History FanFic / SubstituteHarmony

2nd Mar '17 8:57:26 PM DanaO
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* BigBad: Helios
* BiggerOnTheInside: Pinkie Pie's saddle bags [[spoiler:and the TARDIS]]

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: It's clear early on Fluttershy's counterpart is Posey. And it's also clear the G1 crew are - changed - enough they're willing to kill if they think they need to, or to avoid getting into trouble. It's not so clear that [[spoiler: Posey will now kill when she ''doesn't'' need to, and when she knows it ''will'' get her into trouble - and she also mirrors Fluttershy's ability to exploit her genuine personality to manipulate others]].
* BigBad: Helios
Helios.
* BiggerBad: Discord does not act in this story, nor did he plan any part of the plot. No character in the story is serving him and the one instant where it seems he could benefit gets immediately quashed. But it turns out he's intimately connected with every aspect of what's going on, and even ''in absentia'' none of it would have happened without him.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Pinkie Pie's saddle bags [[spoiler:and the TARDIS]]TARDIS]].



** Helios laughs like a mad pony when [[spoiler:the substitute six]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero release him]] due to the chains being quite ticklish.

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** Helios laughs like a mad pony when [[spoiler:the substitute six]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero release him]] due to the chains being quite ticklish. This ends up subverting the trope, as at the time his hysterical, malicious laughter means nobody really believes this claim... but it ultimately turns out those chains really are extraordinarily ticklish.



* HealingFactor: All alicorns, it seems.

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* HealingFactor: All alicorns, it seems. It isn't automatic: we see multiple examples of alicorns prioritizing something over healing themselves. But it also doesn't require having a functional brain to choose to invoke it.



** Earlier, Celestia's response to being attacked is so oriented towards protecting everybody else she manages to instinctively save the lives of [[spoiler: two different groups of enemies doing self-destructive things she ''didn't consciously notice'']].



* MadnessMantra: Quoth Surpise, while clobbering Mrs. Cake with a bat: "'''NO WITNESSES! NO WITNESSES!!'''"

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* MadnessMantra: Quoth Surpise, Surprise, while clobbering Mrs. Cake with a bat: "'''NO WITNESSES! NO WITNESSES!!'''"



** Also whatever the 'grounding' was that Blinkie and Inkie referred to.

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** Also whatever the 'grounding' was that Blinkie and Inkie referred to. (If it isn't a ShoutOut to Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch, referring to being buried up to your neck in the ground.)
* PragmaticVillainy: Helios at his worst. He's not entirely sane, but remains mostly rational and entirely goal-focused. His motive for villainy in the first place is that he doesn't trust that he can attain his goals by moral or ethical means. At the same time he's [[GenreSavvy very much aware]] both of the self-defeating nature of evil and of the nature of the Elements of Harmony. [[spoiler: (He ''made'' them, after all.)]] So as much ''as is practical'', he demonstrates honesty, kindness, and generosity, shows loyalty to his allies, and takes care to retain laughter and playfulness. As it turns out, enough so [[spoiler: the Elements can't touch him; he's neither evil enough nor threat enough to ponykind]].



* SealedEvilInACan: Helios [[spoiler: Though slightly different in that he wasn't exactly evil prior to being sealed; rather the being sealed itself made him evil.]]

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* SealedEvilInACan: Helios Helios. [[spoiler: Though slightly different in that he wasn't exactly evil prior to being sealed; rather the being sealed itself made him evil.]]



* TheDragon: Twilight Wish.

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* TheDragon: Twilight Wish. It's made very clear she's set above her friends, both authorized to threaten them and allowed to know when the threat is empty (because they have to both try hard and fail).
21st Jul '16 6:38:51 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Becomes DangerouslyGenreSavvy when Helios [[spoiler: who helped create the Elements of Harmony, gauges his actions to become immune to them.]]
** Pinkie Pie barely manages to avoid getting taken out by surprise by Surprise because she recognizes the blonde pegasus as her non-canon expy.



* LampshadeHanging: Per his GenreSavvy nature, Helios is fond of this. For instance when he breaks a truce and attacks Luna:

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* LampshadeHanging: Per his GenreSavvy nature, Helios is fond of this. For instance when he breaks a truce and attacks Luna:
30th Sep '14 10:50:27 AM WanderingBrowser
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* LesYay: At least part of Gilda's motivation to rescue Rainbow Dash. She takes it surprisingly well when Ditzy informs her that Dash [[IncompatibleOrientation doesn't swing that way]] and only regrets not confessing her feelings to Dash so she could hear it herself.

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* LesYay: An InUniverse example; At least part of Gilda's motivation to rescue Rainbow Dash.Dash is because of her romantic inclinations towards her. She takes it surprisingly well when Ditzy informs her that Dash [[IncompatibleOrientation doesn't swing that way]] and only regrets not confessing her feelings to Dash so she could hear it herself.
10th Nov '13 12:12:24 PM dvorak
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** Pinkie's sisters, Blinkie and Inkie, are the names of the ghosts from PacMan.
21st Jul '13 6:16:42 PM maddthesane
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** Helios laughs like a mad pony when [[spoiler:the substitute six]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero release him]] due to the chains.

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** Helios laughs like a mad pony when [[spoiler:the substitute six]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero release him]] due to the chains.chains being quite ticklish.
21st Jul '13 6:14:56 PM maddthesane
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: The reason for Helios' initial banishment; his subjects were rather harsh.



* BatterUp: Surprise's WeaponOfChoice is a baseball bat. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment In her first scene,]] [[MoralEventHorizon attacks Mrs. Cake with it, beating her unconsious while laughing the whole time.]]

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* BatterUp: Surprise's WeaponOfChoice is a baseball bat. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment In her first scene,]] [[MoralEventHorizon attacks Mrs. Cake with it, beating her unconsious while laughing the whole time. She later trades it in for a whiffle bat.]]



** Although Helios ''is'' a black stallion, so DoubleSubverted.



** {{Justified|Trope}}: [[spoiler: Prince Blueblood knew that would happen because, well, Blueblood ''is'' Helios.]]



* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: Even one character who was suppose to have already been dead.]]

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* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: Even one character who was suppose supposed to have already been dead.]]



* GigglingVillain: Helios briefly [[spoiler:after he licks the crystal that contains Pinkie's Laughter element]]

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* GigglingVillain: Helios briefly [[spoiler:after he licks the crystal that contains Pinkie's Laughter element]]element.]]
** Helios laughs like a mad pony when [[spoiler:the substitute six]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero release him]] due to the chains.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: As is typical for MLP, every villain in the story ends up becoming good after their defeat.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: As is typical for MLP, every villain in the story ends up becoming good after their defeat. Yes, even Helios.]]



* TeleFrag: [[spoiler:Helios attempts to do this to Luna]]

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* TeleFrag: [[spoiler:Helios attempts to do this to Luna]]Luna.]]


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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: The reason for Helios' initial banishment; his subjects were rather harsh.
21st Jul '13 6:00:56 PM maddthesane
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* WeHaveReserves: Subverted, Helios will risk the success of his plan if he must to protect the lives of his minions [[spoiler:like when he rushes to rescue Firefly and Surprise.]]

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* WeHaveReserves: Subverted, Helios will risk the success of his plan if he must to protect the lives of his minions [[spoiler:like when he rushes to rescue Firefly and Surprise.]]]]
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3rd Apr '13 2:42:44 PM Mooncalf
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** Pinkie Pie barely manages to avoid getting taken out by surprise by Surprise because she recognizes the blonde pegasus as her non-canon expy.
4th Mar '13 11:24:48 AM SeptimusHeap
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* [[spoiler:DeadLittleSister: Helios' reason for becoming a villain.]]
5th Sep '12 4:57:15 PM CrowTR0bot
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* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: The e[[IncrediblyLamePun pony]]mous substitutes include [[CloudCuckoolander Pinkie Pie]], her similarly crazy sisters, Blinkie and [[EmotionlessGirl Ink]][[MadBomber ie]], [[TheDitz Ditzy]], [[JerkAss Gilda]] and [[SmallNameBigEgo Trixie]].
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