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    todays my birthday everybody
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    Uh, I don't want to hurt you. If you know people whom are physically threatening you for your opinions, perhaps you should report them to someone. And being stabbed seems like a pretty extreme, unusual circumstance which you should seriously get some help about. Just don't put that on me. I don't want to hurt you, I just want you to stop being so bitter and aggressive towards people for having different opinions. Apparently, you have somehow run into some very violent people as a result of this. There are better ways to deal with that than posting bitter screeds on an online forum.
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    As much as it pains me being my team is the patriots, congrats Philadelphia Eagles on being the best team this year and earning your first super bowl trophy
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    Today, I shall review Friendship is Magic’s one hundred and sixty third episode and its seventh season’s twentieth episode, A Health of Information. The episode’s story is written by Sammie Crowley and Whitney Wetta. The storyboard artists for A Health of Information are Thalia Tomlinson and Cory Toomey. A Health of Information is listed as the seventh season’s eighteenth episode in its production order. Fluttershy frantically tries to save Zecora from a terminal illness called Swamp Fever by getting Twilight to tag along with her to go on an adventure to find a legendary if not mythical healer of folk tale named the Mystical Mask. Positives: 1. The Swamp Fever is represented well here as a terrifying disease to be fearful of in the episode and I love how it sets the tone for it. Remember from Season 2’s episode The Cutie Pox and how it made the cutie pox disease rather scary with its implications it showed? In season seven’s A Health of Information, it brings back that grim dark tone and turns it up even higher in the show with the nasty Swamp Fever disease. This disease infects ponies with pox spots on them, coughing bubbles out of their mouths, sneezing lightning bolts out of themselves, sprouting branches out of their skin until they eventually become the very tree where the creator of the Swamp Fever disease in its lilypad flower. Here’s the terrifying flower and cause of the Swamp Fever. On a personal analysis, upon hearing how this disease turns ponies into the same tree that sprouts more of these lily pad flowers, this leaves a rather very terrifying implication about it as not only does it seem the disease is terminal considering how grave the doctor’s tone was when he diagnosed it as Swamp Fever, there’s no known cure for the Swamp Fever disease. See this fungus growing out of the insect? Yea this is what Swamp Fever does to ponies at the final stage. Crap. A Health of Information’s narration successfully spins one of the most somber tones in the whole series by using the deadly terminal disease in the Swamp Fever to motivate and Drive Fluttershy to great lengths and levels to save Zecora who herself got infected from the flower that carried it. Be prepared to see absolutely determined Flutershy here. 2. Fluttershy is fantastic in a Health of Information and one could argue this is her best characterization in the whole show. As for our primary protagonist in the episode, Fluttershy, she is utterly fantastic in A Health of Information. Motivated by her guilt for causing her friend Zecora to be stricken with Swamp Fever, upon hearing from Zecora about a legendary healer known as the Mystical Mask, Fluttershy would pull all stops to research on this myth by getting her research and book worm friend Twilight Sparkle to help her out. Due to her frenzy to finding the cure for Zecora, Fluttershy would spend all night to finding the mystical mask or any sort of cure to the Swamp Fever despite Twilight’s insistence they rest for the night. When Twilight herself is suggesting taking a rest for the evening from reading books, you know Fluttershy is going utterly nuts. After spending the whole night researching, Fluttershy would find that the folk tale of the Mystical Mask, is based on a real person named Mage Meadowbrook. I will get to later the issue that Mage Meadowbrook later, but for now, prepare for an incoming Equestrian legend story to be told here. Finding out the place where Mage Meadowbrook originally lived before disappearing, they would find an abandoned ghost town where no one lives there. When they would enter inside Mage Meadowbrook’s tree home that she no longer lives there, Fluttershy would start showing signs of how she’s pushing herself so hard that her lack of sleep is affecting her judgement. As I said, Fluttershy is so determined to save Zecora that she’s even willing to do it at the cost of her own health. Perhaps Twilight has a point here considering how clumsy and confused Fluttershy is becoming. Once inside, they find it is occupied by one of her descendants named Cat Tail. I’m going to explain later why I like Cat Tail. With Cat Tail’s help, Fluttershy and Twilight would find out that Mage Meadowbrook had not only indeed encountered the Swamp Fever disease before but after much trial and error and racing against the clock as there was an especially virulent outbreak of it in her home town, infecting even her teacher and mother. There, Mage Meadowbrook would find an indigenous species in her area, the Flash Bees are not only immune to the deadly vapor clouds of the lilypad flower but they can collect the pollen from it and churn it for their honey inside their hive to which she would find is the cure. Now if only Fluttershy hadn’t been so tired she would remember that one important detail Meadowbrook did. After Fluttershy would get infected with the Swamp Fever, however, while Fluttershy pushes herself harder and was willing to collect the honey from the hive itself as she felt confident that her experience with animals would, in part due to how tired she was, she would be quickly overwhelmed by how aggressive the bees are at defending their home from intruders, knocking her unconscious from the fall. Also, due to lacking sleep, she would not wake up for several days, which would waste precious time and energy that Fluttershy could’ve used to getting the honey quickly as Zecora’s disease becomes even worse. Meanwhile, Twilight and Cat Tail would try everything to get the honey but fail, seems the bees are highly resistant against magic as well. However, now rested and with energy this time and seeing a flash bee lovingly caressing Meadowbrook’s old healer’s mask, Fluttershy would quickly surmise that the mask was the thing that allowed Meadowbrook to get close to the hive. Here’s a bee lovingly showing affection for a mask. Thanks to the color patterns on Meadowbrook’s healer mask, Fluttershy would successfully collect the honey to cure herself and bring it to cure Zecora, saving the day. And just in time too. While Fluttershy does learn a lesson to not over exert yourself too hard to where you’re sleep depriving yourself as the eventual hard sleep you’ll get from pushing your body to such effort will cause you to waste more time and with how you’ll not be as focused if you had rested, I should commend her however. Her need to save Zecora from the Swamp Fever was fantastic as not only was she determined to ensure she gets the cure as quickly as she can, but she was willing to do it at her own expense as she wanted to ensure her friend’s safety. This determination would allow her to output even Twilight Sparkle in book researching and would be pretty much the one spearheading their efforts to finding the cure for Zecora as Twilight herself was relegated to support. While I could see some folks be a bit annoyed by seeing this role reversal, I feel this was sort of a makeup call for how Fluttershy was relegated to the supporting role till the last minute in their last episode together in S5’s Hoof Fields and McColts. Either way, seeing how far Fluttershy was willing to push herself to get the honey, even quickly overcoming her fear of the bees to get the honey despite her deteriorating condition from the disease and her sleep deprivation, this was easily the bravest I’ve ever seen Fluttershy in the show. At the same time, the episode does balance her out by planting the lesson on her to not push herself so hard by correctly showing how not getting sleep to rest has caused her to fall into unconscious for three days, wasting time she could’ve used to save Zecora. Overall, there’s very few things in the show that has a comparable Fluttershy performance as the one showed in A Health of Information. She was so great in fact that you can even view it as her best characterization in the show, yes even above Hurricane Fluttershy as she was that good. Seeing a heroic Fluttershy delights me. 3. Twilight Sparkle was an effective support in a Health of Information. Now taking a largely supporting role here in A Health of Information, outside of a good joke of ‘NON STICK PANS’, Here’s my derp face! Twilight Sparkle’s role wasn’t all that memorable as it was clear that she’s taking a backseat to Fluttershy here, but this isn’t bad as she was effective in what she did, and was especially on point when she would point out to Fluttershy that she needs. Also, when Fluttershy was knocked out of action, we would find that Twilight would not only go back to Zecora to take care of her, with the help of Cat Tail, she would also try to get the honey from the Zap Bees themselves only to fail in that regard. So while Twilight didn’t saved the day, she did tried. On a separate note, I'm seriously digging those healers masks as they're practically Cajun bayou versions of the famed Plague Doctor's mask. Not so different. This in my opinion was a good choice as if Twilight had done so, we wouldn’t have such a moment of awesome for Fluttershy here when she does succeed getting the honey. And Twilight’s lesson to Fluttershy to not over exert herself would prove on point considering the many errors in judgement the yellow Pegasus pony would make in A Health of Information. Overall, not a stellar secondary role, but an effective one for Twilight here. 4. Cat Tail is another effective support, but his character carries some surprising depth in him. Now the new character that gets introduced into this episode, Cat Tail, is the sole occupant of Meadowbrook’s abandoned home town. He lives in his ancestor, Mage Meadowbrook’s, home in the Hayseed Swamp Bayou. Now outside of being a good help to Twilight and Fluttershy in their quest to finding the cure for the Swamp Fever, there’s a surprising amount of depth to his character I find. Now look at the town he lives at, it’s a ghost town as there’s no one living there but him. When the girls ask why he’s living in Meadowbrook’s home, he simply says that he wishes to protect and preserve his ancestor’s work or something along the lines of that. Now there’s something meaningful to what he’s doing here. Remember, he has no obligations to stay at Meadowbrook’s home in Hayseed Swamp and in fact it’s actually to his benefit that he leaves the place as no other pony but he remains in this forsaken ghost town so he’s living entirely by himself. His sole motivation is only to preserve his great ancestor’s work and legacy in her home, meaning that Cat Tail is willing to sacrifice his own happiness that he could’ve achieved elsewhere to ensure his ancestor’s work is preserved. Understanding this, I have a great amount of respect for this clever writing to Cat Tail’s character as it makes him a much more interesting character than what’s shown on the surface. Appreciate what this pony is willing to do girls as without this guy willing to sacrifice his personal wants to protect his ancestor’s work for folks like you to find, Zecora and Fluttershy are probably dead from the Swamp Fever. 5. I do enjoy the abandon swamp ghost town setting here in Hayseed Swamp as well. In another expansion of Equestria, we get a nice locale in the Abandoned swamp town of Meadowbrook’s home in Hayseed Swamp. Considering in Meadowbrook’s story of how the place was infected with a bad Swamp Fever outbreak that was likely only saved by Meadowbrook’s intervention and how prevalent the place seems to be with it, I can only imagine the many horror stories that folks can use to describe of how this town went to hell with the diseases running rampant without Meadowbrooks and the lost knowledge she had to cure the Swamp Fever. And that’s just the swamp fever itself as the Hayseed Swamp is ominous enough to have many scary stories in it such as ghost sightings, monstrous creatures, and the like. I probably made this town scarier than it is. 6. We get a good background story on Mage Meadowbrook here. Now while I have a bit of an issue with their design and choice of Meadowbrook here, I will say this, with what they presented I was impressed. We see that the earth pony was not only a famed sorceress who is also revealed to have been the folk tale hero Mystical Mask in this story, but thanks to her descendant keeping her journals preserved, we see the struggles that Meadowbrook had to face from learning to cure an animal of an illness to earn her first healer’s mask from her mother, to the swamp fever outbreak and how it affected meadowbrook on a personal level, to discovery, and eventually to her successfully getting the Flash Bee’s honey to cure the disease. A rather impressive story of trial and error and triumphing to become a great heroine. The other interesting thing about her is that out of all the folk tale heroes spoken in Season 7, she is the only one to have been mentioned that she had disappeared, suggesting that Meadowbrook was perhaps the one most connected to the common folk of Equestria due to her works in healing and fame for it. Mage Meadowbrook here. Thus, this episode deserves credit for helping us to set up meadowbrook’s own role in her appearance in the season seven finale. Negatives: 1. To get us the backstory, A health of information had to do a deliberate retcon of Meadowbrooks original backstory. The only issue that can prevent the episode from achieving perfection in my honest opinion is that for us to get Meadowbrook’s backstory here, they had to break her original background info of being a powerful unicorn mage instead of an earth pony healer A health of information has chosen for her instead. While not a big issue considering it was a mere mention in the Season 5 cutie map episode, it’s still a break in the continuity that one can’t easily ignore. Not a bad move but still a flaw. Conclusion: A health of Information is not only at least one of the strongest Fluttershy episodes in the show, housing one of her best characterizations in the series, but it also held some many good stuffs in it such as Twilight and Cat Tail’s helpful secondary roles here to help balance out Fluttershy, including a good lesson for her to learn and how it costed her for not heeding it. Despite the minor flaw that it had to break the original story on Meadowbrook, the one A health of Information gave to her is more than satisfactory and entertaining enough for folks to be impressed by what they did and gave for her. Cat Tail’s character carries some surprising depth for folks to appreciate from him. And I really loved how well they wove the terrifying Swamp Fever into the story where it carries tons of dark implications about it and how it may have impacted the abandonment of the swamp town in Hayseed Swamp that Meadowbrook once lived with whom only her descendant does now, giving us one of the show’s grimmer dark tales. This is easily one of season seven’s best episodes yet. Score: 9.5/10 Grade: A
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    So...nothing special...but today is my 16th birthday! xD This is my first (official) birthday with ponies and my lovely boyfriend ^w^ (also not to forget all my new friends ^w^)
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    New profile pic ^w^ (birthday present from @FizzyGreen) Made by Cutiepatootiee
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    @Shimmer Sparkle @Pain @Havocbyte @ChB @Sparklefan1234 @leonbrony17 HAPPY RAINBOW DASH DAY, EVERYPONY!!!
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    I don't quite understand what you mean. I watch the show because I like it. There is no grand philosophy, just simple personal pleasure.
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    Original Teen Titans on Blu-Ray! I WANT!!!
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    Hope it is a good one, happy birthday!
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    Happy Birthday, @Nightshroud!! Hope you have a great one!
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    @8492nd Hey check this out. @Thrond Hey, Thrond. I like Starlight Glimmer! What's that? You dislike Starlight Glimmer? That's nice, she does have flaws and her utilization isn't spotless. Can we still be friends even though we don't share same view for a fictional character? There, I have conquered my fear! I have faced a person that dislikes Starlight and I am unharmed. It's almost as if people who have problem with Starlight are regular human beings just like me and other people that like Starlight. Actually some of my online friends dislike Starlight and we never had any problems because of that. And if I ever encounter crazy hater by some strange coincidence, such as stars aligning and summoning the great old ones, well I'll just shrug and live my life as before.
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    Just saw this on Derpibooru >w<
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    Today, I shall review Friendship is Magic’s one hundred and fifty eighth episode and its seventh season’s fifteenth episode, Triple Threat. The story is written by Josh Hamilton. The storyboard artists are Nicole Wang and Dave Wiebe. N/A As Spike is preparing a friendship meeting between himself and Ember to help her to understand friendship better, Thorax arrives on the same day to meet with Spike for the very same reason causing an already stressed Spike to panic. Positives: 1. I really liked Spike’s conflict here as he tries to balance between three important tasks in Triple Threat. I will give good marks for Spike in the episode in mainly how his conflict was crafted. Throughout Triple Threat, Spike would be under tons of stress as he balances not one, two, but three tasks in handling the friendship counseling of Dragon Lord Ember and King Thorax and trying to solve a friendship problem the Cutie Map throws at him. This is something I can relate to as I tend to huff and puff and panic whenever I must handle something unexpected as Spike did and his reactions to it are quite appropriate as you’re so worried of pleasing everyone that you tend to try to divide evenly with your attentions on every problem so you can resolve such issues with your undivided attention. However, because your mind is so focused on trying to solve multiple problems at once and you’re trying to fix one of said problems, your mind is not at full attention and may not be able to resolve these issues in the satisfactory manner to do it. I mean whose going to handle a major problem with two unexpected problems appearing on your plate for the day well? What’s more, I really enjoyed at how Spike is given a great opportunity to essentially handle the matter of trying to help two leaders of two different indigenous tribes on his own while Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer were on hand to provide support to him as needed, which they did a good job at that. This not only shows Spike’s growing importance in Equestrian politics with handling the alliances between ponies, dragons, and changedlings, but it helps Spike’s own growth as well as he becomes more entrusted to handle on such matters for the pony’s sake. Spike is growing up in our eyes here. 2. I liked the humor in Triple Threat. Here, I will give some points that I liked for the humor here in Triple Threat. I liked the couch gags that Twilight and Thorax had going between each other as Twilight tries to distract him for a time. Here's Twilight trying to mask that belly of hers. I liked the ‘Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer are too like each other’ joke that Dragon Lord Ember was stating throughout the episode. This was likely a joke at how many folks have complained of how Starlight Glimmer’s personality is like Twilight Sparkle which leads to the point that Starlight Glimmer was meant to replace Unicorn Twilight Sparkle’s role that was absent once Twilight ascended. Just speaking what I'm seeing ladies. Also, another joke I enjoyed with Ember was that apparently, she’s allergic to feelings and colors. Here's Ember trying hard to express her issues with Spike. 3. We get a mention of Thorax having a brother that will help setup for a future episode in Season 7. On another note, Triple Threat will help set up for a future episode in Season 7 where Thorax will mention his brother here while he rants on of his problems to Spike. This brother of Thorax will play a key role in that episode. Meanwhile, here's Thorax talking Spike's ear off trying to speak his problems out. 4. I really enjoyed Thorax and Ember showing off their different problems of leadership here and how both would be the ones to help resolve their problems for each other. Now the selling point for this episode is the appearances and usage of the two leaders of the Dragons and Changedlings respectively in Dragon Lord Ember and King Thorax. Here, both would come to Spike to express their issues and problems they have in the following. Dragon Lord Ember is having issues getting Dragons to follow her as due to their competitive nature, it’s hard for them to express feelings as it’s considered showing weakness. For example, instead of settling disputes or issues diplomatically, dragons and Ember fight it out in a ‘might makes right’ contest with Ember usually triumphing but not being able to solve the problem because the dragons now refuse to cooperate with her without force, which while she can do so with the scepter, she has come to find that it does not inspire loyalty or true friendship in them doing that so she came to Spike asking help in how to be friendlier to her kin. Fear and intimidation will only carry you so far before they grow sick of you. King Thorax’s issues is that while he has many disputes with his changedling brethren, he’s unable to get things settled due to his incessant need to talk and talk without committing to actions needed to resolve the disputes. Don't talk their ears off, just do it once their problems are apparent and you need to fix it. There, after they would try to seek Spike out for advice only for Spike to be either too panicky and mind whacked to help out, or bored out of his mind with Thorax speaking so much, after Ember and Thorax mistakenly have a scuffle to defend Spike and leave him in disappointment for lying to them about his focus for the day, they would actually spend some time with each other at the lake where we find both of them, not Spike would be the ones to help each other’s problems out via Ember telling Thorax to stop talking so much and get to action to resolve it, and Thorax telling Ember to stop trying to embarrass or humiliate her subjects and instead focus on trying to talk their problems out so they can find the best solution. And here I thought there would be some threesome shipping fuel for Spike, Ember, and Thorax. Now I know folks have issues with this mainly for how it seems to cut Spike out from being the one to settle the disputes and issues and instead have them to settle all of Spike’s problems in the episode without him, but I do not think this is an issue. The reason for that is that due to being preoccupied with solving all his problems for the day, he would be too busy and not focused well enough to be able to settle their problems well as we’ve seen when Thorax was speaking to spike about his problems. Also, considering how he felt guilty from what he had done as his cleaning up the friendship festivities at the town hall would show, he wouldn’t be able to effectively resolve their disputes in the manner they would want. To give another point for Spike, without his involvement in bringing them over to Ponyville to settle the problems for them, they would not have had the opportunity to figure their problems out so he did helped them out in one regard. This choice they made allows us the opportunity to have these two world leaders to be able to organically speak to one another and find common ground between each other without a middle man brokering it for them. This to me helps to make their bond that much more natural and better than if Spike were the one to solve their problems or so and we can be possible denied this opportunity if he were the one to do it. Thus, I would say that this is perhaps what I’m most impressed is Ember and Thorax’s characterizations and how the two would help each other out to settle their problems and thus become friends over it. Negatives: 1. Triple Threat’s pacing is very slow to make up for the story’s light materials in it. The only real but major issue I had with Triple Threat is how slow paced the episode is. While I enjoyed many of the humorous moments committed by the characters here such as mentioned above and Spike trying to find a way to settle the cutie map problem he had however he can find anyone in Ponyville having said perceived friendship problem, all of this only highlights to me that without said humor occupying the space in between the beginning and climax, which is where the actual meat of the story resides in, we are pretty much stuck with a light story that could’ve been an eleven minute episode. Before we get to us settling the issues between Thorax and Ember, let us distract you with jokes and delaying actions to our intended resolution to this episode. Conclusion: Triple Threat is a good episode that helps out Spike, Thorax, and Ember’s characters for their own reasons that would help shape Equestrian politics with Dragons and Changedlings for the better as we see how Spike is essentially the Friendship ambassador between not one but two nations. While the humor was good in Triple Threat, it’s clearly light story harms plenty in this otherwise well crafted episode. Score: 8.5/10 Grade: B
  23. 4 points
    Under the unforseen circumstances I’ll have to postpone (couple-o-hours or so) Spike Day posts. Sorry, everypony
  24. 4 points
    One hater is more noisy than the entire army of her fans. Just as for Twilight.
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    @8492nd This is a poll from late 2016, showing that far more people like Starlight Glimmer than hate her. https://www.equestriadaily.com/2016/11/poll-results-what-do-you-think-of.html For your own well-being, you have got to learn how to tune out internet vitriol. It's never going away, it will always be the vocal minority, and it really doesn't matter. You hear more of it because the people who like stuff are mostly just content to enjoy it quietly, whereas the people with a bug up their ass about something like to get up on their soapbox with a megaphone and make their opinions known. I personally encounter that sort of whining only rarely, so maybe just stop hanging out in whatever forum or comments section you're finding all this negativity in.
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    Today was the first good day in weeks.
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    Happy Rainbow Dash Day to you too, @Light Blade.
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    Just folks not liking with what they're seeing is all. It's their choice if they wish to hop off, but as for me, I'm in it for the end or so as I've watched this show for a good part of my life so I might as well see it to the end. As for your case, the important thing is is that you enjoy what you see, that's what should matter and I do hope you'll find enjoyment in those seasons you are prepared to watch over.
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    No Sphinx screenshots? 0/10; worst review.
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    Yay ! Happy Birthday :3
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    Not the most memorable episode ever but it’s still plenty of fun to watch. All around a good episode and certainly a step up from that horrid previous episode.
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    HAPPY SPIKE DAY, EVERYPONY!!!
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    I think some of LostSanity's aura is still emanating around here, so really, you need to sit down and watch her episodes again, you'll realize that her flaws are still there, and that's what makes Starlight a somewhat relate-able character. Sure, we aren't dictators, but someone out there has to of done something that they regretted doing and feel like people are still going to judge them for what they did. I myself am one of those people. @Nile Komnenos can vouch for me on that.
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    Well this is sad. Not because we lost a valued member but because we lost a forum joke. A man who never made a point remotely close to good even once. He always went on and on about people not respecting his opinions yet he couldn’t respect anyone else’s to save his life. Every time someone debunked one of his “opinions” with sound logic, he would just throw a tantrum and storm off. Clearly not the behaviour of someone who claims to “respect others opinions”. To make matters worse, he would also go on tangents about the show staff being hypocrites for “shoving Starlight down our throats”. Pretty ironic considering that he had a habit of literally repeating the same two “arguments” over and over again. In short, he complains about stuff being shoved down his throat when he did the exact same thing with his own opinions. The show staff weren’t the hypocrites here. It was him. Good riddance!!!
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    Starlight Glimmer WILL still be hated by the end of the show. Twilight Sparkle WILL still be hated by the end of the show. Trixie Lulamoon WILL still be hated by the end of the show. Rarity WILL still be hated by the end of the show. Random Background Pony number 329 WILL still be hated by the end of the show.
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    Meh I dunno. I don't hear anyone seriously complaining about Alicorn Twilight anymore so I wouldn't bet on it.
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    Not by me. She's a wonderful character who struggles with her flaws, copes with her anxieties, and shows a lovable inner child (Her and Maud with the kites). I'd be more than thrilled to see her back in the future.