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HC: Starlight Glimmer by Lopoddity HC: Starlight Glimmer by Lopoddity
"In sameness, there is peace. Exceptionalism is a lie. Free yourself from your cutie mark. Choose equality as your special talent. Difference is frustration. To excel is to fail. Be your best by never being your best. Conformity will set you free. Accept your limitations, and happiness will follow. You're no better than your friend."

let's talk about Starlight and her cult. Look out, rambling ahead. There's a lot because I've always found Starlight's backstory/villain motivation to be kind of weak. I made a few tweaks to canon material.

Starlight Glimmer is about ten years older than Twilight Sparkle. Her story does not have a tragic beginning. As a filly, she had caring parents that spoiled her, a community that nurtured her, and most importantly, her very best friend in the world, Sunburst. For quite a long time, all was well.

Then came that terrible day....the day Sunburst experienced a phenomenal magical surge, and subsequently earned his cutie mark. It all happened so fast that Starlight barely had time to process it-one moment, she and Sunburst were playing a game, the next moment, he was getting swept away by his thrilled parents, and the very next day, sent off to Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns. She hadn't even gotten the chance to say goodbye....and as the months went by, Sunburst stopped writing letters. As though he'd gotten swept up with his fancy new magic, and fancy new school, and fancy new cutie mark, and fancy new friends....

And so, Starlight was alone.

She did make new friends, but foals aren't generally eager to associate with blank flanks, and thus, all of Starlight's new friends eventually avoided her once they got their marks. One friendship after another ended, always ended....all due to those rotten cutie marks. Starlight grew up as a late bloomer, only adequate at magic, not exemplary like Sunburst was. She suffered the indignity of being a blank flank for years and years, and although blank flank children are often mocked by their peers, there comes a time where even the adults begin whispering among themselves. That filly's far too old not to have her mark yet....

Starlight passed through childhood, puberty, and finally early adulthood, and still didn't have her mark. Her self esteem suffered tremendously, bowing into itself, threatening to collapse, until finally, to protect her self-concept, Starlight began developing delusions of grandeur. Perhaps she didn't have her mark because she was better than other ponies. She was special. Other ponies were things of contempt....miserable creatures caught up in how they could prove themselves better than their peers. Cutie marks were things of vanity, and only led to pain. She'd seen it for herself! Ponies with different marks lived in different ways, and inevitably, conflict and competition always emerged. Even Starlight herself was bitterly jealous of all ponies and their marks, and resented them greatly....but she grasped desperately at the idea that she, an adult blank flank, was special. Perhaps even destined for a greater purpose, to better ponykind somehow. It is here that Starlight developed a massive messiah complex.

Starlight tried many fields in pursuit of her grand destiny. Magical research, spellwork, historical study, writing....but none of them stuck. She simply studied and mastered each field, and eventually, moved on to the next. Finally, she went into particular, foal birth. She loved the powerful feeling of holding a newborn, malleable foal, and she especially loved the way the parents would gaze at her after she masterfully navigated a high-risk birth. Pure awe....their baby's savior. Starlight reveled in that feeling, but it wasn't enough. She needed more. She was destined for great things, she knew it! She had to save more ponies....from their most dangerous enemy-themselves.

Starlight travels Equestria, trying to spread her personal gospel against the injustice of cutie marks. For a long time she was unsuccessful, as ponies found her aggressive campaigns and anti-cutie mark demonstrations to be off-putting. Finally, she retires to a rented mountain cabin, to isolate herself from those foolish ponies, and reflect on what she was doing wrong. Her meditation is interrupted at the sound of a shout. Starlight ventures out into the snow to find a white stallion lying injured in the snow, his leg broken from an apparent skiing accident. Starlight takes this young pony back into her home and eagerly nurses him back to health, cooing and fawning over him, and once again reveling in his immense gratitude and awe. As she has him effectively trapped and recovering, she decides to experiment with her anti-cutie mark rhetoric, using dear Double Diamond as a sample audience. He doesn't respond at first when she decries all cutie marks as evil-so she decides to change up her delivery. She cooes at him about how awful and unfair ponies can be-hasn't he ever been made to feel inadequate over his cutie mark? Hadn't he certainly been teased for being a blank flank as a child? Surely, he must have had at least one friend who'd fallen away from him after getting their mark. Surely, he must have been bested at least once by a pony with a "superior" mark. Wasn't it just a terrible thing that ponies were each so different? Weren't cutie marks inherently unfair?

Wouldn't it be lovely if everypony were truly equal?

Double Diamond eventually finds himself eagerly nodding along to this very nice, motherly mare. Boy, it would be nice if everypony could be equal, wouldn't it? He becomes so caught up in Starlight's philosophy that he ends up sticking around after his leg heals, and he acts as her assistant, helping her spread her newly honed idealogy, helping hand out pamphlets. Now gentler and more motherly in her approach, Starlight is finally successful in recruiting ponies into her way of thinking. She isn't able to convince many, just enough, such that she eventually shepherds a small herd of followers. She leads her flock to an isolated patch of land, where they happily build a new town, where everypony can be truly equal.

In the dark of the night, after pouring over ancient spellbooks and piles of discarded notes, Starlight finally invents her Cutie-Mark Removal Spell....and immediately, she earns her own cutie mark. As though it were all destiny!

The townsfolk praise Starlight's mark, and she bathes in the adulation, before reminding her fellows that cutie marks are the root of all inequality. In a dramatic demonstration, Starlight aims a driftwood "staff" at herself, and pretends to cast a spell to remove her cutie mark and replace with an equality symbol. As her flock looks on in awe, Starlight boasts of being the first to make the sacrifice, and thus the first to know true liberation from the sin of individuality. Who will join her? After some uncertain murmuring amongst the crowd, the first volunteer comes forth. Then another, and another, and eventually all the townsponies, either through social pressure or shaming, agree to have their mark removed, and locked into the vault.

Starlight loves her town, and her ponies love her.......even when the need arises for strict food rationing. Even when Starlight insists that her ponies commit her equality sermons to memory.  Even when Starlight insists on banning elaborate hairstyles and clothing. Even when Starlight tasks certain ponies with recruiting new citizens for the town, with the eventual threat of punishment if they don't meet their recruitment quotas. Even when Starlight catches a young couple whispering a plan to escape, and orders them to be publicly beaten.

Eventually, we know what happens. The map draws Princess Twilight and her friends to the Equality Village, and they end up freeing the citizens. But Starlight escapes by the skin of her teeth, utterly furious at having her town-her entire life's work- so easily shattered by that wretch of a princess, and her namby-pamby, sanctimonious talk of friendship. She'd had everything! Power, control, and most importantly, ponies that'd worshiped her and revered her word as gospel. Starlight swore revenge, and spent months developing the perfect plot, fine-tuning every detail. In the end, she bests Twilight Sparkle with her time-traveling spellwork, dragging the princess through altered timelines fraught with war, genocide, and despair, and in the end, Starlight threatens to destroy everything, if it means Twilight can suffer, and Starlight can prove her superiority. Twilight's only hope, of course, is one last speech on the value of friendship. Twilight appeals to Starlight's loneliness, and offers her hoof in genuine friendship. Starlight, exhausted, afraid, and finally vulnerable....takes Twilight's hoof.

Aaaaand cue rainbows, friendship, cutesy song, la la la. When news reaches Canterlot,  Queen Luna immediately storms Twilight's castle and interrupts the happy ending, arresting Starlight at once for conspiracy to treason and crimes against ponykind. Hmm.

Starlight is imprisoned for a few months, before Twilight manages to convince Luna that Starlight is too dangerous to be left to plot and grow bitter, and instead is an ideal candidate for reforming. Luna eventually agrees as a favor to Twilight, though she monitors Starlight's dreams for some time afterward, and demands reports on the former cult leader's progress.

Starlight has since learned to trade out her desire to be worshiped with a desire to have real friendships. Though she does still struggle with being too intrusive and domineering, and had to learn not to use highly invasive spells to "helpfully" resolve other ponies' friendship problems. Learning the magic of ethics was an uphill battle, though the lessons learned eventually made Starlight a happier, warmer pony, and made her forever grateful to her new, very dear, real friend, Princess Twilight, as well as the kind, mercifully patient residents of Ponyville. Starlight's trying her best to be better, really she is.


bluahdiuhediuahiu so many words. If you read the whole thing then color me impressed. Some of this is highly inspired and partly ripped from writer AlaraRoger over on Fimfiction. Her profile is here:…

some quick notes:

-Celestia and Luna were open in their distrust and dislike for Starlight, especially Luna, who may have granted Starlight a nightmare or two (forcing her to relive her tyrannical cult days, from the perspective of the ponies she hurt) as punishment.

-Sunburst's magic burst as a colt made him an immediate target for Celestia, who was still very much on the lookout for a champion to defend Equestria and free Nightmare Moon. She took Sunburst on as a personal student (yet another proto-Twilight, like Cadence and Sunset Shimmer), but unfortunately, Sunburst never lived up to the spectacular potential he demonstrated as a child, and eventually he left her school in shame, before Celestia could stop him. Many years later, after the events with Flurry Heart and the Crystal Empire, Celestia is able to express to a tearful Sunburst that she's proud of him, and always has been.

Sunburst and Starlight of course rekindle their friendship, and each look forward to each other's visits and long, detailed letters.

-Double Diamond had a heckuva crush on Starlight in the past, and Starlight knowingly exploited it.

-Starlight eventually finds a very close friend in Sunset Shimmer, and the two have secret talks about their shameful pasts, and similar growth into monsters. The two bond so closely that they regularly visit each other in their respective worlds, before Sunset finally decides to return to Equestria for good, to be with Starlight.

other headcanon series stuff:
    HC: Celestia by Lopoddity Headcanons Are Magic by Lopoddity HC: Love and Hatred by Lopoddity HC:Zesty, Treehugger by Lopoddity

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leopardus1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018
I like her grin! It looks like trollface :)
lola4232 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually the most amazing headcanon I've ever stumbled upon! Starlight has been one of my favorite characters ever since her initial debut appearance back in S5, and I have to admit that this detailed version of events is far better than what the creators inserted for her.

I didn't even know 'HC' was an abbreviation in fandom universes. SMH...
inka-snail Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I love this version of Starlight! <3
CaitBait11 Featured By Owner Edited May 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hellobobo Featured By Owner May 21, 2018
Eh, I would've loved if she remained a villain. More interesting story lines, a continual threat to Twilight, not because of her power, but because of her genius, kind of like Discord but on the opposite spectrum.
GreenCookieWolf-AJ Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so.. did she get her cutiemark?

like i mean in the cannon she still got her cm so wouldnt all that she'd been being triggered about been nothing 
Lopoddity Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Student Digital Artist
"Triggered" is not a synonym for angry. It's a word with real psychological implications for victims of PTSD, and I'd appreciate it if you didn't throw it around as a joke.
GreenCookieWolf-AJ Featured By Owner Edited May 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it is? i remember when words were just words and not something where people use as something serious :/
Lopoddity Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
"I remember when words were just words"

This isn't true. All words have meaning and historical context, and some words are used as descriptors for serious things. Words are tools, and words can hurt. People with triggers are people who have undergone traumatic experiences, and they use the word to refer to specific things that can spark a painful memory for them, induce anxiety, or even cause a phobia-fueled episode. "Triggered" is not a joke, and not synonymous with being is insensitive to use it to describe a candy-colored horse being mad.
inka-snail Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
triggered in this case I believe was in the use as caused the next events, not in which people with PTSD, though I really appreciate there are people out there making sure others know triggered is not a funny joke to throw around ^^
Undertaletrasha Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Motherfucker Lopoddity, you're perfect.
Or maybe my standards are just really low cause I've been in shit company.
GreenCookieWolf-AJ Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also, in what way did i sound like i was using it as a joke?
AuroraGlimmer Featured By Owner May 9, 2018
Nice bio! I absolutely adore the backstory you gave Starlight. In fact, it reminds me a lot of the backstory I gave Starlight in my AU. :)
jendoes Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Student Artist
Oooo I like this a lot.
animefreak728 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"When news reaches Canterlot,  Queen Luna immediately storms Twilight's castle and interrupts the happy ending, arresting Starlight at once for conspiracy to treason and crimes against ponykind. Hmm.

Starlight is imprisoned for a few months..."

I like this story better. 
Partyanimal589 Featured By Owner May 2, 2018
So is her cutie mark an equal sign? Or is it her normal cutie mark?
Jazz-Mania666 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist
What does HC stand for?

EDIT: Never mind!!!
D-fenestrate Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018
"-replace with an inequality symbol."
Shouldn't it be an equality symbol?
WAr-cat Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does she ever receive her cutie mark?
NaveahFlananagan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Student Artist
Yooooo I just realized Starlight a bloody communist o_O
Sob-Saber Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018
A much better and fleshed out backstory for Starlight than, my friend left me alone so let's turn evil.
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Lopoddity Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Sorry, but who says Starlight is younger? Or that her village was young? Or that she was a teenager? I can't judge her backstory as bad because I "just don't understand her character"? No sorry, it's weak writing, and I'm allowed to call it out.

It's cool if you're a Starlight fan, but lord, take the needless defense somewhere else. My personal headcanons don't affect your beloved character in any way.
jonanth Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What, I remember that said I like your Starlight better? (I cant check cus you hided my comment)
Why are have you decided to hate me so much?
Lopoddity Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I have literally no idea who you are or what you're talking about. The above comment was a response to someone else, if that's what you're getting at.
alechiscookie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
omg its so pretty
toxicZodiac Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mcuh better written than the show had it! thumbs up
BiggestBoi45 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2018  Professional
Epic win style
Wolfenpilot687 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Realistic horse with a fabulous hairdo. Only here it works out.
Vitey Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
Speckledpaw-Gets-Big Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
millgiass Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
That commie bitch.
Dancing-Kitten Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student Filmographer
I like Starlight a lot, she's one of my faves. And I like how your take preserves what I like about her, even putting more emphasis on some of my favorite aspects! I really like the idea of her not really being used to not being a villain, and her natural instinct being to do stuff like exploit ponies or use magic to make them do what she wants.
shlurppie Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student Digital Artist
w h y
Nautilus18 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
Luna does t need a warrant to come in and kick some ass.
stefentheking Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome to Edens Gate.
troutbelly Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Starlight "Joseph Seed" Glimmer
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GraceTheAuthor Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student General Artist
Just saying how i like Lop's art and i don't get the whole gender issue thing with horses. Me and Lop are talking about it so no worries.
rainbowshadowclaw Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
I loved reading that....
TylerFreeFlight Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Well! I enjoyed reading all of that. I like Starlight just as I like all reformed ponies, Princess Luna included.
On question... What is the significance of giving her cloven hoofs? Is it because Unicorns are caprine not equine?
CitraDrawsLemons Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, Lop just sometimes gives ponies (especially unicorns) cloven hooves in reference to the traditional unicorns which did in fact look like a mix between a horse and a goat.
At least, that is if i remember correctly.
TylerFreeFlight Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Ah... Yes I see. I think it's cool!
DragosDrawings Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lop draws unicorns with cloven hooves because that is how more traditional unicorns are depicted, with goat-like hooves but still horses i beleive
TylerFreeFlight Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the information. I thought it might be like that.
Kiwi-Ink Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
Don't know if this relates to her universe or something but caprine is the family of goats, not horses...
TylerFreeFlight Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Right, and many old drawings of unicorns based their bodies on goats hence the caprine reference.

I have seen many versions of unicorns but the top two are based off equines and goats. The terms equine unicorn and caprine unicorn 
are used to distinguish this. It's also neat to see drawings of unicorns based off of deer. I think the one in the movie 'The last Unicorn'
was based off of a deer form.

In any case I love all of them and the way Lopoddity draws them. She has some very cool canon ideas for her story's.
Thanks for your thoughts. :)
Dancing-Kitten Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student Filmographer
I believe TylerFreeFlight is suggesting that unicorns have more in common with goats! That's why they mentioned it in relation to the hooves.
LaraHemille Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist

sorry I just hAD TO SAY IT OH MY F GOD
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