Tag Archives: Characterization

Why Luna is more popular than Celestia, part 2: the long shadow of “Luna Eclipsed”

When it comes to Luna and Celestia, I’m a pretty typical Brony; I certainly like Celestia, but I don’t inwardly cheer when she comes on-screen, the way I do with Luna. As I’ve argued before, much of Luna’s appeal comes … Continue reading

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Spike and the challenge of adolescent characters

Of all the main characters, Spike’s depiction has drawn the most criticism (with the possible exceptions of Rarity and Applejack).  Complaints about the little guy tend to assert that he’s either a) inconsistent, b) inept, c) a jerk, or d) … Continue reading

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Why isn’t Pinkie Pie annoying? Her intro provides some clues.

I really like Pinkie Pie — which is bizarre, because I usually hate characters like Pinkie Pie.  Perky, bubbly characters tend to irritate me.  For example, I am the only person on Earth who actively dislikes Kaylee from Firefly. Yeah, … Continue reading

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Playing against (stereo)type: Applejack the straight-mare

Applejack is frequently regarded as boring or inconsequential.  If you’ve been in this fandom for any amount of time, you’re probably familiar with the “background pony” joke. This attitude is understandable, to a point — AJ isn’t quite as extreme … Continue reading

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“Somepony to Watch Over Me”, “Party of One”, characterization, and the active Fourth Wall

Once again, an episode has drawn criticism for someone being out-of-character. This time, it’s AJ in “Somepony to Watch Over Me”.   AceAnalyst voices a few common complaints: As for Applejack, she seemed to be hit with the stupid stick this … Continue reading

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