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True story – when I first decided to write this review, it was simply going to read, "She's just being Pinkie Pie", as I felt that this would be the perfect way to summarise her detailed and intricate character. But then I figured that that would be taking the easy way out, and thus decided to write a full-size review for Pinkie Pie. After all, she deserves just as much analysis as every other character within the mane cast, even if trying to rationalise Pinkie Pie's behaviour is something of an impossible task at times.

Pinkie Pie is the sort of character that makes a fan-base. Whereas some characters rightfully deliver their own iconic lines and meme-worthy phrases, Pinkie Pie is in a league of her own. This is because her character is noticeably different from the rest of the mane cast, placing her in a position almost outside of the usual narrative of "Friendship is Magic". She can be a narrator for events outside of her control; she can break the fourth wall with glances to the audience; and all the while she retains her quirky randomness that many have come to adore.

From the very beginning of the show during the Pilot we get a feel for Pinkie Pie's character. Upon meeting Twilight Sparkle for the first time, she lets out an astonished gasp and then dashes away, only to return later on in her natural setting: a party. Although, like many characters during the Pilot, her behaviour is exaggerated, with her talking almost non-stop in an overbearing manner that frustrates Twilight Sparkle, she soon, by the second episode of the Pilot, finds her happy medium and stays there. She still delivers the same lines of bizarreness but also finds her special niche in helping her terrified friends face their fears. In this song, "Giggle at the Ghosties", Pinkie Pie also reveals possibly her biggest natural talent: singing!

Yes, a large part of Pinkie Pie's appeal is that she often breaks out into song. Whilst this could come across as cringe-worthy, the fact of the matter is that the music is of such a high quality, and Pinkie Pie's personality is so absorbed in each lyric, that they are amusing and enjoyable to behold. Throughout the entire season Pinkie Pie sings in the hopes of aiding in a situation: whether it be encouraging little fillies such as Apple Bloom about the joys of baking cupcakes, boosting the morale of Fluttershy in leaping across a chasm, or even attempting to avoid a flat-out war by uniting two divided cultures, she's always there armed with her wonderful singing voice that screams cult following.

It's not just her singing that makes her so popular, either. Her mannerisms, although riddled with good intentions, are often incredibly unpredictable, which leads to some humorous, if at times scary, outcomes. And so we see situations, such as in "Green Isn't Your Colour" where Pinkie Pie speaks about the importance of keeping promises – a noble request – before popping up randomly whenever Twilight Sparkle is about to break said promise. She appears out of a bowl of sponges, crooning, "FOREVER!", and then disappears down into the soft, lofty depths once more. She pokes her head out of an apple stall and threatens Twilight, biting into the apple as if to symbolise what will happen to Twilight should she break her promise and confess Rarity's true feelings to Fluttershy. And, at the end of this episode, she breaks logic by appearing in the mirror and shaking her head in disappointment towards Twilight Sparkle when she does eventually break a promise that she made to Spike. The important thing is that Pinkie Pie is the only character who can get away with demonstrating behaviour like this. If any other character was in a situation where they performed the impossible, it would be met with scepticism; the fact that it is Pinkie Pie necessitates the understanding and cooperation of the audience.

To argue that Pinkie Pie finds herself in odd situations is perhaps incorrect; it would be more appropriate to assume that Pinkie Pie is in charge, and deliberately puts us, the audience, into these situations. It's hard to imagine anything surprising Pinkie Pie. She seems to be in absolute control of herself, for the most part, which in turn gives her a generally positive demeanour. She is the only character with the knowledge to rid Ponyville of Parasprites in "Swarm of the Century", even appearing at the end of the episode with a comical trombone mirroring the rather unfortunate state that Ponyville is left in after the Parasprites ravage it. And, the fact that she is almost always bright and bubbly emphasises the fact that she's always up for a party. Whenever there is a party to be had, it is Pinkie Pie at the forefront of the events. Thus the party thrown for Gilda in "Griffin the Brush-Off" is Pinkie's doing, and the celebration for Diamond Tiara's Cutie Mark is, once again, organised by Pinkie Pie. Her optimism is perhaps her greatest asset: when Apple Bloom continuously burns cupcakes, Pinkie Pie happily eats them up. When Twilight Sparkle refuses to believe her twitches as being predictions of the future in "Feeling Pinkie Keen", Pinkie Pie's jovial response of, "Okey dokey lokey!" is enough to inform the audience that she takes things in her stride.

If it sounds like Pinkie Pie has a large amount of screen presence throughout the season, then this is because, quite simply, it is true: Pinkie Pie arguably has more screen-time than any other character, bar, perhaps, Twilight Sparkle. If she isn't the main focus of the episode – as seen in "Feeling Pinkie Keen" and "Party of One" - then she is of a significant role nonetheless. Thus in "Fall Weather Friends" she narrates the race alongside Spike – delivering some typically Pinkie-esque statements in the process – and in "Over a Barrel" she infiltrates the buffalo village with Rainbow Dash. However, in this particular episode although it seems as if Rainbow Dash has a clear reason to wish to get revenge on the buffalo, Pinkie Pie just seems to be there for the sake of it. It's not that she tags along, but, as previously stated, it is as if she is there because it suited her at that particular moment. Pinkie Pie doesn't need to follow reason and logic in the same way that other ponies do, which explains why she can arguably predict the future with her bodily impulses and why she can appear out of nowhere on Scootaloo's scooter: the simple answer is because she is Pinkie Pie. In the face of Pinkie, any argument is invalid.

A lot of commotion is made about her personality shift in "Party of One", as this is the moment in the show, albeit almost at the very end of the season, where an audience's perception of Pinkie Pie will be altered. Whereas previously she has only hinted at more sinister impulses – scowls at Rarity whilst saying, "Whose dress is this?", for example – in "Party of One" the more maniacal temperaments of Pinkie Pie are evidenced. After throwing a party for Gummy, her pet alligator, Pinkie Pie decides to throw another party the following day. However, as her friends are planning a party for Pinkie Pie's birthday – an event that she has completely forgotten herself – they must invent excuses to avoid spending time with Pinkie. What ensues is that Pinkie starts becoming suspicious of her friends, spying on them and finding out that they are in fact avoiding her. The gradual state of depression that Pinkie then enters is fascinating in its execution and morbid in its presentation. What is interesting is that she places the words that she doesn't wish to hear – that her friends don't enjoy her parties and do not wish to be her friends any more – into Spike's mouth, so that when he is forced to say them, she feels a degree of success in having solved the mystery...before her hair deflates and she enters a psychotic state.

I will dwell further on her fractured psyche shortly, but at first it seems necessary to delve into why this episode is so significant in the grand context of Pinkie Pie. She is, prior to this episode, the sort of character that appears to be beyond sadness and depression. At times she gets frustrated, such as when the other ponies won't help her collect instruments to fend off the Parasprites and when Twilight accuses her of being jealous of Gilda, but she never appears to be the sort of character who will undergo any major personality change. Whilst Applejack works herself too hard, Rarity entertains moments of melodrama, Twilight obsesses over Princess Celestia's approval and stresses herself out and Rainbow Dash enters a panic over failing to deliver the Sonic Rainboom, Pinkie Pie seems a far more grounded character who seems beyond letting things get to her. Thus it is shocking when in this episode she enters such a significant state of decline. It becomes obvious to us from this point onwards that Pinkie Pie ultimately throws parties because she needs the approval of her friends and the company that they provide. Subtle things, such as Pinkie Pie's explanations in previous episodes that she must know every pony in Ponyville in order to keep up to date, suddenly gain more semblance; the result being that if Pinkie Pie is isolated at all from her friends or finds herself in an unfamiliar position, she suddenly loses the strength that she usually demonstrates. There are a lot of people who mask their inner emotions with humour, and Pinkie Pie serves as the most literal embodiment of this sort of individual. Let us not forget that one of the only times prior to this that we see her in a saddened state of mind is when she is unable to hang out with Rainbow Dash in "Griffin the Brush Off" because Gilda takes her place. This is surely the behaviour of a pony who needs to be there for her friends and relies on them as much as they rely on her. No amount of quirky randomness can detract from this point, which is arguably explained by her childhood.

Although Pinkie Pie's childhood, as explained in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" is arguably a complete fabrication, as we, the audience, have no other context in which to judge Pinkie's home-life, we have to assume that this is the truth. And, taking this as truth, we learn that Pinkie Pie had a dull childhood without laughter and sunshine. She worked on  a rock farm in a barren landscape until she discovered colour and excitement from Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom. Following this she introduced the notion of parties and games to her family and changed things for the better. Given that her childhood as a little filly was, for the majority of the time, a disappointing and lacklustre one, it makes sense that the event that brought laughter and happiness into her life – a party – becomes the catalyst for how she wishes to bring laughter to other people. In the absence of a party, Pinkie Pie returns to the depressed state she was in as a filly, emphasised by her hair going straight once again in "Party of One", just as it was when she was younger. The fact that her physical appearance returns to what it was like when she was living a boring existence suggests why she would wish to avoid this at all costs, and live to entertain others with her parties and songs.

And thus, returning to her psychotic state of mind in "Party of One", many viewers make a big deal out of this and find humour in her actions. And although it can be amusing to see her personifying buckets of turnips and bags of flour, it is far more emotional than funny. The fact that Pinkie almost cries when she thinks that her friends do not wish to associate with her any more is heartbreaking; that she attempts to replace them with household items and then vents her frustrations about the other ponies through these make-believe characters simply illustrates how necessary communication and friends are to Pinkie Pie. She cannot be without guests and people to entertain, and when she is, she is truly lost. Forget the notion that Pinkie Pie's insanity here is amusing, and especially discard the over-exaggeration of the notorious "Cupcakes" fan-fiction, which to me was such a banal read that both failed to offend and to do Pinkie Pie justice. Pinkie Pie's love for parties is more than just a simple act of dalliance; entertaining is part of who she is, and she absolutely requires people to need her and want her company.

In a return to form, during "The Best Night Ever", Pinkie Pie once again demonstrates her insatiable need to party, at the detriment of the formal occasion that the Grand Galloping Gala normally is. That Pinkie Pie can leap up on stage, steal Octavia's cello and dance around further shows her in her natural element. It's almost unnecessary that the guests do not approve of her actions; in Pinkie Pie's world, their reluctance to get involved just encourages her to put more effort in. Her cheeky little cheerleader, "YEAH!" at the end of the "Pony Pokey" song raises a cheeky smile every time, but this sort of behaviour should not detract from the fact that, like all of the ponies at the Gala, Pinkie Pie built up in her mind the sort of incredible party that the Gala would be, and does not wish to allow disappointment to ruin her evening. Although at the end of the "I'm At the Grand Galloping Gala" song Pinkie's sadness is obvious, like the rest of the cast, she is strong enough to continue trying to make the evening what she envisioned it to be, even if she's fighting a losing battle. This shows a strength to Pinkie Pie that further emphasises her need to party, not just to entertain others, but to give herself meaning.

Pinkie Pie does entertain the other ponies, even if they are not always aware of it. Her relationship with the rest of the mane cast is almost entirely positive; sometimes they get frustrated with her, but generally they accept her for who she is. Rainbow Dash, who at first dislikes Pinkie Pie and finds her annoying to be around, soon learns that they have more in common than she first thought, and Twilight Sparkle, perhaps the most intolerant pony towards Pinkie Pie, learns that even if she cannot explain and rationalise Pinkie's behaviour, it's better and more productive to admit defeat and submit to Pinkie's ways. Even mature ponies such as Applejack make it apparent that, although nopony understands why, when Pinkie Pie's tail is twitching it's best to heed the warning.

In light of all of this, Pinkie Pie has rightfully become the most prominent example of why the show caters to both younger viewers and older viewers alike. Whereas some of her actions, such as bouncing around everywhere with a spring in her step and the cute token sound effect that goes with this, are universal in their appeal, and  a younger audience will respect Pinkie Pie's enthusiasm for enjoyable parties and cakes, older viewers will sympathise with the deeper meanings behind why Pinkie Pie behaves as she does. Part of her behaviour is certainly a way of sublimating her insecurities and masking her inner demons, but there can be no denying that various aspects of her behaviour are beyond comprehension and analysis. When Pinkie Pie keeps a secret, she locks it up with a key, drops said key into a hole, builds a house on top of the hole and then moves into the house; when she eats too much fudge she gets a pudge that won't budge. To rationalise the irrational and deliberately obtuse would be reductive, because Pinkie Pie's appeal comes from her ability to surprise and entertain.

She is amusing, genuinely, and her bright-eyed expressions and jocular behaviour are incomparable. She is adorable when she needs to be, but at the same time retains her more secluded side. When Pinkie Pie is around, there is rarely a dull moment; having her sing the brilliant "Equestria Girls" advertising campaign adds fuel to the fire that is the real-world/animation cross-over of Pinkie. She has the fastest, catchiest voice and is rarely without a spring in her step; if ever a viewer feels sad they can rely on Pinkie Pie to cheer them up, as long as they consider that, at times when the party comes to a stop, Pinkie Pie requires the same gesture from them.
My fourth character review - this time of the entertaining Pinkie Pie! I hope that you guys enjoy this one, and that fans of Pinkie Pie will agree with my sentiments. For those not so keen on Pinkie, maybe this review will help you see her in a slightly more positive light.

Feel free to suggest who I should review next!
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DoctorDremora678 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  New Deviant  General Artist
I've seen better character analysis but I guess we all make misconceptions or over sites in these kinds of things. Just take a look at my top 10s.
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YoungAngelStocking Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent character analysis! Although, so far in season 4 and to an extent, 3 I think the new creators are over-exaggerating Pinkie's randomness. Like, she was really random, but not dumb or stupid, and they just use her as comic relief now.
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pikachubuneary Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
No.
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huntergregory Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like Pinkie just as much as anyone else can, but there have been times where she's annoyed me fairly. Examples are in "Swarm of the Century", "Green isn't your Color", "Over a Barrel", "Luna Eclipsed", and "Too Many Pinkie Pies". This was my reaction: www.youtube.com/watch?v=atwzco…. This clip is exaggerated, but it's the general idea of how I felt about Pinkie in those episodes.
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TheDreweMaster Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I definitely agree! But I've seen people on the Internet start to criticise Pinkie's character in Season 2 and 3. What do you think of Pinkie's character in the last two seasons?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
OOOOOOGIEEEEEE BOOOOOOOOGIE BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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TheDreweMaster Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What does that mean?
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olihmajor Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
That's great! :D I totally agree.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
"Party of One" was one of the most entertaining episodes of the show I've watched so far.

Before I admit I was rather harsh on her character, and it didn't help that I've never been the biggest fan of her sining. But after that episode, I was willing to cut her more slack.

Now I just love every one of her appearances.
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superwaffle350 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
wow...this is - tragic almost. very good points, but... jeez. I think I'm gonna go cry now. This makes you think don't it? I sympathize so much with this... yeah..getting a tad misty...
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
I'm glad you support the review - she is a very deep character with a lot of qualities that make her who she is :3
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loser018 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Well damn. This is, by far, the most in depth discription of Pinkie ever. Pinkie has always been my favorite character ever since I started waching the show, and even I didn't pick up on any of this. Now that I think about it, it all kind of makes sence now. This review is just steller, my friend.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Thank you very much for the feedback. I'll be doing more when Season 2 finishes: a fair way off yet, but something that I hope you'll be interested in. I plan on re-visiting the characters at the end of the season in order to see how they've developed since Season 1.
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loser018 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Good to know. Can't wait to read them all.
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paxtofettel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Your reviews are all so interesting. I was wondering, are you going to review some of the more famous (and infamous) fanfictions for this fandom?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Hrm, lending my critical eye to a fanfiction would be somewhat counter-productive, as I would be biased against them. I'm not a big fan of fanfiction, I'm afraid. I do plan on writing a fairly scathing report on how fanfiction has damaged the characters in some circumstances, however. "Cupcakes", for example.
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paxtofettel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
oooh, can't wait to read that.
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thefoodfoodfood Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
This one.......
Wow. Now I see.
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gonzo22 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
BRAVO BRAVO
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Thiefenz Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well said. this personifies Pinkie Pie to a T. this is what makes her my favorite of the main cast

I liked Cupcakes, even though Rainbow Dash was my second favorite.
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pap64 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Sorry for the late reply on this review, but there was something my best friend said about me that I think fits the character of Pinkie Pie really well: that I am the type of person whose emotions are extremely strong. In other words, the highs are VERY highs are the lows are EXTREMELY low.

If you think about it, that's how Pinkie Pie is. While everypony emotes normally and accordingly, Pinkie feels things differently, giving her an unique quirk to her character. "Party of one" is an example of that. She was hyper happy that the party was a success, but then gets really angry at the suspicion of her friends betraying her, then extremely sad and finally the sudden bout of "madness". I confess I have felt similar emotions whenever I feel that my friends are doing me wrong, ignoring me or taking me for granted, and that is because the emotions are so strong that it creates ideas and suspicions in Pinkie.

In fact, you may say that quirk worked too effectively as it has led to fans percieving her as being really dark (coughCUPCAKEScough!). But I think she had led a normal life with the usual ups and downs a pony may experience in Equestria, it's just that in Pinkie's case, she feels them much strong than anyone else.

This is why she may be annoying for some as her wild mood swings are either worrisome for some, obnoxious for others. This is because people understand emotions differently. While some may understand them, others may be confused as to how a person works like that. This is evident with Twilight Sparkle who is in a way the emotional neutral ground of the group. She can tolerate Pinkie, but when her own emotions and beliefs are challenged by Pinkie it annoys her.

That's why I love Pinkie the best, and it kind of annoys me when people paint her far more negatively than she really is, all because of her emotions. Emotional people may have some problems of their own, but are far from "weird" or "head cases". We just see and feel things differently, and like my best friend said, it is better to feel something than go through life being emotionally numb.
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MeaninglessArtist Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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This is wonderful.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Thank you very much!
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MeaninglessArtist Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's alright! :XD:
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MeaninglessArtist Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Pinkie Pie we're talking about.
Your argument is invalid.
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XfangheartX Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
This is "Pinke Pie" to a T!
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
I'm glad you think so :3
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't even thought about half of this when I have watched the show. *thinking pose*
Quite an entertaining (and more importantly) eye-opening piece of text. I'm glad I decided to read it ^^
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
I'm glad that you decided to read it as well, and that it shed a bit more light onto Pinkie Pie for you :3
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed ^^
I don't think I'll ever look on her "Pinkamina form" with the same eyes ever again. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you. ^^ xD
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
I don't really think that episode makes her anywhere near as psychopathic as a lot of people make out. She's still quirky and happy most of the time :3
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed ^^
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Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Pinkie Pie is the physical embodiment of a sugar rush, and for all her zaniness, people often exaggerate her character to gross extremes, and forget that she isn't just about 4th wall shattering absurdity. she's just a random pony!

Goodness, the level of care and detail that you put into these reviews! There's all so well written, its like you a damn professional! SOmeone got top marks on their essays in school. Its nice to see such an apparently intelligent member of the fanbase produce such dedicated and caring reviews of the show. Like your work bro.

Also, Feeling Pinkie Keen = best episode, hands down. Nutty pinkie pie and glib and sarcastic Twi are a recipe for win.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
She is indeed a random pony! Thanks so much for the kind words! I do strive to make the reviews as detailed as possible. I could write more on the characters, but I limit myself to three pages of Microsoft Word per pony, so that they all get an equal share of analysis. To call me a professional is a very nice thing for you to say - I actually review for a publication, so you're not far wrong there. I'm really glad that you enjoyed reading the review!

And yup, "Feeling Pinkie Keen" is great! A different sort of episode, but with its own unique appeal. The interaction between Pinkie and Twilight was certainly a sight to behold, and I'm glad that Pinkie Pie ended up winning :3
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wittypun7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
I actually liked cupcakes. But after rewatching party of one I realised that I am absolutely terrified of Pinkie Pie. After all for a character who is borderline insane a descent further into hostile madness cannot be good for anyone.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Hrm, I wasn't terrified of Pinkie in that episode as much as I was sympathetic towards her. It's easy to allow paranoia to ruin a friendship, so I think a lot of people can relate to what Pinkie was going through. Still, that episode does raise the assumption that Pinkie Pie could really do anything...and that in itself is quite scary.
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Ace2401 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
After reading this, I'd like to see what you have to say about the first part of a story I'm currently working on. [link]

Don't let the subject keep you from reading it, as I think this story is as in-character for Pinkie as possible given the situation. It's also a tragic deconstruction of her character. Let me know what you think.
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MaxAyson Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i love pinkie and i think you hit the nail on the head here. my fave bit in this review was when you want on the subject of "why" that was good. As the obvious choice would be to do as you said just put "its just pinkie being pinkie". and i think thats the problem to many people do that, and she becomes kind of a "non charecter" in as much as she's dicarded for reveiws such as this as shes written off as being the 2d comic releif.

and i have 2 questions, whos next? (i'd hope twilight, as i think you should save dashie till last as she's so many peoples favourate)
and is spike going to get a reveiw as he's a mane caster (even though he's not a pony) or are you sticking to just ponies.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Sorry that this took a long time to reply to! Not been on DeviantArt for the past week. I think I will be doing Rainbow Dash next, then Twilight to finish, simply because she's the 'main' character. I will be doing Spike, but as the second season is coming out I'll probably wait until it's finished, as it'll likely change my opinion on his character and give lots of new evidence to write a review about.

Eventually I'll have to re-write all of these reviews, as chances are season 2 will reveal lots more to their characters.
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
though not everyone enjoyed pinkies' songs. in applelusa both the sheriff and buffalo chief hated her song. and actually when the buffalo chief was hesitant to attack the town it's pinkie's jumping into song and dance that suddenly spurned him to attack.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
What would you have me do...Rainbow Dash?
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
hehe.
:iconrainbowdashplz: if you hate the singing smash the piano!
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And thus, returning to her psychotic state of mind in "Party of One", many viewers make a big deal out of this and find humour in her actions. And although it can be amusing to see her personifying buckets of turnips and bags of flour, it is far more emotional than funny. The fact that Pinkie almost cries when she thinks that her friends do not wish to associate with her any more is heartbreaking; that she attempts to replace them with household items and then vents her frustrations about the other ponies through these make-believe characters simply illustrates how necessary communication and friends are to Pinkie Pie. She cannot be without guests and people to entertain, and when she is, she is truly lost. Forget the notion that Pinkie Pie's insanity here is amusing, and especially discard the over-exaggeration of the notorious "Cupcakes" fan-fiction, which to me was such a banal read that both failed to offend and to do Pinkie Pie justice. Pinkie Pie's love for parties is more than just a simple act of dalliance; entertaining is part of who she is, and she absolutely requires people to need her and want her company.

yes, I totally agree with that part. I honestly think it was annoying of how Pinkie acts is that people tend to think she's som psyco kill on the loose. and I never read the story Cupcakes. I honestly didn't want to. I don't like of how people make stuff like that. it's like people stating Rainbow Dash is a lesbian...which I don't think that's true at all...

I loved the review on Pinkie. she is pretty cool and I do like her. :3 once again, excellente job. I look forward to seeing Rainbow Dash and Twilight's reviews.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Of course Rainbow Dash isn't a lesbian. Such insinuations also annoy me a bit. Sure, the fandom has every right to imagine these characters in whatever way they want. If they want to write fanfiction about Rainbow Dash being a lesbian, they are entitled to do so. But to suggest that in the show she's a lesbian is a bit ridiculous: there is nothing in the show hinting at such a thing, because let's face it, the main focus of the show isn't sexuality.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
exactly. as much as I enjoy FlutterDash, that doesn't mean Rainbow is a lesbian. :/ I'm hoping in season 2, there might some insight of Rainbow having a crush on a colt. ^^
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pap64 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
I was hoping you would write about Pinkie Pie soon. The reason why is because I have a friend who is a 100% pure Pinkie Pie. Not only is she female, she even has Pinkie's curly hair and big, wide smile. Being her friend, however, I noticed something about both her and even Pinkie Pie. As fun as it is to have a friend like this, always happy, always random and always hyperactive it can be a little frustrating since it seems they fail to comprehend the seriousness of the matter at times and fail to be reasonable within the circumstances.

What I mean by this is that both my friend and Pinkie Pie tend to be random when you least expect them to, at times creating an awkward atmosphere and even infuriating. My friend one time even kept spamming random comments on a chatroom we frequent to. It got to the point where I nearly shouted "Oh you are so RANDOM!".

And I think you nailed why Pinkie is like this: she often tends to mask her own true feelings with happiness and humor. That is a common tactic in people as they don't want to sell themselves as being pathetic, sad people in need of company. They want to be the center of attention instead, and do so by being extremely charismatic and silly. The thing is that sadness is a common part of our lives. We NEED to feel sad in order to heal from whatever is ailing us. If we keep bottling it up, we have something like what happened in "Party of one" where Pinkie vented with anger and random moments of paranoia and suspicion. Had she been honest with herself and others she wouldn't have gone through all that drama.

I think that's why Pinkie tends to be both one of the most popular characters as well as the most divisive. We all want a Pinkie Pie in our lives so they can make us feel good and enjoy their company, but we also want friends who can be serious and understand the complexities of the human emotion. In other words, be there for us when we are emotionally down just as they are there when we are experiencing the emotional highs. Also like I mentioned with my friend randomness can be a quirky but fun nature, but when it happens often it can be grating to deal with.

Sorry for rambling, but I really love these in-depth character reviews as people often tend to forget that even shows like Friendship is Magic go through a complex character development process where every decision made can affect how the character is perceived for the rest of the season. I LOVE character development, and these reviews are hitting the spot for me :) .
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
I'm so glad that the reviews are appealing to you in such a sincere way. The fact that you know a person like Pinkie Pie helps. Throughout all of my reviews, I've linked characters to people we might know in real life, such as those friends who work too hard and never give themselves a break being like Applejack.

I don't personally find Pinkie Pie's behaviour to grate, and I think that she can take situations seriously when she needs to. That said, I appreciate that such people in real life can frustrate with their apparent inability to be serious when a situation calls for it.

I hope that the last couple of reviews hit the spot as well with you :3
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Berlioz-II Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Agreed on pretty much all you said there. Pinkie certainly is a "character" and provides for the best actual self-introduction: what you see is what you get, and it's instictively easy to like her quirkiness from the very beginning without having to know much else about her.

Also you touched the songs, and this is actually one of the aspects I like in this series more than I expected I would. Whereas many other series of this type, including the older MLP generations, had what I call "vacuum songs"; namely big choreographed song and dance numbers that have no real relation to the story and are never referred to again - let alone noted as they occur. Friendship is Magic doesn't really indulge in these. Of course there are a few such numbers in this series too, like "Winter Wrap Up" and "The Best Night Ever", but unlike other series where such would occur at least three times per episode, most of the songs here are actually acknowledged in the episode continuity itself. Like in the pilot when Pinkie was about to engage in "Giggle at the Ghosties", you had the others giving disapaging sighs like "she isn't, is she...?" Or her big anti-war song to the buffalos was remarked as being "a terrible performance" and later on actually incited the war to begin. It's just that making the songs actually occuring in the same space with the characters instead of this weird in-between of "alternate musical land" gives so much more actual point to the songs... even if Pinkie herself has little actual point in starting one up in the first place.

The above is also funnily included into other Pinkie behaviour in general as the others at times clearly have trouble understanding everything Pinkie does. Even when breaking the fourth wall or doing some physics defying appearance, they don't always exist in a complete oblivion, but the others even acknowledge how freaky she can be. Unlike in Warner Bros. cartoons where every character knows that there's an audience watching them, it's fun to note how Pinkie is the only one aware of this in FiM. In fact, I'd love if in some future episode Pinkie would actually start talking to us directly while her friends would give confused looks to each other when from their perspective there's nobody else there. Though even besides these, it's always incredibly funny seeing the others giving these perplexed looks when Pinkie does something utterly nutty even if it is with something more "normal." Personal favourite is in "Dragonshy" when Pinkie gets the rubber chicken and starts ragging on it. Even more so than Rartity's expression, Twilight's non sequitur "...okay" look to the same is somehow so hilarious. :XD: (Though Pinkie's rare look of confuddlement in "Party of One" to Spike's "looking real good..." comment is perhaps the funniest of all because it comes specifically from Pinkie.)

And I just love the "Party of One" episode as it is one of the best written of the season and it has a strong sense of causality in how Pinkie's descent is somehow so believable. From being at her happiest during a party to suddenly being faced with suspicions that maybe her parties are not appreciated or that she herself is not liked, to finally reaching a breaking point after reaching the conclusions she was afraid to be true. It's seeing Pinkie in a much more psychologically interesting light instead of the perpetually happy party-pony to whom life is nothing but a simple colourful explosion of a firecracker day in and day out; an existence of randomness where only her rules apply as she sees fit to craft them. To see her parties meaning more to her than that, and her need to share with her friends, brings out so much more depth to her that might not otherwise ever be seen. As such it's also a good thing that episode was shown so late because that way it has a greater impact when you already expect to know how Pinkie Pie is, and then find out that maybe that's not all there is to her.

Great review! Nice work in trying to make sense on somepony defying the adjective "sensible."
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Your comments fill me with joy, for they are formulated well and written with a sharp eye for detail. I really like that Pinkie Pie references the audience, as you mentioned. Little things like popping up at the end of the episode with a, "Hey, that's what I said!" in "Over a Barrel" are really funny to watch. Not to mention that in "Dragonshy" it makes me chuckles when Rainbow Dash is listing off what they've tried against the dragging, arriving at Pinkie Pie and saying, ''...Whatever it is Pinkie Pie does.'' It adds a lot to her character that her friends find her as random as the audience.

"Party of One", as you have mentioned, is very well written and seems completely necessary to me. Without it, you'd never really be able to take Pinkie Pie seriously. At least from now on we know that Pinkie Pie is a serious character.
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Berlioz-II Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Well, I do always strive to sound as pretentious as I can. It makes me look... smart. ;P

And if there's anything I've learned from "Party of One", it's that Pinkie Pie can certainly be a tragi-comic character par excellence. With her disgused as a pail of hay and then sadly uttering "I thought everypony loved my parties..." It pretty well broke my damn heart. It's La Strada all over again.

Also Twilight and Fluttershy can dance! And you can't trust pegasus ponies for good excuses on the fly! And Applejack has a terrible pokerface! And Spike is easily bribed and intimidated into confession (though I wasn't quite expecting the kinda Spanish Inquisition)! There's an insanely large amount of great moments in that episode. :D
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