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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.


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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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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Nexus639 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Anyone who relies on an unreliable outside source for critical-making and decision-making is certainly not suitable for leadership role. 
ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
that makes sense. When I need to take a decision, I toss a coin, and see if I get sad by the result
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panai555 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Sorry about that, but I think the person who should get kicked in the dick is the person who actually started it.
WishDancer345 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
fuck off
Zoroark67 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Filmographer
my brother likes spitfire
Whistle-Trill Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Luckily RD Isn't as daring as somebody on the EPA program. Was the third fight that week.
Fallendragonwolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Somehow that makes sense.
JLBarnett Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
I kind of felt like it would make sense.  Dash was so far above the rest of the cadets that putting her in charge might make her push anyone she was paired with beyond their limits.  Even Lightning Dust was only close to her limit.

So what Spitfire was doing was basically testing Dash's ability to be a follower
Whistle-Trill Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Some good advice. NEVER trust those things....
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kacript Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
So that's why it's taking so long for Rainbowdash to become a Wonderbolt, Spitfire's fortune teller makes all the decisions for her!
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!
royal-phoenix Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that is so bucking hilarious.
SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Every comic that causes a Rocko's modern Life flashback is a good comic.
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
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.
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:
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).
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.
truffulacheese989 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General 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 
Whistle-Trill Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Easy. RArity knocked her out.
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Randomreader-001 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Never liked those freaking 8-balls. Never really gave the right answer.:p
matchmakingdove1028 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL! magic ball eight!
CinChaos Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
You know that in boot camp, you are measured only by your performance in boot camp right?
You could have done xyz outside of boot camp but that doesn't matter once you're through those gates, largely to act as a leveller so that everyone starts out on the same foot.
Hope this helps
chuzzle44 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
If Spitfire was aware of Dash's leadership skills and accomplishments, the most reasonable explanation for her choosing Lightning Dust to be team leader is that she wished to see if Lightning had any leadership skills herself.
jarinthunder Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is probably how it happend.
munchingorange123 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
TheDreweMaster Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Never let a magic 8 ball decide for you, people!
truecere Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
she actually had to think....ditz :chainsaw:
ArtGuruSauce Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Spartan545 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Before setting out to train the cadets, Spitfire stole Chop Chop's Magic 8 ball just for tough decisions after seeing the Undead Knight's luck with that ball. What the Fire Skylander realized is that there is sometimes when a Magic 8 ball can give you a dose of rotten luck. Spitfire is hoping not to wake Spyro, who was napping in the academy outside her office window.
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Random-Nobody Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
I haven't gone through all the comments so I don't know if someone mentioned this already, but there might actually be a logical explanation for this. Well Spitfire does know that Rainbow has leadership skills the fact of the matter is even when they make her a Wonderbolt there not going to make her captain right off the bat so Spitfire might have been trying to make sure Rainbow was just as capable of following orders as she was of giving them. It'd also have the added bonus of letting her see whether or not Lighting Dust had any leadership potential.

That was my take on it at least.
DirectorHachi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I kind of took it as Spitfire not wanting to show favoritism... but still, you have a point I guess.
RainbowDashOfCD Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very funny. Personally I use the D&D dice roller on my phone.
zulupower Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
curse you magic 8 ball lol
Jjim595 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Lol!!! :rofl:
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Fire--Bolt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconpinkiepieplz: :iconsays3plz: And that's how Rainbow Dash got pissed off and killed Spitfire for the fun of it in the Rainbow Factory! :D:iconsays3eplz:
truecere Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Fire--Bolt Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes.. just.. yes!
Sightseeer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Well, I've just stumbled upon your comic (which is pretty good XD). About your rant over Spitfire's decision there are two things to consider: the first one is that it is a plot device to create drama (that is the main reason XD).

The second one (more overworked XD) is that even though RD has many accomplishes in his score, LD shows during his tests that she is willing to push herself more than recquired, which could be the signature of a good leader.

Pressing the affair a little bit more we could trace this situation back to how the military and the airline industry work to decide positions: although there's a person in command in the cockpit both pilots (and the flight engineer) have to act as one group regardless of duties and experience (and in the military no matter your previous achievements, once you're in you don't get respect and promotion unless you proof you have what it takes to get the job done).

Now, in civil aviation there is an interesting subject: in some countries it was common that military pilots tht retired from the army and began to work in commercial aircraft were given automatically the captain seat. The idea behind this was that they were experienced enough to avoid scalating positions again, besides it was considered an insult to put a militar as copilot to gain experience.

Unfortunately this idea prooved to be fatal many times: ex army pilots in the captain seat thought they were experienced enough to avoid team work or even following civil regulations of flying.

In August 23 of 2005 Tans Peru Flight 204 crashed killing 40 of its 98 passengers after the captain -an ex army pillot- decided he could reach the airport in the middle of a heavy hail storm and in 1999 a cargo flight of Korean Airlines crashed killing the 4 members of the crew after the captain -a retired colonel from the korean air force- decided not to listen the warning of his crew that his instruments were malfunctioning; said instruments got stuck when the plane entered in a turn, so the captain thought he wasn't turning and applied an ever harsh turn which made the plane roll beyond its flying limits and crash short out of the airport.
DiscordantPrincess Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Seriously, Spitfire? You're going to let a stupid ball full of water and a die make decisions for you? How dumb are YOU?

Meh, very funny!
W0nderbolts Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
you jelly of the 8-balls power? :D
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