Being that both my partner and I like and watched the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and being that were are two kinds of the same people, we love to theorize. After almost every episode, we’ll have something new to talk about, whether it be about specific characters or wide-spanning elements. This blog will be about the latter. Specifically, about cutie marks.
Cutie marks, in case you don’t know, are the symbols that appear on the outer thigh or flank of each pony around adolescence, when they discover their important talent. This talent can be everything from music to magic and anything in between. Every pony, by the time they are an adult (as far as we can tell), will discover their talent and get their cutie mark. In fact, there is a group of young fillies in the show known as the Cutie Mark Crusaders who have formed a club devoted to trying new things and coming up with schemes to get their cutie marks. (Here, cutie marks are kind of a symbol of growing up. It’s something that’s highly sought after as a symbol of superiority and pride, which is why they’re so adamant about getting their cutie marks.)
But how do cutie marks operate? Here’s where our wild speculation comes in.
In Equestria, and the greater world in which it resides, magic is a force of nature, just like gravity or magnetism. Some locations are imbued with more magic than others, such as the various locations in the Everfree Forest. Ponies with horns (unicorns) have been shown to be able to harness magic to complete all manner of spells. However, they are not the only creatures to use magic. All Changelings can use magic, and to a much greater degree than most ponies. Zecora, a zebra, has been shown to create potions and spells from the flora and fauna of the area, utilizing magic in different ways. However, normal earth ponies, as well as winged ponies (pegasi), are typically viewed as not being able to use magic.
It’s possible, however, that this is not entirely true. It’s evident that unicorns can harness and store magic quite efficiently, but many pegasi and earth ponies have been able to do very unusual feats as well (such as Rainbow Dash’s sonic rainboom and Pinkie Pie’s, well, everything). So, I present the case that unicorns (and alicorns) are not the sole harbors of magical energy. It is simply the case that they present the greatest affinity with magic on average.
In this system of affinity, magic is not a force shut off to some ponies, but easily available to others. It is the case that each individual pony, being affected by many factors, can harness different kinds and amounts of magic. Ponies who are not unicorns (who would naturally have a high affinity of magic regardless), and whose talents and background do not belay magic (say, Applejack), probably have a very low affinity. At the most, they may be able to sense areas of higher than normal magic, but have little potential for harnessing the force. Those with a high affinity to magic (such as Twilight Sparkle), cannot only sense and harness magic, but can put it to great effect.
But then comes in the question of what kind of affinity. Some ponies are obviously better at some forms of magic than others. Zecora can produce potions and brews (along with being effective at parlor magic, which doesn’t actually harness the energy), but has never been seen doing other kinds. Rarity is skilled at levitation and manipulation, but has never been seen controlling plant life or changing the forms of animals.
Back to the point of cutie marks, they present a strange problem: Are they a form of pre-destiny?
My answer would be no.
Some posit that if a pony has a certain talent which will eventually be their cutie mark, then this talent is inherent in them from birth. If a pony will be good at painting, it will not matter if they are brought up without ever picking up a brush. But, because of the fact that cutie marks do not appear until adolescence, I would present that most have it backwards.
It’s not the cutie mark that causes the talent, it’s the talent that causes the cutie mark! It’s not that a pony is waiting to find the secret talent of its hidden mark, but that in trying new things and discovering what is enjoyable and fun to them, or what they are good at, the cutie mark is then determined.
Another point against this comes with the fact that most seem not to understand the very nature of the cutie mark in Equestian society. Some have pondered over whether cutie marks can change, which is something I really don’t have an opinion on at the moment, because it’s possible the pony may not like what they are good at. There are plenty of things individuals may be skilled in that they do not particularly enjoy, so being sentenced via cutie mark to do this for all eternity would seem terrible!
Except, a cutie mark is not at all a sentence. In fact, let’s look at Pinkie Pie as an example.
Pinkie Pie’s talent would probably be described as throwing parties. However, she does not work at a party store, nor is she an event host! Now, she’s not the perfect example because she loves to throw parties, but she works at a bakery. She’s doing something quite different from her talent, and she’s not being chastised for it.
However, this also presents us with an interesting point about alicorns, which will be my final point.
Alicorns, I would say, are the exception to the way cutie marks work. They are, most likely, predestined. Celestia and Luna did not grow up trying new things until they learned their talents would be to rule over the sun and moon. Cadence did not grow up wondering if she was the royal of the Crystal Kingdom. They were destined to take on these roles as alicorns, as royalty, and therefore, I would say, they were likely born with their cutie marks.
Take an example of the queen bee. Queen bees begin as a normal egg, but are laid into special cells called queen cups, and are fed royal jelly as a larva before becoming a real adult bee. While other workers may hatch and do a variety of tasks (like looking for pollen, tending to the young, or defending the hive), queen bees are born only to be queens and to perpetuate the hive. In the same respect, alicorns would come into the world only having one specific destiny: to rule over their respected element. While it’s unfortunate and problematic in a moral sense, alicorns must accept the fate given to them to perpetuate the pony world, just as the queen bee is fated to lay eggs for the entirety of her life. It is a necessary evil.
These have just been a few of my theories that I’ve managed to tie together. I have others, such as why Twilight specifically was chosen to be Celestia’s student, but I’ll leave those for another day.
I would bet you any amount of money that the same people who are basically shutting down all these NSFW pony blogs were up in arms against SOPA.
Oh, so it’s only a bad thing when what you liked was being threatened?
So I was on Facebook earlier, and some pages I liked posted cosplay photos.
The first was at a pony photoshoot, and had a royalty shot. All of the cosplays looked pretty good, and a few of them looked amazing.
All the comments complained how fat and ugly the cosplayers were, or even some of the people in the background at the shoot.
Another picture was posted of girls cosplaying the mane six. A couple of the cosplays looked decent, but they lacked horns, had cheap wings, and all of them showed way too much skin for their character.
But everyone commented on how great they were as cosplayers because they were skinny.
And people ask me why I’m afraid to cosplay.
Edit: Herp, didn’t allow replies on the last one.I feel like doing some sketch/flats requests, so here goes!
Things I’ll do:
- Pokemon (e.g. specific pokemon, pokesonas, ocs)
- Ponies (e.g. specific characters, concept characters, ponysonas, ocs)
- Furries (e.g. anthros any species, anthro characters, fursonas)
- Non-Anthro Animals (specific animals, mythical creatures, animal OCs, or other characters as animals)
You’re welcom to submit multiple requests or ideas, and it is in fact encouraged! I probably won’t get to all of them, but the more interesting the request or idea, the more likely I will do it. Also, any requests of OCs or sonas will require links to reference.
So, what do you want?
Futanari pony under the break (Nightmare moon!)
Cracked my knuckled wrong yesterday and now it’s hurting even worse today so I taped up the finger that hurts. Hopefully it’s just being a butt and isn’t an actual injury because I have con soon and I can’t walk around with a cast or a brace on. Only good thing is that it’s on my non-drawing hand and I can still type fine.
I also had a weird dream where the Mane cast of MLP had turned into humans and were living with a young man who used to be a marine in a house where it was sectioned and rented like in Coraline. They kicked me out to have a party and I was really sad so I went to another tenant who was looking after the various piercings I don’t have.
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