I honestly do not think that Twilight is overrated or she is getting all of the attention. To prove this I will be going over each episode of season 4 individually and briefly going over seasons one to three. *I realize this is a bit of a touchy subject so while I don't mind comments I expect that those who comment will do so respectfully.*
Princess Twilight Sparkle (Part 1 and 2) - In this episode, Twilight does play a major part, but so does the rest of the mane six and Spike and Discord. So while the title may have her name it is not solely about her. Also, it can be inferred from this episode that Applejack is second in command following Twilight because Applejack was the one who suggested that Twilight should not go and the others agreed.
The Mane Six in the Everfree Forest
Castle Mania - This episode is more of a group episode and actually focuses on specific pairs. Applejack and Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Rarity, Spike and Twilight, and well Pinkie does not have a partner, but that's because she is revealed to be the organist so there you go.
Freaking out in the Castle of the Two Sisters
Daring Don't - This I would classify as a Rainbow Dash episode because it’s only Rainbow Dash who got the book and she was the one who worked with Daring Do more closely. The others played a role too.
Rainbow Dash on the book cover
Flight to the Finish - I don't even think Twilight was in this episode. It focused on Rainbow Dash again and the CMC. However, it focuses more on the CMC.
Rainbow Dash and the CMC
Power Ponies - This is a Spike episode with the mane six playing a key role as well.
Humdrum (Spike) saves the day!
Bats – This episode is a pairing episode focusing on the differing opinions of Applejack and Fluttershy with the rest of mane six also playing a part.
Rarity Takes Manehattan - This is a Rarity episode (first key episode) with the rest of the mane six featured as well.
Coco Pommel's gift
Pinkie Apple Pie - This is another pairing episode pairing Applejack (again) and Pinkie Pie. Twilight was only in this episode briefly in the beginning.
Apple Family photo
Rainbow Falls - This is a Rainbow Dash episode (key episode) with the rest of the mane six playing a role. Twilight did have a slightly bigger role in this episode, but not bigger than Rainbow or Fluttershy in this episode.
The truth shall set you free
Three's a Crowd - This episode is a pairing episode focusing on Twilight, Cadance, and Discord. The rest of the mane six are playing a part, but this one mostly focuses on the three mentioned.
Glass of Water
Pinkie Pride - This episode is a little tricky. It’s a Pinkie episode (key episode), but it’s also a pairing with Pinkie, Rainbow, and Cheese Sandwich playing the leads. The rest of the mane six are seen in the episode as well.
Pinkie declares Cheese the winner
Simple ways - This is a pairing episode with Applejack (yet again) and this time Rarity. Again the rest of the mane six are there, but this one focuses on the two mentioned.
Filli Vanilli - This is a Fluttershy episode with the rest of the mane six playing roles as well. Rarity playing a slightly more important role.
The Music Inside You
Twilight Time - This is a pairing episode with Twilight and the CMC. In this one Twilight is showcased more, but it still focuses more on the CMC.
Personal Twilight lessons
It Ain't Easy Being Breezies - This is a Fluttershy episode (key episode), but the mane six do play a part. Twilight does use magic in this episode, but the episode is still not centered on her.
Somepony to Watch Over Me - This a Applebloom episode focusing on her relationship with her sister, Applejack (yet again). I don't even think Twilight is really in this episode or if she is its only for a brief moment.
Applebloom and Applejack
Maud Pie - This a Pinkie Pie episode focusing on the relationship between her and her sister as well as trying to get the mane six and Maud to become good friends as well.
Just a little joke (I had to put it)
For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils - This episode is about Sweetie Belle and her relationship with Rarity with Luna playing a big role. The rest of the mane don't really play a big part.
"There! I knew it! You did this on purpose! Stealing the spotlight like you always do! It's my fifth birthday party all over again!"
Leap of Faith - This is an Applejack episode (second to last key episode) with the Flimflam Brothers playing a key role.
Honestly I wanna see you be brave...
Testing Testing 1, 2, 3 - This is a Rainbow Dash episode while its true Twilight plays a big role as well, but this episode is focused on Rainbow's problem. The rest of the mane six are also important to this episode.
Wonderbolts Reserves entrance exam
Trade Ya – This episode has pairings Pinkie and Twilight, Rarity and Applejack, and Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. However, I would classify this episode as a Rainbow Dash episode because she is one who says the end moral. Twilight does a play a slightly bigger role and learns something too, but she does not say the end message and they made a bigger deal of Rainbow Dashes lesson than Twilight’s or Rarity/Applejack’s lesson.
"Even better, because I can read this one with all my friends!"
Inspiration Manifestation – This I would classify as a Spike episode because he is the one who learns a lesson. Out of the mane six its Rarity who plays a big role. Twilight may have been in charge of clean up, but this episode is not centered on her.
Rarity's Despair and Spike Trying to be the Hero
Equestria Games – This is a Spike episode. Its true Twilight did play a bigger role, but it is not centered on her.
Spike being awesome!
Twilight Kingdom (Part 1 and 2) – This episode does focus heavily on Twilight (last key episode), but this episode also showcases the rest of the mane six, Spike, Discord, the new villain Tirek, and the princesses. Also, while Twilight was awesome in this episode it wasn’t her who nearly had me crying in this episode it was Fluttershy and Discord.
People need to learn to relax and to trust the writers.
Twilight did not have one episode where she completely outshined the rest of the mane six and if there was a season where it should have happened, its this one because Twilight has a higher status which they barely addressed this season expect for the premiere, finale, and select other episodes. Nor did Twilight have any episode dedicated to her. Her key episode wasn’t even fully dedicated to her. The rest of the seasons are done is a similar manner. Season 3 barely even focused on Twilight expect for the premiere, Magic Duel, finale, and maybe Games Ponies Play, but it was really only Magic Duel that was truly focused on Twilight (and her rivalry with Trixie). Season 2, Twilight only has two episodes dedicated to her which are Lesson Zero and Its About Time. The season 2 premiere and finale do have her play a big part, but the rest of the mane six are very important to the episodes as well. In the first season, there really isn’t any episodes expect maybe The Ticket Master, Boast Busters, or Winter Wrap, but these episodes still don't really just focus on Twilight. And the premiere does put a bit more focus on Twilight, but still the mane six play a big role. So there you go, from this I believe Twilight is not overrated nor does she get most of the attention.
Maybe not kill, but you get the idea.
Twilight may have become a princess, but that does not make her more important than the others. Each one of them have different goals and season 4 touched on a lot of them. Rainbow Dash is getting closer and closer to becoming a Wonderbolt, Rarity designs are getting more and more recognition, it seems Applejack is content with staying on the farm, Fluttershy just wants to be around animals, and Pinkie wants to make people happy and smile. While Twilight may have a castle of her own she is sharing it with her friends who are officially part of her court. May I add as well that while Twilight has a higher status than her friends, she did not choose this for herself. It was practically forced on her. I'm not against her being a princess, in fact, I love it and saw it coming a mile away, but it doesn't change the fact that she didn't choose her destiny. She fulfilled whatever Celestia wanted her to be. The rest of the mane are lucky. They are protectors of Equestria, but are not tied down by their status and are able to pursue their other dreams. Twilight accepts her duty, but this may not be what she truly wanted. She has also suffered the most this season especially from the finale. She lost the library and possibly many of her possessions. She had to go through a significant change in her life and had to make some very difficult choices.
I would also like to remind people that she is the main character! So if the show focuses more on her which I have already showed (at least from my perspective) that it doesn't. Who cares? Shouldn't the main character have more focus on her? While on this subject, I would like to say as well that Twilight is not a Mary Sue I think she has many flaws and I love her for them. Her becoming a princess did not change her personality! And I think the finale showed more than ever that she is no Mary Sue! Here's a clip if you are not aware: link
Mary Sues are not bad*** like this! I don't care what anyone says!
Mary Sue means an idealized character, often but not necessarily an author insert (representation of author). "Wish-fulfillment" implication: the "Mary Sue" is judged as a poorly developed character, too perfect and lacking in realism to be interesting
I may be coming off a little strong, but I am honestly getting tired off people making comments like this. Before people make these comments, they should do what I did and make an analysis. If they have not fully evaluated at least one season then they have no right to make such accusations. Its insulting to the show, fans, and the writers. I understand some may not like Twilight or the changes to her character, but how about using adjectives that actually fit her or how about make a compelling argument proving what they say about her instead of just making a strong comment without proof. I really dislike how much hate Twilight is getting and this article shows the extent the hate has come to: link
At least for season 4, if there is any character the season focused on its Applejack (at least from my analysis). She had 5 episodes centered on her or her relationship with someone. And as I have stated and I have heard from other fans, Applejack is second in command and in this season this idea is further shown. Second would be Rainbow Dash having also 5 episodes dedicated to her or centered on her.
1st place in getting the most screen time!