Western Animation / My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)

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Twilight Sparkle and her friends have come a long way in seven years...

Twilight Sparkle: It's the Magic of...
Storm King: Yeah, yeah! Friendship, and flowers, and ponies, and blehhh...I am so totally over the cute pony thing! This... ends... now!

My Little Pony: The Movie is a feature film based off the hit TV series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magicnote , set between the show's seventh and eighth seasons, and is part of the overall My Little Pony Generation 4 franchise. It is the first animated film by Allspark Pictures, Hasbro's film label, and was released on October 6, 2017.

Princess Twilight Sparkle is helping prepare for Equestria's first ever Friendship Festival, the grandest celebration any pony has ever seen. Unfortunately, this happens on the same day Canterlot is invaded by dark forces led by the sinister Storm King, who has a keen interest in taking the ponies' magic. With the fate of Equestria at risk, Twilight must embark on a perilous journey alongside her friends—Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Applejack, Fluttershy, and Spike—to gather new allies beyond their home, all while evading the Storm King's most dangerous subordinate, the treacherous unicorn Tempest Shadow. Though their bonds are tested, the seven friends discover that there truly is no force stronger than the Magic of Friendship.

Longtime series crew members Meghan McCarthy and Jayson Thiessen notably left their work on the TV series to write and direct the movie, respectively, with five brand new songs by show composer Daniel Ingram, plus an original contribution by Sia. In addition to the original cast reprising their roles from the show, the movie boasts an impressive All-Star Cast consisting of entirely new characters:

See also IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel and The Stormy Road to Canterlot, a Prequel comic and junior readers' novel, respectively, that flesh out some of the film's new characters and set up the plot. Another junior novel series, My Little Pony: Beyond Equestria, will serve as a continuation of the film. Not to be confused with the 1986 movie of the same name, which is set in the G1 animated continuity.

My Little Pony: The Movie provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Captain Celaeno stands out, even clashing with Rainbow Dash in a friendly swordfight. Tempest Shadow is a darker example.
  • Actionized Sequel: Compared to the regular series, which has maybe two to three real "action scenes" outside the premieres/finales. Trailers have shown multiple clashes with Tempest Shadow, more slapstick-based action scenes, and multiple spars with Captain Celaeno and her crew, the closest in the original series being Twilight's clash with Tirek. Also counts to the Equestria Girls subseries, which apart from brief climax clashes, was usually devoid of action altogether. The film's PG rating was given due to mild action sequences.
  • Actor IS the Title Character: Three posters of this type were released featuring characters from the film: "Zoe Saldana is Captain Celaeno," "Cathy Weseluck is Spike the Dragon" and "Andrea Libman is Fluttershy."
  • All There in the Manual: The prequel comics explain a lot of things about the characters that don't fit within the limited time the movie has to show it, like giving the Storm King more depths to high ambitions so he isn't just a Generic Doomsday Villain. Likewise, various locations and objects such Klugetown, Seaquestria, the Obsidian Orbs, and Queen Novo's Pearl of Transformation are named in various books and merchandise.
    • The art book, in addition to going into the development of the film's story, also explains that the Staff of Sacanas was stolen from an Arimaspi king in a deleted scene and that it may have been fashioned from a branch of the Tree of Harmony.
  • Animation Bump: The movie does away with the TV show's Adobe Flash animation in favor of ToonBoom, resulting in some massively fluid and expressive character animations, as the trailers gleefully indicate.
  • Anti-Magic: The Storm King's Mooks are equipped with shields that negate magical blasts for the Canterlot attack, and Tempest uses a cage with similar properties to capture Twilight. However, it should be noted their reliance on this backfires in the end as it's not exceptionally good against non magical attacks.
  • Anything but That!: Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, and Fluttershy have panicked reactions to this effect when Celeano's crew discusses whether they should tie up the stowaways (Applejack), clip their wings (Rainbow Dash), scar them (Rarity), or scar them emotionally (Fluttershy).
  • Applied Mathematics: Twilight's whiteboard includes an integral calculus equation with nothing but Cutie Marks as variables. Another equation includes what appears to be graphene and the schematic symbol for a crystal oscillator.
  • Arc Words: "We/You/I got this."
  • Art Evolution: This being a movie with a higher budget and an entirely different animation program from the show, the characters' designs have been nicely refined with additional, even incredibly subtle details, such as glittering irises, visible scales on Spike's body, and heart-shaped pony hooves. The ponies are also drawn with rounder, smaller snouts in comparison to their show counterparts, actually making them even cuter, if it were even possible.
  • Art Shift: During Tempest's Dark and Troubled Past part of "Open Up Your Eyes", the art style changes to a less outlined, paper-cutout style of animation. The closing credits also have their own distinct look to it.
  • Artificial Gill: Before being transformed into seaponies, the Mane Six and Spike use air bubbles around their heads to breathe underwater.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Staff Of Sacanas is a powerful magical artifact but in order to use it, the wielder needs the combined magic of the four Princesses. How much magical energy is this? About the combined magic of every non-princess pony in Equestria plus Discord.
  • Awesome McCoolname:
    • Tempest Shadow. Her real name, on the other hoof...
    • In-Universe: According to Pinkie Pie, Tempest's real name is "the most awesome name EVER!"
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The movie starts with the Storm King's army conquering Canterlot. Rarity even lampshades it.
  • Batman Gambit: In Seaquestria, Twilight Sparkle concocts a scheme of having her friends entertain and distract Princess Skystar and Queen Novo while she steals and runs off with Seaquestria's Pearl of Transformation. It spectacularly blows up in her face.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: The rescue party enters Canterlot by delivering a cake as a Trojan Horse which they claim was ordered by the Storm King himself to celebrate his victory and which he's going to be angry if he doesn't get.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Getting his coat fixed up by Rarity and being asked nothing in return causes Capper to second-guess his plan to betray them. He nearly falls back into his old ways when interrogated by Tempest over the Mane Six, but one look at the shiny buttons Rarity gave him kicks off his complete Heel–Face Turn.
    • Twilight trying to save Tempest after everything is a big part of her Taking the Bullet moment.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Twilight Sparkle learns that nothing is more valuable than friendship, and demonstrates this by showing sympathy for Tempest Shadow and even rescuing her later, despite all of the trouble Tempest caused and the grief she gave her personally. Tempest undergoes a Heel–Face Turn and proves instrumental to saving the day.
  • Big Bad: The Storm King is the main villain, with Tempest Shadow as The Heavy.
  • Big Damn Movie: The film is promised to be larger in scope than anything yet seen in the series, and features several Celebrity Voice Actors.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Party Favor, after his balloon animal named Brian is crushed by Tempest Shadow's airship.
    • Pinkie Pie, after Twilight is sucked into the Storm King's tornado.
    • Tempest Shadow, just before the Storm King throws an obsidian orb at the Mane Six, leading her into Taking the Bullet for them.
  • Big "YES!": We get the show's trademark "YEAH!" courtesy of Bulk Biceps.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: In her seapony form, Princess Skystar has a bioluminescent lure on her head resembling that of an Alluring Anglerfish. Queen Novo has three of them, implying that they're the seapony equivalent of a Cool Crown and an indicator of rank.
  • Bird People: Captain Celaeno and her crew are anthropomorphic parrots with arms instead of wings.
  • Birds of a Feather: Pinkie Pie gets along famously with Princess Skystar because of their very similar personalities.
  • Bookends: The film starts and ends in Canterlot.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: In regards to Twilight tricking everyone, stealing the orb, and lashing at her friends in anger, it was certainly wrong but at the same time it was true that the rest of the Mane 6 didn't seem to be treating the situation as seriously as it should have been and their behavior had repeatedly caused problems for their mission. Pointedly Pinkie apologizes to Twilight as well, despite Twilight's harsh actions.
  • Bouncer: Bulk Biceps acts as one in the end credits.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Twilight gets separated from her friends after denouncing them in anger, and then she gets captured by Tempest Shadow, forcing the Mane Five and Spike to go rescue her.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Thanks to Princess Celestia being turned to stone before she can finish telling Luna what to do, Twilight and the others initially think they're supposed so seek the aid from hippos rather than hippogriffs, with Pinkie wondering why they're supposed to look for the "queen of the hippos." During the end credits, she can be seen dancing with an actual hippo queen.
    • Princess Skystar claims that she's going to be "so grounded" when she runs away to help the Mane Six save Canterlot. When Queen Novo shows up at the end of the movie, the first thing she tells Skystar is "You are so grounded."
  • Busby Berkeley Number: "One Small Thing" grows into a massive theatrical dance number.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes":
    • Applejack wasn't literally raised in a barn. "My family just happens to have a barn. Where I was born... and spent most of my formative years."
    • Princess Skystar wants you to know that her people didn't flee from the Storm King. They swam... so they could flee.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The Storm King treats his status as the Big Bad as a professional business. He comments on the Canterlot Castle's design as too "cute", and not fitting of the his big, bad powerful guy image. Also, he is exceptionally pleased with his own line "Let's get this storm started!" and wants to turn it into a trademarked Catch-Phrase.
  • Cast Herd: Each of Twilight's friends brings in her own group of friends to help prepare for the festival, which is repeatedly mentioned in lyrics and illustrated during "We Got This Together".
  • The Cavalry: Capper, Celaeno and her crew, and Princess Skystar all arrive to join the Mane Five and Spike in saving Twilight and Equestria.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Princess Skystar (but not her mother, nor any of the other Hippogriffs) decides to come to Equestria to help the ponies defeat the Storm King.
  • The Charmer: Capper is quite charming and claims "charming's my game."
  • Chekhov's Gun: The gargantuan party cannon Pinkie Pie and Cheese Sandwich build for the Friendship Festival gets used in the climax by Twilight's friends to fire themselves into the Storm King's tornado and save her.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: It is through Capper that Twilight discovers the true identity and existence of the Queen of the Hippogriffs. Capper is also among the Big Damn Heroes who plays an instrumental role in rescuing Princess Twilight in the final act. Despite his seediness, Capper really was the friend the Mane Six needed.
  • Colorblind Casting: Uzo Aduba, a very dark-skinned African American, and Kristin Chenoweth, a lily-white Caucasian, are cast as mother and daughter. It helps that they're voice actors and their characters don't match their respective skin tones.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In Klugetown, One of the inhabitants wanted to buy Rarity's hair for "two Stormbucks". She gets insulted, stating her hair's worth a lot more than that.
  • Companion Cube: Princess Skystar's two best friends are oyster shells she's named Shelly and Sheldon. Everypony is creeped out by this except Pinkie Pie, who finds it adorable.
  • Conspicuous CG: The film extensively uses CGI as opposed to the show, mostly on the buildings and vehicles, which greatly sticks out with the Semi-3D character animation.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: Princess Skystar talked over her decision to help the ponies with Shelly and Sheldon.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: A great many supporting and popular side characters from the show appear in the film. Bulk Biceps, Tree Hugger, Harry the Bear, Night Glider, Starlight Glimmer, Trixie, Photo Finish, Party Favor, Coco Pommel, Fashion Plate, Sassy Saddles, Moondancer, the Spa ponies, Lyra Heartstrings, Sweetie Drops, Derpy, Dr. Hooves, Octavia, DJ Pon-3, Zecora, Big Macintosh, the Wonderbolts, the Cake family and Cheese Sandwich all make brief appearances during the Friendship Festival. Even Discord gets an indirect appearance as a balloon sculpture, then a direct appearance in the party during the end credits. Maud Pie too gets an indirect appearance via a photograph that Pinkie offers to trade to one of the Klugetown residents.
  • Could Say It, But...: Queen Novo forbids Princess Skystar from telling the Mane Six what happened to the Hippogriffs, so Princess Skystar naturally says that if she could tell them, she'd say that the seaponies are actually Hippogriffs driven out by the Storm King's forces and changed into their current forms by the Pearl of Transformation to hide underwater. But she totally did not tell them that.
    Queen Novo: Seriously?
  • Counting to Three: Tempest tells the pirates that she would count to three if they didn't give away the location of the Mane Six on their ship. She then does just that.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: The opening sequence is set to an adaptation of "We Got the Beat" by The Go-Go's. The line in the second verse about a dance called "the pony" takes on a whole new meaning.
  • Covered in Gunge: Twilight gets buried under a five-layer buttercream cake, courtesy of Pinkie Pie's new jumbo party cannon. A tiny bit also gets on Songbird Serenade's costume, to the horror of the petrified crowd.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Storm King's forces are equipped with Anti-Magic equipment, a reasonable choice when coming to invade a city of unicorns. This helps them take over Canterlot fairly easily, but it seems to just be okay at dealing with anything else and nigh useless against fire. When the heroes and their allies Storm the Castle in the Final Battle, Rarity is the only magic user and she primarily uses it to fight indirectly, so his army no longer has any considerable advantage.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-universe, despite spending the film wishing to steal the powers of the princesses, the Storm King doesn't seem to have any idea what those powers are. This bites him in the butt when he empowers the Staff of Sacanas, since he doesn't know how to use his stolen powers best.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Mane Six fare poorly in their first confrontation with Tempest during the invasion of Canterlot, which results in them getting knocked into the river and whisked far away from the city.
  • The Cynic: Tempest Shadow pretty much gave up on friendship when her friends rejected and abandoned her when times were tough, and claims to Twilight Sparkle that Friendship is worthless through her Villain Song.
  • Darker and Edgier: Given the instances in the trailer where the characters almost die, and the fact it's rated PG, this trope is in effect. It's a more downplayed example compared to most, considering that it is still My Little Pony after all.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Rainbow Dash starts the song "Time to Be Awesome" to encourage the pirates to rebel against the Storm King and return to the awesome adventurers they used to be. It works. And paid off in the end when they come to help during the Final Battle.
  • Darkest Hour: The Mane Six have been kicked out of Seaquestria due to Twilight's shenanigans. Pinkie Pie calls Twilight out on her shady behavior and lack of trust in her friends. Twilight snaps at Pinkie and denounces all of her friends, resulting in all of them except for Spike leaving her in disgust. To make matters even worse, Tempest capitalizes on the situation and captures Twilight, giving the Storm King the power to conquer the world with all four Equestrian Princesses.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The Obsidian Orbs, Kryptonite Factor weapons capable of eating through Alicorn-level shields, that are never explained or addressed. What's more, they disappear from the plot as soon as they're used to take out the Princesses until the Storm King attempts to use one against the Mane Six, making it feel like that was their sole purpose for existing.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: For The Power of Friendship. The Mane Six explore outside of Equestria and stick to their usual guns, but it brings along some unintended consequences, which convinces Twilight Sparkle that friendship doesn't work, so she resorts to playing dirty. This ultimately comes back to bite her in the tail, as her lack of faith in friendship ruined the Mane Six's one chance to get the help they needed from Queen Novo, whom her friends had successfully won over with Friendship. A subsequent falling out with her friends gets Twilight in even deeper trouble, forcing her into a harsh realization. Fortunately, all of the characters (Capper, Captain Celaeno, Princess Skystar) the Mane Six befriended over the course of the adventure arrive to help the Mane Five in rescuing Twilight and saving Equestria. Finally, Twilight Sparkle ends up befriending Tempest Shadow, who pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save the Mane Six.
  • Demoted to Extra: Starlight Glimmer, upgraded to a major character on the show proper, is relegated to a non-speaking cameo in the film. Understandable since at the time the film was being written, Starlight's personality was still being developed post-redemption.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Songbird Serenade notes that Twilight is "caked in cake".
  • Depth Deception: At one point, Pinkie Pie appears to be blowing up an ordinary balloon. Then the camera angle shifts and it's clear she's blowing up the kind of twisting balloon used to make balloon animals.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Twilight thought that stealing the Pearl Of Transformation was a good idea, but even if she didn't get caught, she never considered how her friends, and especially Queen Novo and Princess Skystar would react to it afterwards if they found out, and they most likely would've. It was a lose-lose proposition either way one looks at it. The Mane Five don't hide their overwhelming disapproval.
  • Disney Death: Twilight gets sucked into the tornado with the Storm King during the struggle for the Storm King's staff. Fortunately, after a brief mourning period from the ponies, Twilight comes back down no worse for wear. Unfortunately, so does the Storm King.
    • Later happens to Tempest Shadow when she takes the bullet for the main six, and is only narrowly saved by Twilight Sparkle. It's one of the more effective uses of the trope due Tempest's lack of plot armor and clever cinematography revealing the save.
  • Disney Villain Death: The Storm King gets turned to stone, falls off of the Canterlot castle balcony and shatters to pieces. If the credits are to be trusted, however, he's actually still alive in his broken form.
  • Downer Beginning: The film starts with the Storm King conquering Canterlot, and things get worse from there.
  • Dynamic Entry: The Mane Five launch themselves out of Pinkie's suped up Party Cannon to get past the Storm King's tornado. They end up slamming right into him at the end.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The Mane Six go through a lot, especially Twilight, both physically and emotionally, but in the end, they manage to stop the Storm King, free Canterlot, return the Princesses to normal, and save Equestria with their new friends.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Tempest, despite playing a big role she played in the Storm King's takeover, is completely forgiven following her Heel–Face Turn. However, she is the one who ends up fixing the mess she helped make by using the Staff of Sacanas to return the Princesses' magic to Canterlot, reviving the petrified Princesses and repairing the city — not to mention, of course, her temporary Heroic Sacrifice against The Storm King.
    • Downplayed from Queen Novo who seems to have forgiven Twilight in regards to her attempted theft of the Pearl of Transformation, but is still upset over her actions. However, she stays for the party after arriving to get her daughter and is seen being friendly to Celestia in the credits. Justified as Twilight did just help save the world again plus made it safe for Novo's people to be free to join the surface world again. She doesn’t let her own daughter off the hook that easily though even though the ponies couldn’t have saved the world without her help though.
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way: Tempest offers the Princesses the option of giving up their magic "nicely please, or we make it difficult...for everyone."
    Princess Luna: And why should we cower before you? There's one of you and hundreds of us!
    Tempest Shadow: (chuckling) I was hoping you'd choose "difficult".
  • Epic Tracking Shot: The opening sequence pans down from a view of the stars to follow a group of pegasi as they soar over and dive through some clouds to a road, then follows the road to Canterlot, flying under a couple archways into the city festooned for the Friendship Festival before finally settling on some ponies setting a dessert table. After a couple of cuts, the sequence ends with a zoom through the stained glass window commemorating Twilight's coronation onto Twilight herself.
  • Equippable Ally:
    • Princess Skystar uses Shelly and Sheldon as projectiles to take down one of the Storm King's mooks.
    • Capper uses Spike as a flamethrower.
      • Before that, Twilight uses Spike as a burner for her makeshift hot air balloon.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows:
    • The pirate parrots' airship has multi-colored sails that, when unfurled, make it look like a rainbow lorikeet. Rainbow Dash exclaims "Awesome!" when she sees the sails.
    • Zigzagged with Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom, which is simultaneously awesome and a very bad idea that shows Tempest and the Storm King's mooks where they are.
    • Invoked in Songbird Serenade's song "Rainbow":
      Songbird Serenade: (singing) I can see a rainbow through your tears as they're falling down.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Not really evil, but Capper is technically a criminal in a crime-filled town. Rarity fixes up his coat for him, prompting him to immediately ask what the catch was. She merely replies it's just thanks for helping her and her friends out. Capper is confused by this since as far as he knew, no one does anything for anyone for free.
    • Near the end of the movie the Storm King deems Tempest expendable once he got the power he craves and tries to kill her. Before she gets whisked away in the tornado, Twilight grabs and pulls her back, making her confused as to why she would bother helping her.
  • Evil Gloating: Tempest Shadow can't resist taunting Twilight Sparkle while she is held captive on her ship, even mocking her situation of being abandoned by her friends. All before indulging in a Villain Song denouncing friendship and Twilight's ideals.
    Tempest Shadow: The Princess of Friendship...with no friends!
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The whole movie is set over the course of a single day, though Justified as with Celestia and Luna petrified, there isn't anypony who can change day to night. Timeline-wise Tempest promises to capture Twilight before the Storm King arrives in "three days" possibly extending the time to seventy two hours, with it being unclear how long the ponies spent in the badlands or approaching the mountain offscreen.
  • Eye Recall: Tempest's backstory is initiated by the camera zooming in on her eye as it fills the screen. When it ends, the view dissolves to a shot of Twilight's eyes as the camera zooms out.
  • Fictional Currency: Klugetown uses Storm Bucks as currency. Presumably, the same is also true of all the Storm King's territories.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Capper grabs Spike and uses him as a makeshift flamethrower during the climax.
  • Fish People: Half of the residents of Klugetown are fishmen.
  • Forgot About His Powers:
    • The movie is notably lacking in teleportation use, despite how frequently Twilight uses it in the series. It may be justified when she is captured and locked in what turns out to be a magic proof cage, but she doesn't even attempt it. Indeed Twilight shows remarkably little variety in magic over the course of the movie, only using small to medium scale telekinesis, a bit of light from her horn to illuminate dark places, and magic blasts.
    • The Mane Six's Rainbow Powers are nowhere to be seen, despite them likely being very useful. This wasn't the case in earlier versions of the script but it was cut.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Defied by Tempest. When she was rejected by her friends and left Ponyville, she took on the name "Tempest Shadow" when she allied herself with the Storm King. It's most likely because her real pony name, Fizzlepop Berrytwist, wouldn't be taken overly seriously, and who can honestly blame her?
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In addition to the side character appearances detailed in Continuity Cavalcade, there's also cameos from background ponies such as Lyra Heartstrings, Berry Punch, Octavia Melody, and Amethyst Star.
  • Foreshadowing: Derpy dives in front of an aimed obsidian orb at Twilight by Tempest Shadow, allowing her to escape. The same action is repeated by Tempest Shadow with an orb thrown by the Storm King.
  • Furry Confusion: Despite Rarity owning a non-anthro pet cat in the series, a Funny Animal cat appears in the film in the form of Capper.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • While the Mane Six are lost in the Badlands, Pinkie Pie mentions she has "sand in [her] everything".
    • The first Klugetown merchant the Mane Six encounter asks Twilight if she's interested in selling her horn and has several horns prominently displayed on his cart. In Real Life, if an animal horn isn't sold as decor or a bugle, it's an aphrodisiac.
    • Capper warns the fish guy "infected" with pastel coloritis not to touch anyone "because parts will fall off". Cue the fish guy immediately covering his groin.
    • One of the pirates is seen scratching his ass. Rainbow Dash is naturally disgusted by this.
    • One of the Mooks Spike blasts with his flame doesn't get back up...
  • Gilligan Cut: Early on, a pony comments on how Twilight must be super chill... only for us to see her having one of her famous Freak-Out moments.
  • Given Name Reveal: At the end of the movie, Tempest Shadow reveals her real name Fizzlepop Berrytwist. Pinkie Pie thinks it's "the most awesome name EVER!" and the credits roll.
  • Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: Pinkie Pie gives Twilight a pep talk which almost ends in total failure.
    Pinkie Pie: The pressure is intense! It's almost too much for any single pony to handle! Aaaaah!! [beat] But you have us, so stop worrying.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Captain Celaeno's crewman shoots the Mane Five (plus Spike) out of Pinkie Pie's giant party cannon, sending them through the tornado, and right into the Storm King, knocking him down and sending his staff into a nearby window.
  • Healing Magic Is the Hardest: Tempest has apparently tried several other means and places to heal her horn, to no avail, which is why she's so determined to help the Storm King claim the magic of the princesses and become powerful enough to fix it. Even after he betrays her, it's unclear if he could heal her (or thought he could) but won't, or if he was just lying in order to manipulate her.
  • The Heavy: Tempest Shadow, The Dragon to the Storm King, is the most active of the film's villains in her hunt for Twilight Sparkle.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Tempest Shadow (or rather, Fizzlepop), Grubber, and the Storm King's minions pull this in the end, and if the credits can be trusted, the Storm King does as well, as he is seen "dancing" with the others as a broken statue, before unfortunately falling apart.
  • Heroic Bystander: Derpy/Muffins happens to be in the right place at the right time to shove Twilight and get hit by an obsidian orb meant for the princess. Rainbow Dash gets to Twilight first, though, but Derpy does succeed
  • His Name Is...: Princess Celestia as she tells Princess Luna to go get help from the queen of the hippogriffs, but gets cut off. This causes Twilight to think she has to find the queen of the "hippos".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the end, the Storm King is turned to stone by his own obsidian orb when Tempest takes the hit for the Mane Six, getting him caught in the blast.
  • Hostage Handler Huddle: Held by Captain Celaeno and crew after they discover that the ponies have stowed away on their ship:
    Crew Member One: I think we tie 'em up. [Applejack gasps]
    Crew Member Two: Nah, we clip their wings.[Rainbow Dash gasps]
    Crew Member Three: Nah, we scar 'em... [Rarity screams and he looks over at Fluttershy] ...emotionally.
    [Fluttershy cries]
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Although a quick learner, a key factor in the Storm King's defeat is that he's only had the staff empowered very briefly and doesn't know how to use it properly yet.
  • Human Cannonball: More like a "pony grapeshot" as Twilight's friends shoot themselves en masse out of Pinkie's Easy-Bake Confetti Cake Cannon and right into the Storm King before he can blast Twilight and Tempest.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Twilight rationalizes her attempt to steal Queen Novo's pearl as necessary to save Equestria. The other five stand up to her and say it never had to come to that and that they were on the verge of a diplomatic solution.
  • I Lied: When Tempest Shadow asks the Storm King to restore her broken horn, he reveals he was only using Tempest for his own ends, and has no intention of holding up his end of the deal.
  • Implied Death Threat: The Storm King tells Tempest that if she fails him, her horn "won't be the only thing that's broken."
  • Inevitable Waterfall: This happens to the Mane Six and Spike when they fall into the river away from Canterlot.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Sia's character, Songbird Serenade, is modeled after her actress's stage persona, complete with Blinding Bangs.
  • Insistent Terminology: Celaeno's crew were never pirates, they were "swashbuckling treasure hunters."
  • Insult Friendly Fire: Applejack gets hit by some when Rarity says Rainbow Dash's attempt at speed decorating is fine "if you were raised in a barn."
    Rarity: No offense, Applejack.
    Applejack: None taken, especially since I wasn't raised in a barn. My family just happens to have a barn, where I was born...and spent most of my formative years...
    Rainbow Dash: Raised in a barn!
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Abandoned by her friends, Twilight Sparkle breaks down in tears and blames herself for effectively ruining Equestria's last hope.
    • The Mane Five blame themselves for letting Twilight get abducted by Tempest Shadow, since their leaving her to cool off caused her to become vulnerable.
  • Jerkass Realization: Twilight gets a painful one, as she let her let lack of faith in friendship nearly ruin everything.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: The Storm King's minions are delivered a cake large enough to hide Captain Celaeno and her crew, who proceed to pull this off on them.
  • Kill It with Fire: It turns out that the Storm King's Mooks, while big, intimidating, and have magic resistant armor, but are very vulnerable to fire. Thankfully to the heroes, Spike breathes fire.
  • Land of One City: This movie seems to depict Equestria as this in order to simplify the setting for viewers who either haven't seen the series, or have only seen Equestria Girls. Although Manehattan and Saddle Arabia are mentioned in a throwaway line, the Storm King's forces are shown occupying only Canterlot and he's always referred to as a threat to Equestria. Since the name "Canterlot" is never spoken by any of the characters in the movie, Canterlot is Equestria as far as the audience is concerned.
    • Tempest Shadow's flashback to her childhood takes place in a small village that may or may not be Ponyville; the main setting of the TV series.
  • Lens Flare: This effect is used in the opening of the film, which has a pegasus flying towards the direction of the sun. It's used a couple of other times and there's also a crepuscular rays effect at one point.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: The Storm King is turned into stone and smashes on the ground.
  • Living Statue: The Storm King is actually seen "dancing" with the others at the party in the credits. Unfortunately for him, he's still broken and not put back together properly, and falls apart again. It's unclear whether or not the credits were intended to be taken seriously, given the appearance of the 'Queen of Hippos' dancing with Pinkie Pie at one point.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: We've got the Mane Six, Spike, the Princesses, the All-Star Cast of new characters, and a great many characters from the show all appearing in one big epic pony movie.
  • Logical Weakness: Besides his How Do I Shot Web? problem, the Storm King has no magic of his own (Magitek doesn't count), hence why he needs to use the Staff of Sacanas to absorb the Princesses' magic for him instead of doing so directly like Tirek did. As a result, when he gets separated from it, he's no more dangerous than he was previously.
  • MacGuffin: Subverted with the magic Pearl of Transformation owned by Queen Novo, which is able to transform others into any creature you can imagine. The Mane Six never actually get a hold of it, nor is it used to defeat the villain.
  • MacGyvering: Twilight makes a makeshift hot air balloon using a rope, an empty crate, a tarp flag, and Spike, all while everyone was in freefall.
  • Made a Slave:
    • The Mane Six almost have this happen to them in Klugetown, but manage to avoid this thanks to several factors.
    • The population of at least Canterlot is subjected to this by the Storm King's forces. Thankfully, they're freed when he and his forces are beaten.
  • Magic Staff: The Staff of Sacanas, stolen from an Arimaspi King according to All There in the Manual materials which also says it was made from a branch from the Tree of Harmony. The Storm King's plan is to use the magic of the princesses to empower it.
  • Magitek: The Storm King is so dangerous because he possesses a lot of this. Most dangerous are the Obsidian Orbs, which seem able to seal even the most powerful beings in stone and cannot be blocked with magical shields. They are as dangerous to him and his forces as anyone else though, since once activated they will petrify any living thing the gas they release touches.
  • Magnetic Hero: The Mane Six proving to be this is a plot point. They manage to get Capper and the Pirates on their side purely by being...well, themselves. And would have gotten all the Hippogriffs as well, if not for Twilight's mistake. They still get Princess Skystar on their side, and all their collected allies come to aid them in retaking Canterlot and defeating the Storm King's forces. Twilight ultimately manages to befriend Tempest in the end as well, once she starts acting like the Princess of Friendship.
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: Having been forced to flee their oppressed homeland, our protagonists go on a quest for allies who can help them fight back. Best of all, they recruit seven allies: Capper, Skystar, Celaeno and her four crew members.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Tempest's real name, Fizzlepop Berrytwist, is appropriately descriptive of her own unique unicorn magic and her coloration.
    • Klugetown is named after the hacker/engineering/military slang term kluge, meaning "an ill-assorted collection of poorly-matching parts, forming a distressing whole."
  • The Millstone: Pinkie Pie has way too much fun while the Mane Six are fleeing Capper and Verko. She excitedly bounds onto the tightrope that Rainbow Dash holds for everypony, causing it to go slack and her to fall into a chasm, forcing Twilight to fly down and rescue her.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Fluttershy manages to make one of the Storm King's mooks break down sobbing with a few minutes of therapy.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: Capper prompts one, leading to himself, the Pirates, Princess Skystar, and the Mane Five coming together to plot an effective infiltration and counterattack on Canterlot to rescue Twilight.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The Storm King looks like a cross between a yeti and a satyr; Grubber is said to be a hedgehog with the face of a pug; and most of Celaeno's parrot pirate crew are Bird People with a touch of Lizard Folk added in the form of reptilian tails.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The opening festival scene is very cheery and upbeat, but things immediately take a much darker turn when Tempest Shadow arrives with the Storm King's army.
    • The whimsical "One Small Thing" musical number, which convinces Queen Novo to help the Mane Six, is immediately followed by Twilight being caught trying to steal the Pearl of Transformation and Novo kicking them out for it, and right after that, the movie's Darkest Hour.
  • Morphic Resonance: As is usually the case in the main series, transformations still leave the characters easily recognizable. When the Mane Six turn into seaponies, they keep their faces, color scheme, and general upper body shape, but their manes, tails, and wings become fins. Spike also essentially becomes a round version of himself when he becomes a pufferfish. The same applies to the hippogriffs when they shed their seapony disguises, their head frills and fins turning into feathers and wings, and gaining beak-shaped mouths.
  • Mugging the Monster: Both Verko and the fishman find out the hard way that Tempest is no pony to trifle with. Tempest doesn't even use her magic to drop the fishman; she beats him with a couple kicks and a body throw.
  • Multiple Reference Pun: The kingdom of Seaquestria. The name is an obvious reference to Equestria, but the name also borrows from the word sequester, fitting as the kingdom is at the bottom of the ocean and not easily accessible by outsiders.
  • Mundane Utility: Tempest Shadow's magic makes for a very powerful weapon capable of blowing an airship out of the sky. It also makes for a spectacular fireworks display.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Twilight after her Wham Line to the others, immediately regretting what she said. Not only did she push away her friends, she nearly cost them all their chance of saving Equestria.
    • The Mane Five get this as well after abandoning Twilight and Spike with the former getting captured by Tempest, wondering to themselves if they should've talked to Twilight instead of just leaving her.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • While they've appeared previously in G4 storybooks and comics, the movie officially carries G1's seaponies into the G4 animation.
    • Capper is not the first anthropomorphic cat to appear in the franchise. There's also Catrina from the second G1 special. The prequel comic also shows there's an entire monarchy with a queen of said cat folk.
    • Some have noticed similarities between the Storm King's facial features and Grogar's.
    • Tempest's flashback and the end credits are drawn in the same "pointy pony" style as the "B.B.B.F.F." song in the episode "A Canterlot Wedding -- Part 1".
    • Tempest Shadow's color scheme is similar to the minor G3 pony Fizzy Pop, who also appears as in G4 Blind Bags as a Palette Swap of Pinkie Pie. Hence the name "Fizzlepop", which gets an excited reaction out of Pinkie Pie.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer makes it seem like Tempest Shadow will be the Big Bad and the Storm King will be a comedic minor villain, when in fact the Storm King is the true villain and Tempest is simply The Dragon, though in fairness, she is the one who spends the most time directly acting against Twilight.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Pinkie Pie, for her lack of subtlety, nearly gets the entire group in trouble when she makes a scene in Klugetown, the last place on whatever planet Equestria is on to attract attention.
    • Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom turns into a big, shiny beacon that alerts Tempest to the Mane Six's location after she'd been led on a wild goose chase by Capper.
    • When Queen Novo refuses to hand over the Pearl of Transformation to the Mane Six, and with her friends' poor track record of making sensible decisions, Twilight believes her best course of action is to steal it right under everyone's noses. Unfortunately, this happens right as her friends actually manage to persuade Novo into letting them have it.
    • After the Seaquestria incident, Twilight Sparkle fiercely denounces her friends in her frustration. Twilight's hurtful comment disgusts them and they walk away to cool their anger. Twilight herself even lampshades how she basically ruined the last chance to save Equestria.
    • After her friends (aside from Spike) leave her alone, Twilight is caught by surprise and quickly captured by Tempest. The rest of the Mane Six, already prepared to try to patch things up, seem to realize they messed up when Spike tells them what happened.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If the Storm King had just stuck to his word to Tempest Shadow, she would've stuck by his side and the pair likely would've snuffed out the good guys' last chance to save Equestria. Course this assumes he actually could abide by the bargain and didn't know all along it was an impossible promise to make.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Captain Celaeno and Lix Spittle are quite busty for parrots. Celaeno lampshades this after Spike refers to her and her crew as "delivery guys".
    Captain Celaeno: And gals. These uniforms aren't exactly doing us any favors.
  • Not Quite Dead: If the credits can be counted, the Storm King's shattered remains are still alive, though some aspects of them make it unclear if they're intended to be taken seriously.
  • No-Sell: The Storm King'd minions carry shields that can block magic blasts with ease. The obsidian orbs Tempest and Storm King carry take it Up to Eleven in that those exposed to the gas they emit can do nothing to stop the orb's petrifying effects, and even a shield spell can't effectively block the orbs.
  • Not So Different: After capturing Twilight Sparkle, Tempest Shadow claims that friendship failed Twilight after her friends abandoned her when times got tough, just like Tempest's friends did her. Twilight responds that Friendship didn't fail her, she failed Friendship.
  • Not-So-Safe Harbor: Klugetown is a landlocked variant of a port city with an airship harbor. Practically anything and/or anyone can be bought or sold for the right price, including sapient equines and equine parts.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Par for the course with Pinkie Pie. One example: Her bouncing all over Mount Aris's city to find out if there are any hippogriffs around.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Twilight delivers her Wham Line towards Pinkie Pie, but it was already too late.
    • The Storm King's reaction to Tempest blocking his last Obsidian Orb and charging at him, thus spreading the effects to him as well while he's clinging to the edge of a balcony, has this trope written all over it.
    • In Tempest's flashback, this is her filly self's reaction to the Ursa Minor waking up although it briefly switches to defiance just before the Ursa tears her horn off.
    • On a more humorous note, this is obviously what's going through Princess Skystar's head when she's told that she is grounded.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: We see for the first time on screen the Mane Six ever get legitimately and seriously angry with each other. The Mane Five are totally pissed at Twilight, Pinkie Pie in particular calls out Twilight for her nonsense in Seaquestria that caused the whole group to get kicked out. Twilight snaps and responds with a comment so nasty that the rest of her friends are absolutely disgusted and outright leave her and Spike behind. It eventually comes back to bite them all.
    • In particular, the seriousness of Twilight's Wham Line is shown by Pinkie Pie going very quiet and just softly saying "I can't talk to you right now" before walking off in tears. When the very talkative, affable, and friendly Pinkie Pie, the pony who wants to make friends with everyone, doesn't want to talk to you, it's very serious.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: The "hippos" the Mane Six seek out are actually hippogriffs (part-horse, part-eagle), who have more horse-like facial features to distinguish them the fully bird-headed griffons that appear in the show. They also possess a magical pearl that turns them into other creatures, including seaponies. The movie fails to make the obvious Hippogriff->Hippocampus joke.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The seaponies are effectively mermaid ponies who have their own society and monarchy separate from Equestria, including a governing queen, and a benevolent one at that. The Mane Six are also transformed into seaponies by Queen Novo's magic Pearl of Transformation. As it turns out, however, none of the seaponies in the film are really seaponies at all.
  • Out of Focus: Applejack and Fluttershy suffer from this, being the only members of the Mane Six who are neither Princess Twilight nor able to befriend someone relevant to the plot.note  The reason for this may simply have been to balance out the amount of dialogue Andrea Libman and Ashleigh Ball have.
  • Pep-Talk Song:
    • "We Got This Together", in which Twilight's friends encourage her that they can do their part to prepare Equestria for the festival.
    • Rainbow Dash's song, "It's Time to Be Awesome", is sung to Captain Celaeno and her crew to rekindle their adventurous spirits after years of disheartening service to the Storm King.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The trailer shows the names of the voice actors for male characters in blue, and the females in pink.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Twilight gets the gang booted out of Seaquestria due to stealing their prized pearl, Pinkie Pie calls her out for not trusting her friends, Twilight finally loses it and abandons the Mane Five. Of course, they're all back together come the end, especially since Tempest Shadow captures Twilight after said abandonment forcing her friends to go save her.
  • Poke the Poodle: One of the Storm King's goons takes delight in cutting the ribbons tying down a small bouquet of balloons that just happen to be the same colors as the Mane Six and Spike.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: The Mane Six never attempt or suggest using their Rainbow Power to fight the Storm King's forces.
  • Power Parasite: The Storm King wants the magic of the Alicorns to empower the Staff of Sacanas.
  • Product Placement:
    • Pinkie Pie's "Easy-Bake Confetti Cake Cannon" is clearly a reference to Hasbro's Easy-Bake Oven and includes a little Self-Deprecation over the product's reputation for not working very well.
    • When discussing the hippos, Pinkie mentions "they're always hungry", triggering a reference in dialog to Hasbro's "Hungry Hungry Hippos" tabletop game.
  • Properly Paranoid: Played straight and deconstructed in Klugetown, when even as her friends are taken in by Capper's charm, Twilight clearly doesn't trust him. However, Twilight's lack of trust comes back to bite her in the tail.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The Storm King has shades of this. The first thing he does when he's absorbed Celestia's and Luna's powers is to play with the sun and moon using his staff.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Literally. Captain Caleano and her crew, when they discover the Mane Six on their ship, are about to throw them overboard...until the ship's foghorn rings, in which they go on a lunch break and let the Mane Six eat with them. While on break, the crew are actually quite nice and converse with the Mane six, as well as telling their story about how they became the Storm King's minions, but makes it known that once they're back on the job, the Mane Six are going overboard. Fortunately, Rainbow Dash convinces them to turn down their job and become an adventurous pirate crew again.
  • Puni Plush: The ponies' faces and snouts are slightly rounder in this movie than in the series.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Twilight reaches hers after she and the others are kicked out of Seaquestria. She's slowly been growing frustrated with her friends treating everything like another regular adventure when the fate of all of Equestria and their very lives are at stake. After Pinkie calls her out on trying to steal the Pearl of Transformation and not having faith in her friends, she snaps and shouts back that maybe things would be better if she didn't have friends like them, which she regrets almost immediately.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Mane Six already qualify, but the team that counterattacks Canterlot to rescue Twilight and finally defeat the Storm King adds in a fast talking conman, a crew of formally Retired Badass pirates, and a bubbly Hippogriff Princess who will be grounded when all is said and done. Even Spike actually gets in on the action. They kick humongous amounts of tail.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Twilight gets this from Pinkie Pie of all ponies after the former accidentally gets the Mane 6 and Spike thrown out of Seaquestria for attempting to steal the Pearl of Transformation, disgusted that Twilight didn't trust her friends enough. Twilight fires back with her own on how the others aren't taking the situation seriously, ending in her Wham Line.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Rainbow Dash performs her Sonic Rainboom on the pirate ship and the sight of it leads Tempest to the ship.
    • The Storm King may have the combined powers of all four Princesses and Weather Manipulation...but he also just got both powers literally minutes before the Final Battle and has no clue what the Princesses' powers actually are. He has no idea how to actually use them and while he is a quick learner, he's nowhere near as dangerous as he could be if he'd had time to fully figure them out.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: This is actually lampshaded by Twilight and Rainbow just prior to "Time To Be Awesome".
  • Sand Is Water: Invoked with Klugetown, a port town for airships located in the middle of the desert with a thriving population of Fish People.
  • Sanity Slippage: Pinkie Pie undergoes a brief period of this when walking across the desert.
  • Saved by Canon: The dangerous scenes in the movie would be rather tense and dramatic if the eighth season of Friendship Is Magic weren't already announced beforehand. Despite the dangerous situations they face, the ponies end up totally fine by the end of the movie.
  • Save the Villain: After being betrayed by the Storm King, Tempest Shadow is left clinging for dear life from the storm on the castle balcony. Twilight Sparkle rescues her, completely shocking Tempest and spurring her Heel–Face Turn.
    Tempest Shadow: Why are you saving me?
    Twilight Sparkle: Because this... is what friends do.
  • Scenery Gorn: Canterlot takes quite a beating after Tempest Shadow and her minions invade, most of it reduced to a smoldering ruin by the time the Mane Six return, with Storm King's banners everywhere, essentially making it look like a second Klugetown.
  • Scenery Porn: This being a movie with a bigger budget, most familiar and new set pieces are more elaborately designed than in the show. Special mention goes to Canterlot and Seaquestria: the former is redone from the ground up to better resemble an actual city from afar more than the show's admittedly two-dimensional rendition, even closer resembling Minas Tirith, the city it was inspired by; and the latter is an intricately detailed, underwater palace with hauntingly beautiful architecture.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: While the rest of Celaeno's crew and much of the Mane 6 join in on Rainbow's number, Twilight just leaves.
  • Self-Deprecation: The Storm King repeatedly mocks the cuteness of the setting and characters.
    Storm King: I am so totally over the cute pony thing!
  • Serious Business: One of Songbird Serenade's bodyguards reports to a co worker two feet away before cleaning a smudge from her suit.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: Songbird Serenade's bodyguards are impeccably dressed in black suits with white shirts and black ties. They give the impression that they could be Badass in a Nice Suit, but they vanish when Tempest and Grubber arrive.
  • Ship Tease: There are plenty of moments in the film that suggest this is going on between Capper and Rarity. In their first meeting, he calls her a "dazzling beauty" in his song, and later she offers to fix up his coat, and is the most enraged of the Mane 6 when they discover that he was going to sell them. Then, during the climax, they team up to subdue two of the Storm King's Mooks. Finally, during Songbird Serenade's concert, he's looking directly at her when the singer addresses Twilight and her friends, and she gives him a fancy new top hat and cloak.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns:
    • Grubber is rarely seen during the climactic battle between the Mane Six and the Storm King. To a lesser extent, Pinkie and Spike who are usually the comic relief characters of the group act much more serious than they normally do in battle.
    • In a more literal example, where "clowns" are hired entertainment, Songbird Serenade and her bodyguards vanish the moment Tempent, Grubber, and the Storm King's mooks arrive. Aside from a poignant moment where Songbird sings imprisoned in a cage, she isn't seen again until the end of the film.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Spike unleashes his inner Gary Coleman by asking Twilight, "Whachoo talkin' 'bout?"
    • Songbird Serenade's bodyguards are modeled after John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson's characters from Pulp Fiction, with the latter having a wallet for a cutie mark.
    • The movie wastes no time referencing another Hasbro product, Hungry Hungry Hippos, when Twilight explains they have to find the "queen of the hippos":
      Pinkie Pie: But [the hippos are] always hungry.
      Spike: Hungry?
      Applejack: Hippos?
      • In another nod to a fellow Hasbro property, Grubber's megaphone system makes a certain famous transforming noise when he turns it on to announce Tempest's arrival.
    • Heeeere's Verko!
    • Capper asks if the ponies are sure they don't want the "queen of the lions or tigers or bears", followed by Fluttershy delivering the obligatory "Oh my."
    • Songbird Serenade sings in her cage, referencing the poem "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou and its metaphor of oppression.
    • The stained glass window above Celestia and Luna's thrones is based on The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Averted. Spike's green fire is useful in several scenes.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!:
    • As a result of all of the consequences the Mane Six have faced in their adventure as a result of their usual silliness (Pinkie Pie attracting unwanted attention, the run-in with Capper, Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom exposing Celaeno's Airship to Tempest) Twilight Sparkle becomes convinced that the ponies' ways in The Power of Friendship don't work outside of Equestria, and aspires to start playing dirty to get the job done, as evident by using the Mane Five to distract Queen Novo while she tries to steal their powerful artifact. Her plan backfires, as it turns out, The Power of Friendship actually works and the Queen was going to let the Mane Six have the Pearl. Instead, Queen Novo gets rightfully pissed, the Mane Six get banished from Seaquestria and end up with nothing. The final straw is when Pinkie Pie calls Twilight out on her lack of trust and her shadiness. Twilight absolutely loses it and denounces her friends, resulting in them outright abandoning her, making her vulnerable to being captured by Tempest Shadow, which she does, effectively ruining their last chance to save Equestria. Twilight's cynicism and mistrust of friendship not only pushed her friends away, but it nearly doomed Equestria as a whole. Thankfully, Twilight realizes her mistakes afterwards, and her friends forget their anger towards Twilight to rescue her.
    • Due to her Dark and Troubled Past, Tempest Shadow sees things like friendship to be worthless concepts and that only Might Makes Right can help someone stand on top in the world, which she tells as much to Twilight after capturing her post-friend-abandonment. In the end, she's betrayed by the powerful one she put her hopes into and saved by the very princess who she derided, which leads her to Taking the Bullet against the Storm King and being saved again while he gets shattered into pieces.
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: Not counting the talking, quadrupedal ponies fans know and love from the show, all the new major non-equine characters lie on the spectrum from Borderline Petting Zoo People (Storm King and Celaeno) to Funny Animal (Capper and Grubber). There's also a village inhabited by animal people, including fish, pigs, lizards, and porcupines.
  • Stab the Scorpion: Tempest charges at Twilight and her friends after Twilight gets the Storm King's staff and everyone takes a fighting stance. Then Tempest jumps over them, saving them from Storm King's obsidian orb, causing the both of them to be caught in it instead.
  • Standard Snippet: In a rare instance of licensed music use, "The Girl from Ipanema" plays in Capper's bachelor pad.
  • Start of Darkness: A unicorn filly named Fizzlepop Berrytwist fought with the Ursa Minor, who injured her and broke her horn. When she returned from the battle, her friends rejected her because of her broken horn. Fizzlepop became disillusioned with friendship and fled Ponyville, where she eventually met the Storm King, who made a deal with her to fix her horn in exchange for her total allegiance to him in his conquest of Equestria. Fizzlepop took the name Tempest Shadow, and became the Storm King's second-in-command.
  • Status Quo Is God: Ultimately, the movie changes almost nothing. All of the damage done to Canterlot is undone, Celestia, Cadance, and Luna are all freed from stone, and despite the trials and tribulations they suffer, the Mane 6 are still as close as ever. However, the film does a tremendous amount of world-building and we may see the characters from the movie make cameos in future episodes, or perhaps in a sequel movie.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • Pinkie Pie says her "Easy Bake Confetti Cake Cannon" needs some tweaking. It's as half-baked as the cake it fires.
    • One of the parrots says to Dash, "... but you got back our ire!", referring to how she inspired them to be awesome pirates again. Now say that last word with a pirate accent...
  • Stepford Smiler: Inverted. Pinkie Pie enters Canterlot with a big grin on her face at the success of their plan. Applejack calls out Pinkie for this, telling her that she "ain't fooling nopony" by acting happy. Pinkie agrees and adopts a more appropriately yet overly exaggerated sad expression and posture.
  • Stern Chase: The movie is spent following the Mane Six trying to save Equestria while evading Tempest Shadow, who is on the hunt for Twilight.
  • The Stinger: At the end of the credits, Princess Celestia raises the sun.
  • Storming the Castle: The Mane Five, the pirates, Capper, and Skystar do this in the climax to rescue Twilight.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The Obsidian Spheres. Even Cadance's shield (which previously held off the extremely powerful King Sombra for days on end) can't stop it. It's fortunate Tempest only seemed to have the four on her or the heroes would've stood no chance.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Twilight for Tempest after learning about her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Take That, Audience!: One of the Klugetown residents says "I want all seven for my collection!" — a friendly jab at fans who obsessively collect pony figurines.
  • Take That, Critics!: Pinkie's reaction to Tempest's real name is a jab at viewers who take issue with the incredibly cute names that many of the ponies have.
  • Taken for Granite: Tempest's obsidian orbs have the power to turn any creature they touch to stone, using them on Celestia, Luna, Cadance, and Derpy in the opening invasion. Tempest and the Storm King themselves also suffer this fate in the climax. Although the other ponies get turned back to normal, the Storm King has it far worse.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: In "Time to be Awesome", Rainbow Dash encourages Captain Celaeno and her crew to "take the Storm King's orders and toss 'em." They happily agree.
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • Derpy/Muffins attempts to push Twilight out of the way of an obsidian orb, turning her to stone. However, Rainbow Dash manages to swoop in and catch Twilight at the last possible second first.
    • Tempest does the same towards the end of the film, jumping between the Mane Six and the Storm King as the latter tries turning them to stone, getting him caught in the blast as well.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Captain Celaeno addresses her crew as scallywags in the final verse of "Time to be Awesome", and her crew uses phrases like "kick some booty" after becoming part of The Cavalry.
  • Tears of Remorse: Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie both get moments of remorse. Twilight's tears and facial expressions show so much emotion. Pinkie's tears when Twilight's Disney Death occurs nails the scene.
  • Thirsty Desert: The Mane Six and Spike trudge thirstily through the Badlands before spotting Klugetown on the horizon.
  • Three... Two... One...: Capper does this when helping the Mane 5 get back in Canterlot. After turning away from the Storm King's guards he silently counts down from three and points at the entrance just as the guards move away to let him through.
  • Title Drop: Capper says, "Welcome, my little ponies, to my little manor." Later, Verko asks Tempest, "What tricks do you know, my little pony-wony?"
  • Took a Level in Badass: Spike actually gets to use his firebreath offensively in this, and it's shown to be very effective against the Storm King's Mooks. In part because they're covered in fur and rather flammable.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • The trailer reveals Princess Skystar, a seapony, to be accompanying the Mane Six on land in the form of a hippogriff.
    • In the German trailer, we see Twilight's friends getting shot out of a cannon without her, implying that they separate at some point. What's more, they're being launched into a tornado. Since the Storm King needs all four princesses' magic to gain this power, it points to Twilight getting captured.
    • Not a trailer, per say, but the official music video for "Rainbow" features clips from the end of the movie: Twilight interacting with Tempest Shadow during Songbird Serenade's music number.
  • Traitor Shot: Capper gets one just before the very last line of "I'm the Friend You Need", revealing his real plan for the ponies.
    Capper: Here, tell Verko: my place, twenty minutes. I've got something that will magically erase all my debt.
  • Trash the Set: Canterlot gets trashed by the Storm King's minions early in the movie, and at some point also gets ravaged by a tornado.
  • Trojan Horse: Or rather Trojan cake as seen where Captain Celaeno and her crew are smuggled into Canterlot in a giant cake, and burst out of it to attack the Storm King's troops.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • The Mane Five may be heartbroken by Twilight's harsh remark, but when Spike informs them Twilight was captured by Tempest, they immediately forget about the feud and plan to save her. Even beforehand, they show that they never planned to abandon her for good, and had every intention to go back and talk to her.
    • Spike himself is the only one who didn't abandon Twilight during the aforementioned falling out and tries his best to console her afterward.
  • The Unsmile: Twilight gives a big, nervous grin when preparing herself to ask Celestia, Luna, and Cadance for help with the Friendship Festival.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Par the course for Pinkie Pie when she says that she and her friends "got [their] cupcakes handed to [them]" by Tempest.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Grubber is a comical, cowardly, unthreatening hedgehog. But he works for the dead-serious Tempest Shadow and her threatening-but-not-quite-so-serious Storm King boss.
  • Villain Ball: The Storm King, despite his usual adherence to Pragmatic Villainy (particularly in My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel), gleefully invokes I Lied when it comes time to uphold his end of the deal with Tempest. Lo and behold, she inevitably responds via The Dog Bites Back and helps take him down. Had he just stuck to being a Benevolent Boss (self-serving reasons or not), she probably would've stayed by his side and helped avert the good guys' rescue. Partially justified by the fact he suspected she might use her powers against him after overhearing her conversing with Twilight, and has had top minions stab him in the back in the past according to the prequel comics.
  • Villain Song:
    • Tempest has "Open Up Your Eyes", in which she describes how little she values friendship and believes all of it to be a childish dream Twilight needs to wake up from.
    • Capper has "I'm The Friend You Need", in which he charms the Mane Cast into trusting him whilst planning to double cross them for his own purposes. Though he's not quite a villain, the song certainly fits this kind of mold.
  • Was Too Hard on Her: Twilight realizes what a jerk she had been after her heartbreaking remark towards her friends. Likewise, the Mane Five all sulk feeling they shouldn't have blown up at her, and waste no time trying to get her back when they find out she's been kidnapped.
  • Wham Line: Twilight, the glue that brought the Mane 6 together and the Princess of Friendship, flies off the handle and accuses everyone of being a bad friend. It's the pivotal moment that takes the movie into its third act.
    Twilight Sparkle: Well maybe I'd be better off without FRIENDS LIKE YOU!
  • Wham Shot: Just when Queen Novo begins to reconsider keeping the Pearl of Transformation to herself, an alarm goes off and we're treated to a shot of Twilight trying to steal the pearl herself.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When the Mane Six finally reach the hippogriffs, only to find they're unwilling to help, Twilight decides to take radical action by stealing the queen's magic pearl that would stop the Storm King while letting her friends act as unknowing distractions. Unfortunately, she's caught just before the queen has a change of heart, leading to the whole group getting banished from the kingdom and Twilight getting chewed out by her very pissed off friends. When it's Pinkie Pie of all ponies who tells her how badly she messed up, you know she done goofed.
  • Where It All Began: Given the movie's tagline is that it takes the ponies outside Equestria, it is fitting the climax of the film takes place back in Canterlot.
  • Widely Spaced Jail Bars: Though it's kind of hard to tell, it does appear with the cage that Tempest puts Twilight Sparkle in that she could just walk out if maybe she was good at contortions. Not that it would necessarily matter, anyway, since she was without magic while in the cage and surrounded by Tempest and the Storm King's minions.
  • Wingding Eyes: Pinkie's eyes become filled with stars when Tempest reveals her real name is Fizzlepop Berrytwist, just before the film ends.
  • The Worf Effect: Tempest uses magical obsidian orbs to turn Celestia, Luna, and Cadance to stone in a manner of seconds.
  • World-Healing Wave: Tempest and Twilight returning the princesses' magic also repairs all the damage done to Canterlot during the Storm King's occupation. This is made all the more clear as the Storm King banners in the throne room are magically removed and replaced by the original banners that hung there at the start of the film.
  • You Are Grounded: Princess Skystar says that her running away from home to save Equestria will get her grounded. At the end, when the rest of the hippogriffs come in to the final party, Queen Novo does just that, cuing an Oh, Crap! face from Skystar as Novo laughs.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: The film starts with the Storm King's forces conquering Canterlot.
  • You Don't Want to Catch This: Capper tells the other Klugetown residents that the ponies have the highly contagious disease "pastellis coloritis" to get them to back off.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Storm King reveals to Tempest Shadow that he only used her, and attempts to blast her away with his new powers after doing so.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: Pinkie practically begs one of the Klugetown residents to let her give him a breath mint.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Capper tells the fishman that he's tricked into thinking he's contracted a terrible disease to "enjoy your last moments."

Alternative Title(s): My Little Pony The Movie 2017, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic

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