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Dilemma by QueenCold Dilemma by QueenCold
I don't have a fixed headcanon for certain things, like what happened to Spike's family. What I imagine at the time is what I go with. I usually go with the idea that his mother is dead, but sometimes other scenarios such as this one pop into my head.


In this particular scene Spike is at his mother's cave and she is wonderful to him. He's torn however, because on the one hand he has a loving mother who would suffer if he left, yet on the other hand he cannot stop thinking about Ponyville and especially Twilight.

I think a scene like this would work much better if the dragoness was actually not his real mother, but in fact just a very caring female who's obviously not his mother. This would be much less complicated and controversial and it would require a lot less explanation. Spike could still have the same feelings about parting with her, since he never really had a consistent mother figure in his life and now that he does, he knows what he's been missing out on.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
She could just move into the cave that red dragon from "Dragonshy" left behind (along with a cave load of treasure hoard) when he was 'Stared' into moving out by Fluttershy. I mean, it was less than half a days trot up, and with wings she'll always be able to visit her child whenever she wants.

Really, though, if Spike's mother is a truly loving parent, she'll respect his choice if he decides to return to Ponyville and let him go, if it's what made him happy as she would hope. After all, Twilight Sparkle raised him wonderfully well where she couldn't, while they only just recently met.

Alternatively, if she's just a nice, caring dragoness she'll be understanding enough if Spike returns to Ponyville. 
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm thinking that maybe she thinks of Spike as a child that can't make such heavy weighing decisions just yet. Dragons live for a very long time, so "all Spike's life" really isn't all that long to her. She may know how little ponies know about dragons, which would make any good mother reluctant to let her child go. We'd just have to see.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Huh. Yeah, perhaps.
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Le-escritor-VBA Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Well a Shared/Alternating Custody might be a good solution.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thought about that too.
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AhO4464 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
DO PEOPLE EVEN CARE THAT SPIKE IS CRYING?!!!!  :pissed: rvmp 
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Noratcat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Either story ideas sounds good.
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AhO4464 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Alright, you got my curiosity!
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AhO4464 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Alright, you got curiosity!
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lordzid Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work. Story wise sounds interesting I like the idea.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's hoping we get something similar next season
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lordzid Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest im tired of spike the clown and i was to see Spike the dragon. Im a fan of him and it hurts that most of his roles are comedy (specially since the crystal kingdom was awesome to give him a good roll)
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am also sick and tired of the way they've handled Spike in his episodes. 
It seems all his personality anymore is that tired, worn, standard, dime a dozen he's a likeable good-hearted doofus, who's always getting into troubles and hijinks with his quirky schemes archetype.
The writers seem to forget we have a character that has no parents, knows nothing about his own birth, is brought up by a society of a radically different species than him, will probably outlive his friends and ages several times slower than they do, lives in perpetual and indefinite servitude AND Twilight is sort of like his big sister, best friend, boss and mom all wound into one person.
What if his behaviors are just the outer shell he’s psychologically created out of his inner trauma? Spike could theoretically be far and away the most interesting character on the show. This is why I am a Spikefag.
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lordzid Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually thing that the character has the advantage to create a strong background, plus he has as you pointed out a really complex back story but is not well presented, as a the Twilight mother hood point I disagree, Twilight Only hatched him but she was only a filly who was trying to get in school in now way she was going to be older enough or mature enough to take care of him, my theory was that Celestia actually took care of him until he was an appropriate dragon age (who many differ but dragons mature early) then he moved with Twilight.

And yeah I love spike a lot.

But yeah im not sure they are going to change the character since is a kids show and making this would advance the character something that Hasbro has no intention to do.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should read my journal about this: queencold.deviantart.com/journ...

I don't think of Twilight as Spike's mother. I don't even see her as motherly. Sometimes, however, she takes the role of guardian on her and at this moment she is the closest thing Spike has.
Celestia has always been far too busy to take care of a baby dragon and acts more motherly towards Twilight than Spike. I think he was taken care of by servants.
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
It remains a mystery. We have no idea who raised him because - as you say, and as I just realized - Celestia shows more motherly affection for Twilight while being disturbingly indifferent toward Spike. The most likely candidates are Twilight's parents.

It surprises me how many people still think Twi is his surrogate mom. It makes no sense. I got into a silly argument with some [probably young] people under this story.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To me it seems like common sense, really. I mean, I am no mother and I have not studied child psychology or anything, but I do remember being a kid very well and I can read children like open books for some reason. I can usually make sense of the things they do and the situations they are in. Kids are pretty simple. They need structure, they need reassurance and they need room to do age appropriate things. Spike blatantly doesn't get any of these. Twilight may think she provides structure, because she schedules every detail of their lives, but those are just details. The important structure in the child's life is consistency, knowing who does what, so the child knows what to expect from others and what is expected from him or her. Since Twilight switches between employer, friend and sometimes guardian whenever it is convenient for her, constantly changing the rules in the process, she does not provide this essential building block of his well-being.
Reassurance is another thing Spike does not get anywhere near enough. A child needs to be loved every day. It seems that Twilight thinks a half-hearted hug after a crisis will last him until the next crisis. That just won't do, especially with how Twilight treats him. It takes ten good experiences to make up for one bad one, and seeing how rough Spike's handled most of the time, Twilight is behind on quite a few "attaboy"'s.
Last on the list is room to do age appropriate things. Spike's development is not Twilight's top priority. She puts her own interests before his. Heck, she didn't even know the Ponyville library had no information about dragons until Dragon Quest. Not only that, but as shown in the episode prior to that one, she has always had unlimited access to all the books and scrolls in the royal Canterlot archives and if that isn't enough, there is a zebra near her who obviously knows something. To top it all off, she has the ability to directly contact an ancient princess with a vast knowledge about all kinds of things. She has no excuse to be as oblivious as she is, especially given her studious nature.
Spike is a baby dragon, but he doesn't get to act like a baby or a dragon. Twilight treats him like he has the mind of a full-grown stallion and she always expects perfection. Combine this with the fact that she hardly praises him for his hard work and the fact that Spike has no real mother figure. Also keep in mind that until Twilight moved to Ponyville, she discarded everything she considered "useless" and you've got yourself a breeding ground for abandonment issues.
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lordzid Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well you see I though the same thing but then I though Celestia or Twilighs mother would take the place of a surrogate mother and that would make perfect sense since Spike would see Twilight not as a mother but as a sister, explaining the way they behave to each other.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way they behave keeps changing, because their roles are ambiguous.
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The-Mirader Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
The emotions from such a scenario is just...amazing and it really hits you right in the heart great job.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would really like to see something like this
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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! That would be a pretty deep story.

 Spike doesn't seem to grasp the definition of a mother though. A mother or mom is defined as  is a woman (or mare in this case) who has raised a child. The fact that Twilight isn't biologically related to Spike is completely irrelevant. Although given the fact he has met his real mom and she's very caring for him, it's a pretty tough choice.

But who's to say they both can't be his mom?

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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't entirely agree with your definition of a mother. Being a mother is more than just raising a child. You can put a child in a room and only enter when he needs something in order to survive until the child is grown. That's raising a child too. There are certain behaviors that come with being a mother, behaviors that Twilight doesn't display. She acts more like the older sister of two orphans, than the actual mother of the two.
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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You do have a point. Twilight doesn't really exhibit some motherly behaviors. But then again I'm not a mom myself so what do I know lol.

Spike's relationship with Twilight is rather complicated........So I hope they can clear it up in season 4.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not a mom either, but I have one ;) I hope you do too.
Yes, hopefully they will clear some things up.
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KyoKusagani1999 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
So far, I'm liking the look of it. It's a very rough sketch of what it should be, so the Final is going to be way better than this. Please continue being dragon-licious, because this motherly love  is heartwarming.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will probably not finish this, but there is more where this came from :)
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