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[[caption-width-right:350:[[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck "I am the terror that trots in the night!"]]]]

->'''Mayor Mare:''' A mysterious mare, that has done well by our fair city today. I dub this new masked hero: [[TitleDrop The Mysterious Mare Do Well!]]

-> Written by Merriwether Williams

One morning, helmed by Scootaloo, the [[InstantFanClub Rainbow Dash Fan Club]] begins a hearing to officially declare Rainbow Dash as the most awesome pony in all of Ponyville. When Snips objects, preferring to call Rainbow Dash the most ''stupendous'' pony, a short argument unfolds, eventually resulting in an anonymous suggestion of "superultraextremeawesomemazing" by a certain cyan Pegasus.

Satisfied with her work, Rainbow Dash begins a relaxing cloud-swim... only to be interrupted by the sounds of a distressed filly coming from a well below. Without hesitation, she dives into the well, easily rescuing the filly, and is met by a crowd of cheering ponies as she emerges. Blushing, she flies off, to the praise of Scootaloo, Snails and Snips.

Later in the same day, a baby carriage goes careening off a steep road, heading straight for a cliff. Once again, Rainbow Dash is on hoof to save the baby, and once again a cheering crowd meets her. This time, the praise goes to her head, and she poses and shows off to the crowd and cameras, to the bemusement of Applejack and Twilight. Yet another disaster strikes soon afterwards, wherein a group of elderly ponies find themselves on a collapsing balcony.

->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Never fear, your [[Franchise/SpiderMan friendly neighborhood]] Rainbow Dash is here!

By this point, Rainbow Dash is actively egging on the crowds, while her friends lament her increasingly inflated ego. As she gives interviews and poses for the paparazzi in Sugarcube Corner, she even hires Spike to [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ghostwrite her autobiography.]] Twilight and Applejack are less than amused with her bragging and arrogance...

Later, as she signs autographs for a line of waiting fillies, a plummeting Twinkling Balloon carrying a screaming mare gives Rainbow Dash another chance to perform a feat of heroism. Before she can get to the balloon, however, a mysterious pony in a mask and cape appears and saves the panicking pilot, leaving Rainbow to crash into the deflated balloon. The heroic pony vanishes as quickly as she came and the mayor declares her to be Mare Do Well, Ponyville's newest hero. The crowd cheers... except for Rainbow Dash, who bitterly snubs the new hero.

Things quickly become worse for Rainbow Dash as Mare Do Well outperforms her in every regard. When a carriage filled with tourists goes flying down the steep road, Rainbow flubs the rescue whereas Mare Do Well effortlessly stops the carriage with her superior physical strength. A construction site devolves into pandemonium as a haywire crane and a collapsing structure put the workers in danger, and although Rainbow Dash manages to rescue one colt, Mare Do Well saves ''four'' in the same span of time, displaying an uncanny level of prediction. A leaky [[SchizoTech hydroelectric dam]] is easily plugged by Rainbow Dash, only to completely burst when she stops to compliment herself, leaving Mare Do Well to not only rescue Dash, but use unicorn magic to single-hoofedly repair the dam. Rainbow Dash's frustrations are only increased when, as she shows off her ability to fly, unlike Mare Do Well, the caped crusader herself flies by as well, now sporting ''pegasus wings''.

Back at Sugarcube Corner, Twilight, Fluttershy, Applejack and Rarity sing praises about Mare Do Well. An agitated Rainbow Dash refutes their claims, declaring herself to be a better hero than Mare Do Well, only to be called out on her jealousy by the others, including Spike. Unfortunately, there aren't any disasters that need heroism to be found, leaving Rainbow Dash to perform acts of 'heroism' such as pushing Granny Smith across the street (she didn't ''want'' to cross), opening a jar of peanut butter ([[AllThereInTheScript Amethyst Star]] easily opens it with her magic), and [[MundaneMadeAwesome mowing the lawn]].

Dejected and alone, Rainbow Dash sulks on a raincloud, only to be interrupted by Scootaloo, who invites Rainbow Dash to Mare Do Well's thank-you parade. Quickly formulating an idea, Rainbow Dash follows her, and when Mare Do Well appears on stage, Rainbow confronts her and demands to remove her mask. A chase quickly begins throughout a secluded alley, and although Mare Do Well manages to lose her several times, Rainbow eventually corners and pounces on an unassuming Mare Do Well, and unmasks her to reveal... Pinkie Pie?

Not only that, but ''two more'' Mare Do Wells appear and reveal themselves to be Twilight and Applejack, soon joined by Fluttershy and Rarity. The five reveal that they all had a hoof in the plan; Applejack's strength saved the bus, Pinkie Pie used her Pinkie Sense to save the construction workers, Twilight magically repaired the dam, Fluttershy performed the fly-bys, and Rarity made the costumes. Rainbow questions why they would appear to force her out of the spotlight, and they reveal that although they enjoyed seeing Rainbow as a hero, her constant bragging and arrogance was uncalled for.

Realizing her mistakes, Rainbow Dash begins to write a letter to the Princess, only to be cut off by Spike, who had already penned a letter in advance. When he insists on using his version, Rainbow Dash scares him off with a lighthearted prank, and begins writing her own version.


* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: The episode in a nutshell. It's not like Dash is normally humble, but once she's the town hero, her attitude goes from "I'm awesome" to "I'm awesome and everyone [[AttentionWhore should admire me for it.]]"
* AlliterativeName: The Mysterious Mare Do Well.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: To Rainbow Dash's dismay, Mare Do Well outdoes her in many ways, such as being stronger than her, being able to see what's about to happen, and her powerful abilities in magic ''and'' being able to fly. Invoked by her friends to try to humble her.
* AttentionWhore: Dash loves the spotlight.
* BabyCarriage: One of the rescues is one such baby.
* BlushSticker: Rainbow Dash gets these after her first couple of heroic acts.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Just before the iris out to end the episode, Rainbow Dash winks at the camera.
* BreakTheHaughty: The character development Rainbow Dash goes through over the course of the episode.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: The Mysterious Mare Do Well has an M on the brooch holding her cape closed.
* ButHeSoundsHandsome: Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rarity, and Applejack in Sugarcube Corner when they are complimenting various aspects of the Mysterious Mare Do Well.
* CatchPhrase: Rainbow Dash assigns herself one (or rather, use Franchise/SpiderMan's and WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'s.) Unfortunately, it turns out [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talking is]] ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' [[TalkingIsAFreeAction a free action]].
* CatchphraseInterruptus: The irony here is that if he ''didn't'' interrupt her, she would most likely have gotten to the saving part '''faster''', considering how long his sentence is and how she has to respond to it too.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Never fear, your friendly neighborhood Rainbow--\\
'''Bus Passenger:''' Excuse me, uh, [[LampshadeHanging do you think you could skip your catchphrase]] and just [[ShutUpAndSaveMe hurry up and save us?!]]
* TheChewToy: Poor Rainbow Dash becomes all of this as soon as Mare Do Well starts outdoing her.
* CollectiveIdentity: The truth behind Mare Do Well: She's really the other members of the Mane Six teaching Rainbow a lesson in humility. Sans Rarity, who instead provides the costumes.
* ColorCodedWizardry: Part of Mare Do Well's identity is hinted when she uses magenta-colored magic to repair the dam. In her first appearance, she can be seen to glow magenta as she leaps around the town
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Rainbow Dash chooses Spike to ghostwrite her autobiography.
-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Autobiographies are supposed to be written by the pony they are about.
* CompressedHair: Mare Do Well's costume (seen above) leaves no space for her mane or tail.
* ConstructionZoneCalamity: Mare Do Well saves construction workers from a collapsing construction site.
* ContinuityNod:
** Pinkie Sense is mentioned again for the first time since [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen "Feeling Pinkie Keen"]].
** Also, when pressed for time, Rainbow Dash responds, "Yeah, yeah. I've got a good [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareintheMoon ten seconds]] to spare."
** Pinkie Pie and Spike are easily scared, which is a nod to them being afraid of "zombie ponies" in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip "Bridle Gossip"]]. Though Pinkie might just be pretending to be scared for fun, like she did for [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Nightmare Night]].
* ContrivedCoincidence: Pony society has a rash of sudden disasters when it's necessary for Rainbow or the Mysterious Mare Do Well to show off. Lampshaded by Rainbow when she's ''looking'' for disasters.
* CoolShades: This is becoming a character trope with Dash who wears them to look 20% cooler.
* TheCowl: Mare Do Well is a lighthearted version; she appears, saves the day, and then leaves without a word.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Despite its general happiness, disasters in Ponyville happen surprisingly frequently in this episode.
* CrazyPrepared:
** The other Mane Cast have an ability to solve every kind of disaster and the Pinkie Sense to forecast the kind of disaster that was going to happen.
** Spike had the friendship letter ready for Rainbow Dash by the time she's ready to write it. Justified, as he has literally recorded everything she says.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The second one in a row for Rainbow Dash.
* DeadpanSnarker: Amethyst Star (the purple unicorn with the peanut butter), when asked to compliment Rainbow's "heroic" jar-opening skills, albeit interrupted.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Would you say I was amazing?\\
'''Amethyst Star:''' Aren't you milking this a bit?\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Please, just answer the question. Was I or was I not ''amazing?''\\
'''Amethyst Star:''' Oh, you're amazing, alright. An amazingly--\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Oh, look!! (''goes off to [[MundaneMadeAwesome save the grass]]'')
* DisapprovingLook: Done by Twilight after Pinkie's [[LiteralMinded remark]].
* [[invoked]]DudeNotFunny: Rainbow Dash says there’s something wrong with the baby she just rescued: “She’s not cheering for everyone’s favorite hero, Rainbow Dash!” Afterwards, Dash gets distracted by the paparazzi and casually tosses the baby to her mother, who doesn’t look too pleased by such carelessness.
* EverybodyDidIt: A downplayed version. The masked hero turns out to be Twilight, Applejack, Pinkie, and Fluttershy using their various talents to outdo Rainbow Dash, while Rarity provided the costumes.
* HandbagOfHurt: Granny Smith's reaction to Rainbow Dash providing her with unsolicited help crossing a street.
* FairPlayWhodunit: There are deliberate clues throughout the episode to Mare Do Well's identity, though it does require [[ContinuityNod some knowledge of the series continuity to puzzle out correctly]].
** The Mare Do Well is established as being stronger than Rainbow Dash, particularly in her hind legs. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends "Fall Weather Friends"]] established that Applejack's hind legs are stronger than Rainbow's.
** During the construction scene, Mare Do Well proves to be very agile, easily dodging every piece of falling debris. Rainbow Dash notes that she is fast, strong, and able to predict upcoming events -- the last of which Pinkie Pie can do with her "Pinkie Sense".
** While Twilight's magical aura color is seen in many episodes, one could point to "Boast Busters" as an episode that established her as one of the only unicorns capable of the large-scale magic necessary to move the rocks and repair the dam.
** From the same scene, the Mare Do Well is seen with a unicorn horn, and then a moment later with pegasus wings as she buzzed past Rainbow Dash. Apart from Celestia, Luna, and Cadence (who are all ruled out for size considerations... [[WildMassGuessing assuming they don't have any transfiguration spells]]), no other winged unicorns were known to exist before Twilight became a Princess (at least in this generation, given the picture in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]]) , indicating that more than one pony is posing as the Mare Do Well.
** The Mare Do Well is a skilled and fast flier. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 "The Return of Harmony, Part 2"]] showed Fluttershy's ability to match or top Rainbow Dash's air speed [[LimitBreak when she has to]].
* FixFic:
** The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' isn't ''solely'' a Fix Fic, but the author typically does explain Rainbow Dash's behavior in the episode as the result of her trying to cover up/compensate for her HeroicBSOD resulting from how she handled Discord's SadisticChoice.
** Similar to the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' example listed above, the fix fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7598776/1/No_Hard_Feelings "No Hard Feelings"]] takes place right after the events of the episode, where the rest of the Mane Cast have a JerkassRealization over how their plan to teach Rainbow Dash a lesson in humility ended up unintentionally hurting her feelings.
* FlowerPotDrop: During TheReveal that Mare Do Well is some of the Mane 6 teaching Rainbow Dash a lesson, Pinkie Pie says she stopped the building collapse with her Pinkie Sense. She then detects a falling flowerpot with it, and dashes away to avoid it.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: After the balloon rescue, Twilight seems awfully pleased to hear someone loudly praising Mare Do Well.
* FriendlyScheming: The whole plot is about this.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Done fairly subtly with this exchange:
-->'''Scootaloo:''' There just aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe Rainbow Dash's awesomeness.\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' I can think of [[ParentheticalSwearing a few new words]].
* HairColorSpoiler: A variant. The scene where the Mare Do Well uses magic to repair the dam probably gives away what's going on to older fans, though a later scene does restore some ambiguity (see RedHerring below).
* IdiotBall:
** Rainbow sees a large crack in the town damn and instead of finding someone who can actually fix the problem, she shoves her hoof into the crack for a few seconds, then pats herself on the back for a good job done. It ends with Dash being sent down river by a huge wave of water.
** During the Sugarcube Corner scene, the mane six praise Mare Do Well for her accomplishments in front of Dash. Rainbow's attitude to the conversation should've clued them in that this wasn't the best course of action and that maybe they would be better off actually explaining to Dash why Mare Do Well not being unnecessarily boastful makes her a better hero to so many people. Instead, they act like she's an idiot for not getting it right away and if what happens afterwards is anything to go by, they only succeeded in escalating the problem.
* IneffectualLoner: Parodied. Rainbow Dash comes to realize she's upset that no one's paying attention to her and that she's lonely, but when Scootaloo tells her about Mare Do Well's thank-you parade, Dash says she ''wants'' to be alone.
* InstantFanClub: Turns out that Rainbow Dash has one and who else to be the leader but [[HeroWorshipper Scootaloo]]?
* IntrepidReporter: Spike, even when everypony's ignoring Rainbow Dash in favor of Mare Do Well. Justified as she hired him to write her autobiography.
* LampshadeHanging: "Buses and baby carriages are always careening down this hill. Where is an out-of-control vehicle when you need one?!"
* LightningBruiser:
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' (''on Mare Do Well'') "So she's strong, agile, knows what's going on beforehand ''and'' magic. How am I supposed to compete with that?"
* LineOfSightName: More like "line of hear" name, but the Mysterious Mare Do Well is named when the Mayor says "This mysterious mare has done well by our town!" The name stuck.
* LiteralMinded: When Rainbow explains that Spike is her ghostwriter, Pinkie Pie screams, "Spike's a ghost!" and runs away.
* ManipulativeEditing: InUniverse with Spike's notes for Rainbow Dash's autobiography.
-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Sounds like somepony's jealous.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Who, me?\\
'''Spike:''' Rainbow Dash is jealous.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Don't write that, Spike!
* MeetMyGoodFriendsLeftyAndRighty: Applejack has named her hind legs Bucky [=McGillicuddy=] and Kicks [=McGee=].
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: "Danger is my middle name: Rainbow Danger Dash!"
* MinorMajorCharacter: Fluttershy joins in on the ruse but does nothing of actual value aside from a minor flyby.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Opening a jar of peanut butter is very dangerous work! So is saving a lawn from weeds! Don't forget about escorting Granny Smith across the (not very) busy street (even though she didn't ''want'' to cross it)!
* MundaneUtility: Unicorn magic... also useful for opening jars of peanut butter.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** If she had kept plugging the hole in the dam with her hoof instead of taking it out to pat herself on the back, Rainbow Dash would have been recognized as a hero again. In fact, Dash could have resolved most of the later situations had she been taking them seriously instead of bragging, wasting time, showing off and such. It is also implied that Rainbow made the crack in the dam worse by leaning on it.
** In the larger scheme of things, the Mane cast (outside of Rainbow) initially cheer and support Rainbow's heroic efforts, and only after Rainbow lets this go to her head do they decide she's taking the hero thing too far.
* NoOSHACompliance: A crane with a stuck lever goes haywire when a little force is applied to get it moving. A road inexplicably leads steeply downhill to the edge of a cliff (leading to two different disasters). A hydroelectric dam apparently has no one monitoring it for the obvious crack Rainbow spotted from the air.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Granted, Ponyville has been host to some weird and catastrophic problems before, but it gets to almost [[RealityWarper Discord]]ian levels of chaos all at once when the superheroing starts.
* OrbitalShot: After Rainbow Dash saves the balcony full of senior ponies and everypony starts cheering for her, the camera tracks through a full circle around her to show that, in that moment, Ponyville [[ItsAllAboutMe revolves around her]].
* OutOfCharacterMoment:
** Rainbow Dash when you consider that she's been hailed as a hero not [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony once]], not [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom twice]], but [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 three]] times before this, and not once was there indication that it went to her head.
** Fluttershy not only joins in the Mare-do-Well ruse, but does a fly-by above the dam, [[{{Hypocrite}} just to show off.]] This was long before "Putting Your Hoof Down" gave her more confidence. Though it could be justified as she wasn't shy due to the fact she was disguised.
* PoorCommunicationKills: The mane six are never shown just talking to Rainbow Dash about her boasting until the very end of the episode. Heck, they don’t even appear to ''consider'' it a legitimate option to fixing the problem.
* PunBasedTitle: "Mare-Do-Well" is a play on "ne'er-do-well".
* QuoteMine: Spike when he's writing Rainbow Dash's "autobiography":
-->'''Applejack:''' And she's modest and humble. She lets her actions speak for themselves. Gotta admire that.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' I don't have to admire that! I don't think she's all that great!\\
'''Spike:''' She's... great.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' I didn't say that.
* RedHerring:
** Though the color of the magical aura that the Mare Do Well uses matches Twilight's, we see that Amethyst Star, whom Rainbow Dash helps with the jar of peanut butter, also has a magical aura that color. Coupled with her particular annoyance with Rainbow Dash, this may have been a deliberate Red Herring. It may have worked more effectively if it hadn't already been established that Mare Do Well could fly. Also, it would have worked better had Twilight not stated that the dam-sealing spell was indicative of heavy studying. Who else but [[BadassBookworm Twilight]] would have had the dedication? Then again, we know nothing much of Amethyst Star to tell if she has the same amount of dedication, if only off-screen.
** After the construction site scene, Rainbow Dash comments that Mare Do Well "somehow knows what's gonna happen ahead of time". This might lead to suspicions that Mare Do Well was setting up these disasters. Turns out this was not the case; those accidents really ''were'' all coincidences.
* RightlySelfRighteous: The other ponies take perverse pleasure teaching Rainbow Dash a lesson in humility because she was in severe need of it.
* RingerPloy: The multiple Mare Do Wells running around Ponyville after Rainbow tried to unmask the hero.
* SchizoTech: The [[StealthPun Hoover]]-style dam.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Rainbow's chase of Mare Do Well. Justified in that four ponies play her at different times.
* SecretIdentityChangeTrick:
** If you pay attention, you'll notice that both Twilight and Applejack are in the crowd when Rainbow Dash confronts Mare Do Well on stage. This must mean that they took advantage of Rainbow Dash distracting everypony by chasing after Mare Do Well to sneak away and quickly change into their own Mare Do Well costumes.
** Same with Fluttershy: one of the Mare Do Well's in the chase scene is clearly a Pegasus, but when we see Fluttershy next, she's out of the outfit.
* ShoutOut:
** "Never fear, [[Franchise/SpiderMan your friendly neighborhood]] Rainbow Dash is here!"
** Without the Spider-Man part, it becomes: "[[WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}} Never fear, Rainbow Dash is here!]]"
** Mare Do Well's look is one to WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck, Franchise/{{Zorro}}, and Franchise/{{Batman}}. The lens and [[SuperheroesWearTights slick spandex]] portions match Spider-Man's costume.
** Posters of the Mare Do Well in the style of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. When Mare Do Well starts playing StealthHiBye with Rainbow Dash, [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong a take]] of Danny Elfman's legendary Film/{{Batman}} theme for the series and movie can be heard.
** They also kind of resemble ComicBook/VForVendetta, especially the hat.
** Mare Do Well's {{Leitmotif}} might also be a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to Music/JerryGoldsmith's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iI5urovHYI theme music]] from [[Film/TheShadow the 1994 movie version]] of ''Radio/TheShadow''.
** During the Rainbow Dash fan club meeting in the prologue, among the posters is [[http://i.imgur.com/RTv5wUG.jpg one of Rainbow Dash that depicts her as a Nyan Cat]].
** [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo As Rainbow pulls off the Mare Do Well's mask.]]
--->"Mystery Solved!"
** What's that? [[Series/{{Lassie}} A filly's fallen down a well?]]
** The winged figures at the dam are inspired by the real life ones at [[http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/images/statues1.jpg Hoover Dam]].
* ShowDontTell: We only see the mane five casually commenting on Rainbow Dash's boasting, while the main argument for them assuming the Mare Do-Well mantle is that "she wouldn't have listened anyway" we never ''see'' them actually ''try'' to talk with her or at the very least consider the option.
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy:
** Pinkie Pie, as usual.
--->'''Twilight:''' Call me silly, but I think this whole hero thing might be going to Rainbow Dash's head.\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' You may be right, (''{{beat}}'') silly.
** Done again (and lampshaded) at the end of the episode.
--->'''Pinkie Pie:''' The only thing that should be rubbed in anypony's face is chocolate cake! (''starts imagining this'')\\
'''Applejack:''' I think we're gettin' off-topic here.
* SmugSuper: Rainbow Dash becomes so full of herself that she takes her heroics for granted and fails them.
* SpiderSense: Pinkie Sense shows up again.
* SuperheroEpisode: Many of the heroic (and not-so-heroic) tasks performed between Rainbow Dash and Mare Do Well borrow from the common superhero trope, such as BabyCarriage and ConstructionZoneCalamity, and with nods of the heads to similar heroic deeds from notable superhero films series like ''Film/{{Superman}}'' and the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. The reason Rainbow Dash can't save the construction workers is because she insists on shouting "Never fear, Rainbow Dash is here!" and keeps getting interrupted by falling pieces of rubble and bricks.
* TeasingCreator: InUniverse. Rainbow Dash is eavesdropping on a meeting of her fan club and overhears a discussion of what superlative best describes her. She suggests "What about [[BuffySpeak superultraextremeawesomazing]]?"
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Rainbow Dash manages to blush through her blue coat.
* TitleDrop: Done by the mayor after the introduction of the mystery hero.
* TookALevelInBadass: Pinkie Pie, who up to this point had been portrayed as one of the less physical ponies ([[BewareTheSillyOnes unless she's angry]]), uses speed, agility, and her Pinkie Sense to good measure as Mare Do Well in saving the construction workers.
* TruthInTelevision: Public figures like actors and politicians often hire ghostwriters to write their autobiographies. As Ponyville's célébrité du jour, it is only natural for Rainbow Dash to hire one to write hers.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: As far as the citizens of Ponyville know, Mare-do-Well appears to be an alicorn but no one comment this.
* VisualPun: The hydroelectric dam is modeled after WHICH real-life facility?
* WellIntentionedReplacement: The Mane 5 and their posing of the Mare Do Well to "replace" Rainbow Dash as the town's hero all just part of their plan to try to humble her.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Though the mane cast explains which role they played during the whole episode, it is never explained which of the mane cast as Mare Do Well saved Cherry Berry from her falling air balloon. Judging by the superb jumping skill, which would require powerful legs, it was most likely Applejack, although Pinkie Pie probably could do the same, so it's a toss up.
** Also, we never find out what happens to the parade after it's left behind or if anypony other than Rainbow Dash ever learned about Mare Do Well's true identity.
* WingedUnicorn: Mare Do Well appears to be this after fixing the dam. It's just Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy switching places. Thanks to the hat and cape, no-one can tell that Mare Do Well doesn't always have a uni-horn or pegasus wings all the time.
* YourOtherLeft: Said by the construction worker Rainbow Dash is carrying while rubble falls around them. Interestingly, he's facing the same way as her.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Done by Rainbow Dash upon finding out the Mysterious Mare Do Well has wings (which she thought worked in her favor until that point).
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Oh, for the love of Pete.