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Knight in shining scales by QueenCold Knight in shining scales by QueenCold
What if/Alternate headcanon:

Years ago in Canterlot, Spike the dragon went to kindergarten. Once per year a play was performed by the oldest foals. This year, the year that Spike the dragon was among these foals, the teacher had an ingenious, age and ethnicity appropriate idea for a play: a story about a dragon slayer. Many were interested in the role of the hero, Spike included, so they all had to audition. Whereas Spike's performance was the most convincing, his teacher would not give him the role. She wanted to tell him dragons can't be heroes, but stopped herself just in time, realizing how awkward saying that would be. Instead, she lied about having seen a better audition, but promised him he could be the stand-in in case the other got sick. She then proceeded to give the role to a little colt with perfect attendance.
However, on the day of the play this colt was sick. It was minutes before the start, so the teacher had no choice but to ask: "Spike, do you know your lines?"
He did.

The lights were dimmed, the spots went on and the antagonist was introduced. A little filly dressed as a red dragon trotted onto the stage. The audience clopped their hooves and "d'aww"-ed when she took a small bow. Then the hero was announced. This was it, Spike's big moment. He entered the stage. He loved acting, he loved the attention, the crowds cheering... but what was this? This wasn't cheering. This wasn't cheering at all! They were laughing at him! But why? This didn't make any sense!

"How ironic!" a stallion hollered in hysterics.

No! This wasn't happening to him! He'd show them! He'd show them all what a great actor he could be!

Regaining his posture, he recited: "surrender, vile beast!"

The audience errupted in laughter again, even louder than before. Then it happened; what he had dreaded from the start... he forgot his lines. His lips were quivering, his knees shaking. Tears streamed down his face as he dropped his wooden sword. This simply wasn't happening to him!

But it was.

And so Spike the dragon ran backstage, wailing.
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ceraperduta Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Dats Racist!!
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dayle14 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
*takes out a chainsaw* excuse me for one moment *walks in*
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dayle14 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
I know what will shut them up 
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TID3000 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
spike is about the age of the cmc, and they are 7 or something, so a couple years would probably be accurate
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Warlordsbane Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
I cant help but laugh. 
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That was sad.
People can be so cruel without knowing it...
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Natsumushi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

poor spike

 

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SealyTheSeal Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Cool story bro tell it again
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SealyTheSeal Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Story to long didn't read XD
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HMEternal2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
The look on the dragon costumed filly's face reminds me of Fluffle Puff.
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The-Mirader Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Wow, poor Spike, luckily he had Twilight and Celestia to comfort him after this fiasco. Also I wonder what the teachers and the Canterlot ponies faces would look like when they found out that Spike eventually became the Hero of the Crystal Empire?
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They tend to forget celebrities quickly. Remember Sweet and Elite? By that time the element bearers had already saved equestria twice, Twilight Sparkle was the princess' protégé, her brother was the captain of the royal guard (and possibly engaged to Princess Cadance already), Rarity was a famous designer who had designed outfits for Hoity Toity and Sapphire Shores, Fluttershy had been a model and Rainbow Dash had won the best flyer's competition by performing a sonic rainboom, saving the Wonderbolts' lives in the process.
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The-Mirader Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Yeah, I see your point. No wonder the phrase is called "15 minutes of fame."
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Dannykat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
But its got a really gloomy little backstory... oh well it's still awesome =D
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Dannykat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Too cute!
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FezCow Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GrrrrrrrrrrrGRAAAAAAAAAAHHHH I am PISSED OFF!
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Le-escritor-VBA Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
This is SO wrong on SO MANY levels...
YOU are worried about Spike being laughed at? i'm more worried with the pony that had the idea to make this play, common who in their sane minds would enact a play were the main villain is a dragon, and a knight slay him, when there is a dragon in your class or in the play?

and i so hope that the Ponies laughed not AT Spike but because the situation was so morally absurd, i mean, if no matter what part Spike plays it will always come out VERY wrong.

And please tell me that Twilight 1) Sacred the Ponies with some agressive Uber magic or 2) went to comfort Spike.

Probalby both as Spike have no problem with the Heart Warming Eave play.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The play was based on a folk story. Still, it ws a very bad choice on the teacher's part. 
To Spike a bad guy is just a bad guy, so regardless of their species. This is why he had no problems auditioning for the role.
The story never clarified what species the hero was, so shame on the ponies for just assuming the hero was a pony.

Yes, Twilight did comfort him.
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Le-escritor-VBA Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
good to know.
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Le-escritor-VBA Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
God damn Deviant Art and its un-editable comments. i just noticed many grammar mistakes and the like.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm having the same problem. Kinda tired.
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15MadyCat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
awww ;n; so cute and so sad
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CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Spike, those Canterlot snob ponies can be so mean. :(
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JO-Bac Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You know the funny thing is, as adorable and heartbreaking as this is, I can't help but notice that the filly in the dragon costume looks like she's daydreaming, or just staring off into space, and that the stallion on the right seems like the James William Bottomtooth of ponies. XD

Other then that, awesome insight on everyponies favorite dragon.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awkward for the filly too, you know ;)
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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I fear the pychological damage to Spike in the show.

 

It's the common fish out of water trope I think.

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TheMrGeek Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Damnit the picture is so adorable and the backstory is so, so, Stephen King!
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love my backstories. gotta have a lot of 'em!
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TheMrGeek Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
I have back stories, but I prefer to dance! fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/201… You get a cookie if you know what that's from
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
The psychological damage done here is heartbreaking. Poor kid. This would be the source of his insecurities, and the reason he would need good friends somewhere along the way.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Knowing Canterlot ponies, Spike wouldn't be fully accepted by them. Maybe something like this didn't happen. Maybe he was sheltered from the start. I, however, like to believe the princess wanted Spike to go to school and try to fit in with the foals. She knew Twilight Sparkle would be busy and had only little knowledge of how to care for him. She also wanted to give him an education of his own. The princess might have hoped that introducing a baby dragon to young ponies would make them less apprehensive and judgemental.
So let's suppose this is so. The princess soon found that nothing was further from the truth, because the one thing she didn't take into account was the standpoint of the adults. Spike was bullied by some of the foals, while the others were simply forbidden to associate with him by their parents. The princess foresaw Spike would encounter some obstacles, but she never suspected that even his teachers would be among these obstacles. His teachers either refused to acknowledge the emotional (and sometimes physical) torture, or they sided with the culprits, excusing their behavior, more often than not implying Spike had provoked them. Even the teacher that prided herself on being 'fair' told Spike, that "it" was nothing a "tough dragon like him" couldn't handle. "It" referring to a four-month-long stretch of abuse by five of his peers.
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
That would be a mighty fine episode outline if the show tackled some adult-oriented issues. The lesson would be: just because someone is grown up and has a job that requires a great deal of responsibility, that doesn't mean they will fulfill that responsibility.
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KyoKusagani1999 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
..That's HORRIBLE! Ugh... Equestria REALLY needs to learn more about Dragons.
At that rate, it's going to get burned to the ground, especially considering the episode
"Dragon Quest" where they flat out ARE Racist towards dragons...
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't like what Merriweather did in the end. She just HAD to make them evil.
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Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, we only see how the teenage dragons act, which is like a bunch of hot-blooded teenagers. The rest of the dragons don't seem to bother anybody, in fact they're pretty indifferent towards everyone unless provoked.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's something thought provoking I posted earlier. Be warned, it's a big wall of text:

The teenaged dragons for Dragon Quest arguably did nothing wrong.

Let me explain:

First of all, only three of the teenagers shown did anything of substance on screen. If any of the others wronged Spike, they did so off-screen, which doesn’t count.
Second, the episode tries to paint the teenagers as jerks from the get-go, but their teasing isn’t anywhere near as mean and unwarranted as that of the ponies in the first act. Teasing was to be expected from the group of teens, since Spike was an oddball and tried to be accepted as one of them. The teens gave Spike four chances to prove himself worthy of hanging out with them. They were under no obligation to do this. After deciding Spike had proven his worth – or that he’d been through enough – they accepted him and threw a welcoming party. They earn the title "awful" for this and the ponies do not wish to leave Spike in a place where he is happy, because xenophobia. We really aren’t given another reason at this point.
This is where Williams apparently realized that if she were to maintain the show’s status quo, she’d have to give ponies a valid reason to drag Spike back to Ponyville. So the dragon raid happens…
This basically the part where the episode gives up. In order to ensure Spike’s return to Ponyville, it resorts to making the dragons look bad. Not only is it the laziest way to go about it, it doesn’t even work.

Let me explain:

Phoenixes by nature cannot be anything but pest creatures. If allowed to live, they will do so forever. They breed and become engulfed in flames when upset. Population control is essential. Dragons are the only other creatures known to be fireproof and they are predators, so it stands to reason they are the natural enemy of the phoenix.
We don’t know what the teens would have done with the eggs after smashing them. Maybe they were looking for lunch and the egg shells are tough to break. Maybe they would have just smashed the eggs for their amusement, because dragons simply don’t value the lives of unintelligent creatures. The latter would be morally wrong by pony standards, but dragons aren’t ponies.
Dragons are a radically different species, they have different morals and values, and their society is most likely survival-based. In short: they don’t play by pony rules. It would be incredibly ethnocentric of the ponies to expect them to, especially when they find themselves surrounded dragons instead of the other way around.
Besides, it would be incredibly hypocritical of the ponies to judge dragons for their treatment of prey animals, when they themselves keep other sapient species in captivity.

As for Garble threatening Spike in the end, there’s no way to tell what he was going to do. He looked threatening for sure, but that’s his job. Garble was the obvious leader of the group, Spike was the rookie. Garble risked losing face in front of his friends if he were to let Spike defy him on his first day; he may have had to do damage control for weeks after the incident if he hadn’t put Spike in his place; he may have had to beat up his friends if they tried to challenge his position.
He may have hurt Spike, which could possibly be condemned by the elders, but he very well may have not been too hard on him. This, we’ll never know.

All in all the teen dragons weren’t anywhere near as bad as the episode wanted to make them out to be.
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Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They don't want to leave him there because he's their friend, and probably think he wouldn't be happy over time. Plus, he's still just a child. You wouldn't let your son or little brother go off and live on his own before his time. Also, the teenage dragons acted like that but we're not sure about the other dragons. It's not like ponies or griffons haven't acted so rough.

It's still a show for young kids. They can add lots of more mature storylines but it will still have to be a children's show in the end. And like most kids shows with a moral this was most likely how the show outlines bullying and how some believe it's macho to act brutish and violent.


So you're trying to justify the dragons murdering a nest of young phoenixes for fun? That's going to far to turn this around. Also, they aren't really pest creatures because there aren't that many of them. We don't see many phoenixes, and it's because they're immortal that there aren't many of them. Longer lifespan, lower birthrate. Which is why the parasprites are pests, because they breed like crazy. This isn't predation, it was just malice what the dragons did. From what we see it was just for amusement.

It's not his job, he's just trying to hold onto power. You really can't justify what he did. This isn't portraying dragons as evil, it's showing how bullys work in any society. Biggest and strongest dominate, and since dragons seem to foster independence at an early age it's more than likely many will turn out like this. But the adult dragons don't attempt to dominate other creatures or wantonly destroy their neighbors so it's likely that with most humans and ponies dragons grow out of this phase and just want to live alone. Besides the migration they appear to be solitary creatures.

I think you're taking this too personally. The episode was more about Spike finding where his home truly is and how where he comes from doesn't determine his nature then trying to show dragons are evil. None of the other dragons shown before were "evil", they didn't try to hurt anyone until they were provoked.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would argue all of your points, but I already have in other discussions and I don't want to do it again. I'm not trying to be rude and brush you off or anything like that.
I said arguably, because it's just a theory that comes down to speculation and perspective. There's more than one way to look at things. I'm not taking anything personally, I'm just throwing ideas out there. That's what I do, I overthink things for fun and see what all I can come up with.
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AhO4464 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Spikey Wikey!!!
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Noratcat Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Aww this is cute and sad at the same time.
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extraphotos Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Artist
dawww best school play ever yay go spike defeat dragon...? nice story done
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KyoKusagani1999 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Ah, I appreciate the teacher warming up to the idea that Dragons can be heroes. But the rest of the audience.... Gee, I wonder WHY Ponies know absolutely nothing about dragons? Oh yeah, you never give them a chance. THANKS, racists.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What he said. The teacher chose the colt with perfect attendance for a reason.
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Palinor Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
She didn't warm up to it, she was forced into letting Spike play the hero.
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