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Originally Posted by Balmas
I dunno, I thought she had some development in Baby Cakes, where she actually started to show some responscibility. But yeah, I like that she's not a one-dimensional Looney Tunes caricature, as she was when she started. A lot of the fandom play that up too much, and it just feels wrong to me.
Originally Posted by Deadly
Like I say, it's easily explained as her simply being (unconsciously) psionic, without magic-psionics transparency being enabled. Pinkie just knows she can do stuff, she doesn't really twig she's subconsciously using telekinesis, translocation or summoning - not too mention her limited precognition - and because Equestria is a place where real magic is so strong and so obvious, because her powers don't create a lot of light and show like magic does (and doesn't register on the magic detection systems), the ponies don't recognise it for what it is. (Heck, it's possible Pinkie may be the first (or one of very, very few) a phenominon so rare that even Celestia hasn't realised that it is a phenominon, not just some eccentricites (and to be fair, she's not been around Pinkie enough to perhaps realise what she can do.)
Originally Posted by t209
Yeah, that's sort of what I meant earlier. Exaggerting Pinkie to the point she's just 100% all the time makes her less of a character and more of a plot device (which, prior to the penultimate episode of season one, there were a fair few accusations of.) Which is why I like the fact that she has limitations (like last week when she said even she couldn't keep partying forever), because it keeps her grounded to being a character.
To be fair to the fandom fics writers, though, keeping the right balance is extremely difficult.