Let me tell you a thing here. They don’t need to change one bit, and they DO fall into a stereotype, just not one that is aimed at most girls. As someone who fits into both the Tomboy (Rainbow Dash) and Country life (Applejack).
When i mention that I have a horse, to ANYONE, the first thing they usually come back with is: “You live on a farm?” No, I have a horse, one horse does not a farm make. Yet, it does make me part of the country girl stereotype. The Stubborn as a mule, I can do this on my own, farm owning, roping, cowgirl stereotype. DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? NO? IT SHOULD, this is APPLEJACK TO A T.
The things that make AJ herself is what she is more than the stereotypics of her. She cares about her family. She doesn’t like to see her friends hurt. She’s reliable, and she does get overcome with responsibilities to the point that she can’t function. We’ve seen this happen. It’s not because of her stereotypical background that we like her as a character, it’s because she’s got some realness to her that we can relate to. As for making her more like…say, Rarity? You’ve seen that she can do it, for special occasions, and that’s true for those of us who are country too. We don’t like to dress up, hell, we’ll sometimes dress DOWN so that the people that get to know us know us for our personalities, our behaviors, and who we really are. Not how we look or pretend to be.
Now, you might be thinking about Rainbow Dash right about now, the tomboy, the sport loving, catch me if you can, daredevil that’s always pushing her limits. SHOW ME A SPORT where you can be girly, where you can have jewelry (They’re illegal in most sports due to accidental pulling which has caused earrings to slash the earlobe, where rings have stabbed and caused injuries that could have been avoided otherwise) Where you can stay completely clean (Even the most mild of sports cause you to sweat up a storm!) Show me where breaking a nail would be allowed to slow you down. NONE OF THESE can be done. They can be attempted—but they’re abandoned the second game into the season. They either stop playing, or they adapt to the rules and show that they can do what is expected in the sport.
As I mentioned before, I fit into both of these categories, and I’m GLAD to see that not just the more GIRLY aspects of being a female are being represented. We come in all shapes, and types. In likes and dislikes, not just animal lovers, not just fashion designers, not just bookworms. You’ve seen also that Rainbow Dash has learned to love to read too! They’re learning from one another and becoming more well rounded characters, and that’s one of the good things about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
It’s also worth mentioning that of the characters, right now, Rarity is my favorite. This is because she is essentially the Anti-AppleJack. She’s the type of girl I encountered a lot in school, except she’s open to learning about AJ’s way of life. Before the slumber party episode, Rarity condemned AJ for her way of thinking and thought that she was better than her, but she was willing to admit her mistakes. She realized in the Manehatten episode that her friends had worked themselves to the bone for her, and that she had been unkind in return, and thought that they would abandon her because of it. Not betray her, though you can see that that the supposed friend betraying her element of harmony DID cut her deep. The fact that she thought they’d abandon her says that it has happened before too, that feeling of abandonment. She’s also shown that she and AJ do share some similar traits. She’ll do anything for her family, though she’s got the typical older sister ‘don’t touch my stuff’ syndrome. She treats EVERYONE like they matter, even if they don’t help her. (AJ with the cows and Rarity with the bellhop)