My Little Pony/Game of Thrones: Royalty
In Reboots: Why They Happen and the Results I talked about how the 1992 cartoon My Little Pony eventually resulted in the 2010 reboot My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the factors that allowed this show to continue in a new format. In My Little Pony/Game of Thrones: Loyalty I talked about how My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and 2011 drama Game of Thrones were two different shows that had two different tones, but dealt with similar issues. But there were other aspects that these two shows shared. One aspect both shows also share but portray differently was its royalty. Basically, despite being set in a world that possessed various modern aesthetics and references, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was still ruled by benevolent rulers who had magical powers that could affect the sun and moon. Game of Thrones, unfortunately, had different rulers, but the most recent Kings were people that were portrayed as unfit to rule and had many people attempt to replace the current king with a different person, normally for nefarious purposes. In a storytelling sense, this was to be expected. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was a cartoon aimed for kids and taught lessons about the positive aspects of friendship and having friends. Game of Thrones was a show made for mature audiences that told of a world that showed that political intrigue could affect everybody, including royalty, in both positive and negative ways.But while both shows were complete opposites in their storytelling and tone, both shows deal with essentially the same themes and ideas.
Reboots: Why They Happen and the Results already covered the plot of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. A long time ago, in the land of Equestria, there were two sisters. Both who could control the rising of the sun and the rising of the moon and thus the cycle of day and night respectively. However, due to the civilian ponies celebrating and being active during her sister's manipulations of the sun, Princess Luna, the sister who created the night and all of its aesthetics, began to resent her sister Princess Celestia. Mostly because all of the civilian ponies slept and ignored all of the work Luna put into creating the night. Eventually, Luna went mad with jealousy and attempted to bring an eternal night to Equestria. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on one's perspective, Celestia used artifacts referred to as the Elements of Harmony to seal Luna inside the moon. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic dealt with the fallout of that event.
Game of Thrones, the show based on the book A Song of Ice and Fire, took place in the land of Westeros during a tumultuous time in the royal court. Before the events of the series, the land of Westeros was ruled by Aerys II of House Targaryen. Due to being a terrible ruler, and perhaps some seriously bad blood between some of the noble houses in this series, a major civil war erupted throughout the land. King Aerys II ultimately died, and the title of King was given to Robert Baratheon. Unfortunately, King Robert died as well; and from him, both of his sons Joffrey and Tommen, inherited the title of King.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Princess Celestia was the oldest, largest, and most prominent of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic royalty. She was portrayed as a wise ruler who continuously tried to get her apprentice, Twilight Sparkle, to learn the importance of friendship. Since the story was told from the perspective of other characters, she did not play a huge part in the series overall. Her sister, Princess Luna, also did not play a big part in the series, but after she was redeem in the pilot episodes from her Nightmare Moon persona, she got a few episodes devoted in getting her integrated back into pony society without having the populace run away from her in fear. She then got episodes which established that she got to oversee other pony's dreams and played a mentor role for some of the younger cast members in this show. Princess Cadence, a newly introduced princess in the second season, was introduced as the ruler of the Crystal Kingdom. She had some background as being Twilight Sparkle's old babysitter, and even had a few episodes showing that the two characters were like surrogate sisters. They were even sister-in-laws because Princess Cadence was married to Twilight Sparkle's brother Shining Armor. Surprisingly enough, Twilight Sparkle herself became a princess at the end of season three. In the beginning two part episode Princess Twilight Sparkle, the viewer got to see how making a normal character who was around since the beginning of the series into royalty could affect everyone around her. Basically, her friends were somewhat forced to refer to her with an honorific, they had to take into consideration that her life was more important and had to force her to leave certain situations, and basically treat her somewhat differently than before. Ultimately, being a Princess did not change Twilight Sparkle and by the end of Princess Twilight Sparkle, she went back to being a somewhat normal character involved in the typical hijinks of this show.
Game of Thrones
Royalty in Game of Thrones did not consist of people who possessed magical powers. Game of Thrones told the story of a world whose previous kings had access to magic, but the present story took place at a time where that magic was slowly diminishing. As a result, royalty in the show was portrayed as humanly imperfect as possible. See, after the rebellion that killed the Mad King Aerys II, the instigator for the rebellion, Robert Baratheon, was the new King of Westeros. Of course, Game of Thrones gave an example of why people who were good at fighting were not good at ruling. Because Robert did not really have any desire of ruling, he surrounded himself with people who governed the land in his stead. Soon King Robert was killed due to a hunting accident, his son Joffrey became the next king. Unfortunately, due to a misguided admiration for Robert's reign as King, Joffrey became an even worse King of Westeros, and the civilians were more overt in their dislike for this King. So much so that certain areas seceded from Westeros and presented their own Kings. What these new Kings, and Joffrey, failed to realize however, was that being King was not as glamorous as it looks. Kings had to ensure the kingdom and its subjects were safe, the King had to sometimes make choices nobody would like to see happen, and Kings could be betrayed at random moments. King Joffrey was an eventual victim of poisoning, and as a result, his brother Tommen became King.
Basically Game of Thrones showed that Kings were people who were considered great while they were alive, but once they died certain aspects about their reign could become heavily criticized. Also that being too trusting of people could get one killed. Essentially being King does not grant you any special powers or knowledge. But it does allow one to use the knowledge of others to help rule a kingdom.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Games of Thrones were similar in that they took place in worlds where the characters live in relatively feudal settings where there was royalty to rule the land. However, both shows had different tones when it came to the issues regarding to ruling an entire kingdom. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic had its character ascend to the role of Princess of Friendship without having to deal with heavy changes and can still have friends. Game of Thrones showed that heavy changes would have to be made and sometimes being King can be dangerous. Both shows have different tones, but it's fascinating to see them handle similar topics.