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  1. "I don't care how much you guys like Spike. Next time I hear somebrony say something about a 'cute little dragon' I'm gonna burn some muthafukkaz down!"
  2. "Oh, hello there. You're wondering why I'm crouched like this? That's because you just missed your one chance in life to see me do a triple-flip jump off of that high ledge up there. Regrets, eh?" *Legend of Drunk Fluttershy Ninja* "I never told anybody this...I hate animals. Can't shtand 'em. Only thing good about 'em is...they ain't ponies. I jus' wanna see Equestria burn." OT: Just curious, is your sig Fluttershy being Ophelia from Hamlet?
  3. "That whole thing about 'People look like their pets?' I'm tellin ya, it's just an urban legend. B.S. Totally."
  4. "I wear this black suit on Nightmare Night. When ponies see my head and legs walking along without a body--they freak right the hell out! Hahahaha!"
  5. *Scottish accent* "I's just me an' me Tam O' Shanter, "Epic Harmony, goin' fer a canter!"
  6. "Ah'm gonna jus' run around with mah eyes closed an' see what happ--"
  7. Team Leader: Sun Tzu: Master strategist, would help us deal with zombie hordes and rogue humans alike. Weapons Expert: Miyamoto Musashi: Legendary Samurai sword-master. He wasn't just be best of the best at wielding a katana. He knew how to make them. Brains: Don't remember his name--the guy on Man vs. Wild. He'd give us a big edge in day-to-day survival. Doesn't matter how good your team is at killing zombies if you don't know what to do when the bottled water and canned food run out. Muscle: Goku (Dragonball Z): He's ridiculously overpowered, so he'd be able to keep us from getting overrun no matter how many zombies found us. Medic: Hermione Granger (Harry Potter): If anybody could figure out how to cure a zombie bite, it's her. Also, she's a stupendous badass with a wand. Mascot: Pinkie Pie: C'mon. There just isn't anyone better for the post. Period. In a world of constant doom, gore, filth, hunger, and walking death, she'd be what keeps us from wanting to blow our heads off after awhile. Also: she can break physics.
  8. Making the giant leap from fashion conformity to laws against murder is an epic non sequitur. If you think they're the same, what prison sentence do you think somebody should receive for wearing a pink pony shirt? If you realize they're not the same, then maybe you shouldn't try to equate "there's no such thing as normal" stated in a context of talking about clothes to be worn on a special "dress-down day" at school with saying it's OK to kill people and hoist their heads on pikes in your front yard.
  9. No, I don't think the name Twilight Sparkle has anything to do with that other "Twilight." It has to do with her symbolically representing the harmonizing principle (logos) that reconciles the duality and imbalance that had existed between Celestia and Luna. It is Twilight's discovery of the magic of friendship that makes it possible for her to summon the Elements of Harmony and reconcile Celestia and Luna. "Twilight" is the period that joins Day and Night, and her "sparkle" is the first (or last) stars, represented by her cutie mark. If anything, Bella Swan is the anti-Twilight Sparkle. Bella is a cypher with no real personality, interests, or goals of her own apart from her relationship to Cullen. She's deliberately created as an empty vessel into which fans can pour themselves so they can vicariously experience being romanced by a sparkly vampire and a Native American werewolf. Quick question! What's the most awesome or likeable thing about Bella Swan? ... ... Anyone? Anyone? In contrast, Twilight Sparkle has wide-ranging intellectual interests and ambitions for mastering the arts of magic. She has close relationships with her friends, and is not even in the same solar system with the "all about boys, boys, boys" attitude. She has a great deal of power, her own power, plus the power and status (alicorn Princess) she earned through study, practice, and personal development under Celestia's tutelage. Even when romance does appear in TS's life (as an aberration, in the non-canonical Equestria Girls), it never comes close to making her a Damsel like Bella. Her priorities remain with her mission (get the crown back, stop Sunset, save Equestria, go home), and she remains the active heroine of the story, never the prize. Unlike Bella, Twilight Sparkle fans can give plenty of reasons why they think she's "best pony." As I understand it, Lauren Faust and the writing team for FiM intentionally created the show as a torpedo launched into the exhaust port of the kind of narrative-for-girls that the Twilight series represents.
  10. "Darn. If I was straight, I'd be really happy right now."
  11. 1) Why does "serious" have to equal "grimdark?" Why can't a portrayal of a benign, functional society and lessons on how to live cooperatively with others in such a society ("Friendship" as the "magic" that "makes it all complete") qualify as "serious?" 2) There is already plenty of "seriousness" of the dark-ish sort in the show, it's just crafted so that its presence is open to interpretation. Childhood Trauma: Twilight appears to have been so traumatized by her experiences in Magic Kindergarten that the possibility of being late with a single assignment. The prospect of being sent back there, no matter how remote, was enough to make her come unhinged and start using mind-control spells on children. We can join the target audience in just enjoying the show as comedic cartoon fun. Or, if we want to be "serious," we can start to wonder: just what do they teach in "Magic Kindergarten," and how do they teach it, if the experience is enough to leave a young mare scarred for life? Alternatively, if Twilight is just extremely oversensitive and mentally fragile, is it wise to trust her with huge amounts of magical and political power? Why is there no regulation of dangerous magic and no societal effort to keep it out of the horns of mentally unstable (Twilight) or criminal (Trixie in Magic Duel) individuals? Twilight isn't the only one deeply wounded by her childhood. In Cutie Mark Chronicles, we see that both Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash were bullied as fillies, apparently with no adult supervision to keep it in check. The taunting drove RD to become so competitive that she doesn't even notice that the friend she entered the race to stick up for is plunging to her death. If not for the "lucky" appearance of a flock of butterflies, and their wildly improbable ability to catch Fluttershy, RD's "victory" in the race could have had a very tragic outcome. For her part, Fluttershy is quick to abandon her home and family as soon as she meets some friendly animals. She's a young child when this happens, and no one tries to stop her or at least see to it that she has somebody to look after her. What does this tell us about her prior life in Cloudsdale? The explosions of pent-up rage that get out every once in awhile (especially in the Iron Will episode) are another indication that all is not well in the city of clouds and rainbows. In the same episode, we're given a glimpse of a sad and miserable filly Pinkie (Pinkamena Diane) Pie, whose childhood left her with symptoms bordering on Multiple Personality Disorder. Race and Class: The culture of Equestria is aggressively pony-centric, even though there are numerous types of non-pony sapients in its world. The place names, the language ("anypony," "nopony," etc.) the political structure (only ponies have political power) all point to a world where ponies are a highly privileged race. We (English-speaking--not so sure about other languages, e.g. Chinese) humans, who do not share a world with other sapients like us (no elves, dwarves, orcs, griffins, dragons, etc.), employ a much more inclusive and species-neutral set of linguistic conventions. As an audience, we could just Enjoy The Show and take all the pony-isms as a fun layer of flavor for a show about little candy-colored ponies... Or, if we want "seriousness," we could view Equestria as a brutal pony tyranny, with most of the unpleasantness kept out of sight. Consider: the Apple Family's livestock are people...of other races. There's a term for that, I think it starts with an 's.' If we imagine aliens watching a show about life in the Palace of Versailles, but without seeing the exploitation and squalor that made it possible, perhaps they might think that Earth was a lovely fantastical utopia, start calling themselves Humies and fantasize about coming here to leave their own mundane, imperfect world behind. Sun King...Sun Princess... Hmmm. And so on. The "seriousness" is there, if you want it. It's just subtly-placed enough that the viewer can choose to see it, or not, as a matter of interpretation. Which is brilliant, IMO. Moving beyond the "dark" aspects, there's plenty of other levels of seriousness in the show, such as the esoteric and scientific symbolism hidden in plain sight, or the chain of synchronicity linking the M6 together (Cutie Mark Chronicles) long before they ever met, implying a subtle form of transcendent guidance and intervention (in Fluttershy's case, acting to rescue her from a premature death by breaking physics with a flock of butterflies) in their lives. There's metaphysics and myth and mystery aplenty. The show is already very deep. It doesn't need grit, zombies, more violence, or more evil to make it a serious show. One more thing: Question: Why can't FiM be more like [insert other cartoon here] with its scarier villains and more serious themes? Answer: Because it's doing a very good job of being like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and it ought to stay that way.
  12. "I'd like to tree a bee! What? Oh, no, I'm not drunk! I've only had teen martwoni's!"
  13. *Imitating Discord* "...and then I shall spread chaos throughout Middle Earth!" *his own voice, while moving the hand with the Starswirl figurine* "You! Shall Not! PA-- "Oh...uh...hello Frodo. I'm doing...very important wizardly things, if you must know!"