What the title says. I've seen it done before, btw, but was never really interested in such a concept until now... and this comment pretty much spurred me on: comments.deviantart.com/1/3928…
In case you're wondering, btw, I had his identity secret for a while now, but yes, as you can see, ~cronomatt
was the theorist
who made me move Super Dash away from the Chaos Emeralds in the first place and into her current "Soul of Harmony
" characterization as depicted in "Harmonic Spectrum." So, yeah, credit to him for being my motivator for all of this.
Now, on to the topic at hand, while I'm unlikely going to incorporate this idea in my fics in the future, seeing it begs the question: what do you guys think of a dark or corrupted Super Rainbow Dash, akin to the likes of Dark Super Sonic and FiM's own "Nightmarificatiom" as seen in the IDW comics? To me, I think it would be interesting to see at least, and perhaps it could be a good counter against the many misinformed "Mary Sue" opinions out there. Indeed, with great power comes great temptation and responsibility, and without responsibility and discipline, one could easily become corrupted, becoming something darker as a result.
If I were to go with this idea, it would be something like this. Having the Soul of Harmony within her gives Dash great power, but it does not make her perfect and is thus subject to corruption just like anypony else. Say the "Mare Do Well" incident repeated again, but with another Super Pony instead (I've been getting some notes lately about a Super Lightning Dust, btw. More on that later) and with the Nightmare Forces that possessed Luna and Rarity watching this time. Super Dash grows jealous at this newcomer, and that lures the Nightmare to her, slowly corrupting her until she finally gives in.
When she confronts this newcomer, yelling at her and all, Dash screams and transforms. Her design, for me, would be this:
-Her coat turns pitch black.
-Her rainbow flames are the same as before, only darker or greyer (not sure which one looks better)
-Her wings, as large as before, become bat-like.
-The storm part of her cutie mark becomes red.
-Her ruby red eyes, like Luna and Rarity, become slitted in the center.
-The gold part of her necklace becomes... silver? I'm not sure.
...oh god, talk about becoming an evil demon from Tartarus (or whatever the pony equivalent of hell is). Not surprising, though, since we just had demon Sunset Shimmer in the recent movie, not to mention there were demonic adversaries back in G1 of MLP.
But yeah, Nightmare/Dark (whichever) Super Dash goes into a bloodlust towards the newcomer whilst leaving a path of destruction behind, and so it is up to this other Super Pony to knock some sense back into Dash.
That's how I'd do it at least... Who knows? Maybe I'll write as a what-if fic sometime in the future, eh?