Self Demonstrating / Rainbow Dash

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Hey, what's up? This is the number one aerial acrobatic, wielder of the Element of Loyalty, and newest Wonderbolt speaking, so you better listen!

My name is Rainbow Dash, and I'm quite possibly the coolest pony you'll ever meet! Even at a young age I was pulling off awesome feats that even impressed myself, like pulling off my signature move, the 'Sonic Rainboom'. It's what even got me and my future buddies all our cutie marks!

My life's dream was to join the Wonderbolts, the most awesome stunt team in the skies! I managed to impress their leader, Spitfire, and now I'm one of them! I also like to hang out with my friends and practice my stunts, all of which are pretty awesome! The only time I'm not are either when I'm napping or reading the Daring Do series. (Which is SO. TOTALLY. AWESOME! by the way. Don't let the fact that it's a book series fool you!)

You should probably read this in the voice of Ashleigh Ball, who is just as awesome as I am! She's my voice, for Celestia's sake!

Totally awesome Tropes that apply to me:

  • 20% More Awesome: I'm the Trope Namer! Well, kind of… 
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: I used to be like this when I was the town hero, but fortunately, I got better.
  • The Ace: There's a reason I'm considered the best flier in Ponyville!
  • Action Girl: And proud of it!
  • Adorkable: H-hey! I'm totally not a dork! ....Well, I guess my fangirling over the Wonderbolts and Daring Do might make me this. There. Ya happy?!
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • For some reason, due to my tomboy attitude (though the rainbow mane sure doesn't help), a lot of people think I'm a lesbian and ship me with my friends.note 
    • Just because I have an intense love for cider that borders on obsession, many people think I'm an alcoholic.
  • Ascended Fanfilly: It was quite exciting for me to go on an adventure with Daring Do. Even better, she wrote about the adventure with me in it!
  • Awesome Ego: Okay, so I'm awesome and I know it, and I let everypony else know it as well—but I never take it too far. When there's trouble, I put my friends first; after all, they're pretty awesome too! And besides, you'd probably feel the same way if you could do a Sonic Rainboom.
  • Badflank: I kicked a dragon in the face once, and it flinched. See anypony else doing that? I didn't think so.
  • Badflank Adorable: Okay… I don't normally like being called cute or anything along those lines, but if you humans tend to think we're all adorable, I guess that's okay. And there's no doubt I'm a real Bad-Flank.
  • Badrump: ... but I kinda have to tone down my best Badflank tendencies for the sake of you human kids. Let me tell you, those Flim-Flam Brothers would have been pressed into jerk cider if I'd had my way.
  • Berserk Button: If you hurt… no… if you even THINK about hurting any of my friends, you're going down faster than you can say 'I'm in pain!', got it?
  • Big Eater: Come on, now, Applejack, I can't be half as bad as you!note 
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Okay, I know how awesome I am, but I'm incredibly selfless where it matters. I'm not the Element of Loyalty for nothing, you know.
  • Blood Knight: Are you kidding me? I LOVE to fight! My favorite dream is where I take on a Changeling horde by myself, if that gives you any idea.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: When I'm not being awesome and saving Equestria, I'm usually napping.
  • Broke Your Hoof Bucking Out Cthulhu: In my issue of the My Little Pony Micro Series, I managed to stop the gremlins wreaking havoc in Ponyville by causing a Double Sonic Rainboom inspires the ponies enough to deprive the gremlins of the negative emotions they needed, but pushing myself that hard paralyzed my wings for two months. But it was Worth It! I was flying again after that and I never saw those trouble makers again.
  • Broken Pedestal: I used to think Wind Rider was the greatest Wonderbolt ever, until he tried to frame me and get me banned from the Wonderbolts cause he didn't want me to break his record.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: I may be the most awesome pony ever, but even I'm not above showing my emotions when something sad or heartwarming happens. I'm not made of stone, after all.
  • Brutal Honesty: Hey, the truth hurts sometimes.
  • Chain of Deals: Fluttershy and I went through one of these at the Rainbow Falls' Traders Exchange to get the first edition of Daring Do, and let me tell you, it was difficult work. In the end, however, when Fluttershy ended up getting tangled in one of the deals, I realized the book wasn't that worth it.
  • Characterization Marches On: When you first met me, could you see me giving up my dream to become a Wonderbolt as a matter of moral principle or giving some truly mature advice for Scootaloo in her darkest hour? Yep, neither could I and that's how more awesome I've become—with my friends' help, of course.
  • Closet Geek: In line with my Guilty Pleasure.
  • Colbert Bump: I got one from Death Battle when I blow up that dimwit Starscream. Oh and speaking of bots, a little cameo in some film series he's from.
  • Competition Freak: I hate losing. But if you're going so far as to be willing to endanger the lives of other ponies to win (looking at you, Lightning Dust), that's just not cool.
  • Conflicting Loyalties: Being the Element of Loyalty, I've had this problem a few times:
    • When my friends and I were fighting that jerk Discord (before he reformed, more or less), he brainwashed me into thinking that Cloudsdale was falling apart and gave me the choice to save my hometown or help my friends. Considering his plan was to make me lose my connection to my Element, it was a Sadistic Choice either way.
    • During the qualification round to get into the Equestria Games, I found myself torn between competing with my friends (who didn't look like they'd get in) and the Cloudsdale team (made up of my idols). I tried to get out of it by Taking A Third Option and pretending to be injured, but Twilight pointed out that wasn't really a choice. In the end, I ended up making the right choice to stay with my friends (which ended up getting me my key to the Chest of Harmony).
  • Cool Big Sis: Scootaloo sees me as one… and well, I can't blame the kid for looking up to me. And yes, I admit it, I have a very soft spot for my Number One Fan.
  • Cool Pet: His name is Tank, and he's a tortoise with a Helicopter Pack! How cool is that? I love him so much that once I tried to stop winter from coming so he wouldn't have to hibernatenote  and we could spend more time together.
  • Cool Teacher: At least in the 'Friends Forever' series; I did a pretty good job as an assistant teacher in a flight class for young pegasi.
  • Counterpart Comparison: A lot of people see my Awesome Ego and Super Speed and say I'm like a female Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • Anime fans have also compared me to that noisy ninja kid Narutonote , which I guess is okay, and Black Star from Soul Eater, after his Character Development.
    • And don't even get me started on the Team Fortress 2 fans, who compare me to that guy from Boston with the baseball bat.
  • Deadpan Snarker: No, not at all.
  • Dear Celestia, What Have I Done?: I know I went to great lengths during the Rainbow Falls Traders' Exchange to complete my Daring Do collection, but unknowingly trading Fluttershy for that book was not something I wanted to do.
  • Determinator: Once I set my mind on something, I'll stop at nothing to achieve it.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: There was this one time where I defended a princess that I barely met before over a friend that I've known for about a year or so. Turned out that princess was a freaky bug lady in disguise and was setting up an invasion. ... Probably the worst time to mention that I'm supposed to be the Element of Loyalty. What was I thinking?
  • Elemental Powers: Since I can control weather:
  • Embarrassing Nickname: After accidentally making a fool of myself the first day as a Wonderbolt, I got saddled with the nickname "Rainbow Crash" (much to my disdain as it was the same name the bullies in flight school used to call me). Fortunately, the other Wonderbolts eventually told me that it was only in good fun as they all have humiliating nicknames, with Spitfire's even worse than mine.
  • Epic Fail: That time I accidentally got Fluttershy's cutie mark and ended up taking care of her animals was not something I like to brag about. I was so bad at it that even the vegetarians wanted to eat me!
  • Era-Specific Personality: So there was this earth mare named Rainbow Dash who was a fashionista. Though, the version of her from the comics could be a lot like me when she put the dresses away.
  • Evil Counterpart: Lightning Dust. Let me tell you, that kid's got no consideration for anypony!
  • Expy:
    • When my friends and I got sucked into Spike's Power Pony comic, I turned into the pony version of Thor with a dash of Storm. Naturally, I found it pretty awesome.
    • My attempt to stop winter from coming has gained a lot of comparisons to a certain Doctor Seuss character, especially, my Evil Grin.
    • Also, there was a pony named Firefly (no, not founder of the Wonderbolts Firefly) who I was apparently based on.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: How any of my ideas to join the Wonderbolts turned out, prior to the Wonderbolt Academy, which they didn't reveal what happened after that.
    • I got offered another chance to join the Wonderbolts during the Equestria games, but I decided to stick with Ponyville's team.
    • In the 'Friends Forever' series, they finally showed that I'm now part of the Wonderbolts' reserves. I'm cool or what?
  • Fanfilly: For Daring Do and the Wonderbolts, though of course, I have much more dignity than the average fanfilly.
  • Fantastic Nuke: I used one after going at my top speed to destroy Applejack's old barn (she needed it knocked down) that caused a rainbow colored mushroom cloud, fans call it the Atomic Rainnuke. It even supplies the trope image.
  • Fiery Redhead: Well, since the warmer colors of my mane show up the most, and I tend to be VERY passionate... you could say I qualify.
  • For Want of a Nail: When Twilight told me and the others about the Alternate Timelines she experienced when Starlight Glimmer kept interfering with my first sonic rainboom and resulting in us all getting our cutie marks, I was surprised at how important it was for the future.
  • Fountain of Memes: Some of my facial expressions, as well as the "20% cooler" and "10 seconds flat" quotes, have become quite popular among you guys for some reason.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Yeah, I'm Choleric; ambitious and fierce. So?
  • Future Badflank: So, according to Twilight, the first time Starlight sabotaged my first rainboom then in the present I was at the front lines of a war against King Sombra's mind-controlled minions, and that I was Fire-Forged Friends with Pinkie and Maud.
  • Genius Bruiser: Absolutely! I may not be an egghead like Twilight but nopony is a smarter or stronger flier than me!
  • Genre Motif: Do you hear the rock music in the background? That's me. Being awesome.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Reading, of all things. Also see Fanfilly above.
  • Heel Realization: Realizing I loved to read and was an 'egghead' was a pretty big shock to me. I also did some crazy things to keep my friends from finding out, but I eventually learned that there's nothing wrong to admitting you're a geek for certain things. Ya hear that, Bronies?
  • Hot-Blooded: By far, the most of all of my friends.
  • Hyper Awareness: If you're going as fast as I do, and you wanna land in one piece, you kinda need this. I've even got this down subconsciously, allowing Twilight to give me a much-needed history lesson on the Wonderbolts without me even knowing.
  • Improbable Flying Skills: Many ponies would consider 90-degree turns, dodging falling rocks and debris effortlessly, and breaking the sound barrier to be almost impossible. I call it Saturday.
    • My move the Buccaneer Blaze, which my Imagine Spot showed off-screen and creates an explosion. If you don't believe I can do that, watch "Lesson Zero"! I created a mushroom cloud shaped explosion to destroy Applejack's old barn. You guys have called that the Atomic Rain Nuke for some reason.
  • Insane Troll Logic: I am not a troll. Oh, that's not what it means. Okay. Coolness, awesomeness and radicalness ARE different things, you people just don't understand why.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: I'll admit I sometimes let my ego get the better of me, but I'd never turn my back on anypony that needed my help, least of all my friends.
  • The Lad-ette: Yeah, I like to get my hooves dirty, and I DESPISE any of that girly stuff. I'm basically the G-rated version of this.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: What is up with you guys? For some reason, my fans keep thinking I have a thing with almost everypony.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: I don't know who this 'Leeroy' is, but if you mean I let my actions do the talking and that… sometimes… I rush into action without having a plan… Okay, I admit it, I do this more often than I should.
  • Made of Iron: I've surivived head-on collisions more times than I can count.
  • Mare of a Thousand Voices: During my first week as a Wonderbolt, I tried to stand out... and I ended up talking like my friends. (I even changed manestyle when I was doing the voices.)
  • Multicolored Mane: All of them. All of the colors.
  • My Worst Nightmare: I am absolutely terrified of extreme sappiness.
  • Never Live It Down: Hey, I've only ever said '20% cooler' once and 'ten seconds flat' twice, and yet everypony acts like they're my Catch Phrases. I mean come on, I appreciate ponies (and people) liking what I say, but pay attention. Or.. Pay less attention, one or the other.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: For some ponies, dreaming about facing an army of Changelings is a nightmare, but I love it! Even in dreams, I'm awesome!
  • Odd Friendship: Why would a super cool pony like myself befriend, let's say, a bookworm, a Drama Queen, a Cloudcuckoolander, or somepony who fears her own shadow? Because I have no best friend; ALL my friends are the best!! Sure, I might be the coolest, but every single of my friends is awesome in her/his own way.
  • On Three: I love to play with this one. My favorite way of doing this is to count to three as quickly as possible and watch everypony else try to catch up!
  • Pass the Popcorn: So Starlight Glimmer wants to prevent my first sonic rainboom, Twilight's trying to stop her, and they get in this really cool magic duel. I'm racing these bullies, but when I see the battle I stop to watch (and so do they)—which means that Starlight wins (at least for a while). Oops! But come on, it was such an awesome fight that I couldn't help myself!
  • The Prankster: Sometimes I pull hilarious pranks on my friends! (Well, at least I think they're hilarious.) But I gotta admit, once in a while I get a little carried away...
  • Pride: OK, I've got a bad case of that. But can you blame me?
  • Ron the Death Eater: Sounds like some kind of awesome death metal band to me. (Beat) Wait, that's not what that is? (Beat) No, I'm not secretly grinding up fillies into rainbows. Especially not Scootaloo.
  • Sherlock Scan: When flying, I pick up on EVERYTHING going on on the ground! Twilight and everypony else used this to help me prepare for a test I needed to take to get into the Wonderbolt Reserves.
  • Shrinking Violet: Believe it or not, I used to be like this as a filly. When Adult!Twilight tried to convince me to do my destined sonic rainboom, I was nervous and unsure, believing the old mares' tales about it. Though part of it was me being weirded out by a strange adult who took an unnerving degree of interest in me.
  • Signature Move: The Sonic Rainboom!
  • So Proud of You: I said this to Scootaloo when she, Apple Bloom, and Sweetie Belle finally got their cutie marks.
  • The Squadette: Considering how much of a tomboy I am, and how much I love the Wonderbolts, who are practically a combination of the Blue Angels and the military, this should come as no surprise.
  • Super Speed: I can clear the skies in ten seconds flat. Heck, that stupid blue hedgehog wishes he could go as fast as I can! My signature move isn't called the "Sonic Rainboom" for nothing, you know!note 
    • To put in your terms, some eggheads have estimated that my normal top speed is 2,500 miles per hour (some egghead using a calculator says that a mile in less than a second), and after causing a Sonic Rainboom, I go double that.
  • Super Strength:
    • I'm certainly not in Applejack or Big Macintosh's league (Or heck even Maud Pie who kicked a boulder into a distance), but I did once hold up a giant statue in Celestia's ball room that was a lot bigger than me. Okay, I admit that I couldn't hold it steady and it knocked the pillars over. Hey, it could have happened to anypony! And it's not my fault the pillars were placed there.
    • I do a much better job when I have to use my strength to save somepony... guess Twilight would call it Heroic Resolve or some other egghead term. Anyway, I once did hold up a balcony with several elder ponies on it, and made it a safe landing; and I also saved, and carried up, Rarity and three Wonderbolts after they almost crash-landed... I admit my speed helped me with that rescue, but still, guess this proves I'm much stronger than the average pegasus.
  • Supreme Chef: I played a prank on Rares once involving a cake shaped like a sewing machine. Her sister thought it delicious.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Fine, I admit, I will occasionally do girly things like enter a fashion show or go to the spa. But try to give me a hooficure or tell anypony else about this and I'll break you.
  • Trademark Favorite Food : Apple cider, specially from The Apples' farm… it's so delicious… *slurp!!* Oops, sorry… I'm drooling again. *sheepish grin*
  • Undying Loyalty: Duh! Why do you think I'm the wielder of the Element Of Loyalty? I'll never leave anypony hangin'!
  • Vitriolic Best Friends:
    • Applejack and I might butt heads more often than not, but most of the time it's out of friendly rivalry, and, if necessary, we wouldn't doubt to give our lives for each other. And come on, I need some cool, tough pony to compete with once in a while.
    • Pinkie Pie and I have little in common except the Elements of Harmony and our love of pranks, but she's the Yin to my Yang. Life in Ponyville just wouldn't be the same without her.
    • Fluttershy is the complete opposite of me, being timid, lacking self confidence, and speaking in a soft voice. However, the reason she's my friend goes back to our time in Flight Camp when I stood up for her to Dumbbell and his pal (which, in retrospect is what caused me and my friends to all get our Cutie Marks). And even though she's a coward, she does pony up when the chips are down. Not to mention she's the kindest pony I know (hence, her Element), and I've learned first hoof just how hard she works to keep her animals in line.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Me and Gilda the Griffin though we eventually managed to become friends again.
  • Weather Manipulation: Watch me clear the clouds in ten seconds flat!
  • What The Hay, Hero?:
    • In "Rainbow Falls", I chewed Spitfire out for when she tried to get me to join their team by lying to one of her teammates to get a spot for me. She admitted that was a mistake.
    • In "Flight To The Finish", I gave this to Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle when they cut Scootaloo out of their routine.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Thanks to your Internet and the bronies, I'm the most recognizeable pony in your world. Not to mention there's plenty of merchandise made after me, and if there's a parody of our world, chances are I'm in it in some way.
  • Wingpony: I was made a wingpony to Lightning Dust. That was a bummer.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: "Oh, come on!" is practically my Catch Phrase.

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