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* AesopAmnesia: Averted. One can be forgiven for believing that Twilight could relapse once again to not accepting a redeemed villain like she did with Trixie, but thankfully, her experience with said mare factored into her accepting the changeling and convincing her sister-in-law and B.B.B.F.F. to do the same.

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* AesopAmnesia: Averted. One can be forgiven for believing that Twilight could relapse once again to not accepting a redeemed villain like she did with Trixie, but thankfully, her experience with said mare may have factored into her accepting the changeling and convincing her sister-in-law and B.B.B.F.F. to do the same.



** Spike must choose between staying honorable to his new-found changeling friend by standing by and defending him (and possibly setting up the Crystal Empire for an invasion as a consequence if it turns out this changeling is deceiving him and really '''is''' a spy) or [[MyCountryRightOrWrong remaining loyal to his adopted homeland and the Empire which hails him as their hero]] (by forsaking his new friend, which is a clear breach of his dragon code and will stain his honor). Spike chooses the former, and Twilight, remembering what happened with her and Trixie in "No Second Prances" along with seeing Spike put so much at risk to defend Thorax, is the first to take his side and offer Thorax her hoof in friendship.

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** Spike must choose between staying honorable to his new-found changeling friend by standing by and defending him (and possibly setting up the Crystal Empire for an invasion as a consequence if it turns out this changeling is deceiving him and really '''is''' a spy) or [[MyCountryRightOrWrong remaining loyal to his adopted homeland and the Empire which hails him as their hero]] (by forsaking his new friend, which is a clear breach of his dragon code and will stain his honor). Spike chooses the former, and Twilight, remembering what happened with her and Trixie in "No Second Prances" along with seeing Spike put so much at risk to defend Thorax, is the first to take his side and offer Thorax her hoof in friendship.



** Twilight also has a similar interaction as her expression changes from anger to sympathy during the course of the song as she realizes how much Spike is willing to risk losing his fame and his friendships with her, her family, and her friends, for Thorax. This is mostly due to being reminded of what happened with Trixie back in "No Second Prances". Twilight was about to make the same mistakes again with Thorax.

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** Twilight also has a similar interaction as her expression changes from anger to sympathy during the course of the song as she realizes how much Spike is willing to risk losing his fame and his friendships with her, her family, and her friends, for Thorax. This is mostly could be due to being reminded of what happened with Trixie back in "No Second Prances". Twilight was about to make the same mistakes again with Thorax.


* ArmorPiercingQuestion: ''"Why can't we imagine a changeling can change?"''

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: ArmorPiercingQuestion:
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''"Why can't we imagine a changeling can change?"''

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** ''"Would you say I'm a hero, glorious and brave, if I told you something you wouldn't believe?"''


* FiveSecondForeshadowing: After absorbing the message of Spike’s song, Twilight is the only one who remains with a sad expression unlike the others’ {{Death Glare}}s for the remainder of it, hinting at her RousingSpeech which happens after it ends.

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: After absorbing the message of Spike’s Spike's song, Twilight is the only one who remains with a sad expression unlike the others’ {{Death Glare}}s for the remainder of it, hinting at her RousingSpeech which happens after it ends.



* RousingSpeech: Twilight gives one just after Spike’s song ends, explaining he’s right all along and someone who appears bad can do their best to be good.

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* RousingSpeech: Twilight gives one just after Spike’s Spike's song ends, explaining he’s he's right all along and someone who appears bad can do their best to be good.


* FiveSecondForeshadowing: After absorbing the message of Spike’s song, Twilight is the only one who remains with a sad expression unlike the others’ {{DeathGlares}} for the remainder of it, hinting at her RousingSpeech which happens after it ends.

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: After absorbing the message of Spike’s song, Twilight is the only one who remains with a sad expression unlike the others’ {{DeathGlares}} {{Death Glare}}s for the remainder of it, hinting at her RousingSpeech which happens after it ends.


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* RousingSpeech: Twilight gives one just after Spike’s song ends, explaining he’s right all along and someone who appears bad can do their best to be good.


* FiveSecondForeshadowing: After absorbing the message of Spike’s song, Twilight is the only one who remains with a sad expression unlike the others’ {{Death Glares}} for the remainder of it, hinting at her RousingSpeech which happens after it ends.

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: After absorbing the message of Spike’s song, Twilight is the only one who remains with a sad expression unlike the others’ {{Death Glares}} {{DeathGlares}} for the remainder of it, hinting at her RousingSpeech which happens after it ends.

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: After absorbing the message of Spike’s song, Twilight is the only one who remains with a sad expression unlike the others’ {{Death Glares}} for the remainder of it, hinting at her RousingSpeech which happens after it ends.


** Similarly, the citizens of the Crystal Empire immediately accept Thorax without question after Spike and the Princesses speak up for him. Even Shining Armor offers his sincerest apologies for not allowing Thorax a chance to explain himself earlier. Given that Thorax himself hasn't actually done anything (not even during the invasion of Canterlot), [[JustifiedTrope, there isn't anything to forgive him for]].

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** Similarly, the citizens of the Crystal Empire immediately accept Thorax without question after Spike and the Princesses speak up for him. Even Shining Armor offers his sincerest apologies for not allowing Thorax a chance to explain himself earlier. Given that Thorax himself hasn't actually done anything (not even during the invasion of Canterlot), [[JustifiedTrope, [[JustifiedTrope there isn't anything to forgive him for]].



* LiteralCliffhanger: The third time Spike visits the cave where Thorax is hidding, he's startled by the changeling having turned into a rock, and walks backward right into the chasm, hanging on the edge. He has to beg Thorax to help him, apologizing for not having stood up for him earlier.

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* LiteralCliffhanger: The third time Spike visits the cave where Thorax is hidding, hiding, he's startled by the changeling having turned into a rock, and walks backward right into the chasm, hanging on the edge. He has to beg Thorax to help him, apologizing for not having stood up for him earlier.


*AlwaysChaoticEvil: The assumption about changelings is that "there is no such thing as a nice changeling". Thorax is the exception to the rule.



** Similarly, the citizens of the Crystal Empire immediately accept Thorax without question after Spike and the Princesses speak up for him. Even Shining Armor offers his sincerest apologies for not allowing Thorax a chance to explain himself earlier.

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** Similarly, the citizens of the Crystal Empire immediately accept Thorax without question after Spike and the Princesses speak up for him. Even Shining Armor offers his sincerest apologies for not allowing Thorax a chance to explain himself earlier. Given that Thorax himself hasn't actually done anything (not even during the invasion of Canterlot), [[JustifiedTrope, there isn't anything to forgive him for]].



* FreudianExcuse: One is provided at for at least ''some'' of the changelings. Thorax explains that he was ''reared'' by Chrysalis, and the scene implies this is the case with other changelings as well.

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* FreudianExcuse: One is provided at for at least ''some'' of the changelings. Thorax explains that he was ''reared'' by Chrysalis, and the scene implies this is the case with other changelings as well.well, although the others appear as enfante terribles in his flashback.



* HiddenDepths: Changelings apparently aren't limited into shape-shifting to ponies, as Thorax first impersonates Spike and later on a rock.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: It's all Thorax wanted ever since he was a larva.

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* HiddenDepths: Changelings apparently aren't limited into shape-shifting to ponies, as Thorax first impersonates Spike and later on a rock.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: It's all Thorax wanted ever since he was a larva.larva, but he didn't fit in even with his own kind. He's delighted when Spike becomes his friend.



* NobleBigotWithABadge: Shining Armor and the Crystal Guards are this throughout the majority of the episode.

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* NobleBigotWithABadge: Shining Armor and the Crystal Guards are this throughout the majority of the episode. They're all friendly ponies who believe that changelings are a genuine threat to their homeland, who also believe that "there is no such thing as a nice changeling".



* VagueAge: Thorax's age is not even hinted at.

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* VagueAge: Thorax's age is not even hinted at. All we know for sure is that he's not a larvae anymore.


* WhamEpisode: Thorax's appearance opens a lot of new possibilities for the changelings in the future, confirms they can change.
* WhatNowEnding: Thorax is the very first changeling to have welcome residence in the Crystal Empire and to start learning about friendship. Though he states that one day he'll go back to his kind to share this knowledge, the future for him and the Crystal Empire is still beyond certain.

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* WhamEpisode: Thorax's appearance opens a lot of new possibilities for the changelings in the future, and confirms they can change.
aren't irredeemably evil.
* WhatNowEnding: Thorax is the very first changeling to have welcome residence in the Crystal Empire and to start learning about friendship. Though he states that one day he'll go back to his kind to share this knowledge, the future for him and the Crystal Empire is still beyond certain.remains uncertain.


* WhamEpisode: Thorax's appearance opens a lot of new possibilities for the changelings in the future, confirms they can change, and probably means Chrysalis will be looking towards the Empire soon...

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* WhamEpisode: Thorax's appearance opens a lot of new possibilities for the changelings in the future, confirms they can change, and probably means Chrysalis will be looking towards the Empire soon...change.


** The reason that the Crystal Empire fears that Thorax could be a spy, and for Shining Armor and Cadance in particular to be so hostile, is because the ''last'' time ponies encountered changelings, it was in the form of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 their Queen replacing Cadance and brainwashing Shining Armor]] in order to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 pave the way for a full-fledged invasion of Canterlot]]. Thorax himself was present during the attack on Canterlot, as we see during a flashback, and it marked the start of his HeelFaceTurn.

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** The reason that the Crystal Empire fears that Thorax could be a spy, and for spy (and the reason why Shining Armor and Cadance in particular to be are so hostile, hostile), is because the ''last'' time most ponies encountered the changelings, it was in the form of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 their Queen replacing replaced Cadance and brainwashing brainwashed Shining Armor]] in order to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 pave the way for a full-fledged invasion of Canterlot]]. Thorax himself was present during the attack on Canterlot, as we see during a flashback, and it marked the start of his HeelFaceTurn.


Though the Empire is on high alert, Spike fells guilty about what he said, and goes back to the cavern where he first met Thorax. Spike is surprised by Thorax, who is furious about what Spike said, and wants nothing to do with him. Spike apologizes, saying he should have stood up for Thorax in the first place, before falling again down the crevice. Thorax saves him again, realizing why Spike might have said the things he said. Still, Spike wants to make it up to Thorax. The two sneak back into the throne room, where Spike defends Thorax, saying that he made a mistake, and that Thorax honestly wants a chance to be good. After a moment, Twilight says that she's proud of Spike for being willing to throw away his celebrity status in the Crystal Empire if it meant sticking up for his friend. Moved by Spike's words and Twilight's speech and acceptance of Thorax, Shining Armor and Cadance say that they'll give him a chance, and Thorax is welcomed by the crystal ponies.

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Though the Empire is on high alert, Spike fells guilty about what he said, and goes back to the cavern where he first met Thorax. Spike is surprised by Thorax, who is furious about what Spike said, and wants nothing to do with him. Spike apologizes, saying he should have stood up for Thorax in the first place, before falling again down the crevice. Thorax saves him again, realizing why Spike might have said the things he said. Still, Spike wants to make it up to Thorax. The two sneak back into the throne room, where Spike defends Thorax, saying that he made a mistake, and that Thorax honestly wants a chance to be good. After a moment, Twilight says that she's proud of Spike for being willing to throw away his celebrity status in the Crystal Empire if it meant sticking up for his friend. Moved by Spike's words and Twilight's speech and acceptance of Thorax, Shining Armor and Cadance say that they'll give him a chance, and Thorax is welcomed by the crystal ponies.
ponies. As the ponies celebrate Thorax's coming and kindness, Starlight agrees with Twilight that friendship lessons can happen anywhere.

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* SoProudOfYou: Twilight says this to Spike for risking his hero status in the Crystal Empire to defend a friend.


* TitledAfterTheSong: The title is a reference to the Creator/BobDylan song "Music/TheTimesTheyAreAChangin".

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* TitledAfterTheSong: The title is a reference to the Creator/BobDylan Music/BobDylan song "Music/TheTimesTheyAreAChangin".

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