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...you also have to make it consistent in terms of power. At least when you attempt to pair the character up with Super Sonic. From the Sonic-Rainboom blog:
(Yes yes, here comes another rant on Rainbow Power. Apologies if this seems annoying to you by now, btw. >_>; )
In case you want to know, I've just thought of another thing that makes this "supah sawnik and rainbow powah dashy" thing even more stupid and unfitting.
In the season 4 finale, when they "unlocked" the Tree of Harmony, we see the Element gems shoot out six different individual colored beams to each of the Mane Six, and within these beams, we see them transform into their RP forms. So that basically means that RP Dash is only powered up by the Element of Loyalty alone, and NOT all of the Elements together as it was probably perceived.
Which potentially puts her below Super Sonic's power level, who as we all know uses all seven Chaos Emeralds together to transform. And that's what makes this even more stupid and unfitting. If Dash is powered up by her Element alone, how is she going to help Sonic in defeating the enemy? Say, I dunno, some kind of uber Discord and Chaos (the water dude) fusion. How is such a team going to work? And that's another reason why I hate such a form (unless they show more of RP in season 5, but I doubt its going to be more than a prettier version of the Deus Ex Machina rainbow beam, really. =/)
With equal power in both characters comes a better chance of winning. Sonic and Rainbow Dash already share a ton of similarities as we all know, so it makes sense that Dash gets a Super form that not only is consistent with Super Sonic in design, but also in terms of power. That's why I didn't completely dislike the golden Super Rainbow Dash by Destikim. Her mane has shades of gold, her coat color had changed, and her eyes were red. The only problem with it was that her mane was still the same as normal. It would've been a lot better if her golden-shaded mane was flaming like in my design of her.
Though you have to stay consistent, you have to try and be a bit unique as well. When I first designed my version three years ago, I didn't want to make her gold like Super Sonic. I made her white, instead, because it is a far underused color for a Super form. I also didn't want to lose the meaning of her namesake, Rainbow Dash, so I kept the rainbow colors of her mane. I just made it flaming, and that's also something you don't see everyday. Flaming rainbows of fire, and with the red eyes, it is enough to give you that sense of power. The vibe that Dash has become something greater and more awesome. Its a simple, but effective design. I didn't feel the need to plaster her cutie mark all over her as well as darken her hooves like that. I didn't want to overcomplicate things like Hasbro did. Again, its simple, but effective, and in my sorely honest opinion, that's where Hasbro failed with Rainbow Power.
I mean, why like such an overcomplicated, yet boring design? Not to mention that such designs go against Lauren Faust's vision for the show, trying to get away from the overly girly stereotype that MLP was so infamously known for before she touched it? If you refuse or cannot acknowledge that, then, well...