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** {{Fanon}} was that Human Twilight Sparkle would be a MadScientist once it was revealed she was an antagonist. While she lacked the personality, she proves reckless (compared to Sunset) in her studies, [[spoiler:with [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Midnight Sparkle]] fully running with it. Played straight in that her transformation and HeelFaceTurn would be a role reversal with Sunset Shimmer from the first movie.]]
** More than one person correctly guessed that Indigo Zap was meant to be Lightning Dust early in production, but was changed to an original character. Confirmed by the DVD commentary.
* {{Jossed}}: Several involving the Shadowbolts, mostly because they had less prominence than what the trailers and toyline implied. A common theory was that Sour Sweet would be the BigBad and leader of the group, since she was the first character who was leaked and paired with Twilight Sparkle in the archery competition.



* ShortRunInPeru: The uncut movie was broadcast in Canada by Creator/FamilyChannel quite a few hours before its EditedForSyndication premiere in Discovery Family, but this is nistified though, s the show ''is'' mainly made in Canada.

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* ShortRunInPeru: The uncut movie was broadcast in Canada by Creator/FamilyChannel quite a few hours before its EditedForSyndication premiere in Discovery Family, but this is nistified though, s and weeks before the show ''is'' mainly made in Canada.uncut release of the Blu-Ray/DVD.


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** The film was [[http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/HAS/3814362714x0x904790/F2A146CA-5622-4DE7-BD72-3F6E1534D13E/HAS-Transcript-toy_fair.pdf originally intended to be given a limited theatrical release]] just like its predecessors; the distributor, Screenvision, underwent a merger with KAOS Connect, [[http://screenvisionmedia.com/screenvision-lands-event-cinema-pioneers-maxwelldiamond-former-ncmfathom-executives-head-to-screenvision/ which killed the theatrical release in the United States]].
--->'''President of Hasbro Brands John Frascotti:''' [...] So this Fall we are very excited we are going to premiere our third ''Equestria Girls'' film, it is called ''Friendship Games'' and we will debut it in theaters and then bring it on to television and various digital platforms and of course we will augment this film as we have done with prior films with a strong lineup of digital shorts.
** According to the DVD commentary, Indigo Zap was originally Lightning Dust as the writing staff wanted counterparts to familiar ponies in Equestria to be the Shadowbolts. Indeed, one of the prototypes of the Shadowbolts dolls had the same color scheme as Lightning Dust. Eventually, the writing staff decided to create original characters and Lightning Dust was replaced with Indigo Zap. Spitfire was also under consideration, but the staff didn't think she was mean enough to play the EvilCounterpart to Rainbow Dash.


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** Shining Armor was originally supposed to be more of a jerk to reflect the influence Crystal Prep had on him. He was toned down to sound closer to his Equestrian counterpart as the writers felt that he should still be Twilight's kind older brother despite Crystal Prep's influence.
** Sunset and Twilight were supposed to be in a crater that was created during their battle after powering down as another reference to the final battle in the first movie. This was removed during the storyboarding stage.
** Cinch was supposed to fall down the above-mentioned crater or a stray portal that would have sent her to Equestria as an ugly creature after attempting to leave. The former was left out after the crater was taken out, and the latter was considered too mean.


** Writers and fans have long speculated what it would be like if one of the Mane Six (most likely Twilight) ever made a FaceHeelTurn and tried to conquer/destroy Equestria. In the film, [[spoiler: Human Twilight Sparkle becomes Midnight Sparkle, who is determined to study and understand magic so badly she starts tearing open portals to Equestria, not caring that she'll destroy the human world in the process]].

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** Writers and fans have long speculated what it would be like if one of the Mane Six (most likely (mostly Twilight) ever made a FaceHeelTurn and tried to conquer/destroy Equestria. In the film, [[spoiler: Human Twilight Sparkle becomes Midnight Sparkle, who is determined to study and understand magic so badly she starts tearing open portals to Equestria, not caring that she'll destroy the human world in the process]].



** {{Fanon}} was that Human Twilight Sparkle would be a MadScientist once it was revealed she was an antagonist. While she lacked the personality, she proves reckless (compared to Sunset) in her studies, [[spoiler:with [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Midnight Sparkle]] fully running with it. Played straight in that her transformation and HeelFaceTurn would be a role reversal with Sunset Shimmer from the first movie.]]
** More than one person correctly guessed that Indigo Zap was meant to be Lightning Dust early in production, but was changed to an original character. Confirmed by the DVD commentary.
* {{Jossed}}: Several involving the Shadowbolts, mostly because they had less prominence than what the trailers and toyline implied. A common theory was that Sour Sweet would be the BigBad and leader of the group, since she was the first character who was leaked and paired with Twilight Sparkle in the archery competition.



* ShortRunInPeru: The uncut movie was broadcast in Canada by Creator/FamilyChannel quite a few hours before its EditedForSyndication premiere in Discovery Family, and weeks before the uncut release of the Blu-Ray/DVD.

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* ShortRunInPeru: The uncut movie was broadcast in Canada by Creator/FamilyChannel quite a few hours before its EditedForSyndication premiere in Discovery Family, and weeks before but this is nistified though, s the uncut release of the Blu-Ray/DVD.show ''is'' mainly made in Canada.



** The film was [[http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/HAS/3814362714x0x904790/F2A146CA-5622-4DE7-BD72-3F6E1534D13E/HAS-Transcript-toy_fair.pdf originally intended to be given a limited theatrical release]] just like its predecessors; the distributor, Screenvision, underwent a merger with KAOS Connect, [[http://screenvisionmedia.com/screenvision-lands-event-cinema-pioneers-maxwelldiamond-former-ncmfathom-executives-head-to-screenvision/ which killed the theatrical release in the United States]].
--->'''President of Hasbro Brands John Frascotti:''' [...] So this Fall we are very excited we are going to premiere our third ''Equestria Girls'' film, it is called ''Friendship Games'' and we will debut it in theaters and then bring it on to television and various digital platforms and of course we will augment this film as we have done with prior films with a strong lineup of digital shorts.
** According to the DVD commentary, Indigo Zap was originally Lightning Dust as the writing staff wanted counterparts to familiar ponies in Equestria to be the Shadowbolts. Indeed, one of the prototypes of the Shadowbolts dolls had the same color scheme as Lightning Dust. Eventually, the writing staff decided to create original characters and Lightning Dust was replaced with Indigo Zap. Spitfire was also under consideration, but the staff didn't think she was mean enough to play the EvilCounterpart to Rainbow Dash.



** Shining Armor was originally supposed to be more of a jerk to reflect the influence Crystal Prep had on him. He was toned down to sound closer to his Equestrian counterpart as the writers felt that he should still be Twilight's kind older brother despite Crystal Prep's influence.
** Sunset and Twilight were supposed to be in a crater that was created during their battle after powering down as another reference to the final battle in the first movie. This was removed during the storyboarding stage.
** Cinch was supposed to fall down the above-mentioned crater or a stray portal that would have sent her to Equestria as an ugly creature after attempting to leave. The former was left out after the crater was taken out, and the latter was considered too mean.


* ShortRunInPeru:
** The shorts were released weekly every Saturday, starting with "The Science of Magic" on August 1st 2015. On August 6, the next short ("Pinkie Spy") was released by the official Equestria Girls Youtube Channel... [[EpicFail on a Friday. Along with all the remaining shorts. In European Spanish]]. Predictably, the accidental leaks were made private, and returned to normal at the intended scheduled release.
** On a lesser note, the uncut movie was broadcast in Canada by Creator/FamilyChannel quite a few hours before its EditedForSyndication premiere in Discovery Family, and weeks before the uncut release of the Blu-Ray/DVD.

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* ShortRunInPeru:
**
ShortRunInPeru: The shorts were released weekly every Saturday, starting with "The Science of Magic" on August 1st 2015. On August 6, the next short ("Pinkie Spy") was released by the official Equestria Girls Youtube Channel... [[EpicFail on a Friday. Along with all the remaining shorts. In European Spanish]]. Predictably, the accidental leaks were made private, and returned to normal at the intended scheduled release.
** On a lesser note, the
uncut movie was broadcast in Canada by Creator/FamilyChannel quite a few hours before its EditedForSyndication premiere in Discovery Family, and weeks before the uncut release of the Blu-Ray/DVD.



* TalkingToHimself:
** Happens at the start and end of the "Photo Finished" short, with Creator/TabithaStGermain voicing both sides of the conversation between Photo Finish and Luna.
** Vincent Tong provides the voices of both Flash Sentry and Sandalwood, who argue with each other towards the end of "A Banner Day."
** Rebecca Shoichet sings a duet with herself in "Right There in Front of Me" and the deleted-scene version of "What More Is Out There", providing the singing voices of both Twilight and Sunset.

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* TalkingToHimself:
** Happens at the start and end of the "Photo Finished" short, with Creator/TabithaStGermain voicing both sides of the conversation between Photo Finish and Luna.
** Vincent Tong provides the voices of both Flash Sentry and Sandalwood, who argue with each other towards the end of "A Banner Day."
**
TalkingToHimself: Rebecca Shoichet sings a duet with herself in "Right There in Front of Me" and the deleted-scene version of "What More Is Out There", providing the singing voices of both Twilight and Sunset.



-->'''President of Hasbro Brands John Frascotti:''' [...] So this Fall we are very excited we are going to premiere our third ''Equestria Girls'' film, it is called ''Friendship Games'' and we will debut it in theaters and then bring it on to television and various digital platforms and of course we will augment this film as we have done with prior films with a strong lineup of digital shorts.

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-->'''President --->'''President of Hasbro Brands John Frascotti:''' [...] So this Fall we are very excited we are going to premiere our third ''Equestria Girls'' film, it is called ''Friendship Games'' and we will debut it in theaters and then bring it on to television and various digital platforms and of course we will augment this film as we have done with prior films with a strong lineup of digital shorts.



** [[https://twitter.com/TheBiggestJim/status/632613856091709440 Jim Miller]] storyboarded the "All's Fair in Love & Friendship Games" short.


* BillingDisplacement: Following the series' tradition, Creator/TaraStrong is billed first before Rebecca Shoichet. However in this movie, Sunset Shimmer is the true protagonist, while human!Twilight functions as an antagonist.

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* BillingDisplacement: Following the series' tradition, Creator/TaraStrong is billed first before Rebecca Shoichet. However in this movie, Sunset Shimmer is the true protagonist, while human!Twilight Twilight's human form functions as an antagonist.

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* BillingDisplacement: Following the series' tradition, Creator/TaraStrong is billed first before Rebecca Shoichet. However in this movie, Sunset Shimmer is the true protagonist, while human!Twilight functions as an antagonist.


** [[https://mobile.twitter.com/ishiH3Art/status/648012584805773312?_ga=1.37252384.1881492471.1443662745 Ishi Rudell mentions]] that the song "Dance Magic", featured in the soundtrack of the movie but otherwise not present in it or any of its shorts, is "unrelated", and [[https://twitter.com/ishiH3Art/status/654790289010196480 that it's just a bonus for the soundtrack]].

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** [[https://mobile.twitter.com/ishiH3Art/status/648012584805773312?_ga=1.37252384.1881492471.1443662745 Ishi Rudell mentions]] that the song "Dance Magic", featured in the soundtrack of the movie but otherwise not present in it or any of its shorts, is "unrelated", and [[https://twitter.com/ishiH3Art/status/654790289010196480 that it's just a bonus for the soundtrack]]. It was later used as the focus of a short released after the next movie.


** Each student who participated in the games is wearing a medal at the end (Hence Celestia declaring everyone winners). Yet in the background Lemon Zest can be seen, but she isn't wearing a medal, and Sour isn't either even though her back is turned.
** When Celestia is introducing Human Twilight as her new student, her medal is missing, but it reappears when Sunset and the Humane 5 welcome her.

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** Each student who participated in the games is wearing a medal at the end (Hence (hence Celestia declaring everyone winners). Yet in the background Lemon Zest can be seen, but she isn't wearing a medal, and Sour isn't either even though her back is turned.
** When Celestia is introducing Human Twilight as her new student, her medal is missing, but it reappears when Sunset and the Humane 5 Rainbooms welcome her.



* ExecutiveMeddling: The [[https://twitter.com/ishiH3Art/status/817563807513882624 reason]] the deleted scenes were, well, deleted. Likely related to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree the sequel]] having started production ''[[https://twitter.com/isitlunchyet_t/status/782275494456668160 before]]'' [[https://twitter.com/isitlunchyet_t/status/766409244459409409 this film was completed]].

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* ExecutiveMeddling: The [[https://twitter.com/ishiH3Art/status/817563807513882624 stated reason]] the deleted scenes were, well, deleted. Likely related to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree the sequel]] having started production ''[[https://twitter.com/isitlunchyet_t/status/782275494456668160 before]]'' [[https://twitter.com/isitlunchyet_t/status/766409244459409409 this film was completed]].



* SpoiledByTheMerchandise: The presence of [[spoiler:Midnight Sparkle, "the dark side of Twilight Sparkle"]] [[http://www.mlpmerch.com/2015/02/more-friendship-game-dolls-canterlot.html was leaked as early as February 2015 by a german doll site]], and her appearance in the movie was outright [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM6IgemLrm8 confirmed by a Hasbro employee at the New York Toy Fair 2015]] that same month.

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* SpoiledByTheMerchandise: The presence of [[spoiler:Midnight Sparkle, "the dark side of Twilight Sparkle"]] [[http://www.mlpmerch.com/2015/02/more-friendship-game-dolls-canterlot.html was leaked as early as February 2015 by a german German doll site]], and her appearance in the movie was outright [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM6IgemLrm8 confirmed by a Hasbro employee at the New York Toy Fair 2015]] that same month.



** The film was [[http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/HAS/3814362714x0x904790/F2A146CA-5622-4DE7-BD72-3F6E1534D13E/HAS-Transcript-toy_fair.pdf originally intended to be given a limited theatrical release]] just like its predecessors; the distributor, Screenvision, underwent a merger with KAOS Connect, [[http://screenvisionmedia.com/screenvision-lands-event-cinema-pioneers-maxwelldiamond-former-ncmfathom-executives-head-to-screenvision/ which killed the theatrical release in the United States]].
-->'''President of Hasbro Brands John Frascotti:''' [...] So this Fall we are very excited we are going to premiere our third ''Equestria Girls'' film, it is called ''Friendship Games'' and we will debut it in theaters and then bring it on to television and various digital platforms and of course we will augment this film as we have done with prior films with a strong lineup of digital shorts.



** [[https://twitter.com/isitlunchyet_t/status/648020688176041984 According to Lunchie (storyboard artist)]] [[spoiler:Sunset Shimmer's GoldenSuperMode is called Daydream Shimmer.]]

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** [[https://twitter.com/isitlunchyet_t/status/648020688176041984 According to Lunchie Katrina Hadley (storyboard artist)]] artist at the time)]] [[spoiler:Sunset Shimmer's GoldenSuperMode is called Daydream Shimmer.]]


* SpoiledByTheMerchandise: The presence of [[spoiler:Midnight Sparkle, "the dark side of Twilight Sparkle"]] [[http://www.fashiondollworld.de/2015/02/equestria-girls-friendship-games-puppen.html was leaked as early as February 2015 by a german doll site]], and her appearance in the movie was outright [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM6IgemLrm8&index=26&list=FL7yw6J6SkCxS4QRd9LaMW9A confirmed by a Hasbro employee at the New York Toy Fair 2015]] that same month.

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* SpoiledByTheMerchandise: The presence of [[spoiler:Midnight Sparkle, "the dark side of Twilight Sparkle"]] [[http://www.fashiondollworld.de/2015/02/equestria-girls-friendship-games-puppen.mlpmerch.com/2015/02/more-friendship-game-dolls-canterlot.html was leaked as early as February 2015 by a german doll site]], and her appearance in the movie was outright [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM6IgemLrm8&index=26&list=FL7yw6J6SkCxS4QRd9LaMW9A com/watch?v=XM6IgemLrm8 confirmed by a Hasbro employee at the New York Toy Fair 2015]] that same month.


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** Songwriter and composer Daniel Ingram mentioned in the DVD Commentary that the song "ACADECA" was originally written as an ''actual'' rap; it was rewritten because it was, according to him, "really cheesy".

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* ExecutiveMeddling: The [[https://twitter.com/ishiH3Art/status/817563807513882624 reason]] the deleted scenes were, well, deleted. Likely related to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree the sequel]] having started production ''[[https://twitter.com/isitlunchyet_t/status/782275494456668160 before]]'' [[https://twitter.com/isitlunchyet_t/status/766409244459409409 this film was completed]].

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** The scene in the Blooper Reel with human Rainbow Dash riding pony Rainbow Dash confirmed the most commonly accepted human-to-pony size ratio comparisons made by fans.


** On a lesser note, the uncut movie was broadcast in Canada by the Family Channel quite a few hours before its EditedForSyndication premiere in Discovery Family, and weeks before the uncut release of the Blu-Ray/DVD.

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** On a lesser note, the uncut movie was broadcast in Canada by the Family Channel Creator/FamilyChannel quite a few hours before its EditedForSyndication premiere in Discovery Family, and weeks before the uncut release of the Blu-Ray/DVD.


*** Pony Twilight was to make an appearance in the middle of the film rather than TheStinger to give Sunset advice. The writers quickly felt that having two Twilights in separate scenes would make the film too confusing, and that removing Pony Twilight made more sense and raised the stakes.
*** Another deleted scene has an alternate ending where [[spoiler:Human Twilight happily returns to Crystal Prep with her [[TookALevelInKindness much friendlier classmates]] instead of transferring to Canterlot High]].

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*** Pony Princess Twilight was to make an appearance in the middle of the film rather than TheStinger to give Sunset advice. The writers quickly felt that having two Twilights in separate scenes would make the film too confusing, and that removing Pony Princess Twilight made more sense and raised the stakes.
*** Another deleted scene has an alternate ending where [[spoiler:Human Twilight happily returns to Crystal Prep with her [[TookALevelInKindness much friendlier classmates]] classmates instead of transferring to Canterlot High]].



** Cinch was supposed to fall down the above-mentioned crater or a stray portal that would have sent her to Equestria as an ugly creature after attempting to leave. The former was left out after the crater was taken out and the latter was considered too mean.

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** Cinch was supposed to fall down the above-mentioned crater or a stray portal that would have sent her to Equestria as an ugly creature after attempting to leave. The former was left out after the crater was taken out out, and the latter was considered too mean.


** In "Friendship Games Bloopers Reel", the last scene shows a Pinkie Pie emerging from the portal, high-fiving another Pinkie Pie and taking her place. The fan theory that pony Pinkie Pie sometimes takes over the place of human Pinkie Pie at Canterlot High School is somewhat popular ([[http://uotapo.deviantart.com/art/Pinkie-s-Secret-447002989 see this fan webcomic]], for example), to explain the spot-on "guesses" about Equestria she makes in the movies.

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** In "Friendship Games Bloopers Blooper Reel", the last scene shows a Pinkie Pie emerging from the portal, high-fiving another Pinkie Pie and taking her place. The fan theory that pony Pinkie Pie sometimes takes over the place of human Pinkie Pie at Canterlot High School is somewhat popular ([[http://uotapo.deviantart.com/art/Pinkie-s-Secret-447002989 see this fan webcomic]], for example), to explain the spot-on "guesses" about Equestria she makes in the movies.

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** In "Friendship Games Bloopers Reel", the last scene shows a Pinkie Pie emerging from the portal, high-fiving another Pinkie Pie and taking her place. The fan theory that pony Pinkie Pie sometimes takes over the place of human Pinkie Pie at Canterlot High School is somewhat popular ([[http://uotapo.deviantart.com/art/Pinkie-s-Secret-447002989 see this fan webcomic]], for example), to explain the spot-on "guesses" about Equestria she makes in the movies.


* IKnewIt:
** {{Downplayed}} by being the least antagonistic of the Shadowbolts, but Lemon Zest being voiced by Creator/ShannonChanKent is this to those expecting her to voice a villain in this movie after the rest of the Mane Six's NonSingingVoice actors played the {{Big Bad}}s in the last two.
** {{Fanon}} was that Human Twilight Sparkle would be a MadScientist once it was revealed she was an antagonist. While she lacked the personality, she proves reckless (compared to Sunset) in her studies, [[spoiler:with [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Midnight Sparkle]] fully running with it. Played straight in that her transformation and HeelFaceTurn would be a role reversal with Sunset Shimmer from the first movie.]]
** More than one person correctly guessed that Indigo Zap was meant to be Lightning Dust early in production, but was changed to an original character. Confirmed by the DVD commentary.



* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Britt Irvin, who voices Sunny Flare, was also the voice of Lightning Dust.
** Indigo Zap was voiced by Creator/KellySheridan, who voices Starlight Glimmer and Sassy Saddles. Naturally, this is the second time she was an antagonist in the series.
** Creator/ShannonChanKent, who does Pinkie's singing voice, does the voice of Lemon Zest, her Shadowbolt counterpart.
** Sour Sweet is voiced by Sharon Alexander, who was Arcee in ''Anime/TransformersEnergon''. Fittingly, both characters sport {{Odango}} and are archers.
** In the Japanese version, Principal Cinch is [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Martha Vist Carbine]].
* IKnewIt:
** {{Downplayed}} by being the least antagonistic of the Shadowbolts, but Lemon Zest being voiced by Creator/ShannonChanKent is this to those expecting her to voice a villain in this movie after the rest of the Mane Six's NonSingingVoice actors played the {{Big Bad}}s in the last two.
** {{Fanon}} was that Human Twilight Sparkle would be a MadScientist once it was revealed she was an antagonist. While she lacked the personality, she proves reckless (compared to Sunset) in her studies, [[spoiler:with [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Midnight Sparkle]] fully running with it. Played straight in that her transformation and HeelFaceTurn would be a role reversal with Sunset Shimmer from the first movie.]]
** More than one person correctly guessed that Indigo Zap was meant to be Lightning Dust early in production, but was changed to an original character. Confirmed by the DVD commentary.

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