History AlternativeCharacterInterpretation / MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic

2nd Jan '16 6:30:39 PM Doug86
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* This is further complicated by the presence of Princess Cadance. Is she also a Physical Goddess? [[AllInTheManual We're told]] she's the niece of Princess Celestia, but she couldn't be Luna's child since Luna spent the last thousand years in the moon. So who are her parents? Is she also immortal and will outlive Shining Armor? Does she even have a blood relation to the Royal Pony Sisters? (It should be noted that Cadance was originally conceived as a unicorn but made an alicorn because of ExecutiveMeddling.)
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* This is further complicated by the presence of Princess Cadance. Is she also a Physical Goddess? [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual We're told]] she's the niece of Princess Celestia, but she couldn't be Luna's child since Luna spent the last thousand years in the moon. So who are her parents? Is she also immortal and will outlive Shining Armor? Does she even have a blood relation to the Royal Pony Sisters? (It should be noted that Cadance was originally conceived as a unicorn but made an alicorn because of ExecutiveMeddling.)
28th Dec '15 8:33:20 AM Psi001
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* Lord Tirek seems to hold an extreme grudge towards his brother for betraying him (in self defence), and shows disgust for Twilight's loyalty to Discord despite selling her out. Given he himself backstabbed Discord as a stepping stone for his conquest, is this standard villainous MoralMyopia, or does he merely find contempt in said characters valuing and boasting the importance friendship (which he also scoffs at) [[AtLeastIAdmitIt despite having the same self serving tendencies.]]
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* Lord Tirek seems to hold an extreme grudge towards his brother for betraying him (in self defence), and shows disgust for Twilight's loyalty to Discord despite selling her out. Given he himself backstabbed Discord as a stepping stone for his conquest, is this standard villainous MoralMyopia, or does he merely find contempt in said characters valuing and boasting the importance of friendship (which he also scoffs at) openly devalues) [[AtLeastIAdmitIt despite having the same self serving tendencies.]]
28th Dec '15 8:32:06 AM Psi001
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* Lord Tirek seems to hold an extreme grudge towards his brother for betraying him (in self defence), and shows disgust for Twilight's loyalty to Discord despite selling her out. Given he himself backstabbed Discord as a stepping stone for his conquest, is this standard villainous MoralMyopia, or does he merely find contempt in said characters valuing and boasting the importance friendship (which he also scoffs at) [[AtLeastIAdmitIt despite having the same self serving tendencies.]]
28th Nov '15 12:19:54 PM gophergiggles
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** Celestia's tendency to do absolutely nothing other than sent Twilight and the gang after a percieved threat against Equestria, along with her utter [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] by Chrysalis the one time she ''did'' try something (granted Chrysalis had a power boost, but you'd expect her to have at least been able to put up more of a fight than ''that'') and how Nightmare Moon had her on the ropes in their flashback battle until Celestia brandished the Elements of harmony, have made many fans question her strength. Is she actually powerful and holding back to do behind the scenes work, or just a BadassOnPaper who knows she doesn't have the power to do much of anything against a powerful enemy and has to hide behind others?
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** Celestia's tendency to do absolutely nothing other than sent Twilight and the gang after a percieved threat against Equestria, along with her utter [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] by Chrysalis the one time she ''did'' try something (granted Chrysalis had a power boost, but you'd expect her to have at least been able to put up more of a fight than ''that'') and how Nightmare Moon had her on the ropes in their flashback battle until Celestia brandished the Elements of harmony, have made many fans question her strength. Is she actually powerful and holding back to do behind the scenes work, or just a BadassOnPaper who knows she doesn't have the power to do much of anything against a powerful enemy and has to hide behind others?others? [[spoiler:''The Cutie Remark'' showing that every single future of Equestria without Twilight and her friends is a [[BadFuture war-torn post-apocalyptic nightmare]] only serves to imply the latter.]]
24th Nov '15 4:50:38 PM gophergiggles
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** [[https://derpiboo.ru/pony/unpopular-opinion-time/post/55e62cd1e595f0261b0002fa#post_55e62cd1e595f0261b0002fa One fan]] went off on a detailed explanation of how the events of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn "Keep Calm And Flutter On"]] illustrates how Twilight Sparkle is every bit as extreme as [[WellIntentionedExtremist Starlight Glimmer]], with the only difference being that the former's ideals follow the norm and the latter's go against it.
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** [[https://derpiboo.ru/pony/unpopular-opinion-time/post/55e62cd1e595f0261b0002fa#post_55e62cd1e595f0261b0002fa ru/pony/unpopular-opinion-time/post/1626480#post_1626480 One fan]] went off on a detailed explanation of how the events of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn "Keep Calm And Flutter On"]] illustrates how Twilight Sparkle is every bit as extreme as [[WellIntentionedExtremist Starlight Glimmer]], with the only difference being that the former's ideals follow the norm and the latter's go against it.

* According to [[https://www.derpibooru.org/pony/unpopular-opinion-time/post/55c82818e595f0782100029e#post_55c82818e595f0782100029e one fan]], the teenage dragons from ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]'' did ''nothing'' wrong. She points out that the dragons, despite teasing Spike a bit, gave him multiple chances to prove himself and readily accepted him when he did. As for the phoenixes, while the dragons were a bit dickish about it, she saw them as an essential part of nature which was keeping down the population of a never-dying species which defends itself by lighting itself on fire, which would realistically be an over-populating and highly-destructive pest without another species to keep them in check like the fire-proof teenage dragons.
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* According to [[https://www.derpibooru.org/pony/unpopular-opinion-time/post/55c82818e595f0782100029e#post_55c82818e595f0782100029e org/pony/unpopular-opinion-time/post/1563438#post_1563438 one fan]], the teenage dragons from ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]'' did ''nothing'' wrong. She points out that the dragons, despite teasing Spike a bit, gave him multiple chances to prove himself and readily accepted him when he did. As for the phoenixes, while the dragons were a bit dickish about it, she saw them as an essential part of nature which was keeping down the population of a never-dying species which defends itself by lighting itself on fire, which would realistically be an over-populating and highly-destructive pest without another species to keep them in check like the fire-proof teenage dragons.
21st Nov '15 7:04:19 AM gophergiggles
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** Celestia's tendency to do absolutely nothing other than sent Twilight and the gang after a percieved threat against Equestria, along with her utter [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] by Chrysalis the one time she ''did'' try something (granted Chrysalis had a power boost, but you'd expect her to have at least been able to put up more of a fight than ''that'') and how Nightmare Moon had her on the ropes in their flashback battle until Celestia brandished the Elements of harmony, have made many fans question her strength. Is she actually powerful and holding back to do behind the scenes work, or just a BadassOnPaper who knows she doesn't have the power to do much of anything against a powerful enemy and has to hide behind others?
4th Nov '15 3:09:20 PM gophergiggles
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* [[OurGriffonsAreDifferent Gilda]] is viewed in a couple different ways, ranging from a full-on JerkAss thug who feels [[ClingyJealousGirl overly possessive]] of Dash, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold that got caught on a bad day, or a genuine CoolBigSis character tripped up by [[BlueAndOrangeMorality cultural boundaries]] which Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie [[PoorCommunicationKills didn't consider]] and [[DisproportionateRetribution overreacted to]].
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* [[OurGriffonsAreDifferent Gilda]] is viewed in a couple different ways, ranging from a full-on JerkAss thug who feels [[ClingyJealousGirl overly possessive]] of Dash, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold that got caught on a bad day, or a genuine CoolBigSis character tripped up by [[BlueAndOrangeMorality cultural boundaries]] which Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie [[PoorCommunicationKills didn't consider]] and [[DisproportionateRetribution overreacted to]]. Her second appearance in the show seemed to imply the latter.

** Diamond Tiara is usually thought to be a simple AlphaBitch (although see the Trixie example for one way some people interpret her more sympathetically), her friend Silver Spoon is sometimes suggested to be a much nicer filly who is mean to Apple Bloom because she's imitating her best friend. Silver Spoon is noted to genuinely care about Diamond Tiara's feelings, seeing how she tried to cheer her up at the end of "Call of the Cutie", and was also the very first in the class to applaud Granny Smith's story about how the Apple Family founded Ponyville despite Diamond Tiara refusing to. Although she hasn't had any PetTheDog moments since then.
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** Diamond Tiara is usually thought to be a simple AlphaBitch (although see the Trixie example for one way some people interpret her more sympathetically), her friend Silver Spoon is sometimes suggested to be a much nicer filly who is mean to Apple Bloom because she's imitating her best friend. Silver Spoon is noted to genuinely care about Diamond Tiara's feelings, seeing how she tried to cheer her up at the end of "Call of the Cutie", and was also the very first in the class to applaud Granny Smith's story about how the Apple Family founded Ponyville despite Diamond Tiara refusing to. Although to. ** "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" shows she hasn't had any has some ''extreme'' mommy issues and, after standing up to her mother, she gets her first genuine PetTheDog moments since then.moment. Whether it leads to a full-on HeelFaceTurn or a FriendlyEnemy at best is still up in the air, however.

** With Big Mac turning into an ''alicorn princess'' (or prince? not sure how that works) in "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep", some have theorized that he may be a male-to-female {{transsexual}}.
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** With Big Mac turning into an ''alicorn princess'' (or prince? not sure how that works) in "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep", some have theorized that he may be a male-to-female {{transsexual}}.{{transsexual}}, with others chalking it up to a mere power fantasy after "Brotherhooves Social" showed he feels inadequate that he's "just a farm hand while his sister saves the world."

** With Big Mac turning into an ''alicorn princess'' (or prince? not sure how * For that works) in "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep", some matter, exactly how useful is the Royal Guard to begin with? They seem to have theorized that he may little to no presence whatsoever anywhere except Canterlot, as characters like Ahuizotl and Starlight Glimmer rule over entire regions of Equestria until the Mane 6 happen to swing by, other places like Appleoosa are policed only by mobs of citizens, and even locales near Canterlot like Ponyville are attacked by monsters often enough for the ponies to be completely accustomed to it. All the times they ''have'' tried to act they've repeatedly and consistently failed at everything they've ever set out to do, from defending Canterlot to finding a single lost pet. While Shining Armor definitely doesn't seem to be a male-to-female {{transsexual}}.stellar captain, a ''lot'' of blame has to fall on Equestria's [[MilitariesAreUseless clearly subpar military]].

* Are the duplicates from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E3TooManyPinkiePies the Mirror Pool]] mindless constructs, reflections of Pinkie Pie's surface personality, or simply [[ReallyWasBornYesterday innocent children]] with [[{{Manchild}} adult bodies]]? The tone of the episode changes greatly depending on which interpretation the viewer uses. The problem is with the last clone to get zapped: Fans generally assume that she was the very first clone Pinkie created, who spent considerable time learning about the main characters, and as a result had more emotional range and depth than the clones who were cloned off of her. While the other clones cared very little about being zapped into oblivion, she was clearly ''terrified''.
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* Are the duplicates from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E3TooManyPinkiePies the Mirror Pool]] mindless constructs, reflections of Pinkie Pie's surface personality, or simply [[ReallyWasBornYesterday innocent children]] with [[{{Manchild}} adult bodies]]? The tone of the episode changes greatly depending on which interpretation the viewer uses. The problem is with the last clone to get zapped: Fans generally assume that she was the very first clone Pinkie created, who spent considerable time learning about the main characters, and as a result had more emotional range and depth than the clones who were cloned off of her. While the other clones cared very little about being zapped into oblivion, she was clearly ''terrified''. Opinions on this have been a BaseBreaker at best, with some fans shrugging it off as "they were just mindless copies", with other fans going far enough to label Twilight's zapping of them as the ''single most evil thing portrayed in the show''.
5th Oct '15 1:09:42 PM DrakeClawfang
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** His relationship with Twilight. Does he see her as [[HappilyAdopted his mother?]] [[CoolBigSis His sister?]] [[PlatonicLifePartners Best friend?]] His boss? [[{{Shipping}} Possibly a potential girlfriend?]] Something else entirely? ** Twilight's relationship with ''him'' also gets much scrutiny. Sometimes she seems to view Spike as a beloved family member, other times as just an employee she can order around. After all, Spike is explicitly a ''baby'' dragon who does lots of hard work for nothing but food and a place to live. There's a reason that parody fanworks often outright call Spike a slave.
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** His relationship with Twilight. Does he see her as [[HappilyAdopted his mother?]] [[CoolBigSis His sister?]] [[PlatonicLifePartners Best friend?]] His boss? [[{{Shipping}} Possibly a potential girlfriend?]] Something else entirely? entirely? Or an undefinable combination of all of them? ** Twilight's relationship with ''him'' also gets much scrutiny. Sometimes she seems to view Spike as a beloved family member, other times as just an employee she can order around. After all, Spike is explicitly a ''baby'' dragon who does lots of hard work for nothing but food and a place to live. There's a reason that parody fanworks often outright call Spike a slave. ''Friendship Games'' depicts the human world's Twilight having Spike the dog as a pet she mostly treats as such, but he also seems to be her only friend that she talks to about her life, so there's also that interpretation.
18th Sep '15 4:11:44 PM DracoDei
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I think this is the word that was actually meant?
** In most of the two-parters, Celestia is put into question. Is she TheChessMaster who has thousands of {{Batman Gambit}}s lined up, can plan someone's life from the day they were ''born'', but can be lopsided when an OutsideContextVillain comes into the picture with a plan of her own or is Celestia a GeneralFailure whose successes are either based around relying on {{Deus Ex Machina}}s, the villains holding {{Idiot Ball}}s or pulling off last-minute resorts in a desperate attempt to gain ''some'' victory? Both these interpretations have evidential footing and it all falls in how the viewer sees Celestia, either in a positive or negative light.
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** In most of the two-parters, Celestia is put into question. Is she TheChessMaster who has thousands of {{Batman Gambit}}s lined up, can plan someone's life from the day they were ''born'', but can be lopsided blind-sided when an OutsideContextVillain comes into the picture with a plan of her own or is Celestia a GeneralFailure whose successes are either based around relying on {{Deus Ex Machina}}s, the villains holding {{Idiot Ball}}s or pulling off last-minute resorts in a desperate attempt to gain ''some'' victory? Both these interpretations have evidential footing and it all falls in how the viewer sees Celestia, either in a positive or negative light.
6th Sep '15 5:54:52 PM gophergiggles
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** [[https://derpiboo.ru/pony/unpopular-opinion-time/post/55e62cd1e595f0261b0002fa#post_55e62cd1e595f0261b0002fa One fan]] went off on a detailed explanation of how the events of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn "Keep Calm And Flutter On"]] illustrates how Twilight Sparkle is every bit as extreme as [[WellIntentionedExtremist Starlight Glimmer]], with the only difference being that the former's ideals follow the norm and the latter's go against it.
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