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Its been 2 years since the invasion of the Storm King, 2 years since Tempest Shadow attempted to captured the Princess of Friendship Twilight Sparkle, 1 year since that same Princess gifted her with a crystal horn and restored what she thought lost forever, 1 year since she became her Royal Guard.

Tempest can’t tell but somewhere along the way she fell in love.
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GryphonStar5678

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@Joseph Raszagal
I'm not saying the shipping won't work, just it happens far too often for me to care. And thank to that other ships get forgotten. Ships like the TwilightxZecors have very little fans becuase… 'hey, look a new rival'.

Heck, Big MacxTwilight use to be one the biggest ships, until Trixie showed up to kick it in the shin, then Sunset kicked it between the legs and finally Moondancer outright murder it. And this was long Sugar belle could even get a chance to crack that and that ship is canon.
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Emily Brickenbrackle III
@GryphonStar5678
And as far as I'm considered, that's totally fair =) . Like I said, I don't really care for one-sided relationships. Corny as it may sound, I like it when everyone involved wins =P .

I'll list off the way my current top three Twilight ships work out (in my mind, anyway):

1) Starlight x Twilight: The student / teacher relationship… with benefits! Starlight still has a lot to learn about friendship, being the unstable little thing that she is. She also has her friendship with Trixie, which complicates matters, considering how much Trixie just loves to aggravate Twilight. However, under Twi's tutelage, Starlight can definitely get there and become the better her that she obviously wants to be.

Now Twilight, on the other side of the spectrum, has the opportunity to learn how to become a better teacher and friend herself, delving into problems she's never been exposed to before. Getting into a relationship with someone who was, honestly, a totalitarian dictator, means further accepting the inherent flaws in ponies and working both with those flaws and around them to find the better ponies beneath. Plus, it would be interesting for Twilight to explore her own neurosis (the poor thing can crack at the slightest amount of pressure) alongside her marefriend's, perhaps reaching a point where they can better themselves together by becoming a stronger whole.

2) Tempest x Twilight: Similar to the above, but without the student / teacher relationship. I immediately liked the idea of "Tempest becoming a Royal Guard out of guilt and shame for what she had done", but I with a preference towards expounding on that idea emotionally. After all, guilt-tripping a character into something can be a starting point, sure, but in the long run it just makes me feel guilty myself as a writer. Like it's a kind of mean-spirited way of writing or something, you know?

Rather, I prefer the idea that while Tempest chose to become a Royal Guard out of guilt, she stayed a Royal Guard out of a love for her newfound duty… and yes, particularly towards Twilight. Tempest found something there, the mare that was willing to try and save her even though they were enemies at the time, and to her that became something worth defending… and loving.

For Twilight, it's an awkward scenario where the Captain of her Royal Guard has expressed feelings, but their stations make it difficult for them to act on it. She needs to overcome this, particularly involving her reticence towards romance, and approach the situation as her heart desires. In my headcanon, there's also another big difference between Starlight and Tempest: Starlight had an ideology while Tempest simply had a goal; Tempest wanted her horn back. One became a student and the other became her guard.

Twilight's intelligence, however, could prove a focal point in either one of two ways: she could find a way to restore her marefriend's horn or she could comfort her in that there's no such cure and embolden her to become a greater warrior despite her disability.

Damn, I feel like I'm writing a shipfic right now xD .

3) Zecora x Twilight: The easiest one of the three for me to explain. Really. It's like any Celestia x Twilight ship, except the absolutely massive age-gap isn't there. Zecora has this great wisdom that Twilight respects and admires, and she also sees the promise in this young princess who can do great things for the future of the world as a whole. Likewise, Twilight has the unicorn / alicorn side of the coin, boasting magical power that Zecora has likely never seen, and could help the awesome shaman do great things with her potionwork.

They both have knowledge to offer each other, as well as cultural wisdom from differing angles as well. It helps that the show made a direct Star Wars reference which made Zecora even more awesome. I can't help it, I like to ship awesome with the equally awesome.

So, according to me anyway, romance ensues xD .

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Like I said, these are just my favorites and they're just examples of why I feel they work. If you feel they don't, that's totally cool. We all have different preferences and I understand that.

Example of that: I know there's a decent market for Big Mac x Twilight. I don't get it, I don't ship it, but it's cool. Because it's all cool. We're all different shippers, after all =D .
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GryphonStar5678

Bearded Dialogue Master
@Joseph Raszagal
Okay, your argument makes sense. It just more often then not I find fans that ship very one-sided, especailly with Twilight. What can Twilight do for this character, or how can she help this character, without any mention of what the other character can do for Twilight.

As for the enemy shipping, I really don't mind it as long as it's not one sided.

My problem above all is when ships feel one sided, and this happens far too often with rival ships.
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Emily Brickenbrackle III
@GryphonStar5678
To your first comment:
The thing is, I don't immediately plan on shipping a character with Twilight just because they show up as a rival or foil to her. If I did that, she'd have been making kissy faces with Trixie in my fanfiction a long time ago. I've done so with a lot of her rivals, sure, but that's because I ended up liking them after they got some decent character development. If Sunset and Starlight would have remained antagonistic, I would have left them by the roadside. Keep in mind, some people still like that kind of enemy shipping, and that's fine, but it just always comes off as way too rape-y to me. It's just not my thing.

To your second comment:
That's not even news lol. That's just a general rule of shipping (well, excluding those previously mentioned antagonistic ships). If it's not a two-sided relationship, then I don't really care about it.

For me, it's kind of like this:
- Phase 1: I have to like the character. If I don't like them, why would I bother to ship them? I think my favorite example of this would be Zephyr Breeze, who I can't stand and have yet to ship with anyone.

- Phase 2: They generally have to have an established friendship / relationship with the character I'm shipping. In particular, I don't really care for crack-shipping involving characters that have barely ever interacted onscreen before. In some cases, this rule can be amended in the following phase.

- Phase 3: Amendment to the above phase. If there are two characters who've barely interacted, but I like them enough, I'll try and see if they have anything in common that I could write about. Examples using Twilight include: Cheerilee x Twilight (Education), Mayor Mare x Twilight (Leadership), and Daring Do x Twilight (Puzzle Solving & Adventure).

Lastly, I can't believe I forgot to mention this one in my earlier list, but another of my favorite Twi ships is Zecora x Twilight. Unicorn magic and zebra potion brewing could fuel a powerful warmachine.
GryphonStar5678

Bearded Dialogue Master
@Joseph Raszagal
As for your examples, the student thing is going to happen no matter what, Twilight has taken up a teacher role. That doesn't mean every new student she gains should be shipping material. As for chemistry, That going to happen even more because rivals work best on that.

What you should be asking is not what their connections are to Twilight, but what do both sides of a ship offer each other?
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Emily Brickenbrackle III
@GryphonStar5678
It just really comes down to taste, I guess.

Okay, so some Twilight ships:

Starlight: I enjoy shipping her with Twilight because I like their chemistry as student and teacher. I also really enjoy how far Starlight's come as a character. The fact that she sometimes teaches Twilight a lesson or two only sweetens the deal for me.

Tempest: Given Tempest's background and failings, I feel like a relationship between her and Twilight could work in much the same way as the previously mentioned; Twilight teaching her how to become a better pony and accept friends into her life.

Sunset: I'm a sucker for good color pallets and, again, much like what I said with Starlight, she's got good chemistry with Twi as someone who wants to learn how to be a better friend. It's cute. I like cute things.

Trixie: I've never did ship Twilight and Trixie. Outside of her appearances in the last few seasons (with her highlights all involving her friendship with Starlight, at least in my opinion), I've never really liked her. Blowhard, egotist characters like Trixie just tend to annoy me. She is getting a lot better though.

Moondancer: Not a rival, but I'll include her anyway. Given that Moondancer actually has a past with Twilight, there's a lot of wiggle room to headcanon into existence events that may have happened back while they were both still in school together. Fun, if you like writing fanfiction where the characters are all still fillies.

Sunburst: Also not a rival, but hey, it's another obvious choice. Besides, Twilight's pretty lacking in the hetero shipping department, so if you want a hetero ship, why not pair up the nerd horses and watch the magic? Pun completely intended. I'm not sorry.

Then there's Luna, Celestia, and God only knows how many others. All I'm trying to say is it's just taste, that's all. Not every ship is going to make the same sense to everyone.
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GryphonStar5678

Bearded Dialogue Master
@Fighterpilot555
Yeah, but unless the ship is ridiculously obvious canon like Starburst I prefer to be a bit more creative with what I ship. And this ship just like the other rival ships feels like another copy&paste moment. Heck, half the time shippers don't even try to have the relationship in a way that complements the two characters instead it's always the rival is an edgy mess and Twilight needs to step in a mend things, or the rival plays the eternal guard in thank to Twilight saving them once.
Sparkletron

I’m a brony
what if there is a way to fix her horn there's gotta be some king of magic that could restore a broken horn such as tempest shadow's
Background Pony #9169
I absolute love when she has lots of scars like this, makes her look prettier