Drill Sergeant Nasty · 11:56pm
Why does everyone use this trope? Not just for MILITARY groups, but EVERYTHING? Sports teams, boy scout troops, litter pickup, volunteer weather crews-- I'm looking at YOU, Rainbow Dash---
Seriously. Was everyone on the planet subjected to this terrible training method, scarring them for life?
Let me spell it out: the Drill Sergeant Hardass is a legitimate training method. IF YOU'RE A DRILL SERGEANT. It is absolutely wrong anywhere else, anywhere, for any reason ever. If you aren't whipping a bunch of hardened criminals or soft military cadets into shape, it is absolutely the worst possible training method in the universe. A school teacher, boy scout troop leader, sports coach or frankly any other person in a position of authority who used this method would be FIRED for doing this on the spot, or SHOULD be. The purpose of the method, and I will be accused of overstating it but to hell with it, is to smash someone's identity to dust so that you can scoop up what's left and mold it into someone who can pick up a gun and kill people on command without hesitation. It is absolutely wrong for any other purpose.
Please stop using it just because you think it's funny.
I've seen stories here where they had schoolteachers using it on children, countless ones where Rainbow Dash uses it on her FRIENDS, and no i don't CARE if they have her doing it on the show, it's one of the things people HATE about her character-- and it's played off as a joke. "Har har, the gym teacher is emotionally abusing her eight year old students, how FUNNY." "Oh look, Rainbow Dash is screaming at Fluttershy like she's getting her ready to go to 'Nam, it's just so wacky and fun..."
Stop it. Just STOP IT. You couldn't find a faster way to alienate me from your characters. I despise the Boss--- usually CELESTIA(!!) for putting the abuser in power and their rationalizing it as "necessary" to "toughen them up;" I end up wishing death and dismemberment on the character I used to like that you picked to play Sarge, and I end up despising your protagonist: they're not "strong" for getting through the abuse, they're WEAK for putting up with it, and I hate them for not finally getting fed up and punching the abuser's teeth down their throat.