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Unlucky Stripes by MisterMech Unlucky Stripes by MisterMech
A little appreciation post for Xanthe, a character that has quite grown on me.

Poor zebra seems to have gone through a lot in so little time; being 'cursed' by the zebra's AntiChrist equivalent, watched said mare go on a rampage, get kicked around by haunted boots, and shooting Blackjack on accident.

I look forward to seeing what becomes of her, hoping she gets some good development.




FOE -> Kkat
PH -> Somber
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:iconnknuds01:
nknuds01 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
When I first read that last part I immediately thought "welcome to the team Xanthe!"
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Vector-Brony Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can't be blackjacks friend if you haven't shot her at least once
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
"Blackjack is not amused."
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:iconiisme95:
iIsMe95 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I'm beginning to think "Shoot the Nice Security Pony" is some sort of achievement.
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GadgetSteelmare Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
You do the best expressions. Honestly, I can't stop laughing when I look at the top right picture.

Blackjack does not approve of Xanthe's shenanigans.
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:iconnik-naks:
Nik-Naks Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Oh Xanthe.
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:iconnotmarksj:
NotMarkSJ Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Unfortunately for her, most relationships with Blackjack start as they mean to go on.
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White-Pwny Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's so good to see some Xanthe art! I gotta admit, she's growing on me too. At first I thought I'd get sick of her, but she's so cute.
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MisterMech Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Same with me. So looking forward to seeing what becomes of her.
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Dm4544 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
EeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEVIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLL!

EEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEVIIIIIIIIIILLLLLL!

^^^
How I imagine she feels on the inside when interacting with Blackjack
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:iconmistermech:
MisterMech Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
:iconmermaidmanplz: EEEEVVVIIIIIILLLL!
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:iconburnout42:
BurnOut42 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for that drawing with a shotgun. You gave me an idea)
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RedMarkerRellik Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Very nice.
I feel bad for Xanthe.
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SubjectSigma77 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Xanthe needs more art. Shes adorable
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:iconkelkartel:
Kelkartel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Welcome to Blackjack's herd Xanthe. I love that suit "Starting combat! Just kidding!"
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:icontamh70:
TamH70 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Puir wee zebra.
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:iconsoris-wind:
Soris-wind Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
you and me both! Love your art style! keep it up!
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revicam Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
hahahah Yesss I've been waiting for Xanthe picture from ya! hahah loved that scene XD. There faces are awesome

hahha dat bottom left one XD
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MiddaySolace Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist
I hope she dosent die. For both their sakes.(And the suit's)
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Son0fgrim Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Xanthe, u you shoot me with my own gun?
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:icontimothy48:
Timothy48 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I love this representation of Xanthe! She looks so adorable, I could just hug her all day long!
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fuzzyveevee Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
As ever, the expressions utterly sell it, Xanthe's top right one especially. Very cartoon-like, which seems obvious on an MLP fanfic drawing, but it's surprising how much FO:E stuff forgets that it -can- still go absolutely mad with the faces.

Great stuff.
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kyo4kusanagi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol loook at blackjack face
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l33thaxx0r Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
at least now we know that she's blackjack's friend, now that she has shot her
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
Faces! I can never get enough of your expressions! Hnfndkfsj
*Headcannon appearance*
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chinman Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
:giggle: Oh wow you managed to capture Xanthe perfectly in this sketch!

Somber deserves some mad props for being able to develop such likable and unique characters so quickly, and I have high hopes that Xanthe will stick with BJ and crew now that she has been officially "initiated" into the group (e.g. she shot BJ).
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Stormcallerr Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bah! She is so cute it burns us! Also, Blackjack...you sorta are cursed. Sorry.
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Lydius Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, god. Such a cutie.
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Nosnibormada Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I actually think Xanthe is best zebra. Xenith may be a badass at martial arts and Sekashi may have a library of knowledge in her head, but Xanthe's combination of intimate expertise with technology and over the top zebra superstition makes her a really good character to me. Tragic, but somehow funny whilst being so.
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Taren14 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Remind me why again the zebras think Blackjack is evil? I forget...it may be the sword, I think.

But anyways, I really hope that she eventually realizes that the zebras are wrong in their "OMG teh stars r evul!" ranting and gets over it. Hearing her constantly bemoan about how she's cursed got annoying really fast.
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chinman Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Apparently the reason why most of the zebras BJ meets all think she's evil is because said zebras are members (or former members) of The Remnant, whose leaders decreed her to be the Maiden of the Stars (pretty much the zebra equivalent to the Antichrist) after the events of chapter 33 and 34. As for why the leaders of The Remnant think she's the MotS, haven't got a clue. Suppose we'll find out eventually. :)
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Taren14 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
What happens in 33 and 34 again? That's when she dies and comes back, right?
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:iconchinman:
chinman Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Yup,that would be it.
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:iconlijiah:
Lijiah Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Wasn't she just a filly? Other than that, this is awesome, as usual. ^_^
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SilentCarto Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nah, BJ described her as "a little younger than me".
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Stanwuuz Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Haha this made me smile! Gotta ask trough, at the drawings on the right side, are you trying to do a more cartoonish style? It seems a bit different from how you usually draw! I realy like that style! Would love to see you use it some more! :D
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Especially the aftermath of the current storyline of the prison assault; talk about a six-skull dungeon!
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f1r3w4rr10r Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am impressed every time again by how good you can do those proportions and facial expressions in the traditional way. I would not be able to do that without some kind of eraser function like in digital media. :S
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sErgEantaEgis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Lawl.
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:icondeusira:
Deusira Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i might have read it wrong but i thought she was like a filly???????


uber confused
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:iconsilentcarto:
SilentCarto Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That seems to be a common belief, for some reason. She's only slightly younger than BJ, so she's definitely full grown.
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:icondeusira:
Deusira Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hhmmm might have to go back and reread those chapters, still havent read the new one
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Crystal-Eclair Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh lol, thats a great chapter and poor Blackjack, she has bad luck at times with her 'friends'
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Ravenpuff Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
So darn adorable XD
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ManiakMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to finally see some fanart of this character, her moments and rants about being cursed both made me laugh and made me want to hug the poor Zebra :D
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Jacky2734 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
My favorite one is the one in the upper right hand corner.
CURSED!!
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:iconjuleppony:
JulepPony Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
She's so cute -- I love that surprised expression as she shoots BJ. :D
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d0ntst0pme Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am impressed and amused by how good your facial expressions are :D
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:iconthe-ld:
The-LD Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
I love BJ's pouty face :3
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hrm, I dunno about your version. She looks to "mature" to me. I envisioned her looking a lot younger, maybe just barely an adult (and with that sort of youthful look Scotch has).

Still, cool pics, and Xanthe is now an official member of the party: she shot Blackjack!

- Polecat
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