As much as I love all the interesting ships for Rainbow Dash with her friends and other mares, there's just something about the idea of a nice stallion who wants to cuddle and protect her (even if she doesn't need it) and her liking it, that makes me squee. And I do like to poke a little fun at the assumption that RD just *has* to be gay because she's athletic and has a rainbow mane.
Don't get me wrong: I love Dash shipping and some of them are really great: straight or gay it just depends on how well it's written. But hay, doesn't she deserve some male attention too now and again? XD
So here's Dash surrounded by the five most eligible stallions (well, sorta) in Equestria all vying for her attention and she's loving every minute of it. Hey, every girl deserves to be pampered and swooned over at least once in their lives.
Now, I've seen 4/5 of these ships in at least one story:
Braeburn: "Misted Stage"
Fancy Pants: "Eros Dreaming"
Soarin': Too Many To Count
Big Macintosh: A few, including my own stories
As for Shining Armor, don't get me wrong I *love* Cadance but this just struck me as a cute idea, Rainbow Dash getting all smitten with her friend's big brother, the strong *ahem* dashing captain of the guard, even if it was an unrequited crush. So, yay for crackshipping! Enjoy!
Art by Chaos Komori [link]