For the Babs Seed thing, lets go through the criteria.
I for one wouldn't say Babs is a Scrappy, she gets plenty of fanart and at most fans have mixed opinions
about her like a lot of characters in the show. She hasn't quite reached Ensemble Darkhorse
status (surprising, I know), but I can think of a few characters (from what I can tell, anyways) that are less liked (Prince Blueblood
, Twist, the teenage dragons from "Dragon Quest")
The only character to really praise her is Apple Bloom, who calls her "my favorite cousin!" in "Apple Family Reunion". The whole point of "One Bad Apple" was ultimately the two becoming friends. This is more continuity than pointless shilling.
- Loved (or worshipped) by the writers
This is hard to determine. I haven't read enough tweets and interviews for me to be convinced that the writing staff thinks Babs is the best character ever. Especially since she's only been in two episodes, which leads us to...
Again, she's only been in two episodes. The first was her debut episode in which she's the main conflict (and pulls a Heel-Face Turn
at the end). The second episode is "Apple Family Reunion". Her debut episode established her as an Apple cousin, so she was expected to attend the Family Reunion. Now, there were some (including myself) who were a little disappointed that another Apple cousin, Braeburn (who debuted in a Season 1 episode, and didn't appear again until this episode), didn't get any speaking lines where as Babs did. However, there's a couple of logical reasons for this.
One, both Babs Seed's debut episode "One Bad Apple" and "Apple Family Reunion" were by the same writer Cindy Morrow. Braeburn's episode "Over a Barrel" was written by someone else. It makes sense for Morrow to take the opportunity to flesh out the character she herself wrote the debut episode for.
The other main reason is that ultimately, Babs Seed is a supporting character for Apple Bloom, one of the main characters and a Kid-Appeal Character
. Indeed, Babs spends the entirety of "Apple Family Reunion"
at AB's side. Babs doesn't have more screentime in the episode to give Babs more screentime, she has more screentime to give Apple Bloom
Honestly? If any
character in Friendship Is Magic
is a Creator's Pet
, I'd say its Apple Bloom, but she's far too popular to be one. Must be because she's adorable