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14th May 2019, 6:00 AM in School Raze
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Newbiespud 14th May 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Man, it's a little hard for me to admit, but Cozy Glow might be my favorite villain in the entire series. And that might be purely because I have a soft spot for psychological trickery and confidence games. I'm with Starlight on this one.

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Digo Dragon 14th May 2019, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I might have to rewatch this scene from the show, but Sandbar's case file got thrown in the trash too despite being a pony, yeah?
Cygnia 14th May 2019, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
For giving "comfort & aid to the enemy"/"traitorous sympathies" probably.
Borg 14th May 2019, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
I love Cozy because her plan is just so batshit. Who but a tween (or thereabouts) would permanently drain all the magic from Equestria in order to trap her teachers in Tartarus in order to take over the school in order to rule as the Empress of Friendship? It's so gloriously excessive!

Still, she's only my second-favorite; none could ever unseat Chryssy.
Crisis 14th May 2019, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
So a hardline member of the government forcibly takes over a school for the dubiously express purpose of harrassing/discrediting certain students who attend it?

...I've seen this plot before.
Gamemaster80 14th May 2019, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Well it's not just that. It was racism and isolationism in it's purest form. This character felt all of Equestria was for Pony's only, and hated the idea of non-pony races being on their land, let alone a school catering to them. He felt teaching them the magic of friendship was going to give them the weapon necessary to overthrown their kingdom and way of life.

It was very on the nose compared to other grown up themes the show had. Heck, even the episode about Rainbow's turtle going into hibernation took me about half way through the episode to realize what they were really touching on, and I lost a pet before.
Matiekay_13 14th May 2019, 9:02 AM Weaponized friendship?? edit delete reply
... I'm honestly not sure how teaching people to make friends would equate to giving weapons to your *enemies*. Sure, Friendship magic is super powerful in the show... but the students are also befriending each other at the same time. Even if they were secret spies or something when they came in, they'd have to be Assimilated into the Friendship Borg in order to learn the magic of Friendship, so anyone good enough at Friendship Magic to use it in a meaningful way would also be a *friend*.
Gamemaster80 14th May 2019, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
It doesn't have to make sense. That was his exact wording. "You're teaching them the power of friendship! They could use that magic against us!"

Not word for word, but that is what he was saying. Is it logical? Of course not. But he's a bigot pure and simple. It doesn't have to be logical or even possible.
Valtharr 14th May 2019, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
I mean, it makes sense that it doesn't make sense. The guy's a bigot, so obviously he doesn't *actually* understand the Magic of Friendship besides "it's powerful." It makes sense that someone with beliefs like him would not understand what makes it powerful, or hell, what it even really *is.*
Digo Dragon 14th May 2019, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yup, that it does. Since friendships do manifest as powerful magical effects, someone who doesn't understand it would think it could be weaponized.
Jennifer 14th May 2019, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
It CAN be weaponized.

Just not on command, or without the help of *true* friendship.
Digo Dragon 15th May 2019, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well, okay, weaponized as in used to harm someone. The magic of Friendship generally works as a defensive or re-balancing kind of effect. It never actually hurts anyone when it gets used.
Winged Cat 15th May 2019, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
It makes about as much sense as it does IRL, even without friendship being literally magic.

"But but but, it's THEM, not US! THEY can never be US! THEY must always want to replace/enslave/destroy US, just because THEY are not US."

This gets applied even to things like teaching diplomacy - in other words, literally teaching how to make friends, because then they will make friends and people could then make friends with people who are not us.

As Gamemaster80 said, it isn't logical, but it is how many paranoid bigots think. (Which is a fact that should be taught more widely, so when people catch themselves thinking this way, they can realize that's just paranoia talking and stop doing it.)
jdb1984 15th May 2019, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
Though Tank came back. Your pet didn't.
Mystic Seer 14th May 2019, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, Neighsay may look like Snape but in terms of plans and motivations, he's more like Umbridge.
RuBoo 27th Nov 2019, 7:41 PM edit delete reply
...I hate Cozy Glow...