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Tough Love

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Dear Princess Celestia,

It’s sad to say, but there are some in this world who think that kindness is the same as weakness. They think that they can do or say mean things because they can get away with it.

I feel sorry for them, because they don’t realize that it takes a lot more strength and courage to show kindness; and it’s not pretty when reality catches up to them.

With that in mind, I am pleased to report that Discord has agreed to not to throw the world in to chaos or make ponies unhappy or replace your bathwater with strawberry soda again.

Your faithful (and kind) subject,
Fluttershy

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This was not a work of free will. I was compelled-neigh-driven to draw this comic. The fan within me cried out for this the moment I read the synopsis for Keep Calm and Flutter On.

My favorite heroine and my favorite villain sharing an episode? This could either be fantastic or tragic. I'm not anticipating a lot of middle ground.

Realistically, I'm not sure what to make of the episode. I question Celestia's bizarre actions and wonder if this might be Discord's final appearance within the show. No way to know, but I'm eager to find out.

Fingers crossed for a good showing!

Update: I should take away that "Spoilerific!" warning, but I worked hard drawing Pinkie Pie, dang it!

Guess I can't say I called it on this one since the Stare was a no-go, but I would have been disappointed if the episode had followed my prediction down to the resolution.

All in all, I enjoyed the episode. This was one of Fluttershy's strongest showings because she wasn't flanderized as a scardy-pony or a volcano of rage. She took on a responsibility, stuck to it in the face of resistance, and showed appropriate anger at the situation.

And while Discord might be partially redeemed, he's not entirely a nice guy. His new outlook allows him to still be a trickester, but now he's not taken to the extreme of world domination. That gives the writing staff more flexibility (and John de Lancie a chance to reprise the role again).

And thanks once again to Equestria Daily for the support and activity spike. It's hard to believe this season is three episodes away from completion. It's been short, but very strong!
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Pinstriped-Pajamas's avatar
Pinstriped-PajamasHobbyist General Artist
I could easily see “the stare” truly working on Discord later in the series (sadly, this never happened). After he gets so attached to Fluttershy, I can see her “disapproving eyeballs” bringing him into submission when he gets out of line. :giggle:
Great comic, by the way! :w00t:
HeartStorm4ever's avatar
HeartStorm4everHobbyist General Artist
The Stare!
GoldenGriffiness's avatar
GoldenGriffinessProfessional Digital Artist
I had no idea you were an artist Silver! Nice! :D
I-AM-LOLCAT's avatar
Errrr......*takes ten steps away*
ditistomzelf's avatar
ditistomzelfHobbyist General Artist
oh no, her disaproving eyeballs!
PerryPickny's avatar
PerryPicknyStudent General Artist
"There are some in the world that think kindness is the same as weakness. they think that they can do or say mean things because they can get away with it."

That is Baltimore in a nut-shell, sadly.......
eta-gamma-14's avatar
Isn't it, like, the most violent city in America?
PerryPickny's avatar
PerryPicknyStudent General Artist
yup, it sucks living here hecc
Ms-VerMa's avatar
Ms-VerMaHobbyist General Artist
Great comic - but I also love the description. :)

Discord has agreed to not to throw the world in to chaos or make ponies unhappy or replace your bathwater with strawberry soda again.
You know, I'd like to see Celestia's (and maybe Luna's) reaction to the last one. I'd bet there was a loud, angry "DIIISCOOOORRRD!" filling the entire castle after Celestia left the bathroom all pink and sticky. :P
mari1201's avatar
OMG you were right fluttershy did invite discord to tea partys
tokyofox200's avatar
Aside the fact that it sort-of worked after they saved the tree of harmony.. Is it possible that the reason it didn't work because it was the nearly same kind of power or because he wasn't an animal?. Who knows? The stare is a bit of a mystery.. Maybe more than Pinkie sense because it seems that Fluttershy has learned to control it since Staremaster... 

In any case it was worth a laugh...
emilie8400's avatar
knock knock.
whos there 
DA STARE
Bright-Elf-Boy's avatar
if the stare worked on Discord. an excellent what if scenario.
Snowdog-zic's avatar
Ask and you shall recive.
DiscordantPrincess's avatar
Honestly...I like your idea better. The Stare having no effect on Discord just seemed kinda...silly.
TailsRox's avatar
TailsRoxHobbyist Traditional Artist
Discord isn't an animal.  He's the Lord of Chaos.  I'm pretty sure it's okay if it doesn't work on him.
galaxy543's avatar
Did the Stare ever work on other ponies, griffons etc.?

Because i honestly don't know.
neorenamon's avatar
While the premise is amusing, they've already shown that the Stare had no effect on Discord... unless he's faking it... AGAIN.
bigthinkz546's avatar
You know you could have just used the stare on discord the whole time
CheesycheeseoCheese's avatar
When the episode came out he RESISTED IT
ForestStarStudios's avatar
ForestStarStudiosHobbyist General Artist
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
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