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  • Digdux

    Instead of focusing on Equestria Girls, and the problems with it I intend to keep my focus firmly on Sunset Shimmer, since simply listing the problems and incongruities from a critic's perspective on the series is simply too much, and I would rather post this blog while it is still relevant. Without further ado let us begin.


    As Shakespeare so simply put, Caesar was ambitious, and one of the leading themes of his play, Julius Caesar is that too much ambition is dangerous. Brutus perished for trying to gain power, as did Caesar, and Mark Anthony. It is against one's nature to forcefully rise among one's station, or so the play would say.

    While Equestria is not the realm of Julius Caesar, there is a major similarity in that they are both societi…



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  • Digdux

    To begin I am going to put out a monster of a blog, in little sections, where I will go into fiendish detail to explain Spike, who he is, what his character does, and why he DOES NOT deserve more positive treatment as a character. By going into such detail I wish to make my case indubitably clear. Consider this the bare bones, since this is likely going to end up several thousand words.


    As a character Spike satisfies a bunch of odd niches in My Little Pony. First and foremost, he is one of the few male characters, and perhaps more importantly he has by far the most appearances of any male character, each season. In a show targeted at little girls, he would be a surrogate for little boys. Here is where the entire crux of his characterization…


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  • Digdux

    I figured I should at the very least throw this blog together and go over some topics relating to character development, power and the relation between them.


    Explicit power is the easiest type to define, it is effectively the amount of raw ability the character has to throw around. Rainbow Dash has a large amount of explicit power due to her ability to fly really fast. Twilight can use a great amount of magic, Fluttershy can talk to animals. In general these are explicit or implied abilities a character can do. Even though we haven't seen Celestia throwing around massive amounts of magic that makes Twilight look like novice, it is assumed she can do so, giving her a large, but not clearly defined amount of explicit power, something I will l…


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  • Digdux

    Gilda is the character in MLP who satisfies this characterization. She plays it about as straight as it is possible to play, but due to the depth of the archetype she inherently has complexity.


    Gilda falls cleanly in the hostile category; she is intentionally rude to brush people off, takes advantage of others to satisfy her needs, and bullies others for no clear reason, other than to keep up appearances of being a bully. Her consistent use of negative adjectives also furthers this idea, appearing to use them, almost on reflex. Her hair and animation style are also very aggressive. Regardless of her malicious intentions, she clearly does not indulge in them all the time, particularly around Rainbow Dash, lending credence to the idea that s…


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  • Digdux

    I’m going to go ahead and start this series covering some different antagonist character types, which matchup with characters in MLP. Here I hope to cover what makes the antagonist, likeable or hated, evil or hostile, redeemable vs unredeemable, and their purpose, both within universe, and from a writing standpoint. Most of this is going to be fairly quick and more of an overview.


    Nightmare Moon is likely the epitome of a classic villain in FIM. Her creation was essentially an evil transformation by Princess Luna, into NMM. Nightmare Moon is easy to classify as evil, her actions are clearly malicious, and she intentionally causes harm, not as a side-effect, but as a goal. For example, she intentionally causes harm during her first appearanc…


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