YMMV / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S3 E7 "Wonderbolts Academy"

  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Some fans disliked Lightning Dust due to her attitude while others liked her for her coolness.
    • Pinkie Pie is even more manic than her usual self in this episode, and it can be very annoying; you just wanna say "Pinkie, checking the mailbox every 3 seconds will not make the mail come faster." At the same time, though, you've gotta feel sorry for her and wonder just how freaking fragile her confidence in keeping her friends really is.
  • Broken Base:
  • Critical Research Failure: Much of the military tropes are proven to be inconsistent by Bronies who actually served the army.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: It didn't take long for Lightning to get several fans who feel she has a Freudian Excuse for her reckless nature such as a personal tragedy in her past. Other feel she is a reasonable pony that underestimated how much danger Rainbow's friends were in and would have been remorseful had the others explained it to her better. This isn't as extreme as some examples because the Alternate Ending to the episode gives her a Jerkass Realization and has her accept that Rainbow was right.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • It is a Top Gun homage, after all.
    • Lightning Dust is effectively to Rainbow Dash what Trixie is to Twilight Sparkle... but unlike Trixie, Lightning Dust is canonically without remorsenote .
      • Which could make her a prime candidate for a villain creating a real Shadowbolt squad.
    • A brief shot of Rarity hugging Thunderlane after he saves her is sure to inspire a mountain of ship fics.
    • At the end of the episode, Rainbow Dash is shown "leading" a group of Wonderbolt Cadets through a set of drills, most of whom are well known in the fandom. Wonderbolt Squad Fanfics GO!!!!
  • Jerkass Woobie: As deserved as her punishment was, it can be hard not to feel at least a little bad for Lightning Dust, who is crushed at having lost her shot with the Wonderbolts.
  • Memetic Mutation: "That's an academy record!"
  • Narm: The arguably jarring application of Never Say "Die" in the climax almost dampens the severity of the situation at hand. "Smashed to pieces"? "Demolished"? Your friends are pony beings, Rainbow Dash, not fine china.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Spitfire gets this treatment from certain fans for her Drill Sergeant Nasty portrayal, conveniently ignoring how this was clearly her on duty persona in contrast to her laidback off duty persona.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The pink Palette Swap of Wild Fire, due to having a boyish voice. When she speaks a little quieter, it's more feminine.
  • Win Back the Crowd: For Merriwether Williams. Only one of her four episodes the previous season had been received favorably, but this one was heralded as a huge improvement, showing an understanding of the series and characters that she hadn't had before.

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