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So, I had this idea, and I had it for some time. Platforming games are fun, ponies are fun and humanized ponies are fun. This was already evident when I was doing the anatomy studies with the various key platforming moves.

The thing that lead me to actually go ahead with it was the trailer for Super Mario 3D World, in which it was shown that Peach is now a playable character, and that she controls much like in Super Mario Brothers 2 (US version). But this particular drawing is more along the lines of Rayman Origins and soon-to-be-released Rayman Legends, in which your character can float by holding the A button. In that game, all characters have identical controls, but the way they convey this to the player differs drastically. Rayman, for instance, simply turns his hair into a helicopter, whereas the much larger Globox flaps his arm to counter gravity. This concept is what I implimented in this deviation, which took way more time that I anticipated, but hey, we're not complaining, are we. So, even though in this hypothetical game in which you play as humanized ponies, these are the visualizations I have in mind.

Twilight. Twilight's main motif would be magic, of course, with her dress and long hair being a defining feature for the way she moves. Twilight's method of floating is to use her magic to turn her dress into a parachute, which can be undone simply by cutting off the magic supply. Twilight doesn't do physical attacks but uses blasts of magic as a "punching mechanism", making her quite a light spectacle.

Fluttershy. Fluttershy's characteristic is her relatively slender body build and quick but sharp attacks, and all while wearing flip flops. Fluttershy's method of defying gravity is to simply let the air fill up her over sized sweater, which can be undone simply by closing it with her arms. How this actually works is to be left to the science of video game logic.

Cutie Mark Crusaders. The CMC are a concept I took from The Cave, in which one of the playable characters is actually two characters; the twins. The CMC are controlled as a single character with the coordination that would make a drill sergeant proud. The funny thing is that none of the crusaders are doing tasks that are assigned to their "kind". Their method of floating is is for Applebloom to use her hair bow as a helicopter, while the others hold on to her. Likewise, it is Scootaloo that holds them onto ropes and ladders and it is Sweetie Belle that delivers the attacks.

Applejack Applejack is not typically associated with aviation, so coming up with a method of flight was a bit tricky. I chose to utilize her hat because it is iconic, readily available and quick to deploy. Also, it comically increases in size, which is pretty much allowed in this context. Given that each character has the same controls, Applejack doesn't have anything like a lasso, though an old-school shotgun might be a nice addition as the more powerful attack, the rest can be left up her bare fists and brute force.

Rarity The dainty lady in a platformer, think Peach, though my design for Rarity doesn't wear a gala gown, so she uses her umbrella instead (which, yes, was a thing in Super Princess Peach). It serves as a tool for attacks, to hook into loops and, of course, as a parachute. Yes, the physics don't add up and the way she's holding it is probably not related to anything resembling reality, but video game physics, I ain't need to explain shit. Also, can't imagine high heels being particularly good for running, but if Peach can pull it off, it should be no problem for Rarity.

Rainbow Dash It sure is ironic that the character that is almost entirely defined by flight doesn't have a very straightforward way to actually do the flying. This is where exaggeration comes in, where her small jacket can grow greatly in size to serve as a hang glider of sort. Also, rainbows, rainbows everywhere.

Pinkie Pie Yea, Pinkie Pie in a platformer is not weird at all and she feels right at home. At first I wanted Pinkie to use some sort of contraption to float, like her makeshift propeller-thingy she made in one of the earlier episodes to emphasize her engineering abilities, but I guess a system that can instantly inflate and deploy a bunch of balloons from nowhere will do the job. Also, imagine Pinkie shouting things like "Wheee!" and "Yay!" all the time, and her attacks being decorated with lots of streamers, and the party canon being summoned out of nowhere for the three-punches-in-a-row climax.

Done typing, enjoy.

Recommended listenings for this picture (if you're hardcore like that).

Super Mario Galaxy 2 - credits
Super Mario Galaxy 2 - The Starship Travelers
Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Jungle Glider
Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Magma Monster
Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Challenge Glider
Rayman Origins - Darktoon chase
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Sondblast Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Hehe Rainbow reminds me of a flying Squerel. XD
Randomreader-001 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
I don't know why, but Pinkie Pie kinda reminds me of Ms. Frizzle in this picture.
SagePrincess97 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
I really like the ideas! Very clever. :3
But there's one thing I don't like about Pinkie Pie. She has lipstick. IMO, I feel like she shouldn't be wearing it. I just don't think she looks good with lipstick.

Otherwise, I love this piece. :)
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Much like the character that your avatar represents, in my opinion, Pinkie Pie represents a very "tacky" form of being girly without it being their sole defining characteristic. I view a humanized Pinkie Pie as someone who really likes all things cute and pink, with a house filled with cute little trinkets and donning herself in bright plastic bracelets, looped ear rings and lip gloss.

This is not to say I'm correct, because humanized ponies are largely a matter of head canon, but it is an explanation of my reasoning behind it. I also see that your criticism may simply be a matter of aesthetics.
SagePrincess97 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
I, too, view Pinkie Pie as a girly girl, just not in the "tacky" form as you call it. I usually would have her dress in usually a casual girly pink shirt with a magenta skirt and with hot pink striped socks and deep hot pink sneakers. As for the house, all pink everywhere. Even though Pinkie is highly girly, I view her to be somewhat tomboy as she can be sassy to a certain extent. In addition to clothes, I would give her a golden bracelet on her left wrist.

I'm not saying your presentation of Pinkie is bad, I just don't usually like lipstick on obnoxious (not in the bad way) party people like Pinkie Pie.
And about what you said about my criticism, you're right. It's just purely a matter of aesthetics. I hope this does not offend you in some sort of way.

And about my Wendy avatar, I don't exactly find Wendy to be "tacky," but that doesn't really relate to Pinkie Pie at all. :P
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, you actually elaborate on your thoughts opposed to some of the comments I get on YouTube where the user just incoherently blurts out "rarity not good, sweetie sad", no offense taken in the slightest (not that I believe I should be exempt from offense).

Perhaps I'm a bit too liberal with the use of the word "tacky". Now that I think of it, it's better to describe Pinkie in the girly-feminine dichotomy, especially compared to Rarity. On an aesthetic level, in the way I represent the humanized characters, Rarity and Pinkie Pie represent the same thing; a strong desire to express their femininity. However, Rarity's fashion sense is feminine; calculated and passionate to show the world she is a positive role model of what it's like to be a woman. Pinkie is girly; she doesn't give a shit as long as it is either pink or shiny. It also reinforces a point you made; that she is kind of a tomboy, "Girls just wanna have fun" and all that. The point is, she likes "pretty", doesn't care much for "fashion".

We both seem to agree that it is all in the aesthetics and I realize that I won't please everyone, no matter what I do. However, this is one of the reasons I like humanized art; to see all the different ways to look at the characters.

As for Wendy; her character design is completely centered around the concept that she is the only female Koopaling; with the lip gloss, bracelets, bow and the colour pink seemingly slapped on to reenforce this. However, it seems like they are making her out to be a brat that can get shit done and on par with her male counterparts.
SagePrincess97 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Really? O: Well, I take the whole elaboration thing as a compliment, so thank you for that. :) Don't worry, some people who just blurts out are probably failing to see a point of view of others. I mean, everyone has a different point of view.

Well, I've seen people make their own definition of adjectives, so I don't think it's much of a problem if one was liberal with them. Now for Rarity, I do agree. She is a feminine woman and it should be that way. She is highly fancy and speaks to other ponies (or in this case, humans) in a very polite manner. As for Pinkie, I agree as well. PP looks like the kind of girl who doesn't care for fashion and wants pretty and cute things.

Well, you have a different view on these kinds of things. If people just don't like it, but didn't have to blurt it out or look at it in disgust. I actually like these human pony designs you created. I think it's very creative. :)

As for Wendy, of course, I should've figured that her character design was solely because she is the only female Koopaling. With all that pink and other girly stuff, you did prove a point by saying it reinforces the fact that she is the sole female. And yeah, she seems to act like a brat because she wants to get on par with her brothers.
Tornado5000170 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
are you saying you're familiar with coding?

If so, which language?
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I assume you are referring to this one...

Cheerilee teaching PHP scripting by TheArtrix

And yes, I know a bit of PHP. Nowhere near professionally, though.
Sondblast Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Hehe Rainbow Dash is a flying squrel! XD
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