The Stars Will Aid Their Escape: Nyarlathotep pulls one on the Princesses when they confront him in Canterlot — they can banish him and thus stop his plans, but he's stolen the Cutie Mark Crusaders' souls, and will take them with him if he goes.
- He pulls another one shortly after, where he tells Shining Armor to either stay and protect the Bearers (who he probably won't hurt yet) or go and save his troops who are being attacked by the Dark Young (who will kill all of them). Shining reluctantly picks the latter.
"I enjoy a good hero — they're so predictable. One little nudge and off they run towards the screaming."