History Fanfic / ShinzakurasAllAmericanGirl

31st Jul '13 11:52:32 AM Korodzik
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[[caption-width-right:350:The woman on the left and the mare on the right don't get along very well.]]

''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/25148/All-American-Girl All-American Girl]]'' by Shinzakura is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic.

Daisy Jo Martinez is married to a US Navy officer, has two kids, is Catholic, Republican and proud to be American.

She's also a pony.

This is, at least initially, her story, but things become much more complicated fast.

See also the [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/26335/Be-Human%3A-the-All-American-Girl-Sidestories Sidestories]], which fill in several tangential gaps, as well as the [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/66494/polarity-a-tale-of-two-sisters prequel]]. Also check out [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/mlp-all-american-girl-rewrite.248129/ the Spacebattles thread]] for pages of discussion and previews you won't find anywhere else.

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!!The main fanfic and the sidestories contain examples of:

* AffectionateParody:
** “No thanks. Ashleigh Ball can’t sing her way out of a paper bag so I stay away from HeyOcean like the plague."
** “No, I was watching the ''[[{{Webcomic/ClaudeAndMonet}} Claude & Monet]]'' anime movie the other day – why does Gainax bother with licensing weird foreign comics?”
* AlienCatnip: While coffee is a simple stimulant to humans, to Griffons, it's like drinking 'liquid cocaine.'
* AllThereInTheManual: The genetic structure of most of the species and the members of major Equestraini noble houses are covered in the author's [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Shinzakura/blog FiMFic blog]].
* AlternateHistory: The underlying world is different even before First Contact:
** 9/11 never happened.
** Bin Laden is not a terrorist.
** Eriteria, Ethiopia and Somalia were failed states that got merged into one, which didn't do much better.
** Andorra has been an independent kingdom since [[HolyRomanEmpire Charlemagne]] gave it to a local general in 998.
** Automobile manufacturer Studebaker still exists as of the start of the series.
** Russia and China fought a war in the 1970s.
** British singer NickDrake did not commit suicide in his 20s but lived into old age.
*** Considering it was he who mistakenly sued Lyra's brother Harper for sampling Drake's singing voice on of Harper's albums (ironically a tribute album to Drake) [[hottip:*: (and an even bigger irony in that Harper's singing voice is a near-perfect match for Drake's and so no sampling was involved)]] and not his estate, depending on when the album was released Drake could have lived into his 90s - or even be alive as of the side story ''The Busker'', making him 96 years old.
** Los Angeles radio station KMET was not shut down in 1987 and continues on as of the mid-2030s (as detailed in ''Redemption Song'')
** Might also be in NeverWasThisUniverse territory. Equestriani scientists have concluded that magic still exists on human Earth, but has lost most of its power, meaning only those with innate magical abilites can use it. It's speculated that it was once very common and that myths and legends might have some truth to them.
** In this universe, Romney was never elected, but one conversation reveals that in the story, he won twice.
*** However, that was written before the 2012 election, so that part wasn't entirely within the Author's control.
* {{Ascended Extra}}: Originally just stated to be the sisters of Hazy Jane, both Flutterwonder and Orange Box rise to side character status in Polarity.
** Also true for Blue Velvet, who before the rewrite was a no-name replacement for Sunburn as Ghino's companion that was never mentioned again, but now has full blown characterization as a femme fatale in her own right.
* {{Asexuality}}:
** One of DJ's manipulative tormentors as a kid, Serena, was totally uninterested in other humans sexually, but, just like many RealLife asexuals, she constantly got pegged as a closet homosexual and [[spoiler:was eventually DrivenToSuicide when those taunts [[KissingUnderTheInfluence turned prophetic during a night of heavy drinking]]]].
** Twilight is also heavily asexual, though most consider her MarriedToTheJob as opposed to anything else.
* ArcWords: COMBS, which is [[spoiler: the initials of the five mares suspected of being the host of Nightmare Moon: '''C'''hampagne Dreams, '''O'''range Box, '''M'''inty, '''B'''on-Bon and '''S'''tar Swirl.]]
* [[BandOfBrothers Band of Sisters]]: the mane six, princesses and their immediate family over the years have been through so much that by the time of the beginning of the stories they openly think of each other as sisters (or brothers, for the males.)
** In fact, the whole group is referred to by the InUniverse media as "The Royal Family."
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: [[spoiler: DJ has a mild case of this, explicitly distinguished InUniverse from DoubleThink.]]
** As a result, it makes [[spoiler: DJ]] a case of an UnreliableNarrator.
* BilingualBonus: One of the chapters of the sidestories, entitled "обман" is Russian for [[spoiler:deception]], quite appropriate for the tone of that story arc.
** The author also occasionally throws in other languages as needed (Japanese, Spanish, Singaporean English, Latin, etc.)
* BiTheWay: Lyra used to be Bon-Bon's wife, then after a nasty divorce, she married a male human, much to Bon-Bon's anguish.
* BodyHorror: While Tsubasa is possessed by Subaru [[hottip:*:(actually the demonic {{Kitsune}} known as TamamoNoMae)]] her body goes through a rather...''unique'' transformation. And not in a good way.
* BoomerangBigot: DJ has fallen awfully close to this at times.
* BreakTheCutie: The [[spoiler: Foalnapping Incident and misinterpreted "attempted rape"]] gave DJ [[HeroicBSOD PTSD]]; the subsequent custody trial a few months later shattered her psyche, pushing her over the DespairEventHorizon, giving her further grief and permanently changing her personality from cheerful and outgoing to jaded and sullen.
** Though she's apparently regained some of her old personality over the years.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: DJ punches [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon]], and a second later her irritated foe then proceeds to break DJ's arm in three places.
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon]].
* CainAndAbel: DJ and Minty.
* CannotSpitItOut: At one time or another, virtually everypony in the entire cast.
* CelebrityParadox:
** While ''MyLittlePony'' exists, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic FIM]]'' apparently doesn't.
** Also, Masamune Shirow's works (''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex]]'' is frequently mentioned) are fictional, but Shirow's fictional weapons company, Seburo, is real.
** The ambassador to Equestria in 2047 is Megan Williams, the protagonist of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends the G1 cartoon]]. The G1 cartoon still existed in this universe. This means that the only difference between the American ambassador to Equestria and a sixty year old cartoon character is that the ambassador didn't get to travel to a land of magical talking ponies till she was an older woman.
*** This also applies to her younger brother Danny, who is Vice President of the US as of 2047.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Screwball and Barking Mad/Screw Loose]], casually mentioned in an early chapter, later come back and are revealed to be [[spoiler:a supernatural being of chaos and a Discord cultist with chaos magic, and subordinates of Faust herself.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Several characters, especially the military members or those exposed to same, do this.
** DJ, her father, and Mike's father (the latter two being Navy vets), are very adept at this. Ironically, though being the only active-duty member of the four, Mike ''isn't'' anywhere near as foul-mouthed as his family members.
* ComfortFood: Whenever DJ's stressed, you can bet before the day ends, she's had her favorite food: [[spoiler: cheeseburger with fries; bonus points if it's a bacon double cheeseburger]].
* CosmicChessGame: [[spoiler: Discord and Faust appear to have been running one.]]
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: Diablo, Cinnamon's pet bunny
* DeathGlare: Fluttershy used The Stare on Blueblood! It's super effective! Blueblood fainted!
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler:''Nightmare Moon.'']] It can safely be said that no-one (save for possibly the author) saw that one coming.
* DoNotCallMePaul: DJ doesn't like her birth name, Sandalwood. She especially doesn't like it when people know this and call her it anyways.
* DysfunctionJunction: It seems that anyone connected to the Equestriani royal family has at least two [[IncrediblyLamePun subscriptions]], and if they don't have those then they're soon picking up issues.
* {{Eagleland}}: Parodied when [[spoiler: DJ uses American Temper to hold her own against the Royal Canterlot Voice.]]
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: DJ's is "Hikaru".
* EthicalSlut: Derpy's twin sister Ditzy is shameless in just about every other way...but she refuses to show any of it in front of foals.
* [[{{Fangirl}} Fanfilly]]: Lyra and soccer. She's okay with other sports, but when it comes to soccer, she's as bad as any human sports nut.
** For that matter, Trixie has become a huge otaku to the point that she uses anime references to mark her path during a particularly strange {{Roofhopping}} battle.
* FantasticRacism: The ponies haven't had it easy, but then again neither have the humans.
** There have been several high-profile murders enacted by humans on ponies for speciest reasons, and the Equestrians have a disturbingly popular pony supremacist movement called the Purehooves.
** During and after [[spoiler:the attack on Cloudsdale]] ponies start rioting and attacking any non-pony they find. The ponies in Ponyville get close to killing [[spoiler:Spines]], but she and the rest of the non-pony residents are saved by the timely intervention of [[spoiler:Spike wearing green flaming magical wings]].
* FantasticSlurs: The ponies have been rather tame in their epithets of humanity: "monkeys" are the worst that's been said. The humans, on the other hand, have been a bit more colorful:
--> '''Lyra:''' “Let me see if I can recall some of the speciest slurs made about ponies: Kickstands. Tugs. [[{{Pun}} Geldos]]. [[spoiler: Roadshitters]]. [[spoiler: [[CatherineTheGreat Cathyfuckers]]]] – I don’t even ''know'' what that means.”
** Ponies have been a bit more colorful as of late, referring to humans as [[spoiler: "skinners"]] and humanized ponies like [[spoiler: Dusty Groove, Lyra and others]] as [[spoiler: "skingrafts"]]. DJ, of course, is simply referred to as a traitor or brainwashed.
* FieldPromotion: For just about everything that has been going on, Mike gets promoted from Lieutenant Commander (O-4) to full Commander (O-5). Considering the implications of his career in the sidestories, he's either well ahead of the game or possibly a potential case of ClosestThingWeGot.
* FriendlyEnemy: [[spoiler: Discord]] has developed into this.
* FunWithAcronyms: Twilight's reality-hopping device is called the Panoramic Operational Remote Temporadimensional Access Link, or "Portal", for short.
** Another, more hidden one comes when a character states an authorization code; "Hotel-Four-Siera-Bravo-Romeo-Zero". Abbreviating the code and putting in the actual numbers spells out '[=H4SBR0=]' (Hasbro).
* FutureSlang: By implication. Early 21st century slang is considered out of date.
* GenerationXerox: Cinnamon Star, Fluttershy's adopted daughter, is painfully like how her mother used to be.
** Worse: Pinkie's twin children, Bubble Berry and Surprise - they're like Pinkie, but ''in [[GoesToEleven STEREO]]''.
* GenreSavvy: Lyra seems to note that things in her homeland always seem to be solved "in thirty minutes."
** It's Derpy Hooves who takes the cake for most Genre Savvy character in the series though, as she is able to deduce exactly what other ponies are doing and the conventions they're working under in a matter of moments. The series is a soap opera, and Derpy knows her soap operas.
* GenreShift: The first chapter involves DJ retelling her life story. The second chapter, however, moves clearly into the technothriller domain.
** The sidestory "Bakemono" shifts heavily into stereotypical anime cliche territory.
* [[GodEmperor Goddess-Princess]]: Partially averted, as the alicorns insist that they are not deities...despite the fact that none of their followers/subjects seem to comprehend or believe this.
** The fact that Faust is much more powerful than Celestia or Luna doesn't help their arguments, unfortunately.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The "Foalnapping Incident" and Equestria's ''two week'' silence before making a statement afterward turned FirstContact into one of the biggest (if not ''the'' biggest) PR disasters in human history.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Many of the show's characters are pushing 65, and beyond a few gray hairs they still are seen as attractive.
** Lyra is a particular recipient of this trope, having managed to snag a human husband 20 years her junior.
* HalfHumanHybrid: DJ and Mike's children. Lyra and Paul's too. So far they appear to be human with unusual hair and eyes due to the amniomorphic spell, though one of DJ's sons might be able to see magic.
** In universe the spell that allows for one species to another also allows for interspecies hybrids to be concieved while transformed. This wasn't always the case though. From 2027 to 2047 the spell has advanced from something that just changes appearance, to something that also changes the genetic structure of the user to allow for interspecies conception. There are still limits though; for instance, [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction a griffin can have a baby with a water dragon but not a pony, and a dragon can't have a child with any of them]].
* HappilyAdopted: DJ.
** Also Cinnamon.
** And Imago.
** Not to mention Ueda Tsubasa.
* HappilyMarried: DJ and Mike. Lyra and Paul are also big examples of this trope. Other married couples may or may not be this.
** Carlos and Sabrina, despite not being major characters, stand out for just how freakish their example is. Not unheard of, but certainly weird and rare.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: DJ and Mike were together ever since they first met in high school, and they've been married for nearly ten years by the start of the story. (It would have been longer, but moving around a lot to different locations hampered that.)
* [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Aunts]]: The rest of the Mane Six, as well as the Cutie Mark Crusaders, were designated as such for [=DJ=]
** In fact, all the foals of the Mane Six were brought up this way as well, so much so that they all refer to themselves as cousins.
* IHaveNoSon: After the court battle over DJ's fate, Rarity claims her daughter Sandalwood died years ago, and refuses to even acknowledge DJ for decades.
* ImmigrantPatriotism: And how!
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Blood Armor seems to enjoy doing so to Twilight Sunburn and frequently backs it up by hurting her. However, when it comes to the point where she nearly dies in a gun battle with the Belgian military, he's nowhere to be found.
* InhumanableAlienRights: Until DJ's tenth birthday, when the Supreme Court declared her legally a person, she did not have full legal rights.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Pony mares have a ''definite thing'' for human men, and vice versa.
*** Explained in universe: pony female to male ratio is 1.7:1, while humans match the RealLife ratio of 1.01:1 Furthermore, pony female pheromones work to devastating effect on human males; an aroused mare will give off enough of the hormone [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenylethylamine PEA]] to make the man go into euphoria - yes, aroused pony females[[spoiler: [[SmellsSexy smell like chocolate.]]]]
*** By contrast, stallions are repulsed by human female hormones. When last we saw the first stallion to fall in love with a woman he was working on a solution to that problem that didn't involve shoving tissues up his nose. Though for women looking to make it with a pony tissues are an effective way to get the stallion of their dreams to get past his nose.
** [[spoiler: Imago, a flutter, found love in the forelegs of Pip during his separation from Sweetie Belle.]]
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight: Used in chapter 1, where it is referred to as an old cliché.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Sweetie Belle [[spoiler:calls an end to her thirty-plus year off/on relationship with Pip when she finds out about Imago and their children.]]
* JustFriends: Logan and Lovestruck. While he ''is'' attracted to her (something's she's very aware of), she's still too hurt by the loss of her coltfriend and he's too nice to take advantage.
** DJ, however, is convinced that their relationship is imminent.
* LatinLover: Alluded to in the sidestory ''Chemistry''.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: a [[Music/{{TheCure}} retired 80s rock star]] who no longer dresses like he used to is in Seattle for business. During that time he runs into the newly-monikered Robert "Bob" Smith and offers the gryphon advice on being yourself.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters / LoveDodecahedron: There have been calls for the author to make a list of all the characters in the series. As of now, there's currently a [[https://www.box.com/s/e6mh54bd0gjjg8lp1g21 chart]] of '''only''' the significant characters from the main story. A ''much larger'' chart is being worked on that covers every character and is reputed to dwarf the one above.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Celestia once had a mortal lover, a unicorn named Argent Lance. However, their relationship didn't last, though not because of his death (they broke up for political reasons.)
* MeaningfulName: Imago. [[spoiler: her foil/biological mother Chrysalis' name indicates immaturity, while an ''imago'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imago is the term for an adult insect]], implying that Imago is much more mature than Chrysalis will ever be.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler: Roughwind]] sincerely regrets what he did in [[spoiler: the Foalnapping Incident.]]
* MythologyGag:
** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie "Smooze"]] is an euphemism for writing off problem Equestriani units.
** A character mentions a psychologist named Bonnie Zacherle; in RealLife Bonnie Zacherle is the creator of the ''My Little Pony'' franchise.
** Ghastly Gorge is renamed "Dream Valley" once it is taken over by the flutters.
* NotSoDifferent: DJ shares some qualities with her Equestriani relatives, though she is loathe to admit any connection.
** For instance, she has almost as little tact as Luna does.
* OneSteveLimit:
** Averted with Twilight Sparkle and Twilight Sunburn.
*** As well as the unrelated ''stallion'' Twilight Sky, Twilight Sparkle's mother Twilight Velvet, and Faust's one-time court mage Twilight Aurora.
** Also averted to a minor degree with Erica's high school boyfriend Paul Cooper and Lyra's husband Paul Phillips, though the high school Paul is a minor character for a flashback story arc.
** Averted to a ridiculous degree via Chrysalis' pepsis soldiers. Considering they look like [[spoiler: Shining Armor, Twilight Sparkle, Twilight Velvet and Night Light]], every one of them has a name based on the family member they take after, e.g. Twilight Sunburn looking very much like Twilight Sparkle.
* OppositesAttract: Carlos and his wife Sabrina are a Republican and Democrat respectively working for opposing presidential candidates, and married for many years.
* PinocchioSyndrome: DJ bounces back and forth on this. Sometimes she wants to be human, other times she feels that she'd be dishonoring her family and their struggles by doing so.
** There is a spell though that makes it so that one species can change into another for a limited amount of time though, so DJ, Lyra and others have been human for at least a little while.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Derpy and Shining Armor.]]
** Though both of them are alive and well in the prequel series.
* PrecisionFStrike: To quote the fic, "As Mike would say, it’s O-Fucking-Get-To-Bed-Hundred-Hours."
* PrinceCharmless: Decades on, Blueblood is still a massive {{Jerkass}}.
* PropheticName: Mike's last name, ''Hengst'' [[hottip:*: (German for "stallion")]] turned out to be rather prophetic, considering that he and DJ have been together almost since they first met.
* RaisedByNatives: DJ [[{{RaisedByHumans}} is the most obvious example]], but there are others as well.
** Spike is shown as an example of this, and he's the reason why Twilight decides to take up DJ's case.
** Imago was a [[spoiler:changeling]] raised by ponies, and as a result she [[spoiler:metamorphized into a completely new kind of subspecies]].
** Spines is another dragon raised by ponies, and her backstory is almost exactly the same as Spike's.
* RealPlaceBackground: Places such as Winchester, Virginia and Singapore have popped up in detail.
** As the author is former Navy and thus well-traveled, this also seems to be a case of ShownTheirWork.
* {{Retcon}}: The first chapter was modified to facilitate several of these.
** Hoofspace was originally magic, but was changed to be biological in nature. It still retains the name.
** In the original it was revealed that [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash ordered DJ "rescued"]] fairly early on, but now it likely will never be revealed.
*** It's been revealed again.
** The end of ''The Busker'' was changed from twenty years after the main events in side-story to fifteen.
** Originally, the author made the BabiesMakeEverythingBetter mistake of having the marriage of Rainbow Dash and Soarin' saved by the birth of their son, Rainbow Blitz. But since Blitz is the same age as Elusive, this has been removed.
** Originally, the [[spoiler:Republic of Pirates]] was the main baddies in the story, but since the rewrite, they've been mostly sidelined in favor of both the pepsis army and [[spoiler:Ghino di Tacco pulling the strings for a war between Equestria and Iran.]]
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: The author will try to give his characters more realistic dialogue, and the commentators will then nail him for improper grammar.
* RuleSixtyThree: Averted in that the names of the [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] characters are actually separate characters:
** Elusive is Rarity's son, not her counterpart.
** Spines is a dragoness raised in the same manner as Spike (and, interestingly enough, in the same treehouse library, though Twilight and Spike no longer live there) and no relation.
** Rainbow Blitz is the rather mercurial son of Rainbow Dash's and Soarin'.
** Dusk Shine is [[spoiler: a pepsis that looks just like his aunt Twilight Sparkle, born from Chrysalis raping a hypnotized Shining Armor and adopted by Cadance on behalf of her deceased husband.]]
** [[spoiler: Butterscotch is the first foal of Fluttershy and Macintosh and was stillborn.]]
** Bubble Berry is one of Pinkie's twin foals.
** Sweepy Bell is the somewhat lookalike cousin of Sweetie Belle.
** Harper Heartstrings is Lyra's older brother.
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon]] presents one to Luna when she [[spoiler: throws [[CatchAFallingStar both Elusive and Mike]] off of Cloudsdale]], knowing that Luna can't rescue both of them. [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon]] obviously didn't plan on [[spoiler: Celestia]] making an appearance literally at the last second and throwing a big ol' wrench in her plans.
* ScheduleSlip: The author was writing an exhaustive amount of words at a furious pace (approx. 25,000 words every two weeks), but an injury to his arm put him out of the running for a couple of months and the writing speed hasn't quite gotten back up to what it was just yet.
** The BrokenBase fighting over at Spacebattles might have had something to do with it as well.
** The editing to his upcoming debut novel has also had an impact.
* SelfInsertFic: DJ herself isn't a case, but her parents are, being somewhat comedic expies of the author and his wife.
* SeriousBusiness: There's a Muffin Promise that, when broken, means you can't eat muffins ever again.
* ShapeshiftingLover: There's a spell (and enchanted item) available that does exactly this.
* ShoutOut:
** "Wrote lots of books and spells, head of the mage guild, Princess Celestia’s protor…[[VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} protoss]]…personal apprentice!"
** One of the worlds' most popular movie series is ''FanFic/ArddunLleuad''.
** "Well, my parents were both military, and my mom has a small armory she keeps around the house for weapons reference for her artwork, so yeah, I know how to shoot. Learned on Dad’s [[Anime/{{GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex}} Seburo M5 9mm]]."
*** The title of the sidestory anthology -- ''Be Human'' -- is a reference to one of the ScottMatthew songs from SAC, and in universe it's DJ's favorite song, for [[PinocchioSyndrome obvious reasons]].
** When a young Mike asks his sister for advice in dating DJ -- an alien -- his sister questions whether or not he'll wake up one day with DJ talking about [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic ‘yellow perpendicular with making blue bisector’]].
*** Funnily enough, years later one of DJ's favorite games is shown to be a future version of ''Star Wars: The Old Republic''.
** To continue the StarWars references, when Cadance asks Lyra on advice for childrearing, Lyra makes light of how things have changed between former foalsitter and foalsat:
-->'''Lyra:''' “Just don’t expect me to do the whole Darth Vader thing.”
-->'''Cadance:''' “Darth…Vader?”
-->'''Lyra:''' “''Star Wars'' reference – hubby’s a big fan of those old movies. ‘When I left you, I was but the learner; now ''I'' am the master.’”
** During a Halloween party, Erica dresses up as the assassin Ambika from ''[[{{Webcomic/ClaudeAndMonet}} Claude & Monet]].''
** In chapter 11 the Changelings get "educated" on the difference between [[Series/StargateSG1 tacics meant for terror]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_ps9iMH1N4 tactics meant for war]] by the Belgian special forces.
*** The start of chapter 6 shows several characters travelling through a portal from Earth to Equestria, and it's described as very similar to a Stargate.
** Derpy's otherdimensional-sensing device is known as the {{Music/Stereolab}}.
*** For that matter, she boards an airship called the ''Serene Velocity'', also the name of a Stereolab album.
** Somebody claims that mystery girl Subaru may be a student at [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Furinkan High School]] in Nerima.
*** For that matter, Tsubasa and her fellow students attend Tamagawa Mikami High School [[hottip:*: (better known as the school attended by Sakura Kasugano of VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha fame)]].
** One original character is named [[CocteauTwins Tiny Dynamine]] and her unusual magic aura resembles butterflies.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Pipsqueak and Sweetie Belle.]]
** [[spoiler: Also Robin and Luna.]]
* SuddenNameChange: Intentional, as the griffin Gunther Greatheights decides he needs a new name and goes against his culture to take the name [[TheCure Robert Smith]].
* TakeThat:
** It is briefly mentioned that a derogatory Equestriani film about humans called ''[[Fanfic/TheConversionBureau The Converters]]'' was made, whose makers Twilight and Sweetie threatened to sue for libel.
*** Sweetie Belle also opines, much to her dismay, that she believes the creators are behind a horror film being shot at the [[FanFic/RainbowFactory rainbow factory]], which temporarily closed for the filming.
** Discord doesn't care for a particular baked good:
--->'''Discord:''' "Would you care for a cupcake? Never cared for them myself. [[Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}} Too bloody]]."
* [[ThatManIsDead That Mare Is Dead]]: Inverted. During Rarity and DJ's argument after the court battle, Rarity says that Sandalwood is dead, essentially disowning DJ.
** Played straight with DJ and a few others saying the exact same thing, but the meaning flipped. People saying that Sandalwood is dead is usually a cue that their relationship with the main character is on the up-swing.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The main story takes place in 2047.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Rainbow Blitz, Bubble Berry and Elusive take very much after their mothers.
** To a lesser degree, Dusk Shine looks like his aunt as well, as does [[spoiler: Twilight Sunburn]].
*** [[spoiler: The offspring of Chrysalis and Shining Armor are widely hinted that they look like members of the Sparkle family. For example, Black Velvet might be the [[IdenticalGrandson identical granddaughter]] of Twilight Velvet]].
** Though not biologically related to her parents, Cinnamon Star's coloring and manestyle makes her look like the natural daughter of Fluttershy and Big Mac.
* UngratefulBastard: Despite essentially saving DJ/Sandalwood's life, and then raising her, Rarity is totally unappreciative of the sacrifices, love, and effort DJ's human parents put into taking care of her. She brands them as 'thieves' and blames ''them'' for turning DJ against her; thus making up the central conflict in DJ and Rarity's relationship.
* {{Unperson}}: The fate of those [[spoiler: exiled from Equestria.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: The side-story [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/26335/8/Be-Human%3A-the-All-American-Girl-Sidestories/Mythomania Mythomania]] hints that DJ may be this with regards to her past.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: A certain mare who hasn't dated for a while ([[spoiler: Celestia]]) has a thing for a certain married individual ([[spoiler: DJ's husband, Mike.]])
** Also, [[spoiler: Star Swirl]] feels this way about [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle]], also making it a case of UnrequitedLoveLastsForever to boot.
* UnusualEuphemism: The Equestriani version of the f-bomb is "buck" which means "kick," and their version of "bitch" is "harridelle" which is a French word that means "nag."
** Also if a mare is a "tail-lifter", it means she's a slut.
** Nag is also used, but generally means "old fart."
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 7, "At the Twilight's Last Gleaming." Cloudsdale is under an attack it may not survive, and Luna is forced to reenact the climax of ''Film/{{Superman}}'' without time travel]] and Equestriani military forces are fighting for their survival in the middle of [[spoiler:Iran while being chased by the Iranian Republican Guard.]] Hoooolllee ''frak''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Happens at least two times in the first chapter. The first being with the rest of the mane cast and their families calling out Twilight Sparkle for siding with DJ to stay with her adopted family rather than her birth family and going to court about it. The second one happens when Celestia calls out the entire mane cast for falling into the trap of fighting each other legally in court rather than try to find a peaceful solution. But Celestia especially called out Rarity for being [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] to DJ's parents and Rainbow Dash for ordering the "rescue" attempt on DJ.
* [[YoureNotMyFather You're Not My Mother]]: DJ refuses to acknowledge Rarity.
* ZombieAdvocate: A lawyer observing the hell DJ's parents are going through as they attempt to enroll her in school decides to sue the US Government to declare her a person.
** Also, Celestia recommending a changeling be raised by ponies to see if it would learn love. The [[spoiler:changeling Imago as a result metamorphized into a completely new kind of subspecies and thinks of herself as a pony instead of a changeling.]]
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''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/25148/All-American-Girl All-American Girl]]'' by Shinzakura is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic.

Daisy Jo Martinez is married to a US Navy officer, has two kids, is Catholic, Republican and proud to be American.

She's also a pony.

This is, at least initially, her story, but things become much more complicated fast.

See also the [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/26335/Be-Human%3A-the-All-American-Girl-Sidestories Sidestories]], which fill in several tangential gaps, as well as the [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/66494/polarity-a-tale-of-two-sisters prequel]]. Also check out [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/mlp-all-american-girl-rewrite.248129/ the Spacebattles thread]] for pages of discussion and previews you won't find anywhere else.

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!!The main fanfic and the sidestories contain examples of:

* AffectionateParody:
** “No thanks. Ashleigh Ball can’t sing her way out of a paper bag so I stay away from HeyOcean like the plague."
** “No, I was watching the ''[[{{Webcomic/ClaudeAndMonet}} Claude & Monet]]'' anime movie the other day – why does Gainax bother with licensing weird foreign comics?”
* AlienCatnip: While coffee is a simple stimulant to humans, to Griffons, it's like drinking 'liquid cocaine.'
* AllThereInTheManual: The genetic structure of most of the species and the members of major Equestraini noble houses are covered in the author's [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Shinzakura/blog FiMFic blog]].
* AlternateHistory: The underlying world is different even before First Contact:
** 9/11 never happened.
** Bin Laden is not a terrorist.
** Eriteria, Ethiopia and Somalia were failed states that got merged into one, which didn't do much better.
** Andorra has been an independent kingdom since [[HolyRomanEmpire Charlemagne]] gave it to a local general in 998.
** Automobile manufacturer Studebaker still exists as of the start of the series.
** Russia and China fought a war in the 1970s.
** British singer NickDrake did not commit suicide in his 20s but lived into old age.
*** Considering it was he who mistakenly sued Lyra's brother Harper for sampling Drake's singing voice on of Harper's albums (ironically a tribute album to Drake) [[hottip:*: (and an even bigger irony in that Harper's singing voice is a near-perfect match for Drake's and so no sampling was involved)]] and not his estate, depending on when the album was released Drake could have lived into his 90s - or even be alive as of the side story ''The Busker'', making him 96 years old.
** Los Angeles radio station KMET was not shut down in 1987 and continues on as of the mid-2030s (as detailed in ''Redemption Song'')
** Might also be in NeverWasThisUniverse territory. Equestriani scientists have concluded that magic still exists on human Earth, but has lost most of its power, meaning only those with innate magical abilites can use it. It's speculated that it was once very common and that myths and legends might have some truth to them.
** In this universe, Romney was never elected, but one conversation reveals that in the story, he won twice.
*** However, that was written before the 2012 election, so that part wasn't entirely within the Author's control.
* {{Ascended Extra}}: Originally just stated to be the sisters of Hazy Jane, both Flutterwonder and Orange Box rise to side character status in Polarity.
** Also true for Blue Velvet, who before the rewrite was a no-name replacement for Sunburn as Ghino's companion that was never mentioned again, but now has full blown characterization as a femme fatale in her own right.
* {{Asexuality}}:
** One of DJ's manipulative tormentors as a kid, Serena, was totally uninterested in other humans sexually, but, just like many RealLife asexuals, she constantly got pegged as a closet homosexual and [[spoiler:was eventually DrivenToSuicide when those taunts [[KissingUnderTheInfluence turned prophetic during a night of heavy drinking]]]].
** Twilight is also heavily asexual, though most consider her MarriedToTheJob as opposed to anything else.
* ArcWords: COMBS, which is [[spoiler: the initials of the five mares suspected of being the host of Nightmare Moon: '''C'''hampagne Dreams, '''O'''range Box, '''M'''inty, '''B'''on-Bon and '''S'''tar Swirl.]]
* [[BandOfBrothers Band of Sisters]]: the mane six, princesses and their immediate family over the years have been through so much that by the time of the beginning of the stories they openly think of each other as sisters (or brothers, for the males.)
** In fact, the whole group is referred to by the InUniverse media as "The Royal Family."
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: [[spoiler: DJ has a mild case of this, explicitly distinguished InUniverse from DoubleThink.]]
** As a result, it makes [[spoiler: DJ]] a case of an UnreliableNarrator.
* BilingualBonus: One of the chapters of the sidestories, entitled "обман" is Russian for [[spoiler:deception]], quite appropriate for the tone of that story arc.
** The author also occasionally throws in other languages as needed (Japanese, Spanish, Singaporean English, Latin, etc.)
* BiTheWay: Lyra used to be Bon-Bon's wife, then after a nasty divorce, she married a male human, much to Bon-Bon's anguish.
* BodyHorror: While Tsubasa is possessed by Subaru [[hottip:*:(actually the demonic {{Kitsune}} known as TamamoNoMae)]] her body goes through a rather...''unique'' transformation. And not in a good way.
* BoomerangBigot: DJ has fallen awfully close to this at times.
* BreakTheCutie: The [[spoiler: Foalnapping Incident and misinterpreted "attempted rape"]] gave DJ [[HeroicBSOD PTSD]]; the subsequent custody trial a few months later shattered her psyche, pushing her over the DespairEventHorizon, giving her further grief and permanently changing her personality from cheerful and outgoing to jaded and sullen.
** Though she's apparently regained some of her old personality over the years.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: DJ punches [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon]], and a second later her irritated foe then proceeds to break DJ's arm in three places.
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon]].
* CainAndAbel: DJ and Minty.
* CannotSpitItOut: At one time or another, virtually everypony in the entire cast.
* CelebrityParadox:
** While ''MyLittlePony'' exists, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic FIM]]'' apparently doesn't.
** Also, Masamune Shirow's works (''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex]]'' is frequently mentioned) are fictional, but Shirow's fictional weapons company, Seburo, is real.
** The ambassador to Equestria in 2047 is Megan Williams, the protagonist of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends the G1 cartoon]]. The G1 cartoon still existed in this universe. This means that the only difference between the American ambassador to Equestria and a sixty year old cartoon character is that the ambassador didn't get to travel to a land of magical talking ponies till she was an older woman.
*** This also applies to her younger brother Danny, who is Vice President of the US as of 2047.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Screwball and Barking Mad/Screw Loose]], casually mentioned in an early chapter, later come back and are revealed to be [[spoiler:a supernatural being of chaos and a Discord cultist with chaos magic, and subordinates of Faust herself.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Several characters, especially the military members or those exposed to same, do this.
** DJ, her father, and Mike's father (the latter two being Navy vets), are very adept at this. Ironically, though being the only active-duty member of the four, Mike ''isn't'' anywhere near as foul-mouthed as his family members.
* ComfortFood: Whenever DJ's stressed, you can bet before the day ends, she's had her favorite food: [[spoiler: cheeseburger with fries; bonus points if it's a bacon double cheeseburger]].
* CosmicChessGame: [[spoiler: Discord and Faust appear to have been running one.]]
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: Diablo, Cinnamon's pet bunny
* DeathGlare: Fluttershy used The Stare on Blueblood! It's super effective! Blueblood fainted!
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler:''Nightmare Moon.'']] It can safely be said that no-one (save for possibly the author) saw that one coming.
* DoNotCallMePaul: DJ doesn't like her birth name, Sandalwood. She especially doesn't like it when people know this and call her it anyways.
* DysfunctionJunction: It seems that anyone connected to the Equestriani royal family has at least two [[IncrediblyLamePun subscriptions]], and if they don't have those then they're soon picking up issues.
* {{Eagleland}}: Parodied when [[spoiler: DJ uses American Temper to hold her own against the Royal Canterlot Voice.]]
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: DJ's is "Hikaru".
* EthicalSlut: Derpy's twin sister Ditzy is shameless in just about every other way...but she refuses to show any of it in front of foals.
* [[{{Fangirl}} Fanfilly]]: Lyra and soccer. She's okay with other sports, but when it comes to soccer, she's as bad as any human sports nut.
** For that matter, Trixie has become a huge otaku to the point that she uses anime references to mark her path during a particularly strange {{Roofhopping}} battle.
* FantasticRacism: The ponies haven't had it easy, but then again neither have the humans.
** There have been several high-profile murders enacted by humans on ponies for speciest reasons, and the Equestrians have a disturbingly popular pony supremacist movement called the Purehooves.
** During and after [[spoiler:the attack on Cloudsdale]] ponies start rioting and attacking any non-pony they find. The ponies in Ponyville get close to killing [[spoiler:Spines]], but she and the rest of the non-pony residents are saved by the timely intervention of [[spoiler:Spike wearing green flaming magical wings]].
* FantasticSlurs: The ponies have been rather tame in their epithets of humanity: "monkeys" are the worst that's been said. The humans, on the other hand, have been a bit more colorful:
--> '''Lyra:''' “Let me see if I can recall some of the speciest slurs made about ponies: Kickstands. Tugs. [[{{Pun}} Geldos]]. [[spoiler: Roadshitters]]. [[spoiler: [[CatherineTheGreat Cathyfuckers]]]] – I don’t even ''know'' what that means.”
** Ponies have been a bit more colorful as of late, referring to humans as [[spoiler: "skinners"]] and humanized ponies like [[spoiler: Dusty Groove, Lyra and others]] as [[spoiler: "skingrafts"]]. DJ, of course, is simply referred to as a traitor or brainwashed.
* FieldPromotion: For just about everything that has been going on, Mike gets promoted from Lieutenant Commander (O-4) to full Commander (O-5). Considering the implications of his career in the sidestories, he's either well ahead of the game or possibly a potential case of ClosestThingWeGot.
* FriendlyEnemy: [[spoiler: Discord]] has developed into this.
* FunWithAcronyms: Twilight's reality-hopping device is called the Panoramic Operational Remote Temporadimensional Access Link, or "Portal", for short.
** Another, more hidden one comes when a character states an authorization code; "Hotel-Four-Siera-Bravo-Romeo-Zero". Abbreviating the code and putting in the actual numbers spells out '[=H4SBR0=]' (Hasbro).
* FutureSlang: By implication. Early 21st century slang is considered out of date.
* GenerationXerox: Cinnamon Star, Fluttershy's adopted daughter, is painfully like how her mother used to be.
** Worse: Pinkie's twin children, Bubble Berry and Surprise - they're like Pinkie, but ''in [[GoesToEleven STEREO]]''.
* GenreSavvy: Lyra seems to note that things in her homeland always seem to be solved "in thirty minutes."
** It's Derpy Hooves who takes the cake for most Genre Savvy character in the series though, as she is able to deduce exactly what other ponies are doing and the conventions they're working under in a matter of moments. The series is a soap opera, and Derpy knows her soap operas.
* GenreShift: The first chapter involves DJ retelling her life story. The second chapter, however, moves clearly into the technothriller domain.
** The sidestory "Bakemono" shifts heavily into stereotypical anime cliche territory.
* [[GodEmperor Goddess-Princess]]: Partially averted, as the alicorns insist that they are not deities...despite the fact that none of their followers/subjects seem to comprehend or believe this.
** The fact that Faust is much more powerful than Celestia or Luna doesn't help their arguments, unfortunately.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The "Foalnapping Incident" and Equestria's ''two week'' silence before making a statement afterward turned FirstContact into one of the biggest (if not ''the'' biggest) PR disasters in human history.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Many of the show's characters are pushing 65, and beyond a few gray hairs they still are seen as attractive.
** Lyra is a particular recipient of this trope, having managed to snag a human husband 20 years her junior.
* HalfHumanHybrid: DJ and Mike's children. Lyra and Paul's too. So far they appear to be human with unusual hair and eyes due to the amniomorphic spell, though one of DJ's sons might be able to see magic.
** In universe the spell that allows for one species to another also allows for interspecies hybrids to be concieved while transformed. This wasn't always the case though. From 2027 to 2047 the spell has advanced from something that just changes appearance, to something that also changes the genetic structure of the user to allow for interspecies conception. There are still limits though; for instance, [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction a griffin can have a baby with a water dragon but not a pony, and a dragon can't have a child with any of them]].
* HappilyAdopted: DJ.
** Also Cinnamon.
** And Imago.
** Not to mention Ueda Tsubasa.
* HappilyMarried: DJ and Mike. Lyra and Paul are also big examples of this trope. Other married couples may or may not be this.
** Carlos and Sabrina, despite not being major characters, stand out for just how freakish their example is. Not unheard of, but certainly weird and rare.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: DJ and Mike were together ever since they first met in high school, and they've been married for nearly ten years by the start of the story. (It would have been longer, but moving around a lot to different locations hampered that.)
* [[HonoraryUncle Honorary Aunts]]: The rest of the Mane Six, as well as the Cutie Mark Crusaders, were designated as such for [=DJ=]
** In fact, all the foals of the Mane Six were brought up this way as well, so much so that they all refer to themselves as cousins.
* IHaveNoSon: After the court battle over DJ's fate, Rarity claims her daughter Sandalwood died years ago, and refuses to even acknowledge DJ for decades.
* ImmigrantPatriotism: And how!
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Blood Armor seems to enjoy doing so to Twilight Sunburn and frequently backs it up by hurting her. However, when it comes to the point where she nearly dies in a gun battle with the Belgian military, he's nowhere to be found.
* InhumanableAlienRights: Until DJ's tenth birthday, when the Supreme Court declared her legally a person, she did not have full legal rights.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Pony mares have a ''definite thing'' for human men, and vice versa.
*** Explained in universe: pony female to male ratio is 1.7:1, while humans match the RealLife ratio of 1.01:1 Furthermore, pony female pheromones work to devastating effect on human males; an aroused mare will give off enough of the hormone [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenylethylamine PEA]] to make the man go into euphoria - yes, aroused pony females[[spoiler: [[SmellsSexy smell like chocolate.]]]]
*** By contrast, stallions are repulsed by human female hormones. When last we saw the first stallion to fall in love with a woman he was working on a solution to that problem that didn't involve shoving tissues up his nose. Though for women looking to make it with a pony tissues are an effective way to get the stallion of their dreams to get past his nose.
** [[spoiler: Imago, a flutter, found love in the forelegs of Pip during his separation from Sweetie Belle.]]
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight: Used in chapter 1, where it is referred to as an old cliché.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Sweetie Belle [[spoiler:calls an end to her thirty-plus year off/on relationship with Pip when she finds out about Imago and their children.]]
* JustFriends: Logan and Lovestruck. While he ''is'' attracted to her (something's she's very aware of), she's still too hurt by the loss of her coltfriend and he's too nice to take advantage.
** DJ, however, is convinced that their relationship is imminent.
* LatinLover: Alluded to in the sidestory ''Chemistry''.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: a [[Music/{{TheCure}} retired 80s rock star]] who no longer dresses like he used to is in Seattle for business. During that time he runs into the newly-monikered Robert "Bob" Smith and offers the gryphon advice on being yourself.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters / LoveDodecahedron: There have been calls for the author to make a list of all the characters in the series. As of now, there's currently a [[https://www.box.com/s/e6mh54bd0gjjg8lp1g21 chart]] of '''only''' the significant characters from the main story. A ''much larger'' chart is being worked on that covers every character and is reputed to dwarf the one above.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Celestia once had a mortal lover, a unicorn named Argent Lance. However, their relationship didn't last, though not because of his death (they broke up for political reasons.)
* MeaningfulName: Imago. [[spoiler: her foil/biological mother Chrysalis' name indicates immaturity, while an ''imago'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imago is the term for an adult insect]], implying that Imago is much more mature than Chrysalis will ever be.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler: Roughwind]] sincerely regrets what he did in [[spoiler: the Foalnapping Incident.]]
* MythologyGag:
** [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie "Smooze"]] is an euphemism for writing off problem Equestriani units.
** A character mentions a psychologist named Bonnie Zacherle; in RealLife Bonnie Zacherle is the creator of the ''My Little Pony'' franchise.
** Ghastly Gorge is renamed "Dream Valley" once it is taken over by the flutters.
* NotSoDifferent: DJ shares some qualities with her Equestriani relatives, though she is loathe to admit any connection.
** For instance, she has almost as little tact as Luna does.
* OneSteveLimit:
** Averted with Twilight Sparkle and Twilight Sunburn.
*** As well as the unrelated ''stallion'' Twilight Sky, Twilight Sparkle's mother Twilight Velvet, and Faust's one-time court mage Twilight Aurora.
** Also averted to a minor degree with Erica's high school boyfriend Paul Cooper and Lyra's husband Paul Phillips, though the high school Paul is a minor character for a flashback story arc.
** Averted to a ridiculous degree via Chrysalis' pepsis soldiers. Considering they look like [[spoiler: Shining Armor, Twilight Sparkle, Twilight Velvet and Night Light]], every one of them has a name based on the family member they take after, e.g. Twilight Sunburn looking very much like Twilight Sparkle.
* OppositesAttract: Carlos and his wife Sabrina are a Republican and Democrat respectively working for opposing presidential candidates, and married for many years.
* PinocchioSyndrome: DJ bounces back and forth on this. Sometimes she wants to be human, other times she feels that she'd be dishonoring her family and their struggles by doing so.
** There is a spell though that makes it so that one species can change into another for a limited amount of time though, so DJ, Lyra and others have been human for at least a little while.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Derpy and Shining Armor.]]
** Though both of them are alive and well in the prequel series.
* PrecisionFStrike: To quote the fic, "As Mike would say, it’s O-Fucking-Get-To-Bed-Hundred-Hours."
* PrinceCharmless: Decades on, Blueblood is still a massive {{Jerkass}}.
* PropheticName: Mike's last name, ''Hengst'' [[hottip:*: (German for "stallion")]] turned out to be rather prophetic, considering that he and DJ have been together almost since they first met.
* RaisedByNatives: DJ [[{{RaisedByHumans}} is the most obvious example]], but there are others as well.
** Spike is shown as an example of this, and he's the reason why Twilight decides to take up DJ's case.
** Imago was a [[spoiler:changeling]] raised by ponies, and as a result she [[spoiler:metamorphized into a completely new kind of subspecies]].
** Spines is another dragon raised by ponies, and her backstory is almost exactly the same as Spike's.
* RealPlaceBackground: Places such as Winchester, Virginia and Singapore have popped up in detail.
** As the author is former Navy and thus well-traveled, this also seems to be a case of ShownTheirWork.
* {{Retcon}}: The first chapter was modified to facilitate several of these.
** Hoofspace was originally magic, but was changed to be biological in nature. It still retains the name.
** In the original it was revealed that [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash ordered DJ "rescued"]] fairly early on, but now it likely will never be revealed.
*** It's been revealed again.
** The end of ''The Busker'' was changed from twenty years after the main events in side-story to fifteen.
** Originally, the author made the BabiesMakeEverythingBetter mistake of having the marriage of Rainbow Dash and Soarin' saved by the birth of their son, Rainbow Blitz. But since Blitz is the same age as Elusive, this has been removed.
** Originally, the [[spoiler:Republic of Pirates]] was the main baddies in the story, but since the rewrite, they've been mostly sidelined in favor of both the pepsis army and [[spoiler:Ghino di Tacco pulling the strings for a war between Equestria and Iran.]]
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: The author will try to give his characters more realistic dialogue, and the commentators will then nail him for improper grammar.
* RuleSixtyThree: Averted in that the names of the [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] characters are actually separate characters:
** Elusive is Rarity's son, not her counterpart.
** Spines is a dragoness raised in the same manner as Spike (and, interestingly enough, in the same treehouse library, though Twilight and Spike no longer live there) and no relation.
** Rainbow Blitz is the rather mercurial son of Rainbow Dash's and Soarin'.
** Dusk Shine is [[spoiler: a pepsis that looks just like his aunt Twilight Sparkle, born from Chrysalis raping a hypnotized Shining Armor and adopted by Cadance on behalf of her deceased husband.]]
** [[spoiler: Butterscotch is the first foal of Fluttershy and Macintosh and was stillborn.]]
** Bubble Berry is one of Pinkie's twin foals.
** Sweepy Bell is the somewhat lookalike cousin of Sweetie Belle.
** Harper Heartstrings is Lyra's older brother.
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon]] presents one to Luna when she [[spoiler: throws [[CatchAFallingStar both Elusive and Mike]] off of Cloudsdale]], knowing that Luna can't rescue both of them. [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon]] obviously didn't plan on [[spoiler: Celestia]] making an appearance literally at the last second and throwing a big ol' wrench in her plans.
* ScheduleSlip: The author was writing an exhaustive amount of words at a furious pace (approx. 25,000 words every two weeks), but an injury to his arm put him out of the running for a couple of months and the writing speed hasn't quite gotten back up to what it was just yet.
** The BrokenBase fighting over at Spacebattles might have had something to do with it as well.
** The editing to his upcoming debut novel has also had an impact.
* SelfInsertFic: DJ herself isn't a case, but her parents are, being somewhat comedic expies of the author and his wife.
* SeriousBusiness: There's a Muffin Promise that, when broken, means you can't eat muffins ever again.
* ShapeshiftingLover: There's a spell (and enchanted item) available that does exactly this.
* ShoutOut:
** "Wrote lots of books and spells, head of the mage guild, Princess Celestia’s protor…[[VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} protoss]]…personal apprentice!"
** One of the worlds' most popular movie series is ''FanFic/ArddunLleuad''.
** "Well, my parents were both military, and my mom has a small armory she keeps around the house for weapons reference for her artwork, so yeah, I know how to shoot. Learned on Dad’s [[Anime/{{GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex}} Seburo M5 9mm]]."
*** The title of the sidestory anthology -- ''Be Human'' -- is a reference to one of the ScottMatthew songs from SAC, and in universe it's DJ's favorite song, for [[PinocchioSyndrome obvious reasons]].
** When a young Mike asks his sister for advice in dating DJ -- an alien -- his sister questions whether or not he'll wake up one day with DJ talking about [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic ‘yellow perpendicular with making blue bisector’]].
*** Funnily enough, years later one of DJ's favorite games is shown to be a future version of ''Star Wars: The Old Republic''.
** To continue the StarWars references, when Cadance asks Lyra on advice for childrearing, Lyra makes light of how things have changed between former foalsitter and foalsat:
-->'''Lyra:''' “Just don’t expect me to do the whole Darth Vader thing.”
-->'''Cadance:''' “Darth…Vader?”
-->'''Lyra:''' “''Star Wars'' reference – hubby’s a big fan of those old movies. ‘When I left you, I was but the learner; now ''I'' am the master.’”
** During a Halloween party, Erica dresses up as the assassin Ambika from ''[[{{Webcomic/ClaudeAndMonet}} Claude & Monet]].''
** In chapter 11 the Changelings get "educated" on the difference between [[Series/StargateSG1 tacics meant for terror]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_ps9iMH1N4 tactics meant for war]] by the Belgian special forces.
*** The start of chapter 6 shows several characters travelling through a portal from Earth to Equestria, and it's described as very similar to a Stargate.
** Derpy's otherdimensional-sensing device is known as the {{Music/Stereolab}}.
*** For that matter, she boards an airship called the ''Serene Velocity'', also the name of a Stereolab album.
** Somebody claims that mystery girl Subaru may be a student at [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Furinkan High School]] in Nerima.
*** For that matter, Tsubasa and her fellow students attend Tamagawa Mikami High School [[hottip:*: (better known as the school attended by Sakura Kasugano of VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha fame)]].
** One original character is named [[CocteauTwins Tiny Dynamine]] and her unusual magic aura resembles butterflies.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Pipsqueak and Sweetie Belle.]]
** [[spoiler: Also Robin and Luna.]]
* SuddenNameChange: Intentional, as the griffin Gunther Greatheights decides he needs a new name and goes against his culture to take the name [[TheCure Robert Smith]].
* TakeThat:
** It is briefly mentioned that a derogatory Equestriani film about humans called ''[[Fanfic/TheConversionBureau The Converters]]'' was made, whose makers Twilight and Sweetie threatened to sue for libel.
*** Sweetie Belle also opines, much to her dismay, that she believes the creators are behind a horror film being shot at the [[FanFic/RainbowFactory rainbow factory]], which temporarily closed for the filming.
** Discord doesn't care for a particular baked good:
--->'''Discord:''' "Would you care for a cupcake? Never cared for them myself. [[Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}} Too bloody]]."
* [[ThatManIsDead That Mare Is Dead]]: Inverted. During Rarity and DJ's argument after the court battle, Rarity says that Sandalwood is dead, essentially disowning DJ.
** Played straight with DJ and a few others saying the exact same thing, but the meaning flipped. People saying that Sandalwood is dead is usually a cue that their relationship with the main character is on the up-swing.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The main story takes place in 2047.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Rainbow Blitz, Bubble Berry and Elusive take very much after their mothers.
** To a lesser degree, Dusk Shine looks like his aunt as well, as does [[spoiler: Twilight Sunburn]].
*** [[spoiler: The offspring of Chrysalis and Shining Armor are widely hinted that they look like members of the Sparkle family. For example, Black Velvet might be the [[IdenticalGrandson identical granddaughter]] of Twilight Velvet]].
** Though not biologically related to her parents, Cinnamon Star's coloring and manestyle makes her look like the natural daughter of Fluttershy and Big Mac.
* UngratefulBastard: Despite essentially saving DJ/Sandalwood's life, and then raising her, Rarity is totally unappreciative of the sacrifices, love, and effort DJ's human parents put into taking care of her. She brands them as 'thieves' and blames ''them'' for turning DJ against her; thus making up the central conflict in DJ and Rarity's relationship.
* {{Unperson}}: The fate of those [[spoiler: exiled from Equestria.]]
* UnreliableNarrator: The side-story [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/26335/8/Be-Human%3A-the-All-American-Girl-Sidestories/Mythomania Mythomania]] hints that DJ may be this with regards to her past.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: A certain mare who hasn't dated for a while ([[spoiler: Celestia]]) has a thing for a certain married individual ([[spoiler: DJ's husband, Mike.]])
** Also, [[spoiler: Star Swirl]] feels this way about [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle]], also making it a case of UnrequitedLoveLastsForever to boot.
* UnusualEuphemism: The Equestriani version of the f-bomb is "buck" which means "kick," and their version of "bitch" is "harridelle" which is a French word that means "nag."
** Also if a mare is a "tail-lifter", it means she's a slut.
** Nag is also used, but generally means "old fart."
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 7, "At the Twilight's Last Gleaming." Cloudsdale is under an attack it may not survive, and Luna is forced to reenact the climax of ''Film/{{Superman}}'' without time travel]] and Equestriani military forces are fighting for their survival in the middle of [[spoiler:Iran while being chased by the Iranian Republican Guard.]] Hoooolllee ''frak''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Happens at least two times in the first chapter. The first being with the rest of the mane cast and their families calling out Twilight Sparkle for siding with DJ to stay with her adopted family rather than her birth family and going to court about it. The second one happens when Celestia calls out the entire mane cast for falling into the trap of fighting each other legally in court rather than try to find a peaceful solution. But Celestia especially called out Rarity for being [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] to DJ's parents and Rainbow Dash for ordering the "rescue" attempt on DJ.
* [[YoureNotMyFather You're Not My Mother]]: DJ refuses to acknowledge Rarity.
* ZombieAdvocate: A lawyer observing the hell DJ's parents are going through as they attempt to enroll her in school decides to sue the US Government to declare her a person.
** Also, Celestia recommending a changeling be raised by ponies to see if it would learn love. The [[spoiler:changeling Imago as a result metamorphized into a completely new kind of subspecies and thinks of herself as a pony instead of a changeling.]]
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26th Jul '13 6:44:26 PM CommandoDude
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* AlienCatnip: While coffee is a simple stimulant to humans, to Griffons, it's like drinking 'liquid cocaine.'
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** Played straight with DJ and a few others saying the exact same thing, but the meaning flipped. People saying that Sandalwood is dead is usually a cue that their relationship with the main character is on the up-swing.
23rd Jul '13 8:05:06 PM CommandoDude
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* DoNotCallMePaul: DJ doesn't like her birth name, Sandalwood.

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* DoNotCallMePaul: DJ doesn't like her birth name, Sandalwood. She especially doesn't like it when people know this and call her it anyways.


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* IHaveNoSon: After the court battle over DJ's fate, Rarity claims her daughter Sandalwood died years ago, and refuses to even acknowledge DJ for decades.


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* [[ThatManIsDead That Mare Is Dead]]: Inverted. During Rarity and DJ's argument after the court battle, Rarity says that Sandalwood is dead, essentially disowning DJ.


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* UngratefulBastard: Despite essentially saving DJ/Sandalwood's life, and then raising her, Rarity is totally unappreciative of the sacrifices, love, and effort DJ's human parents put into taking care of her. She brands them as 'thieves' and blames ''them'' for turning DJ against her; thus making up the central conflict in DJ and Rarity's relationship.
6th Jul '13 12:37:35 PM EarlOfSandvich
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*** For that matter, Tsubasa and her fellow students attend Tamagawa Mikami High School [[hottip:*: (better known as the school attended by Sakura Kasugano of StreetFighterAlpha fame)]].

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*** For that matter, Tsubasa and her fellow students attend Tamagawa Mikami High School [[hottip:*: (better known as the school attended by Sakura Kasugano of StreetFighterAlpha VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha fame)]].
27th Jun '13 4:15:14 AM Willbyr
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!The main fanfic and the sidestories contain examples of:

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*** Sweetie Belle also opines, much to her dismay, that she believes the creators are behind a horror film being shot at the [[RainbowFactory rainbow factory]], which temporarily closed for the filming.

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*** Sweetie Belle also opines, much to her dismay, that she believes the creators are behind a horror film being shot at the [[RainbowFactory [[FanFic/RainbowFactory rainbow factory]], which temporarily closed for the filming.



-->'''Discord:''' "Would you care for a cupcake? Never cared for them myself. [[{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}} Too bloody]]."

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-->'''Discord:''' --->'''Discord:''' "Would you care for a cupcake? Never cared for them myself. [[{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}} [[Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}} Too bloody]]."



* WhamEpisode: Chapter 7, "At the Twilight's Last Gleaming." Cloudsdale is under an attack it may not survive, and Luna is forced to reenact the climax of ''{{Film/Superman}}'' without time travel]] and Equestriani military forces are fighting for their survival in the middle of [[spoiler:Iran while being chased by the Iranian Republican Guard.]] Hoooolllee ''frak''.

* WhatTheHellHero: Happens at least two times in the first chapter. The first being with the rest of the mane cast and their families calling out Twilight Sparkle for siding with DJ to stay with her adopted family rather than her birth family and going to court about it. The second one happens when Celestia calls out the entire mane cast for falling into the trap of fighting each other legally in court rather than try to find a peaceful solution. But Celestia especially called out Rarity for being [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] to DJ's parents and Rainbow Dash for ordering the "rescue" attempt on DJ.

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* WhamEpisode: Chapter 7, "At the Twilight's Last Gleaming." Cloudsdale is under an attack it may not survive, and Luna is forced to reenact the climax of ''{{Film/Superman}}'' ''Film/{{Superman}}'' without time travel]] and Equestriani military forces are fighting for their survival in the middle of [[spoiler:Iran while being chased by the Iranian Republican Guard.]] Hoooolllee ''frak''.
\n * WhatTheHellHero: Happens at least two times in the first chapter. The first being with the rest of the mane cast and their families calling out Twilight Sparkle for siding with DJ to stay with her adopted family rather than her birth family and going to court about it. The second one happens when Celestia calls out the entire mane cast for falling into the trap of fighting each other legally in court rather than try to find a peaceful solution. But Celestia especially called out Rarity for being [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] to DJ's parents and Rainbow Dash for ordering the "rescue" attempt on DJ.
18th Jun '13 2:44:00 PM Shinzakura
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** Dusk Shine is [[spoiler: a flutterpony, born from Chrysalis raping a hypnotized Shining Armor and adopted by Cadance on behalf of her deceased husband.]]

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** Dusk Shine is [[spoiler: a flutterpony, pepsis that looks just like his aunt Twilight Sparkle, born from Chrysalis raping a hypnotized Shining Armor and adopted by Cadance on behalf of her deceased husband.]]
18th Jun '13 2:42:28 PM Shinzakura
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** The editing to his upcoming debut novel has also had an impact.
17th Jun '13 8:11:51 PM Shinzakura
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* NGOSuperpower: The Republic of Pirates is a much more potent military force than the RealLife Somali pirates ever were.



* WhamEpisode: Chapter 7, "At the Twilight's Last Gleaming." [[spoiler:Two NATO carrier battlegroups are decimated, Djibouti is conquered by the ROP, Cloudsdale is under an attack it may not survive, and Luna is forced to reenact the climax of ''{{Film/Superman}}'' without time travel.]] Hoooolllee ''frak''.

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* WhamEpisode: Chapter 7, "At the Twilight's Last Gleaming." [[spoiler:Two NATO carrier battlegroups are decimated, Djibouti is conquered by the ROP, Cloudsdale is under an attack it may not survive, and Luna is forced to reenact the climax of ''{{Film/Superman}}'' without time travel.travel]] and Equestriani military forces are fighting for their survival in the middle of [[spoiler:Iran while being chased by the Iranian Republican Guard.]] Hoooolllee ''frak''.''frak''.
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** Originally, the [[spoiler:Republic of Pirates]] was the main baddies in the story, but since the rewrite, they've been mostly sidelined in favor of both the pepsis army and [[spoiler:Ghino di Tacco pulling the strings for a war between Equestria and Iran.]]
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