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'You Will Never Have To Be Alone...' *SPOILERS* by FaithFirefly 'You Will Never Have To Be Alone...' *SPOILERS* by FaithFirefly
Is that why you always hated friendship so much...? Because you never understood it, and lived over 1,000 years without ever knowing what it feels like? I'll admit, I was scared when I first met you. You were so confident and boisterous in who you were, and you didn't care who you were hurting. Then I told you I was your friend and you took advantage of that, and once again you used me against my friends. But I won't hold that against you... You've never had a friend, so you don't really know what it means to be one. And I understand that... I've taught you once, and I can teach you again. You've done horrible things, so have I. But what's a friendship without trials for friends to help each other through?

No one should ever have to live their life without knowing there's at least one person out there that loves them, that cares for them. Even if I'm the only one, I'll be that friend... I'll never give up on you, so all I ask is that you don't give up on yourself, or let yourself fall short. No one deserves to have to be alone all their life...

Not even you, Discord...


:bulletyellow::bulletred::bulletyellow::bulletred::bulletyellow::bulletred:

This episode seemed WAAY too short. But I guess that's what happens when you get engrossed in it. ;_; Sure, this episode may've had flaws like any of them, but WOW was it great to have Discord back. XD

I think was was the most endearing thing about this episode and this relationship was how shocked Discord seemed that he actually had someone around that cared for him (And I really wanted that near-tears shock reflected in this drawing). He came across as a lot more childlike, and he really seemed like a lonely creature for the first time since we've met him. I mean, yeah, we felt kinda bad when he got turned back to stone at the end of The Return of Harmony, but he CRIED in this one, man, when he realized he could lose the one pony who's ever believed in him. And it's really the first instance we've seen of him using his magic in not only a healing manner, but also a slow, methodic manner. He could've just snapped it all better, but no - for once he actually takes it slow, with his hands folded over his heart no less.

I really enjoyed this guy as a villain, but honestly, I think I love him even more now. :lol: He will more than likely still be a prankster and a rascal as long as he's around, but at least now he has a purpose in life beyond being a lawn decoration. XD Can't wait to see his next appearance. Season finale please??

And for the record, I do not consider this a shipping picture.

Fluttershy cutie mark vector by =Grendo11
Discord & Fluttershy (c) Hasbro & Lauren Faust
art (c) ~DolphinMoana
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Spectra22 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So utterly sweet :love:  and very nicely drawn ^^ Discord really has grown into a very lovable character.  Here's hoping we see him a lot next season ^_-
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I hope so!! :D It'll be interesting to see how they treat him as a character now that he's gone through a full reform arc and he's a true friend to them now. :heart: Not to mention the writers made a friend and I absolutely FLIP when he gave Celestia flowers and winked at her. XD I hope they take that somewhere!
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Spectra22 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooo... I guess I didn't pick up on that :D  That will be pretty interesting if they take that somewhere.  Hopefully they will ^^  Either way I'll be happy to see him come back.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Wait, have you seen the Season 4 finale? D:
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Spectra22 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, I just tend to miss big, obvious stuff like that all the time unless I re-watch something, and I think I've only seen it once :D  Plus when I'm watching something, a lot of the time I'm drawing or on the computer, so I'm not giving it my full attention.  Seriously, I am really bad with that ^^;
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Filmographer
XD It's okay! It went quick. Here's that clip. www.youtube.com/watch?v=De_lWH…
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iPandacakes Featured By Owner Edited Jul 22, 2014
I actually wrote a short story about Fluttershy and Discord, explaining how they needed each other like family. Discord filled a void of lonliness for a family in Fluttershy's heart adnd Discord finally got a true friend and someone to take care of him. 

Story is in POV of Fluttershy's dreams for the most part

Feel free to read it here: www.fimfiction.net/story/20155…

(If interested - Its not a "ship" story, just family love.)
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fanshipping713 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Can be used for when she forgives him in the season finale too :3
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Exactly why I decided not to take it off of the Featured box yet. :lol:
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fanshipping713 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
And thank you for not taking it off :D
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IAmKnightWing Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Discord basically is a child if you think about it. If you look at the "chaos" he makes it's very much what a child would come up with, such as cotton candy clouds, streets made of soap, rain as chocolate milk, etc. So he's not evil, he's just very much a child at heart. Being mischievous and a prankster, but also sweet and innocent. And I think the writers really captured that in the last two episodes of season 4. :D 

Great job on this Btw! And I love what you wrote down! Too sweet! ^^  
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh yes, I level with you there. XD I always described Discord as a kid who was getting WAY too carried away with playtime. Thus why Fluttershy was the perfect one to "tame" him. She's the most maternal of the Mane 6, and I guess somehow Celestia saw that all Discord needed was someone with the patience and kindness and eventual sternness of a mother. And there have been multiple times since when she pulls the mom look/voice and Discord is brought down a peg. :lol:

Thanks! :D
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The-masked-pony Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student General Artist
It's moments like this that make me wish there was a like button.
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Mollywobbles225 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
No...words...should have brought...a poet...

Seriously, though.  This is beautiful.  That whole episode I just wanted to give him a big hug.
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
That episode, as well as this pic, was incredible. It was a really touching episode, maybe one of the most dramatic ones, along with "Sleepless in Ponyville" or the second part of "The Chrystal Empire", specifically the part of the door, and itīs one of my favorites. It makes a lot of sense that Discord despised friendship if he had never experienced it. I guess that his lonely life was caused due to his aspect. Because, where do Draconequus come from? If there were more like him, maybe he wouldnīt be so evil. And I donīt think that more creatures as powerful as him can exist. In Equestria a lot of monsters exist, like manticores or dragons, but even them have somebody to be with. Discord didnīt even had that. I have another theory, which in summary explains that Discord loved once somepony and after she or he was gone, by one reason or another, Discord felt abandoned and lost his trust with everybody. And after being treated as a monster, he became one, seeing that the world where he lived could only give him pain, so he changed it to make it better in his way, and by the way, to have revenge of the ponies who had hurt him.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
There's actually a theory out there that Discord used to be Starswirl the Bearded. And the more they've revealed about Starswirl, the more that REALLY makes sense. O_O

And thanks for the comment! :D
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
I donīt like the theory of Starswirl. It makes sense, but I donīt like it very much. I prefer thinking that Discord was the only draconequus who had ever existed. In fact, Iīm writing a fanfic in which I develop this theory. Of course, itīs impossible that what happens in it can be canon, but Iīm trying to make it look like that. If youīre interested check the first chapters two here in my Deviantart page.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I don't read a whole lot of fanfiction anymore, but I might take a look. :) And yeah, I think the idea of making Discord Starswirl would give the show MAJOR story awesomeness points, I love the idea of a little baby Discord. :heart: I like my friend's theory of how there used to be a lot more draconequui and alicorns thousands of years ago in their world, but there was a massive war between the two species that killed off most of the draconequui. So Discord is one of the last - possibly THE last - one of his kind. Even my draconequus OC that I made as Discord's adopted son wasn't always a draconequus - he used to be a pony colt until he was transformed by a horde of Windego-like animals and Discord found him after he was abandoned by his family.
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Something I would like to ask you. During my fanfic I tell all Discordīs life, from the moment when he was born to the part in which he was turned into stone. After that scene, I want to add the last part, a conversation between Fluttershy and Discord in which he mentions a little bit of his past, and apologizes for being so evil in the past. And it would be great if you let me use the paragraph of this pic as Fluttershyīs answer. That would be very emotive. Do I have your permission?
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Sure! Could you link back to me in the description? :)
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Of course, after all, the text is yours.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :) Looking forward to seeing it!
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Madame-Finitevus1890 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Awww... ;u; Lovely work, and lovely words! :D
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D
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You're very welcome! :D
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I actually prefer Discord as a reformed being. Wonderful image and story.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Me too. :D A lot of people have compared him to the Genie from Aladdin since he reformed. That with a hint of pestering brother added. XD
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly.:D
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MillennialDan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Let's not forget just how much Fluttershy shined in this episode.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh, indeed. :) She did what no one else thought was possible or even wanted to bother with, and she didn't let Discord make a tool of her for very long. I'd say she very much had some "mom" moments with him as well. XD There were at least two instances towards the end that she scolded him for something and the look on his face was like "Oh, I'm busted..."
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wahyawolf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is soo sweet :happycry: I felt the episode should have been in two parts; I think the "change" in Discord happened a little too fast but eh...:shrug: I still enjoyed it. I love villains and love when they get a chance to be "redeemed". I'm not a fan of these two as a "pair" but as friends they are truly adorable...and so is this art! :)
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I was a little confused when I heard that Discord's return would be one episode and not during the finale. I guess they just wanted to get Discord into Season 3 instead of making us wait until Season 4. For that, I'm at least glad. XD

I'm not a fan of them as a pairing either - I honestly see Fluttershy as of much of a mom figure to him as she is a friend. XD
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chaoartwork39 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"We've learned that friendship isn't always easy. But there's no doubt it's worth fighting for."

-Twilight Sparkle
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
And Fluttershy took that and put it to work. :nod:
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alvin938 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
It is kind of hard to imagine being alone that long and not knowing what "having a friend" means :( I agree the episode had it's flaws and more time could've been used showing Fluttershy and Discord's time together; less focus on the mane 6. I liked Discord as a villain, but I think I might like him as a "good guy". Analyzing things he wasn't really evil, he never tried to kill anybody. He was selfish and just wanted to misfortune others for his own amusement. Anyway, I don't think he'll change to much, Discord will always be Discord :)

You my friend are getting better and better at drawing ponies. Discord is on model for goodness sake! The way you drew Fluttershy's muzzle is actually very appealing too.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I've always described Discord as "a kid who's getting a bit too out-of-hand with playtime". XD Though I'm almost inclined to believe that he was off a bit worse when the princesses first locked him away. O_O I mean, according to the stained glass window, there was fire present.

Thanks. :D I probably did Discord's face and Fluttershy's snout over and over again. XD
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GodsGirlRachel Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I SO agree with you in EVERY way! This really touched my heart as much as the show did! :iconiloveyouplz: (The whole time I was reading your description, I kept flailing my arms, going: Omgosh, I know, I know, right?! XDDDD) I just...omigoodness, I really love all aspects of this. X3 Even the fact that it's not a pairing. :3
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!! :D I can't wait to see Discord in the show again.
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GodsGirlRachel Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
Me neitherrrr! XD
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ILoveKimPossibleAlot Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
This as great for a number of reasons! I liked how you also added the thing about it being a shipping picture...
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D Honestly, I see Fluttershy as a mom figure to Discord as much as she is a friend. XD
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ILoveKimPossibleAlot Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
Me too. The shipping..well, we won't go there.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah. XD I only have two pairings in the MLP universe I really ship.
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ILoveKimPossibleAlot Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
What are those?
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Discord/Celestia and Fancypants/Rarity. :lol: The concept that Discord and Celestia are complete opposites and maybe had a history together and such is just too cute, and Fancypants is AWESOME. XD
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ILoveKimPossibleAlot Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yep. Discord/Celestia is the only thing I ship, but I can see Fancypants/Rarity though.

Very intriguing.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Fancypants seems perfectly ideal for Rarity in my opinion. :lol: He's refined and sophisticated, but he's not a jerk about it. And he seems to really delight in Rarity's happiness. :aww:
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sonicandmario826 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
This is great and so is the story. The episode definately is on my top 5 episodes. I mean yeah it has problems such as being to short and we could of seen more of thier relationship, but out of any character I saw in this show I didn't think I would feel sad for him.Characters like trixie I could see an episode where she getas better and i feel sad for her, yet I felt more sorry for discord in this episode then in hers. I mean i felt sad that he turned into stone but I wasnt sad for him I was sad that we might not be able to see him again, but hey now we will be able to see him more.
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