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@Myoozik

That's because AJ is best pony. <3

@Latecomer

The notion that AJ could be "easily" omitted is ludicrous. The support she provides for the mane six cannot be taken over by any other character. Her team mom status brings a sense of equilibrium to the group, and she has historically been the one who has brought them back from the brink. Take The Ending of the End for instance, where all the mane six end up encouraging Twilight, but AJ is left as the one who really hammers the point home and snaps her out of her funk. Because that's simply her role.
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@DaddyMakesMeEUHH
Yeah, which did they even get?


@Spinny
Some people see that, while for others she just seems extraneous. But then, I think it's probably the case for all the Manes save perhaps Twilight that they come off as essential to some and extraneous to others.
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I love Twilight and Applejack, but I don't have a particular idea for an episode about these two.

This is improvised, but I imagined they are on an adventure in a different world where Twilight's magic doesn't work but Applejack's practical skills are useful. Twilight, although she appreciates her help, she feels useless. Then Applejack comforts her and she tells her that she's not only one of her best friends, but she can also help by translating some weird words thanks to some books she carried. They overcome some obstacles together and they go back to Ponyville.

It's a very simple idea. I haven't mentioned the shiny map of friendship because it's a repetitive plot device at this point. It was already repetitive back in season 6.
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11 popular characters people like but I don’t.

11: Applejack
10: Big Mac
9: Derpy Hooves
8: Lyra
7: Bon Bon
6: Maud Pie
5: Cozy Glow
4: Sonata Dusk
3: Fluttershy
2: Sci Twi
1: Chrysalis
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@Latecomer
I don't think there ever was any episodes with just those two as the main focus. All I've seen them have are "moments" in episodes were the mane six were together.
@Ring Team
I personally would see episodes with just the two of them being more slice of life.
Kiryu-Chan
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Twilight and Applejack did feel more prevalent together during the first couple of seasons but it kinda disappeared as the series went on, which is honestly a shame given the two-parters always made them feel like the leader/second-in-command dynamic, but as the series went on Twilight felt more bigger compared to everyone else while they just kept pairing AJ with Rarity to drive that pairing into the ground
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11. My new favorite Mane 6
10. He's alright, not my favorite
9. Overrated
8. Also overrated
7. Same as above two, the spy gimmick that they gave her was stupid
6. Used to like her but she overstayed her welcome on the spotlight; Marble Pie is better
5. She's okay
4. Don't care for her cause EQG
3. She's a good character but at the bottom for the Mane 6
2. I like her from what I've seen
1. I like her too but I think Tirek is the better of the Legion Of Doom
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@Myoozik

11: To be fair, it was her or Pinkie, and admittedly is more a case of apathy over active dislike. But her lacking in stand out aspects doesn't do her favors to me, I'd rather have them standing out from the crowd.
10: He and his sister have similar problems of not being too interesting.
9: Became brony flagship for some minor gag.
8: I kinda wish they play along with the human gimmick, but became pure shipping fodder instead.
7: I mean, is the shipping fodder of 8. It really kills the interest.
6: Meh, I like neither. A stoic dullard nonetheless. And her sister is just painfully meek.
5: I hate her. I didn't put her higher on the list only because I must also factorize how others like her to make this and she's admittedly somewhat divisive here and there for some.
4: She's a ditz, that's all her gimmick. Also tacos. I hate tacos.
3: Starts being too cowardly for my taste. And after getting some backbone, she actually loses relevance so it feels just kinda there.
2: Ugh, couldn't just make her an evil mad scientist instead of a meek one in the third and fourth movie? Why? She's supposed to be Twilight fucking Sparkle, the snarky smartass dangit.
1: Really, never liked her, and a lot of the time her incompetence in some aspects overstretched the disbelief for me.
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I've soured heavily towards Fluttershy over time. Granted, she was never really one of my favorites and I've always felt that she was highly overrated, but I did appreciate how consistent her development was. However, she was annoying af in season 9, and Pony Life also totally destroyed her as well.

@Kiryu-Chan

The issue is, once Starlight came along, AJ was somewhat relegated to third in line for Twilight's source of support, behind both her and Spike. And there's no more obvious (and irritating) example than this:



This is AJ's sole response to Twilight's depression over her school being shut down. No words of advice or wisdom, just literally shoving applesauce in her face, which is massively inconsistent to how AJ has responded to Twilight's depression in the past. But here, she's literally prevented from saying the right things for no other reason so that Starlight can be the one to say them instead.
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I just realized that the season 8 was more solid and consistent than season 7.

Which makes me like the season 8 more than season 7.
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Season 7 has some really good episodes, such as Campfire Tales, Parental Glideance and Marks and Recreation. That said, I think I like the season 8 more than 7 because:

-Many of the episodes from season 7 were too wacky and inconsistent for me.
-Some retcons in the season finale. Characters such as Starswirl didn't need to return.
-There's some self-awareness, but it's very little and very selective, kinda like the modern episodes of The Simpsons.
-Season 7 has more Starlight and Trixie episodes than season 8.

Most of the complaints I've read about season 8 are very similar to the complaints I used to have in seasons 4 and 6 years ago, especially the season 6. I'm assuming it's because many people were eventually sick of the silliness and wanted a more interesting development. By the time I went back to the show, I accepted all its problems. Like, I can't be mad at some filler episodes, Pinkie's flanderization or Starlight's character development, because I'm aware of it and I kinda expect it. xD

But overall, I think seasons 7 and 8 have some good stuff and some problems equally.
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@Ring Team
Huh — most of those are actually what I'd consider weaker Season 7 episodes.

I suppose it does have a lot of Strlight focus, so if you're comitted to disliking her that could be a problem. Not so sure what you mean by "wacky and inconsistent", "retcons" or "self-awareness", though — mind giving some examples?

And yes, a lot of Season 8's issues are similar to one's in Season 6 and even 4 — one's which recur throughout the show, really. And the biggest issue at all is having too many bad episodes and not enough good ones, which I feel Season 7 managed to avoid.


@WyrmSpawN
I feel that's probably a rather niche one.
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@WyrmSpawN
I had mixed feelings the first time I saw that shipping back in 2014. I don't remember the name of the artist, but he made two types of Twisombra fanart: The NSFW content and a what-if scenario where Sombra and Twilight are dating. The artist is incredibly talented, but he makes some NSFW furry content, and I don't like that side of the Internet. I like his safe fan-comics much more in comparison.

The fact that it's fan-content is enough reason for me to not worry too much about it. It's not supposed to be canon.
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