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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MLP D&D: Pinkie Pie

One does not choose Pinkie Pie as a friend. Pinkie Pie chooses YOU.

Name: Pinkie Pie
Race: Earth pony*
Alignment: Chaotic Shiny
Class: Bard

How does one adequately describe an incarnation of chaos?

The first time we see her, she gasps and runs away after meeting Twilight Sparkle. The second time we see her, she's thrown a surprise party for same. The third time... she mouths off to Nightmare Moon and gets away with it. And then later, she banishes fear with... a song?

She isn't just a bard, she's the most chaotically chaotic bard ever. While all of the ponies are cartoonish to one degree or another, Pinkie Pie is the only one who seems to understand that she IS a cartoon, and therefore can utilize cartoon logics and physics to bend space, warp time, and defy gravity. Is she altering reality with her madness? Or is she just so genre-savvy that she understands the most efficient way to do things?


THIS...  IS...  CAKETOWN!

Her personality is best described as "disgustingly perky" and yet she is surprisingly likable. She seems to know everyone in town and is friends with them all. She can talk to anyone about anything (whether the conversation makes sense or not is another matter entirely), has a surprising breadth of (bardic) knowledge, and is either immune to fear or too dim to realize when she's being threatened.

At one point, she tries to reason with a dragon by dressing up to make it laugh.

Didn't Daffy Duck wear something similar?

Pinkie Pie is practically the lost Looney Toon. She can walk on air like Wile E. Coyote, bounces and stalks like Pepe le Pew, and always has a smartass comment like Bugs Bunny. Plus, she can sing and dance like no one's business.




To summarize:
  • Charisma is her core stat.
  • Wisdom (common sense) is her dump stat. 
  • Weirdly good at finding stuff out.
  • Sings, dances, and plays tons of instruments. 
  • Embodies chaos. 
  • Can banish fear and inspire competence:




Key "Pinkie Pie is a Bard" episodes:
  • Banishes fear in The Mare in the Moon
  • Does all sorts of bardic things in Dragonshy
  • Save Ponyville (solo!) with the power of polka in Swarm of the Century
  • Breaks the 4th wall multiple times in Feeling Pinkie Keen
  • Tries to stop a war with a song and dance routine in Over a Barrel



*Ponies which are neither Unicorns nor Pegasi are called Earth ponies. Don't ask me why.

3 comments:

Herb said...

This one just really rocks and I'm not willing to give your MLP:FiM characters as D&D party a look.

I'm not sure if I should be impressed or very, very afraid.

kriss1989 said...

Why did you use as an example song her 1) worst song and 2) her song that didn't work. Should have gone with Cupcakes or Giggle at the Ghosties.

Erin Palette said...

Thanks for commenting!

"Cupcakes" is a fun song but didn't fit the requirements of a bardic performance to help the party, in my opinion.

"Giggle at the Ghosties" is a good example of a bard banishing fear, no doubt. I just enjoyed the pageantry of "Gotta Share" more. :D

As for "Hop, Skip,  & Jump": it was relevant and short. :)

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