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* PacifismBackfire: The CMC decide, at first, to just stay away from Babs Seed and their other bullies and try to keep living their lives as usual. It doesn't works: [[BullyBrutality Babs just decides to pursue them all over town and spend every waking moment terrorizing them]]. [[ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer They decide to fight back in the third act]] and eventually discover that they really should just have left their fears aside and talked to an adult like Sweetie Belle wanted [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot and things would have stopped a whole lot sooner]].


* BullyBrutality: At least from a comparative, TV-Y7 point of view: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon feel content to just point out the CMC are "blank flanks" and insult them when the occasion arises. Babs Seed, however, hunts down the girls all over town to relentlessly terrorize them.

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* BullyBrutality: At least from a comparative, TV-Y7 TV-Y point of view: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon feel content to just point out the CMC are "blank flanks" and insult them when the occasion arises. Babs Seed, however, hunts down the girls all over town to relentlessly terrorize them.

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* TheVoiceless: Although all the Mane Six are present, only Applejack and Pinkie speak.

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* BullyBrutality: At least from a comparative, TV-Y7 point of view: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon feel content to just point out the CMC are "blank flanks" and insult them when the occasion arises. Babs Seed, however, hunts down the girls all over town to relentlessly terrorize them.


* WhenSheSmiles: Near the end, when Babs has finally completed her HeelFaceTurn and is inducted into the Cutie Mark Crusaders, she has the first legitimately happy expression on her face she's had all episode. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And it's adorable]].

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* WhenSheSmiles: Near the end, when Babs has finally completed her HeelFaceTurn and is inducted into the Cutie Mark Crusaders, she has the first legitimately happy expression on her face she's had all episode. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And it's adorable]].


* FixFic: ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8758944/1/Consequences-A-Bad-Apple-Comedy-of-Justice Consequences A Bad Apple Comedy of Justice]]'' is two Fix Fics in one: The author saw Babs Seed as a bit of a KarmaHoudini ([[ShoutOut right down to mentioning the trope name in his Author's Notes]]), so he wrote two short stories where Applejack intervenes shortly after Babs' FaceHeelTurn in the first, and a reformed Discord actually shows Babs this episode in a dream for the second one.



** Applejack neglects to inform Apple Bloom that Babs also doesn't have a cutie mark; upon getting this key piece of information, Apple Bloom changes her behavior.


* KarmaHoudini: Sure, she has a FreudianExcuse, and she makes a HeelFaceTurn, but Babs Seed still gets off without any punishment at all for all the bullying she did to the CMC (which includes destroying the float they made for the parade, kicking them out of their own clubhouse, and kicking Apple Bloom out of her own bed and forcing her to sleep on the floor).


* KnightOfCerebus: Babs Seed, by the standards of the CMC episodes. While Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's bullying isn't PlayedForLaughs, Babs' is played as much more serious, realistic, and genuinely hurtful than theirs. It's made clear the Crusaders are being hurt by what she's doing to them, and she physically bullies them at points. Fitting, as this episode was made to highlight the serious matter of bullying.


* FixFic: ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8758944/1/Consequences-A-Bad-Apple-Comedy-of-Justice Consequences A Bad Apple Comedy of Justice]]'' is two Fix Fics in one: The author saw Babs Seed as a bit of a KarmaHoudini ([[OneOfUs right down to mentioning the trope name in his Author's Notes]]), so he wrote two short stories where Applejack intervenes shortly after Babs' FaceHeelTurn in the first, and a reformed Discord actually shows Babs this episode in a dream for the second one.

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* FixFic: ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8758944/1/Consequences-A-Bad-Apple-Comedy-of-Justice Consequences A Bad Apple Comedy of Justice]]'' is two Fix Fics in one: The author saw Babs Seed as a bit of a KarmaHoudini ([[OneOfUs ([[ShoutOut right down to mentioning the trope name in his Author's Notes]]), so he wrote two short stories where Applejack intervenes shortly after Babs' FaceHeelTurn in the first, and a reformed Discord actually shows Babs this episode in a dream for the second one.


-->'''Sweetie Belle:''' Why do I feel like crying?[[note]]And she does, when Babs takes the CMC's clubhouse from them.[[/note]]
* BriarPatching: The CMC's revenge scheme depends on Babs stealing their parade float. They accomplish this by emphatically asking Babs not to steal it.

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-->'''Sweetie Belle:''' Why do I feel like crying?[[note]]And she does, when Babs takes the CMC's Crusaders' clubhouse from them.[[/note]]
* BriarPatching: The CMC's Crusaders' revenge scheme depends on Babs stealing their parade float. They accomplish this by emphatically asking Babs not to steal it.



** Rarity's dad Magnum is seen fishing outside with some food: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial burnt juice and fried pancakes]]. Given this sets up for a scene in one of the CMC's bedrooms (and not Apple Bloom's), this likely confirms where Sweetie Belle and her parents live.

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** Rarity's dad Magnum is seen fishing outside with some food: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial burnt juice and fried pancakes]]. Given this sets up for a scene in one of the CMC's Crusaders' bedrooms (and not Apple Bloom's), this likely confirms where Sweetie Belle and her parents live.



** The CMC building their second float is a nod to ''Series/TheATeam''--[[ATeamMontage various shots of the CMC's hooves working on the float]], complete with a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong similar music cue]] to ''The A-Team'' theme.

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** The CMC building their second float is a nod to ''Series/TheATeam''--[[ATeamMontage various shots of the CMC's Crusaders' hooves working on the float]], complete with a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong similar music cue]] to ''The A-Team'' theme.



** The CMC's deflating balloons after Applejack's [[WhamLine wham]] [[TheReveal line]] about Babs.

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** The CMC's Crusaders' deflating balloons after Applejack's [[WhamLine wham]] [[TheReveal line]] about Babs.


* AbsenteeActor: While every member of the Mane Six and Spike appear, only Applejack and Pinkie receive lines.


* BrokenAesop: The CMC learn the Aesop that when being bullied, instead of retaliating they should tell an adult like Applejack who can handle the situation better. However, the episode ends with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon bullying the CMC in front of Applejack, [[AdultsAreUseless who does nothing]]. Instead, Babs Seed handles things by scaring them off through intimidation, causing them to fall into mud (it isn't clear whether this result was intentional or not). To her credit, Babs does threaten to tell the girls' mothers, but she never carries out said threat, she was in no position to do so because she was about to leave town, and as "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" reveals, [[spoiler: telling Diamond Tiara's mother wouldn't have been a reliable solution, because her mother is the one who taught her to despise and mock blank flanks like the CMC in the first place]].

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* BrokenAesop: The CMC Cutie Mark Crusaders learn the Aesop that when being bullied, instead of retaliating they should tell an adult like Applejack who can handle the situation better. However, This is enforced at the end of the episode ends with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon bullying the CMC in front of Applejack, [[AdultsAreUseless who does nothing]]. Instead, when Babs Seed handles things by scaring them scares off through intimidation, causing two bullies by threatening to tell their parents. The problem here is that the adult Applejack is also present, and she doesn't do anything... and also, the bullies suffer an indirect humorous retaliation as Babs's intimidation causes them to fall into mud (it isn't clear whether this result was intentional or not). To her credit, Babs does threaten to tell the girls' mothers, but she never carries out said threat, she was in no position some mud. So an adult actually fails to do so because she was about to leave town, and anything while deserved physical retaliation is shown as "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" reveals, [[spoiler: telling Diamond Tiara's mother wouldn't have been a reliable solution, because her mother is the one who taught her to despise and mock blank flanks like the CMC in the first place]].satisfying thing.


* BiggerBad: Whoever it was that bullied Babs back in Manehattan. They're indirectly responsible for the plot, but they never appear and we know next to nothing about them. If they didn't exist and Babs had some other FreudianExcuse for her actions, the plot probably wouldn't change much.


* OcularGushers: Sweetie Belle when Babs takes over the clubhouse. [[GenreSavvy Apple Bloom pulls out an umbrella so she and Scootaloo won't get drenched by her tears]].

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* OcularGushers: Sweetie Belle when Babs takes over the clubhouse. [[GenreSavvy Apple Bloom pulls out an umbrella so she and Scootaloo won't get drenched by her tears]].tears.


* RedheadedBully: Babs. She even has freckles.

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