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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • At one point, Fluttershy dresses up like a bee and asks a swarm of them if it "brings to mind any images" for them while wiggling her butt at them suggestively. See Genius Bonus below for a more innocent explanation.
    • "I LOVE new ideas that make me feel funny at first!" Oh, Pinkie...
    • While the town is gathering to watch the Breezies, Spike can't see them due to many ponies in front of him blocking his way. We're treated to some gratuitous views of the ponies' rear ends and Spike's excited expressions surely don't help.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Seabreeze, while the fandom has been somewhat critical of the episode pretty much everyone likes the little guy. It helps that besides having an understandable reason for wanting to get home, he voices the fandom's problems with the other Breezies.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Twilight can now canonically change anyone's species, with specific references to Rainbow Dash becoming a griffon or a dragon.
      • Older Than They Think: Twilight's been capable of cross-species transformations since the first season. Under the Sparkling Sea and issue 14 of the comics both feature Twilight transforming herself and her friends; the former has her giving them all functional gills, and the latter involves Twilight giving permanent gills to a pirate captain so he can stay with his mer-pony love-interest.
    • Rainbow Dash mentioning she's always wanted to see what its like to be a Griffon should go nicely with all the Gilda/Dash fanfics.
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    • And of course, there's the presence of the Breezies themselves. A G3 species.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
  • Genius Bonus: Some viewers seemed to think that Fluttershy waggling her butt at the bees while wearing that beesuit was inappropriate for a family show, when in actual fact, that IS the way that worker bees communicate with each other; the number of waggles, combined with how quick/slow the waggles are, expresses where to find pollen and how far away said pollen is. Fluttershy truly does understand all animal life and behaviour in Equestria, even insect life.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This bit of fanart depicting Fluttershy in a bee costume, about six months prior to the episode's airdate.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Seabreeze is a jerk. That being said, all he really wants is to go home and see his family again while everyone else is having fun being waited on by Fluttershy. It frustrates him so much that he starts acting even more jerkish.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Seabreeze is meant to come across as jerkish in his rush to get back home, but since the ending makes it clear that many Breezies (not just him) are leaving families behind, in context it seems like he's the only one who cares about being separated from his loved ones.
  • Ugly Cute: The breezies resemble extremely disproportionate ponies, giving them a somewhat adorable but fairly alien appearance.
  • Vindicated by History: It was originally viewed by many as the weakest of the "key" episodes, due to the plot and lesson apparently rehashing that of "Putting Your Hoof Down", itself a controversial episode. Come Season 5, it seems the lesson stuck this time, with Fluttershy's Character Development from it being well received.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Seabreeze is a male breezie, even though he's given all the Tertiary Sexual Characteristics that would make him a female pony (long eyelashes and the specific shape of his snout). All breezies (including his wife) look similar in that regard, making it impossible to distinguish their sexes at a glance.
  • Woobie Species: The episode seems to make sure that the breezies are extremely prone to danger, even in the Sugar Bowlesque setting that is Equestria. They need their own little world that's protected by a portal to prevent them from going extinct.

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