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Chrysalis is back with a vengeance! But finding good minions is hard...

Written by Michael Vogel
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Twilight and her friends wait for a photographer from the Equestrian History Society before they can set out for a long-overdue camping trip to spend time for themselves. The photographer arrives, and rushes to primp up the group, secretly pulling a strand of hair from each, before snapping their picture. Pinkie points out the photographer missed Starlight Glimmer, and she reluctantly takes her photo too before leaving. Outside the school, the photographer turns out to be a disguised ex Queen Chrysalis, who has a spell that, by using the photographs, the strands of hair, and a representation of the pony's cutie mark, is able to create a clone of that pony, which she does to create evil copies of the Mane Six from trees from the Everfree Forest. The Mean Six turn out to show opposite qualities of their counterparts — Mean Applejack lies, Mean Rarity is a hoarder, and so forth.

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She tells the Mean Six that she has heard about an artifact of great power related to the Elements of Harmony somewhere in the forest that she wants to use to create a new army of changelings, but that they need to find it. Mean Twilight realizes that Chrysalis could have attacked the Mane Six while she was in their midst, and considers her weak, and starts secretly planning with the other Mean Six to overpower Chrysalis when they find the article. As Chrysalis leads them on the search, Mean Twilight tells the others they should split up to find it faster, and leave Chrysalis alone.

Meanwhile, the Mane Six and Starlight are working towards where Twilight has planned their camping experience, near the Tree of Harmony. Pinkie runs off ahead while Fluttershy falls back to help a chick fallen from its nest, resulting in the group getting separated from each other. The various Mane Six and Mean Six ponies find each other in various incidents, but neither recognize the differences from their counterparts, leading to several conflicts: Mean Rarity has horded all the supplies being carried by Applejack and Rainbow Dash; Mean Applejack criticizes Starlight's appearance; Mean Twilight causes Mane Fluttershy to break down in tears after she faces the wrath of the forest creatures terrorized by Mean Fluttershy, and so forth. Importantly, Mane Pinkie tells Mean Twilight the history of their friendship and reveals the location of the Tree of Harmony to her.

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Ultimately the Mean Six regroup under Chrysalis's watch and Twilight directs her to the Tree, stopping only to ravage the campsite that Mane Twilight had already set up. At the Tree, she tells the others to prepare to use the Tree's power to overtake Chrysalis, who hears this. She and Mean Twilight end up in a magic battle while the others attack the Tree. The Tree reacts by grabbing all of the Mean Six and reversing the spell, reducing them to dead wood. Chysalis realizes her plan has failed and flees. Meanwhile, the Mane Six have also finally regrouped, but their various encounters with the Mean Six have left them bitter at each other. Twilight reminds them all they are friends and friends sometimes get upset over their various quirks, but they know how to overcome them. The seven quickly rebond and continue onto the campsite, surprised to find it in ruins. They laugh it off and set about to fix it up as to enjoy the rest of the camping trip as Chrysalis flies into the night sky.


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  • Actor Allusion: When the photographer messes with Fluttershy's mane, it briefly springs into the shape of Pinkie Pie's unkempt curls — a nod to Fluttershy and Pinkie sharing a voice actor.
  • Acting for Two: Or four, in the case of Andrea Libman (who voices both Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie) and Ashleigh Ball (who voices both Applejack and Rainbow Dash), since the Mean Six have the same voices as the Mane Six, meaning all of their voice actors had to voice act two characters.
  • An Aesop: Even really good friends can get on each other’s nerves sometimes.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: When the Mean Six get to the campsite, Mean Fluttershy takes the tent meant for the real Rarity in her teeth and tosses it back and forth like a puppy.
  • Appeal to Force: When Chrysalis can't convince a few members of the Mean Six to obey her, she resorts to threatening them. It works for a time, but the Mean Six's dark personalities quickly derail the changeling's agenda.
  • Are We There Yet?: Mean Pinkie Pie complains that the trek through the forest is boring with these words. Mean Twilight then points out they have no idea where "there" is supposed to be.
  • Aside Glance: When Fluttershy wonders out loud "What just happened?", she does so while looking straight at the audience.
  • Asshole Victim: The Tree of Harmony changes the Mean Six back into pieces of wood. Normally, this would be an appalling fate if it had befallen any pony else. But given how they almost destroyed the Mane Six's friendship one way or another, they were no saints.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Though Chrysalis created the Mean Six (and is to some extent their mother), by the time they find the elements, the former changeling queen is strained beyond belief.
  • Beam-O-War: Chrysalis and Mean Twilight get into a bout of magic-beam arm-wrestling after Mean Twilight turns traitor. Mean Twilight would have won if not for the Tree of Harmony interrupting.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pinkie Pie, of all ponies, is completely offended when Mean Twilight refuses to attend to Fluttershy while she is upset. The moment she leaves, the real Twilight shows up and Pinkie is furious with her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Tree of Harmony immediately realizing the Mean Six are not the Elements' true wielders and destroying them.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": When the Mane Six start bickering between themselves because of all the misunderstanding caused by their clones, Twilight has to yell "EVERYPONY, QUIET!" to silence them before reasoning her friends.
  • Big Word Shout: Pinkie, twice.
    • When she notices that the photographer (Chrysalis in Disguise) hadn't taken Starlight's picture, she yells a big "WAIT!"
    • Later, she yells for everypony to "STOP!" and smell the roses.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Chrysalis gets away once again, and the Mane Six plus Starlight never know about the Mean Six being the cause of their camping trip disaster. But what matters is, they are still friends through thick and thin, and the Tree of Harmony has seen to it that the Mean Six never hurt anypony ever again.
  • Body Horror: Once being caught by the Tree of Harmony, the Mean Six slowly start to wither. And it ain't pretty.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a lengthy absence, the former queen Chrysalis returns to attempt to wreak havoc again.
  • Call-Back:
    • Chrysalis finally follows through with the threat she made back in the season 6 finale to take revenge against Starlight Glimmer.
    • Pinkie Pie recaps some of the events from "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2" to Mean Twilight, such as the Rainbow Power, Twilight's castle emerging from the ground, and the song, "Let the Rainbow Remind You", the last of these Leaning on the Fourth Wall.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Technically, since Chrysalis did create the Mean Six. One of the first things that Chrysalis says is how attempting to take on the Mane Six while they were together and she had the element of surprise would be stupid because she was alone. Mean Twilight promptly fires off that that means she needs friends to help her.
    Chrysalis: Servants!
  • Camping Episode: The Mane Six and Starlight set out on a retreat to camp out near the Tree of Harmony, which ends up getting jeopardized by Chrysalis and the Mean Six.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Mean Twilight uses this against Chrysalis. When Chrysalis almost overhears her plans to betray her and threatens to destroy her and make a new copy, Mean Twilight says she has already figured out where to find the Elements of Harmony, so Chrysalis needs her for her plans to work.
  • Character Death: The Tree of Harmony zaps the Mean Six and turns them back into ordinary pieces of wood.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Chrysalis in pony form has a ladybug for cutie mark... just like Ocellus's pony form did in "School Daze – Part 1".
    • The behavior of the "Mean Six" (Applejack being a compulsive lair, Rarity being greedy, etc.) is reminiscent of the "Discorded" versions of the Mane Six from "The Return of Harmony", with the exception of Twilight.
    • While discussing what might be wrong with (Mean) Rarity, Rainbow suggests Poison Joke may be responsible.
    • One of Mean Applejack's Blatant Lies involves a Bugbear.
    • Mean Twilight is heard muttering "keep it together, you can do this" to herself, two phrases the real Twilight often uses to calm herself and keep herself focused.
    • The Mane Six go on another friendship retreat, this time joined by Starlight.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mean Rainbow, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie attack the Tree of Harmony... but completely fail to harm it. The moment that the Tree decides to fight back, it wipes out the Mean Six in a matter of seconds.
  • Deflector Shields: Mean Twilight has the full extent of Twilight Sparkle's powers at her disposal, which includes the creation of a dome force-field to foil Chrysalis's beam attack. Then she absorbs the shield to turn it into a ray, leading to a Beam-O-War.
  • Despair Gambit: Chrysalis plans to break Starlight's spirit by making her think her friends have turned against her. It fails spectacularly; while some of the Mane Six are disturbed by their friends' doppelgangers actions, Starlight only gets mildly confused.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: The Mean Six have desaturated colors, different looking cutie marks, and act opposite to their personality, yet the Mane Six somehow mistake them for their own.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Chrysalis's plan to steal the Elements of Harmony is rather thin on details. Firstly, she has no idea where the Elements are specifically being kept — she knows they're somewhere in the Everfree Forest, but as Mean Twilight points out, "it's a big forest." Only a stroke of blind luck solves this issue. Secondly, Chrysalis doesn't know how to use the Elements, she just knows they are attuned to the Mane Six somehow, and assumes her knockoffs will be able to wield them. As it turns out, they aren't. Finally, she believes the Mean Six will be as obedient to her as her hive once was, but finds she can barely control them, with the group ultimately rebelling against her.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: The Mean Six attacking the Tree of Harmony and Chrysalis's plan to steal the Elements with knockoffs ultimately angers the Tree enough that it sends out tendrils of magic and grabs them before destroying them in an instant. This is the most dramatic yet of the few times we've seen it take action itself, and shows enraging it is a bad idea.
  • Dramatic Irony: The Mane Six are completely unaware of Chrysalis's plan, or that they had run afoul of Psycho Ranger counterparts, instead believing that they themselves were being jerkish to each other.
  • Embarrassing Password: One of Mean Applejack's lies is about a party ran by a squirrel named Jerome that requires a password. It's "rutabaga".
  • Epic Fail: Chrysalis bungles her plan so badly that the Mane Six aren't even aware she is opposing them. The former Changeling queen expects her minions to be able to wield the Elements of Harmony against Starlight, thus completing her Despair Gambit against the pony who turned her hive against her. Instead, Chrysalis's minions are unable to wield the Elements of Harmony and are destroyed, and Starlight's friendship with the Mane Six is only strengthened.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Chrysalis consistently refers to the Elements of Harmony as a "weapon" and sees them as nothing more than a tool to take down all who oppose her, rather than mystical artifacts powered by friendship. She also believes that the Mean Six would be capable of wielding them simply because they're copies of the original Element Bearers, not realizing that the Elements run on The Power of Friendship and require their bearers to both have a strong bond (which the Mean Six don't) and embody the virtues that the Elements represent (which the Mean Six definitely don't).
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Chrysalis and the Mean Six reach the Tree of Harmony before the Mane Six do. They destroy the Mane Six's campsite for no reason except to be jerks.
    • Even though Chrysalis wants to destroy Starlight, she wants to ruin Starlight's friendship with the Mane Six before she does it. Mean Twilight even points out that Chrysalis had the opportunity to attack when she was in disguise, but didn't for the sake of her revenge.
  • Evil Knockoff: The Mean Six are evil clones of the Mane Six, but have the opposite personalities of their good counterparts (flanderized, as for all of them but Mean Twilight the only trait they exhibit is the trait that is opposite their element of harmony).
  • Evil Plan: Chrysalis's scheme goes like this: have the Mean Six steal the Elements of Harmony and use them to destroy the Mane Six while Starlight is Forced to Watch, then destroy Starlight. After that, she intends to use the Elements to create a new hive of earth ponies, unicorns and pegasi for her to rule as queen.
  • Evil vs. Evil: At the end of the episode, Mean Twilight turns against Chrysalis, and the two fight.
  • Failed a Spot Check: None of the Mane Six (or Starlight) catch on to the Mean Six's physical oddities — muted colors, disheveled manes, flat eye colors, altered cutie marks, etc. — and don't really question their out-of-character behavior, except to get angry with them. It's downplayed with Rainbow Dash and Applejack, who discuss whether (Mean) Rarity has been exposed to poison joke or a curse, and with Rarity, who notices that (Mean) Applejack looks "peaky", though they never suspect that she is a different pony entirely. Notably, the Mean Six likewise confuse members of the Mane Six for their own "team", despite being well-aware that they are copies of already-existing ponies.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The Mean Six are turned back into ordinary pieces of wood by the Tree, but not before withering and turning dry. This makes the Storm King's death look pretty tame in comparison.
  • Famous Last Words: As she's being withered by the Tree of Harmony, Mean Twilight cries out "Imbeciles! You ruined everything!"
  • Farce: Mistaken identities abound as the ponies of the Mane Six and the Mean Six keep crossing paths. The Mane Six have a falling-out and reconcile, without ever realizing they had mistaken the villains for each other. And the Mean Six's plan falls apart without the heroes doing anything to stop it (or even being aware of it, for that matter).
  • Feud Episode: The latter half of the episode becomes this when the Mane Six mistake the Mean Six for their actual friends and causes a rift amongst the real deal once they meet up. Fortunately, Twilight resolves it in the end.
  • Finger-Tenting: Mean Twilight presses the feathers of her wings together like fingers when she realizes Pinkie can lead her to the Elements. Doubles as Feather Fingers.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: The photographer bluntly snubs Starlight, and only grudgingly takes her picture at Pinkie's insistence. She also has a cutie mark of a ladybug, and her magic is a Sickly Green Glow. Moments later, she is revealed to be Chrysalis.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • When Chrysalis is in disguise and takes a sample and picture from Fluttershy, her mane poofs into the same puffy style as Pinkie Pie's for a split-second. Could also serve as a Stealth Pun given that Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie both have the same voice actress.
    • For a very brief moment right before the clones wither and sag from the Tree of Harmony's magic, Mean Applejack, Pinkie and Rainbow appear genuinely scared and frightened.
  • Full Moon Silhouette: Done by Chrysalis in the very last shot as the reconciled Mane Six are cleaning up the campsite.
  • Gambit Pileup: The Mean Six each quickly develop their own agendas, and are constantly bumping up against each other and Chrysalis.
  • Genetic Memory: Averted. Despite a piece of their counterparts' hair being used in their creation, the Mean Six are lacking the Mane Six's memories. They don't know where the Elements of Harmony are, nor are they able to recognize Starlight by sight alone.
  • Hat Damage: Once Chrysalis has gotten sick of her minions wandering around, she disintegrates Mean Applejack's hat before the latter could says more than a few words. Too bad, as she might have clued them that the real Mane Six were close by (not that Chrysalis would believe anything said by Mean Applejack by this point).
  • Hate Sink: Among the Mean Six, Mean Applejack and Mean Fluttershy are easily the most unpleasant. Not to mention they respectively insult Starlight and scapegoat Fluttershy. Even Queen Chrysalis is fed up with them out of her new lackeys — particularly Mean Applejack for her endless strings of lies.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: The Mane Six's camping trip is jeopardized by a series of misunderstandings caused by their clones, and causes a rift amongst them which almost destroys their friendship.
  • Impostor Exposing Test: As each clone acts the opposite of their true counterpart before the Tree of Harmony, the Element associated with that pony briefly turns black in response that she isn't the real deal. When all of the Elements have done this, they release tendrils of light that hold the clones still and drains the spell that gave them life out of them.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: This episode sees Chrysalis at her most pathetically inept, failing to command respect from the Mean Six, spending the episode trying to keep them on-task as they want nothing to do with her, and then being betrayed and overpowered by the evil Twilight. There are moments where you just feel sorry for her having to deal with them.
  • Instant Runes: When Chrysalis casts the spell that create the Mean Six, a circle of glowing green runes appear around her on the forest's floor.
  • Ironic Echo: "Worst day ever!"
  • Irony: Chrysalis's plan is to get the Mean Six to use the Elements of Harmony to destroy the Mane Six and Starlight, yet when they find them, it's the Mean Six that get destroyed.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Mean Fluttershy treats a baby bird like dirt, demoralizing its attempt to get back to her nest.
    • Mean Applejack cruelly mocks Starlight over all the camping equipment the real Applejack gave her, making Starlight feel like Applejack only gave her the equipment so she could laugh at her.
    • Mean Pinkie unintentionally tricking Twilight into thinking this is a "boring, lame, no-fun retreat", and Mean Twilight showing No Sympathy for Fluttershy, which causes a heated argument between the real Twilight and Pinkie.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After everything the Mean Six do throughout the whole day, the Tree of Harmony rightly rewards them by turning them back into pieces of wood.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: While recounting the Castle's appearance to Mean Twilight, Pinkie brings up "singing a song about rainbows".
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Being the former ruler of a very far away Evil Empire, Chrysalis has no knowledge of how much things have changed regarding the Elements.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: The Elements of Harmony quickly recognize that the Mean Six are not their true wielders, shown as they turn dark when each member of the Mean Six acts the opposite of the element their Mane Six counterpart represents. When all the Elements turn dark, the Tree of Harmony protects them by destroying the Mean Six.
  • Match Cut: When Chrysalis is swearing revenge once more after the Mean Six are destroyed, the view dissolves to a similar close-up of Twilight's face in the same spot with the same expression as her own.
  • Missed Him by That Much: The Mane Six and Mean Six constantly leave the area they were just in as their counterpart from the other group are appearing. In one case, Rarity and Starlight leave just before Chrysalis arrives too.
  • Mistaken Identity: The Mane Six mistake the members of the Mean Six for their actual friends and eventually get into a heated argument with the real deal once they return. Likewise, the Mean Six mistake the real Mane Six for members of their own group as well.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • Regular Pinkie has the others stop and smell the roses.
    • Mean Pinkie tries to entertain herself by sitting near a pond with bubbling water. Once a bubble comes up to the surface and pops, she taunts it.
  • Mythology Gag: Chrysalis using trees to create the Mean Six references her My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic issue, where she and the rest of the changelings were born from a tree infected by dark magic.
  • Narrative Shapeshifting: Pinkie Pie briefly changes into her "Rainbow Power" form while telling Mean Twilight about how they fought Tirek.
  • Never My Fault: Chrysalis still blames Starlight for turning her own hive against her. She brought it upon herself for being cruel and selfish to her subjects.
  • Never Say "Die": Chrysalis intends to "destroy" the Mane Six and Starlight.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: All Chrysalis really manages to do is give the Mane Six another event to bond over.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: The Tree of Harmony itself. The moment the Elements alert it to the Mean Six's break-in, what does it do? No fancy World-Healing Wave or meaningful Last-Second Chance like you've come to expect; just simple tendrils that Mana Drain the Mean Six to "death" on the spot.
  • No Sympathy: Mean Twilight shows absolutely no remorse toward Fluttershy breaking down in the woods, which angers Pinkie and initiates an argument between her and the real Twilight.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: When the Mean Six try to retrieve the Elements of Harmony, the Tree of Harmony is able to tell they're frauds and destroys them.
  • Only Sane Man: In a non-human example, the Tree of Harmony was the only one that immediately realized the Mean Six are not the actual ponies, and in return, destroys them.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The members of the Mean Six are all visually distinct from their counterparts: they have darker color schemes, slightly unkempt manes, and their cutie marks are all wrong (Mean Applejack has green apples instead of red, Mean Rainbow Dash's mark is upside down, and so on). Somehow this doesn't prevent either group (or even the forest animals) from mistaking the doppelgangers for the originals, or vice versa (except the Tree of Harmony).
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When Mean Twilight asks Chrysalis why she didn't just attack her enemies when she was close to them, Chrysalis responds that the Mane Six and their allies have defeated the entire changeling army in the past. Even if Chrysalis had the element of surprise, fighting the Mane Six and Starlight Glimmer alone was likely going to end badly.
  • The Psycho Rangers: The Mean Six created by Chrysalis, who all act inversely to their good counterpart's Element of Harmony: Mean Applejack always lies, Mean Fluttershy is needlessly cruel, Mean Rarity is greedy, Mean Rainbow Dash is disloyal, Mean Pinkie Pie is constantly bored, and Mean Twilight Sparkle is a conniving schemer.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Chrysalis exclaims "Just... retrieve... the Elements!" when she is strained to her limits with the Mean Six.
    • Pinkie Pie happily declares "This was... the worst... day... ever!", when the Mane Six and Starlight come upon the destroyed campsite.
  • Rage Breaking Point: The machinations of Mean Twilight and Pinkie to their opposite Mane counterparts are enough to push their sanities over the mark (especially the latter), causing the two to get in a heated argument once they meet up. By the time the entire Mane Six regroups, they are all furious at whoever was the situation of their respective counterparts and argue until Twilight resolves the feud.
  • Reality Ensues: While the Mane Six cross paths with the Mean Six, the chances of them meeting their respective doubles are slim. Not only that, but rather than blaming some outside force, each of the Mane Six takes responsibility for their own respective shortcomings ruining the camping trip.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Both Twilight and Pinkie call each other out for the former's scheduling and the latter's anger issues when they meet up, unaware the conflicts were really caused by their mean counterparts in different locations.
    Pinkie Pie: You know what, Twilight? Maybe if you weren't so worried about schedules and being a neurotic perfectionist, you'd realize you're the one ruining the retreat for your friends!
    Twilight Sparkle: [gasps] Well, if my friends don't care about the retreat I planned for them... maybe they should've stayed home!
    Fluttershy: Can't we all just get along?!
  • Revenge: Chrysalis intends to make good on her threat of vengeance against Starlight by using the Mean Six, powered by the Elements, to destroy the Mane Six, making Starlight watch as she takes her friends away — then destroy her, too.
  • Sanity Slippage: The loss of her hive hasn't been kind to Chrysalis's mind. She carries on a conversation with photographs of the Mane Six before she casts the evil spell to create the Mean Six.
  • Schedule Fanatic: Twilight gets antsy when her schedule for the nature retreat goes off by ten minutes, because the photographer was late. She remains annoyed about being dragged off-schedule repeatedly, until the trip is completely derailed. It's also one of the things Mean Pinkie rants about when she encounters a member of the real Mane Six.
  • Sequel Hook: After the Mean Six get destroyed and Chrysalis's plans are ruined, she once again swears revenge on Starlight and leaves the Everfree Forest, hinting she'll be coming back again soon.
  • Series Continuity Error: Chrysalis is seen wearing her crown, despite the fact that she'd noticeably lost it when her throne was destroyed.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slasher Smile:
    • Mean Twilight has a rather frightening one as she is overpowering Chrysalis just before the Tree of Harmony destroys her and the rest of the Mean Six.
    • Mean Fluttershy flashes a few of these when taunting the forest animals.
    • Also Mean Rarity when she hordes all of Applejack's stuff.
  • Spotting the Thread: Rainbow is the only one to do this, showing her intelligence and hyper observance. While she doesn't realize they are dealing with imposters due to not seeing them for long enough, she knows SOMETHING is wrong, and not only tries to tell everyone else, but even offers suggestions as to what they might be dealing with (poison joke, curse, etc). Unfortunately there isn't time for anyone (even her) to investigate further, as the doubles all leave and end up getting themselves killed.
  • The Starscream: Mean Twilight Sparkle secretly plots to steal the Elements of Harmony for herself and overthrow Chrysalis as soon as she is away from her would-be-ruler.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Mean Twilight calls Chrysalis out on the complexity of her plan — Chrysalis was close enough to the Mane Six to steal bits of hair from their heads, so why didn't Chrysalis just attack them? Chrysalis actually does have a decent answer, though; she was worried about the odds of her winning a seven-on-one fight if things went pear-shaped.
  • Stealth Pun:
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Mean Twilight refers to the others as "fools" and "imbeciles" as she concocts a plan to defeat Chrysalis and capture the power of the Elements. She successfully locates the Elements and nearly wins in a one-on-one fight with Chrysalis, but the rest of the Mean Six foolishly attack the Tree of Harmony, causing it to effectively kill them.
    Mean Twilight: Imbeciles! You ruined everything!
  • Sympathetic Magic: Chrysalis's spell to create her doppelgangers requires a bit of hair from each pony she's copying, as well as having a picture of them and and an etching of their cutie mark in the tree used to create them.
  • Thinking Out Loud:
    • Chrysalis has a conversation with the photos she took before she creates the Mean Six, all while explaining her plan and ranting about how she will have her revenge on Starlight by taking away her friends from her first. A clear sign of her Sanity Slippage since she was last seen.
    • Mean Twilight does the same later, explaining her plot to betray Chrysalis and almost being caught doing so by her.
  • Tranquil Fury: Mean Twilight progressively gets more and more annoyed as Pinkie lists off the events of the fourth season, recounting the Myth Arc with the six-locked chest and Twilight's castle emerging in the finale.
  • Transflormation: Chrysalis creates the Mean Six out of wood, a sample of hair, and pictures. After the Tree of Harmony destroys the Mean Six, they turn back into colored pieces of wood.
  • Twitchy Eye: Chrysalis gets one of these while dealing with the Mean Six's antics — specifically, on hearing Applejack's password above.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The two plots are the Mane Six going on a camping trip, and Queen Chrysalis creating the Mean Six to find the Elements of Harmony. The two plotlines intersect when the Mane Six and Mean Six mistake one counterpart for the other, but the Mane Six never even learn that Chrysalis was involved or that they had evil counterparts.
  • Understatement: Rarity admits that she "used to overpack a tad." Try a giant pile of suitcases.
  • Undying Loyalty: The Tree of Harmony and the Elements both take "Loyal Phlebotinum" to a new extreme — once they figure out that the Mean Six are not their true masters, the Tree of Harmony immediately destroys them.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode: This episode comes off quite dark and gruesome, due to what the Mean Six do throughout the episode, Chrysalis is back for revenge, and the way the Mean Six are destroyed by episode's end.
  • The Unfought: Chrysalis herself never gets to face off against the Mane Six. In fact, they aren't even aware of her presence, except when they meet her disguised as a photographer.
  • The Un-Reveal: Even though Chrysalis disguises herself as the Equestrian History Society photographer in the opening scene as part of her revenge plan, we never get to see what happened to the actual photographer, and it’s likely the Mane Six won’t be documented.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: After the Mane Six are separated, Mean Twilight says she and the Mean Six should split up to find the source of the Elements, as she claims they'll find it faster that way. This causes the clones to interfere with the real Mane Six with a series of misunderstandings, making them hate each other for the episode.
  • Villain Ball: Mean Applejack stumbles upon Starlight, giving her the perfect opportunity to lead her to Chrysalis. But not long after, she insults Starlight over all the camping equipment Applejack gave her, driving her away (mere moments before Chrysalis would have come across them, to boot).
  • Villain Decay: Chrysalis was previously a major villain who nearly conquered Equestria twice and succeeded in one Bad Future. Now, without the help of her hive she is forced to create her own imperfect servants that betray and disobey her and she herself has slowly lost her mind in her exile. In fact, her decay is the exact reason Mean Twilight decides to betray her, viewing her as too weak to be the leader. Her plan ends up failing without the Mane Six ever even realizing she was there.
  • Villain Episode: This episode mostly focuses on Chrysalis and the artificial clones she conjures up, though the actual Mane Six play pivotal parts as well.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Chrysalis leaves the Everfree Forest after her plan is ruined thanks to the Tree of Harmony destroying the Mean Six, still vowing her revenge on Starlight.
  • Volumetric Mouth: Mean Pinkie and Chrysalis both do this several times, groaning out of boredom and frustration respectively.
  • Wait Here: Mean Twilight says this to Pinkie and Fluttershy before slipping away, only for the real Twilight to show up seconds later.
  • We Will Meet Again: Chrysalis’s revenge is ruined when the Tree of Harmony immediately recognizes the Mean Six as fake and destroys them to protect itself, and with that, she vows revenge on Starlight and the Mane Six once again before fleeing.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Pinkie's reaction to Mean Twilight (thinking she's the real Twilight) when she shows no remorse for Fluttershy when she finds her alone in the forest.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The Mane Six and Starlight didn't know that the Mean Six had been causing trouble throughout the trip. Do they continue arguing that they didn't do any of the stuff their counterparts did? Nope. Instead, each one fesses up that perhaps their respective faults (Rarity's neediness, Twilight's myopic scheduling, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie's boredom) might've ruined the trip, and are willing to make up for it.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In contrast to her previous appearances, where Chrysalis was at the height of her power thanks to feeding on the love of others, in this episode Chrysalis has to resort to subterfuge because she's considerably weaker without her hive. Mean Twilight would have overpowered her in their duel if not for the Tree of Harmony interrupting.
  • Worst. Whatever. Ever!: Mean Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy say it's the "worst day ever" to Chrysalis when she rallies the Mean Six to go after the Elements. At the end of the episode when the Mane Six come upon the destroyed campsite, the real Pinkie says the same thing in her usual, happy demeanor.
  • You Fool!: Mean Twilight has a tendency to call the other Mean Six members "fools." Mostly when she's out of earshot of anypony else. Her last words to them starts with "Imbeciles!"
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Twilight’s reaction when the Mane Six and Starlight see their campsite destroyed.

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