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26th Aug 2021, 6:00 AM in Magical Mystery Cure
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Newbiespud 26th Aug 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
It sometimes strikes me how "normal" Applejack is among the Mane Six. An exceptional earth pony from a special blue-collar clan, sure, but that can seem pretty small compared to the magical prodigy, the record-setting athlete, the pillar of high society, the one-of-a-kind animal whisperer, and the physics- and social-norms-defying party pony.

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Discord 26th Aug 2021, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
At least it's not atrophy your fighting.
I wouldn't even send that to Tirak.
FanOfMostEverything 26th Aug 2021, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
Someone's got to be the sane one.

(Plus, there was that time she saved a group of archeologists from a boulder bigger than she was with just her hind legs. Normalcy is relative.)
Winged Cat 26th Aug 2021, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
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Let's not forget AJ's experience in selling goods. Merchants might seem like a support role, but "have a justified source for as much money as you need to fix this problem" is quite a support ability. (Granted, Twilight has occasional access to royal funds, but that's limited. AJ's wealth is always present - and perhaps more consistent than Rarity's.)
Ace 26th Aug 2021, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
and her speeches!

She was a daggum good speaker too
Pepperbrony 27th Aug 2021, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
I feel like Rarity just might be a better salespony than AJ, actually. Consider: she ran her clothing store successfully enough that she was able to afford to open a second location in the capital, despite the slight handicap of situating her clothes store in what amounts to (let's be honest here) a nudist colony.
Forum Explorer 26th Aug 2021, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
I used to think that too. Until Applejack beat a Chimera using a chair, some cheese, and some good boots in order to deliver a pie.

If anything, Rarity is the normal one.
Georgie_Leech 26th Aug 2021, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
She does have that whole "can rejigger a persons outfit to be fabulous in 10 seconds or so" thing that she does with magic, mind you. You know, a flurry of scissors and fabric and what not engulfs the pony in a tornado of fashion and they come out looking all fancy.
Space Jawa 26th Aug 2021, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Sometimes "Normal" has a value all its own.
Eroraf 26th Aug 2021, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, about that... I can crack an egg in less than a second. How long do you think it would take to un-crack it?
Guest 26th Aug 2021, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
What's the difference between un-cracking an egg and making a new un-cracked egg? What does it mean to have "the same" egg as before?
FieryVictoryStar 26th Aug 2021, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
There is no diference,object "identity"(I mean the concept that something is "the same thing" that it was 5 min ago) is just a leaky abstraction over how the universe actually works.
But anyway that doesn't really have much to do whith how hard it actually is.

Fixing a farm is not like fixing an egg, sure it's harder for the same reason, but not to the same extent, you can just like replant the apple trees and hope chaos handwave makes them grow faster or something.
Ariamaki 26th Aug 2021, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
I think there's definitely something to be said about being 'exceptionally normal'. Applejack is vanilla but she's *strongly* vanilla, a clear standout note in the background hum. Still back there, but doing its thing with aplomb. Apple-omb. W/e.
albedoequals1 26th Aug 2021, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
Applejack is the normal pony in the Mane 6 in the same way as Batman is the normal member of the Justice League.

I like "pick a fight with entropy" I'll have to use that somewhere
Digo 27th Aug 2021, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, but without the good writing for her episodes.
Xiaber 27th Aug 2021, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
There's always gotta be a control in the group.
Cliff_Robotnik 30th Aug 2021, 4:19 AM edit delete reply
My Princess:The Hopeful (Magucal girl WOD fanbook)campaign was functionally about ballet shoes fighting Entropy(The Darkness), actually...

Long story short, it was The Magical Boy with the Spear of Destiny that killed the victim on The Moon.

Forcing Entropy into remission for the first time since reality started... Sending the timeline down a new path that doesn't lead to my version of WH40K... In part due to recent behaviors I really disagree with.

Imagine a gay shirtless Kaman Rider with Hamon, a DJ in Frieza's hover pod if it was pimped out by vinyl scratch, a secret agent in a tux and a gun(not a Magical person, he was their government liaison, his special power was Resources 6.), a extremely buff tsundere girl childhood friend of the first one whoms reaction to his coming out party was steroids and gay bashing(she got better), a Mascot that was born from H.R Giegers nightmares(but was no less helpful), a literal serial killer with good intentions(I CAN NOT even get into Tristan right now, he has become the best kind of meme with the bullshit lies he's pulled off), a psychic detective turned Magical Robodetective, his Frankenstien'd formerly deceased Partner-girlfriend, and a paranoid psychiatrist from the 80s restoring the fabled Longinus, empowered by the blood of jesus(the first Onceborn Hopeful since The Fall), going to the moon to fight a ancient fallen King from the Golden Kingdom who has become the source of all satan figures in culture, whom has been consumed by the Heart of Darkness, only to break the staff, repair it with A CERTAIN FLAGPOLE up on the moon, and literally vanquish the Incarnation of Entropy with it.

On the moon.

Cookie to whoever can guess which three of those were NPCs, the rest were PCs. ( : : )