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The Academy Record by DaringDashie The Academy Record by DaringDashie
Soooo, there's no joke. This is kind of a product of my mind wandering on the question of why Spitfire is so familiar with the academy records. Of course it could be cause she's the boss, or maybe she set them?

I really like pictures that hint at a story, so maybe this is more like a series of pictures that suggest a story than a comic as such... I hope that different people will see different things in this comic.

(Just in case anyone doesn't know, the pink pony is Firefly, the G1 pony that was Lauren Faust's inspiration/basis for Rainbow Dash.)

Resources used: The lead/wing pony badge from [link] by ~KyssS90 and the statue on Spitfire's desk from [link] by ~BaumkuchenPony.

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Let's see, where to start ...

Originality: I've seen quite alot of Wonderbolt Academy art, but most of it has been centric on Lightning Dust (may contain shipping with RD) or Spitfire being the hot tempered drill sergeant. There have been favorable exceptions, though. This is one of them, being a flashback of Spitfire with somepony other than Soarin'. Firefly was a surprise when I eyed this.

Vision: The title lets us know where it would lead, but it's still ambiguous. Who set the records? What was the broken record? Is this why the captain is so savvy with every record in the book?

Technique: Scrapbook of precious photos? heart-warming flashbacks? Tear stemming from nostalgia? Check, check, and check.

Impact: Positive.

Overall, nice comic. It would have made more sense had there been an additonal panel with a physical something stating what record was broken. Then again, I may be overthinking this and all it could be is a best time for a 3 lap race. Either way, the tear at the end makes it a keeper.
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Critique by LieutenantShinyPants Jan 3, 2013, 5:17:33 PM
Alright, so I guess this isn't the most original comic ever, but though it isn't funny, it's one of the best I have ever seen.

With Firefly being one of my favorite ponies of all time and the amount of Bronies hating on the older gens, I love this.

I have noticed that in the third frame, however, the pupils do look a little bit off, but I don't expect you to draw it to look exactly how it looks in the show. I actually do kinda like it. They're pretty rounded and look cute. I'd like it better if they were a bit bigger, though.

Excellent comic. I hope you make more like this. Maybe one about Surprise meeting Pinkie or something with G3 Minty? (She's a derp)
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trollduck2001 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwwwww
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaw...! Love the idea! :heart: :heart: :heart:
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UltimateUmbreon004 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconloading-plz:Headcanon Developing...:iconloading-plz:

Firefly was Spitfire's mentor. When Dash came along, she reminded Spitfire of Firefly. She didn't make Rainbow the lead pony because she didn't want it to go to Dash's head, like it had Firefly's.

IDK. :iconwellitisamountainplz: It's a work in progress.
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Well doen pic. 
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commanderchristian Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Artist
old memories
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Re-mix-it-studios Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Artist
awsome i almost cried
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missael111796 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
(Typing this while teary-eyed.) This is so touching. Anyone crack a joke about this and I will punch them. HARD. sniff.
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RockinT765 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why she's so tough on Rainbow. It's because she knows what her mom could do and she knows that RD could be even better.
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nilaycan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
oh my that was really awesome firefly(r.d's mom) was a wonderbolt cool
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MLPLOVER2020 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Rainbows mom!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmlplover2020:
MLPLOVER2020 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Rainbows mom!!!!!!!!!!!
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StormAlchemist15 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
...woah..
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Moonstar-SilverClan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student General Artist
For me this give me a hint of why Spitfire didn't made Rainbow Dash lead pony. That it is only because she wawsn't lead pony either when she entered.
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twyllia Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
i love this story, and i love the emotional charge you put on it... truly fantastic
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dipdyeddbz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Happy, and sad...
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RtDK Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
General Thunderwing?
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bonnybanshey Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013   Artist
Considering the original design of Twi which was a gen one pony was used for her mom I like the original idea for Dash being Firefly being her mom and to avoid Joss Whedon getting butt hurt call her fireflies he doesn't own copyright of the plural form of firefly
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*WARNING: MINI-FIC*
Those aren't pictures, and Spit's a lot younger than she looks in those photos. Firefly was second in command of the Wonderbolts when Spitfire was in training.(she's wearing a recruit uniform in the photos because her real one's in the wash or something) She was a prodigy, and was on the fast track to becoming the new commander. However, at their last airshow of the year, Wind Shear (their commander) instructed the team to perform an extremely dangerous maneuver. Firefly tried to talk him out of it, and when he refused to listen, she turned in her badge. The team performed without her, and sure enough, two flyers collided in mid-air and plunged to their deaths.
Fast forward ten years. Spitfire is perusing the list of new Wonderbolt recruits and discovers that Firefly's daughter Rainbow Dash has signed up. She hoped that history wouldn't repeat itself, but Lightning Dust apparently had other plans.
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Rebron-y Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can see where you're coming from, but if that air show had really happened, Spitfire would probably have reprimanded Lightening Dust long before Rainbow Dash had the chance to quit (probably).
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I doubt it. She had no clue how much trouble Lightning Dust would be.
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Rebron-y Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, that's right. She had no idea that Lightening Dust had goaded Rainbow Dash into making a tornado with her.
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Snowpup22 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
omg, is spitfire crying?! :iconspitfireplz:
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Snowpup22 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
hmm, possible
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GoldenPonyZ Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Ohhhh I see. Rainbow Dash reminds her of Firefly. :iconawesomefaceplz:
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Akernis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a great one, I do not usually adopt things not seen in the show as headcanon, but this is too good to pass up :) 
Always imagined Firefly to be Rainbow's mother, and her being friend and partner with Spitfire works great. 
Could add another lovely little detail as to why Spitfire is acts so supportive of RD.
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scootfan213 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Artist
aww so cute
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PrincessHighmist Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
OMG! We have the same head canon! o.O!!!!
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IlukaAppledash Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
This is gorgeous
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rickyiricky Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So... RD,s mom were K.I.A ? 
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SammyW28 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Kinda looks that way... :(

(though beware, Hasbro likely won't let the DHX go there)
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valleyviolet Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist
One thing that made me sad about that episode: you don't have to be the leader to be the best or to succeed. 

<3 Firefly
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yuuki-takaya Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
niiiiiiice. nice. this is awesome
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Solartiger43 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
well done
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lpsgirl111 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thats so sad
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Racingunicorn653 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Spitfire knew Rainbow dashes mom?
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:iconsilnev:
Silnev Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
TOP GUN ANYONE?
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Ajax94 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
That was awesome
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Morlord Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
awesome :3
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
:sniff: That was so sweet.
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Chihuahuarocks Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
In my opinion this is just amazing! It kimd of gives us a little idea of spit's past! Although I never wqtched G1 mlp I still love this!^^
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DaringDashie Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Neither did I, I'm just playing with the idea of Firefly as Dash's (spiritual) mother.

Thanks :)
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Chihuahuarocks Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Haha cool!:)
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Chaosisx Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I don't care what the others say, this is canon as hell for me and also bootiful.
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RoboKitty Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I've heard at least one story of old record-holders from the Olympics saying "well it's about time someone broke my old record!", so that just adds more ways to interpret this comic =P
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BerryPAWNCH Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
A very interesting peak at Spitfire's old days training to joining the Wonderbolts. I have to wonder what could have happened to Firefly... :(
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DaringDashie Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I told you that I'd have to kill you :P
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etech2012 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
war
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herobrine67 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
or maybe somebody got jealous and killed her?
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etech2012 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
no fuckin way due it was pie. or possibly commies.
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BerryPAWNCH Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Yeah, that's the reason I was considering too. :(
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