So, if you didn’t already know, I am a fan of the kid’s show My Little Pony, or at least, of the Faustian version. Since the reasons for this are numerous and somewhat silly and because doing so would be rehashing what half the internet has been saying for the last two years, I will refrain from doing so. However, what I will do is totally give my ridiculous fan idea for what should happen in season four given the events which occurred at the end of the third season. There will be spoilers. You have been warned.

As watchers of the series will already know, at the end of the third season, in what some people claim has been coming for a long time, the main character, Twilight Sparkle, was transformed into an alicorn. If you don’t know what an alicorn is, good job avoiding the ensuing hurricane of grief which overtook the fandom around the airing of that episode. But, if you still don’t know, an alicorn is a culmination of all three types of ponies within the show: earth or plain ponies, pegasus or flying ponies, and unicorns or magic ponies. Twilight began the show as a unicorn and was under the tutelage of Princess Celestia, an alicorn herself. Through the course of the series up till now she’s been gaining in her abilities and wisdom until, at the end of the third season, she was granted alicorn-ship and princesshood by Princess Celestia.

Truly, the end of days.

Truly, the end of days.

 

Now, I’m going to assume here for the rest that you know what I’m going to be talking about. If not, please got watch the show you heathen and scoundrel for having come this far knowing there will be spoilers.

The real point, aside from questionable lessons about predestination and free-will,  was that Twilight is now an alicorn. “Hoorah!”, you say, but not so fast. Some people are very upset that an alicorn has been made from nothing. When the show started there were only two alicorns in the pony mythos: Celestia and Luna. Both we are told are nigh immortal, having lived for thousands of years, and have tremendous power. Celestia can control and raise the sun and Luna can control and raise the moon amongst other things. We then went two seasons with just the both of them until the second season finale when it is revealed that Princess Cadance, who marries Twilight’s brother, is also an alicorn.

The question raised at this point is: are alicorn’s deities? I dont think so. There was, of course, credence for Celestia and Luna to be primordial gods of the heavens. Their powers are inextricably linked to their heavily spheres as Celestia appears to be a link to the brightness  and position of the sun and Luna actually is merged with the Moon at one point. One could argue that to be an alicorn, then, is to be a god. However, we also have Cadance who is clearly not a goddess having never been mentioned in legends but also growing at the same rate as Twilight. What do we make of this? She is not immortal like Celestia or Luna, but she is a being of immense power as demonstrated by her successful repulsion of the changeling invasion almost single-handed (hoofed?).

Cadance grew up. Gods don't have puberty.

Real gods don’t have puberty.

 

Given this, we can draw only a few conclusions. One, while rare, alicorns are not in a static set. Though initially there were only two ageless alicorns, a growing one indicates that they can be bred or created. Having only seen three at this point we can assume that this indeed is a very uncommon occurrence. Two, alicorns can be made by other alicorns. We see this only happen once when Twilight is transformed by Celestia. It can be argued that Celestia and Luna are still gods as they are the only class of characters who can “promote” other ponies into being alicorns, but we’ve no evidence that this is an ability unique to just the two of them or simply to Celestia. Three, alicorns are basically amped up ponies. They combine the best traits of all three base classes, but also have a primary power enhanced to absurd levels. Four, the primary power which is enhanced is linked to both their cutie marks and to celestial objects. Celestia has a radiant sun. Luna has a shadowed moon. Cadance has a heart (which looks suspiciously like crystal). While the first two are pretty much on the nose, Cadance’s “heart” power still stays within the confines of cosmic attributes. My reasoning is that you can either take “heart” or “love” and give it a new-age twist as a permeating force within the universe which would probably make Cadance over-powered since she could then control the will of others or you could say that “love” is in the Ancient Greek fashion of being akin to gravity. Given her explosion of the changelings and the force field preventing Sombra from entering the Crystal Empire, I would conclude that gravity is a good match.

Celestia

Celestia

Luna

Luna

Cadance

Cadance

 

Given these conclusions, what can we say about Twilight? First off, she is now a princess. Yay. No one has yet determined what this means exactly. Princess Celestia rules Canterlot and Princess Cadance the Crystal Empire, but Princess Luna apparently sits at home all day. Ponyville, Twilight’s adopted home town, is under the control of Canterlot. No one knows where or if Twilight will get a kingdom.

Second, she now has a primary power that has been enhanced. What is that power? Here is where it gets interesting I think as the real question is “What cutie mark does Twilight have?” Twilight, you might guess by her full name, has Sparkles. But, what if these are not sparkles? Follow with me here. The other three have celestial forces: sun, moon, love/gravity. But sparkles aren’t really cosmic. What if instead, her cutie mark was that of a nova? It makes sense. Her cutie mark look like a nova and it would conform to the established trend of alicorn powers.

Looks legit

Looks legit

 

Clearly, given all the above, the best option for season four is this. Twilight, having been given power, but no fiefdom of her own, decides to use her new-found abilities to nova the sun, killing the ruling monarch and plunging the world temporarily into darkness. This move would be completely clandestine as it requires no proximity to Celestia. It would also be unforeseeable by Celestia who unknowingly made a grave miscalculation granting Twilight, the champion against goddess Luna and demigod Discord, enormous powers and then artificially separating her from her friends. With the Princess gone, Twilight assumes the throne and establishes her own rule over the kingdom of Equestria with her closest friends and allies as regents and governors. To calm the populace, Twilight then forms an alliance with Cadance and together they restore the sun, combining their powers to reignite the nuclear fires in the sky. However, in the shadows, Luna, having been usurped of her rightful place then begins plotting Twilight’s downfall in a Netflix original series: House of Oats, starring Kevin Spacey.

The plot has been doubled.

The plot has been doubled.

 

Note: Granted, you could argue that since love is a cosmic force, why shouldn’t magic be also? A fair point, but if we’re going to say that Twilight now has control and mastery over the concept of magic we might as well call it a day and bow down to our new over-lord, Twilight Sparkle.

Double Note: Is Chrysalis an alicorn? Dun dun dunnnnn.

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