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Wayneponeth
Elements of Harmony - Had an OC in the 2022 Community Collab

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@DoctorWTF  
Those are not making a big deal out of it. They’re subtly nodding at the fact that Scootaloo still desires flight. In “The Fault in Our Cutie Mark”, Scootaloo also flaps her wings a little and looks at them when she said she knows the feeling of wanting something that’s out of reach. That’s subtle too. I’m not saying Scootaloo literally doesn’t care about flying. I’m saying she doesn’t want to let the disability to do it define her and let her worry hinder herself and her friends again like in Flight to the Finish.
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@Wayneponeth  
There are also dream sequences in “Bloom and Gloom” and “Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep” where Scootaloo is flying. The latter even has her with gigantic wings, as if to compensate for her actual wings being undergrown for flight.
Wayneponeth
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@Kalash93  
Well it’s a 9 season show. Season 4 is not even after half of it. But fine, that’s 3 episodes where Scootaloo’s lack of flight is emphasized. That’s still not a lot since there are 222 episodes of the show and Scootaloo appears in a lot of them.
Wayneponeth
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@DoctorWTF  
You have a point. I can’t believe I forgot about that episode. That’s basically two episodes where her lack of flight is emphasized.
 
In the Washouts I believe Dash had good intention because she knew about Lightning Dust’s tendency for danger and didn’t want Scootaloo to get hurt obviously, but she didn’t know how to properly convey it to her. Instead of telling Scootaloo what Lightning Dust has done before she promotes Wonderbolts so much to her because they’re a definition of “safety” for her. And of course she somehow made everything about herself during all that because she’s Rainbow Dash. That’s a very stupid way to tell someone “I worry about you”. In the end of the episode she finally learned the focus should be on Scootaloo instead of herself or the Wonderbolts.
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@Wayneponeth  
Yeah, Rainbow Dash pretty stongly implied that she had been expecting Scootaloo to follow her into the Wonderbolts despite the fact that as far as we had been shown, there was no realistic hope of that actually happening. Never mind that back in “Flight to the Finish”, it was Rainbow herself who helped Scootaloo realize that even if she can;t fly, she’s still special in other ways.
 
Though there was also “Surf and/or Turf”, where she gets turned into a sea pony and she’s like “So this is what it’s like to fly”, and it forms a large part of her bias towards Seaquestria over Mt. Aris.
Wayneponeth
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@Phoenixflambe  
I mean the only episode where she makes a big deal out of it is The Washouts, and even then she is more focused on telling Rainbow Dash off than anything. Her point isn’t that she can’t fly, it’s that Rainbow Dash keeps projecting herself onto scootaloo and controlling her life.
DoctorWTF
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Maybe a glider or prosthetic wings just wouldn’t be fast enough and it wouldn’t be worth it because she feels like she didn’t earn it herself…
 
Well, she does have mechanical skills of her own - if she wants to “earn it herself” I could easily see her developing her own device, and possibly even using it to help other pegasi who need a little extra lift.
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Wayneponeth
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@DoctorWTF  
That’s why I said she doesn’t “usually” make a “big deal”. She indicates it but doesn’t go out of her way to tell the whole world she wishes to fly. I never said she gives up. As I mentioned she literally used a giant slingshot to get to Cloudsdale. She wanted to join the Washouts to prove her own abilities and soar through the sky in a different way. She looks up to Rainbow Dash because she is a brave daredevil who loves extreme speed, so Scootaloo also loves extreme speed She wants to compensate her inability to fly in a way she enjoys and perhaps with her own efforts. Those are her potential solutions. Maybe a glider or prosthetic wings just wouldn’t be fast enough and it wouldn’t be worth it because she feels like she didn’t earn it herself, or maybe I was wrong and she will get prosthetic wings if she has the chance then that’s great too. I never said she gives up trying to fly I said she loves the thrills.
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@Wayneponeth  
Except that there have been multiple episodes where Scootaloo indicates that some part of her yearns to fly. Since when does “don’t let your disability define you” translate into “give up on your dreams without looking into potential solutions with which to compensate”?
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Wayneponeth
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@DoctorWTF  
I think one of my favorite aspects about Scootaloo’s character is how she doesn’t let her disability define her. Other than the one episode where Diamond Tiara teases her about it, Scootaloo doesn’t usually make such a big deal about her lack of flight. She still manages to find different ways to make herself stand out and enjoy extreme activities. I’d say most of times she is even more hardcore than Rainbow Dash. Point is, Scootaloo probably won’t get any prosthetics even if there’s any made for her. I mean she literally used a giant slingshot to get to Cloudsdale. This filly loves the thrills!
 
Prosthetic horn is actually a really good idea to be honest. Just like when Edna Mode found the material that can turn invisible along with Violet in The Incredibles, who says ponies can’t find some kind of material that can create artificial magic?
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@Wayneponeth  
“A Cutie Re-Mark” showed an alternate-timeline Rainbow Dash with a prosthetic wing. Though that could just be an issue of it not being cost-effective to make some sophisticated prosthetics for a foal who would quickly outgrow them. Even then, Scootaloo could still use a hang glider.
 
As for horns, who knows. Tempest did comment on Equestria wasting its magical resources on fancy festivals instead of putting it to “greater uses”. That is usually interpreted to refer to national defense, but it could just as easily apply to medical research.
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Wayneponeth
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@DoctorWTF  
Prosthetic wings and horn that can help you fly or use magic respectively will be really hard to make. Maybe wings but I don’t know how prosthetic horn would work.
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Tempest, Scootaloo, and Kerfuffle should be best friends.
 
It’d be nice of the other two could also get some decent prosthetics, if only to show that the ponies of Equestria aren’t so brain-dead as to use “You don’t need to be not-disabled to be special” as an excuse to slack off with developing actual solutions.
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@Collector626  
Personally, I headcanon that she’s just a congenital amputee and there isn’t anything more to it then that. Hard for anybody in Hope Hollow to really care to make a big deal of it if it’s just what she is, and I’d have to imagine the Mane 6 would all more-or-less know that ponies or other creatures being born without a limb is a thing that can happen.
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