YMMV / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S2 E22 "Hurricane Fluttershy"

  • Accidental Aesop: From Dash's failed efforts to break the record; just because you can't be as good as you try, be comfortable with being good enough.
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Even years after the fact, Fluttershy is psychologically damaged by childhood bullying and teasing. Thus this could certainly be seen as a message about how badly that kind of thing can hurt someone.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: At the end of the episode, are the other pegasi cheering for Fluttershy because they appreciate the help, or are they trying to make amends for the abuse they heaped on her in flight school?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The muscular pegasus appearing for a few seconds and screaming YEAH! Never established in previous episodes, has a Non-Standard Character Design, and barely acknowledged after an appearance. Retroactively Averted with the Season 3 episode, "Wonderbolt Academy", where he shows up again as a Wonderbolt cadet.
  • Character Rerailment:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The massively-muscled pegasus with the tiny wings, who had fanart within about ten seconds of the preview clip airing. (Subsequently named either Snowflake or Roid Rage by the fandom)
    • Flitter, Cloudchaser, Thunderlane, Rumble, and Blossomforth have developed a following as well. The former two especially, with their distinctive designs (Flitter's pink bow and Cloudchaser's Anime Hair mane) likely contributing to that.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Several months before this episode, there was this piece of fan art shipping Fluttershy and an OC named RGB, whose cutie mark is a tornado.
  • Les Yay: When Rainbow Dash is first trying to get Fluttershy confident in her cottage, this exchange occurs, leading to jokes about Fluttershy confirming an alternative choice of lifestyle and Rainbow Dash being overjoyed to hear it.
    Fluttershy: I'll do it.
    Rainbow Dash: You will!?
    Fluttershy: I will.
    Rainbow Dash: You're game!? note 
    Fluttershy: I'm game.
    Rainbow Dash grabs Fluttershy and flies through the air holding her.
    Rainbow Dash: ALRIGHT!
    • There's also some heartwarming moments between the two like Rainbow Dash's "But I need you!" and Twilight's "Do it for Rainbow Dash!"
  • Moe: Rumble, Thunderlane's little brother.
    • Also... as usual... Fluttershy.
  • Never Live It Down: Surprisingly averted in the case of Cloudchaser and Flitter. The two are clearly laughing at Fluttershy during the first time she measures her wing power which in turn is what sets off her panic attack. Despite this and how the viewers normally react when a character treats Fluttershy in some sort of negative way (just look at Gilda) the two still have a bit of a following. Then again, them also congratulating her at the end of the episode may have made up for it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The very Hitchcock-ian scene of Fluttershy feeling everypony's eyes on her.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Angel is seen combing Fluttershy's hair and assisting her training.
    • Only to have fans hate him again in Just for Sidekicks.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The song that plays during the training montage sounds similar to "You're The Best Around".
  • Tear Jerker:
    • One scene that is made all the sadder by the background music:
      Rainbow Dash: Fluttershy, wait! So some punks poked a bit of fun at you and you got stage fright, big deal. You're not gonna go quit just because of that, are you?
      Fluttershy: [sobbing] YEH-HE-HES!!
    • Fluttershy crying her eyes out under a tree while her animal friends comfort her.
    • Fluttershy's elation at competing when Twilight was measuring wingpower... only to be crushed when hers was only 2.3 despite how hard she'd worked.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The tornado scene.
  • The Woobie:
    • Fluttershy was bullied in school, and was shoved off a cloud by her teacher.
    • Rainbow Dash too for having to watch her best friend get bullied back in Flight Camp and fail at making the tornado in front of her idol, Spitfire. It's hard not to applaud her and Fluttershy when the two finally make the tornado.

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