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So season 2 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic came to an epic end this past weekend, and since watching it, I've been itching to draw the new antagonist Queen Chrysalis.
I thought she was presented beautifully within the plot of the finale, but I personally prefer my antagonists to have some sort of redeeming trait, such as a tragic past, that can explain why they are so darned evil.
I am considering writing a short story about my interpretation of how Queen Chrysalis came to be the way she is, but we shall see if that will ever come to fruition. Here is a basic summary for now.
Born to the ancient race of Changelings, Chrysalis was the runt of her family, so named because she struggled for days longer than most to emerge from the chrysalis that all changelings are hatched from.
She struggled early on with her weak magical abilities, but eventually ventured off on her own to escape the bullying and disappointment she was surrounded by back home.
She came across the bustling city of Canterlot, home of the ponies: magnificent, magical and athletic creatures, with great grace and beauty and a highly advanced society.
Chrysalis desperately wanted a sense of belonging and purpose, but above all, a friend to love.
But she was hideous compared to these beautiful creatures, with her bug-like skin and a lifeless mane and tail.
It was then that she began putting all her efforts into learning her race's infamous trait: the ability to transform herself.
After weeks of diligent self-training, Chrysalis spotted a beautiful young filly, and with all her strength, successfully transformed herself into a vision of the white unicorn.
After careful observation, Chrysalis entered Canterlot society and was overwhelmed with joy as she began to make friends and obtain a sense of belonging.
In particular, a young colt was drawn to her beautiful green eyes, and the pair developed a bond stronger than the young changeling had ever felt in her lifetime.
Unfortunately she was still weak for her age, and despite her best efforts, in the end, her magical powers failed her.
After becoming aware of her deception, her friends were quick to banish her from their world.
But worst of all, perhaps, was the dark change of heart her colt companion had taken. He could not let this traitorous use of his love go unpunished...
Queen Chrysalis (c) Lauren Faust/Hasbro