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* HibernationMigrationSituation: This episode has Rainbow Dash dealing with the fact that her tortoise, Tank, has to hibernate soon. Initially, she tries preventing winter (since in this show, [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows seasons and weather are artificial]]), but then comes to terms with the fact that she can't and Tank will need to hibernate.


* AnAesop: Saying goodbye to someone is never easy, whether that goodbye is temporary or permanent. But the sooner you can come to terms with it, the easier it will be for you to move on.

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* AnAesop: Saying goodbye to someone is never easy, whether that goodbye is temporary or permanent. But the sooner you can come to terms with it, the easier it will be for you to move on.

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* {{Bathos}}: The scene where Rainbow Dash starts crying is a mixture of sadness and humor. In addition to cartoony OcularGushers, there are jokes between all of the crying about how [[StoicWoobie Applejack cries on the inside]], and the over-the-top nature of Rainbow's bawling is meant to cause some awkward laughter.


* InelegantBlubbering: When Rainbow Dash breaks down crying in the third act, she starts loudly bawling her eyes out.

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* InelegantBlubbering: When Rainbow Dash breaks down crying in the third act, she starts loudly bawling her eyes out.out, and it doesn't take long for Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Rarity to start crying with her.



* MoodWhiplash: The episode is mostly light-hearted and comical until the accident in the weather factory. The following scene has most of the main cast in tears as Rainbow Dash comes to terms with (temporarily) being separated from her beloved pet, and the episode ends with Rainbow Dash bidding an emotional farewell to Tank.

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* MoodWhiplash: The episode is mostly light-hearted and comical until the accident in the weather factory. The following scene has most of the main cast in tears (sans Twilight and Applejack) as Rainbow Dash comes to terms with (temporarily) being separated from her beloved pet, and the episode ends with Rainbow Dash bidding an emotional farewell to Tank.



** "I'll Fly" does sound a lot like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlMBcTGJ4YM "Defying Gravity"]]. It even includes the line "Nopony's gonna bring me down".

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** "I'll Fly" does sound a lot like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlMBcTGJ4YM "Defying Gravity"]].Gravity"]] from the musical "Wicked". It even includes the line "Nopony's gonna bring me down".


* WellIntentionedExtremist: Rainbow Dash tries to stop winter by stopping the weather factory, thus impeding on the natural way of life, but she did it all because she didn’t want Tank to go away for the winter.


* WellIntendedExtremist: Rainbow Dash tries to stop winter by stopping the weather factory, thus impeding on the natural way of life, but she did it all because she didn’t want Tank to go away for the winter.

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* WellIntendedExtremist: WellIntentionedExtremist: Rainbow Dash tries to stop winter by stopping the weather factory, thus impeding on the natural way of life, but she did it all because she didn’t want Tank to go away for the winter.

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* WellIntendedExtremist: Rainbow Dash tries to stop winter by stopping the weather factory, thus impeding on the natural way of life, but she did it all because she didn’t want Tank to go away for the winter.


* DoubleStandard: When Rainbow Dash cries, the others awkwardly try to comfort her, not knowing what to do since she almost never cries. But when Fluttershy starts crying as a result, everypony starts crying with the exception of Applejack and Twilight.

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* DoubleStandard: When Rainbow Dash cries, the others awkwardly try to comfort her, not knowing what to do since she almost never cries. But when Fluttershy starts crying as a result, everypony starts crying with the exception of Applejack and Twilight. (Although with Applejack she said she was crying on the inside.)
* DramaQueen: This characteristic of Rainbow Dash's rears its ugly head again as she has a huge breakdown over the fact that Tank is going to hibernate.


--->“Tank won’t be hibernating!” "Your book is ''wrong''!”

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--->“Tank won’t --->"Tank won't be hibernating!” hibernating!" "Your book is ''wrong''!”''wrong''!"



--->“Don’t say that word!” “DO I LOOK ANGRY!?”

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--->“Don’t --->"Don't say that word!” “DO word!" "DO I LOOK ANGRY!?”ANGRY!?"



* IgnoredExpert: Rainbow Dash takes Tank to see Fluttershy, Ponyville's animal expert, immediately after the title sequence. Fluttershy then assures her that nothing is wrong with Tank and he just needs to hibernate for a few months. Because she doesn't like this answer, Rainbow Dash takes increasingly desperate measures towards her own solution before ultimately accepting what Fluttershy said in the first place.



* IgnoredExpert: Rainbow Dash takes Tank to see Fluttershy, Ponyville's animal expert, immediately after the title sequence. Fluttershy then assures her that nothing is wrong with Tank and he just needs to hibernate for a few months. Because she doesn't like this answer, Rainbow Dash takes increasingly desperate measures towards her own solution before ultimately accepting what Fluttershy said in the first place.



** The weather factory keeps their lightning in bottles, referencing the figure of speech "catching lightning in a jar" and "bottled lightning".



** The weather factory keeps their lightning in bottles, referencing the figure of speech "catching lightning in a jar" and "bottled lightning".


* FiveStagesOfGrief: Rainbow Dash goes through each of them over the course of the episode. At first, she doesn't believe Tank has to hibernate and even goes about her business preparing winter, only for him to keep falling asleep (Denial). Then she gets visibly upset despite claiming she's not angry (Anger). She proceeds to try to stop winter from coming, first by sabotaging the ponies' efforts, and then by going straight to the Cloudsdale Weather Factory to stop it at the source (Bargaining). When these attempts fail, she breaks down in tears as the realization Tank must hibernate sets in, and it takes the rest of the Mane Six to comfort her (Depression). In the end, she finally gives in and allows Tank to hibernate, although she insists on keeping him company for a while by reading him a story (Acceptance).

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* FiveStagesOfGrief: Rainbow Dash goes through each of them over the course of the episode. episode.
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At first, she doesn't believe Tank has to hibernate and even goes about her business preparing winter, only for him to keep falling asleep (Denial). (Denial).
--->“Tank won’t be hibernating!” "Your book is ''wrong''!”
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Then she gets visibly upset despite claiming she's not angry (Anger). (Anger).
--->“Don’t say that word!” “DO I LOOK ANGRY!?”
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She proceeds to try to stop winter from coming, first by sabotaging the ponies' efforts, and then by going straight to the Cloudsdale Weather Factory to stop it at the source (Bargaining). (Bargaining).
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When these attempts fail, she breaks down in tears as the realization Tank must hibernate sets in, and it takes the rest of the Mane Six to comfort her (Depression). (Depression).
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In the end, she finally gives in and allows Tank to hibernate, although she insists on keeping him company for a while by reading him a story (Acceptance).


* BeneathTheMask: If, by this point, anyone was still doubting that Rainbow's "dumb, tough, emotionless" exterior she presented (especially in the early seasons) was a facade...well this episode is the final straw for that doubt. This shows that she's actually as sensitive, caring, and emotional as Fluttershy on the inside, she just *really* doesn't like showing it to others. This is CharacterDevelopment for her, as after this episode she drops her shell much easier, at least around those she cares about.

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* BeneathTheMask: If, by this point, anyone was still doubting that Rainbow's "dumb, tough, emotionless" exterior she presented (especially in the early seasons) was a facade...façade... well this episode is the final straw for that doubt. This shows that she's actually as sensitive, caring, and emotional as Fluttershy on the inside, she just *really* ''really'' doesn't like showing it to others. This is CharacterDevelopment for her, as after this episode she drops her shell much easier, at least around those she cares about.


* BeneathTheMask: If, by this point, anyone was still doubting that Rainbow's "dumb, tough, emotionless" exterior she presented (especially in the early seasons) was a facade...well episode is the final straw for that doubt. This shows that she's actually as sensitive, caring, and emotional as Fluttershy on the inside, she just *really* doesn't like showing it to others. This is CharacterDevelopment for her, as after this episode she drops her shell much easier, at least around those she cares about.

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* BeneathTheMask: If, by this point, anyone was still doubting that Rainbow's "dumb, tough, emotionless" exterior she presented (especially in the early seasons) was a facade...well this episode is the final straw for that doubt. This shows that she's actually as sensitive, caring, and emotional as Fluttershy on the inside, she just *really* doesn't like showing it to others. This is CharacterDevelopment for her, as after this episode she drops her shell much easier, at least around those she cares about.


* BeneathTheMask: If anyone was still doubting that Rainbow's "tough, emotionless" exterior she presented (especially in the early seasons) was a facade...well this should dispel those doubts once and for all. This shows that she's actually as sensitive, caring, and emotional as Fluttershy on the inside, she just *really* doesn't like showing it to others. This is CharacterDevelopment for her, as after this episode she drops her shell much easier, at least around those she cares about.

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* BeneathTheMask: If If, by this point, anyone was still doubting that Rainbow's "tough, "dumb, tough, emotionless" exterior she presented (especially in the early seasons) was a facade...well this should dispel those doubts once and episode is the final straw for all.that doubt. This shows that she's actually as sensitive, caring, and emotional as Fluttershy on the inside, she just *really* doesn't like showing it to others. This is CharacterDevelopment for her, as after this episode she drops her shell much easier, at least around those she cares about.

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