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Tough Love by MLP-Silver-Quill Tough Love by MLP-Silver-Quill
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,


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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ImaBronyDEALWITHITOK 2 days ago  New member  Artist
werecass 5 days ago  Student Artist
Poor Discord.
Fluttershy92306 Apr 6, 2014
Worth giving him the stare
CLMeow5000 Mar 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Madarao123 Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Discord is best draconequus, and the only 1 for that matter
KrazyKitty11 Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
First off, I always love your comics, and the only reason I wouldn't comment on every single one is because everything's been said about it. Keep up the awesome work!

Second, Discord is a confusing character that will still act "trickster-ish" probably because, from what we know, draconeqees are all crazy such as him. He has a kind of "Blue to Orange" moral standard that can be harder to decipher as good or bad. But allover, I love how you kept him in character. :meow:
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