@Background Pony #2BCA
She disintegrated him, and his body reconstituted outside of school grounds. Because that's presumably how the spell works. I don't get how this is some grand crime on her part. From her perspective, she was trying to keep him outside of the school so he couldn't continue to mess things up and scare the students.
That brings me to another point though. Do you think I don't think Starlight was in the wrong? Because she is. In almost every single Starlight episode she's the one in the wrong. What I disagree with is the general trend of amping up her flaws and making what she does sound worse than it is.
You say I deflect blame onto other characters, but then you say something like:
So disintegrating him so hard it shook the earth for being annoying seems like an overreaction towards someone who had been her comrade and closest ally.
That's pretty much the inverse. That's diminishing another character's part in an event down to the point of insignificance, because if you'd mentioned that he'd just been terrorising the students with a bug bear, that wouldn't have made Starlight look as bad. That's what I take issue with. Because yeah, Starlight was in the wrong. She let her anger get the best of her and she overreacted to Discord's flagrant attempts to get under her skin, which only made the situation worse because her spell didn't do a thing to stop him. THat's a consistent flaw of Starlight's the same way Dashie has an Ego problem. It withstands several lessons addressing it the same way Shy's timidness survived several episodes tackling it. A lot of Starlight's fans like how flawed she is.
And "propensity for mind control"? How many episodes post-reformation revolve around Starlight mind controlling people? There's every little thing she does, and then there's All Bottled Up, I guess? But there, she's using it on herself specifically because she didn't want to use magic on her friend.
And that's it, out of the 19 or so episodes where she's a major character, two of them have her trying to solve a problem with mind control.