Okay, time to breathe life back into this corpse of a blog and talk about something pony related for once. I know it’s been forever since I posted anything here, and I blame both my overwhelming amount of unfinished commissions looming over me like the Tower of Mordor, and the fact that Season 4 was taking forever to come and I had nothing else to talk about. I could have reviewed some fan productions in the mean time, and believe me I am going to get to those one of these days, but for now let’s focus another editorial on a character that both the fandom and I like, but for completely different reasons. I’m talking about the most boastful, full of herself and clumsy unicorn out there, The Great and Powerful Trixie.
|Trixie stares in dumbfound shock when they tell her she's not appearing in Season 2.|
|Is this the face of boasting!? She's two seconds away from crying!|
|If you don't like it I'll have Seth's waifu to exile you out of my blog!|
|The Great and Powerful Trixie does not trust points.|
This is only made clearer when Twilight says that Trixie is not like how she used to be, that she’s going from boastful and annoying to mean and nasty. The reveal of the book only cements that the corruption of the Amulet will end up engulfing Trixie if they don’t do something about it. Trixie isn't exactly a victim here, after all she’s the one who put the amulet on, but she’s not really evil either. She’s just stupid, like we all are when we get angry and we don’t think straight. She has a silver lining of goodness to herself, and that’s evident towards the end of the episode.
|I'm a woobie, I swear, pwease, wub me!|
|Just saying, the Mane Six now have these two guys (possibly) joining their ranks. I don't think having your old nemesis join forces with you can be a bad thing.|
But I think that’s where my disconnect with the majority of the fanbase comes from. I don’t like Trixie because she’s loud, obnoxious and boastful. I like her because she’s clumsy, she admits her mistakes, and she shows room for improvement on her flaws. That’s why when I talk to other bronies and Trixie comes up in the conversation I always come across as the type of guy who hates Trixie. I don’t, far from it! But their reasons to love her are my reasons to hate her, and their reasons to hate her are my reasons to love her. I have yet to meet someone who shares my opinion on the character, and it’s really hard for me to exercise it when every now and then Sethisto makes a post on Equestria Daily about how Great and Powerful Trixie is (not).
Maybe that’s why I stay away from most of what the
fandom produces when it comes to certain characters. I have the feeling that I
wouldn't appreciate Trixie as much as I do if I only focused on how screeching,
annoying, hateful, nasty, bitter and evil some fan made productions portray her.
She has the potential to be all those things, though. Hell, every character in
the show has the potential to be evil! I used to read fanfics, very well written ones, where Twilight turned insane and killed all her friends! But in the end what matters is what we
focus on. If you want to focus on what makes a character evil, then perfect. If you decide to focus on what makes a character good, then good too. I decide to focus on Trixie's good aspects, because that’s how I am, and I
find it surprising that the majority of the fandom focuses on some of her worst traits. I
think we all should do an exercise on focusing on the virtues of a character,
rather than obsessing with their flaws. Perhaps, in doing so, we will stop
using the term “Acting out of character”, a qualifier that I hate to use in any circumstance, but that I am forced to when we decide to accentuate the bad parts of someone instead of giving a fair amount of good and bad.
|Oh, yeah, I'm going to get to this one very soon, and it ain't going to be pretty.|
But, then again, this is just my opinion.