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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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Buddy-Briefcase Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an adorable family portrait!
lightningdust37084 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
can i use this as my profile pic?
EmberTheEnderWolf998 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  New member
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  Hobbyist 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 Artist!!!
can i make a base out of this? :iconfluttershyplz:
Kikka24Moon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awww!!!!  :heart:
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