Exactly what I am afraid of…
But at this point, I am just apathetic to change.
Fanon doesn't mean crap if people change it on a whimsy. I often wonder why we even have a fanon in the first place? What's the point if it is immediately discarded and forgotten, as if it never existed at all?
For that matter, why have we even bother creating such fanon? Given time, Hasbro "might" include some of the fandom background ponies as main characters.
(Just a notice anon: I have an unfortunate tendency to ramble a lot. As in veering off course of the topic completely. If that appears to be the case, then do prompt me on it. It will probably occur within the next two paragraphs. Upon further observation, you would be indeed correct on the assumption that this little comment has devolved into a ranting rave. If you have any question on how to deactivate "S1 Luna Mark I", please contact Forlorn Enterprises.)
(InB4 mocking anons.)
How they are portrayed however…
Well, I would be lying if I said they wouldn't gut the way the characters are perceived for PR purposes. A couple like OctaScratch would probably be broken up quietly in the event someone complains of it.
Then what is the fandom to do?
The majority rules that deviance from show canon is to be treated as if the person who went off course just shot not only Bambi's mother, but also his wife, three children, all the woodland creatures, burned down the whole forest, THEN proceed to trample over it by planting a toxin waste plant in its place.
At least, that is my experience that I have had with the fandom itself in general.
As for Season 4 itself… Considering what has been done thus far with the franchise, I am rather apprehensive of the outcome of its performance. Color me paranoid, but I simply cannot shake the feeling something bad is going to happen. As in that it will make Twilicorn look like a regular old hissy fit. And if canon is any indication…
Well, I suggest any fanfiction writers out here who have a rigid adherence to canon might as well put their fanon to sleep.
Permanently. And while you're at it, perhaps it would be wise to put any world building on hold till Season 4 gets here. It probably goes without saying that you will inevitably have to give a complete retrofit on your fanon as soon as it is ousted.
Annnnd done! Now I just have to wait for the fuel to burn.