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Rainbow Dash
Rainbow Dash by Nethear
Rainbow Dash, being awesome
Other names Dash, Dashie, Rainbow, RD
Kind Pegasus
Sex Female
Fan voice(s) Emily Koch (listing)
Erica Mendez (listing)
Jenny Nicholson (listing)
Susanna Brown (Rainbowlicious)
Alina Alberto (Sonic VS MLP and Misty vs Rainbow Dash)
Saru4life (Turnabout Storm, part 1)
Foxy Lee (Rainbow Gets Her License)
GingaJinketsuKoushi (Turnabout Storm, part 2 forward)
PurpleRoselyn (Rainbow Dash's BFF and The Goof-Off: Literal Video Version)
FiMFlamFilosophy (listing)
Max Gilardi (listing)
DivinexRose (My Little Investigations)
Love Flores (Cupcakes 2: Life of Death)
Other links

Rainbow Dash is one of the "Mane 6". She is a friend of Twilight, Pinkie, Fluttershy, Applejack and Rarity.

She is also the bearer of the element of loyalty.

Personality

She is fast, blunt, and concerned with looking "cool." She can often be found napping on a cloud, practicing a new trick, or actually doing her job of maintaining Ponyville's weather. Also, she tries her best to reach her goals without giving up. Despite that, she is loyal to her friends and Ponyville, and will always try to help them in their time of need.

Use in fan works

Common themes for Rainbow Dash include:

  • Getting killed by various means and/or losing her wings, preferably before she becomes a Wonderbolt as seen in "Cupcakes", "Rainbow Factory", and "The Cold Hand of Mercy." "Tales" inverts this idea, she dies after becoming a wonderbolt and gets to keep her wings in the process.
  • Her ties to the Wonderbolts, who she almost always ends up joining in stories set in the future.
  • Working with Scootaloo on flying or avoiding the small Pegasus's obsessive adoration.
  • Injuring herself badly after failing a new trick (these stories were "banned" from Equestria Daily after the events of S2E03 - "Lesson Zero", but let back in after the events of S2E16- "Read it and Weep").
  • Being shipped with everypony and everything, up to and including the very concept of shipping itself.[specify]
  • She is commonly shipped with her male counterpart Rainbow Blitz, such as in On a Cross and Arrow.
  • Trying to learn how to scooter like Scootaloo, she is very bad at scootering. This pokes fun at Scootaloo's will to be a grand flier like her mentor.[citation needed]
  • She is the Guardian Mare form of human Heather Modern in My Little Pony: Guardian Mares

Memes and alternate personalities

Humanized/anthropomorphized

In humanized and anthropomorphized fan art, Rainbow Dash is mostly depicted as thin and wiry as well as usually being the shortest of the Mane 6. Because of her tomboyish personality and athleticism, Rainbow Dash is rarely portrayed in fan art as being especially well-endowed to the same level as the rest of the Mane 6 are (when she is, the meme is sometimes referred to by the fanbase as "Rainboob Dash").

Super Rainbow Dash

Super Rainbow Dash by CoolerRainbowDash

Super Rainbow Dash by CoolerRainbowDash

Created by the deviantART user Super Klonoa and inspired by Super Sonic, Super Rainbow Dash is a fanonical concept of Rainbow Dash having undergone a super-powered transformation. In this form, her blue coat turns to white, her irises from rose to red, the cloud of her cutie mark from white to storm gray, her rainbow mane flares up (similar to Twilight Sparkle's mane in Feeling Pinkie Keen), and her Element of Loyalty necklace appears on her neck. Initially, she was the product of a Sonic crossover, but was later re-characterized by Super Klonoa in the fanfic, "Harmonic Spectrum", where Rainbow Dash unknowingly represents and transforms through all of the Elements of Harmony at once, the plot of which was based on the theories of an undisclosed user.[SR 1][SR 2][SR 3][SR 4]

Metal Rainbow Dash

Mecha Rainbow Dash aka Metal Dash by frankleonhart

Mecha Rainbow Dash by frankleonhart

Metal Rainbow Dash or also know as just Metal Dash is a robot doppelganger of Rainbow Dash, who usually appears in crossovers with the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. Like the Metal Sonic character from that series, she is usually created by Doctor Eggman.

As far as her personality goes, she is most often depicted as being disloyal, in contrast to Rainbow Dash. Additionally, she is often depicted as having a deep hatred towards Rainbow Dash, and occasionally Sonic.[citation needed]

She appears as Rainbow Dash's rival in most fan works that feature her, which are almost always Sonic and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic crossovers.[MR 1] She also has her own ask pony blog.

20% Cooler

In the episode, "Suited for Success," Rainbow Dash critiqued the dress Rarity made for her to wear at the Grand Galloping Gala by saying Rarity needed to make it 20% cooler. The fanbase took the quote to heart and it since has become a running gag to use variations of the phrase while critiquing something online. (I.E.-(Blank) would be 20% (blank)er if (blank).

Relationships

She is most commonly shipped with Applejack; this shipping is called "AppleDash".[FF 1][FF 2] She is also commonly shipped with Pinkie Pie (RainbowPie)[FF 3], and Big Macintosh[FF 4].

A less common shipping, though prevalent nonetheless, is the "FlutterDash" ship, which is Rainbow Dash shipped with Fluttershy.[FF 5][FM 1] She is sometimes paired with a Wonderbolt, most commonly Soarin'[FF 6][FF 7] or Spitfire. In some cases, she is depicted as having foals with Soarin'.[FA 1][FA 2] Thunderlane is also another pony she is commonly paired with. There is also a deviantArt group dedicated to the pairing of Twilight and Rainbow Dash(TwiDash or Rainbowsparkle).

The prevalence of lesbian pairings with Rainbow Dash, and the prevalence of the widely-accepted fanon "understanding" that she is a lesbian in general (partially due to her hexachromatic mane, being the color scheme for lesbians), has resulted in at least one parody of the concept, Five's Company: There, Rainbow is pursued by all five of her Ponyville friends and turns out to be the only mare to not have homosexual or bisexual tendencies. In that story, as in some others (like The Birds and the Bees), Dash is characterized as completely clueless about sex. The story Skittles inverts that idea.

Non romantic relationships

Lauren Faust has stated that Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo are not related in any way; however, this has not stopped fans from having Rainbow adopt Scootaloo in some cases.

The fan fiction Mommy Nearest, and its continuation, Alicorn, cast Celestia as Rainbow Dash's mother. Celestia explains the reasoning for not admitting to being Dash's mother: having been born a Pegasus instead of a unicorn, Rainbow would not be accepted by the Court of Canterlot. So she gives Dash to an older Pegasus couple who had wanted a foal for many years. At the end of the fic, Celestia implies that Pinkie's father is, in fact, who impregnated her with Rainbow Dash.

Fan voices

  • Max Gilardi

Gallery

Rainbow Dash isn't pleased

Rainbow Dash image gallery

See also

Fan art examples

  1. Kumkrum (2012-07-16). An example of Rinabow Dash pregnant with Soarin's foals. Retrieved on 2012 August 16.
  2. Kumkrum (2012-07-12). An example of Rainbow Dash's and Soarin's foals. Retrieved on 2012 August 16.

Fan music examples

  1. MartaPD2 (2012-04-30). PMV Flutterdash - Just the way you are. Retrieved on 2012 August 16.

Fan fiction examples

  1. BronyNeumo (2011-08-06). Confessions and Considerations. Retrieved on 2012 August 16.
  2. Lysis (2011-09-02). My Dream Mare. Retrieved on 2012 August 16.
  3. Cloudy Skies (2011-11-06). Rainbow Dash's Best Plan Ever. Retrieved on 2012 August 16.
  4. Black Murder Heavangelon (2011-03-21). His Name Is Mac. Retrieved on 2012 August 16.
  5. Psycho Streak (2011-03-15). Rainbows and Reciprocation. Retrieved on 2012 August 16.
  6. Vopogon (2011-05-09). Soaring Hearts. Retrieved on 2012 August 16.
  7. Northland Pony (2011-11-01). Cinnamon and Sugar. Retrieved on 2012 August 16.

References

Super Rainbow Dash

  1. Super-Rainbow-Dash (2012-05-21). So, about those theories I've heard a while back... devianArt. Retrieved on 2012 October 20.
  2. Super-Rainbow-Dash (2012-05-21). Super-Rainbow-Dash on deviantArt. deviantArt. Retrieved on 2012 October 20.
  3. Harmonic-Spectrum's Super Rainbow Dash - Fanart folder. deviantArt (2012-04-??). Retrieved on 2012 October 20.
  4. Harmonic Spectrum's Super Rainbow Dash - Vectors folder. deviantArt (2012-05-??). Retrieved on 2012 October 20.

Metal Rainbow Dash

  1. KentaDavidTheCreator (2012-07-12). Sonic & Rainbow Dash Adventure. Fanfiction.net. Retrieved on 2013 February 25.

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