> [@Just Wayne](/forums/pony/topics/pony-venting-thread?post_id=5277123#post_5277123)
> The problem is characterization.
> If he was characterized as this trickster god who just likes messing with people, and he completely owned it, then he'd be this loveable asshole.
> If he was characterized as this unfathomably powerful being trying to learn empathy, that would be compelling.
He's actually both these things. He's a trickster who helps in his own way both because of genuine care and because he still likes being a troll. He's trying to learn empathy which is why in every episode, when he realizes what he did wrong, he learns a lesson
from it and genuinely apologizes.