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** "Siege of the Crystal Empire". Whoo boy. It continued on from Sombra's Fiendship Issue where his portrayal as a TragicVillain DrivenToVillainy was almost universally loved (even the comic's ''{{Hatedom}}'' admitted to liking it), except halfway through it [[MoodWhiplash shifted tone violently]] from a dark and serious plot to one that was ''very'' comical and lighthearted (with the [=CMC=] able to battle the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Umbrum]] using slapstick and cartoon physics, among others), and ended with King Sombra [[HeelFaceTurn fully reformed]], [[EasilyForgiven recieved by the princesses as a hero]], and given a "happily ever after" ending with his LoveInterest / MoralityPet Radient Hope. Half the readers felt this was the pinnacle of terrible writing, effectively negated everything that happened in his Fiendship issue, that Radient Hope was horribly portrayed, Sombra had done far too many horrible things to be forgiven like that and didn't deserve a happy ending, and that it had the misfortune of [[ToughActToFollow following the Season 5 Premiere]] which gave Sombra a [[AuthorsSavingThrow Badass Portrayal]] as an irredeemable monster who was using [[MindControl mind-controlled]] innocent slave civilians as [[MoralEventHorizon his own army to thrash Equestria]]. The other half felt he was ''still'' a redeemable victim all this time, that he deserved his redemption and a happy ending after everything he had suffered, that it blew his portrayal in the show clear out of the water, and that it ended on a beautiful heartwarming note. Either way, what ''definitely'' didn't help it's case was that it directly referenced the heavily contested Reflections Arc mentioned above, which some fans even felt was a not so subtle TakeThat against those who had criticized it.

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** "Siege of the Crystal Empire". Whoo boy. It continued on from Sombra's Fiendship Issue where his portrayal as a TragicVillain DrivenToVillainy was almost universally loved (even the comic's ''{{Hatedom}}'' admitted to liking it), except halfway through it [[MoodWhiplash shifted tone violently]] from a dark and serious plot to one that was ''very'' comical and lighthearted (with the [=CMC=] able to battle the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Umbrum]] using slapstick and cartoon physics, among others), and ended with King Sombra [[HeelFaceTurn fully reformed]], [[EasilyForgiven recieved received by the princesses as a hero]], and given a "happily ever after" ending with his LoveInterest / MoralityPet Radient Hope. Half the readers felt this was the pinnacle of terrible writing, effectively negated everything that happened in his Fiendship issue, that Radient Hope was horribly portrayed, Sombra had done far too many horrible things to be forgiven like that and didn't deserve a happy ending, and that it had the misfortune of [[ToughActToFollow following the Season 5 Premiere]] which gave Sombra a [[AuthorsSavingThrow Badass Portrayal]] as an irredeemable monster who was using [[MindControl mind-controlled]] innocent slave civilians as [[MoralEventHorizon his own army to thrash Equestria]]. The other half felt he was ''still'' a redeemable victim all this time, that he deserved his redemption and a happy ending after everything he had suffered, that it blew his portrayal in the show clear out of the water, and that it ended on a beautiful heartwarming note. Either way, what ''definitely'' didn't help it's case was that it directly referenced the heavily contested Reflections Arc mentioned above, which some fans even felt was a not so subtle TakeThat against those who had criticized it.


** The fact that Cozy Glow, ''a child'', is sent to Tartarus without a fair trial, is either a refreshing change of pace after the numerous reformations that are highly controversial, or it makes the main characters look hypocritical/stupid and brings up frightening implications.

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** The fact that Cozy Glow, ''a child'', is sent to Tartarus without a fair trial, is either a refreshing change of pace after the numerous reformations that are and highly controversial, controversial villain reformations, or it makes the main characters look hypocritical/stupid and brings up frightening implications.implications about the Equestrian Criminal Justice System.

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** Cozy Glow being the main villain of the finale as a whole is either a nice subversion of the typical season finale tropes, or an unsatisfying twist that should’ve gone to either Neighsay or Chrysalis considering they had a much stronger connection to the Mane 6 than she did.

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* After season 5, Diamond Tiara has been reduced to background appearances. People either like it since it means they don't have to put up with her anymore, or they think this is wasted potential by not expanding on her character enough.


* "Non Compete Clause" once again brings back Applejack and Rainbow Dash's competitive nature, and they're shown to be much more petty due to wanting to get a Teacher Of The Month award. One side think it works well enough in order to show a competitive streak can't easily go away. The other side think that the characters become too petty, and the conflict would work better in seasons 1-2, but not season 8, where the characters have known each other for ''years''. Those who think the latter also point to how their competitive nature in episodes like "Fall Weather Friends" and "Castle Mane-ia" was more downplayed and mainly affected them, while here, they almost get the students hurt.

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* "Non Compete Clause" once again brings back Applejack and Rainbow Dash's competitive nature, and they're shown to be much more petty due to wanting to get a Teacher Of The Month award. One side think it works well enough in order to show a competitive streak can't easily go away. The other side think that the characters become too petty, and the conflict would work better in seasons 1-2, but not season 8, where the characters have known each other for ''years''. Those who think the latter also point to how their competitive nature in episodes like "Fall Weather Friends" and "Castle Mane-ia" was more downplayed and mainly affected them, while here, they almost get the students hurt.hurt (and one almost ''drowned'').


* The fact that the show still keeps the TV-Y rating even after dropping the e/i subtitle is also somewhat divisive. On the hand, it allows the show to not carry some of the [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy potential baggage]] from more older skewing kids shows, especially more serialized shows, by intentionally holding itself back to let the more serious elements stand out. On the other hand , doing this too much under this rating means the show can't go far enough when dealing with more mature subjects, possibly resulting in unfortunate implications. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple Some]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E13DoPrincessesDreamOfMagicSheep episodes]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E14FameAndMisfortune have]] been accused of this.
** Related to the above, there's the matter of more overarching storytelling taking a long time, particularly with how stuff like Celestia getting her first focus episode, addressing AJ's parents deaths, and Starswirl making his first physical appearance all happening in ''season 7'' , or Scootaloo's family appearing in ''season 9''. One side doesn't mind it since it means the staff can focus more on the quality of the episodes, while the other side wants the lore and world building sooner so as for the show to be much more groundbreaking.

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* The fact that the show still keeps the TV-Y rating even after dropping the e/i subtitle is also somewhat divisive. On the hand, it allows the show to not carry some of the [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy potential baggage]] from more older skewing kids shows, especially more serialized shows, by intentionally holding itself back to let the more serious elements stand out. On the other hand , hand, doing this too much under this rating means the show can't go far enough when dealing with more mature subjects, possibly resulting in unfortunate implications. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple Some]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E13DoPrincessesDreamOfMagicSheep episodes]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E14FameAndMisfortune have]] been accused of this.
** Related to the above, there's the matter of more overarching storytelling taking a long time, particularly with how stuff like Celestia getting her first focus episode, addressing AJ's parents deaths, and Starswirl making his first physical appearance all happening in ''season 7'' , 7'', or Scootaloo's family appearing in ''season 9''. One side doesn't mind it since it means the staff can focus more on the quality of the episodes, while the other side wants the lore and world building sooner so as for the show to be much more groundbreaking.



** The fact it took ''7 seasons'' for Celestia to ''finally'' get an episode has also proved divisive. One side doesn't mind it, while the other side wishes it happened much sooner. Compare that to Luna, who got an episode as early as ''season 2'' .

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** The fact it took ''7 seasons'' for Celestia to ''finally'' get an episode has also proved divisive. One side doesn't mind it, while the other side wishes it happened much sooner. Compare that to Luna, who got an episode as early as ''season 2'' .2''.



** The start of the episode established that it takes place after [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]], but uses it only for a catalyst and not the main plot. It either works well enough so that people don't get confused [[note]]There's also how it would be hard to hire back the celebrity voice actors [[/note]] , or there are those who wanted it to directly continue from the movie due to some of the dangling plot threads. There's also those who wanted a continuation of the season 7 finale.
** There's also the matter of opening the School Of Friendship. One side doesn't mind it while the other side thinks its gimmicky. There's also the handling of the subject matter , directly going against the education system and promoting multi species assimilation. One side thinks it's a bold, mature move, while the other side thinks the show is biting off more than it can chew, feeling it's too touchy of a subject to tackle in a TV-Y rated show.
* "Non Compete Clause" once again brings back Applejack and Rainbow Dash's competitive nature, and they're shown to be much more petty due to wanting to get a Teacher Of The Month award. One side think it works well enough in order to show a competitive streak can't easily go away . The other side think that the characters become too petty, and the conflict would work better in seasons 1-2, but not season 8, where the characters have known each other for ''years'' . Those who think the latter also point to how their competitive nature in episodes like "Fall Weather Friends" and "Castle Mane-ia" was more downplayed and mainly affected them, while here, they almost get the students hurt.
* The conflict of "The End In Friend", with Rainbow Dash and Rarity struggling to find out what they have in common as friends, is somewhat divisive. One side think it works well enough in order to show how long lasting friendships need to be continually maintained . The other side think that the characters become too petty, and the conflict would work better in seasons 1-2, but not season 8, where the characters have known each other for ''years'' .
* "School Raze" , the season finale, is also divisive for various reasons:

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** The start of the episode established that it takes place after [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]], but uses it only for a catalyst and not the main plot. It either works well enough so that people don't get confused [[note]]There's also how it would be hard to hire back the celebrity voice actors [[/note]] , [[/note]], or there are those who wanted it to directly continue from the movie due to some of the dangling plot threads. There's also those who wanted a continuation of the season 7 finale.
** There's also the matter of opening the School Of Friendship. One side doesn't mind it while the other side thinks its gimmicky. There's also the handling of the subject matter , matter, directly going against the education system and promoting multi species assimilation. One side thinks it's a bold, mature move, while the other side thinks the show is biting off more than it can chew, feeling it's too touchy of a subject to tackle in a TV-Y rated show.
* "Non Compete Clause" once again brings back Applejack and Rainbow Dash's competitive nature, and they're shown to be much more petty due to wanting to get a Teacher Of The Month award. One side think it works well enough in order to show a competitive streak can't easily go away . away. The other side think that the characters become too petty, and the conflict would work better in seasons 1-2, but not season 8, where the characters have known each other for ''years'' .''years''. Those who think the latter also point to how their competitive nature in episodes like "Fall Weather Friends" and "Castle Mane-ia" was more downplayed and mainly affected them, while here, they almost get the students hurt.
* The conflict of "The End In in Friend", with Rainbow Dash and Rarity struggling to find out what they have in common as friends, is somewhat divisive. One side think it works well enough in order to show how long lasting friendships need to be continually maintained . maintained. The other side think that the characters become too petty, and the conflict would work better in seasons 1-2, but not season 8, where the characters have known each other for ''years'' .
''years''.
* "School Raze" , Raze", the season finale, is also divisive for various reasons:



** The fact that Cozy Glow, ''a child'' , is sent to Tartarus without a fair trial, is either a refreshing change of pace after the numerous reformations that are highly controversial, or it makes the main characters look hypocritical/stupid and brings up frightening implications.
** Chancellor Neighsay has been a divisive character since day one due to his stubborn, bigoted behavior and ''extreme'' prejudice against creatures, but his heel face turn despite his actions either works well enough since he's not overly malicious , or he's a KarmaHoudini that's shown to be far more overtly vindictive.
** Like the season 7 finale, the much more ambitious scale is either well handled , or it's still style over substance.

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** The fact that Cozy Glow, ''a child'' , child'', is sent to Tartarus without a fair trial, is either a refreshing change of pace after the numerous reformations that are highly controversial, or it makes the main characters look hypocritical/stupid and brings up frightening implications.
** Chancellor Neighsay has been a divisive character since day one due to his stubborn, bigoted behavior and ''extreme'' prejudice against creatures, but his heel face turn despite his actions either works well enough since he's not overly malicious , malicious, or he's a KarmaHoudini that's shown to be far more overtly vindictive.
** Like the season 7 finale, the much more ambitious scale is either well handled , handled, or it's still style over substance.


** The Reflections Arc. Some like Celestia's romance with Mirror Sombra, others feel it was a case of StrangledByTheRedString due to being poorly written, or that romance shouldn't be in the series. Some loved the ending as a tragic end to the romance, others cried it was a DeusExMachina and seems to be an inter-dimensional invoking of StatusQuoIsGod. There's also the Mane Six [[{{Flanderization}} being Flanderized]] and shoved aside to focus on the Celestia and Sombra romance, Star Swirl's personality not fitting what the cartoon established about him (particularly Celestia's claim "he did not understand friendship"), and the alternate world actually not being explored much, with the alternate incarnations of characters beyond Sombra, Luna and Celestia only being inconsequential cameos. There are also fans that thought the first issues were fine, but the final issue was an AntiClimax and wraps up with no significant CharacterDevelopment for Celestia and the mentioned DeusExMachina ending.

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** The Reflections Arc. Some like On one side, you have those who think Celestia's romance with Mirror Sombra, others feel it was a case of StrangledByTheRedString due to being poorly written, or Sombra is cute, that the ending is beautifully tragic, and appreciate getting to see that Celestia has inner struggles and makes mistakes like anypony. On the other side, you have those who hate that Celestia and Mirror Sombra's relationship [[RomanticPlotTumor is the center of the plot]] or think romance shouldn't be in the series. Some loved series, cried that the ending as a tragic end to the romance, others cried it was a DeusExMachina [[StatusQuoIsGod apparently to maintain the status quo]], and seems to be an inter-dimensional invoking of StatusQuoIsGod. There's also the Mane Six [[{{Flanderization}} being Flanderized]] and shoved aside to focus on the Celestia and Sombra romance, Star Swirl's personality not fitting what the cartoon established about him (particularly Celestia's claim "he did not understand friendship"), and wish the alternate world actually not being got to be explored much, with the alternate incarnations of characters beyond Sombra, Luna and Celestia only being inconsequential cameos. There are also fans that thought the first issues were fine, but the final issue was an AntiClimax and wraps up with no significant CharacterDevelopment for Celestia and the mentioned DeusExMachina ending.more.


** Related to the above, there's the matter of more overarching storytelling taking a long time, particularly with how stuff like Celestia getting her first focus episode, addressing AJ's parents deaths, and Starswirl making his first physical appearance all happening in ''season 7'' . One side doesn't mind it since it means the staff can focus more on the quality of the episodes, while the other side wants the lore and world building sooner so as for the show to be much more groundbreaking.

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** Related to the above, there's the matter of more overarching storytelling taking a long time, particularly with how stuff like Celestia getting her first focus episode, addressing AJ's parents deaths, and Starswirl making his first physical appearance all happening in ''season 7'' .7'' , or Scootaloo's family appearing in ''season 9''. One side doesn't mind it since it means the staff can focus more on the quality of the episodes, while the other side wants the lore and world building sooner so as for the show to be much more groundbreaking.


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* "Is ''Equestria Girls'' canon to ''Friendship is Magic''?" This is a hot topic of debate among fans who care about such things, moreso after a cameo by the Sirens from ''Rainbow Rocks'' in Season 7's ''Shadow Play - Part 2'' and subsequent posts on Twitter. Currently the official stance is "[[https://trixiebooru.org/1580921 yes, it IS canon]]," but "[[https://trixiebooru.org/1580918 it won't influence the main show at all to keep the stories self-contained]]". This "yes but no" answer has split the fans who care about canon in two: one half insists that ''Equestria Girls'' is canon because WordOfGod says so and because of the Sirens' cameo appearance in the main series, and the other half insists it's not canon because of a belief of "if it doesn't influence the main story, then it's non-canon".

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* "Is ''Equestria Girls'' canon to ''Friendship is Magic''?" Magic'' or not?" This is a hot topic of debate among fans who care about such things, moreso after a cameo by the Sirens from ''Rainbow Rocks'' in Season 7's ''Shadow Play - Part 2'' and subsequent posts on Twitter. Currently 2''. According to the writers, the official stance is "[[https://trixiebooru.org/1580921 yes, it IS canon]]," canon]], but "[[https://trixiebooru.[[https://trixiebooru.org/1580918 it won't influence the main show at all all]] in order to prevent ContinuityLockout and to keep the stories self-contained]]". self-contained". This "yes but no" answer has split the fans who care about canon in two: one two. One half insists that ''Equestria Girls'' is canon because WordOfGod says so so, and because of the Sirens' cameo appearance in the main series, and the series proves it. The other half insists it's not canon because of due to a belief of "if it doesn't influence the main story, then it's non-canon".


** Cozy Glow's plan, where she sees friendship as power and wants that power by draining magic, is either an incredibly impressive Main/BatmanGambit for some one her age, or she held onto the Main/IdiotBall since all of magic would be drained, including her own.

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** Cozy Glow's plan, where she sees friendship as power and wants that power by draining magic, is either an incredibly impressive Main/BatmanGambit BatmanGambit for some one her age, or she held onto the Main/IdiotBall IdiotBall since all of magic would be drained, including her own.



** Chancellor Neighsay has been a divisive character since day one due to his stubborn, bigoted behavior and ''extreme'' prejudice against creatures, but his heel face turn despite his actions either works well enough since he's not overly malicious , or he's a Main/KarmaHoudini that's shown to be far more overtly vindictive.

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** Chancellor Neighsay has been a divisive character since day one due to his stubborn, bigoted behavior and ''extreme'' prejudice against creatures, but his heel face turn despite his actions either works well enough since he's not overly malicious , or he's a Main/KarmaHoudini KarmaHoudini that's shown to be far more overtly vindictive.

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** Related to the above, there's the matter of more overarching storytelling taking a long time, particularly with how stuff like Celestia getting her first focus episode, addressing AJ's parents deaths, and Starswirl making his first physical appearance all happening in ''season 7'' . One side doesn't mind it since it means the staff can focus more on the quality of the episodes, while the other side wants the lore and world building sooner so as for the show to be much more groundbreaking.


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** The fact it took ''7 seasons'' for Celestia to ''finally'' get an episode has also proved divisive. One side doesn't mind it, while the other side wishes it happened much sooner. Compare that to Luna, who got an episode as early as ''season 2'' .


** The two parter as a whole. Many people praise it for its mature themes and dark subject matter, while others think it's too ambitious and overly simplified for its own good.



** Like the season 7 finale, the much more ambitious scale is either well handled , or is it still style over substance?

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** Like the season 7 finale, the much more ambitious scale is either well handled , or is it it's still style over substance?substance.


** The start of the episode established that it takes place after [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]], but uses it only for a catalyst and not the main plot. It either works well enough so that people don't get confused [[note]]There's also how it would be hard to hire back the celebrity voice actors [[/note]] , or there are those who wanted it to directly continue from the movie due to some of the dangling plot threads.

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** The start of the episode established that it takes place after [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]], but uses it only for a catalyst and not the main plot. It either works well enough so that people don't get confused [[note]]There's also how it would be hard to hire back the celebrity voice actors [[/note]] , or there are those who wanted it to directly continue from the movie due to some of the dangling plot threads. There's also those who wanted a continuation of the season 7 finale.



* "Non Compete Clause" once again brings back Applejack and Rainbow Dash's competitive nature, and they're shown to be much more petty due to wanting to get a Teacher Of The Month award. One side think it works well enough in order to show a competitive streak can't easily go away . The other side think that the characters become too petty, and the conflict would work better in seasons 1-2, but not season 8, where the characters have known each other for ''years'' . Those who think the latter also point to how their competitive nature in episodes like "Fall Weather Friends" and "Castle Mane-ia" was more downplayed and mainly affected them, while here, they almost get the students hurt.



** Chancellor Neighsay has been a divisive character since day one due to his stubborn, bigoted behavior and ''extreme'' prejudice against creatures, but his heel face turn despite his actions works well enough, it he's a Main/KarmiHoudini.

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** Chancellor Neighsay has been a divisive character since day one due to his stubborn, bigoted behavior and ''extreme'' prejudice against creatures, but his heel face turn despite his actions either works well enough, it enough since he's not overly malicious , or he's a Main/KarmiHoudini.Main/KarmaHoudini that's shown to be far more overtly vindictive.


** Cozy Glow's plan is either an incredibly impressive Main/BatmanGambit, or she held onto the Main/IdiotBall.
** The

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** Cozy Glow's plan plan, where she sees friendship as power and wants that power by draining magic, is either an incredibly impressive Main/BatmanGambit, Main/BatmanGambit for some one her age, or she held onto the Main/IdiotBall.
Main/IdiotBall since all of magic would be drained, including her own.
** The fact that Cozy Glow, ''a child'' , is sent to Tartarus without a fair trial, is either a refreshing change of pace after the numerous reformations that are highly controversial, or it makes the main characters look hypocritical/stupid and brings up frightening implications.
** Chancellor Neighsay has been a divisive character since day one due to his stubborn, bigoted behavior and ''extreme'' prejudice against creatures, but his heel face turn despite his actions works well enough, it he's a Main/KarmiHoudini.
** Like the season 7 finale, the much more ambitious scale is either well handled , or is it still style over substance?


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episode established that it takes place after [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]], but uses it only for a catalyst and not the main plot. It either works well enough so that people don't get confused [[note]]There's also how it would be hard to hire back the celebrity voice actors [[/note]] , or there are those who wanted it to directly continue from the movie due to some of the dangling plot threads.
** There's also the matter of opening the School Of Friendship. One side doesn't mind it while the other side thinks its gimmicky. There's also the handling of the subject matter , directly going against the education system and promoting multi species assimilation. One side thinks it's a bold, mature move, while the other side thinks the show is biting off more than it can chew, feeling it's too touchy of a subject to tackle in a TV-Y rated show.
* The conflict of "The End In Friend", with Rainbow Dash and Rarity struggling to find out what they have in common as friends, is somewhat divisive. One side think it works well enough in order to show how long lasting friendships need to be continually maintained . The other side think that the characters become too petty, and the conflict would work better in seasons 1-2, but not season 8, where the characters have known each other for ''years'' .
* "School Raze" , the season finale, is also divisive for various reasons:
** Cozy Glow's plan is either an incredibly impressive Main/BatmanGambit, or she held onto the Main/IdiotBall.
** The
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