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 Breaker: 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.
  • Designated Hero: Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity have been seen as this by many people who dislike this episode. The fact that the three took up Trixie's challenge and showed off their talents during Trixie's show doesn't help.
  • Designated Villain: Trixie, at least to quite a sizeable part of the fanbase. Roughly the first minute of her on-screen appearance doesn't suggest much beyond basic magician hyperbole being taken way too literally by Rarity, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash, which is especially jarring when they've not been shy about their own talents in the show. The fact that Trixie ends up jobless and possibly homeless at the end of the episode helps to make her more sympathetic.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Trixie. It helps that her "villainy" doesn't rate much higher than Alpha Bitch levels of jerkishness, she's got a decent character design, 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 Mane Six characters.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Outside Celestia and the Mane Six, Trixie's popularity is rivaled only by Luna and Derpy/Ditzy, to the point some have called for her to become a recurring character.
  • 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.
  • Love It or Hate It: This is either the most popular and well-known episode of the show, or the most hated on the show. Depends who you ask.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Snips and Snails' voices can get pretty grating after a while.
  • 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 6 who are essentially heckling her.
  • 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.