2017 May 28, 22:09:24


Author Topic: Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy - What are they doing with their lives?  (Read 558 times)

Offline Midnight Breeze

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Throughout the show we've seen Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash come a very long way and are well on their way to realizing their goals and ambitions.

Rarity rose from being an unknown, small-town tailor to a rich and famous fashionista.

Rainbow Dash is swiftly rising as a new Wonderbolt and is impressing the bigwigs at every turn, she's clearly got an amazing career Wonderbolt ahead of her.

And of course, Twilight rose from being an everyday commoner to a princess based entirely on her own merit, not genealogy.

But when it comes to Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, well...they're just sort of there. What have they accomplished in the last 5 years in terms of their own lives? They never really seemed to have any life ambitions like Twilight, Rarity and Rainbow Dash did, being more content with their own lives as they already are. It feels like half the main cast is being pushed to support roles, having little in the way of their own goals.

Applejack in particular I have to sympathize for. I mean, she had originally wanted to make the rural flight and see more of the world than the farm she was born on. She went on a pilgrimage as a child to the city to get a taste for more of the world, but then here cutie mark was just like "LOLNOPE" and sent her right back to the farm, and there she's remained. She seems like her life goals like with family rather than wealth or fame, but if that's the case then she and Big Mac are doing a pretty terrible job of keeping their lineage going. I mean, Applejack is in her late 20s and Big Mac is like 30. If they want to continue their bloodline then one or both of them better start looking for a mate soon.

Regardless, these 3 are sorely lacking in personal character development. I feel like they're unfortunately getting sidelined in favor of the other 3. I hope season 6 addresses their personal stories...or lack thereof.

Offline McClaw

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I'll disagree with you.

Fluttershy has already found what she wants from life -- quietly tending animals and helping people match up with pets.

Pinkie Pie is in a similar situation, but she has become more responsible in terms of Cupcake Corner. And don't forget she knows she's inspired at least one pony (Cheese Sandwich) to excel at a similar career. Assisting in the spread of friendship would seem to dovetail into that perfectly.

Applejack is the one that might need to be shown achieving more. If she's a competent businesspony (and a successful farmer would be), Sweet Apple Acres would eventually stop being in perpetual money trouble; it's a useful plot device, but eventually it becomes unrealistic. Of course she can't just sit back and lounge on past successes, so it's possible what she really needs to do is realize she is successful, possibly by being able to compare SAA to a failing farm.
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