History FanFic / TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony

1st Feb '16 10:31:01 AM Theriocephalus
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* BackFromTheDead: In Chapter 1 of Acendant Shadows, [[spoiler:Shadow herself.]] Arguably a borderline case, since heart and lung activity ceased, but it’s implied brain death was not reached.

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Midnight’s reasons for wanting to be grown up. --> Midnight: I think I would like to be an adult more than a child. Then I could do as I pleased. Like stay up all night reading, eat ice cream when I wished, or call upon great magical forces to smite my foes and make them lament the day they crossed me.

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* DramaticIrony: In a last-ditch attempt to keep Shadow from defecting to Celestia's cause, Cyclone says that if she does, the Kickers will forever be remembered as "blackguards and betrayers, lead into infamy by a madmare". In the Winningverse's present, the Kickers are remembered as the only clan that remained loyal during the Rebellion, and Shadow is one of Equestria's greatest heroes.

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* LegendaryInTheSequel: Shadow Kicker. By the time of the Wininningverse present, she even has a religion dedicated to her. * MotiveDecay: The rebels. They start out championing democracy, self-rule, and freedom from tyranny, and make sure to fight and campaign with honor. Eventually, they start to tend more towards championing Pegasus rule, and freedom from non-Pegasus tyranny, while using increasingly dubious tactics to promote their cause. [[spoiler:Ultimately, they become nothing more than a front for lunar cultists seeking to bring back Nightmare Moon.]]

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* SoulJar: Shadow’s Armor, which contains an imprint of her mind [[spoiler:and served as a much more literal example when Celestia temporarily stored Shadow’s soul in it when the latter died.]]

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Most characters act like they’re in a fairly realistic military low fantasy story with GrayAndGreyMorality. [[DownplayedTrope They’re not exactly wrong]], especially in the early part of the story, but this is still part of the BlackAndWhiteMorality high fantasy setting of My Little Pony, and discrepancies show, especially in how a lot of ponies assume that Nightmare Moon’s rebellion was just a dynastic power struggle, and Celestia killed Luna and covered it up. The Wrong Genre Savvyness start to show more as the story goes on and the Gray and Grey start to markedly lighten and darken.
26th Nov '15 9:10:46 PM Theriocephalus
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* HiveMind: The changelings have the variant where a single consciousness is distributed across the entire species, with Chrysalis serving as an {{Avatar}} of sorts, essentially being the hive mind’s self-aware consciousness. * HiveQueen: Chrysalis. Better justified than with other examples of this trope, since she isn’t a crucial node whose destruction damages the whole swarm. Rather, she’s essentially the conscious portion of the HiveMind itself, and destroying her simply means she’ll have to make herself a new body.

* {{Reconstruction}}: To an extent, Cloud Kicker is a reconstruction of the "Charlie", from TwoAndAHalfMen, character type. She's actually relatively nice, and clearly has rules she follows, and isn't exploiting people.

* {{Reconstruction}}: To an extent, Cloud Kicker is a reconstruction of the "Charlie" from TwoAndAHalfMen, character type. She's actually relatively nice, and clearly has rules she follows, and isn't exploiting people.

* {{Reconstruction}}: To an extent, Cloud Kicker is a reconstruction ResurrectiveImmortality: Chrysalis, by virtue of being the consciousness of the "Charlie" from TwoAndAHalfMen, character type. She's actually relatively nice, and clearly has rules she follows, and isn't exploiting people. changeling HiveMind, can simply spawn a new physical body for herself if her old one is destroyed. She’ll exist as long as the changeling race does.

* {{Reconstruction}}: To an extent, Cloud Kicker is a reconstruction of AdultFear: In ''The Hunted'', Kukri’s parents have to deal with the "Charlie" from TwoAndAHalfMen, character type. She's actually relatively nice, fact that there’s something that can pass any defense, is unhinged at best and clearly actively sadistic at worst, has rules she follows, very likely ties to someone who wishes their family harm, and isn't exploiting people. seems to have a marked interest in their eleven-year-old daughter.

* {{Reconstruction}}: To an extent, Cloud Kicker is a reconstruction of DarkIsEvil: In ''Freeport Venture: The Hunted'', Kukri swiftly develops this view, since [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight the "Charlie" from TwoAndAHalfMen, character type. She's actually relatively nice, and clearly has rules she follows, and isn't exploiting people. Monster]] prefers to attack in the dark.

* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The feared pirate Metal Mome was apparently rather fond enough of his mother, Granite Mome, to name his ship, the Granite Heart, after her. Insulting his mother is also one of the few ways to get him visibly pissed.

* EldritchAbomination: The demon in Freeport Venture: Auction Night is positively Lovecraftian. --> There were tentacles. There were claws. There were gaping mouths full of needle-like teeth. And none of them were arranged in anything remotely resembling natural or sane anatomy. * EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The feared pirate Metal Mome was apparently rather fond enough of his mother, Granite Mome, to name his ship, the Granite Heart, after her. Insulting his mother is also one of the few ways to get him visibly pissed.

* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The feared pirate Metal Mome was apparently rather fond enough of his mother, Granite Mome, to name his ship, the Granite Heart, after her. Insulting his mother {{Foil}}: Starlight Glimmer is also one of the few ways sorts to get him visibly pissed.Sunset. Both are very powerful unicorns, both are extremely dedicated to a goal (equality or alicornhood) and won’t shut up about it, and both have gone back on their ideals when faced with imprisonment (Starlight using her family’s wealth and connections, Sunset [[spoiler:using dark magic]]). The main difference is Sunset is more aware of her failures and much less of a hypocrite. * HealingFactor: The Monster has one. [[spoiler:It only works as long as its target is afraid of it.]]

* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The feared pirate Metal Mome was apparently {{Hypocrite}}: Starlight is one in much the same way she is in canon, since her motivation for making everypony equal is pretty obviously a way to make sure nopony’s better than her rather fond enough of his mother, Granite Mome, than actually helping ponies, as she claims. When she robbed a bank to name his ship, give the Granite Heart, after her. Insulting his mother is also one money to the poor, claiming entirely altruistic reasons, she kept three quarters of the few ways to get him visibly pissed.money for herself.

* JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recapture her. Later, when Sunset uses DarkMagic while escapeing, [[SarcasmMode she ''must'' be a warlock and thus ''obviously'' seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]
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* InsistentTerminology: Kukri is not a grub. She’s eleven-and-a-half years old. * JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recapture her. Later, when Sunset uses DarkMagic while escapeing, escaping, [[SarcasmMode she ''must'' be a warlock and thus ''obviously'' seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]

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* JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: The Monster in ''Freeport Venture: The Hunted''. Numerous species of such beings are stated to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on exist. * TomeOfEldritchLore: The Black Codex, written by a cabal of warlocks and lunar cultists during the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recapture her. Later, when Sunset uses DarkMagic while escapeing, [[SarcasmMode she ''must'' be a warlock Lunar Rebellion and thus ''obviously'' seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]containing information on every form of BlackMagic in existence.

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* JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she UnskilledButStrong: Starlight Glimmer. She has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recapture her. Later, when plenty of raw magical power, perhaps as much as Sunset uses DarkMagic while escapeing, [[SarcasmMode herself, but she ''must'' be a warlock and thus ''obviously'' seeking doesn’t have any proper training in how to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]use it effectively. Her temper problems don’t help, either.
20th Nov '15 9:37:03 PM Theriocephalus
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* DefectorFromDecadence: The Free Minds, changelings created by Chrysalis to have actual personalities rather than being extensions of the HiveMind, so as to be better infiltrators. They eventually got fed up with what was essentially slavery, rebelled, and broke away from Chrysalis' swarm.

* ExactWords: In the penultimate chapter of The Freeport Venture, Sunset accepts the Council of Thirteen’s offer to destroy Metal Mome’s golems and all existing notes on how they were made. [[spoiler:She never said anything about the very detailed memories she gained from Mome’s mind, though.]]
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* ExactWords: In the penultimate chapter of The ''The Freeport Venture, Venture'', Sunset accepts the Council of Thirteen’s offer to destroy Metal Mome’s golems and all existing notes on how they were made. [[spoiler:She never said anything about the very detailed memories she gained from Mome’s mind, though.]]

* JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recaptuer her and when she uses Dark Magic, as if she escapes, [[SarcasmMode she MUST be a warlock and thus OBVIOUSLY seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]
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* JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recaptuer her and on/recapture her. Later, when she Sunset uses Dark Magic, as if she escapes, DarkMagic while escapeing, [[SarcasmMode she MUST ''must'' be a warlock and thus OBVIOUSLY ''obviously'' seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]

* TheNicknamer: The independent Changelings/Free Minds are a bit odd about names, and prefer to use titles or nicknames on most occasions. They refer to themselves as “this one”, other Free Minds are some variation of “the other one”, Chrysalis is “the Old Mind”, ponies are nicknamed with constructs of their name and gender (such as “the Shimmer-mare” or “the Heartstrings-mare”), and Celestia is “the White Pony”.
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* TheNicknamer: The independent Changelings/Free changelings/Free Minds are a bit odd about names, and prefer to use titles or nicknames on most occasions. They refer to themselves as “this one”, other Free Minds are some variation of “the other one”, Chrysalis is “the Old Mind”, ponies are nicknamed with constructs of their name and gender (such as “the Shimmer-mare” or “the Heartstrings-mare”), and Celestia is “the White Pony”.
20th Nov '15 9:30:21 PM Theriocephalus
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* TheNicknamer: The [[striketext:independent Changelings]] Free Minds are a bit odd about names, and prefer to use titles or nicknames on most occasions. They refer to themselves as “this one”, other Free Minds are some variation of “the other one”, Chrysalis is “the Old Mind”, ponies are nicknamed with constructs of their name and gender (such as “the Shimmer-mare” or “the Heartstrings-mare”), and Celestia is “the White Pony”.
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* TheNicknamer: The [[striketext:independent Changelings]] Free independent Changelings/Free Minds are a bit odd about names, and prefer to use titles or nicknames on most occasions. They refer to themselves as “this one”, other Free Minds are some variation of “the other one”, Chrysalis is “the Old Mind”, ponies are nicknamed with constructs of their name and gender (such as “the Shimmer-mare” or “the Heartstrings-mare”), and Celestia is “the White Pony”.
20th Nov '15 9:28:22 PM Theriocephalus
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* ExactWords: In the penultimate chapter of The Freeport Venture, Sunset accepts the Council of Thirteen’s offer to destroy Metal Mome’s golems and all existing notes on how they were made. [[spoiler:she never said anything about the very detailed memories she gained from Mome’s mind, though.]]
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* ExactWords: In the penultimate chapter of The Freeport Venture, Sunset accepts the Council of Thirteen’s offer to destroy Metal Mome’s golems and all existing notes on how they were made. [[spoiler:she [[spoiler:She never said anything about the very detailed memories she gained from Mome’s mind, though.]]
20th Nov '15 9:27:17 PM Theriocephalus
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* HappilyAdopted: In this continuity, Sparkler is Cloud and Alula’s adoptive sister, after being adopted by Tornado Kicker and Nimbus Gust after [[spoiler:Nimbus rescued her after her foster father broke her leg.]]

* HappilyAdopted: In this continuity, Sparkler is Cloud and Alula’s adoptive sister, after being adopted by Tornado Kicker and Nimbus Gust after [[spoiler:Nimbus rescued her after her foster father broke her leg.]]
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* HappilyAdopted: In this continuity, Sparkler is Cloud and Alula’s adoptive sister, after being adopted by Tornado Kicker and Nimbus Gust after [[spoiler:Nimbus rescued her after her foster father broke her leg.]]
20th Nov '15 9:26:42 PM Theriocephalus
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* JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recaptuer her and when she uses Dark Magic, as if she escapes, [[SarcasmMode she MUST be a warlock and thus OBVIOUSLY seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]

* ProperlyParanoid: When Strumming approaches Sunset Shimmer humbly, apologizes for her earlier antagonism, offers her food, and [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness doesn't try to steal any for herself]], Sunset promptly assumes the meal has been poisoned. [[spoiler: She's right, but Strumming does want to reconcile, and is JustFollowingOrders, however reluctantly.]]

* ProperlyParanoid: When Strumming approaches Sunset Shimmer humbly, apologizes for her earlier antagonism, offers her food, and [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness doesn't try to steal any for herself]], Sunset promptly assumes BloodMagic: Practiced by the meal has been poisoned. [[spoiler: She's right, but Strumming does want lunar cultists. Among other things, they can use [[HumanSacrifice pony sacrifices]] to reconcile, and is JustFollowingOrders, however reluctantly.[[spoiler:turn a normal pony into Nightmare Moon’s Avatar.]]

* WhamLine: In The Manehattan Crisis I chapter:
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* WhamLine: WhamLine: ** In The Manehattan Crisis I chapter:

* WhamLine: In The Manehattan Crisis I chapter:** At the end of the prologue of Ascending Shadows: --> [[spoiler:Bright Charger/The Avatar: “How can it be that Shadow Kicker lives?!”]]

* WhamLine: In The Manehattan Crisis I chapter:AnArmAndALeg: Rainbow Dash lost one of her hind legs defending a town from a dragon attack during her stint in the Long Patrol.

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* HappilyAdopted: In this continuity, Sparkler is Cloud and Alula’s adoptive sister, after being adopted by Tornado Kicker and Nimbus Gust after [[spoiler:Nimbus rescued her after her foster father broke her leg.]]

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[[folder:Sunset Shimmer stories]] * BlackMagic: Mind control and [[TheNecromancer necromacy]] are specifically stated to be illegal black magic. Unlike other cases, black magic here is not stated to be [[TheDarkSide inherently corruptive or addictive]]--rather, it’s more of a case of SlowlySlippingIntoEvil, since dark magic provides such quick, easy, and (at first) cost-free options, it becomes too tempting to indulge in to resist. * DidntThinkThisThrough: Sunset Shimmer starts out with the tendency to jump into things without properly thinking her plans through. For instance, she didn’t really put a lot of thought into what she was going to do after leaving Celestia beyond “head as far away from Equestria as possible”, something she only realizes when she arrives at [[WretchedHive Freeport]] with little money, no contacts and no means to make either. * EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The feared pirate Metal Mome was apparently rather fond enough of his mother, Granite Mome, to name his ship, the Granite Heart, after her. Insulting his mother is also one of the few ways to get him visibly pissed. * DramaticIrony: The Equestrian Intelligence Service intends to keep tabs on Sunset on the off-chance she might go off the deep end and, say, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls return to Equestria as a false alicorn at the head of an army of brainwashed minions]] or something like that. --> Sunset Shimmer: “Yeah, there’s no way that would ever happen.” * ExactWords: In the penultimate chapter of The Freeport Venture, Sunset accepts the Council of Thirteen’s offer to destroy Metal Mome’s golems and all existing notes on how they were made. [[spoiler:she never said anything about the very detailed memories she gained from Mome’s mind, though.]] * HeWhoFightsMonsters: It’s mentioned that warlock hunters are the likeliest demographic for becoming warlocks themselves. * InSeriesNickname: Strumming likes to call Sunset “bacon-mane”. * JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recaptuer her and when she uses Dark Magic, as if she escapes, [[SarcasmMode she MUST be a warlock and thus OBVIOUSLY seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]] * MageTower: Sunset ends up building one made of obsidian to live in in Freeport, partly because it’s traditional, partly because it means she has to buy less land. * MindRape: Most forms of mental magic edge at least somewhat into this. For a specific example, in The Freeport Venture there’s [[spoiler:Sunset destroying Metal Mome’s mind and reducing him to a permanent vegetable state.]] * TheNicknamer: The [[striketext:independent Changelings]] Free Minds are a bit odd about names, and prefer to use titles or nicknames on most occasions. They refer to themselves as “this one”, other Free Minds are some variation of “the other one”, Chrysalis is “the Old Mind”, ponies are nicknamed with constructs of their name and gender (such as “the Shimmer-mare” or “the Heartstrings-mare”), and Celestia is “the White Pony”. * ProperlyParanoid: When Strumming approaches Sunset Shimmer humbly, apologizes for her earlier antagonism, offers her food, and [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness doesn't try to steal any for herself]], Sunset promptly assumes the meal has been poisoned. [[spoiler: She's right, but Strumming does want to reconcile, and is JustFollowingOrders, however reluctantly.]] * SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: BlackMagic works this way, rather than being [[TheDarkSide actively addictive]]: at first, a pony might use dark magic to escape an otherwise hopeless situation, then maybe use it in another dangerous or desperate moment, eventually using it more readily and more often, without necessarily realizing what’s happening. Eventually, it starts becoming their preferred recourse to issues, and by then there’s no turning back. [[/folder]]
20th Nov '15 9:06:24 AM Theriocephalus
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* ThePlotReaper: While not TECHNICALLY an example...this DOES solve the Cloud Kicker/Blossomforth/Derpy love triangle.
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* ThePlotReaper: While not TECHNICALLY ''technically'' an example...example, this DOES ''does'' solve the Cloud Kicker/Blossomforth/Derpy love triangle.
17th Nov '15 10:57:38 PM Theriocephalus
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Side-stories and recursive fanfiction for this fic have been written by numerous authors, and these are collectively referred to as "the Winningverse". They range from the comic tale of Pinkie Pie's attempts to make a romantically dense Rainbow Dash realize her affections, to the more serious story of Derpy Hooves running off to Ponyville after being kicked out from her family for an unplanned pregnancy.
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Side-stories and recursive fanfiction for this fic have been written by numerous authors, and these are collectively referred to as "the Winningverse". They range from the comic tale of Pinkie Pie's attempts to make a romantically dense Rainbow Dash realize her affections, to the more serious story of Derpy Hooves running off to Ponyville after being kicked out from her family for an unplanned pregnancy. pregnancy. There is also a series of stories (beginning [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/209825/a-moment-in-the-sun here]]) focusing on Sunset Shimmer during and after her stint as Celestia's student, centering mostly on her adventures in [[WretchedHive Freeport]], and which are related to the main Winningverse mostly by a shared setting and backstory, although the narratives are quite separate.
14th Nov '15 4:28:19 PM Theriocephalus
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: A good deal of the Winningverse stories are titled as some variant of "The [adverb] [adjective] [noun] of a [two-word character descriptor]"
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: A good deal of the Winningverse stories are titled as some variant of "The [adverb] [adjective] [noun] of a [two-word character descriptor]"[character name/descriptor]"
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