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Dash Family Photo by Graystripe64 Dash Family Photo by Graystripe64
The moment I saw Dash's daddy in that flashback from the "Games Ponies Play" episode, I HAD to draw him. :aww: ...And then I started toying around with Rainbow's mama and immediately decided she would HAVE to be Firefly from G1. Lauren Faust based Dash's personality after Firefly, and has even claimed that she would have liked her to be Rainbow's mother. So that settled it. And then I made this. :la:

I like to think of Rainbow as nearly like Firefly in every way, personality wise (which she already is) -- the only difference is Firefly's a little more comfortable in her own horseshoes. She is bold and rebellious and doesn't give a crap what others think of her. Before Rainbow took the title, she was considered the best flier in Equestria and could have easily been a Wonderbolt. But her distaste for rules and restrictions blew that opportunity away. She knows she's the best and doesn't feel like she has to be part of a flying team to prove it. She just prefers showing off her skills in the company of her loved ones, giving her all the time in the world to train her little Rainbow in all her techniques! We all know how heartened Rainbow is on "looking cool" to others, so she doesn't always understand her mother in that respect -- why she would pass up the opportunity to be a Wonderbolt is BEYOND HER! But, that gives them more time to spend together. She supports her daughter in all her endeavors and knows exactly when to give her a push in the rare times when Rainbow finds herself nervous of judgement.

As for Dash's daddy -- Sky Strike, as I like to call him his name on MLP wiki is Bifröst -- he's a quiet guy and doesn't like to draw too much attention to himself. The poor guy found himself in quite the pickle when he realized he had the biggest, most adorkable crush on the untameable Firefly by the time he graduated from Flight school! Lucky for him, Firefly liked his reserved self, his dry jokes, and stability. Their courtship was short. :blush: Sky Strike works at the Weather Factory in Cloudsdale. He's a pretty good flier and can even beat Firefly in a race on a good day! He loves his daughter with all his heart, but is seen as a little too overprotective in Firefly's eyes. She often has to coax him into just letting Dash be herself, and remind him that getting a scrape or two builds good character. I like to think of him as a little like Marlin from Finding Nemo. He's not "suffocating" in his worrying, just a tad annoying. But Rainbow loves him just as much as he does her, and finds it sometimes easier to confide in him when in need of advice. Firefly's advice is almost always "fuck it, who cares?", and that isn't always helpful, believe it or not. :XD: So it's Sky Strike that fills the void by being as understanding and encouraging as Dash needs during those puzzling situations.

Woo, look at all that writin'! Might as well quit while I got nothin' more to say at the moment. Anyway, enjoy the Dash Family! :lol:

Image (c) ~Graystripe64
MLP:FiM and characters (c) :iconfyre-flye:, Hasbro, DHX, Hub
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shadowrwven Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
His names not Bifros, it's Rainbow Blaze!
KayleetheDragacron Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know how I found this when I looked up "Graystripe". Oh well! Still nice :)
BRONYDONY2016 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
awww  so cute
CosmoCatt Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
i was wondering if i can make a base from this? i'll credit you of course since you made the original image :3
justpast173 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
So cute, I could just give RD some belly wubs
Paral337 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I just wanted to let you know that someone has made this into a base, which can be found here:…
You did give the artist permission to make a base from your artwork, right?
ArskaTheAngel666 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There was nothing about i need to have permision. Also. I mentioned her.
Johesy Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This actually makes sense and i'm glad to see firefly's design getting some use.

Love their expressions and filly RD looks adorable! Awesomely drawn! =)
DJM30wM1x Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is adorable! xD
Fizzythepony Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
so adorible
The mother looks like Firefly!
StarryNightMLP2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It iS firefly 
Oh! I kind of thought that maybe Rainbow Dash and Firefly were sisters in this one and Firefly just isn't there for some reason.Confused 
StarryNightMLP2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope! Firefly is her mother Ink Rose on youtube has a theory about them, its prettty good!
Hmmm. Okay, I'll make a mental note to check it out sometime.^^
Echoscreech423 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
So cute!!
Shellswitch Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an adorable family portrait!
lightningdust37084 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
can i use this as my profile pic?
InkyGummyWolf-Senpai Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pikachu want it 
TributeMLP Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
is me!!Wink/Razz 
MonsterHigh1600 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
aww! I love the idea of Firefly as Rainbow's mom!
HitlerKiller66 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Dashie so cute
Silnev Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Awesome pic, great description of the two parents and unique style. Truly few images hit all the bulls-eyes so to speak. 
KeybladeKnight99 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Writer
I wish they would just make this cannon already. How fun would it be to see Rainbow Dash interacting with her parents. Rarity's parents are the only  ones who have spoken if I recall.
ashleythehedgehog69 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist!!!
can i make a base out of this? :iconfluttershyplz:
Kikka24Moon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awww!!!!  :heart:
girthaedestroyer Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE RD's big cheesy smile! :iconrdsoawesomeplz:
LucretiusM16 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I've seen her parents now, my life is complete.
DangerCloseArt Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just saw this today, and it's overly adorbs :3 Not just the headcanon that honestly sounds spot on given Lauren's intentions.  But also Dash's adorkable filly smile XD
Worgen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Heya! Just thought you'd ought to know that I recommended this piece to Ms. Faust. :3
Graystripe64 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
UltimateUmbreon004 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
(Sorry, just had to. XD)
Nafsi-chan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh, I love that picture! And I love the idea of Firefly as Dash's mom! A lot of people claim that her mother is that pegasi mare that is standing next to Rainbow, but I don't really like the idea. As for her Dad, I would reaally like to see more of him - even in flashbacks - in the show! 
Dr-Morgan47 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist
i like it to i would really like to see more of him also has any one else notice you see ever ponies family but Pegasus's well and AJ but you no so think about its true  
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
I love the way you draw them, and everyone's expressions. You gave them a lot of personality.
DomoQ95 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i love your style ahhh</3
slitherfang Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
could i make a base of this and credit you for origional art?
Thepoescrow Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I love your headcannon so much that I'm gonna steal it from you and make it mine!
Graystripe64 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
Zoawan1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
lol,your drawing showed up on Inkrose`s headcannon on rainbow dash`s parents!
NewportMuse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Friendship is magic, and so is family! Hug Heart 
NewportMuse Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very cute drawing!
Shimmerfoot Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Artist
Hey graystripe64, u shud try to draw Luna, Princess Celestia's sister
Raynaldo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
That RD face :D Best face ever!
zmorphcom Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD: This is amazing! :D
elisabeththeangel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013

when I saw daring don't. Daring do or A.K. Yearling actually look like RD and I thought for myself is she her mother. Just look at her hair same shape and her eyes are the same. Its just my idea.

But your idea is good to^^

Raynaldo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I wouldn't count on it. Mother ponies normally look considerably older.
TomFraggle Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Nice family photo.
SamanthaWolfox Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ogmogmogmgom amaze

tis so cute
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