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Ah'm Sorry, Sugarcubes.. by ShyShyOctavia Ah'm Sorry, Sugarcubes.. by ShyShyOctavia
"Is it because ah'm not cute enough? Not weird enough? Y'all know ah try.. Ah try t'be a good friend an' a good sister.. But it seems that most of y'all don't think ah'm as good as the rest of the ponies..."

Seriously, Applejack is a really underrated character. She's cute, honest, hard-working and a good friend and sister.
I loved how in 'Simple Ways' it showed how much of a strong, independent pony that Applejack is. Like Spike says, "she makes it look so  easy'.

I was outraged when I found out that the rumoured new Happy Meal ponies didn't include AJ; it's just ridiculous that a background pony with no important role whatsoever could have priority over a main character.

So yeah, that's what made me draw this.
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the shading and colouring is amazing and aj is my second favourite character she should have way more fans then she usually does she's cute honest strong fast and she's also a great character she may not have magic like twilight and rarity or wings like rd and fluttershy or as much laughter as pinkie but non of that means she's not a good character she's also a great sister applebloom is always happy because of aj cheering her up when she's sad she looks so sad in this picture witch makes me sad and the writing in the background saying background pony means nothing about aj she's not a background pony no matter what she does she's an awesome character and I love how you drew this by the way.
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Lovely Shading In this Drawing, and the tears in her eyes look very real!
Poor applejack.. I Love her very much~ I would go up to her and HUG HER <3
I Really hope this drawing gets more views etc.
Wonder what applebloom is thinking about this ah such a wonderful drawinging im in love with it so much! Senpai have you gotta that swirly thing ready yet or is it still..... ya know on hold? i dont mind as long as i get it im fine with it
thanks for being awesome!

From Mini Mad Pup AKA Snake <3
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DankTheWolfHog Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member
I agree. why does almost everyone call her a backround pony?

Applejack (Cute smile 2) Plz
I mean LOOK AT THAT! Don't tell me that not cute.
and as you said shes hard working,strong,and a good sister.
*breathes in* Ok i think i'm good now.
CrucifyTheWolf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
She's a very underrated character. I love her characterization, mainly because she's technically already grown. It has been stated by Sibsy that her parents are dead, so she has taken responsibility of raising a farm, caring for her ill grandmother, keeping eyes on her brother (who while older and can manage himself) and sister. And while that's happening, she usually is the peacemaker within the group and even that's a pain to do, as well as being the leader of the group when Twilight's not there.

She is honestly the most strongest and most developed character and I find it annoying some fans subject her to nothing but "BACKGROUND PONY" because Hasbro forces promotions on the other characters. Oh sure, because a pony who lost her parents and is a hard working character 'deserves' the title 'background pony', I find it idiotic and annoying I have some fans literally defend it as a 'joke'.
megasxlr88 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
AJ, you're not my favorite pony. You're the pony I used to be and hope to be again ^^. I love you and I know everypony else loves you too ^^.
Applejack-1982 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Poor ApplejackWaaaah! , she's so cute.Heart 
Don't worry Applejack, I love youHeart 
HeroesFanboy138 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Poor Applejack. No one truly appreciates how wonderful you are and what you bring to the group dynamic.
SNID3R Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
You're powerful,authentic and cute pony!!
Valkrie247 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
:O But AJ's mah favorite pony! :(
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Don't worry, AJ. You're an awesome mare. *pets her mane.*
DallasBlack Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
I know I've said this before, but that was back in April and since there is a comment below that is relevent to my statement I will just post it again:

Lets remember who the real culprit of AJ neglect is, it's not the Bronies. Bronies seem to overwhelmingly love AJ (judging by all the pony art I've observed over the years). It's the target audience, the little girls Hasbro make their toy money out off of, that she's not popular with. I was into Brony art long before I ever saw the show and I fell in love with AJ with all the art, comics, and fanfics featuring her (too much for her not to be popular with the fandom). By no means is she considered a background pony by the fandom. Heck, despite a lot of shout outs to the Bronies in season 4, Hasbro doesn't care 2 bits what Bronies think, it's those little brats who don't know better, that they listen to the most.
PatrickRsGhost Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Don't worry, AJ.  You're mah favorite pony.  Ah think you're way better than them other ponies.  Ah also treat my friends like family, and ah love mah family dearly.  Ah'm also a hard worker, though not on a farm; more in an office.

Ever since the beginning of "Friendship is Magic", Applejack has been my favorite pony.  Like her, I'm a hard worker, though in an office and not on a farm.  Although, I think she's been in me all the time.  When I was younger, like in my late teens/early 20s, my parents and I moved onto my great-granddad's old farm.  He deeded it over to my parents when he went into the nursing home, and my mom wanted to raise horses.  My dad wanted to do goats for meat.  I'd dreamed that if I ever got it (which I would have, had they not sold it and were still living there), I would have done a fruit farm, mainly apples.  I'd completely forgotten about that little dream until I started watching the show and took a liking to Applejack over the others.

Another thing that makes AJ my favorite:  I think it was really solidified in "Applebuck Season".  She was very stubborn and insistent on harvesting the apples all on her own, with Big MacIntosh out of commission.  Even when her friends offered to help, she still refused to do it.  Part of it was she didn't want to seem like she was lazy.  Another part that I saw was she was afraid they'd screw it up; only she can do it the right way.  This is me at work.  I try to show someone how to do something, but they end up screwing it up, and when they screw up something simple, I'm afraid to show them something a bit more complex, so I end up taking care of it.  If that means overworking myself, then I'll suffer the consequences, all just for making sure it's done right the first time.
KiwiJr Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Poor Applejack... :(
CrucifyTheWolf Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AJ deserves some love.
I am honestly so tired of people calling AJ a background pony, as well as the toys flatly IGNORING her.

Come on GUYS. 
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I completely agree with you; AJ is very underrated :( :( :(
She might be my least favourite pony from the Mane 6, but I don't consider her as a "background pony" at all; that sounds ridiculous... :P :P :P
Ebony1234 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Student Artist
i hate when poeple say that aj is an background pony
Fenwolf2003 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Are we meant to be surprised that the mature, sensible character with real life issues ISN'T going to be popular compared to a laundry list of kooky, 'funny' characters who are exaggerated cartoon characters?  Shocker.

She's the best "character" but that doesn't mean she'll be the most popular in a fandom that one nanosecond threw the world's biggest bitch fit about Princess Twilight and Equestria Girls and the next minute were totally cool with them for no real reason since nothing had changed, they were just done with their temper tantrum.

If I came into this show entirely blind, watched 5 episodes, I could have easily guessed which characters would be popular, and I'd be right.  The moei character is popular on the internet?  No shit.  The 'awesome' character who shouts memes is popular on the internet?  No shit.  The zany lolsorandom character is popular on the internet?  No shit.  The nerd is popular on the internet?  No shit.

AJ having real life worries about money, about letting her friends down, not being a good sister and her parents being dead?  No shit she isn't popular since bronies are simple creatures and don't want to think about the real world.

Rarity isn't popular?  Imagine.  A fandom consisting mainly of nerds on the internet who love to act the victim and whine and pretty much sum up the "angry virgin" stereotype... and they don't like the shallow hot girl who likes fashion and parties?  No shit.

Bronies are stupid and Hasbro is stupid, they're made for eachother, stop caring.
tsfdeymos Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
First at all, I am drinking Applejack Daniels at the moment and I am not a native speaker, so sorry for bad grammar in advance^^ Positive feedback will be acknowledged.

Second, this is one of the wisest comments I have EVER read online and I have to agree with (nearly) all of it. She has the "best" personality, since her arc is all about giving, up to giving herself up for others.
She did that for Spike in Season 3. When Rainbow was stuck under a rock, RD cried. The only thing that AJ cared for in the same situation (besides nearly killed by a timberwolf) was to get Spike to safety.

Your comparisons gave me a smile. That sarcasm...perfect. But at the same time it is also sad for a paragon like Applejack. And also for her fans, since they have to read and endure her treatment in this "fandom".

Most bronies can't think about the real world, because some are just too narrow-minded, some are just kids and some are introverted nerds living in their mother's house basement. It is no wonder that most of AJs fans are more matured. It seems that AJ fans do not care for the "awesomeness" or the "shyness" or other gimmicks of a character, but for a characters good morale and ethic. Things that are importand, or at least should be important, in RL.

The only thing I partly have to disagree is your point about Rarity. She is very popular. She nearly won the fan favorite voting in the hub network, but was closely beaten by Fluttershy. She has a lot more fans and also a lot more merchandise. And her episodes are mostly rated at highest levels. See "Rarity takes Manehatten". It has the one of the highest rating of all S4 episodes. All I have read about AJ was how annoying she was. And of course, how bland and boring. No one cared for her in "Bats!", and also no one cared for Applejewel, or for beating the chimera. And I do not want to talk about Lyra, who "stole" her spotlight in this episode, just like Derpy did in "The Last RoundUp".

It is a shame that such a brave character is treated in that way. But this treatment represents our society quiet well.

"Nothing is as hard as man's ingratitude."
GoroKai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh sorry I meant. to have a :( emoticon.
GoroKai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww poor Jackie! :D
JanuaryWolf Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm glad that McDonalds didn't use her, I don't want my favourite character anywhere near those digusting "burgers"...
Infamaty Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mcdonalds wanted to use her? FUCK NO!
Dulcesdecolores8 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
yeah me too
JanuaryWolf Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist
She deserves more then that! She's helpful, strong, brave and smart, easily one of the best ponies on the show.
Dulcesdecolores8 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Im the best pony!!!
DallasBlack Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
AJ is my absolute favorite of the Mane 6 in the fandom, though she has been surpased by Flutters on the show. Her unpopularity, from what I understand, is purely among the young audience of the show (the target market for them and the merchandise). Happily, her popularity among the Bronies seems pretty strong. Still sad that their target audience doesn't have much love for her, but again, they are kids and their likes and dislikes evolve as they get older. My niece used to like Hanna Montana when she was younger. Now at 14, she hates pop music of any kind (she's into Emo these days).
FrozenGalaxy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That made me so sad and I agree with you girl!!!!
LordThunder86 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
*Hugs* Awwww. Don't cry, AJ. We love you!
Ginabobina101 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
I was taken aback when I saw she wasn't in the toy line D:<
Great picture though!
bubbleberry135 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Artist
aww poor applejack *hug*
MercuriusSnake Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Poor AJ *HUGS* Shed no more tears.
Jadesca Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014   General Artist
Applejack has been my favourite pony since I started watching MLP:FiM and even though she was already my favourite she kept growing on me, they all does in fact grow on me a lot. But Applejack is still my favourite by far and at this point it's safe to say- She always will be! ;)

And I'm so disappointed how she's treated in the merchandise. I barely buy much anymore, my collection would look weird and not at all personal if it lacked Applejack... :depressed:

And whoa! I didn't know I'd be able to comment my opinions like this ever again, but it's Applejack- And Applejack needs all the love she can get at this rate. :iconapplejackplz: I really hope it'll change to the better when it comes to merchandise.
jDoopliss Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Well, atleast she has Derpy to accompany her! :iconderpyhooves:
Orangecraz Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Sorry to break this to you, but Derpy has been getting so much attention, that she has stepped out of the background. (True, she had to vanish a bit after that stunt, but still)

In essence, she is now what we call a quasi background character. As in, she is, but she isn't.
Mach9thehedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nu. Derpy is used as a weapon to supposedly back up their arguement, saying she's got more character, when in truth she doesn't.
RiokennG3 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're just normal..
FinishLineMLP Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Im not going to leave a critique because AJ is my favorite, and i would be biased, Nicely drawn though. Not too crazy in the repeating text, but how else are you going to get your point across?

PotatoGirlIvy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gah the shading!! I love it so much! You are right though. I HOPE that they are planning to make a Build a Bear AJ because I hate it when they have the Mane 6 with one of them missing, AND that they make Applebloom, BECAUSE WHY IS IT THE CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS IF APPLEBLOOM ISNT EVEN THERE!?!
MasterGraveheart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
You did nothing wrong, AJ.  You deserve better than the "fans."

I'm angry about her McDonald's snub too.
TomFraggle Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Applejack has been my favorite pony since Season 2.  Not sure why there is no love for AJ from many and she's not a background pony.  If anyone wants to put a pony into the background, it's Rarity, she didn't even get an episode in Season 3, while AJ got two episodes I think.  Both Rarity & AJ have unique personalities and are a big part of the mane 6 in their own special way, nothing background about either of them.

Sad about the Happy Meal thing, if true, but companies do a survey thing to determine market value and if they don't get enough people saying they'd buy it, they won't make it when the lineup is finally released.  Applejack is also in danger of not being made by Build-A-Bear either, from the rumor weed.  I hope & pray that weed is wrong and AJ will be still coming out, that BAB is just saving the best for last.
schneelocke Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Nothing wrong with Applejack in the least, quite the opposite. I don't do favorites - I really like all the Mane Six -, but, well, I really do like 'em all. Applejack's a great character, and there's absolutely no reason why she should be neglected in any way.
RtDK Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
AJ: My favorite from the start. 
Jaygryphon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Love you Applejack!
MLPmichael Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
yeah definetly shes very underrated for the most "normal" pony of them all. thats why shes my favorite shes so "down to earth" :3  

get it GET IT?!
Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Applejack rocks!
EmoshyVinyl Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AJ don't be sad, your actually my favorite of the mane 6.
AnAppleForgotten Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Digital Artist
Aw! I love this drawing, you did great!
MrManyIdeas Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Sad Applejack - makes me sad. A cool pony whit the coolest accent. And she's NOT a background pony. If McDo have any problem whit her name the should consider not to use MLP at all. These days so many animated films comes out so there won't be a problem finding materials for there happy meal. Whenever anyone thinks of the MLP, a fan or just someone comming in contact whit the series first time, the now it's about these 6 characters. That includes AJ as well.

Sorry. I did get a little upset right there. Anyway, this is a nice piece of artwork.
hamman91 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
This literally brought a tear to my eye. Amazing job bro.
cajobif Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Yeah. I was surprised too. I would agree about the fact her name is related to a alcoholic beverage (cocktail) would bring some ire that McDo don't want, but seriously? AJ was so present in this season's episode. Why would she be considered a simple second a... background pony? She is too great a mare and too much loved to be one. Now, I'm sure she would be covered of fans willing to hug her if she wanted.

So in short, she did nothing wrong. Hasbro did it (?).

Beautiful (but sad) work
Maran-Zelde Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankfully I hear less and less of the "background pony" meme these days. It's still annoying whenever it crops up though. What kills me is that bronies complain that she's boring because her flaws usually aren't as exaggerated as the other Mane 6...But whenever an episode does exaggerate her flaws ("Apple Family Reunion," "Somepony to Watch Over Me"), she's seen as "annoying" or "OOC." I really have no clue why this no-win situation has been set up for her and not the other characters (whenever Pinkie is written more subtle it's praised as good characterization).

And finding any merch of AJ or Rare is damn near impossible unless you order it online. :rage: I'd boycott McDonald's, but I hardly ever eat fast food anymore. Can't boycott something you never buy.
cottoncloudyfilly Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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