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Bold, brave, daring and tenacious...these are words that one would usually associate with Rainbow Dash in "Friendship is Magic". But how about adorable, innocent and, at times, insecure? Rainbow Dash may be the sporty member of the group and the most tomboyish female within the mane cast, but this does not detract from the fact that, like every other pony, she has a multi-layered personality that allows her to express all sorts of emotions, both positive and negative. Some are naturally the sort of temperaments that one would normally match Rainbow Dash with, but it would be a great injustice to merely suggest that Rainbow Dash is concerned with competitions and little else.

Of course, there are competitive elements in her personality. It is revealed early into the series that she and Applejack, although good friends, are also rivals. In "Fall Weather Friends" this is evidenced well, wherein Rainbow Dash and Applejack face off against one another during the Running of the Leaves, but there are a lot of subtle references to their relationship to one another. Even as early as the Pilot, Applejack has to hold Rainbow Dash back by the tail in order to prevent her from attacking Nightmare Moon, and during the conclusion of "Boast Busters" it is Applejack who manages to convince Rainbow Dash not to pursue Trixie. In "The Best Night Ever" Rainbow Dash is allowed to prove herself to the Wonderbolts, at least initially, by saving Soarin's pie...the very pie that was sold to him by Applejack in the previous scene. Whilst one could accuse a viewer of over-analysing the show during these circumstances, it would be difficult to deny that there is certainly a degree of interaction and companionship between Rainbow Dash and Applejack that doesn't exist between other characters. Rainbow Dash's impulsive nature is mediated by the level-headed Applejack on many occasions.

It isn't just Applejack who has a strong relationship to Rainbow Dash, however. In "Griffin the Brush-off" it is shown that Rainbow Dash really doesn't get along well with Pinkie Pie at first. This is interesting to a viewer, as apart from Twilight Sparkle, who has naturally just moved to Ponyville and is meeting ponies for the first time, we make the assumption that the remaining five ponies within the mane cast are friends already. But this episode really gets behind the fact that not all of the ponies get along with one another, creating a level of realism to the characters that would otherwise be lacking. Whilst perceiving Pinkie to be irritating and annoying at first, Rainbow Dash soon finds a mutual interest with her in pulling pranks on other ponies, establishing a friendship between the two ponies and resulting in the duo pairing up in later episodes such as "Over a Barrel". Rainbow Dash's, "Pinkie Pie...you are so random!" is a resulting meme-worthy phrase in itself and helps permeate the natural comedy between this delightful duo.

Towards Fluttershy, on the other hand, Rainbow Dash appears quite stern and strict at times. In "Dragonshy" she scolds Fluttershy on more than one occasion, putting her down as being scared of everything...including her own shadow, and she grows frustrated with Fluttershy's inability to cheer her on loudly in "Sonic Rainboom". Dash perceives Twilight Sparkle, on the other hand, as being an egg-head who has no natural talent for sport, laughing at her in "Fall Weather Friends". Clearly, Rainbow Dash is not the easiest character to get along with. Whereas one could blame the other ponies for irritating Dash, it's often the case that Dash can come across as being quite brash. So when Rarity locks herself in isolation after embarrassing herself in "Suited for Success" and the other ponies attempt to cheer her up, Rainbow Dash is the one to remark that she actually is the laughing stock of the entire town. Earlier in the episode, when Rarity shows off her first batch of dresses, Rainbow is the one to say what the other ponies were thinking by remarking that they're not as cool as she imagined...and later being difficult by suggesting that the dress must be subjectively 20% cooler. Rainbow Dash is certainly not afraid to express herself, and although this could be regarded as a character flaw, it is thankfully far more refreshing and rewarding than needlessly callous.

After all, Rainbow Dash may be honest and mercilessly truthful, but it means that she doesn't avoid subjects and teeter around issues. In "Griffin the Brush-off" Rainbow Dash's old friend from flight school, Gilda, shows up to hang around with her. Gilda turns out to be an aggressive bully who picks on Rainbow Dash's friends. When she finds out, she stands up to Gilda. Whereas some ponies, such as Pinkie Pie, would attempt to befriend Gilda and be reluctant to actually challenge her, the moment Gilda insults Rainbow Dash's friends and she sees what the Griffin is capable of, she orders her to leave. This shows a sense of loyalty to Rainbow Dash, and proves that messing with somepony as strong as her is a poor idea indeed. On the relationship between Rainbow Dash and Gilda, I will add as a point of observation that many fans seem to place these two characters in a relationship with one another, drawing homosexual connotations between the two of them. I will add my own opinion here for the sake of argument, as ignoring the assumptions about Rainbow Dash's sexuality in a review of her character, when such an issue is enormously popular in the fandom, would be wrong. Simply put, I think that although the two of them are close and both quite tomboyish, to insinuate that they are lesbians from the show itself is quite a contentious thing to do. Although fans have the right to create whatever fantasy they like from the show and infer whatever they want, I personally see no sexuality within the show at all, apart from the mild interaction between Spike and Rarity, and the approach of Prince Blueblood in the final episode, which clearly suggests that Rarity is heterosexual. As for Rainbow Dash, I personally believe that her and Gilda are just friends...on account that "Friendship is Magic" is, primarily, a kids show, and sexuality and relationships is not the focus at all. To argue that she is a lesbian is therefore possible, but difficult to provide a credible argument behind. Be my guest if you wish to try and convince me otherwise.

Quite why some people give Rainbow Dash a hard time is beyond me. She's a different sort of Pony, embracing her sportsmanship and tomboyish behaviour without allowing it to consume her. She is still distinctly feminine at times; she's happy dressing up when she needs to look nice, even if she is impatient and struggles to avoid flying for prolonged lengths of time, and she has an adorable side, especially whilst snuggling a parasprite in "Swarm of the Century". Even her girlish dream of flying with the Wonderbolts is a sweet side to her character, as it shows that she has a clearly defined dream that she is willing to work towards. Whilst some characters, such as Fluttershy, don't really have a particular dream as much as they wish to help animals and embrace kindness, Rainbow Dash is driven to succeed, even if it means working herself to the core. Whilst some accuse Rainbow Dash of being far too obsessed with the Wonderbolts, it would be unfair to say that this is her primary motivation. Sure, she frequently mentions the Wonderbolts as early as the Pilot, but this merely establishes a basis for why she is so conscientious when it comes to winning. She herself announces, "I hate losing", which gives a detailed insight into her character that would otherwise be lost. It's not the fact that she wishes to fly with the Wonderbolts that makes her a courageous and motivated character, but the fact that she just has a natural compassion for speed and victory, even from a young age, as the Pegasus Race in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" reveals.

Thus, the Wonderbolt fascination should be seen as something that she works towards with her natural talents, just as a young writer aspires to be an author like their great literary heroes. There is a lot of innocence in her wish to be accepted by the Wonderbolts; her little fan-girl squeal in "The Best Night Ever" when she realises that she's actually allowed to hang out with the Wonderbolts compounds the fact that she's a young mare who wishes to live the dream, but perhaps isn't entirely sure what to do when she gets there. Her competitive nature is merely because she has a target to achieve, something that I'm sure that we can all relate to. When she isn't able to meet this target, however, her world begins to collapse around her. Naturally, because she makes competition such a core part of her personality, when the stress of actually making her dreams come true becomes too much for her she enters an insecure state of mind. This can be seen in "Sonic Rainboom", where the often outwardly brave and outgoing Rainbow Dash becomes a nervous, cowering wreck. Out of desperation she switches numbers with the other ponies in the competition, just so that she can avoid going next, and when it comes to actually performing her nerves get the better of her. When she truly needs to succeed, however, in order to save both Rarity and the Wonderbolts themselves, she is capable of performing the ever-prominent Sonic Rainboom, which we are led to believe that nopony apart from Rainbow Dash can create.

This Sonic Rainboom is symbolic for a number of reasons. Although on the surface it is simply a talent that Rainbow Dash and nobody else possesses, and shows that she really is brilliant pony, there are greater significances to this action. As we see in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", Rainbow Dash and her very first Sonic Rainboom as a filly helped the other ponies in the mane cast get their Cutie Marks. Simply put, because of Rainbow Dash every other pony was able to discover their special talents, elevating Rainbow Dash to a point of absolute dominance. Although she isn't necessarily the leader of the group, she certainly has the bragging rights behind being the most awesome and, potentially, the most talented. Whilst Rarity is very good at making dresses and Applejack is a great apple-bucker, none of them have talents that cannot be emulated. The implication of Rainbow's Sonic Rainboom is that she is put into a position that nopony else can match. This is why Scootaloo admires Rainbow Dash to the point of adoration, and why Apple Bloom goes to Rainbow Dash for help on how to get a Cutie Mark. Of course, Rainbow's courage and charisma does not always result in her giving the best advice. Rather than helping Apple Bloom discover her one special talent, Rainbow Dash suggests that the best way to discover a special talent is to try as many things as possible as quickly as possible, which is hardly the best advice for a little Crusader.

Still, there are times when Rainbow Dash's hot-headed attitude and impulsiveness is required and serves the story well, such as in "Over a Barrel" where she takes the racial conflict between the settler ponies and the native buffalo into her own hooves, at first attempting to reap revenge on Little Strongheart, and then eventually siding with their stance on the conflict. Chief Thunderhooves' iconic line, "What would you have me do, Rainbow Dash?" is amusing in this respect, as he places the future of his entire culture in Rainbow Dash's grasp. Whilst Rainbow can be serious, she can also have moments of elation and joviality, such as when she teases the guards in "A Bird in the Hoof" by flying in front of them shaking her tongue in an attempt to get them to break their stoic stance. However, as mentioned on other occasions, she has a very short attention span, and quickly grows bored of such behaviour. On other occasions she shows a fierce commitment to helping her friends, whether it be defending Fluttershy as a filly in Cloudsdale, or helping Pinkie Pie in "Party of One" by dragging her to Applejack's barn. Whilst some ponies would give up helping Pinkie Pie, who was hardly in the most secure state to leave her own little world, Rainbow Dash proved to be the perfect pony to drag her out of her depression.

Through her enthusiasm, it is hard to accept that at times Rainbow Dash allows herself to show weakness, such as when she is bullied by the stallions in Cloudsdale and fails to fight back in "Sonic Rainboom". Seeing as she doesn't fear kicking a fully-grown dragon in the head in "Dragonshy", it seems initially odd that regular ponies would be able to belittle her, until we observe the deeper meanings behind this. The bullies once picked on Fluttershy for being unable to fly; in "Sonic Rainboom" because it is Rainbow Dash who fears failing to fly and impress the Wonderbolts, the same attacks that were made against Fluttershy are made against her instead. In a genius turn of events, in "Sonic Rainboom" Fluttershy rushes to Rainbow Dash's aid, revelling in "[Being] so assertive", contrasting with the way in which Rainbow protected her as a filly. Clearly, although Rainbow can often take care of herself and hold her own, she does need friends to look out for her, just as she looks out for them on numerous occasions.

Rainbow Dash is, quite simply, an awesome pony. With the natural cool factor – her saluting pose is often used in motivational posters for revolution and mock-republicanism – and her incredible speed and courage, she's the sort of pony that every other pony can aspire to be more like if they are feeling bullied or alone. It is no coincidence that in "At the Gala" she receives her own unique solo-spot at the centre of the song; her cool factor keeps her in a position of natural grandeur. She may be an impulsive, draconian pony, but she is incredibly popular due to her multi-faceted abilities. Whether she's flying faster than the eye can see, controlling the weather in Ponyville or simply telling a bully to accept her friends or leave her sight, she's definitely not the sort of pony that one would ever wish to mess with. And yet, for all of her graces, she remains a gentle and kind-hearted pony with a more touching, emotional side: a side that celebrates honour and loyalty to her friends, and at times exposes weakness when the prospect of losing becomes too much for her. In season 2, although there is a good chance that we will see more of Rainbow Dash's insecurities, she will remain the coolest and most confident pony; a credit to her friends, and a damn-fine fan-favourite.
My fifth character review - this time covering Rainbow Dash. Sorry for the delay on this one: I was with :iconranna-san: for the week. Now I'm back, however, and plan on getting Twilight Sparkle up before the 17th...when Season 2 will make these reviews obsolete. Damn you, future-ponies!

I hope I do justice to Rainbow Dash, all you fans out there!
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who-dat-betch Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"and the approach of Prince Blueblood in the final episode, which clearly suggests that Rarity is heterosexual."

I don't really care to debate the sexuality of the ponies since that is not what the show is about, but from a social justice point of view, just because a female is attracted to a male does not make said female heterosexual. There's pansexual and bisexual as well.
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firestorm310 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
awesome character review  I totally agree
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ShinigamiRyushi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
This was nice, very well written, and I totally agree. Rainbow Dash is the best pony. X3
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RitaMeetHerMaid Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Read (okay skimmed) again after seeing this, like, four months ago, and I'm pretty sure RD is me.
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HFAlpha147 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You should compare her to Sonic the Hedgehog. :)
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ipwntehnoobs Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
no, never compare the two of them. its like dividing by 0 in soviet russia
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xXiaoDrag0n Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I would read this again when I wake up later on when I am more rested and clear headed as no offence but, all the more I read the Fan's POV on Rainbow Dash's personality :icondashishappyplz:, the more I am starting find that I am a mirror image of her :iconrainbowdashsqueeplz:. I wouldn't be surprise if you get what I meant, as I am really tired till the state where I could say that I am practically staring into blank space as I type, ah forget, it I am going to bed.
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Jason-D3 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
The only thing which prevents Rainbow Dash from being a total jerk is her loyalty.
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NessasWorld Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
YESH. :D
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LadySakure Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
I am amazingly impressed at your analysis. While I am indifferent to the franchise and have no desire change, I do respect the character dynamics and overall appeal to the target audience as well as others. Your writing is impeccable and your knowlege is sound.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
That's a mature response and I value it immensely. I can understand people being indifferent towards the show, and it's nice to see that some of the people who are can still respect the subject matter. Thanks for taking the time to read this review and to comment.
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LadySakure Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
You're very welcome and I hope you continue your writings.
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olihmajor Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Great! You're such an amazing writer :D
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
I can safely say I've been on the receiving end of a few Rainbow Dash's in my life. Brash, imulsive, overly competitive.

These kind of girls are more commoon thatn most people admit.

They're were never quite as fun or nice as RD though.
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paxtofettel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Your character reviews are so well thought out and so well written. Great job.

Also, it's also great to see another brony who does not believe RD is a lesbian.
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Thiefenz Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's amazing that the characters are so well developed you can write psych evaluations of them.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
It sure is :3 Some of the most well-developed characters I've ever seen.
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Thiefenz Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The relation between me and Rainbow Dash is uncanny; I could replace her name with my own and it would sound almost exactly like me
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xXiaoDrag0n Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I beg to differ, there is lot's of people that has almost (99.9%) of Rainbow Dash's character, personality, etc, including me, but the drawback for me is that, one I don't think I have the same passion for reading as her nor I am bothered to find out as I am lazy to do so, and two, instead of her being a female and tomboyish, I am a male and can be slightly tomgirlish at some times, trust me, apart from me and you, you have to admit that there is more people in this world that would almost the be the same as her, but there will be no one that will be fully (100%) like her.
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schnuffelbunny1 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
i like it
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NekoLLX Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
I think the s2 teaser only reinforces your views her, when she loses her wings she and fluttershy are almost indistinguisabley horrified.
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AK71 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Another great review and more food for thought. I like the fact that you have pointed out that she is one of the few mane cast characters that has a 'unique' ability. Not the only one with Fluttershy's stare and Twilight's magical ability but maybe other ponies have had these abilities in the past, the Sonic Rainboom is her's and her's alone. I see her brash side as being related to this and a sort of security blanket for her more vulnerable side. Yes she does insult Fluttershy and others but maybe she is just trying to cover her insecurities and vulnerability?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Rainbow Dash will always be very confident in her own abilities. In "Boast Busters" she says to Trixie that there's only room for one pony in Equestria who can show-off, and that's her. She's quite proud of her own self-confidence and knows how good she is. She isn't modest for the sake of modesty, and knows full-well, at least until "Sonic Rainboom" and the feat of nerves, how talented she is. I would agree that Rainbow uses this unwavering confidence in herself to mask the fact that she can, at times, be nervous, although I also believe that she is genuinely quite narcissistic.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree with her insulting Fluttershy, although she doesn't do it to be mean. I can understand why she could get a bit annoyed with Fluttershy. ^^; but I think it's because Rainbow really wished Fluttershy would be more ya know, asstertive. XD
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AK71 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Yeah, maybe she wants Fluttershy to be more assertive as it reminds her of her weak side, like when she was cowering in 'Sonic Rainboom'. I just tend to think about things too much lol
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MoochiinLove Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
I applaud you on another excellent review, very in depth, I can't wait to read the one on Twilight, even if it is after the start of season 2. Still, I have to say, Rainbow Dash is my least favorite of the Mane 6, probably #6 aka the bottom of my list. I guess from watching season 1 a few times through, her...well, arrogance, or self assurance as some might call it, rubs me the wrong way, like she is the best because she says so and everyone else around her says so.

I read a couple of fanfics that touched on Rainbow trying out for the Wonderbolts for the first time and she didn't get chosen. And what did she do? She cried and basically had a mini tanturm that she didn't get in, which I can understand. But why? Because 'she is the best flier in Equestria, all my friends say so, all of Ponyville says so, I say so, so how come they didn't pick me?!'

And she doesn't seem to understand what teamwork really seems to be. The Wonderbolts, though not shown very much except in her fantasies and the couple of episodes like 'Sonic Rainboom' and 'Best Night Ever' are a team, yet she wants to join the Wonderbolts so she can be the star of the show. I imagine if she did manage to get into the Wonderbolts, she would be at such a low rank, her attitude at not 'being at the top' would get her kicked off the team very fast if she didn't try to adjust her attitude.

But all this is just my opinion and how I view her. She is cool, I love her rainbow mane and the fact she can perform stunts not alot of pegasi can perform, and she does show her loyalty from time to time. And I certainly don't agree with the assumption her mane is a rainbow so that MUST mean she is a lesbian. But, like I said before, she is at the bottom of my list of who is my favorite.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cudpug is right. you shouldn't judge Rainbow just by fan made stories. that's like stating Pinkie IS a psyco murder due to that popular fan story Cupcaks. It's not really fair.

Your comments on Rainbow are a bit too harsh. Not to mention she may be over-confident and such, but she also is a hard worker when she wants to be and she is more loyal then being selfish and I see it. I'm not saying this because I'm a Rainbow fan, which I am, but only because I think you are being way too harsh on her.
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MoochiinLove Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Well, like I stated before, they are my opinion, that is how I think and feel. You saying I am being harsh isn't going to change my mind in any way.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still think you shouldn't base what you see by fan stories though. Only from the show itself.
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MoochiinLove Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Well, thats what you want, but it isn't going to happen. I am going to drop this now, because I have had a bad couple of days and I don't feel like getting into an arguement. I have stated my piece and that is that.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...I would love to argue of how weak that was, but I don't want to. Since you had a bad day, I guess I'll let it drop. But the thing I want you to know is that I don't like when people are self-righteous about their opinions.
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xXiaoDrag0n Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I hate to admit it, but I admire your ability to actually managed to maintain level headed as you reply to MoochiinLove, as if I was you; I would practically become like how Rainbow Dash reacted when Trixie ran away from them in an instant and you know what will happen next (I would be trolling the **** out of her, one of the things I hate to do but my impulses will lead me too it naturally) I was about to hit reply the moment I finished reading her first comment if weren't for your reply and decided to read it, seriously, I could practically feel myself being held back by some unknown forces, you can imagine Applejack (which is you) holding Rainbow Dash (which is me) by her tail preventing her from launching off to do something that will have a drastic effect later on out of impulse. And when I read her reply to you, I was like enough of this **** already and who the ***** you think you are troller, and you being Applejack came in again and held me back. Now that's a coincidence... Yes my personality is almost, but not totally the same as Rainbow Dash's.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
I wouldn't hate on Dash too much because of what some fanfics have done with her: they are non-canon and shouldn't be taken as a true depiction of her character. Still, I do agree that Dash can at times come across as over-confident, which leads some people to dislike her. She's also one of my least favourite ponies, but I'm a big fan of all of them, so I still like her even in spite of her faults. I'm glad that you agree with me on the lesbian point as well - I wish that people would stop trying to over-sexualise everything.

Thanks ^^
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
once again, congrats on a beautiful review! and on my top fav character no less. :3 I can see Rainbow as a cool pony and I just adore her. there's just something about her that I love very much. and all the points you have put in here are the main reasons why. :3 thank you so much! long live Rainbow!

although to point out a little...I think AJ is a little more tomboyish then RD. reason being is because AJ hates dressing up and girly stuff. where as Rainbow really has no problem with that as far as I can tell. I saw it Swarn of the Century that RD just finds dressing up boring. She doesn't mind what she is wearing. XD
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
I'm sure that you could argue that Applejack is more of a tomboy than Rainbow Dash, yup! Rainbow might be difficult and impatient when it comes to formal attire, but she still seems to enjoy wearing dresses when it comes down to it. I'm glad that you enjoyed the review, especially as she's your favourite pony! :3
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404compliant Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
A great character review, thanks for that.

However, one scene made me think, and has the potential to tell a lot of stories, so I'll add some of my thoughts. From "Sonic Rainboom":

Billy: Get kicked outta any flight schools lately?
Rainbow Dash: I didn't get kicked out.
Billy: Face it, Rainbow Crash. Flight school had too many rules, and not enough naptimes for you.

The truth is probably somewhere in between, and flight school probably wasn't her best times. With her focus on being the best flyer ever she probably wasn't very interested in learning ("who needs that anyway"), and with her impulsiveness she probably annoyed a lot of people. Maybe she was close to being kicked out several times, or even left flight school on her own ("I can fly anyway, so what's it good for?"). Which brings up another possible hidden weakness of Rainbow Dash: Education. She might not be very good at things others learned at school, and this may get her into situations she can't deal on her own. But if she is finally at a point where she has to confesses her weaknesses, she surely has lots of friends who accept her the way she is, and help her to overcome her weaknesses.

Anyway, flight school flashbacks and what they mean for Rainbow Dash today will be good for lots of good stories!
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
An interesting observation, for sure! The accusation that she'd been kicked out of flight school is a potentially integral piece of information. If that was the case, then there could be all sorts of hidden insecurities and regrets in Rainbow Dash. Hopefully Season 2 will delve into this further, but for now well done for spotting that!
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MarrockV Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Aside from a couple minor grammatical errors, like using incite instead of insight and the word prognosis not really fitting where it was used (at least it seems as such to me), these have all been very good, well thought out essays.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Spelling mistakes are grammar?

Fixed, anyhow. I rushed this review at the behest of an impatient brony over at Equestria Daily. And aye, prognosis was a weird choice of word; I musn't have read over it properly ^^;

Thanks for the compliments.
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MarrockV Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
They are when you're trying to do several things at once while typing up a comment and manage to screw them all up... but at least I didn't set anything on fire this time.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Good man! Random fires are always a concern in Equestria ;O
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MarrockV Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
This is why I live out by the Everfree, safer for the town that way.
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KaBlamoid4Life Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely LOVE Rainbow Dash, and this was a WONDERFUL study on her. My hat's off to you!
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Thank you, person-with-a-Rainbow-Dash-Avatar! I'm glad that I was able to please you :3
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KaBlamoid4Life Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
I think the connection of applejack's pie to rainbow's save are probably stretching it a bit.
though you did forget to mention that in "pinkie keen" even twilight mentions "what would a pony like rainbow dash do in a situation like this" showing she really is admired by everypony.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Whilst you may be correct in saying that it could be stretching it a bit, but I did mention that accusations of over-analysing are to be expected. Then again, if you take into consideration that every episode was story-boarded out before being animated, there must have been a conscious decision behind the order that the ponies arrive at the Gala. Twilight is by Celestia's side; she doesn't directly affect Rarity, who sees Blueblood without the involvement of any other pony. Similarly, Pinkie Pie is on her own in the ballroom and Fluttershy is out in the garden. They all have a solo thing going on. It was just interesting to me that rather than simply going to see the Wonderbolts, Rainbow Dash saved Soarin's pie, which wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Applejack selling it to him in the previous scene.

I still think it's a valid point of connection between the two ponies. But hey, I'm just one pony; you have the right to disagree ^^ And on the subject of the "Feeling Pinkie Keen" episode, you are absolutely right! Twilight does ask what a brave pony like Rainbow Dash would do - an interesting line that deserves analysis!
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
i think the pie connection is more simply that soarin isn't uppity and likes down to earth food and it just happened to be applejack's.
and yeah... I was surprised you didn't mention twilight's line in an episode where rainbow isn't even present. it is interesting that she appeals to her friends so much even when she's gone.
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Berlioz-II Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Another fine character study. And certainly Rainbow Dash has a lot of perks to her character that are definitely admirable in many ways. Still, she has always remained as my least favourite of the mane cast (emphasis on "least favourite" as I don't by any means dislike her). This I'd say is mostly a case of identification as RD has perhaps the least similar qualities to myself than any of the others. And I may also be affected by a certain backlash to fan response who tend to view her very one-dimensionally as nothing more than "cool" and "brash" as the reasons why she's so well liked, even if those aspects are arguably not her very best characteristics when compared to, say, her loyalty, her sense of justice, and her general bravery for instance.

But she does have an interesting duality to her personality in that she is most likely the most self-assured of the other five with a very strong sense of being "the best" while on the other, as you rightly pointed out, she has an insecurity streak she doesn't let out easily (much the same way as Pinkie is mostly undaunted from her exuberance until put in a situation where the one thing she is supposed to be best at is put to question); something that has been instilled in her from her youth of being taunted as "Rainbow Crash" by bullies. It's perhaps the former aspect, however, that is the one that rubs me the wrong way the most as I do think at the same time, when she is not under any particular pressure, that her self-assurance can go over even simple brashness to a level of obliviousness of others around her. Such as in "Ticket Master" when all the others saw Twilight's distress over the tickets as being a cue to let go of them as not worth their friend's anxiety, Rainbow being the last one immediately went to full-on celebratory mode for obviously "getting the last ticket," only buckling under peer pressure and following suit when the others showed their disapproval of this. Or her many moments of self-appraisal that link together with her nature of speaking her mind without much thinking over whether it is smart to express certain thoughts in specific situations; a level of overt-bluntness that has the potential to hurt the recipients like a slashing blade (Fluttershy in "Dragonshy" a good example).

Still, despite this, I certainly wouldn't want to see this aspect being eliminated from Dash simply because, much like with Rarity, I like characters that have an identifiable set of good and bad traits, strengths and weaknesses, making them so much more than just one-dimensional representations of archetypal pull-overs. And RD definitely has a lot going for her the same as she has detractors, many of which you also pointed out. I find myself appreciating her perhaps the best when ever she really is in her element, namely flying and doing exactly what she knows she is best at. Even when being faced with insecurities of being put on the spot in which she knows she has to excel or be seen as a failure with her dreams potentially crumbling in front of her eyes, her pulling off the sonic rainboom is an inspirational moment not many other scenes manage to do during the entire duration of the season. And while her first rainboom in "CC Chronicles" admittedly comes across a little too much like a plot contrivance that from a writing point-of-view is ultimately a rather weak reason to have these characters be drawn together in a pre-destined way (thankfully something the series otherwise tends to steer away from), the lead-in to that is a good representation of Dash's personality.

You also touched upon something I've also been thinking at times, namely the relationships of the mane cast before Twilight came. While there have been some details dropped here and there about these, I'd kinda like to see a pre-Twilight episode of how do the other five really relate to one another for them to ultimately band together and go fight Nightmare Moon... you know, other than "cause the plot says so." Because clearly you do have ponies who are better compatible with each other than some others, but for these five specifically following the completely unknown Twilight on a dangerous mission seems to at least attest that there is already prior involvement with even the less compatible ponies. I don't know what form an episode like that could take, but personally I'd find it interesting to see how they really got together even as some don't seem to be the best of friends initially (like Pinkie and Rainbow, or Rarity and Applejack). That, or a background pony episode where for one single episode we simply focus on the oft seen background characters. That could be fun. :D

Anyway, yeah, Rainbow Dash. Definitely brash and talented, at times very cool, yet flawed at the same time. She is certainly an interesting character much like all the others, and has definitely more vivacious colour than just "coolness" that seems to be the sum total many others view her as being. And yeah, Dashie is certainly not a lesbian despite what interpretation her rainbow colours and tomboy attitude may suggest. At least not in the canonical environment, and she does show more the kinds of traits than anything even slightly hinting toward any sexual orientation one way or another. But still, while she may not be a favourite of mine, I do appreciate her and what she brings to the show, both the good and the bad. And when she warrants it, I do also get a kick when she really is being "cool."
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