History Fanfic / PastSins

20th Feb '16 3:07:20 PM ladyofthelibrary
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Now, a tiny black alicorn filly named Nyx finds herself living under the care of Twilight Sparkle, only to be haunted by memories and emotions from her past. Is the filly Nightmare Moon reborn or is she simply a doppelganger with a soul and mind of her own? Can Twilight Sparkle protect Nyx from those who refuse to see past her dragon eyes and black coat?

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Now, a tiny black alicorn Alicorn filly named Nyx finds herself living under the care of Twilight Sparkle, only to be haunted by memories and emotions from her past. Is the filly Nightmare Moon reborn or is she simply a doppelganger with a soul and mind of her own? Can Twilight Sparkle protect Nyx from those who refuse to see past her dragon eyes and black coat?




A comic adaptation is in progress; it begins [[http://saturnstar14.deviantart.com/art/Past-Sins-Prelude-P1-398756472 here]].



* AmnesiacGod: [[spoiler:Nyx, a reincarnation of Nightmare Moon, starts out with no memories of any time before the resurrection ritual. She later finds pieces of her old self that contain memories from when her previous incarnation had tried to bring about eternal night. She was [[AmnesiacDissonance not happy]] about what she found. She remembers ''everything'' after the cultists complete the spell that created her and she grows to her full size.]]

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* AmnesiacGod: [[spoiler:Nyx, [[spoiler: Nyx, a reincarnation of Nightmare Moon, starts out with no memories of any time before the resurrection ritual. She later finds pieces of her old self that contain memories from when her previous incarnation had tried to bring about eternal night. She was [[AmnesiacDissonance not happy]] about what she found. She remembers ''everything'' after the cultists complete the spell that created her and she grows to her full size.]]



* BigShutUp: [[spoiler:During Nightmare Moon's fight with Celestia. Delivered after Nightmare Moon has Celestia at her mercy but refuses to kill her. When Celestia points out that Nightmare Moon is still holding back, as she had done throughout the entire fight, Nightmare Moon screams at Celestia.]]

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* BigShutUp: [[spoiler:During [[spoiler: During Nightmare Moon's fight with Celestia. Delivered after Nightmare Moon has Celestia at her mercy but refuses to kill her. When Celestia points out that Nightmare Moon is still holding back, as she had done throughout the entire fight, Nightmare Moon screams at Celestia.]]



* BookSafe: [[spoiler:Nyx hollows out a damaged book to keep her childhood mementos in. Later, she has Spell Nexus get the book so she, as Nightmare Moon, can remember the good times.]]

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* BookSafe: [[spoiler:Nyx [[spoiler: Nyx hollows out a damaged book to keep her childhood mementos in. Later, she has Spell Nexus get the book so she, as Nightmare Moon, can remember the good times.]]



%%* BrokenAesop: [[http://onemansponyramblings.blogspot.com/2012/06/6-star-reviews-part-75-past-sins.html One reviewer]] of the fan fic talks about his problems with [[spoiler:Luna's punishment for Nyx.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:In Chapter 21, Luna drains Nightmare Moon of her remaining magic, giving Luna a PlotRelevantAgeUp and turning Nightmare Moon back into Nyx.]]

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%%* BrokenAesop: [[http://onemansponyramblings.blogspot.com/2012/06/6-star-reviews-part-75-past-sins.html One reviewer]] of the fan fic talks about his problems with [[spoiler:Luna's [[spoiler: Luna's punishment for Nyx.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:In [[spoiler :In Chapter 21, Luna drains Nightmare Moon of her remaining magic, giving Luna a PlotRelevantAgeUp and turning Nightmare Moon back into Nyx.]]



* CallingTheOldWomanOut: [[spoiler:Nyx disowns Twilight due to the latter's [[HeroicBSOD inaction]] in Chapter 10.]]

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* CallingTheOldWomanOut: [[spoiler:Nyx [[spoiler: Nyx disowns Twilight due to the latter's [[HeroicBSOD inaction]] in Chapter 10.]]



** In Chapter 13 an anxious Celestia is unable to sleep because she fears [[spoiler: that an attack from Nightmare Moon is Imminent]]. To try to calm her nerves she orders a bowl of Maroon Carrot soup and an " extra large" piece of butter cake from the Royal Kitchens. Unfortunately it doesn't work, though that is mostly [[spoiler:because the servant who brings it to her turns out to be [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Nightmare Moon in disguise]].]]

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** In Chapter 13 an anxious Celestia is unable to sleep because she fears [[spoiler: that an attack from Nightmare Moon is Imminent]]. To try to calm her nerves she orders a bowl of Maroon Carrot soup and an " extra large" piece of butter cake from the Royal Kitchens. Unfortunately it doesn't work, though that is mostly [[spoiler:because [[spoiler: because the servant who brings it to her turns out to be [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Nightmare Moon in disguise]].]]



* CommonMarySueTraits: Nyx has practically all the the MLP fandom's ([[WingedUnicorn alicorn OC]], black and purple, connections with and outclasses in ability canon characters). Note that she came when the fandom was establishing itself and, given her popularity, is the possible TropeCodifier for such and given a pass per GrandfatherClause.

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* CommonMarySueTraits: Nyx has practically all the the MLP fandom's ([[WingedUnicorn alicorn Alicorn OC]], black and purple, connections with and outclasses in ability canon characters). Note that she came when the fandom was establishing itself and, given her popularity, is the possible TropeCodifier for such and given a pass per GrandfatherClause.



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%%* EarnYourHappyEndingEarnYourHappyEnding: By the end of the story, Nyx has been [[spoiler: bullied, [[MindRape mind-raped]], kidnapped from her mom, transformed into Nightmare Moon, plunged Equestria into what was meant to be eternal night, nearly watched Twilight be hung, nearly died protecting Ponyville and run the risk of being erased from existence.]] Does she deserve to go home and just be [[HappilyAdopted Twilight's daughter]]? Yes. Does she get it? [[spoiler: Also yes.]]
13th Jan '16 5:06:08 AM Bailoroc
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* GoodFeelsGood: [[spoiler:Even after Nightmare Moon regains her lost memories and power, she quickly discovers she's a lot happier being kind to ponies rather than being a tyrant. Comes to a head when she frees her cult from the lingering bits of her inner evil, steps down as Queen of Equestria, and finally defends Ponyville from a monster attack.]]
27th Dec '15 1:26:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CommonMarySueTraits: Nyx has practically all the the MLP fandoms ([[WingedUnicorn alicorn OC]], black and purple, connections with and outclasses in ability canon characters). Note that she came when the fandom was establishing itself and, given her popularity, is the possible TropeCodifier for such and given a pass per GrandfatherClause.

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* CommonMarySueTraits: Nyx has practically all the the MLP fandoms fandom's ([[WingedUnicorn alicorn OC]], black and purple, connections with and outclasses in ability canon characters). Note that she came when the fandom was establishing itself and, given her popularity, is the possible TropeCodifier for such and given a pass per GrandfatherClause.



* TheCorruption: It's stated at one point that the reason the Cult of Nightmare Moon exists is because some ponies came in contact with shredded pieces of her that were left behind when she got 'dispelled' in episode two of the show. We're also told that just touching someone with one gives them a portion of "the blessing" and that they receive a fuller portion upon asking for it. [[FridgeHorror And a chapter later, the entire Royal Guard now serves the Mare of Darkness...]]
** [[spoiler:As of Chapter 16 it's revealed that the Corruption affects a pony's personality, actions, and emotions, but not memory.]]
* [[spoiler:[[FridgeHorror Spell Nexus stated that he himself received "the blessing" from the remains of the originial Nightmare Moon, and now it's spreading.]]]]

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* TheCorruption: It's stated at one point that the reason the Cult of Nightmare Moon exists is because some ponies came in contact with shredded pieces of her that were left behind when she got 'dispelled' in episode two of the show. We're also told that just touching someone with one gives them a portion of "the blessing" and that they receive a fuller portion upon asking for it. [[FridgeHorror And [[And a chapter later, the entire Royal Guard now serves the Mare of Darkness...]]
** [[spoiler:As of Chapter [[spoiler:Chapter 16 it's revealed reveals that the Corruption affects a pony's personality, actions, and emotions, but not memory.]]
* [[spoiler:[[FridgeHorror Spell Nexus stated that he himself received "the blessing" from the remains of the originial Nightmare Moon, and now it's spreading.]]]]
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27th Dec '15 1:23:24 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ComfortFood:
**[[spoiler:Nightmare Moon]] mentions on several occasions that despite the fine foods available to her [[spoiler: as Queen of Equestria]] her Favorite meal is Celery soup. She even asks for it in Chapter 20 [[spoiler: as a type of " Last meal" when she fears she is about to be imprisoned on the Moon again]] When Celestia asks her why she is so fond of it, she replies that it always reminds her of her [[HappilyAdopted mother]] [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle, for it was the very first meal Twilight fed Nyx when she brought her home after rescuing her from the Everfree forest]]
** In Chapter 13 an anxious Celestia is unable to sleep because she fears [[spoiler: that an attack from Nightmare Moon is Imminent]]. To try to calm her nerves she orders a bowl of Maroon Carrot soup and an " extra large" piece of butter cake from the Royal Kitchens. Unfortunately it doesn't work, though that is mostly [[spoiler:because the servant who brings it to her turns out to be [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Nightmare Moon in disguise]].]]



* ComfortFood: [[spoiler:Nightmare Moon]] mentions on several occasions that despite the fine foods available to her [[spoiler: as Queen of Equestria]] her Favorite meal is Celery soup. She even asks for it in Chapter 20 [[spoiler: as a type of " Last meal" when she fears she is about to be imprisoned on the Moon again]] When Celestia asks her why she is so fond of it, she replies that it always reminds her of her [[HappilyAdopted mother]] [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle, for it was the very first meal Twilight fed Nyx when she brought her home after rescuing her from the Everfree forest]]
** In Chapter 13 an anxious Celestia is unable to sleep because she fears [[spoiler: that an attack from Nightmare Moon is Imminent]]. To try to calm her nerves she orders a bowl of Maroon Carrot soup and an " extra large" piece of butter cake from the Royal Kitchens. Unfortunately it doesn't work, though that is mostly[[spoiler: because the servant who brings it to her turns out to be [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Nightmare Moon in disguise]]]]

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* ComfortFood: [[spoiler:Nightmare Moon]] mentions on several occasions CommonMarySueTraits: Nyx has practically all the the MLP fandoms ([[WingedUnicorn alicorn OC]], black and purple, connections with and outclasses in ability canon characters). Note that despite the fine foods available to her [[spoiler: as Queen of Equestria]] her Favorite meal is Celery soup. She even asks for it in Chapter 20 [[spoiler: as a type of " Last meal" she came when she fears she is about to be imprisoned on the Moon again]] When Celestia asks fandom was establishing itself and, given her why she popularity, is so fond of it, she replies that it always reminds her of her [[HappilyAdopted mother]] [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle, the possible TropeCodifier for it was the very first meal Twilight fed Nyx when she brought her home after rescuing her from the Everfree forest]]
** In Chapter 13 an anxious Celestia is unable to sleep because she fears [[spoiler: that an attack from Nightmare Moon is Imminent]]. To try to calm her nerves she orders a bowl of Maroon Carrot soup
such and an " extra large" piece of butter cake from the Royal Kitchens. Unfortunately it doesn't work, though that is mostly[[spoiler: because the servant who brings it to her turns out to be [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Nightmare Moon in disguise]]]]given a pass per GrandfatherClause.
13th Dec '15 6:16:12 AM morenohijazo
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* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: What happens to Twilight Sparkle when she sees [[spoiler:that [[MadGod Nightmare Moon]], one of the greatest and most powerful villains in the history of Equestria, has been reincarnated as]] a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter helpless and visibly shaking little filly]] that is hurt, confused, frightened, and alone in the Everfree Forest and desperately needs a hug.


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* ImperfectRitual: An evil cult attempts to resurrect Nightmare Moon, the villain from the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. However, they are interrupted by the arrival of Princess Celestia and her army, and the unfinished ritual results in the creation of the main character of the story - Nyx, a small filly that resembles Nightmare Moon, but is good-natured and remembers nothing of her time as Nightmare Moon.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: What happens to Twilight Sparkle when she sees [[spoiler:that [[MadGod Nightmare Moon]], one of the greatest and most powerful villains in the history of Equestria, has been reincarnated as]] a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter helpless and visibly shaking little filly]] that is hurt, confused, frightened, and alone in the Everfree Forest and desperately needs a hug.
10th Oct '15 4:26:41 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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%%* BrokenAesop: [[http://onemansponyramblings.blogspot.com/2012/06/6-star-reviews-part-75-past-sins.html One reviewer]] of the fan fic talks about his problems with [[spoiler:Luna's punishment for Nyx.]]


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%%* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Nightmare Nyx]]
10th Oct '15 4:17:05 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[spoiler: {{Amnesiac God}}dess]]:
** [[spoiler: Nyx, a reincarnation of Nightmare Moon, starts out with no memories of any time before the resurrection ritual. She later finds pieces of her old self that contain memories from when her previous incarnation had tried to bring about eternal night. She was [[AmnesiacDissonance not happy]] about what she found.]]
** [[spoiler: She remembers ''everything'' after the cultists complete the spell that created her and she grows to her full size.]]

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* [[spoiler: {{Amnesiac God}}dess]]:
** [[spoiler: Nyx,
AmnesiacGod: [[spoiler:Nyx, a reincarnation of Nightmare Moon, starts out with no memories of any time before the resurrection ritual. She later finds pieces of her old self that contain memories from when her previous incarnation had tried to bring about eternal night. She was [[AmnesiacDissonance not happy]] about what she found.]]
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She remembers ''everything'' after the cultists complete the spell that created her and she grows to her full size.]]



** [[spoiler: Even after she regains all the memories of Nightmare Moon her behavior is noticeably different from her past self, much to the consternation of her EvilChancellor. For most of the story Nyx tries to be the Nightmare Moon that everyone expects her to be with mixed results]].

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** [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even after she regains all the memories of Nightmare Moon her behavior is noticeably different from her past self, much to the consternation of her EvilChancellor. For most of the story Nyx tries to be the Nightmare Moon that everyone expects her to be with mixed results]].



* [[spoiler: TheAtoner]]: As of the side story/sequel [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/71883/winter-bells Winter Bells]] [[spoiler: Spell Nexus tries to atone for his role as the " leader" of the Children of Nightmare cult ]] His attempts fail and he falls into despondency and a deranged mental state until he realizes why he can't go trough penance by fixing the wrongs caused by his previous acts: [[spoiler: There are no wrongs for him to right because by this point there is nothing broken for him to fix.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheAtoner]]: TheAtoner: As of the side story/sequel [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/71883/winter-bells Winter Bells]] [[spoiler: Spell [[spoiler:Spell Nexus tries to atone for his role as the " leader" of the Children of Nightmare cult ]] His attempts fail and he falls into despondency and a deranged mental state until he realizes why he can't go trough penance by fixing the wrongs caused by his previous acts: [[spoiler: There are no wrongs for him to right because by this point there is nothing broken for him to fix.]]



* BigBad: It's debatable, but [[spoiler: the evil parts of Nightmare Moon's soul that took root in Spell Nexus]] are pretty much responsible for all the trouble in the story.
** [[spoiler: The narrative, at least from Nightmare Moon's perspective, certainly agrees. "Yes…Spell Nexus was not the perpetrator. He was just another victim…the first victim, and the true evil behind the Children of Nightmare, behind all that had happened in Equestria…was none other than Nightmare Moon herself."]]
*** [[spoiler: It might also be argued that the missing parts of Nightmare Moon's soul that didn't get resurrected along with Nyx is a form of a BiggerBad or at least a [[ManBehindTheMan Mare Behind The Stallion]] that gets dragged into the story, by Nightmare Moon herself no less. Unlike some examples of those tropes, the physical representation of Nightmare Moon's evil doesn't get away.]]

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* BigBad: It's debatable, but [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the evil parts of Nightmare Moon's soul that took root in Spell Nexus]] are pretty much responsible for all the trouble in the story.
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The narrative, at least from Nightmare Moon's perspective, certainly agrees. "Yes…Spell Nexus was not the perpetrator. He was just another victim…the first victim, and the true evil behind the Children of Nightmare, behind all that had happened in Equestria…was none other than Nightmare Moon herself."]]
*** [[spoiler: It might also be argued that the missing parts of Nightmare Moon's soul that didn't get resurrected along with Nyx is a form of a BiggerBad or at least a [[ManBehindTheMan Mare Behind The Stallion]] that gets dragged into the story, by Nightmare Moon herself no less. Unlike some examples of those tropes, the physical representation of Nightmare Moon's evil doesn't get away.]]
"]]



* BigShutUp: [[spoiler: During Nightmare Moon's fight with Celestia. Delivered after Nightmare Moon has Celestia at her mercy but refuses to kill her. When Celestia points out that Nightmare Moon is still holding back, as she had done throughout the entire fight, Nightmare Moon screams at Celestia.]]

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* BigShutUp: [[spoiler: During [[spoiler:During Nightmare Moon's fight with Celestia. Delivered after Nightmare Moon has Celestia at her mercy but refuses to kill her. When Celestia points out that Nightmare Moon is still holding back, as she had done throughout the entire fight, Nightmare Moon screams at Celestia.]]



* BookSafe: [[spoiler: Nyx hollows out a damaged book to keep her childhood mementos in. Later, she has Spell Nexus get the book so she, as Nightmare Moon, can remember the good times.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Twilight]] is forced to attack Nightmare Moon, [[spoiler: both physically and emotionally]], after she finally falls to TheCorruption.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: In Chapter 21, Luna drains Nightmare Moon of her remaining magic, giving Luna a PlotRelevantAgeUp and turning Nightmare Moon back into Nyx.]]

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* BookSafe: [[spoiler: Nyx [[spoiler:Nyx hollows out a damaged book to keep her childhood mementos in. Later, she has Spell Nexus get the book so she, as Nightmare Moon, can remember the good times.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Twilight]] [[spoilerTwilight]] is forced to attack Nightmare Moon, [[spoiler: both [[spoiler:both physically and emotionally]], after she finally falls to TheCorruption.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In Chapter 21, Luna drains Nightmare Moon of her remaining magic, giving Luna a PlotRelevantAgeUp and turning Nightmare Moon back into Nyx.]]



* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling the Old Mare Out]]: [[spoiler: Nyx disowns Twilight due to the latter's [[HeroicBSOD inaction]] in Chapter 10.]]
* CannotTellAJoke: Nightmare Moon attempts humor by [[spoiler: transforming into Trixie, donning her cap and cape, and making fun of her while using her image, shortly after her failed attempt at assuming the role of the element of magic]]. Because the pony audience is still absolutely terrified of Nightmare Moon, the joke falls very flat.

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* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling the Old Mare Out]]: [[spoiler: Nyx CallingTheOldWomanOut: [[spoiler:Nyx disowns Twilight due to the latter's [[HeroicBSOD inaction]] in Chapter 10.]]
* CannotTellAJoke: Nightmare Moon attempts humor by [[spoiler: transforming [[spoiler:transforming into Trixie, donning her cap and cape, and making fun of her while using her image, shortly after her failed attempt at assuming the role of the element of magic]]. Because the pony audience is still absolutely terrified of Nightmare Moon, the joke falls very flat.



** [[spoiler: As of Chapter 16 it's revealed that the Corruption affects a pony's personality, actions, and emotions, but not memory.]]
*** [[spoiler: [[FridgeHorror Spell Nexus stated that he himself received "the blessing" from the remains of the originial Nightmare Moon, and now it's spreading.]]]]
**** [[spoiler: Chapter 17 reveals that the Corruption is the remaining parts of Nightmare Moon that didn't get put back in Nyx during her first or second resurrection. More specifically, it's the darkest part of her, composed of all the jealousy, anger and hatred she felt for Equestria before being separated from Luna.]]

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** [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:As of Chapter 16 it's revealed that the Corruption affects a pony's personality, actions, and emotions, but not memory.]]
*** [[spoiler: [[FridgeHorror * [[spoiler:[[FridgeHorror Spell Nexus stated that he himself received "the blessing" from the remains of the originial Nightmare Moon, and now it's spreading.]]]]
**** [[spoiler: Chapter ** [[spoiler:Chapter 17 reveals that the Corruption is the remaining parts of Nightmare Moon that didn't get put back in Nyx during her first or second resurrection. More specifically, it's the darkest part of her, composed of all the jealousy, anger and hatred she felt for Equestria before being separated from Luna.]]



* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon]]'s behavior doesn't quite mesh with [[spoiler:the night eternal]] as imagined and prepared by Spell Nexus.

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* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler: Nightmare [[spoiler:Nightmare Moon]]'s behavior doesn't quite mesh with [[spoiler:the night eternal]] as imagined and prepared by Spell Nexus.



* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding]]

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* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding]]%%* EarnYourHappyEnding



* [[spoiler:[[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Even Bad Mares Love Their Mamas]]: Nightmare Moon will NOT tolerate anypony harming Twilight Sparkle.]]

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* [[spoiler:[[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Even Bad Mares Love Their Mamas]]: Nightmare EvenBadWomenLoveTheirMamas: [[spoiler:Nightmare Moon will NOT tolerate anypony harming Twilight Sparkle.]]



* FandomNod:
** Chapter 14 has a CallBack to the fancomic ''[[http://dreatos.deviantart.com/art/Storytime-243971842 Storytime.]]'', [[AscendedFanon promoting it]] to ExpandedUniverse status.
** [[spoiler:Chapter 15's ending is a {{Novelization}} [[AscendedFanon of the fancomic]] ''[[http://dotrook.deviantart.com/art/Nightmare-Toot-244278862 Nightmare Toot]]''.]]
* FanNickname: [[spoiler: While technically the same character within the context of the story, many fans call Nightmare Moon after she is fully resurrected Nightmare Nyx to separate her from the one in the pilot, i.e. when she and Luna were the same pony.]]



* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:The cover art blatantly shows Nyx in her capacity as Nightmare Moon, along with the defeated Elements of Harmony and her face-off with Celestia. It is quite obvious that Twilight's attempts to protect Nyx will fail and that Nyx will become Nightmare Moon.]] However, that only makes the scene where it happens all the more heartwrenching, because you know it cannot be averted.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: Nyx starts out as a sweet, innocent, timid, and cowardly filly... but then she becomes Nightmare Moon again, banishing Celestia and Luna in the process and taking over Equestria.]] [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}} when we see that Nightmare Moon is... actually a fairly decent ruler who genuinely cares about the well-being of her subjects. The time she spent as a Nobody with a loving adoptive mother and good honest friends is actually what gives her the empathy she lacked in her original incarnation.]]

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: Nyx [[spoiler:Nyx starts out as a sweet, innocent, timid, and cowardly filly... but then she becomes Nightmare Moon again, banishing Celestia and Luna in the process and taking over Equestria.]] [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}} when we see that Nightmare Moon is... actually a fairly decent ruler who genuinely cares about the well-being of her subjects. The time she spent as a Nobody with a loving adoptive mother and good honest friends is actually what gives her the empathy she lacked in her original incarnation.]]



* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler: When Nyx becomes Nightmare Moon again and regains all of her lost memories. "The Alicorn then raised her head, looking at the night sky as her laughter became crazed and maniacal, ringing loudly over the dead silence that had fallen in Ponyville. It was the laughter of somepony who had just realized a cruel and terrible truth."]]

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Nyx becomes Nightmare Moon again and regains all of her lost memories. "The Alicorn then raised her head, looking at the night sky as her laughter became crazed and maniacal, ringing loudly over the dead silence that had fallen in Ponyville. It was the laughter of somepony who had just realized a cruel and terrible truth."]]



** [[spoiler: It's revealed that Nyx really was Nightmare Moon reborn and once she is fully resurrected, she actively tries to play the part.]]

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** [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's revealed that Nyx really was Nightmare Moon reborn and once she is fully resurrected, she actively tries to play the part.]]



* HellishPupils: Because Nyx [[spoiler: is Nightmare Moon reborn]], she has these. Still cute, though.

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* HellishPupils: Because Nyx [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is Nightmare Moon reborn]], she has these. Still cute, though.



* [[spoiler: IdentityAmnesia: Nyx has no idea at the start of the story that she's really Nightmare Moon reborn. Even when she starts to put two and two together, Twilight inadvertently lies to her by saying she's not. Much of the later half of the story deals with Nightmare Moon struggling with how she acted as Nyx compared to how she used to act when she was just a part of Luna. See LossOfIdentity below.]]

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* [[spoiler: IdentityAmnesia: Nyx [[spoiler:Nyx has no idea at the start of the story that she's really Nightmare Moon reborn. Even when she starts to put two and two together, Twilight inadvertently lies to her by saying she's not. Much of the later half of the story deals with Nightmare Moon struggling with how she acted as Nyx compared to how she used to act when she was just a part of Luna. See LossOfIdentity below.]]



* LossOfIdentity: [[spoiler: Because of her time spent as Nyx, as well as missing the worst parts of her own soul, Nightmare Moon struggles with her own identity and thoughts. By the time she makes a HeroicSacrifice in order to protect the town from monsters, she blatantly says, "I...I don’t know who I am anymore". Twilight tells Nightmare Moon that she doesn't have to be the same mare she used to be during the Summer Sun Celebration.]]
* MamaBear: Twilight becomes this for Nyx. [[spoiler: Upon discovering Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon had sent Nyx into the dangerous Everfree Forest as a particularly mean-spirited prank and finding them to be most unhelpful, Twilight [[IncendiaryExponent bursts into flames]] and threatens to transform them both into cacti if they don't start cooperating. Later in chapter 21, When she thinks Nyx has been banished to the moon, she [[IncendiaryExponent rage shifts]] a second time and attempts to magically beat Princess Celestia down using bricks ripped from the surrounding castle walls.]]

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* LossOfIdentity: [[spoiler: Because [[spoiler:Because of her time spent as Nyx, as well as missing the worst parts of her own soul, Nightmare Moon struggles with her own identity and thoughts. By the time she makes a HeroicSacrifice in order to protect the town from monsters, she blatantly says, "I...I don’t know who I am anymore". Twilight tells Nightmare Moon that she doesn't have to be the same mare she used to be during the Summer Sun Celebration.]]
* MamaBear: Twilight becomes this for Nyx. [[spoiler: Upon [[spoiler:Upon discovering Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon had sent Nyx into the dangerous Everfree Forest as a particularly mean-spirited prank and finding them to be most unhelpful, Twilight [[IncendiaryExponent bursts into flames]] and threatens to transform them both into cacti if they don't start cooperating. Later in chapter 21, When she thinks Nyx has been banished to the moon, she [[IncendiaryExponent rage shifts]] a second time and attempts to magically beat Princess Celestia down using bricks ripped from the surrounding castle walls.]]



* OrwellianRetCon: The authors just completed a massive one to clear up spelling errors, tweak Nyx's personality, add in some [[EnsembleDarkhorse Luna]], and make Celestia nicer (while still keeping her an antagonist) among other things.
** YMMV on Celestia being an antagonist.

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* OrwellianRetCon: The authors just completed a massive one to clear up spelling errors, tweak Nyx's personality, add in some [[EnsembleDarkhorse Luna]], and make Celestia nicer (while still keeping her an antagonist) unwitting HeroAntagonist) among other things.
** YMMV on Celestia being an antagonist.
things.



* PlotRelevantAgeUp: [[spoiler: Poor Nyx. [[ReluctantMonster And it was against her will, too.]]]]

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* PlotRelevantAgeUp: [[spoiler: Poor [[spoiler:Poor Nyx. [[ReluctantMonster And it was against her will, too.]]]]



* ReformedButRejected: [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon, after her resurrection was completed, believed this was the reason that Celestia convinced Twilight to let her to take Nyx away and become a big motivation for her to actively act like her former self. After becoming Nyx again, there are some who can see she's not the same while others still fear her, so it's played with at the end of the story.]]
* [[spoiler: {{Reincarnation}}: While the term is not used specifically, it is one of the biggest themes since Nyx is the very essence of Nightmare Moon reborn. The other theme would be redemption via the reincarnation.]]

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* ReformedButRejected: [[spoiler: Nightmare [[spoiler:Nightmare Moon, after her resurrection was completed, believed this was the reason that Celestia convinced Twilight to let her to take Nyx away and become a big motivation for her to actively act like her former self. After becoming Nyx again, there are some who can see she's not the same while others still fear her, so it's played with at the end of the story.]]
* [[spoiler: {{Reincarnation}}: While {{Reincarnation}}: [[spoiler:While the term is not used specifically, it is one of the biggest themes since Nyx is the very essence of Nightmare Moon reborn. The other theme would be redemption via the reincarnation.]]



* ReluctantMonster: Guess who. [[spoiler: It's Nyx!]]

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* ReluctantMonster: Guess who. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's Nyx!]]



* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Spell Nexus, according to Celestia.]]]]
* [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Sealed Inside A Pony-Shaped Can]]: [[spoiler: The overwhelming bulk of Nightmare Moon's malice and hatred were sealed inside Spell Nexus the entire time, as he had willingly locked as much of the corruption inside himself as he could before succumbing.]]
* [[SelfMadeMan Self Made Mare]]: [[spoiler:Done by Nyx herself who, when she realizes that the corruption infecting the Cult consists of the remaining (evil) fragments of her own soul, systematically and agonizingly burns it away piece by piece.]]

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* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Spell Nexus, according to Celestia.]]]]
* [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Sealed Inside A Pony-Shaped Can]]: SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: [[spoiler: The overwhelming bulk of Nightmare Moon's malice and hatred were sealed inside Spell Nexus the entire time, as he had willingly locked as much of the corruption inside himself as he could before succumbing.]]
* [[SelfMadeMan Self Made Mare]]: SelfMadeWoman: [[spoiler:Done by Nyx herself who, when she realizes that the corruption infecting the Cult consists of the remaining (evil) fragments of her own soul, systematically and agonizingly burns it away piece by piece.]]



* SpoilerOpening: [[spoiler:The cover art. See ForegoneConclusion above.]]

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* SpoilerOpening: [[spoiler:The cover art. See ForegoneConclusion above.]]art blatantly shows Nyx in her capacity as Nightmare Moon, along with the defeated Elements of Harmony and her face-off with Celestia. It is quite obvious that Twilight's attempts to protect Nyx will fail and that Nyx will become Nightmare Moon.]] However, that only makes the scene where it happens all the more heartwrenching, [[ForegoneConclusion because you know it cannot be averted]].



* ThickerThanWater: Twilight leaves her friends to track down Nyx [[spoiler: so that she can apologize to her for going into a HeroicBSOD when Nyx was taken away.]]

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* ThickerThanWater: Twilight leaves her friends to track down Nyx [[spoiler: so [[spoiler:so that she can apologize to her for going into a HeroicBSOD when Nyx was taken away.]]



* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Celestia faces this dilemma over what to do about Nyx. [[spoiler: She chose Lawful at the advice of a trusted friend who is secretly the leader of the ReligionOfEvil and under the influence of TheCorruption.]]
* [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Fillies]]: In Chapter 21, [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon]] attend a party in Nyx's honor. Twilight encourages her daughter to apologize for what she did to them. Nyx grudgingly does so and [[spoiler: is told by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon that she's 'not fooling them'; they know she and everyone else hates them as much as they despise all of them and they just came for some free cake]]. May also count as [[AlphaBitch Bratty fillies]] [[EvilCannotComprehendGood cannot comprehend kindness]].

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* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Celestia faces this dilemma over what to do about Nyx. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She chose Lawful at the advice of a trusted friend who is secretly the leader of the ReligionOfEvil and under the influence of TheCorruption.]]
* [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Fillies]]: UngratefulBitch: In Chapter 21, [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon]] attend a party in Nyx's honor. Twilight encourages her daughter to apologize for what she did to them. Nyx grudgingly does so and [[spoiler: is told by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon that she's 'not fooling them'; they know she and everyone else hates them as much as they despise all of them and they just came for some free cake]]. May also count as [[AlphaBitch Bratty fillies]] [[EvilCannotComprehendGood cannot comprehend kindness]].



* [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]]: [[spoiler: Chapter 10. Celestia takes Nyx away, the cultists succeed in turning Nyx into a fully grown Nightmare Moon, and [[TearJerker Nyx publicly disowns Twilight]].]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Night Wind, Gray Gale and Stonewall vanish from the plot completely in the second half, though it's at least pretty certain that Nightmare Moon cured them of TheCorruption along with the rest of the Children of Nightmare.]]

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* [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]]: WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Chapter 10. Celestia takes Nyx away, the cultists succeed in turning Nyx into a fully grown Nightmare Moon, and [[TearJerker Nyx publicly disowns Twilight]].]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Night [[spoiler:Night Wind, Gray Gale and Stonewall vanish from the plot completely in the second half, though it's at least pretty certain that Nightmare Moon cured them of TheCorruption along with the rest of the Children of Nightmare.]]



** Luna's response to Celestia's [[spoiler: ripping a child from its mother's arms,]] and to Celestia's neglecting to tell Luna about the whole "Nightmare Moon Reborn" debacle ahead of time.
** Twilight gives Celestia two of these in the last two chapters. In Chapter 20, [[spoiler: she calls Celestia out for threatening to banish Nyx to the moon immediately upon release.]] In Chapter 21, [[spoiler: she ''attacks'' Celestia when she thinks she banished Nyx while Twilight was locked out of the room.]]
* [[spoiler: YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: What Nightmare Moon learns at the end of the story, with the help of Twilight, some pictures from a few grateful children, and a heartfelt letter from Cheerilee.]]

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** Luna's response to Celestia's [[spoiler: [[spoiler ripping a child from its mother's arms,]] and to Celestia's neglecting to tell Luna about the whole "Nightmare Moon Reborn" debacle ahead of time.
** Twilight gives Celestia two of these in the last two chapters. In Chapter 20, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she calls Celestia out for threatening to banish Nyx to the moon immediately upon release.]] In Chapter 21, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she ''attacks'' Celestia when she thinks she banished Nyx while Twilight was locked out of the room.]]
* [[spoiler: YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: What [[spoiler:What Nightmare Moon learns at the end of the story, with the help of Twilight, some pictures from a few grateful children, and a heartfelt letter from Cheerilee.]]
9th Sep '15 3:55:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Twilight Sparkle adopts Nyx, who - if her similarity in biological and mental development compared to the Cutie Mark Crusaders are anything to go by - is equivalent to being a 9 years old human or a 4 years old horse. If anything, Twilight is the equivalent of someone in her late teens or '' '''very''' '' early twenties by human standards (8 or 9 years old by horse standards).


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* AdoptivePeerParent: Twilight Sparkle adopts Nyx, who - if her similarity in biological and mental development compared to the Cutie Mark Crusaders are anything to go by - is equivalent to being a 9 years old human or a 4 years old horse. If anything, Twilight is the equivalent of someone in her late teens or '' '''very''' '' early twenties by human standards (8 or 9 years old by horse standards).
1st May '15 7:30:57 PM maddthesane
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Other than those, there's a prequel named ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/154784/first-hours First Hours]]'', which details Nyx's first few hours of sentience. ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/255714/the-road-home The Road Home]]'' occurs after Tirek blows up the library.
22nd Mar '15 4:53:22 PM pvsage
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* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Nyx was willing to pull this when she went up against the horde of monsters that were attacking Ponyville.]]
** Nyx was willing to accept [[spoiler:banishment to the moon]] as punishment for all the evil the Church of Darkness had done on her behalf while under the influence of "the Blessing", and insisted that the Princesses grant them full pardons as part of the bargain.

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* HeroicSacrifice:
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HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Nyx was willing to pull this when she went up against the horde of monsters that were attacking Ponyville.]]
** Nyx was willing to accept [[spoiler:banishment to the moon]] as punishment for all the evil the Church of Darkness had done on her behalf while under the influence of "the Blessing", and insisted that the Princesses grant them full pardons as part of the bargain.
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* ItsAllMyFault: Nyx was willing to accept responsibility for all the evil the Church of Darkness had done on her behalf while under the influence of "the Blessing", despite the fact it was all done without her knowledge or consent.
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