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YMMV / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S3 E4 "One Bad Apple"

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  • Awesome Music: Babs Seed, Babs Seed, what we gonna do? Got a bully on our tail, gotta hide, we gotta bail...
  • Base-Breaking Character: Babs Seed. She's either a complex, sympathetic character or her actions, the lack of punishment for those actions, and her abominable accent have made it difficult to sympathize with her.
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  • Broken Base: There's a lot of argument over whether the issue of bullying and the aesop of the episode were done well, or in an unrealistic manner, especially in regards to how the CMC got Babs to stop bullying them.
  • Character Rerailment: After Silver Spoon's Pet the Dog moment in "Family Appreciation Day" and being absent from the plot of "Ponyville Confidential", some fans were getting used to the idea of her being much nicer than she lets on. This episode reminds us she's still as mean as Diamond Tiara.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
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  • Fanfic Fuel: Babs Seed in general. Not only is she an Apple relative, she's also got a nice bit of background set up. She leaves at the end of the episode to start a Manehatten branch of the CMC, which on its own is prime Fanfic Fuel.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The second float built by the CMC resembles a golden apple - which is what the original Apple of Discord looked like.
    • The title comes from the phrase "one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch." It almost did.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When we meet Diamond Tiara's mother two seasons later, it turns out Babs threatening to tell her about everything wasn't actually much of a threat.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Applejack never tells the CMC that Babs was bullied for being a blank flank back at home, because she didn't want her to feel singled out. Even though it is abundantly obvious that the CMC are absolutely obsessed with cutie marks, and they were immediately pestering Babs about it from the beginning.
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    • Sweetie Belle considers telling Applejack about Babs' bullying but is stopped when Apple Bloom warns her that they could be labeled as snitches.
    • Babs rams into Pinkie Pie's float while Pinkie happens to be driving it. Despite now being a witness to Babs' bullying, Pinkie doesn't even react.
    • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon at the end of the episode, insulting the CMC as Applejack is standing right next to them! Sure, it was Babs that stood up to them in the end but Applejack looked ready to do it before Babs jumped in.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Babs turns out to be one when it's revealed that she herself was a victim of bullying.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • People are making one over a golden-colored Sweetie Belle, especially over her shiny rear-end.
    • The bit with Sweetie Belle drinking a milkshake at the beginning of the "Babs Seed" song has also started to be used by fans for various other ponies in the series.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Some fans will always remember Babs as a bully.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Applejack gets a lot of heat from the fans for not telling the CMC about Babs' problem back in Manehatten, and also for not attempting to stand up to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon when they mock the Crusaders again but by the looks of it, Applejack would have stepped in, but Babs defends them, so Applejack may have felt she didn't need to.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • While it is not explicitly said, and of course does not excuse Babs' behavior, the CMC came on rather strong in the beginning about their organization and their blank flanks while failing to see that Babs was getting embarrassed about her lack of cutie mark in the face of their enthusiasm.
    • The CMC go way too far in fighting back against Babs and almost get Babs severely injured, but they did in fact have a legitimate reason to fight back in the first place. If it weren't for the fact that they had another option (telling Applejack) and didn't take it, some viewers would have felt that the CMC had a point.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo drinking their milkshake. Not that it's a bad thing.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: The Cutie Mark Crusaders came off as such since they were genuinely hurt by Babs' bullying. Since she treated the CMC far worse than Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon ever did up to that point, fans wished they would have gone on with their plan to send her down the hill in the sabotaged float. The show painted them in the wrong for doing it but even as they tried to pull back their punch, Babs continued to push them around anyway.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Babs Seed. The main point of criticism for the episode is that her treatment of the CMC came off as far worse than what her Freudian Excuse was meant to cover. Her bullying the CMC in excess of, even without, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's influence, and the lack of any visible remorse for her actions while she was bullying them resulted in many finding her lack of consequences undeserved and undermined the anti-bullying aesop. Luckily, her subsequent appearance onward was positive enough to show her deserving of forgiveness, letting Babs increasingly live her bad rep down.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Twice in the song "Babs Seed", the CMC are being chased on a two-dimensional plane and then the camera angle changes to the edge of the plane, which the CMC fall off, in a three-dimensional fashion!
  • The Woobie:
    • The CMC get hit with this. Not only do they look genuinely hurt by what they're put through, they did absolutely nothing wrong and are innocent victims in all this.
    • Sweetie Belle is more so after she cried rivers of tears that were done in non-hammy and heavily dramatic ways.

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