YMMV / My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

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  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Many did. My Little Pony without the pony? High school setting with the cast as teenagers? Defying expectations, many did go to see the movies in theaters, and has made quite a lot of earnings for Hasbro. The sales have done very well despite the premise, and continues to be a very financially successful part of the line.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Folks weren't exactly keen on the movie and the concept of the sub-franchise for quite a number of reasons, as many of the other entries on this page will go into detail on. It did well for Hasbro, though. This has since died down quite a bit as the quality of the films improved, but there's still fans who dislike the franchise, and some who have no desire of seeing it at all, or at least prefer it to remain a separate product; the "humans in Equestria" concept has always been a sore subject in the fandom.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: Flash Sentry is a high school student wearing a t-shirt with a frayed collar, and his guitar is a Gibson Firebird non-reverse, a notoriously expensive and rare instrument that the typical working musician couldn't hope to afford in his lifetime.note  His bass player has the bass variant, which is even more rare. Don't think about it too hard; maybe the animators meant to draw a Fender Mustang and Mustang Bass, which would have been another Visual Pun and much closer to a high school student's price range.
  • Broken Base: Hand in hand with Audience-Alienating Premise: opinions on the series run the gamut from "awesome" to "average" all the way to "the series has been ruined."
  • Fanon: A large portion of the fandom considers it as good as canon that Sunset was being groomed to be a Princess by Celestia in the same manner as Twilight. Some go so far as to suggest Celestia was preparing her to receive the Element of Magic instead of Twilight, and/or that Sunset was her daughter (usually adopted but not always).
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The premise alone would drive many fans of Friendship Is Magic to ignore its existence. Many have since softened since the series has improved in quality over time, and avoided affecting the show such that it could be ignored by those still inclined.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: One of the many initial complaints was that it seemed "too girly" for some. Ironic in that the show is just as girly, but had the benefit of three seasons of characterization.
  • Growing the Beard: After the first film got a lackluster response, Rainbow Rocks was a considerable improvement that helped Win Back the Crowd, and it's stuck through Friendship Games.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The franchise was created to compete with Monster High. And now Monster High has it's own counter-move with their Fright-Mares line.
  • Internet Backdraft: None of the songs were dubbed in the Japanese version. Fans were not happy.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The first movie as already established is largely considered decent. It's recommended to stick with the series, as the second and third movies, along with the accompanying shorts have much more fluid animation, becomes comfortable transitioning to a more mundane setting, the pacing improves, and the drama rivals some of the parent series episodes.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The first film divided the fanbase with its human characters and the High School A.U. setting. Starting with Rainbow Rocks, however, the series started to grow with the fanbase.
  • Tainted by the Preview: The mix of leaks, Uncanny Valley promotional art, and rumors all before Hasbro unveiled of Equestria Girls in full left fans... uncertain about this extension, to say the least. The trailers convinced some fans the movie wouldn't be completely terrible, mostly by bringing it out of said Uncanny Valley.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Reed-thin bodies with over-sized heads, big eyes that are far too close together and small irises (the whites of the eyes are very pronounced which looks creepy), and noses so tiny they might as well not have bothered (when viewed in profile the face looks almost flat). Not to mention some of the facial expressions they make just look unsettling.
    • When seen in animation, the cartoonier movements and expressions take the edge off of this trope. The increasingly fluid and improved animation and costume designs go even further to avert this as the movies go on.
    • The prototype toys. Oh God, the prototype toys... At least AJ has her hat! The final versions of the dolls look slightly less like ass. Slightly.
    • These costumed characters meant to promote the movie, due to their face being frozen in the same creepy smile.
    • Anytime a character is given lips. Human lips just doesn't look right on an MLP character, human or pony. Though some fans feel that Principal Cinch manages to be the sole exception.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
  • What The Hell Costuming Department:
    • Opinions on the human outfits in general aside, there's been some controversy about putting Applejack and Rainbow Dash in skirts.
    • Even moreso with the toys, where the dolls are dressed in "sexy" outfits that not only are vastly different from the clothing worn in the movie, but are usually in conflict with the character's personality i.e. Fluttershy in an off-the-shoulder minidress.
  • X Meets Y: The High School A.U. basically is High School Musical meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    The First Movie 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Because of how rushed it was, some viewers questioned if Sunset Shimmer was really remorseful of her crimes and wanted to be redeemed or was just faking it to gain sympathy and avoid any serious punishment. On that same end, some people wonder if she really will be Easily Forgiven or that she has a lot to pull to redeem herself... or if the people she once terrorized would just go after her soon after. Rainbow Rocks shows that she's decidedly not forgiven by most of the school, with even Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon giving her a dark look. Her remorse is also shown to be genuine.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: A common complaint about the climax of the movie is that the battle with the raging she-demon form of Sunset Shimmer is over far too quickly. The sequels addressed this by making their climaxes longer and with higher stakes.
  • Ass Pull: The climax reveals that Twilight doesn't even need the other five Elements of Harmony to be present to tap into their power; seems like the power of the bond Twilight shared with the human versions of her friends was 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. Sort of but not really justified by the complete lack of any explanation on how the Elements actually work in the show anyway, and by a Hand Wave from Sunset Shimmer that taking the Elements of Harmony into a world where they don't belong affects their powers (don't ask how she knows that).
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Flash Sentry. Some fans despise him, believing him to be a Satellite Love Interest and plot-irrelevant, while others love him and his relationship with Twilight, to the point of putting together a petition for his pony self to appear in the fourth season.
    • Sunset Shimmer. Haters point to her stereotypical Alpha Bitch personality, lack of depth, and similarity to other, more popular Friendship is Magic villains (see below), while fans point to her awesome design and the potential for her backstory with Celestia.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The scene with Trixie and the vending machine. It doesn't really do much to advance the plot and it seems to be there for pandering.
    • Snips and Snails trash the auditorium and doctor photos to make it look like Twilight did it, getting Twilight in trouble with Miss Luna and almost getting her expelled... before Flash Sentry enters Miss Luna's office and shows her proof of Twilight's innocence which he found in a trash can in the auditorium, immediately getting her off the hook. This all occurs and resolves inside of five minutes, and has no impact on the rest of the plot. The only benefit to its inclusion is that it's the one time Flash Sentry helps the plot in some manner outside being a love interest.
  • Cliché Storm: A new girl adjusting to school! Bumping into a cute Nice Guy! Who plays guitar! And is the former boyfriend of a popular girl with a snotty attitude! They share a Third-Act Misunderstanding! A school dance! Clique drama! All these high school tropes, and more! Subverted by the end, however, when it has a Genre Shift.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Sunset Shimmer is more or less a combination of several villains from Friendship Is Magic: Nightmare Moon (once close to Celestia, is beaten by the Elements of Harmony in the same manner, makes a Heel–Face Turn), Trixie (Evil Counterpart and foil to Twilight Sparkle, smug attitude, has Snips and Snails for minions, uses a magical artifact for a power boost), Discord (drives the Mane Six apart), Diamond Tiara (spending most of the first film as a one-dimensional Alpha Bitch who bullies the main heroine in a school setting) and Queen Chrysalis (pretends to be respected member of the community, tries to discredit Twilight, transforms into a monster, brainwashes people, and plots to take over Equestria through military might). Elements of King Sombra can also be seen (conquering an area by force by casting a spell to enslave the local population, and both use the same black bubble dark magic effect in their spellcasting).
  • Critical Backlash: After receiving massive controversy, the movies actual quality (nothing to write home about but inoffensive ) didn't seem so bad, and it was successful enough to warrant sequels that were better received.
  • Die for Our Ship: A One-Shot Character? Having a canonical (if temporary) relationship with Twilight Sparkle? In a series as thickly saturated with shipping as Friendship Is Magic? Yeah, poor Flash Sentry never had a chance. Hell, he was hit with endless amounts of bile even before the movie aired — before anyone even knew his name, for a picture of stock vectors of him and Twilight standing together — in what may be the fastest case of this happening to any character in recent memory.
  • Ear Worm: What, you think not having ponies means Equestria Girls can defy tradition?
    • So get up! Get down! If you're gonna come around! We can work together helping Twilight win the crown!
    • Fix it up! Yeah, it's all right! We'll get it ready by tonight! Mix it up! Yeah, help a friend! We'll come together in the end!
    • This is our big night! We made it happen, now let's party all night! We're here now and we worked so hard to make it come around to tonight, so let's try to make it last forever!
    • A friend for liiiife! That's what you are to meeeeeeee! A friend for liiiife! That's what you are to meeeeeeee!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Normal Norman notable for being one of the few humans in the movie to sport a realistic skin tone.
    • Amongst the female background humans, Mystery Mint seems to garner the most attention.
  • Evil Is Cool: Her characterization aside, consensus is that Sunset Shimmer's design is awesome, in both forms. There's a faction of her fanbase that prefers her as a villain despite her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Sunset Shimmer again. Especially her demon form.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • The thought of there being other mirrors that lead to different worlds other than a human world. Even as is, there's now an excuse for "Human in Equestria"/vice versa fanfics.
    • Both Pinkie and her Alternate Self know of the existence of other worlds, and it's implied they share some kind of mind link. The potential there is just staggering...
    • While it is very disappointing that Sunset Shimmer lacks a real character beyond being an evil Alpha Bitch, the potential for any story about her is staggering whether it's exploring her time under Celestia, the time between her leaving Equestria and the beginning of Equestria Girls, or the aftermath of Equestria Girls.
    • Similarly, those not turned off by Flash Sentry becoming Twilight's crush or his lack of character can now explore any potential backstory regarding him like what his relationship with Sunset was like before they broke up or explore his Equestrian counterpart's backstory or potential relationship with Twilight.
    • The existence of a Twilight Sparkle native to the human world. The Stinger of Rainbow Rocks confirms this, and she has a major role in Friendship Games and Legend of Everfree.
    • The existence of other villains (such as Nightmare Moon, Discord, and King Sombra) native to the human world.
    • The identity of the mystery writer who sent Derpy the letter that made her blush has fueled endless speculation.
  • Foe Yay: Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle. Sunset has a bit of of an antagonistic obsession with Twilight, and some her interactions with her (like the moment Sunset lifted Twilight's chin with her finger), look like aggressive flirting. Not to mention their relationship developed into Les Yay/Romantic Two-Girl Friendship in the second movie.
  • Franchise Original Sin: One of the movies' criticisms was how the final fight was unsatisfyingly short and one-sided, despite a Curb-Stomp Battle once The Power of Friendship (or such) was unleashed begin par for the series. Why was it a problem here? 1). The series would build up to the climax, while here, what enabled the climax (magical super modes) came so out of the blue as to be an Asspull. 2). Those turned off by the human High School A.U. premise felt it was the one interesting part, which by holding it out till the end, wasted much of its potential. This got bad enough that the sequel went out of the way to atone by parodyingnote  and averting the series' tendency to such "fights".
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • After watching Rainbow Rocks, Twilight telling the defeated Sunset that the other students will never accept her again can come off as quite a bit nastier.
    • Nicole Oliver's character Princess Celestia tells how she lost a girl she cared about because she ran away without explanation and Celestia hoped that one day she would return to seek her guidance. In The Haunting Hour, she plays a mother with this same problem. Only, the results were a lot darker on that show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Equestria Girls commercial. For starters, Spike, who was parodying Snoop Dogg's lines in the commercial, is now a dog.
    • Now that it's been revealed that Spike is a talking dog, suddenly this video makes more sense.
    • Numerous fanfictions had touched on this concept before.
    • The movie makes a pretty big deal about Twilight having to get her crown back (which was more about getting back the Element of Magic than the crown itself), but the whole "You have to get your crown back!" plot seems almost silly when in the very next animated adventure the Mane Six return the Elements of Harmony to their source and Twilight just gets a new, so far magic-less crown to replace the one that once held the Element of Magic.
    • Rarity tells Twilight "If I had a crown like that, I'd never take it off. I'd sleep in it!" In the Season 4 finale, we see Celestia sleeps in her royal regalia.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • When the second trailer was released, a majority of the backdraft changed to cautious optimism or even outright excitement.
    • And then came various cell-phone cam leaks. This video sums up the new reaction by the adult fandom (warning, film spoilers in this).
  • It Was His Sled: You'd know Sunset Shimmer reforms by the end of the first movie after seeing her be friendly with the rest of the Mane Six in subsequent movies. She's even front and center of the cover of Friendship Games with a decidedly more heroic look.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Some fans see Sunset Shimmer as this after her apparent remorse at the near end of the movie. Helping is that the sequel fully embraces The Woobie part.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Plenty of people only watched this to see what Human Derpy would look like. She literally does nothing but walk across the cafeteria halfway through the movie, then dance with a muffin at way in the back during the cafeteria song, and then again at the very end of the credits.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • These deranged and hilarious YouTube videos.
    • Twilight Sparkle's horrified reaction at her new form has become quite exploitable.
    • There's also Fluttershy's WTF expression she gives Twilight when she sees her eating an apple like a horse.
    • Another popular exploitable is Trixie holding anything from pinecones to marijuana.explanation 
    • Sunset Shimmer's portrayal has earned her the nickname "Sunset motherfuckin' Shimmer" among members of the fandom, mainly because of the similarities they found with Gary Oak.
    • Flash Sentry, the Waifu thiefexplanation 
    • Flash Sentry, Saviour of the Universe! (Flash Sentry shares a first name with Flash Gordon)
    • Normal Norman, the name of the guy with the knit hat and reddish jacket, partially due to that he lacked any obvious "cutie mark" equivalent for the human world. Also add that he's seen talking friendly with no less than three of the background female characters, suggesting he forgot to turn off his swag.
  • Misblamed: People were quick to blame Equestria Girls for impacting the episode count of Season 3, even though the actual reason for Season 3's 13 episode count is because Hasbro was undecided on whether or not they wanted to continue the show past the standard 65 episodes that many animated shows get (26 + 26 + 13 = 65).
  • Narm:
    • During the film's climax, a Wilhelm scream is heard, ruining the mood of the dramatic scene.
    • There's also Demon Sunset Shimmer saying "spoiler alert!"
    • The franchise's naming schemes are a bit harder to take when applied to humans.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The relation between Twilight and Flash extends to just a crush and nothing more. However, the fans bash upon Flash Sentry like it he did more than just that and give him the title of "Waifu Thief".
    • Sunset Shimmer was viewed by many as a total Karma Houdini despite her having to rebuild the school's entryway being the harshest punishment any "redeemed" villains have ever received in the franchise. Inverted in the sequel, where the school was continuing holding it against her In-Universe after fans were convinced she was now redeemable.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Trixie's cameo at the vending machine lasts barely 15 seconds, but it's one of the most remembered parts of the film.
  • Pandering to the Base: Two different reactions came from the amount of Fandom drops that were in the movie:
    • The more accepting fans see the fandom drops as a great nod to them, and quite enjoyed moments such as the Cutie Mark Crusaders dancing to their theme song or the appearances of Derpy. They saw this as a way to Win Back the Crowd from the Audience-Alienating Premise, and plenty watched just for the appearances. As a positive review put it, the movie "Lets bronies know they were not forgotten."
    • The less accepting fans see the pandering as a blatant attempt to cover up what they perceive as bad writing, and feel insulted.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Averted with Twilight and Flash Sentry. Even though they develop a crush on each other, the film never goes beyond that. They don't kiss, hold hands or say goodbye. They share one dance and that's all, and ends up dwindling even further through the next two installments to the point that it's basically irrelevant by the third chapter.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Flash Sentry, Twilight's new male friend, managed to become this before the movie even premiered! Some bronies are afraid he'll become her boyfriend. While he doesn't outright become her boyfriend and instead is shown as a crush, Celestia have mercy on his soul, for the shippers will not. Even some who aren't shippers feel he's a Romantic Plot Tumor, or just part of the High School Cliché Storm. Even aside from shipping concerns, a lot of people dislike him simply for being nearly irrelevant to the plot. There's only one scene in the movie where he's actually relevant (he finds photographs that prove Twilight didn't wreck the gym), and that action could have easily been given to anyone else in the cast. It's to the point where some people were convinced that he was a product of Executive Meddling and was edited into the movie.
    • Sunset Shimmer also got some flack for almost the same reason people hated Flash, as they were afraid she would fit into the High School Cliché Storm as the Alpha Bitch, and some jumped the gun and predicted her to be a "generic villain with no clear motives". Things haven't helped a bit when the film came out, as she pulled off some questionable moves that would put her in the "no sympathy" zone (her bullying Fluttershy has been compared to Gilda making Fluttershy cry, for starters), confirmed that she is a generic villain with no clear motives (instead having the motives explained fully in the prequel comics) and an even more generic plot, and that her redemption either feels so forced that they're convinced that she's faking it, or that the punishment she received was a slap on the wrist. Rainbow Rocks helps some of those haters sympathize for her.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus appears to be that while the movie did turn out better than expected and is enjoyable (just look at the Moments pages), it's not as good as some of the better episodes of Friendship Is Magic.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Twilight, despite never having shown romantic interest in anyone before, bumps into a random guy (Flash Sentry) several times and immediately starts crushing on him, despite knowing nothing about him, the fact that he does nothing noteworthy that would garner her affections, and that he's of a completely different species (who may be younger than her). Then she starts crushing on his pony counterpart, whom she knows even less about.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The background track that plays during Twilight Sparkle's football match against Rainbow Dash uncannily copies from Elvis Presley and his "A Little Less Conversation", referencing this commercial.
    • Daniel Ingram's remix of the title theme seems to be an homage to the remix by DJ Alex S.
  • They Changed It So It Sucks: Likely the reason it received unprecedented fan backlash from the mere concept of being a humanized High School A.U. It died down once it became clear it kept what made the parent series well received, and was in no way replacing it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The most common criticism is that the two new characters — Sunset Shimmer and Flash Sentry — come off as a little flat and could have benefited from more development or focus. Even those that did like them wish they were given more character and didn't adhere so much to their High School Cliché Storm roles.
    • Towards the end, Sunset Shimmer has a Heel–Face Turn, yet is still left behind in the human world by Twilight Sparkle and Spike, and we're not even told whether Sunset voluntarily chose to stay, or if she was left there as punishment. If anything, it just seems like a shoddy excuse to keep The Movie as self-contained as possible.
    • Sunset Shimmer's premise alone was wasted. Her being Celestia's first personal student (implying that Celestia intended her to be the bearer of the Elements of Magic), though admittedly cliché, implies that she is Twilight's only equal if not superior in the magic arts... and she is introduced and reformed in a setting where Sunset and Twilight can never truly duke it out horn-to-horn. At least Rainbow Rocks made her into a compelling protagonist. The part about battling gets remedied in Friendship Games, horns and all.
    • And then there's the pony Flash Sentry, which we can assume would be characterized like the human, and could be an interesting addition to the mix of male characters in the show — he's only made brief cameos in the show and comics since then and none of them involve Twilight. So much for giving Twilight a love interest.
    • Pony Celestia proved herself to be just Mr. Exposition and didn't do anything else beyond just dropping exposition, which also wasted a possibility of closing off the "former student" subplot that they made.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Sunset Shimmer is intentionally unsympathetic up until the finale, where the only evidence to support her Heel–Face Turn due to the crown corrupting her to do things (like murder) she was unwilling to do otherwise and guilt over it, was her unwillingness to harm Spike. A textbook case from How NOT to Write a Novel, that one positive moment was viewed as insufficient compared to all her cruelty throughout the movie and backstory that her forgiveness seemed undeserved. Contrast Princess Luna, whom despite worse, HAD such sympathetic reasons her Heel–Face Turn was uncontroversial. Rainbow Rocks addressed this by having Sunset's attempts to prove she was reformed the main subplot.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Twilight Sparkle is using the Element of Magic, one-sixth of the most powerful magic known to ponykind, as a crown. And isn't even taking any security precautions. One character actually explains why it is so bad to lose it, but there isn't even a Hand Wave supplied for why Twilight has it out in the open.
    • The only time she leaves it in the open, she is inside of a royal bedroom, in the castle, with guards patrolling the hallway. She probably assumed that it was safe enough to leave it on the nightstand overnight. Which still doesn't explain what it was doing out of a vault in the first place, as they were stored there even when Celestia didn't think there were any threats.
    • Twilight was keeping the elements for part of Season 3 after Celestia gave them to her in case Discord reverted to his old ways. She'd been keeping them in an unlocked glass case on the first floor of the library. Clearly the thought of thieves never occurred to Twilight in the first place.
    • When vice-principal Luna receives doctored photos that frame Twilight for wrecking the gym (which are literally pictures of Twilight that were physically cut-and-pasted onto pictures of the wrecked gym), you'd expect her to immediately spot that they're crude and blatantly obvious forgeries. Instead, she's completely convinced that they're real until she's shown the cut-up remains of the photos that were used to create them. What?!
  • Win Back the Crowd: The second trailer received more positive reception, and leaked camera phone images from the late part of the movie (from a 4chan'er who had to see the movie but had no interest in the show) further pushed some in the "win" column.
  • The Woobie:
    • Twilight Sparkle. It's bad enough that she's really awkward with her new body and doesn't fit in the school right away, but Sunset Shimmer makes things more difficult by uploading a video of her onto YouTube that makes her seem like she's mentally unstable... Or has a mental disorder. Basically, she's been cyber-bullied. In-universe.
    • Fluttershy. She's prone to this in the main universe anyway, but here it's shown that not having the steady circle of friends she has in Ponyville hasn't been good for her. The flashback to how Fluttershy got the Element of Magic involves her collapsing into a heap and crying because she can't get anyone to care about the animal shelter she volunteers at.

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