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Newbiespud 26th Aug 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Prince Blueblood is a hell of a character to write in MLP fan-works, I've noticed. There are so many expectations, so much potential catharsis and irony... You really have to jump through so many extra hurdles just to use this guy.

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Specter 26th Aug 2017, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Specter
My personal thought towards this tactic of his would be genius... at minimum of course. Still, very clever.
Dusk Raven 26th Aug 2017, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
I admit, I admire cunning even if I condemn it's use for evil ends. But in his case, I think he's fairly justified in doing a little manipulation to ward himself of gold-diggers...
Winged Cat 27th Aug 2017, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Agreed whole-heartedly. It might be a bit cruel, but those who just want him for his money instead of wanting him for him arguably justify it.
Kereea 26th Aug 2017, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Consider me intrigued...
Mykin 26th Aug 2017, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Me too. Let's see where this goes.
The Old One 26th Aug 2017, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Great Celestia's Mane! She's trying to marry the pony equivalent of James Bond!

Actually, knowing how this all turns out originally, maybe it's closer to Austin Powers.....
Digo Dragon 26th Aug 2017, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I've seen Blueblood run the spectrum of archetypes; from vile spoiled brat to cunning secret service pony working for Celestia (yeah, his whole shtick is to pretend he's spineless to get enemies to lower their guard).
Winged Cat 27th Aug 2017, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I've seen and written the latter.
CCC 28th Aug 2017, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
I've seen examples which cast Blueblood as the Equestrian version of Bruce Wayne... for which his characterisation in his introductory episode was *perfect*.
Dusk Raven 29th Aug 2017, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
I actually commissioned a story (Because I wouldn't have been able to write it myself) involving Twilight and Blueblood finding themselves in an arranged marriage, with neither of them really happy about it. A good part of the plot involves Twilight slowly figuring out there's more to Blueblood than what she heard from the Gala...

Blueblood's one of my favorite characters to think of hidden depths for, mostly because there are already a good number of fan theories out there regarding his behavior at the Gala.

Plus, a little-known fact is that he shows up in Sweet and Elite - it's his airship Rarity christens. So the pair, evidently, are on cordial terms again.
Jennifer 26th Aug 2017, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
Now THIS I like. (Grabs popcorn)
*Sigh* 26th Aug 2017, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
My favorite fanfic with Blueblood in it was the "Groundhog's Day"-styled fic with him as the main character, he starts pretty much exactly as we see him in the show then the constant looping well and truly makes him into a better person.
CocoaNut 26th Aug 2017, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Blueblood's case isn't helped by how so many in the brony community see Rarity. So many in the brony community are from the fedora crowd. They see Rarity as "the girl that only likes jerks" and Blueblood as the jerk that stole her heart.
Lalli-is-Best 26th Aug 2017, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
The comics flesh out Blueblood's character a lot. In a storyline involving Shining Armor and the Yak nation, Blueblood is shown to be a genius diplomat and negotiator.
Stroth 27th Aug 2017, 12:48 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, that's the thing that makes him a really interesting character. He's a snobby, stuck up selfish jackass who embodies the worst of nobility. But he's also amazingly good at his job and all around an asset to the kingdom. People can have more than one side to them, even in a children's comic book.
TheStevest 26th Aug 2017, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
TheStevest
This Blueblood should write a book.
Maybe "Gold diggers and where to find them"?
Norgarth 26th Aug 2017, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
I recall reading a MLP/Marvel fusion story where Blueblood was the Tony Stark equivalent
RHJunior 26th Aug 2017, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
I've read a lot of fanfics that reinterpret Blueblood's actions that night. I have two favorites: one was that it was all a plot by (a time traveling) Discord to sow a little extra chaos... by enchanting Blueblood to act like the world's biggest jerk. Just before he zaps Blueblood he gloats that now Blueblood will be the most hated villain in Equestria-- While Nightmare Moon nearly ended the world with eternal night, and Discord had covered it in madness, Blueblood would now commit the most unforgivable sin: he would fail to live up to someone else's expectations.

The second one was even better: its premise was that Blueblood was an even shyer recluse than Twilight Sparkle, preferring to spend all his time with his maps (he was a cartographer) rather than with terrifying crowds of ponies. But Auntie Celestia insisted he try, just once, to socialize, so he fetched a book on courtly etiquette and prepared as best he could. Two problems: the book was about a hundred years out of date, and was meant for noble-born MARES. The bloody ingeniousness of it was that, if you go back over all his actions over the course of the night, everything he did really would have been perfectly acceptable and the exact sort of behavior one would expect... from a ***courtly Lady.***
Needling Haystacks 28th Aug 2017, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
RHJunior: That second idea is amusing. What was it called so I can look for it? A link would also work.

Wanderer: I've seen that interpretation a lot.

My own comment: A one-shot comment had Blue Blood take Twilight's place in the initial story. He was so obnoxious that Nightmare Moon became disgusted with him, realized she was acting too similarly to him, and reformed on the spot! The author said they set out expecting Blue Blood to come around in the end, but it ultimately worked better if he didn't.
Needling Haystacks 28th Aug 2017, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
Comic, not comment. It was an official comic release.
Tika 29th Aug 2017, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
I second this, I'd love to read the fic with shy recluse Blueblood and the oopsed manners
CHeighlund 13th Sep 2017, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
The stories he's speaking about are chapters in a fic called 'Blueblood's Just Zis Guy, You Know?' on FimFiction. The Jerk chapter is #3, the Shy chapter is #5.
HopeFox 27th Aug 2017, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
Oh dear. It looks like Rarity is trying to play a player.
Thud 27th Aug 2017, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
Makes sense, marrying into royalty is a big draw for a lot of people, any royal that isn't married almost the moment society permits, if not sooner, is going to have to have some pretty efficient anti-gold digger defenses... defenses that work from multiple angles since plenty of royal parents have traded marriage to their children for various things.
Winged Cat 27th Aug 2017, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
It helps that Celestia is unlikely to do the royal marriage thing. She wants all of her citizens to be truly happy, and that includes the rare few distantly blood-related to her.
Wanderer 27th Aug 2017, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
...well, he at least gets points in Diplomacy and Sense Motive, given his job. And he's actually quite good at it.

The "Blueblood was a dick because he knew Rarity was a gold-digger" is probably hitting disturbingly close to what he actually did during the episode- realized what Rarity was up to, then systematically (but not in a way to cause lasting harm) humiliated her until the idea of doing it became utterly repulsive.