Page 957 - Etiquette of Contempt

7th Sep 2017, 6:00 AM in The Best Night Ever, Part 1
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Etiquette of Contempt
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Newbiespud 7th Sep 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
It begs the question: What kind of upbringing led this Prince, a nephew of Celestia who has been shown to be laid-back and hooves-off to a fault, to hysterically scream about apple fritters being too "common" for him?

There are moments where "It's just a cartoon" and then there are moments where "Hey, wait a minute..."

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Digo Dragon 7th Sep 2017, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
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What kind of upbringing? Probably one where Blueblood has gotten served all his meals by lavish fancy chefs of specific classical cuisine. He got spoiled, big time.
Evilbob 7th Sep 2017, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
Naw. You can eat lavish fancy meals of specific classical cuisine and be spoiled your entire life and still enjoy good food that's "common fare".

You'd need to specifically think that anything "common" is "beneath you" for whatever reason...
evilauthor 7th Sep 2017, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
Or he's paranoid about being CAUGHT eating "common fare" because his title is an empty formality and he knows it. Blue Blood is afraid that if he gets caught eating commoner food, people will start thinking that he really is a commoner. Which is not helped by his only claim to noble status being an empty title that only has as much status as ponies think it has.
Theory 8th Sep 2017, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Well... There is always the mad theories....

A) It was a changeling disguised as Blue Blood

B) He was acting poorly to make Rarity and other mares that are after the 'perfect prince nephew of Celestia' instead of Blueblood, the pony
Archone 11th Sep 2017, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
Probably one where Blueblood found himself being accosted by, and this is putting it delicately... gold diggers, even while he was still a colt?

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Rarity. But let's face it, she was there specifically to meet and capture the heart of a handsome prince. Not Blueblood the stallion, not Blueblood the person that she knew anything about, but Blueblood the wealthy prince whom she had never met before and knew nothing about, except his appearance and the fact that he was a wealthy aristocrat.

Rarity really was in the wrong there.
Dusk Raven 13th Sep 2017, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
It wouldn't surprise me if much of Canterlot high society is like that.

Although I still think Blueblood's behavior is specifically to drive away Rarity. Note how he only objects to the apple fritters et al after he tries one, despite having had several seconds to look over the food. But, it's also after Applejack established herself as a friend of Rarity's. Thus, if Blueblood is dismissive of Rarity's friend's cooking, perhaps she'll leave him alone...
Rastaba 7th Sep 2017, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
Celestia is a laid back princess yes. Doesn't mean all those noble sorts of canterlot are with some such as the prince I would guess taking pride in distinguishing themselves from the 'common' caste by their diets and lifestyles. Simply to make themselves feel superior because they are however distantly related to their Princess God-monarch. Raised in such an environment, Blue Blood is a privileged jerkwad who is perhaps willfully ignorant to how he isn't that special.
MissFinefeather 7th Sep 2017, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
Actually, he was supposed to be a Duke, but hasbro didn't think kids knew what one of those were. I believe the official stance now is that he's only distantly related and the "nephew" relation is only with a dozen or so greats in front of it.

My theory is he's a descendent of the Unicorn King of old and he only calls himself a nephew in order to stay relevent.
Chakat Firepaw 7th Sep 2017, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
The word of Faust on the matter was that he was actually a first cousin very many times removed, (descended from Celestia and Luna's maternal aunt).
Freelance 7th Sep 2017, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
Wait, if he's descended from their aunt, wouldn't that make him a cousin instead of a nephew?
ChaosStar0 7th Sep 2017, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
One fic I read mentioned Blueblood being a descendant of Princess Platinum,who adopted Luna and Celestia so the Nobles would accept them as rulers of Equestria. That made a lot of sense to me.
Tatsurou 7th Sep 2017, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
...I think that might have been my fic. I know I used that in one of my stories...
Anvildude 7th Sep 2017, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
Wait a sec... Are you the Tatsurou of PWNY fame?
Tatsurou 8th Sep 2017, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
Yup, that's me!
Professor Haystacks 7th Sep 2017, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
The real-life book "Journal of the Two Sisters" implies that he's a descendant of Princess Platinum. Platinum is still referred to as "Princess", even with the 2 princesses around, and so it is implied that the title remains hereditary. At that point in time, they still held real power. The journal doesn't make it to Discord's reign, but presumably they lost whatever power they still had then. Since Faust is no longer on the show, her original plan could have been changed behind the scenes.
MissFinefeather 7th Sep 2017, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
Princess Sapphire was introduced as "daughter of the Unicorn King" in Hearth's Warming Eve, so they did have Kings and Queens before Luna and Celestia took power.
Fhaolan 7th Sep 2017, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
It used to be a common thing in European nobility to 'tighten' relations to more important nobles as a matter of status. So if you were a second cousin three times removed you'd still say 'cousin', or even 'nephew' depending on the age difference, ignoring the actual distance. And given that adoption was *extremely* common to make up for the low child survival rate, it was easy for a noble to make a web of relations that covered most of Europe.

Likely something similar happened here.
Peteman 7th Sep 2017, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Canterlot is referred to as a Kingdom by the Flim Flam brothers.

I assume Prince Blueblood was raised by the local royalty of Canterlot, not by Princess Celestia.

Incidentally, I headcanon that he's the descendant of Princess Platinum and that Celestia and Luna are her adoptive sisters.

I know Faust's explanation, but it came across as "huh, this was a last-minute change, so here's my slapdash explanation". Also, she doesn't run the show anymore.
Gaar Liqué-Bredd 7th Sep 2017, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Hmm... Blueblood hating *specifically* Applejack? Interesting.....
RHJunior 8th Sep 2017, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
My favorite theory is from a fanfic... where Prince Blueblood is an even more bookish recluse than Twilight Sparkle was. Celestia begs him to attend the party, so in desperation he grabs a book on royal etiquette.... not noticing it was written over a hundred years ago-- and was intended for FEMALE royalty. Expecting everyone to fawn on him, open doors for him, turning his nose up at food "so as not to be seen as a glutton" (a la Scarlett Ohara in the opening of 'Gone With the Wind')....
Sir william 8th Sep 2017, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
I love this
What fic is it?
CHeighlund 13th Sep 2017, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
The story he's speaking about is a chapter in a fic called 'Blueblood's Just Zis Guy, You Know?' on FimFiction. The Shy chapter is #5.
HopeFox 8th Sep 2017, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Presumably Blueblood wasn't raised by Celestia herself, but by his own parents, who could be worse snobs than Jet Set and Upper Crust for all we know.
Anoneighmous 26th Jan 2018, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
Keep in mind that Blueblood did everything you'd expect Rarity to do if she wasn't a main character but a regular gold digger. He wanted a flower and a cushion just as Rarity expected to be given, expected his date to hold open doors and ruin their clothes on puddles (which in particular was a silly scene as Rarity should have noticed he had nothing to put on the puddle since he was only wearing a collar), and was pathetic and "whiny" about anything that wasn't immaculate and over-priced.
Whether that's his real personality or what he does to mock potential suitors he doesn't actually want, the only real reason to interpret him as a genuinely bad "antagonist" instead of just a prissy prince(ss) is that he was doing those things while male, which made the whole pretty-but-useless damsel shtick less expected, as well as all the non-prissy princesses raising the bar for what you'd expect from Equestrian royalty (even though every noble that isn't an alicorn is about what you'd expect, Blueblood included, in a show where basically a bunch of random peasants save the world every week instead of the police or military or anyone else who should be in charge doing anything to help).