@Background Pony #DFDC
Thanks for reminding me about this. I tend to forget about episodes that make me go “why
do I even like you, again?” on my favorite characters, and Daring Do usually brings the worst rather than the best out of Rainbow.
Doesn’t help that she was rewarded
for being an insane stalking fangirl, but Friendship is Magic
has always been off with the lessons it teaches. Starting from the very first season.
I guess it depends on how you define it… There’s egoism and there’s egoism
. There’s considering your
world revolves around you, and considering everyone else’s world
revolves around you—and when someone’s doesn’t, that’s a ‘crime’ you need to correct.
I’m not sure which side of that spectrum Rainbow Dash spends most of her time on, but I do recall one early instance where it was definitely the latter… and that went for the other five Manes too.
The Best Night Ever
Where our heroes got so offended
that an event that celebrated Equestria as a whole (or maybe just Canterlot, the Grand Galloping Gala’s history wasn’t really expanded upon), which all other guests had also
looked forward to for the entire year, wasn’t what they
wanted… that they took ‘justice’ in their own hooves and ruined it for everyone else in their quest to make the Gala about them instead.
And then they got thanked
for it by the highest authority in the land, although in private.
a nice lesson to teach children. Those
are heroes to look up to. But as I said, just because the show takes utmost pride in teaching children right from wrong, doesn’t mean they don’t mess up sometimes. Or most of the time, really.
Going back to Rainbow Dash, interestingly, in IDW Comics’ Ponies of Dark Water
The Mane 6 turned evil because of cursed water and, when all the others sought to bend Ponyville to their will, Rainbow was entirely content with doing Sonic Rainboom after Sonic Rainboom. Sure, there were bright lights and hellish noise the whole time, but she still ended up doing less damage than any of the others. You probably could have dropped her somewhere without anyone within hundreds of miles and she wouldn’t have minded.
I’m biased, of course. If I were one of these behemoths of endless writing, I’d have made my own alternate take on Friendship is Magic
… which would probably amount to keeping only Rainbow, Rarity and unicorn!Twilight out of the main cast, honestly.
Lightning Dust always was a foil to Rainbow… a dark reflection in the mirror of what-might-have-beens. Although she probably never was so lacking in empathy that she’d go ‘but they didn’t’ about people falling to their death.
We never had, say, Raindrops kicking her way into Rainbow’s bedroom to dress her down about her friends almost dying from being buried under several feet of snow, after all.
By the way, thanks for the nice conversation everyone.