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8th Sep 2011, 6:00 AM
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Cutie Mark Profit Margin
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Newbiespud 8th Sep 2011, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Several artists and writers in the fandom like to portray Cutie Marks as bad things, pigeonholing ponies into into one talent that they can't escape for the rest of their lives.

I personally believe that ponies can get lots of mileage out of their Cutie Mark talents, more than most people realize. Applejack's player demonstrates just a little bit of that.

38 Comments:

Anon 8th Sep 2011, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
I think, perhaps, that a Cutie Mark represent not so much the only thing a pony is good at, but more their primary passion. The one thing they really want to devote their life to (and also happen to be good at somehow).

Of course, having a single passion doesn't have to mean you're no good at everything else.
Gryphon 8th Sep 2011, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
Gryphon
Wouldn't it be weird if people had cutie marks? It'd be tough for police to go undercover in, say, the mafia...

"Before we let you commit crimes with us, let me see your ass."
-Several moments later-
"Boss, he's a cop! He's got the scales of justice on his cheek!"
Dalton 8th Sep 2011, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
Nah, they'd probably get a tattoo or something to cover it up or change it. :P

I've thought about it, and have no real idea what my cutie mark would be. I may know what it'd reference, but no idea what it'd look like...
Colin 12th Oct 2013, 11:39 PM edit delete reply
Well, as I recall, they just shine through tattoos or attempts to conceal them other than clothing...or maybe that was just headcanon from fanfics.
Incidentally - Spud, ye go by? - I love the FLAWLESS VICTORY declaration upon comment submission. ^_^
Summercat 13th Nov 2012, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Just saying, the entire cubical of people looked at me strangely when I burst out laughing at this.
Chris 8th Sep 2011, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
If cutie marks really did pigeonhole you like that, wouldn't that mean that Rarity's special talent was just finding gems? Or that the only thing that Pinkie was specifically good at was blowing up balloons? And I don't see how anyone could possibly make the cognitive leap from Derpy's bubble-butt to 'special talent: mail carrier.'

It seems obvious to me that cutie marks are very, VERY open to interpretation. Which is good, because the idea of getting a tramp stamp when you hit puberty that unerringly tells you the one thing you will be forced to do for the rest of your life is, to put it mildly, disturbing as all hell.
Travis 8th Sep 2011, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
I interpret Rarity's cutie mark as meaning she has an affinity for "all that glitters," so to speak.

It's not just about fashion -- it's a lifestyle, darling.
TechUnadept 10th Nov 2013, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
My first thought upon hearing about them was;
"Well that's dystopian. Do you need them to engage in commerce as well?"
Greet 8th Sep 2011, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Her cutiemark represents bubble wrap!
Guest 8th Sep 2011, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Best. Cutie Mark. EVER.
McBehrer 8th Sep 2011, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
Actually, no. The fandom just decided she was the mailmare. FPK came out way after, and was in fact a reference to her fanon job. So the developers got the idea from us, not the other way around.
TheDoomBug 8th Sep 2011, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I don't get why some people think of it as a life-long branding of what you can do, when it's clearly shown a symbol of what you want to do.
evilauthor 9th Sep 2011, 4:47 PM edit delete reply
A Cutie Mark isn't just what you want to do, it's what you want to do and knowing you can do it.
Guest 8th Sep 2011, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
Well, Applejack's "gameplay benefit" would be very useful...except that I don't recall any of the mane 6 needing to buy anything. Ever. No weapons (how would they hold them), no armor ("we don't normally wear clothes), nothing. The only one who exchanges gold is AJ herself, to hopefully fix her farm and replace Granny Smith's hip.
Travis 8th Sep 2011, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
Ponyville has a market will all kinds of stores. Just because we don't necessarily SEE Twilight grocery shopping doesn't mean she DOESN'T. (Equestria clearly has a functioning form of capitalism.)

As far as the game world of this comic goes, this is potentially going to be a combat-free setting. Just look at the cast; the GM is known for encouraging and rewarding roleplaying beyond "I go here and kill that."
The Red Mage 8th Sep 2011, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Alternatively, the GM only let her keep that much money andincome BECAUSE she knows they won't be needing it, thus rendering that potentially game-breaking advantage moot.
ZeroSD 8th Sep 2011, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
I don't know if they got the delivery idea from the fans or it was just coincidence, but I can tell you chronologically Derpy the Mail Pony came before the ep.
Sowelu 8th Sep 2011, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Episodes are produced WAY before they air. Word of God is that she was storyboarded as a delivery pony before the first ep aired; the derped eyes are last minute postproduction edits.
McBehrer 8th Sep 2011, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
I was there for it. do I NEED evidence?
Henry O'Lool 9th Sep 2011, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
@McBehrer: Pics or it didn't happen. :3
KS Claw 9th Sep 2011, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
There's an artist on DA called Crabofdoom who has a really good input about cutie marks, which I agree on. You don't have to be stuck on just *one* talent. Applejack, as another example, is good at rodeo as well as running her farm. Some people have made comments about how the CMC are likely to be 'stuck in roles' when they get their cutie marks, but it doesn't mean they can't be good at other things too (like Sweetie Belle being able to help her sister with her boutique etc)
SaintAbsol 9th Sep 2011, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
Money, Dear Filly. Money!

And nice ramble about Cutie Marks; when I do my own OC ponies (Been a brony this long and still don't have a set yet; I am ashamed T_T.) I'll have to keep something like that in mind.
Bronymous 26th Sep 2011, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Damn, I had my set of OC's down in under a week, including one based off of a car and fanon representations of Celestia and Luna as the first and third (White and Black) Ponies of the Apocalypse- with fill ins for the others, of course.
Black Bubbles 2nd Jun 2013, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
to be honest i agree cutie marks dont pigeonhole any of the characters but the people talking aout OC ponys i started making them TWO YEARS AGO still doing it :l
Summoned Singer 15th Feb 2014, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
Summoned Singer
I will only have one of my own, but each of my friends will have one too, maxing out at six, most likely.
Greet 9th Sep 2011, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
Bubble wrap is used for packing, a cutiemark to represent such would mean they were talented at packing things.

Or were good at shipping them, or something. Fits in with being some sort of delivery pony.
evilauthor 9th Sep 2011, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Cutie Marks are very much subjective. They mean what the subject Pony THINKS it means, like Cheerilee's flowers only relate to teaching because she thinks it does. What other Ponies (or the audience for that matter) think is immaterial.

Just for example, take Twilight Sparkle and Photo Finish. They have near identical Cutie Marks, but the meanings are very different. Twilight's symbolizes Magic. Photo Finish given her profession likely symbolizes a camera flash. But regardless of what they think, their Cutiemarks are still two toned, eight point stars.
N ekoLLX 24th Sep 2011, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
Acording to word of God Photofinish represents her doing "da magicks" but on a side note you know the Wonderbolt Sorin'? Yeah hee's got a chef's hat...
CM don't even determin your job!
Evil Paladin 26th Jul 2012, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
*checks Season 2 finale* Soarin's cutie mark is a lightning bolt with wings.
Limpurtikles 24th Sep 2011, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
Finally, someone sees it Lauren Faust, that a Cutie Mark can mean more than just a litteral inerpretation.
I mean seriously, you can be very liberal with what a cutie mark means. Is Fluttershy's destiny butterflies? Nope. Is Pinkie's destiny to be a balloon? Nope. Rainbow Dash! Rarity! All you need to do is think outside the box.

Also, as a newcomer I salute you for an excellent comic Newbiespud. Combining two of my favourite interests into one!
Lugbzurg 25th Sep 2011, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
Somepony really knows how to play...
leafia6 18th Oct 2011, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
Thanks to the second season we see Fluttershy has some skills as a masseuse. For bears.
Solario the Visored 17th Nov 2011, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
Well, I don't think most cutie marks lock their pony into a set lifestyle, and acknowledge that with a little wordplay, a lot can be done within one's proffessed talent... But when your mark is a quill and a sofa, there's not really much else you're gonna be good at. :/
Raxon 13th Jun 2012, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
Writing Ikea fanfics, while amusing, would probably not be profitable, even in Equestria.
guy 10th May 2014, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
Best. Comment. Ever.
End of story.
TheTraveller 1st Sep 2012, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
You know...I wonder what Big Mac's character class and "gameplay benefit" from his cutie mark would be...Warrior perhaps?

...If only Big Mac was around the Main Six more, I find a DnD player for him would be interesting...
TechUnadept 10th Nov 2013, 2:30 AM edit delete reply
I've spent my entire life without a magic tattoo on my arse telling me what I'm good for, and I don't intend to start now.
Venseyness 2nd Aug 2015, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
See, If this were my campaign, I totally would have given that to applejack too. This comic is... well... really well thought out and obviously being run by a true DM. I respect realism.