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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
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:icondjm30wm1x:
DJM30wM1x Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is adorable! xD
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Fizzythepony Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
so adorible
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:iconultimatecatwhisperer:
The mother looks like Firefly!
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StarryNightMLP2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
It iS firefly 
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:iconultimatecatwhisperer:
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 
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StarryNightMLP2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Nope! Firefly is her mother Ink Rose on youtube has a theory about them, its prettty good!
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:iconultimatecatwhisperer:
Hmmm. Okay, I'll make a mental note to check it out sometime.^^
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Echoscreech423 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
So cute!!
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Jam-Dive Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an adorable family portrait!
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lightningdust37084 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
can i use this as my profile pic?
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EmberTheEnderWolf998 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student
Pikachu want it 
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TributeMLP Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
is me!!Wink/Razz 
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MonsterHigh1600 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
aww! I love the idea of Firefly as Rainbow's mom!
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HitlerKiller66 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Dashie so cute
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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. 
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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.
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ashleythehedgehog69 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this....is....AWESOME!!!
can i make a base out of this? :iconfluttershyplz:
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Kikka24Moon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awww!!!!  :heart:
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girthaedestroyer Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE RD's big cheesy smile! :iconrdsoawesomeplz:
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LucretiusM16 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I've seen her parents now, my life is complete.
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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
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Worgen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Heya! Just thought you'd ought to know that I recommended this piece to Ms. Faust. :3
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Graystripe64 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
WWHHHHHHAAAAAA.... Tard OMG Emote 
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UltimateUmbreon004 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconwhutplz:
(Sorry, just had to. XD)
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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! 
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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  
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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.
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DomoQ95 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i love your style ahhh</3
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slitherfang Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
could i make a base of this and credit you for origional art?
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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!
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Graystripe64 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
:iconokplz:
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Zoawan1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
lol,your drawing showed up on Inkrose`s headcannon on rainbow dash`s parents!
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NewportMuse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Friendship is magic, and so is family! Hug Heart 
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NewportMuse Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very cute drawing!
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Shimmerfoot Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Artist
Hey graystripe64, u shud try to draw Luna, Princess Celestia's sister
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Raynaldo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
That RD face :D Best face ever!
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zmorphcom Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD: This is amazing! :D
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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^^

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

tis so cute
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Rebron-y Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A bit unrelated (only a little):
So, Rainbow Dash lives in this huge, fancy, high-end place, as we see in both Daring Do related episodes. There's no way she could live in that place on her current position as head weather pony, and she certainly could not afford to go to Wonderbolt basic training. Even if it's a shared, leased residence, the obvious conclusion is that Rainbow's parents are loaded and paying for her living condition. So, My question is what exactly are Rainbow Dash's parent's jobs? Firefly probably manages the Wonderbolts, while RD's dad is probably a highly decorated retired palace guard. What do you think?

Awesome pic, by the way.
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Graystripe64 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
Wow your comment really made me think! I myself was pretty impressed with the affluent qualities to Rainbow's house -- more than we've ever seen before! And since your prompt gave me a lot to think about and I love well thought out headcanons (this one being my favorite and most "successful"), I've decided to give you a wordy response! I imagine that throughout Firefly's life, especially in her prime and well into her early years of spouse and mother-hood, the Wonderbolts are still hung up on trying to get Firefly to be a part of their team. When I said she was the best flier in Equestria...I freaking meant it. She's pretty renowned for her signature moves and style and honestly there's hardly a sole out there that could outdo her in skill. That being said, her fame has earned her a number of titles and even accumulated a bit of a fortune to rely on. She's been in countless tournaments and has one first prize after first prize in each one, earning a good share of spoils and prize money along the way. Of course, she was never in it for the rewards, but more for the chance to better her skills and keep her name and flying prowess in the hearts of all aspiring sporting pegasi! She's taken most of her winnings into random charities and fundraisers, but always kept a little for herself. She knew she'd be having a family some day and wanted to be moderately well off when that day came. 

Now with a loving, doting husband and a rambunctious filly on her hooves, she's quit being in the limelight as frequently as she used to be. That doesn't mean that anypony has forgotten her name, especially the Wonderbolts, who often leave a special gift basket on the Dash family cloud-step just in case the amazing Firefly changes her mind about their constantly open offer.

Since Bifrost is a stallion who loves to work and the Weather Factory never goes out of business, we works a steady job there. Firefly encourages him. She doesn't want her well-earned fortune to be a burden on her husband and make him feel like he isn't a "hay-winner". The Dash family lives in pretty moderate luxury but they don't take it for granted, and they've taught Dash to be just as humble as anypony else... :aww:
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KZdev Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Maybe Bifrost is a manager at the Weather Factory, so he earns a little more?

(It would be cool if in the series, Dash joined the Wonderbolts and Spitfire said, "We have high expectations in you, Rainbow Dash... Your mother being Firefly and all...")
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Graystripe64 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
Yeah totally, he could definitely be a manager! ;)

Fuck, if the show did that, I'd start dancing a jig! :la:
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ArrJaySketch Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So darned cute! :)
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ComedianteEmo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THE BEST PHOTO OF DASH'S FAMILY! :D 
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Ashidaru Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally agree with you and awesome art-style anyway!
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hippik Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I simply need this picture in print. Sad I can't have it apparently. :-\ 
It's the most awesome dashie picture I've seen. 
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Aramaru Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so very, very perfect.
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