My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 3 Episode 5

Magic Duel

50
Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Dec 01, 2012 on The Hub
8.2
out of 10
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Trixie returns to Ponyville and challenges Twilight to a magic duel. To everyone's shock, Trixie beats Twilight and bashes her from town. Twilight soon learns that Trixie used a powerful amulet to beat her, but also learns that the more time Trixie wears it, the more evil she'll become. Now Twilight must return to Ponyville and find a way to stop Trixie once and for all.

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  • Holy crap

    9.0
    this episode was so crule to almost all the ponies. the mayor put in a cage, pinkie pies no mouth and snips and snails becomeing slaves by pulling a big bed. but fluttershy is so cute and adorible, but i cant give this ep a perfect ten.
  • One of the best yet!

    10
    After being absent through all of season 2, the Great and Powerful Trixie returns to Ponyville for revenge. We've all been waiting for this and wanted to see her again. So how does her new episode hold up? It all starts with a hooded pony going into a shop and buying a necklace that can give the user the powers of an alicorn. Meanwhile, in Ponyville, Twilight, Spike, and Fluttershy are going over entertainment acts for some diplomats from Saddle Arabia. Rainbow though comes and tells the others to hurry towards town. When the others get there, the hooded figure is using magic to torture other ponies. The figure then reveals herself to be Trixie and looks menacing. She wants to duel Twilight and the loser is forced to leave Ponyville forever. Twilight agrees so she can save her friends. Trixie's magic though proves to be too much and Twilight is forced out of town and to make matters worse, Trixie seals off the town by placing a dome over it. Twilight retreats to Zecora's place and she agrees to teach Twilight how to best Trixie again. Back in Ponyville, Trixie rules with an iron fist and all of Twilight's friends go to the library to find out how to beat her. Fluttershy finds a book that explain about Trixie's amulet. It says whoever wears it, the more the amulet is used, the more corrupted the user becomes. The group comes up with a plan to smuggle Fluttershy out by using her beavers to get out of town. The plan works and Twilight learns about what's really going on with Trixie and decides to return to Ponyville. Trixie comes by and Twilight challenges her to a duel because she has a new amulet that gives her more power than what Trixie is wearing. Trixie accepts and uses the same tactics she used the last time. Twilight though outmatches her and she is eventually made the winner. Twilight explains that her amulet was really a doorknob and that she used some tricks of her own like making Big Macintosh to be Applejack turned into a stallion and so on. Twilight is welcomed back and she goes on to entertain the representatives from Saddle Arabia. Trixie makes one last appearance and actually apologizes for what she did and asks for forgiveness. Twilight agrees and Trixie vows to start a new life as being good. The episode ends with Pinkie still missing her mouth and Twilight gives it back, but as Pinkie is about to speak, the credits roll. This was easily one of my all time favorite episodes of the season. Trixie's spells were really cool and I loved how she made Pinkie's mouth disappear like dragging a computer mouse icon towards a digital trashcan. The action scenes were great and loved every bit of it. I especially loved Zecora in this, she acted like Yoda and her training was similar to that from The Empire Strikes Back. What I love the most though is that Trixie actually learns her lesson and actually becomes nice now. It's great to see her no longer walking a dark path. All in all, excellent action scenes, great laughs all around, and Trixie starting to reformed makes this one of my favorite episodes and a must see.



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  • What The Hell Did I Just Watch?

    4.0
    Trixie makes a return appearance in this show and holy crap was it a very poorly written episode. BY FAR the worst episode I have ever seen. FORGET the worst Season 1 episode "Sonic Rainboom". FORGET the worst Season 2 episode "Secret of My Excess". This Season 3 episode definitely beats both of those episodes for worst episode ever as of right now. I didn't like Trixie back in that Season 1 episode which I thought was good/alright but nothing great. Trixie proves to be the weakest antagonist of this show... I could never take her seriously as a villain plus this show uses cliches which is something we have so many damn times in terms of some of the lines they say, the things they do, and the whole "If you win this... blah... but if you lose then you blah blah blah FOREVER". Come on people, you have to admit that is something we hear a bunch of times in both television and movies. I laughed at Fluttershy being afraid to go to the rain forest, Pinkie Pie not having her mouth for the majority of the episode, Pinkie Pie playing of the instruments at once (I BELIEVE it's a callback from my all-time favorite episode "A Friend In Deed"), Pinkie Pie getting her mouth back at the very ending of the episode, and that's it. The episode just bored me, it was uninteresting, poorly executed, and it really disappointed me since I'm a huge fan of this show. Then again, the episode was about the return to the weakest antagonist of the show Trixie so I kinda saw this coming. It's nothing but cliches, awful executions, bad villain, and poorly done storyline indeed. Trixie being good in the end is fine I guess but it really doesn't make up for what I have just watched. Worst Episode Of The Series So Far Indeed... I would just stay away from this episode, there's WAY better episodes than this one definitely everyone. 4/10moreless
  • Magic Duel

    10
    Trixie is back and with style.



    Now Twilight must face Trixie who has an Alicorn Amulet.



    Here is something for all Trixie fanboys.



    20 minutes of lighthearted entertainment.
  • Throwback

    8.5
    So many aspects of the past popped back up in this episode. It was a pleasant surprise. Not nearly as heavy-handed as last week's episode, either, which was wonderful. I wish there could have been a little more time spent with Twilight training in the forest with Zacora. Wonderful to see the zebra back again. For a moment I thought they were going to fend her off with the elements of harmony, and was very relieved when they did not. I loved the ongoing outrage over Pinkie lacking a mouth and the whole bit of switcheroo played with Twilight's not-magic. Also, the delegate ponies were beautiful! Hope we see more like them in the future.moreless
Lee Tockar

Lee Tockar

Shop Owner

Guest Star

Richard Ian Cox

Richard Ian Cox

Snails

Recurring Role

Lee Tockar

Lee Tockar

Snips

Recurring Role

Brenda Chrichlow

Brenda Chrichlow

Zecora

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Before this episode aired, many fans believed that the Alicron Amulet had some connection with King Sombra, the villain from the two-part episode "The Crystal Empire."

    • Pinkie Pie only has two lines of dialogue in this episode before Trixie removes her mouth.

    • The famous Wilhelm scream can be heard in the scene where the one pony is about to have a cart dropped onto her.

    • When Snips and Snails are seen trying to pull their horns off each other when they fused together, it sounds like only Snails is grunting, yet Snails' lips don't move at all and the grunts are coming from Snips' mouth.

    • When we see the filly versions of Applejack and Rarity, which we learn later on were really Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle in disguise, they have the same eye color they had when they were older. Both younger siblings have different eye colors than their older sisters. Applejack's eyes are green, while Apple Bloom's eyes are brown and Rarity's eyes are blue, while Sweetie Belle's eyes are green.

    • Derpy cameo: She is in the audience when Twilight is doing her performance at the end of the episode.

    • At the end of the episode, Trixie leaves Ponyville by dropping a smoke bomb and then running off. This also how she left at the end of the other episode she was in, "Boast Busters."

    • When Trixie shows an image of herself at a rock farm, Pinkie Pie's father (last seen in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles") appears.

    • During the magic duel, Twilight makes a Parasprite, from the episode "Swarm of the Century," appear.

    • Spike mentions the time Twilight once crushed him and Applejack with a giant snowball, which took place in the episode, "Winter Wrap-Up."

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Applejack : That's enough, Trixie!
      Rarity: You proved your point, but you can't possibly expect Twilight to leave Ponyville.
      Trixie: You fools. (Lifts Twilight up with her magic and pushes her out of town) She's already gone.

    • Snails: (About Trixie) Why is she so mean to us?
      Snips: Yeah. I miss the days when she was just a fraud.

    • Trixie : But what about the pony with the ten instruments?
      Twilight: That's not magic. That was just Pinkie Pie.

    • Shop Owner : (About the Alicorn Amulet) I'm afraid this is far too dangerous. (Trixie drops a huge bag of coins in front of him) Would you like that gift wrapped?

    • Fluttershy : I need to be brave and find Twilight (A bird says something to her) Oh, you found her? She's in the Everfree forest? (She hides in a log and the birds pull her out and fly her towards the forest) This is me being brave. I want to be brave at home, locked in my closet, with my teddy bear!

    • Applejack : What do ya say, Fluttershy? Can you handle the mission?
      Fluttershy: No! I'll crack under the pressure! I'll snap like a twig!
      Rainbow Dash : Perfect!

    • Applejack: (About Trixie) She wants me to grow apples with no peels. Now how the hay am I suppose to do that?

    • Trixie: I even had to take a job on a rock farm just to earn a living! A ROCK FARM!
      Pinkie Pie: Hey! You're lucky a rock farm would take the likes of you!

    • Fluttershy : (To her animals) Don't be scared, little friends. Twilight is wonderful with magic. (To Twilight, in a sinister tone) Anything happens to them, Twilight, so help me...

  • NOTES (4)

    • M.A. Larson, the writer for this episode, posted on Twitter that there was a scene in the original script that took place after Trixie zaps Rainbow Dash with a magic beam that was supposed to have her "wither in agony," but instead just tickles her. After this happens, Trixie tries her beam on the Mayor, twice, but nothing happens and the Mayor just tells her to stop.

    • According to Meghan McCarthy, the show's head writer, this episode was finished in January, 2011 and was originally going to air in season two.

    • Friendship Report: Twilight learned that the power of friendship will always win and never fail.

    • This episode revolves around Twilight.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The store that Trixie enters to buy the Allicorn Amulet is similar to the store where the Mogwai is bought from in the movie Gremlins.

    • The training scene with Twilight and Zecora is very similar to the scene in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke is being trained by Yoda.

    • Twilight's line, "Let's duel!" is a reference to the anime show, Yu-Gi-Oh, which revolves around people fighting using cards and every time they are about to fight, one of them shouts out this line before they begin.

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