Fast forward a year and a half later, and there is no doubt in my mind: Rarity is the funniest, most complex, and overall most interesting character in Friendship is Magic, and I am prepared to back this claim with a probably-too-thought-out essay.
It's about to get fabulous up in here.
So, where do start? Well, let's cover some general stuff, first.
Perhaps the biggest reason I like Rarity the most is the fact that she's absolutely hilarious. Tabitha St. Germain deserves a huge amount of credit for this--her voice work as Rarity is always fantastic--but so do the artists and animators, who have gone to great lengths to give each pony their own distinctive movements, quirks, and expressions. Rarity's all about the dramatic gestures. When she's surprised, she puts a hoof to her chest or head. When she's making an important statement, she plants her hooves and leans forward. And when she's caught making an fool of herself, she manages to communicate both embarrassment and a bit of bemusement about why nopony else acted that way. It's subtle stuff, and as I've said before, it's an example of how much craftsmanship goes into making the show.
|Rarity: not a fan of Pinkie's humor.|
Despite what Equestria Girls seems to think the main characters' ages are supposed to be (sigh), I have a hard time thinking of any of the Mane Six as teenagers. I'm not alone in this; most of the brony community seems to agree that they're young adults, probably in their early 20's. None of them live with their parents, which is an indicator of age in our society, all of them have real jobs, and even the seemingly youngest (Twilight) seems to be the pony equivalent of a grad student.
|I mean, you have to be mature to cosplay |
The Great Gatsby, right?
|If she's not 21, AJ's losing her license.|
Pinkie Pie laughs at your silly concepts of "physics" and "linear time," so let's not even make an effort.
|Of course, this puts a bit of a tragic|
spin on poor Spike, here.
For me, that's a powerful story, and it's one I've wrestled with my entire adult life. My desires and goals, versus being there for the people I care about. For some people, maybe that's not a tough choice, but for me it's a damned near impossible one.
|"Sweetie Belle, have you seen my sleeping pills|
and packet of razor blades?"
She does this, making sacrifices for the sake of her loved ones, again and again, because at the core of her character is a generous spirit. Yeah, maybe that's a bit of an obvious statement, her being the Element of Generosity and everything, but it's still an interesting idea. The vain fashionista with dreams of climbing the social ladder is, when all the layers are stripped away, the most giving person in the world.
|See? It's canon!|
Also, she's got a couple of really good songs.
She's complex, she's interesting, she's hilarious. She is, in short, the! Best. Possible. PONY!
Yeah, come on. That joke had to be in here somewhere.