History FanFic / TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony

15th Aug '17 10:23:26 AM Theriocephalus
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* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Chapter 6 has Cloud Kicker pull Blossom's crush on her out into the open during a fight that seems to have torn their friendship to pieces]].

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[[spoiler:Chapter 6 has Cloud Kicker pull Blossom's crush on her out into the open during a fight that seems to have torn their friendship to pieces]].



** At the end of Chapter 15: [[spoiler:Cloud Kicker's mother has apparently betrayed Equestria, and she intends to kill her.]]

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** At the end of Chapter 15: 15, [[spoiler:Cloud Kicker's mother has apparently betrayed Equestria, and she Cloud intends to kill her.]]her]].



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The fey, naturally enough, operate on this sort of mentality. Their attitude towards contracts is a good example of this: to them, honoring a contract (regardless of its terms and effects, or of whether the other party even knew a contract was being made) supersedes all other considerations, and they're are genuinely confused at the idea that ponies might disagree with this. [[spoiler:For instance, Musette made a contract with Vinyl Scratch after Vinyl idly said she'd "die" to be as good a singer as a famous performer, with Musette interpreting the contract to mean that she'd make Vinyl that good at the cost of her life -- it's not ''her'' fault Vinyl didn't choose good terms! Of note is that Musette has come to genuinely like Vinyl and truly doesn't want to kill her -- but she made a deal, and she simply can't conceive of not honoring their agreement.]]



* CannotTellALie: Fey cannot deliberately say anything they know to be untrue or go back on their word. However, they can still lie by omission, avoid answering, or give answers that are technically true but imply or suggest a conclusion that isn't, and likewise they can get very creative in how they interpret their contracts' wording.
* ColdIron: Contact with cold iron causes immense physical pain to fey creatures, and as a result the metal is often used as a way to determine if somepony is a fey in disguise. Cold iron also disrupts and impedes unicorn magic, something that has led to a lot of speculation in-universe about unicorns' exact relationship with the fey.
* CreativeSterility: Despite their association with art and artists, and their need to feed off of the psychic energies associated with artistic creation, muses lack the creative spark required to create true art. As such, they cannot create original works themselves: the most they can do is imitate what's already there.



* TheFairFolk: The rusalka in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/127803/1/the-incredibly-thrilling-investigation-of-storm-kicker/the-adventures-of-skunk-mane-and-stalker-mare “The Incredibly Thrilling Investigation of Storm Kicker”.]] It looks like an earth pony, but just slightly... [[UncannyValley wrong]], and it’s described as a trickster spirit that uses what appears to be a form of vocal glamour/mind control to turn ponies into thralls, which it’s perfectly happy to kill if they, say, [[FelonyMisdemeanor miss a dance step]], [[ForTheEvulz or if it gets bored]]. It apparently considers this a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality justifiable way to alleviate its loneliness.]]

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* TheFairFolk: The fey, a group of pony-shaped magical creatures known for their love of contracts (and... [[LiteralGenie interesting]] and [[JackassGenie creative]] ways of interpreting them), their [[BlueAndOrangeMorality unique takes on morality]], their [[CannotTellALie inability to lie]] and their aversion to ColdIron.
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rusalka in [[http://www."[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/127803/1/the-incredibly-thrilling-investigation-of-storm-kicker/the-adventures-of-skunk-mane-and-stalker-mare “The The Incredibly Thrilling Investigation of Storm Kicker”.]] Kicker]]". It looks like an earth pony, but just slightly... [[UncannyValley wrong]], and it’s it's described as a trickster spirit that uses what appears to be a form of vocal glamour/mind control to turn ponies into thralls, which it’s thralls and force them to dance with it, and it's perfectly happy to kill them if they, say, [[FelonyMisdemeanor miss a dance step]], [[ForTheEvulz or if it gets bored]]. It apparently considers this a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality justifiable way to alleviate its loneliness.]]loneliness]].
** Muses are fey that feed off of the psychic energy associated with artistic creation. As such, they often associate with artists, inspiring them to create more and greater works in exchange for, essentially, sustenance, [[CreativeSterility although they lack the ability to create truly original works in their own right]].
** There is speculation, in-universe, that unicorns share a closer relationship with they fey than other pony tribes do, due to the fact that cold iron, which hurts and repels fey creatures, also disrupts and impedes unicorn magic. Theories presented in-universe include unicorns being descended from pony/fey hybrids, or from ponies who managed to steal the fey's magic.



* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: A good deal of the Winningverse stories are titled as some variant of "The [adverb] [adjective] [noun] of a [character name/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 [character name/descriptor]"name/descriptor]".



* LikeParentLikeSpouse: Rainbow Dash's mother Surprise and her fillyfriend Pinkie Pie are... remarkably similar. She doesn't seem to notice.
** And when she does, she freaks out at [[OedipusComplex the idea of]] [[ParentalIncest dating her mom]] until Twilight and Pinkie calm her down.
* MindControlMusic: The rusalka’s song in “The Incredibly Thrilling Investigation of Storm Kicker”, which hypnotizes ponies and turns them into thralls under the rusalka’s control.

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* JackassGenie: When they’re not being {{Literal Genie}}s, fey tend to interpret wishes and contracts in the most convoluted, abstruse ways they possibly can, making full use of every loophole they can find. Which tack they'll go for generally depends on what would bring them the greatest advantage and/or amusment.
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: Rainbow Dash's mother Surprise and her fillyfriend Pinkie Pie are... remarkably similar. She doesn't seem It takes her a good while to notice.
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notice, and when she does, does she freaks out at [[OedipusComplex the idea of]] [[ParentalIncest dating her mom]] until Twilight and Pinkie calm her down.
* LiteralGenie: Fey tend to be very literal about enforcing contracts and agreements with mortal ponies. For instance, one of Octavia's teachers once idly mentioned to a muse that he'd trade his right hoof to be as good as the in-universe historical cellist Animando Assai.
-->'''Octavia:''' Suffice to say that my teacher is the best three-hooved cellist I have ever heard.
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MindControlMusic: The rusalka’s rusalka's song in “The "The Incredibly Thrilling Investigation of Storm Kicker”, Kicker", which hypnotizes ponies and turns them into thralls under the rusalka’s control.



* ShoutOut: In ''The Incredibly Blitzed Night of Rainbow Dash", Rainbow claims she's [[Disney/{{Mulan}} swift as a coursing river, got all the force of a great typhoon, and all the strength of a raging fire]].
** Later in the same story, when Applejack gets mad at Big Mac, she calls him (among other things, see CurseOfTheAncients above) [[Franchise/StarWars “scruffy-lookin’” and “nerf-herdin’”]].
* TorturedMonster: The rusalka in “The Incredibly Thrilling Investigation of Storm Kicker”, which uses MindControl to enslave ponies in order to alleviate its crushing loneliness. {{Deconstructed}}, as it’s stated that even though a TorturedMonster is tortured, it’s still a monster. It doesn’t matter why the rusalka is enslaving and killing ponies, only that it is.

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* ShoutOut: SacredHospitality: Hospitality and guest and host rights/obligations are one of the various things fey find extremely important. For instance, while guests in someone else's home, they must abide by their host's rules.
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In ''The Incredibly Blitzed Night of Rainbow Dash", Rainbow claims she's [[Disney/{{Mulan}} swift as a coursing river, got all the force of a great typhoon, and all the strength of a raging fire]].
** Later in the same story, when Applejack gets mad at Big Mac, she calls him (among other things, see CurseOfTheAncients above) [[Franchise/StarWars “scruffy-lookin’” scruffy-lookin' and “nerf-herdin’”]].
nerf-herdin']].
* TorturedMonster: The rusalka in “The "The Incredibly Thrilling Investigation of Storm Kicker”, Kicker", which uses MindControl to enslave ponies in order to alleviate its crushing loneliness. {{Deconstructed}}, as it’s it's stated that even though a TorturedMonster is tortured, it’s it's still a monster. It doesn’t doesn't matter why the rusalka is enslaving and killing ponies, only that it is.is, in fact, enslaving and killing ponies.
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* FamousAncestor: Cloud Kicker, like all members of her clan, can eventually trace her (admittedly indirect) descent to Shadow Kicker, one of Equestria’s most celebrated heroes and a champion of Celestia’s during the Lunar Rebellion.

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Cloud Kicker, like all members of her clan, can eventually trace her (admittedly indirect) descent to Shadow Kicker, one of Equestria’s most celebrated heroes and a champion of Celestia’s during the Lunar Rebellion.Rebellion.
** Twilight and her family are direct descendants of Sunbeam Sparkle, Celestia's vizier and the Archmagus of Canterlot during the Rebellion, and another prominent figure in the war, though her [[spoiler:adoptive]] daughter Midnight Sparkle. [[spoiler:Sunset Shimmer can also trace her ancestry to Sunbeam, by means of Sunbeam’s bastard son Daylight Shimmer.]]



* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Cloud Kicker and Blossomforth.
** Said word-for-word by Nurse Redheart.

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* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Cloud Kicker and Blossomforth.
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Blossomforth. Said word-for-word by Nurse Redheart.



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Cloud Kicker unleashes one in Chapter 5.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: NoHoldsBarredBeatdown:
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Cloud Kicker unleashes one in Chapter 5.



* WillTheyOrWontThey: Cloud Kicker and Blossomforth. [[spoiler: They do, and Fluttershy joins in.]]
** Applejack and Rarity, too. [[spoiler: They did. ... Eventually.]]

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Cloud Kicker and Blossomforth. [[spoiler: They do, and Fluttershy joins in.]]
** Applejack and Rarity, too. [[spoiler: They did. ... Eventually.did... eventually.]]



* ForWantOfANail: ''Incredibly Loyal Heart'' [[note]]Move this to that folder when it is created.[[/note]] explores the question of [[WhatIf how things would have gone]] if Cloud had been the Element Of Loyalty instead of Rainbow Dash.
** And its [[BittersweetEnding alternate ending]] shows what would have happened if the Elements Of Harmony had '''''FAILED''''' against Nightmare Moon in the pilot of [=FiM=].

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* ForWantOfANail: ''Incredibly Loyal Heart'' [[note]]Move this to that folder when it is created.[[/note]] explores the question of [[WhatIf how things would have gone]] if Cloud had been the Element Of Loyalty instead of Rainbow Dash.
** And its
Dash. Its [[BittersweetEnding alternate ending]] shows what would have happened if the Elements Of Harmony had '''''FAILED''''' against Nightmare Moon in the pilot of [=FiM=].



* BloodMagic: Practiced by the lunar cultists. Among other things, they can use [[HumanSacrifice pony sacrifices]] to [[spoiler:turn a normal pony into Nightmare Moon’s Avatar.]]

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* BloodMagic: Practiced by the lunar cultists. Among other things, they can use [[HumanSacrifice pony sacrifices]] to [[spoiler:turn a normal pony into Nightmare Moon’s Avatar.]]Moon's Avatar]].
* BodyHorror: The Avatar of Nightmare Moon by the end of the battle within Canterlot. [[spoiler:Half of her body was reduced to a charred ruin -- so much of her side had been simply burned away that her organs were fully visible, still trying to keep her alive despite their own wasted state -- her face was a mass of charred flesh and shattered bone and what flesh she still possessed was visibly and rapidly rotting.]]


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* CruelMercy: This is why Sunbeam opposed [[spoiler:Dusk Charger]] being executed at the end of the war. [[spoiler:Letting him live while seeing the clans of Pegasopolis -- clans around whose membership he had built his whole identity and which had been a central part of Pegasopolian culture since before Luna and Celestia were born -- dismantled and broken up by wartime reforms, with the knowledge that it was his actions that led to this, was in her mind a far worse fate than any physical torture she could devise. Dusk himself agreed.]]


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* DoubleAgent: Towards the climax of Ascendant Shadows, [[spoiler:Dusk Charger seems to defect to the Solar cause, although it’s all a ruse to infiltrate Canterlot and kidnap Midnight Sparkle. He later defects for real when he realizes exactly what the Avatar plans to do with Midnight.]]


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* GiantFlyer: Rocs, birds that resemble an eagle twenty times larger than normal and fully capable of carrying off a grown pony in their talons.


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* HasTwoDaddies: Shadow is the adoptive daughter of two stallions, Tornado Kicker and Clay Striker.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Dusk Charger. By the end of the story, he has joined the rebellion against Celestia, [[spoiler:then defected to the Solars, then been revealed to be a rebel mole, then defected to the Solars for real out of disgust for the things the Avatar was doing]].


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* TheMole:
** In Rising Shadows, [[spoiler:the first major rebel victory is revealed to have been due to warlocks among the Solar forces allying with the rebels and feeding them info on Solar troop movements]].
** In Ascendant Shadows, [[spoiler:the Unicornian noble Pure Line is revealed to have sworn allegiance to the Avatar in secret in order to allow rebel forces a way into Canterlot]].


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* PraetorianGuard: The ''hetairoi'', a unit of elite pegasus warriors chosen to serve as the bodyguard of the Commander of Pegasopolis, as well as serving combat roles in situations too important or specialized for the common troops.
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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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* 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, as established well before this story was posted, the Kickers are remembered as the only clan that remained loyal during the Rebellion, and Shadow is one of Equestria's greatest heroes.



* FootnoteFever: The Lunar Rebellion is presented as the most recent edition of Shadow Kicker’s in-universe memoirs as edited by Cloud Kicker, and is liberally interspersed with Cloud’s running commentary as she alternatively provides useful exposition or her own opinions of the various goings-on.

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* FootnoteFever: The ''The Lunar Rebellion Rebellion'' is presented as the most recent edition of Shadow Kicker’s in-universe memoirs as edited by Cloud Kicker, and is liberally interspersed with Cloud’s running commentary as she alternatively provides useful exposition or her own opinions of the various goings-on.



** In general, one of the main points of the rebels’ cause is championing mortal self-rule against bowing to immortal absolute rulers... and then they name Nightmare Moon their Commander, ally with her cultists and fight their entire rebellion under the flag. This is less the case at the beginning, when the flag is just a convenient symbol and no one expects Nightmare Moon to actually return or even still be alive, but it fully crosses into this trope when [[spoiler:the rebels openly ally themselves with Lunar cultists and Bright Charger becomes the Avatar of Nightmare Moon]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: In the second Manehattan Crisis chapter, this is Swift Blade’s rationale for [[spoiler:burning the Earth Pony governing body alive and replacing it with a puppet government.]]

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** In general, one of the main points of the rebels’ rebels' cause is championing mortal self-rule against ponies should rule themselves instead of bowing to immortal absolute rulers... and then they name Nightmare Moon their Commander, ally with her cultists and fight their entire rebellion under the her flag. This is less the case at the beginning, when the flag is just a convenient symbol and no one expects Nightmare Moon to actually return or even still be alive, but it fully crosses into this trope when [[spoiler:the rebels openly ally themselves with Lunar cultists and Bright Charger becomes the Avatar of Nightmare Moon]].
Moon and leader of the rebel armies]]. This is something recognized and remarked upon even by some characters on the rebel side.
-->'''Dusk Charger''': We no longer fight for our traditional freedoms. Instead 'tis a question of which queen we shall bow to when the war is done.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: In the second Manehattan Crisis chapter, this is Swift Blade’s rationale for [[spoiler:burning the Earth Pony governing body alive and replacing it with a puppet government.]]government]].


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* TheUnSmile: Midnight, as part of her general awkwardness with typical social interactions, is noted to have a very unsettling smile, often showing far too many teeth and not reaching her eyes.
-->Then she smiled. 'Tis a queer thing to see something so genuine and natural twisted, and e'en moreso when 'tis unintentional. Her lips curled upwards to bare her teeth, yet her eyes were untouched by the motion, her pupils shrinking until they were mere pinpricks in a sea of white. She held her gaze far too long for comfort, her uneven blinking sparse and veins readily apparent within her eyes the longer she failed to do so.\\
Mine entire body twitched back from her in an instinctive reaction to the horror before mine eyes, but years of discipline held me firmly in place, and a polite smile on my face.


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** In the epilogue of Rising Shadows:
--->[[spoiler:"Yes," the alicorn Bright Charger answered me with, a cold smile upon her face. "But so much more as well. I am Equestria's salvation from the evils of the Sun Tyrant. I am freedom. I am a goddess's will made flesh. I am Luna reborn, her avatar on this world!"]]
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* FamousAncestor: Cloud Kicker, like all members of her clan, can eventually trace her (admittedly indirect) descent to Shadow Kicker, one of Equestria’s most celebrated heroes and a champion of Celestia’s during the Lunar Rebellion.



* ExactWords: Early in the Gathering Shadows, [[spoiler:Shadow Kicker promised a Griffon Archduke that she wouldn't castrate or flay him if he revealed where the remaining pony captives were, not that she wouldn't have him hung if she found out he'd killed said pony captives and eaten from their corpes.]]

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* DroitDuSeigneur: ''Jus primae noctis'', the right for nobles to take the virginity of any of their subjects, is mentioned, although it’s noted that there’s no proof that it was ever a real thing beyond anti-nobility propaganda and exaggerated rumors of real events.
* ExactWords: Early in the Gathering Shadows, [[spoiler:Shadow Kicker promised a Griffon Archduke that she wouldn't castrate or flay him if he revealed where the remaining pony captives were, not that she wouldn't have him hung if she found out he'd killed said pony captives and eaten from their corpes.]]corpes]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: More a case of Amorality Cannot Comprehend Morality, but it is noted that the ruthlessly pragmatic, amoral and self-interest-driven Sunbeam finds it far easier to deal with and predict actions driven by greed, self-interest and ambition (as that is largely how she operates herself). However, she has trouble understanding (and thus predicting) people who act based on genuine moral standards, usually considering them to be simply self-righteous fools.
--> '''Grandmaster Crossguard''': [S]he finds her morally driven allies to be unpredictable--she can understand greed or lust for power easily enough, and e’en loyalty, but simple altruism and decency elude her.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Swift Blade calls Celestia a tyrant who is only concerned with the well-being of one tribe (the unicorns) over the rest of Equestria and denounces Sunbeam as a monster for performing atrocities in the name of grim necessity. [[spoiler:He later performs atrocities as bad as, if not worse than, Sunbeam’s on much shakier grounds, and openly promotes Pegasopolian interests and welfare over those of the unicorns and earth ponies.]]

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* {{Hypocrite}}: {{Hypocrite}}:
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Swift Blade calls Celestia a tyrant who is only concerned with the well-being of one tribe (the unicorns) over the rest of Equestria and denounces Sunbeam as a monster for performing atrocities in the name of grim necessity. [[spoiler:He later performs atrocities as bad as, if not worse than, Sunbeam’s on much shakier grounds, and openly promotes Pegasopolian interests and welfare over those of the unicorns and earth ponies.]]]]
** In general, one of the main points of the rebels’ cause is championing mortal self-rule against bowing to immortal absolute rulers... and then they name Nightmare Moon their Commander, ally with her cultists and fight their entire rebellion under the flag. This is less the case at the beginning, when the flag is just a convenient symbol and no one expects Nightmare Moon to actually return or even still be alive, but it fully crosses into this trope when [[spoiler:the rebels openly ally themselves with Lunar cultists and Bright Charger becomes the Avatar of Nightmare Moon]].


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* LaResistance:
** Multiple small ones formed by Solar loyalists spring in earth pony territory controlled by the rebels, with their scattered and decentralized nature (as well as their ability to go to ground amongst the civilians whenever Pegasopolian troops come around) making it very difficult for the elite pegasus army to fight the otherwise inexperienced and poorly supplied earth pony militias.
** A larger resistance is led by the unicorn magus Mossy Banks, who gathered a large number of loyalist earth ponies in his home in Froggy Bottom Bog and started striking rebel patrols and supply trains, keeping attacks at bay with a combination of ambushes, hostile terrain and using his magic to turn the very bog and its animals against invaders. It’s mentioned that in modern times, Mossy Banks has become something of a folk legend.
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[VideoGame/MassEffect2 "I've got reach, and you've got flexibility!]] [[CatchPhrase We should bang.]]"]]


''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/28239/The-Life-and-Times-of-a-Winning-Pony The Life and Times of a Winning Pony]]'' ([[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8154888/1/The_Life_and_Times_of_a_Winning_Pony also available at FF.Net]]) is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by Chengar Qordath. The story tracks the life and times of Cloud Kicker, a fun-loving EthicalSlut with a tendency to have lots of random sexual encounters and end up in wild misadventures. The story weaves reasonably well into actual episode screentime, and also points out some of the [[Main/ThePowerOfFriendship cronyism]] inherent in Equestrian society.

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. 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.

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[VideoGame/MassEffect2 "I've [[caption-width-right:350:"[[VideoGame/MassEffect2 I've got reach, and you've got flexibility!]] [[CatchPhrase We should bang.]]"]]


''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/28239/The-Life-and-Times-of-a-Winning-Pony The Life and Times of a Winning Pony]]'' ([[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8154888/1/The_Life_and_Times_of_a_Winning_Pony also available at FF.Net]]) is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by Chengar Qordath. The story tracks the life and times of Cloud Kicker, a fun-loving EthicalSlut with a tendency to have lots of random sexual encounters and end up in wild misadventures. The story weaves reasonably well into actual episode screentime, and also points out some of the [[Main/ThePowerOfFriendship cronyism]] inherent in Equestrian society.

society. It is complete and has an in-progress sequel, ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/275748/the-new-life-of-a-winning-pony The New Life of a Winning Pony]]''.

There is also a prequel, ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/77470/the-lunar-rebellion The Lunar Rebellion]]'', set nine hundred years before the events of the show and focusing on Cloud Kicker's FamousAncestor Shadow Kicker, one of Celestia's lieutenants during the Lunar Rebellion, when the pegasi of Pegasopolis rose in revolt against Celestia under the flag in Nightmare Moon. It is in progress.

Side-stories and recursive fanfiction for this fic have been written by numerous authors, and these are collectively referred to as "the Winningverse".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. 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.
separate, as the Sunset stories are set some years before the events of the show proper.
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* UpperClassTwit: The Canterlot nobility in general, being as a whole a bunch of foppish, self-centered and superficial aristocrats who contribute absolutely nothing of value to society, but most notably Duke Polaris, especially once he’s given command of the loyalist armed forces and keeps treating war preparations and tactics as another political game, discarding valuable wartime allies and hurting the war effort to gain personal glory and advantages in Canterlot’s internal politics.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Swift Blade is essentially one who got his facts wrong. He honestly believes that Celestia is a tyrant, that Nightmare Moon was banished unjustly and should be returned to power, and that Equestria would be genuinely better off as a military dictatorship. Even if he were right, that still doesn’t excuse [[spoiler:allying with [[BadPowersBadPeople warlocks and lunar cultists]], violently overthrowing other governments, and using [[BlackMagic blood magic]] to turn a fellow ephor into the Avatar of Nightmare Moon.]]

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* UpperClassTwit: The Canterlot nobility in general, being as a whole a bunch of foppish, self-centered and superficial aristocrats who contribute absolutely nothing of value to society, but most notably centrally Duke Polaris, especially once he’s given command of the loyalist armed forces and keeps treating war preparations and tactics as another political game, discarding valuable wartime allies and hurting the war effort to gain personal glory and advantages in Canterlot’s internal politics.
politics. This is somewhat mitigated in Polaris' case, as although he is factually unqualified for leading armed forces, he is aware of this and makes a point of surrounding himself with advisers who ''are'', allowing him to command his forces with a surpassing degree of competency.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Swift Blade is essentially one who got his facts wrong. He honestly believes that Celestia is a tyrant, that Nightmare Moon was banished unjustly and should be returned to power, and that Equestria would be genuinely better off as a military dictatorship. Even if he were right, that still doesn’t excuse [[spoiler:allying with [[BadPowersBadPeople warlocks and lunar cultists]], violently overthrowing other governments, and using [[BlackMagic blood magic]] to turn a fellow ephor into the Avatar of Nightmare Moon.]]Moon]].
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* TheArchmage: Together with acting as Celestia’s vizier, this is Sunbeam’s official position as the Archmagus of Canterlot, tasked with overseeing Canterlot’s magical academy and overseeing the magic users in and around Canterlot. There are also four other Archmagi overseeing the western, northern, eastern and southern portions of Unicornia, and while all five are technically equals the Archmagus of Canterlot is far and away the most influential, and the de facto leader of Unicornia’s magic orders.



* HonorBeforeReason:
** This appears to be something of a recurring flaw for the pegasi, who value their martial and ethical honor so highly that they will always choose what they perceive as the more honorable path in a given matter, even if their other, less honorable options were objectively smarter, less costly or otherwise more expedient. It’s mentioned at one point that their tradition of never surrendering their city to outsiders and fighting to the last has resulted in a long history of needless last stands that got a lot of ponies killed for the sake of pride.
** This is specifically something of an issue with Shadow herself. A good example would be how, when seeking allies against Duke Polaris (a self-centered noble who had been given full command of the armed forces despite being highly unqualified for the role), she persistently refused to ally with Sunbeam, whom she saw as distasteful and dishonorable, despite it being her only realistic choice for gaining useful allies, with the avenues she pursued instead gaining her little beyond lost time that allowed Polaris to cement his position.



--> “[…] Is it not better that one of us survives?” “Would that the better of my sons had.” Mother struck him full across the cheek. “Instead he died so that thou might live.”

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--> “[…] "[...] Is it not better that one of us survives?” “Would survives?" "Would that the better of my sons had." Mother struck him full across the cheek. “Instead "Instead he died so that thou might live."



* LastStand: The pegasi have a tradition of engaging any invader to the last rather than ever surrendering their city to outside forces. In a footnote, Cloud Kicker notes that this has historically resulted in a great deal of ponies dying needlessly over matters of pride, and that as a survivor of a near last stand herself she sees little appeal in the concept. A short while later in the story proper, Shadow concedes that it’s easy to speak of dying gloriously when you’re not the one who’s actually going to be dying.



* RapePillageAndBurn: The Avatar uses the possibility of this as a threat to try to force Shadow to convince Celestia to surrender Canterlot, claiming that it’d be impossible to control victory-drunk soldiers seeking retribution for a long, hard siege and the deaths of close companions.

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* RapePillageAndBurn: RapePillageAndBurn:
** Griffon reivers menace Equestria’s shores early in the story, attacking coastal settlements, sacking them and kidnapping their inhabitants, whom they either enslave or eat.
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The Avatar uses the possibility of this as a threat to try to force Shadow to convince Celestia to surrender Canterlot, claiming that it’d be impossible to control victory-drunk soldiers seeking retribution for a long, hard siege and the deaths of close companions.



* RedHerring: Throughout Rising Shadows, it’s hinted that the pony who would become the Avatar of Nightmare Moon is [[spoiler:Lance Charger. Nope! She dies by accidentally swallowing some tanglehoof, and Bright Charger becomes the Avatar instead.]]

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* RedHerring: RedHerring:
** In the first few chapters, Sunbeam’s and Shadow’s constant clashes, together with the initial focus on the politics of the three Equestrian governments and Sunbeam’s less than stellar reputation and methods, make it seem as though Sunbeam will be the chief antagonist to Shadow with her attempts to force her authority over Pegasopolis, but this fades out around the end of the first act, when Pegasopolis goes into open revolt and Sunbeam and Shadow end up as allies (if reluctant ones).
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Throughout Rising Shadows, it’s hinted that the pony who would become the Avatar of Nightmare Moon is [[spoiler:Lance Charger. Nope! She dies by accidentally swallowing some tanglehoof, and Bright Charger becomes the Avatar instead.]]


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* {{Understatement}}: Shadow’s summation of Gale’s impression of Dusk Charger.
-->Gale turned to her new foster brother, a displeased frown on her face. “First and foremost, I think I will need to beat the foolhardiness out of him. He is an artless churl with the fighting skills of a goat and the manners of a timberwolf. Of all Bright Charger’s many foals, he is clearly the runt of the litter, and unworthy of being fostered to our clan. In all my many years, I’ve not seen a more clod-brained canker blossom that claimed to be a warrior of Pegasopolis. He is so dull of wit that to call him an arse-breathed mewling miscreant would be a compliment. The best use I could imagine for him is to toss him to the ground, so that he might at least be of use as a tail-leasing profligate.”\\
I began to suspect that my daughter was not overly fond of Dusk Charger.


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* UpperClassTwit: The Canterlot nobility in general, being as a whole a bunch of foppish, self-centered and superficial aristocrats who contribute absolutely nothing of value to society, but most notably Duke Polaris, especially once he’s given command of the loyalist armed forces and keeps treating war preparations and tactics as another political game, discarding valuable wartime allies and hurting the war effort to gain personal glory and advantages in Canterlot’s internal politics.


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* WrittenByTheWinners: The Ephors, and Swift Blade and Bright Charger in particular, are of the belief that Celestia rewrote much Equestria’s official history to make herself look better. They make it clear that they believe the tale of Nightmare Moon to be a smear campaign created by Celestia after unjustly overthrowing her sister to make herself sole ruler of Equestria, and further justify their alliance with warlocks and lunar cultists by the reasoning that assigning such titles is simply a way for Celestia to discredit political opponents. Subverted in the end, as this is all portrayed as being completely incorrect -- Nightmare Moon is still a MadGod, the warlocks are genuinely horrible people, and this belief in general seems to be more than anything a way for the Ephorate to retroactively justify their rebellion against Celestia -- and not all ephors buy much into this line of reasoning, for that matter.
31st May '17 7:47:15 AM Theriocephalus
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* FateWorseThanDeath: The pegasi consider being Clipped -- that is, having their wings severed -- to be this, to the point that most would prefer suicide than having to live wingless.



* KickTheDog: In the epilogue of Rising Shadows, when Bright Charger (who has already started becoming less and less sympathetic by this point) learns that one of her twins has died in battle against [[TheArchmage Sunbeam]], and that the other, realizing that he could only retreat or die a pointless death, fled. Her response?

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* KickTheDog: In the epilogue of Rising Shadows, when Bright Charger (who has already started becoming less and less sympathetic by this point) learns that one of her twins has died in battle against [[TheArchmage Sunbeam]], and that the other, realizing that he could only retreat or die a pointless death, fled. Her response?extremely cold-hearted response to this is especially notable because, earlier in the story, she had praised a soldier for doing the same thing and not pointlessly wasting his life.
16th May '17 5:15:50 PM nombretomado
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* {{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.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: To an extent, Cloud Kicker is a reconstruction of the "Charlie", from TwoAndAHalfMen, ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', character type. She's actually relatively nice, and clearly has rules she follows, and isn't exploiting people.
25th Mar '17 12:46:51 PM Theriocephalus
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* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Turns out that, 900 years before the show, Griffons partook of pony meat when they took them prisoner. Too bad this seals an Archduke's fate when Shadow finds out.]]

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* ImAHumanitarian: ImAHumanitarian:
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[[spoiler: Turns out that, 900 years before the show, Griffons partook of pony meat when they took them prisoner. Too bad this seals an Archduke's fate when Shadow finds out.]]



* 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.

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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 ''My Little Pony, 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.



* WretchedHive: Freeport is a NotSoSafeHarbor ruled by greedy merchant-princes, its guards are so corrupt they are actually expected to supplement their income with bribes, most people prefer personal blood feuds to get “justice” anyway, and it’s a haven for mercenaries, spies, and legalized piracy. There’s a fairly good justification for why a major port city is allowed to go on like this--it sits on an archipelago right between Equestria, Gryphonia, and Zebrica, meaning none of the nations can make any move on it without the other two seeing it as a threat.

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* WretchedHive: Freeport is a NotSoSafeHarbor ruled by greedy merchant-princes, its guards are so corrupt they are actually expected to supplement their income with bribes, most people prefer personal blood feuds to get “justice” anyway, and it’s a haven for mercenaries, spies, and legalized piracy. There’s a fairly good justification for why a major port city is allowed to go on like this--it this -- it sits on an archipelago right between Equestria, Gryphonia, and Zebrica, meaning none of the nations can make any move on it without the other two seeing it as a threat.
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