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Next we come to my second favorite pony, Fluttershy. All right, even though Rainbow Dash is my top favorite pony, Fluttershy is more of a pony I can relate to. Before I get into it, I have to say that Fluttershy too has been getting some hate. Not so much like Rainbow, but quite a few bronies have accused Fluttershy of being overrated. I honestly have to say I am getting fed up with the overrated thing. But let's move on.

Fluttershy has this thing that you can't really dislike her. I mean she is so sweet, shy, and always kind. When it comes down to it, I find it rather surprising whenever someone says they don't like Fluttershy. However, like with Rainbow, there are some points to Fluttershy that make her annoying as well. These flaws help balance out a character and make them seem believable. It's one of the reasons why I love this show so much. Lauren Faust wanted to show that even fictional characters like ponies need to have problems so we can relate to them.  This comes for me to state once again that out of all the characters, Fluttershy is the one I can relate most to.

This is one of the major reasons why I like her very much. I was once like her to be honest. I was super shy, quiet, and I always prefer to be alone most of the time. And like with being comfortable around animals with Fluttershy, I found being in my room alone with my drawings and imagination was my company. Also, I was never good around people. I'm okay now and I have a few good friends at work and online. Just when I was younger that I never liked being in a crowd and I usually got real quiet when someone tried to talk to me. I have managed to outgrow that as I got older and even though my social skills are not the best, I can hold a conversation for the most part. With Fluttershy, I guess she may eventually be the same as me. Learn to come out of her shell more and see that not all ponies are going to give her a hard time.

One other thing is, I was bullied a lot like her. I can see why she would rather be alone for the most part. Fluttershy has this thing that if she speaks up, she thinks that she may say the wrong thing and cause that pony to hate her for it. To her, she doesn't know how to handle it. I guess I was in the same boat. I never had friends. I did have a couple, but sometimes other ones that I thought were my friends were only backstabbers. These kinds of actions on a shy character can cause them to withdrawn and hard to talk to them. Right from the start on the first episode when Twilight meets Fluttershy, we could see the gentle Pegasus couldn't even speak to the kind Unicorn. In other words, it was an awkward moment.

Now sometimes, Fluttershy has had her moments when she would get out of her shy and gentle shell and show another side when she sees something she may like. Like with Spike in the same scene with Twilight for example. I could not help but laugh when she shoved Twilight aside to see Spike. Spike is not a pony, and even though Fluttershy is scared of dragons, Spike is still a baby, and she found it fascinated to see a living breathing tiny form of something she is terrified of. When it comes down to it, Fluttershy does have a more cheerful and exciting side that doesn't usually come out a whole lot.

To come to her focused episodes, I have seen people argue that they all seem to be the same. That all of the Fluttershy episodes always center on her personality. Well, let me just state that um duh? All the other episodes focus on the ponies personalities as well. I must admit, sometimes it does seem the Fluttershy episodes do seem to be similar in ways. However, I managed to see there are differences that I managed to enjoy them. The only one I hated was Putting Your Hoof Down. I will explain why in a bit. Now, except that episode, I love the rest of Fluttershy episodes. I liked seeing of how Fluttershy sometimes has to face her fears and also know of how to get out of her shell. Of course, I'm not saying I want Fluttershy to change into something she is not. I love her shy and kind personality. It wouldn't hurt, however to see her be a little tougher. Putting Your Hoof Down took a wrong turn for that.

When it comes down to her Element, which is Kindness, Fluttershy has shown to hold her end of that. But not perfectly of course. Like I said back in my Rainbow Dash view essay, all the ponies have yet to perfect their elements. For Fluttershy, she is no exception. That's one of the main reasons about this cartoon anyway is to know about friendship, what to do and what not to do. And the Elements of Harmony are the symbol of friendship. Now when it comes down to it, Fluttershy has shown her Element very well, especially to her animal friends and the ponies. Despite being shy around ponies, Fluttershy still tries to remain kind to them. So when are there times when Fluttershy hasn't shown her Element? That's what I will be talking about right now, along with some points of her that I kinda dislike.

I have said that I plan to be fair with the characters and that's what I intend to do. Before I tell about Fluttershy not holding up her end of her Element, let me just point out the things that I find annoying about her. Now as I said, I love Fluttershy to bits. But like with Rainbow, there are some things about her that I tend to get a little annoyed by. One example is her afraid to tell others what is on her mind. Now I know Fluttershy wouldn't be herself if she did always say what was on her mind. However, there are times where she does push it. In Dragonshy, Fluttershy knew she was afraid of dragons and she was afraid to tell Twilight and the others that. I honestly don't see why she should be. I can understand why Rainbow got pretty peeved when hearing Fluttershy admit she was afraid to tell her friends of her fear of dragons. I would be too. I know it's only been a few episodes that Fluttershy has gotten to know Twilight and the others, but I honestly think she should know by now that they wouldn't give her a hard time if she just told them straight up that her greatest fear was in that cave. Of course, if she did, we wouldn't have a funny episode. Now before you question, I like Dragonshy just fine.

At least Fluttershy does start to grow out of her shell a bit more and seems to have a better time telling others what she hates and so on. In Green Isn't Your Color, at first I wasn't into that episode. But after watching it a few times, I came to appreciate it more. Now unlike Rainbow Dash from Hurricane Fluttershy, Rarity kind of pushed Fluttershy into doing something she didn't want to do. I will discuss about Rarity in her own essay, so for now this is about Fluttershy. All in all, Fluttershy can be too quiet and passive, but it's just how she is. The things she annoys me with is not enough for me to dislike her. She's a sweet pony, and she and I share a lot of things in common. Now, when has she not hold up her end of her Element? In the episode The Ticket Master was a good example. For one thing, she only cleaned up Twilight's library to get just the ticket and that's not kindness. Luckily she apologized for how she acted.

Also, another fine example is in the episode The Best Night Ever. Now I know Fluttershy was getting antsy and peeved when those animals wouldn't go near her. So it is understandable for her to become…well an insane angry Pegasus. But in that, she didn't show her Element of Kindness all too well. My point for all this is to show that Rainbow Dash isn't the only one who hasn't perfected her Element. Fluttershy and the others are as well.

Before I discuss about her power which is called The Stare, I'd like to talk about my least favorite episode of Fluttershy's and that is Putting Your Hoof Down. I admit, I was very disappointed of how it turned out. I was not exactly thrilled to see Fluttershy go from a shy good pony to a bully in one single day just because Iron Will gave her some advice of how to be tough. Some have argued that it was Iron Will's fault that he made Fluttershy like that. I have to disagree. Iron Will was simply giving Flutttershy advice of how not to be a doormat. Nothing more. The whole thing of Fluttershy turning into a bully was her own fault. Not to mention, Williams wrote that episode. Once again, she didn't play out the episode very well. The way Fluttershy becoming something she was not was poorly handled and I think it should have been dealt better. Plus all the ponies Fluttershy meets all acting like jerks. Um yeah, I don't see that happening. Angel the bunny kicking Fluttershy out of her own home and for what? A stinking cherry that wasn't on his salad. I have to say, he was more of a jerk then before. Not to mention how Pinkie Pie and Rarity were in the episode wasn't the best either. I found the episode really unfunny and like with The Mysterious Mare Do Well episode, I don't plan to watch it again. The only things I liked about it were how Fluttershy was finally able to stand her own with her gentle ways. And finally use her Stare again on the spoiled rotten bunny of hers.

Now some of have wondered about The Stare Fluttershy has. From what I can tell, I think every single pony has a bit of magic in them and not just unicorns. Like Pinkie with her Pinkie Sense? And Rainbow's ability to go faster than any Pegasus and create awesome moves. For Fluttershy, her stare is her magic ability. Some have wondered if Fluttershy is able to control animals just by using that Stare and it wasn't her uncanny ability to communicate with animals. I have to say no to that. Fluttershy even admitted that she has no control over it and that she is merely good with animals. That seems pretty reasonable. I honestly think she's just good with her animal friends. And Fluttershy only uses her Stare when she is irritated, or at her wits end; like with the dragon, the cockatrice, and Angel.

When it comes down to it, Fluttershy is starting to become a little less shy as the seasons went on. I just wish they were handled better. Luckily in Hurricane Fluttershy, I enjoyed that episode very much. It brought me hope that the writers are trying to keep the magic in the show alive. I know some people have argued that season 2 wasn't as good as season 1 due to Lauren Faust not being much into helping it. However, in ways I do agree with that. The two episodes I hated might have turned out heck of a lot better if Mrs. Faust stayed. But who knows. To be honest, I thought season 2 was all right. Getting back to Fluttershy, her character was just fine. I'm sure the writers are trying hard to come up with something new with her. We can only see what will happen with her in season 3. And like with Rainbow, I hope she will have great episodes.

To wrap up this essay, and on my last thoughts, these are my views on Fluttershy. She will always be my second favorite and my list of my fav ponies has not changed. I hope to see what will lie ahead with her in the future episodes coming up. I hope you guys are okay with what I said in this essay. Up next is my third favorite pony Rarity. See you then!

well, there you have it, my views on my second favorite pony of the mane cast. Once again, they are considered my opinions, so it's fine if you don't agree with me. See you in my next essay.

Fluttershy, MLP (c) Lauren Faust
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ErinLovesMinecraft Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Your awesome. I used to not like flutter shy but now I see her as a well balenced character who is as good as my favorite ponies. :D
tifzhe299 Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heck, why is Merriweather Williams in the MLP cast?
MMDW- F*ck that episode
Hearth's Wearming Eve- OK? What was the point of THAT episode?
Putting your hoof down- Double F*ck
Dragon quest- Seriously?
Wonderbolts Academy- eugh, it's OK, but BAD characterization and plot.
Spike at your service- SERIOUSLY!!!It's like the most BORING episode in the show!
ColorSplashArts Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh yeah...but I liked Wonderbolt Academy because at least Williams improved on Dash's character. And I also enjoyed Hearth's Warming Eve. :U
The-Grey-Panther Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fluttershy is so, SO strong. She's shy and timid and downright quiet at times, but her power is astounding when it comes to surface.
I see quite a bit myself in her.
Well, her and Rainbow Dash. I'm sorta caught right in between them, personality-wise.
(I might have a hint of Pinkie Pie in me, too... I love to make people laugh and smile. :))
I love FLUTTERSHY! :D How can someone DISLIKE HER?! :0

SO MEAN!!! 0-0
fonejackboy Jul 27, 2012
I have to agree with what you said about Putting your Hoof Down. I don't like how they made Fluttershy in that episode.
portaljumper339 Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Very well thought out and cogent, but the only point I disagree on is with Fluttershy's characterization in Putting Your Hoof Down. I enjoyed how it showed the vast dichotomy between Fluttershy when she is trying to live up to an unattainable standard (like what Iron Will set for her), and when she is being true to herself while still getting what needs to be done done (like what happened at the end of the episode). It helped develop Fluttershy a bit more as a character, and while she is still the kind sweet pony that we know and love, she can also stand firm in what she believes in.

I admit that the Fluttershy episodes have gotten a bit formulaic, but she seems like the type of pony that would need a refresher on what it means to be assertive and to stand up for yourself, lest she slip back into bad habits. I really enjoyed this essay, and I hope I can see more well thought out works from you to help bring some sanity to this raging fan base.
ColorSplashArts Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand your opinion. But I honestly thought that situation would have been dealt better. I honestly don't see Fluttershy just turning into a harsh bully in just one little day. That doesn't seem right. Now if she started to become one in over a week, then I guess I would see it. But the episode was too rushed and poorly written.

Thank you. ^^
portaljumper339 Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
True, but they never really specified how long it was after the seminar that she became mean, so it could have very well been a few days. Not trying to have the last word or anything, but just making a point.
ColorSplashArts Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm I suppose.
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