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And now kiss
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Yeah the two have contradicted each other from time to time. But there's still things here and there that I like about it so I just look at it through broad strokes.
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@Daneasaur
In my opinion, I don't consider the comics as 100% canon to the show because the events happened in the comics have never been mentioned in the show. I just ignore it.
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@Daneasaur
Poor Spike.
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@Daneasaur
I wanna find the person who wrote that and slap the hell out of them. You do NOT treat babies like this, no matter what species!
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How to did treat spike like a pet?
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Do let me know what you find. I'm very interested in this idea as well. :3
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damnm that's really sad
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It's just a fantasy story, so it doesn't have to stand up to scrutiny under logic, right?

Those are professional writers authorized to write MLP "canon" for you, folks, in the age of nepotism > merit because businesspeople don't believe in any objective quality in art and then wonder why fanwork has a huge thriving market that they can't seem to tap into very well
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@Background Pony #B185
Other than the patchwork "word of lauren" backstory, the only other material that has covered the backstory of Spike was a comic. It was a really bad comic that had celestia be a moron and force twilight to raise spike AND do her studies when, surprise, Spike is a baby and has baby needs and can't communicate beyond crying when he needs something and Twilight has a full mental breakdown and outright abuses the buck out of him.




Needless to say, this story treated Spike like a pet, not a person and made no sense from celstia's standpoint.
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I also would like to state for the record I am really turned on by the idea that a male character can turn into whatever his male friend wants him to be, including female love interests. And that both would be cool with it, even if someone like Thorax would be embarrassed by it at first.

Hmm, I need to find me some fanfiction. Excuse me.
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I'm not saying Spike is her pet. I'm saying I could see why someone could make the mistake of thinking that he's her pet even though he's not.
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@mjangelvortex
Huh, that is weird… But she's not paired up with Spike either so I don't see how this helps your case that Spike's her pet.
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@Background Pony #E0E6
Twilight doesn't have Owlicious in the toyline for some odd reason. She's usually paired up with Spike, a cat, a dog, or two other completely different owls.

Yeah I don't know why they plain straight up don't give her Owlicious either. Hasbro logic.
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@mjangelvortex
"and as Twilight’s pet (each pony usually comes with a pet)"
Uh, Owlicious?
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The bed he has and the fact that some of the toys have him on all fours and as Twilight's pet (each pony usually comes with a pet) probably doesn't help.

But yeah, he's definately not their pet. He's Twilight's assistant and friend.
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@GreyGears
then Spike is little more than a pet and would not register as anything more.

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Today is Opposite Day, I’m assuming. XD
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@Daneasaur
People still think that Spike from the series is a pet? lol He is only a pet on EqG.
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Not really. If you follow the (terrible) comic that says she raised him (and that celestia is a total idiot) then Spike is little more than a pet and would not register as anything more.

The only partial information we have is the insight to Twilight's maturing years through the flashbacks which show no Spike, and the Lauren stated idea of Spike being raised by Celestia in much more "earthly" matters before he was groomed and sent to live with Twilight, equipped with special scrolls he can send/receive with his breath so that Twilight could communicate 1 on 1 with Celestia without needing to see her face to face, but also having Spike as a grounding tool to ensure Twilight ate, cleaned up, and got her nose out of the books now and then to live since there is more to life than studies.
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If you talking about Big Mac and Sugar Belle and other official couples in the show, well they do not count because they are not the main characters, the writers would add some romance in the show as long it not focus on one of the main characters.
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You'd be surprised by the latest episodes and seasons, there's lots of love…
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Thorax: deadliest trap of all time.

Looks to me like he did not intend to get that response from Spike. Looks like they were just kinda messing around, or he was trying to guess his crush as others have mentioned.

Then he did too good a job, lol. His surprised gasp at the end there is pretty clear.