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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Well, pride and egotism my not necessarily mean the same thing, but they do both generally mean one has a higher opinion of themselves that one would be led to believe. Applejack’s pride has occasionally made her think she can do no wrong, while Rainbow’s ego makes her feel like she’s the best at everything. But in general, what I was originally implying is that both have negative qualities they really can’t call each other out for because of their past actions.
That really is true. Yet if someone asked you who the biggest troublemaker was in The Mane Six their finger might hover near Pinkie Pie for a bit.. then point firmly to Dashie!
There's the traits we've mentioned. She's also selfish, got impulse control issues, a big mouth, and somewhat limited self-awareness.
If she was a human she'd be the sort of exciting woman that acquires husbands and ex-husbands like beads on a string. Frankly, Applejack would be the only one a guy like me could live in the same house with for long before things got toxic.😄
She'd actually be good for me: a girl who'd go out of her way on principle to stonewall the bullshit I tell myself and others, in a way that won't make me resentful.
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.