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Simpler Days by Geckofly Simpler Days by Geckofly
It took me all day to just let the fact that Discord got turned to stone sink in. So I drew some young Trollshipping to make me stop crying over the lost of a great villain...that is unless they'll bring him back as a villain in future episode and I'm still holding onto that hope even though its super unlikely, about as unlikely as Hasbro making a Discord toy.
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Artgirl513 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Well John said that he had just finished voicing a character at a comic con Q&A so maybe Discord will come back in season 3, I hope!
bloodsuckingmonster3 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I read fanfics to keep his memory alive, that and watch his ep a billion times, still makes me whimper at the end, every single time... :iconcryforeverplz:
lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awww what a lovely moment between Celestia and Discord as children!
I love the fct that you added some sparkles, and some rings in the background. It really does set the fact that Tai and Discord were really once close friends!
I hope that you have a great and blessed day!
May the Lord keep you and your family safe!
DeepC Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Alas, poor villain.

While he was incredibly nasty towards the Mane Six, I can certainly say that he is certainly worth pitying for. I could almost cry for him, especially with a face of absolute terror while he was being turned back to stone.

Though I also find it despicable when people portray Princess Celestia as a tyrant.
Cryssy-miu Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
This is precious. I have a Discord and Celestia (and baby Luna) piece in my gallery, but there's something about this - maybe it's the colors - that makes it so much sweeter than mine. I too believe they were once friends before...well, he lived up to his name.

I was heartbroken and in shock when he went back into stone. He did NOT deserve that. It was beyond unfair and such a cruel punishment for just a bit of playfulness. Okay...sure, he loved making the mane six loathe each other, but he IS the spirit of chaos and disharmony. He could have been worse. I never saw him try to physically harm ANYPONY.

Just...make their houses float and turn the road to soap and silly wacky things. But I don't see him as evil; he's mean and mischievous and takes pranks far, but he ain't evil.

And I miss him. : (
SilverLiqueur Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I really, really had my hopes set that Discord would be allowed to hang around for the rest of the season. I definitely wasn't prepared for the look of sheer horror on his face when he turned back into stone...that was downright heartbreaking.
cruelfeline Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Man, I am with you there. I'm still not over the fact that they sentenced him to full body paralysis for the rest of eternal life as far as we know. Far too harsh, IMHO.

Currently depending on what I hope will be amazing fandom work to get me through the rest of my life :D.
Geckofly Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure, but I think I was the only person who literally cried like a baby when Discord was turn to stone again....and yeah full body paralysis is a pretty harsh punishment for turning dirt road to soap, flipping house upside down and messing with reality a bit.
cruelfeline Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
My friend, you were not the only person. I was right there with you; I can't remember the last time I felt so hollow.

I understand that what the ponies did, they did out of self-preservation. Ponies cannot live in such a state of chaos; they're simply not the sort of creature that can manage that.

But demonizing him for what he did... I never viewed him as a classically "evil" character. He was the personification of chaos, essentially a force of nature. Calling him "evil" is like calling the embodiment of a hurricane "evil." Is it destructive and difficult to live with? Yes. But that is simply its nature and not some sort of active desire to do malice.

Was he malicious towards the ponies? Yes, but they were also trying to seal him. Heck, their kind had sealed him in essentially his own head for thousands of years. If I were him, I'd want serious revenge, and the fact that he didn't just maim everything he saw sort of says something, I think. In the end, he was just content with entertaining himself, which I think paints his true nature as less evil and really more chaotic neutral than anything else. He didn't go out to find and destroy Celestia; he didn't kill anypony. He just sort of... let his nature take its course.

And his complete lack of consideration for anypony but himself? Who's to say that doesn't just stem from lack of companionship? If he never had a friend or companion (and I think it's fairly safe to say he did not), then he probably doesn't even understand the concept beyond what's needed to be able to mock it. And why would he? He's the spirit of chaos, not of getting-along.

I was hoping that they'd do something along the lines of giving him his own realm where he could do as he pleased. Really, the only reason the ponies hated it so much was because they had to live in it 24/7. If he had a place to entertain himself away from ponies, I'd say it's a fair bet they'd be okay with it, maybe even want to visit. Pinkie Pie would certainly go over from time to time just for the chocolate rain.

So don't worry; you weren't the only one disappointed. I was pretty much horrified that they sentenced him to such a fate for what we can infer is eternity for just... being what he was.
Specter-Von-Baren Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
While I always try to see the good in people, I think you're being too much of an apologist for this. Look at how much Discord was delighted in tearing apart the friendship of our main characters. Just because a person doesn't kill people doesn't mean they aren't causing harm to others for their own pleasure. At the root of it, most evil can be boiled down to selfishness. Take when Pinkie was laughing at the funny things Discord was doing or how she loved the chocolate rain, Discord could have attempted to simply convince her that his kind of world is the best world, and if he wanted kindness then he wouldn't have been so angry with how Fluttershy acted. When we saw him near the end he was sitting on a throne alone, he was only interested in the amusement that the chaos was bringing him. Discord only saw everything as a toy for himself to play with, objects with no worth outside of the entertainment they gave him. He isn't the kind of person that even accepts friendship as something real.

I'm not saying it would be impossible to redeem him but I don't think as he is now or then that he was someone that just needed a friend in order to be good. If Discord were to be redeemed then it would first require an effort on his part, he would have to see other people as having worth outside of what they can do for him. And since even Celestia and Luna are no match for him, there is no equal that could, by the fact that he couldn't use them like a toy, force him to reevaluate himself and how he treats others.

In fanon I'm all for coming up with interesting experiences and reasons for why he is the way he is but canonically, he isn't that kind of person.
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