Has anyone else noticed that Rainbow Dash pretty much learns in each of her episodes that ego is bad, and then doesn't change at all?
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Her "I hate boring studying thing" doesn't really endear me to how she comes off to my kids either, but that's a different thing XD
Rainbow's ego is her shield. If she's the best, she doesn't need to be afraid of failure. If she's the coolest pony around, she doesn't need to be emotionally vulnerable. And you can't say she hasn't earned that ego; she is legitimately one of the best fliers in Equestria. And that ego is her greatest virtue; she probably couldn't spell "noblesse oblige" if her life depended on it, but it's clear that noblesse oblige is what drives her loyalty, and that obligation originates in being the most awesome pony who ever lived.