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Spitfire's Tough Choice by Mystic-Forces Spitfire's Tough Choice by Mystic-Forces
Before I begin my statement, I have something to say: I LOVE "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." As an artist as well as a fan for all things that are animated, this is one of the best cartoons I have seen recently. I love their stories, characters, setting, and sense of humor in this series. I began to notice its popularity through parody comics (example: Veggie55 :iconveggie55:) and flash cartoons (such as HotDiggityDemon's PONY.MOV series), so I started watching this series in Summer 2012. Anyway, now that that's out the way, let me explain my reasons for this comic.

*Warning: the statement you are about to read is based off my First Impression when I watched the following episode this comic was based off.*

So, I was excited to see "Wonderbolts Academy" because Rainbow Dash is one of my favorite characters in this series and it was exciting to see her getting closer to her dream: being a Wonderbolt. Well, on the day I was expecting that premiere, December 8, they showed a different episode "Sleepless in Ponyville." Despite the mixup, I thoroughly enjoyed that episode; it's probably my favorite episode out of the 3rd season.

A week later, I finally saw the Wonderbolts Academy episode, and although it was a very good episode, it wasn't just as good as the last episode. Don't get me wrong. It had a very good story and I love it from beginning to end. I had made some expectations on what the story is about, but thankfully those expectations were never met. I like the introduction of Lightning Dust and what she represents and I like how Rainbow Dash has handle herself throughout the episode as a Wing Pony. My main problem with the episode unfortunately has to do with Spitfire.

I was happy with Spitfire's appearance in this episode. And despite having a raspy voice in this episode, I like her take on being a Drill Sergeant. Plus, there were a few moments (such as the ending) where they were able show Spitfire's usual calm and collective personality that I adore so much. My biggest complaint with Spitfire is this: Why didn't she make Rainbow Dash a Lead Pony in the first place?

Compared to Lightning Dust, Rainbow Dash has accomplished a lot for herself as listed in this parody comic. Not to mention that Spitfire has witnessed some these accomplishments herself; heck she was saved by Rainbow Dash when they first met in person. If the Drill Sergeant was a different pony all together, I would have buy that on why that pony chose Lightning Dust as Lead Pony instead of Rainbow Dash. But since it was Spitfire who was in charge of the training facility, the episode didn't support itself enough with the misuse of continuity.

So I ask again: WHY WASN'T RAINBOW DASH A LEAD PONY IN THE FIRST PLACE?!

Actually, this problem made me reflect to a time where I too wasn't acknowledged for my experience. Okay, a few years back during the summer, I applied to be either a waiter or a bartender at a seafood restaurant. Despite my 4+ year-long experience as a caterer/bartender, the managers back then didn't see my catering skills highly qualified enough to be a waiter, so they made be a busboy. That hurt my pride. Half way through the summer, despite how I became one of the best coworkers they had, they took a waiter, who they hired at the same time as me, and made him a bartender. That infuriated me to no end because no only did the managers overlook my bartending experience, but the new bartender didn't have any experience in bartending beforehand! So in a way, I can relate to Rainbow Dash when she was put in this situation.

After watching this episode, I felt the need to express this matter about Spitfire's decision. But how? I don't make videos on Youtube nor do I have my own blog or whatever. So, I resorted to doing what I do best: making comics. It took a while to think this through, but it all felt worth it in the end.

As I've said, I really do l like this episode. I know I was trying bring out a point (mostly from my own experience and perspective) about not being recognized for your achievements, but a lot of commenters here bring out very good points on why Spitfire made Rainbow Dash a Wing Pony in the first place, to which I happened to agree with. Whether you agree or disagree with Spitfire's decision, my focus on this comic (and so many parody comics beforehand) was to make people laugh and enjoy it for what it is.

Here's the sequel to this comic, "Spitfire's Regret."

For more on my MLP Comics, click this [link] .

*MLP: Friendship is Magic is copyrighted to Hasbro & Lauren Faust
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:iconthestorm117:
Poor Rainbow. Now for critique... For a first comic, this is pretty well done. It has good humour, a variety of expressions, and is that a reference to Toy Story in the final panels? The originality is also quite good, as it offers a spin on Spitfire's original reasoning for picking Lightning Dust over Rainbow Dash. The use of the 8 ball is has a big impact in originality overall. Technique... This is where I get a bit more picky. While you have a decent set of backgrounds, and the colours for each character look accurate, the outlines of the characters are a little bit grainy, and some areas such as the ear could use more refining. That aside, I do like the detail put into the eyes and the eyelashes. Impact overall? A good spin on the shows cannon, a variety of poses and expressions, and a very hilarious Rainbow Dash in the final panel. Overall, great comic :iconrainbowdashlaplz:
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This is an exceptional comic, giving us a glimpse of what might have been going on behind the scenes. Most of the quality is a high standard but at places such as the ear and in pannel 4, there could be a bit of work that needs to be done. But, however, the quality of spitfires suit is impecable. The fact that it goes over all of rainbow dash' accomplishments does offer quite a bit of humor and build up to where spitfire pulls out the 8 ball. The funniest bit, for me, was spitfires very satisfied face in the second last pannel, that the 8 ball could fix everything. Overall, and excellent and quite humorous comic!
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Zane-the-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Spitfire, you left out the part where she SAVED YOUR LIFE!!! Seriously, I get you'd wanna forget the incident where you tried to save a free falling Rarity and got knocked out, but still, give credit where credit is due!
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royal-phoenix Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that is so bucking hilarious.
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SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Every comic that causes a Rocko's modern Life flashback is a good comic.
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Lost-Our-Dreams Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
rofl xD This is EXACTLY what I keep saying! How the heck is Rainbow Dash NOT a wonderbolt already?! From start to finish of her accomplishments, it's been proven she's the fastest pony in Equestria, she's a LEGEND because she's the only pony to perform a sonic rainboom, she won a flying contest (with a sonic rainboom), and saved the Wonderbolts lives at the same time, got to hang out with them for a day (that's what the prize for winning was :iconrhshrugplz: ), Spitfire actually recognized her at the gala and invited her to hang out with them, she saved Soarin's pie, joined the Wonderbolts academy, broke an academy record, and showed Spitfire how much Wonderbolt spirit she had. So what the heck is wrong with Spitfire xD
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SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Rainbow Dash is not really a team player.
It was a test to see if Rainbow Dash can subordinate.
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Lost-Our-Dreams Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
;o; that makes sense, but still :| and whatever happened to the academy? xD did she get kicked out or something :iconrhshrugplz:
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Funny... Still, I'm more accepting of Spitfire's decision.

Food for thought:

Rainbow Dash has many accomplishments. Mostly in Ponyville.
Spitfire saw her on a couple of occasions. That's all the Spitfire we ever saw.
Lightning Dust was seen ONLY in that episode. Do we even know her accomplishments?
Spitfire made a judgement based on what she directly saw in the academy. Everything else merely looks good on RD's application form.
RD's element of harmony is loyalty. To Spitfire this is an indicator that RD is more suited for support roles than leadership.

I think Spitfire's choice deserves a little more credit than "she obeyed a magic 8-ball". Rainbow's superiority at least isn't as clear cut as some make it out to be (at least until we see jerkass Lightning).
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
This totally makes sense.
I mean, seriously, Spitfire has talked and met Rainbow Dash half a dozen times, and acts as if she never saw her before during that episode.
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truffulacheese989 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know why she wasn't lead pony.because the plot  calledd for it and the show says"screw continuity!" That would also explain why spit fire didn't remember rainbowbunneh icon17 Shrug Free Shrugs! + PLZ My Emoticons: I have no idea 
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GamerAlicorn42 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
*FACEHOOF**FACEDESK*SPITFIRE! YOU DUMBASS
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