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1%% Do not add Base-Breaking Character, Broken Base, or Overshadowed by Controversy until six months after the work's official release (April 5, 2020). Also, do not delete entries regarding Cozy Glow's punishment without consulting AskTheTropers, as those are audience reactions.²²* AccidentalAesop: Even good people and great heroes have their bad days (to say the least in Twilight's case) and need reminders of [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre how amazing they are]].²* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Lyra and Bon Bon got engaged in the previous episode, but are shown separated in this two-parter, sticking with their respective races. By contrast, Unicorn Sugar Belle sticks with her new husband Big Mac among the Earth Ponies. Did Lyra and Bon Bon buy into the rumors that badly, or did each of them figure the other was safer sticking with their own kind than being harassed by the other's race and insist on it? If it's the latter, the reason Big Mac didn't insist that of Sugar Belle could be because he knows he easily could take on anyone that tried to give his new wife grief.²* AntiClimaxBoss: The Windigoes. While making Equestria colder, they didn't get to actually freeze anything onscreen before getting blasted away with rainbow lasers.²* AngstWhatAngst: The fact that much of Canterlot Castle was destroyed is barely acknowledged by anyone. The most we get is Twilight casually saying that they'll have to re-build, before heading off for a celebration snack. Though considering Discord can just snap his fingers and fix everything instantly, it's not that much of a concern. Plus you know the old saying: a kingdom is its people, not its castle.²* AuthorsSavingThrow:²** Chancellor Neighsay’s HeelFaceTurn was criticized by many for feeling too underwhelming and not very believable considering his [[FantasticRacism rather negative stance on the many different creatures]]. This episode eased many of the fans opinions on him as it showcases Neighsay as one of the many returning ponies and creatures leading the charge to help Twilight and her friends in their final battle. The same can be said for seeing the Flim-Flam brothers during the final fight, who’ve gotten heat from a sizable portion of the fanbase who felt they should’ve gotten some kind of redemption within the series, with this showing that even if they'll always be con ponies, they'll also [[HiddenHeartOfGold always help out when it really matters.]]²** After years of mostly being out of the Friendship blasts, Spike gets joined alongside the rest of the Mane Six and the representatives of the Elements.²* CatharsisFactor:²** After seeing the trio destroy the royal Canterlot Castle, actively sow seeds of distrust in all of the ponies, unleash the Wendigos, and threaten to [[WouldHurtAChild rip off Spike's wings]] (all combined with their past actions as villains along with it), seeing the Princesses and Discord turn the remaining villains into stone is quite satisfying. Plus Discord finally got to pay Tirek back in full for betraying him.²** On the flipside, it's very satisfying for the Princesses to cast aside their WorfEffect status for once and use their powers to the fullest. While they do get defeated offscreen anyway, it's nice to see them go down swinging for a change.²* DracoInLeatherPants: Many fans believe that Cozy Glow did not deserve the same fate as Tirek and Chrysalis, due to simply being a child and saying she could have been given a lesser sentence to serve her time, and [[RonTheDeathEater demonizing Celestia, Luna, and Discord]] for doing it to her. This is despite the fact that Cozy was [[BeyondRedemption well aware]] of what she was doing the entire time and had more chances than both Tirek and Chrysalis to stop her evil plans and make real friends. She has even [[CardCarryingVillain proudly called herself a villain]] and shows no remorse for any of her actions, which is arguably ''worsened'' because of [[EnfantTerrible her young age]], and in fact ''actively enjoys it''.²* FanficFuel: During her time in the Crystal Empire, Twilight remarks that if something goes wrong, Flurry Heart would be the last hope for Equestria. The ideas for a WhatIf story are ripe for the plucking.²* HarsherInHindsight: The idea of an evil pegasus filly genius being imprisoned by alicorns due to being deemed BeyondRedemption and is imprisoned for all eternity in spite of being a child is something that actually happened in ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' '''4''' years earlier.²* HilariousInHindsight:²** It was already getting compared to ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' well before release due to being the GrandFinale for the long-running series. Then the FinalBattle had the Mane 6 face off against the LegionOfDoom in the first half like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor against Thanos while the second half had [[AvengersAssemble the vast majority of the Mane Six's allies coming to their aid]] almost exactly like the heroes arriving to help Cap scene. The hilarious part is [[https://twitter.com/TheBiggestJim/status/1183443721846587393 the finale was planned]] [[AnimationLeadTime 8 months before]] ''Endgame''.²** Twilight using a super version of the rainbow laser due to empowering from various sets of the element bearers across past, present and future. ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' had this idea happen way before this episode.²* OlderThanTheyThink:²** Discord's {{hypocri|te}}sy about [[TakenForGranite turning the villains to stone]] despite claiming he didn't turn ponies to stone. When [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 he made the claim]] it was presented as MoralMyopia back then, given [[AngstWhatAngst how unfazed he seemed by it]], his self-admitted lying, and that he had done so many equally bad things to ponies they were forced to petrify him in self-defense. At best it was [[PragmaticVillainy due to viewing such as boring]].²** Pinkie going mad with power when she gets a hold of powerful magic has happened before in the comics. [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDWIssue57 Once when she accidentally entered into Discord's domain]] and again, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDWIssue69 when she ate a magic apple]].²* OneSceneWonder: Much like with Cozy Glow from the previous episode, Pinkie Pie with Discord’s chaos magic is one of the most memorable scenes in the episode. The fact that she can actually use the chaos magic makes it all the more hilarious and/or terrifying.²* RonTheDeathEater: Fans have seen Discord as a way too EasilyForgiven KarmaHoudini for releasing and bringing the three villains together, thus endangering Equestria and yet being the one who comes up with the punishment for the three he brought together in the first place, ignoring that, in addition to his plan backfiring spectacularly resulting in the loss of his magic in part 1, he was imprisoned by said trio and is only forgiven by the ponies when he makes it up to them via GambitRoulette in order to release Starlight and by extension Twilight's friends. Not to mention he is just as remorseful about it as in the season 4 finale and that the three villains have done no better before and during season 9.²* SugarWiki/SheReallyCanAct: Not that anybody ever questioned her acting capabilities to begin with, but Creator/TaraStrong really sells her emotional breakdown as Twilight when she laments to her friends that she can’t find a solution to stop the villains, with many citing this as one of her best performances within the show.²* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: ²** Being among the last fighting-fit side characters, Princess Cadance and Shining Armor were ready to help... only for them to be ''benched again'' due to their infant daughter and the Crystal Empire being Twilight's contingency plan. They didn't even participate in the FinalBattle! Not to mention, both of them still had issues with Chrysalis that wound up getting solved by Starlight in their stead.²** The Cutie Mark Crusaders don't play any role in the finale, [[WeUsedToBeFriends despite their personal connection to Cozy Glow.]] While they might not have been able to fight, it would have been nice for them to have some interaction with her.²* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:²** We never find out about Cozy Glow's backstory, such as why a child like her is so power hungry. With this being the series finale and then being turned to stone, it will never happen unless the season 10 comics pick up on it.²** While the final battle being a straight-up beatdown was certainly entertaining, the three villains turning on each other out of paranoia or desire for more power would have been a very fitting end for their alliance.²** Some hoped that there would've been a much, ''much'' bigger fight between the past characters and the remaining villains considering it's the final 2-parter of the show.²*** Having all the characters who got worfed over the 2-parter be part of TheCavalry due to a downplayed form of ClimacticBattleResurrection would have been a great addition.²*** There were those who hoped that Sunset Shimmer would come over from the human world to help, even if just a cameo.²* UnexpectedCharacter: While it was expected for many of the past characters to return for the GrandFinale, nobody was expecting characters like [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 Tempest Shadow, Princess Skystar or Queen Novo]] to make even a brief appearance.²* UnintentionallySympathetic: Cozy Glow. We never found out her backstory or why she was so evil, and she was never offered a chance to seek redemption, either now or during her original banishment to Tartarus in Season 8. The fact that she and Tirek came close to reforming in "Frenemies", and that she looks terrified as the petrification takes effect, makes it worse. It doesn't help that she and Tirek are technically victims of entrapment due to Discord freeing them from Tartarus and tempting them with Grogar's bell so he could make them attack Equestria and give Twilight a confidence boost for defeating them, and, as far as she's concerned, by this point [[MortonsFork her choices are rather limited]]: either [[ThenLetMeBeEvil embrace villainy and take down Equestria]] or [[DraggedOffToHell return to her apparently indefinite imprisonment in Tartarus]].²* ViewerGenderConfusion: In the rousing speech between the different races, the pegasi are given one by a what seems a filly...until they're voiced by a man. They had to later clarify [[https://derpibooru.org/2171917 they were male]].²* {{Wangst}}: Twilight has very good reason to be concerned - three returning villains have been powered-up and are on the rampage, and several critical allies have lost their magic. However, her fears are framed as the belief that nothing the Mane Six have done in the past mattered and without the Elements they have no hope of defeating the villains. In her rundown of past victories that have been rendered meaningless in her eyes, Twilight leaves out many, ''many'' accomplishments of the heroes that ''have'' had a lasting, positive impact on Equestria, while she lists the handful of achievements that have been overturned by the return of the villains. Her despair over not having the Elements is completely out of place, because the Mane Six have defeated numerous major villains without them, and in the Season 9 premiere they demonstrated the ability to call on the powers of the Elements without actually needing the gemstones, so Twilight fretting over not having them is AesopAmnesia.²----

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