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Lightning Dust didn't deserve to be included in the pegasuses
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warbird

@genervt
It is. You know when people complain about villains being reformed, not that Lightning Dust qualifies as a villain, it because of how quick the heel-face turn is with little development to explain the change.

Discord not only got a full episode dedicated to reforming him but follow up episodes to show that it was a complete change and he was still adjusting. Starlight got a montage showing her turn, plus a season to show a continued transition to being good.

Stygian was saved because Twilight took the time to learn how he got possessed by darkness. Sure that too was rushed but we had some time to learn about him during the finale.

Everyone else was either rushed to reform and forgotten or just not given a chance to reveal a back story or reason to chance and got turn to stone.
genervt
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DUSTY IS BEST CAPTAIN
@warbird
@Background Pony #3ED6
Yeah, Lightning Dust trusted Soarin because he was already a Wonderbolt and no one questioned Lightning's efforts to follow that his advice until it was too late.

What's so heart breaking is that if someone had proven that advice false or at least ill advised she could have turned things around. Instead of getting kicked out, though that's probably the proper response for the military, she could have been punished then made Rainbow Dash's wing pony for the rest of the training and given a chance to see how to lead without disregarding the well being of others.

Of course that would have been too long an episode but the story could have been continued as a comic or an episode where Lightning reapplies to be a Wonderbolt and Dash is assigned to oversee her training.

It would have been a great story that practically writes itself.
What a waste.
warbird

@Background Pony #3ED6
Yeah, Lightning Dust trusted Soarin because he was already a Wonderbolt and no one questioned Lightning's efforts to follow that his advice until it was too late.

What's so heart breaking is that if someone had proven that advice false or at least ill advised she could have turned things around. Instead of getting kicked out, though that's probably the proper response for the military, she could have been punished then made Rainbow Dash's wing pony for the rest of the training and given a chance to see how to lead without disregarding the well being of others.

Of course that would have been too long an episode but the story could have been continued as a comic or an episode where Lightning reapplies to be a Wonderbolt and Dash is assigned to oversee her training.
Background Pony #3ED6
@warbird
This image's headcanon: It's part Soarin's fault to give her false advise. Yet Soarin got away with that because he just gave her that advice innocently and ignorantly, and Lightning Dust is completely ignorant believing everything he says without information filters.
Background Pony #60DB
Rubbish is often forgotten about.
Especially when they give a rubbish line like "rivals 4 life" like some Gary Oak wannabe.
Background Pony #8F59
@PastelBacon
Iron Will never got a redemption story either, despite Flim and Flam (kinda) getting one themselves.

That said, with 8 seasons to wrap up, anyone who thought the writers would have closed everything set their expectations wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too high.
PastelBacon

Sunset Shimmer
@ABronyAccount
Technically speaking, you and genervt are both correct.

From separate standpoints.

The writers never gave her character a real chance at redemption, which honestly kinda sucks, considering they reformed Gilda of all characters, who had a very similar attitude to Lightning Dust in a lot of ways.

Obviously, from a show standpoint though, she blew both chances.
But the writers really had it in for her from the beginning.

Considering the original ending to her Season 3 Episode was cut entirely.
She was supposed to get demoted and given a second chance.

Instead they changed it and banned her indefinitely.

And to be fair, considering villains have also tried to kill the Mane 6, there's argument for her to get a fair shot at redemption.

But she never really got one cause I guess they figured "we need at least one bitch who is just a bitch for eternity."

She was far from the most hated side character.

People hated Garble way more than Lightning Dust, and despite him trying to kill stuff on multiple occasions, he was given redemption.