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From the Zebra's Mouth
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Newbiespud 12th Jan 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
And the truth comes out.

74 Comments:

Raxon 12th Jan 2013, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Wait, so she's only a jerk because everyone hates and fears her? Okay, I can see that.
Gaston 12th Jan 2013, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
And everyone hates her and fear her because she failed to help them, and then she was a jerk. The plot comes full circles. But what about the traps?
Xander Cruize 12th Jan 2013, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Probably to keep out angry citizens.
Digo 12th Jan 2013, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
And Amway.
Gaston 12th Jan 2013, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
I meant that I feel the need in what kind of predicament Rainbow Dash finds herself.
Gaston 12th Jan 2013, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
I meant that I feel the need to know*
Something's wrong with me today
Smilez221 12th Jan 2013, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
No one typos like Gaston!

.....I'll go back to my corner now.
Ted Ursus 14th Jan 2013, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
So much yes!
RainbowSmash 14th Jan 2013, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
And Jehovah's Witnesses!
Gear 12th Jan 2013, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
My guess is that the Poison Joke is making her speak in rhymes.
bunsin flame 12th Jan 2013, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
My thoughts exactly.
Digo 12th Jan 2013, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
Seems apparent, by her lines. :3
AttentionDeficitGuy 12th Jan 2013, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
AttentionDeficitGuy
That's certainly possible, but I'm thinking that the Poison Joke is what turned her into a zebra, creating a massive twist in what would have been a racism Aesop!
kriss1989 13th Jan 2013, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Or it could have removed her sense of ethics.
stephani-d 13th Jan 2013, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
I doubt the poison joke removed her ethics. Its effects tend tobe visible.
Mondroid 12th Jan 2013, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
Did not see this one coming.
Steve 12th Jan 2013, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
It's kinda like an anti-twist... She's doing bad things, but with good intentions.
Digo 12th Jan 2013, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Its a common type of villainy. :D
WhatWasMyNameAgain 12th Jan 2013, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
I think doing good things, but with bad intentions, would be less common.
zimmerwald1915 12th Jan 2013, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
Oh, that's a fairly common type of villainy too.
Raxon 12th Jan 2013, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I think that doing good things with bad intentions falls under the heading of 'comic relief villain' almost any way you slice it.

Oh, wait. I remember writing a bit about the mafia owning a community center that was old and run down, so they hired a serial arsonist to burn it down, and collected the insurance money. Then they took the insurance money and...

Rebuilt the community center bigger and nicer than before.


Here's the thing. Kids that go to the community center are less likely to engage in gang activity. Less gang activity results in less competition for the mafia. There. Doing good things with evil reasons, and it's not just being ineffective.
CaptainAizen 12th Jan 2013, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
How are you always so brilliant? An infinite supply of mentats?
Raxon 12th Jan 2013, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
The story was being told by the mercenary that was hired by the mafia. He tells about the arson job while working as a bodyguard, protecting the young daughter of the Burmese drug cartel kingpin. It was part of a few throwaway lines. If the character sounds morally ambiguous, he totally was. Mercenary for hire. Assassin, bodyguard, soldier, thief, pay him to do it, and he'll do it. He's the kind of lunatic who sneaks up to a large group of enemy soldiers, and then sprints right into the middle of their formation, slitting throats and stabbing them.

It works, because they all hesitate. It's not a battlefield filled with enemies, it's their own backyard. And there's this guy running at top speed, bouncing all over the place in a densely packed cluster of them. It works wonders on african, asian, and central american militaries that are poorly trained. Well trained French foreign legion... Not so much. That was a lot of fun to write.

Oh, and to answer your question, I do image training. I picture myself doing lots of sit ups and push ups, and it makes my mind stronger.
Lyntermas 12th Jan 2013, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
...Okay, I'm pretty sure that most of us had already figured it out by now, but that last post confirms in my mind that Raxon is actually Deadpool-Prime.
The Batman 14th Jan 2013, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
Since when is France good at war?
Raxon 14th Jan 2013, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Actually, the french foreign legion is pretty much recognized the world over as a force of badass. The only reason France became a punchline is that France *WAS* the battlefield in WWI, and they had no time to rebuild their... everything before WWII.
Guest 15th Jan 2013, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, and then there's Agincourt, pretty much remembered because it was the only battle the English won in that conflict, and the matter of Louisbourg, which was really a lesson in why defense contractors need to be watched like hawks. Oh, and the English sometimes like to claim the Plains of Abraham, even though that was a case where both sides sent the worst general they could in the hope of losing that territory in exchange for something more valuable!

Don't look at me like that. I paid attention in Canadian history classes.
Mudpony 12th Jan 2013, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Pretty standard villain thing used in movies as well, where they build something for "a good cause" but it serves as cover or otherwise enables them to advance their evil plans.

If you look at V (either the original or the newer one), the aliens provide cures for human diseases. A good act, but one that also serves to advance their cause (healthier livestock, generate good will).
nekollx 12th Jan 2013, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
nekollx
i know OT, but Raxon you stoked for the DEADPOOL Game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqORbzbEfoM
Raxon 12th Jan 2013, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Sadly, I am a PC gamer, and it will not be available on that platform. I'll wait a few years until I can get a secondhand seventh gen console on the cheap. Also, I very rarely ever buy a game when it first comes out. The last game I bought at launch was Skyrim.
Kiana 12th Jan 2013, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
Kiana
But what about all the release day bugs? Surely you're not sane enough to AVOID them, right?

I buy my games years after they're out, but that's mostly due to being poor.
Raxon 12th Jan 2013, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
All I have to my name is my internet connection, my collection of pointy things, and my favorite easy chair.

It's made out of real semtex, too. None of that C4 crap.
Kiana 12th Jan 2013, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
Kiana
Only thing I have to my name is a laptop and whatever illness I've contracted this week. Everything else is charity.

She's nice a laptop, though. I love my little Sydney.
Digo 14th Jan 2013, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
You named your laptop Sydney? Any significance to that name or just cause it's a nice name?

My laptop is named Sera, after a character I created which shares the same affinity to have "Blonde Moments" amd take forever to get up in the morning. :3
kriss1989 13th Jan 2013, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Genuine Semtex huh? You know, they say you can feel the difference.
q97randomguy 14th Jan 2013, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
q97randomguy
Have you ever heard of Fritz Haber? He invented Nitrogen fixing to make explosives for the Germans. But it also kind of keeps the world's population from starvation. He unwittingly saved and/or improved billions of lives.
RainbowSmash 14th Jan 2013, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
It's called Catholicism.
Aegis Steadfast 12th Jan 2013, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
Aegis Steadfast
I wonder, do we have any stories about good intentions, but with poor execution and methods?
Raxon 12th Jan 2013, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I hope you mean on the part of an NPC, or an antagonist, because if you mean on the part of the players, you're going to get a thousand stories that end with "I rolled a one."
Lyntermas 12th Jan 2013, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Oh yeah, so I run down the thing, and I land on top of the bear, and I, like, flip in the air, and then, as I'm coming down, I sort of, like, barrel-roll a little bit, and then I flip again, and then I come down here so I land just like this, so I'm flanking this guy. Yeah, and it's super-cool! And there's rock music playing while I do it, and I'm gleaming cubes on my way there, and as I come down, I use my Avenging Echo against him... ohhh, I rolled a 1.

-Wil Wheaton, Acquistions Inc.
Raxon 12th Jan 2013, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Okay, so I was playing GTA4, and some jerk cut me off in traffic while I was on a date. He slammed into my front fender and smashed me against the concrete barrier. My date got hurt, so I ran as fast as I could to get an ambulance for her, and then all of a sudden, these cops show up. I tried to explain the situation to them, but they wouldn't listen. They just kept shooting at me!

I tried to get back to her as quickly as possible, but a big black police van rammed me from the side and sent me into a schoolyard. Thank goodness there weren't any children there anymore. My vehicle was flipped upside down, and it came to a screeching halt against a swing set. The police must have fired a rocket or something at me, because the next thing I knew, I was a hundred feet in the air, and flying towards the bridge where my date was waiting for me. Considering my predicament, everything was going fine.

And then some jackass in an ambulance pulls up right where my ambulance was going to land.
Raxon 12th Jan 2013, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Oh, wait. The first sentence had "GTA4" in it. I think that disqualifies me.
Vellikat 12th Jan 2013, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
Vellikat
That wasn't a rocket. It was the swing set.
Raxon 12th Jan 2013, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Sssshhh! Don't tell! That's part of the joke!

Seriously, do you really think the rest of the story was that naive and innocent?

Okay, it sorta was, other than borrowing the ambulance. I was gonna bring it right back after I rescued the girl, honest!
Aegis Steadfast 12th Jan 2013, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
Aegis Steadfast
Yes I did mean that.
Digo 14th Jan 2013, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to go against your grain, Raxon, for this one story--

Shadowrun campaign. Our team of four are hired to act as bodyguards for a group of protesters outside a bank. Think "Occupy Wallstreet". We're just there to ensure no one incites a fight, starts a fight, or gets involved in a fight.

Two teammembers get word that the bank's main branch hired some goons from out of town to try and disperse the crowd with "persuasion". The goon squad just landed at the airport when the two party members told team mate #3 (I was sadly the uninformed #4) to come help set up an ambush.

Team members 1 and 2 hijack the subway train the good squad was on and proceeded to mow down the squad with lots of bullets, effectively rolling "20s" all around. Team member #3 gets lost trying to navigate the subway and ends up at a Starbucks or something.
The two-man army then escapes down the subway tunnels and elude the cops completely, thus making a clean getaway.

Meanwhile, I was left alone to defend the crowd when the bank sent out two high level mages to take me down. D:

The next day, the bank's main branch released a news statement that they sent a group of negotiators to try and make peace with the protesters, but that the negotiators were all murdered in cold blood and they blame the protesters. The protest is immediately disbanded.

Bank 1, Team 0
Tatsurou 14th Jan 2013, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
For NPCs or antagonists, what about the stories that end with "The DM rolled a 1"?
Aegis Steadfast 14th Jan 2013, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
Aegis Steadfast
Oh forget it.
Gyvon 12th Jan 2013, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Am I the only one who noticed Rainbow with a muzzle in the last panel?
Akouma 12th Jan 2013, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Akouma
Well in the show, AJ was having trouble actually getting to Zecora's, Rainbow crashed right in front of her, so AJ made a set of reins out of sticks and leaves and steered her to their destination. Thus, muzzle.
NightWolfMane 12th Jan 2013, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
That was the OTHER rope trap.
Raxon 12th Jan 2013, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
That rope trap wasn't intended to catch intruders, that was for her own personal use.
kriss1989 12th Jan 2013, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Nah, to keep spell casters quiet.
Zuche 14th Jan 2013, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
There just aren't any safe words to use in conversation with you, are there, Raxon?
Raxon 14th Jan 2013, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
The safe word is raincheck.
JR Klein 14th Jan 2013, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
Mine is "rhubarb".
Guest 15th Jan 2013, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Just don't use that one for... uh... group activities.
Flutters 12th Jan 2013, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Oops, I forgot to talk in a deep manly voice.
Flutters 15th Jan 2013, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
If I get a reply from any of the following I am going to not play video games for one week: Raxon, Akouma or Lyntermas.
Pinkie 13th Jan 2013, 5:39 AM edit delete reply
And I forgot to stick my tongue out...
Pinkie 13th Jan 2013, 5:39 AM edit delete reply
And I forgot to stick my tongue out...
Page-Mistress 13th Jan 2013, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
Wow, I mean, it's not like the guy who developed the polio vaccine tested it on his own kids, wife, friends and himself or anything.
It's not like she has anything else she can test her cures on.
Moonrush 14th Jan 2013, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
The polio guy did not kidnap random people who later all went insane specifically due to the vaccine.

Also, poison joke probably affects... like... everything with skin. Start with Everfree rats, at least.
chaos flare 14th Jan 2013, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
E
verfree monsters have likely developed an immunity to poison joke so that plan is out the window
Raxon 14th Jan 2013, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Well, the poison joke did affect one creature in the Everfree forest: Cockroaches.

It turned them bright colors, made them round, removed their wing cases, gave them dragonfly wings, and big, colorful eyes...
Malroth 14th Jan 2013, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Tribbles, it affected Tribbles not Roaches, Roaches at least require 2 roaches to begin their uncontrolled exponential growth.
Raxon 14th Jan 2013, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
...There were tribbles in the Everfree forest, and the poison joke gave them the ability to fly.

We got screwed on that deal.
Digo 14th Jan 2013, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
That cleanup was so expensive that budget cuts reduced the parade to a one pony band...
Page-Mistress 14th Jan 2013, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
@Moonrush
Hey, secretly could mean not telling everypony in Ponyville what she's doing. For all we know, she may have just given them the attempts at the cure without telling them she had no idea if they worked. And the reason no pony else knew WHY they were going crazy was because what ever the poison joke did to them was too embarrassing for them to even show anypony, and they went to Zecora because they assumed that any mysterious mare living in a dangerous forest on her own must obviously have a cure for things.
Moonrush 14th Jan 2013, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Making up a complicated explanation that contradicts what we know ("random ponies vanishing without telling anyone, occasionally coming back horribly insane" doesn't imply they went to go ask the nice, helpful voodoo zebra. Plus, 6/6 ponies in canon were fine with showing others their poison joke'd problems.) proves me wrong. Yup. Can't be that the song about foalnapping and making people crazy was actually about that. Must just be a helpful mad scientist using sentient beings as lab rats gone wrong. You should get a job at Aperture. /not awake enough to make that sound less insulting
The Batman 14th Jan 2013, 3:15 PM edit delete reply
No, instead he just injected children with a deadly disease, knowing he had no real proof this would work.
Page-Mistress 14th Jan 2013, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
@The Batman
...I'm hoping that's just something to further prove my comparison point.
Of course, you could be talking about the guy who used the live virus. I was talking about Salk, who used the dead one, and released his cure first. Cause I know he tested it on his kids, a Travel Channel show wouldn't lie about museum stuff, I think.
Moonrush 14th Jan 2013, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Pretty sure people understood how immune systems worked before they were capable of making vaccines, so... that'd be proof. Also, worst case scenario with the vaccine; get the disease you were going to anyway, since that's why you needed to be vaccinated.
Worst case with Zecora's cure; go from comedically altered (so Twilight and Rainbow Dash are out of a job, but otherwise there's not really horrible after the "oh my gosh my voice sounds funny" period, and it's clearly not contagious, judging from Applebloom piggybacking Appletini) to either presumed dead or proven insane.
Page-Mistress 15th Jan 2013, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
@Moonrush
Yeah, it's already been stated in the comic that Poison Joke only affects creatures after a certain age. Plus, if it's anything like Posion Oak, then it can't be contagious because you get it from the plant itself. In the cartoon, Applebloom wasn't affected because she never touched the plants.
And the only way Zecora would know how her cures would affect ponies without testing it on them, and there's no way she could test it on any other creature in the forest cause they've probably learned to avoid the plants and wouldn't exactly be easy to catch, equipment she clearly has no access to.
I'm not say what she did was right, I'm saying it's not unheard of.