History Fanfic / TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum

31st Jan '17 8:12:58 AM KizunaTallis
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* SaveTheVillain: Following the 'Pale Moonlight' Arc and the Alliance [[spoiler:skirting with using the Empire's methods of brainwashing those who inconvenience them]], Luna develops a newfound sympathy for the Tyrant and expresses her intent to save her counterpart sister from [[spoiler:possession by Tirek]] if there's even a slight chance of it.

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* SaveTheVillain: Following the 'Pale Moonlight' Arc "Pale Moonlight" arc and the Alliance [[spoiler:skirting with using the Empire's methods of brainwashing those who inconvenience them]], Luna develops a newfound sympathy for the Tyrant and expresses her intent to save her counterpart sister from [[spoiler:possession by Tirek]] [[spoiler:Tirek's control]] if there's even a slight chance of it.



* {{Seppuku}}: Rumored to be how Japan's Prime Minister went down. Supposedly, he did it with a torn-out unicorn horn, half-ponified]].

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* {{Seppuku}}: Rumored to be how Japan's Prime Minister went down. Supposedly, he did it with a torn-out unicorn horn, half-ponified]].horn while he was half-ponified.



** Before her fight with Queen Celestia, TCB!Luna shoots herself in the head at point-blank range to prove that alicorns can't be taken out by conventional means. This is ''after'' Luna is BroughtDownToNormal from being less powerful than her sister to begin with.

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** Before her fight with Queen Celestia, TCB!Luna shoots shot herself in the head at point-blank range to prove that alicorns can't be taken out by conventional means. This is And this was ''after'' Luna is was BroughtDownToNormal from being less powerful than her sister to begin with.



** Initially averted in that the resistance groups and the military don't seem to have any problems with cooperating with each other, as well as in the case of New York's mafia and gangbangers, who now hand out weapons free of charge to civilians. Plus, continuing to fight each other in a city with high military presence is just stupid in every way.

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** Initially averted in that the resistance groups and the military don't seem to have any problems with cooperating with each other, as well as in the case of New York's mafia and gangbangers, who now hand out weapons free of charge to civilians. Plus, The latter is justified, as continuing to fight each other in a city with high military presence is just stupid in every way.



* WeCanRuleTogether: How Stalwart Heart (formerly Marcus's little brother Jacob) tries to convince Marcus to be ponified and join him in "spreading harmony".

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* WeCanRuleTogether: How Stalwart Heart (formerly Marcus's Marcus' little brother Jacob) tries to convince Marcus to be ponified and join him in "spreading harmony".
19th Jan '17 12:27:58 AM VoxAdam
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* DeepCoverAgent: In Chapter 11, it turns out that [[spoiler: some of the Royal Guards were actually Changelings planted there since they were young]].



* MoodWhiplash: After [[spoiler:Discord]] spends all of Chapter 18 ("Strike") in an extremely humorous Loony-Tunes style fight against the Tyrant, this is followed by Chapter 19 ("For Whom The Bell Tolls"), possibly the single darkest chapter in any Conversion Bureau story ever published, and thus far the only chapter of this story where the author felt the need to put up a warning label.

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* MoodWhiplash: After [[spoiler:Discord]] spends all of Chapter 18 ("Strike") in an extremely humorous Loony-Tunes style fight against the Tyrant, this is followed by Chapter 19 ("For Whom The Bell Tolls"), possibly the single darkest chapter in any Conversion Bureau story ever published, and thus far the one of only chapter of two chapters in this story where the author felt the need to put up a warning label.



** Discussed during the "Pale Moonlight" arc. After the fiasco in Ponyville, the Alliance decided to [[spoiler:use Prime!Trixie as a FallGuy to take the heat off TCB!Trixie and avoid stirring any fear from the populace (as TCB!Trixie had been brainwashed by Weaver)]]. However, they are unable to bring themselves to do it because they feel the move is too low and makes them no better than the Empire.

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** Discussed Explored during the "Pale Moonlight" arc. After the fiasco in Ponyville, the Alliance decided to [[spoiler:use Prime!Trixie as a FallGuy to take the heat off TCB!Trixie and avoid stirring any fear from the populace (as TCB!Trixie had been brainwashed by Weaver)]]. However, they are unable to bring themselves to do it because they feel the move is too low and makes would make them no better than the Empire.Empire.
** That being said, it's unambiguously shown that the Spy acted on programming already hammered into her by the human military. [[spoiler:All Weaver really did was to "reset" the targets]].


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* SaveTheVillain: Following the 'Pale Moonlight' Arc and the Alliance [[spoiler:skirting with using the Empire's methods of brainwashing those who inconvenience them]], Luna develops a newfound sympathy for the Tyrant and expresses her intent to save her counterpart sister from [[spoiler:possession by Tirek]] if there's even a slight chance of it.
18th Jan '17 3:49:19 PM KizunaTallis
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* FallGuy: After the disaster in the Ponyville Hostage Crisis, [[spoiler:the PHL and the Prime!Princesses resort to using Prime!Trixie as this to protect TCB!Trixie and preserve the Alliance]].

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* FallGuy: After the disaster in the Ponyville Hostage Crisis, [[spoiler:the PHL and the Prime!Princesses resort to using Prime!Trixie as this to protect TCB!Trixie and preserve the Alliance]]. Ultimately however, they decide not to go through with it.



** The inclusion of Newfoals into the Royal Guards and the Wonderbolts is this for the Empire. At best, they're little more than cannon fodder however.

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** The inclusion of Newfoals into the Royal Guards and the Wonderbolts is this for the Empire. At best, they're little more than cannon fodder however.fodder.



* TheMagicComesBack: The presence of TCB!Equestria is awakening Earth's lost magic, which the PHL is able to use to their advantage.



* MultiversalConqueror: It's very clear that once Queen Celestia is done with Earth, Prime!Equestria is next. And according to [[spoiler:Discord]], she will likely only continue on after that. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Tirek's whole plan]].

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* MultiversalConqueror: It's very clear that once Queen Celestia is done with Earth, Prime!Equestria is next. And according to [[spoiler:Discord]], she will likely only continue on after that. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Tirek's whole plan]].



** There are two instance of Newfoals trying to invoke this on a PHL pony, first with Stalwart Heart to Cheerilee, then Focus Ray to Trixie. Neither are successful.

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** There are two instance instances of Newfoals trying to invoke this on a PHL pony, first with Stalwart Heart to Cheerilee, then Focus Ray to Trixie. Neither are successful.successful.
** Discussed during the "Pale Moonlight" arc. After the fiasco in Ponyville, the Alliance decided to [[spoiler:use Prime!Trixie as a FallGuy to take the heat off TCB!Trixie and avoid stirring any fear from the populace (as TCB!Trixie had been brainwashed by Weaver)]]. However, they are unable to bring themselves to do it because they feel the move is too low and makes them no better than the Empire.



** [[spoiler: Discord]] refers to Celestia chewing out Prince Blueblood as one of these. It's justified, as she had been under a lot of stress recently.

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** [[spoiler: Discord]] [[spoiler:Discord]] refers to Celestia chewing out Prince Blueblood as one of these. It's justified, as she had been under a lot of stress recently.



** Catseye (a unicorn modeled after Chatoyance's avatar on Website/FimfictionDotNet) makes a physical appearance in the "Training Days" story arc as an antagonistic figure determined to sabotage the heroes' efforts. Not only is she a pony supremacist with [[AbsoluteXenophobe less than flattering views on the other races in Equus]], but it's also stated that her prejudices extend to half-pony hybrids of other species, with quick blurbs in her introductory scene hinting that [[BoomerangBigot she herself is a half-pony hybrid]] who detests her heritage and takes great measures hiding it. It's a none-too-subtle reference to the fact that Chatoyance is a transwoman who has a reputation for coming off as incredibly [[DoesNotLikeMen misandric]].
** On a meta-level, Prime!Celestia showing a distaste for eugenics is also a TakeThat directed at Chatoyance, where one story states that her [[GodModeSue Celestia]] actually used eugenics to make the ponies better by breeding out any "undesirable" traits.

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** Catseye (a unicorn modeled after Chatoyance's avatar on Website/FimfictionDotNet) makes a physical appearance in the "Training Days" story arc as an antagonistic figure determined to sabotage the heroes' efforts. Not only is she a pony supremacist with [[AbsoluteXenophobe less than flattering views on the other races in Equus]], but it's also stated that her prejudices extend to half-pony hybrids of other species, with quick blurbs in her introductory scene hinting that [[BoomerangBigot she herself is a half-pony hybrid]] who detests her heritage and [[PassFail takes great measures hiding it.it]]. It's a none-too-subtle reference to the fact that Chatoyance is a transwoman who has a reputation for coming off as incredibly [[DoesNotLikeMen misandric]].
** On a meta-level, Prime!Celestia showing a distaste for eugenics is also a another TakeThat directed at Chatoyance, where one story states that her [[GodModeSue Celestia]] actually used eugenics to make the ponies better by breeding out any "undesirable" traits.



** A conversation between Prime!Twilight and Doctor Grimnebulin has a quick middle finger being shot at Chatoyance's story ''Code Majeste'', wherein it's stated that humans lack souls because they lack magic.

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** A conversation between Prime!Twilight and Doctor Grimnebulin has a quick middle finger being shot at Chatoyance's story ''Code Majeste'', wherein it's stated that humans lack have no souls because they lack magic.
27th Dec '16 10:43:36 AM KizunaTallis
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*** A research article from Prime!Twilight in ''Other Side of the Mirror'' expands on this. S

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*** A research article from Prime!Twilight in ''Other Side of the Mirror'' expands on this. SSince the Barrier is powered directly by TCB!Equestria's magical field, it's draining the lifeforce of the land, leading to the aforementioned food production problems and possibly even the Cutie Mark Dearth itself.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Chapter 14 features the expression "Tartarus on Equus".
* HolyBacklight: In the chapter "The Answer", Derpy first appears gliding out of the TARDIS, explicitly described as being 'backlit like an angel'.
* HolyCity: According to the chapter "Setting It Right", Mecca has been wiped out by the barrier, devastating the Islamic world. And given the barrier's starting point (Switzerland), it's also made clear that Vatican City and Jerusalem were destroyed too.
* HomeBase: The PHL headquarters are in the Freedom Tower in New York City.
* HomeworldEvacuation: Doctor Whooves suggests a plan to evacuate as many humans as possible to a planet in the Epsilon Eridani System. It won't be able to get them all, but it'll be something, at least...
* HumanShield:
** Marcus uses Applejack to take a very powerful kick from Rainbow Dash; powerful enough to bring AJ's breakfast right back up.
** Gilda uses a Royal Guardspony as one in Chapter 16... by stabbing him through the gut and blocking spells with him.
* HumiliationConga: In Chapter 11, Prince Blueblood is disowned by Princess Celestia, scared and humiliated by [[spoiler: Discord]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and tripped by Marcus]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:The dragon king Spykoran destroyed all of Dream Valley, burying Tirek's Bag and killed any pony remaining in Dream Valley (along with the Six Princesses) that had been corrupted by its influence. He feels massive regret over what he did, but stands by the fact that it was the only way to keep Tirek from returning]].
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Marcus tried this on Stalwart Heart to bring his former human self, Jacob (Marcus' little brother) back. It didn't work.
** TCB!Cadance's and Trixie's efforts on Royal Guard Captain Green Fields prove more successful, but then again, he wasn't a Newfoal.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Marcus nearly manages to get a headshot on Prime!Twilight with a bread knife.
* ImprovisedWeapon: After killing a Timberwolf, Marcus uses the tail, its claws, and even its head as a weapon.
* InMediasRes: The story starts after Marcus' entry to Prime!Equestria, and the main story itself takes place little over three years after the war began.
* InsultToRocks: This little exchange in Chapter 11.
--> '''Prince Blueblood:''' "How dare you call me a donkey! You look like a minotaur that went a few rounds with an ape he just found!"\\
'''Marcus:''' "No, calling you a donkey is an insult to such a mighty, fine, foul-working breed of equine. You, make me laugh."
* InterruptedSuicide: Marcus tried to slash his throat to avoid capture, only for Prime!Twilight to take the knife from him.
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica: After the Barrier has consumed all of Europe, the TCB!Equestrians strike the Eastern United States.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When Prime!Dash calls TCB!Trixie a "fat blue fake trying to fly", Trixie is more offended at being called fat.
* ItIsBeyondSaving: TCB!Cheerilee (and more than a few TCB Equestrian defectors) holds this opinion of TCB!Equestria.
* ItsPersonal:
** Marcus' reasons for wanting to kill the TCB!Mane Six, ranging from Rainbow Dash ponifying his soldiers right in front of him to Twilight ponifying, seducing, ''and marrying his own brother'', which led to Marcus having to kill said brother.
** [[spoiler:Discord has the memory of his TCB counterpart's torture and death at the hooves of Queen Celestia]].
** Luna, [[spoiler: thanks to her mind-reading skills, was not only witness to the corruption of TCB!Twilight, but was then forced to see Not!Twilight's memories of experimenting with the ponification potion. Her response? Turning into Nightmare Moon]].
** Kraber with regards to TCB!Pinkie Pie, who ponified his family at his children's birthday party.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: TCB!Trixie, who doesn't have a high opinion of either humanity or ponykind, but will put her life on the line to defend them anyway.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind:
** Marcus and Princess Celestia go deep into Marcus's past and present with the help of a mind sharing spell. Needless to say, Celestia nearly [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Goes Mad From The Revelation]] upon seeing the atrocities her little ponies are committing on the humans.
** Luna does this to TCB!Twilight in [[WhamEpisode "For Whom The Bell Tolls"]]. The things Luna discovers push her so far off the edge of rage [[spoiler: that she turns into Nightmare Moon]]!
** [[spoiler: Discord has to do this to rescue Marcus from Sombra's control in the "Sons of Legacies" arc. It quickly turns into a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind]].
** Luna, Chrysalis, Cadence and Stephan have to go on one of these to break Trixie out of the enchantment Weaver put on her.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The Tsumerai, the griffon military's equivalent to the special forces, use katanas as their standard blades.
* KilledMidSentence: Stalwart Heart.
* KnightInSourArmour: TCB!Trixie aka the Blue Spy, though she's worried, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters with good reason,]] [[PragmaticHero that she may be slipping further into darkness]].
** Marcus as well.
* LampshadeHanging: From Trevor Philips. [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Yes, ''that'' Trevor Philips]]. Surprisingly, he takes a firm grip on the SanityBall and is one of the few characters to actually take note of the absurdity of the story's plot.
-->'''Trevor:''' "And another thing! When I thought of the end of the world, I imagined big ass fucking meteors, or the Earth [[GaiasRevenge deciding that she had had enough of our shit]] and would just [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow the fuck up]]. Never thought the apocalypse would come in the form of pastel ponies!"
* TheLancer: Stephan to Marcus, with his own Lancer in the form of TCB!Trixie.
* LastStand: This was suggested as an alternate plan of action to [[spoiler: using the Yellowstone megavolcano to create a Class X ApocalypseHow scenario]]. It doesn't take, for the simple reason that it would be a SenselessSacrifice.
* LaughingMad: A (possibly) ponified clown that Pinkie Pie brought to the ill-fated birthday party for Kraber's kids was found giggling mad.
* LeeroyJenkins: Trevor's plan of attack in Chapter 16... on a stealth mission. Thankfully, everybody talks him out of it.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: One of Queen Celestia's favorite execution methods, given that she used it on her universe's Lyra and Blueblood.
** She later demonstrates the spell "Ashes of Solaris", which turns bodies into ash from the inside, causing the victim to crumble apart at a touch.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: In a flashback detailing the PER's attack on Washington D.C., Marcus is shown "amputating" a man's arm with a shotgun after it got splashed with potion, saving him from ponification.
* LoweredRecruitingStandards: By the time the Barrier swallows up most of Europe, child soldiers (human, pony, etc.) start making up some parts of military units and the Bundeswehr also allowed Kraber, a former HLF operative and someone who desperately needs a mental health evaluation, to serve (though thankfully, his AxCrazy nature is only limited to his enemies).
** The inclusion of Newfoals into the Royal Guards and the Wonderbolts is this for the Empire. At best, they're little more than cannon fodder however.
* MadOracle: TCB!Bon-Bon.
* MagicallyBindingContract[-/-]BindingAncientTreaty: The Concordia Maxima, which is used to bring all the races of Equus to join the fight against the TCB-verse. [[spoiler: To Celestia's surprise, this includes Queen Chrysalis and the Changelings]].
* ManlyTears: When Prime!Lyra meets with Marcus in the room he is being held in, Marcus is overwhelmed with emotion to the point of tears since the Lyra in his universe became a martyr for opposing Queen Celestia, saving many human lives, and was also a good friend of his. It happens again when Marcus tells the Prime!Mane Six about the state of his world.
* MarySue: InUniverse, the concept is {{Discussed}}, {{Deconstructed}} and vocally {{Defied}} at the same time. According to Marcus, the ponification potion turns people into "perfect ponies". Prime!Applejack quickly dismisses the concept of perfect ponies as complete crap.
--> '''Marcus:''' "The last time we all met, we were at war. Applejack pinned me down so that Twilight could administer the potion, promising to make me 'perfect'... a perfect pony..."
--> '''Applejack:''' "Ponies ain't perfect, bub! Anyone tells you otherwise don't know their flank from their face."
--> '''Fluttershy:''' "A-hum... Ponies can be mean, and cruel... but also kind..."
--> '''Rainbow Dash:''' "Yeah! Look at me. I mean, I am kinda awesome but well, [[SelfDeprecation I can be a jerk some of the time... a lot of the time...]]"
--> '''Marcus:''' "I never thought I'd see the day... ponies used to seem like the biggest hypocrites to have ever lived, going on about harmony, friendship, love and tolerance while they did... all that..."
** In a flashback scene from "For Whom the Bell Tolls", [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight, right before her corruption, even refutes the argument in front of Queen Celestia. It did not end well for her]].
* MassOhCrap: The entire PHL/UN Taskforce and any associated mercenaries collectively shit bricks when they realize that Queen Celestia will be appearing on the battlefield.
* TheMedic: TCB!Derpy is one for the human and PHL soldiers out in the field.
* MedievalStasis: [[spoiler: Discord]] chews out Princess Celestia over causing Equestria to turn into a stagnant SugarBowl in Chapter 11.
* MercyKill:
** During his deployment in Mexico City, Marcus saw a father kill his ponified son before taking his own life. He later had to do the same to his own little brother Jacob, who also got ponified.
** [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight begs Prime!Luna to kill her and her friends]].
* MindRape:
** Princess Celestia voluntarily undergoes (you can't fault her determination) and suffers through Marcus' war memories to see if he really is telling the truth and share his pain... until TCB!Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six showed up, and she broke.
** [[spoiler: Then it happens to Prime!Luna, when Not!Twilight (the dark personality that overtook TCB!Twilight's body) shows her all that she did, which enrages Luna so much that she turns into Nightmare Moon]].
** [[spoiler: Prime!Sombra does this to Marcus to feed off his despair and guilt by making him see the friends and family members of his that died during the war. And then Sombra [[DemonicPossession takes control of Marcus' body]]]].
* MistakenIdentity: The reason Marcus attacks the Prime!Mane Six.
* MisplacedRetribution: [[spoiler: It turns out that while Marcus' mother, Megan Williams, ''did'' go to Dream Valley and defeated Tirek, she didn't defeat TCB!Tirek himself. In fact, she actually defeated the Tirek of Prime!Equestria]].
* MonumentalDamage: The Barrier destroys all human made objects it touches, so this is frequent.
** Westminster Clock Tower (aka Big Ben), the Pyramids of Giza, and St. Basil's Cathedral are wiped out.
** Balmoral Castle is destroyed by Queen Elizabeth taking the Royal Guard and PER agents down with her.
** Hancock Tower was destroyed when the ''Great Equestrian'' crashed into it.
** Windsor Castle is mentioned to be destroyed when a plane crashes into it just as the UK is overrun.
** The [[http://sweetiesreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/legal-seafoods-boston-review.jpg Legal Seafood restaurant]] [[note]]It's just down the street from the New England Aquarium.[[/note]] is destroyed by a boat sent flying from [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon's appearance]].
** The Andrew [=McArdle=] Bridge was blown up to obliterate a large Newfoal horde.
** Mecca, the Muslim equivalent to The Vatican, has been destroyed by the Barrier. And for that matter, so were Vatican City and Jerusalem. As a silver lining of sorts however, the three Abrahamic faiths have made peace with one another (as exemplified by a flashback showing a Muslim girl killing newfoals to protect a Christian family).
* MoodWhiplash: After [[spoiler:Discord]] spends all of Chapter 18 ("Strike") in an extremely humorous Loony-Tunes style fight against the Tyrant, this is followed by Chapter 19 ("For Whom The Bell Tolls"), possibly the single darkest chapter in any Conversion Bureau story ever published, and thus far the only chapter of this story where the author felt the need to put up a warning label.
** "Sons of Legacies, Part 3", however, went the opposite direction, starting off with Marcus' wartime nightmares... and then going to the Looney Tunes-esque fight, which may be even more absurd than the one in Chapter 18.
* MoralDissonance: The TCB!ponies are intentionally depicted as having this, no question about that. However, [[spoiler: Prime!Discord's chewing out of the Princesses for sealing him away and preventing him from using his chaos to make ponies stronger rings kind of hollow, considering his liberal use of MindRape and warping reality around him ForTheEvulz in his first prime appearance. His trips through TheMultiverse ''do'' eventually force him to reconsider this view, and in "Sons of Legacies, Part 1", he takes responsibility for his own role in failing to stick to the Scribe's plan for Equestria's future]].
* MoralEventHorizon: InUniverse. The reader gets the choice of at what exact moment that TCB!Equestria crosses the line, [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene because there are just that many to choose from]], but Trixie's discovery of [[spoiler: the ColdBloodedTorture of Spike]] makes it very clear that this is her own breaking point.
--> Trixie's legs suddenly felt as soft as rubber, and she sat with a horrified gasp. Wet tears of her own ran down her face. This was worse than the Newfoals, worse than the war. This was a life brutalized and tortured, by Equestria... Equestria. Loving and tolerant... Equestria. Peaceful and forgiving... Equestria no more...
** This was also heavily discussed and subverted in "War March and Past Sins", with the eponymous past sin being that [[spoiler: Spykoran [[KillItWithFire resorted to]] [[KillEmAll drastic measures]] to keep the Bag of Tirek buried. While the other world leaders of Equus are horrified by what he did (with Luna herself calling him a murderer), Discord, Marcus and to a lesser extent Celestia agree that Spykoran [[IDidWhatIHadToDo did what had to be done]], and Spykoran himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone deeply]] [[OutDamnedSpot regrets his actions]]]].
** For Luna, it's seeing how TCB!Celestia [[spoiler: corrupted the TCB!Elements and the [[BodyHorror very gruesome tests]] done to make the ponification potion work]]. These revelations push her into a primal UnstoppableRage so great, [[spoiler: that she turned back into Nightmare Moon]].
** In "Trust" (and expanded upon in ''Case Files''), we learn that the backbreaking straw which made the U.S. military take action against the HLF was their kidnapping, torturing and murdering a PHL mare to [[MakeAnExampleOfThem make an example of her]].
* MoreDakka: The PHL is ''built'' on this trope. However, it also is justified, since the huge waves of Newfoal attacks make tons of dakka absolutely needed. The [[LudicrousGibs end result]] is pretty obvious.
* MsExposition: [[spoiler: The Scribe, the godlike incarnation of ponykind's genetic memories and last remnant of the first race of alicorns]].
* MultinationalTeam: The remainders of Europe's armed forces have now joined together as one to keep fighting the ponies. The PHL itself is also comprised of a diverse roster of fighters from Earth and Equus.
* TheMultiverse: An explicit feature of the story. [[spoiler: The ''Multiverse Journey'' side story has Discord traveling through the universes of ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer40000}}'', ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed'', ''TheSlenderManMythos'', ''{{Anime/Naruto}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', and even meeting [[LiveActionTV/StarTrek Q]]]].
* MultiversalConqueror: It's very clear that once Queen Celestia is done with Earth, Prime!Equestria is next. And according to [[spoiler:Discord]], she will likely only continue on after that. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Tirek's whole plan]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Discord]]:''' "The multiverse is vast, each world having vastly varied ways of existing, all with different ideals. Something the corrupt queen wouldn't be able to stand. Oh, there are powers out there that can rival, yes, or even beat her. But she will play it smart; she will gather power from other worlds before finally striking, with a limitless army at her beck and call from dozens, if not hundreds, of worlds."
* MurderSuicide: A flashback shows a man killing his just ponified son and then himself after reciting The Lord's Prayer, to TCB!Applejack's disgust and Marcus' horror.
* MythologyGag:
** During the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic source material's]] planning phase, Princess Celestia was supposed to be a Queen, but [[ExecutiveMeddling Hasbro]] nixed that on the basis that [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess=Good]], [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queens=Evil.]] Guess what TCB!Celestia's title is.
** [[spoiler:Doctor Whooves]], on why trying to breach the Barrier by force, even with nukes, won't work:
--->[[spoiler:[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Believe me when I say that if could, I would've done it in a heartbeat to save a friend trapped in another world in a different dimension. It took the power of a supernova to just send a message. And that was with a small gap in the dimensional wall that was closing on me."]]]]
** In Chapter 15, [[spoiler:Discord notes that both Tirek and Nightmare Moon wanted to bring about TheNightThatNeverEnds.]]
** In Chapter 21, Rainbow Dash says that Trixie could be a spy, which is what she suspected Twilight of being back in the second episode.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Marcus, after killing Stalwart Heart to save Cheerilee.
** King Spykoran in Chapter 15, [[spoiler: in an effort to keep the Bag of Tirek from corrupting anyone else, destroyed all of Dream Valley and its inhabitants (who had been affected themselves), as well as sunk the ship that held the findings of an archaeologist with the bag itself on board. Despite his regret, he does maintain [[IDidWhatIHadToDo that he did what had to be done]]]].
** Prime!Lyra in that same chapter when she realizes [[spoiler:just how close she came to causing the apocalypse]].
* MyGreatestFailure:
** Apart from exiling Luna to the moon, Princess Celestia regards her hasty banishment of the Changelings to the Badlands and losing the Crystal Empire to Sombra as these.
** [[spoiler: In his own twisted way, Prime!Discord feels he's let down his "mother", Faust, by indirectly inspiring the Royal Sisters to become rulers of Equestria in the first place, which he believes has reduced the ponies' capacity for self-determination]].
* NecessaryEvil: How TCB!Cheerilee and The Doctor view the use of ChildSoldiers.
* NeckSnap: Marcus killed his ponified brother this way.
* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler: Although his intentions could be considered benign, Discord had a bad case of this in the earlier chapters when he refused to acknowledge the damage he caused in attempting to bring Earth-like levels of "chaos" to Equus and his own role in what he accuses Prime!Equestria of [[MedievalStasis turning]] [[SugarBowl into]] (namely the fact that Celestia and Luna only took power in the first place because they felt it was their responsibility to clean the damage up). His trips through the multiverse finally do force him to reconsider this view somewhat]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Discord attributes Prime!Equestria's MedievalStasis to Princess Celestia's desire to let the ponies live in harmony, which he claims has only made them complacent and overly dependent on her and presumably, ill-prepared for their war with TCB!Equestria. In turn, the Princesses only took power because they felt it was their responsibility to clean up the damage Discord's carelessness with his chaos caused, leading to the misunderstanding and conflict between them that has lasted to the present day. In short, both parties are equally guilty of failing to stick to the Scribe's plan for their world]].
** In Chapter 19, Prime!Luna hesitates to kill TCB!Twilight, which allows the latter to escape and teleport the other Element bearers away.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: TCB!Twilight accidentally helped open the portal that got Marcus to Prime!Equestria, bringing them into the war to aid Earth.
** In "Strike", some PHL soldiers are on the verge of attacking Prime!Luna and [[spoiler:Discord]] when Queen Celestia shows up and indirectly shows the former are on the level.
* NightmareFace: It's not implied to be the case in the text... but just look at Queen Celestia in [[http://www.fimfiction-static.net/images/story_images/42449.png?1352892400 this cover art]]. ''[[NightmareFuel Look]] [[SlasherSmile at]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning it!]]'' It manages to invoke LightIsNotGood and DarkIsEvil at the same time.
* NightmareFuel: InUniverse. Marcus' memories, as seen by Princess Celestia during the mindsharing spell, become this over time.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: [[spoiler:Discord. Of note is that he's a massive case of EvenEvilHasStandards, because even he's sickened and appalled at Queen Celestia's actions]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Discord]]:''' "We only began to fall down the hole full of horrors and sins, so start kicking and screaming, kid. It's only going to get worse."
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler:Discord]] states that if he could, he would create an army of "{{cyborg}} {{ninja}}s {{dual wielding}} [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]], riding on land sharks with head-mounted [[FrickinLaserBeams laser cannons]]".
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Upon first arriving in Prime!Equestria, Marcus beats the ever loving hell out of the Mane Six (well, four out of six, due to Rarity and Twilight being late to the party) after mistaking them for their TCB counterparts. Later, he even manages to give the Princesses a run for their money.
** In "Strike" [[spoiler: TCB!Cheerilee]], in a fit of UnstoppableRage, unleashes a brutal and well-deserved one on Queen Celestia after her "Ashes of Solaris" spell kills a teenage boy soldier.
* NoIndoorVoice: Luna of course, but it's taken UpToEleven in Chapter 14.
--> Sufficiently to say, even over the roar of the blades, the engines, buffeting winds, and ear protection; William's ears were ringing for several hours after one Princess Luna's proclamation.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Princess Celestia shows her evil counterpart how ponies and humans are similar and capable of living in true harmony with each other, though naturally, this doesn't change the Tyrant's mind.
** [[spoiler: A conversation between Celestia and Discord in Chapter 11 has Discord implicitly say this (without referencing Queen Celestia) about Princess Celestia. He points out that her "harmony" has caused ponykind to [[MedievalStasis stagnate]], and implies that his normal brand of "chaos" was actually similar to how humanity and Earth function, and claims it would have been a much better way to encourage the growth of pony civilization in the long run]].
** There are two instance of Newfoals trying to invoke this on a PHL pony, first with Stalwart Heart to Cheerilee, then Focus Ray to Trixie. Neither are successful.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In Chapter 3, "Harmony and Hegemony", Princess Celestia pulls off her BigDamnHero moment just as Marcus drives Prime!Twilight to tears while describing Queen Celestia.
* NuclearOption: U.S. President Jack Davis decided to nuke Washington DC rather than let it fall into Queen Celestia's hooves.
** One suggestion for a final plan of action against the barrier was all out nuclear bombardment. It didn't take, as the barrier destroys all man-made objects, including nuclear weapons. [[spoiler:So mankind rigs the Yellowstone megavolcano with nukes instead]].
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Chapter 4, aptly titled "Monsters", is just filled with these, with each of the TCB!Mane Six getting one of their own.
* OddFriendship: [[spoiler: Discord]] and Marcus seem to be developing one as of Chapter 11; they appeared quite friendly at the beginning, anyway.
* OffingTheOffspring: A tragic case in Chapter 4; while Marcus was fighting somewhere in Mexico, he saw a father and son split apart. The son was ponified, and the father killed him before killing himself.
* OhCrap: Twice during the Prime!Mane Six's fight with Marcus. First is when Twilight sees that Marcus is impervious to magic. The second is when Fluttershy's Stare fails to subdue him.
** In Chapter 6, TCB!Trixie gets a massive one when she realizes that Queen Celestia is modifying the potion to turn the Newfoals from a bunch of StepfordSmiler zombies into an army of soldiers, willing to kill... meaning that she has over a billion potential new soldiers.
** Princess Celestia when she realizes that Queen Celestia is more powerful than her.
** Everyone gets one in Chapter 17 when they realize that Queen Celestia is within spitting distance of them. And then Cheerilee sees the sudden arrival of [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon. [[CurbStompBattle This being after having just delivered a royal beatdown on Queen Celestia]]]].
** In Chapter 18, TCB!Twilight's eyes "widen in shock" when Pinkie Pie's 'Pinkie Sense' warns her of an ambush.
* OneManArmy: Marcus. His rune markings help with that.
* OutOfCharacterMoment:
** Well, aside from the [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide obvious]], TCB!Cloudchaser notes how Twilight isn't obsessing over human technology.
--> '''Cloudchaser:''' "What really got me wondering though, is why you aren't going gaga over [human technology]? You love this kind of stuff, Twilight!"
** [[spoiler: Discord]] refers to Celestia chewing out Prince Blueblood as one of these. It's justified, as she had been under a lot of stress recently.
** TCB!Lightning Dust and TCB!Rainbow Dash are implied to be in a relationship with each other. Justified in that certain events in TCB!Equestria played out ''very'' differently from canon, and there's the fact that [[spoiler: none of the TCB versions of the Mane Six have been in control of themselves or their actions. Which raises... [[QuestionableConsent certain questions]]]].
** Explicitly noted in "For Whom the Bell Tolls", when some Bundeswehr soldiers question Fluttershy's unexpected competence while under fire.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: The TCB!Equestrian army is called the Salvation Army, while their airfleet is called the Rescue Fleet. The reeducation centers are called "Mind Healers" by pro-Empire ponies. Averted with the official name of Equestria itself, however, which is now called [[TheEmpire The Solar Empire]].
* PhysicalGod: Celestia, Luna and Discord are seen as such. [[spoiler: They're later revealed to be the brainchildren of the Scribe, the guardian of the first alicorn race's memories and the avatar of the last alicorn Faust, who fought Tirek in the distant past. Considering that Discord calls Faust his "mother", [[TangledFamilyTree this would technically make him Celestia and Luna's brother]], which he acknowledges to some extent, calling their trip to seek her out a "good old fashioned family reunion"]].
* PityingPerversion: Berry Punch, and presumably all other members of the PETN (Ponies for the Ethical Treatment of Newfoals), assume that the Newfoals' UncannyValley behavior is comparable to coming out of a drug addiction, and that they should be treated with respect. Of course, it never occurs to them that maybe turning them into ponies in the first place was unconscionable in itself.
* PosthumousCharacter: TCB!Lyra and [[spoiler:Megan Williams]].
* ThePowerOfLove: TCB!Cadance still believes in this, despite Shining Armor's love for her being unable to overpower [[spoiler:the Tyrant's control]].
* PowerTattoo: Marcus' tattoos are actually runes enchanted with an archaic form of magic that greatly enhances his strength, speed and stamina and makes him resistant to most kinds of pony magic.
* PraetorianGuard: The Tsumerai act as this to the Griffon Kingdom.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Prime!Twilight to Marcus before throwing him through a wall.
--> '''Twilight:''' "Hey, you! Meet my friend Sir Isaac Neighton!"
* PrecisionFStrike: In Chapter 10, The Doctor recites the failsafe code for [[spoiler:the nukes set up to detonate Yellowstone]] – "Celestia is a cock loving whore." Deliberately vulgar and insulting to Queen Celestia so Newfoals can't activate it. Additionally, the password for getting into the PHL's main headquarters is "Fuck that Solar Bitch."
** Princess Celestia, of all ponies, delivers one when she gives [[EntitledBastard Prince Blueblood]] a well deserved TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* ProperlyParanoid: Marcus, Celestia, and Luna are trying this, according to the first chapter of ''Calm Before The Storm''. They don't think things will go horribly wrong, thus dooming humanity and all sentient life... but they have to be sure.
* {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s: The Minotaurs and Griffons are depicted as this. However, it's clear they're pretty big fish in their respective small ponds, and are utterly shocked by the scale of warfare that humanity has been engaged in.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: [[spoiler: The TCB!Cutie Mark Crusaders]] get reunited at the end of the prime version of "The Writes of Passage".
* PyrrhicVillainy: The Americans intend to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this if the barrier consumes too much of the planet [[spoiler: by wiring the Yellowstone volcano with nukes. Even if the barrier can keep the ash and radiation out, part of the volcano will be inside the barrier when it blows, causing a chain reaction that will turn Earth into a DeathWorld and ensuring that humanity's enemy will have fought and died for nothing]].
* QuestionableConsent: The TCB versions of Rainbow Dash and Lightning Dust are a couple. Twilight Sparkle and late former human Stalwart Heart were married. [[spoiler:None of the Elements of Harmony have been in control of their actions since before the war even started. The beings bedding Lightning Dust and Stalwart Heart were the twisted constructs Queen Celestia put in control of their minds and bodies, but Rainbow and Twilight are still able to perceive everything that happens]].
* RageBreakingPoint:
** Marcus has seen a lot during the war, but always kept (for lack of a better word) calm. After ending up in Prime!Equestria and encountering the Mane Six, though, [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry he finally loses]] [[CurbStompBattle his]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown head]].
--> Twilight decided there and then that, to the end of her days, she would never forget the look of shock, followed by inexpressible rage that plastered itself over his features.
** In Chapter 11, [[spoiler:Discord]] is visibly angry when he finishes chewing out Princess Celestia over Equestria's MedievalStasis. During the same chapter, Princess Celestia finally lets loose all her stress and built-up rage on Blueblood when he pushes his attitude too far.
** Stephan, after seeing Alicia and Daniel fall to their "deaths" thanks to Queen Celestia, begins beating the hell out of the Queen's indestructible shield, proving it wasn't as indestructible as commonly thought. Then Cheerilee hits hers as well when [[spoiler:the Tyrant kills a child in front of her]].
** Meeting TCB!Pinkie drives Kraber into this.
** [[spoiler:And ''then'' Luna sees what happened to TCB!Twilight's original personality. It's so horrific that it makes even one who has delved as deeply into dreams as Luna think she might get nightmares from it, causing such levels of anger and despair in her that she turns into Nightmare Moon]].
* RagtagBandOfMisfits: It's revealed in Chapter 21 that the PHL/UN Taskforce's unicorn personnel are something like this. Thanks to Queen Celestia drafting the strongest and smartest unicorns at the best schools across Equestria, the taskforce has very few unicorns that are actually experienced at "serious" magic. The ones they do have are usually "escaped academics that were often easing themselves into semi-retirement, self-taught like Trixie, or less-than-entirely-patriotic students who had slipped out before the Tyrant could warp their brains," while the bulk of their unicorns are untrained laborers or civilians forced to TakeALevelInBadass.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Prime!Chrysalis may have had no problem with leeching off his love for Cadance while impersonating her, but she never once considered "sharing herself" with Shining Armor during her attempted takeover.
* RealityEnsues: Twilight explains the scientific reasons that the usual [[FanFic/TheConversionBureau TCB]] plot wherein Equestria just pops up out in the middle of the ocean is impossible. Besides the massive amounts of magical energy it would take to transport an entire continent to another dimension, that is:
-->'''Twilight:''' "[[LetMeGetThisStraight Is that what you're saying?]] That somepony popped Equestria out of our reality and crashed it onto his? How's that even meant to work? [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfMass Several trillion tons of continent]] [[ColonyDrop does not make a gentle impact on another world]], not without mega-tsunamis and earthquakes that would level entire cities, followed by a dust cloud that would blanket the world in an artificial winter lasting decades! [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse And what about the world we leave behind, what about Equus?]] Would it just carry on spinning without a care, despite having a hole several-thousand-miles-across gouged out of the planet's crust? Even if you didn't breach the mantle, creating a supervolcano that would pull the planet inside-out, the change in mass and absence of the Princesses would throw the sun and moon out of their orbits, causing them to collide, or even worse, to impact with Equus itself! [[FridgeHorror Anypony – anything, left behind would die, horribly!]] Every griffon, every dragon, zebra, reindeer, whatever!"
* ReassignedToAntarctica: What the Royal Guards stationed at the Castle of the Two Sisters think.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: During his fight with Queen Celestia, TCB!Discord saved several innocent bystanders who would have been killed in the crossfire; the Queen eventually overpowered him before slowly and painfully depleting him of his magic.
* TheRemnant: The military forces and civilians that survived Europe's destruction are still fighting for the UN and humanity.
* RetiredBadass: Prime Minister Rokubungi, the Prime Minister of Japan in TCB!Earth, was a former commando in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Self-Defense_Forces Japan’s Strategic Self Defense Forces]].
* ReverseMole: TCB!Fancy Pants.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Downplayed. The PHL ponies aren't afraid to get their hooves dirty when fighting alongside the humans.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: In "Strike", the PHL shooters under Stephan's command mistake Prime!Luna and [[spoiler:Discord]] for their TCB counterparts and would have attacked them if not for Queen Celestia appearing.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** Marcus' beatdown on the Prime!Mane Six (although it's [[MisplacedRetribution misaimed]]); that said, Marcus seems to be after Fluttershy and Twilight more than anypony else.
--> '''Marcus:''' "It's you, or me, Flutterbitch. I've dreamed of this moment, for years. How does it feel, to be trapped, like the rest of us, in a vice with no escape? Tables finally turned, bitch. Now, you, are, going, to, DIE!"
** Discussed in Chapter 10. TCB!Bulk Biceps' anger problems are well known throughout the PHL, though Cloudchaser has been helping him with them; if Cloudchaser were to die from the injuries she sustained in battle, it could very well send him into one of these. [[spoiler: Luckily, Discord saves her]].
** Queen Celestia kills one of the ChildSoldiers in Boston. Result? [[spoiler: Cheerilee completely loses it and, thanks to her runes, tears into Celestia with an unholy fury]].
** [[spoiler: The memories within TCB!Twilight's mind drive Luna to transform into Nightmare Moon, and her first action is to charge screaming towards the Tyrant]].
* SadisticChoice: In the flashback in Chapter 11, Marcus had to choose between saving the Newfoal that used to be his brother, or Cheerilee.
* SanitySlippage: Though Marcus hasn't driven Celestia insane with his memories, this doesn't mean she responded well to them.
* SceneryGorn: Boston in Chapter 15.
* SchizoTech: In "War March and Past Sins", [[spoiler:Discord]] points out that the ponies are too coddled by Celestia to have come up with trains or electric generators without getting the ideas from somewhere else.
* {{Seppuku}}: Rumored to be how Japan's Prime Minister went down. Supposedly, he did it with a torn-out unicorn horn, half-ponified]].
* SetTheWorldOnFire: The trees unfortunate enough to be anywhere nearby Celestia during her little conversation with Queen Celestia (and by "nearby", read "beyond the shores of the lake she's flying above"), a precursor to her AngstNuke of rage that featured her [[TheTunguskaEvent smashing down on the image of the Solar Tyrant's face with enough force to evaporate a large lake and produce a huge crater]]. BadassBoast included.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: Inverted by TCB!Trixie, who uses her Blue Spy abilities to take on the appearance of Lyra Heartstrings as a distraction during the fight with Focus Ray. Since Ray is a Newfoal, his first reaction upon seeing the Solar Empire's greatest dissident is to drop all else and charge at her.
* ShellShockedVeteran:
** Marcus, although it's rather subtle at times. He displays a lot of the classic symptoms of PTSD, such as having frequent flashbacks to previous events in the war, and the sheer amount of hatred he harbors toward the TCB!Mane Six borders on psychotic. In Chapter 21 [[spoiler:it actually helps him against Sombra because all the fear has been burned out of him, leaving nothing for Sombra to use. Despair on the other hand, he has plenty of...]]
** Princess Celestia is becoming one due to her having absorbed Marcus's memories. Coupled with having no time to cope with the memories, the shock and horror of what her "precious little ponies" are capable of, and the depths of evil to which her counterpart has sunk, it's of little wonder that she finally snaps in Chapter 11. [[spoiler: Discord eventually casts a mental spell on her to help gather these memories and help her deal with them, but time will tell if it's successful. Later on, Scribe helps get Celestia into a healing chamber within her home to help speed the mental reconstruction process up]].
** And then there's Kraber. He's frequently said and shown to be [[TheAlcoholic a heavy drinker]], his hatred of Pinkie Pie definitely qualifies as psychotic, though it's justified in that he hired Pinkie Pie to plan his children's birthday party, [[AdultFear only to]] [[PapaWolf find his family ponified]]. On top of that, there's his LongList of crimes while in the HLF, and according to Princess Luna, his nightmares hang over him even during the day. He's also drowning in a sea of guilt and shame over his actions in the HLF, and also exhibits many signs of PTSD as well.
* ShipTease:
** TCB!Spike and Rarity were implied to have had something [[spoiler: before Rarity's corruption]].
** Between TCB!Rainbow Dash and TCB!Lighting Dust. Yeah, it's okay, take a minute to let that sink in. [[spoiler: Blame the MindRape]].
--> One was the rainbow-maned Captain of the Wonderbolts, while the other was her loyal (and some said, loving) lightning-fast second-in-command. Within seconds, both had disappeared within the gleaming spires of the citadel, and from the fact that they had been flying supersonic over the capital, the implication was that they bore urgent news.
* ShootingSuperman:
** Before her fight with Queen Celestia, TCB!Luna shoots herself in the head at point-blank range to prove that alicorns can't be taken out by conventional means. This is ''after'' Luna is BroughtDownToNormal from being less powerful than her sister to begin with.
** Averted in Chapter 18, where humans have pulled out entirely new hybrid weapons – a fusion of their own technology, magical runes and crystal fragments. With it, they manage to shoot off Queen Celestia's ear, though it doesn't kill her, since she can regenerate limbs.
* ShutUpHannibal:
** After enduring the Tyrant's attempts to convince her of the evil of humans, and listening to her abuses of the term "harmony", Princess Celestia delivers a [[IncrediblyLamePun heated]] one to a vision of her evil counterpart in Chapter 4.
** [[spoiler: Prime!Equestria's Bag of Tirek tries to convince Discord to not throw it away into space, tempting him with the usual stuff. Discord asks it if it can [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas bring his mother back to him]]. That promptly shuts the bag up.]]
* ShutUpKirk:
** [[spoiler: When Princess Celestia angrily calls Discord out on how his vision of chaos caused untold amounts of pain and damage to the ponies and Equestria, Discord retorts that her Harmony has caused its own damage by causing pony civilization to become stagnant, and the ponies themselves complacent]].
** In "War March and Past Sins" when Luna calls Spykoran a murderer for [[spoiler:destroying Dream Valley, Discord]] reminds her that she herself would have killed the world as Nightmare Moon.
* SingleTear: Marcus sheds one before he kills the Newfoal that used to be his brother.
* SirSwearsALot: Marcus, especially by pony standards. Kraber even moreso.
* SplitPersonality: TCB!Trixie has about three of them due to her work as a spy.
* StepfordSmiler: The Newfoals. [[PerpetualSmiler They never stop smiling either]], unless someone pushes one of their {{Berserk Button}}s.
* SociopathicSoldier: Marcus seems to have most of the characteristics of a Type 4. Kraber meanwhile was a mixture of a Type 2 and Type 4 in his days with the HLF; nowadays, he's mostly in the latter.
* TheStoic: Marcus seems to always be completely calm, except when you [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry piss him off]] or [[ShellShockedVeteran when he has flashbacks to the war]].
* StunnedSilence: The Diamond Dog representative, the minotaur representative and Princess Luna fall into this after [[ItsAllAboutMe Blueblood's]] [[NoSympathy blasphemous comment]] about Marcus' situation.
* SuddenlyShouting:
** [[spoiler:Discord]] in "War March and Past Sins", when Spykoran tries to avoid the subject about the [[spoiler:Bag of Tirek]].
** Doctor Whooves in "Pushed to the Limits" when Cheerilee tries to get him to rest.
** Prime!Twilight gets into this mode twice. First is when she demands answers from Dr. Grimnebulin regarding [[spoiler:TCB!Spike's fate]]. Second is when she gets vocally fed up with Stephan's domineering attitude when he accuses her of wasting time studying the Elements of Harmony instead of focusing on her military training.
* SugarBowl: Deconstructed by [[spoiler: Prime!Discord]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Discord]]:''' "Do they really? [[SarcasmMode Oh, woe is me, to try and understand your flawless judgment]]. I mean, just look at your standing army! You have them equipped with... spears! They question nothing! Trouble? [[DeusExMachina You resolve without an effort]] Risks? Why worry, the princess knows. Secrets of the past? What secrets of the past? The princess would never lie, so why think further? Why try anything new, when the one proven to know better is in charge? The ponies are going to be stagnant once you reach your limit, which is nearing, and you know it!"
* SuperBreedingProgram: Celestia and Luna encouraged a lot of intermarriages between the three pony races in order to try getting more alicorns. Celestia rejects calling it anything driven by eugenics however, as she states that breaking the barriers between the three tribes would've been right to do anyway, and "purity" driven movements did not end well.
* SuperStrength: Anyone with runic tattoos, such as Marcus and Cheerilee. When his runes are fully charged, Marcus is strong enough to break Celestia's front ankles in a direct contest of strength. [[CurbStompBattle And when Cheerilee's runes activate...]]
* SuperweaponSurprise: [[spoiler: Humanity plans to have the Yellowstone megavolcano act as this, [[GodzillaThreshold should it get to that point]]]].
* TakeThat:
** "Ponies for Ethical Treatment of Newfoals" (PETN) is ''really'' close to the name "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" (PETA).
** Discord has... unfavorable things to say about Chatoyance in the gag version of "The Writes of Passage".
-->'''Discord:''' "If you want characters to suddenly start acting out of character like this, go read a Chatoyance fic!"
** He also [[spoiler:apparently visited the VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} universe, and found that he didn't like [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} Hyperion weapons]] very much]].
** Kraber's backstory is basically one giant middle finger to Chatoyance's story ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/22989/The-PER%3A-Michelson-and-Morely---The-Speed-Of-Right-- The PER: Michelson and Morely - The Speed of Right]]'', in which the eponymous PER agents ponified a group of children at a birthday party with a pinata full of potion. More specifically, he's what happens when the father finds out what happened to his kids and [[RealityEnsues does not at all like what he finds out]].
** While searching through Marcus' mindscape, [[spoiler: Discord]] pushes his way across a horde of Newfoals, at one point stomping on "a white unicorn with gold-rimmed glasses, golden eyes and a frizzy pinkish-orange mane", the spitting image of Chatoyance's profile picture. There is a lot of blood spattering.
** Stephan expresses annoyance at looking like a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' vampire when he's turned sparkly by the Crystal Heart.
** Catseye (a unicorn modeled after Chatoyance's avatar on Website/FimfictionDotNet) makes a physical appearance in the "Training Days" story arc as an antagonistic figure determined to sabotage the heroes' efforts. Not only is she a pony supremacist with [[AbsoluteXenophobe less than flattering views on the other races in Equus]], but it's also stated that her prejudices extend to half-pony hybrids of other species, with quick blurbs in her introductory scene hinting that [[BoomerangBigot she herself is a half-pony hybrid]] who detests her heritage and takes great measures hiding it. It's a none-too-subtle reference to the fact that Chatoyance is a transwoman who has a reputation for coming off as incredibly [[DoesNotLikeMen misandric]].
** On a meta-level, Prime!Celestia showing a distaste for eugenics is also a TakeThat directed at Chatoyance, where one story states that her [[GodModeSue Celestia]] actually used eugenics to make the ponies better by breeding out any "undesirable" traits.
** It's very easy to miss, but in "Training Days: The First Month", one of Catseye's followers considers using the word 'adamant' in their group's name. Chatoyance once wrote a story called ''The Reasonably Adamant Down With Celestia Newfoal Society'', a none-too-subtle [[TakeThatCritics potshot leveled at her critics and critics of the TCB universe in general]].
** [[spoiler:Prime!Discord]] makes a couple quick potshots at conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza and notorious evangelist and actor Kirk Cameron.
** [[spoiler:A dream vision of TCB!Lyra]] states that Jacqueline Reitman (a stand-in for Chatoyance) handles anything that disagrees with her worldview with the maturity of a baby.
** A conversation between Prime!Twilight and Doctor Grimnebulin has a quick middle finger being shot at Chatoyance's story ''Code Majeste'', wherein it's stated that humans lack souls because they lack magic.
* TakingTheBullet: TCB!Cloudchaser took a few spears that were meant for Bulk "Snowflake" Biceps.
* TakenForGranite:
** TCB!Lyra, Luna, and Blueblood were all turned into stone. Lyra was crushed by an angry mob and the sight led to TCB!Bon Bon's complete mental breakdown, Luna is kept as a trophy, and Blueblood got crushed as well, though it's implied that was because even [[EvenEvilHasStandards Queen Celestia couldn't stand him]].
** [[spoiler: Prime!Blueblood gets turned to stone by Discord, this time as punishment for being such an EntitledBastard. But it's temporary in this case]].
* TastesLikePurple:
** When the magical portal that transports Marcus into Prime!Equestria opens up over Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle remarks that everything tasted purple for a moment when she senses the massive amounts of magical energy radiating from it.
** The void between universes tastes orange to [[spoiler:Discord]].
* TeacherStudentRomance: Princess Luna had this with [[spoiler: Sombra, although it was one-sided on his part. He claims that her not returning his feelings was one of the main reasons he went evil. Discord calls it out as trite]].
* TearsOfJoy: TCB!Cadance sheds some after Green Fields, one of the Royal Guards, is freed from the Tyrant's control with ThePowerOfLove.
* TheTeaser: The story begins with Marcus already captured and mouthing off at Prime!Twilight.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: As revealed in "Pushed to the Limits", the Second Gate to PHL HQ is designed to take no chances with unauthorized personnel, involving turrets, gas, napalm and who knows what else.
** As in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', this is Trevor's philosophy.
-->And sometimes Trevor's attitude to life was refreshingly welcome: there's no kill like overkill.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Princess Celestia is [[{{Understatement}} not at all happy at what Queen Celestia has done]]. She immediately declares war on the tyrant in response.
* TitleDrop: In "The Writes of Passage".
--> "They called this negative range of emotions, 'the Other Side of the Spectrum'."
* TokenEvilTeammate: The PHL is not exactly a spotlessly heroic organization, but there are some notable characters of this type within their ranks.
** Well, he's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but there's Viktor Kraber, a former HLF member and one of the most notorious. He has gotten better and he only directs his AxCrazy impulses towards those that really do deserve it, but it's clear he's still ''very'' trigger happy and deeply mentally unbalanced (and even the [[AdultFear reasons]] [[PapaWolf for]] [[CrusadingWidower that]] are pretty understandable).
** Pineapple Cutter is a BloodKnight who craves excitement so much that she's only really with the PHL [[IFightForTheStrongestSide because they have the best weaponry]] and share the common goal of not being enslaved by the Solar Tyrant.
* TooDumbToLive: Really, Blueblood? Antagonize the traumatized alicorn who has already shown she doesn't like you? ''Smart''...
* TookALevelInBadass: TCB!Trixie, who went from being a SmallNameBigEgo illusionist to a clever, shapeshifting assassin and spy with an array of bombs and considerable skill with a blade. A badass[[http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2013/042/a/5/commission__redskin122004_by_sakuyamon-d5ugozk.png makeover]] also helped with that.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: What Marcus thinks happened to him when he arrives in Prime!Equestria.
* TheTroubles: While he was a human, Focus Ray was a member of the Irish Republican Army.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Earth is currently in the year 2023, but appears to be not too different from today... well, you know, without the xenocide. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], considering that TCB!Equestria's invasion would have greatly impeded all non-military scientific progress. The situation is actually somewhat similar to VideoGame/{{Resistance}} - it's not that much more advanced than our time (there's mentions of some PHL-enhanced tech making its way into the private sector, but not very much) but the military sector is incredibly advanced.
* UncannyVillage: TCB!Ponyville, if not most of TCB!Equestria, is like this now, if the opening description in "The Writes of Passage" is anything to judge by. There's perpetually smiling zombie-like Newfoals everywhere, and there's something wrong with the sunlight. According to said opening description:
--> The sun, although bright and radiant, seemed to cast a colder, more pallid light... everything on which it cast its gaze seemed... lesser. Not washed out, or colourless, or even decayed. Just lesser, diminished, reduced.
** Though as of ''Calm Before The Storm'', the veneer seems to be ever so slightly cracked.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: General Ironclaw and Warlord Wilmorn Darkhoof, the respective military leaders of the Griffon Empire and the Minotaurs, didn't believe they were in need of training from the humans. Oh, how wrong they were.
* VillainsNeverLie: Princess Celestia wonders this about Discord in Chapter 11, noting that he may speak half-truths, use InsaneTrollLogic and {{Moon Logic Puzzle}}s, but not outright lie.
* VomitDiscretionShot: After Cadance witnesses a vision of TCB!Discord disintegrating, she promptly releases her stomach contents in a nearby bush.
** When Stephan and Kraber are shown what TCB!Twilight did in regards to the creation of the potion, both of them start losing their lunches in nearby trash cans.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Applejack spits her breakfast back up after being used as a meat shield to take a kick from Rainbow Dash.
** Later, Prime!Celestia after seeing what her little ponies are doing to the humans due to a mind sharing spell.
* TheWarOnTerror: Marcus served some time in the Middle East before the war with Equestria.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether:
** Initially averted in that the resistance groups and the military don't seem to have any problems with cooperating with each other, as well as in the case of New York's mafia and gangbangers, who now hand out weapons free of charge to civilians. Plus, continuing to fight each other in a city with high military presence is just stupid in every way.
** Played straight, however, when humans first meet up with Prime!Luna and [[spoiler:Discord]]. The PHL is all primed to kill them should they twitch wrong, and they've brought their best god-killing gear with them. Possibly the only times that Queen Celestia showing up somewhere has a positive effect, convincing people [[spoiler:Discord]] and Luna are ''not'' her allies.
* WeCanRuleTogether: How Stalwart Heart (formerly Marcus's little brother Jacob) tries to convince Marcus to be ponified and join him in "spreading harmony".
* WeHaveReserves: [[spoiler: Queen Celestia's plan for using her vast reserves of Newfoals to conquer other universes]].
* WhamEpisode: "For Whom The Bell Tolls". It is the single darkest chapter of the story so far. [[spoiler: Readers get to see how Queen Celestia replaced the minds of the Elements with the mockeries seen in the war, followed by a detailed description of what happened to the three thousand test subjects TCB!Twilight used to make the ponification potion work ''without'' horribly disfiguring or killing the subject, capped off by Luna turning into Nightmare Moon, which cows ''Discord'' into seriousness]].
* WhamLine: "Hidden Truths" ends with [[spoiler:Prime!Discord telling Celestia he freed himself because her "ever loving twin" killed his TCB counterpart]].
** "Pushed to the Limits" ends with [[spoiler: Prime!Luna announcing to a squadron of human pilots that they have Marcus, meaning that Prime!Equestria will finally join the war]].
* WhatTheHellHero: In the TCB-verse, most of Ponyville gave one to Twilight and company when news of the Barrier's expansion began to spread across Equestria.
** In "War March and Past Sins", [[spoiler: everyone is horrified by what King Spykoran did to keep the Bag of Tirek buried, and some even outright call him a murderer. In his own defense, Spykoran admits what he did was terrible, but maintains that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he did what had to be done]]]].
* WhenDimensionsCollide: The bad kind which turns into a fight for survival for humanity.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Prime!Cadance is genuinely afraid of outliving everypony she has ever cared for. Celestia and Luna as well, to a lesser extent.
** When Marcus realizes that [[spoiler:he (and to an extent Cheerilee and possibly Lyra) could possibly have their own ascensions, he starts worrying that this will happen to them]].
* WhyWontYouDie: Luna asks the [[spoiler: Mirror Pool Clone]] TCB!Celestia this question. She's quite justified in asking, given the downright horrific things she saw the Queen do to [[spoiler: turn the TCB!Mane Six into her lackeys and the potion prototype experiments]]. Queen Celestia also does this to Stephan, which is also justified, given that he's [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching the crap out of her]]!
* WorldOfBadass: On one side, TCB!Equestria is led by a Celestia even more powerful than her prime counterpart, with the six Element bearers acting as her lieutenants in the field. Insane and xenocidal, but undeniably badass. On the opposing team, we have a battle-hardened coalition of humans and ponies, a rune-empowered Marine, a Bundeswehr soldier wielding a magical claymore, a shape-shifting pony assassin, the griffons' elite forces, a minotaur, [[Videogame/GrandTheftAutoV four renowned criminals]], [[spoiler: the last Time Lord, the [[Series/{{Sherlock}} most indispensable man in the British Government]], and now a dragon]]. And then Princess Celestia calls on all the races of her world to join in the fight against the Solar Tyrant, including [[spoiler: Discord and the Changelings]].
** The leader of one of these races is essentially said to be [[spoiler: ''SANTA CLAUS'']] in animal form, and he's just as jolly as you might expect, but everything he does in preparation for the war against TCB!Celestia just screams badass.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: During the Hostage Crisis Arc, Weaver gets in the way of Prime!Applejack and Prime!Fluttershy, and attempts to dissuade them from joining the fight at the cost of their innocence, bringing up a reminder that all human nations have skeletons in their own closets. Fluttershy, [[FriendToAllLivingThings gentle soul that she is]], replies by arguing back that humanity's bloody history is a natural consequence of living on a harsher world than Equus without the guidance of a benevolent higher being, a state it has sought to rise above ever since. It's notable in that Weaver concedes to the spirit of what is said, but ultimately deems it inadequate.
--> '''Weaver:''' "[[Literature/CloudAtlas True, true. They had the smarts. They mastered the earth and the waters, sickness and storms, they made miracles and they flew across the sky, and looked next to reach the stars themselves. But they have something else, something stronger than all their intelligence and their kindness... a hunger in their hearts. A constant hunger... for more.]]"
* WrongGenreSavvy: Marcus suffers from this earlier on, when he initially believes he simply traveled back in time to Equestria before they ended up on Earth, and tries to kill the Mane Six and Celestia to prevent the war. He quickly realizes he was wrong and now has allies that can help turn the tide of the war in humanity's favor.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Luna's antiquated linguistics get lampshaded in Chapter 11.
* YouALLShareMyStory:
** Stephan, the star of the Europe Side-Story, occasionally [[BackToBackBadasses fights alongside]] Marcus, and seems to have been promoted to {{deuteragonist}}.
** The crew of the Starvation Side-Story finally meet Marcus in "Trust".
** Averted for the crew of the Asia Side-Story, who handle things halfway around the world, though Marcus does tell Cheerilee in "Trust" to go look for them so they can help out in the upcoming final battle.
** Marcus is treated by Isaac Dan Der Grimnebulin in "Sons of Legacies, Part 3".
* YouAreTooLate: Doctor Whooves tried to save TCB!Lyra and TCB!Bon-Bon. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Lyra's death was a fixed point in time, and the fallout from the Doctor's meddling caused Bon-Bon's already fractured psyche to become embedded with visions from all of history]].
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:TCB!Lyra's death is one of the immutable fixed points in history that Doctor Whooves can't change]].
* YourHeadASplode: What happens to those close enough to Marcus when he attacks with his "force push".
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* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/358543/a-sun-in-winter A Sun in Winter]], telling the story of Anna Erklass and two alicorn foals in Adlaborn, the realm of the reindeer. A distant prequel to Joy to the Worlds - and the rest of Spectrum as a whole. (written y [=Sledge115=] and [=VoxAdam=])

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* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/358543/a-sun-in-winter A Sun in Winter]], telling the story of Anna Erklass and two alicorn foals in Adlaborn, the realm of the reindeer. A distant prequel to Joy to the Worlds - and the rest of Spectrum as a whole. (written y by [=Sledge115=] and [=VoxAdam=])



*** A research article from Prime!Twilight in ''Other Side of the Mirror'' expands on this. Since the Barrier is powered directly by TCB!Equestria's magical field, it's draining the lifeforce of the land, leading to the aforementioned food production problems and possibly even the Cutie Mark Dearth itself.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Chapter 14 features the expression "Tartarus on Equus".
* HolyBacklight: In the chapter "The Answer", Derpy first appears gliding out of the TARDIS, explicitly described as being 'backlit like an angel'.
* HolyCity: According to the chapter "Setting It Right", Mecca has been wiped out by the barrier, devastating the Islamic world. And given the barrier's starting point (Switzerland), it's also made clear that Vatican City and Jerusalem were destroyed too.
* HomeBase: The PHL headquarters are in the Freedom Tower in New York City.
* HomeworldEvacuation: Doctor Whooves suggests a plan to evacuate as many humans as possible to a planet in the Epsilon Eridani System. It won't be able to get them all, but it'll be something, at least...
* HumanShield:
** Marcus uses Applejack to take a very powerful kick from Rainbow Dash; powerful enough to bring AJ's breakfast right back up.
** Gilda uses a Royal Guardspony as one in Chapter 16... by stabbing him through the gut and blocking spells with him.
* HumiliationConga: In Chapter 11, Prince Blueblood is disowned by Princess Celestia, scared and humiliated by [[spoiler: Discord]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and tripped by Marcus]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:The dragon king Spykoran destroyed all of Dream Valley, burying Tirek's Bag and killed any pony remaining in Dream Valley (along with the Six Princesses) that had been corrupted by its influence. He feels massive regret over what he did, but stands by the fact that it was the only way to keep Tirek from returning]].
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Marcus tried this on Stalwart Heart to bring his former human self, Jacob (Marcus' little brother) back. It didn't work.
** TCB!Cadance's and Trixie's efforts on Royal Guard Captain Green Fields prove more successful, but then again, he wasn't a Newfoal.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Marcus nearly manages to get a headshot on Prime!Twilight with a bread knife.
* ImprovisedWeapon: After killing a Timberwolf, Marcus uses the tail, its claws, and even its head as a weapon.
* InMediasRes: The story starts after Marcus' entry to Prime!Equestria, and the main story itself takes place little over three years after the war began.
* InsultToRocks: This little exchange in Chapter 11.
--> '''Prince Blueblood:''' "How dare you call me a donkey! You look like a minotaur that went a few rounds with an ape he just found!"\\
'''Marcus:''' "No, calling you a donkey is an insult to such a mighty, fine, foul-working breed of equine. You, make me laugh."
* InterruptedSuicide: Marcus tried to slash his throat to avoid capture, only for Prime!Twilight to take the knife from him.
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica: After the Barrier has consumed all of Europe, the TCB!Equestrians strike the Eastern United States.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When Prime!Dash calls TCB!Trixie a "fat blue fake trying to fly", Trixie is more offended at being called fat.
* ItIsBeyondSaving: TCB!Cheerilee (and more than a few TCB Equestrian defectors) holds this opinion of TCB!Equestria.
* ItsPersonal:
** Marcus' reasons for wanting to kill the TCB!Mane Six, ranging from Rainbow Dash ponifying his soldiers right in front of him to Twilight ponifying, seducing, ''and marrying his own brother'', which led to Marcus having to kill said brother.
** [[spoiler:Discord has the memory of his TCB counterpart's torture and death at the hooves of Queen Celestia]].
** Luna, [[spoiler: thanks to her mind-reading skills, was not only witness to the corruption of TCB!Twilight, but was then forced to see Not!Twilight's memories of experimenting with the ponification potion. Her response? Turning into Nightmare Moon]].
** Kraber with regards to TCB!Pinkie Pie, who ponified his family at his children's birthday party.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: TCB!Trixie, who doesn't have a high opinion of either humanity or ponykind, but will put her life on the line to defend them anyway.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind:
** Marcus and Princess Celestia go deep into Marcus's past and present with the help of a mind sharing spell. Needless to say, Celestia nearly [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Goes Mad From The Revelation]] upon seeing the atrocities her little ponies are committing on the humans.
** Luna does this to TCB!Twilight in [[WhamEpisode "For Whom The Bell Tolls"]]. The things Luna discovers push her so far off the edge of rage [[spoiler: that she turns into Nightmare Moon]]!
** [[spoiler: Discord has to do this to rescue Marcus from Sombra's control in the "Sons of Legacies" arc. It quickly turns into a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind]].
** Luna, Chrysalis, Cadence and Stephan have to go on one of these to break Trixie out of the enchantment Weaver put on her.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The Tsumerai, the griffon military's equivalent to the special forces, use katanas as their standard blades.
* KilledMidSentence: Stalwart Heart.
* KnightInSourArmour: TCB!Trixie aka the Blue Spy, though she's worried, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters with good reason,]] [[PragmaticHero that she may be slipping further into darkness]].
** Marcus as well.
* LampshadeHanging: From Trevor Philips. [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Yes, ''that'' Trevor Philips]]. Surprisingly, he takes a firm grip on the SanityBall and is one of the few characters to actually take note of the absurdity of the story's plot.
-->'''Trevor:''' "And another thing! When I thought of the end of the world, I imagined big ass fucking meteors, or the Earth [[GaiasRevenge deciding that she had had enough of our shit]] and would just [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow the fuck up]]. Never thought the apocalypse would come in the form of pastel ponies!"
* TheLancer: Stephan to Marcus, with his own Lancer in the form of TCB!Trixie.
* LastStand: This was suggested as an alternate plan of action to [[spoiler: using the Yellowstone megavolcano to create a Class X ApocalypseHow scenario]]. It doesn't take, for the simple reason that it would be a SenselessSacrifice.
* LaughingMad: A (possibly) ponified clown that Pinkie Pie brought to the ill-fated birthday party for Kraber's kids was found giggling mad.
* LeeroyJenkins: Trevor's plan of attack in Chapter 16... on a stealth mission. Thankfully, everybody talks him out of it.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: One of Queen Celestia's favorite execution methods, given that she used it on her universe's Lyra and Blueblood.
** She later demonstrates the spell "Ashes of Solaris", which turns bodies into ash from the inside, causing the victim to crumble apart at a touch.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: In a flashback detailing the PER's attack on Washington D.C., Marcus is shown "amputating" a man's arm with a shotgun after it got splashed with potion, saving him from ponification.
* LoweredRecruitingStandards: By the time the Barrier swallows up most of Europe, child soldiers (human, pony, etc.) start making up some parts of military units and the Bundeswehr also allowed Kraber, a former HLF operative and someone who desperately needs a mental health evaluation, to serve (though thankfully, his AxCrazy nature is only limited to his enemies).
** The inclusion of Newfoals into the Royal Guards and the Wonderbolts is this for the Empire. At best, they're little more than cannon fodder however.
* MadOracle: TCB!Bon-Bon.
* MagicallyBindingContract[-/-]BindingAncientTreaty: The Concordia Maxima, which is used to bring all the races of Equus to join the fight against the TCB-verse. [[spoiler: To Celestia's surprise, this includes Queen Chrysalis and the Changelings]].
* ManlyTears: When Prime!Lyra meets with Marcus in the room he is being held in, Marcus is overwhelmed with emotion to the point of tears since the Lyra in his universe became a martyr for opposing Queen Celestia, saving many human lives, and was also a good friend of his. It happens again when Marcus tells the Prime!Mane Six about the state of his world.
* MarySue: InUniverse, the concept is {{Discussed}}, {{Deconstructed}} and vocally {{Defied}} at the same time. According to Marcus, the ponification potion turns people into "perfect ponies". Prime!Applejack quickly dismisses the concept of perfect ponies as complete crap.
--> '''Marcus:''' "The last time we all met, we were at war. Applejack pinned me down so that Twilight could administer the potion, promising to make me 'perfect'... a perfect pony..."
--> '''Applejack:''' "Ponies ain't perfect, bub! Anyone tells you otherwise don't know their flank from their face."
--> '''Fluttershy:''' "A-hum... Ponies can be mean, and cruel... but also kind..."
--> '''Rainbow Dash:''' "Yeah! Look at me. I mean, I am kinda awesome but well, [[SelfDeprecation I can be a jerk some of the time... a lot of the time...]]"
--> '''Marcus:''' "I never thought I'd see the day... ponies used to seem like the biggest hypocrites to have ever lived, going on about harmony, friendship, love and tolerance while they did... all that..."
** In a flashback scene from "For Whom the Bell Tolls", [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight, right before her corruption, even refutes the argument in front of Queen Celestia. It did not end well for her]].
* MassOhCrap: The entire PHL/UN Taskforce and any associated mercenaries collectively shit bricks when they realize that Queen Celestia will be appearing on the battlefield.
* TheMedic: TCB!Derpy is one for the human and PHL soldiers out in the field.
* MedievalStasis: [[spoiler: Discord]] chews out Princess Celestia over causing Equestria to turn into a stagnant SugarBowl in Chapter 11.
* MercyKill:
** During his deployment in Mexico City, Marcus saw a father kill his ponified son before taking his own life. He later had to do the same to his own little brother Jacob, who also got ponified.
** [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight begs Prime!Luna to kill her and her friends]].
* MindRape:
** Princess Celestia voluntarily undergoes (you can't fault her determination) and suffers through Marcus' war memories to see if he really is telling the truth and share his pain... until TCB!Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six showed up, and she broke.
** [[spoiler: Then it happens to Prime!Luna, when Not!Twilight (the dark personality that overtook TCB!Twilight's body) shows her all that she did, which enrages Luna so much that she turns into Nightmare Moon]].
** [[spoiler: Prime!Sombra does this to Marcus to feed off his despair and guilt by making him see the friends and family members of his that died during the war. And then Sombra [[DemonicPossession takes control of Marcus' body]]]].
* MistakenIdentity: The reason Marcus attacks the Prime!Mane Six.
* MisplacedRetribution: [[spoiler: It turns out that while Marcus' mother, Megan Williams, ''did'' go to Dream Valley and defeated Tirek, she didn't defeat TCB!Tirek himself. In fact, she actually defeated the Tirek of Prime!Equestria]].
* MonumentalDamage: The Barrier destroys all human made objects it touches, so this is frequent.
** Westminster Clock Tower (aka Big Ben), the Pyramids of Giza, and St. Basil's Cathedral are wiped out.
** Balmoral Castle is destroyed by Queen Elizabeth taking the Royal Guard and PER agents down with her.
** Hancock Tower was destroyed when the ''Great Equestrian'' crashed into it.
** Windsor Castle is mentioned to be destroyed when a plane crashes into it just as the UK is overrun.
** The [[http://sweetiesreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/legal-seafoods-boston-review.jpg Legal Seafood restaurant]] [[note]]It's just down the street from the New England Aquarium.[[/note]] is destroyed by a boat sent flying from [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon's appearance]].
** The Andrew [=McArdle=] Bridge was blown up to obliterate a large Newfoal horde.
** Mecca, the Muslim equivalent to The Vatican, has been destroyed by the Barrier. And for that matter, so were Vatican City and Jerusalem. As a silver lining of sorts however, the three Abrahamic faiths have made peace with one another (as exemplified by a flashback showing a Muslim girl killing newfoals to protect a Christian family).
* MoodWhiplash: After [[spoiler:Discord]] spends all of Chapter 18 ("Strike") in an extremely humorous Loony-Tunes style fight against the Tyrant, this is followed by Chapter 19 ("For Whom The Bell Tolls"), possibly the single darkest chapter in any Conversion Bureau story ever published, and thus far the only chapter of this story where the author felt the need to put up a warning label.
** "Sons of Legacies, Part 3", however, went the opposite direction, starting off with Marcus' wartime nightmares... and then going to the Looney Tunes-esque fight, which may be even more absurd than the one in Chapter 18.
* MoralDissonance: The TCB!ponies are intentionally depicted as having this, no question about that. However, [[spoiler: Prime!Discord's chewing out of the Princesses for sealing him away and preventing him from using his chaos to make ponies stronger rings kind of hollow, considering his liberal use of MindRape and warping reality around him ForTheEvulz in his first prime appearance. His trips through TheMultiverse ''do'' eventually force him to reconsider this view, and in "Sons of Legacies, Part 1", he takes responsibility for his own role in failing to stick to the Scribe's plan for Equestria's future]].
* MoralEventHorizon: InUniverse. The reader gets the choice of at what exact moment that TCB!Equestria crosses the line, [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene because there are just that many to choose from]], but Trixie's discovery of [[spoiler: the ColdBloodedTorture of Spike]] makes it very clear that this is her own breaking point.
--> Trixie's legs suddenly felt as soft as rubber, and she sat with a horrified gasp. Wet tears of her own ran down her face. This was worse than the Newfoals, worse than the war. This was a life brutalized and tortured, by Equestria... Equestria. Loving and tolerant... Equestria. Peaceful and forgiving... Equestria no more...
** This was also heavily discussed and subverted in "War March and Past Sins", with the eponymous past sin being that [[spoiler: Spykoran [[KillItWithFire resorted to]] [[KillEmAll drastic measures]] to keep the Bag of Tirek buried. While the other world leaders of Equus are horrified by what he did (with Luna herself calling him a murderer), Discord, Marcus and to a lesser extent Celestia agree that Spykoran [[IDidWhatIHadToDo did what had to be done]], and Spykoran himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone deeply]] [[OutDamnedSpot regrets his actions]]]].
** For Luna, it's seeing how TCB!Celestia [[spoiler: corrupted the TCB!Elements and the [[BodyHorror very gruesome tests]] done to make the ponification potion work]]. These revelations push her into a primal UnstoppableRage so great, [[spoiler: that she turned back into Nightmare Moon]].
** In "Trust" (and expanded upon in ''Case Files''), we learn that the backbreaking straw which made the U.S. military take action against the HLF was their kidnapping, torturing and murdering a PHL mare to [[MakeAnExampleOfThem make an example of her]].
* MoreDakka: The PHL is ''built'' on this trope. However, it also is justified, since the huge waves of Newfoal attacks make tons of dakka absolutely needed. The [[LudicrousGibs end result]] is pretty obvious.
* MsExposition: [[spoiler: The Scribe, the godlike incarnation of ponykind's genetic memories and last remnant of the first race of alicorns]].
* MultinationalTeam: The remainders of Europe's armed forces have now joined together as one to keep fighting the ponies. The PHL itself is also comprised of a diverse roster of fighters from Earth and Equus.
* TheMultiverse: An explicit feature of the story. [[spoiler: The ''Multiverse Journey'' side story has Discord traveling through the universes of ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer40000}}'', ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed'', ''TheSlenderManMythos'', ''{{Anime/Naruto}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', and even meeting [[LiveActionTV/StarTrek Q]]]].
* MultiversalConqueror: It's very clear that once Queen Celestia is done with Earth, Prime!Equestria is next. And according to [[spoiler:Discord]], she will likely only continue on after that. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Tirek's whole plan]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Discord]]:''' "The multiverse is vast, each world having vastly varied ways of existing, all with different ideals. Something the corrupt queen wouldn't be able to stand. Oh, there are powers out there that can rival, yes, or even beat her. But she will play it smart; she will gather power from other worlds before finally striking, with a limitless army at her beck and call from dozens, if not hundreds, of worlds."
* MurderSuicide: A flashback shows a man killing his just ponified son and then himself after reciting The Lord's Prayer, to TCB!Applejack's disgust and Marcus' horror.
* MythologyGag:
** During the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic source material's]] planning phase, Princess Celestia was supposed to be a Queen, but [[ExecutiveMeddling Hasbro]] nixed that on the basis that [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess=Good]], [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queens=Evil.]] Guess what TCB!Celestia's title is.
** [[spoiler:Doctor Whooves]], on why trying to breach the Barrier by force, even with nukes, won't work:
--->[[spoiler:[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Believe me when I say that if could, I would've done it in a heartbeat to save a friend trapped in another world in a different dimension. It took the power of a supernova to just send a message. And that was with a small gap in the dimensional wall that was closing on me."]]]]
** In Chapter 15, [[spoiler:Discord notes that both Tirek and Nightmare Moon wanted to bring about TheNightThatNeverEnds.]]
** In Chapter 21, Rainbow Dash says that Trixie could be a spy, which is what she suspected Twilight of being back in the second episode.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Marcus, after killing Stalwart Heart to save Cheerilee.
** King Spykoran in Chapter 15, [[spoiler: in an effort to keep the Bag of Tirek from corrupting anyone else, destroyed all of Dream Valley and its inhabitants (who had been affected themselves), as well as sunk the ship that held the findings of an archaeologist with the bag itself on board. Despite his regret, he does maintain [[IDidWhatIHadToDo that he did what had to be done]]]].
** Prime!Lyra in that same chapter when she realizes [[spoiler:just how close she came to causing the apocalypse]].
* MyGreatestFailure:
** Apart from exiling Luna to the moon, Princess Celestia regards her hasty banishment of the Changelings to the Badlands and losing the Crystal Empire to Sombra as these.
** [[spoiler: In his own twisted way, Prime!Discord feels he's let down his "mother", Faust, by indirectly inspiring the Royal Sisters to become rulers of Equestria in the first place, which he believes has reduced the ponies' capacity for self-determination]].
* NecessaryEvil: How TCB!Cheerilee and The Doctor view the use of ChildSoldiers.
* NeckSnap: Marcus killed his ponified brother this way.
* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler: Although his intentions could be considered benign, Discord had a bad case of this in the earlier chapters when he refused to acknowledge the damage he caused in attempting to bring Earth-like levels of "chaos" to Equus and his own role in what he accuses Prime!Equestria of [[MedievalStasis turning]] [[SugarBowl into]] (namely the fact that Celestia and Luna only took power in the first place because they felt it was their responsibility to clean the damage up). His trips through the multiverse finally do force him to reconsider this view somewhat]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Discord attributes Prime!Equestria's MedievalStasis to Princess Celestia's desire to let the ponies live in harmony, which he claims has only made them complacent and overly dependent on her and presumably, ill-prepared for their war with TCB!Equestria. In turn, the Princesses only took power because they felt it was their responsibility to clean up the damage Discord's carelessness with his chaos caused, leading to the misunderstanding and conflict between them that has lasted to the present day. In short, both parties are equally guilty of failing to stick to the Scribe's plan for their world]].
** In Chapter 19, Prime!Luna hesitates to kill TCB!Twilight, which allows the latter to escape and teleport the other Element bearers away.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: TCB!Twilight accidentally helped open the portal that got Marcus to Prime!Equestria, bringing them into the war to aid Earth.
** In "Strike", some PHL soldiers are on the verge of attacking Prime!Luna and [[spoiler:Discord]] when Queen Celestia shows up and indirectly shows the former are on the level.
* NightmareFace: It's not implied to be the case in the text... but just look at Queen Celestia in [[http://www.fimfiction-static.net/images/story_images/42449.png?1352892400 this cover art]]. ''[[NightmareFuel Look]] [[SlasherSmile at]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning it!]]'' It manages to invoke LightIsNotGood and DarkIsEvil at the same time.
* NightmareFuel: InUniverse. Marcus' memories, as seen by Princess Celestia during the mindsharing spell, become this over time.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: [[spoiler:Discord. Of note is that he's a massive case of EvenEvilHasStandards, because even he's sickened and appalled at Queen Celestia's actions]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Discord]]:''' "We only began to fall down the hole full of horrors and sins, so start kicking and screaming, kid. It's only going to get worse."
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler:Discord]] states that if he could, he would create an army of "{{cyborg}} {{ninja}}s {{dual wielding}} [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]], riding on land sharks with head-mounted [[FrickinLaserBeams laser cannons]]".
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Upon first arriving in Prime!Equestria, Marcus beats the ever loving hell out of the Mane Six (well, four out of six, due to Rarity and Twilight being late to the party) after mistaking them for their TCB counterparts. Later, he even manages to give the Princesses a run for their money.
** In "Strike" [[spoiler: TCB!Cheerilee]], in a fit of UnstoppableRage, unleashes a brutal and well-deserved one on Queen Celestia after her "Ashes of Solaris" spell kills a teenage boy soldier.
* NoIndoorVoice: Luna of course, but it's taken UpToEleven in Chapter 14.
--> Sufficiently to say, even over the roar of the blades, the engines, buffeting winds, and ear protection; William's ears were ringing for several hours after one Princess Luna's proclamation.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Princess Celestia shows her evil counterpart how ponies and humans are similar and capable of living in true harmony with each other, though naturally, this doesn't change the Tyrant's mind.
** [[spoiler: A conversation between Celestia and Discord in Chapter 11 has Discord implicitly say this (without referencing Queen Celestia) about Princess Celestia. He points out that her "harmony" has caused ponykind to [[MedievalStasis stagnate]], and implies that his normal brand of "chaos" was actually similar to how humanity and Earth function, and claims it would have been a much better way to encourage the growth of pony civilization in the long run]].
** There are two instance of Newfoals trying to invoke this on a PHL pony, first with Stalwart Heart to Cheerilee, then Focus Ray to Trixie. Neither are successful.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In Chapter 3, "Harmony and Hegemony", Princess Celestia pulls off her BigDamnHero moment just as Marcus drives Prime!Twilight to tears while describing Queen Celestia.
* NuclearOption: U.S. President Jack Davis decided to nuke Washington DC rather than let it fall into Queen Celestia's hooves.
** One suggestion for a final plan of action against the barrier was all out nuclear bombardment. It didn't take, as the barrier destroys all man-made objects, including nuclear weapons. [[spoiler:So mankind rigs the Yellowstone megavolcano with nukes instead]].
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Chapter 4, aptly titled "Monsters", is just filled with these, with each of the TCB!Mane Six getting one of their own.
* OddFriendship: [[spoiler: Discord]] and Marcus seem to be developing one as of Chapter 11; they appeared quite friendly at the beginning, anyway.
* OffingTheOffspring: A tragic case in Chapter 4; while Marcus was fighting somewhere in Mexico, he saw a father and son split apart. The son was ponified, and the father killed him before killing himself.
* OhCrap: Twice during the Prime!Mane Six's fight with Marcus. First is when Twilight sees that Marcus is impervious to magic. The second is when Fluttershy's Stare fails to subdue him.
** In Chapter 6, TCB!Trixie gets a massive one when she realizes that Queen Celestia is modifying the potion to turn the Newfoals from a bunch of StepfordSmiler zombies into an army of soldiers, willing to kill... meaning that she has over a billion potential new soldiers.
** Princess Celestia when she realizes that Queen Celestia is more powerful than her.
** Everyone gets one in Chapter 17 when they realize that Queen Celestia is within spitting distance of them. And then Cheerilee sees the sudden arrival of [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon. [[CurbStompBattle This being after having just delivered a royal beatdown on Queen Celestia]]]].
** In Chapter 18, TCB!Twilight's eyes "widen in shock" when Pinkie Pie's 'Pinkie Sense' warns her of an ambush.
* OneManArmy: Marcus. His rune markings help with that.
* OutOfCharacterMoment:
** Well, aside from the [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide obvious]], TCB!Cloudchaser notes how Twilight isn't obsessing over human technology.
--> '''Cloudchaser:''' "What really got me wondering though, is why you aren't going gaga over [human technology]? You love this kind of stuff, Twilight!"
** [[spoiler: Discord]] refers to Celestia chewing out Prince Blueblood as one of these. It's justified, as she had been under a lot of stress recently.
** TCB!Lightning Dust and TCB!Rainbow Dash are implied to be in a relationship with each other. Justified in that certain events in TCB!Equestria played out ''very'' differently from canon, and there's the fact that [[spoiler: none of the TCB versions of the Mane Six have been in control of themselves or their actions. Which raises... [[QuestionableConsent certain questions]]]].
** Explicitly noted in "For Whom the Bell Tolls", when some Bundeswehr soldiers question Fluttershy's unexpected competence while under fire.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: The TCB!Equestrian army is called the Salvation Army, while their airfleet is called the Rescue Fleet. The reeducation centers are called "Mind Healers" by pro-Empire ponies. Averted with the official name of Equestria itself, however, which is now called [[TheEmpire The Solar Empire]].
* PhysicalGod: Celestia, Luna and Discord are seen as such. [[spoiler: They're later revealed to be the brainchildren of the Scribe, the guardian of the first alicorn race's memories and the avatar of the last alicorn Faust, who fought Tirek in the distant past. Considering that Discord calls Faust his "mother", [[TangledFamilyTree this would technically make him Celestia and Luna's brother]], which he acknowledges to some extent, calling their trip to seek her out a "good old fashioned family reunion"]].
* PityingPerversion: Berry Punch, and presumably all other members of the PETN (Ponies for the Ethical Treatment of Newfoals), assume that the Newfoals' UncannyValley behavior is comparable to coming out of a drug addiction, and that they should be treated with respect. Of course, it never occurs to them that maybe turning them into ponies in the first place was unconscionable in itself.
* PosthumousCharacter: TCB!Lyra and [[spoiler:Megan Williams]].
* ThePowerOfLove: TCB!Cadance still believes in this, despite Shining Armor's love for her being unable to overpower [[spoiler:the Tyrant's control]].
* PowerTattoo: Marcus' tattoos are actually runes enchanted with an archaic form of magic that greatly enhances his strength, speed and stamina and makes him resistant to most kinds of pony magic.
* PraetorianGuard: The Tsumerai act as this to the Griffon Kingdom.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Prime!Twilight to Marcus before throwing him through a wall.
--> '''Twilight:''' "Hey, you! Meet my friend Sir Isaac Neighton!"
* PrecisionFStrike: In Chapter 10, The Doctor recites the failsafe code for [[spoiler:the nukes set up to detonate Yellowstone]] – "Celestia is a cock loving whore." Deliberately vulgar and insulting to Queen Celestia so Newfoals can't activate it. Additionally, the password for getting into the PHL's main headquarters is "Fuck that Solar Bitch."
** Princess Celestia, of all ponies, delivers one when she gives [[EntitledBastard Prince Blueblood]] a well deserved TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* ProperlyParanoid: Marcus, Celestia, and Luna are trying this, according to the first chapter of ''Calm Before The Storm''. They don't think things will go horribly wrong, thus dooming humanity and all sentient life... but they have to be sure.
* {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s: The Minotaurs and Griffons are depicted as this. However, it's clear they're pretty big fish in their respective small ponds, and are utterly shocked by the scale of warfare that humanity has been engaged in.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: [[spoiler: The TCB!Cutie Mark Crusaders]] get reunited at the end of the prime version of "The Writes of Passage".
* PyrrhicVillainy: The Americans intend to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this if the barrier consumes too much of the planet [[spoiler: by wiring the Yellowstone volcano with nukes. Even if the barrier can keep the ash and radiation out, part of the volcano will be inside the barrier when it blows, causing a chain reaction that will turn Earth into a DeathWorld and ensuring that humanity's enemy will have fought and died for nothing]].
* QuestionableConsent: The TCB versions of Rainbow Dash and Lightning Dust are a couple. Twilight Sparkle and late former human Stalwart Heart were married. [[spoiler:None of the Elements of Harmony have been in control of their actions since before the war even started. The beings bedding Lightning Dust and Stalwart Heart were the twisted constructs Queen Celestia put in control of their minds and bodies, but Rainbow and Twilight are still able to perceive everything that happens]].
* RageBreakingPoint:
** Marcus has seen a lot during the war, but always kept (for lack of a better word) calm. After ending up in Prime!Equestria and encountering the Mane Six, though, [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry he finally loses]] [[CurbStompBattle his]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown head]].
--> Twilight decided there and then that, to the end of her days, she would never forget the look of shock, followed by inexpressible rage that plastered itself over his features.
** In Chapter 11, [[spoiler:Discord]] is visibly angry when he finishes chewing out Princess Celestia over Equestria's MedievalStasis. During the same chapter, Princess Celestia finally lets loose all her stress and built-up rage on Blueblood when he pushes his attitude too far.
** Stephan, after seeing Alicia and Daniel fall to their "deaths" thanks to Queen Celestia, begins beating the hell out of the Queen's indestructible shield, proving it wasn't as indestructible as commonly thought. Then Cheerilee hits hers as well when [[spoiler:the Tyrant kills a child in front of her]].
** Meeting TCB!Pinkie drives Kraber into this.
** [[spoiler:And ''then'' Luna sees what happened to TCB!Twilight's original personality. It's so horrific that it makes even one who has delved as deeply into dreams as Luna think she might get nightmares from it, causing such levels of anger and despair in her that she turns into Nightmare Moon]].
* RagtagBandOfMisfits: It's revealed in Chapter 21 that the PHL/UN Taskforce's unicorn personnel are something like this. Thanks to Queen Celestia drafting the strongest and smartest unicorns at the best schools across Equestria, the taskforce has very few unicorns that are actually experienced at "serious" magic. The ones they do have are usually "escaped academics that were often easing themselves into semi-retirement, self-taught like Trixie, or less-than-entirely-patriotic students who had slipped out before the Tyrant could warp their brains," while the bulk of their unicorns are untrained laborers or civilians forced to TakeALevelInBadass.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Prime!Chrysalis may have had no problem with leeching off his love for Cadance while impersonating her, but she never once considered "sharing herself" with Shining Armor during her attempted takeover.
* RealityEnsues: Twilight explains the scientific reasons that the usual [[FanFic/TheConversionBureau TCB]] plot wherein Equestria just pops up out in the middle of the ocean is impossible. Besides the massive amounts of magical energy it would take to transport an entire continent to another dimension, that is:
-->'''Twilight:''' "[[LetMeGetThisStraight Is that what you're saying?]] That somepony popped Equestria out of our reality and crashed it onto his? How's that even meant to work? [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfMass Several trillion tons of continent]] [[ColonyDrop does not make a gentle impact on another world]], not without mega-tsunamis and earthquakes that would level entire cities, followed by a dust cloud that would blanket the world in an artificial winter lasting decades! [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse And what about the world we leave behind, what about Equus?]] Would it just carry on spinning without a care, despite having a hole several-thousand-miles-across gouged out of the planet's crust? Even if you didn't breach the mantle, creating a supervolcano that would pull the planet inside-out, the change in mass and absence of the Princesses would throw the sun and moon out of their orbits, causing them to collide, or even worse, to impact with Equus itself! [[FridgeHorror Anypony – anything, left behind would die, horribly!]] Every griffon, every dragon, zebra, reindeer, whatever!"
* ReassignedToAntarctica: What the Royal Guards stationed at the Castle of the Two Sisters think.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: During his fight with Queen Celestia, TCB!Discord saved several innocent bystanders who would have been killed in the crossfire; the Queen eventually overpowered him before slowly and painfully depleting him of his magic.
* TheRemnant: The military forces and civilians that survived Europe's destruction are still fighting for the UN and humanity.
* RetiredBadass: Prime Minister Rokubungi, the Prime Minister of Japan in TCB!Earth, was a former commando in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Self-Defense_Forces Japan’s Strategic Self Defense Forces]].
* ReverseMole: TCB!Fancy Pants.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Downplayed. The PHL ponies aren't afraid to get their hooves dirty when fighting alongside the humans.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: In "Strike", the PHL shooters under Stephan's command mistake Prime!Luna and [[spoiler:Discord]] for their TCB counterparts and would have attacked them if not for Queen Celestia appearing.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** Marcus' beatdown on the Prime!Mane Six (although it's [[MisplacedRetribution misaimed]]); that said, Marcus seems to be after Fluttershy and Twilight more than anypony else.
--> '''Marcus:''' "It's you, or me, Flutterbitch. I've dreamed of this moment, for years. How does it feel, to be trapped, like the rest of us, in a vice with no escape? Tables finally turned, bitch. Now, you, are, going, to, DIE!"
** Discussed in Chapter 10. TCB!Bulk Biceps' anger problems are well known throughout the PHL, though Cloudchaser has been helping him with them; if Cloudchaser were to die from the injuries she sustained in battle, it could very well send him into one of these. [[spoiler: Luckily, Discord saves her]].
** Queen Celestia kills one of the ChildSoldiers in Boston. Result? [[spoiler: Cheerilee completely loses it and, thanks to her runes, tears into Celestia with an unholy fury]].
** [[spoiler: The memories within TCB!Twilight's mind drive Luna to transform into Nightmare Moon, and her first action is to charge screaming towards the Tyrant]].
* SadisticChoice: In the flashback in Chapter 11, Marcus had to choose between saving the Newfoal that used to be his brother, or Cheerilee.
* SanitySlippage: Though Marcus hasn't driven Celestia insane with his memories, this doesn't mean she responded well to them.
* SceneryGorn: Boston in Chapter 15.
* SchizoTech: In "War March and Past Sins", [[spoiler:Discord]] points out that the ponies are too coddled by Celestia to have come up with trains or electric generators without getting the ideas from somewhere else.
* {{Seppuku}}: Rumored to be how Japan's Prime Minister went down. Supposedly, he did it with a torn-out unicorn horn, half-ponified]].
* SetTheWorldOnFire: The trees unfortunate enough to be anywhere nearby Celestia during her little conversation with Queen Celestia (and by "nearby", read "beyond the shores of the lake she's flying above"), a precursor to her AngstNuke of rage that featured her [[TheTunguskaEvent smashing down on the image of the Solar Tyrant's face with enough force to evaporate a large lake and produce a huge crater]]. BadassBoast included.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: Inverted by TCB!Trixie, who uses her Blue Spy abilities to take on the appearance of Lyra Heartstrings as a distraction during the fight with Focus Ray. Since Ray is a Newfoal, his first reaction upon seeing the Solar Empire's greatest dissident is to drop all else and charge at her.
* ShellShockedVeteran:
** Marcus, although it's rather subtle at times. He displays a lot of the classic symptoms of PTSD, such as having frequent flashbacks to previous events in the war, and the sheer amount of hatred he harbors toward the TCB!Mane Six borders on psychotic. In Chapter 21 [[spoiler:it actually helps him against Sombra because all the fear has been burned out of him, leaving nothing for Sombra to use. Despair on the other hand, he has plenty of...]]
** Princess Celestia is becoming one due to her having absorbed Marcus's memories. Coupled with having no time to cope with the memories, the shock and horror of what her "precious little ponies" are capable of, and the depths of evil to which her counterpart has sunk, it's of little wonder that she finally snaps in Chapter 11. [[spoiler: Discord eventually casts a mental spell on her to help gather these memories and help her deal with them, but time will tell if it's successful. Later on, Scribe helps get Celestia into a healing chamber within her home to help speed the mental reconstruction process up]].
** And then there's Kraber. He's frequently said and shown to be [[TheAlcoholic a heavy drinker]], his hatred of Pinkie Pie definitely qualifies as psychotic, though it's justified in that he hired Pinkie Pie to plan his children's birthday party, [[AdultFear only to]] [[PapaWolf find his family ponified]]. On top of that, there's his LongList of crimes while in the HLF, and according to Princess Luna, his nightmares hang over him even during the day. He's also drowning in a sea of guilt and shame over his actions in the HLF, and also exhibits many signs of PTSD as well.
* ShipTease:
** TCB!Spike and Rarity were implied to have had something [[spoiler: before Rarity's corruption]].
** Between TCB!Rainbow Dash and TCB!Lighting Dust. Yeah, it's okay, take a minute to let that sink in. [[spoiler: Blame the MindRape]].
--> One was the rainbow-maned Captain of the Wonderbolts, while the other was her loyal (and some said, loving) lightning-fast second-in-command. Within seconds, both had disappeared within the gleaming spires of the citadel, and from the fact that they had been flying supersonic over the capital, the implication was that they bore urgent news.
* ShootingSuperman:
** Before her fight with Queen Celestia, TCB!Luna shoots herself in the head at point-blank range to prove that alicorns can't be taken out by conventional means. This is ''after'' Luna is BroughtDownToNormal from being less powerful than her sister to begin with.
** Averted in Chapter 18, where humans have pulled out entirely new hybrid weapons – a fusion of their own technology, magical runes and crystal fragments. With it, they manage to shoot off Queen Celestia's ear, though it doesn't kill her, since she can regenerate limbs.
* ShutUpHannibal:
** After enduring the Tyrant's attempts to convince her of the evil of humans, and listening to her abuses of the term "harmony", Princess Celestia delivers a [[IncrediblyLamePun heated]] one to a vision of her evil counterpart in Chapter 4.
** [[spoiler: Prime!Equestria's Bag of Tirek tries to convince Discord to not throw it away into space, tempting him with the usual stuff. Discord asks it if it can [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas bring his mother back to him]]. That promptly shuts the bag up.]]
* ShutUpKirk:
** [[spoiler: When Princess Celestia angrily calls Discord out on how his vision of chaos caused untold amounts of pain and damage to the ponies and Equestria, Discord retorts that her Harmony has caused its own damage by causing pony civilization to become stagnant, and the ponies themselves complacent]].
** In "War March and Past Sins" when Luna calls Spykoran a murderer for [[spoiler:destroying Dream Valley, Discord]] reminds her that she herself would have killed the world as Nightmare Moon.
* SingleTear: Marcus sheds one before he kills the Newfoal that used to be his brother.
* SirSwearsALot: Marcus, especially by pony standards. Kraber even moreso.
* SplitPersonality: TCB!Trixie has about three of them due to her work as a spy.
* StepfordSmiler: The Newfoals. [[PerpetualSmiler They never stop smiling either]], unless someone pushes one of their {{Berserk Button}}s.
* SociopathicSoldier: Marcus seems to have most of the characteristics of a Type 4. Kraber meanwhile was a mixture of a Type 2 and Type 4 in his days with the HLF; nowadays, he's mostly in the latter.
* TheStoic: Marcus seems to always be completely calm, except when you [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry piss him off]] or [[ShellShockedVeteran when he has flashbacks to the war]].
* StunnedSilence: The Diamond Dog representative, the minotaur representative and Princess Luna fall into this after [[ItsAllAboutMe Blueblood's]] [[NoSympathy blasphemous comment]] about Marcus' situation.
* SuddenlyShouting:
** [[spoiler:Discord]] in "War March and Past Sins", when Spykoran tries to avoid the subject about the [[spoiler:Bag of Tirek]].
** Doctor Whooves in "Pushed to the Limits" when Cheerilee tries to get him to rest.
** Prime!Twilight gets into this mode twice. First is when she demands answers from Dr. Grimnebulin regarding [[spoiler:TCB!Spike's fate]]. Second is when she gets vocally fed up with Stephan's domineering attitude when he accuses her of wasting time studying the Elements of Harmony instead of focusing on her military training.
* SugarBowl: Deconstructed by [[spoiler: Prime!Discord]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Discord]]:''' "Do they really? [[SarcasmMode Oh, woe is me, to try and understand your flawless judgment]]. I mean, just look at your standing army! You have them equipped with... spears! They question nothing! Trouble? [[DeusExMachina You resolve without an effort]] Risks? Why worry, the princess knows. Secrets of the past? What secrets of the past? The princess would never lie, so why think further? Why try anything new, when the one proven to know better is in charge? The ponies are going to be stagnant once you reach your limit, which is nearing, and you know it!"
* SuperBreedingProgram: Celestia and Luna encouraged a lot of intermarriages between the three pony races in order to try getting more alicorns. Celestia rejects calling it anything driven by eugenics however, as she states that breaking the barriers between the three tribes would've been right to do anyway, and "purity" driven movements did not end well.
* SuperStrength: Anyone with runic tattoos, such as Marcus and Cheerilee. When his runes are fully charged, Marcus is strong enough to break Celestia's front ankles in a direct contest of strength. [[CurbStompBattle And when Cheerilee's runes activate...]]
* SuperweaponSurprise: [[spoiler: Humanity plans to have the Yellowstone megavolcano act as this, [[GodzillaThreshold should it get to that point]]]].
* TakeThat:
** "Ponies for Ethical Treatment of Newfoals" (PETN) is ''really'' close to the name "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" (PETA).
** Discord has... unfavorable things to say about Chatoyance in the gag version of "The Writes of Passage".
-->'''Discord:''' "If you want characters to suddenly start acting out of character like this, go read a Chatoyance fic!"
** He also [[spoiler:apparently visited the VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} universe, and found that he didn't like [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} Hyperion weapons]] very much]].
** Kraber's backstory is basically one giant middle finger to Chatoyance's story ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/22989/The-PER%3A-Michelson-and-Morely---The-Speed-Of-Right-- The PER: Michelson and Morely - The Speed of Right]]'', in which the eponymous PER agents ponified a group of children at a birthday party with a pinata full of potion. More specifically, he's what happens when the father finds out what happened to his kids and [[RealityEnsues does not at all like what he finds out]].
** While searching through Marcus' mindscape, [[spoiler: Discord]] pushes his way across a horde of Newfoals, at one point stomping on "a white unicorn with gold-rimmed glasses, golden eyes and a frizzy pinkish-orange mane", the spitting image of Chatoyance's profile picture. There is a lot of blood spattering.
** Stephan expresses annoyance at looking like a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' vampire when he's turned sparkly by the Crystal Heart.
** Catseye (a unicorn modeled after Chatoyance's avatar on Website/FimfictionDotNet) makes a physical appearance in the "Training Days" story arc as an antagonistic figure determined to sabotage the heroes' efforts. Not only is she a pony supremacist with [[AbsoluteXenophobe less than flattering views on the other races in Equus]], but it's also stated that her prejudices extend to half-pony hybrids of other species, with quick blurbs in her introductory scene hinting that [[BoomerangBigot she herself is a half-pony hybrid]] who detests her heritage and takes great measures hiding it. It's a none-too-subtle reference to the fact that Chatoyance is a transwoman who has a reputation for coming off as incredibly [[DoesNotLikeMen misandric]].
** On a meta-level, Prime!Celestia showing a distaste for eugenics is also a TakeThat directed at Chatoyance, where one story states that her [[GodModeSue Celestia]] actually used eugenics to make the ponies better by breeding out any "undesirable" traits.
** It's very easy to miss, but in "Training Days: The First Month", one of Catseye's followers considers using the word 'adamant' in their group's name. Chatoyance once wrote a story called ''The Reasonably Adamant Down With Celestia Newfoal Society'', a none-too-subtle [[TakeThatCritics potshot leveled at her critics and critics of the TCB universe in general]].
** [[spoiler:Prime!Discord]] makes a couple quick potshots at conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza and notorious evangelist and actor Kirk Cameron.
** [[spoiler:A dream vision of TCB!Lyra]] states that Jacqueline Reitman (a stand-in for Chatoyance) handles anything that disagrees with her worldview with the maturity of a baby.
** A conversation between Prime!Twilight and Doctor Grimnebulin has a quick middle finger being shot at Chatoyance's story ''Code Majeste'', wherein it's stated that humans lack souls because they lack magic.
* TakingTheBullet: TCB!Cloudchaser took a few spears that were meant for Bulk "Snowflake" Biceps.
* TakenForGranite:
** TCB!Lyra, Luna, and Blueblood were all turned into stone. Lyra was crushed by an angry mob and the sight led to TCB!Bon Bon's complete mental breakdown, Luna is kept as a trophy, and Blueblood got crushed as well, though it's implied that was because even [[EvenEvilHasStandards Queen Celestia couldn't stand him]].
** [[spoiler: Prime!Blueblood gets turned to stone by Discord, this time as punishment for being such an EntitledBastard. But it's temporary in this case]].
* TastesLikePurple:
** When the magical portal that transports Marcus into Prime!Equestria opens up over Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle remarks that everything tasted purple for a moment when she senses the massive amounts of magical energy radiating from it.
** The void between universes tastes orange to [[spoiler:Discord]].
* TeacherStudentRomance: Princess Luna had this with [[spoiler: Sombra, although it was one-sided on his part. He claims that her not returning his feelings was one of the main reasons he went evil. Discord calls it out as trite]].
* TearsOfJoy: TCB!Cadance sheds some after Green Fields, one of the Royal Guards, is freed from the Tyrant's control with ThePowerOfLove.
* TheTeaser: The story begins with Marcus already captured and mouthing off at Prime!Twilight.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: As revealed in "Pushed to the Limits", the Second Gate to PHL HQ is designed to take no chances with unauthorized personnel, involving turrets, gas, napalm and who knows what else.
** As in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', this is Trevor's philosophy.
-->And sometimes Trevor's attitude to life was refreshingly welcome: there's no kill like overkill.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Princess Celestia is [[{{Understatement}} not at all happy at what Queen Celestia has done]]. She immediately declares war on the tyrant in response.
* TitleDrop: In "The Writes of Passage".
--> "They called this negative range of emotions, 'the Other Side of the Spectrum'."
* TokenEvilTeammate: The PHL is not exactly a spotlessly heroic organization, but there are some notable characters of this type within their ranks.
** Well, he's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but there's Viktor Kraber, a former HLF member and one of the most notorious. He has gotten better and he only directs his AxCrazy impulses towards those that really do deserve it, but it's clear he's still ''very'' trigger happy and deeply mentally unbalanced (and even the [[AdultFear reasons]] [[PapaWolf for]] [[CrusadingWidower that]] are pretty understandable).
** Pineapple Cutter is a BloodKnight who craves excitement so much that she's only really with the PHL [[IFightForTheStrongestSide because they have the best weaponry]] and share the common goal of not being enslaved by the Solar Tyrant.
* TooDumbToLive: Really, Blueblood? Antagonize the traumatized alicorn who has already shown she doesn't like you? ''Smart''...
* TookALevelInBadass: TCB!Trixie, who went from being a SmallNameBigEgo illusionist to a clever, shapeshifting assassin and spy with an array of bombs and considerable skill with a blade. A badass[[http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2013/042/a/5/commission__redskin122004_by_sakuyamon-d5ugozk.png makeover]] also helped with that.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: What Marcus thinks happened to him when he arrives in Prime!Equestria.
* TheTroubles: While he was a human, Focus Ray was a member of the Irish Republican Army.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Earth is currently in the year 2023, but appears to be not too different from today... well, you know, without the xenocide. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], considering that TCB!Equestria's invasion would have greatly impeded all non-military scientific progress. The situation is actually somewhat similar to VideoGame/{{Resistance}} - it's not that much more advanced than our time (there's mentions of some PHL-enhanced tech making its way into the private sector, but not very much) but the military sector is incredibly advanced.
* UncannyVillage: TCB!Ponyville, if not most of TCB!Equestria, is like this now, if the opening description in "The Writes of Passage" is anything to judge by. There's perpetually smiling zombie-like Newfoals everywhere, and there's something wrong with the sunlight. According to said opening description:
--> The sun, although bright and radiant, seemed to cast a colder, more pallid light... everything on which it cast its gaze seemed... lesser. Not washed out, or colourless, or even decayed. Just lesser, diminished, reduced.
** Though as of ''Calm Before The Storm'', the veneer seems to be ever so slightly cracked.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: General Ironclaw and Warlord Wilmorn Darkhoof, the respective military leaders of the Griffon Empire and the Minotaurs, didn't believe they were in need of training from the humans. Oh, how wrong they were.
* VillainsNeverLie: Princess Celestia wonders this about Discord in Chapter 11, noting that he may speak half-truths, use InsaneTrollLogic and {{Moon Logic Puzzle}}s, but not outright lie.
* VomitDiscretionShot: After Cadance witnesses a vision of TCB!Discord disintegrating, she promptly releases her stomach contents in a nearby bush.
** When Stephan and Kraber are shown what TCB!Twilight did in regards to the creation of the potion, both of them start losing their lunches in nearby trash cans.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Applejack spits her breakfast back up after being used as a meat shield to take a kick from Rainbow Dash.
** Later, Prime!Celestia after seeing what her little ponies are doing to the humans due to a mind sharing spell.
* TheWarOnTerror: Marcus served some time in the Middle East before the war with Equestria.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether:
** Initially averted in that the resistance groups and the military don't seem to have any problems with cooperating with each other, as well as in the case of New York's mafia and gangbangers, who now hand out weapons free of charge to civilians. Plus, continuing to fight each other in a city with high military presence is just stupid in every way.
** Played straight, however, when humans first meet up with Prime!Luna and [[spoiler:Discord]]. The PHL is all primed to kill them should they twitch wrong, and they've brought their best god-killing gear with them. Possibly the only times that Queen Celestia showing up somewhere has a positive effect, convincing people [[spoiler:Discord]] and Luna are ''not'' her allies.
* WeCanRuleTogether: How Stalwart Heart (formerly Marcus's little brother Jacob) tries to convince Marcus to be ponified and join him in "spreading harmony".
* WeHaveReserves: [[spoiler: Queen Celestia's plan for using her vast reserves of Newfoals to conquer other universes]].
* WhamEpisode: "For Whom The Bell Tolls". It is the single darkest chapter of the story so far. [[spoiler: Readers get to see how Queen Celestia replaced the minds of the Elements with the mockeries seen in the war, followed by a detailed description of what happened to the three thousand test subjects TCB!Twilight used to make the ponification potion work ''without'' horribly disfiguring or killing the subject, capped off by Luna turning into Nightmare Moon, which cows ''Discord'' into seriousness]].
* WhamLine: "Hidden Truths" ends with [[spoiler:Prime!Discord telling Celestia he freed himself because her "ever loving twin" killed his TCB counterpart]].
** "Pushed to the Limits" ends with [[spoiler: Prime!Luna announcing to a squadron of human pilots that they have Marcus, meaning that Prime!Equestria will finally join the war]].
* WhatTheHellHero: In the TCB-verse, most of Ponyville gave one to Twilight and company when news of the Barrier's expansion began to spread across Equestria.
** In "War March and Past Sins", [[spoiler: everyone is horrified by what King Spykoran did to keep the Bag of Tirek buried, and some even outright call him a murderer. In his own defense, Spykoran admits what he did was terrible, but maintains that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he did what had to be done]]]].
* WhenDimensionsCollide: The bad kind which turns into a fight for survival for humanity.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Prime!Cadance is genuinely afraid of outliving everypony she has ever cared for. Celestia and Luna as well, to a lesser extent.
** When Marcus realizes that [[spoiler:he (and to an extent Cheerilee and possibly Lyra) could possibly have their own ascensions, he starts worrying that this will happen to them]].
* WhyWontYouDie: Luna asks the [[spoiler: Mirror Pool Clone]] TCB!Celestia this question. She's quite justified in asking, given the downright horrific things she saw the Queen do to [[spoiler: turn the TCB!Mane Six into her lackeys and the potion prototype experiments]]. Queen Celestia also does this to Stephan, which is also justified, given that he's [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching the crap out of her]]!
* WorldOfBadass: On one side, TCB!Equestria is led by a Celestia even more powerful than her prime counterpart, with the six Element bearers acting as her lieutenants in the field. Insane and xenocidal, but undeniably badass. On the opposing team, we have a battle-hardened coalition of humans and ponies, a rune-empowered Marine, a Bundeswehr soldier wielding a magical claymore, a shape-shifting pony assassin, the griffons' elite forces, a minotaur, [[Videogame/GrandTheftAutoV four renowned criminals]], [[spoiler: the last Time Lord, the [[Series/{{Sherlock}} most indispensable man in the British Government]], and now a dragon]]. And then Princess Celestia calls on all the races of her world to join in the fight against the Solar Tyrant, including [[spoiler: Discord and the Changelings]].
** The leader of one of these races is essentially said to be [[spoiler: ''SANTA CLAUS'']] in animal form, and he's just as jolly as you might expect, but everything he does in preparation for the war against TCB!Celestia just screams badass.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: During the Hostage Crisis Arc, Weaver gets in the way of Prime!Applejack and Prime!Fluttershy, and attempts to dissuade them from joining the fight at the cost of their innocence, bringing up a reminder that all human nations have skeletons in their own closets. Fluttershy, [[FriendToAllLivingThings gentle soul that she is]], replies by arguing back that humanity's bloody history is a natural consequence of living on a harsher world than Equus without the guidance of a benevolent higher being, a state it has sought to rise above ever since. It's notable in that Weaver concedes to the spirit of what is said, but ultimately deems it inadequate.
--> '''Weaver:''' "[[Literature/CloudAtlas True, true. They had the smarts. They mastered the earth and the waters, sickness and storms, they made miracles and they flew across the sky, and looked next to reach the stars themselves. But they have something else, something stronger than all their intelligence and their kindness... a hunger in their hearts. A constant hunger... for more.]]"
* WrongGenreSavvy: Marcus suffers from this earlier on, when he initially believes he simply traveled back in time to Equestria before they ended up on Earth, and tries to kill the Mane Six and Celestia to prevent the war. He quickly realizes he was wrong and now has allies that can help turn the tide of the war in humanity's favor.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Luna's antiquated linguistics get lampshaded in Chapter 11.
* YouALLShareMyStory:
** Stephan, the star of the Europe Side-Story, occasionally [[BackToBackBadasses fights alongside]] Marcus, and seems to have been promoted to {{deuteragonist}}.
** The crew of the Starvation Side-Story finally meet Marcus in "Trust".
** Averted for the crew of the Asia Side-Story, who handle things halfway around the world, though Marcus does tell Cheerilee in "Trust" to go look for them so they can help out in the upcoming final battle.
** Marcus is treated by Isaac Dan Der Grimnebulin in "Sons of Legacies, Part 3".
* YouAreTooLate: Doctor Whooves tried to save TCB!Lyra and TCB!Bon-Bon. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Lyra's death was a fixed point in time, and the fallout from the Doctor's meddling caused Bon-Bon's already fractured psyche to become embedded with visions from all of history]].
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:TCB!Lyra's death is one of the immutable fixed points in history that Doctor Whooves can't change]].
* YourHeadASplode: What happens to those close enough to Marcus when he attacks with his "force push".
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*** A research article from Prime!Twilight in ''Other Side of the Mirror'' expands on this. Since the Barrier is powered directly by TCB!Equestria's magical field, it's draining the lifeforce of the land, leading to the aforementioned food production problems and possibly even the Cutie Mark Dearth itself.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Chapter 14 features the expression "Tartarus on Equus".
* HolyBacklight: In the chapter "The Answer", Derpy first appears gliding out of the TARDIS, explicitly described as being 'backlit like an angel'.
* HolyCity: According to the chapter "Setting It Right", Mecca has been wiped out by the barrier, devastating the Islamic world. And given the barrier's starting point (Switzerland), it's also made clear that Vatican City and Jerusalem were destroyed too.
* HomeBase: The PHL headquarters are in the Freedom Tower in New York City.
* HomeworldEvacuation: Doctor Whooves suggests a plan to evacuate as many humans as possible to a planet in the Epsilon Eridani System. It won't be able to get them all, but it'll be something, at least...
* HumanShield:
** Marcus uses Applejack to take a very powerful kick from Rainbow Dash; powerful enough to bring AJ's breakfast right back up.
** Gilda uses a Royal Guardspony as one in Chapter 16... by stabbing him through the gut and blocking spells with him.
* HumiliationConga: In Chapter 11, Prince Blueblood is disowned by Princess Celestia, scared and humiliated by [[spoiler: Discord]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and tripped by Marcus]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:The dragon king Spykoran destroyed all of Dream Valley, burying Tirek's Bag and killed any pony remaining in Dream Valley (along with the Six Princesses) that had been corrupted by its influence. He feels massive regret over what he did, but stands by the fact that it was the only way to keep Tirek from returning]].
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Marcus tried this on Stalwart Heart to bring his former human self, Jacob (Marcus' little brother) back. It didn't work.
** TCB!Cadance's and Trixie's efforts on Royal Guard Captain Green Fields prove more successful, but then again, he wasn't a Newfoal.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Marcus nearly manages to get a headshot on Prime!Twilight with a bread knife.
* ImprovisedWeapon: After killing a Timberwolf, Marcus uses the tail, its claws, and even its head as a weapon.
* InMediasRes: The story starts after Marcus' entry to Prime!Equestria, and the main story itself takes place little over three years after the war began.
* InsultToRocks: This little exchange in Chapter 11.
--> '''Prince Blueblood:''' "How dare you call me a donkey! You look like a minotaur that went a few rounds with an ape he just found!"\\
'''Marcus:''' "No, calling you a donkey is an insult to such a mighty, fine, foul-working breed of equine. You, make me laugh."
* InterruptedSuicide: Marcus tried to slash his throat to avoid capture, only for Prime!Twilight to take the knife from him.
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica: After the Barrier has consumed all of Europe, the TCB!Equestrians strike the Eastern United States.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When Prime!Dash calls TCB!Trixie a "fat blue fake trying to fly", Trixie is more offended at being called fat.
* ItIsBeyondSaving: TCB!Cheerilee (and more than a few TCB Equestrian defectors) holds this opinion of TCB!Equestria.
* ItsPersonal:
** Marcus' reasons for wanting to kill the TCB!Mane Six, ranging from Rainbow Dash ponifying his soldiers right in front of him to Twilight ponifying, seducing, ''and marrying his own brother'', which led to Marcus having to kill said brother.
** [[spoiler:Discord has the memory of his TCB counterpart's torture and death at the hooves of Queen Celestia]].
** Luna, [[spoiler: thanks to her mind-reading skills, was not only witness to the corruption of TCB!Twilight, but was then forced to see Not!Twilight's memories of experimenting with the ponification potion. Her response? Turning into Nightmare Moon]].
** Kraber with regards to TCB!Pinkie Pie, who ponified his family at his children's birthday party.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: TCB!Trixie, who doesn't have a high opinion of either humanity or ponykind, but will put her life on the line to defend them anyway.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind:
** Marcus and Princess Celestia go deep into Marcus's past and present with the help of a mind sharing spell. Needless to say, Celestia nearly [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Goes Mad From The Revelation]] upon seeing the atrocities her little ponies are committing on the humans.
** Luna does this to TCB!Twilight in [[WhamEpisode "For Whom The Bell Tolls"]]. The things Luna discovers push her so far off the edge of rage [[spoiler: that she turns into Nightmare Moon]]!
** [[spoiler: Discord has to do this to rescue Marcus from Sombra's control in the "Sons of Legacies" arc. It quickly turns into a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind]].
** Luna, Chrysalis, Cadence and Stephan have to go on one of these to break Trixie out of the enchantment Weaver put on her.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The Tsumerai, the griffon military's equivalent to the special forces, use katanas as their standard blades.
* KilledMidSentence: Stalwart Heart.
* KnightInSourArmour: TCB!Trixie aka the Blue Spy, though she's worried, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters with good reason,]] [[PragmaticHero that she may be slipping further into darkness]].
** Marcus as well.
* LampshadeHanging: From Trevor Philips. [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Yes, ''that'' Trevor Philips]]. Surprisingly, he takes a firm grip on the SanityBall and is one of the few characters to actually take note of the absurdity of the story's plot.
-->'''Trevor:''' "And another thing! When I thought of the end of the world, I imagined big ass fucking meteors, or the Earth [[GaiasRevenge deciding that she had had enough of our shit]] and would just [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow the fuck up]]. Never thought the apocalypse would come in the form of pastel ponies!"
* TheLancer: Stephan to Marcus, with his own Lancer in the form of TCB!Trixie.
* LastStand: This was suggested as an alternate plan of action to [[spoiler: using the Yellowstone megavolcano to create a Class X ApocalypseHow scenario]]. It doesn't take, for the simple reason that it would be a SenselessSacrifice.
* LaughingMad: A (possibly) ponified clown that Pinkie Pie brought to the ill-fated birthday party for Kraber's kids was found giggling mad.
* LeeroyJenkins: Trevor's plan of attack in Chapter 16... on a stealth mission. Thankfully, everybody talks him out of it.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: One of Queen Celestia's favorite execution methods, given that she used it on her universe's Lyra and Blueblood.
** She later demonstrates the spell "Ashes of Solaris", which turns bodies into ash from the inside, causing the victim to crumble apart at a touch.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: In a flashback detailing the PER's attack on Washington D.C., Marcus is shown "amputating" a man's arm with a shotgun after it got splashed with potion, saving him from ponification.
* LoweredRecruitingStandards: By the time the Barrier swallows up most of Europe, child soldiers (human, pony, etc.) start making up some parts of military units and the Bundeswehr also allowed Kraber, a former HLF operative and someone who desperately needs a mental health evaluation, to serve (though thankfully, his AxCrazy nature is only limited to his enemies).
** The inclusion of Newfoals into the Royal Guards and the Wonderbolts is this for the Empire. At best, they're little more than cannon fodder however.
* MadOracle: TCB!Bon-Bon.
* MagicallyBindingContract[-/-]BindingAncientTreaty: The Concordia Maxima, which is used to bring all the races of Equus to join the fight against the TCB-verse. [[spoiler: To Celestia's surprise, this includes Queen Chrysalis and the Changelings]].
* ManlyTears: When Prime!Lyra meets with Marcus in the room he is being held in, Marcus is overwhelmed with emotion to the point of tears since the Lyra in his universe became a martyr for opposing Queen Celestia, saving many human lives, and was also a good friend of his. It happens again when Marcus tells the Prime!Mane Six about the state of his world.
* MarySue: InUniverse, the concept is {{Discussed}}, {{Deconstructed}} and vocally {{Defied}} at the same time. According to Marcus, the ponification potion turns people into "perfect ponies". Prime!Applejack quickly dismisses the concept of perfect ponies as complete crap.
--> '''Marcus:''' "The last time we all met, we were at war. Applejack pinned me down so that Twilight could administer the potion, promising to make me 'perfect'... a perfect pony..."
--> '''Applejack:''' "Ponies ain't perfect, bub! Anyone tells you otherwise don't know their flank from their face."
--> '''Fluttershy:''' "A-hum... Ponies can be mean, and cruel... but also kind..."
--> '''Rainbow Dash:''' "Yeah! Look at me. I mean, I am kinda awesome but well, [[SelfDeprecation I can be a jerk some of the time... a lot of the time...]]"
--> '''Marcus:''' "I never thought I'd see the day... ponies used to seem like the biggest hypocrites to have ever lived, going on about harmony, friendship, love and tolerance while they did... all that..."
** In a flashback scene from "For Whom the Bell Tolls", [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight, right before her corruption, even refutes the argument in front of Queen Celestia. It did not end well for her]].
* MassOhCrap: The entire PHL/UN Taskforce and any associated mercenaries collectively shit bricks when they realize that Queen Celestia will be appearing on the battlefield.
* TheMedic: TCB!Derpy is one for the human and PHL soldiers out in the field.
* MedievalStasis: [[spoiler: Discord]] chews out Princess Celestia over causing Equestria to turn into a stagnant SugarBowl in Chapter 11.
* MercyKill:
** During his deployment in Mexico City, Marcus saw a father kill his ponified son before taking his own life. He later had to do the same to his own little brother Jacob, who also got ponified.
** [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight begs Prime!Luna to kill her and her friends]].
* MindRape:
** Princess Celestia voluntarily undergoes (you can't fault her determination) and suffers through Marcus' war memories to see if he really is telling the truth and share his pain... until TCB!Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six showed up, and she broke.
** [[spoiler: Then it happens to Prime!Luna, when Not!Twilight (the dark personality that overtook TCB!Twilight's body) shows her all that she did, which enrages Luna so much that she turns into Nightmare Moon]].
** [[spoiler: Prime!Sombra does this to Marcus to feed off his despair and guilt by making him see the friends and family members of his that died during the war. And then Sombra [[DemonicPossession takes control of Marcus' body]]]].
* MistakenIdentity: The reason Marcus attacks the Prime!Mane Six.
* MisplacedRetribution: [[spoiler: It turns out that while Marcus' mother, Megan Williams, ''did'' go to Dream Valley and defeated Tirek, she didn't defeat TCB!Tirek himself. In fact, she actually defeated the Tirek of Prime!Equestria]].
* MonumentalDamage: The Barrier destroys all human made objects it touches, so this is frequent.
** Westminster Clock Tower (aka Big Ben), the Pyramids of Giza, and St. Basil's Cathedral are wiped out.
** Balmoral Castle is destroyed by Queen Elizabeth taking the Royal Guard and PER agents down with her.
** Hancock Tower was destroyed when the ''Great Equestrian'' crashed into it.
** Windsor Castle is mentioned to be destroyed when a plane crashes into it just as the UK is overrun.
** The [[http://sweetiesreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/legal-seafoods-boston-review.jpg Legal Seafood restaurant]] [[note]]It's just down the street from the New England Aquarium.[[/note]] is destroyed by a boat sent flying from [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon's appearance]].
** The Andrew [=McArdle=] Bridge was blown up to obliterate a large Newfoal horde.
** Mecca, the Muslim equivalent to The Vatican, has been destroyed by the Barrier. And for that matter, so were Vatican City and Jerusalem. As a silver lining of sorts however, the three Abrahamic faiths have made peace with one another (as exemplified by a flashback showing a Muslim girl killing newfoals to protect a Christian family).
* MoodWhiplash: After [[spoiler:Discord]] spends all of Chapter 18 ("Strike") in an extremely humorous Loony-Tunes style fight against the Tyrant, this is followed by Chapter 19 ("For Whom The Bell Tolls"), possibly the single darkest chapter in any Conversion Bureau story ever published, and thus far the only chapter of this story where the author felt the need to put up a warning label.
** "Sons of Legacies, Part 3", however, went the opposite direction, starting off with Marcus' wartime nightmares... and then going to the Looney Tunes-esque fight, which may be even more absurd than the one in Chapter 18.
* MoralDissonance: The TCB!ponies are intentionally depicted as having this, no question about that. However, [[spoiler: Prime!Discord's chewing out of the Princesses for sealing him away and preventing him from using his chaos to make ponies stronger rings kind of hollow, considering his liberal use of MindRape and warping reality around him ForTheEvulz in his first prime appearance. His trips through TheMultiverse ''do'' eventually force him to reconsider this view, and in "Sons of Legacies, Part 1", he takes responsibility for his own role in failing to stick to the Scribe's plan for Equestria's future]].
* MoralEventHorizon: InUniverse. The reader gets the choice of at what exact moment that TCB!Equestria crosses the line, [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene because there are just that many to choose from]], but Trixie's discovery of [[spoiler: the ColdBloodedTorture of Spike]] makes it very clear that this is her own breaking point.
--> Trixie's legs suddenly felt as soft as rubber, and she sat with a horrified gasp. Wet tears of her own ran down her face. This was worse than the Newfoals, worse than the war. This was a life brutalized and tortured, by Equestria... Equestria. Loving and tolerant... Equestria. Peaceful and forgiving... Equestria no more...
** This was also heavily discussed and subverted in "War March and Past Sins", with the eponymous past sin being that [[spoiler: Spykoran [[KillItWithFire resorted to]] [[KillEmAll drastic measures]] to keep the Bag of Tirek buried. While the other world leaders of Equus are horrified by what he did (with Luna herself calling him a murderer), Discord, Marcus and to a lesser extent Celestia agree that Spykoran [[IDidWhatIHadToDo did what had to be done]], and Spykoran himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone deeply]] [[OutDamnedSpot regrets his actions]]]].
** For Luna, it's seeing how TCB!Celestia [[spoiler: corrupted the TCB!Elements and the [[BodyHorror very gruesome tests]] done to make the ponification potion work]]. These revelations push her into a primal UnstoppableRage so great, [[spoiler: that she turned back into Nightmare Moon]].
** In "Trust" (and expanded upon in ''Case Files''), we learn that the backbreaking straw which made the U.S. military take action against the HLF was their kidnapping, torturing and murdering a PHL mare to [[MakeAnExampleOfThem make an example of her]].
* MoreDakka: The PHL is ''built'' on this trope. However, it also is justified, since the huge waves of Newfoal attacks make tons of dakka absolutely needed. The [[LudicrousGibs end result]] is pretty obvious.
* MsExposition: [[spoiler: The Scribe, the godlike incarnation of ponykind's genetic memories and last remnant of the first race of alicorns]].
* MultinationalTeam: The remainders of Europe's armed forces have now joined together as one to keep fighting the ponies. The PHL itself is also comprised of a diverse roster of fighters from Earth and Equus.
* TheMultiverse: An explicit feature of the story. [[spoiler: The ''Multiverse Journey'' side story has Discord traveling through the universes of ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer40000}}'', ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed'', ''TheSlenderManMythos'', ''{{Anime/Naruto}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', and even meeting [[LiveActionTV/StarTrek Q]]]].
* MultiversalConqueror: It's very clear that once Queen Celestia is done with Earth, Prime!Equestria is next. And according to [[spoiler:Discord]], she will likely only continue on after that. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Tirek's whole plan]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Discord]]:''' "The multiverse is vast, each world having vastly varied ways of existing, all with different ideals. Something the corrupt queen wouldn't be able to stand. Oh, there are powers out there that can rival, yes, or even beat her. But she will play it smart; she will gather power from other worlds before finally striking, with a limitless army at her beck and call from dozens, if not hundreds, of worlds."
* MurderSuicide: A flashback shows a man killing his just ponified son and then himself after reciting The Lord's Prayer, to TCB!Applejack's disgust and Marcus' horror.
* MythologyGag:
** During the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic source material's]] planning phase, Princess Celestia was supposed to be a Queen, but [[ExecutiveMeddling Hasbro]] nixed that on the basis that [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess=Good]], [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queens=Evil.]] Guess what TCB!Celestia's title is.
** [[spoiler:Doctor Whooves]], on why trying to breach the Barrier by force, even with nukes, won't work:
--->[[spoiler:[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Believe me when I say that if could, I would've done it in a heartbeat to save a friend trapped in another world in a different dimension. It took the power of a supernova to just send a message. And that was with a small gap in the dimensional wall that was closing on me."]]]]
** In Chapter 15, [[spoiler:Discord notes that both Tirek and Nightmare Moon wanted to bring about TheNightThatNeverEnds.]]
** In Chapter 21, Rainbow Dash says that Trixie could be a spy, which is what she suspected Twilight of being back in the second episode.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Marcus, after killing Stalwart Heart to save Cheerilee.
** King Spykoran in Chapter 15, [[spoiler: in an effort to keep the Bag of Tirek from corrupting anyone else, destroyed all of Dream Valley and its inhabitants (who had been affected themselves), as well as sunk the ship that held the findings of an archaeologist with the bag itself on board. Despite his regret, he does maintain [[IDidWhatIHadToDo that he did what had to be done]]]].
** Prime!Lyra in that same chapter when she realizes [[spoiler:just how close she came to causing the apocalypse]].
* MyGreatestFailure:
** Apart from exiling Luna to the moon, Princess Celestia regards her hasty banishment of the Changelings to the Badlands and losing the Crystal Empire to Sombra as these.
** [[spoiler: In his own twisted way, Prime!Discord feels he's let down his "mother", Faust, by indirectly inspiring the Royal Sisters to become rulers of Equestria in the first place, which he believes has reduced the ponies' capacity for self-determination]].
* NecessaryEvil: How TCB!Cheerilee and The Doctor view the use of ChildSoldiers.
* NeckSnap: Marcus killed his ponified brother this way.
* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler: Although his intentions could be considered benign, Discord had a bad case of this in the earlier chapters when he refused to acknowledge the damage he caused in attempting to bring Earth-like levels of "chaos" to Equus and his own role in what he accuses Prime!Equestria of [[MedievalStasis turning]] [[SugarBowl into]] (namely the fact that Celestia and Luna only took power in the first place because they felt it was their responsibility to clean the damage up). His trips through the multiverse finally do force him to reconsider this view somewhat]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Discord attributes Prime!Equestria's MedievalStasis to Princess Celestia's desire to let the ponies live in harmony, which he claims has only made them complacent and overly dependent on her and presumably, ill-prepared for their war with TCB!Equestria. In turn, the Princesses only took power because they felt it was their responsibility to clean up the damage Discord's carelessness with his chaos caused, leading to the misunderstanding and conflict between them that has lasted to the present day. In short, both parties are equally guilty of failing to stick to the Scribe's plan for their world]].
** In Chapter 19, Prime!Luna hesitates to kill TCB!Twilight, which allows the latter to escape and teleport the other Element bearers away.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: TCB!Twilight accidentally helped open the portal that got Marcus to Prime!Equestria, bringing them into the war to aid Earth.
** In "Strike", some PHL soldiers are on the verge of attacking Prime!Luna and [[spoiler:Discord]] when Queen Celestia shows up and indirectly shows the former are on the level.
* NightmareFace: It's not implied to be the case in the text... but just look at Queen Celestia in [[http://www.fimfiction-static.net/images/story_images/42449.png?1352892400 this cover art]]. ''[[NightmareFuel Look]] [[SlasherSmile at]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning it!]]'' It manages to invoke LightIsNotGood and DarkIsEvil at the same time.
* NightmareFuel: InUniverse. Marcus' memories, as seen by Princess Celestia during the mindsharing spell, become this over time.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: [[spoiler:Discord. Of note is that he's a massive case of EvenEvilHasStandards, because even he's sickened and appalled at Queen Celestia's actions]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Discord]]:''' "We only began to fall down the hole full of horrors and sins, so start kicking and screaming, kid. It's only going to get worse."
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler:Discord]] states that if he could, he would create an army of "{{cyborg}} {{ninja}}s {{dual wielding}} [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]], riding on land sharks with head-mounted [[FrickinLaserBeams laser cannons]]".
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Upon first arriving in Prime!Equestria, Marcus beats the ever loving hell out of the Mane Six (well, four out of six, due to Rarity and Twilight being late to the party) after mistaking them for their TCB counterparts. Later, he even manages to give the Princesses a run for their money.
** In "Strike" [[spoiler: TCB!Cheerilee]], in a fit of UnstoppableRage, unleashes a brutal and well-deserved one on Queen Celestia after her "Ashes of Solaris" spell kills a teenage boy soldier.
* NoIndoorVoice: Luna of course, but it's taken UpToEleven in Chapter 14.
--> Sufficiently to say, even over the roar of the blades, the engines, buffeting winds, and ear protection; William's ears were ringing for several hours after one Princess Luna's proclamation.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Princess Celestia shows her evil counterpart how ponies and humans are similar and capable of living in true harmony with each other, though naturally, this doesn't change the Tyrant's mind.
** [[spoiler: A conversation between Celestia and Discord in Chapter 11 has Discord implicitly say this (without referencing Queen Celestia) about Princess Celestia. He points out that her "harmony" has caused ponykind to [[MedievalStasis stagnate]], and implies that his normal brand of "chaos" was actually similar to how humanity and Earth function, and claims it would have been a much better way to encourage the growth of pony civilization in the long run]].
** There are two instance of Newfoals trying to invoke this on a PHL pony, first with Stalwart Heart to Cheerilee, then Focus Ray to Trixie. Neither are successful.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In Chapter 3, "Harmony and Hegemony", Princess Celestia pulls off her BigDamnHero moment just as Marcus drives Prime!Twilight to tears while describing Queen Celestia.
* NuclearOption: U.S. President Jack Davis decided to nuke Washington DC rather than let it fall into Queen Celestia's hooves.
** One suggestion for a final plan of action against the barrier was all out nuclear bombardment. It didn't take, as the barrier destroys all man-made objects, including nuclear weapons. [[spoiler:So mankind rigs the Yellowstone megavolcano with nukes instead]].
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Chapter 4, aptly titled "Monsters", is just filled with these, with each of the TCB!Mane Six getting one of their own.
* OddFriendship: [[spoiler: Discord]] and Marcus seem to be developing one as of Chapter 11; they appeared quite friendly at the beginning, anyway.
* OffingTheOffspring: A tragic case in Chapter 4; while Marcus was fighting somewhere in Mexico, he saw a father and son split apart. The son was ponified, and the father killed him before killing himself.
* OhCrap: Twice during the Prime!Mane Six's fight with Marcus. First is when Twilight sees that Marcus is impervious to magic. The second is when Fluttershy's Stare fails to subdue him.
** In Chapter 6, TCB!Trixie gets a massive one when she realizes that Queen Celestia is modifying the potion to turn the Newfoals from a bunch of StepfordSmiler zombies into an army of soldiers, willing to kill... meaning that she has over a billion potential new soldiers.
** Princess Celestia when she realizes that Queen Celestia is more powerful than her.
** Everyone gets one in Chapter 17 when they realize that Queen Celestia is within spitting distance of them. And then Cheerilee sees the sudden arrival of [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon. [[CurbStompBattle This being after having just delivered a royal beatdown on Queen Celestia]]]].
** In Chapter 18, TCB!Twilight's eyes "widen in shock" when Pinkie Pie's 'Pinkie Sense' warns her of an ambush.
* OneManArmy: Marcus. His rune markings help with that.
* OutOfCharacterMoment:
** Well, aside from the [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide obvious]], TCB!Cloudchaser notes how Twilight isn't obsessing over human technology.
--> '''Cloudchaser:''' "What really got me wondering though, is why you aren't going gaga over [human technology]? You love this kind of stuff, Twilight!"
** [[spoiler: Discord]] refers to Celestia chewing out Prince Blueblood as one of these. It's justified, as she had been under a lot of stress recently.
** TCB!Lightning Dust and TCB!Rainbow Dash are implied to be in a relationship with each other. Justified in that certain events in TCB!Equestria played out ''very'' differently from canon, and there's the fact that [[spoiler: none of the TCB versions of the Mane Six have been in control of themselves or their actions. Which raises... [[QuestionableConsent certain questions]]]].
** Explicitly noted in "For Whom the Bell Tolls", when some Bundeswehr soldiers question Fluttershy's unexpected competence while under fire.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: The TCB!Equestrian army is called the Salvation Army, while their airfleet is called the Rescue Fleet. The reeducation centers are called "Mind Healers" by pro-Empire ponies. Averted with the official name of Equestria itself, however, which is now called [[TheEmpire The Solar Empire]].
* PhysicalGod: Celestia, Luna and Discord are seen as such. [[spoiler: They're later revealed to be the brainchildren of the Scribe, the guardian of the first alicorn race's memories and the avatar of the last alicorn Faust, who fought Tirek in the distant past. Considering that Discord calls Faust his "mother", [[TangledFamilyTree this would technically make him Celestia and Luna's brother]], which he acknowledges to some extent, calling their trip to seek her out a "good old fashioned family reunion"]].
* PityingPerversion: Berry Punch, and presumably all other members of the PETN (Ponies for the Ethical Treatment of Newfoals), assume that the Newfoals' UncannyValley behavior is comparable to coming out of a drug addiction, and that they should be treated with respect. Of course, it never occurs to them that maybe turning them into ponies in the first place was unconscionable in itself.
* PosthumousCharacter: TCB!Lyra and [[spoiler:Megan Williams]].
* ThePowerOfLove: TCB!Cadance still believes in this, despite Shining Armor's love for her being unable to overpower [[spoiler:the Tyrant's control]].
* PowerTattoo: Marcus' tattoos are actually runes enchanted with an archaic form of magic that greatly enhances his strength, speed and stamina and makes him resistant to most kinds of pony magic.
* PraetorianGuard: The Tsumerai act as this to the Griffon Kingdom.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Prime!Twilight to Marcus before throwing him through a wall.
--> '''Twilight:''' "Hey, you! Meet my friend Sir Isaac Neighton!"
* PrecisionFStrike: In Chapter 10, The Doctor recites the failsafe code for [[spoiler:the nukes set up to detonate Yellowstone]] – "Celestia is a cock loving whore." Deliberately vulgar and insulting to Queen Celestia so Newfoals can't activate it. Additionally, the password for getting into the PHL's main headquarters is "Fuck that Solar Bitch."
** Princess Celestia, of all ponies, delivers one when she gives [[EntitledBastard Prince Blueblood]] a well deserved TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* ProperlyParanoid: Marcus, Celestia, and Luna are trying this, according to the first chapter of ''Calm Before The Storm''. They don't think things will go horribly wrong, thus dooming humanity and all sentient life... but they have to be sure.
* {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s: The Minotaurs and Griffons are depicted as this. However, it's clear they're pretty big fish in their respective small ponds, and are utterly shocked by the scale of warfare that humanity has been engaged in.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: [[spoiler: The TCB!Cutie Mark Crusaders]] get reunited at the end of the prime version of "The Writes of Passage".
* PyrrhicVillainy: The Americans intend to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this if the barrier consumes too much of the planet [[spoiler: by wiring the Yellowstone volcano with nukes. Even if the barrier can keep the ash and radiation out, part of the volcano will be inside the barrier when it blows, causing a chain reaction that will turn Earth into a DeathWorld and ensuring that humanity's enemy will have fought and died for nothing]].
* QuestionableConsent: The TCB versions of Rainbow Dash and Lightning Dust are a couple. Twilight Sparkle and late former human Stalwart Heart were married. [[spoiler:None of the Elements of Harmony have been in control of their actions since before the war even started. The beings bedding Lightning Dust and Stalwart Heart were the twisted constructs Queen Celestia put in control of their minds and bodies, but Rainbow and Twilight are still able to perceive everything that happens]].
* RageBreakingPoint:
** Marcus has seen a lot during the war, but always kept (for lack of a better word) calm. After ending up in Prime!Equestria and encountering the Mane Six, though, [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry he finally loses]] [[CurbStompBattle his]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown head]].
--> Twilight decided there and then that, to the end of her days, she would never forget the look of shock, followed by inexpressible rage that plastered itself over his features.
** In Chapter 11, [[spoiler:Discord]] is visibly angry when he finishes chewing out Princess Celestia over Equestria's MedievalStasis. During the same chapter, Princess Celestia finally lets loose all her stress and built-up rage on Blueblood when he pushes his attitude too far.
** Stephan, after seeing Alicia and Daniel fall to their "deaths" thanks to Queen Celestia, begins beating the hell out of the Queen's indestructible shield, proving it wasn't as indestructible as commonly thought. Then Cheerilee hits hers as well when [[spoiler:the Tyrant kills a child in front of her]].
** Meeting TCB!Pinkie drives Kraber into this.
** [[spoiler:And ''then'' Luna sees what happened to TCB!Twilight's original personality. It's so horrific that it makes even one who has delved as deeply into dreams as Luna think she might get nightmares from it, causing such levels of anger and despair in her that she turns into Nightmare Moon]].
* RagtagBandOfMisfits: It's revealed in Chapter 21 that the PHL/UN Taskforce's unicorn personnel are something like this. Thanks to Queen Celestia drafting the strongest and smartest unicorns at the best schools across Equestria, the taskforce has very few unicorns that are actually experienced at "serious" magic. The ones they do have are usually "escaped academics that were often easing themselves into semi-retirement, self-taught like Trixie, or less-than-entirely-patriotic students who had slipped out before the Tyrant could warp their brains," while the bulk of their unicorns are untrained laborers or civilians forced to TakeALevelInBadass.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Prime!Chrysalis may have had no problem with leeching off his love for Cadance while impersonating her, but she never once considered "sharing herself" with Shining Armor during her attempted takeover.
* RealityEnsues: Twilight explains the scientific reasons that the usual [[FanFic/TheConversionBureau TCB]] plot wherein Equestria just pops up out in the middle of the ocean is impossible. Besides the massive amounts of magical energy it would take to transport an entire continent to another dimension, that is:
-->'''Twilight:''' "[[LetMeGetThisStraight Is that what you're saying?]] That somepony popped Equestria out of our reality and crashed it onto his? How's that even meant to work? [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfMass Several trillion tons of continent]] [[ColonyDrop does not make a gentle impact on another world]], not without mega-tsunamis and earthquakes that would level entire cities, followed by a dust cloud that would blanket the world in an artificial winter lasting decades! [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse And what about the world we leave behind, what about Equus?]] Would it just carry on spinning without a care, despite having a hole several-thousand-miles-across gouged out of the planet's crust? Even if you didn't breach the mantle, creating a supervolcano that would pull the planet inside-out, the change in mass and absence of the Princesses would throw the sun and moon out of their orbits, causing them to collide, or even worse, to impact with Equus itself! [[FridgeHorror Anypony – anything, left behind would die, horribly!]] Every griffon, every dragon, zebra, reindeer, whatever!"
* ReassignedToAntarctica: What the Royal Guards stationed at the Castle of the Two Sisters think.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: During his fight with Queen Celestia, TCB!Discord saved several innocent bystanders who would have been killed in the crossfire; the Queen eventually overpowered him before slowly and painfully depleting him of his magic.
* TheRemnant: The military forces and civilians that survived Europe's destruction are still fighting for the UN and humanity.
* RetiredBadass: Prime Minister Rokubungi, the Prime Minister of Japan in TCB!Earth, was a former commando in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Self-Defense_Forces Japan’s Strategic Self Defense Forces]].
* ReverseMole: TCB!Fancy Pants.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Downplayed. The PHL ponies aren't afraid to get their hooves dirty when fighting alongside the humans.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: In "Strike", the PHL shooters under Stephan's command mistake Prime!Luna and [[spoiler:Discord]] for their TCB counterparts and would have attacked them if not for Queen Celestia appearing.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** Marcus' beatdown on the Prime!Mane Six (although it's [[MisplacedRetribution misaimed]]); that said, Marcus seems to be after Fluttershy and Twilight more than anypony else.
--> '''Marcus:''' "It's you, or me, Flutterbitch. I've dreamed of this moment, for years. How does it feel, to be trapped, like the rest of us, in a vice with no escape? Tables finally turned, bitch. Now, you, are, going, to, DIE!"
** Discussed in Chapter 10. TCB!Bulk Biceps' anger problems are well known throughout the PHL, though Cloudchaser has been helping him with them; if Cloudchaser were to die from the injuries she sustained in battle, it could very well send him into one of these. [[spoiler: Luckily, Discord saves her]].
** Queen Celestia kills one of the ChildSoldiers in Boston. Result? [[spoiler: Cheerilee completely loses it and, thanks to her runes, tears into Celestia with an unholy fury]].
** [[spoiler: The memories within TCB!Twilight's mind drive Luna to transform into Nightmare Moon, and her first action is to charge screaming towards the Tyrant]].
* SadisticChoice: In the flashback in Chapter 11, Marcus had to choose between saving the Newfoal that used to be his brother, or Cheerilee.
* SanitySlippage: Though Marcus hasn't driven Celestia insane with his memories, this doesn't mean she responded well to them.
* SceneryGorn: Boston in Chapter 15.
* SchizoTech: In "War March and Past Sins", [[spoiler:Discord]] points out that the ponies are too coddled by Celestia to have come up with trains or electric generators without getting the ideas from somewhere else.
* {{Seppuku}}: Rumored to be how Japan's Prime Minister went down. Supposedly, he did it with a torn-out unicorn horn, half-ponified]].
* SetTheWorldOnFire: The trees unfortunate enough to be anywhere nearby Celestia during her little conversation with Queen Celestia (and by "nearby", read "beyond the shores of the lake she's flying above"), a precursor to her AngstNuke of rage that featured her [[TheTunguskaEvent smashing down on the image of the Solar Tyrant's face with enough force to evaporate a large lake and produce a huge crater]]. BadassBoast included.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: Inverted by TCB!Trixie, who uses her Blue Spy abilities to take on the appearance of Lyra Heartstrings as a distraction during the fight with Focus Ray. Since Ray is a Newfoal, his first reaction upon seeing the Solar Empire's greatest dissident is to drop all else and charge at her.
* ShellShockedVeteran:
** Marcus, although it's rather subtle at times. He displays a lot of the classic symptoms of PTSD, such as having frequent flashbacks to previous events in the war, and the sheer amount of hatred he harbors toward the TCB!Mane Six borders on psychotic. In Chapter 21 [[spoiler:it actually helps him against Sombra because all the fear has been burned out of him, leaving nothing for Sombra to use. Despair on the other hand, he has plenty of...]]
** Princess Celestia is becoming one due to her having absorbed Marcus's memories. Coupled with having no time to cope with the memories, the shock and horror of what her "precious little ponies" are capable of, and the depths of evil to which her counterpart has sunk, it's of little wonder that she finally snaps in Chapter 11. [[spoiler: Discord eventually casts a mental spell on her to help gather these memories and help her deal with them, but time will tell if it's successful. Later on, Scribe helps get Celestia into a healing chamber within her home to help speed the mental reconstruction process up]].
** And then there's Kraber. He's frequently said and shown to be [[TheAlcoholic a heavy drinker]], his hatred of Pinkie Pie definitely qualifies as psychotic, though it's justified in that he hired Pinkie Pie to plan his children's birthday party, [[AdultFear only to]] [[PapaWolf find his family ponified]]. On top of that, there's his LongList of crimes while in the HLF, and according to Princess Luna, his nightmares hang over him even during the day. He's also drowning in a sea of guilt and shame over his actions in the HLF, and also exhibits many signs of PTSD as well.
* ShipTease:
** TCB!Spike and Rarity were implied to have had something [[spoiler: before Rarity's corruption]].
** Between TCB!Rainbow Dash and TCB!Lighting Dust. Yeah, it's okay, take a minute to let that sink in. [[spoiler: Blame the MindRape]].
--> One was the rainbow-maned Captain of the Wonderbolts, while the other was her loyal (and some said, loving) lightning-fast second-in-command. Within seconds, both had disappeared within the gleaming spires of the citadel, and from the fact that they had been flying supersonic over the capital, the implication was that they bore urgent news.
* ShootingSuperman:
** Before her fight with Queen Celestia, TCB!Luna shoots herself in the head at point-blank range to prove that alicorns can't be taken out by conventional means. This is ''after'' Luna is BroughtDownToNormal from being less powerful than her sister to begin with.
** Averted in Chapter 18, where humans have pulled out entirely new hybrid weapons – a fusion of their own technology, magical runes and crystal fragments. With it, they manage to shoot off Queen Celestia's ear, though it doesn't kill her, since she can regenerate limbs.
* ShutUpHannibal:
** After enduring the Tyrant's attempts to convince her of the evil of humans, and listening to her abuses of the term "harmony", Princess Celestia delivers a [[IncrediblyLamePun heated]] one to a vision of her evil counterpart in Chapter 4.
** [[spoiler: Prime!Equestria's Bag of Tirek tries to convince Discord to not throw it away into space, tempting him with the usual stuff. Discord asks it if it can [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas bring his mother back to him]]. That promptly shuts the bag up.]]
* ShutUpKirk:
** [[spoiler: When Princess Celestia angrily calls Discord out on how his vision of chaos caused untold amounts of pain and damage to the ponies and Equestria, Discord retorts that her Harmony has caused its own damage by causing pony civilization to become stagnant, and the ponies themselves complacent]].
** In "War March and Past Sins" when Luna calls Spykoran a murderer for [[spoiler:destroying Dream Valley, Discord]] reminds her that she herself would have killed the world as Nightmare Moon.
* SingleTear: Marcus sheds one before he kills the Newfoal that used to be his brother.
* SirSwearsALot: Marcus, especially by pony standards. Kraber even moreso.
* SplitPersonality: TCB!Trixie has about three of them due to her work as a spy.
* StepfordSmiler: The Newfoals. [[PerpetualSmiler They never stop smiling either]], unless someone pushes one of their {{Berserk Button}}s.
* SociopathicSoldier: Marcus seems to have most of the characteristics of a Type 4. Kraber meanwhile was a mixture of a Type 2 and Type 4 in his days with the HLF; nowadays, he's mostly in the latter.
* TheStoic: Marcus seems to always be completely calm, except when you [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry piss him off]] or [[ShellShockedVeteran when he has flashbacks to the war]].
* StunnedSilence: The Diamond Dog representative, the minotaur representative and Princess Luna fall into this after [[ItsAllAboutMe Blueblood's]] [[NoSympathy blasphemous comment]] about Marcus' situation.
* SuddenlyShouting:
** [[spoiler:Discord]] in "War March and Past Sins", when Spykoran tries to avoid the subject about the [[spoiler:Bag of Tirek]].
** Doctor Whooves in "Pushed to the Limits" when Cheerilee tries to get him to rest.
** Prime!Twilight gets into this mode twice. First is when she demands answers from Dr. Grimnebulin regarding [[spoiler:TCB!Spike's fate]]. Second is when she gets vocally fed up with Stephan's domineering attitude when he accuses her of wasting time studying the Elements of Harmony instead of focusing on her military training.
* SugarBowl: Deconstructed by [[spoiler: Prime!Discord]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Discord]]:''' "Do they really? [[SarcasmMode Oh, woe is me, to try and understand your flawless judgment]]. I mean, just look at your standing army! You have them equipped with... spears! They question nothing! Trouble? [[DeusExMachina You resolve without an effort]] Risks? Why worry, the princess knows. Secrets of the past? What secrets of the past? The princess would never lie, so why think further? Why try anything new, when the one proven to know better is in charge? The ponies are going to be stagnant once you reach your limit, which is nearing, and you know it!"
* SuperBreedingProgram: Celestia and Luna encouraged a lot of intermarriages between the three pony races in order to try getting more alicorns. Celestia rejects calling it anything driven by eugenics however, as she states that breaking the barriers between the three tribes would've been right to do anyway, and "purity" driven movements did not end well.
* SuperStrength: Anyone with runic tattoos, such as Marcus and Cheerilee. When his runes are fully charged, Marcus is strong enough to break Celestia's front ankles in a direct contest of strength. [[CurbStompBattle And when Cheerilee's runes activate...]]
* SuperweaponSurprise: [[spoiler: Humanity plans to have the Yellowstone megavolcano act as this, [[GodzillaThreshold should it get to that point]]]].
* TakeThat:
** "Ponies for Ethical Treatment of Newfoals" (PETN) is ''really'' close to the name "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" (PETA).
** Discord has... unfavorable things to say about Chatoyance in the gag version of "The Writes of Passage".
-->'''Discord:''' "If you want characters to suddenly start acting out of character like this, go read a Chatoyance fic!"
** He also [[spoiler:apparently visited the VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} universe, and found that he didn't like [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} Hyperion weapons]] very much]].
** Kraber's backstory is basically one giant middle finger to Chatoyance's story ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/22989/The-PER%3A-Michelson-and-Morely---The-Speed-Of-Right-- The PER: Michelson and Morely - The Speed of Right]]'', in which the eponymous PER agents ponified a group of children at a birthday party with a pinata full of potion. More specifically, he's what happens when the father finds out what happened to his kids and [[RealityEnsues does not at all like what he finds out]].
** While searching through Marcus' mindscape, [[spoiler: Discord]] pushes his way across a horde of Newfoals, at one point stomping on "a white unicorn with gold-rimmed glasses, golden eyes and a frizzy pinkish-orange mane", the spitting image of Chatoyance's profile picture. There is a lot of blood spattering.
** Stephan expresses annoyance at looking like a ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' vampire when he's turned sparkly by the Crystal Heart.
** Catseye (a unicorn modeled after Chatoyance's avatar on Website/FimfictionDotNet) makes a physical appearance in the "Training Days" story arc as an antagonistic figure determined to sabotage the heroes' efforts. Not only is she a pony supremacist with [[AbsoluteXenophobe less than flattering views on the other races in Equus]], but it's also stated that her prejudices extend to half-pony hybrids of other species, with quick blurbs in her introductory scene hinting that [[BoomerangBigot she herself is a half-pony hybrid]] who detests her heritage and takes great measures hiding it. It's a none-too-subtle reference to the fact that Chatoyance is a transwoman who has a reputation for coming off as incredibly [[DoesNotLikeMen misandric]].
** On a meta-level, Prime!Celestia showing a distaste for eugenics is also a TakeThat directed at Chatoyance, where one story states that her [[GodModeSue Celestia]] actually used eugenics to make the ponies better by breeding out any "undesirable" traits.
** It's very easy to miss, but in "Training Days: The First Month", one of Catseye's followers considers using the word 'adamant' in their group's name. Chatoyance once wrote a story called ''The Reasonably Adamant Down With Celestia Newfoal Society'', a none-too-subtle [[TakeThatCritics potshot leveled at her critics and critics of the TCB universe in general]].
** [[spoiler:Prime!Discord]] makes a couple quick potshots at conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza and notorious evangelist and actor Kirk Cameron.
** [[spoiler:A dream vision of TCB!Lyra]] states that Jacqueline Reitman (a stand-in for Chatoyance) handles anything that disagrees with her worldview with the maturity of a baby.
** A conversation between Prime!Twilight and Doctor Grimnebulin has a quick middle finger being shot at Chatoyance's story ''Code Majeste'', wherein it's stated that humans lack souls because they lack magic.
* TakingTheBullet: TCB!Cloudchaser took a few spears that were meant for Bulk "Snowflake" Biceps.
* TakenForGranite:
** TCB!Lyra, Luna, and Blueblood were all turned into stone. Lyra was crushed by an angry mob and the sight led to TCB!Bon Bon's complete mental breakdown, Luna is kept as a trophy, and Blueblood got crushed as well, though it's implied that was because even [[EvenEvilHasStandards Queen Celestia couldn't stand him]].
** [[spoiler: Prime!Blueblood gets turned to stone by Discord, this time as punishment for being such an EntitledBastard. But it's temporary in this case]].
* TastesLikePurple:
** When the magical portal that transports Marcus into Prime!Equestria opens up over Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle remarks that everything tasted purple for a moment when she senses the massive amounts of magical energy radiating from it.
** The void between universes tastes orange to [[spoiler:Discord]].
* TeacherStudentRomance: Princess Luna had this with [[spoiler: Sombra, although it was one-sided on his part. He claims that her not returning his feelings was one of the main reasons he went evil. Discord calls it out as trite]].
* TearsOfJoy: TCB!Cadance sheds some after Green Fields, one of the Royal Guards, is freed from the Tyrant's control with ThePowerOfLove.
* TheTeaser: The story begins with Marcus already captured and mouthing off at Prime!Twilight.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: As revealed in "Pushed to the Limits", the Second Gate to PHL HQ is designed to take no chances with unauthorized personnel, involving turrets, gas, napalm and who knows what else.
** As in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', this is Trevor's philosophy.
-->And sometimes Trevor's attitude to life was refreshingly welcome: there's no kill like overkill.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Princess Celestia is [[{{Understatement}} not at all happy at what Queen Celestia has done]]. She immediately declares war on the tyrant in response.
* TitleDrop: In "The Writes of Passage".
--> "They called this negative range of emotions, 'the Other Side of the Spectrum'."
* TokenEvilTeammate: The PHL is not exactly a spotlessly heroic organization, but there are some notable characters of this type within their ranks.
** Well, he's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but there's Viktor Kraber, a former HLF member and one of the most notorious. He has gotten better and he only directs his AxCrazy impulses towards those that really do deserve it, but it's clear he's still ''very'' trigger happy and deeply mentally unbalanced (and even the [[AdultFear reasons]] [[PapaWolf for]] [[CrusadingWidower that]] are pretty understandable).
** Pineapple Cutter is a BloodKnight who craves excitement so much that she's only really with the PHL [[IFightForTheStrongestSide because they have the best weaponry]] and share the common goal of not being enslaved by the Solar Tyrant.
* TooDumbToLive: Really, Blueblood? Antagonize the traumatized alicorn who has already shown she doesn't like you? ''Smart''...
* TookALevelInBadass: TCB!Trixie, who went from being a SmallNameBigEgo illusionist to a clever, shapeshifting assassin and spy with an array of bombs and considerable skill with a blade. A badass[[http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2013/042/a/5/commission__redskin122004_by_sakuyamon-d5ugozk.png makeover]] also helped with that.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: What Marcus thinks happened to him when he arrives in Prime!Equestria.
* TheTroubles: While he was a human, Focus Ray was a member of the Irish Republican Army.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Earth is currently in the year 2023, but appears to be not too different from today... well, you know, without the xenocide. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], considering that TCB!Equestria's invasion would have greatly impeded all non-military scientific progress. The situation is actually somewhat similar to VideoGame/{{Resistance}} - it's not that much more advanced than our time (there's mentions of some PHL-enhanced tech making its way into the private sector, but not very much) but the military sector is incredibly advanced.
* UncannyVillage: TCB!Ponyville, if not most of TCB!Equestria, is like this now, if the opening description in "The Writes of Passage" is anything to judge by. There's perpetually smiling zombie-like Newfoals everywhere, and there's something wrong with the sunlight. According to said opening description:
--> The sun, although bright and radiant, seemed to cast a colder, more pallid light... everything on which it cast its gaze seemed... lesser. Not washed out, or colourless, or even decayed. Just lesser, diminished, reduced.
** Though as of ''Calm Before The Storm'', the veneer seems to be ever so slightly cracked.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: General Ironclaw and Warlord Wilmorn Darkhoof, the respective military leaders of the Griffon Empire and the Minotaurs, didn't believe they were in need of training from the humans. Oh, how wrong they were.
* VillainsNeverLie: Princess Celestia wonders this about Discord in Chapter 11, noting that he may speak half-truths, use InsaneTrollLogic and {{Moon Logic Puzzle}}s, but not outright lie.
* VomitDiscretionShot: After Cadance witnesses a vision of TCB!Discord disintegrating, she promptly releases her stomach contents in a nearby bush.
** When Stephan and Kraber are shown what TCB!Twilight did in regards to the creation of the potion, both of them start losing their lunches in nearby trash cans.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Applejack spits her breakfast back up after being used as a meat shield to take a kick from Rainbow Dash.
** Later, Prime!Celestia after seeing what her little ponies are doing to the humans due to a mind sharing spell.
* TheWarOnTerror: Marcus served some time in the Middle East before the war with Equestria.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether:
** Initially averted in that the resistance groups and the military don't seem to have any problems with cooperating with each other, as well as in the case of New York's mafia and gangbangers, who now hand out weapons free of charge to civilians. Plus, continuing to fight each other in a city with high military presence is just stupid in every way.
** Played straight, however, when humans first meet up with Prime!Luna and [[spoiler:Discord]]. The PHL is all primed to kill them should they twitch wrong, and they've brought their best god-killing gear with them. Possibly the only times that Queen Celestia showing up somewhere has a positive effect, convincing people [[spoiler:Discord]] and Luna are ''not'' her allies.
* WeCanRuleTogether: How Stalwart Heart (formerly Marcus's little brother Jacob) tries to convince Marcus to be ponified and join him in "spreading harmony".
* WeHaveReserves: [[spoiler: Queen Celestia's plan for using her vast reserves of Newfoals to conquer other universes]].
* WhamEpisode: "For Whom The Bell Tolls". It is the single darkest chapter of the story so far. [[spoiler: Readers get to see how Queen Celestia replaced the minds of the Elements with the mockeries seen in the war, followed by a detailed description of what happened to the three thousand test subjects TCB!Twilight used to make the ponification potion work ''without'' horribly disfiguring or killing the subject, capped off by Luna turning into Nightmare Moon, which cows ''Discord'' into seriousness]].
* WhamLine: "Hidden Truths" ends with [[spoiler:Prime!Discord telling Celestia he freed himself because her "ever loving twin" killed his TCB counterpart]].
** "Pushed to the Limits" ends with [[spoiler: Prime!Luna announcing to a squadron of human pilots that they have Marcus, meaning that Prime!Equestria will finally join the war]].
* WhatTheHellHero: In the TCB-verse, most of Ponyville gave one to Twilight and company when news of the Barrier's expansion began to spread across Equestria.
** In "War March and Past Sins", [[spoiler: everyone is horrified by what King Spykoran did to keep the Bag of Tirek buried, and some even outright call him a murderer. In his own defense, Spykoran admits what he did was terrible, but maintains that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he did what had to be done]]]].
* WhenDimensionsCollide: The bad kind which turns into a fight for survival for humanity.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Prime!Cadance is genuinely afraid of outliving everypony she has ever cared for. Celestia and Luna as well, to a lesser extent.
** When Marcus realizes that [[spoiler:he (and to an extent Cheerilee and possibly Lyra) could possibly have their own ascensions, he starts worrying that this will happen to them]].
* WhyWontYouDie: Luna asks the [[spoiler: Mirror Pool Clone]] TCB!Celestia this question. She's quite justified in asking, given the downright horrific things she saw the Queen do to [[spoiler: turn the TCB!Mane Six into her lackeys and the potion prototype experiments]]. Queen Celestia also does this to Stephan, which is also justified, given that he's [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punching the crap out of her]]!
* WorldOfBadass: On one side, TCB!Equestria is led by a Celestia even more powerful than her prime counterpart, with the six Element bearers acting as her lieutenants in the field. Insane and xenocidal, but undeniably badass. On the opposing team, we have a battle-hardened coalition of humans and ponies, a rune-empowered Marine, a Bundeswehr soldier wielding a magical claymore, a shape-shifting pony assassin, the griffons' elite forces, a minotaur, [[Videogame/GrandTheftAutoV four renowned criminals]], [[spoiler: the last Time Lord, the [[Series/{{Sherlock}} most indispensable man in the British Government]], and now a dragon]]. And then Princess Celestia calls on all the races of her world to join in the fight against the Solar Tyrant, including [[spoiler: Discord and the Changelings]].
** The leader of one of these races is essentially said to be [[spoiler: ''SANTA CLAUS'']] in animal form, and he's just as jolly as you might expect, but everything he does in preparation for the war against TCB!Celestia just screams badass.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: During the Hostage Crisis Arc, Weaver gets in the way of Prime!Applejack and Prime!Fluttershy, and attempts to dissuade them from joining the fight at the cost of their innocence, bringing up a reminder that all human nations have skeletons in their own closets. Fluttershy, [[FriendToAllLivingThings gentle soul that she is]], replies by arguing back that humanity's bloody history is a natural consequence of living on a harsher world than Equus without the guidance of a benevolent higher being, a state it has sought to rise above ever since. It's notable in that Weaver concedes to the spirit of what is said, but ultimately deems it inadequate.
--> '''Weaver:''' "[[Literature/CloudAtlas True, true. They had the smarts. They mastered the earth and the waters, sickness and storms, they made miracles and they flew across the sky, and looked next to reach the stars themselves. But they have something else, something stronger than all their intelligence and their kindness... a hunger in their hearts. A constant hunger... for more.]]"
* WrongGenreSavvy: Marcus suffers from this earlier on, when he initially believes he simply traveled back in time to Equestria before they ended up on Earth, and tries to kill the Mane Six and Celestia to prevent the war. He quickly realizes he was wrong and now has allies that can help turn the tide of the war in humanity's favor.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Luna's antiquated linguistics get lampshaded in Chapter 11.
* YouALLShareMyStory:
** Stephan, the star of the Europe Side-Story, occasionally [[BackToBackBadasses fights alongside]] Marcus, and seems to have been promoted to {{deuteragonist}}.
** The crew of the Starvation Side-Story finally meet Marcus in "Trust".
** Averted for the crew of the Asia Side-Story, who handle things halfway around the world, though Marcus does tell Cheerilee in "Trust" to go look for them so they can help out in the upcoming final battle.
** Marcus is treated by Isaac Dan Der Grimnebulin in "Sons of Legacies, Part 3".
* YouAreTooLate: Doctor Whooves tried to save TCB!Lyra and TCB!Bon-Bon. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Lyra's death was a fixed point in time, and the fallout from the Doctor's meddling caused Bon-Bon's already fractured psyche to become embedded with visions from all of history]].
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:TCB!Lyra's death is one of the immutable fixed points in history that Doctor Whooves can't change]].
* YourHeadASplode: What happens to those close enough to Marcus when he attacks with his "force push".
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26th Dec '16 5:29:50 PM TenTwelveEleven
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*[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/358543/a-sun-in-winter A Sun in Winter]], telling the story of Anna Erklass and two alicorn foals in Adlaborn, the realm of the reindeer. A distant prequel to Joy to the Worlds - and the rest of Spectrum as a whole. (written y [=Sledge115=] and [=VoxAdam=])
3rd Dec '16 2:01:21 PM jedwashere
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It also has a crossover with ''Fanfic/TheAvatarOfAlbion'' called ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/259763/convergence Convergence]]''!

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It also has a crossover with ''Fanfic/TheAvatarOfAlbion'' called ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/259763/convergence ''[[Fanfic/ConvergenceSeries Convergence]]''!
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** For Earth, millions of people have become WarRefugees over the course of the war thanks to [[AdvancingWallOfDoom the Barrier]], which annihilates any human or human-made object in its way (not even leaving dust behind). Not only that, but the barrier is nigh-unstoppable, and every human knows it. It took a minor miracle for the PHL and the American military to even ''delay'' the thing! The situation looks so bleak that the U.S President [[spoiler: has resigned himself to a plan that would destroy all life on Earth, with the small hope it will at least do ''something'' to the Barrier, even as it kills them all]]. But now that the Prime!Equestrians have arrived, it may not be so hopeless anymore.

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** For Earth, millions of people have become WarRefugees over the course of the war thanks to [[AdvancingWallOfDoom the Barrier]], which annihilates any human or human-made object in its way (not even leaving dust behind). Not only that, but the barrier is nigh-unstoppable, and every human knows it. It took a minor miracle for the PHL and the American military to even ''delay'' the thing! The situation looks so bleak that the U.S President [[spoiler: has [[spoiler:has resigned himself to a plan that would destroy all life on Earth, with the small hope it will at least do ''something'' to the Barrier, even as it kills them all]]. But now that the Prime!Equestrians have arrived, it may not be so hopeless anymore.



* HumansAreSpecial: Maybe. The prime versions of Twilight and Lyra have both read books which mention humans coming to Equestria long ago via [[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials the Rainbow of Light]], and the event where the first portal opened at CERN may not have been an accident, [[spoiler: since Queen Celestia already knew of mankind's existence and stole TCB!Discord's magic so she could travel across the dimensional barrier]].

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* HumansAreSpecial: Maybe. The prime versions of Twilight and Lyra have both read books which mention humans coming to Equestria long ago via [[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials the Rainbow of Light]], and the event where the first portal opened at CERN may not have been an accident, [[spoiler: since [[spoiler:since Queen Celestia already knew of mankind's existence and stole TCB!Discord's magic so she could travel across the dimensional barrier]].



* DarkestHour: By the time the main story rolls around, this is Earth's situation, between the barrier having consumed almost a third of the whole planet (and its started making landfall on North America), losing at least 2 billion people, the Empire's ever relentless campaign and all-around ApocalypseAnarchy reigns. Lampshaded by Stephan in "Training Days: First Days, Part 2":
-->'''Stephan:''' This isn't our last chance so much as it's our only chance.



* DefiantToTheEnd: Queen Elizabeth.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: Queen Elizabeth. Marcus intended to go this way when he thought he was going to be turned.



* HolyCity: According to the chapter "Setting It Right", Mecca has been wiped out by the barrier, devastating the Islamic world. And given the barrier's starting point (Switzerland), it's safe to say Vatican City and Jerusalem were destroyed too.

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* HolyCity: According to the chapter "Setting It Right", Mecca has been wiped out by the barrier, devastating the Islamic world. And given the barrier's starting point (Switzerland), it's safe to say also made clear that Vatican City and Jerusalem were destroyed too.
16th Nov '16 5:15:20 PM KizunaTallis
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* FallGuy: After the disaster in the Ponyville Hostage Crisis, [[spoiler:the PHL and the Prime!Princesses resort to using Prime!Trixie as this to protect TCB!Trixie and preserve the Alliance]].



* FinalSpeech: Condemned to be turned into a statue and smashed, TCB!Lyra got to extensively quote Charlie Chaplin's speech from ''TheGreatDictator'' in front of an angry crowd of TCB!ponies calling for her blood. Not an example of ShamingTheMob, since Lyra knew most of them wouldn't listen to her. All she could hope for was that somepony would record her last words for future use against Celestia. [[spoiler: This did happen, and Photo Finish uses them for that very purpose]].

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* FinalSpeech: Condemned to be turned into a statue and smashed, TCB!Lyra got to extensively quote Charlie Chaplin's speech from ''TheGreatDictator'' ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' in front of an angry crowd of TCB!ponies calling for her blood. Not an example of ShamingTheMob, since Lyra knew most of them wouldn't listen to her. All she could hope for was that somepony would record her last words for future use against Celestia. [[spoiler: This did happen, and Photo Finish uses them for that very purpose]].



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Discussed at least twice. TCB!Trixie is concerned about this happening to her and the other PHL soldiers after the war, and King William (in a completely different chapter) is truly saddened by what they've been driven to:

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Discussed at least twice. TCB!Trixie is concerned about this happening to her and the other PHL soldiers after the war, and King William (in a flashback from a completely different chapter) is truly saddened by what they've been driven to:



** TCB!Cloudchaser was hit by a poison that works like this- it absorbs any magic in the area and kills the person or pony slowly. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Discord]] saves the day.

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** TCB!Cloudchaser was hit by a poison that works like this- this - it absorbs any magic in the area and kills the person or pony slowly. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Discord]] saves the day.



* MarySue: InUniverse – the concept is {{Discussed}}, {{Deconstructed}} and vocally {{Defied}} at the same time. According to Marcus, the ponification potion turns people into "perfect ponies". Applejack quickly dismisses the concept of perfect ponies as complete crap.

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* MarySue: InUniverse – InUniverse, the concept is {{Discussed}}, {{Deconstructed}} and vocally {{Defied}} at the same time. According to Marcus, the ponification potion turns people into "perfect ponies". Applejack Prime!Applejack quickly dismisses the concept of perfect ponies as complete crap.



** Princess Celestia voluntarily undergoes (you can't fault her determination) and suffers through Marcus's war memories to see if he really is telling the truth and share his pain... until TCB!Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six showed up, and she broke.

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** Princess Celestia voluntarily undergoes (you can't fault her determination) and suffers through Marcus's Marcus' war memories to see if he really is telling the truth and share his pain... until TCB!Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six showed up, and she broke.



* MisplacedRetribution: [[spoiler: It turns out that while Marcus' mother (Megan) ''did'' go to Dream Valley and defeated Tirek, she didn't defeat TCB!Tirek himself. In fact, she actually defeated the Tirek of Prime!Equestria]].
* MonumentalDamage: The Barrier destroys many human landmarks, such as Westminster Clock Tower (aka Big Ben) and the Pyramids of Giza.

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* MisplacedRetribution: [[spoiler: It turns out that while Marcus' mother (Megan) mother, Megan Williams, ''did'' go to Dream Valley and defeated Tirek, she didn't defeat TCB!Tirek himself. In fact, she actually defeated the Tirek of Prime!Equestria]].
* MonumentalDamage: The Barrier destroys many all human landmarks, such as made objects it touches, so this is frequent.
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Westminster Clock Tower (aka Big Ben) and Ben), the Pyramids of Giza.Giza, and St. Basil's Cathedral are wiped out.



* MultiversalConqueror: It's very clear that once Queen Celestia is done with Earth, Prime!Equestria is next. And according to [[spoiler: Discord]], she will likely only continue on after that. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Tirek's whole plan]].

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* MultiversalConqueror: It's very clear that once Queen Celestia is done with Earth, Prime!Equestria is next. And according to [[spoiler: Discord]], [[spoiler:Discord]], she will likely only continue on after that. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Tirek's whole plan]].



** Marcus after killing Stalwart Heart to save Cheerilee.

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** Marcus Marcus, after killing Stalwart Heart to save Cheerilee.



* PosthumousCharacter: TCB!Lyra.

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* PosthumousCharacter: TCB!Lyra.TCB!Lyra and [[spoiler:Megan Williams]].



* PowerTattoo: Marcus's tattoos are actually runes enchanted with an archaic form of magic that greatly enhances his strength, speed and stamina and makes him resistant to most kinds of pony magic.

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* PowerTattoo: Marcus's Marcus' tattoos are actually runes enchanted with an archaic form of magic that greatly enhances his strength, speed and stamina and makes him resistant to most kinds of pony magic.
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