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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Film/TheMatrix The best thing about me is that there's so many of me!]]]]

->'''Pinkie Pie(s):''' '''FUN!!!'''

->Written by Dave Polsky

Pinkie Pie is hanging out with Twilight in the town square when she sees Rarity in a new outfit she's designed. Disappointed that she missed out on seeing the garment come together, Pinkie has the unsettling realization that she just doesn't have enough time to hang out with ''all'' her best friends, and will have to miss out on fun with them. She nevertheless tries to both hang out with Rainbow Dash at the swimming hole and help Applejack put up a new barn at Sweet Apple Acres, until Twilight comments:

->'''Twilight:''' [[TemptingFate I'm afraid no matter how hard you try, the only way to pull something like that off is if there's more of you to go around!]]

Thus Pinkie remembers the legendary Mirror Pond (also called the Mirror Pool), which is said to create a magical clone of anyone who recites a magic rhyme and gazes into its depths. She stumbles upon the pond in an underground cavern deep in the Everfree Forest, and soon finds herself face-to-face with an exact duplicate of herself who's ready and eager to have fun--perhaps a little too eager. As she heads off to play with Rainbow Dash, Pinkie instructs her clone to go to Sweet Apple Acres so the clone can tell her all about Applejack's day.

At the swimming hole, Pinkie finds that Rainbow Dash is tuckered out from a long morning of cloud-wrangling and would rather relax on the shore, so she swims quietly so as to not disturb her friend. The clone, meanwhile, is sidetracked on her way to Applejack's when Fluttershy invites her to a tea party with her woodland friends. Now the clone becomes torn between which friend to spend time with, and rushes back to Pinkie for advice. The solution seems simple enough: make more clones so they can have more fun! Unfortunately, the clones get too carried away and keep copying themselves until there are dozens of Pinkie Pies running around Ponyville.

It dawns on Pinkie that her clones don't share her consideration for her friends, and she watches in horror as they disrupt Rainbow Dash's rest and knock down Applejack's unfinished barn in their attempts to have "fun". Soon a mob of angry ponies swamp Twilight's library to demand a solution to this infestation of Pinkie Pies. Twilight and Spike find a book hidden away in the library containing a spell that will send the clones back into the Mirror Pond. Of course, there's a catch: the spell doesn't ''just'' work on clones so if she's not careful, Twilight could banish the real Pinkie into the pond by mistake. With all these Pinkies running around acting weird, not even the ''original'' Pinkie is sure who the real one is anymore.

Fortunately, inspiration strikes when Pinkie suggests that Twilight give an unfun test to root out the clones; after all, only the real Pinkie would be willing to do the most boring task if it means staying with her friends. Taking this to heart, Twilight and co. herd the many, many Pinkie Pies to town hall for the test: watching paint dry! Sure enough, the Pinkie clones get distracted one by one and are zapped back into the Mirror Pond until only one remains: the original Pinkie Pie, who has definitely learned her lesson; don't try too hard to be there for all her friends and true friends will be willing to accept she can't be everywhere at once. After a long day of excitement--and blocking up the entrance to the Mirror Pond--the only thing Pinkie wants to do now is take a nap.
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!!Tropes present in this episode: [[YMMV/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E3TooManyPinkiePies YMMV tropes here]]

* AccidentalMisnaming: Pinkie clones had hard time remembering Applejack and Fluttershy's names. The real Pinkie had to quiz them.
* ArtShift: As explained below, for a split second Pinkie is drawn like a G3 pony.
* BalefulPolymorph: Twilight accidentally transforms a bird and frog into half-orange creatures as a result of Pinkie messing up her aim while practicing the apple to orange spell.
* BarnRaising: One of the many things that was ruined by the Pinkie clones in this episode.
* BatmanGambit: Pinkie and Twilight reason the clones care too much about fun to do boring things even if it means being banished forever while the real Pinkie wouldn't stoop to such lows, so they arrange a paint-watching test that pushes them to the limits only the genuine article can muster.
* BodyHorror: One of the Pinkie clones briefly sprouts fingers from her hoof. Another Pinkie clone rearranges her face to look like a G3 pony ([[MythologyGag namely, the G3 pony named Pinkie Pie]]).
* BookcasePassage: The book that Twilight learns of the magic of the pool is hidden in a secret compartment at the back of a library shelf, behind a door with a horseshoe-shaped latch. The reason isn't explained, [[{{Foreshadowing}} but considering the havoc caused by the pool, it must have been for good reason]].
* BrickJoke: The frog that Twilight accidentally morphed into an orange serves as a distraction for several of the Pinkie clones.
* BrokenRecord: "FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN!"
* ByWallThatIsHoley: A Pinkie clone is spared being smashed because it's dancing exactly where the window of a wall fell.
* TheCameo:
** Fancypants appears for a sight gag. What he's doing in Ponyville in the first place, we have no idea.
** Tank the tortoise joins Rainbow Dash in the tree-shelter from the Pinkie-madness.
* CassandraTruth:
** Rainbow Dash doesn't believe Pinkie when told outright that she created a clone of herself.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] later on when Pinkie realizes her friends won't believe her if she says she's the real one, so she doesn't bother. At the same time, Twilight brushes off Spike's questioning if the depressed Pinkie surrounded by her energetic clones is in fact the original, claiming that she wouldn't sit still for that long.
* CloneDegeneration: Once there's more than one clone, most of which are clones of clones, they start acting even crazer and less like individuals. Then again, so does the first clone at that point. Further {{Flanderization}} or ConservationOfCompetence?
** More like ConservationOfDetail. The duplicates actually acted as rationally as Pinkie ever does until the original told them to have fun. Later, when rounded up, they were obedient and rational. As the intermediate part of the story was about them causing trouble, scenes of them being reasonable simply weren't worth showing.
** Possibly a case of peer pressure as well. The clones are all extremely suggestible, and were simply a bad influence on each other.
* CloningBlues: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]; the copies of Pinkie are busy having fun while the ''original'' Pinkie suffers an existential crisis.
* ContinuityNod:
** Pinkie's Grandma/Nana gets [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony mentioned again]].
** This isn't the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury first time]] that Pinkie has shown an unusual level of familiarity with the inhabitants of the Everfree Forest.
** "Now off to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed double my fun!]]"
** Rainbow [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep reads a]] JustForFun/DaringDo [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep book]] while sunbathing, and brings [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin Tank the Tortoise]] along with her to the tree-shelter.
** Two (and a possible third) from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne Party of One]]":
*** Pinkie tires herself out at the end of the ColdOpening again.
*** Rainbow Dash is wearing a ''real'' wristwatch on her hoof this time.
*** The animals invite Fluttershy and her friends into their home for a while. It's a cave that's cozy enough to be a house. Perhaps Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash weren't making ''all'' of that up...
** Two from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]":
*** The Apple family is still working on the new barn.
*** Fluttershy's bear makes an appearance at the tea party picnic.
** Rarity is now designing ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess Haute Couture]]'' ensembles.
** Twilight is once again [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver performing magic on apples.]]
* CuteButCacophonic: The Pinkie Clones. "[[BrokenRecord Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!]]"
* DeusExMachina:
** The book on the Mirror Pool found in the secret compartment found behind a stack of books by Spike was '''awfully''' convenient given the timing. It also leads one to wonder how it was never noticed before considering how many times that library must have undergone cleaning and re-shelving by its [[SuperOCD resident]].
** Also, given that only a few pages about the book may be about the pool, one wonders what other "secrets" are contained within, who wrote it, and why it was hidden like that.
* ExpendableClone: Twilight is alarmingly cavalier about banishing the Pinkie Pie clones and it made worse with the [[PopGoesTheHuman effects of the spell]]. Justified, when you think of Pinkie's clones more as [[EmptyShell magical manifestations]] than real living ponies; WordOfGod [[https://twitter.com/MMeghanMcCarthy/status/278922377767813120 states]] this was their intention, that the clones were converted back into energy when zapped, and that they were honestly surprised that fans were looking any further into it.
* FacePlant: Happens to Pinkie when she falls down the tunnel to the Mirror Pond.
* FantasticAesop: Remember: pleasing all your friends can be hard, but don't clone yourself so you can spend time with all of them at once. That's gonna cause problems.
* {{Flanderization}}: {{Deconstructed|Trope}}; Pinkie's mass-produced clones exaggerate the "FUN!" aspect of the original, which irritates the real Pinkie's friends to no end. There are more facets to her personality than 'FUN!' because she is the real deal, and this ensures that her friends aren't irritated by her personally. Until this episode, the real Pinkie was being {{Flanderized}} into an InnocentlyInsensitive party pony, though not nearly to the extent of her clones by comparison. This, as a result, becomes a good wake-up call for the real Pinkie about taking her idea of fun too far.
* FourthWallObserver: When exiting the underground lake for the first time, the first Pinkie Pie clone stares directly into the camera, albeit from a distance.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** Too many to list. Just look around whenever the clones are together and you're bound to spot at least one.
** There's also one in the beginning of the episode where a pink pony is sitting by herself looking angry while shifting her eyes, implying that she was on a date and the other pony didn't show up.
* [[FunPersonified Fun Ponified]]: The clones are ''literally'' made of pinkie energy; i.e. FUN!. It's the only trait of the original they copied.
* FurryReminder: Fluttershy has hay juice on her picnic.
* {{Gasp}}: The Pinkies' reaction to learning that their test is watching paint dry.
%% GenderBlenderName: Kinda NotAnExample. The first copy of Pinkie accidentally calls Applejack "Apple''john''".
* GenreBlind: Spike is the only one to realize that the Pinkie Pie who is stressed out, depressed, and filled with self-doubt is the real one. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as Twilight and the others are afraid to banish the real Pinkie by mistake, and can't afford to jump to conclusions because one Pinkie acts differently from the others.
* GenreSavvy:
** Even Pinkie herself knows it's next to impossible to distinguish herself from her clones, so she doesn't bother arguing she's the real one after the clones start doing the same.
** Rainbow Dash speeds up the process of SpotTheImposter by making a diversion one couldn't resist.
* AGoodOldFashionedPaintWatching: How they figure out which Pinkie is the real one because only the real one could stand such a thing if it meant staying with her friends.
* HeadDesk: Pinkie pounds her head on a table as full realization of what she's done sinks in.
* HeroicBSOD: Pinkie doubts that she herself is the real one when the other Pinkies start running amok.
* HiddenDepths: A plot point overlapping with ImposterForgotOneDetail: the clone Pinkies can easily be distinguished from the real one by the fact they ''don't'' have these.
** Somewhat insultingly, the rest of Mane Six forgot that she had them until they were literally reminded by Pinkie Pie.
* HilarityEnsues: Subverted. While Hilarity does ensue, so does a lot of emotion.
* IAmSpartacus: All of the Pinkie clones claim to be the original Pinkie.
* IdeaBulb: A variant--Pinkie's head "ticks" and then rings like an alarm clock as the realization of the Mirror Pond comes to mind, following a scene involving her stopwatch.
%% InformedFlaw: NotAnExample. WordOfGod is that the duplicates were mindless and only focused on having fun, which isn't really supported by the episode. Most importantly, they only developed an obsession with fun after Pinkie told them to go have fun, and were willing to calm down and behave when Twilight told them to do something that wouldn't be fun, rather than just trying to leave.
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: Pinkie cloning herself.
* LackOfEmpathy: This is what makes Pinkie's clones different from the original...sort of; they have the capacity for empathy, but without Pinkie's memories they don't have anyone to be empathetic towards.
* LampshadeHanging: Rainbow Dash wonders how Pinkie is able to slow down her dive so she splashes quietly.
* MagicMirror: A pond that serves as one is Pinkie's method of choice for self-cloning.
* MesACrowd: Pinkie creates clones of herself so they can tell her about the fun she's mising.
* MindScrew: When Pinkie enters the mirror pool, she ''becomes'' the first clone. The real Pinkie was somehow standing on the bank all along, as if the pool were a gateway to a mirror world. The second cloning (going from two Pinkies to four) is similarly mind-bending to watch, due to the ambiguous camera angle.[[note]]It seems like we're watching their reflections, but then they approach the surface of the water and emerge on the other side of the pool.[[/note]]
* MirrorRoutine: One of the Pinkie clones imitates Twilight's motions as she speaks to the real Pinkie.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Inverted with paint watching; the point is to force the pinkies so do something mind rendingly boring to weed out the real one. Spike does a PassThePopcorn bit, but eats it all before anything exciting happens.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Uttered by Pinkie after she sees her clones ruining her friends' day.
* MythologyGag:
** The use of a magic mirror pond to create clones is similar to the idea of the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePony G1 comics]]' baby ponies being "born" from adult ponies who would look into a magic mirror.
** Also, a face shown by one duplicate Pinkie Pie may bring some memories of the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 series before this one]].[[note]]Due to ManipulativeEditing, a [[Creator/TheHub Hub]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp5vazXWgec commercial]] that features the clip splices in [[TakeThat reactions of horror]] from Fluttershy and Rarity. The ''actual'' clip has the Pinkie showing another Pinkie before they both get sent back to the mirror pond by Twilight's magic.[[/note]]
* NeverSayDie: Twilight's spell is specifically stated to send Pinkie Pie's clones "back where they came from", and describes the possibility of using this on the real Pinkie as "sending her back", and Pinkie says "goes back into the pond". However, since the clones never existed inside the pond before Pinkie created them Twilight is basically killing them by sending them back to nonexistence. Also Pinkie Pie doesn't elaborate when she says
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': What if I don't pass? What if I'm not the real Pinkie Pie?
* NeverTrustATrailer: See MythologyGag above.
* NiceHat: Fancypants' bowler.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Pinkie's plan of being in multiple places at once by cloning herself goes awry when the Pinkie clones get the same idea, resulting in an army of extremely annoying Pinkies.
* OhMyGods: "What in the name of pink?"
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: You know things have gotten out of hand when the real Pinkie is identifiable as the ''somber'' one.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Pinkie]]: The original Pinkie quickly realizes what trouble her clones are making and tries to be their voice of reason.[[note]]Yes, we're as shocked as you are.[[/note]]
* OperaGloves: Or at least the equine equivalent are part of Rarity's new outfit during the teaser.
* PaintingTheMedium: The "walls" closing on clone!Pinkie as the screen zooms in on her face.
* PassThePopcorn: Spike does this for the paint-drying. [[SmashCut Smash fade]] to him bored out of his mind and almost out of popcorn.
* [[PopGoesTheHuman Pop Goes The Pony]]: A variation. The Pinkie clones inflate when Twilight zaps them, but implode into magical energy that flies back into the Mirror Pond, rather than exploding.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Fluttershy after the first Pinkie clone freaks out and runs off.
-->'''Fluttershy''': Goodness. Was it something I said?\\
''(beat)''\\
'''Clone!Pinkie''': *zips back* [[BigYes YES!]] *zips away*
* RuleOfFun: The idea of somepony having fun without her is what drives Pinkie Pie to find the Mirror Pond and make copies of herself. Even if she couldn't be there when her friends were having fun, at least [[HoldYourHippogriffs somePinkie]] could.
* SelfDeprecation: As featured in the season 3 promo:
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': Betcha can't make a face crazier than THIS!!!\\
''[Pinkie Pie makes a G3 pony face before getting blasted by Twilight]''
* SendInTheClones: Pinkie wanted one of herself for each friend so she didn't miss anything.
* SeriousBusiness: Pinkie panics that there is fun being had that she's not able to be a part of.
* ShipTease: Before the mob of Pinkie clones storms through the street between their houses, there's a brief shot of Golden Harvest and Noteworthy looking at each other across the street from their bedroom windows. Golden Harvest waves, and Noteworthy smiles back excitedly.
* ShoutOut:
** One of the clone Pinkie Pies in the background at the lake appears to be doing the [[Music/{{PSY}} Gangnam Style dance]] as her front hooves are overlapped as if they were holding the reins of a horse. Bonus points in that being a pony, she ''is'' a horse!
** One of the Pinkie clones that just barely survives the front of the barn falling on her, thanks to her standing where the window would be, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN2SKWSOdGM is a shout-out to Buster Keaton's most infamous stunt.]]
** Twilight sends the clones back into the mirror pool by [[VideoGame/RaymanOrigins bubblizing]] them.
** The style and sound of the Pinkies shouting "FUN! FUN! FUN!" is extremely similar to the "MINE! MINE! MINE!" shouting of the seagulls of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''.
** Pinkie's cloning herself as a means to have more fun, only to have her clones become exaggerated versions of herself that she can't control, mirrors the Duplicator arc in ''CalvinAndHobbes''.
* [[SmokingBarrelBlowout Smoking Horn Blowout]]: After zapping all but two of the Pinkie Pies, Twilight's horn overheats and emits smoke, which she blows out.
* SorcerersApprenticePlot: Pinkie creates one duplicate to help herself and makes two more when one is not enough and then it spins out of control into an unstoppable army of annoying Pinkies that resident wizard Twilight has to fix.
* SpotOfTea: Fluttershy has a little picnic with some of the forest critters, inviting Pinkie to it when she runs across her.
* SpotTheImposter: As suggested by the real Pinkie Pie, Twilight forces all the Pinkies to watch paint dry, reasoning that the real one would sit through it all for her friends.
** ImposterForgotOneDetail: All the clones are exaggerated, fun-loving versions of the real Pinkie Pie and don't have Pinkie's memories (Pinkie has to teach them her friends' names) or the same love she has for her friends.
*** More like [[InvertedTrope Imposter Only Remembered One Detail]]. The duplicates only got Pinkie's personality, and wouldn't have fooled any of her friends if they had bothered to try talking.
* StockFootage: Sharp-eyed viewers may notice the Pinkie clones recycling chunks of animation from earlier episodes.
* SuddenAnatomy: By blowing into one front hoof, Pinkie Pie (one of them, at least) can sprout fingers from her other front hoof.
* SummationGathering: Twilight tells all the Pinkie Pies in the auditorium of the town hall "I suppose you're all wondering why I've gathered you here today."
* TakeThat: The entire episode is a satire on {{Flanderization}}. The clone Pinkies only have one trait, which is played UpToEleven, and the townsponies are as annoyed by it as the audience would be.
* TalkingToThemself[=/=]ThinkingOutLoud: Pinkie playfully chastises herself for it while walking to the Mirror Pool for the first time. Then she wonders if talking to her clone counts as the same.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in-universe. The first Pinkie Pie copy is [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny easily distracted]] by Fluttershy's critter picnic, which she and the real Pinkie agreed sounded just as much fun as the barn raising at Sweet Apple Acres. Later, the Pinkie copies trashing the picnic is treated as [[SeriousBusiness no less serious]] than their ruining the Apples' barn raising or Rarity's boutique.
-->'''Pinkie Pie copy:''' She offered me something else fun to do: a picnic! With cute little animals!\\
'''Original Pinkie:''' Aw, how could you say no to ''that''!!\\
'''copy:''' That's what I'm saying! Then I would have missed the super-fun thing with Applesauce!\\
'''original:''' Applejack.\\
'''copy:''' ''(wailing)'' So I didn't do anything fun at all!!
* TearsOfRemorse: Pinkie gets teary-eyed as she sees her clones tormenting her poor friends and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizes it's all her fault]].
* TomeOfEldritchLore: subverted; Spike discovers a book hidden away in a secret compartment, as if it were dangerous. It turns out to be a local-legends-guidebook.
* ToonPhysics:
** Pinkie and her clones, all over the place. Unusually, somepony ''notices'', when Pinkie pauses in midair and lowers herself gently into a lake from a jump. (notably, this would not be feat at all for almost two thirds of the local population, including the wing-equipped pegasi and the levitation-capable unicorns. Pinkie, however, is of the one pony subset that is NOT supposed to be able to fly.)
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': [[LampshadeHanging How'd you do that...?]]
** Applejack's new barn gets in on the action as well. When the Pinkies swarm the site and makes the Apples release the rope holding the broad side, the other sides fall to the ground, leaving the central crossbeam hanging in the air for a few seconds before it falls too.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The G3 pony face joke was inserted by storyboardist Sabrina Alberghetti, something that she stated she had been trying to inject and the episode made for the perfect opportunity. Only for the Hub preview ads for Season 3 to pull that scene out of context.
* TwoTimerDate: Trying to avoid this is the reason why all this happens in the first place.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Everypony seems more annoyed or intimidated than shocked by the presence of several dozen Pinkie Pies. The first time Rainbow Dash sees one duplicate, she shrugs it off.
* WalkIntoCameraObstruction: Pinkie's body fills the screen when she and her clones leave the Mirror Pool.
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