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Applebloom Comic by Didj Applebloom Comic by Didj
When I got back from my deployment, I had a lot of pent up drawing to do. And since one of the things that kept me entertained was downloading the episodes of My Little Pony (don't judge me) in every port, I had more than a few fan comic ideas itching to get out. Here's one of them.

For those of you who know nothing about the show and require an explanation: In the show"My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" the characters almost all have images on their flank. These images always coincide with the character's name (Applejack has apples, Fluttershy has butterflies, etc). These are called "Cutie Marks". However, we are told in the show that a pony's "Cutie Mark" appears when they discover their special talent. Kind of like a right of passage into adulthood or a puberty thing. And despite their conveniently placed name, the cutie mark represents that special talent. One of the ongoing plots to the show is that the young filly Apple Bloom is impatient about gaining her Cutie Mark and constantly tries a variety of things to discover what her special talent is. In one episode, it is heavily suggested that carpentry may be her special talent, she just doesn't realize it. But if that's the case, then her cutie mark would have something to do with carpentry and not something like an apple bloom to match her name.
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:iconnightcaster460:
Nightcaster460 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015   Artist
Dude...cutie marks are not like, "puberty"...and the character's names don't have to be made by their cutie marks. An example would be Pinkie Pie. Her cutie mark has ballons of different colors. Her special talent is to make other ponies happy and smile. Her name is not by her cutie mark.
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Didj Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
It's just a comic, guy. I am well aware that not all ponies have names that match their cutie marks, but there are a great many more that do- odd coincidence that Silver Spoon just so happens to have a silver spoon as a cutie mark. Hence the joke. Plus, it is pretty clear that gaining your cutie mark in MLP is allegorical with coming of age and acceding from childhood to adulthood. For one thing, the celebration that the ponies throw for the event is call a Cute-ceanera, which is an obvious play on the word "quinceanera" which is a Latin celebration of a girl's 15th birthday. And the way that "blank flanks" are looked upon by other young ponies is equivalent to young people making fun of late-bloomers.
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Nightcaster460 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015   Artist
I know what cute-ceanera is supposed to be a reference to. Puberty sounds weird though. My pony gets his cutie mark and he has a special talent. That's not puberty, that's something special and cute ^w^. I'm 18 but...mlp fim feels amazing. It's different from the real world a bit. Don't get mad, i'm sorry ok? Puberty sounds weird, and I think it should be said that getting a cutie mark is like figuring out what your real world talent is. Yeah...that actually sounds nicer! ^^ :huggle:
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PartySplat Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SWEET JUMPING CELESTIA!!!  :XD: best pony exclamation ever. 
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Nyerguds Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
Rarity's a clear example of a cutie mark that not only doesn't match the name, but doesn't directly relate to her special talent either, though.
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Didj Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
She has diamonds as a cutie mark, diamonds are rare, Rarity. And she likes to adorn her outfits with lots of shiny gemstones. I rest my case.
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Nyerguds Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
It's still not exactly her name! =p
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Didj Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
A better example would have been Pinkie Pie... or as she is known in some circles: Madam Balloon Bottom.
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MerlosTheMad Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Almost always coincide*

They don't quite always coincide...
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WolfCrestSox5X Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is accurate
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ElsaIceQueen123 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Why didn't Scootaloo got her cutie mark yet? It should be a scooter.
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Blackcatluck12345 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
This made me crack up. Me and my friends always talk about the names and how they go with their cutie marks.
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:iconcosmicbrony199:
Cosmicbrony199 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I don't get it
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:iconwafflepigs:
Wafflepigs Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
all the ponies names go with there cutie marks
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:iconcabooseroolz:
cabooseroolz Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When suddenly
Reality punches Applebloom in the face
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Near-Doom Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had an idea that her cutie-mark wouldn't be on but it would be black apples all over her body except her face and white face of all the ponies would be in the apples and the main six would be going down her back and her two friends would be in a big apple on her forehead and the biggest apple would be on her flank and that apple would have her in it; this is okay to :T I guess (lolz XD ) 
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TerraHawk Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Great little comic. You mentioned being in port. Are you Navy, then? What ship are you assigned to? GOD BLESS YOU for your service. { hugs, snaps to attention and salutes}

I'm former U.S. ARMY MILITARY POLICE CORP myself. [peacetime]

HOO-AH!!!!!!
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Didj Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
I am Navy, Canadian Navy that is. I am currently posed to the HMCS Ottawa with homeport in Victoria. I always find it awkward when people thank me for my service. I'm not exactly out there dodging bullets all day like some people think.
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therealFeathershine Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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BlackOpsBrony Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The CMC all have a valid reason for getting a cutie mark, they just don't realize it yet maybe that's the trigger
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Liggliluff Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I ask what font you used? Is it a free one?
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Autumnvicky Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Good point, I keep thinking her name is significant but cutie marks are supposed to represent their special talents. Pinkie Pie's cutie mark has nothing to do with her name.
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locuas Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
To be fair She seems to be unique in that "pinkie Pie" is not her name. her real name is "Pinkamena Diane Pie" as in first and second name and a family name, which no other pony has. So her name has nothing to do with her cutie mark because no pony has a name like hers xD
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TherealRNO Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Technically, given Apples to the Core, wouldn't it be "Pinkamina Diane [Apple] Pie"? XD
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zanesecretcrush Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Artist
Me: Hey Ap.. Oh my GOODNESS! You got your Cute Mark! Congratulations, ApplebBloom!
AppleBloom: Thanks, Mariah. Just look at it what ya'll see...
Me: It's a apple with a bloom on it. I REALLY don't understand? What dose this Cutie Mark repesent anyway?
AppleBloom: I don't get it either.
Me: Maybe.... *GASP* SWEET JUMPING CELESTIA!!!! It YOUR name! APPLEBLOOM!!!!
AppleBloom: What?!?!? REALLY?!?!?!
Me: Yes! If Apple adds up with Bloom, then it's you name as your special talant!
AppleBloom: WOW! Thanks, Mariah!
Me: No problem!


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Stef0Pal Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
That still works as a cutie mark if you think of it in less literal terms. The apple represents honest, hands-on craftsmanship; something that takes a lot of work and dedication to create. And the bloom is symbolic of how AB can not only create something sturdy and reliable but also make it aesthetically beautiful. Case in point being when she repairs the CMC clubhouse: she doesn't just fix it, she makes it look good as well.

Okay I'm done now, sorry for the rant.
Sweating a little... 
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whitewolf445 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i get now Clap 
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AnonymousAuthor1998 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I always assumed that they changed their names to match the mark if their names didn't already match and were to specific- like, Trixie, wouldn't have had to change her name, but Vinyl Scratch probably did- and Applejack, who had a long line of apple themed cutie marks, probably already had a name that matched.
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appledashpi3 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
it means her talent is being herself
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lpsgirl111 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
apple bloom:sis i got got mah cutie mark!apple jack:you did!what is it lil' sis.applebloom:i dont get it though.apple jack:an apple bloomin'!apple bloom:for apple bloom?apple jack:yes,of course!apple bloom:IM GOONA TELL BIC MAC!apple jack:good luck with that.
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strong-1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Pinkie Pie is the only exception I think.
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:iconautumnvicky:
Autumnvicky Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Joe from the Doughnut shop
 Caramel with the horse shoe cutie mark 'who lost the grass seeds again'
 Zecora the zebra...


 Most ponies seem to have names matching their cutie marks even before they get it, those that don't might change their name or choose to remain with what they have I guess.
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xGuardian-Angelx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Also, Rarity's talent is gem finding, but instead of becoming a mining unicorn, she's a fashion designer. (shrugs)
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TherealRNO Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Rarity's a case of her name representing her talent more  so than her cutie mark/symbol. Some have cutie marks and names representing their talents (ex: Vinyl Scratch and Octavia Melody, whose talents, befitting their names, lie in music). 
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Wolfcho Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Interesting how most ponies' cutie marks match their names.
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irkangirlq1516 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Some people actually speculate that her cutiemark might be a wooden, half painted apple... Or something.
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MedusaArt Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
That's a cool idea! I think I'll draw that!
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DropDeadThenDance Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That'd actually be kind of cool for her...
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betastorm2 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i don't get it
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lilroy99 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
The Mario of Mlp right here,if you don't what I'm referring to,remember that Mario used to be a Carpenter.
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KiminaTheGuardian Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Mario was a plumber. You know, the pipes?
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NeoCortex726 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
He was originally a carpenter.
Remember Donkey Kong?
That was Mario's first game.
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:icontherealrno:
TherealRNO Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
He was called Jump Man there, not Mario.
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lilroy99 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Before that...
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:iconmariusioannesp:
mariusioannesp Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Hey my name is Mario...and I like MLP!
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:iconlilroy99:
lilroy99 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I'm Talking About Super Mario,but this is a Coincedence...
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RisaKeisu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
True (future) story, i bet ;D
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EeveePikachuChan Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, actually, They no longer do the "name matches symbol/cutie mark" thing. It puts a huge dent in the whole "Cutie Mark represents talent" thing.
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TherealRNO Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Not really. My Little Pony Tales was able to make it work and that was G1.5. FiM is G4, so it should make it work.
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EeveePikachuChan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No what I mean is, the ponies don't KNOW what their talent is, so they can't be named according to the mark on their flank in G4. In G1, the ponies WERE born with their symbol, so in MLP Tales when Bon Bon was born, her mother named her according to her symbol. In G4, the ponies are not born with their cutie marks so the ponies cannot name them according to it.
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