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Life cycle of Star Swirl the Bearded by CelestiaTheGreatest Life cycle of Star Swirl the Bearded by CelestiaTheGreatest
Colored my old tumblr sketch

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something about he tried to find the ultimate harmony spell and became the spirit of chaos himself
‘cause there’s no harmony without chaos
balance, you know. now he gonna keep it
poor guy xD

MLP:FiM (c) :iconfyre-flye::iconhasbroplz:
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TS46386 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyone notice that StarSwirl has Twilight's Cutiemark?
WingzemonX Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
O.O wow... incredible theory! Writers should make this real!
mplfan99 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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ZomZomtehSpringtrap Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Has anyone yet noticed the Alicorn Amulet on one of Starswirl's.. er.. wrist, right before the last stage? 
Salsal251799 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
julian0123 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Cool and funny picture XD
AprilSilverWolf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's an interesting theory actually!
sweetheartxdiscord Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
makes so much sense and i love this idea :D :heart:
Sweetfly Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
he would make a very cute pony :3
NGPegasus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
New headcanon!
AlicornStormySkies Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
And now he has befriended them!  A wonderful story ^*^
xxTrailBlazer Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, I'm actually starting to love this idea! xD
Stone2Gold Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Nuh-uh! Wah! 
DeltaKey911 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my word..... this makes so much seance!!!
Soirema-pl Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this makes so much sense, that I consider it as a spoiler XD really, was it said somewhere, or its your idea...? Its brilliant 
hahahahahhaha lol
hmm intresting...
-Starswirl told about the tree of harmony....
-Twilight "...I don't know even where you life..."
twisted mind here, but Discord/Starswirl tree there is something.....
-Fluttershy "...find a pet..."  " friend..."   "...treehouse"
-Starswirl timetravel spells (journal of the 2 sisters book)
-Castle Mane-ia shadow pony clifhanger..can it be Starswirl:?or ....Discord:?
nvm...too much cider :P
NekoNeko1331 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KorakDuHart Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't want to disappoint you but, the show demonstrated that this is by no means possible, Starswirl the Bearded & Discord are two completely different beings :(
NekoNeko1331 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's okay
Thanks for letting me know XD
AgentAmyArtworks Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I'd love to believe this is what happened :D
Dr-Morgan47 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist
id be really ok with this :) 
Ashoof Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
this is great! love this fan theory!
ChaoticLord44 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Forgot to mention:

Stage 6: ???

Stage 7: Profit
Brackets002 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Writer
you gave him twilight's cutie mark
i think i love you  
bronybyexception Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
That makes way too much sense
Dragonlover553 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
A mortal can't become a being like that without some higher intervention. They just can't. And since all evidence points to Discord being at least an simple immortal(there are three levels of immortality:simple, advanced, and absolute) there's clearly someone else behind the transformation. At least the immortal-conjurer-of-that-level-with-mass-reality-warping-powers part. The chimeric part, well that's probably his own fault.
BookLoverTwilight Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Explain the 3 levels of immortality, please? I looked through my library, there are no books there on the subject. Luckily, I believe you know what you are talking about.
Dragonlover553 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Level one: simple immortality, AKA biological immortality. You can't die of old age, and occasionally disease. However, a bullet to the head or any other normally fatal wound would kill you. Level two: advanced immortal. You cannot die of old age, normal disease, and most weaponry. You may only die under specific circumstances. Vampires(if they weren't undead), can only die from a stake the the heart, sunlight, fire, or beheading. If they weren't already undead, they would be a prime example. Or Leshi from the TV show Supernatural, who could only die if beheaded with an iron axe. Or a shade from the Inheritance Cycle, who can only die if stabbed in the heart. The Eternals from Fablehaven. Sometimes this means only certain things can hurt you, sometimes it means you'll survive, but you'll still get hurt just as easily. Level three: absolute. You cannot die. Period. You are incapable of it. Nothing can kill you, nothing. If you were incinerated, you'd survive. Beheaded, you'd live. Even if you're atomized, you'll survive. Death in Supernatural, those Shadowrider guys who survived separation from the Dragon's Call books, ext, ext.
xX-LittleWaitress-Xx Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my favourite stage is the second and the last
catgirl846 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That's pretty good.
Fleetway-Sonic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Ehh..... no....
GJTProductions Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Going to throw this out here for everyone to consider:…

More specifically, the following apparent deleted lines for Discord:

1. "Being a pony again wasn't exactly what I had in mind, I would hardly call this a better alternative than being turned to stone."
Probably meant for "Keep Calm and Flutter On". Note that he says "again", which implies he HAD been one before.

2. "On the contrary, I used to be quite stolid, then I got the beard."
This line would make NO sense if we assume Discord is an "eternal spirit of chaos". The line makes sense with this theory.

3. "Personally I think it's flattering that you like to dress like me."
We've never seen anypony (on screen, anyway) dress up like Discord, so it's obviously not meant to be taken literally. Who and what would he talking about then?

4. "For goodness sake, it's OMNI-omorphic, not AMNI-omorphic! Forgive me if I expected somepony who lives in a library to know the difference between A and O."
This answers the question about the previous line. Both lines would be Discord talking to a costumed Twilight in an early version of "Luna Eclipsed", which would equate Star Swirl and Discord.

5."Is that frog... an... orange? OHH! HOHOHO! And here I was under the impression that you didn't like a little creative chaos!" "I couldn't decide so I just chose a bit of everything, and wasn't it just beautiful? *sigh* Oh don't give me that look, like you've never gotten carried away with a little magic miss Twilight Sparkle."
Both of these lines reference Twilight's occasional accidents involving magic, which naturally leads to the kind of chaos Discord loves. There's also the "chose a bit of everything" in the second line, which could be a reference to Discord being a whole bunch of parts of creatures put together.

The end of season 3 provides a few clues: neither Star Swirl (according to Celestia) nor Discord (until "Keep Calm and Flutter On") knew what friendship was, and we also know that Star Swirl's research was interrupted. Because of the incomplete spell, something could have gone VERY wrong and turned Star Swirl into the being we now call Discord.

I'm going to argue that this theory was partly set up in Season 3, but will be canonized with a reveal at the end of this season. Something to do with that mysterious lockbox, I figure. :)
don1138 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
2. "On the contrary, I used to be quite stolid, then I got the beard."

May have been pointed out already, but in the ST:TNG episode Deja Q, Commander Ryker rejects some babes Q conjured for him, saying, "I don't need your fantasy women," to which De Lancie says something like, "So stolid! You weren't like that before the beard."

I would imagine it's intended as a callback to that exchange.
redxbacon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
yes my thoughts has come true
aallen1350 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This seems totally legit... Thumbs Up 
dinodino1212 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

This is so insanely awesome, and makes perfect sense! I love his gradual evolution from fascinated colt to insane draconequus, how he slowly begins to look crazy.

It would be so cool if this is how Discord was created...

spyrofan923 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
If this is true, then this is going to blow a bunch of minds. It certainty blew mine. This is legit! :thumbsup:
kantayeni Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013

That would make actually sense!
Luted Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just did a huge spit take at the end. My desk is dripping with tea.
Nipona-Marie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Greenpolarbear47 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gonna be honest, I love this idea!
ArcanePhotographer Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Some times a desire for greatness can lead any one into madness.
XYZExtreme13 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I'm gonna do a journal about this
ZDForrest Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh, snap! 
Fantasygerard2000 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Artist
omg, is this true?
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
...this actually makes total sense about a guy who makes nothing of the sort.
Fellmoon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Dang it I accidentally posted, what I was saying was Discord is deceiving and he has lied but at that moment he would have had no reason to lie though... perhaps exaggerate.

Discord is from before Starswirl's time.
HaloPrime Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Time travel is canon, so I'd imagine that Discord, especially in his almost god-like state, could travel back in time and start his chaotic reign for a while, before Celestia and Luna step in and defeat him.
Fellmoon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I disagree for a very simple if boring reason... discord clearly stated in the Return of Harmony "Oh this is the most fun I've had in eons". Now yes discord is deceiving and Kim very well in does lie
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