Oh, and a less-cracky headcanon too.
Princess Platinum, like the other two leaders, is shown being really silly and immature in the play, but I figure a lot of that is probably exaggerated, and the historical Platinum was a competent, respected leader. Upon founding Equestria she kept the title “Princess” because she ruled as an equal with the other two tribe leaders, which continued for a time with their successors. Over time the title of Princess became elevated so much that it was respected above King or Queen, which were associated too much with the old world, and so when the current royalty was established they took on that title out of respect for her. Equestria has been ruled by princesses ever since.
Crack headcanon time.
I was thinking about Hearth’s Warming Eve earlier. I always sorta wondered what happened to the original pony lands. I mean, one presumes they remained the frozen wastelands that they became during the events of the play. But I wondered if some ponies might have stayed there and found some way to live. They’d probably be pretty different from Equestrian ponies by this point, of course.
Hmm. They said Princess Platinum was the daughter of “the unicorn king.” He didn’t seem to come with her to Equestria.
I wonder if we have any named unicorn kings who rule over a different kind of ponies in the middle of a frozen wasteland.
Well, here to help you do so is I, Donny’s Boy—ponyfic author, Pinkie Pie shipper, and bona fide grade-A trans man!
I’ll only be covering the effects of hormone replacement treatments in this post and not delving into the more psychological and sociological issues of gender identity, mostly because all of that stuff is a lot more complicated to talk about. But most genderswap stories tend to focus on physical elements, anyway, so I think the hormone stuff is most applicable. (How applicable is something that depends, of course, on how closely you want to relate real-life human experiences to what happens in your pony world.)
This was a really interesting read. I try to be relatively educated on the other side of trans issues so I was aware of most of the physical changes, but it’s interesting to think of how it might affect our pony friends.
Reading this gave me some ideas and I wanted to spend some time talking about these issues myself.
I talk a fair bit about headcanons here, whether that’s headcanons for how Fluttershy feels about Rainbow Dash or how Equestrian culture feels about sex or how certain magical aspects of the setting function. The show invites this sort of speculation and it’s a lot of fun to discuss it with you all! But there’s something I’ve been wondering.
When we say something is headcanon… just what does that mean?
A tempting answer might be that it means “I think that’s how it really is.” Fluttershy really loves Rainbow Dash, for example. But it’s really just pictures and sounds that come out of my computer. Unless one is prepared to say that Equestria really exists somewhere then this definition can’t possibly work.
But it’s something LIKE that, I think. Headcanons are theories. They’re systems of ideas that attempt to explain past events and, perhaps, predict future events. But it’s sort of strange to have theories about things that don’t actually exist. If the theories aren’t about a real Equestria that exists out there, just what are they about? Let’s consider a few options.
Nudity is not a taboo in Equestrian society. All ponies of any gender, age, or social status may be entirely nude in public at any time. Most ponies are naked most of the time, and the majority of the clothing they do wear doesn’t cover up any of the areas we tend to cover in our world.
Speaking as an artist who on one hand, often finds drawing clothes difficult, and on the other hand, enjoys designing elaborate outfits, the appeal of working in a setting where I don’t have to draw clothes when I don’t want to and can still make neat fancy clothes when I feel like it is pretty clear. I’m guessing the ponies’ nudist ways makes it a lot easier to animate them, and it probably makes it easier to make toys of them as well. And the big way to make clothes easy to animate is to have your characters always wear the same outfits, which I’ve always found silly, so making them naked is a good way to avoid that. It also makes wearing clothing a good way to say “something special is going on” to the audience.
Anyway, I wanted to look a bit at how ponies use clothing and what the ramifications of their attitudes might be. I speculate about pony sexuality here a bit so you may wish to skip this post if you feel that’s a secret mankind was not meant to know.
This is what I am writing my dissertation upon. My dissertation for my Ph.D. in Advanced Studies in Magical Pony Sociology, Culture, and Sexuality.
Pinkie is crushing on Rainbow and, post “Griffon the Brush-Off,” they have a thing. They are silly and happy together. They’re dating exclusively but not super seriously.
Rarity and Applejack slowly build a friendship post “Look Before You Sleep,” but it’s not until “The Best Night Ever” that the possibility of romance even occurs to either of them (mostly occurring to Rarity in regards to Applejack).
Great headcanons! They all work pretty well. I like the idea of Rarity and AJ keeping it a secret (poorly).
Everyone’s been posting so much fanfiction lately and I’m starting to get back into a writing mood. But I’m not really feeling my main fanfic right now and I wanted to just try writing something quick. I was inspired a bit by certain parts of Home Is Where The Hearts Are and I wanted to explore some of that in addition to some of my own headcanons and speculations. I’m trying to get better at just writing and not worrying about it too much, since worrying too much leads to not writing.
(I say “quick” up there, but I actually spent several hours on this. That’s still kinda quick for me though. 3000 words or so in only 7 hours or so. Success?)
Anyway, I’m already wasting too much time writing this intro instead of the story, so let’s go:
I don’t know if anyone follows me that doesn’t follow RWL’s How Do Ponies Work, but if you don’t, you should. This was absolutely beautiful! Spoilers after my own read more:
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I’m grateful to hear your thoughts on it. More detailed and spoilery responses below.
It’s often remarked that Scootaloo is the only Cutie Mark Crusader who hasn’t yet had her own episode. I think if one really wanted to stretch then one could say that Cutie Mark Chronicles featured her in a slightly more central role than the others, but obviously the episode was mostly about the main six anyway.
So I think a lot of us would be really curious to see a Scootaloo episode and get to know her better. And, just as Sweetie Bell and Applebloom are often given importance through their relationships with Rarity and Applejack respectively, many fans have suggested an episode centering on Scootaloo’s relationship with Rainbow Dash. We know she looks up to Dash and perhaps obsesses over her a bit, but we don’t know anything more than that.
Scootaloo’s interest in Dash is certainly a good plot hook for an episode about her, since that’s one of the few things we really know about her and it’s a good way to connect her story to the main six. But I’m not sure I’d make it a “Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash” episode. Scootaloo isn’t the only pony who has trouble flying and an interest in Rainbow Dash. So I think I’d be a lot more interested in seeing a “Scootaloo and Fluttershy” episode.
Let’s see how it might go!