Yeah, I once read Pony Life’s
Rainbow Dash described with ‘except the writers don’t have a grudge against her.’ And I do wonder if someone at DHX wasn’t vicariously taking revenge against the jocks of their high school life every time they wrote her, sometimes.
And to continue my venting… I’m the first to admit I don’t get
how loyalty works, but the more I look at the show, the more it seems its definition of loyalty is the dog
brand: he always comes back to you, no matter how much you abuse him. Because he loves you. Because that’s what loyalty is. Because that’s what friends do.
Giving up her dreams for others is apparently part of the job description. Ignoring how ridiculous and suspicious the whole setup was, the trial that confirmed Rainbow as Loyalty had her choose between her life goal and her friends—all… two? of them at the time of the premiere—then she threw away her position as a Wonderbolt trainee, which she’d worked for since before that same premiere, after less than a week in the name of her friends, then she was torn between her childhood dream of being on her hometown’s team for the Equestria Games and being stuck with probably the two pegasi least
qualified for the event in all of Ponyville…
There are probably more examples, but either way, what I’m seeing is a seriously
one-sided street. Because I don’t remember anyone else in the main cast (except maybe Spike) ever giving up their dreams for one of the others… and especially not for Rainbow. That especially
includes Fluttershy, Rainbow’s childhood friend, for whom she may or may not have moved to Ponyville in the first place, which may or may not have made becoming a Wonderbolt harder.
Then again, I’ve not watched all episodes; perhaps Rarity gives up something
in Rarity Takes Manehattan
, for instance. And maybe she even doesn’t
get what she wanted anyway as a reward for being true to her Element, aka what Rainbow
has to deal with!
Biased and subjective as always, but yeah. It’s a rough deal having Rainbow Dash as your favorite character, sometimes. Be it Friendship is Magic
or Equestria Girls