
* {{Badass}}: When [[BigBad Queen Chrysalis]] places her hoof on Twilight mockingly, our {{Adorkable}} heroine brushes her off and never loses her furious glare towards this rather imposing evil.
* BadassInDistress: By the climax, Shining Armor, Cadance, Celestia, and the Mane Six have all been disabled and/or captured.
* BallroomBlitz: The fight breaks out during the wedding.
* BattleCouple: This is what happens when the MagicKnight Captain of the Royal Guard and a LoveGoddess (which is [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower surprisingly badass]]) BadassPrincess get married. Just ask Queen Chrysalis, if you can find where she landed.
* BeamOWar: Celestia and the main antagonist engage in a brief one of these. Celestia loses.
* BeamSpam / MoreDakka: Pinkie aims Twilight's horn at the changelings and cranks her tail like a Gatling gun, unleashing a rapid-fire burst of spells.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. After a presumably long period of imprisonment in a mine, Real! Cadance is scruffy and battered. Poor girl.
** UnkemptBeauty: Real!Cadance still proves to be quite the stunner when she is found, even under all the scruffiness, dirt, and bruises.
* BedTrick: A G-rated version of the trope; Shining Armor has been affectionate with an impostor all this time.
* BerserkButton: As soon as Fake!Cadance mentions that her plans involve her brother, Twilight gets ''pissed''! She fires a high-energy blast of magic at her and almost lays waste to the ''real'' Cadance a few moments later.
* [[BestWoman Best Mare]]: Shining Armor reinstates Twilight Sparkle in this role for the real wedding between him and the real Cadance.
* BigBad: Queen Chrysalis is behind the real Cadence's disapperance and the invasion.
* BigBadFriend: The mane 6 themselves realize too late that it was Queen Chrysalis, who was disguised as Cadence all along.
* BigNo: In BigBad tradition, Queen Chrysalis lets one off right before Shining Armor and Princess Cadance's spell hits her and blasts her out of Canterlot.
* BladeLock: Celestia and Chrysalis do this with their horns before engaging in their BeamOWar.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Queen Chrysalis and her army are blown across ''Equestria'' by Cadance and Shining Armor's ThePowerOfLove enhanced spell.
* BodyHorror: The changelings, dear Celestia. They just generally look twisted and warped, but special mention goes to the Swiss-cheese holes in their wings, their tails, their manes, their ''[[NightmareFuel legs...]]''
* BookEnds
** The preparations of the wedding have to be redone, but this time with the real Cadance who deeply appreciates the Mane Six's efforts with the grace, charm and exuberance you'd expect from a bride worthy of Twilight's brother.
** The end credits theme is the same one we got for "The Return of Harmony pt 2".
* BouquetToss: Done twice, first as a way [[DistractedByTheShiny to distract a group of brainwashed bridesmaids]], then for real in the end, which Rarity pounces on.
* BrickJoke
** After being conspicuously absent for the entire episode, Princess Luna shows up at the very end and asks if she missed anything while she was away.
** Applejack sneaks her cowboy hat onto her bridesmaid dress once again.
** At the very end, Spike still doesn't know what a bachelor party is.
* BugBuzz: The Changelings have wings, but they're dragonfly wings that drone creepily when they fly.
* BugWar: The changeling invasion.
* CallBack
** Fluttershy directing a chorus of birds.
** Pinkie's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite party cannon]] makes [[OverlyLongGag several returns]] during the battle with the Changeling {{Mook}}s.
** The Sonic Rainboom returns and it appears Dash is a fast enough flyer that she doesn't need the aid of gravity to reach the necessary speed any more.
* TheCameo
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse Vinyl Scratch]], Fancypants, Soarin', and Twilight and Shining Armor's parents all make an appearance at the end.
** Derpy appears several times in the wedding crowd scenes, with her signature derped eyes (most of the time, anyway). This is most notable when Queen Chrysalis is staring down Cadance in the wedding hall.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders. See the voiceless below.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The Nursery Rhyme dance seen in Twilight's flashback in the first part. When Twilight stumbles upon the real Cadance, she's all set to blast her since Chrysalis has been mocking her through reflections. So Cadance quickly proves she the real one by doing the dance. Something Chyrslias failed to do when she first met Twilight while under her guise.
** Cadance and Shining Armor pick up one introduced [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve half a season prior.]] "Hearth's Warming Eve" showed the bond between ponies could be used to power up an extremely strong spell. Cadance and Shining Armor do a similar technique, except with [[ThePowerOfLove another bond]] in place of ThePowerOfFriendship.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite Pinkie Pie never leaves home without her party cannon.]] This was established 17 episodes earlier and pays off in epic fashion.
* CliffhangerCopout: A commercial break occurs when Twilight and Cadance are blocked by the missing bridesmaids, whose eyes glint menacingly when the screen fades to black. It's quickly revealed upon the return from the break that Twilight and Cadance "defeated" the bridesmaids by distracting them with a bouquet of flowers.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Spike planning to have the bachelor party after the wedding.
* TheCombatPragmatist
** Pinkie's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite party cannon]] makes a return during the battle with the Changeling {{Mook}}s and is used successfully in an offensive manner. Yes, that's right, Pinkie Pie weaponized partying. Then she weaponized one of her own friends by turning Twilight Sparkle into a gatling gun (see Gatling Good).
** Fluttershy prevents herself from being targeted by other Fluttershies by pretending she's a changeling and sending them forward, only to be stopped by several Rainbow Dashes... with one of them in the group revealing she is the real one by bucking off the ones to her side.
* CombinationAttack: Cadance and Shining Armor's love-powered spell. Shining Armor provides the spell, which she charges since he's not strong enough to recast the shield spell unassisted due to having been drained by Chrysalis.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: ZigzaggedTrope. The Mane Six defeat a huge herd of changeling impostors all by themselves, but they can't take on the entire army. Possible FridgeBrilliance: The Changelings are fierce, but Chrysalis claims that she came to Equestria hunting for food for them. They were only weak individually because of malnourishment.
* ContinuityNod:
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 Rarity shouts "Mine!"]] when she catches Princess Cadance's bouquet. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Also note her face]]...
** Pinkie Pie once again pulls objects from nowhere. Only this time, it's an entire pony.
** The brainwashed bridesmaids chase after the bouquet, shouting [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero "I want it!" similar to how everyone in Ponyville did in "Lesson Zero".]]
** Applejack scrunches up her face and looks shifty during the actual ceremony when she knows she's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 doing something naughty]].
** Spike dons the tuxedo that he wore in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen "Feeling Pinkie Keen"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver "The Best Night Ever"]], complete with the top hat that Twilight failed to produce in the former.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The villain downright states that had Twilight's friends been a ''bit'' more attentive to Twilight's feelings than focusing on a wedding, they ''would'' have managed to catch her before the wedding even began.
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe: Spike was supposed to host the bachelor party... but did not get that it was supposed to happen ''before'' the wedding.
* CrocodileTears: Like in part 1, Cadance cries when Twilight crashes the actual wedding. It fails this time because Twilight brought with her the ''real'' Cadance.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Although the Changelings are nightmarish, the relentlessly cute art still depicts their Queen as sort of cute. To elaborate, she has a beautiful face [[ButterFace but her body]] is terrifying.
* DamageDiscrimination: The HeartBeatDown only hits the Changelings (and their secretions), leaving everypony and everything left completely untouched.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Cadance is as loving and gentle as Twilight remembers, and also capable of escaping a mine prison and expelling an army from her groom's city.
* DancePartyEnding: The episode closes on the wedding reception.
* DarkestHour: Queen Chrysalis has defeated Celestia, captured the Mane Cast before they can get the Elements, and her Changelings now run rampant in Canterlot. It takes ThePowerOfLove channeled into a spell to finally defeat her.
* DarkReprise: The reprise of "This Day Aria" is even darker in tone than the original VillainSong.
* DarkSecret: The Princess Cadance in Canterlot is a changeling queen. The real Cadance has been imprisoned beneath the castle.
* DeathGlare: Celestia and Shining Armor both shoot Chrysalis one of these.
* DecoyProtagonist: The episode has Twilight be the main character until the final act, which has the real Cadance earning her happy ending.
* DeflectorShields
** Shining Armor's gigantic bubble shield around Canterlot comes crashing down as the Changelings break through and invade the city.
** The same spell is used to defeat the Changelings in the end but this time supercharged by ThePowerOfLove.
* DidntSeeThatComing
** ''Nopony'', villain included, expected Celestia to be overpowered in the BeamOWar.
** It's quite evident that Cadance and Shining Armor blasting her out of Equestria with a HeartBeatDown was not a part of Chrysalis' EvilPlan.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu
** Changeling Queen, defeated [[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]] in a one-on-one magic fight! Even she herself was surprised to win that one..
** Princess Cadance and Shining Armor return the favor with ThePowerOfLove.
* DistantDuet: This Day Aria, sung by Cadance and Chrysalis.
* DogPileOfDoom: A dozen changelings looking like Applejack use this move on the real Applejack.
* {{Doppelganger}}: A whole race of them with Queen Chrysalis and the Changelings.
* DownerBeginning: Leftover from the previous episode's DownerEnding {{Cliffhanger}}: The Queen imprisons Twilight in a diamond mine, and the rest of the cast are clearly ''very'' bitter over Twilight's actions in part 1.
* DramaticIrony: Until Twilight and Cadance burst into the wedding, nopony knows that the bride is a horrible monster, but the viewers know. This makes putting the Cutie Mark Crusader Flower Girls (yay!) in front of "Cadance" as she walks down the aisle particularly [[WouldHurtAChild horrifying]]... ''especially'' after the episode, telling from what we see in the comics...
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Evidently, regardless the events that took place, Twilight's peers still should have listened to her accusations and/or even given them any consideration earlier on. Of course, given Twilight's track record, you'd think that everypony would take something Twilight's risking her very reputation on as more than a jealous accusation. But then again, while she [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero has been known]] to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E20ItsAboutTime overreact]], there has been at least one moment where Twilight and her friends sat together and talked about [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero taking somepony's concerns very seriously]].
* DynamicEntry: The first thing the Changelings do upon breaking Shining Armor's barrier is dive-bomb Canterlot, then [[MadeOfIron get right back up and continue wreaking havoc]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding
** Princess Cadance, all things considered, really had to work to get the happiest day of her life.
** Twilight, losing respect from her friends and family, renews her place in their hearts, especially her brother's.
* EasilyForgiven: Granted, they were tricked and all, but Twilight holds absolutely no resentment towards everypony for turning their backs on her. It must be the two seasons worth of friendship lessons.
* EconomyCast: While the Changelings were overwhelming you'd think the background ponies would have helped out a ''little'' bit more.
* {{Emotion Eater}}s: Queen Chrysalis and her brood feed on love.
* [[EtTuBrute Et Tu, Mane Six?]]: {{Lampshade| Hanging}}d by Queen Chrysalis when she points out on how the rest of the Mane Six ignored Twilight in the last episode for being suspicious of Cadance. Granted, they were tricked and all but Twilight made it clear in that she didn't hold it against them.
* [[EverybodyLaughsEnding Everypony Laughs Ending]]: Because Spike still has no idea what a bachelor party is, like the fact that it's usually held ''before'' the wedding.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Despite ''[[EmotionEater feeding off of love]]'', Chrysalis outright admits feeling none for Shining Armor and in the end doesn't consider the possibility that ThePowerOfLove can be used ''against her''.
* EvilGloating: Big mistake on the Changeling Queen's part as it gave the heroes the opportunity they needed to turn the tide. Celestia {{lampshades}} how foolish it was for Chrysalis to reveal her true self. Though she's more savvy than most villains, because she waited until it looked like she'd already won before gloating.
** Then she gloats about how Twilight's brother, friends and even her mentor coldly ignored her belief that the Cadence Shining Armor was marrying was evil, which turned out to be true.
* EvilPlan: Chrysalis plans to take over Canterlot and use it as the feeding ground for her ''many'' subjects.
* [[FacePalm Face Hoof]]
** Rarity gets one when Twilight bursts in on the wedding.
** Twilight gets one as well when Spike announces his plans for the bachelor party ''after'' the wedding.
* TheFairFolk: The Changelings, which are the chaotic and fearsome variety.
* {{Fauxshadowing}}: The Elements of Harmony have been previously used in similar situations, explicitly mentioned in the chapter, and in fact the Mane Six are going for them but they are captured before they can get them.
* FixFic: There are a handful that try to address the minimal apology Twilight received at the end of this episode, which range from sweet (''[[Fanfic/TheNuptialverse Post Nuptials]]'') to dark (''FanFic/FaithAndDoubt'').
* FlungClothing: The Mane Six do this with their bridesmaid's dresses when they go charging out to the Elements of Harmony vault, though Rarity is a little more reluctant. Rainbow Dash does it again at the end when she prepares to pull off a Sonic Rainboom for the reception (she ''did'' complain that the dress wasn't aerodynamic [[CallBack back in Part One]]...)
* {{Foreshadowing}}
** When the Queen defeats Celestia, she comments on how strong Shining Armor's love for Cadance is. See HoistByHerOwnPetard.
** It was established in "Hearth's Warming Eve" that the bond between ponies can be utilized for a DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu without the Elements.
** A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, when Queen Chrysalis, still in the form of Cadance, sings "[[VillainSong This Day Aria]]", the camera spins around to point at her shadow on the ceiling. Pay close attention; the lamp on the ceiling overlaps her shadow for a few moments, causing it to more resemble her true form.
* FromBadToWorse: Twilight is trapped on some underground caverns where she discovers the real Cadance. Then the impostor is revealed to be Chrysalis, the queen of a demonic race of emotion eaters, who had Twilight's brother under her control all along. Her army of emotion eaters has surrounded Canterlot to feast on everyone there. Then Celestia is defeated. Then Canterlot's magic shield is destroyed and Chrysalis's army invades the helpless city ''and then'' Twilight and her friends are defeated and captured before they could use the Elements of Harmony.
* FullFrontalAssault: Interestingly played with. As spoken by Applejack in "The Best Night Ever", ponies 'usually don't wear clothes.' But when Celestia orders the Mane Six to go get the Elements of Harmony, they [[FlungClothing shed their dresses they wore for the wedding]] to go retrieve them, and end up fighting a huge wave of Changelings. When you also consider Rarity's hesitation to undress before her friends prompted her to, this pretty much means that, [[MetaphoricallyTrue for all intents and purposes]], the Mane Six fought the first wave of Changelings in the 'nude'.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent Princess Luna rocking out harder than anypony else during the wedding reception, except perhaps for DJ PON-3.
* GatlingGood: Pinkie grabs Twilight and ''uses her as a gatling gun''. However, in an unusual inversion of this trope, Twilight's head does not spin -- but Pinkie turns her tail like a crank to fire, just as with the original, manually operated Gatling guns.
** Purists will tell you the Gatling is not the only mechanically-cranked machine gun, although it is by far the best known, nor do all of the others have rotating barrels. This is as much a ShoutOut to the original Gatling's mechanism of fire as anything else.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The BigBad is as close to a ''[[HornyDevil succubus]]'' as a G-rated show can possibly get!
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: After the first scene of the Aria everything [[FadeToBlack fades]] but Chrysalis's eyes, with their true form.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The Changeling queen, naturally. May double as a HiveQueen, seeing how all the other Changelings we see are apparently her ''children''. One of the rare instances when a god does try to save them from the queen, only to fail.
* HallOfMirrors: The mine; Chrysalis taunts Twilight from many at once.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Where Pinkie Pie appears to pull Vinyl Scratch/DJ Pon-3 from at the end.
* HeartBeatDown: Courtesy of Cadance and Shining Armor; power of love expulsion spell!
* HeldGaze: Shining Armor and Princess Cadance after they return to earth and completed their HeartBeatDown they gaze into each other's eyes passionately.
* HoistByHerOwnPetard: The Changeling Queen sending Twilight to the caves, and then taunting her to blast the crystals allowed Twilight to find and free the real Cadance. Furthermore, the queen's {{plan}} worked because of the love of Shining Armor and Princess Cadance. Guess what leads to her defeat?
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: When the Changeling invasion moves into full swing, Princess Celestia immediately calls upon the Mane 6 to get the Elements of Harmony to stop them. However, [[ZergRush thanks to overwhelming numbers]], the heroes are stopped by the Changeling army before they reach the Elements, much less use them.
* HopeSpot
** When Twilight and the real Cadance are escaping the mines. They see a light in the distance and race towards it. They take a mine cart down a track to launch themselves, Cadance spreads her wings to fly them up to the light... only to discover a dead end. Cadance breaks down crying at the sight of this.
** The fight between Celestia and the Queen; for a brief moment the Queen is visibly overpowered until she suddenly gets a super charge and knocks the Princess down flat. Even she looks surprised that she could YankTheDogsChain.
** When the Mane six reach the room with the Elements of Harmony. Except it's destroyed in the next scene, where you see that they couldn't get by the changelings.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Twilight's friends learned it the hard way when the fake Cadance reveals herself as Queen Chrysalis.
* IdiotBall: The Changeling army faces off with the Mane Six... and promptly turns into look-alikes of them, resulting in a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles situation. While it does cause the heroes some trouble, it's ultimately to their benefit. It helps that the changelings don't seem that bright.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Pinkie Pie uses Twilight as a magic-spewing machine gun during the battle with the Changelings. She also uses the Party Cannon later in the battle.
* IronicEcho
** In Part One, Twilight chastises her friends for not noticing (fake) Cadance's behavior towards them because they were too busy planning the wedding. In Part Two, after the Mane Six are captured, the Changeling Queen points out that Twilight was the only one who noticed the change, because the others were too busy with their wedding plans (leading Applejack to apologize on behalf of herself and everypony else for not believing her).
** "This Day Aria" contains several, considering Cadance and Queen Chrysalis are singing the same song but with opposite ideas about the subject. The biggest one is "The kind of day of which I've dreamed about since I was small." Cadance is referring to her wedding, while Chrysalis is referring to her conquest of Canterlot.
** The wedding preparations. Fake!Cadance went through them perfunctorily and was nasty about all of them. Real Cadance went through them with grace and joyous enthusiasm.
* {{Irony}}: The DamselInDistress is to rescue the [[KnightInShiningArmor Knight In]] [[JustForPun Shining Armor]].
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver: Best wedding ever, as once again cited by Rainbow Dash during her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]].
* KickTheDog: In addition to the previous episode, while Fake!Cadance is singing about how she does not love Shining Armor, she also playfully disintegrates a bowler hat...
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NtqdFciv9Q&t=1m17s Queen Chrysalis' Leitmotif]] is a minor-key transposition of Cadance's.
* LetsGetDangerous:
** While we already knew the Mane Six were badass, their fight against the Changelings is easily the best example of them physically combating a threat in unison. This episode also marks the first time we see Celestia fight onscreen. Sadly, both efforts fail.
** Shining Armor and Cadance pull off a more successful fail-safe example at the climax.
* LohengrinAndMendelssohn: Lohengrin appears again during Shining Armor and Cadance's wedding, sung by Fluttershy's bird choir.
* MeaningfulName: The name of the insect-like changelings is Queen Chrysalis. A chrysalis is what a caterpillar uses to undergo metamorphosis (''change'') into a butterfly.
* MilitariesAreUseless : Even with warning of a potential attack and being fully mobilized and ready, the Guards are subdued by the changeling army in about ten minutes. On the other hoof, the Mane Six, without weapons or the Elements of Harmony or any kind of formal training, take down about a hundred changelings practically effortlessly before finally being grossly outnumbered and surrendering.
* MindControlEyes: The bridesmaids and Shining Armor have green eyes, glowing in the former's case, when under the control of Chrysalis.
* MinecartMadness: In order for Twilight to get from the caves under Canterlot back to the world above.
* MirrorRoutine: Rainbow Dash does this with the first Changeling to take her appearance. There is a slight lag in the latter's movements.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Queen Chrysalis takes pleasure in pointing out how the other ponies' rejection of Twilight assisted in her taking over, with the [[JerkassRealization expected reaction]].
* {{Mordor}}: The direction the Changelings are flung towards appears to be rather barren. More specifically, it might be the desert region that has been occasionally seen.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Cadance getting by some hypnotized ponies by using the bridal flowers.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: A very notable example during the "''This Day Aria''", in which The All In Their Heads Hypothesis may apply for Not!Cadance and a Adaptation Hypothesis would apply to Cadance.
* NearVillainVictory: Queen Chrysalis only lost because she put the wrong two prisoners in adjacent caves and then underestimated the very power that she used to get so far.
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: The Mane Six uses it to their advantage when fighting the Changeling army impersonating them.
* NeverTrustATrailer: From the heavy promotions for this two-parter, you got the impression that it would be a standard wedding hijinks plot that would end with the typical send-off. This finale also in part serves to promote a wedding-themed toy line starring Princess Cadance. Then the army of {{Emotion Eater}}s descends upon Canterlot in the second half. Also, [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/03/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic.html one preview screenshot]] turned out to be different from the actual episode, with Shining Armor looking happy and not having MindControlEyes.
* NiceHat: The Mane Six's hats -- both in the episode(s) and in promotional material (see, for example, the billboard image). Spike wears a top hat that's bigger than his own head.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Chrysalis gloats this way about Twilight's peers who were too caught up in their wedding plans to take Twilight's concerns seriously earlier on.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Queen Chrysalis was set to win if she only hadn't tried to act against Twilight at all. Nobody believed Twilight's accusations, and she was ready to have a HeroicBSOD right there. She was already neutralized as a threat... until Chrysalis tried to make sure she that was, only bringing her ''and'' Cadance back into the game.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: A notable aversion as not only do Shining Armor and real Cadance get married but they share two kisses on the lips, with the second one lasting a couple of seconds.
* NothingCanStopMeNow: Queen Chrysalis after the Mane Cast have been recaptured.
* OhCrap
** Queen Chrysalis has a brief one earlier when the ''real'' Cadance shows up. Then a second one right before she is sent hurtling into the distance by ThePowerOfLove.
** ''Celestia'' herself gets two: One before the tables turn and Chrysalis defeats her, and the other is when she awakens inside of her chrysalid prison.
* OffModel:
** During the Changeling attack, Applejack is randomly depicted with and without her hat.
** Near the beginning of "This Day Aria", the rose in impostor-Cadance's mane changes from red to pink.
* OneWingedAngel: Queen Chrysalis assuming her true form after being revealed at the wedding.
* OutsideContextVillain: Seriously, who saw the Changelings coming? This is was what made them so dangerous, as Chrysalis was DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to take full advantage of this fact.
* {{Parody}}: The ending fight parodies fight scenes from comic books.
* PinballProjectile: Twilight nearly fries herself casting a spell in a cave full of reflective gemstones. She learns her lessone because all of her subsequent spells blow up the crystals.
* PowerFloats: Happens to Shining Armor and Princess Cadance as they power up to let loose their HeartBeatDown on Chrysalis.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: It's what got through to an enraged Twilight to realize that the Cadance in the cave wasn't the fake Cadance who'd imprisoned her.
* ThePowerOfLove: It's what the changelings feed on. Shining Armor's love for Cadance gives the Queen enough of a power boost to ''overpower Princess Celestia.'' It's also what sends the changelings packing in the end.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner
** Pinkie, when a changeling shifts into her form (on her own request).
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I've seen better. ''[grabs Twilight and uses her to shoot clones with magic]''
** Celestia delivers an amazing one to Queen Chrysalis.
-->'''Princess Celestia:''' But now that you have foolishly revealed your true self, I can protect my subjects ''from you!''
* [[PretendWereDead Pretend We're Changelings:]] Fluttershy's plan of action when approached by a gang of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting evil doppelgangers]].
* RedShirtArmy: The [[PraetorianGuard Canterlot Royal Guard]]. [[RunningGag Again]].
* RuleOfSymbolism: As Shining Armor and Princess Cadance use ThePowerOfLove to repel the Changelings, their silhouettes are curved to form a heart shape.
* SchizoTech: Vinyl Scratch's Sound system and the Mic.
* SeasonFinale: For season 2
* [[SecretHandshake Secret Hoofshake]]: See SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay below....
* SendInTheClones: The Changeling Queen's minions become clones of the Mane Cast and they have an all-out battle with each other.
* SheCleansUpNicely: The real Cadance goes from scruffy and battered to elegant and magically flowing once she has a chance to properly prepare for the wedding.
* ShipTease: In the wedding pictures, Rarity's making flirty eyes at Fancy Pants, Rainbow Dash is [[{{Fangirl}} squealing over]] [[CelebCrush Soarin]], and Sweetie Belle's dancing with Spike.
* ShoutOut:
** On the billboard image, Pinkie is wearing the [[http://www.rte.ie/ten/2011/0523/princessbeatrice.html same ridiculous hat that Princess Beatrice wore for the British Royal Wedding]]. In fact, all six of the Mane cast are wearing various hats photographed during the wedding.
** Shining Armor wears Prince William's uniform, right down to the markings of the Irish Guards regiment on his collar.
** The way that the Queen of the Changelings disguises herself as the bride and enthralls Shining Armor is similar to how Ursula disguised herself as Vanessa in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and enthralls Prince Eric. And her VillainSong even brings to mind the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLS86g3_NYI song that Vanessa sings]] when talking about her own plans.
** Queen Chrysalis' transformation into her true form is very reminiscent of [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] complete with green flames erupting from the ground. Also, the final part of the transformation when she shows her face resembles a similar part in the transformation of Cure White from FutariWaPrettyCure.
** The montage of the Mane Six beating up all the Changelings is very reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', particularly the battle against the Chemical-X-infused monkeys from TheMovie. The very last shot of the sequence is a send-up of the "Burly Brawl" scene from ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' (Neo sending a dogpile of Smith clones flying), complete with a ''Matrix''-style orchestral cue.
** Pick a sci-fi or fantasy bug race and the Changelings will probably remind you of them. ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' fans in particular will think of the Zerg's "[[NamesTheSame Changeling]]" unit, which is also a shapeshifter.
** The coach Shining Armor and Cadance leave in after the wedding is very similar to the one in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' that was made from a pumpkin.
** A reference to ''Film/TheShining'' is made when Twilight and Cadance encounter a brainwashed Lyra Heartstrings, Twinkleshine, and Minuette talking in unison.
** The swirling aura that surrounds Cadance and Shining Armor as they invoke ThePowerOfLove may possibly be a reference to Decker and Ilia merging with V'Ger at the end of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
** In a crowd shot near the end of the episode, a pony-version of Harry Potter can be seen in the upper right corner.
** Speaking of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', the forcefield around Canterlot, the way it is maintained and (especially) the way it shatters are very reminiscent of the force field set up around Hogwarts in the film version of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.
** The way the changelings scamper down the columns in the room where the Elements of Harmony are kept is the same as the way the orcs scamper down the columns and walls in the Mines of Moria in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Fellowship of the Ring''.
** The premise bears resemblance to a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode, "The Succubus", especially the scene where Chrysalis reveals her true form during wedding.
** It also resembles the ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode "Null Bot of the Bride". The main difference is that it is the ''groom'' who is replaced with a villain in that episode.
** Shining Armor and Princess Cadence's scenes before the defeat of Queen Chrysalis are nods to the final battle in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam.'' To prove the point:
## Cadence trying to snap Shining Armor out of the spell = Domon trying to free Rain from the Devil/Dark Gundam
## Shining and Cadence's attack to repel Chrysalis and the Changelings = Domon and Rain's Sekiha Love Love Tenkyoken attack defeating Devil/Dark Gundam
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: While the finale was heavily promoted, the Changelings and their Queen were only hinted at once (in an online ''[[AmericanNewspapers New York Daily News]]'' [[http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/television/hub-pony-trots-a-heartwarming-royal-wedding-tale-article-1.1064242 article]]).
* SkewedPriorities: As the rest of the Mane Six go running off to find the Elements of Harmony so they can repeal the invasion and save the capital, Rarity stays behind to carefully pick up their [[FlungClothing discarded bridesmaid's dresses]]. It takes the others shouting her name in unison for her to get herself into gear.
* SocietyOnEdgeEpisode: This two-parter involved a wedding plan coinciding with a need for increased security due to a mysterious threat against Canterlot. (Turned out it was connected to the wedding, namely due to the involvement of [[EmotionEater Chrysalis and the changelings]] in each.)
* SoloDuet: "This Day Aria", as sung by Princess Cadance and her doppelganger, Queen Chrysalis.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Cadance uses her [[SecretHandshake Secret Hoofshake]] to prove to Twilight that she's the real deal.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Twilight and Cadance being friends since Twilight was a filly is this to Queen Chrysalis' plot. It was the only reason Twilight became suspicious of her in the first place.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Twilight and the ''real'' Princess Cadance. However, the "Speak now..." line itself is not said by Celestia.
* SpotTheImpostor: Averted since Queen Chrysalis blows her cover the second the the real Cadance appears at the wedding. Quite likely she concluded that since Twilight Sparkle's previous suspicions about the bride now have the real Cadance's support, too much reasonable suspicion as to who is the impostor would focus on her for any further bluffing to deflect.
** Played straight during race to get the elements. The changling army change into the Mane 6 and try to separate them to confuse them. The group have to pick out the real versions amongst the brawling.
* StealthPun: The combination VillainSong and TheVillainSucksSong is called "This Day Aria", with TheOtherWiki describing an aria as a song for one voice. Technically it's one voice...
* [[TodayXTomorrowTheWorld Today Canterlot, Tomorrow Equestria!]]: Declared by the Changeling Queen when she reveals her plans.
* TookALevelInBadass
** All of the mane six, but most noticeably Pinkie Pie, and Twilight Sparkle. Pinkie Pie has been shown to be creative with weapons and Twilight Sparkle learned a new spell. She also improved not only in magical prowess but also in physical prowess as well.
** When Rainbow Dash first used the Sonic Rainboom, she could only do it heading downwards, at incredibly high speeds, and was being fueled by her desire to save a friend. Now she can do it heading upwards, and practically from a standing start. In addition she avoids her usual LeeroyJenkins role by acting as TheCombatPragmatist in battle to save Fluttershy.
** Rarity -- with no objects to throw, her magic was unsuitable for combat, she had no special tricks like Pinky nor was she a sportsmare like Dash and Applejack. Yet she got through the entire fight scene by beating changelings with [[GoodOldFisticuffs Good Old Hooficuffs]].
* [[ToServeMan To Serve Ponies]]: The changelings planned on using the population of Equestria as a food source after they take over.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: When this episode was put up on iTunes and {{Netflix}}, it was given the synopsis "Twilight saves her brother and all of ponykind by freeing the real Mi Amore and defeating Queen Chrysalis, a changeling that had assumed Mi Amore's appearance in an attempt to take over Equestria."
* TransformationSequence: When Twilight shows up with the real Cadance, the fake Cadance surrounds herself in a column of green magic. Her pretty wings become holey bug wings. Her horn becomes a twisted and crooked one. When all is said and done, [[OneWingedAngel she stands revealed as the Queen of the Changelings!]]
* [[TrustPassword Trust Patty Cake]]: Twilight and Cadance's Patty Cake {{expy}} is what convinces Twilight that the real Cadance is the real Cadance.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: See EasilyForgiven above
* ATwinkleInTheSky: The last seen of Chrysalis after she and her changelings are thrown out of Canterlot with Shining Armor and Cadance's [[ThePowerOfLove Power of Love]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Celestia underestimates Chrysalis, but Chrysalis underestimated ''herself'' there too. Chrysalis also underestimated Twilight and Princess Cadance, as she's clearly startled they managed to get past her three mind controlled bridesmaids and escape the mines.
* TheVamp: Queen Chrysalis, lampshaded in "This Day Aria."
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Cadance or rather the Changeling Queen, Chrysalis is a treacherous and true love defying witch in a show about friendship.
* VillainBeatingArtifact: The Elements of Harmony in a defied example this time. The mane six don't manage to get to them due to the changelings stopping them.
* VillainHasAPoint: After Twilight Sparkle was harshly chewed out for being suspicious of Cadance in the last episode, it's nice to hear Queen Chrysalis gloat to Twilight's friends for not believing her and letting the Queen's plans carry out with no problem.
* VillainSong: "This Day Aria," with the initial song as a villain/hero duet. Notably the first song in the show from an actually evil villain (as opposed to the just mean [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 Flim Flam brothers]]). In accordance with the trope, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome it's awesome]].
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: For the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony second]] time in the series the whole mane six are forced to fight. They do surprisingly well but are overwhelmed by sheer numbers in the end.
* TheVoiceless: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Once again]], Fluttershy appears prominently but is absolutely quiet -- well, moreso than usual. Once again, Pinkie Pie ''does'' receive a speaking role, however minor. It's especially odd since both received lines in the first half of the episode. The Cutie Mark Crusaders also have no voice.
* WalkingSpoiler: For the purpose of this page: The Changelings and their queen, Chrysalis, due to them secretly being the villains of the two-parter, and Chrysalis being the impostor Cadance from part 1.
* WeddingDay: Shining Armor to Princess Cadance.
* WelcomeBackTraitor: Goes both ways. Twilight herself didn't held a grudge against her brother, friends and mentor for turning their backs on her. They themselves in return welcome her back as their friend without a problem.
* WhatAnIdiot: An {{In-Universe}} example, as {{Lampshade| Hanging}}d by Queen Chrysalis.
-->'''Queen Chrysalis:''' It's funny, really. [[DevilInPlainSight Twilight here was suspicious of my behavior all along]]. [[WhatTheHellHero Too bad the rest of you were too caught up in your wedding planning to realize the suspicions were correct]]!
* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hay, Hero?]]: Chrysalis gives a smug villainous variation to Twilight's friends, by ignoring (and practically disowning) Twilight they allowed Chrysalis's EvilPlan to go forward without any problems. Applejack at the very least is [[JerkassRealization remorseful over this]], on behalf of herself and everypony else who feels the same way.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises
** The look on Chrysalis' face as she's blasted out of Equestria with ThePowerOfLove.
** Twilight, as she realizes that the fake Cadance really ''is'' evil and is casting the banishing spell on her.
** Celestia, waking up in her cocoon-prison.
* TheWorfEffect: Befalls the Mane Six and even ''Princess Celestia''. When the latter is defeated everyone is shocked and when the former are brought in Chrysalis is sure she's won.
* WorfHadTheFlu:
** Chrysalis was only able to defeat Celestia due to the extremely large amount of love she had absorbed.
** The Mane Six were easily defeating the Changelings in single combat but were overwhelmed by sheer numbers.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Pinkie Pie is all excited at the idea of seeing one of the changelings turn into her, only to be disappointed with the result, ''despite'' the mirror-perfect imitation.
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' Meh, I've seen better.
* ZergRush: The Changelings' primary advantage against the Mane Six. The girls, even Fluttershy, fight admirably to get to the Elements of Harmony but are delayed long enough for more Changelings to surround them and get inside the building where the Elements are kept. Faced with [[WeHaveReserves overwhelming numbers]], the Six have no choice but to surrender.

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