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@Twi Clown
Mean Twi was the leader so it would make sense that she would be the one to get all the attention and development, but too bad it was at the expense of the others
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@Myoozik

Even then, another issue is that while mean twi had more ambition and could actually think in greater stuff, the others were mostly petty jerks so they would have been mostly mooks.
Sadrai

I don’t understand the Fluttershy Big Mac ship I mean have they ever even interacted I don’t know where that one came from.
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@Sadrai
When did Octavia and Vinyl Scratch interact before Slice of Life?
When did Trixie and Maud Pie interact before some Starlight episode?

Fluttershy and Big Mac did interact at least in Filli Vanilli.
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@Sadrai
Big Mac and Spike were pretty much the only dudes in the show. If you wanted a straight ship, it was gonna be with one of them. Kinda weird that Big Mac's most popular ship was with his sister though.
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@Brass Beau
There was and is a ton of dudes but people like to ignore most of them and then make excuses and protend that there is 99% females and use that fake fact to justify shipping lesbians even tho that doesn't mean a goddamn thing as I have seen franchises with like 2 females where those 2 females get all the porn and all the males get ignored.

Yes I know shipping isn't the same as porn but a lot of it is that or an excuse for that.

Numbers mean NOTHING. Why did people ship Vinyl Scratch and Octavia? Because I had deep characters and would make sense together? No, but because they were popular BG ponies who didn't even appear in the same episode so people just made them lesbians because lesbians.
Sadrai

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Yeah there are a lot of dudes on the show Filthy rich,Bulk biceps,Snails,Snips,Fancy pants,Iron will,Sandbar,Gallus etc, I don’t get the “Spike and Big Mac are the only dudes of the show”.
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@Sadrai
Even in the beginning that was not true. Sure, a lot of the main characters are female, but that doesn't meant males don't exist.

Just go look at Spyro 'fanart' and tell me how much you see Cynder and Elora, two of the only important female characters, compared to the dozens of males.
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@Mildgyth

I wonder if it'd have been lessened if Cozy was a teenager instead. Then again, still female (for one example of people oversympathizing, Lightning Dust).

@Myoozik

That was probably the entire point of them as characters, or their lack thereof; barring Mean Twilight, they're superficial representations of their creator's traits, to the point that they can't control themselves in the slightest (like Applejack getting Starlight to run off through her insults despite having a short-term plan to lure her to Chrysalis/the others). The way they were used (aside from five largely being a retread with The Return of Harmony), it would probably defeat the purpose if they were deeper, even if it were a two-parter.

As fun as it would be to have evil counterparts fight the originals, that'd be going in with a different premise entirely, probably (the difference between fighting Mirror Pool clones and fighting dark alternate universe counterparts, the way most of them were).
Brass Beau

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Filthy Rich, Bulk Biceps, Fancy Pants and Iron Will didn't appear until season two. Sandbar and Gallus in season eight. In season one, Snips and Snails played a role in Boast Busters and had a small appearance in The Show Stoppers. There weren't a lot of recurring male characters with speaking roles early on. As characters were added, ships changed. Some fans clung to those early ships. Some fans moved on to the new ones. But the longer characters were around, the more ships they had.
As for background ships, some fans saw the characters, whether together or not, and said, "They look like a fun duo," and rolled with it. Kind of a strange way to form a ship but with background characters, there isn't much to go on besides aesthetics.
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@Latecomer
It was, the Mean Six were virtually just the Discorded but exaggerated to the nth degree.

@AC97
You're right, maybe they were specifically designed to be one note, but having at least two more episodes of them being even more one note would've be fun.
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@Brass Beau
But the longer characters were around, the more ships they had.
Big Mac especially.

Kind of a strange way to form a ship but with background characters, there isn't much to go on besides aesthetics.
Definitely. As I've stated before, I don't really understand why some of the background character ships have such strong fans around them. Sometimes characters have even been shipped with characters that they've never been seen with before, and somewhat irrational ships have been favored over ships that make more sense.
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I thought The Last Laugh was pretty good even if a lot of people found it boring.
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Diamond Tiara postredemption could have been sort of a friend to the crusaders later on.
They could have breen upgraded to a bickering friednship sort of thing. And give Silver Spoon something to do as well.
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@Twiface
People ship Chrysalis and Sombra with Shining Armor and Cadence. It's not necessarily based on any sort of logic nor who would make a stable healthy couple.
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