I like what Twilight said near the end: "Let her go. Hopefully she'll learn her lesson eventually..."
It would seem that she has self-worth issues, and she's compensating by doing her shows and all, and judging by how she acts, she's been doing it so long, SHE now believes she's the great Trixie. At least consciously, she seems to. But not really. At some level people know the truth, and when she's alone at night, it probably haunts her. And once that fake display of "mighty Trixie" comes crumbling down, all of her self-esteem does, too.
Where does that leave her? She ran away from Ponyville, no home, no money, defamed, no robes and hat, even, and personally crushed. No self esteem, and literally, not even "just the clothes off her back".
That's a lot of hurt. But what does she do? Does she brush it off, and keep going on with "great and powerful", to keep delluding herself, or does she face her inner demons, even though it's incredibly painful? My guess is, in the next town she tries being great and powerful, fails epicly because she's now just a hobo, then faces those demons as a hobo.
But it can be a good thing, in the long run, if she "learns her lesson" and becomes a better person, one that doesn't base her self-esteem on putting others down, then in the long run any pain would be for the better.
The pain is just part of the process of growing. If you try to hug her early on, she won't learn her lesson, and she'll revert to the old insecure, put-down-others for self-esteem Trixie. So I'd let her go through some stuff, and once she's a better person, she gets the hug.
Personally, I think Rainbow Dash needs to learn a similar lesson. She's cool and stuff, but she can come off as really mean at times. I mean, look at how she treated Derpy in the latest episode, or Fluttershy in the sonic rainboom episode (16).
But that's different. It's actually worse. RD has a support network of close friends to help her self-esteem issues. But instead, she has to always believe she's the best at whatever. She gets her esteem from that. The harshness just comes from a lack of care and sympathy, and really doesn't have a good reason like Trixie does, other than she's just not being sympathetic.
That's the reason, by the way, not excuse. There is no excuse for Trixie to act like that. How she responded to her self-esteem issues is very selfish. Hopefully the "learned her lesson" lesson will be to stop being so self-centered, forget her own esteem issues by caring for others. Will she learn that? From what I saw, It'll take a lot of hurt for her to learn that, but just maybe, she does seem to have a lot of hurt coming.
There it is. My opinion of Trixie. There's an 80% chance there's more psychological depth there than Hasbro ever put into her character But then again, they do make some pretty obscure references, which means there's a lot of work in the back that doesn't make it to the show's surface. So maybe the developers did put that much thought into Trixie, but weren't able to put it into the show.
*hugs Trixie* Compared to other 'antagonists' on the show we've seen, Trixie wasn't an antagonist. The Mane Cast were the ones to start heckling her, and she DID try to fight the Ursa, despite knowing she had no chance. Flawed? Yes, she is. But she's a lot better than what some people think of her.
well a you said: flawed but not bad. In this case she wa just in charge to represent a flaw none of the manecast can represent in such intensity (not even rainbowdash). I find it pretty sad that the lesson of this episode does includes trixie only a the example for the flaw but not the possible change. which would have been better though.