The Times They Are A Changeling

Information

TitleThe Times They Are A Changeling
Season6
Number16
Overall Number133
Wiki PageThe Times They Are A Changeling
Main Character
  • Spike
Previous28 Pranks Later
NextDungeons & Discords

In this episode 15 characters spoke a total of 178 lines. The most talkative character was Spike, who spoke 61 lines.

Characters

Most Talkative Characters
image/svg+xml https://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.en.html https://mlp.mattbas.org/transcripts/episodes/06/16/ https://mlp.mattbas.org/transcripts/episodes/06/16/ Spike (61, 38%) Thorax (27, 17%) Twilight Sparkle (23, 14%) Starlight Glimmer (14, 9%) Princess Cadance (12, 8%) Shining Armor (10, 6%) Sunburst (3, 2%) Amber Laurel (2, 1%) Scarlet Heart (2, 1%) Amber Waves (1, 1%) Other (5, 3%)

Transcript

  • Twilight Sparkle
I hope Shining Armor and Princess Cadance don't think it's too soon for me to come back to the Crystal Empire for a visit. But I just know Flurry Heart's grown so much already. I wonder if I'll even recognize her.
  • Starlight Glimmer
She's the only baby they have, Twilight. I think it'll be pretty easy to figure out who she is.
  • Starlight Glimmer
Sorry. I know you want to visit your niece as much as possible, and I'm excited to see Sunburst again. I just don't wanna fall behind on my friendship lessons back home.
  • Twilight Sparkle
Starlight, your work in Ponyville isn't going anywhere. Besides, I think we all know you can learn about friendship anywhere. Right, Spike?
  • Spike
"Spike?" Who's "Spike"?
  • Starlight Glimmer
Pfft. Uh, you're Spike, Spike. And why are you dressed like that?
  • Spike
Guys, you're blowing my cover! How'd you even know it was me?
  • Starlight Glimmer
Because you're you... in a coat, hat and glasses. Also, we're the only ones here.
  • Spike
Right.
  • Twilight Sparkle
Spike, why do you need a disguise?
  • Spike
Last time we came to the Crystal Empire, there was a lot goin' on with the new baby and the Crystalling, but I still got mobbed in the street.
  • Starlight Glimmer
I wouldn't say mobbed.
  • Spike
And this is just a family visit. I wouldn't want the presence of Spike the Brave and Glorious to turn it into some kind of circus.
  • Starlight Glimmer
We get it. The Crystal Ponies adore you.
  • Twilight Sparkle
He did save the Empire. Twice. But still, I don't think your presence will turn our visit into a circus.
  • Spike
Not if I find the right disguise, it won't.
  • Starlight Glimmer
Uh, disguise or not, Spike, I don't think you need to worry about being mobbed. Nopony's here.
  • Spike
It's like a ghost town.
  • Twilight Sparkle
I've got a bad feeling about this.
  • Starlight Glimmer
Yeah, this is weird.
  • Spike
I guess I don't need the disguise after all.
  • Glamour Gleam
It's Spike the Brave and Glorious!
  • Amber Waves
He's come to save us yet again!
  • Crystal Ponies
Spike! Spike! Spike! Spike!
  • Spike
Save you from what?
  • Starlight Glimmer
Yeah, what's going on?
  • Twilight Sparkle
Why was everypony hiding?
  • Amber Laurel
Oh, it sure looks like Princess Twilight and her pupil.
  • Scarlet Heart
But how can we be sure?
  • Golden Väs
We can't! Either one of them could be the... you know!
  • Amber Laurel
What if this... isn't... the real Spike?!
  • Scarlet Heart
Everypony, run!
  • Twilight Sparkle
Okay. Something strange is definitely going on.
  • Spike
Ya think?
Who goes there?
  • Starlight Glimmer
Um, you don't recognize the Princess of Friendship?
Of course we recognize her.
But that doesn't mean it's really her.
  • Spike
It's okay, guys. They're with me. And any friend of Spike the Brave and Glorious is a friend of the Crystal Empire, am I right?
Huh. It does look like him.
Well, it would, wouldn't it? I'm sorry, but we'll need to see some proof of identification.
  • Princess Cadance
We'll take care of things from here.
  • Twilight Sparkle
Oh, Cadance, thank goodness! What's going on?
  • Shining Armor
We can explain, Twily... if it really is you.
  • Princess Cadance
Sunshine, sunshine...
  • Twilight Sparkle
  • Princess Cadance
...ladybugs awake! Clap your hooves and do a little shake! Mmm!
  • Shining Armor
It's okay, everypony. It's her.
  • Starlight Glimmer
Of course it's her! What's all this about?
  • Sunburst
A changeling's been spotted nearby.
  • Twilight Sparkle
A changeling?!
  • Spike
That's not good.
  • Princess Cadance
No, it's not. After Queen Chrysalis took my place at our wedding and invaded Canterlot with her army of minions, we're not taking any chances.
  • Sunburst
Changelings feed off of love. And ever since Flurry Heart's Crystalling, the Empire is filled with more love than anywhere in Equestria. It's possible they've come for the baby.
  • Shining Armor
That's why we posted the extra guards, and why we're—
  • Twilight Sparkle
Checking everypony's identity.
  • Princess Cadance
I'm sorry for all of this. Flurry Heart's really been looking forward to seeing you.
  • Twilight Sparkle
Oh, she's gotten so big! Starlight and I will do whatever we can to help protect her.
  • Princess Cadance
To be honest, having you here is already a big relief.
  • Shining Armor
Hmm. The royal guards were wondering if Spike the Brave and Glorious would like to join in the search for the changeling.
  • Spike
Really?
  • Twilight Sparkle
Uh, I don't know if that's such a good idea, Spike. It sounds dangerous.
  • Spike
Come on, Twilight, this is Spike the Brave and Glorious you're talking to. Have you ever known me to run from danger?
  • Twilight Sparkle
Um...
  • Shining Armor
He'll be safe with our guards.
  • Spike
Or will your guards be safe with me?
Spike the Brave and Glorious, you've faced the evil changelings before. What can you tell us?
  • Spike
Oh, uh, well, they are changelings, so they can... change.
You hear that? These monsters can look like any of us, so be on guard, guards! Even more than normal.
  • Spike
And they could be anywhere.
  • Spike
So we should cover as much ground as possible. You, search that way!
  • Spike
And you, search that way!
  • Spike
And... I'll... just search... here, I guess. Not many places to hide. Unless that rock is a changeling. Okay, rock. How do I know you're really a rock? Hmm. Not talkin', huh? Well, you can't fool me! Uhh! Ow!
  • Spike
Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Help! Oh! Uhh!
  • Spike
Phew! Okay. Maybe it's time Spike the Brave and Glorious went back to, uh, protect those guards. Gah! Just my reflection. Huh? Ha! Ha-ha! Hmm. Just my imagination, I guess.
  • Spike
Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changeling!
  • Thorax
No, wait! Come back!
  • Spike
This is unexpected.
  • Thorax
The ice is pretty slippery. I wouldn't want you to get hurt because of me.
  • Spike
You... saved me?
  • Thorax
It's okay. I know you don't wanna be friends.
  • Spike
Wait! I don't understand. Changelings are supposed to be evil... right?
  • Thorax
Evil? Oh, not me. All I've ever wanted is a friend.
  • Thorax
From the moment I first split my egg in the nursery hive...
  • Thorax
I was part of the attack on Canterlot during the royal wedding, but I'd never seen true friendship like that! And I couldn't just steal it and feed on its love. I wanted to share it!
  • Thorax
After that, I knew I couldn't live with my kind anymore. I set off looking for love to share, but...
  • Spike
But... what?
  • Thorax
I'm starving! And there's so much love in the Crystal Empire right now. It's what drew me here! But it's drivin' me crazy!
  • Spike
That would be from the royal Crystalling. It's pretty much a giant outpouring of light and love for a new baby.
  • Thorax
Oh, sorry! I'm just so hungry! If I had a friend, maybe the love we shared could sustain me, but I don't think the Crystal Ponies want to be friends.
  • Spike
What if I told you there was somepony they respect and admire so much, he could convince them to give it a try?
  • Thorax
If only that were true.
  • Spike
It is! I mean, I am! It's me, Spike! Spike the Brave and Glorious? I'm sure you've heard of me.
  • Thorax
Nope. But I was raised by an evil queen. I'm Thorax. I can't believe you want to help me.
  • Spike
Why? Hasn't anypony ever just been nice to you?
  • Thorax
Uh! S-Sorry! Kindness like that kind of brings it out. Do you still wanna be my friend?
  • Spike
Of course! And I am one hundred percent sure I can get the whole Crystal Empire to be your friend too.
  • Spike
But... maybe I should just, uh, talk to them first.
What do you mean? Did you see the changeling?
Did you defeat the evil creature?
  • Spike
Defeating a changeling would be brave, but do you know what would be glorious?
Defeating two changelings?
Defeating all the changelings?
  • Spike
Not having to fight the changeling at all! Because I made friends with him.
Oh, wow! For a second I thought you were serious!
Could you imagine? Friends with a changeling?
  • Spike
I am serious. He wants to be friends!
Right!
Not only are you Spike the Brave and Glorious, you're also Spike the Hilarious!
  • Spike
I'm not joking! The changeling is nice!
  • Shining Armor
I'm sorry, but I don't think it's funny. The Changeling Queen Chrysalis kidnapped Cadance and cast a spell on me.
  • Shining Armor
There's no such thing as a nice changeling.
  • Spike
You're right, Shining Armor. Sorry. That was a... bad joke.
  • Thorax
So? So? Uh, what did they say? How many new friends do I have?
  • Spike
Well, it didn't go exactly the way I thought.
  • Thorax
I understand. Well, thanks for trying. I-I guess it's not surprising. How can you expect ponies who looks like this... to trust something that looks like this?
  • Spike
I think I might know!
  • Twilight Sparkle
Spike, if you're done searching for the changeling, Starlight and I could use your help. We're working on a protection spell for Flurry Heart, and nopony takes notes like you.
  • Spike
Uh, actually, Twilight, I, uh, wanted to introduce you to my friend, uh... Uh, Crystal, uh... Hoof! Crystal Hoof! My good friend, Crystal Hoof.
  • Thorax
Nice to meet you.
  • Twilight Sparkle
Oh. Well, it's, uh, nice to meet you, too. How do you know Spike?
  • Thorax
Oh, uh, Spike and I go way back.
  • Spike
To the Equestria Games! That's when we met. We've been pen pals ever since.
  • Twilight Sparkle
Pen pals? Spike! You could have been using my pen pal quill set! Why didn't you tell me?
  • Spike
Well, I... I pretty much only write to him when you and Starlight are... studying.
  • Thorax
I like to brag to all my friends about my letters from Spike the Brave and Glorious.
  • Spike
Yeah.
  • Twilight Sparkle
Well, I'm sure Starlight and I can manage, if you want to spend time with your friend.
  • Spike
Great! Crystal Hoof promised to take me around the city.
  • Thorax
Oh, that was amazing!
  • Spike
I told ya.
Crystal Hoof is nearly as entertaining as Spike himself.
  • Thorax
This place is everything I've ever dreamed of! But I can't keep pretending to be a Crystal Pony forever, can I?
  • Spike
Relax. You're winning them over. Pretty soon, nopony will care that you're a changeling.
  • Princess Cadance
Spike! Twilight told me you were off with a friend.
  • Princess Cadance
And any friend of Spike the Brave and Glorious is a friend of mine.
  • Thorax
Oh, she's so beautiful! There's so much l-love around her...! I... I...!
  • Thorax
I... I'm so... ...sorry...! I can't... Can't ...stop!
  • Twilight Sparkle
Spike! Get away from the changeling!
  • Spike
Wait, no! You don't understand!
  • Sunburst
This changeling replaced your friend to get close to the baby! What other explanation could there be?!
  • Spike
I...
  • Spike
...I don't know.
After it! Don't let the changeling escape!
  • Princess Cadance
I hope your friend is okay.
  • Spike
Yeah... Me, too.
Spike, you should go find Crystal Hoof while we hunt down the changeling.
  • Spike
I'm pretty sure he doesn't wanna see me.
  • Shining Armor
Spread out! The changeling is probably still nearby!
  • Spike
Actually, I'm pretty sure he ran as far away from here as possible.... But I bet I know where!
  • Spike
Thorax! Hello? I just want to apologize! I should have stood up for you... Aw, come on, Thorax! I know you're in here!
  • Thorax
Leave me alone!
  • Spike
Little help?
  • Thorax
Why do you think I would help you? I'm an "evil changeling"!
  • Spike
Because you're my friend. I just wish I had been one to you.
  • Thorax
It's okay, I know it's hard. Everyone in the Crystal Empire loves you. I couldn't ask you to give that up for me.
  • Spike
You don't have to ask.
  • Thorax
What are you gonna do?
  • Spike
What I should've done in the first place.
  • Royal guards
Let's move! Move! Move! This way! This way! Let's go! Check there? Okay. Over here! Over here!
  • Royal Guard
Look around that corner! Over there! Over there!
  • Starlight Glimmer
I know it's bad that there's a changeling around, but is all this really necessary?
  • Princess Cadance
If there's one changeling, there may well be a whole army on the way.
  • Twilight Sparkle
True. But Starlight has a point. This is getting a little out of hand.
  • Princess Cadance
I understand, but I don't know what else we can do.
  • Spike
I do!
  • Shining Armor
Spike! What are you doing?! Get away from that thing!
  • Spike
No. He's not a "thing"! His name is Thorax, and he's my friend!
  • Twilight Sparkle
Spike, I'm so proud of you.
  • Spike
You are?
  • Twilight Sparkle
Of course! You're a celebrity here in the Crystal Empire, and you just risked all of it for a friend! I can't imagine anything more brave than that. As the Princess of Friendship, I try to set an example for all of Equestria. But today, it was Spike who taught me that a new friend can come from anywhere. I guess everypony still has things to learn about friendship. Even me! And if Spike says Thorax is his friend, then he's my friend too.
  • Thorax
Thank you.
  • Princess Cadance
On behalf of the Crystal Empire, I would like to extend my hoof in friendship, and I'm sure all of my subjects are eager to do the same.
  • Shining Armor
Welcome to the Crystal Empire, Thorax. I'm sorry we didn't take the time to get to know you. Maybe we can change that now.
  • Thorax
That'd be so amazing! I want to know all about friendship, and maybe one day I can take that knowledge back to the Changeling Kingdom! If my kind learned how to create love for one another, maybe they wouldn't have to take it from others!
To Spike the Brave and Glorious!
  • Starlight Glimmer
Looks like you were right after all.
  • Twilight Sparkle
Right about what?
  • Starlight Glimmer
Friendship lessons can happen anywhere.