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  • Ascended Fanon: Fans have been speculating about the possible existence of a seventh Element of Harmony and an appropriate bearer for years. Sunset Shimmer getting her own anthro form and adding red to the Rainbow Power of the Rainbooms edges very close to that concept.
  • Billing Displacement: While Sunset Shimmer is a very important character and can be considered the protagonist in the movie, Rebecca Shoichet's name is placed at the tall end of the Rainboom's introduction.
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  • Credits Pushback: The Discovery Family screening not only suffers from this with a completely different credits sequence than the one shown in cinemas, but it also cuts The Stinger at the end of the movie.
  • Deleted Scene: Defied with Rarity's Daft Punk-inspired costume, which according to Michael Vogel and Brian Lenard was almost cut for time. They claim that some plot point was cut instead, and that they're OK with it.
  • DVD Commentary: A little less than half the commentary is devoted to technical and artistic aspects of making the film. The bulk of the remaining time has the creators teasing the fans, with such fandom nods as comments of "Who is that?" when Derpy (or as the commentators call her, "Muffins") is on-screen, discussing how much Star Swirl the Bearded is credited for despite never even appearing on-screen, commenting that Maud Pie is "everyone's favorite character" just after her appearance at the sleepover, or discussing possible spinoff stories about Maud, Derpy, or "Celestia and Luna when they go home at night". They also indulge in some occasional riffing, alternate dialog, and basically having fun watching the film.
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  • Edited for Syndication: As with the previous movie, its premiere on Discovery Family had to be trimmed down. Flash chewing out Twilight in the hallway and the end credits song along with The Stinger were cut, while other scenes like the sleepover, the bad musical counter spell in the garage and Snips and Snails' rap were simply trimmed down.
  • Fandom Nod:
    • During the "Battle of the Bands" song, Adagio sings "you're a star and you should know it" to Trixie, a prominent Ensemble Dark Horse who is getting an expanded role from the original film.
    • Lyra and Bon Bon/Sweetie Drops sing a duet on the piano, including a few frames where they look into each other's eyes as they press up against each other. Considering the two are a prolific fan ship, it's a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar if you know the fandom's view on the two.
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    • DJ Pon-3/Vinyl Scratch has been depicted alongside Soundwave for years. In this film it's practically canon now that her car is a transformer that changes into a mobile DJ booth and sound system.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Rainbow Lumen" is one of the more popular nicknames for the unnamed ethereal alicorn seen in the climax.
    • "Twilight Sparks" for the CHS-verse scientist counterpart to Twilight Sparkle. Alternatively, "Scilight" or "Sci-Twi".
    • The Bassmobile for Vinyl's car.
    • "Sunset Seraph" or "Sunset Phoenix" for Sunset Shimmer's transformation at the end of her post-movie short.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: The freestyling during Snips and Snails' rap was genuine freestyling courtesy of Lee Tockar and Richard Ian Cox. It was also supposed to be bad, so without any kind of prior instruction, lines, or a beat, they came with something on the spot, and it was left in as a perfect example of Cringe Comedy.
  • I Knew It!: Most fans assumed that if Sunset Shimmer's story was ever followed up on, she would not be so Easily Forgiven by the rest of the school, and indeed many Equestria Girls fanfics went with that direction.
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  • Jossed: This movie jossed a fan theory that Sunset Shimmer was actually faking her Heel–Face Turn and was still evil.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: Rainbow's song "Awesome as I Wanna Be" brings back her line "twenty percent cooler" all the way from Season 1, and her dialogue references it earlier in the film. The chorus also sounds similar to her verse of "At the Gala", which was previously the go-to song to work off of for fans that wanted to compose a song for her.
  • Name's the Same: Does the name Sonata sound familiar to you? It should be, as it was previously used in fanon. More specifically, in Turnabout Storm.
  • Non-Singing Voice: While the aforementioned Kazumi Evans does both speaking and singing for Adagio Dazzle, the other two Dazzlings have separate singing actresses; namely Shylo Sharity for Aria Blaze and Madeline Merlo for Sonata Dusk. This comes in handy when they have to sing horribly at the end.
  • Novelization First: The novelization of the shorts was released on April 8, 2014. The shorts — with the exception of the first two, which were released on March 27, 2014 and April 4, 2014 respectively — were gradually released online after the book. Averted with the film and its novelization.
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: The "Awesome as I Wanna Be" sequence from the movie has a fan-made remake in 3D animation.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Kazumi Evans doing the voice of Adagio Dazzle, who is also the singing voice of Rarity and Princess Luna, makes her the third mane six singing voice to voice a villain, the other two being Shannon Chan-Kent (the voice of Silver Spoon and Pinkie Pie's singing voice) and Rebecca Shoichet (as Sunset Shimmer and Twilight Sparkle's singing voice), particularly in the last part of "Welcome to the Show", where both sing to and along each other.
    • As usual, Rainbow Dash and Applejack (Ashleigh Ball) share a bit of dialogue (particularly when they argue over how Rainbow is always trying to show off), as do Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy (Andrea Libman) when Pinkie talks about the cake frosting on their poster and smears it on Fluttershy's face, and when they briefly argue just after their performance of "Shake Your Tail!"
  • Throw It In!: Rarity's line "We've forgiven you for your past... ahem... boo-boos" was ad-libbed by Tabitha St. Germain.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • As mentioned in the commentary, Sunset wasn't a very important character in the earlier drafts of the movie, until writer Meghan McCarthy realized she had a story to be told.
    • It's also revealed that an earlier storyboard for the scene of Sunset listening to the Rainbooms play "Better than Ever" had her dancing and shaking her hips, a detail changed when the crew agreed that it would be rather out of character for Sunset at this point.
  • Word of God: According to the commentary, Meghan McCarthy says this movie takes place six moons after the first Equestria Girls.

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