Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pony Thought of the Day: Paragons and Exceptions

Of the mane six, three are paragons of their respective tribe and three are exceptions. For the unicorns, Twilight Sparkle is the paragon, with an immense gift for the magic of her tribe. Rarity is the exception, barely using her magic and sticking mostly to physically (well, telekinetically) constructing her creations. For the pegasi, Rainbow Dash is the paragon, an immensely talented flyer who almost never touches the ground and who can clear a sky in... well, you know. Fluttershy is the exception, barely flying and taking care of living things. For Earth ponies, Applejack is the paragon, an immensely strong and determined pony with a massively successful farm; Pinkie Pie is the exception, bouncing around constantly and with no ability to care for plants or animals at all. But what's most interesting about this, for me, is that it's entirely accidental. Originally Pinkie Pie was a pegasus and Fluttershy was an Earth pony, and they only swapped them because it increased the number of different ways in which characters moved, from two zippy flyers and four walkers to one speedy flyer, one slow flyer, one bouncer, and three walkers.


  1. I don't think Rarity's an exception though. Most of the high society unicorns we've seen don't look like they use their horns to any greater degree than she does. At least skillful telekinesis and a cutie-mark-related spell are both crucial parts of her job, which is more than we can say for some of the unicorn guards/servants and anyone running a store.

    1. Yeah, if anything, Twilight is the exception, considering that she seems to be one of the few ponies who takes an active interest in exploring magic while most unicorns just focus on whatever they need in their day-to-day lives.

    2. If you line up the "paragons," you get Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, and Applejack; but if you line up the ones who are weird, you get Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pie. Twilight is both the pinnacle of unicorn power and wisdom and a total goofball.

      Of course, it does seem that actual unicorn society is just as uninterested in Twilight Sparkle as she is in it.


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