Yo. I was going through my gallery and noticed this drawing... It's not really that bad, but It could be helped. I took one step in helping it out by removing satanic Fluttershy from the image. It took a few seconds to delete her dumbass from the image, but it was worth the struggle. I may or may not re-do this image in pencil one day adding much more detail and a better pony to replace what once was Fluttershy.
Old entry description:
"One of the more difficult drawings I have ever made right here. It sure took a long while to complete, but worth it I guess (based on the attention it gets).
All drawn freehand in MS Paint with just looking off reference points to assure I was drawing the subjects correctly. I also colored it in MS Paint and deepened the colors in Paint.NET so it was easier to see."
If you have a problem with my harsh, descriptive words involving Fluttershy, I suggest you read this:
Let's throw cuteness out of the box (since obviously something being "cute" is a definite opinion based on looks, personality and character traits). Obviously all of the ponies have a general character construction when it comes to looks, it's nothing but the hair, eyes and accessories that vary overall.
Okay. Let's analyze the character development. Fluttershy is exactly what her name spells out, she's shy... and that's about it. Sure she's done a handful of things that supposedly "showed brave characteristics" but honestly, she only overlooked the danger because it was a animal in need of help. (I'm not saying helping animals is bad) On other occasions, Fluttershy does not speak up, she does not stand out, and she does not change.
Having a shy character is all fine and dandy but honestly, she needs developmental change. Let's use Applejack as a example for developmental change. There have been a few episodes where Applejack has lied and then come to par with her mistake, right? But take Fluttershy's episodes into hand. One episode she's learned to stand up and speak out and then the next one she's exactly the same again. Honestly, Fluttershy has not changed whatsoever because her character only revolves around being shy. Why can't she be shy and actually be a contributing member to the show's character cast? I mean seriously, this isn't opinion, this is factual information. I'm not saying she's bad because I don't like her colors, or her eyes or her ass-tattoo... I'm saying she's a poor character because she lacks in a very important thing:developmental change!
Alright, let's play another card. Applejack may not get much screentime (as mentioned earlier) but the screentime she does provide and teaches a much more valuable lesson for viewers (remember, this is a kids show so we have to incorporate the lessons for examples) What does Applejack do? She works. She shows viewers that sometimes in life you gotta saddle up and buckle down for the long haul to get shit done. You can't be a push-over, timid, & un-changeable to succeed, you have to stand up, speak your mind and tell the world you can do it.
What do I mean by all of that? Simple. Let's pretend Applejack and Fluttershy are applying for a job. (Not anything bias to either character) They are both applying for an assistant manager position for a chain of appliance sales locations.(Obviously they aren't ponies in this case, I just swapped their personas with humanization to make this example work)Since this is a chain, there is a higher-up authority that they have to sit down with and apply for the job with. They both fill out a application, list their current occupations along with talents/traits and work ethic (Which is all rather similar, just different environments they both grew up around).
So the top dog is looking over the two applications and he's like "Hmm... I'd have to have this ladies come in to talk with me before I make a final decision". He calls Fluttershy in first to convince him since the applications we very similar and both sounded as they could do the job.
Fluttershy sits down in the office with the big, burly business man sitting in front of her with a intimidating smile on his face. "Go ahead and tell me why you want to be assistant manager here at Ralph's Appliance Center!" he says. Fluttershy looks up with a timid look on her face and says; "Umm I guess I'd like to work here. I mean if that's okay with you.." The business man asks a few more questions and ends up sending her out without a sure answer since her still hadn't spoken with Applejack yet. He attempts to shake Fluttershy's hand on the way out but she was really scarce and backed away before he could.
The man calls Applejack in later that day. She comes in, sits down right in front of the same big, burly man and says;"What can I do you for today, sir?" The man acted surprised at her confidence and willing to assert herself and began to ask her the same set of questions. "Alright, go ahead and tell me why you want to be assistant manager here at Ralph's Appliance Center!" The man said with the same intimidating smile on his face.
"Well, I'd be a mighty-fine worker here, I've got what it takes to stand up and get what needs to be done finished without any hiccups. Plus, I'd always be willing to go above and beyond my duties." Said Applejack.
The man looked at her, stood up and shook her hand. Applejack gave the man a nice, firm, "I want to work for you" handshake. Guess who got the job? It's not bias, it's all based on character development the show has given us.
What's my point? Simple. You wouldn't want to hire someone who isn't assertive and not able to show proper initiative to finish a job. What good would they be to you if you did? They'd be stuck in the same old rut and never step outside of their listed duties to do anything else.
You are going to hire the guy (or girl) who walks in, looks you in the eye and says "What can I do for you?" Instead of saying "Yeah, ummm... if that's okay with you, I guess.." Life doesn't give handouts to those who don't stand up to make a change in who they are or at least try to better themselves. You gotta be the one out there sticking your foot in the door of opportunity, not hiding under the couch of cowardliness.
Fluttershy does not change nor try to better her excessive "Shyness". She knows it's a problem or she wouldn't have had all of her friends try to get her to fix it. She lacks in initiative and developmental change which doesn't make her a poor character by opinion, it makes her a poor character by factual information. If she showed progression, she'd be much better and likable.
Think about it. Without a difference in potential, nothing would progress and it would be boring. How so? Take a movie. How good would a movie be if we met all the characters and they sat on a couch for 90 minutes? We'd much rather prefer a movie that shows developmental change and has a difference in potential... Otherwise it'd be boring, right? Apply that concept with Fluttershy. (Along with the other examples listed.)
The fucking end, bitches.