History AlternativeCharacterInterpretation / MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic

23rd Aug '16 3:06:09 PM Redmess
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** Do the Changelings need to [[EmotionEater feed on love]] to survive, or is it merely a luxury that they use to become stronger? Are they innocent [[NonMaliciousMonster non-malicious mooks]] who can't help that their food source is draining the life out of ponies (often combined with the "their queen is pure evil" interpretation for extra [[TheWoobie Woobie]] points), or are they as aware as their queen and just don't care?

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** Do the Changelings need to [[EmotionEater feed on love]] to survive, or is it merely a luxury that they use to become stronger? Are they innocent [[NonMaliciousMonster non-malicious mooks]] who can't help that their food source is draining the life out of ponies (often combined with the "their queen is pure evil" interpretation for extra [[TheWoobie Woobie]] points), or are they as aware as their queen and just don't care?care? A recent episode focussing on a turncoat changeling seems to suggest that they do indeed need to feed on love to survive, and their urge to feed on love is largely reflexive, and has to be actively supressed. It also shows that most Changelings are born evil (at least to some extent). How common good Changelings are, and whether they can feed on alternative food sources at all, is still up in the air.
15th Aug '16 11:55:34 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** Was Discord [[FaceHeelTurn siding with Tirek]] a deliberate betrayal of his friends, or did (save Fluttershy) [[TheFriendNobodyLikes none of them actually liking him]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn Celestia claiming she had him freed because he could be useful]] make Tirek's [[HannibalLecture argument that their "friendship" was just a way to keep him in line]] seem legit? Helping is that seeing Shining Armor and Fluttershy [[EtTuBrute shocked and hurt by his betrayal]] caused Discord to [[HeelRealization regret his actions]].

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** Was Discord [[FaceHeelTurn siding with Tirek]] a deliberate betrayal of his friends, or did (save Fluttershy) [[TheFriendNobodyLikes none of them actually liking him]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn Celestia claiming she had him freed because he could be useful]] make Tirek's [[HannibalLecture [[BreakingSpeech argument that their "friendship" was just a way to keep him in line]] seem legit? Helping is that seeing Shining Armor and Fluttershy [[EtTuBrute shocked and hurt by his betrayal]] caused Discord to [[HeelRealization regret his actions]].
24th Jul '16 4:57:21 AM Anddrix
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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''.

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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 divisive 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''.
12th Jul '16 7:20:07 PM Discar
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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 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.

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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 blind-sided when an OutsideContextVillain OutsideContextProblem 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.
9th Jul '16 6:33:12 AM Woggs123
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** As of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E10TheSaddleRowReview season 6]] we know at least one escaped and lives in Manehattan. And was wearing a trenchcoat and fedora and actively hiding from Pinkie. Seems they can grow and learn, though at what point they become Pinkie's twin and not a destructive homonculus [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement is not a discussion for a TVTropes page.]]
4th Apr '16 12:00:53 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Surprised Sunburst isn't here yet. As Starlight's old filly friend, she claims they did everything together... yet when he gets his cutie mark he immediately runs outside to celebrate with other people without so much as a second look back at his closest friend. It gets even worse in Season 6, when they reunite and he shows no remorse at ditching her, saying he should have 'stayed in touch'. However, he's never truly called out for his actions despite having a deep friendship with Starlight. This is especially jarring when compared to Amending Fences - Twilight was never truly friends with Moondancer or anyone in Canterlot and yet the episode partially calls her out for her early behaviour and she takes full responsibility for something that isn't really her fault. When finding out what Starlight did after being ditched, Sunburst doesn't apologise or assume any blame. He also barely seems to remember her when she first shows up at his door. While they do reconcile, he still doesn't seem like a great friend to have if the above points are considered.

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* Surprised Sunburst isn't here yet. As Starlight's was Starlight Glimmer's old filly friend, she claims they did everything together... yet when he gets his cutie mark he immediately runs outside to celebrate with other people without so much as a second look back at his supposed closest friend. It gets even worse He also made no attempt to stay in Season 6, touch with her, barely remembers her when they reunite reunite, and he shows no remorse at for ditching her, her save saying he should have 'stayed in touch'. However, he's never truly called out for his actions despite having a deep friendship with Starlight. This is especially jarring when compared to Amending Fences - Twilight was never truly friends with Moondancer or anyone in Canterlot and yet the episode partially calls her out for her early behaviour and she takes full responsibility for something that isn't really her fault. When finding out what Starlight did after being ditched, Sunburst doesn't apologise or assume any blame. He also barely seems to remember her when she first shows up at his door. While they do reconcile, it easy to question if he still doesn't seem like ever was that close or good a great friend to have if the above points are considered. [[InformedAttribute as Starlight calmed]]. If this make their falling out being Starlight's StartOfDarkness more or less sympathetic is its own ACI.
4th Apr '16 11:27:01 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Her treatment of Pinkie has been interpreted as her trying her best to keep her anger in check (at least up until her MoralEventHorizon when she bullies Fluttershy) as she just doesn't want her meeting with her friend to be interrupted. Some people also find it understandable for her to blame Pinkie for Rainbow's pranks after Pinkie's earlier behavior and to leave town out of frustration when her only friend yells at her.

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** Her treatment of Pinkie has been interpreted as her trying her best to keep her anger in check (at least up until her MoralEventHorizon when she bullies Fluttershy) as she just doesn't want her meeting with her friend to be interrupted. Some people also find it understandable for her to blame Pinkie for Rainbow's pranks after Pinkie's earlier behavior and to leave town out of frustration when her only friend yells at her.
2nd Apr '16 6:35:06 PM Ciel12
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* Surprised Sunburst isn't here yet. As Starlight's old filly friend, she claims they did everything together... yet when he gets his cutie mark he immediately runs outside to celebrate with other people without so much as a second look back at his closest friend. It gets even worse in Season 6, when they reunite and he shows no remorse at ditching her, saying he should have 'stayed in touch'. However, he's never truly called out for his actions despite having a deep friendship with Starlight. This is especially jarring when compared to Amending Fences - Twilight was never truly friends with Moondancer or anyone in Canterlot and yet the episode partially calls her out for her early behaviour and she takes full responsibility for something that isn't really her fault. When finding out what Starlight did after being ditched, Sunburst doesn't apologise or assume any blame. He also barely seems to remember her when she first shows up at his door. While they do reconcile, he still doesn't seem like a great friend to have if the above points are considered.
2nd Apr '16 1:56:37 AM Boba_Fett88
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** Her treatment of Pinkie has been interpreted as her trying her best to keep her anger in check (at least up until her MoralEventHorizon when she bullies Fluttershy) as she just doesn't want her meeting with her friend to be interrupted. Some people also find it understandable for her to blame Pinkie for Rainbow's pranks after Pinkie's earlier behavior and to leave town out of frustration when her only friend yells at her.
27th Mar '16 12:19:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** It isn't even clear what Nightmare Moon WAS, given that once the Elements of Harmony were used on her, she reverted to Princess Luna, who is far more mild-mannered. Was she brainwashed by the elements, or was Nightmare Moon some sort of possessing force that Celestia herself could not extricate? [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW The IDW comics]] seem to indicate that Nightmare Moon was the result of an outside force, given that [[spoiler:they possess Rarity and make her their new Nightmare Queen.]] However, it's not clear if the show treats the comics as canon, though the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E1PrincessTwilightSparklePart1 Princess Twilight Sparkle]]" involves a magically-induced flashback to the birth of Nightmare Moon, where Luna is seen to be enveloped in an orb of shadowy magic while in the middle of a rant against her sister. She doesn't appear to be the one causing said magic and is in fact ''thoroughly'' freaked out, so the "possessed by an outside force" explanation looks far more likely now, though it is sadly not followed up on.

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** It isn't even clear what Nightmare Moon WAS, given that once the Elements of Harmony were used on her, she reverted to Princess Luna, who is far more mild-mannered. Was she brainwashed by the elements, or was Nightmare Moon some sort of possessing force that Celestia herself could not extricate? [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW The IDW comics]] seem to indicate that Nightmare Moon was the result of an outside force, given that [[spoiler:they possess Rarity and make her their new Nightmare Queen.]] Queen]]. However, it's not clear if the show treats the comics as canon, though the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E1PrincessTwilightSparklePart1 Princess Twilight Sparkle]]" involves a magically-induced flashback to the birth of Nightmare Moon, where Luna is seen to be enveloped in an orb of shadowy magic while in the middle of a rant against her sister. She doesn't appear to be the one causing said magic and is in fact ''thoroughly'' freaked out, so the "possessed by an outside force" explanation looks far more likely now, though it is sadly not followed up on.



** [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2016/03/pony-spotlight-9-starlight-glimmer.html This Equestria Daily article]] argues that Starlight showed no intent to kidnap/brainwash the Mane Six to her way of thinking until they started to investigate her, perhaps originally planning to persuade them benevolently. Given Starlight was [[OffstageVillainy only explicitly shown to use evil/forceful methods on the Mane Six and associates]] that threatened her way of life ([[{{Revenge}} at first]]), and all but three of the townsfolk were content with the life she offered, it's possible she wasn't as ([[ObliviouslyEvil intentionally]]) evil as [[{{Cult}} her methods]] and FridgeHorror hinted to. This would explain why the town was [[EasilyForgiven was so quick to forgive her]].

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** [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2016/03/pony-spotlight-9-starlight-glimmer.html This Equestria Daily article]] argues that Starlight showed no intent to kidnap/brainwash the Mane Six to her way of thinking until they started to investigate her, perhaps originally planning to persuade them benevolently. Given Starlight was [[OffstageVillainy only explicitly shown to use evil/forceful methods on the Mane Six and associates]] that when they threatened her way of life ([[{{Revenge}} at first]]), and all but three of the townsfolk were content with the life she offered, it's possible she wasn't as ([[ObliviouslyEvil intentionally]]) evil as [[{{Cult}} her methods]] and FridgeHorror hinted to. This would explain why the town was [[EasilyForgiven was so quick to forgive her]].
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