Jackal Lantern wrote:
FINALLY! After about a million edits, I finally finished my post. I had to put it behind a spoiler tag because it’s monstrously large. I broke the image limit, sure, but I broke the character limit, too. Just think of it as two or three posts in one.
Hey guys! It’s been a while.
I recently finished checking out the Twilight Alicorn Controversy entry. Those “Thanks M.A. Larson” gifs are pretty funny.
Anyway, you guys may remember me saying I was going to write up why I like Rarity. Or maybe you don’t, because that was nearly a month ago. Whatever. Point is, I’m finished. Or at least, I’m as close to finishing as I care to be because I got bored from typing up so much.
HERE IT IS:
Simply Rarity: A Comprehensive Guide to the Most Fabulous Pony
One of the interesting things about Rarity is that she is meant to defy stereotypes. While her basic personality is built around the vain material-girl stereotypes that repelled male viewers from a lot of girl shows in the first place, making her the Element of Generosity completely changes her character dynamic. “Sweet and Elite,” is a great example of her generosity being tested. When Fancy Pants invites her to the Wonderbolts race, of course she accepts! She still has plenty of time to make Twilight’s dress and gets to hang out with a big shot celebrity. Don’t tell me you guys wouldn’t put off something like that to hang out with someone like Lauren Faust or Tara Strong for a day. The upcoming scene though, is one of my favorite examples of her generosity. When approached by the triad of aristocrats inviting her to their social gatherings, she initially turns them down to work on Twilight’s dress instead. They eventually persuade her otherwise, however, by telling her how the events will be pointless without her. That’s when I realized something important about Rarity: she not only defies the materialistic typecasting through her generosity, but also through the way she goes about being generous. That is to say, generosity isn’t all about tangible things you can give like dresses, capes, and tails/moustaches; Rarity is also generous with her time. Even knowing her attendance will likely put her far behind on making her friend’s gift, she goes anyway. Not just for selfish reasons, but because she would like to help out her new Canterlot friends as well as Twilight Sparkle. Granted, this poor decision is what led her to make the poor decision that got her into the mess at the end, but it also led to my favorite song in the series, so I’ll forgive her. :V
Celestia forbid I list “making dresses” as something relatable to a bunch of guys on the internet, but it actually is for a lot of us. Fashion has always been a predominately effeminate thing in the past, so I didn’t really got into that aspect of her character at first. But I do love art and music. Back when I was still lurking deviantart, I had made a few friends that offered commissions, and one that had a career in game art. “Suited for Success” reminded me of conversations we had about picky commissioners requesting artwork be changed or redone, or in the case of the game artist, employers dissatisfied with the proposed character or map designs given in rough sketches. From that point on, I saw Rarity in a whole new light. She’s the token artist of the series, and I love that about her! It also makes her seem much less vain. Think of it this way, what if your favorite musician or game developer put out a really shitty album/game? Shouldn’t they be distraught by that? If they make an excellent one, is it bad for them to feel proud? Same deal here. The key difference being that Rarity herself is the makeshift canvas for her art, making her pride in it seem more egotistical than pride in other forms of artistic expression. But it doesn’t bother me now, because I realize her “vanity” is no different than Fifths sharing his songs with us, Exudes sharing his art, etcetera.
A lot of people like Rainbow Dash because of her drive to be the best at what she does. Similarly, people admire Twilight Sparkle’s ongoing attempts to become more knowledgable in regards to magic. What I like about Rarity is that she has a similar drive of self-betterment, but her interests are social, rather than mental or physical. Her love for high society, and yearning for popularity are all reflections of her endeavors to better herself in social regards. Some individuals just believe her to be an attention-starved snob without thinking as to why one would want to be in high society. Sure, many people think of individuals like Blue Blood making up the aristocracy, rather than ones like Fancy Pants and what desirable traits they represent. Rarity always tries to be not just sociable, but polite and amiable to everyone. Sure, she doesn’t always succeed in this regard, but Dash and Twi screw up too so shut up.
(Fancy Pants also needs more screen time)
Who’s the most badass out of all the ponies? That’s right, Rarity. Now, she may be a lady of class, but that doesn’t mean she puts up with anyone’s bull shit. She’s kicked a manticore in the face, punched a changeling, flash kicked Applejack under the influence of Discord, and looked damn good doing it.
Count yourself lucky she’s more into fashion. She’d whip your ass in a bar brawl. Yes, you. Don’t kid yourself, you’re kind of a pussy.
TABITHA ST GERMAIN
Okay, now that I’ve covered her basic personality traits, I’m going to start going over other random external factors. Tabitha St. Germain, nuff said. She voiced Rarity, Luna, Derpy, Granny Smith, Photo Finish… she’s pretty amazing. Pretty much every episode where Rarity gets a line, she has one of the more memorable quotes.
Personally, I’m not too thrilled with her appearances this season. I’m just going to repost some words of wisdom from The_Matthew from EQD now, as I would like to share this well worded statement as to what’s wrong:I’m disappointed with the way Rarity has been used this season. I accept that she’s probably a difficult pony to write for, given that she’s tied to her work more than any other character and the target audience is more than a decade away from understanding the concept of working for a living, but she’s been given particularly poor treatment this year. It often seems that the only reason she puts in an appearance is so she can be used as a prop in a joke.
She’s always been a bit of a drama queen, and that’s sometimes been part of her charm, but now it’s reached the point where it has passed beyond caricature. On top of that, more and more she’s been shown as selfish and thoughtless for the sake of a throwaway line. In her last major appearance (Sweet and Elite) the main source of conflict for Rarity was that she was trying frantically to please eneryone and couldn’t manage it. Now, for the benefit of a quick laugh, she’s shown as being vain and completely self-absorbed. She has far greater depth of character than that, and she needs to be shown with far greater depth of character than that.
One of Lauren Faust’s intentions when creating Friendship is Magic was to have it driven by strong female characters. Rarity, while unquestionably the most feminine of the ponies, is running her business entirely by herself, handling design, manufacture, retail and advertising, yet still finds time for her friends whenever they need her. She’s the epitome of the strong, independent yet caring character. Portraying her as a stereotypical upper class idiot goes against what the series is supposed to be about. This sweet and gentle pony deserves better, and so do we.
Bravo, sir! Well said.