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YMMV: MLP: Friendship Is Magic S2 E1 "The Return of Harmony Part 1"

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Discord. Is he the Spirit Of Chaos that's merely doing his job and not truly evil? Is he Celestia's former lover and another victim of her tyrannical habit of banishing/imprisoning people? Or is he just a sadistic sociopath who is giddy over Mind Raping, breaking and generally torturing poor ponies For the Evulz who deserved his And I Must Scream fate?
    • An extension: is he just hard-wired to want chaos, just as the ponies are hard-wired to want harmony and peace? Is the casting of Discord as a villain a case of Written by the Winners?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Despite being subjected to an And I Must Scream situation, Discord seems unfazed by the experience and mentions his loneliness and boredom rather offhandedly.
  • Base Breaker: Discord gets this in some parts of the fandom. Is he a Laughably Evil trickster Physical God that's hilarious, or a Jerk Ass Physical God that only mind warps the Mane Six For the Evulz?
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Discord, for many fans and for obvious reasons.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: It only took a one minute preview and a certain voice actor to make Discord widely popular.
  • Evil Is Cool: Discord has his fans for this reason and for being the first truly evil villain in the series.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • If one takes Discord's hint how to find Elements of Harmony from other perspective (ie. you as viewers), you will find 0:00 of first episode, which happens to be cover of guide to Elements of Harmony. Where Twilight finds Elements of Harmony? In the guide to them.
    • Fluttershy says she's weak and helpless. This makes sense when you realize that alone she is weak and helpless; see how she reacted to Gilda's bullying when on her own. Fluttershy's strength comes from her friends.
  • Fridge Logic: Discord doesn't actually invert Rainbow Dash's virtue the way he does with the other ponies. Causing her to abandon the mane six to save Cloudsdale is simply appealing to a different loyalty.
  • Genius Bonus: Applejack staring to the left, after lying, isn't just a random joke. It's a real psychological reaction.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: After Discord gives his riddle, Fluttershy timidly asks if it's possible to go home. Given the twist revealed in the next episode...
  • Love to Hate: Discord. Mostly because he is the first truly evil villain of the series.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The balloons!
    • The talking apple piles, too.
    • Discord in general once he shows his true colors. He's just so gleeful mind raping the six.
    • Listen closely when Celestia talks about Discord's reign of terror. Really closely. There's screaming. Agonized screaming.
    • Everything Discord does in the hedge maze.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Discord. Outwits everyone with the greatest of ease, all the while relishing in his evil and having a blast.
  • Mis-blamed: Because of their arguing over what the statue of Discord meant, the Cutie Mark Crusaders are often blamed for Discord's return. Even when it's later said by Celestia that it's because she no longer tied to the Elements of Harmony.
  • Narm Charm: Discord's last line of the episode is delivered while he's holding an inside out pink umbrella. Normally, that'd make a scene less menacing, but considering his character and the delivery of the line, you probably won't be too distracted by it.
    • This umbrella also meows when he opens it.
      • This fits with the fact that when Discord claps, each clap is a different sound effect.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • It may fit his personality well, but it can be hard to take Discord seriously, even in his worst moments, because of his appearance, which includes half a set of buck teeth and a pink tail, amongst many other things.
    • The talking apples. It must be the bobbing.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Discord knows way too much about the Mane Cast despite being imprisoned in stone for over 1000 years...
  • Tear Jerker: It's played for laughs, but the fact remains that Fluttershy isn't bothered by the suggestion that her friends look down on her because she already assumes that they do - and she doesn't hold it against them, because she sees no reason why they shouldn't and is just grateful that they put up with her in spite of her uselessness. If Fluttershy was being sincere, then her self-esteem is incredibly lacking. Seriously, that mare needs a hug in the worst possible way.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Fluttershy beats Discord's games...This goes nowhere. Despite being able to defy what he tried to use against her being a recurring theme with her, this is never mentioned again, despite her playing a big role in the second part and later being tasked with reforming Discord. It feels like there could have been a lot more done with it.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Lauren Faust has apparently said a few of the scenes were thought impossible to do in Flash. The stained glass scene stands out as a likely example.
    • The zoom-in on Canterlot is also pretty nice. Seems they're getting a lot better at Flash this season!

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alternative title(s): My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic S 2 E 1 The Return Of Harmony
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