• Member Since 25th Sep, 2011
  • offline last seen 5 minutes ago


Exploring probability space for fun and the absence of profit


As far as Flim and Flam were concerned, they'd snatched some patsy with a friendly face off of the side of the road. For Silver Shill, the story is rather more complicated.

A heavily modified form of an entry in the March 2015 Writeoff Competition. Prompt: "The Best Medicine"

Chapters (1)
Comments ( 19 )

I will be honest (hehe) I completely forgot about Silver Shill.

I love this, and it is absolutely amazing in every way. You portrayed Flim and Flam perfectly.

Vastly improved from the writeoff. It's like a whole different story! (Granted, it is, or at least 75% of it is.)

I think this delivers on the original's core idea, though. Thanks for writing it.

Silver Shill is the forgotten member of the Key Six (or eight if you consider all three Wonderbolts as having a part in Rainbow Dash's epiphany).

It's nice that someone delved into a back story for him.

5790420 5792048
I've always had a soft spot for the underappreciated. I prefer Luigi over Mario, I loved Derpy back when she was just an animation error, and I felt Silver Shill needed more love. He may not be Fashion Waifu, a Blue Angel, Weird Al Horse, or the Prince of All Breezies, but he was still an integral part of the Season 4 plot arc.

Those two are a joy to write for me. As with Pinkie Pie and Discord, I can just let them jabber away in my mind and record the banter as it comes.

Thanks for enjoying it. It's nice to know I succeeded in putting some actual story in the story. :twilightsmile:

5792882 Was it established that Seabreeze is the Prince?

He's voiced by Brian Drummond, who also voiced Vegeta of Dragonball Z. Thus, I affectionately think of him as the Prince of All Breezies.

"Fellas," he said, smiling, "let's do business."

Ah, these must be the good guys.

Wow, this is awesome. Flim and Flam sing under your pen (Sometimes literally). The bit about them "selling hope" perfectly showcases why they're Secret Best Antagonists. :pinkiehappy:

This is my personal backstory for Leap of Faith until further notice. And since canon surely won't touch back on it...

You wrote Flim & Flam with a perfect grasp of their utterly shameless huckster nature, and you made Silver Shill a good deal more sympathetic than the already-alright pony from the episode.

Great job. Now installing headcanon...

You know what's good about underappreciated characters like Silver Shill? You're more likely to find good stories about him by authors that decided that he has potential. Heh, I oughta put down my headcanon about Shilly here sometime.

I find the headcanon of yours that he's from a old clan of Canterlot kind of amusing. Nopony would have guessed it. :rainbowlaugh:

In the sequel, our heroes will have to confront the tyrannical Celestia and her latest weapon against free enterprise: The Food, Drug, and Potion Act!

5795984 5797424
There are few words I love to see more than "headcanon accepted." I'm quite happy to hear that you liked it that much. :twilightsmile:

Odd angles on characters seem to be a specialty of mine. Of course, with a pony as underutilized as Silver Shill, any angle is odd. :raritywink:
Besides, him being related to Silver Spoon just makes sense to me. From there, it's a short leap to make the whole family a collection of sidekicks, minions, assistants, and other second bananas.

on behalf of people with lisps everywhere
... I hate your title with a fiery passion.

I thought you literally meant silver bromide. As in the toxic chemical and it was going to make everyone really ill.

The only pony I've truly disliked, and you've put a unique spin on him that made him genuine and decent, hopeful and misled. All this, and you subtly used the symbolism that gold leads, and silver accompanies. This has earned its thumbs-ups!

The poor guy didn't get enough screen time to really come to life, but this certainly does a nice job of compensating for it. I do think it could've used some sort of "after the episode" scene to bring it full circle, though.

Wow, your voicing for Flim and Glam is spot on! Great work.

Full review here, but in brief: some of the best Flim Flam Brothers dialogue I've read, plus Silver's part is believable. Headcanon accepted, and have a fave! :twilightsmile:

Login or register to comment