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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Timber Spruce's reaction to the (supposed) sea monster in "Unsolved Selfie Mysteries". Was he purely acting in his own self-interest as a Dirty Coward, or was he reacting the way anyone barely acquainted with the supernatural would at the prospect of meeting a sea monster (and hiding behind Twilight because he knew she was more well-equipped to deal with this than him)? Or was it both?
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  • Author's Saving Throw: A sticking point for the Equestria Girls series was that the Humane Five all have basically the same outfit and body-type, to the point they're almost Palette Swaps of each other. This series redesigns the five and sees them all get distinct outfits.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The series' intro.
    • Fluttershy's "So Much More to Me," which really allows Andrea Libman's vocal prowess to take center stage.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: You'll find plenty of people who find the beach shorts one of the most memorable things about this series, and a lot of fans stating how hot Sunset Shimmer looks in a swimsuit, particularly in "Unsolved Selfie Mysteries".
  • Broken Base: Some fans are upset that the series is merely a bunch of short YouTube videos and not a full spin-off show, which has been called for ever since Rainbow Rocks, and the weakness in some of the shorts has been pointed to as proof the format doesn't allow enough humor and creativity to be worth producing. Others are happy to get more Equestria Girls content outside of the infrequent longer TV specials and like the series for being short and light fun. Then there's detractors who point to the weaker elements of the digital series as proof that there isn't enough to Equestria Girls to make it a full spin-off show and its best kept to the specials and YouTube shorts.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
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    • "Five Lines You Need to Stand In" has two background characters uncannily resembling Celesta and Luna. Relations or what?
    • With the Dazzlings finally making their long-awaited return (with their necklaces partly put back together), one has to wonder where they went after the second movie.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A few regarding the existence of a YouTube-exclusive Equestria Girls show.
      • The initial announcement for the spin-off back in 2013 — four years and four months ago! — was as a "companion series" to the main Friendship Is Magic show. It turned out to be a movie (and then a series of movies. And then an actual, episodic series.)
      • Back when Rainbow Rocks was announced and set for release, a French toy magazine reported that the Kazachok Licensing Show 2014 event had (supposedly; the entire thing is very Epileptic Tree worthy) details on a new Equestria Girls series titled L'Equestria Academy, l’école de tous les succès note , and that it would debut on that year's Kidexpo (except it didn't, and was never mentioned again).
      • And, of course, the insanity of EQUESTRIA GIRLS, which predates the first filmnote .
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    • The concept of a guerrilla street artist going by the name of Flanksy, as a reference to Banksy, was already explored in the fan fiction Exit Through Canterlot, though it was Octavia who used the moniker and it took place in the pony world.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: One of the major sticking points among detractors of the shorts is that their limited length makes it difficult for them to do much in terms of stories, leaving them the equivalent of animated one-shot fanfics that provide a couple of neat ideas and a few laughs, but not much else. This status intensified after a writer's Tweet implied that Executive Meddling is to blame, with Hasbro apparently decreeing the shorts cannot exceed a particular length of time, based on their analysis of what online content gets the most views, and one of the shorts was directly confirmed to have been cut down to get under the time limit. The staff have stated they wish they could produce something longer.
  • Memetic Mutation: Sunset's various angry faces from "Game Stream" became a gold mine for reaction images.
  • Narm: The mysterious street-artist nicknamed "Flanksy." True, it's a Shown Their Work reference to Banksy; nevertheless, it's still a pun on the word "flank" (i.e., a Pony's ass).
  • Nightmare Fuel: In "My Little Shop of Horrors", magic enchants a watering can Twilight brought and all the plants she waters with it grow bigger and gain the ability to sing with her. Starts out nice, right? Well, the plants keep getting bigger and bigger until they start becoming sentient and more human-like in appearance, even gaining individualized voices and a craving for more of the enchanted water. They want Twilight to keep watering them so they'll continue to grow and by the end, they're all fighting to take the watering can from Twilight and each other. If Applejack hadn't come to the rescue, who knows what the plants would have done to Twilight and Spike?
    • It gets worse if you've seen "Fugitive Flowers". These are G4's answer to the Flories.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: While he has slowly become more accepted by fans thanks to My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree and the "Good Vibes" music video, Flash Sentry's redesign, especially his neater hairstyle, has won over a lot of fans.
  • Ron the Death Eater: While Timber shrieking and cowering behind Twilight when he thinks a sea monster is surfacing in "Unsolved Selfie Mysteries" is meant to be humorous, some (especially those who hate his relationship with Twilight) perceive it as a lifeguard willing to let beach-goers, including his own girlfriend, fall prey to a monster to save his own skin. Others are gladly taking screenshots of the short out of context to assume Twilight is having a negative reaction to Timber's presence, even though she never expresses anything even close to that.
  • Squick: In "Turf War", Applejack catches the top scoop in a woman's ice cream cone with her hat, then puts the scoop back on top, with it still having some of Applejack's loose hair stuck in it.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Or at least "Take That, Base-Breaking Character!" Timber Spruce in "Unsolved Selfie Mysteries" Screams Like a Little Girl at the idea of a seas monster coming onshore, and hides behind Twilight despite being the lifeguard on duty. Then when it turns out there is no monster he just whistles in embarrassment while Twilight gives him an unamused look for using her as a Human Shield.
  • Unexpected Character: Prim Hemline and Zephyr Breeze are getting human counterparts, and those are just the ones we know are appearing. Who knows what other ponies will be appearing as humans?
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
    • "Text Support" focuses on Twilight trying to decipher an emoji text from Timber Spruce and asking either Rarity, Fluttershy or Sunset Shimmer on how to respond. It doesn't take away from the rest of the short—in fact, it seems get a bit of Lampshade Hanging on the ridiculousness in how each girl tells her to respond—but it's still a bit jarring knowing that this is an active plot point in a piece of My Little Pony media.
    • Season 2 sees Spike filming an unboxing video, complete with rating its contents and advertising a personal hashtag.

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