My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic/Friendship Reports

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In Elements of Harmony (episode), Princess Celestia gives Twilight Sparkle a new mission/task: To study the "magic of friendship" and to report her findings to Princess Celestia. Twilight Sparkle reports at the end of each episode, or at least mentions something about friendship. The report is usually always dictated by Twilight and transcribed by Spike, who then magically sends the letter to Princess Celestia by breathing fire on it. But sometimes Princess Celestia happens to be around in around, and Twilight Sparkle just tells her the report in person.

Contents

Season 1

Elements of Harmony (episode)

In this episode Twilight Sparkle doesn't actually give the report, Princess Celestia does.

Spike, take a note please. "I, Princess Celestia, hereby decree that the unicorn, Twilight Sparkle, shall take on a new mission for Equestria. She must continue to study the "magic of friendship". She must report to me her findings, from her new home... in Ponyville."


The Ticket Master

Dear Princess Celestia,
I've learned that one of the joys of friendship is sharing your blessings. But when there's not enough blessings to go around, having more than your friends can make you feel pretty awful.


Applebuck Season

Dear Princess Celestia,
My friend Applejack is the best friend a pony could ever have, and she's always there to help anypony. The only trouble is, when she needs help she finds it hard to accept it. So while friendship is about giving of ourselves to friends, it's also about accepting what our friends have to offer.

Your faithful student,

Twilight Sparkle.


Griffon the Brush-Off

Dearest Princess Celestia,
Today I learned that it's hard to accept when somepony you like wants to spend time with somepony who's not so nice. Though it's impossible to control who your friends hang out with, it is possible to control your own behavior. Just continue to be a good friend. In the end, the difference between a false friend and one who is true will surely come to light.

Your faithful student,

Twilight Sparkle


Boast Busters

Dear Princess Celestia,
I have learned a very valuable lesson about friendship: I was so afraid of being thought of as a showoff that I was hiding a part of who I am. My friends helped me realize that it's okay to be proud of your talents, and there are times when it's appropriate to show them off... Especially when you're standing up for your friends.


Dragonshy

Dear Princess Celestia,
I am happy to report that the dragon has departed our fair country, and that it was my good friend Fluttershy who convinced him to go. This adventure has taught me to never lose faith in your friends. They can be an amazing source of strength, and can help you overcome even your greatest fears.

Always your faithful student,

Twilight Sparkle.


Look Before You Sleep

Dear Princess Celestia,
It's hard to believe that two ponies that seem to have so little in common could ever get along. But I found out that if you embrace each other's differences, you just might be surprised to discover a way to be friends after all...


Bridle Gossip

Dear Princess Celestia,
My friends and I all learned an important lesson this week: Never judge a book by its cover. Someone may look unusual, or funny, or scary. But you have to look past that and learn who they are inside. Real friends don't care what your "cover" is; It's the contents of a pony that count. And a good friend, like a good book, is something that will last forever.

Your faithful student,

Twilight Sparkle.


Swarm of the Century

Princess Celestia: Before I have to go, would you care to give me your latest report on the "magic of friendship" in person?
Twilight Sparkle: My... report?
Princess Celestia: Haven't you learned anything about friendship?
Twilight Sparkle: (watches Pinkie Pie) ... Actually, I have...

I've learned that sometimes the solution to your problems can come from where you least expect it. It's a good idea to stop and listen to your friends' opinions and perspectives... Even when they don't always seem to make sense...


Winter Wrap Up

Dear Princess Celestia,

Winter Wrap Up was one of the most special things I've ever been a part of here in Ponyville. It helped me to learn that we all have hidden talents, and if we're patient and diligent we're sure to find them. And as always, with good friendship and teamwork, ponies can accomplish anything...


Call of the Cutie

Dearest Princess Celestia,

I am happy to report that one of your youngest subjects has learned a valuable lesson about friendship. Sometimes, the thing you think will cause you to lose friends and feel left out can actually be the thing that helps you make your closest friends and realize how special you are...


Fall Weather Friends

Applejack: I'm sorry you had to see us being such poor sports, Princess.
Princess Celestia: *chuckles* That's all right, Applejack. Anypony can get swept up in the excitement of competition.
Twilight Sparkle: It's important to remember that the friendship is always more important than the competition.


Suited For Success

Dear Princess Celestia,

This week my very talented friend Rarity learned that if you try to please everypony, you oftentimes end up pleasing nopony, especially yourself. And I learned this: when somepony offers to do you a favor, like making you a beautiful dress, you shouldn't be overly critical of something generously given to you. In other words, you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth *giggle*.


Feeling Pinkie Keen

Dear Princess Celestia,
I am happy to report that I now realize there are wonderful things in this world you just can't explain, but that doesn't necessarily make them any less true. It just means you have to choose to believe in them. And sometimes it takes a friend to show you the way.
Pinkie Pie: Honk!
Honk.

Always your faithful student,

Twilight Sparkle.


Sonic Rainboom

Princess Celestia: So Twilight Sparkle, did you learn anything about friendship from this experience?
Twilight Sparkle: I did, Princess. But I think Rarity learned even more than me.
Rarity: I certainly did. I learned how important it is to keep your hooves on the ground, and be there for your friends.
Princess Celestia: Excellent. Well done, Rarity.


Stare Master

Twilight did write a letter to Princess Celestia about Fluttershy's misadventure with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, but the letter is never heard by us viewers. Although, Fluttershy and Twilight Sparkle did discuss the lesson that Fluttershy learned from her events, which may have been the letter's subject.

Twilight Sparkle: I was wrong about you. You certainly do know how to handle those girls.
Fluttershy: I wouldn't go that far.
Twilight Sparkle: Hm? How so?
Fluttershy: I assumed that I'd be just as good with kids as I am with animals. Boy, was I wrong. I really learned the hard way not to bite off more than I can chew.


The Show Stoppers

[After the Talent Show, Twilight meets the Cutie Mark Crusaders and noticed they have learned something from the experience]

Sweetie Belle: Well, maybe we were trying too hard.
Twilight Sparkle: Yes, and...?
Scootaloo: And instead of forcing ourselves to do something that's not meant for us...
Twilight Sparkle: Yes? Yes?
Apple Bloom: We each should be embracing our true talents.
Twilight Sparkle: And that is...?
[All together: COMEDY!]


A Dog and Pony Show

Twilight Sparkle: I can't wait to write to Princess Celestia to tell her what you taught me today.
Rarity: Me? What did I teach you?
Twilight Sparkle: Just because somepony is lady-like doesn't make her weak. In fact, by using her wits, a seemingly defenseless pony can be the one who outsmarts and outshines them all.


Green Isn't Your Color

Dear Princess Celestia,
Being a good friend means being able to keep a secret, but you should never be afraid to share your true feelings with a good friend.


Over a Barrel

Dear Princess Celestia,
Friendship is a wondrous and powerful thing. Even the worst of enemies can become friends. You need understanding and compromise. You've got to share. You've got to care.
Pinkie Pie: HEY! That's what I said!


A Bird in the Hoof

Twilight Sparkle: Fluttershy really did do everything she could to try to take care of Philomena for you.
Princess Celestia: And I do appreciate that your heart was in the right place, child, but all you had to do was ask me and I could have told you Philomena was a phoenix and saved you all this trouble.
Fluttershy: I know. I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions. Next time I'll ask before taking matters into my own hooves.
Twilight Sparkle: Should I write you a letter about that lesson, Princess?
Princess Celestia: No, that's quite all right. I think I can remember.


The Cutie Mark Chronicles

Dear Princess Celestia,
Today I learned something amazing! Everypony everywhere has a special magical connection with her friends, maybe even before she's met them. If you're feeling lonely and you're still searching for your true friends, just look up in the sky. Who knows, maybe you and your future best friends are all looking at the same rainbow.
Spike: Gross! When did you get to be so cheesy?
Twilight Sparkle: Just write it, Spike!


Owl's Well That Ends Well

Dear Princess Celestia,
This is Spike, writing to you about my adventures. This week, I learned that being jealous, and telling lies, gets you nowhere in friendship. I also learned that there's plenty of love for every friend to share. So, from here on out, I promise that I, Spike, will-

[Spike falls asleep before finishing the letter]


Party of One

Dear Princess Celestia,
I am writing to you from the most delightful party. I'm not only having a great time with my friends, but also was given the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson about friendship. Always expect the best from your friends and never assume the worst. Rest assured that a good friend always has your best interests at heart.

Your faithful student,

Twilight Sparkle.


The Best Night Ever

Twilight Sparkle: Pardon me, Princess, but tonight was just... awful.

Princess Celestia: Oh, Twilight. The Grand Galloping Gala is always awful.
Twilight Sparkle: It is?
Princess Celestia: That is why I was thrilled you were all attending. I was hoping you could liven things up a bit. And while the evening may not have gone as you planned, I'm sure you'll agree that in the end it didn't turn out so bad for this group of friends.
Twilight Sparkle: You're right, Princess. Friends have a way of making even the worst of times into something pretty great.


Season 2

The Return of Harmony (part 2)

When Discord leaves Twilight's spirit broken and her faith in friendship is lost, Princess Celestia sends all of Twilight's friend reports thus far back to her. The letters Twilight reads include the ones she wrote in Bridle Gossip, Over a Barrel, and The Cutie Mark Chronicles. These reports bring back Twilight's spirit and faith in friendship and help her learn a new lesson which she proclaims in the mane six's final confrontation with Discord.

Twilight Sparkle: I'll tell you what we've learned Discord. We've learned that friendship isn't always easy. But there's no doubt it's worth fighting for.


Lesson Zero

Near the end of the episode Lesson Zero, Princess Celestia requests that the six protagonist ponies write the friendship report together.

Applejack: [clears throat] Dear Princess Celestia, we're writin' to you today because today we all learned sumpn' about friendship.
Fluttershy: We learned that you should take your friends' worries seriously.
Rainbow Dash: Even if you don't think that she has anything to worry about.
Rarity: And that you shouldn't let your worries turn a small problem...
Pinkie Pie: ...into an enormously huge entire-town-in-total-chaos Princess-has-to-come-and-save-the-day problem!
Applejack: Signed, your loyal subjects.


Luna Eclipsed

Dear Princess Celestia,
When you first sent me to Ponyville, I didn't know anything about friendship. I met somepony tonight who was having the same problem - your sister, Princess Luna! She taught me that one of the best things you can do with friendship is to give it to others, and help them find it themselves! And I'm happy to report that all of Ponyville has learned that even though somepony seems a little intimidating, even scary, when you offer them your friendship, you'll discover a whole new pony underneath. And even if my Star Swirl bearded costume didn't go over, this still turned out to be the best Nightmare Night ever!


Sisterhooves Social

Sisterhooves Social is the first episode with a friendship report where Twilight Sparkle is not present during the creation of it.

Rarity: Very well then, what shall we write to the Princess?
Sweetie Belle: I'll start. Having a sister is just about the bestest thing in the world. But it sure isn't the easiest.
Rarity: I agree that being sisters is a wonderful thing, but it takes teamwork. Sometimes it's about compromising. Sometimes it's about accepting each others' differences. But mostly, it's about having fun together. Even if it means getting your hooves a little bit dirty.


The Cutie Pox

The friendship report was reported by Apple Bloom in this episode.

Dear Princess Celestia,
Waiting for what your heart desires can be really hard. So, you may try to take a shortcut. But this dishonesty never works, because you didn't earn what your heart desired. The only cure is being honest with yourself, and others. And that's something every heart desires.


May The Best Pet Win

Rainbow Dash: Spike, take a letter!
Dear Princess Celestia,
I used to think that the most important traits to look for in a pet - or any best friend - were all physical competetive abilities, but now I can see how shortsighted and shallow that was. Today I learned what the most important quality really is: a certain kind of spirit, a stick-to-itiveness; a never give up, can-do attitude that's the mark of a real winner, and this tortoise has it.
Twilight Sparkle: Tenacity!
Rainbow Dash: Gesundheit.


The Mysterious Mare Do-Well

After the unmasking of Mare Do-Well the moral of this episode is given in dialogue before Rainbow begins writing a letter herself.

Rainbow Dash: Why?! Don't you want me to be a hero?
Twilight: Of course we want you to be a hero.
Applejack: But a real hero doesn't brag! *winks*
Rainbow: Uh... I guess I did start to brag a little...
All: A little?!
Rainbow: Ok, a lot.
Twilight: Celebrating your accomplishments is natural, but...
Applejack: Rubbing it them everypony's face is not.
Pinkie: Yeah. The only thing that should be rubbed in anypony's face is chocolate cake. *salivates and licks her lips*
Applejack: I think we're getting off topic here.
Twilight: What we're trying to say is it's great to be really good at something but it's important to act with grace and humility.
Rainbow: Ooooohhh! That makes loads more sense!
Rainbow Dash: Yeah, you're right. And I guess I should also act with grace and humility when others outshine me... like Mare Do-Well.
Twilight: Sounds like you've got a letter to write to Princess Celestia.


Sweet and Elite

Rarity:
Dear Princess Celestia,
I wanted to tell you about the important lesson I learned during my visit.
Princess Celestia: *Approaches Rarity silently from behind* - Now that I would like to hear.
Rarity: I learned that no matter where you go in life you should never forget that you are the product of your home and your friends. And that is something always to be proud of, no matter what.
Princess Celestia: A very valuable lesson to have learned.


Secret Of My Excess

Spike:
Dear Princess Celestia,
Today I learned a great lesson about friendship. You think it might feel good to get lots and lots of stuff, but it doesn't feel nearly as good as giving something special to somepony you really care about. I learned that it truly is better to give than to receive, and that kindness and generosity are what lead to true friendship. And that's more valuable than anything in the world.


Hearth's Warming Eve

There is no letter or moral musing at the end of this episode. The epilogue of the Hearth's Warming Eve play stated that the point was the ability of the three pony races - Earth, Unicorn, and Pegasus - to see that their prejudices saddled them with equal guilt for their common problems and lay aside their shared mistrust in order to unite harmoniously as a single species, each using their unique gifts for the prosperity of all.


Family Appreciation Day

Again, there was no letter, and no clear lesson beyond "not juding a book by its cover" and respecting the the ways of people even whom you don't understand, with an emphasis on respecting the elderly.


Baby Cakes

Pinkie Pie:
Dear Princess Celestia,
I've always had fun playing with little kids, and I thought babysitting just meant more play time, right? WRONG! Being a caregiver is way more responsibility than just being a playmate. And today I learned that sometimes our desire for responsibility can outrun our actual ability to handle it.


The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000

Applejack:
Dear Princess Celestia,
I wanted to share my thoughts with you. Ahem... I didn't learn anything! I was right all along! If you take your time to do things the right way, your work will speak for itself. Sure, I could tell you I learned something about how my friends are always there to help me and I can count on them no matter what, but the truth is, I knew that already too.


The Last Roundup

Applejack:
Dear Princess Celestia,
It's a tad easier to be proud when you've come in first than it is when you finish further back. But there's no reason to hide when you don't do as well as you'd hoped. You can't run away from your problems. Better to run to your friends and family.


Read It And Weep

Rainbow Dash: Thanks, Twilight. I'm sorry I made such a big deal about all this. I thought reading was just for smart ponies like you.
Twilight: Rainbow Dash, just because you're athletic doesn't mean that you aren't smart!
Spike: Yeah! Just look at me! *kisses his left bicept*

Uncomfortable stares from Rainbow and Twilight

Twilight: Reading is something everypony can enjoy if they just give it a try.
Rainbow: Yeah, I get it. I shouldn't knock something until I've tried it.
Twilight: That's a great lesson, and it would make a great letter to the princess.
Rainbow: *at Spike* Did you get all that?
Spike: Yeah...
Rainbow: Great! You write the letter, I gotta finish this book!


Hearts And Hooves Day

After disastrous intervention in the love lives of Cheerilee and Big Macintosh and subsequently setting things aright, the Cutie Mark Crusaders explain their actions and why they were wrong.

Apple Bloom: No matter how good our intentions might have been, we should have never meddled in your relationship.
Scootaloo: Nopony can force two ponies to be together
Sweetie Belle: It's up to everypony to choose that very special somepony for themselves.


A Friend In Deed

Pinkie Pie:
Dear Princess Celestia,
There are many different kinds of friends and many ways to express friendship. Some friends like to run and laugh and play together, but others just like to be left alone - and that's fine too. But the best thing about friendship is being able to make your friends smile.


Putting Your Hoof Down

Fluttershy:
Dear Princess Celestia,
Sometimes it can be hard for a shy pony like me to stand up for myself, and when I first tried it, I didn't like the pony I became. But I've learned that standing up for yourself isn't the same as changing who you are. Now I know how to put my hoof down without being unpleasant or mean.


It's About Time

Twilight tells Pinkie that she's learned not to worry so much after fretting over a nonexistant problem became it's own problem, causing her misery that otherwise wouldn't have happened.


Dragon Quest

Spike:
Dear Princess Celestia,
Seeing the Great Dragon Migration made me wonder what it meant to be a dragon. But now I realize that who I am is not the same as what I am. I may have been born a dragon, but Equestria and my pony friends have taught me how to be kind, loyal, and true. I'm proud to call Ponyville my home and to have my pony friends as my family.

Yours truly, Spike


Hurricane Fluttershy

Fluttershy:
Dear Princess Celestia,
Sometimes you can feel like what you have to offer is too little to make a difference, but today, I learned that everypony's contribution is important, no matter how small. If you just keep your head high, do your best, and believe in yourself, anything can happen.

MMMystery on the Friendship Express

Pinkie Pie:
Dear Princess Celestia,
Today I learned that it is not good to jump to conclusions. You have to find out all the facts before saying somepony did something. If you don't, you could end up blaming somepony for something they never did. This could hurt their feelings, and it can make you look really foolish. So from now on, I will always make sure to get all the facts.

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