Conflict is one of the ingredients necessary to good writing. Without it, a character’s motivations and actions can seem arbitrary or pointless. This principle applies just as well to kids’ cartoons starring prismatically varied ponies as it does to any other kind of fiction. What better way to once again explore this concept than to look at Ponyville’s own fabulous fashionista, Rarity?
Rarity, boutique owner and known as the element of generosity, also happens to be stubborn, selfish, fussy, and temperamental. She loses her temper at the drop of a hat. And yet, she’s also brave, caring, and willing to give to her friends without any prompting. Rarity is an excellent example of how the writers find ways to generate plot, character development, and conflict without forcing it into the show.
It’s no secret that conflict makes for better storytelling than people bumbling agreeably though life do. The writers of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic understand this, giving the show’s likeable cast of candy-colored equines a believable variety of character flaws that do an excellent job of generating the conflict necessary to spin out plot lines that can hold a twenty-minute episode of television together. And few ponies are as flawed as the Element of Loyalty, Rainbow Dash.
Rainbow Dash seems like a simple character on the surface. She’s brash, competitive, and highly aggressive. But hidden within that cocky exterior is an insecure pony who hates to show any deep emotions like sadness or fear. And, interestingly enough, her best friend is Fluttershy–a pony who is the complete opposite of Rainbow Dash in almost every way. Find out more behind the cut.