History Fanfic / TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony

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.
26th Nov '15 9:10:46 PM Theriocephalus
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* HiveMind: The changelings have the variant where a single consciousness is distributed across the entire species, with Chrysalis serving as an {{Avatar}} of sorts, essentially being the hive mind’s self-aware consciousness.
* HiveQueen: Chrysalis. Better justified than with other examples of this trope, since she isn’t a crucial node whose destruction damages the whole swarm. Rather, she’s essentially the conscious portion of the HiveMind itself, and destroying her simply means she’ll have to make herself a new body.



* {{Reconstruction}}: To an extent, Cloud Kicker is a reconstruction of the "Charlie", from TwoAndAHalfMen, character type. She's actually relatively nice, and clearly has rules she follows, and isn't exploiting people.



* {{Reconstruction}}: To an extent, Cloud Kicker is a reconstruction of the "Charlie" from TwoAndAHalfMen, character type. She's actually relatively nice, and clearly has rules she follows, and isn't exploiting people.



* ResurrectiveImmortality: Chrysalis, by virtue of being the consciousness of the changeling HiveMind, can simply spawn a new physical body for herself if her old one is destroyed. She’ll exist as long as the changeling race does.



* AdultFear: In ''The Hunted'', Kukri’s parents have to deal with the fact that there’s something that can pass any defense, is unhinged at best and actively sadistic at worst, has very likely ties to someone who wishes their family harm, and seems to have a marked interest in their eleven-year-old daughter.



* DarkIsEvil: In ''Freeport Venture: The Hunted'', Kukri swiftly develops this view, since [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight the Monster]] prefers to attack in the dark.



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The feared pirate Metal Mome was apparently rather fond enough of his mother, Granite Mome, to name his ship, the Granite Heart, after her. Insulting his mother is also one of the few ways to get him visibly pissed.



* EldritchAbomination: The demon in Freeport Venture: Auction Night is positively Lovecraftian.
--> There were tentacles. There were claws. There were gaping mouths full of needle-like teeth. And none of them were arranged in anything remotely resembling natural or sane anatomy.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The feared pirate Metal Mome was apparently rather fond enough of his mother, Granite Mome, to name his ship, the Granite Heart, after her. Insulting his mother is also one of the few ways to get him visibly pissed.



* {{Foil}}: Starlight Glimmer is one of sorts to Sunset. Both are very powerful unicorns, both are extremely dedicated to a goal (equality or alicornhood) and won’t shut up about it, and both have gone back on their ideals when faced with imprisonment (Starlight using her family’s wealth and connections, Sunset [[spoiler:using dark magic]]). The main difference is Sunset is more aware of her failures and much less of a hypocrite.
* HealingFactor: The Monster has one. [[spoiler:It only works as long as its target is afraid of it.]]



* {{Hypocrite}}: Starlight is one in much the same way she is in canon, since her motivation for making everypony equal is pretty obviously a way to make sure nopony’s better than her rather than actually helping ponies, as she claims. When she robbed a bank to give the money to the poor, claiming entirely altruistic reasons, she kept three quarters of the money for herself.



* JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recapture her. Later, when Sunset uses DarkMagic while escapeing, [[SarcasmMode she ''must'' be a warlock and thus ''obviously'' seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]

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* InsistentTerminology: Kukri is not a grub. She’s eleven-and-a-half years old.
* JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recapture her. Later, when Sunset uses DarkMagic while escapeing, escaping, [[SarcasmMode she ''must'' be a warlock and thus ''obviously'' seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]


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* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: The Monster in ''Freeport Venture: The Hunted''. Numerous species of such beings are stated to exist.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Black Codex, written by a cabal of warlocks and lunar cultists during the Lunar Rebellion and containing information on every form of BlackMagic in existence.


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* UnskilledButStrong: Starlight Glimmer. She has plenty of raw magical power, perhaps as much as Sunset herself, but she doesn’t have any proper training in how to use it effectively. Her temper problems don’t help, either.
20th Nov '15 9:37:03 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.



* ExactWords: In the penultimate chapter of The Freeport Venture, Sunset accepts the Council of Thirteen’s offer to destroy Metal Mome’s golems and all existing notes on how they were made. [[spoiler:She never said anything about the very detailed memories she gained from Mome’s mind, though.]]

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* ExactWords: In the penultimate chapter of The ''The Freeport Venture, Venture'', Sunset accepts the Council of Thirteen’s offer to destroy Metal Mome’s golems and all existing notes on how they were made. [[spoiler:She never said anything about the very detailed memories she gained from Mome’s mind, though.]]



* JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recaptuer her and when she uses Dark Magic, as if she escapes, [[SarcasmMode she MUST be a warlock and thus OBVIOUSLY seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]

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* JustFollowingOrders: Strumming would really like to be friends with Sunset, it's just that she has orders to spy on the runaway [[spoiler:and later confine/keep an eye on/recaptuer her and on/recapture her. Later, when she Sunset uses Dark Magic, as if she escapes, DarkMagic while escapeing, [[SarcasmMode she MUST ''must'' be a warlock and thus OBVIOUSLY ''obviously'' seeking to be the next King Sombra]].]] [[note]][[spoiler:Strumming's superiors are dicks.]][[/note]]



* TheNicknamer: The independent Changelings/Free Minds are a bit odd about names, and prefer to use titles or nicknames on most occasions. They refer to themselves as “this one”, other Free Minds are some variation of “the other one”, Chrysalis is “the Old Mind”, ponies are nicknamed with constructs of their name and gender (such as “the Shimmer-mare” or “the Heartstrings-mare”), and Celestia is “the White Pony”.

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* TheNicknamer: The independent Changelings/Free changelings/Free Minds are a bit odd about names, and prefer to use titles or nicknames on most occasions. They refer to themselves as “this one”, other Free Minds are some variation of “the other one”, Chrysalis is “the Old Mind”, ponies are nicknamed with constructs of their name and gender (such as “the Shimmer-mare” or “the Heartstrings-mare”), and Celestia is “the White Pony”.
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