History Fanfic / Equestrylvania

28th Aug '16 10:51:35 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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** The second major arc opens with Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm traipsing through a GhostCity that's dense with fog, finding instances of monster attacks, coming across [[ApocalypticLog letters left behind by those who'd come before them]], finding a red radio that emits white noise just before [[spoiler: they get attacked by a monster]]. [[VideoGame/SilentHill Sound familiar?]]

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** The second major arc opens with Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm traipsing through a GhostCity that's dense with fog, finding instances of monster attacks, coming across [[ApocalypticLog letters left behind by those who'd come before them]], finding a red radio that emits white noise just before [[spoiler: they get attacked by a monster]]. [[VideoGame/SilentHill [[Franchise/SilentHill Sound familiar?]]
5th Jul '16 8:44:06 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: The heroes have no idea who or what they're up against when Castlevania appears in their world. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't end well for them.]]

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideGenreFoe: The heroes have no idea who or what they're up against when Castlevania appears in their world. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't end well for them.]]
22nd Oct '15 9:43:40 AM ZimFan89
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* DeadFic: As of October 16, 2015, the author has decided that the story is too sprawling a project, and has cancelled it in favor of other stories. However, he is willing to allow to give his outline to anyone interested so that they can continue it.
25th Jul '15 4:08:04 PM nombretomado
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** Several lines are actually lyrics from different songs, ranging from [[TheEagles Hotel California]] to [[MichaelJackson Thriller]].

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** Several lines are actually lyrics from different songs, ranging from [[TheEagles Hotel California]] to [[MichaelJackson [[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]].
21st Jun '15 7:23:10 PM ZimFan89
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While the story was originally broken up into Books, the author has decided to consolidate them into a single volume. As of this writing, this is still ongoing, leaving the story on pause as the author catches up to where he left off.

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While the story was originally broken up into Books, the author has decided to consolidate them into a single volume. As of this writing, this is still ongoing, leaving the story on pause as the author catches up to where he left off.
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7th Apr '15 7:27:40 AM ZimFan89
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* EnemyWithin: According to Sypha, everyone has one of these, representing the darkest parts of themselves. As part of her training, Twilight has to face hers, which is a screaming blob of darkness.


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* SelfInflictedHell: Sypha says that this is the ''only'' kind of Hell, and then demonstrates it to Twilight by forcing her relive the moment when she [[spoiler: found the dead foals in the hospital]], which morphs into all her fears and doubts plaguing her. All part of her training.
30th Mar '15 7:46:00 AM ZimFan89
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** The PocketDimension inside Sypha's spellbook is shaped entirely by memories, and thus can change randomly at a moment's notice.


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* MathematiciansAnswer: Sypha does this a lot with Twilight during their training.


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** One of Actrise's minions is named [[Franchise/HarryPotter Hermione]].
28th Jan '15 7:05:29 AM ZimFan89
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Despite the consolidation, there's still a separate story, ''Equestrylvania Adventure'', which is a collection of side stories focusing on characters outside the Mane cast. It can be read [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/105656/equestrylvania-adventure here]].



* ADayInTheLimelight: One of the themes of the interludes is focusing on characters outside the mane cast and how they're dealing with Dracula's influence.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: One of the themes of the interludes interludes, and the main theme of ''Adventure'', is focusing on characters outside the mane cast and how they're dealing with Dracula's influence.


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** She also relies on this during her first training bout with Sypha Belnades.


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* TrainingFromHell: Twilight undergoes this from Sypha Belnades in order to become strong enough to stand up to Dracula's stronger minions.
5th Jan '15 5:02:38 PM ZimFan89
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* ADayInTheLimelight: One of the themes of this book is focusing on characters outside the mane cast and how they're dealing with Dracula's influence.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: One of the themes of this book the interludes is focusing on characters outside the mane cast and how they're dealing with Dracula's influence.



* AdultFear: Part of what makes this series so scary is that it contrasts the horrors of real life with “ghost story” horror.

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* AdultFear: Part of what makes this series story so scary is that it contrasts the horrors of real life with “ghost story” horror.



* ApocalypseHow: According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler: the Castle removing itself from its home timeline caused said timeline to "implode", and that Aeon's mission is to return the Castle to its own timeline in order to prevent the timeline’s collapse.]]

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* ApocalypseHow: According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler: the The Castle removing itself from its home timeline caused said timeline to "implode", "implode"; Aeon and that Aeon's his companions' mission is to return the Castle to its own timeline in order to prevent the timeline’s collapse.]]



*** [[spoiler: Marble was actually possessed by Actrise, who by the end of the first book is tasked by Death with killing Twilight personally. So ''they'' are archenemies, if you want to be specific.]]

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*** [[spoiler: Marble was actually possessed by Actrise, who by the end of the first book arc is tasked by Death with killing Twilight personally. So ''they'' are archenemies, if you want to be specific.]]



* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: [[spoiler: White Dwarf attempts this with Pokey Pierce in the epilogue, but it doesn’t seem to work.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Let's just say this is a very prevailing trope in the series, and leave it at that.

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* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: [[spoiler: White Dwarf attempts this with Pokey Pierce in the epilogue, Pierce, but it doesn’t seem to work.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Let's just say this is a very prevailing trope in the series, trope, and leave it at that.



* HeroicBSOD: This might as well be the subtitle for the first book. Almost all of the main characters go through one!

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* HeroicBSOD: This might as well be the subtitle for the first book.arc. Almost all of the main characters go through one!



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The remaining Royal Guards have become little better than Dracula's minions, killing and mutilating the corpses of those who would act as LesCollaborateurs.
** [[spoiler: Then it turns out that ''they'' are LesCollaborateurs, and they killed the ones they did for refusing to go with them.]]

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The remaining Royal Guards have become little better than Dracula's minions, killing and mutilating the corpses of those who would act as LesCollaborateurs. \n** [[spoiler: Then it turns out that ''they'' are LesCollaborateurs, and they killed the ones they did for refusing to go with them.]]



* IntergenerationalFriendship: Spike between any of the Mane Six, of course, but now he’s also friends with Shatterstorm.

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* IntergenerationalFriendship: Spike between with any of the Mane Six, of course, but now he’s also friends with Shatterstorm.



* LaResistance: What's left of the Royal Guard in Canterlot.
** [[spoiler: Until it turns out that they're actually LesCollaborateurs, working with Dracula in exchange for their lives.]]

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* LaResistance: What's left of the Royal Guard in Canterlot. \n** [[spoiler: Until it turns out that they're actually LesCollaborateurs, working with Dracula in exchange for their lives.]]



** This is confirmed in the following story.

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** This is confirmed in the following story.by Aeon himself shortly after.



* NoOntologicalInertia: The moment Aguni leaves Equestria, all the fires go out at once.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm encounter a Wharg upon their initial intrusion to Canterlot.

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* NoOntologicalInertia: The moment Aguni leaves Equestria, all the fires he caused go out at once.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm encounter a Wharg upon their initial intrusion to Canterlot. It ends up playing an important role to that portion of the story.



* ShoutOut:
** The author was really going for one or two Shout Outs per chapter, and it shows:

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* ShoutOut:
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ShoutOut: The author was really going for one or two Shout Outs per chapter, and it shows:



* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name With A "C"]]: Anyone who played ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' or ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegacyOfDarkness'' for the Nintendo 64 would like to have a word with the author. 'Actrise' is actually supposed to be spelled ''Actrice''.

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* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name With A "C"]]: Anyone who played ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' or ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegacyOfDarkness'' for the Nintendo 64 would like to have a word with the author. 'Actrise' "Actrise" is actually supposed to be spelled ''Actrice''.
5th Jan '15 9:21:41 AM ZimFan89
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[[folder: General Tropes]]



* AliceAllusion: The Chronomage is based on Creator/LewisCarroll characters, so there's plenty of this.



* ArchEnemy: Aeon and the Chronomage.
** There's a rapidly growing animosity between Twilight Sparkle and Marble, as well.
*** [[spoiler: Marble was actually possessed by Actrise, who by the end of the first book is tasked by Death with killing Twilight personally. So ''they'' are archenemies, if you want to be specific.]]



* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: [[spoiler: White Dwarf attempts this with Pokey Pierce in the epilogue, but it doesn’t seem to work.]]



* CallBack: [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest The heroes must embark on a journey to recover Dracula’s lost body parts.]]

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* CallBack: BreakTheHaughty: Shatterstorm, after [[spoiler: he stares into the eyes of Death.]]
* CallBack:
** "I take it [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest you now possess Dracula's rib?]]"
** Pinkie Pie [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed puts two and two and two together.]]
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood The hero gets assaulted by Death before coming home to find their town is under attack.]]
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow One of the villains gains abilities to manipulate and create fire.]]
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow Any time anyone tries to go down a certain hallway,]] [[spoiler: the Chronomage rewinds time to push them out.]]
** Spike at one point is shown [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 wearing pillows and a pan as body armor.]]
* ContinuityNod:
** Twilight Sparkle and Applejack talk about [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony events in the second episode of season one]] while trying to defend themselves from Dirt Nap.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Rainbow Dash]] [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal hates having to hang out at the hospital.]]
** Aeon’s story about Richter is obviously a recounting of both ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'' and ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.
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[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest The heroes must embark on a journey to recover Dracula’s lost body parts.]]



* CrazyPrepared: Pinkie Pie, as expected. [[spoiler: But even so, she doesn't expect it when the Magic Cross goes missing...]]
* DealWithTheDevil: In order to better serve Actrise, Dirt Nap willingly binds himself to Aguni.



* DemonicPossession: In his first scene, Alucard teaches a group of Royal Guards how to recognize the signs of this, and whether or not it is voluntary.

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* DemonicPossession: [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]: Roaring Yawn starts out the story as a complete JerkAss to Twilight, but warms up to her after what happens at the Castle.
* DemonicPossession:
** [[spoiler: It eventually turns out that Marble was possessed by Actrise when she [[WouldNotHurtAChild refused to poison the foals.]]]]
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In his first scene, Alucard teaches a group of Royal Guards how to recognize the signs of this, and whether or not it is voluntary.



* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: According to Aeon, the entirety of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' was this for Richter Belmont.]]



* DontYouDarePityMe: Shatterstorm ''despises'' being a JerkassWoobie.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Implied with Shatterstorm's apparently intense dedication to protecting Twilight.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Nevermore the Perverse created a poison that only affects foals, but was sure to also create a cure, just in case anypony got the idea to use his poison on his own kids.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: While Marble/White Dwarf willingly joined Dracula's minions, she still refused to [[WouldntHurtAChild poison foals.]] So of course, Actrise possesses her to get it done, leaving White Dwarf as the fall-mare.]]



* FaceDeathWithDignity: Both Roseluck and [[spoiler: Pinkie Pie]] attempt this when they feel they no longer have an option to escape. [[spoiler: Thankfully averted.]]



* FauxAffablyEvil: ''MARBLE.''
* FiveBadBand: For the first arc, we have:
** BigBad: {{Dracula}}
** TheDragon: [[GrimReaper Death]]
** EvilGenius: [[WickedWitch Actrise]]
** TheBrute: [[CreepyMortician Dirt Nap]]
** DarkChick: [[HairRaisingHare Chronomage]]
** SixthRanger: [[PlayingWithFire Aguni]]
** TeamPet: [[ImplacableMan The Behemoth]]
** [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor: [[BeautyIsBad Marble]]]]



* FreakOut: Sweetie Belle has a particularly jarring one of these after [[spoiler: she witnesses the death of another foal.]]
** Annnnd, she has yet ANOTHER one in Chapter 9. We later learn that this was actually a result of [[spoiler: being poisoned by a deadly hallucinogen.]]
* [[FromNobodyToNightmare From Nopony to Nightmare]]: Dirt Nap the grave digger.



* GoodIsNotNice: Even though Roaring Yawn and Shatterstorm are on the good guys’ side, they are hardly the nicest ponies you’d ever meet.
* GoodIsNotSoft: And as nice as she is, Twilight Sparkle holds no sympathy for Dirt Nap after he [[spoiler: burns down most of Ponyville.]]
* [[GuileHero Guile Heroine]]: Twilight Sparkle picks up this trope and uses her wits to confront enemies that are too powerful to fight directly.
* HeroicBSOD: This might as well be the subtitle for the first book. Almost all of the main characters go through one!



* HeroicSacrifice: Pinkie Pie attempts this in order to save both Roseluck and Rainbow Dash. Fortunately, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt she lives.]]
** [[spoiler: Tiger Cross, who holds off Death so Twilight can get to safety, isn't as lucky.]]
* HolyBurnsEvil: The Magic Cross is able to ward off all of Dracula's monsters. Notably, even the Behemoth is scared of it, to the point that in a blind panic to get away from it, it [[spoiler: runs right into the Aguni-possessed Dirt Nap, burning itself to death]].
** When Marble not-so-subtly threatens Fluttershy, she panics and thrusts the Magic Cross into Marble's face, [[GoodScarsEvilScars leaving a cross-shaped burn mark on her cheek.]]



* ItsAllMyFault: Roaring Yawn feels this way about failing to cure Shining Armor.
* KickTheDog: The villains do so love rubbing their opponents' faces in their failures and the horror surrounding them.

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* ItsAllMyFault: IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: How Big Macintosh keeps Applejack from going after Marble.
* IHaveManyNames: It turns out [[spoiler: Marble's real name is White Dwarf.]]
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler: The reason Marble continued working for Dracula's minions even after her disgust over poisoning the foals.]]
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Beast]]: No matter what Pinkie Pie or Rainbow Dash do to the Behemoth, it just keeps getting right back up.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Spike between any of the Mane Six, of course, but now he’s also friends with Shatterstorm.
* ItsAllMyFault:
** Rarity's attitude toward [[spoiler: feeding Sweetie Belle poisoned food by accident.]]
** [[spoiler: Aeon seems awfully remorseful for something...]]
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Roaring Yawn feels this way about failing to cure Shining Armor.
* KickTheDog: JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Turns out Roaring Yawn’s not ''that'' bad a pony, really. [[MrViceGuy He’s just really stuck on himself.]]
** For all his [[HeManWomanHater snide comments on mares]], Shatterstorm seems [[FriendToAllChildren pretty good with kids.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Dirt Nap is burned to death by the power of the demon he sold his soul to.]]
* KickTheDog:
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The villains do so love rubbing their opponents' faces in their failures and the horror surrounding them.them.
** The Chronomage causes a cart Bon Bon is pulling to throw a wheel, for no other reason than [[ItAmusedMe it amused him.]]



* MadLove: Dirt Nap becomes infatuated with Actrise the moment he sees her.
* MalevolentArchitecture: If what Roseluck tells Twilight Sparkle is true, ''the castle itself'' is one of the main villains in the story -- which would be keeping with ''Castlevania'' mythology. ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' established the castle as "[[GeniusLoci a sentient creature of chaos]]."



* MindRape: Just ''looking'' at Death's face causes whoever does so to relive every painful memory they have. The fact that Dirt Nap is unaffected by it is what clues Death and Actrise in to the fact that he might be an asset.
* MyGreatestFailure: How Shatterstorm feels about succumbing to Death's MindRape and being unable to save Tiger Cross.
** Bon Bon feels this way about abandoning Lyra during the attack on Ponyville. Her saving Aeon from the Chronomage's mud men is her [[MyGreatestSecondChance second chance]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: There is constant mention of one Mr. ''NEVERMORE THE PERVERSE''.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Spike attempts to pull a YouShallNotPass on a group of monsters to protect Rarity and Sweetie Belle, only for [[spoiler: Fluttershy to show up with the Magic Cross and scare them off]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Chronomage implies that Aeon [[spoiler: is the one who scattered Dracula's body parts across the multiverse, instigating the plot.]]
** This is confirmed in the following story.



* NoNameGiven: "This Man" and the "Ghostly Dog" combined are both actually the Dead Mate enemy from ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV''.
** The pony with "intelligent chocolate eyes".
* NoOntologicalInertia: The moment Aguni leaves Equestria, all the fires go out at once.



* OutGambitted: Marble manages to force Twilight into giving her Dracula's rib, then to act as her escort out of the hospital just to humiliate her. Twilight has no choice but to comply.
** Twilight gets her back when [[spoiler: it turns out she managed to use the rib to channel a spell to the other body parts that mutes their presence, making it nearly impossible for Dracula's minions to find them.]]
* [[spoiler: ParentalIncest: Horribly, horribly implied with Shatterstorm.]]
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: The Chronomage possesses an interesting language of portmanteaus and nonsense words.
* PlayingWithFire: Dirt Nap gains fire powers upon fusing with Aguni.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Applejack's argument about Aeon's ambiguous behavior.



* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: Rose Blade]] gives Rainbow Dash one after capturing her. Either Rainbow Dash lets him [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil have her]], or he kills Shatterstorm.

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* SadisticChoice: SadisticChoice:
** Marble [[spoiler: poisons most of the remaining foals in Ponyville]] and tells Twilight she'll only [[spoiler: give her the cure]] if she hands over Dracula's rib. And ''then'', once she has the rib, she adds the stipulation that Twilight escort her out of the hospital unharmed before she'll hand it over.
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[[spoiler: Rose Blade]] gives Rainbow Dash one after capturing her. Either Rainbow Dash lets him [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil have her]], or he kills Shatterstorm.



* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Jonathan's reaction towards people talking about his relationship with Charlotte.

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* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Twilight's reaction when her friends see Roaring Yawn's picture and tease her about him.
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Jonathan's reaction towards people talking about his relationship with Charlotte.



** Scootaloo, for [[SlapSlapKiss Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm]].
** The rest of the Mane Six (and Spike) ship Twilight Sparkle and Roaring Yawn. Or at least pretend to in order to tease her.



** The author was really going for one or two Shout Outs per chapter, and it shows:
** [[Literature/{{Cujo}} A small child is attacked by a St. Bernard that used to be such a sweet dog.]]
** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda “It’s a secret to everypony.”]]
** Several lines are actually lyrics from different songs, ranging from [[TheEagles Hotel California]] to [[MichaelJackson Thriller]].
** A lot of Rose’s scenes have shout-outs to [[Fanfic/EyesWithoutAFace ''Eyes Without A Face'']], the author’s [[AuthorAppeal admitted most favorite MLP fanfic.]]
** [[Film/IronMan "Are they in a cave, WITH a box of scraps?"]]
** Twilight at one point mentions World 8 of ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Super Mare Sisters]]'' to describe [[NintendoHard doing something that's really hard.]]



* ShowerOfAngst: Shatterstorm in the epilogue.
* [[SingleMindedTwins Single-Minded Triplets]]: [[ThemeNaming Ear, Nose, and Throat]], the directors of the Ponyville Hospital. They constantly [[FinishingEachOthersSentences finish each other's sentences]] and occasionally speak in unison. The one time they don't do either is when Throat asks his brothers whether they think he [[ShipTease has a shot at dating Twilight.]]



* SpitTake: Happens ''[[RuleOfThree three times]]'' with Soma in his first scene. He [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] it, wondering why he keeps drinking tea whenever someone says something shocking.

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* SpitTake: SpitTake:
** Rainbow Dash nearly chokes on her pizza when Scootaloo casually ships her and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shatterstorm.]]
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Happens ''[[RuleOfThree three times]]'' with Soma in his first scene. He [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] it, wondering why he keeps drinking tea whenever someone says something shocking.



* TakeThat: The author has stated that part of Dirt Nap's characterization is designed as one of these towards ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'''s portrayal of main characters as whiny, self-centered, "woe-is-me" types [[spoiler: who become villains for no good reason]].
* TeleportSpam: Twilight's tactic against Dirt Nap. As she puts it:
--> Teleport spamming. It's an obnoxious, physically-taxing tactic. On the other hoof, it perplexes and confounds enemies.



* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Dirt Nap invokes this by saying that since everypony always mistreated him because of his special talent of embalming, he's going to make them pay by joining Dracula. This trope gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] however, when Twilight gives him a pretty righteous TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that sums up why no sympathy is given to him.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Shatterstorm gives one to Rose Blade after [[spoiler: finding out he's a traitor]], saying he'll ''never'' be the Captain that Shining Armor was.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Twilight gives one to Dirt Nap when he tries to play the TragicVillain card.
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Shatterstorm gives one to Rose Blade after [[spoiler: finding out he's a traitor]], saying he'll ''never'' be the Captain that Shining Armor was.



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[[folder: Equestrylvania]]
* AliceAllusion: The Chronomage is based on Creator/LewisCarroll characters, so there's plenty of this.
* ArchEnemy: Aeon and the Chronomage.
** There's a rapidly growing animosity between Twilight Sparkle and Marble, as well.
*** [[spoiler: Marble was actually possessed by Actrise, who by the end of the first book is tasked by Death with killing Twilight personally. So ''they'' are archenemies, if you want to be specific.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Shatterstorm, after [[spoiler: he stares into the eyes of Death.]]
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: [[spoiler: White Dwarf attempts this with Pokey Pierce in the epilogue, but it doesn’t seem to work.]]
* CallBack: "I take it [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest you now prossess Dracula's rib?]]"
** Pinkie Pie [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed puts two and two and two together.]]
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood The hero gets assaulted by Death before coming home to find their town is under attack.]]
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow One of the villains gains abilities to manipulate and create fire.]]
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow Any time anyone tries to go down a certain hallway,]] [[spoiler: the Chronomage rewinds time to push them out.]]
** Spike at one point is shown [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 wearing pillows and a pan as body armor.]]
* ContinuityNod:
** Twilight Sparkle and Applejack talk about [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony events in the second episode of season one]] while trying to defend themselves from Dirt Nap.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Rainbow Dash]] [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal hates having to hang out at the hospital.]]
** Aeon’s story about Richter is obviously a recounting of both ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'' and ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''.
* CrazyPrepared: Pinkie Pie, as expected. [[spoiler: But even so, she doesn't expect it when the Magic Cross goes missing...]]
* DealWithTheDevil: In order to better serve Actrise, Dirt Nap willingly binds himself to Aguni.
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]: Roaring Yawn starts out the story as a complete JerkAss to Twilight, but warms up to her after what happens at the Castle.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: It eventually turns out that Marble was possessed by Actrise when she [[WouldNotHurtAChild refused to poison the foals.]]]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: According to Aeon, the entirety of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' was this for Richter Belmont.]]
* DontYouDarePityMe: Shatterstorm ''despises'' being a JerkassWoobie.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Implied with Shatterstorm's apparently intense dedication to protecting Twilight.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Nevermore the Perverse created a poison that only affects foals, but was sure to also create a cure, just in case anypony got the idea to use his poison on his own kids.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: While Marble/White Dwarf willingly joined Dracula's minions, she still refused to [[WouldntHurtAChild poison foals.]] So of course, Actrise possesses her to get it done, leaving White Dwarf as the fall-mare.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Both Roseluck and [[spoiler: Pinkie Pie]] attempt this when they feel they no longer have an option to escape. [[spoiler: Thankfully averted.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: ''MARBLE.''
* FiveBadBand: For the first book, we have:
** BigBad: {{Dracula}}
** TheDragon: [[GrimReaper Death]]
** EvilGenius: [[WickedWitch Actrise]]
** TheBrute: [[CreepyMortician Dirt Nap]]
** DarkChick: [[HairRaisingHare Chronomage]]
** SixthRanger: [[PlayingWithFire Aguni]]
** TeamPet: [[ImplacableMan The Behemoth]]
** [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor: [[BeautyIsBad Marble]]]]
* FreakOut: Sweetie Belle has a particularly jarring one of these after [[spoiler: she witnesses the death of another foal.]]
** Annnnd, she has yet ANOTHER one in Chapter 9. We later learn that this was actually a result of [[spoiler: being poisoned by a deadly hallucinogen.]]
* [[FromNobodyToNightmare From Nopony to Nightmare]]: Dirt Nap the grave digger.
* GoodIsNotNice: Even though Roaring Yawn and Shatterstorm are on the good guys’ side, they are hardly the nicest ponies you’d ever meet.
* GoodIsNotSoft: And as nice as she is, Twilight Sparkle holds no sympathy for Dirt Nap after he [[spoiler: burns down most of Ponyville.]]
* [[GuileHero Guile Heroine]]: Twilight Sparkle picks up this trope and uses her wits to confront enemies that are too powerful to fight directly.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: Twilight's reaction when her friends see Roaring Yawn's picture and tease her about him.
* HeroicBSOD: This might as well be the subtitle for the first book. Almost all of the main characters go through one!
* HeroicSacrifice: Pinkie Pie attempts this in order to save both Roseluck and Rainbow Dash. Fortunately, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt she lives.]]
** [[spoiler: Tiger Cross, who holds off Death so Twilight can get to safety, isn't as lucky.]]
* HolyBurnsEvil: The Magic Cross is able to ward off all of Dracula's monsters. Notably, even the Behemoth is scared of it, to the point that in a blind panic to get away from it, it [[spoiler: runs right into the Aguni-possessed Dirt Nap, burning itself to death]].
** When Marble not-so-subtly threatens Fluttershy, she panics and thrusts the Magic Cross into Marble's face, [[GoodScarsEvilScars leaving a cross-shaped burn mark on her cheek.]]
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: How Big Macintosh keeps Applejack from going after Marble.
* IHaveManyNames: It turns out [[spoiler: Marble's real name is White Dwarf.]]
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler: The reason Marble continued working for Dracula's minions even after her disgust over poisoning the foals.]]
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Beast]]: No matter what Pinkie Pie or Rainbow Dash do to the Behemoth, it just keeps getting right back up.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Spike between any of the Mane Six, of course, but now he’s also friends with Shatterstorm.
* ItsAllMyFault: Rarity's attitude toward [[spoiler: feeding Sweetie Belle poisoned food by accident.]]
** [[spoiler: Aeon seems awfully remorseful for something...]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Turns out Roaring Yawn’s not ''that'' bad a pony, really. [[MrViceGuy He’s just really stuck on himself.]]
** For all his [[HeManWomanHater snide comments on mares]], Shatterstorm seems [[FriendToAllChildren pretty good with kids.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Dirt Nap is burned to death by the power of the demon he sold his soul to.]]
* KickTheDog: The Chronomage causes a cart Bon Bon is pulling to throw a wheel, for no other reason than [[ItAmusedMe it amused him.]]
* MadLove: Dirt Nap becomes infatuated with Actrise the moment he sees her.
* MalevolentArchitecture: If what Roseluck tells Twilight Sparkle is true, ''the castle itself'' is one of the main villains in the story -- which would be keeping with ''Castlevania'' mythology. ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' established the castle as "[[GeniusLoci a sentient creature of chaos]]."
* MindRape: Just ''looking'' at Death's face causes whoever does so to relive every painful memory they have. The fact that Dirt Nap is unaffected by it is what clues Death and Actrise in to the fact that he might be an asset.
* MyGreatestFailure: How Shatterstorm feels about succumbing to Death's MindRape and being unable to save Tiger Cross.
** Bon Bon feels this way about abandoning Lyra during the attack on Ponyville. Her saving Aeon from the Chronomage's mud men is her [[MyGreatestSecondChance second chance]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: There is constant mention of one Mr. ''NEVERMORE THE PERVERSE''.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Spike attempts to pull a YouShallNotPass on a group of monsters to protect Rarity and Sweetie Belle, only for [[spoiler: Fluttershy to show up with the Magic Cross and scare them off]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Chronomage implies that Aeon [[spoiler: is the one who scattered Dracula's body parts across the multiverse, instigating the plot.]]
** This is confirmed in the following story.
* NoNameGiven: "This Man" and the "Ghostly Dog" combined are both actually the Dead Mate enemy from ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV''.
** The pony with "intelligent chocolate eyes".
* NoOntologicalInertia: The moment Aguni leaves Equestria, all the fires go out at once.
* OutGambitted: Marble manages to force Twilight into giving her Dracula's rib, then to act as her escort out of the hospital just to humiliate her. Twilight has no choice but to comply.
** Twilight gets her back when [[spoiler: it turns out she managed to use the rib to channel a spell to the other body parts that mutes their presence, making it nearly impossible for Dracula's minions to find them.]]
* [[spoiler: ParentalIncest: Horribly, horribly implied with Shatterstorm.]]
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: The Chronomage possesses an interesting language of portmanteaus and nonsense words.
* PlayingWithFire: Dirt Nap gains fire powers upon fusing with Aguni.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Applejack's argument about Aeon's ambiguous behavior.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Twilight gives one to Dirt Nap when he tries to play the TragicVillain card.
* SadisticChoice: Marble [[spoiler: poisons most of the remaining foals in Ponyville]] and tells Twilight she'll only [[spoiler: give her the cure]] if she hands over Dracula's rib. And ''then'', once she has the rib, she adds the stipulation that Twilight escort her out of the hospital unharmed before she'll hand it over.
* ShipperOnDeck: Scootaloo, for [[SlapSlapKiss Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm]].
** The rest of the Mane Six (and Spike) ship Twilight Sparkle and Roaring Yawn. Or at least pretend to in order to tease her.
* ShoutOut: The author was really going for one or two Shout Outs per chapter, and it shows:
** [[Literature/{{Cujo}} A small child is attacked by a St. Bernard that used to be such a sweet dog.]]
** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda “It’s a secret to everypony.”]]
** Several lines are actually lyrics from different songs, ranging from [[TheEagles Hotel California]] to [[MichaelJackson Thriller]].
** A lot of Rose’s scenes have shout-outs to [[Fanfic/EyesWithoutAFace ''Eyes Without A Face'']], the author’s [[AuthorAppeal admitted most favorite MLP fanfic.]]
** [[Film/IronMan "Are they in a cave, WITH a box of scraps?"]]
** Twilight at one point mentions World 8 of ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Super Mare Sisters]]'' to describe [[NintendoHard doing something that's really hard.]]
* ShowerOfAngst: Shatterstorm in the epilogue.
* [[SingleMindedTwins Single-Minded Triplets]]: [[ThemeNaming Ear, Nose, and Throat]], the directors of the Ponyville Hospital. They constantly [[FinishingEachOthersSentences finish each other's sentences]] and occasionally speak in unison. The one time they don't do either is when Throat asks his brothers whether they think he [[ShipTease has a shot at dating Twilight.]]
* SpitTake: Rainbow Dash nearly chokes on her pizza when Scootaloo casually ships her and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shatterstorm.]]
* TakeThat: The author has stated that part of Dirt Nap's characterization is designed as one of these towards ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'''s portrayal of main characters as whiny, self-centered, "woe-is-me" types [[spoiler: who become villains for no good reason]].
* TeleportSpam: Twilight's tactic against Dirt Nap. As she puts it:
--> Teleport spamming. It's an obnoxious, physically-taxing tactic. On the other hoof, it perplexes and confounds enemies.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Dirt Nap invokes this by saying that since everypony always mistreated him because of his special talent of embalming, he's going to make them pay by joining Dracula.
** This trope gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] however, when Twilight gives him a pretty righteous TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that sums up why no sympathy is given to him.
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