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Future Twilight by harwicks-art Future Twilight by harwicks-art
"It's About Time", more than any other episode, convinced me that there really needn't be a major change in the show's dynamic with Twilight becoming a Princess.  All she's really missing in that one is the title, after all.  She takes it upon herself to mobilize all of Ponyville to prepare for a disaster based on her word alone, and no one challenges her authority in the least.  In fact, it reaches well beyond Ponyville, as Rainbow Dash reports that she has Pegasi reporting in coast-to-coast across Equestria, all on the say of a Librarian. 

Of course, that Librarian happens to be the Princess's personal protégé, one who was specifically sent "to supervise Ponyville" by the ruler of the land in the first place ahead of the Summer Sun Celebration.  She was introduced to all of her friends as the representative of the crown who had final say in approving all of their hard work, and that authority over them didn't seem to be a barrier to forming world-saving friendship with her anyway.  So really, I can't see the Princess thing really getting between them now.

What's interesting to me is the way that Twilight has wielded that power she has over the course of the show.  When something needs done she seems to have no qualms about simply giving orders, whether it's telling her friends what to do in a crisis, or calling to disaster-proof all of Equestria or simply telling ponies to repaint a banner welcoming Celestia.  And ponies seem to expect that of her... when too many Pinkies overrun the town, the mob gathers outside the library, not town hall, to demand action, obviously seeing her as the go-to for situations like this.  Perhaps most interesting, however, is that she doesn't seem to notice that she wields that kind of influence...  When the time came to break into the Starswirl the Bearded wing, Twilight was the only one who questioned her authority to be there.  Despite it being guarded and locked, the guards and Celestia herself didn't bat an eye at her having access without asking.

Adding the "Princess" title seems like it's going to bring a bit of extra ceremony to things (and finally make her recognizable to the upper crust of pony society), but otherwise I doubt it'll change much, personally.
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah!!! Love this!!! :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce:
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Haissan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Twilight Snaaaaake.

Solid Sparkle..

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D-omii Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Twilight:
Friendship has changed...
It's no longer about loyalty, laughter, honesty, generosity, kindness, and magic.
It's an endless series of villainous battles, fought by only six ponies.
Friendship.. and it's consumption of life.. has become different with wings.
Friendship has changed.
Alicorn ponies use wings, use their horns.
The growth inside their bodies increase their abilities.
Wing control, magic control, element control, economy control.
Everything is cared by six ponies, and kept under control.
Friendship.. has changed..
All in the name of returning the elements over the roots of chaos.
Friendship.. has changed.
When the harmony has been kept under total control.
(This was really bad. :c)


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Necromagenvion Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
And then she says: "We fight because we are needed"
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TimMcJimFromPl Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Looks great.
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InfinityVoid Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are right. Until they made her a princess, my headcanon was that she was being raised by Celestia to be a general.
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cari28ch3 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
i agree with you on the leadership thing, some people don't really have the power to take charge in a situation however people trust them to do it because of the way they carry themselves in the middle of a situation; giving her an actual crown to symbolize it, won't make people around her threat her very differently 
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SQuietSonamy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's sure a interesting way of perceiving her new status :) Never thought of it like that (Also, it's been a while since I saw any episodes so I don't remember some things you pointed out) but I do agree with you! ;D
Anywhooo~ Very nice drawing as always! I really like the extra added cutie marks of the Mane 6 :heart: 
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Fixap Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
NICE!
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lzsmith88 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
liked the picture (the extra color looks really good) liked the minirant
good times had by all!
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PurpleProwess48 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the way you think and describe things, in all these descriptions, but especially this one. :)
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RenaTurnip Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
I like the actual description to this a lot xD It gives one a lot to think about.
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JackalyenMystique Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Writer
Awesome story idea.
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Patrikov909 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nice!
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zarakai Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Friendship...friendship has changed
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GC2MajorTom Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Salute Boss Twilight
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Dylinismus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Finally someone who actually gets it. 
It's not "authority out of nowhere", it's been there since S01E01.
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Reginald1648 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
That's actually quite insightful on the matter of Twilight becoming a princess.
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
extreme
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Scyphi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, with that argument, making Twilight a princess is really just a formality at this point. :P

"It's About Time" is my favorite episode to date, too. :D
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magicalpony5585 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaannnd AWESOMENESS STRIKES AGAIN. the detail to this is incredible, given that she's such a... 'detailable' character. great job.
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Silvernis Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Hmm. That's actually one of the more convincing arguments I've heard in favor of Twilicorn.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
:iconalertplz:
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Ferote Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
The description just sold twilicorn to me a little more. Wunderbar Meine Freund.
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That looks so awesome and the background came out totally amazing:wow:you are awesome like always!
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TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
"Alright, you maned morons: THIS...is my BOOM-STICK!  $109.99 at S-Mart--'Shop Smart--Shop S-Mart!' YOU GOT THAT?"
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drewstertwin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Faved as much for the commentary as for the awesome artwork.
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Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
My words exactly!
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skybard Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Very much agreed with everything in the description! Incidentally, I was struck by the neon cutie marks in this image, as opposed to the embossed sun and moon patterns in the other portraits. Is this going to be the frame/background style for all of your portraits of the Mane Six?
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Silvarz Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I love your portrait series! I am especially glad you are finally doing some of the mane 6 :D keep up the great work! and I look forward to (if and when) you make the rest :D oh and i cant wait for all the princess's and the rest of the villains xD too much hype!

On a side note: its beautiful but i think it may turn out a bit cooler if the gradients reflected the ponies more :P (RD area would be kinda blue with hint of rainbows, fluttershy yellow and pink,  rarity be white/grey/silver (any) and purple, etc. Not sure how that would turn out but it sounds cool.
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batosan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a very interesting view point! Twi is unique in many ways........And ...LOVE THIS WORK!
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Dragonking17 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Flash Fire: I agree Twi  won't change at all, thought I would not mind her becoming a little less bossy. Dragonking17: You do know you have no say in the matter of what goes on in the show, right. Flash Fire: Yeah but since you created me after watching the show and base my universe off of incidents that happen in the show the show determines what happens in my world. And I would like not being yelled at by my future wife when I try to prank some one. 
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Zaparcik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I totally agree with you harwick. Not much changed now, apart from this that she is probably to be send with her friends to some foreign country in the future as well. But to be honest it would happen eventually even if she didn't had wings or Princess title.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still really liked that mane-style :D
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Karolkwiecjasz Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
20% cooler...
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scarletfame Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Nice description! I like it.
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ZetaRarity Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
References aside, Twilight Sparkle has showed that she's capable of being a good leader, especially whenever she needs to prepare ponyville for any event such as the winter wrap up to a possible attack upon the town from ursa minor. :)
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Kh0nAn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You drew such a detailed and colored background because it is one of the mane 6, right ?
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thediscorded Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I'm undecided if i like the picture more or the description, i couldn't agree more with you :)
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Ezio9Realoaded Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
captain sparkle!
weare ready

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CharlyRock95 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That description... wow. Now that you mention it, I can see it too.
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ZetaRarity Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Metal Gear Pony Friendship is Solid.

:iconnakedsnakeplz::iconsaysplz:Major, I have found this unidentified creature in my backyard of my mansion. It says its name is....Twilight Sparkle from the future.
:iconmajorzeroplz::iconsaysplz:Twilight.....Sp...Sparkle? :iconhuhplz:
:iconfuturetwilightplz::iconsaysplz:Hello....? :blush:
:iconmajorzeroplz::iconsaysplz:......I have no words. :iconfacepalmplz:
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Daniel-SG Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From the episode descriptions I've seen, it doesn't sound like anything will change that much. I have to admit, it makes me wonder what the point of it was, but I don't really mind much anymore. Unfortunately, I imagine the hordes of people who complained that the Princess title would change the dynamic are now going to complain about how it didn't change the dynamic. Nature of fan bases I suppose though, lol. =p
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I have to admit, it makes me wonder what the point of it was, but I don't really mind much anymore.

Well, it's not a radical change, but it is an evolution of the character. Twilight's been the de facto leader of the Elemental Harmony Squad since the pilot, and while AJ's the most dependable individual pony, it's Twi the nation turns its lonely eyes to when they need a pony to organize stuff.

In S1, Twilight was learning about friendship, and the Mane Six were all forging tighter connections. In S2, they were more clearly a group, and the friendship letters became a group effort. In S3, the letters shifted to the background; there was more emphasis on Twilight being tested and overcoming unusual challenges. I predict that S4, then, will be more about Twilight (and her friends!) being a teacher of friendship, instead of so much a student.
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
THANK YOU.
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
:iconnakedsnakeplz::iconsaysplz:It's showtime.
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Twiinyan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It won't change her at all. She has new duties now of course being a Princess but I was looking up on the Wiki and there is a small transcript already for the first episode of season 4 it seems Rainbow Dash is teaching her to fly properly. Applejack is there too and I'm assuming the rest of the 6 are too but anyway Applejack says 'Looking good up there Princess Twilight' and Twilight in return says 'Applejack you know you don't have to call me that' So I'm assuming she doesn't want people calling her Princess. Even more so her best friends and want to see her as the same pony she was as a unicorn and not have everyone just change their opinion on her just because she is now the 4th Princess of Equestria.

I agree with your description of this picture. To be honest I have no idea why people freaked out so much about her being an alicorn Princess it was quite obvious even from the start of FiM that she'd become royalty someday. Just because they gave her wings isn't going to make Hasbro change her personality. She's going to build around her current one I'm sure to become a better ruler someday. But right now she's to young to worry about it all and as you said she is Princess Celestias student and her brother is even married to a princess so again she was already royalty in a sense as she also gained Celestia and Luna as aunts.

Amazing work as always and keep up the great work Harwick!
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Tzryylon5 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
"Hell. It's about time." :D
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Wandering-Heartbeat Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
hoe many points for one of these glorious pieces?
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kevinjorg Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome…..custom card
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