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Let's Ask Celestia by MLP-Silver-Quill Let's Ask Celestia by MLP-Silver-Quill
I'm sure that Princess Cadance's magic is absolutely wonderful to the show's target audience.

But I'm an old curmudgeon, so when I saw that she can make two ponies fall in love, I called "brainwashing!" Then again, this is Equestria; where disagreeing too much causes winter spirits to descend and freeze everybody. Kinda puts things in perspective.

Truth be told, I wanted to make a Men in Black joke in honor of the new movie (which I have not yet seen). This is the end result.

I'm still no good with weather, so the clouds come provided by :icongrendo11: and :iconjunglepony:
The Unicorn magic tutorial was generously provided by :iconpirill-poveniy:
And mustn't forget :icona01421:, whose Canterlot Castle set part of the background.

UPDATE: Now featured on Equestria Daily!

Once again I owe a lot of thanks to those who have or will favorite this piece and taken the time to comment. I've been watching the activity level shoot up in less than ten minutes, and again I am floored by Bronydom's connectivity.

And I appreciate hearing everyone's thoughts on Cadance and her magic. I have nothing against the character, but it is interesting to hear the differing views.
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Velocityraptor28 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
How did you get that
PrincessTwilight04 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Student Artist
Cadence just reminds them of the reason they love each other
MelodySilverpaw Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Jorgan von Strangle, is that you? XD
KannaAsa Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
"Here comes the Mare in Black" XD (probably the 10th person with this joke)

Celestia with sunglasses.... why do i hear the CSI Miamy Intro?
Phoenix360 Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
There was a line in a fic I read:
Cadence: "My magic can't make two ponies love each other, it only reminds them what they love in each other."

Much less brainwashing.
WhiteHawkmlp Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ArticWolfClaw Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HA! HA! HA! Panel 5 is my favorite!GIF My Little Pony - Laugh 
NexusPieXIII Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Celestia you're lucky you have ponies who are willing to ask paunful questions do you research the hard facts I wish I had that in my world and race!
Awesomeeleking5 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Now then I need all of you to look at the device in my hand, thank you.
TheSketchingGhost Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Awesome sauce!
fangkitty123 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
kaitypooh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
That makes sense  
Bright-Elf-Boy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
Head canon- To protect Canterlot from the threat of a changeling invasion, fake love was induced among its residents. as this was fake love, the changelings could not absorb it for power. with no reason to do so, the changelings didn't bother to attack Canterlot, that is until Cadence found love for herself, and it was immense.
blossomxdexter4eva Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
the answer would be that Cadence magic only boosts the love within a person so if that person truly loves the other pony then love will blossom whilst the love potion forced love unto a person whether they like it or not 
latiaslatiosfan52 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Congratulations!!! Your the
194857185967262nd person to answer the three foals' questions!!!
RoseDragon1 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Me: Funny thing, Celestia... I'm neuralyzer proof!!!
Celestia: TO THE MOON!!!!
(Teleports me to the moon)
Me: Okay... Wow, Earth looks beautiful!
(Back in the garden)
Celestia: Nopony must EVER know!!
latiaslatiosfan52 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Me: ok, ok, I won't tell any pony.
*five minutes later, me talking to RD*
Me: hey did you know that celestia has a neuralyser?
Rainbow dash:What's that?
Me: it's a tool that you use to erase someone's memories. It is so powerful, it can erase even some of the most memorable moments of your entire life!
Rainbow dash:that's cool but, why would she even have one?
Me:I think she's using it to slowly get everyone to forget about the love potion incident.
DiscordantPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015

*sees the fillies' eyes* Sheesh, does that light have a mini-Discord in it or something?
neorenamon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
AH, so that's how Celestia avoids all of the awkward questions!!
SweetCaptain77 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Huh. So I'm /not/ the only one who thinks that.
That-Random-Person10 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, Ponies In Black!
latiaslatiosfan52 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Finally someone gets that reference!
GHEARTSTONE Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I read something once, can't remember the name, that had the same idea as this. Instead, though, it was Cadence herself who was worried her magic was morally wrong. To help her see that it wasn't, Celestia takes her around Canterlot to do some match-making without magic. She would find two ponies who could make each other happy and set them up. If she was wrong then the couple didn't work out. The idea was that her magic worked with the same premise, her magic can't force ponies to love each other. It's only if the love was already there, or could be there, that her magic works. This is just a head cannon from something I don't remember the name of, but I like it enough to accept it. You believe whatever you want, this is just what I think.
Capt-J-Dawson Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
I found out about you because this was shared on a forum I stumbled across. Just FYI
FairyTalethepony Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PerceptorsFembot Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Cadence doesn't FORCE ponies in love, she brings out the love that's already there so it drowns out the anger and hate.
KHough Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
I'd like to think that too, buuuuuuuuuuuut the episode itself never said that is how it works; we just see her do her magic and suddenly the couple is happy again, argument completely forgotten.  
Cutepegasister121 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
we only saw her use the love spell THAT ONE TIME when a couple was ARGUING IN FRONT OF THEIR FILLY.I think she did the right thing and Who´s to say they didn´t keep on arguing when Cadance was gone??
Captain-Brony Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Cadance does not force love, she just uses the love that's already there
Cutepegasister121 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
true.the only ponies we saw her try the spell on ALREADY loved each other and were a couple BEFORE Cadance did it
"Honey, I don´t care"
It´s what the mare said, so maybe Cadance just helped them to be positive
Captain-Brony Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Cutepegasister121 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Brohoof Brohoof Applebloom and scootaloo (brohoof) #2 plz 
austWestern Featured By Owner Edited Jan 10, 2016
I think, after reading this, I'm starting to get why Twi became princess so easily.
If we graduate the difficulty of princesses' job in the series, we get something like
100 Celestia. Raise the sun, guarding Equestria, school for gifted unicorns, trolling citizens
75 Luna. Raise the moon, sometimes help Celestia, protecting children's dreams, being favorite princess
25 Cadence. Sometimes - give love... that's already there. But at least this princess has a prince (if I may say so), unlike the others. The royal family stuff and blahblahblah
10 Twilight. Being a princess. And "solve friendship problems", exactly as before being a princess
Sooooo... Each new princess is more and more useless, but as useless as Twi is (I mean, in the princess status) - she became the alicorn nevertheless. Hm, maybe the final goal is to make everyone a princess (saw a comic with this idea, but don't remember the name). Just for lots of princesses with no use whatsoever.
I'm not criticizing, really. Just thoughts.
Cutepegasister121 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
just like in real life right?? There´s no monarchy anymore, the princesses and princes are just there to honor the tradition that their GreatX20 grandparent had power keep the line of succession going. other than that, they just fill out paperwork once in a while and that´s it.
"Princess life is not the easy life" Oh SUUUUUURE it´s not easy sitting in your ASS and be celebrated for it.

I doubt they would make EVERYONE a princess. people would go nuts and/or attempt murder on Hasbro´s people or something.besides, Fluttershy is not princess material, Rainbow and AJ would HATE having to throw their lives away for princess bull-shit, Pinkie would make the world explode and Rarity......................................okay, maybe Rarity´s a good idea.
austWestern Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
They could always take Big Mac for a change.
Cutepegasister121 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
didn´t they already do that???
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ackbarfan5556 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Here come the Men in Black, won't let you remember!
ouransalchemistking Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
her magic is "spreading love" not forcing 2 ponies who don't like each other to love each other, as is shown by her only using her magic on couples. as far as i'm aware only twilight does the brainwashing thing. the first time she tried it ponyville was eaten by parasprites. the second time flutterbat happened. moral of this story, brainwashing bad.
MLP-Silver-Quill Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But she used her magic on two arguing ponies to get them to suddenly like one another. Even if she was building upon a love that already existed, isn't that a form of manipulation as well?
TheNewArchive Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
An interesting idea, but could it be that people are adding dark connotations where none are actually needed? In this case, didn't she just let them think clearer by lowering their anger? And by doing so letting them be reminded of what they mean to each other? How is that bad? Have you never in your entire life been angry with someone (friend, family, significant other, etc.) and said something hurtful that you didn't really mean and only said due to the heat of the moment? When you're angry with someone over a problem (any problem, really), then it becomes nearly impossible to think about it clearly and you tend to do things you end up regretting. From what I saw, the only thing Cadance does is clear that anger away, preventing such a reaction from occurring. If this is manipulation or brain washing, then wouldn't that mean that services meant to do pretty much the same thing (counseling, marriage or otherwise) would be considered manipulative as well?

Of course, that's just my in-character reasoning. Out-of-character reasoning for me is just that the writers needed to have Cadance do something meaningful (seeing as she did just literally pop into existence at the last moment) and said she had power over love, showing this by including scenes like the one you mentioned from the show. The problem being, of course, that the writers never actually stopped to consider how bad that could look if taken the wrong way. In my opinion, you can't blame Cadance for the writers lack of foresight. 
ouransalchemistking Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
granted. but assuming they were in fact dating already, it's a bit more like a magical reminder they love each other. a bit manipulative, i'd agree. but i wouldn't call it full on mind control like with twilight's stop eating spell.

her magic isn't really very well detailed, which is why i'd like to know more about it. we basically only see it twice. twilight just describes it as spreading love, and the only argument she stops is, she want's to get a hooficure, he doesn't want her to. not exactly relationship destroying stuff...unless you're rarity maybe. and then of course shining armor being released from a mind control spell that was placed on him by an increasingly powerful changeling queen. i'd say that suggests her spell is really powerful, but considering the second pony in that situation was herself, and the colt she loved and loved her so much it made chrysalis stronger than celestia, too many variables. even if her spell is a bit manipulative, it's at least the good kind of manipulation, and it's used by a pony with a pure heart. or at least i hope it is, you'd think the alicorn princess of love would have a pure heart. until the show demonstrates otherwise, i consider her magic much like fluttershy's manipulation of discord in the form of a magical shortcut. that's less effective. so the moral of this story is, fluttershy is best pony and should be next alicorn princess. heheh. ah, no i hope not. although that does bring up an interesting point. can anypony, in theory, become an alicorn princess? or is it restricted to unicorns? hmmmm. very interesting indeed.
clunker12 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
I think you people seem to be missing a very important point....ITS A JOKE! sheesh.
ouransalchemistking Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
the comic is hilarious and the only downside is we don't get to hear quill's sexy voice reading it. point not missed, just not the primal focus of this conversation.
YashesLP Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
Wait a sec, I just realised ...
The fifth group this week could mean, there were four other groups who tried a love potion?
Bad brain, shut up, that is clearly not what was meant ... Or was it? Umm ...
Binxybeanygirl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hmm...good question..;)
Rewrite98 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh! I didn't really think about that till NOW!!!!
ricorum Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I do agree with the other comments; Cadence helps others see the good in each other, rather than focus on the bad. Stopping an argument isn't forcing them to love each other, but it definitely helps them to look and act more rationally.

That said: This comic is hilarious and a perfectly valid idea.
joethehero2 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconcadanceplz:: Why not just tell them the truth? I don't make ponies fall in love, I just remind them and reenforce the bonds of friendship and love that exist. Plus that flashy thingy can't be good for them. Remember the first time you used it?

:iconderpyhoovesplz:: Muffin?
Cutepegasister121 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
perfect.if I was Silver Quill, I´ll totally feature this
TandVStudios Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true.
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