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* TookALevelInDumbass: In "The Crystal Empire" and his "The Cutie Re-Mark" BadFuture, Sombra was a NoNonsenseNemesis who avoided pitfalls like EvilGloating and SuicidalOverconfidence. Here, he's an unrestrained SmugSnake who recklessly enables his own downfall (see BondVillainStupidity and VillainBall).

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* TookALevelInDumbass: In "The Crystal Empire" and his "The Cutie Re-Mark" BadFuture, Sombra was a NoNonsenseNemesis who avoided pitfalls like EvilGloating and SuicidalOverconfidence. Here, he's an unrestrained SmugSnake who recklessly enables his own downfall (see BondVillainStupidity and VillainBall).downfall.

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* TookALevelInDumbass: In "The Crystal Empire" and his "The Cutie Re-Mark" BadFuture, Sombra was a NoNonsenseNemesis who avoided pitfalls like EvilGloating and SuicidalOverconfidence. Here, he's an unrestrained SmugSnake who recklessly enables his own downfall (see BondVillainStupidity and VillainBall).


* NearVillainVictory: At first it looks like Sombra is coming out victorious since he has all of Equestria under his control, but a seemingly-wounded Discord reminds the Mane Six they still represent each of the destroyed elements, and with that, they unleash the magic inside them to destroy Sombra. If Discord hadn't told them when he did, Sombra would've won.

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* NearVillainVictory: At first it looks like Sombra is coming out victorious since he has all of Equestria under his control, but a seemingly-wounded Discord reminds the Mane Six they still represent each of the destroyed elements, and with that, they unleash the magic inside them to destroy Sombra. If Discord hadn't told them when he did, Sombra would've won. Subverted once it is revealed that Discord was faking being injured and could have beaten Sombra anytime he wanted to and probably would have had worse come to worse.


* NearVillainVictory: At first it looks like Sombra is coming out victorious since he has all of Equestria under his control, but a seemingly-wounded Discord reminds the Mane Six they still represent each of the destroyed elements, and with that, they unleash the magic inside them to destroy Sombra. If Discord hadn't told them when he did, Sombra would've won.[[note]][[SubvertedTrope Well no, he wouldn't actually]] because Discord was just faking and if things had come to the crunch he almost certainly would have stopped faking, but they didn't know that.[[/note]]

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* NearVillainVictory: At first it looks like Sombra is coming out victorious since he has all of Equestria under his control, but a seemingly-wounded Discord reminds the Mane Six they still represent each of the destroyed elements, and with that, they unleash the magic inside them to destroy Sombra. If Discord hadn't told them when he did, Sombra would've won.[[note]][[SubvertedTrope Well no, he wouldn't actually]] because Discord was just faking and if things had come to the crunch he almost certainly would have stopped faking, but they didn't know that.[[/note]]


* NearVillainVictory: At first it looks like Sombra is coming out victorious since he has all of Equestria under his control, but a seemingly-wounded Discord reminds the Mane Six they still represent each of the destroyed elements, and with that, they unleash the magic inside them to destroy Sombra. If Discord hadn't told them when he did, Sombra would've won.

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* NearVillainVictory: At first it looks like Sombra is coming out victorious since he has all of Equestria under his control, but a seemingly-wounded Discord reminds the Mane Six they still represent each of the destroyed elements, and with that, they unleash the magic inside them to destroy Sombra. If Discord hadn't told them when he did, Sombra would've won.[[note]][[SubvertedTrope Well no, he wouldn't actually]] because Discord was just faking and if things had come to the crunch he almost certainly would have stopped faking, but they didn't know that.[[/note]]

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The promos spoil the climax of the episode by showing the scene with the Mane Six unleashing ThePowerOfFriendship on Sombra, without any elements.

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* EleventhHourSuperpower: When the Mane Six think Sombra won, they realize they still embody the spirits of the now-destroyed elements and use the magic within them, without any elements and all, to destroy him for good.


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* NearVillainVictory: At first it looks like Sombra is coming out victorious since he has all of Equestria under his control, but a seemingly-wounded Discord reminds the Mane Six they still represent each of the destroyed elements, and with that, they unleash the magic inside them to destroy Sombra. If Discord hadn't told them when he did, Sombra would've won.


** While the Mane Six are unleashing the magic within them to destroy Sombra, Twilight's mane and tail sparkle and wave in the manner of Celestia and Luna's, like how they did in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2".

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** While the Mane Six are unleashing the magic within them to destroy Sombra, Twilight's mane and tail sparkle and wave in the manner of Celestia and Luna's, like how they did in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2".2]]".

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** While the Mane Six are unleashing the magic within them to destroy Sombra, Twilight's mane and tail sparkle and wave in the manner of Celestia and Luna's, like how they did in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2".


* SmugSnake: Sombra is extremely confident in his power, assuming that Celestia and Luna fled Canterlot out of cowardice to avoid facing him. (In reality, they just happened to be away in preparation for retirement.) He repeatedly declares that the Mane Six are no match for him and doesn't seem too concerned even when Discord joins them. After Discord seems to be seriously injured after taking one of his magic blasts, he confidently claims that the Mane Six never stood a chance even with Discord's help. However, not only do the Mane Six manage to defeat him by themselves, Discord could have stopped him at any time and had only pretended to be taken out so the Mane Six could learn a lesson.

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* SmugSnake: Sombra is extremely confident in his power, assuming that Celestia and Luna fled Canterlot out of cowardice to avoid facing him. (In reality, they just happened to be away in preparation for retirement.) He repeatedly declares that the Mane Six are no match for him and doesn't seem too concerned even when Discord joins them. After Discord seems to be seriously injured after taking one of his magic blasts, he confidently claims that the Mane Six never stood a chance even with Discord's help. Sombra even believes himself to be "The most powerful creature in Equestria." However, not only do the Mane Six manage to defeat him by themselves, Discord could have stopped him at any time and had only pretended to be taken out so the Mane Six could learn a lesson.


--> '''Twilight Sparkle:''' [''after blocking the first Sombra's blast''] You may knock us down, but we're gonna get back up again! [''Sombra blasts her second time; she is knocked back a bit, but otherwise unharmed''] And again! [''Sombra blasts her third time; [[NoSell Twilight doesn't even flinch]]''] And again! As long as we're together, we will ''never'' stop trying to defeat you!

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--> '''Twilight -->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' [''after ''[after blocking the first Sombra's blast''] blast]'' You may knock us down, but we're gonna get back up again! [''Sombra ''[Sombra blasts her second time; she is knocked back a bit, but otherwise unharmed''] unharmed]'' And again! [''Sombra ''[Sombra blasts her third time; [[NoSell Twilight doesn't even flinch]]''] flinch]]]'' And again! As long as we're together, we will ''never'' stop trying to defeat you!

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* RuleOfThree: Twilight makes a point that she and her friends will never give up by blocking three consecutive magic blasts from Sombra. For bonus points, she punctuates it by saying that even if they're downed, the Mane Six are going to get back up again every time.
--> '''Twilight Sparkle:''' [''after blocking the first Sombra's blast''] You may knock us down, but we're gonna get back up again! [''Sombra blasts her second time; she is knocked back a bit, but otherwise unharmed''] And again! [''Sombra blasts her third time; [[NoSell Twilight doesn't even flinch]]''] And again! As long as we're together, we will ''never'' stop trying to defeat you!


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* TookALevelInBadass: The Mane Six -- Twilight in particular -- have taken one after Discord's RousingSpeech (and apparently, over the course of entire series) since they no longer need the gems to call on the power of the Elements, while Twilight duels quite evenly with Sombra, actually [[NoSell no-selling]] his attacks (for the record, when ponies met King Sombra the first time, they were no match for him in direct combat and required a MineralMacGuffin to defeat him).


** Star Swirl pointing out that the power of the Tree of Harmony originally came from him and the Pillars foreshadows the Mane 6 being able to use a version of the Magic of Friendship without needing any artifacts.

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** Star Swirl pointing out that the power of the Tree of Harmony originally came from him and the Pillars foreshadows the Mane 6 Six being able to use a version of the Magic of Friendship without needing any artifacts.



* ShipTease: There are a few Fluttercord moments in this episode. Discord says that Fluttershy is his favorite with a loving look on his face. If you look closely when he says this, Fluttershy is blushing quite adorably and Rarity gives them a sly look. Later when giving his speech to the Mane 6, Discord lovingly strokes Fluttershy’s cheek and she leans into his touch.

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* ShipTease: There are a few Fluttercord moments in this episode. Discord says that Fluttershy is his favorite with a loving look on his face. If you look closely when he says this, Fluttershy is blushing quite adorably and Rarity gives them a sly look. Later when giving his speech to the Mane 6, Six, Discord lovingly strokes Fluttershy’s Fluttershy's cheek and she leans into his touch.


* ShipTease: There is a few Fluttercord moments in this episode. Discord says that Fluttershy is his favorite with a loving look on his face. If you look closely when he says this, Fluttershy is blushing quite adorably and Rarity gives them a sly look. Later when giving his speech to the Mane 6, Discord lovingly strokes Fluttershy’s cheek and she leans into his touch.

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* ShipTease: There is are a few Fluttercord moments in this episode. Discord says that Fluttershy is his favorite with a loving look on his face. If you look closely when he says this, Fluttershy is blushing quite adorably and Rarity gives them a sly look. Later when giving his speech to the Mane 6, Discord lovingly strokes Fluttershy’s cheek and she leans into his touch.



** As she prepares to help her friends dig their way out of Sombra's crystal trap, Rarity says "[[Film/JerryMaguire show me the muddy]]!"

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** As she prepares to help her friends dig their way out of Sombra's crystal trap, Rarity says says, "[[Film/JerryMaguire show Show me the muddy]]!"


* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Technically, although it's much subverted by the fact it is Grogar's EvilLaugh alongside the MirthlessLaughter of his nervous, DemotedToDragon minions.



* HandBehindHead: Tirek, of all creatures, rubs the back of his head during the final bout MirthlessLaughter, showing how cowed he is, along with Cozy and Chrysalis, by Grogar.

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* HandBehindHead: Tirek, of all creatures, rubs the back of his head during the final bout of MirthlessLaughter, showing how cowed he is, along with Cozy and Chrysalis, by Grogar.

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