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YMMV / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S7 E14 "Fame and Misfortune"

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  • Accidental Aesop:
    • While the intent of the episode is "You can't please everyone, but you can control how it affects you", the overall lesson could also be interpreted as "If you're going to put yourself in the limelight, then beware of haters and Loony Fans." Which, to be entirely honest, might not be so inaccurate of a lesson.
    • Fans aren't the same thing as friends or family.
    • Like it or not, accept characters for their flaws. Otherwise, you may as well be chasing a Mary Sue.
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  • Angst Aversion: The fans who did not like the episode point out how utterly mean-spirited the ponies are and that outside of the B plot with Toola Roola and Coconut Cream, none of the fan ponies really seems to learn their lesson and get away with their nasty behavior. It also didn't help that the townsponies all consisted of background characters that bronies over the years had gotten attached to, who wound up grabbing the Jerkass Ball, with the worst of it coming from fan favorites Lemon Hearts and Daisy. M.A. Larson at a panel said that he didn't like the concept either for this reason and actually tried to make the episode less mean-spirited, but the executives got in the way of that.
  • Anvilicious: Toola Roola and Coconut Cream, who happen to be fillies, are the only ones who get the point of the friendship lessons, unlike all those older ponies. It's fairly easy to guess what the implied message is here...
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  • Broken Base: Pretty much inevitable, considering it's a giant Take That, Audience!. Some find the episode to be a fun, yet necessary jab at obsessive fans, others see it as being petulant over legitimate criticism the show has received — especially where the Mane 6's characterization is concerned. A third group doesn't mind the episode's subject matter, but rather judge the episode as an actual episode, and found the Mane Six's treatment to be a bit too mean-spirited and the entirety of Ponyville to be more than a little unsympathetic. Yet another group argues that the background ponies are at the mercy of the writers and animators, and that the whole experience will blow right over by the next episode.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Toola Roola and Coconut Cream, the two fillies of the B storyline. Them getting over their fights with each other through reading friendship lessons endeared them to the mane cast and the audience, becoming the only truly nice characters introduced in the episode. It helps that the two are references to the G3 franchise.
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    • Watch any blind commentary reaction to this episode and the absolute highlight of the episode (besides the song and stressed Rarity) will invariably be either the guy demanding to know if Pinkie and Applejack are related or the elderly mare who claims that Twilight was better before she got wings.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Liking somebody despite their flaws is a fine moral. However, the song "Flawless", with lyrics such as "Our flaws help make us special/They bond us and keep us strong", implies that one should like somebody because of their flaws, which is a tad more problematic. The song does at least have the lyric "we're a work in progress", illustrating that working on your flaws is the Aesop here.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For the sake of sanity for everyone, fans and creators alike, people generally prefer to just ignore discussing this episode and pretend it never happened and move on.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Sweetie Belle's nightmare about Rarity from three seasons ago pretty much comes true.
    • Everypony laughs at everything Pinkie says, even when she's not trying to be funny. Essentially, they're laughing AT her.
    • Rarity is disliked by the fan ponies for seeming spoiled, superficial and unkind. This pretty much mirrors actual fan complaints of her from the first Season 1, before her Hidden Depths were revealed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Book of Friendship is an ongoing fanfiction started five years ago which is about two ponies who are dedicated to teaching the magic of friendship to others through the Book of Friendship which contains all of the Friendship Lessons that Twilight Sparkle learned throughout her lifetime.
    • Rainbow Dash complains about how she can't do anything, including going to the bathroom, without somepony telling her how great she is. This puts some of the behavior of her parents from "Parential Glideance" into even more perspective, keeping in mind they told her how great she was at nearly everything (and while we know they kept her diaper when she said her first words, who knows what other "firsts" they kept...).
  • Memetic Mutation: Rarity's insane smile from when Twilight and Starlight walk in on her Sanity Slippage spread fairly quickly, becoming the go-to thumbnail for most reaction videos.
  • Misblamed: In 2014, Larson branched into novel writing with the Pennyroyal Academy series, so some viewers took the episode as being based on his experiences dealing with their reception and his interactions with readers. Actually, Larson was handed the episode's premise by the executives at Hasbro, and even he didn't like how it turned out. This sprang from the misconception that Larson returned to the show for this episode, when it was an old script he wrote before he left the show during Season 5.
  • Older Than They Think: Although some bronies took offense at an episode they thought was mocking their subculture, the obnoxious Loony Fan behavior on display is so broad and generalized it can be applied to pretty much any Fandom. William Shatner was already mocking this very same behavior thirty years prior, in his infamous "Get a life!" Saturday Night Live sketch. Animaniacs did a skit on it as well, as a mock PSA.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • With Starlight Glimmer being more of a Base-Breaking Character compared to the Mane Six, she could have filled the role of in-universe scrappy better than Rarity, not to mention a chance for one of the Loony Fans to mention any of the multiple complaints in the MLP fandom that are related to her.
    • Spike doesn't even get mentioned, let alone appear which is very suspicious and sad as he contributed 10 friendship lessons throughout the series prior to this episode and he has 1 visible entry in the diary. Oh, the possibilities of some Loony Fans' reactions toward him and his sudden realization at the fact that he even had a fanbase in Equestria, as well as the possible reactions he might have had to seeing his friends (especially Rarity) harassed by them. Some fans have also pointed out that a lot of Starlight's dialogue, as well as her general role in this episode, seems to fit Spike better, and argue that he should have been there instead of her. This argument is only helped up by one of the writers saying that his original draft of the episode actually had Spike instead of Starlight, as the script was written before Starlight had her Heel–Face Turn.
    • Considering how the fandom has believed that Pinkie's "Pinkamena" side from "Party of One" is a big part of her character despite only appearing in that episode, it would have been an interesting topic for the townponies to bring up. Or at least mentioned.
    • Anyone think the Hooffields and McColts should have been the "Sweet Apple Admirers" alongside the cajun ponies?
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • This episode has the unfortunate luck of coming out after "The Perfect Pear", which is widely considered to be one of the best episodes not only of the season, but of the whole series.
    • This episode's Meta premise about the fandom is widely considered to have been done much better in both "Slice of Life" and "Stranger Than Fan Fiction."
  • Unexpected Character: Who was expecting one of the Generation 3 "Core 7" ponies, much less Toola Roola, out of all of them, to make an appearance?
  • The Woobie: While all of the Mane Six suffer from the harassment of the Journal's fans, Rarity got it the worst. Not only does Rarity get chewed out by the snobbish ponies, but her business suffers because of her haters' success in getting her boycotted. She spends nearly the entire episode in a crying mess.


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