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Starlight Glimmer:
>Maybe if I had reversed the Fiducia Compelus and Cogeria... Or maybe I added too much Persuadere... What?
>You're really missing the point here.
Twilight Sparkle:
>[sighs] I finally untangled that mess of a spell and got everypony home. It was really powerful stuff. They're gonna feel that in the morning. Now please try to explain to me how in the name of Celestia things got this out of control.
Starlight Glimmer:
>Well, it was the first time I cast that particular spell, and I didn't fully think it through. I-I bet if I had reversed—
Twilight Sparkle:
>I think you might be missing the point here.
>Told ya.
Twilight Sparkle:
>What made you think that casting a spell on your friends to do your bidding was even remotely a good idea?
Starlight Glimmer:
>Well, when you put it that way, it sounds really bad.
Twilight Sparkle:
>That's because it is really bad!
Starlight Glimmer:

This is not an exaggeration or reinterpretation. This is a scene from an episode starring Starlight Glimmer.

Now, you could easily argue that Maud is on the autistic spectrum, Pinkie is on the ADHD spectrum, and Trixie is on the narcissism spectrum. However, it's canon that if Equestria had a concept of what this is, Glimmer would be on the sociopathy/psychopathy spectrum.

She sociopathically manipulated an entire village for years in a cult of personality, locking dissenters away in a brainwashing building with her doublethink rants on loop, and correctly identifying and hating and fearing the "Free thought" Twilight and her friends were inspiring. And when Twilight disproved her BS in the typical shonen hero way, though through her own townsfolk rather than with lasers, she only went further down the rabbit hole and tried to destroy the timeline again and again to prevent the Mane Six from ever having met. Even though if she knew enough about Twilight to know of the Sonic Rainboom, she should have also known about Discord/Nightmare Moon/Sombra. But the real evidence lies in her behaviour even after her supposed reformation: treating ponies like tools to be manipulated.

In No Second Prances, she nonchalantly mind-controlled Big Mac to make him loquacious and more verbose, and she saw nothing wrong with altering one of the fundamental character traits of someone she had just met. If you were one of her fanboys, you could argue that this is a one-off joke not to be taken seriously, like in Spongebob when fry cook oil is thrown at the fish in the audience, they become photorealistic fish sticks, and Mr Krabs sells them. And you'd be wrong. These are two very different shows with very different tones. Also, In Every Little Thing She Does, she mind-controlled her friends to expedite her goals, solely because they weren't immediately doing what she asked of them and DARED to point out problems and better ways things could be done. And what did she do, when she saw she had turned them into mindless slaves? She ordered them around, not giving a damn about morality or finding anything wrong with this. Even afterwards, she saw nothing wrong with what she did. If you try arguing that she only wanted to make their minds "A little" more malleable and subservient and she had no idea mixing mind control spells together would get you a big mind control spell, you would be arguing from a position of ignorance. She saw what her spell did and saw nothing wrong with this.

Whatever glimmer of conscience she has is strongly attenuated and awry. Or to put it in blunter terms, shit-tier. She tries to be good but has little to no moral compass, or any real concept of what goodness is, or why she should be good when nobody is watching. She knows she is like this; hence why she is (Or was, until the shitty finale threw that potentially-interesting plot point out the window the second that character flaw would negatively affect her and her ability to be the hero of that shitty story) afraid of taking leadership. She must learn a verisimilitude of empathic virtue analytically, akin to how a high-functioning autist can analytically learn social skills. Perhaps by getting some books from Twilight Sparkle on how pony minds and morality works. Perhaps we could get some funny situations out of this, with Starlight genuinely trying to be a good pony and consulting books on how to be good. Those scenes from Naruto with Sai and "The book said X" come to mind. Hell, this is an opportunity to break new ground! You can pander to the "I'm a narcissistic sociopath, it's so dumb that normies treat me badly when I openly tell them what I am" edgelords on shitty internet forums! I don't think any cartoon has ever told sociopathic kids how to learn basic human (Pony?) morality from square one!

But this won't happen. In the minds of these new shitty writers, she's perfect. Because in the minds of these new shitty writers, they're perfect. She's a knockoff of a knockoff of a knockoff and that's what fans really want, right? The writers will just dick around with this character and give her more special sue treatment until she gets put on a bus by better writers. Or killed off by better writers. Either would be preferable to watching her get worse and worse with every appearance. Even Scrappy Doo wasn't this detestable on every level.

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SaturnStar14 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sociopath traits
  • Superficial charm and good "intelligence" (NOPE)
We can say that Starlight is pretty smart but she proves to be shy, awkward and embarassed a lot of times which is the opposite of charming. 
  • Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking (NOPE)
There is evidence of mental illness or delusions. She doesn't understand past mistakes without the help of Twilight or others.  
  • Absence of "nervousness" or psychoneurotic manifestations (NOPE)
Starlight is nervous about making friends all the time, she doesn't want to disappoint anyone and that makes her sometimes be neurotic evidenced by the first episode of season 6 when she totally blacked out for a sec when hearing Sunburst his name.
  • Unreliability (NOPE)
She takes responsibility for her mistakes. She goes to apologize to the Mane Five in ELTSD and accepts it that they don't want to accept the apology. She also took responsibilty after breaking the map.
  • Untruthfulness and insincerity (NOPE)
I don't think I've seen any evidence of Starlight lying to help herself look good. And she absolutely didn't lie without any sign of thinking the lie was truth.
  • Lack of remorse or shame (NOPE)
We've gone over this when she went and apologized in ELTSD and in the season 5 finale.
  • Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior (NOPE)
Starlight is sometimes a bit anti-social but not anymore than Twilight in her study times or Moondancer.
  • Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
Alright, this one I'm giving to you but only because almost everyone has these moments.
  • Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love (NOPE)
If she would have the incapacity for love then she wouldn't have made legit friends with Trixie.
  • General poverty in major affective reactions (NOPE)
Judging by her reactions again in season 6 she has a lot of big reactions to big events.
  • Specific loss of insight
Same as the "poor judgement thing"
  • Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations (NOPE)
Again with the Trixie friend thing

Seeing as Starlight hardly fits anyone of these, she's hardly a sociopath; a big symptom of a sociopath is the not showing of human emotions and when they're shown they're fake as balls.

I hope for your sake that you decide to stop watching the show in Season 7 because you'll get to see a lot more of Starlight Glimmer.
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