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Twilight Sparkle, once a paragon of reading, math, and science, is sacrificed to a longstanding motif perpetuated by children's media - particularly Disney movies - where the female protagonist either is a princess or becomes one.

Becoming a princess is the highest and most desirable level of achievement for the main character, unless she is already a princess, in which case she can become worthy by finding a male she loves and marrying him after some ridiculously arduous trial and/or opposition from her family. (See also: Cadence.)

I’m going back to my Rainbow Dash corner, where everything is awe~some. From there I'll be happily watching the last episodes of the season, even if they happen to play into the damned princess curse.

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No, I do not think becoming a princess will change Twilight's personality or good qualities. My issue is more that she is becoming a "princess," something that is unattainable for most people. This is the role girls are expected to have access to.

Despite that, I still enjoy stories about royalty. They don't need to be banished. That's silly.

I posted this before the episode aired for a reason, and that was this might only be valid before it plays. (I'd love to look like an idiot and be wrong. The guessing game is part of the fun!) Nonetheless, the promotions claim that being a princess is Twilight's "destiny." If you consider how the media constructs gender identities beyond what happens in the final product, I still have a viable critique.

And of course most of this applies to people who are considered white in the United States. The dynamics of non-white princesses are different.
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Brok3nD011 Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Student General Artist
I think this is beautiful and makes a point there should be more roles a girl can play in standard media. 
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Warewolves Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2014
Her Ascension moved her to the bottom of my list. Rarity is now my favorite.
She is no longer relatable.
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ZsoronZ Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
I don't understand the logic in this.
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Warewolves Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Twilight is now a Mary sue.
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Warewolves Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
I'm not watching that, because I know Twilight earned it. But now she's just a complete character. There is nothing interesting about her. She is the perfect princess. She knows everything about friendship.

Rarity on the other hand, is always struggling between her aspirations, greed, and generosity. Where is this conflict in Twilight?
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ZsoronZ Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2015
Every character is different, we don't need conflict in everyone.

If you like this kind of characters, good for you, but this not make the others character bad.

+ Twilight is always Twilight, this is not because she progress that everything that happened in the past no longer exist. And she never became perfect either.

and, nothing interesting about her? No, there is even more interesting about her now than before (for me), if you like characters only because they are ¨relatable¨, sure, the princess thing remove partially that, but if you like the world, the mlp universe... well, Twilight give more to this now, and this is why i like her.



We had the Unicorn Twilight, who had no interrest in friendship, who learned friendship, pass trought her weakness and finally earned her crown.

Now, we have princess Twilight, who have her friends with her, and who will be an important part in Equestria itself and spread friendship in the land.

This is different... but in no way more bad or more good, you just like one more or less.
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Warewolves Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
I NEVER said Twilight was a bad character, just that I RELATE to Rarity more now, making her my favorite of the 6.
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ZsoronZ Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
I never said that you said it either, i was just going in another way. this statement was more general.
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SugarCookie310 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Exactaly.
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OctarinePegacorn Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Writer
I love this. Another thing that bothers me is the lack of democracy in shows whose target audiences are little girls or just kids in general. Princesses are truly overrated.
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Valshe43 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
So True...
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PROTOTYPE223 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I brought death near my own brother and my family. NOW DON'T YOU WANNA GROW UP TO BE JUST LIKE ME!
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megabob12 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Welp, she's been a princess for half a season now. Not much has changed. She still argues with Discord, still helps out her friends, and still lives in the Ponyvile Library. So that's fun.
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thegrimm123 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
I agree with that
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
I'm a little tired of the influx of Princesses too. 
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gd2h829 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
The season 4 opener written by Meghan McCarthy has a line that proves she never meant that sentence literally, it was just an acknowledgement that wanting to be a Princess is a pretty popular thing among little girls. Hopefully it's the end of her getting flack for this.
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IniStrife Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The thing that bothered me most about it, was when it first was build up as be able to step the ladder further in a more spirited-way than as to see a princess as a ruler or something. Like she became from a student to a master by practice and learning, still stuff to learn but she mastered her element still.

Then the afterwards thing with miss America broke everything up! Seriously...the dollup barbie image princess next to an way more desirable state of knowlege and experience princess.....wanna make me facepalm all day >>
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DyingMarshmallows Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Is this why everyone was pissed off that she became a princess?
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CrownePrince Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Nah, just why I was irritated. People have a ton of different reasons for liking or not liking it.
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p-e-n-g-y Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is really powerful and i dont even watch mlp


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MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
I have no problem with Twilight Sparkle being a princess but I do have to agree with you.  Not every girl wants to be a princess.  I'm one of those girls.  I'm a tomboy for crying out loud.  Everyone is different. 
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AndytheB-Artist Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist
I have an eight year old niece named Sophie. When she told me she wanted to be a good Queen, my heart filled with joy.
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Eagle1Division Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Twilight Sparkle isn't white. She's purple. :iconhappytsplz: (or lavender?)
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BreakinBenny Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Any equine in MLP who isn't a zebra is considered an equivalment of 'white' or 'tanned' like in Arabia.
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AndytheB-Artist Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist
The reason why it's hard to understand is that every year, Disney rolls in four billion dollars from its Princess franchise. Naturally, when a company is making that much money, that tends to convince people that if something is made for a girl, it will automatically be the sparkling pink rainbow kind (even though that's probably only 20-30% of all girls).
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Fellmoon Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Yet if little grils can be whatever they want why can't they wish to be princesses? Even if it is only in their imagination?

If parents are truly raising their children like they should they will know some things are only fantasy.

Dreams, even if impossible in the real world should be encouraged.

If those watching the show have watched every episode they should understand they can be whatever they wants, that the can be great no matter who they are.

Destiny is misunderstood in western culture, and is not some straight jacket that takes away peoples choice to live the life they want but a means of showing one's potential. One's destiny is a possibility of greatness, one what are lives can lead to. Destiny is a guide, a possibly, of what we could be if he are willing to take the path shown and work for it.

Princesses have gone into the realms of fantasy, of fiction, especially in the USA just as many other things have become such... when children grow up they will learn that what they may have dreamed as being cannot be real.
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TOR-M1 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Remember little girls, pursuing political power and following in the footsteps of your lifelong mentor is wrong.
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Fellmoon Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Lauren Faust had always intended for Twilight to be Celestia's heir and thus a princess.
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
That's great. If it had been in the grand finale, and Twilight had to work for it, I would've been fine with it all.

But that's not what happened, now, was it?
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Fellmoon Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Seriously, after everything she has been through and all the challenges she has faced you feels she hasn't worked for it?
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
By that logic, so do the other five. And it wasn't for those things anyway, it was for cleaning up her own mess then writing a sentence.
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Fellmoon Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Yet it was Twilight that had been intended to be Celestia's heir... from the very beginning I might add. Who is to say that Twilight's friends can't help her in being a princess, as it can said a ruler (though Twilight I feel wont rule anything yet) is only as good as their advisers.
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
It was also intended from the beginning that the show be more like Sailor Moon. Neither of those things were good ideas.

And I meant that the logic that concludes Twilight deserves to be a princess, if you think about it, also extends to the other five.
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Fellmoon Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Yes perhaps but without Twilight being the spark who says they would even be friends? Magic is the heart and center of the power bond of friendship.
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
By that logic, they were all equally important.
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JadtheDog Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
All they did was give her wings. That's literally all they did.
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
nope.avi
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Sweet Celestia, that comment counter!
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CrownePrince Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That's what happens when a deviation goes to the front page when you've got your back turned. They're long comments too.
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KorraLover10 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I completly agree with you. Part of my family tree is royal and when my friends hear it they start calling me 'Your Highness' or Your Majesty' and they won't call me by my name. (That's one thing I hate about being royalty) Second you have to be a role model, but I can't act like one. Third I can't be on schedule. How can I be a princess if I'm like that? Life would be horrible for me. I'm really glad I'm not a princess.
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Batia Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
I agree with what you're saying but I do not think that Princess means the same thing in Equestria as it does here. Here it is a right by birth but in Equestria it seems that Twilight EARNED her Princesshood because of her studious/reading/math/science personality...which led her to understand friendship so much. So basically a Princess in Equestria is a master of what they've worked so hard at studying. (Cadence-study of love, Celestia-the sun/solar sciences, Luna-the moon/lunar activity)

Man, but Rainbowdash isn't the only piece of strong female awesome in this show. Applejack is pretty strong reliable and bad ass herself. She's just less brash than RD ^^
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spyrofan923 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Twilight becoming an alicorn princess really shouldn't be a surprise to those who've seen the signs and watched the show since the beginning. I fully support this and I'm sure a lot of others do as well. With that said, I don't believe it's the fact that Twilight's an alicorn princess that irks people. In fact, there are several reasons why people didn't like HOW it happened and the implications behind Twilight's ascension. One could be how SUDDEN it is. How many seasons have passed? Only three right? How come after just THREE seasons she's a princess? It really shouldn't have happened so early IMO. This right here aides the idea that the episode felt rushed and why people feel like Hasbro's pressuring of the writers to push Alicorn Twilight had to do with why it felt so rushed. Other people may say that with Twilight being a princess now, she may have more responsibilities to deal with now and she may not be able to spend as much time with her friends anymore. What I'm saying is that this takes away the balance that Twilight always had with the others and she might not be part of as many adventures. Some may not have liked the all the singing in the finale because it honestly felt like a Disney clone to me. It seems that Twilight herself wasn't expecting she'd become an alicorn princess and it felt to me like she was being pushed to accept it rather than her gradually coming to terms with it. There are other reasons too but I don't feel like outlining everything. But I also acknowledge the good that comes out of this too. With Twilight and Cadence being princesses now, it completes the whole idea of Twilight representing the evening when the moon (Luna) rises and Cadence
being the morning when the sun (Celestia) rises. There's a parallel here that sets in motion the potential plotline that Twilight could turn evil or at least corrupted (like when Luna turned into Nightmare Moon). This is very possible especially since we know that Twilight did learn how to apply dark magic to things from Celestia. And with Twilight learning something like this so quickly, you know she'd make a kick-ass villain and the writers of the show would earn a lot of respect for making a move like that. Perhaps now that she's a princess, the writers could make Twilight feel pressured and want to use it. She ends up overusing it and it causes her to become corrupted. This could lead to Cadence and the mane 5 putting a stop to her (which again parallels the Celestia and Luna feud minus the 1000 year banishment) and Twilight realizes she's not ready to be a princess YET. She goes back to becoming a unicorn (for now) and everything goes back to normal. Just a thought I had. It may or may not happen. To cut things short, Twilight becoming a princess NOW is very risky on the part of the writers because this has the potential to be REALLY GOOD or REALLY BAD for the series as a whole and this scares some of the fans of the show as well as myself because this has been a really fun show so far and there aren't many on television today that rival it. I personally don't want the show to fall apart just because of a physical change one of the characters had that complicates everything else. I doubt it will come to that, but it could happen.
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Coobalt-Dahonli-One Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
"There's a parallel here that sets in motion the potential plotline that Twilight could turn evil or at least corrupted (like when Luna turned into Nightmare Moon). This is very possible especially since we know that Twilight did learn how to apply dark magic to things from Celestia. And with Twilight learning something like this so quickly, you know she'd make a kick-ass villain and the writers of the show would earn a lot of respect for making a move like that. Perhaps now that she's a princess, the writers could make Twilight feel pressured and want to use it. She ends up overusing it and it causes her to become corrupted. This could lead to Cadence and the mane 5 putting a stop to her (which again parallels the Celestia and Luna feud minus the 1000 year banishment) and Twilight realizes she's not ready to be a princess YET. She goes back to becoming a unicorn (for now) and everything goes back to normal."

This outcome would restore my faith in the show, but unfortunately... I doubt the writers would do that, because they love Twilight too much. She is to My Little Pony what Liara T'Soni is to Mass Effect. (Even if they try to justify it by Twil' being the main character) What bothers me the most is that your scenario could work with Cadance as well, once again portraying Twilight as the one who miraculously fixes the mess and gets all the fame.

Imagine: Cadance is the Princess/Godness of Love. Suppose Shining breaks their relationship for one reason or another, it would destroy it completly. Add her being potentially jealous of Twilight being more loved than her, and...
You get this: [link]

I really hope I'm wrong. Please writers, don't waste your last chance of showing that Twilight isn't absolute perfection.
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spyrofan923 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I agree with you. Turning a decently complex character like Twilight into a Mary-Sue is one of the quickest textbook ways of losing a LOT of fans in any form of media. This may not be a problem for little kids who generally don't look too deeply into things, but with this show attracting so many adult viewers, I'd hate to see it fall apart due to a hasty decision or two..... It's times like these when I wish Lauren Faust could come back and steer writing direction y'know?
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TheLordFanboy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Feminism?
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Zaywex Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Feminism is a useful thing that, among other goals, works to improve cultural perceptions and deconstruct gender roles. :)

I'm sure a lot of feminists would agree with this comic given that princess scientist role models actually disengage girls and decrease their interest in pursuing science careers. Thus it's counterintuitive to make Twilight (who is very much a scientist role model for girls) a princess.
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TheLordFanboy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't ask if Feminism was good or not, I asked if this WAS a feminist ideology that "princesses" are evil. Not about the whole effenenatecy and woman acting like men is a good worldview.
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Zaywex Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
A) You wrote one word. More context next time.
B) Being a scientist is not masculine. ಠ_ಠ
C) What is "effenenatecy?"
D) No one here said that princesses are evil. Lol.
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