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B.C. 19:  Dashie Defender by ShivyManeuver B.C. 19:  Dashie Defender by ShivyManeuver
So yeah, B.B. totally caught me off guard with this one. And I couldn't be more thrilled! Little by little, he's losing his hard-headedness and starting to lighten up. There may be hope for him yet.

I totally get what he's saying, too. Rainbow Dash, with her fear of being ignored and need for positive attention that keeps her depression at bay, is a tragic character. She's certainly the most fragile of the Mane Six, if you think about it. She's terrified of being left alone. I've often theorized that she may have been neglected in her childhood to cause her to act the way she does, but there's been no in-show proof what happened when she was growing up. Maybe it's too much to get into for a children's cartoon?

It could be said that all of the Mane Six suffer from not remembering prior lessons learned whenever they're not in the spotlight. Maybe the writers of MLP:FiM tend to fall back on their stereotypical behaviors whenever they don't have to spend an episode of a character. Despite all the lessons learned, if they're not the star of the show, Twilight ends up neurotic and nerdy, Applejack stubborn, Pinkie Pie annoying, Rarity a bitch (I'm sorry, Rar, but it's true), Fluttershy a doormat, and Rainbow Dash an insensitive jerk. The ponies can still be themselves without having to cling to these character flaws that they've supposedly learned about and changed, and still be compelling characters. Heck, that's what makes character-driven shows so great -- the CONSISTENT change they go through as they progress along the series. With all that said, Season 3 ended pretty well and showed a few signs of this continuity, and I really hope that it sticks around into Seasons 4 and beyond.

Okay, end rant. New banner for the comic series, may or may not keep it. Could use some tweaking. Also modified the size of the panels, they're not as tall as prior comics.

Until next time!
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MillennialDan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist
BB, you traitor.
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ZeldaFFSeriesFan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
One step at a time BronyBuddy. If I went from absolutely hating Rarity to adoring her around Season 3, then I'm sure you'll come around to Dashie soon enough. I often think RD is a misunderstood character.
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Nervouscited Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I'm very encouraged by what we saw in the back-to-back episodes "Sleepless in Ponyville" and "Wonderbolts Academy." Lots of character growth for Rainbow Dash, and it can all be summed up in one word: RESPONSIBILITY.

Dash has known at least since "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" that she is idolized by many of the younger residents of Ponyville. But in "Sleepless," she was confronted with what that really means. To Scootaloo, she's a role model -- and that means Dash's words and actions have a direct and powerful effect on the development of this sensitive and impressionable filly. There were really only two ways Dash could react to having learned this. She could either try to avoid it (by pushing Scootaloo away, physically and emotionally), or she could embrace it and do her best to live up to it. Dash chose the latter.

"Academy" was all about the dark side of being awesome and competitive. Lightning Dust showed Dash just how dangerous and unlikable it can be when a pegasus cares ONLY about showing off her flying skills, and doesn't give a damn about whether anypony else gets hurt in the process. Dash found that so repellent that she was willing to give up her dream of joining the Wonderbolts if it meant that she would have to become that sort of person. For a pony who doesn't usually engage in a lot of introspection and soul-searching, that was a major realization.

In just two episodes, Rainbow Dash demonstrated a remarkable improvement in her understanding of, and commitment to, responsibility for her actions. If she can hang onto those gains in Season 4, I'll be pleased. I hope we'll see her continue to grow in this area.
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Randomreader-001 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Hmm.... Big Mac getting a song.....*THROWS MONEY AT HASBRO and pose like Captain Picard* "Make it so."
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SeaSwirl2001 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Randomreader-001 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
XD   true.
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SeaSwirl2001 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
La la la la LOL!
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samsamhim Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
nice same here but i will always say Luna is boss
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golferdude666 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I'm not a big fan of rainbow dash, but I certainly am open to more development. Iagree. I do want to like her.
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Red-Rum-18 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Rainbow Dash is indeed my fave of the Mane 6, and I really hadn't noticed what this comic said about her until reading it, but there is one criticism I had in mind until now:

That her competitive nature can make her a hypocrite sometimes.
"Fall Weather Friends" is the most obvious example, but there are others.

In season one, she gives Gilda quite the tongue-lashing in defense of Pinkie, stating quote "If being cool is all you care about, how about you make some cool NEW friends somewhere else?" But there are seemingly times when she's (for lack of a better term) pushing Fluttershy perhaps a bit far, usually when it comes to her flying skills and other qualities (perhaps to help better her but it could be seen as kinda rude).

There was also the 3rd episode in season one (Ticket Master) when she seemed less concerned about Twilight's feelings and more for a chance to show off for the Wonderbolts (I literally called her a bitch when I first saw it).

Then we got "Read it and Weep" (where she tried to hide her love of reading because she didn't want to be seen as a dork), "The Last Roundup" (getting angry because a touching moment made her cry), "Ponyville Confidential" (understanably though, when a false news story ruins her reputation) and "Dragonshy" (getting frustrated with Fluttershy's cowardice on an important mission... until Ms. Shy finally nuts up and yells a dragon into submission).

The one Dash-centric episode that puts it into perspective for me, though, is "May The Best Pet Win". I believe that Dash thought that Tank the tortoise was never going to win and should just give up because she was projecting her OWN insecurities about her dream of joining the Wonderbolts onto him.
Tank wanting to be Rainbow's Pet was just like her wanting to be a Wonderbolt.

Anyway, those are my two cents.
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ShivyManeuver Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Well said. If a pony's our favorite, I think we all tend to overlook the traits that may make others dislike them so. Rarity's my favorite, so I tend to forgive and just pass over the times when she's being greedy or manipulative. "Oh, that's just Rarity being Rarity," I'd say, while other folks might find her behavior reprehensible.

But that's the beauty of this series, really, is that the girls aren't perfect and have real, relatable faults. Watching them overcome those faults is very interesting to me, since MLP:FiM is very much a character-driven show.
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I do generally agree that she doesn't seem to apply some of the lessons she learned, but Rarity to me is also the second biggest offender of this and I looooooove Rarity. The character that seems to have grown the most and actually show it is Fluttershy.
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RookieOwl Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know it's annoying the inconsistency on the characters behavior when they aren't in the light spot.
But if you learn something that will lead to growth, Do you automatically learn it and never fall in the same problem again? You never make the same attitude mistakes twice?

Not to sound ranty at you(or somebody else), but that detail isn't THAT bad to me
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marximonto Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I hope they make a episode about spike
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lulzimbored Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
How about a Rarity episode? A Rarity episode might be nice. It's been SOOOOO LOOOOONG.
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SparkStorm19 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
:clap: This guy speaks the truth! :#1:
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SparkStorm19 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
:clap: This guy speaks the truth! :#1:
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SparkStorm19 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
:clap: This guy speaks the truth! :#1:
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lulzimbored Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Hey.
Please don't spam the same comment over and over.
Not cool.
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SparkStorm19 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
oh, god.... Sorry, my computer glitched and THAT happened. :(
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ShivyManeuver Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Heck with that, I want an entire SEASON devoted to Rarity.
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Anonamas258 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
What I what for Season 4 is more backstory.
We still know next to nothing about anyone older than Granny Smith.:icongrannysmithplz:
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DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... congratulations. I no longer hate Rainbow Dash.
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Evilbob0 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
LOL. I have a friend who same *almost* the exact same thing about Rarity. Except, you know, replace the "childish, mean, and 'X-Games'" with "shallow, manipulative, and 'Beauty Pageant'" or something like that. Can't remember exact descriptors.

Because you know, Fluttershy is right. Big Mac needs a song. And more episodes need to be musicals like that last one of season 3. That pure fucking awesome. Because that's all that's needed to make it 20% cooler!
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HeartsandMachineGuns Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with flootershai. Big Mac gets a song and I squee.
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kingdugan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
There's a lot of truth to this.
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MonsterMan25 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nimaru :iconimaru: sent me here :)
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dragonfire238 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
i was sent by the same person XD
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MonsterMan25 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dammit...wrong account :iconnimaru:
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OminousEdge Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
IMO, Rainbow Dash needs her own solo song. She and Princess Luna and even Cadence to an extent need their own solo's.
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Clonetrooperkev Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
That was DEEEEEP
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am sorry but Mare Do Well was ANYTHING BUT entertaining.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMEN! Everything you said about Dash is exactly what I feel. I really dislike her, but I love "her episodes". Bingo.

I'm off to write a journal now linking this.
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Derpwave Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know what I want in season 4? Snips and Snails in a duet.
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ShivyManeuver Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Here here! In fact, everybody should get a song, as long as that meant we'd get more Daniel Ingram music!
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golferdude666 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Seriously. Danny Ingram music is god-tier. When I saw his episode, my life changed. So much musical gold.
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Thisguy2021 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
You wanna know what I wanna see in season 4? Scootaloo getting flying lessons from Rainbow Dash.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Scoots and Twilights both learn from Rainbow Dash?
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BryanD Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Scootaloo and *Twilight* getting flying lessons from Rainbow Dash. :)
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ShivyManeuver Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
That could very well happen, since they struck up something of a mentor/mentee relationship in the camping episode. Of course, it'd have to be hilarious flying lessons involving catapults, cannons, and flocks of trained butterflies.
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