>> a lot of potential enemies to her power (like the other princesses) would have no magic power to combat her.
And she wouldn't be able to fly. Or have a cutie mark. Or special talent. Or will to live, apparently. Pic related. That happened to everypony in Equestria, including Cozy, and I don't think it was an experience she'd want to revisit. I really
don't think Cozy Glow wanted to succeed here.
> her whole thing as Empress of Friendship was gaining a lot of "friends" (AKA, followers).
It sounds more like she was trying to think of some way to make friendship sound evil, so that she could convince ponies she was cuckoo whackadoodle ding dong. I can't say where her real intent lies, but... it makes more sense she secretly wanted to go to Tartarus, than she thought being Empress of Friendship would be any easier with Equestria devastated from loss of its magic.
> I don't think she even knew Neighsay had escaped to tell Celestia
She left him chained to a chair, in the open principal's office! With his medallion in a waste can, like right over there! He was halfway to getting it and saving himself, when the student 6 bailed him out. I mean it's possible she was that dumb, but...
> She understands friendship as a concept, but fails to fully embrace it the right way the same way
Doesn't mean she thinks destroying all magic is a good idea. Maybe she fails to fully embrace friendship by thinking that it's about showing off how good you are at being a friend, rather than actually uh... being a friend.
> The mane six already knew what a manipulative faker she was, and the creative team weren't going to drag out a scene with the same outcome.
See, given the choice between "DHX suck at cartoons" and "Cozy Glow wanted to go to Tartarus," I tend to lean on the latter, because I'd really rather give them the benefit of the doubt, even if they did produce A Canterlot Wedding. Either way seems valid speculation to me.
> She was faking it. The whole happy and nice thing was faking it.
C'mon, this is Cozy Glow. You don't think she can fake faking
> Tirek even called her out on it in Frenemies about how she's insincere.
Oh like she'd tell
Tirek about her plans for snarking her way into his heart!
Consider this. Maybe Cozy Glow was faking taking over the world and the Mane 6 are in on it.
That explains why they trapped themselves in Tartarus (and how Tartarus was so easy to escape), and it explains why they dumped a clearly mentally disturbed filly into a cage in a dungeon and forgot about her. Because Cozy Glow was faking it, and they knew it. It's all part of a long game to reform Tirek. Cozy's an inside agent, in the greatest friendship problem ever conceived.
Or, you know, maybe DHX just suck at cartoons.