!QaHT6HayjI 11/16/10(Tue)18:30 No. 21265768 File 1289950245.jpg-(54 KB, 351x334, 1289829894495.jpg) In Defense of Gilda Cont. Secondly, Gilda was obviously influenced by Rainbow Dash at a young age. Gilda acts like Dash, talks like Dash, “dresses” like Dash (her head feathers are clearly dyed and styled to look like Dash’s mane), and wants to be cool like Dash. Gilda has this idea of what “coolness” is from flight school. I would guess that she was a shy, introverted girl before gaining confidence through her friendship with Rainbow Dash. It was mentioned, after all, that there are not many griffins in Equestria. Gilda was probably resentful or frightened of a pony-dominated school and couldn’t get friends easily, but Dash is the type of pony to not care about that and do what she wants anyway. This background could also explain Gilda’s dislike for Fluttershy. Seeing such a sad, shy pony would have brought up hated memories of Gilda’s own childhood before she met Dash, a period in her life which she probably looks back on with regret and anger, therefore lashing out at a physical representation of her former self. Now we move onto the party itself. Gilda, who is already angry at Pinkie Pie, was willing to bury the hatchet somewhat until she was pranked. Now, if we take the former childhood of Gilda as a given, that she was one of the only griffins in Flight School and that there are few griffins in Equestria, we can understand some suspicion about ponies and resentment. SO, we have a mentally unstable griffin who already sees a pony-dominated world taking her best friend get pranked countless times to the amusement of a room full of ponies. NOT ONLY THAT, Pinkie Pie orchestrates the entire scene to force Gilda out of Ponyville. Gilda loses Rainbow Dash in the process, doing the only thing her psyche will let her do: walk away first. After leaving, Gilda probably retreated back to her cave and had a complete personality and mental breakdown, all because she wanted some quality time with her best friend.