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14th May '16 9:07:37 PM Theriocephalus
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* ElementalEmbodiment: In ''A Thousand Maks'', Strumming and Puzzle come across a stone spirit bound in the walls of the Blood Stripes’ base as a security system. Air spirits are also mentioned.


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* NotSoSafeHarbor: Rogueport, run by greedy merchant-princes and with guards so corrupt they are expected to supplement their income with bribes, is a notorious haven for BlackMarket deals in every sort of banned good, a hotbed of espionage and counterespionage, and a nest of organized piracy.


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* ShoutOut: One of the perks Strumming lists for being a spy is the right to be really snooty about ordering your milkshakes [[Franchise/JamesBond shaken, not stirred]].


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* WretchedHive: Rogueport is a NotSoSafeHarbor ruled by greedy merchant-princes, its guards are so corrupt they are actually expected to supplement their income with bribes, most people prefer personal blood feuds to get “justice” anyway, and it’s a haven for mercenaries, spies, and legalized piracy. There’s a fairly good justification for why a major port city is allowed to go on like this--it sits on an archipelago right between Equstria, Gryphonia, and Zebrica, meaning none of the nations can make any move on it without the other two seeing it as a threat.
11th May '16 9:48:39 AM Theriocephalus
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Pretty much all of the cast who know about it agree that Cloudkicker was being incredibly stupid when she [[spoiler: slept with Blossomforth behind Derpy's back.]] However, they also agree that [[spoiler: Derpy punching Cloudkicker in the face in a fit of thoroughly uncharacteristic rage]] was going way too far.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Pretty much all of the cast who know about it agree that Cloudkicker Cloud Kicker was being incredibly stupid when she [[spoiler: slept with Blossomforth behind Derpy's back.]] However, they also agree that [[spoiler: Derpy punching Cloudkicker Cloud Kicker in the face in a fit of thoroughly uncharacteristic rage]] was going way too far.



* NotSoStoic: Derpy usually displays almost saint-like calm and composure. Then [[spoiler: [[BerserkButton Blossomforth tries to take Cloudkicker from her.]]]]

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* NotSoStoic: Derpy usually displays almost saint-like calm and composure. Then [[spoiler: [[BerserkButton Blossomforth tries to take Cloudkicker Cloud Kicker from her.]]]]
27th Feb '16 5:57:21 PM Theriocephalus
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* IBangedYourMom: Cloud Kicker uses this on Sparkler to force a stalemate in parental sex squick while talking with Sparkler ... adopted daughter of Derpy.

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* IBangedYourMom: Cloud Kicker uses this on Sparkler to force a stalemate in parental sex squick while talking with Sparkler ... Sparkler... the adopted daughter of Derpy.
27th Feb '16 5:54:23 PM Theriocephalus
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* VillainOverride: [[HiveQueen Chrysalis]] can possess any Changeling in her swarm, even shapeshifting to make them look like herself, something she does when she has to be in more than one place at the same time--for instance, [[spoiler:trying to get Cloud Kicker and her group to surrender while at the same time gloating over a defeated Celestia.]]
27th Feb '16 5:31:57 PM Theriocephalus
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* DefectorFromDecadence: The Free Minds, changelings created by Chrysalis to have actual personalities rather than being extensions of the HiveMind, so as to be better infiltrators. They eventually got fed up with what was essentially slavery, rebelled, and broke away from Chrysalis' swarm.


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* GoneHorriblyRight: The Free Minds were created by Chrysalis to have more independence and personality than regular Changelings, to serve as better infiltrators. This worked a bit too well--they had enough independence to resent being slaves to Chrysalis' will, and rebelled.


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* RogueDrone: The Free Minds, changelings created by Chrysalis to have actual personalities rather than being extensions of the HiveMind, so as to be better infiltrators. They eventually got fed up with what was essentially slavery, rebelled, and broke away from Chrysalis' swarm.
18th Feb '16 4:31:39 PM Theriocephalus
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* RapePillageAndBurn: The Avatar uses the possibility of this as a threat to try to force Shadow to convince Celestia to surrender Canterlot, claiming that it’d be impossible to control victory-drunk soldiers seeking retribution for a long, hard siege and the deaths of close companions.
--> “If I take the city by storm, half of it will burn to the ground, and a year later most of the surviving mares shall have new pegasus foals.”
16th Feb '16 9:52:31 PM Theriocephalus
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* MyCountryRightOrWrong:[[Rarity has sold out to Sunbeam in exchange for a special license that eliminates any trouble she'd have with the usual law enforcement.]]

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong:[[Rarity MyCountryRightOrWrong: [[spoiler:Rarity has sold out to Sunbeam in exchange for a special license that eliminates any trouble she'd have with the usual law enforcement.]]
16th Feb '16 9:51:51 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ProudWarriorRace: The pegasi, t even greater degrees than what was shown [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve in canon]]. Their entire culture is dedicated to supporting their army in some form or another, their system of morals was clearly created to apply to war and the battlefield first and foremost, and they’re obsessed with personal honor.

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* ProudWarriorRace: The pegasi, t to even greater degrees than what was shown [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve in canon]]. Their entire culture is dedicated to supporting their army in some form or another, their system of morals was clearly created to apply to war and the battlefield first and foremost, and they’re obsessed with personal honor.
16th Feb '16 9:44:43 PM Theriocephalus
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* AGodAmI: The Avatar’s worldview in a nutshell, although “A God’s Avatar Am I” might be a more accurate term.
-->“I am an alicorn, a higher state of being. I am faster, stronger, smarter, and simply better in every conceivable way. I am Luna reborn, her will made flesh and Equestria’s liberation.”


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* ProudWarriorRace: The pegasi, t even greater degrees than what was shown [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve in canon]]. Their entire culture is dedicated to supporting their army in some form or another, their system of morals was clearly created to apply to war and the battlefield first and foremost, and they’re obsessed with personal honor.
1st Feb '16 10:31:01 AM Theriocephalus
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* BackFromTheDead: In Chapter 1 of Acendant Shadows, [[spoiler:Shadow herself.]] Arguably a borderline case, since heart and lung activity ceased, but it’s implied brain death was not reached.


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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Midnight’s reasons for wanting to be grown up.
--> Midnight: I think I would like to be an adult more than a child. Then I could do as I pleased. Like stay up all night reading, eat ice cream when I wished, or call upon great magical forces to smite my foes and make them lament the day they crossed me.


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* DramaticIrony: In a last-ditch attempt to keep Shadow from defecting to Celestia's cause, Cyclone says that if she does, the Kickers will forever be remembered as "blackguards and betrayers, lead into infamy by a madmare". In the Winningverse's present, the Kickers are remembered as the only clan that remained loyal during the Rebellion, and Shadow is one of Equestria's greatest heroes.


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* LegendaryInTheSequel: Shadow Kicker. By the time of the Wininningverse present, she even has a religion dedicated to her.
* MotiveDecay: The rebels. They start out championing democracy, self-rule, and freedom from tyranny, and make sure to fight and campaign with honor. Eventually, they start to tend more towards championing Pegasus rule, and freedom from non-Pegasus tyranny, while using increasingly dubious tactics to promote their cause. [[spoiler:Ultimately, they become nothing more than a front for lunar cultists seeking to bring back Nightmare Moon.]]


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* SoulJar: Shadow’s Armor, which contains an imprint of her mind [[spoiler:and served as a much more literal example when Celestia temporarily stored Shadow’s soul in it when the latter died.]]


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* WrongGenreSavvy: Most characters act like they’re in a fairly realistic military low fantasy story with GrayAndGreyMorality. [[DownplayedTrope They’re not exactly wrong]], especially in the early part of the story, but this is still part of the BlackAndWhiteMorality high fantasy setting of My Little Pony, and discrepancies show, especially in how a lot of ponies assume that Nightmare Moon’s rebellion was just a dynastic power struggle, and Celestia killed Luna and covered it up. The Wrong Genre Savvyness start to show more as the story goes on and the Gray and Grey start to markedly lighten and darken.
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