This is the moment you all have been waiting for.
Time to reveal the #1 most disturbing MLP:FiM fandom.
But before we do, here’s a recap of the past ten disturbing entries:
#11) The incestuous fan shipping of Apple Jack and Big Macintosh.
#10) The Shyamalan-style fan game Story of the Blanks.
#9) The twisted humor of Tyrannux’s fanart.
#8) The extra low-brow humor of Gavalanche’s fanart.
#7) The ever-grotesque fan series Pony.MOV.
#6) The lascivious antics of Princess Molestia.
#5) Megasweet’s obsession with little fillies.
#4) The Luna Games which never let you sleep after playing them.
#3) The sweet and tasty, blood and gory Cupcakes.
#2) Big Macintosh’s extremely out-of-character torture porn Sweet Apple Massacre.
And the #1 most disturbing MLP:FiM fandom is…
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#1) Rainbow Factory
Now a rainbow's tale isn't quite as nice
As the story we knew of sugar and spice
But a rainbow's easy once you get to know it
With the help of the magic of a pegasus device
Let's delve deeper into rainbow philosophy
Far beyond that of Cloudsdale's mythology
It's easy to misjudge that floating city
With it's alluring decor and social psychology
But with all great things comes a great responsibility
That of Cloudsdale's being weather stability
How, you ask, are they up to the task
To which the answer is in a simple facility
In the Rainbow Factory, where your fears and horrors come true
In the Rainbow Factory, where not a single soul gets through
-Rainbow Factory song
Have you ever wondered how rainbows are made? In our world, they're created by the refraction of light through rain and mist. But in Equestria, as with other weather, they’re created by the pegasi in Cloudsdale. We see how they’re made in Sonic Rainboom, but we never get to see what exactly they’re made from.
Where do the pegasi get all the colors that go into rainbows? Rainbow Factory offers a theory—and a dark one at that!
The story begins with Scootaloo taking her flying exam which all young pegasi are required to pass not only to graduate flying school but to become functioning members of Cloudsdale. Those who pass earn jobs helping create the weather. Those who don’t are mysteriously taken away, never to be seen or heard from again.
Where exactly do the pegasi who fail go? Scootaloo ultimately finds out for herself.
She and two other pegasi fail the test and are promptly escorted to a carriage to be carted away. Around nightfall, they arrive at the Rainbow Factory in Cloudsdale. They suspect that they’re going to be used for slave labor, but their actual fate is far worse. Turns out that for over a thousand years, the pegasi have been extracting the colors for rainbows, or spectra, from live ponies, most of whom are the young pegasi who fail their flying exam.
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If this wasn’t bad enough for Scootaloo, the manager of the Rainbow Factory happens to be her role model Rainbow Dash. She had been hired at the factory following the events in Sonic Rainboom, and when she learned the secret of how the colors were made, had trained Scootaloo to ensure that she passed her test and never met this fate. But now that Scootaloo has failed and arrived at the factory, Dash becomes disgusted at her and openly disavows any affection she ever had for her.
“You didn’t just fail the test,” she yells at her, “you failed me too!”
Scootaloo and her friends attempt to escape the factory, but ultimately fail, and end up being processed for their color.
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Before I discuss this fanfic, a quick side rant: Just what do people have against the Cutie Mark Crusaders?
In this list alone, we’ve seen Apple Bloom risk her life in a village of the undead, Sweetie Belle demoralized and abused in Gavalanche’s fanart, Apple Bloom crushed to death by Discord in the Pony.MOV series, all three Cutie Mark Crusaders sexualized in Megasweet’s smut, and all three raped and tortured to death by Big Macintosh in Sweet Apple Massacre. And now we have Scootaloo killed and turned into rainbow colors.
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I mean, sweet Celestia, what do people have against these three? I know they’re little kids, and as such, they tend to be annoying, but does that justify this level of hated against them? Have they seriously become the Scrappy Doo of the series where people hate them so much that they wish pain and suffering upon them? What they freakin’ hell?
Now back to the story.
The top three stories on this list all involve murder, but what makes this story the most disturbing is the scope of the murders involved. With Cupcakes, it’s only Pinkie Pie killing Rainbow Dash. With Sweet Apple Massacre, it’s only Big Macintosh killing the three Cutie Mark Crusaders. But with Rainbow Factory, it’s not just Rainbow Dash killing Scootaloo and her two friends; it’s an entire society systematically exterminating its weakest members. This is a society which values physical prowess to the point that any of its citizens who exhibit even a hint of weakness is demoralized, deemed unworthy of dignity and instead viewed as fodder for their industry.
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This story is the darkest of the three because it touches on the darkest aspect of humanity: genocide. Our own history has been plagued with this very sin, from the Holocaust in Nazi Germany to the forced famines in the Ukraine. Even today genocide is being inflicted in Rwanda, Serbia, and South Africa. To consider an entire race or group of human beings to be less than human, to the point where they are considered unworthy of life, is the gravest sin that could ever be committed.
But as dark as the thought of genocide may be, at least it our world, it’s something we can expect with the fallen nature of mankind. However, it is not something we would expect in a world of peace-loving multi-colored ponies. That something as horrendous as genocide could be implanted, even contemplated, in the tranquil land of Equestria, let alone under the benevolent rule of Princess Celestia, and carried out for thousands of years, makes this story the most disturbing.
How disturbing is it? As disturbing as witnessing a bus of orphans careen off a cliff and into a sea of jagged rocks and great white shark.