The Cutie Mark Chronicles
|The Cutie Mark Chronicles|
|Date||April 15th, 2011|
|Theme||Finding out who you are|
|Previous Episode||A Bird in the Hoof|
|Next Episode||Owl's Well That Ends Well|
The episode starts with Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom on a platform, facing a Zip Wire. Scootaloo is trying to get the other Cutie Mark Crusaders to join in with the Zip Wire, but they are having second thoughts. It ends in disaster, as usual. Sweetie Belle suggests they do something less dangerous (pillow testing or flower sniffing). Apple Bloom reminds the group that there are many ponies in Ponyville that have their Cutie Marks and that they could ask them how they gained theirs. Scootaloo suggests they start with the coolest pony in Ponyville, Rainbow Dash, and they set off to find her on Scootaloo's scooter which displays her awesome scootering skills.
Applejack's Cutie Mark
They run into Applejack (literally) on the way, who proceeds to tell the group the story of her Cutie Mark. When she was a young filly, she didn't want to spend her life on an Apple Farm, she wanted to live her life Sophisticated, with her Aunt Orange and Uncle Orange. She set off to Manehatten where she moved into her Aunt and Uncle's apartment, it was rather posh just like they were. They tried to convert her to a posh Manehattenite, which she succeeded at to a level but was highly uncomfortable doing so. One night she was staring out the window, feeling homesick, when she saw a beautiful rainbow, pointing straight toward home. She knew, then, that she had to go back and left for Ponyville and knew that she was meant for spending her days Apple-Bucking on the farm.
Fluttershy's Cutie Mark
Scootaloo scoffs at the sappiness of this story and they set off on their journey to find Rainbow Dash. They crash in front of Fluttershy, who tells them the story of her Cutie Mark. Shockingly, when she was little, Fluttershy was very shy and was very weak and afraid when it came to flying. She was picked on by the two same colts that picked on Rainbow Dash, calling her "Cluttershy" after she had a big fall, during a flight attempt. It was the most humiliating moment of her life. Then, out of nowhere, Rainbow Dash appeared telling the two bullies to leave her alone. They challenged Dash to a flight race, which she accepted. Fluttershy was waving the start flag, stood on a cloud in the centre of the stands and was knocked back by the speed of the race.
She fell down from Cloudsdale but was saved by a large crowd of Butterflies that saved her from the fall. She had never been to the ground before and was amazed by the beauty of the creatures, she also found she could fly easier when close to the ground and in the presence of the animals.
So Many Wonders Song.
A huge explosion caused the animals to flee into hiding. Fluttershy used her way with the animals to sooth them and help them come back from their hiding places. She knew from then on that she could communicate with the animals on a different level and earned her Cutie Mark from it.
Rarity's Cutie Mark
Once more, Scootaloo found the story to soft and complained that she couldn't take any more singing, a reference to the So Many Wonders song that she had sung. Sweetie Belle suggests that her sister, Rarity, might know where Rainbow Dash is. The group get roped into being models for Rarity to work on her clothes on, then start complaining how they won't hear Rainbow Dash's story, Rarity overhears this and begins to tell the story of her Cutie Mark.
For the longest time, Rarity couldn't think why she didn't have her Cutie Mark yet. One day, she had done the costumes for her school's production, the teacher only referred to them as "Very Nice" though, much to Rarity's disappointment, she wanted them to be spectacular. She was doubting her Fashionista status as nothing she did would make the costumes better. When, suddenly, her horn began to glow and dragged her, kicking and screaming, through Equestria. But she knew that Unicorn Magic didn't happen for no reason and that it was to do with her love for fashion, possibly her Cutie Mark. It lead her to a rock, which, obviously, angered her ("A ROCK?! THAT'S my destiny?!"). Suddenly, an explosion caused the rock to split, revealing jewels of all colours of the rainbow. She added the jewels to the costumes, improving them, everybody was amazed by the shine of the costumes as the fillies, wearing them, danced. After this, her Cutie Mark appeared.
Twilight Sparkle's Cutie Mark
Again, Scootaloo disregards the story, calling it "Namby Pamby" and the group continue on their quest to find Rainbow Dash. But they end up stuck listening to the story of Twilight Sparkle's Cutie Mark.
When she was a school filly, Twilight always dreamed of going to the Summer Sun Celebration, where Princess Celestia raises the sun and she saw the most amazing and wonderful thing she'd ever seen. Twilight was amazed by how Princess Celestia raised the sun and it inspired her to study magic in Canterlot, she poured herself into her studies, intent on going to Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns. But when the day of her entrance exam came, Twilight panicked and struggled to complete the task given to her, crack open a Dragon egg. She knew she had blown it, when a sudden explosion set her horn alight and she managed to successfully do the task, and revealed baby Spike. But the sudden burst of magic inside her, exploded and transfigured everything around her, from the exam board, to her parents, to Spike. Princess Celestia saw this and decided to take Twilight Sparkle on as her personal protégée. This resulted in Twilight's cutie mark appearing (yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes).
Pinkie Pie's Cutie Mark (and how Equestria was made)
They escape Twilight Sparkle and find Pinkie Pie to have appeared in their scooter as they drive through Ponyville who tells them that Rainbow Dash might be at Sugarcube Corner. Once she finds out that they wanted to know about her Cutie Mark she begins to tell them the story of her's.
Pinkie's sisters and her were raised on a Rock Farm outside of Ponyville. When they spent their days working the fields, there was no talking, there was no smiling, there were only rocks. They were in the South Field, preparing to rotate the rocks to the east field, when all of a sudden there was a massive explosion and a bright rainbow across the sky, causing Pinkie Pie's hair to become the mass of curls that it is today and her permanent smile crossed her face, upon seeing the rainbow, she had never felt joy like that before, she wanted everyone she knew to smile as well. She had the idea to throw a surprise party for her family. The family struggled but finally, they all burst into smiles too and Pinkie received her Cutie Mark, signifying her skill for parties.
Rainbow Dash's Cutie Mark
It all started at Flight Camp, during the race to stand up for Fluttershy. Dash was in the lead, one of the bullies down but competing hard with the other. She'd never flown like that before, she loved the freedom and adrenaline as she raced toward the finish line. The only think she liked more than flying fast was winning. She ended up speeding so quickly toward the ground that she created the Sonic Rainboom, which exploded across Equestriawith a bright rainbow. This gained Rainbow Dash her Cutie Mark, due to her amazing speed and skill for flying.
It turns out that all of the Mane Six's Cutie Marks were due to the Sonic Rainboom that Dash created. It caused the explosion that made Fluttershy realise her skill with animals. It showed Pinkie Pie true happiness and made her discover her love and flair for parties. It created the rainbow that Applejack saw which pointed her toward her home, meaning she discovered her Cutie Mark and ability to buck apples. It cracked open the rock of Rarity's destiny and displayed the jewels that helped her perfect the outfits for the school production. It made the magic explode inside of Twilight Sparkle and helped her pass her Entrance Exam, become Princess Celestia's personal student, meet Spike and gain her Cutie Mark.
Everyone thanks Rainbow Dash for helping them get their Cutie Mark and are amazed by the fact that they were all connected before they'd met and become best friends. Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom pull a disgruntled Scootaloo into a hug and the episode ends with her terror at the idea of the group singing a song.
Letter To Princess Celestia
Dear Princess Celestia, Today I learned something amazing. Everypony everywhere has a special magical connection with her friends, maybe even before she's met them. If you're feeling lonely and your still searching for your true friends. Just look up in the sky, who knows, maybe you and your future best friends are all looking at the same rainbow.
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