Western Animation: My Little Pony Equestria Girls
My Little Pony Equestria Girls
is a Generation 4
movie made by the same studios as Friendship Is Magic
, set between that show's third and fourth seasons.
The concept is simple enough: take the characters of the hit TV show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
and put them in high school
. Now the Mane Six must deal with things such as peer pressure, planning for school dances, popular girls with attitude problems, and yes... even boys.
Sounds simple, right? Did we mention the pastel-colored ponies
are now pastel-colored humans
This spin-off franchise is something of a grand experiment for Hasbro
and their attempt to break into the growing market of alternative dolls. Can you have My Little Pony without the Pony? Is Friendship still Magic? Right now, those questions are a matter of debate
, but Hasbro certainly hopes so.
The movie centers around Twilight Sparkle and Spike going into an Alternate Universe
when the Element of Magic is stolen by Princess Celestia's former apprentice Sunset Shimmer, turning into a teenage human girl and a talking dog respectively in the process. Along the way Twilight meets human versions of her friends from Ponyville, all of whom turn out to despise each other, and a blue-haired fellow who seems like a nice enough guy. With the help of her new friends in this strange new world they must find the crown and change the destiny of the two parallel worlds.
See the first two
The movie was written by Meghan McCarthy, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2013, and had a limited theatrical run at over 200 US and Canadian theaters in June and July of the same year. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US by Shout! Factory
on August 6, 2013 and will be released on DVD in other markets worldwide, and aired later still on The Hub
on September 1st, 2013.IDW
put out a prequel comic as the first issue of their My Little Pony
Annual series, with the 8 page short about Sunset Shimmer's origins printed early in IDW's MLPFIM #9 variant at 2013 SDCC
A sequel, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
, was announced in February 2014, and was eventually released on September 27th 2014.
Not to be confused with the commercial
for Friendship Is Magic
or the parody YouTube videos
of the same name.
- Absentee Actor: Despite being initially set in the Crystal Empire, and with Princess Cadance present, Shining Armor is nowhere to be found, either in the Crystal Empire or in human form. Princess Cadance is also the only main character present in the film without a human equivalent.
- Accidental Pun: Snips and Snails complete their "What Are Little Boys Made Of?" trio (snips, snails and puppy dog tails) when they kidnap the puppy version of Spike.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- Human world Snips and Snails are a lot more dangerous and malicious than their young pony world counterparts.
- Sunset Shimmer in the toy line doesn't have any implication of being malicious or vengeful.
- Twilight, naturally. Her pony mannerisms in particular lend to a lot of such moments. See Call Back below.
- Flash Sentry himself has a few moments like this, particularly when trying to escort Twilight into the dance, and walking headlong into the door. Also this gem after the big climax:
- Adults Are Useless: It wouldn't be a high school work without this trope. Even if Celestia and Luna can be reasonable authority figures, Sunset casually bullies everyone and nothing is done.
- Age Lift: Several characters from Friendship Is Magic, including the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Snips and Snails, and a few other younger cast members are aged up to at least resemble high-school freshmen. Conversely, other adult characters who live on their own, and in some cases even run their own businesses, are aged down to meet this criteria.
- Alas, Poor Yorick: Mocked with the green-haired member of the Dramas (Fan Nickname: Watermelody) usually seen carrying around a skull (hopefully made of plastic).
- All There in the Manual: During Twilight and Fluttershy's discussion of the Fall Formal Princess, Fluttershy says that the previous girl to go up against Sunset was utterly humiliated, but she never says who it was. According to Word of Saint Paul, it was Rarity, though a few lines imply that it was her.
- Alpha Bitch: Sunset Shimmer. Humiliates anyone who stands in her way to become Fall Formal Princess? Check. Segregates the entire school into smaller social groups to ensure they don't band against her? Check. Destroys long-lasting friendships just for kicks? Check. Good thing she pulls a Heel-Face Turn at the end.
- Alternate Self: Twilight Sparkle meets A.U. counterparts of her friends who are attending high school together. AU Pinkie asks Twilight if she had a twin since she vaguely recalls having seen someone similar with a purple and green dog named Spike in the city, confirming that an A.U. counterpart of Twilight does exist.
- Alternate Universe: Twilight goes to one where the ponies are humans in high school, accessed via a Magic Mirror.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees:
- A vending machine with peanut butter crackers? Actually — that's not entirely uncommon.
- A clique of Eco-Teens? Not in every school, sure, but not unheard of either.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: The vast majority of the human characters still use the ponies' wide array of color schemes, though some still fall into normal human skintone ranges by coincidence, most notably Applejack. Big Macintosh and Celestia are standout exceptions, having Caucasian skintones instead of their normal apple red and pure white, respectively. Similarly, Cheerilee and Luna have their coat/hair color schemes reversed because their coats would still be overly dark on screen even if lightened a bit like the other characters.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Like in the parent show, since the characters are made of Flash objects, they (or parts of them) often appear mirrored. It's more complicated than a simple flip, though; they have a "good side" that, in nearly every shot, starts out facing the camera. When a character turns around while visible in a shot, all of her features remain left-right consistent, and the other side shows. It's more notable with the girls wearing Hair Decorations (Rarity, Fluttershy or Trixie), which flip from one side to the other between shots, or with Twilight's pink hair stripe.
- Ambition Is Evil: According to the tie-in comic, Sunset Shimmer's fall from grace began when lured with the power that comes with becoming an alicorn and ruling Equestria, blinding her into believing she can do no wrong.
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Twilight's Element of Magic serves this function in the human world. While unicorn magic is nullified going through the portal, the Element retains its power through the transition.
- Animal-Eared Headband: Worn by the human Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash as part of the school's cheerleader/mascot outfits, along with makeshift pony-like tails worn around their waists.
- Animal Motifs: Canterlot High School is big on horse motifs. The school's logo is the letter C framed by a horseshoe (or just a horseshoe figuring the letter C), there are horse heads or galloping horses on banners everywhere, the students call themselves Wondercolts and wears pony ears and tails when affirming school spirit, etc. And of course, the statue before the front entrance is that of a Rearing Horse. Clearly, the portal to Equestria might not open often, but it did influence the place.
- Apple of Discord: Long before Twilight arrived, Sunset Shimmer broke the friendship of the human versions of Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash through misinformation: Rainbow Dash was given the wrong date for Applejack's bakesale; Pinkie Pie was told via text to throw a huge party that would scare Fluttershy's animals; and Rarity was told via emails that Pinkie Pie didn't need help setting up decorations for various school functions due to having enough volunteers only to learn later Pinkie set the decorations all up by herself.
- At Arm's Length: During the Keep Away scene, Rainbow Dash keeps Snails at bay with a hand on his face as he's trying to seize the crown. Yes, he has shorter arms than a girl.
- Attack of the Political Ad: Sunset's video of Twilight, right down to using color-negative shots at the goofiest moments with heavy musical beats.
- Audience Shift: Compared to its parent series, this iteration is geared towards older girls, mostly between the ages of 8 to 12.
- Balloonacy: Pinkie Pie floats up in the air with a heart-shaped balloon she just inflated. Later, she uses a yellow balloon as a ball hopper.
- Between My Legs: Done twice: first on Twilight when she confronts Sunset Shimmer for bullying Fluttershy, and again on Sunset Shimmer when she threatens to break the portal back to Equestria.
- Big Damn Heroes: Flash Sentry arrives just in time to clear Twilight's name when Sunset frames her for wrecking Pinkie Pie's decorations.
- Big "Shut Up!": Twilight shouts "STOP!" when her new friends' arguing becomes too much for her to put up with.
- Big "WHAT?!": Human!Pinkie delivers two in a row when Twilight tells her friends that the Fall Formal must be moved to tomorrow night because Sunset Shimmer ruined Pinkie's decorations for the formal. She tries to do it a third time when Twilight insists the formal must go on tonight, but Applejack slaps her hand across Pinkie's mouth.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sunset Shimmer's mode of operation, at least when she is dealing with someone she can't intimidate into submissionnote . You see it once or twice, and it's pointed out by Applejack.
- Brick Joke:
- When human Fluttershy first meets Spike, she remarks that she would love to know what he or other animals were thinking. No points for guessing what she asks immediately upon finding out Spike can talk.
- A double whammy: Sunset Shimmer tells Snips and Snails to get dirt on Twilight like they did for "the last girl who thought she could challenge me". Later, Fluttershy remarks that Shimmer did the same thing to someone who ran against her at the "Spring Fling" dance. Turns out it was Rarity, who at the end of the movie, remarks that she expects an apology for "last spring's debacle".
- Brought Down to Normal: Twilight goes from a magical Alicorn Princess to an Ordinary High-School Student. She and the Humane Five get a Magical Girl transformation at the end.
- Buffy Speak: Pony!Pinkie Pie coins the term "nervicited" at one point.
Applejack: You do realize that's not a real word, right?note
- Call Back:
- Sunset as a pony charges at Twilight, then teleports directly behind her as a feint. Twilight used the exact same move on Nightmare Moon in the series pilot.
- Sunset is defeated exactly the same way as Nightmare Moon, complete with a tornado Rainbow of Light coming from the heroines.
- Twilight and Human!Fluttershy's first meeting is an almost word-for-word, cut-for-cut recreation of her first contact with Pony!Fluttershy.
- The Cameo: One of the background students resembles Billy Joe Cobra.
- Canine Companion: In the human world, Spike is this to Twilight.
- Care Bear Stare: In the finale, the girls hit Sunset with a giant Rainbow blast which transforms her back to normal, bawling and apologizing for what she did. Very much like the rainbow-de-brainwash-beam from the Trope Namer franchise.
- Cat Smile: In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment during Pinkie's solo in the "Helping Twilight Win the Crown" musical, Pinkie manages to give a faint one while moving towards the camera.
- Celestial Deadline: The portal only remains open for three days, and then closes for thirty moons when the moon reaches its peak on the third day.
- Chaos Architecture: Canterlot High for a brief moment — Twilight sees roughly five windows on one wall, yet when she runs towards the school, runs past a lot more than five.
- Circle of Friendship: The Humane Six form the heart-shaped version.
- Co-Dragons: The human counterparts of Snips and Snails function as Co-Dragons for Sunset Shimmer.
- Continuity Nod:
- Contrived Coincidence: Events on both sides of the mirror require an unbelievable amount of good timing, none of which can be said to be planned by any one party. The Fall Formal just happens to lie within the active period of the mirror, the mirror happens to be in the Crystal Empire, Twilight happens to have been summoned there for an all-princess summit during the same time, and Sunset Shimmer somehow knows all of this and is able to track down Twilight within the castle despite living in a world which (as far as is made clear) has absolutely no magic except the portal which is rarely active.
- Cool Car: Flash Sentry shows up to the dance in a black muscle car, with lightning bolt decals and his T-shirt emblem/cutie mark emblazoned on the hood. And just for kicks, it's similar in design to a modern Ford Mustang.
- Cool Crown: Twilight's crown, which turns out to be a redesigned Element of Magic.
- Cool Gate: The portal to the human world.
- Cool Pet: Spike the Dragon is now a talking dog.
- Costume Test Montage: The girls have one at Rarity's clothes shop while they prepare for the Fall Formal.
- Crash-Into Hello: Twilight bumps into Flash Sentry no less than four times over the course of the film, both his human and pony self combined. Leads into a Meet Cute during the coffee shop scene. Both amusingly point out this trend.
Flash Sentry: (smiling) We've got to stop bumping into each other like this!
- Cut Song: One that was worked on by Steffan Andrews, who otherwise didn't work on the movie.
- Cute Clumsy Girl:
- Twilight Sparkle in spades. Justified in that it took some time to get used to a completely new human body.
- There are a few times that Fluttershy gets hit with things thrown to her.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Sunset Shimmer at least gets points for trying, but in the film proper she doesn't really qualify. Prior to Twilight's arrival, she sabotaged the friendship of the Mane Five to make sure they couldn't threaten her efforts to get the crown (in the same way that Twilight does once they're reunited).
- Dance Party Ending: Featuring Twilight's hilariously bad dancing and Scootaloo's chicken dance.
- Deadpan Snarker: Principal Celestia. She gets better later on, seeming a lot more like her counterpart towards the end.
- Death Glare: Twilight gives Spike one for making fun of her listmaking.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Sunset changes her tune about The Power of Friendship pretty quickly after witnessing its power firsthand.
- Deus ex Machina: The climax reveals that Twilight doesn't even need the other five elements to be present to tap into their power. Seems like the power of the bond Twilight shared with the human versions of her friends is sufficient to not only allow Twilight to reclaim the powers of the Element of Magic but also summon the powers of the other five elements, which has no basis in the show's actual canon and was never alluded to previous to its use.
- Dispel Magic: As is usually the case in the parent show, the Magic of Friendship's main effect is to dispel dark magic. In the final showdown, it engulfs Demon!Sunset, Snips and Snails into rainbow tornadoes that return them to human form, as well as breaking the mind-control spell cast over the CHS students.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Among other ways Twilight is making a fool of herself before Flash.
Twilight: You know me... always trying to make a big "splash" around here. 'Cause my drink kinda splashed... on the ground.
- Dope Slap: Spike gives one to Twilight when Twilight says "everypony" instead of "everybody" while talking with Human!Fluttershy.
- Dramatic Wind: Just before the final confrontation, dark clouds gather overhead and the night gets appropriately windy.
- Easily Forgiven: Having to rebuild the school's entryway is a pretty light punishment for magically brainwashing the entire student body in a bid to conquer an alternate reality, all things considered.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Human!Pinkie Pie initially suspects that Twilight Sparkle is hiding something... namely, that she has psychic powers.
- Establishing Character Moment: Sunset Shimmer's first actions when we see her in the human world is her picking on Human!Fluttershy.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Sunset admits this after she has Snips and Snails kidnap Spike to get Twilight's attention, then immediately releases him when the chase leads to her. She never intended to do anything, it just seemed the most expedient method to get Twilight to meet her.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Par for the course. The Magic of Friendship manifests itself with rainbows, and at the end a Rainbow Tornado engulfs Demon!Sunset and brings her back to normal.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sunset threatens to destroy the portal to Equestria if Twilight doesn't give up her crown, but this fails because Twilight would rather be stuck forever in an alternate reality, subverting Expendable Alternate Universe, than give Sunset the power of her element.
- Expendable Alternate Universe: Subverted. Twilight refuses to leave Sunset loose to do whatever she wants in the human world with the Element of Magic because she knows if she left, there'd be no-one to stop her.
- Eye Cam: The first view of the other world beyond the portal is through Twilight's eyes as she's opening them. This delays the reveal of her new body.
- Fetal Position Rebirth: Sunset Shimmer shortly takes this posture while turning into her demon form, surrounded by a black flames aura.
- Fireballs: How Demon!Sunset opens the hostility against Twilight and the Human Five.
- Fisher Kingdom: Twilight's arrival in the human world is accompanied by her transformation into a human herself.
- Fish out of Water: Unsurprisingly, Twilight Sparkle has some trouble adapting to being human.
- Flanderization: Due to the film's run time needing to fit in a lot of its own plot, the personalities of the alternate counterparts of Twilight's friends don't get a lot of depth. We see enough of them to recognize they're mostly the same as the originals and their core personality traits as such shine through, but by the end of the film their characterization is limited to "The Mane Six as humans".
- Flashback: One from Fluttershy tells us how she picked up Twilight's crown while standing next to the portal to handle fliers for an animal shelter to the students.
- Flash Mob: The Humane Five set up one in the school cafeteria to get everyone to vote for Twilight.
- Sunset Shimmer hints at her plan early on when she claims that Twilight wouldn't have been much safer in Equestria than she is in the human world.
- When Snips remarks, "Yeah! In Equestria..." it seems like he's just blindly repeating Sunset Shimmer without really knowing what she's talking about. However, this hints that Snips and Snails were fully aware of Sunset Shimmer's plan to take over an alternate world, which was confirmed when they were turned into demons along with Sunset.
- The entire movie turns out to be foreshadowing for the Reflections arc of the IDW comic, as it hints at the existence of The Multiverse. Remember how Celestia was worried about Twilight disturbing the balance of the alternate world? There's a reason for that...
- Four-Fingered Hands: Demons Sunset Shimmer, Snips and Snails have four-fingered claws.
- Frame-Up: Sunset Shimmer frames Twilight for trashing the gymnasium to get her out of running for the Fall Formal crown. Fortunately, Flash is able to clear her name at the last minute.
- Gale-Force Sound: Human!Pinkie does this with a plastic megaphone during the cafeteria song, or earlier while shouting at Rarity during their dispute.
- Genre Savvy: Twilight knows that the explanation that she is actually a pony princess from another world looking for a crown that just so happens to resemble the Fall Formal prize is a too far-fetched story to believe, comparing it to what would happen if a human tried explaining their own origins if they came to Equestria. Twilight's suspicions are confirmed when even the rest of the girls don't believe it either, even after Pinkie correctly guesses it, but they quickly change their minds when Spike talks.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Early on, Human!Twilight trips and falls onto all fours as the football jock walks by. In the background, he turns around to look while grinning.
- Girliness Upgrade: Compared to the main show, Equestria Girls is much more obviously "girly", most infamously with Applejack and Rainbow Dash, who wear skirts. However, the personalities and roles of Twilight and her friends' human counterparts remained pretty much the same as in the main series.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: The Big Bad and her minions with bat wings vs. Twilight, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy's feathered wings after both groups use Twilight's crown to transform.
- Hammerspace: Applejack doesn't part with her lasso even when in formal dress; thankfully it stays stored in Hammerspace until needed.
- Hammerspace Hair: Human!Pinkie takes a pen and a clipboard out of her hair.
- Head Desk: This is Twilight's reaction after she sees the embarrassing video made by Sunset Shimmer, and she says that no-one is going to vote for her now.
- High School A.U.: The human world where many familiar pony faces are attending (or teaching at) Canterlot High. Besides the Mane Six, clearly humanized versions of Celestia and Luna (as principals), the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Snips and Snails, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, Big Macintosh, Cheerilee (as a teacher), Granny Smith (as a lunch lady), Mr. and Mrs. Cake (as coffee shop owners), Photo Finish, DJ Pon-3, and Trixie all show up throughout the movie. Even a humanized version of a certain blond and gray mare with wonky eyes shows up in the lower right corner of the screen during the "Helping Twilight Win the Crown" number, and at the end of the credits with a muffin in her hands.
- High School Dance: The Fall Formal; naturally, the portal closes the night it occurs. A similar dance, the Spring Fling is also mentioned to have happened prior to the movie.
- Hostage for MacGuffin: Sunset attempts a twist on this by threatening to destroy the portal to Equestria if Twilight doesn't surrender her crown.
- "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": Twice, both involving Pinkie: First, when Twilight prepares to confess to her human friends who she really is and what she's doing there, Human!Pinkie says it for her instead, uncannily right down to the very last detail; Pony!Pinkie later does the exact same thing when Twilight appears to have a crush on a guard pony because he reminds her of Flash Sentry. Both times, an exchange like this happens:
Twilight Sparkle: How did you know about that?
Pinkie Pie: Just a hunch!
- How Do I Shot Web?: In contrast to the ending of the season 3 finale, Twilight can't seem to manage to fly more than a few feet off the ground, and only then for a few seconds. Getting her wings to remain folded during sleep is also an issue. Likewise, adapting to walking as a human takes some time.
- Huddle Shot: The Humane Five are seen huddled above Twilight Sparkle, after she falls from exhaustion from the match against Rainbow Dash.
- Human-Focused Adaptation: The first My Little Pony G4 movie, the first theatrically premierednote My Little Pony movie since 1986... and the plot is about human versions of ponies. Although it isn't played totally straight since the characters have been transformed or re-imagined as humans, rather than introducing completely new human characters.
- Human Hummingbird: A few times, notably when Twilight is first trying to walk upright. She also does the multiple-vision version when Human!Fluttershy almost bull-rushes her on seeing Spike.
- Humanity Ensues: The inhabitants of the other world are humans, albeit ones with technicolor skin. Ponies from Equestria get turned into one upon arrival as seen with Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer. Spike gets a variation on this by being transformed into a dog.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Sunset Shimmer has this power once she gets the crown, though she doesn't actually need eye contact to do it.
- Applejack calls Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity out for bickering with each other for something the other supposedly did instead of moving on. When Rarity points out that Applejack still has a grudge against Rainbow Dash, AJ says it's different because RD made a liar out of her.
- Sunset is this, as well. She confronts Fluttershy at one point, telling her she shouldn't take things that don't belong to her. This is, of course, after Sunset herself went through all the trouble of stealing Twilight's crown and stealing the cheap replica that would have been the crown for the Fall Formal.
- Hypocritical Humor: Principal Celestia tells Twilight that her door is always open... just before slamming it shut.
- I Choose to Stay:
- Twilight, when Sunset threatens to destroy the portal back to Equestria if Twilight doesn't relinquish the crown. Fortunately, Sunset was bluffing.
- For some odd reason, Sunset herself after everything is said and done. Though it may come off as a self-imposed punishment for her actions.
- I Have No Idea What I'm Doing: When Spike questions how Twilight plans to become Princess of the Fall Formal, Twilight "enthusiastically" says, "I have no idea!"
- The Illegible: When Twilight signs up for the fall formal, Pinkie Pie can barely read her writing. Of course, this is because she's not used to having hands and usually writes through unicorn telekinesis.
- I Never Told You My Name: Twilight addresses the human versions of Pinkie Pie and Applejack by name despite them not saying anything beforehand. From this, Pinkie Pie erroneously concludes Twilight is psychic.
- In Spite of a Nail: The human world, despite being basically magic-free and technological development being drastically greater than the pony world, has the human counterparts of the various characters taking on more or less similar roles. The Humane Five (sans Twilight) were all friends prior to Sunset Shimmer sabotaging their relationship, and have all fallen into roles fitting those of their counterparts. The Crusaders are still friends, their desire for cutie marks translated here as similar ill-conceived attempts at being popular. Celestia and Luna run the school. Even Twilight's counterpart being absent fits with Twilight herself not coming to Ponyville until made to do so.
- Instant Cosplay Surprise:
- Magic variant: the portal provides an appropriate wardrobe for Twilight in addition to the physical changes. Although when she realizes this, the fact that she's now human understandably freaks her out much more than the sudden apparition of clothes.
- Human!Rarity later pulls an ordinary one Twilight, putting her in a new dress and a blonde wig in a flash so that the student body wouldn't recognize and mock her any longer after the embarrassing videos of Twilight show up on the Net.
- Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!:
- The Human!Cutie Mark Crusaders uploaded their song onto YouTube and the reactions range from "Epic Fail" to "Hilariously Funny" (predictably, the latter is what they draw inspiration from).
- Sunset Shimmer then gets Snips and Snails to record Twilight as she's figuring out how to move and act as a human, and then uploads the results to discredit and humiliate her.
- Interspecies Romance:
- Both Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer are technically ponies from Equestria transformed into humans, and one of them has dated Flash Sentry (human) in the past while the other is being hit on by him, with implied reciprocation.
- There's also Dog!Spike's obvious crush on Human!Rarity, as well as his crush on Pony!Rarity as a dragon.
- In the Hood: Sunset Shimmer uses this while stealing the crown.
- Jaw Drop: This is Twilight and Spike's reactions when Pinkie Pie guesses up their whole situation entirely on a hunch.
- Jerkass Realization:
- It's clear that the human versions of Twilight's friends feel this way when they realize Sunset Shimmer is the one who ruined their friendship. It's especially evident with Applejack as she guiltily admits she stopped talking to Rainbow Dash altogether instead of questioning her about that suspicious e-mail falsely saying the softball team would be coming to AJ's bake sale.
- It's also apparent that when they pulled a Care Bear Stare against Demon!Sunset Shimmer, this was the result.
- Keep Away: The girls toss the crown between each other to keep Snips and Snails from grabbing it for Sunset Shimmer. It backfires when Twilight fails to check her throw.
- Kick the Dog: Sunset Shimmer pulls off this trope a few times, ranging from bullying to framing Twilight to attempted murder.
- Knight of Cerebus: Believe it or not, Sunset Shimmer. Her bullying is by far the cruelest displayed by any character in the series proper so far. Not only that, once she gains her demoness form, she turns Snips and Snails into demons, mind controls the entire student body as her own personal army, and comes dangerously close to actually killing Twilight.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Since this is set after Season 3, Twilight Sparkle is an Alicorn Princess now (before heading off into the Alternate Universe, anyways).
- Let Me Get This Straight: Applejack says this after she and the others find out Twilight is a pony princess from Equestria.
- Loyal Phlebotinum: Twilight's crown, when Sunset tries to use it to destroy her.
- Luminescent Blush: About every other moment Twilight spends with Flash.
- Made-for-TV Movie: Announced as such by John A. Frascotti at the Hasbro New York Toy Fair 2013 Investor Event, though its premiere date, theatrical release date, and DVD & Blu-ray release date all turned out to precede its television airdate.