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The Mysterious Mare Do Well's Weakness by NaterRang The Mysterious Mare Do Well's Weakness by NaterRang
This comic sort of contains spoilers for season 2 episode 8 of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic -just a heads up!

First multipanel comic I've done in YEARS! But it certainly won't be the last, I have plenty of ideas I hope will soon be realized! Would write more but I've gotta run! Enjoy!

A huge shoutout to both :iconsaintbomber: and :iconkobrakin: who took it upon themselves to both name and flesh out both of the criminal ponies in this pic!
:iconkobrakin: Went so far as to create not one, but TWO comedic fanfictions featuring these two characters! -And you know the best part? They're good! -really good! If you have some free time check them out Here:
and here:

Thanks guys! :D
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Vision: I can definitely see Pinkie as mare do well doing this.
Originality: I can't say I have seen someone do this before...
Technique: It looks really well drawn and I like how it starts as a dark intro of mare do well, to pinkie pie flipping out over cake!
Impact: I literally lol'd at pinkie pie's spaz over cake. How many words are there!? I couldn't stop laughing because of its length!!!
18/20 (including half) It was great, interesting and funny! But I can imagine someone doing this before... But all in all, I love this pic and to me, its and instant favorite!
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icewhip Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
*sings to…

Daring mare of mystery,
Champion of right,
Swoops out of the shadows,
This mare owns the night.
Somewhere some villain schemes,
But his number's up.

Mare Do Well!
When there's trouble, call MDW!
Let's get dangerous!
PyramidHead90 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
I think you're a little confused.  Batman: The Animated Series didn't have lyrics to it's theme.
kylemon73 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I want to see a (or a few) sequels to this with the other mare do wells, for some reason I'm picturing  twilight fascinated by a meth lab
Lost-Our-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
so much win xD
EliratheDinosaur Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:icontldrplz: TLDR. x'D
Irishshift Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
The sad thing... I can totally see something like this actually happening 0_o'
SFaccountant Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
You'd think law enforcement in Ponyville would be really easy, what with everyone wearing their talent/career on their thighs.
SonofaDJ617 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is why Pinkie is better off being Launchpad in a way
Foxy-Noxy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Gosh I miss Darkwing Duck.
joltster109 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I love chocolate cake! ^^
xXSilverLiningXx Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student General Artist
okay, just yes. that is awesome.
Teawanee Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Love the darkwing duck reference btw XD
NaterRang Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! XD
CrammedInAJar Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Brass Knuckles for a cutie mark... but no knuckles to speak of...
xv22shasokais Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
I thought it's a dog paw.
Never mind. I'm going to bed.
WheelJackson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   General Artist
Pinkie Pie is worst superhero. XD
UMSAuthorLava Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconpinkiepieshrugplz: Should've sent Twilight Sparkle.
kooklaa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
didn't even bother to read all of it
Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
It's hard to stop crime on an empty stomach.
DemonPanther Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
SammyW28 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
You read my mind! :lol:
Kai-t-linbee Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh pinkie pie you and your cake good job
ZDForrest Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
:rofl: I can't..stop..(gasp) laughing!!
AqomXG Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Duh....pinkie pie is pinkie pie
Grazehunter Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
This was good. I like the concept and the idea made me laugh.


Bad guy: Ummm...that's my chocolate cake.

(Pinkie gives him a menacing stare)

Bad guy: can have it
The-Dark-Lord-Link Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Team-Friction Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
'No kidding... she sure gets around for just one mare.'
'That's where you're wrong.'
'I don't think it IS one mare. I think she's got a whole bunch of them stashed somewhere like a SWAT team... she just wants you to THINK that-'
'Eh, you're ALWAYS seein' double.'
theoldhorse Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
*uses the carform on her* okay boss this ones gotta be worth money, its pink, girls love pink, lets fatten her up too, chubby cute pink is the in thing, as for these two, kill them, we've got our money,
TheAirgonaut Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
This is apparently why criminal ponies wear pants. Just have to hope for an inconspicuous cutie mark, or always wear clothes.
NaterRang Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

That's brilliant! It makes so much sense! XD

TheAirgonaut Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Never trust a pony wearing pants >_>
BionicCommano2010 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
it's so delicious & moist =p
Pinkrosie9090 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Look at me still talking when there is eating to do....
anname219 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read this in Pinkie Pie's voice XD Also, why would they have chocolate cake?
Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, for such so sub-par, this episode sure has gotten a lot of fanart. Good work, btw.
NaterRang Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D

I seem to be one of the few bronies that actually liked this episode. Now don't get me wrong, it had it's flaws and was probably the weakest of season two. I agree that the moral of the story was flawed, the mane cast was acting OOC, and the whole issue could've been solved just by Dash's friends TALKING to her rather than the elaborate ruse that followed. Still, as a huge Batman and Darkwing Duck fan, I loved the superhero references that peppered this episode!
In the end the episode could've, and should've been better, but I still enjoyed it for the things it did right. :)
matt0044 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
But to cut straight to the point, here's what you should see:

1. A lot of people are calling out the Mane Six (Well, Mane five, anyway) for what they did to Rainbow Dash in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", effectively embarrassing her in front of the whole town. But remember at the beginning of the episode? RD had her own fan club even before all those accidents started happening. Chances are she will have somehow saved the town again by the next episode and be a hero again.

2. Better yet, nopony aside from Rainbow Dash is really acting like she's been embarrassed. A few ponies grumble at her over the incidents, but nopony's making fun of her or anything. Rainbow Dash is just imagining the situation being worse than it is, just like all the other ponies during their respective freakouts.
If anything, Rainbow was embarrassing herself with her constant bragging (the townsponies were going to get tired of it, just like her friends were), so the Mane Five essentially saved her from ruining her own reputation. Which is worse: hurting your friend a little to point out an error in her ways before it gets out of control, or to do nothing and let the town turn against her anyway, despite her efforts to be a hero?

3. The Mane Five's actions against Rainbow Dash in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" can seem particularly harsh before you realize: Rainbow Dash freaking out and then feeling all depressed probably wasn't part of their plan at all!

4. Probably? I'm sure they had no idea how much it was affecting Rainbow Dash. It's just that Rainbow is not up front with her feelings (for example, in "Sonic Rainboom" they all knew that Dash was nervous, but none of them ever learned just how bad she was).

The point is that while at first glance, these actions may've seem OOC, they actually weren't really. Well, those are just some ways of looking at it.
NaterRang Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think CR did the best job elaborating on the issues of this episode:


It's not a hatefest, it's well explained and it hits a lot of the legitimate issues I had with the episode.

Regardless of how you rate it in relation with other episodes in the series, it does create an emotion response in the viewer and has inspired much fanart and fiction. :)
matt0044 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
A few things I'll take away from the video is the "vigilantly" complaint for one. My memory might be on the fritz but have we ever seen any police ponies? At all? If so, then have we ever seen a crime being committed? Speaking of crimes, the Mare Do Well wasn't stopping crimes against the law at all but saving people from disaster. I'm not expert on the law but I'm pretty sure that doesn't actually count.

Second, the mask could've been meant to conceal the identity of a "pony" that didn't want the fame so they can live as a normal pony without being mobbed by fans (Fluttershy would have to agree with that) unlike Rainbow Dash. I think THAT was their intention: to see how humble the MDW was in comparison to her. As pointed out before, Rainbow Dash freaking out probably wasn't a part of the Mane Five's plan. It likely could've been an underestimation on their part.

And that "showboating" Fluttershy did, I honestly thought she was just flying over to sorta confuse RD with the wings so the MDW's identity would be harder to figure out (after seeing the MDW's magic horn). It through me for a loop too.

I get how the episode's moral came across in confusing (at best) manner and there definitely was plenty of room for improvement and a couple of tweaks to fix things up. I don't hate how this episode got a bad rap but rather I'm just saying that there are other ways at looking at things.
matt0044 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
So... what do you think of the points I got from TV Tropes overall?
NaterRang Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I think there's some interesting theories in there, but to be honest I think a number of the points were REALLY stretching it. In the end Dash's friends acted just as bad- if not worse- than Rainbow Dash. I can see what the writer was trying to do, but they fumbled on execution. It was probably the most poorly written episode of the season, but I still like it. As CR said in essence; whether for good or bad, we want our entertainment to make an impression on us. Lots of people got angry and trashed this episode, but it inspired a lot of fanart and fanfiction exploring the aftermath and impact of the episode on the mane six's friendship, and a multitude of 'what-if?' scenarios. In the end, The Mysterious Mare Do Well made an impression, and that's good enough for me. :)
matt0044 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Fair enough, that's your point of view and I'm not going to rail on you just because mine happens to be different. I will say that I agree that it's good that the episode made an impression whether or not it was the best or the worst. But honestly, I stand by my claims that this episode may not've been one of Season 2 best but I don't believe it's as bad as everyone makes it out to be or for all the reasons they make.

Honestly, the episodes would've worked with a couple of tweaks to script so the Mane Five's "harsh" actions seem justified (for the reasons I mentioned above and below) and whatnot. But time constraints are a bitch as usual, I guess. If it was a novel, you could fit it all in.

BTW, did you read my next post too? I watch the video and I had a few things in rebuttal. Not that it was bad (I mean, I totally agree about his weird philosophy) but I couldn't help but disagree with certain points.
matt0044 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Furthermore, Scootaloo liking the Mare Do Well can be interpreted as "I like MDW but RD will always be number one for me."

Plus, the Mane Five likely didn't know what kind of effect MDW would have on Dash but hey, they had to point out how her ego-trip's been going a tad to far somehow and she wasn't letting a word of their get in. They're her friends and they have every right to voice their concerns they may have about her.

Man, debates like these make me feel like Phoenix Wright. It's... exhilarating to be quite honest.
matt0044 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
I thought that too until I found this on TV Tropes that got me thinking: [link]

Go to Episode 8 to 14 under Season 2 for some food for thought about this episode.
Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I concur! [/English accent]
matt0044 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I thought that too until I found this on TV Tropes that got me thinking: [link]

Go to Episode 8 to 14 under Season 2 for some food for thought about this episode. You may be surprised.
booklover41 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
haha oh Pinkie
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RandomFoxFan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
lol very nice XD
author92 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Other weakness's include: The dark, books, bunnies, apple based business, and spike (depending on which mare do well it is)
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