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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Was Lord Tirek planning to betray Discord from the start or did he feel betrayed when he learned that Discord was omitting info on Twilight? In that same perspective, was his disgust towards his brother betraying him and Twilight protecting the traitorous Discord Moral Myopia, or simply him inferring At Least I Admit It about the half heartedness of their supposed friendship.
    • Did Discord really join Tirek because he wanted to, or was it all part of his plan to help Twilight find her key? He was savvy enough to lead them to discover the other keys through their journal after all. In all it may seem a bit out of character for him to simply fall for Tirek's plan like that. And he may have omitted Twilight at first for this very reason. Another possibility is that he was following whatever whim struck him. You know, god of chaos and all.
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    • Was Discord siding with Tirek a deliberate betrayal of his friends, or did none of them actually liking him (save Fluttershy) and Celestia claiming she had him freed because he could be useful make Tirek's argument that their "friendship" was just a way to keep him in line seem legit? Helping is that seeing Shining Armor and Fluttershy shocked and hurt by his betrayal caused Discord to regret his actions.
    • Was the stained glass window depicting Princess Twilight left by Celestia in a moment of carelessness and haste? Or did the pony master of the Batman Gambit deliberately set up the Twilight vs. Tirek conflict, to help her get the final key? It might be stretching it, but she might also have set up Discord against Tirek in a Batman Gambit as well.
  • Author's Saving Throw: For those opposed to Twilight becoming an alicorn princess, a commonly cited argument was that it felt like the show was putting Twilight above her friends, which they felt not only seemed like favoritism from the writers, but went against the show's defining theme of friendship. The revelation that Twilight's friends including Spike will apparently be ruling alongside her in her role as the Princess of Friendship may be an attempt to address this.
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  • Ear Worm: As is to be expected. ♪ Let the rainbow remind you ♪
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Some of Twilight's magic blasts seem eerily similar to Twilight's "Story Arc Climax" super in Fighting Is Magic. Doubly hilarious because the fight is the climax of the story.
    • The dynamics of the battle between Twilight and Tirek, and the relative scale of the opponents, are much like those of the Death Battle between Rainbow Dash and Starscream.
    • Twilight's wobbly efforts at lowering the moon and raising the sun are similar to Twilight's lunar "puppet show" in the Friendship is Witchcraft short "Star Waving Mad".
    • The first spell Twilight uses on Tirek looks suspiciously like a balefire bomb from Fallout: Equestria.
  • HSQ:
    • Everything from the Golden Oaks Library's destruction and the fight scene that follows is definitely not the sort of thing most would think would ever appear in the show.
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    • As is Tirek causing the stained glass window depicting Princess Twilight to melt.
  • Idiot Plot: After the decision to test the dubiously loyal Discord backfires, their plan B is to hide their magic in Twilight Sparkle, whom Tirek didn't know of. This also backfires because they forget to remove the stained glass window depicting Twilight, Discord could have and did just told him about her, and keeping it hidden from her friends causes them to be caught off guard and used as hostages to force Twilight to give up her magic. Tirek would have won if not for his backstabbing the still loyal and useful to him Discord needlessly soon and not eliminating anyone after getting what he wanted from them.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • If Lord Tirek hadn't crossed this already, he certainly did when he imprisoned Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity and Spike, drained their magic, betrayed Discord, and drained him of his magic. Even earlier than that, he banishes Celestia, Luna, and Cadance to Tartarus, even though they have no magic and are powerless to do anything against him.
    • Interestingly inverted with Discord. You'd think betraying all of Equestria to Tirek, including Fluttershy, would count as this, but due to his recurring remorse and reaction to Tirek betraying him not only make him sympathetic, but solidify his Heel–Face Turn. It helps he only sided with Tirek due to seeing him as a genuine friend.
  • Narm:
    • The Super Mode forms of the Mane Six when they unlock the chest. Sure it's a cool moment, but they just look silly, what with the '80s Hair. They've been compared to Mega Evolutions, for one. Many agree that the advertising versions of Rainbow Power, which feature everything but the large hair, look much less silly. The crew seem to have taken notice of the audience reaction, as they've only made a single appearance since...in a dream sequence.
    • The final battle with Tirek is widely noted for its Dragon Ball Z influences, which was cool; making the ponies go Super Saiyan just made it extra silly on top of looking ridiculous.
    • Plus, despite Twilight's transformation being saved for last, she actually looks the least different, with just a couple new highlights in her mane and tail.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The idea of the magic bearing characters being temporarily Brought Down to Normal could have made for interesting development (having only been dabbled with a couple of times before with Twilight). However the status of the characters without their powers is referred to only briefly, with the focus more on Tirek's rampage. Granted the fact Discord couldn't care less about losing his magic compared to betraying and losing his friends was enormous Character Development in itself.
    • The Mane Six's open hostility toward Discord all season long could have been acknowledged as a possible reason for Discord's betrayal and something for them to own up to, but it's never even implied. However, they are genuinely horrified when they see Discord being betrayed, implying that they actually did have some real feelings for him.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • Twilight's Kingdom is widely regarded as the best episode of the series, and meant that the Season 5 finale and beyond had a lot to ensure up to. A big point of contention being the Heel–Face Turn of the Big Bad, since Discord got a far better received one here despite it being only a subplot in comparison.
    • "Twilight's Kingdom" also left such a huge mark and had the single biggest status quo shattering event in the show, that it led to some fans declaring Fanon Discontinuity over the rest of the series. Season 5, while still considered a good season in its own right, never quite reached the heights of Season 4 and its finale, and it was made worse with Seasons 6 and 7 being seen as the weakest season in the show for the former and a So Okay, It's Average season for the latter. The impact of Twilight's Kingdom is felt even further in the 2017 movie, which took a lot of influence from it in terms of plot and scope.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Let's just say it's obvious where a fair chunk of Season 4's budget went. The effects in these two episodes are some of the greatest yet seen in the series.

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