Scootaloo's Scootaquest is an ongoing Web Comic distributed on Tumblr and DeviantArt by AJMStudios; it is part of the studio's "Ponies: The Series" brand. The first official episode was released September 1st, 2012 after the two pilot episodes "20% Cooler In Everything" and "Berry Discrimination" were well received by audiences.
Scootaloo's Scootaquest begins when she visits Rainbow Dash, only to find she's sick with what appears to be a cold. Wanting to impress her idol, Scootaloo promises to find a cure. However, this is no normal cold, this is the the work of dark magic. The virus is spreading fast, infecting nearly everypony in Ponyville. Twilight desperately works on a cure while Scootaloo tasks herself with rounding everypony up and taking them to Lake Altai to wait for the cure. Tensions are running high as some ponies don't take well to being confined, and as Scootaloo unravels the cause behind the mysterious virus.
Scootaloo's Scootaquest contains examples of:
- Accidental Pervert: Rainbow wakes up just as Soarin' grabs her butt to move her off him, honest!Soarin': There is no way I can explain this well.
- Adorkable: Twilight giggles like a little filly when she finds the Glow Dust Mushrooms.
- Aerith and Bob: You have the usual note type of names like Star Dusk, but then you have some ponies with names like Grant and Richard. Granted they're most likely their last names, but still.
- Asshole Victim: Rainbow Dash unfortunately falls under this trope thanks to her treatment of Scootaloo. She gets better as the story continues.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted very early when when Rainbow Dash lets go a huge sneeze into Scootaloo's face... and just one episode later in part three when Soarin kindly (and cluelessly) points out the boogie hanging out of her nose.
- Break the Cutie: Scootaloo after Rainbow Dash's harsh words cause her to think she's lost her chance at ever being a little sister to Rainbow Dash.
- Broken Pedestal: Averted. Scootaloo still thinks Rainbow Dash is the most awesome pony ever, even after her harsh words.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Soarin' counts as one. While he admits to thinking about Rainbow's flank often he really does care about her.
- Covert Pervert: Dr. Stable essentially muses about date-raping Applejack right in front of her baby sister, who thankfully is too distracted (and fairly young and innocent) looking at the shelf of cold remedies to call him out on it. Fortunately his nurse interrupts him with news from the front before he can let any more salacious fantasies slip out.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Played with. Berry Punch isn't necessarily being sexy, but she does distract a police officer by flirting with him.
- Easter Egg: There's a photo of Twilight and Flash Sentry in her room.
- Everyone Owns A Mac: The computer at the police station is a Mac.
- The phones the ponies use are iPhones.
- Foreshadowing: Anypony that had eaten blueberries recently didn't become infected. This becomes important later on, as blueberries start being used to form a cure.
- Funny Background Event: While Trixie is trying to get the attention of an officer, we can see his computer screen. He's playing Hoofcraft.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Scootaloo's in Twilight's room, if you look closely you'll notice a picklenote on her dresser.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: A given, as it's stated by the artist that it's a family oriented comic.Lyra: Oh poop.
- Lampshade Hanging: Done occasionally throughout the comic.
- After doing so for the entire story, Scootaloo asks why she's talking to herself.
- One of the male officers wonders why they weren't given masks to prevent them from getting sick.
- Should be important to note that this is the same officer who asks why no one is attempting to catch the cure.
- Lens Flare: Most notably used when Scootaloo is still reeling over Rainbow's harsh words.
- Made of Iron: Lyra. She gets hit by a police car and the most she says is "Owwie!"
- Male Gaze: In-Universe and Out of Universe. There are a number of shots that focus on various mare's butts. Soarin's gaze also happens to travel to mares' flanks whenever they sneeze.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Happens in the beginning when Scootaloo tries telling Sergeant Brass about the virus and the need for a quarantine. He later believes her when another officer radios in about a crazy mare shouting about a virus.
- Rack Focus: Used throughout the series.
- Shout-Out: More than a few.