That title sounds pretty awesome, but actually this is about ponies :-P.
My purpose in this post is to demonstrate that My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a serious work of art by illustrating its theme. It’s my first addition to Doompony’s thesis that this show is a white nationalist polemic advertising traditional, pre-Christian European society.
Twilight Sparkle was born into Equestria’s aristocratic class, the unicorns, who populate the nation’s capital city and are scattered throughout the lesser cities and towns. Only unicorns (melonheads) can use magic, which in Western fiction is a metaphor for the ability to persuade and manipulate via frame control. (The other unicorn in the “Mane Six”, Rarity, is an artist.) Twilight, on the other hand, is a philosopher and intellectual. This interpretation of magic-as-perception is key to truly understanding Doompony’s thesis- it’s right in the show’s title if you have the right angle on it. Society is an idea.
Though Twilight originally had only mediocre magical talent as a child and struggled to pass the entrance exam for a prestigious private school, she is inspired by Rainbow Dash’s act of epicenter genius (represented by the first ever Rainbow Boom- more on that another time) which unlocks her latent abilities. She becomes a genius and begins to study obsessively. All ponies have a vocational specialization (a “calling”) which is represented by their cutie marks, an icon that appears on their flanks in a moment of inspiration- but Twilight is special. Her calling is supercharged magical abilities, and she receives this at the same time as the ponies with whom she eventually becomes friends. (This epicenter genius phenomenon occurs in season 1 and begins to have implications in the finale of season 5, which shows a shocking level of foresight from the writers.)
Twilight’s genius is recognized by Princess Celestia, the arch-melon God empress of Equestria, who decides to personally mentor her. Like the other gods, Luna and Cadence, Celestia’s divine aspect is represented by the possession of both a unicorn’s horn and pegasus wings. She is always shown with one eye covered, which evokes the Eye of Horus and further specifies her cosmological role. Celestia sends the egghead technocrat out into the world for the dual-purpose of becoming more worldly-wise and acting as a state-sponsored, deep-state intelligence officer who sends regular reports to her handler.
(This dynamic gives rise to the interesting structure of the show. All of the really interesting stuff happens in the bookend episodes: the season debut and finale episodes. Mid-season episodes are miniature Aesop’s fables about how a functional European society must operate, which Doompony goes into in great detail. For example, in one episode Twilight learns to respect Pinkie Pie’s eccentricity as a side effect of her extraordinary intuitive faculties. Eccentrics have always been at least grudgingly tolerated in the West, and are sometimes elevated to shamanic status. Personally, I figure there’s a golden mean in between.)
Twilight learns more and more about friendship (social organization). At the end of season three, she uses this knowledge to resolve an abstract problem of economic malinvestment– removing ponies from jobs where they have natural talents, and misplacing them into employment for which they are constitutionally unsuited. In this episode Twilight has accidentally mixed up their cutie marks (economic specializations), and she resolves this by persuading them to do each others jobs as charity, out of friendship. This restores the cutie marks to their original owners.
After this act of persuasion, Celestia elevates Twilight into the spirit world and transforms her into an alicorn princess (that is, a pony god) by giving her pegasus wings in addition to her unicorn’s horn. Twilight thereafter becomes a peer of the other gods and a royal ceremony is conducted to introduce her into the pantheon.
This becomes important later on in the finale of season four because Twilight undergoes the altruistic version of the Behelit myth:
Near the ancient castle, Twilight continues practicing her new powers, with some difficulty. When Tirek appears and demands her magic, Twilight desperately avoids him. In the process, at least the aboveground portion of Golden Oak Library is completely destroyed. In rage, Twilight fires upon Tirek with a massive magic blast. Tirek realizes what the other princesses have done, and Twilight battles him in an explosive and destructive duel, able to combat him on equal footing.
Seeing the two of them are at a stalemate, Tirek offers with Twilight a trade: the release of her friends in exchange for the Alicorn magic. Despite her friends’ protests, Twilight agrees to trade the magic for her friends, including Discord. Discord thanks Twilight and apologizes to Fluttershy, and Tirek promptly absorbs all of Twilight’s magic, making him almost unstoppable.
Discord, repentant of his actions, gives the medallion given to him by Tirek to Twilight as a sign of true friendship. Believing this to be the final key needed to open the chest, Twilight and her friends race to the Tree of Harmony.
Twilight and friends return to the chest, where Twilight’s medallion turns into the last key. Before Tirek discovers and stops them, the six friends turn the keys at the same time, and the top of the chest opens, releasing a rainbow-colored blast of power that showers them in light. The ponies are transformed and given rainbow-marked coats, manes and tails. They confront Tirek, who is unable to overpower their magic.
A blast of light strips Tirek of his power, and he is banished to Tartarus once more. Twilight and her friends fly over all of Equestria and return all of the ponies’ stolen magic, and the other princesses are freed from their own imprisonment. Finally, the Tree of Harmony launches the chest and its keys toward Ponyville, where it sinks into the ground. Mere seconds later, a great crystal castle rises out of the ground from where the chest landed.
The lesson is the same as it was in Chrono Trigger: nations are born of and empowered by biological altruism. The willingness of the individual pony to sacrifice herself for her friends is how the greater nation is able to overcome the most dire opposition.
And now I’m going to take this as an excuse to post the fight scene with Tirek. I assume most people reading this aren’t bronies, but you’ll still enjoy this. It’s basically Dragon Ball Z. (Skip to 1:06 to avoid the dramatic buildup.)