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This is pretty much a defense for Rainbow Dash. Like I said, I am not asking everyone to love her. I just want people to respect her. It's just how she is and that's what makes her like a real life person...

Rainbow Dash (c) Lauren Faust
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Rainbow123451101 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I luv dashie she's my fav pony, unfortunatly, my friend(I wont say her name) Said that she's a bragger, and also says that in rainbow rocks she's the worst for bragging. I really hate that, we had this big fight, thank god we finally got over it, But what you said was so true. It's not Rainbow dash's fault that she gets more episodes than others. It's just, so mean where lots of people put crap about her. ;(
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ElwisFromPoland Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
I wish, I so much wish, people who hate on her would look at this, read it all, and think a little about all the hate they got for Dashie.

Unfortunately, this won't change the fact there's so much horrible hate crap about her already on the internet.
Let's just be honest - at this moment, she's some sort of "face of the fandom", if not of the entire show. She's my fav pony as well, yet I'm not saying I don't care about other ponies, no. I like also Applejack and Rarity, to be honest here. Still, she's so popular, there's a chance that anti-fans may even recognize her.
Thus, it makes her usually the victim of all sorts of hate stuff, that is made aganist the show, and/or fandom.
And what's the best part of all of it? (that is not something nice at all) When some of the really ignoramus bronies/fans make all sorts of hate crap themselfs aganist her, using the knowed excuses, as the reasons why they are making her look bad.
Not only I think it's stupid, but it's also the waste of time and talent. Sometimes, when I look at that "art", I think the quote "Love And Tolerance" just died a long time ago. Which makes me really sad.

Nevertheless, I do agree with what you have just write down here. You did a good job.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I do agree with you. It's pretty sad.
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WinterMoon95 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I Agree with this so much! 
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Lyakar Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Thank you!  I love Rainbow, with her being my second favorite character, and I realize not everyone's going to like her.  I have met plenty of people who dislike Dash, but they're still respectful, and I see where they're coming from.  However, I have met way too many Rainbow haters who are obnoxious, whiny, or bring up very faulty logic, often mis-characterizing Rainbow Dash, blowing things out of proportion, or getting upset over things other characters are just as guilty of.

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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mhm. If you look down, you will see a prime example of an immature hater.
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GySGtGibbs Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate her because:

She's a bully.

She's a narcissist.

She is poorly voiced.

She's bitchy.

She's arrogant.

And I identify with her. I hate identifying with a character that I hate.

G3 Rainbow Dash is superior in every way except for her cutie mark.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay. That's your opinion. And I don't see her in you. Because she's way more friendly. And its clearly obvious you didn't bother to read this. Just to say you hate her and say lies about her and compare her to a completely different character. Thank you for your time. C:
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GySGtGibbs Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Obviously, you're not watchinf My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. Its obvious you are not watching it. If what you said about Dash was true, she wouldn't be a part of the cast. Yes she's brash but she has shown to be a loyal and caring friend. If you can't see that, then that's not my problem. I explained why in this essay she doesn't deserve any hate. And once again, you clearly ignored my reasons just to bluntly go you hate her to try to pissed me off. Its not working. Have a nice day. C:
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GySGtGibbs Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like your really contradicting yourself when you say that you "respect that not everybody likes her" and yet jump at me because I stated why I hate her.

Like her, your being hypocritical.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. You were being rude and acted like I should hate her too. I was simply telling you why. Thank you for this lovely conversation. C:
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GySGtGibbs Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wrong. I just said why I hate her. You jumped down my throat.
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Rainbow123451101 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If you really hate dashie, get out of here now. Some people love her, you might not like her, but I do, so dont say things like that again.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You were the one who came here bluntly and rudely stating your opinion. Did you expect me to just take it lightly? No.

If you had said: "I don't agree with essay for I still don't like Dash. But I see what you are trying to do and I respect your opinion." I would be fine with it. But you were rude about your reasons. So yes, you should have known I was going to get defensive on my own essay.
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tifzhe299 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a GINORMOUS fan of RD, I don't really see much fan art of her, just mostly Twi and Flutters, besides, what's wrong with her being the reason her friends got their CMs? Sure she pokes fun at the other ponies, the others poked fun at her in MMDW, Read it and Weep, and so on. Man the only writer who I think is nice is MA Larson. SHE gets more show time and more episodes, what the **** is WRONG with you people? Twi gets the episodes and AJ gets the show time! The bronies and pegasisters must all be idiots
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TheCharleyJay Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Thank you, ColorSplashArts, for being a Dash fan who DOESN'T go absolutely up-the-wall insane whenever we say something bad about her.

I don't think Dash is as overrated as she is overhyped. People talk about her EVERYWHERE regarding ponies. Since she's the "cool" one who defies little girl cartoon characters, she stands out in our brony culture. But a lot of her fans don't shut their traps about how inferior all the others are, if they bother to talk about them at all. Dash isn't the only one who deserves attention, you guys. Besides, where would we be if there were no other characters for her to be a rude-ass to? lol.

I respect your love for Rainbow Dash; I like her too. She has plenty of good qualities, and lord knows the others have flaws. It's Dash's rabid fans who drive me crazy, and I'm sick of people enjoying the crap that gets dumped upon Twilight, Rarity, etc and pitying Dash whenever something bad in the slightest happens to her. This applies to Fluttershy as well....say one bad thing about her and you get death threats. And just saying, Dash was my favorite in Season 1 and Fluttershy was my favorite in Season 2. Ironic.

Again, thanks for not being one of the rabid fans. Rabid in a bad way, I mean. For the record, since Dash has the most controversy regarding her orientation (officially asexual ATM; come on you guys, it's a kid's cartoon =P), I'd like to say that I'm cool with her being a lesbian. Even though it's a horrible stereotype, Dash is a good role model in ways and it would be forward thinking to have a non-straight character in a cartoon. Also, I'm a lesbian so I guess it just makes me feel less lonely. :c
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD thanks. Yeah I try to be fair. To be honest I love all the ponies even Applejack even though she is my least fav. But I try to be fair. C:

I don't think RD is gay. Sure I enjoy Flutterdash but ya know. :shrug: But thanks again. ^^
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TheCharleyJay Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I try to be fair too. The characters that really bother me tend to be the the ones who've proven themselves jerks with little respite. I don't like Diamond Tiara, and Trixie drives me up the wall--how is she so popular? At least she admitted to making stuff up, but still. Scootaloo is another one low on my list, although she's not quite so grating.

Fair enough. I think she'd be rather cute with Fluttershy, Pinkie or Applejack. That's another thing that confuses me, even though it's not particularly Dash related. When people think of homosexual ships, they tend to think....well, a tad more than PG if you know what I mean. Not saying that's where you're going, because it doesn't sound like it. I just don't get it when people automatically assume it whenever it's a case of two girls or two guys.
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NonnyFox Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Faving this because Rainbow Dash is my favorite of the ponies. I don't hate the other ponies though. As a whole I like the cartoon, back during the 80s they had MLP aimed only at girls. With the new cartoon they seemed to have aimed at a general audience.
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
There are things I like about Rainbow Dash. The only things overrated about her I understand are unrealistic, dogmatic opinions, ideas and/or drawings of her that are a hundred times worse.
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amazingguy109 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Dashie will always be 20% cooler than any pony
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ipwntehnoobs Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i honestly used to think dash was the main character before i watched the show, and the first episode i jumped into was halfway through fall weather friends, which essentially made me hate her so much. until i actualy watched the first episode and was like "OMFGWTFBBQ!!!!!! WHEN IN THE HOLY HECK WAS TWILIGHT IMPORTANT!?!?!"
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MJNSEIFER Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
I agree with this, and would like to thank you for writing this. For the first reason, I like Dash, and don't like the over the top hate she's getting lately. Secondly, I think all of the main/mane ponies deserve every fan they have, and hate it when people say any of them are overrated (which is an overused term anyway to me.) Thank you for writing this defence, I get that Dash has her flaws, but like you say, so do all the other ponies. I think people focus on her flaws too much.

I especially want to draw attention to point #3 - I really hate how people use that episode as a reason to hate on Dashie - that episode is actually my favorite episode, I really loved it how all six ponies were destined to be friends, and how they all got their cutie marks from the same event. I hate how people think that they were trying to single out Dash that's not what they were doing, the point was the all got their marks from the same event, how it happened is only part of the story.

Anyway thanks for this, she needs it at the moment.
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mrtrolololol91 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I don't hate Rainbow Dash. I don't. I actually like her. Very relatable, very realistic, very believable. She has dreams and ambitions like every normal person, and she strives to achieve them like every normal person. Though she can be annoying at times, she is true to her Element of Harmony: Loyalty; she will not abandon her friends in their time of need. I like her.

It's the obnoxious fans that piss me the fuck off. Sure every character in the show is gonna have an annoying fanbase, but Dash fans are the absolute worst. Like you said, their responses to this kind of argument are stupid and shallow, which is grounds for a punch in the face or a kick to the balls. They praise her like she's the pony equivalent of Jesus Christ, which is also grounds for the outcome I've mentioned. They even go as far as to hate other characters (Applejack comes to mind; hasn't she suffered enough?), and THAT is pushing it.

To boot, these pompous Dash fans are most likely the same people who take their time off to totally trash websites about My Little Pony generations prior to Gen 4/FiM. It's like they have no respect or, at the very least, a frame of reference of what the My Little Pony franchise originally was like.

Guess what? Fuck you, you bunch of pompous, stuck-up fucks. I don't care if you adore a fictional character; that's actually perfectly fine with me, as is disliking a fictional character. This might be completely hypocritical, but what isn't perfectly fine with me is being complete douchebags and proclaiming "Oh, she's the best! Your argument's invalid!" or "Durr! You spelled Rainbow Dash wrong! Hurr Durr!" or "That ain't Rainbow Dash! Kill it with fire!"

Again, this isn't about Rainbow Dash herself. It's the fanbase that grates my nerves that I'm talking about. Because of them, it's become much harder for me to like her as a whole, let alone her fans who aren't hardcore advocates for her because they end up being grouped along with the pain-in-the-ass fans.

Other than that, this is a great argument. You raise so many good points here, most of which I already know and have taken to heart anyway but I'm sure will get through to others who don't know. You actually get my respect for not speaking out of your ass and taking the time to actually think about your argument. It's refreshing to see a Rainbow Dash fan LEGITIMATELY represent her, and that's saying something.

Peace.
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TheCharleyJay Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Your second and fifth paragraphs are how I feel about rabid fans.
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TheCharleyJay Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
"pony equivalent of Jesus Christ"

I think there is something horribly wrong with that fact that I describe her rabid fans in this way too. =P
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah...the fans of Rainbow can be just as bad. So I know... ^^; I mean love Rainbow. But I try to remain loyal to the other ponies too. I mean, even though AJ is considered my least fav out of the mane 6, that doesn't mean I really dislike her. I mean, all the eps that she's stared in, I loved them! There are times that I do love Applejack. ^^

So thanks for your comment. ^^ I did not want to give the impression that I want everyone to love RD. It's fine if they don't like her because well...she can get annoying. :shrug: so yeah. Thanks!
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christinemz Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Nice and valid arguments! No-pony of the show should be hated! My personal favorite is Applejack, but I don't go around bashing out other ponies!

I think every Rainbow Dash hater should come and read this. Their jaw would drop, I can just see it! :D
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ZeroGZ Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Yes, thank you.
I'm going to link this to any Rainbow Dash haters.

If I get a TL;DR, then that means they refuse to listen to reason and just wanna listen to their own mentally challenged mind.
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someponydotty Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
I love this, what you wrote! My favorite ponies are Applejack and Rainbow Dash. My opinion, I don't think anypony in the show is overrated. My friends all hate Rainbow Dash because she is boastful and she brags a lot, but isn't it simply because of RD's character? As you mentioned above, yes, she was bullied as a young filly, so yeah, she's trying to prove her awesomeness to everyone now.

As for her being stubborn, actually, have you noticed that Applejack and some other ponies are stubborn? Remember the time Applejack was like, "I don't need help from NO PONY!" to Big Macintosh? Basically ALL of the mane six have a bad quality.

Rarity can seem stuck-up and posh at the beginning, Applejack can be stubborn, Fluttershy can be annoyingly shy at times, Rainbow Dash can be boastful and Pinkie Pie can get way too jumpy and happy all the time, and it can be annoying.
But then they all have good points to their personality, taking over the bad qualities.

I think Rainbow Dash is a brave pony. But she is as every other pony; they all have bad qualities and good qualities. Just like every human being.

Overall, I think what you wrote was very well-written and I applaud you for it! Well done :)
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GhostlyReader Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Very well constructed. Very detailed. RD is in my top 3 faves, but even if someone was hating on, say, Rarity, I'd be annoyed.

Your point about people being immature is probably the most obvious and truthful. Seriously; if you don't like her, then just don't watch her episodes, or make fanart of the others, or commission it, etc.

So... yeah; great job...

IDK. I'm not used to critiquing... ^_^;
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Linzerj Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...Wow.
I need to get out more. I didn't realize there were these big issues with the ponies.
But this was a brilliant defense. Great job in making it.
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Mid-Knight-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you so much for doing this. Rainbow Dash is my top fave MLP charater, so I just want to say...thank you so much.:aww:
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Mew-Universe Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Writer
One thing to add to your argument: A lot of people don't like her because she's the FOCUS of more episodes than most other ponies. While Applejack does show up in more episodes overall, RD has been getting more spotlight time.

But yes, kudos to you for stating your opinion! :D She's not my top fav pony, but she is a good character :)
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Lazygirl440 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They either call her overrated or a lesbian. Witch its pretty stupid since they're only saying it because she has rainbow hair! But anyway you made some really good points ^_^
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ErikaDaniel98 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really. I have few reasons why I could call her a lesbian or even bisexual mare.
1. The mane.
2. The personality.(I know it's just a stereotype, but it's still valid.)
3. I heard at least two lesbians state the RD-is-lesbian/bisexual thing can be said to be valid.
Though I'm not implying it's canon or something.
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tifzhe299 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's a tomboy! Do you even know what that means?
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Lazygirl440 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can call her whatever you want but to me those reasons don't seem valid to me :shrug: I dunno your opinion not mine.
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ipwntehnoobs Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I agree, because if that was the case than i would be gay because i had long hair with blond streaks at one point in my life
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ^^
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Sevault Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Sorry, but this is a poorly constructed argument. The sentence structure is sloppy, the points are repetitive, some of the arguments you make simply don't make sense, and the logic is simply illogical. You misunderstand what the term "overrated" means - it means that people like something more than it deserves. I believe the Black Eyed Peas are overrated because, from my point of view, they have very little artistic talent, and their songs have no depth, yet they have far more fans than many more deserving bands. The same can be applied to Rainbow Dash. Saying that we can't dislike her for her popularity is like saying we can't dislike the Black Eyed Peas - sure, it's not their fault that they are so popular, but the more we have to listen to them, the less we want to.
That said, you glossed over the main reason some people dislike her. Personally, the reason she's not my favorite pony is that, for lack of a better word, she's kind of a butt. She's selfish to the point of being rude, she doesn't hold respect for almost anything, and in nearly every episode she stars in, SHE is the main problem of the episode. It's not that I don't like her - on the contrary, I think her design, voice, and situational humor make her a fantastic character - it's just that she's far more grating than, say, Fluttershy.
Some of your arguments aren't supported. You claim that it's ok that Rainbow pokes fun at Twilight because that's just how she is. Well, isn't "how she is" the main reason to dislike somebody? I think it's fine to play jokes and such, but if someone doesn't feel that way, saying that it's just the way they are is a terrible retort. In the same vein, claiming that we have to like a character just because they are a main character is just idiotic. I'm not even going to go into detail there.
However, you make one strong point: it isn't good for a brony to not love and tolerate Rainbow Dash. They should be able to voice their opinions, they should be able to prefer other characters - heck, I think we should be able to call her "worst pony" all day long - but we still have to embrace her as part of the fandom. You can dislike her all you want, but when you begin to be rude to other people because of their liking of Rainbow Dash, it's gone too far. Say what you want, but don't hurt anybody.

Holy HECK that was a long post. Sorry about the negativity, I'm just trying to help you make your essay better.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also about this:

I believe the Black Eyed Peas are overrated because, from my point of view, they have very little artistic talent, and their songs have no depth, yet they have far more fans than many more deserving bands. The same can be applied to Rainbow Dash. Saying that we can't dislike her for her popularity is like saying we can't dislike the Black Eyed Peas - sure, it's not their fault that they are so popular, but the more we have to listen to them, the less we want to.

I'm afraid that's just kind of bad comparsion because what's stopping you from not listening to them? I mean you say they overrated? Then do not look them up or anything.

Also some the points you state like Rainbow is a butt is kind of poor as well. Like I said, just because of who she is doesn't mean people have to hate her for it. She has flaws like the other ponies do. It's the same thing with people going that Rarity is a shallow bitch who loves fashion. From what you stand, we might as well state Rainbow is an athletic bitch who hates her friends. Which is not true. Hating a character for their flaws is kind of a downer and I tend to overlook that. That's what I'm trying to get at here.

And this is my first written defense anyway.
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Sevault Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Sorry for being so negative, I'm a way bigger butt than rainbow could ever be. It's my job to be really harsh. Don't let me discourage you, this is a good start.

That said, my aim with the Black Eyed Peas analogy is that, if I want to listen to the radio, I have to listen to them - they are too common to avoid. That makes me resent them. The same goes for people who don't like RD.

My main issue with the argument is that you say we can't dislike her for her flaws. If we can't judge somebody because of their flaws, how can we judge them? That's like asking us to like - not tolerate, but genuinely enjoy - everything in life, which is wildly unrealistic. I'm an optimistic guy, and I actually do love every character in the show, but hating someone for who they are is the ONLY reason to hate somebody. I agree with many points - I don't think it makes sense to dislike her - but you're coming on too strong and insisting that we aren't allowed to dislike her, or anything, and I disagree with that.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
K. I am sorry for stating that we can't dislike her because her flaws. I wasn't trying to imply that. I will try better.
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for honest opinions. I did try to write out a defense like everyone else did. You might want to let the others who wrote defenses about Rarity and Celestia about this as well.
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seanbot007 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I just don't understand arguments about stuff like this. I have always said that there is not a single pony that
isn't likeable in one way shape or form.

Rainbow isn't overrated. she's just very relatable too a majority of the male fanbase

plus this isn't the kind of thing us bronies need to be getting into argument's and fight's
over, remember love and tolerate
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know...but a bunch of bronies love to hate and forget the love and tolerate...so I wrote this.
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