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The Newbie set an Academy Record? by Lionel23 The Newbie set an Academy Record? by Lionel23
Commission by :icongsphere:*GSphere, featuring a grown up Scootaloo and a much older, maturer Rainbow Dash. This is the second in a series of commissions of the 'crowning moment of awesome' for the Cutie Mark Crusaders.

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After Spitfire had moved on (due to age and other responsibilities), Rainbow Dash naturally took over the Wonderbolts due to sheer talent and love of the job.

Much to Rainbow's surprise, a newly arrived recruit has just broken Dashie's old Academy records. And of course, as Rainbow gets to the end of the line...

NOTE: A LOT of people noticed a special cameo by one of my favorite 'background' ponies in this drawing. Can you guess who it is? ^^
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:iconvl32:
VL32 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  New Deviant
Rainbow: These are in a close race with my old records! That’s… actually pretty awesome. Those preteen years in rehab are paying off it seems.

Scootaloo: So… you’re satisfied with my results?

Rainbow: I couldn’t be any more proud that you went from being handicapped to being my equal! But I have to ask: Are YOU satisfied with those results?
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Tripy998 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Lionel23, I like how you drew everything, especially Rainbow Dash. But, being in AF JROTC,  I can tell you that the uniform, (although improved from what the show did) is wrong. Assuming that by the looks of it, it is class A, the Tie would have to be inside. Not only that but females were Tie tabs. 
Other than those small things that I can get really picky on, :P, this looks like an amazing picture! :D
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beast520 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
What is Octavia doing there? I am almost certain she is not a Pegasus.
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Chocolate-Ducky Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
OMQuack! look up there in the sky! FLYING PENGUINS!?
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firecharge44371 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
they look more like flying turtles
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Flame486 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
This was a cool picture when it was made. Too bad Scootaloo can't fly because Season 4 announced that she has a flying disability. 
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MacyEdward Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are misunderstanding this. Scootaloo can fly, they just said she is disabled. This means she can't fly right now even though most others her age can.
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firecharge44371 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
what episode was that?
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ShadowLDrago Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Rainbow Dash rose a brow at the results 'She beat even my times, not bad, kid, not bad at all.' thought the polychromatic pegasus. Scootaloo puffed out her chest, grinning proudly, knowing she had done her mentor proud, even if the Captain didn't show it, considering that they had grown close over the years, she had become an expert in reading Rainbow's body language...
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Malachite-Prototype Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
So, Scoot's cutie mark is a speedy wheel? Dash should nickname her Hotwheels.
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PrincessAnteres Featured By Owner Edited Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
" A LOT of people noticed a special cameo by one of my favorite 'background' ponies in this drawing. Can you guess who it is? ^^"

ummm... Octavia Melody?
the hair style is right, but the color is off if it is Octavia.
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MLPLOVERFOREVER1369 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
AWESOME !!!
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Dash is probably crying in humiliation on the inside because of this.
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Alexandra-smiths Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
giraffe scootaloo is best scootaloo.
(but seriously, great pic!)
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Hexedecimal Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome image! I like the style of it and Scoot's Cutie Mark.
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LlawlietVemo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is AMAZING
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jazzie366 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Wont show up for me either, but if i drag it to hold it to go to favorites, it shows up >.>.
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MinecraftXyo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the image broken or something? Because it isn't showing up.
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funtimecameron Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Just click and see it
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AnotherDamBrony Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I had seen this on the Fimfiction banner ages ago and have finally gotten on to my deviant art account to give it some love.

THIS DRAWING IS AWESOME! I LOVE IT SO MUCH! 

You did a great job with it, so now I shall proceed to rummage through all your art and throw a watch your way.
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GT4tube Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Cool :)
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ElwisFromPoland Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Why is Dash surprised? I mean, she had a good teacher after all. :D
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Beat her record, like 'Hmm, this must be a typo, no one can be better than ME' ^^
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anti-logik Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
I'm not seeing anything.
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DARKRISER-1080 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
I couldn't either at first, but just click on where the image should be/enter full view, it will load then.
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PhiliChez Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cocky smile is best smile
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Penjacker Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I can't help but notice that the text on the sheet on the back of the clipboard would be upside down if it were on the front. Scootaloo also looks rather giraffe-esque compared to Dash.
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anonrenpunk Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I came here from the FimFic banner - this is a great pic!!!!  And is that my beloved Octavia standing behind Dash?????
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Good eye ^^
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:iconpenjacker:
Penjacker Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
How could there be an earth pony in Wonderbolts training?
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:iconanonrenpunk:
anonrenpunk Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
ah yes - then who, pray tell, is it, sirrah????????
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:iconpenjacker:
Penjacker Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Just a background character, given it's in the background.
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Azmodean911 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
I honestly hope Scootaloo will achieve this in the show.  She deserves it.
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BioChemicalWolfGear Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is addictive to just stare at.  Not because it brings thought, or because it's got the greatest art style, it's the implied story.  I can't help but wonder what exactly Scootaloo could have done to break these records.

Huh, I guess it is thought provoking.
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
As a writer, you don't know how happy it makes me to hear that.  When I commission art, I like for things to 'tell a story' instead of being a 'oh, that's a nice pic' type of deal.  I'm glad this drawing poked your imagination a little - that's the best thing any creative writer likes to hear!
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BioChemicalWolfGear Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you think that way.  Hey you can read some of my stories on FimFiction if you're interested, I have the same name, and I've been away for some time, more just planning new stories and updating chapters.
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Mickey-the-Luxray Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her wings are much larger in proportion to her body than RD, who I presume set most of the other records. Light weight + high thrust = faste.

I assume that's how it worked.
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payaso323 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Got here after seeing it as a banner on FIMfiction. Awesome pic. Congrats!
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Alice-Glaze Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
OMG ME TOO!
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MistrissTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This pic is AWESOME!!! I'm bothered by RD's missing nostrilbut it's still COOL
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qthetaxpayer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
The text should be upside down.

Other than that, really well done!
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Superior-Doc-Fossil Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Look at Scootaloo. What a ham.
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M7Fire Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
God Rainbow Dash looks beautiful in this! :heart: And now...

:iconwildfirepony: I remember when this group was still strictly military based. Now all you hot heads care about is speed. At least when I retired I tried to come out with something productive and useful.
:iconspitfireplz: Look who's calling a hot head. You would think your "auto mobile" idea would fail once you saw the heavy exhaust coming out of those air chokers. It could make a pony stop smoking!
:iconrainbowdashplz: Hope you and Soarin are doing well with the baby. Sheesh, taking care of things as a captain is way more work than I wanted, but if I'm the best their is-
:iconscootalooplz: I'm going to stop you right there, I just broke your records.
:iconrainbowdashplz: What?! No way, I totally kicked Lightning Dust's old times on every obstacle and trial back at the academy!
:iconscootalooplz: She must fly like a turkey then. Just come by tomorrow Captain and bring my file with you to the track!
:iconspitfireplz: ...What are you staring at me for?
:iconwildfirepony: Tell me my cars are trash one more time, "cadet".
:iconspitfireplz: ! Is Spitfire gonna have to choke a bitch?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
I love it when people make these comments, they're like a story in and of themselves!!!
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M7Fire Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ha, thanks xD I love imagining the generations argueing
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cvarc Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D (Big Grin) the hell? 
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Brenn-Tantor Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
is it octavia???? i think it's octavia. Am I right? it's totally octavia right!
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Yup, she's my favorite background pony... she sort of snuck in this drawing!
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Invader-Blaze Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Dude Octavia has purple eyes, the one in the drawing has green.
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