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** Fluttershy in #18. She spends most of the issue in utter dread of her Cloudsdale ClassReunion, which is pretty understandable given her AllOfTheOtherReindeer foalhood. [[spoiler:However, her main SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp is revealed to have pulled a HeelFaceTurn when she publicly congratulates Fluttershy for all of her accomplishments as the Element of Kindness, resulting in a ThrowTheDogABone CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.]]

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** Fluttershy in #18. She spends most of the issue in utter dread of her Cloudsdale ClassReunion, which is pretty understandable given her AllOfTheOtherReindeer foalhood. [[spoiler:However, her main SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp is revealed to have pulled a HeelFaceTurn when she publicly congratulates Fluttershy for all of her accomplishments as the Element of Kindness, resulting in a ThrowTheDogABone CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments.]]


* MorePopularSpinoff: Became this to [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW main comic series]], which fell into SeasonalRot during ''Friends Forever's'' run. The smaller, SliceOfLife stories and smaller casts gave [[ADeathInTheLimelight each character time to shine]], while the main comic's larger stories were oft criticized for larger casts that often had no meaningful contribution to the story. It's single shot stories also let it rebound quickly for less well received issues while the main comic's {{Story Arc}}s would often be locked into unpopular stories.

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* MorePopularSpinoff: Became this to [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW main comic series]], which fell into SeasonalRot during ''Friends Forever's'' run. The smaller, SliceOfLife stories and smaller casts gave [[ADeathInTheLimelight [[ADayInTheLimelight each character time to shine]], while the main comic's larger stories were oft criticized for larger casts that often had no meaningful contribution to the story. It's single shot stories also let it rebound quickly for less well received issues while the main comic's {{Story Arc}}s would often be locked into unpopular stories.


* GrowingTheBeard: Issue #1 was ok, but not stand out so. Issue #2 pairs Discord and The Cutie Mark Crusaders with all the epic, hilarious insanity fans expected plus a surprisingly poignant bonding between them over their trying to fit in. This set up the dynamic for the comics quality that it has since stuck with.

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* GrowingTheBeard: Issue #1 was ok, but not stand out so.SoOKItsAverage at best. Issue #2 pairs Discord and The Cutie Mark Crusaders with all the epic, hilarious insanity fans expected plus a surprisingly poignant bonding between them over their trying to fit in. This set up the dynamic for the comics quality that it has since stuck with.


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* MorePopularSpinoff: Became this to [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW main comic series]], which fell into SeasonalRot during ''Friends Forever's'' run. The smaller, SliceOfLife stories and smaller casts gave [[ADeathInTheLimelight each character time to shine]], while the main comic's larger stories were oft criticized for larger casts that often had no meaningful contribution to the story. It's single shot stories also let it rebound quickly for less well received issues while the main comic's {{Story Arc}}s would often be locked into unpopular stories.


* EnsembleDarkhorse: Mina the dragon got this for being a [[MetaGuy brilliant stand-in to the series fandom]].

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Mina the dragon got this for being a [[MetaGuy brilliant stand-in to the series fandom]].



* TheyJustDidntCare:
** Pretty much the first issue. The art and plot leave much to be desired. The humor is not as good as one would expect from an issue featuring Pinkie Pie. There was no bonding moment between Applejack and Pinkie in spite of being the stars of the issue. And there is a lot of ponies that act more like a FlatCharacter, rather than having a good personality to offer. The only thing that stands out is Marine Sandwich being an UnintentionallySympathetic DesignatedVillain.
** The colorist for Issue #18 colors Rainbow Dash's signature rainbow trail differently from the show. This would be excusable as artistic license, except that the colorist isn't even internally consistent; the colors in the trail change every panel, and sometimes they aren't even different colors, such as numerous panels where the streak is colored in different orange-yellow gradients.
** Artist Jay Fosgitt has come under fire for a couple of his ''Friends Forever'' issues. In #22, he used a piece of clip art available on the Web as a pony's cutie mark. Then, in #24, he drew a couple of griffon characters from the show episode "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" in such a way as to be completely unrecognizable. Since this issue went on sale nearly eight months after the episode premiered, fans saw the change as evidence of Fosgitt's laziness and/or lack of interest in the show. Georgia Ball, the writer for #24, made her annoyance over his work known and subsequently announced that she had no plans to do any more writing for the MLP comics.


** Pretty much the first issue. The art and plot leave much to be desired. The humor is not as good as one would expect from an issue featuring Pinkie Pie. There was no bonding moment between Aoplejack and Pinkie in spite of being the stars of the issue. And there is a lot of ponies that act more like a FlatCharacter, rather than having a good personality to offer. The only thing that stands out is Marine Sandwich being an UnintentionallySympathetic DesignatedVillain.

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** Pretty much the first issue. The art and plot leave much to be desired. The humor is not as good as one would expect from an issue featuring Pinkie Pie. There was no bonding moment between Aoplejack Applejack and Pinkie in spite of being the stars of the issue. And there is a lot of ponies that act more like a FlatCharacter, rather than having a good personality to offer. The only thing that stands out is Marine Sandwich being an UnintentionallySympathetic DesignatedVillain.


** Pretty much the first issue. The art and plot leave much to be desired. The humor is not as good as one would expect from an issue featuring Pinkie Pie. There was no bonding moment between Aoplejack and Pinkie in spite of being the stars of the issue. And there is a lot of ponies that act more like a FlatCharacter, rather than having a good personality to offer. The only thing that stands out is Marine Sandwich being an UnintentionallySympathetic DesignatedVillain, but even that's largely the result of unnecessary WhatTheHellTownspeople moments.

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** Pretty much the first issue. The art and plot leave much to be desired. The humor is not as good as one would expect from an issue featuring Pinkie Pie. There was no bonding moment between Aoplejack and Pinkie in spite of being the stars of the issue. And there is a lot of ponies that act more like a FlatCharacter, rather than having a good personality to offer. The only thing that stands out is Marine Sandwich being an UnintentionallySympathetic DesignatedVillain, but even that's largely the result of unnecessary WhatTheHellTownspeople moments.DesignatedVillain.


* FridgeHorror: The very positive relation Discord established with the Cutie Mark Crusaders doesn't seem present in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord Make New Friends but Keep Discord]]''. This continuity discrepancy could be rationalized by assuming ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 something]]'' ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 happened]]'' *Cough* Tirek *Cough* that would leave them on less ideal terms.

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* FridgeHorror: FridgeHorror:
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The very positive relation Discord established with the Cutie Mark Crusaders doesn't seem present in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord Make New Friends but Keep Discord]]''. This continuity discrepancy could be rationalized by assuming ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 something]]'' ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 happened]]'' *Cough* Tirek *Cough* that would leave them on less ideal terms.terms.
** Issue #25: there's no way to describe the events other than "Rainbow Dash is attacked by [[OrganTheft organ harvesters]]." One has to wonder how often this could happen before the big alliance and the subsequent founding of Equestria.


** Artist Jay Fosgitt has come under fire for a couple of his ''Friends Forever'' issues. In #22, he used a piece of clip art available on the Web as a pony's cutie mark. Then, in #24, he drew a couple of griffon characters from the show episode "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" in such a way as to be completely unrecognizable. Since this issue went on sale nearly eight months after the episode premiered, fans saw the change as evidence of Fosgitt's laziness and/or lack of interest in the show. Georgia Ball, the writer for #24, made her annoyance over his work known and subsequently announced that she had no plans to do any more writing for the MLP comics.



* UnintentionallySympathetic:
** All of the things that happened to Marine Sandwich would be comedy gold...if she didn't deserve it on the first place. Applejack takes her spot in the contest and later tries to lose on purpose, which would ruin Marine Sandwich's reputation. Both of her attempts to recover her spot end up in humiliation, leading to her entering a rampage in the contest that ends with her being frozen in icing. From her first appearance to the ending, she was more of a ChewToy than a villain. You know an issue sucks when you feel more sympathy for the villain rather than the heroes.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic:
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UnintentionallySympathetic: All of the things that happened to Marine Sandwich would be comedy gold...if she didn't deserve it on the first place. Applejack takes her spot in the contest and later tries to lose on purpose, which would ruin Marine Sandwich's reputation. Both of her attempts to recover her spot end up in humiliation, leading to her entering a rampage in the contest that ends with her being frozen in icing. From her first appearance to the ending, she was more of a ChewToy than a villain. You know an issue sucks when you feel more sympathy for the villain rather than the heroes.


** A problem that many had with previous episodes featuring dragons (especially ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]'') was that all of them aside from Spike (and arguably the "Dragonshy" one) were jerks. Issue #14 introduces Dragon Town, where the dragons are fairly nice [[spoiler:and even help rescue ponies from a fire.]]

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** A problem that many had with previous episodes featuring dragons (especially ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]'') Quest]]") was that all of them aside from Spike (and arguably the "Dragonshy" "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7DragonShy Dragonshy]]" one) were jerks. Issue #14 introduces Dragon Town, where the dragons are fairly nice [[spoiler:and even help rescue ponies from a fire.]]


** A problem that many had with previous episodes featuring dragons (especially ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]'') was that all of them aside from Spike were jerks. Issue #14 introduces Dragon Town, where the dragons are fairly nice [[spoiler:and even help rescue ponies from a fire.]]

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** A problem that many had with previous episodes featuring dragons (especially ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]'') was that all of them aside from Spike (and arguably the "Dragonshy" one) were jerks. Issue #14 introduces Dragon Town, where the dragons are fairly nice [[spoiler:and even help rescue ponies from a fire.]]

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** Marine Sandwich seems to get this mainly for being an UnintentionallySympathetic WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.


** Pretty much the first issue. The art and plot leave much to be desired. The humor is not as good as one would expect from an issue featuring Pinkie Pie. There was no bonding moment between Aoplejack and Pinkie in spite of being the stars of the issue. And there is a lot of ponies that act more like a FlatCharacter, rather than having a good personality to offer.

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** Pretty much the first issue. The art and plot leave much to be desired. The humor is not as good as one would expect from an issue featuring Pinkie Pie. There was no bonding moment between Aoplejack and Pinkie in spite of being the stars of the issue. And there is a lot of ponies that act more like a FlatCharacter, rather than having a good personality to offer. The only thing that stands out is Marine Sandwich being an UnintentionallySympathetic DesignatedVillain, but even that's largely the result of unnecessary WhatTheHellTownspeople moments.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: After ''Crusaders of the Lost Mark'' aired, some wondered if Filthy Rich didn't really buy Diamond Tiara's lie about being bullied at school, but gave into her demands because [[spoiler: he knows she ''is'' bullied by her mother]] and he spoils her to try and make up for it.


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** Diamond Tiara seemingly convincing her father that she's bullied at school is a major whammy with the reveal that [[spoiler: she's emotionally abused and bullied by her own mother]] in ''Crusaders of the Lost Mark.'' This also leads to an AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Filty Rich seemingly buying it.

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** Fluttershy in #18. She spends most of the issue in utter dread of her Cloudsdale ClassReunion, which is pretty understandable given her AllOfTheOtherReindeer foalhood. [[spoiler:However, her main SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp is revealed to have pulled a HeelFaceTurn when she publicly congratulates Fluttershy for all of her accomplishments as the Element of Kindness, resulting in a ThrowTheDogABone CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.]]

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* UnintentionallySympathetic:
** All of the things that happened to Marine Sandwich would be comedy gold...if she didn't deserve it on the first place. Applejack takes her spot in the contest and later tries to lose on purpose, which would ruin Marine Sandwich's reputation. Both of her attempts to recover her spot end up in humiliation, leading to her entering a rampage in the contest that ends with her being frozen in icing. From her first appearance to the ending, she was more of a ChewToy than a villain. You know an issue sucks when you feel more sympathy for the villain rather than the heroes.

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