YMMV / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S1 E6 "Boast Busters"

  • Accidental Aesop: Though the official moral is that it isn't arrogant to use your talent when you need to, another lesson might be "those who boast will eventually be called on it".
    • Or, "no matter how talented you are, if your ego is as big as the Ursa Major, you will not amuse anyone".
    • Trixie doesn't so much get in trouble for boasting as she does for lying, had she not told a fib about beating an Ursa Major there would had never been anything to prove her wrong.
  • Anvilicious: Whatever way the Aesop is taken, it seems Ponyville does not take kindly to boasting. Or lying.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Trixie is a prime example since she makes both "Best Ponies" and "Worst Ponies" lists in fandom. Either you think she's a mere showmare who gets punished for doing her job or you think she's still an obnoxious jerk anyway. Her popularity has been rivaled by Luna and Derpy Hooves but her haters put her on the same pedestal as bullies such as Diamond Tiara.
  • Broken Base: While Trixie herself was well-received depending on who you ask, the episode itself is polarizing, due to the reasons listed under Designated Villain. Some love the episode specifically because it introduced Trixie and just like it for its own merits, others hate it for the mentioned problems.
  • Designated Villain: Trixie. While she's arrogant and boastful, one could easily chalk that up to her being a magician, an occupation for which being a Large Ham is largely demanded. She humilates several of the Mane Six, but only because they take up her challenge and try to upstage her, making themselves targets; and as Rainbow Dash herself lampshades, she and Rarity aren't always the most humble of ponies anyway. Most infamously, Trixie had little to do with the Ursa minor attack, it was Snips and Snails who brought it to Ponyville on their own, Trixie tried to fight it off but didn't have the power.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Trixie, hand-in-hand with the above trope. It helps that her "villainy" doesn't rate much higher than Alpha Bitch levels of jerkishness, and the universe punishes her more harshly than it punishes some of the actual villains. Ask some members of the fanbase, and you'd think she was a misunderstood Nice Guy getting attacked by the Mane Six.
  • Fridge Brilliance: It's fortunate for the episode's aesop that Fluttershy wasn't around when Snips and Snails brought the Ursa Minor to town, seeing as how she's great with all animals except dragons.
  • Genius Bonus: What's the first hint that Trixie is a humbug? She's the Great and Powerful.
    • Also, astronomy buffs might notice that the Ursa has a certain constellation on its flank...
      • Also, the Ursa Minor has a long tail, just like in the myth of the constellation.
      • This could also be seen as Foreshadowing for the reveal at the end...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In this episode, Twilight's genuine magic beats out Trixie's parlor tricks. Two seasons later, Twilight's parlor tricks beat out Trixie's genuine magic. She just cannot catch a break.
    • Rarity's disgust at having green hair. When Season 4 introduces the "friendship rainbow" which incorporates the colors of the Mane Six's coats, Rarity's white occupies the middle position in the spectrum where green would normally go.
  • The Scrappy: This episode introduced Snips and Snails who are among the most loathed characters in the fandom. Fans don't like how they stupidly brought a huge threat to Ponyville and didn't get any comeuppance for it.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Trixie really doesn't do anything wrong at the start of the episode short of exaggerating her accomplishments for the sake of her show (not exactly uncommon for performers). The show seems to expect us to root for the Mane Six who are essentially heckling her. And then the ursa minor attacks and Trixie, clearly frightened of it, tries to fight it off and is forced to admit her boasts were hollow.
  • What an Idiot: Snips and Snails bringing the Ursa to Ponyville, lampshaded by Trixie.
  • The Woobie: Twilight Sparkle thought her friends would hate her after showing her magic since Trixie's magic show.
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