probably already been posted but whatevs

  • Isak: Making my way downtown walking fast
  • Emma: Oh hey, Isak!
  • Isak: Fucking sprinting
monsta x in chicago!

firstly… i apologize.. for probably being confused about everything im about to say also it’s not even the Important stuff that other people have already said it’s just whatever is coming to my mind right now fjdksflds

  • wonho fell at the end of shine forever!! i feel bad for laughing jfdkslfds i posted the video i really hope he’s ok though? i didn’t notice anything wrong after but i saw people say he might’ve been limping and he did step off stage for a minute or two during the talking part right after those songs.. hope he’s ok but i think all is fine
  • please their english was so cute and good? changkyun seemed a lot more comfortable than normal which was nice :’) kihyun’s pronunciation was so good? and jooheon and minhyuk in general just wanted to try to get as much english in as possible fjdsfds pls :( i took vids of uh… every single talking time fjdksfds so if i find anything particularly cute again i’ll post it… changkyun called us his babies at the beginning i really wailed.. all their intros were cute as hell
  • WONHO’S FUCKING ABS WHATH T EHFUCK THEY’RE REALLY THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD I WASNT EVEN THAT CLOSE BUT I COULD TELL THEY WERE GLISTENING AND SO FUCKING DEFINED JSSUEFJSDF
  • chicago was really in love with wonho.. and his muscles.. every time he took off his jacket everyone SCREECHED and jooheon kept saying “make some noise for wonho’s muscles!!!” (on at least two different occasions)
  • i think? they did a trespass rock version? i’m honestly not sure fjkdslfds it might’ve just been a strong bass but i think they said afterwards that it was special so i think?? it was a rock version? anyway trespass + rush rock version were a PARTY
  • speaking of trespass!! a personal favorite moment plfjdskflds ok during trespass i noticed that minhyuk’s hair got.. puffy? i don’t know how to say it it looked kinda static-y dkjslfdsfds i’m not sure if it would even show up in pictures but it made me laugh he looked SO SO cute and i thought maybe i was just imagining it but then he came over to my side of the stage and i was like Wow ok and then jooheon stepped up behind him and flattened his hair pls fjdkslfds my little fluffy duck :(
  • listen i never knew the baskets were for throwing chocolate.. have they done that before.. it was wild they were really throwing chocolate everywhere (i didn’t get one rest in pieces) but anyway A CUTE MOMENT jooheon and minhyuk ran into each other by accident i think jooheon was looking back and not paying attention and minhyuk like grabbed him by the waist pls i really screamed
  • ok people in the front row.. must be fuckin dead because they were all personally handing them chocolate… also changkyun took a lot of people’s phones on stage near the end? like taking selfies of himself and just filming things pls release that footage mbbs im begging you
  • during fighter that one part where kihyun and wonho circle each other wonho like,,, spun kihyun around by the waist oh my god it was so fcuking cute PLEASE tell me someone got a video.. i think minhyuk did something cute too but i was still crying at the kiho
  • minhyuk really,,,,,, dressed as a farmer during 24k magic,,,,, for me oh my god
  • they mentioned hyungwon so much!! saying how he wanted to be there and hopefully he’ll be back soon :( i think it was shownu? held his arm out like it should be around hyungwon’s shoulders and i cried :(
  • they mostly didn’t replace most of hyungwon’s parts but i Think they had jooheon covering it sometimes? and i think i caught shownu with a few lines as well… could be wrong about all of this though tbh
  • listen the translator fucking sounded like changkyun fdkjsfds i didn’t even realize it during the show but afterwards when i posted that clip of wonho hitting on the translator.. i can’t even tell if the translator said it in english or changkyun wtf…
  • they’re all so talented and beautiful!!!!!! everyone pls im in love with monsta x im gonna fuckigng cry they deserve the world :((((((((((((

ok so Skam is not about people intentionally hurting people (except Douchehelm and Nico) so here’s what i think will unfold from this clip:

1. We will find out that Noora didn’t know Sana had feelings for Yousef. Say what you want, but Noora and Yousef do have chemistry in every scene they’ve had so far and Noora made her feelings known to Sana. Sana didn’t trust her friend enough to tell her how she felt. That being said, I think Noora was being a little willfully ignorant and with the eva/jonas, isak/jonas, noora/wilhelm stealing pattern this is getting redundant and they can’t end up together, its just too boring.  Noora should have dont a group text “hey does anyone like him before i smash” they all should be wise by now

2. Yousef will have to be thinking that Sana is not interested. She doesn’t ever make a point to talk to him (even at the karaoke bar!!) and defriended him on FB and even though they talked about the religion thing, it ended in a cliffhanger: “why does religion tear society apart” for which she had no answer. Finding that answer is going to be part of her character growth imo.

3. Isak has a temper, we all know this! I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he found out that Even knew balloon boys which gave him a shock (”What? my baby hiding things from me?”), and someone said something off the cuff like all the homophobic stuff we’ve forgiven Magnus for and things went off like that. I don’t think we should be shitting on Balloon Boys for no reason when we legit watched Wilhelm smash a bottle into someone’s head pretty much unprovoked and then we were all like “no he shouldn’t go to jail! you have to understand!” Also, Elias clearly has shit going on. He was blackout drunk LAST FRIDAY. Something more is going on here and we’ll find out soon enough

4. Vilde is fucking dumb, ok. She says homophobic and sexist and islamphobic things all the time and says them like they’re fact. So she probably did not realize at all that pointing out that Elias called Sana a slave would be taken so seriously/hatefully. Yeah, she needs to account for being so omfg so freaking fy faen so problematic! (her character traits are like: optimistic, problematic, airhead, organized— it’s driving me nuts). No but here. She needs to grow up. Her and Magnus are like a perfect problematic bundle, it’s a shame they’re probably breaking up, but that’s a subject for another post.

5. People have gossiped and said erroneous shit all the time on this show so I still don’t trust PepsiMax but I’m willing to bet it’s not as simple as them wanting her off the bus just like that. Also, you know fucking Chris and Eva (who’s already been burned by PM) are NOT going to take that happening to Sana without a fight. And for that matter, neither will Sana. When shit gets rough, they band together despite whatever infighting is going on. They rock. Don’t forget that. Give them a chance to have a “vilde is pregnant”/“noora was assaulted” moment with Sana.

6. Don’t worry, Isak and Even went home and snuggled and Even sang songs to cheer Isak up it’s gonna be ok for them. They’ll talk through everything about Even’s past and it will be ok.

7. Sana is strong. She’s been through shit from every person (except Chris) in every season. She’s gonna get through this kicking ass.

Lahar from the Misty Peaks is here to answer your questions, Ask box is now open!

(Hello! lots of cool monhun ask blogs have been popping up on tumblr lately so after like two years of lurking I decided to attempt one myself. Answers will probably be in this sloppy style for the time being as I’ve been in an art rut for a while v_v I think this blog might help me feel better about posting stuff that isn’t super polished though, so, yeah! I’m looking forward to answering whatever you guys come up with!)

why am i even doing this vero forced me
so dont sue me if ur ears start 2 bleed im broke
why am i even doing this vero forced me

im…not rlly sure about posting this but uhh whatever 
so i was tagged for the accent tag thing by @japan-korea-canada @chenniepotter and @babyminseok !!

in return im tagging @xiuminel @kittyhunnie @jins-right-hand @chanyeolscauldron @theshenanigansoftakiyah @baekhyunstolemyeyeliner @minxingg @xiuxiuflake @minseoked-my-life @3cbx @7deer-ofthe-dawn7 @minshooketh @luflute ik most of yall have probably already been tagged or whatever bc this tag is going around like crazy but uhh yeah

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anonymous asked:

I really don't want Hides group to go to the 24th ward or meet up with Kaneki just yet tbh. Now that Furuta is away it would be great to take this time to go free Rize? I don't want anyone to magically show up and save the day. I want this to be like a wake up call for Kaneki, the results of the poor decisions he has made. Though, regardless of how the issue in the 24th ward is resolved, Kaneki will place all the blame on himself. I just hope he doesn't snap and go all ruthless/emotionless...

Yeah, I agree. I’ve said this before, but I think this is a fight that Goat have to win for themselves. I’d be pretty disappointed if Scarecrow’s group showed up to the 24th. (I say that, but it would make Hide appear in the manga again so I’d probably be ecstatic from that alone lmao.) Honestly though, I think they should stay apart at least until this whole Goat extermination operation is over. Scarecrow’s group probably have a lot on their hands as it is; they just kicked the fucking leader of the CCG out of his position of power, not to mention, Urie was severely injured during the fight and they’re probably tired out from it too. Now would also be a good opportunity for them to perhaps interfere with Yoriko’s execution, and through saving Rize (which we’ve already speculated that Hide has ties to) it would also be a good way to get him involved with Kanou, who seems to have been looking for.

If you don’t know already (referencing back to this post), it appears as though one possible translation for what Scarecrow says in this panel is  “Now then, but shouldn’t Kanou be here?” Which would imply that he has been looking for him for whatever reason and this could be a good opportunity to get them involved with eachother.

(As a side note, isn’t it cute that he always sits with his legs crossed? Blessed boy.)

As for Kaneki, I know he will most definitely blame this on himself, regardless of what happens, but his character is in desperate need of progression, so I doubt that having him regress into stoicism as a result of this would be a good choice on Ishida’s part. So I’m thinking instead that he should take this as a sign that he has to adapt his methods hopefully work towards being a better king and leader; one worthy of respect because of what he has done instead of what he has lead people to believe he’s done (killing Arima).

This Week’s Reylo Chat Party

Guess what, Guys? The Weekly Reylo Chat Party is soon approaching! We had 140 members register on our Discord server last Saturday…so many Reylos in one place and such amazing conversation! And still going, in some cases. ^_^ Just as a reminder, the Party will occur every week on Saturday at 4pm EST -  just a common time for everyone so that maximum Reylo attendance & mingling is guaranteed.

Also, we’ve just added a spreadsheet in the #meet_the_reylos channel that’ll help you get acquainted with some of the other Reylos in chat, whether it’s by their location, fanfiction, fanart, meta, or tumblr, MBTI, etc. Feel free to add whatever information you feel comfortable sharing with others - we’ve already seen some future meet ups scheduled based on folks proximity! Also, it’s been such fun seeing authors and artists I recognize in the fandom community milling around and chatting it up like normal humans…I was a bit Reylo starstruck at times. XD   

Finally, please let me know if you A) need an invite code - though I’ll probably post another 24 hour code tomorrow or Saturday before the Party as well, B) have an interest in running events like draw parties, fanfic/smut writing workshops, scheduled meta discussion sessions, or any other idea you think would be entertaining for the Reylo community, and C) have any questions or concerns.

See you on Saturday!! (also, please reblog this reminder if possible for more robust attendance!) 

Quill As My Witness [Pt.2]

A woman is unstoppable after she realizes she deserves better. -Unknown

……….

“Oh. Um…Ms. [F/Name]?”

You had just entered the building, wearing only a white sleeveless dress and flats because the heat of New York was growing hotter by the day, before you heard your name being called. You turned to see Elizabeth, Alexander’s assistant, standing behind you holding a manilla folder.

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The Rebelcaptain Food Travel AU round robin: GUIDELINES

As promised, these are the guidelines for the Rebelcaptain Food Travel AU 

Wait, what the heck is this????? 
Check out this post here :) 

PLOT GUIDELINES
- I’m going to outline some basic plot, but essentially there’s no limits here hahahahahhaha like you can write anything really! 

- Beginning: Cassian and Jyn meet for the first time in England, just before they are due to start filming. Like canon, they typically have chemistry and hit it off. 

- Middle: as the story progresses throughout their travels, they fall in love. Maybe it happens quickly, maybe it happens slowly, it will all depend on what we write! I’m kind of imagining that this is a fic with ultimate Mutual Pining but lets gooo with the floooow 

- End: the fic ends back in England when filming wraps. They have to say goodbye to each other and they are unreasonably Sad. 

- obviously, the local food of your location should be included somewhere, since it’s kind of the whole point of the fic! 

- since you’re writing about a country you feel experienced with, feel free to include lots of info/descriptions of your setting! 

- Cassian and Jyn are not food experts. You don’t have to be either. If you don’t know much about food, you can focus on the country/relationships/anything else really and of course vice versa :) 

- clearly this is a fic about their relationship and how they fall in love, so like, that should probs be included lol, We can include all the tropes! Maybe they get stuck in hostel accommodation at one point and have to share a bed? maybe their chemistry sizzles through the camera so much that their director decides to play it up for more views? the choices are endless! 

- another concept of this fic that Jaded and I once talked about is the idea that once it kicks off, about 3% of the show’s viewing audience are watching it for the food, another 7% are watching solely because they think Cassian is hot, and the remaining 90% are watching because they ship Cassian and the camera girl who comes on screen every now and then hahahahaha :DDDD 

- in terms of timeline, I’m completely open to setting this fic during literally any time of the year. If you have a request of when you’d like the story to take place, just let me know. 

GENERAL GUIDELINES 
- there is no word count minimum or limit to your chapter 

- each installment should be episodic. To make it easier on the authors, each chapter can act as a kind of stand-alone oneshot. Think of it as a tv show with an overarching theme (food travel), yet each episode tells an individual story 

- your chapter doesn’t have to reference and relate back to things that have already happened in previous chapters, but can if you want it to! (I am personally a slut for continuity, but that’s just me hahahahaha) 

- all of this being said, please be aware and respectful of what has already been written. Technically these chapters will be all within the same universe and will be at the very least loosely connected in some way, so it would make sense not to completely contradict or retcon something that has already been written. :) 

- I’m figuring now that this entire thing is probably going to be more complicated than we originally thought hahahahahaha, but hopefully we can sort out any issues as they come up! 

- use whatever writing style works for you. I typically write in third person past tense and that’s how I’ll start the fic, but if you want to write yours differently, go for it 

- same goes for POV. Literally any POV you want! 

- no time limit/deadline. Basically, I’ll post the first chapter when/if this gathers enough interest. I’m a full-time worker and I know a lot of other people are too with busy lives, so I don’t want this to be stressful at all for you guys! 

- if you happen to find yourself up next and with absolutely no time/motivation/etc to write your chapter for whatever reason, it’s totally ok. We can skip you and move onto the next person. Since chapters are episodic, we should be able to come back to you if you want! (again, we’ll figure this out along the way) 

- if you saw this post late and we’ve already started writing, it’s also ok! Again, chapters should be basically just connected oneshots, so you should still be able to write a chapter that fits into the narrative somewhere. 

- to cohesively organise everything, I think I’m gonna have to finally learn how to make a sideblog lol. That will be the one collective place to put all the different installments of this fic on tumblr. 

- once the fic is completely finished, i’ll make sure it’s in chronological order and hopefully figure out a way to put it on AO3! 

- if you don’t want to write, but want to make art/graphics/anything else, by all means! You can do this whenever the urge strikes you :D 

That’s it! 
Hopefully that’s not too many guidelines hahahahahaha, I don’t want to scare anyone off or anything! If you think there’s something I’ve missed or have any questions/comments/suggestions, please feel free to let me know! 

xoxo 

how i imagine sirius’s disinheritance to go down (in bullet point form because im too lazy to actually write. like. with grammar and stuff)

  • so like, sirius has two types of anger
  • there’s the type of anger that makes him abandon his wand and throw a punch with a badly made fist just because he fucking feels like it
  • the kind that makes him lash out and snarl insults breathe through ragged lungs
  • but that kind of anger, for all of its apparent unpredictability, is actually utterly predictable 
  • it always ends up the same way: 
  • a nasty fight followed by a sullen trip to the hospital wing 
  • james can deal with this kind of anger, he gets it
  • but then there’s the other type

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kaihoons  asked:

I didn't mean for terfs to like my first ask!!!! I hate them as much as you do. And i think manspreading is a bit....weird to be annoyed about? I mean no offense but men aren't doing it to show their junk to other people... Like it's a bit weird

“Manspreading” is not “any occurrence of a man spreading out”: it’s specifically when a man on crowded public transit takes up more space than he’s fairly entitled to. They’re doing it because they feel entitled to space, not because they’re showing off their genitals. The problem isn’t their spread legs, per se: it’s that they’re spreading their bodies INTO OTHER PEOPLE’S SPACES (usually a woman’s personal space, or the personal space of someone they perceive as a woman).

Seriously, whatever argument you’re trying to make here has already been addressed about a hojillion times. Please read over our archive of posts on this topic instead of plunging in to rehash a bunch of stuff that’s already been talked to death. I realize you’re only 16 and probably mean well, but presumably you’re on winter break right now and have the time available to educate yourself on why this is problem instead of bugging random internet strangers who are very, very tired of having this same conversation over and over and over.

anonymous asked:

On your Jashiweek Wednesday post on Brent/Ashley, how cheesy of a couple would they be? XD

Ahh so sorry for the late reply. ;__; 
Here’s a a short preview (that’ll probably be tweaked in the final version) of my Brent/Ashley fic: 

They’d been travelling half a day’s worth to their destination, and the Scotsman was already wishing they’d stumble upon a priest or monk to exorcise his spirit, throw salt or whatever holy shenanigan to grant deliverance. Anything to end his misery from the torture that was his travelling companions.  

“…Well I love you.”

“Ah, but I love more.”

“…No, I love you more.”

“I love you the most!”

“Tee hee, no I”–

WILL YOU TWO SHUT IT?!

He had been keeping an eye on them, playing chaperone and hovering over them like a kite as he followed their pace.They were going over a grassy hill. 

Ashley wanted to linger on a spot for a picnic but the Scotsman vetoed on that. Brent looked up to the ghost with annoyance.

“Like take a chill pill man! Like what’s your hurry?”

“Oh I dunno…maybe I’m just TRYING TO FIND YER LOST BRAINS!”

Jam pudding!

The men turned their attention to Ashley, with the Scotsman wondering where on Aku’s infested earth could she have possibly found such confectionary dessert until he soberly realized it was just another pet name for his sans-brain friend.

Brent immediately darted over to her. “Yes, my creme brûlée?”

Ashley pointed to the scenic hillside view before them, “Wouldn’t this be a great place to take a photo together?”

“Anywhere is a great place…when you’re there, my creampuff.”

“Oh Brent!”

“My Ashley”~

WILL YOU JUST TAKE THE DAMN PICTURE SO WE CAN MOVE ON!

Just as a little heads up!

I’m not sure how many of my followers are into Voltron, but I thought I should do this anyways. Season four comes out this Friday. I probably won’t start watching it for a day or two. I’m also not sure how soon I’ll be able to catch up on the new episodes. I’ll try my best to avoid posting any major spoilers from Friday until October 27th. (That’s two weeks after it comes out!) If I do for whatever reason, I’ll make sure to tag them as “s4 spoilers”. I’ve already been doing that with the comments about the newest clips. If it’s my own post, I’ll add a “read more” before all of the spoilers.

Once I’ve caught up with the entire fourth season, I’ll let you all know! That way you can send me a message about it and we can chat about all of the wonderful things that happen during it.

aa !! im really sorry for not posting as much as usual. like if you followed me for art or w/e i’ll try my hardest to get some out on the weekends when i have time, but at the moment i’m just really busy (and it’ll probably stay that way the rest of the year)

if its any indication, im in 6 ap classes and in charge of commanding both my team and another 139+ students on top of that, so you can imagine just how swamped ive been?? two weeks in and im already losing time kldfjgldkj

 ik im not obligated to post or whatever but i still think its important to let yall kno that im still truckin >:”) 

It’s Always Been About Redemption.

Season 6 of MLP premieres tomorrow morning and one element we know is carrying over from season 5 is Starlight Glimmer, the latest in a series of reformed villains. And that’s not a turn of phrase.

At this point in the game, Friendship is Magic has had, by my count, approximately 36 antagonists (not counting non-sentient creatures or the EQG movies, just for argument’s sake), and about 11 that are either major or reoccurring.

Of those 11, not even counting Sunset Shimmer, 7 have been redeemed. That’s a lot of bad guys! It’s been especially noticeable because in season 5 where we had not one, not two- but four major reformations: Gilda, Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, and of course, Glim Glam herself.

It’s to the point where some fans question whether all this willy-nilly soul-saving is harming the believability of the universe. Which is fair. Not everybody should align to the same school of thought or get along quite so easily. Even in a show called Friendship is Magic, we hope for there to be enough character depth so that every character’s own perspective makes them an individual– which is of course where the best conflict comes from.

And while I can agree that at some point, redeeming too many of your antagonists ends up taking away some of the dramatic tension when they bring in a new baddie (because you’ll just expect this one to be redeemed, too)– I would also argue they haven’t reached that point. 

In fact, the abnormal amount of reformed villains in this show speaks to something special about it. Not every show can pull off redeeming 7 villains, after all, and not only is it because of the something special I’ll talk about in a bit, but because, beyond the titular friendship, redemption has always been a prominent theme.

So, let’s look at the most important redemptions in the series and what they accomplish. This post is already long enough, so I won’t go into Gilda or Trixie, despite the fact that I adored their reformations. Without further ado, I give you Redemption is Magic.

Dizzy/Chaos Grampa

Let’s start in the middle, because why not?

Discord’s redemption has probably been the most divisive one. He was a great villain- no. A GREAT villain. So, some people didn’t want to see him restrained or otherwise neutered. 

It’s a great point to have because one thing I don’t want them to do is make him too clingy, or whatever, where it takes away the dignity of the character. He has a rich, unknown history, a whole whack of power, and a certain air of cool I’d miss if they went too far in the cutesy direction.

Still, beyond fueling a thousand ships, this move allowed for a lot of cute and mischievous stories. Discord’s still sort of a loner character you can’t pin down, and the writers have admitted this is because if he was just willing to go along with every adventure the girls had, they’d never have any problems he couldn’t snap away.

So, as it stands, I like having chaos grandpa around, doing his own thing, but still trying to connect with others, and maybe trying to balance all that. 

One comic I actually really love for this is Friends Forever Issue 20, the Luna and Discord comic. If you’re not following the comics, I still recommend that standalone story, because it gets to the heart of the connections he’s made so far, but still keeping Discord in line with who he is.

Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon: Pacifica Northwhere?

Diamond Tiara was redeemed when the Cutie Mark Crusaders showed her she doesn’t have to use her natural talent for manipulation to hurt the ponies around her, thereby helping her emotionally mature enough to stand up to her mother and learn the error of her ways.

Silver Spoon was redeemed when she burned Diamond Tiara.

Either way, it’s starting to remind me of another recent cartoon redemption. I believe the term was “bleach-blonde, valley-girl stereotype” was used? Pacifica Northwest from Gravity Falls was once a stereotypically girly bully character, as well, before getting proper redemption story in the show’s second season.

Just for comparison’s sake, I’d say Pacifica’s redemption was done just a little bit better, since it was foreshadowed and the more vulnerable scenes with Pacifica are especially effective, but for what this was, DD and SS’s reformation was glorious.

Crusaders of the Lost Mark was the bookend I never knew I wanted. The only pacing issue comes from the fact that Diamond Tiara wasn’t presented as a redeemable character beforehand– I mean, she literally made fun of Scootaloo’s disability – so her reformation can feel rushed from that perspective.

But, taking that into account, I stand by the opinion that Crusaders is by far the most well-paced, most satisfying musical episode we’ve had to date. And it was an ambitious story– redeeming the two characters, who from the beginning, antagonized the CMC for their blank flanks, while also finally teaching the crusaders their purpose in life, and then going on to have the most heart-warming celebration in the show. It could’ve been a mess.

Instead, by doing something I never even considered, but in hindsight, seems so fitting and perfect, I can safely say this redemption was earned, and means a lot to the CMC as characters.

The Original Queen/Night Night

So, I’ve been rambling for a while on the most impactful redemptions of the show, but I can’t make a post like this without going back to the very beginning.

Nightmare Moon– the first heel-face turn reformation! 

Which, for the record, has been a problem with almost all the redemptions, but at least NMM here had a reason. Y’know, being literally possessed by demons that thrive on depression, jealousy, and hatred, and all.

Even still, it’s the reason Princess Luna was such a fan favourite (still is, but she shares the spotlight with characters like Sunset Shimmer, now). She’s the one character with dat angst and that dark history. She needs love, basically.

The Princess of the Night was able to be saved from the darkness with giant glowing rainbow lasers. It set the tone for the series, and the many redemptions to come.

But, despite how it might seem, Nightmare isn’t the really the reason I’m arguing that it’s always been about redemption.

Twilight “Second Chance” Sparkle

Oh, yeah. We’re going there.

So, no, Twilight was never “evil” per se. She never “tried to conquer the world.” She was a skeptical loner with what by all means should be diagnosed as a panic disorder, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with that.

And, on several occasions, the show goes out of it’s way to make sure viewers know it’s alright to be introverted, and that even if you are a complete shut-in, like, say, Moon Dancer, you aren’t a bad pony, just someone who could improve their life if they let go of the past hurt keeping them from interacting more.

But, even with that said, you see what I’m saying, right? All this time, Twilight’s been living out her second chance. 

Beyond the idea that she never valued friendship, we don’t know what particularly made Twilight that way, but I could hazard a guess. We know she actually had ponies who wanted to be friends with her – heck, ponies who considered themselves her friend – during her primary or middle school days, but there are two events we know came before that:

1. Magic Kindergarten. It was a one-off joke that Twilight, to this day, is haunted by whatever happened in Magic Kindergarten. The most we have is that vision of her being laughed at by all the other children in class.

2. Becoming Celestia’s Private Student. Twilight is a naturally humble character, so now that she’s a princess the lime light makes her uncomfortable, but I think the reason for this is because she grew up on a pedestal. 

I think whatever trauma she went through in Magic Kindergarten, coupled with the fact that she was constantly elevated above the other kids and probably grew to expect them to either assume things about her or pick on her for being special– well, it formed some anti-social habits.

So when she gets another chance at learning what it means to be friends, that’s Twilight’s second chance at life. And from then on, the entire show is her redemption story (which, funnily enough, suffers from the same sort of heel-face turn as the other redemptions in the series; there’s moments where she’s less enthused with her crazy new set of friends than she would be now, but the point still stands).

From day one, it’s been about trying again, and moving forward from past mistakes.

Sunset Shimmy Shams

WHICH brings me to Sunset.

This leather-jacket wearing, motorcycle riding nerd constantly feels guilty for her past mistakes, but keeps moving forward anyway. The fandom has fallen in love with her (myself very much included) because even if she wasn’t a great villain, she’s become a well-developed character since.

Also, no matter what, she’ll always be Twilight’s first student. Never forget.

And, as it happens, she’s a character paralleling Twilight. An angrier, angstier version for sure, but a parallel nonetheless. If you’re still not digging the this has always been Twilight’s redemption story thing, you can at least agree there’s been a lot of awesome what if’s raised throughout the series, particularly with Sunset Shimmer. A sort of ‘There, but for the grace of Celestia, goes Twilight herself’ message.

Speaking of …

Glim Glam (Sunset 2.0)

Ah. And now we get to the real most divisive redemption.

Glim Glam’s control issues and ability to manipulate might make for some interesting stories moving forward, but even though I don’t just want Sunset Shimmer 2: The Shimmening, I have to make the comparison to at least give props where props is due. Starlight was an excellent villain, in both her outings. So we know they’ve got an interesting character to work with, even if her original motivation was lacking.

As the season goes on, we’ll get a sense for Starlight’s new character and I think more people will make up their minds about her one way or the other (I’m willing to bet we’ll see her approval ratings go up as we get used to her, but you never know).

Still, as it stands when I’m writing this, I’m so excited for yet another redemption story.

Because that’s part of what this show does best. It takes what, by all means, should be sickeningly sweet concepts, like friendship and constant redemption, and looks at them from a genuine, loving place.

That’s what Friendship is Magic is to me– I mean, it has to be. If it was any other show and they redeemed seven major villains, I’d be out the door. But because of the unpretentious, openly and unashamedly corny heart that this show has always had at it’s core, I know I’m going to fall in love with Starlight the way I fell in love with every other character on this list. Including Twilight herself.