In my re-watch of season 5.. Wait, season 6? Whichever was the one that ended with Starlight, Trixie, Discord, and Thorax becoming the misfit group that saves the world. I could look it up, but lazy. Anyway, I realized during that re-watch that Twilight Sparkle is a terrible influence on other unicorns. She shouldn’t be worried about Starlight Glimmer hanging out with Trixie. Trixie should be worried about Starlight Glimmer hanging out with Twilight Sparkle.
So, Starlight Glimmer was first seen being the somewhat unhinged leader of a village that used cult-conditioning rooms to indoctrinate new ponies. Then we see her trying to break time to get petty revenge that involved changing events and battling an Alicorn. Both of which we see no evidence she uses mind manipulation/control magic. She is defeated and Twilight Sparkle becomes her teacher/warden. It’s only after being with Twilight Sparkle for a bit that she starts breaking out the mind control magic. Whereas we’ve seen Twilight Sparkle resort to mind-control magic before then.
- Sunspawned by Masterweaver
- Sunshipped by Masterweaver