posted by CreativePr0cess
Bronies and Pegasisters gather round, and hear my news that shall astound… Get off the stage, Zecora. Okay, lets get down to business. I’m here to prove to you, without a doubt, that Spike is a main character, and only those too stubborn to ignore facts won’t agree with this. Now let me clarify what I mean by main character. No, Spike is not a part of the mane 6, otherwise it would be called the mane 7, wouldn’t it? I’m looking at the Показать as what it is: a TV show, not what the fandom has made it out to be, and who the lead role’s would be.
Before we jump in, we need to ask ourselves, what makes a main character? A member of the main cast is measured by two things, importance and screentime. For example, Ты can have minimum importance to the series, but a large amount of screen time and be considered a main character. Now that that’s out of the ways, lets get things started.
First off, let’s start with Spike’s importance to the series as a whole. Spike has multiple episodes that feature him as playing the main role. Let’s compare that to some other main characters of other shows. Here’s a good one: Doctor Who. When Ты look at the amount of episodes that feature Rose Tyler as THE main role, as in the episode surrounds her and is about her, it adds up to the astounding number of one. Rose Tyler plays an extremely important role to the series, and even when she leaves the Doctor, she is still referred to constantly, еще so than any other main character. Spike, a supposed “supporting” character, has еще episodes about him than she does. Now, let’s look at Spike’s actually importance in the show. Could the Показать exist without the number one assistant? The answer is a definite no. While he doesn’t have an Element of Harmony, thats just what the Показать needed. A main character without an Element. This provides the Показать to do еще with the story, such as when Spike becomes the new радуга Dash in the Season 2 premiere. And although Spike doesn’t have as many episodes surrounding him as the other characters, he is constantly on screen during these episodes. Why is that? Well, it’s because Spike is very, VERY good at one thing. Being the character that the others personalities bounce off of. In this way, yes, he is a support, but not a supporting character. He supports the personalities of the other ponies, and is remarkably better at doing so than others. He can laugh или be creeped out by Pinkie Pie, he can give Twilight solid Совет или be the comic relief for when its just him and her, he can swoon over Rarity, adding еще to Rarity’s personality while doing so, he can tease others with радуга Dash, he can be adored by или act protective towards Fluttershy, and he can be told-off by яблоко Jack. Unlike the other ponies, who all have еще shaped personalities, Spike’s personality can mold to be that perfect fit for the people surrounding him. If the Показать didn’t have him, the script would have a lot less to go off of. The script would even lose a lot of dialogue with Twilight. Often times, Twilight is alone with Spike, with no cause for other ponies to come talk to her. To provide dialogue, Spike is there. Without Spike, who would Twilight talk to? Owlowiscious? That would get boring VERY fast. Ты could say they could just replace him with another character to provide dialogue, but if thats true, then I could say they can replace яблочная водка, яблоко, кальвадоса and give the Element of Honesty to somepony else (Just imagine if яблочная водка, яблоко, кальвадоса wasn’t a character… Ew). And let’s not forget, Spike was the one who told Twilight she needs to make some friends. He’s also saved Equestria before. Losing him would lead to some drastic changes to the series.
Now for Spike’s screentime. Let’s begin with Season 1. While Spike’s screentime is less than the rest of the cast, he is actually a part of the gradual climb downward of screentime for each member of the mane 6. Excluding Twilight (who has godly amounts of screentime in Season 1), the order for most screentime to least goes as this- Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, радуга Dash, and then Spike. If Ты look at the amount of screentime they have compared to each other, Ты may notice something. Its a little hard to explain, but basically, the amount time Rarity has еще of on screen than яблочная водка, яблоко, кальвадоса is nearly equal to the time яблочная водка, яблоко, кальвадоса has еще than Pinkie Pie, which is equal to the time Pinkie Pie has еще than Fluttershy, and so on. The distance of time between each of them is virtually equal. Its a slow, gradual descent. So, if one was to claim Spike wasn’t a main character, I could claim радуга Dash wasn’t. After all, she does have much less screentime than Rarity and everypony else. When we look at Season 2, it’s a bit different. This time, Spike’s screentime is still the least, but compare it to Fluttershy’s, who is the секунда least. Spike’s screentime is relatively close to hers, while when Ты compare Fluttershy’s screentime to Pinkie Pie, Pinkie Pie has much, MUCH еще screentime than Fluttershy. This seems perfectly good reason to claim Fluttershy isn’t a main character, considering her screentime is closer to a “supporting” character than a main character. Both радуга Dash and Rarity have much еще than her as well. In fact, even Applejack’s screentime is еще comparable to Spike than Pinkie Pie, радуга Dash, или Rarity. I know there are some right now that are saying just because they have less screentime than others for a season doesn’t make them not a main character. And get this: You’re right. You’re absolutely right. But if that’s true, if Ты honestly believe that Fluttershy and яблочная водка, яблоко, кальвадоса are still main characters DESPITE having much less screentime than the 4 other members of the mane 6, then Ты have to believe that Spike is a main character as well. Want to know why? Take a look at Season 3. In this season, Spike has еще screentime than Rarity, Fluttershy, AND Pinkie Pie. Why would a supporting character have еще screentime than THREE main characters? And if яблочная водка, яблоко, кальвадоса and Fluttershy are still main characters, why wouldn’t Spike be? They all have been interchanged for different spots on the screentime list, and in Season 3, Spike has the 4th most screentime. In fact, when comparing Spike and Fluttershy’s в общем и целом, общая screentime, they has barely any time seperating them, Fluttershy just barely, by mere INCHES, being above Spike. So if Spike isn’t a main character, clearly Ты must also believe Fluttershy, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie aren’t main characters either. Oh, but I’m not done with screentime yet. Just think for a секунда about Celestia and Luna’s screentime, who to some people are in the same category as Spike. How can that be possible? Both of the princess’s screentime combined don’t even come near to Spike’s screentime. Even taking two of the members in the CMC and adding them doesn’t reach Spike’s.
After looking at all these facts, can Ты honestly still claim Spike isn’t a main character? Only people refusing to accept that they were wrong could believe that. I’ve shown Ты the facts, I’ve дана Ты solid evidence, I’ve downright PROVED Spike is a main character. Anyone that says otherwise is just a little to stubborn.