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29th Oct 2011, 6:00 AM in Friendship is Magic, Part 1
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Newbiespud 29th Oct 2011, 6:00 AM edit delete
The more you think about this episode, you eventually realize that Pinkie Pie was just a force unto herself. She wasn't on the checklist for anything, but she became a prominent part of the event anyway.

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TheDoomBug 29th Oct 2011, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Yeah she managed to gather everyone in town in one location for a party, keep them up (partying) all night, and then move them all to the another party. Then after the plot, what does she do? She throws another party.
BadHorse 29th Oct 2011, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
If you held an intervention for Pinkie Pie, she'd turn it into a party.
Snowy 30th Oct 2011, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
Even if the intervention was for her addiction to throwing parties
Dusk 2nd Nov 2011, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
what else would it be an intervention for?
Pinkie's Dealer 21st Nov 2011, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
An addiction to Cocain, Vodka, and RedBull. Taken at the same time.
(It's called the Party, 97% fatal.)
A Bad Salesman 12th Nov 2013, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
It's not a 97% fatality rate, it's a 3% survival rate!
Saddlesoap Opera 29th Oct 2011, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
Sweet Celestia...! You're right!
She just sort of brute-forced her way into the plot!! 0_o
Guest 29th Oct 2011, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Bow chika wa wa
druid24 29th Oct 2011, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
hey chicka bum-bum
Blueguy24 30th Oct 2011, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Hey! What have I told you about that?
Pinkie 3.14159265358979 29th Oct 2011, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
I'll brute force my way into your plot, if you know what I mean.
AstroTrain 29th Oct 2011, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie is a force of nature. She just can't be stopped.
Erin Palette 29th Oct 2011, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
One does not choose Pinkie Pie as a friend. Pinkie Pie chooses YOU.

And Celestia help you if she feels you are neglecting or slighting her...
Draco Dei 29th Oct 2011, 10:01 PM Dragon OF God edit delete reply
Actually, I have seen it theorized that based on episode 1 "room full of people at a welcoming party = 'and now you have lots of friends'" and Party of One, that prior to episode 1, Pinkie was ACQUAINTANCES with everyone in town but had accidentally neglected (due to not quite grasping concepts in the same way as other people) to become FRIENDS with anyone on any sort of meaningful level. She loved everyone, but nobody really cared about her in a deep way (other than maybe the Cakes? But they are more substitute parents than peers). Ergo part of why "Party of One" went the way it did.
Saddlesoap Opera 31st Oct 2011, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
I could see that. A friends list a mile wide and an inch deep.

Honestly, despite how fun she is Pinkie might actually find it HARD to make real friends - what typical Ponyvillian would tolerate her randomness long enough to see the good-hearted Pony underneath?
shikome kido mi 1st Nov 2011, 3:42 AM edit delete reply
... I know what it means but when I hear ponyvillain, I do not think inhabitant of Ponyville so much as 'pony super-villain'.
Anvildude 14th Nov 2011, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
And that is why Magneto is best pony.
Vegetalss4 29th Oct 2011, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie wasn't involved in the preparations at all, probably because they wanted a somewhat formal event and not a party.
And we all know that if Pinkie had been involved they would have got a party.
Azureink 29th Oct 2011, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
I love how nonchalant Rainbow Dash is in this strip. "Oh yeah I cleared the sky in ten seconds flat, no biggie."

I also love Twilight's expressions in the 2nd and 5th panel. She looks so disappointed/angry.
Lavender 29th Oct 2011, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
Pinkamena wasn't involved directly with getting the Summersun festival ready, as far as I can tell, but her throwing the welcoming party for Twilight may have acted as an additional catalyst to Twilight's social group. It certainly would've introduced everyone else in town to her.

Pinkie was good friends with the other four already so her personal involvement into the story is still aptly explained away. Despite not having any real role, she wasn't going to let her friends remain in a lurch.

Thud 29th Oct 2011, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
I dunno, I figure it has more to do with being next in a long line of crazies, Joker, Dead Pool, Pinkie Pie.
Azureink 29th Oct 2011, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Shikome Kido Mi 1st Nov 2011, 3:43 AM edit delete reply
I notice those are all crazies that can peer beyond the fourth wall.
Wild Heart 30th Oct 2011, 5:59 AM edit delete reply
I have to disagree. Perhaps Pinkie was friends with some of the other four, but Dash thought she was terminally lame for a while, as was pointed out in the beginning of Gryphon the Brush Off. It was only after Pinkie showed that she was into pranks that Dash really started liking her.
EspyLacopa 29th Oct 2011, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Pinkie Pie is a party organizer of such skill, that she made everyone think Twilight did it.
Nimbostratus 29th Oct 2011, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
All of those "Celestia is manipulating everything" theories are oh-so-wrong. It's really Pinkie who's manipulating everyting.
Limey Lassen 29th Oct 2011, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Limey Lassen
"Do I look like a mare with a plan?"
Mecryte 31st Oct 2011, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Nezumi 23rd Feb 2012, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
You actually look like some sort of mutant stallion/grass hybrid.
GuestM 29th Oct 2011, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
My take is that she is one of those people that are just always there when somethings up. Those people that are well so supernaturally well informed about who has to do what and whom they borrowed the party desks to and all that stuff.

There have to be other people out there that are like that.
DashFan686 29th Oct 2011, 8:22 PM The Saddest part is edit delete reply
Because Hasbro Owns both Franchises, I can totally see them doing an episode where they pretty much promote Dungeons and Dragons in Frienship is Magic
thud 29th Oct 2011, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
Maybe even an equestrian setting?
TheBard 12th Nov 2011, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Wizards of the Coast already did it back before MLP was cool.

Somehow I think it was 'priming the pump' so to speak... as it seems the show matches pretty closely with UA variant lvl 7-9 D&D characters. Including rounds/lvl effect durations if you consider Pinkie in particular a spellcasting class. Ex. Giggle at the Ghostie matches the time ranges of an opposed 15th lvl Cone of Fear/ 7th lvl Supress Emotions. Pinkie often makes use of the 'Disguise Spell' feat.
Guest 15th Jul 2016, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
And here we are, many years later... and we are finally getting this episode.
kriss1989 29th Oct 2011, 10:47 PM kriss1989 edit delete reply
Pinkie's face in the last panel...I can see the player doing that face. Because I have done that face.
Mecryte 30th Oct 2011, 8:48 PM edit delete reply
Ah, the big villain reveal. I was once allowed to be a villain. Trial and error hour at the comic shop. Let me be a Demi-Lich so we could see the end of the campaign without the players killing me early. It was a lot of work, but the players enjoyed themselves more feeling that the dungeon master wasn't the one out to kill them. They felt that it was an actual challenge worth seeing. I also enjoyed it because I made for one hell of a villain. They never guessed that I kept my phylactery in a safety deposit box at House Kundark.
Azureink 31st Oct 2011, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
I am gyrating with anticipation for when Pinkie performs "Giggle at the Ghostly."
Guest 1st Nov 2011, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie's face in the last panel is priceless.
leafia6 1st Nov 2011, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Let's just hope Pinkie doesn't become similar to her persona in Cupcakes.
Arachnos 13th Dec 2011, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
It's true, she could have been charged with preparation of the non-apple sweets but instead she's just...

J-Kwez 8th Aug 2012, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
That last line killed me, Pinkie is totally best pony.
GameZone 26th Feb 2021, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
For some reason I can only read the DMs voice in the narrator from the OG Super Friends