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* IAmNotLeftHanded: During her fight with Rarigreed, Dark World!Fluttercruel reveals that she can [[spoiler: use her mother's ultimate weapon: The Stare]]. She comments that Discord specifically told her to not use it around the other Elements of Chaos, so that she could surprise them with it if they ever turned on Discord.
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Paradox revealing her [[PsychoRangers friends.]]]]
** It turns out that [[spoiler:Shining had been holding back the true extent of his shield magic because the last time he used it, his uncle had just been killed and he crushed the Diamond Dog that did it to death.]]
* IAmNotMyFather: Fluttercruel and Fluttershy consider Discord Fluttercruel's father, but she has no desire to follow in his footsteps, but doesn't go out of her way to go against it. Fluttershy is adment that having an evil father doesn't make her evil. [[spoiler:Then Fluttercruel actually ''DOES'' follow in his footsteps and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero corrupts Fluttershy worse than Discord did.]] After fighting her way back to the world of the living, she is more than ready to do exact opposite of what Discord would do, leading to this little exchange:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Undead Foal''': Move you stupid half-Draconequus!]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Fluttercruel''': That's stupid little ''pony!'']]
** Also with Fluttershy, who, due to being her basis, considers herself Fluttercruel's mother and treats her as such. Fluttercruel pretty much wants to be anything ''but'' Fluttershy.
* IAmSpartacus: When Traitor Dash shows up in Cloudsdale and demands that the hippogriffs hand over the resident RebelLeader, the entire crowd does a pretty good imitation of the TropeNamer scene. [[spoiler: Dash {{Sherlock Scan}}s the actual target and kills her. The sad part is, she had no choice. She had to kill ''someone'' or Discord would destroy the city.]]
** It does have an impact, however, as [[spoiler:it's one of the things Twilight's Memory Spell reminds Traitor Dash of to break her Discording by showing the Dark World is still worth saving.]]
* IHaveManyNames: Each of the Alicorns and Draconequi seem to have multiple names.
** Dark World!Rarity takes back her original name, but keeps her Rarigreed and Greedity names and gains a new name, Lady Desire, from the Diamond Dogs. Being the Element of Desire, it fits her. [[spoiler:She also gains Queen Libra upon becoming an Alicorn.]]
** Dark World!Discord has seemingly infinite titles, the majority of which are nonsense such as 'Big Banana Discord'. It's unknown if the same applies to the main timeline Discord or not.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Trixie, due to her [[MiddleChildSyndrome Middle Filly Syndrome]] [[spoiler:and being unable to stand out among her four [[UncannyFamilyResemblance near identical sisters]]. It got worse when she went to magic school and was unable to excel at ''anything'' in particular. This caused her to overlook the fact, as her teachers told her, that she could do [[JackOfAllStats almost]] ''[[JackOfAllStats any]]'' [[JackOfAllStats type of magic well]], including weather magic, which is very rare for a unicorn to be able to do at all. She gets her wish, however, when it's revealed she's an Element Of Magic and has just as much unrealized potential as Twilight Sparkle did, but Trixie still has some issues with being Twilight's "alternate."]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight:
** [[spoiler:The Mane Six try this fighting Nightmare Whisper, Fluttershy's SuperpoweredEvilSide, but it's only after blasting her with the Elements of Harmony and purifying her that they're actually able to reach her.]]
** Most of the fights in the Dark World with the still corrupted Mane Six. [[spoiler:All three succeed, but with increasing amounts of difficulty each time, Rarigreed being the easiest and Angry Pie the hardest.]]
** Derpy keeps trying this with the Valeyard. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the Valeyard really ''isn't'' the Doctor and therefore there's nothing to reach. The only way to restore the Doctor is to destroy the Valeyard's regeneration template, then kill him, allowing him to regenerate back into the Doctor, which DOES work.]]
* ImaginaryFriend: Pinkamenia had several, the same ones from "Party Of One", only in her imagination, they were real ponies. [[spoiler:They were killed and absorbed by Angry Pie, though. Trixie had Princess Starflower, but left her behind after becoming a star, but Twilight found her while in Trixie's head and she helped her save Trixie. [[ChekhovsGunman Both come back when the gang are]] [[LotusEaterMachine under Princess Gaia's spell]] and break Pinkie Pie and Trixie out of it.]]
** [[spoiler: Clover's Gaiden story reveals that ''Pinkie herself'' was originally Clover's imaginary friend, brought to life by the world changing spell. This causes Pinkie to have a HeroicBSOD and nearly lets herself be dragged to Oblivion by the Shadows of her friends before Twilight, Zecora, and Luna convince her she's as real as them.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** [[spoiler:Loneliness comes ''dangerously'' close to outright killing Twilight via this.]]
** [[spoiler:G3 Wysteria dies this way. Celestia's mortal form is also killed this way by Strife in their fight, but being immortal, that body doesn't matter, something Strife knew from the get-go.]]
** [[spoiler: Rancor wounds Dark World!Discord this way to absorb the spirit of Destruction.]]
** [[spoiler:Happens to Nightmare Manacle, Whisper, and Granfalloon at one point during Dark World's FinalBattle. It would have killed them if Paradox wasn't a TimeMaster.]]
* ImmortalityInducer: The Elements of Chaos for the Dark World!Mane Six. Discord [[BodyHorror replaced their hearts with them]] and so long as the Element of Chaos isn't removed or destroyed, they have CompleteImmortality.
** [[spoiler: Turns out the Elements of Chaos themselves were originally the Elements of Harmony. If you need proof, besides WordOfGod we also have the fact that when Angry Pie tore out Twilight's Element of Magic and left her to die of RapidAging, Twilight saved herself by taking in Trixie's Element of Magic, since Trixie was one of the ponies who had died in the thousand years of the Dark World and didn't need an Element that she had never managed to awaken in this timeline.]]
* ImplacableMan: The Chaos Six were seen as this by the denizens of Dark World, being they're immortal CoDragons of [[EvilOverlord Discord.]] As shown later taking on Discord's {{Mook}}s, against ''normal'' enemies, they're still this, it just happens they were fighting ''other'' [[ImplacableMan Implaceable Men]] until then.
** [[ClockRoaches The Wolf/Stalker]] from the Shining Armor Arc. A mysterious entity that's dedicated to [[RetGone erasing Shining Armor from existence,]] ''nothing'' will stop it from completing its objective. Not gun fire, not shield spells, not walls, not even being caught point blank at the center of an explosion, followed by the tripod it was attacking toppling into the ocean and exploding. It's been stalking Shining across ''countries'' and so far, the only things that can slow it down are Makarov's Death Dome spell (something Shining has tried to replicate and ''failed'') and [[spoiler:Princess Cadence's presence]]. There's very good reason Shining Armor is absolutely paranoid of the thing.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Trixie [[spoiler:is told, on short notice, that she'll be doing a magic show at the celebration for Princess Gaia, with no practice, no props, and pretty much nothing to work with. Her reaction is to find a bottle of sake with salt and get ''very'' drunk.]]
* InMysteriousWays: Subverted with at least the [[TopGod Alicorn Elders]], who will give a logical explanation for their actions whenever they're asked, such as [[spoiler:Applejack asking why the Father didn't just tell her she was the Element of Kindness (she'd have just saw it as a lecture to ignore), and Dark World!Twilight asking Fauna Luster why the Alicorns didn't stop Eclipse (because Eclipse was too strong to safely fight, but not yet a big enough threat to justify the Elders confronting her directly).]]
* InSpiteOfANail: Despite the unforeseen events of [[spoiler:Windigos, the Alicorn/Draconequus War, and Discord's first reign,]] the Ponyville designed during Generation Transitions still comes into being exactly as planned, three characters excluded.
** [[spoiler:Several aspects of the world tour Shining and Cadence's group is on still happened after Makarov [[RetGone was erased from existence]] such as there still being a fight in Columbia (though it involved a Nightmare Moon cult) where Audience and Ellis got promoted and Cadence still got her song bird and had to power up (though this time it involved an EldritchAbomination). Justified as it's implied Makarov devoured and stole the places of the ones who were originally involved, such as the leader of the Nightmare Moon cult.]]
* InsultBackfire: General-Admiral Makarov mockingly asks Princess Cadence is she's going sing at him during a face off. [[TheVillainSucksSong She promptly does]] [[spoiler:[[MagicMusic and kicks his flank in the process.]]]]
* InterserviceRivalry: Shining Armor states that this is good for morale... right after stating that the Day Guard are wimps and the Night Guard is afraid of the light (and ignoring the fact that he ''was'' a Day Guard before being put in charge of Cadence's branch of the Royal Guard).
** However, one that Shining doesn't approve of is the one between the 18th Pegasus Legion and the Pegasus Guard, who ''loath'' each other over their opinions on the Wonderbolts. Upon discovering ''all three'' are going to be in Zebrawa, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck he is none too happy about it.]] Thankfully, Cadence manages to turn things a little more friendly though.
* IronicEcho: A keen reader would be able to spot when two different characters, without ever having previously heard it, say the same phrase in entirely unrelated contexts.
--> "If they really believed it they wouldn't be saying it every time they said something" -- [[spoiler: G3 Pinky & Onyx Tiara]]
--> "Put 'em up! Put 'em up!" -- [[spoiler: Spike & Discord]]
** Ender Dash, the name of Traitor Dash's SuperMode. Originally, the name is due to her wanting [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds put an end to Dark World by resetting it to before the Day of Chaos]] by taking Discord's DealWithTheDevil. [[spoiler:Later, after her HeelFaceTurn, she names it that because she's trying to help the group EarnYourHappyEnding.]]
** [[spoiler:As she's performing a [[TimeMaster time spell]] to [[GondorCallsForAid summon the help needed to defeat]] [[BigBad Nightmare Eclipse]], Dark World!Twilight and Minty Pie give their own version of Eclipse's {{Catchphrase}}.]]
--> '''Twilight''': [[spoiler:Time march forward. Bonds reach across all.]]
--> '''Twilight/Minty Pie''': [[spoiler:''We'll wander no longer!'']]
* IronicHell: [[spoiler:''[[BadFuture Dark World]]'' turns out to be this for [[BigBad Discord]], inflicted on him by [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse]]. His kingdom will never end, his mistakes are always undone...[[GroundhogDayLoop forever.]] [[AndIMustScream Never to end.]] By the time she's defeated and he's freed, he considers being killed over and over again by his family for his crimes ''relaxing'' in comparison.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttercruel is punished for her crimes via one of these. She's inserted into the past as an Earth Pony named Stitches, who's family was slaughtered by Fluttercruel, and ends up being one of her ''own'' victims. The experience ends up triggering a complete HeelRealization and VillainousBSOD that finally reforms her.]]
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:The irony does not escape Fluttercruel that she was made by [[ChaoticEvil Discord]] with the first words she heard being "Time to be cruel" and she becomes not only an Element of Harmony, but an Element Of '''''Kindness'''''.]]
* ItsPersonal: Shining Armor says this is the case with Makarov when [[spoiler:he seemingly threatens Twilight's safety. Subverted in it was actually [[RebelLeader Dima]], who needed to get a hold of Shining for help stopping Makarov and never intended to hurt her at all, so Shining forgives him. Double Subverted when the same chapter, Makarov makes it after trying to destroy a village of innocent zebra and ponies, killing dozens, tries to make Cadence his concubine, and is revealed to have kidnapped several innocent ponies and condemned them to an AndIMustScream fate by converting them into his CoDragons. This results in Shining Armor and his group declaring that ThisIsUnforgivable, something that's SeriousBusiness to Equestrians, who have forgiveness as a cultural value.]]
** If Makarov didn't do it then, then he certainly did by [[spoiler:blowing Running Gag's wing off, giving Misfit Actual a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, and trying to murder Twilight while Shining is ForcedToWatch.]]
* IWasToldThereWouldBeCake: After defeating Discord in [[{{Prequel}} Origins]], Celestia and Luna received a cake the size of a small castle as one of their rewards.
* JawDrop: The mane cast and the Cakes all do this in tandem when Pinkie Pie says she ''doesn't'' want to throw a party for once.
* JerkassFacade: Trixie only acted like a jerk because she wanted to stand out so badly due to her [[MiddleChildSyndrome Middle Filly Syndrome]]. [[spoiler:What was she like in her own mental plane? A scared little filly in the clutches of [[TheHeartless Loneliness]].]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Fluttercruel starts out as just a {{Jerkass}}, but Fluttershy's careful work with her ultimately turns her into this. She's still a jerk, but she at least willing to help Fluttershy out.
** [[spoiler:We find out when we see things from her point of view that Fluttershy didn't make her come out to help calm Rainbow Dash, she ''forced'' herself to the surface in order to do it. And even when she takes over, the worst she does is pull Fluttershy's leg a few times, showing she's nowhere near as much of a {{Jerkass}} as she originally was.]]
** [[spoiler:By the end of the battle against Nightmare Whisper, Fluttercruel is not only fiercely protective of Fluttershy (to the point of being willing to sacrifice herself to save Fluttershy and her friends), but is also able to manifest an Element of Kindness. She still acts like a jerk a lot of the time, though.]]
** [[spoiler:Silver Spoon. She was only a bully because her only friend Diamond Tiara was, she's truthfully a much more loyal and kind friend than would be expected at first glance. This is also hinted to be the reason for the heart in the spoon on her Cutie Mark.]]
* JumpScare: Done incredibly well in the audio adaptation, during "REHARMONIZED PONIES 06: House Call".
-->[[spoiler:'''''GET OUT~!!!''''']]
* JuryOfTheDamned: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel]] ends up in one of these after what appeared to be her death, with a court of demonic shadows ruling on whether or not she should exist. [[spoiler:The find her guilty, but she [[LikeABadassOutOfHell fights her way out of it]] to help the heroes defeat [[BigBad Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper]] and fix the mess she was responsible for.]] It's left ambiguous as to whether or not this was real or all in her head.
** [[MyLittlePonyTales Starlight]] finds herself in one after dying in the G2 Era's Class 2 apocalypse, being on trial for her role in said apocalypse. In an unusual case, she's both the defendant ''and'' the judge, with Judicium, the Alicorn of Judgment, serving as her adviser. [[spoiler:She finds herself guilty at the end. In another twist, her Defense Attorney was actually [[SatanicArchetype Havoc]], the DimensionLord of Hell, and that declaring herself innocent would've condemned her because it means she's refusing to accept responsibility for her actions. The Prosecutor was actually [[{{God}} the Father of All Alicorns]], the DimensionLord of Heaven who was trying to get her to accept that responsibility and ask forgiveness so he could give it and let her into Heaven.]]
* {{Kaiju}}: Dragon Queen Tiamat. She's so massive that her tea cup is bigger than some entire buildings and so powerful that [[CurbstompBattle she single-handedly ended the Hooviet/Dragon War.]] Shining Armor even compares it to a monster movie.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:The blackbirds that have tortured Dark World!Derpy for a thousand years by trying to eat Dinky (who has been turned into a muffin), are ultimately thrown into Ponythulhu's dimension to be eaten themselves, also by being turned into a baked good.]]
** [[spoiler:There's also Dark World!Discord meeting his end a similar way to how he killed Destruction; being betrayed by a sibling and having Destruction's power torn out of him.]]
** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] ends up suffering the same fate she forced on Twilight so many times; seeing her friends being torn away from her before being forced to merge with Twilight as part of her Alicornification. Rota Fortuna even lampshades this.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Rota Fortuna''']]: [[spoiler:…You are right. Crimes are crimes, and we should never turn a blind eye to them. You who have judged others, you too shall be judged.]]
** [[spoiler:In an AlternateUniverse version of ''Fanfic/RainbowFactory'', we're shown that after Rainbow Dash exposed the Rainbow Factory, Dr. Atmosphere was chased by an AngryMob and met his end falling into the Pegasus Device.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Played with in the case of General-Admiral Makarov in Shining Armor's Arc. On one hand, he gets no direct retribution for his attack on Shining Armor. On the other, he's been reminded that he's not the biggest fish in the sea (and that the combined special forces of SEVERAL nations will be actively working to bring him down should he try again) and had his ego thoroughly bruised, which considering his ego has to hurt. He was also threatened with being declared a PersonaNonGrata in multiple countries. [[spoiler:Subverted ultimately, as he's [[RetGone erased from existence]] as his final punishment.]]
* KilledOffForReal:
** [[spoiler:Discord's brother Destruction, who Discord ''ate''.]]
** [[spoiler:Despite both having most of the dead come BackFromTheDead following the defeat of the BigBad, both the Dark World Arc and the Shining Armor Arc have some character's death's stick]]:
*** [[spoiler:Dark World: Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Big Macintosh, and Trixie stay dead due to dying because of age. LooseCanon reveals the same happened with Zecora, making them not eligible to accept the one time offer to come BackFromTheDead.]]
*** [[spoiler:Shining Armor Arc: Cool Sun, Shining and Twilight's uncle, stays dead as, according to his own spirit, he still died protecting Shining Armor with or without Makarov.]]
* TheKillerInMe: Amnesiac type, with a twist. [[spoiler:Stitches ended up spending most of her life running from Dark World!Fluttercruel as the SerialKiller hunted down and murdered her family, including her...It turns out she's Fluttercruel's future self, inserted into the timeline to become one of her own victims as an IronicHell punishment for her crimes.]]
* KillerRabbit: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia's entire army is pretty much made out of these.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler:Loneliness. Not only is she a genuinely terrifying character who tries to outright ''kill'' Twilight Sparkle, the Princess Gaia arc follows directly afterwards.]]
** General-Admiral Makarov for Shining Armor's arc. Things took a turn for the serious as soon as he showed up, whereas before the arc was pretty light hearted [[spoiler: minus an early appearance by the Wolf.]]
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox manages to be this for ''Dark World'', which was ''already'' DarkerAndEdgier. When the story finally turns to her, it instantly becomes a [[WhamEpisode Wham]] ''[[WhamEpisode Arc]]'' and the stakes go simply from freeing the world from Discord's tyranny, to having to save the ''entire timeline'' from being erased from existence due to her GroundhogDayLoop. Add in her rather frightening FauxAffablyEvil personality and the fact she has the largest body count of any villain in the fic due to having gleefully [[OmnicidalManiac erased the entire timeline and everyone in it]] several ''million'' times and she's most certainly this trope.]]
* KnightTemplar: The Harmony Queens AlternateUniverse has the mane six turn into this in a ShoutOut to the [[JusticeLeague Justice Lords]].
** [[spoiler:The [[TheVoice Nameless Passenger]] in Dark World, who is willing to go to any lengths, not caring who is hurt in the process, to take Discord down and get what she wants. [[TheCorrupter She's also trying to make]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Twilight go down the same path.]]]]
* LargeAndInCharge: The Princesses, obviously, but even they pale next to the dragon Queen Tiamat, who's so big ''she blocks out the sun''.
* LargeHam: Trixie even after her HeelFaceTurn. It seems to run in the family, considering her sisters introduce themselves with an elborate rolecall and SuperSentaiStance.
* LastOfTheirKind: The [[BadFuture Dark World]] Mane Six (and Dinky) with the exception of Spike and Apple Pie are the last of the pure blooded ponies, the rest either gradually merging with another species (unicorns with Zebras, Pegasi with Griffins, and Earth Ponies with Donkeys) or being turned into the Sea Ponies or Dragons by Discord. To be specific, Twilight, Rarity, and Dinky are the last unicorns, Rainbow Dash and Derpy are the last pegasi, and Applejack and Pinkie Pie are the last pure Earth Ponies (the Earth Pony[=/=]Donkey hybrids still call themselves Earth Ponies, Apple Pie being one). Whether or not Fluttercruel counts is iffy, as she's half Draconequus [[spoiler:and her original body is killed, then her second unicorn body transformed into a full Draconequus.]]
* LastSecondChance: [[spoiler:The group gives this to Traitor Dash in [[BadFuture Dark World]]. She takes convincing, but she finally takes it.]]
** [[spoiler:Invoked by Dark World!Discord, so he can use Twilight's Memory Spell as a way to reveal [[GroundhogDayLoop what's really going on]] to her and {{Out Gambit|ted}} [[BiggerBad Nightmare Paradox]].]]
* LastStand: [[spoiler:The survivors of the G3 World on Butterfly Island are faced with their world dying, a RealityWarper {{Physical God}}dess as their executioner. They decide to fight to the end anyway. Invoked by Strife, as it seems her intention was to enable them the chance to make one of these.]]
** [[spoiler: The Epilogue version of Cadence, having taken over the changelings and used them as a [[LaResistance resistance force]] against Discord, is confronted by him and the discorded Mane Six, who destroy her refuge and kill many of her subjects. [[YouShallNotPass Cadence chooses to fight, giving her remaining subjects a chance to escape]]. And the sad thing is, she almost ''wins'', defeating the Mane Six and restoring Twilight Sparkle... only for Discord to literally stab her in the back before disintegrating her.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:''Subject Trixie'' begins the same way as the other stories, with Twilight relating a tale to the reader... [[spoiler: Until she panics upon realizing that she's not talking to the reader, [[ShapeshifterGuiltTrip but someone else...]]]]
* LethalChef: Sweetie Belle, as in canon. Implied by Thunderchild that the Catering Corps of the Royal Guard are mostly this.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: Makarov's philosophy. This includes wiping out an ''entire Diamond Dog pack just because SOME of them were his mercenaries.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Pinkie Pie begins doing this after [[spoiler:her SplitPersonalityMerge.]] They're still perfectly in character, but a lot more profound than you'd expect coming from her.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Subverted. [[spoiler:It looks like the [[BadFuture Dark World]] Twilight and Applejack are going to have a fight mistaking the other for still being evil, but they calmly work it out and join forces.]]
* LightIsNotGood: Princess [[spoiler:Gaia is an extremely beautiful Alicorn... Who is effectively brainwashing all of Equestria and turning everypony into little foals.]]
** The Elements of Harmony, and by extension, the concept of Harmony itself, [[spoiler:turns out that their power is inherently neutral, having the [[TakenForGranite exact same effect]] on Celestia & Luna, possibly Zecora too, as Discord in one alternate timeline.]]
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel fights her way out of a JuryOfTheDamned to return to the real world to help save Fluttershy from herself.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Applejack has to fight her way out of Oblivion during her [[HeelFaceTurn redemption]]]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttercruel has to fight off a Thestral that tried to escort her to Hell, feeding it it's own wings, then [[BodySurf possessing Sparkler]]. Since [[Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse Chaos Verse!Fluttercruel]] also ended up having to escape Oblivion (with her father Discord's help), this means ''every'' known Fluttercruel has done this at least once.]]
* LivingLieDetector: After [[spoiler:looking into the Truth]], Applejack looking into ponies' eyes has this effect. She's the Element of Honesty so it really fits.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The story involves so many background characters from the show, original characters, and even [[spoiler: characters from previous generations of the franchise]], that they get a greater net total of attention than the Mane Cast. Which makes sense, as a recurring phrase is "there are no minor characters".
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: PlayedForLaughs when [[spoiler:Trixie]] can't follow the rapid-fire conversation of the rest of the group due to being a relative latecomer.
* LogicBomb: This is basically an explicit ''superpower'' of Apple Pie in the [[BadFuture Dark World]], her Element of Laughter allowing her to manipulate or impede the flow of mana by invoking paradoxes. This allows her to do things like (accidentally) triggering a HeelRealization in Twilight Tragedy, destroy a zombie army simply by pointing out they can't be dead and alive at the same time, and (of course) make a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot giant-cyborg-spider-vampire's]] head (followed by its entire body) explode by pointing out how it's programmed to destroy harmony and protect chaos but half the group have BOTH sets of Elements inside them.
** On the last one, Rarity and Twilight promptly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the most common version of this tope.
--> '''Rarity''': Why do paradoxes always make robots explode? Shutting them down I understand but exploding?
* LongLived: According to WordOfGod, Granny Smith is over two hundred years old and is the longest living pony in Equestria.
* LooseCanon:
** A few chapters are explicitly stated by WordOfGod to be "optional canon" and the readers are allowed to decide for themselves rather or not they're part of the canon or just interesting WhatIf situations.
** [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie's side story is even more so, to the point it can be even a completely different story if the readers so choose.]]
*** [[spoiler: This may not be the case anymore, thanks to "The Foal of Omelas".]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: So many characters get significant focus in the story that the character list had to be split into sub-pages.
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia]] puts ponies, mainly foals, into a trance where they experience their greatest desires... [[spoiler:And the next chapter, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou she comes for the readers too...]]]]
* LudicrousPrecision: Twilight is able to time events to the ''point'' second in her head. She explains that some of the more complicated spells require that kind of mental precision in order to cast.
* {{Mad God}}dess: Princess [[spoiler:Gaia/Nightmare Whisper.]]
* MagicFeather: [[spoiler:Twilight realizes after she activated the Element Of Magic without the physical Element that all the physical Elements Of Harmony do is provide a medium for their power to flow through. Turns out friendship is just as good of a medium.]]
* MagicVersusScience: Discussed in Clover's Gaiden Story by Twilight, Pinkie, [[spoiler:Zecora]], and Luna. The Earth Ponies of the golden age had forgotten of magic, despite having a near 20th century era technological society, while the Pegasi and Unicorns had extremely primitive technology, but had equally advanced civilizations based on their magics, and thus both were surprised to find it was possible for the other to exist (though subverted in that it didn't result in conflict). Luna praises the ''present'' civilization for having advanced both at the same rate and [[MagiTek blended the two]] to result in a civilization that's in some ways superior to the Golden Age, if not as advanced. She also mentions Strife once set up a conflict between equally advanced civilizations, one based entirely on magic and the other on technology, and had Judicium, Concept of Judgment and Balance, decide who was correct in their assumption they were superior. [[spoiler:Judicium judged that magic and science were equals, something Strife's experiment proved correct.]]
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: Subverted in "Origins". While Discord does [[spoiler:eat Havoc's Avatar]], it was [[spoiler:Cadence]] who actually mortally wounded him and [[spoiler:Havoc's now completely insane Avatar ''let'' him do it]], and its explicitly stated Discord is ''less'' dangerous than him [[spoiler:due to only getting a faction of the Avatar's power since it was dying at the time. That and its debatable how much of a villain Havoc was.]]
** Also subverted by [[spoiler:Rancor]] in [[BadFuture Dark World]]. [[spoiler:While she ''did'' mortally wound Discord and steal Destruction's power from him, she had no intention of replacing him as the BigBad. She just wanted to take Destruction's power so it could actually be used for it's proper purpose instead of for his sadistic games and [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere just walks out of the story]] as soon as she gets it.]]
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight:
** [[spoiler:Any time in the GroundhogDayLoop that Twilight and company beat Discord and saved the world, [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse]] would interfere and cause everything to go to Tartarus so Twilight would cross the DespairEventHorizon and [[FutureMeScaresMe become her.]]]]
** [[spoiler:[[TheEmpire The Hooviet Empire]] was supposed to implode about 20 years ago, freeing the Deer from their oppression and preventing them from causing any more harm to the world. When the Shadow of Chernobull [[SealedEvilInACan escaped Pandora's Box]] and into the physical world, it became [[ParodySue General Admiral Makarov]] and [[RealityWarper altered history so the Hooviets never fell]] and grew back into a dangerous superpower once again. The goal of the Rebels is to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by [[RetGone erasing Makarov from time.]]]]
* MamaBear:
** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Princess Gaia's]] birds come to take away Dinky Doo as they've done with most of the other foals in Ponyville. Ditzy Doo (AKA Derpy Hooves) proceeds to grab a mop and use it as a ''quarterstaff'' to beat the living tar out of them for trying to get to her daughter.]]
** It turns darker when [[spoiler: Cheerilee, as Princess Gaia's Knight, is willing to use lethal force to keep the foals in her care safe and happy inside their {{Lotus Eater Machine}}s. Princess Gaia herself later realizes the power of this trope and invites Ditzy Doo to become another Knight so she can extend that fierce protective instinct toward all of Princess Gaia's "little foals."]]
*** [[spoiler: This seems to be Princess Gaia's policy now, at least in the LooseCanon. She extends her offer of knighthood to both Trixie and Twilight's mothers, trying to turn their maternal instincts to her benefit. Though we discover in "Playtime" that Ditzy ''didn't'' accept.]]
** [[spoiler: Do ''not'' harm or try to do anything to Pip if Luna will find out. Fluttershy and Fluttercruel find this out the hardway, even if she shows restraint.]]
** [[spoiler:Even though she's insane, Screw Ball/Golden Tiara breaks out of the insane asylum and ''kills a Timber Wolf and a Cockatrice '''with her bare hooves''''' to try and get to Diamond Tiara when she realizes her daughter needs her.]]
** [[spoiler:Remember Mimic's DyingMomentOfAwesome? She did it because she's Celestia and Luna's mortal mother and she was protecting them from Discord.]]
** [[spoiler:Exploited by Discord to make his earthly mother, Shady, into his loyal {{Dragon}}. Unfortunately for him, she cared about him enough to see how far he had gone and finally help stop him.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttershy. Even though Fluttercruel tortured her in her own mind for five hundred years to the point she [[DrivenToSuicide wanted to die just to end both her own torment and what Fluttercruel was doing to others]], she still loves her daughter with all her heart (in part due to seeing that Fluttercruel honestly believed said torture was showing Fluttershy love). She helps her friends stop her for the same reasons as Shady did, then followed it up by going into the Draconequi domain and [[StaringDownCthulhu standing up to the Draconequi and]] [[EldritchAbomination Havoc]] to protect her. Havoc is so impressed by her actions he lets her take Fluttercruel with her for reconditioning.]]
** A mortal pegasus though it would be a bright idea to kill the son of the LoveGoddess Venus (who's concept includes ''maternal'' love). Venus proceeds to descend to the mortal plain in an UnstoppableRage so great that the earth shakes and [[CurbstompBattle blow a heart-shaped hole through the pegasus' chest before she can even attack]]. Then reduce her house to a molten crater as a follow up. According to some legends of the even, she didn't stop there and had Pandora erase the mare's soul from existence or destroyed her identity and made her a new child to repay the one the mare killed. According to Celestia, the legend doesn't do justice to what Venus ''really'' did.
--> '''Celestia''': For if a mortal mother's fury is terrible, imagine the wrath of a mother with the [[PhysicalGod power of creation]] at her hooves.
* ManChild:
** Fluttercruel has a habit of throwing childish temper tantrums when she doesn't get her way. Then again, she is pretty much a newborn, something Fluttershy picked up on, causing her to treat her like a child whenever she does something wrong.
--> '''Fluttercruel''': Shut up shut up! You don't know anything so stop [[UnusualEuphemism spewing dragon fewmets]] like you know me or someone you met twice!
--> '''Fluttershy''': Oh my my my, such language. We're going to have to clean that mouth out.
--> '''Fluttercruel''': [[OhCrap YOU WOULDN'T!]]
** [[spoiler:Ironically, Luna's second side story reveals that Fluttershy pretty much became the Alicorn equalivant when she turned into Princess Gaia.]]
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: Fluttershy and Fluttercruel talk back and forth with each other, even using the mirror as a way to show that they're two separate entities.
* MassOhCrap: [[spoiler:Rancor betraying Dark World!Discord]] results in this reaction.
** Another occurs when [[spoiler:the group realizes Dark World!Pinkie Pie has been SecretlyDying since her redemption (though Applejack and Rarity more that the OTHERS found out). Even Odyne!Cruelty stops in her tracks from shock.]]
** The ''biggest'' comes when [[spoiler:[[TheVoice the Nameless Passenger]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide reveals]] [[TrueFinalBoss her]] [[TomatoInTheMirror true]] [[FutureMeScaresMe identity]].]]
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: Sort of. [[spoiler:It's revealed that the G2 Apocalypse spread and enhanced the effect of the Rainbow of Light making animals near it more intelligent, granting groups of cows and other lifestock, as well as Griffons and Keylongs (which ultimately merged with the Griffon species over the centuries), sentience.]]
* MasterOfIllusion: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia, aka Nightmare Whisper. She ''is'' called the Kindest of Lies after all.]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Referenced by Rarity in her Reharmonizing chapter; she knows about Spike's crush, but is afraid to address it because she knows that by the time he's an adult, she'll already be 'in a rocking chair'.
** Subverted in Dark World. After a thousand years, Spike's an adult and Rarity hasn't aged a day thanks to her Element of Chaos, meaning once Rarity is free from Discord's control, there's nothing stopping them from hooking up. On top of that, since Rarity is immortal, Spike won't have to outlive her.
* MeaningfulEcho: [[spoiler:When ponies are praising Princess Gaia originally, it's because they're brainwashed. In the final chapter, Fluttershy is still praised as Princess Gaia by a lot of ponies her actions actually ''helped'' out of genuine love and respect.]]
* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:After her HeelFaceTurn, Trixie renames herself "the One and Only Trixie", which is what Twilight called her when she guided her to breaking free of Loneliness' clutches.]]
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash and Rarity nearly do this to Nightmare Whisper to stop Fluttershy's suffering.]]
** [[spoiler:Liarjack breaks the curse on Epilogue!Applebloom, which kills her, but that's what she wanted, to die so she could be reunited with her loved ones in the after life.]]
** [[spoiler:After Shining kills Yablokovodka, one of Makarov's [[CoDragons Alicorn Cyborgs]], Mother Deer comforts him by assuring him it was an act of mercy and freed [[AndIMustScream the poor pony trapped inside.]]]]
* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler:Nightmare Whisper thinks of herself as this. And in a way, she is-in the same way the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} God-Emperor of Mankind]] is.]]
* [[MiddleChildSyndrome Middle Filly Syndrome]]: It is strongly implied in the fic that this is the main reason why Trixie became the {{Jerkass}} she was before [[HeelFaceTurn getting better]].
** [[spoiler:Its made even worse by that fact that [[UncannyFamilyResemblance she and her sisters look nearly indentical,]] making it even harder for her to stand out among them.]]
* MidseasonUpgrade: [[spoiler:At the end of the Princess Gaia Arc, not only does Fluttercruel formally join the group with her own Element Of Kindness, the mane cast figures out how to channel the Elements of Harmony ''without'' the physical Elements themselves, which is not only ''much'' more convenient, it means someone stealing the Elements of Harmony won't work anymore.]]
* AMillionIsAStatistic: [[spoiler:Discord is very casual about the genocides he committed and commits.]]
** [[spoiler:The ResetButton nature that has actually been going on in Dark World is this as well, with but timelines rather than ponies. Effectively making the inhabitants of those timelines even lower than mere statistics. However, while Nightmare Paradox and her PsychoRangers see no harm in this (except Mirror), those that know of their actions InUniverse treat these crimes with the appropriate amount of horror.]]
* MindRape:
** Discord's corruption are portrayed thusly, having ''severe'' effects on all those he corrupted and leaving long lasting mental scars.
*** [[spoiler:He's still using the supernatural type in order to manipulate Diamond Tiara into freeing him, all the while doing the mundane type by asking contridictory questions to keep her torn between rather she's right or wrong, being good or bad, and so on.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally]]'' does this to Fluttershy!]]
** [[spoiler:Luna does this to Fluttershy and Fluttercruel at the end of the Gaia arc as punishment for their wrongdoing.]]
** [[spoiler:Both Twilight and Rainbow Dash suffer from rather severe cases during the fight with Nightmare Whisper. Fortunately, a memory spell is strong enough to break the effect.]]
* MindScrew: The CMC[[spoiler:, Spike, and Silver Spoon]] Time Travelers. They manage to jury-rig a time machine and travel to Generation 1, Generation 3, the real world, and ''sideways'' through time. As if that weren't enough, [[spoiler:the G3 universe was {{Retgone}}d from time, meaning it ''no longer '''exists''' to travel to!'']] Its stated they probably broke half the known laws of physics and (according to Doctor Whooves) several ''un''known ones!
** Starlight's [[JuryOfTheDamned trial in the afterlife]] has many moments of this, such as Starlight being ''literally'' in two places at once, something that is this trope for her InUniverse. This was intentional on the part of the writes to show [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm how mortals cannot grasp the nature of the spirit world.]]
** The discussion in Shining Armor 13.5 about North and South Ponia, which even in universe is considered this and confuses all present.
** In Shining Armor 15 Part 1, Shining Armor has a dream involving [[spoiler:Pandora. Pandora is the Goddess of Imagination and Hallucinations, and her Realm reflects that, being a nonsensical labyrinth with imaginary creatures running all over the place. And Shining spends the entire dream on the ''ceiling''.]]
--> '''Shining Armor''': ...What the buck?!
* MissingBackblast: Averted during Shining and Dima's battle against Makarov's golden helicopter. Luckily, when Shining walks into the backblast of a rocket launcher, he has his shields up.
** Later averted again by Hooviet Conscripts. They lack shielding of course.
* MoodWhiplash: "Happy Cake Adventure" starts with a StylisticSuck storybook style story told by Pinkie Pie. [[spoiler:It ends with another dwelve into the end of the G3 universe.]]
** The latest Dark World chapters are rather guilty of this as well. Given [[BadFuture where it takes place]], it's not all that surprising that ''any'' light moments invoke this.
** The audio adaptation of the Reharmonized series usually ends on an optimistic note. Cue the ominous ending theme "He Watches, He Waits" that reminds us all of Discord's inevitable third coming.
** Starlight's ''7 Dreams[=/=]Nightmares'' chapter. Part one? Her discovering Paradise Estate with her friends and helping Bright Eyes make a plan to use the Rainbow of Light to make a utopia. Part 2? Begins with ''the end of the world'' and Starlight discovering [[DeadAllAlong she died in the explosion]] when [[GrimReaper Mortis comes for her.]]
** Clover's has [[spoiler:Minty's Dream section transition into [[BreakTheCutie Pinkie's]] [[DrivenToSuicide reaction]] to discovering she was Clover's ImaginaryFriend given life by the world changing spell.]]
** [[spoiler:Chapter 16 of Shining Armor. The majority is just ponies being ponies enjoying the country they're in. The tail end of Part 2? Makarov's endgame is revealed to involve'chemical weapons capable of horrifically killing any living thing that breaths it, the ''Defiant'' is found with all hands on board dead, and [[WhamEpisode it ends with Makarov successfully outmaneuvering Misfit Actual, capturing them, delivering a]] NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to the lot of them, and ''blowing Running Gag's wing off''. According to WordOfGod preserving this trope was exactly why they were so dead set on not splitting it into three parts.]]
* MoralDissonance: The entire premise of the series is that the Mane Six, and indeed all of Equestria, are struggling to come to terms with what Discord's MindRape said about each of them. [[spoiler:But when Luna mind rapes Fluttershy and Fluttercruel far, ''far'' more worse than anything than Discord ever did to them, she considers it fitting punishment, as do the Flutters. However, the Mane Cast gives her a mass DeathGlare and Princess Celestia apologizes for her (not knowing ''what'' she did, but knowing she did ''something'' to make Fluttercruel terrified of her), implying Luna is merely acting on outdated morals from 1000 years ago.]]
** [[spoiler:Whether justified for Fluttershy's crime or not, it turns out Luna's punishment was very much an act of vengeance against Princess Gaia for trying to steal Pipsqueak from her, and it turns out Fluttershy has evolved into an Alicorn, thus Luna may have partly been judging her by Alicorn morality than mortal morality.]]
* MoralityKitchenSink: You've got flawed heroes who, while good, are not perfect ([[GodIsFlawed not even Celestia]]), [[spoiler:the Draconequi who have a form of BlueAndOrangeMorality, and range from ChaoticGood to ChaoticNeutral, the Alicorns, who are LawfulGood but some members are willing to sacrifice the needs of the few for the needs of the many (for the most part)]], and Discord's [[CompleteMonster pitch black morality.]]
* {{Mordor}}: Draco Island, where the two gods of Dragonkind, Queen Tiamat and Bahamut live, is apparently this to most species, though for Dragons it's obviously far more pleasant and Tiamat herself is generally nice.
** Maasailand. A terrifying location with scorpion shaped towers, red glowing lights, and plenty of scary imagery. Running Gag even describes it as such, only ''more'' evil looking. [[spoiler:It is also home to a group of extremely nice pacifists who simply [[DarkIsNotEvil consider things other countries seem as symbols of evil as symbols of peace.]]]]
* MoreThanMindControl: It's implied in "Teacher, Teacher" that [[spoiler:Cheerilee was so broken by seeing how badly all the young ponies she teaches were broken by Discord that she willingly supports Princess Gaia's sending everyone to their Happy Place. While she was brainwashed to some degree, she does admit a part of her ''wanted'' to do it and Princess Gaia talked her into it largely.]]
* MuggingTheMonster: [[BadassPacifist Fluttershy]] turned out to be far stronger than Fluttercruel ever expected and she ends up the one being browbeat into submission instead. Lucky for her Fluttershy is nice enough to share her body with her.
* MultipleChoicePast: WordOfGod left where [[spoiler:[[EnemyWithin Loneliness]]]] came from and what her true motives are intentionally unrevealed so readers could decide those things for themselves.
** Makarov, mostly because he keeps changing his story...
* MultipleHeadcase: In ''Reharmonization'', Discord turned Aloe and Lotus into this.
** Tiamat, the Queen of the Dragons, has five heads. While each has it's own mind, they never fight though.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: The Alternate Universe variety, spontaneously bursting into song is treated as perfectly normal InUniverse to the point Twilight is somewhat confused when Celestia mentions this was the proper response to stress in previous ages, leaving Twilight wondering when it WASN'T normal. [[spoiler:Also, Luna originally was going to do away with this during the CosmicRetcon of the G3 universe, but Pinkie and Minty kicking her flank with a musical number changed her mind and she actually ''thanks'' Pinkie for doing so later.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Rarity's reaction to yelling at Sweetie Belle and nearly hitting Sweetie Belle with a sharp circlet, coming close enough to cut a few hairs in her mane, in a fit of rage.
--> '''Rarity''': Reality came down on top of me like Luna's moon fallen from orbit. What had I done? WHAT HAD I DONE-?!
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel's reaction when her attempt to teach Fluttershy about the crueler side of nature makes her be corrupted instead of helping her.]]
** [[spoiler:The denizens of [[StoryOfTheBlanks Sunny Town]] have this reaction whenever Applejack's LivingLieDetector gaze forces them to remember their misdeed through Princess Gaia's spell.]]
** [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash's reaction to how her dealing with Discord's SadisticChoice turned out.]]
** This is basically the default reaction of the Dark World!Mane Six when they're redeemed, though for multiple reasons; Twilight for her actions as Tragedy, Applejack for believing Discord's lies for a thousand years, Rarity for her greed causing her to neglect Sweetie Belle to the point of [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget forgetting she existed]], Rainbow Dash for realizing [[spoiler:Discord had lied and never ended to destroy Sky Ocean and Cloudsdale should she fail]], and Pinkie Pie for her monstrous actions and possibly condemning some of her adopted foals to Hell with her teachings. [[spoiler:[[PsychopathicManchild Fluttercruel]] even gets one when her possessing Sparkler causes the Discording she was ''born'' with to be undone, allowing her to grow a conscience and realize not only were her actions wrong, but what Fluttershy had ''really'' been trying to tell her all those years.]]
** Dark World!Applejack has this reaction [[spoiler:shortly after Twilight gives her and the rest of the Dark World heroes (minus Apple Pie, who settled for RestrainedRevenge, and Rainbow Dash, who isn't present) for beating up the dying and powerless Discord. It kicks in when Discord [[PetTheDog begs them to spare his nieces, Screwball and Diamond/Mad Tiara]] and she realizes he actually has reason to think they would. The rest have the same reaction eventually, but Applejack seems most effected by it.]]
--> '''Applejack''': [[spoiler:Don't ya be stupid! We'd never be savages like-- (looks down and sees Discord's blood on her hooves)]]
** Starlight has this reaction [[spoiler:when she discovers that the "All Wishes Come True" spell would have ''broken reality''.]]
* MysteriousWatcher: [[spoiler:While the mane cast have met them repeatedly, the Interviewer(s) seem to be everywhere something is happening, just observing and documenting. The latest chapter reveals they somehow got their hooves on Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog (which by all accounts shouldn't even ''exist'' anymore), which they give to Twilight Sparkle in TheStinger of that chapter.]]
* MythArc: There's two.
** [[spoiler:Discord's third coming]] was slowly built up through the actions of Diamond Tiara's.
** Dark World was built up through {{Vision Quest}}s before the story finally returns to it.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[spoiler:Seems to be a natural part of being a Draconequi, who represent Nature's Fury. So far we've heard of Discord, Destruction/Disaster, Dispute/Strife, Pandora/Pandemonium, Havoc, and Entropy. Entropy is also commonly revered to as "Mother The-End-Of-All-Things" by her children. Pandemonium's birth name, Desire, is an OddNameOut in a way.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel honestly wanted to teach Fluttershy something important for her own good, to let her learn the cruel part of nature, it ends up corrupting her ''for real'' as opposed to being just brainwashed by Discord. Fluttercruel gets absolutely horrified realizing this.]]
*** [[spoiler:She also gets Fluttershy, and herself, drunk, which WordOfGod admits may have had something to do with their behavior following and made Fluttershy more vulnerable to the darkness than she otherwise would be.]]
** [[spoiler:While it's LooseCanon, it's implied that the Mane Cast are, unknowingly, being manpulated into commanding Princess Gaia's army via a boardgame they're playing with Gaia herself. If this is believed, Rainbow Dash unwittingly guides Gaia's army into "Gaiafying" Gilda.]]
*** [[spoiler:If this is true, [[FridgeHorror it is quite possible that Trixie and Twilight Sparkle are unwittingly providing a front]] for Princess Gaia to brainwash ''their own mothers'' into being her knights.]]
** In the aftermath of a battle, your friend-suddenly-turned-enemy lays indefinitely helpless before your group. To help console each other on this tragedy and related circumstances, one mentions that it is not too late to restore or redeem this friend. If you think that taking matters into your own hooves and [[spoiler: executing your petrified former friend, Discord, by pulverization]] is not a logical next step, you are smarter than [[spoiler: Galaxia, whose deed costs her life, sets the stage for a 1000 years of tyranny, and worst of all, could have been easily avoided]].
** During the battle between the [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Elements of Harmony and Discord's remaining minions, Spike has to choose between helping Rarity and Twilight, both of whom got separated from the main group while fighting Fluttercruel and Angry Pie (respectfully). [[spoiler: He figures Rarity will need more help and goes after her; in fact, not only has Rarity by this point killed Fluttercruel, but Twilight ends up overpowered by Angry Pie, who rips out her Element and leaves her for dead.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** [[spoiler:Discord's corruption actually ''helps'' the Mane Cast overcome pre-existing problems with their psyches and improve for the better. It also helps Trixie discover she's the ''second'' Element Of Magic and join the group as a SixthRanger.]]
** [[spoiler:Not to mention the fact he ''made'' the other SixthRanger, Fluttercruel, in the first place!]]
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Princess Luna is a lighthearted version. For some reason, she wrote a play where she makes a DealWithTheDevil with three Earth Ponies, only one of which made the wise choice and was spared while she claimed the souls of the other two. Interestingly enough, [[IKnewIt this was actually correct about the canon version as well.]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Dark World!Discord had an army of these as {{Mook}}s, including ninja-pirate-mutant-killer bees, a giant-cyborg-spider-vampire, and 300 of Goblin [[SamuraiCowboy Cowboy Samurai]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Valeyard gives a brief one to Dark World!Derpy in 'The Ultimate Foe' [[spoiler:while having all the heroines disabled and (if nothing is done) slowly dying. It backfires when his focus on Derpy distracts him from the others, allowing them to counter his attack. This, along with everything ''else'' he did to her, drives her over the RageBreakingPoint and into TranquilFury, at which point she beats him to death (since his regeneration template had been destroyed, this means the Valeyard incarnation is KilledOffForReal).]]
** 'Angry-Cruel Love' has [[spoiler:Angry Pie dish one out to Twilight, ending it by ripping her Element of Magic out.]]
** 'The Real Hoof Blues' has [[spoiler:Proto-Nightmare Twilight deliver one to Angry Pie in revenge. It's so brutal the heroes have to step in to hold her back and when she's brought back to her senses, Twilight wonders how many times over she'd have killed Angry Pie if she weren't immortal.]]
* NoImmortalInertia: [[spoiler:When Liarjack breaks the curse on Epilogue!Applebloom, she instantly starts aging until she turns to dust. Of course, this was what Applebloom was wanting to happen, so she can finally die and be reunited with her family in the afterlife.]]
* NoKillLikeOverkill: How Discord killed Mimic for [[DisproportionateRetribution knocking out his tooth.]]
** This is more or less General Admiral Makarov's response to anything.
* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler:Loneliness' never actually names herself, that's just what Twilight calls her and she doesn't seems too fond of it. What her real name, if she actually has one, is left open.]]
** [[spoiler: The Father of the Alicorns is never named. According to WordOfGod, His name ''can't'' be pronounced by mortals.]]
** [[spoiler:General Admiral Makarov's [[HumanoidAbomination true form]] is never actually named outside of the Rebels nickname for it (the Shadow of Chernobull). This is because Pandora never got the chance to name him before he went berserk and even when she shows up, she simply calls him 'son,' 'junior,' or 'Nameless.']]
* NoodleIncident:
** Applejack mentions a rather crazy adventure Applebloom had when they visit Canterlot that somehow got the little filly temporarily turned into a Sea Pony.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders somehow managing to summon a ''fire elemental''. Topped by them apparently having a spectacular time travel adventure that we only get tibits of.
** The last time Twilight got drunk. Apparently, Ponyville had to be reassured ''Discord'' hadn't come back afterwards.
** [[spoiler:Luna's conflict with a revived Tirek for dominion over the night over 1000 years ago. All that's been revealed is the Rainbow Of Darkness brought him BackFromTheDead, he fought Luna, and was defeated, after which Luna claimed his chariot as her own.]]
** Celestia has mentioned in two different stories of cases were an assassin trying to kill her actually ''knocked on her bedroom door'' out of politeness.
** Apparently, around the time [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Discord took over, every sentient cow somehow managed to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. Other than [[spoiler:one being seen hanging out with Ponythulhu]], that's ''all'' we find out about this.
** The Dark World!Mane Cast tend to mention random crazy events at various points that have happened, such as a time when Discord flipped everypony's gender for awhile or that Rarigreed once had a Pony-Eating Rock for a pet until Angry Pie thought it laughed at her.
** Shining Armor tends to mention events like this (given his DeadpanSnarker personality), such as a time he ended up accidentally getting having a misunderstanding with a Neighponese Samurai at a party leading to a drunk Neighponese Prince trying to start a fight with him.
** Corporal Ellis Bitter Apple tends to tell stories to this effect, since we ultimately only get snippets.
** In each of the Gaiden chapters, the pony narrating mentions an incident where Patch [[MushroomSamba ate poisonous mushrooms,]] which was why they all had trouble believing her about [[spoiler: Paradise Estate.]]
* NoPlaceForMeThere: [[spoiler:This seems to be the ultimate outcome of a Nightmare actually achieving their goal; a world were they themselves have no place, often due to the very crimes they caused to make it that way. Nightmare Mirror's world has no deceit, meaning she can't hide from the horrible crimes she committed did to achieve it and turns herself in to the Princesses. Nightmare Granfalloon (one of them, anyway) recreates a stable version of G3 by brainwashing everyone and rewriting reality, leaving only herself unchanged, at which point she turns the spell on herself and remakes herself into a copy of G3 Pinkie just like she did everyone else because there was no place for someone like her in it, and her friends wouldn't be happy without G3 Pinkie there with them.]]
* NotAHyperbole: Shining sometimes has moments like this due to being a WeirdnessMagnet, but one in particular is describing the Mammoth Tanks the Hooviets use.
--> '''Shining Armor''': Ok, so we weren't dead, but we're going to have to fight against two tanks' who's schematics actually say 'designed to kill everything.' That was not sarcasm, they literally say that. Except in Roedinian.
* NotBrainwashed: Twilight initially assumes that [[spoiler: the New Fluttershy is just a discorded Fluttershy]], this backfires when [[spoiler: she uses the memory spell to no effect, instead receiving a headbutt to the face from an irate Fluttershy]]. Notably, it has failed both times that it has been used on [[spoiler: her]].
** [[spoiler:The Valeyard in Dark World is revealed to not be the Discorded Doctor, but instead a pure evil regeneration of him when Twilight tries the Memory Spell on him, only for him to NoSell it and nearly cause a copy of his personality to replicate over hers.]]
* NothingIsScarier: [[spoiler:Loneliness is pretty much the queen of this trope. We don't know ''what'' she really is, what her true motivations are, or even how she came to be in the first place. Her true form, if she even ''has'' one is never revealed. And she's ''much'' scarier because of it.]]
** [[spoiler:One of her forms is suspiciously similar to a Draconequus like Discord. Then again that could be her taking inspiration from Twilight's imagination.]]
** Shining Armor's Arc use multiple versions of this trope for PsychologicalHorror. Throughout the first part, strange things keep happening to Shining Armor but there's nothing logically there to cause trouble...then we find out he's being stalked by a [[ImplacableMan nigh-unstoppable]] spectral wolf seeking to RetGone him and realize all those incidents were it. After Shining learns of it, his growing paranoia over it turns the arc into a type two, as it's never clear rather the wolf really ''is'' there or not. There's also the fact that at this point just what it really is and where it came from is unknown inuniverse and out.
*** There's also a bit of this from the fact that [[spoiler:Makarov's true form]] has never been shown in details except for glimpses.
** Bright Eyes' Gaiden chapter has a Type 3. Throughout the Nightmare part, [[spoiler:Bright Eyes keeps getting the feeling of a malevolent presence there with her whenever she's emotionally vulnerable from guilt or fear. At the end, it turns out this ''wasn't'' just her fear of facing her past, but D___t's Shadow of Existence stalking her, waiting for a chance to steal her soul and infant Concept to reconstitute himself.]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: A major theme is that the Princesses are ''not'' infallible.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Trixie and Twilight turn out to have a ''lot'' more in common than either was aware of. Not only are they both Elements Of Magic, they were both pretty antisocial growing up, though for different reasons, and had to figure out what friendship really means. On a humorous note, Trixie reveals that she once cast the same "Want it Need It" spell that Twilight used in "Lesson Zero" ''on herself'', with simular results, though she managed to hide out till she could figure out the counterspell and fix it herself.]]
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash and Trixie have similiar defenses set-up, and Trixie accepting this and offering understanding when Dash confesses what really happened with Discord to her is used as a measure of how much she's grown.]]
** In a rather bizare version, Applejack ends up having this with [[spoiler:''herself''. To prevent herself from going Nightmare in the event this universe breaks off from the main one, she ends up meeting her Orangejack self and at first, they don't get along ''at all'', but gradually discover how much they have in common, such as being hardworkers and how much they care about their family and loved ones. Then again, this was actually the point.]]
** Dark World!Spike figures out this is what Discord was trying to do by [[spoiler:removing the spell keeping his instincts under control]], Discord was trying to prove they were the same, that they couldn't beat their base nature and be different from it. Spike proves him wrong. [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech In an epic fashion]]
** Dark World!Fluttercruel tries this on Rarity twice, first about her willingness to kill then with their [[spoiler:respective mooks]]. [[WarriorTherapist Rarity]] [[ShutUpHannibal will have none of it.]]
** Likewise, a recurring theme is comparing Discord to [[spoiler:[[TheVoice the Nameless Passenger]]]]. Discord himself points out both of them have a long, well thought out plan that they have a VillainousBreakdown if it's foiled and both have a habit of trying to make someone else feel worse to make themselves feel better. Add to this the fact [[spoiler: the Passenger]] is also a ManipulativeBitch with a knack for {{The Reason You Suck Speech}}es and is willing to do whatever she has to to get her way, and it becomes all too clear [[spoiler: the Passenger]] is little different from Discord despite her hatred of him. This makes sense considering the strong implication [[spoiler: the Passenger]] is someone who became [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters.]]
*** [[spoiler:It turns out the Passenger is actually Nightmare Paradox/Eclipse, and has become ''worse'' than Discord. And she ''realizes'' this when her parents restrain her to let the Bearers defeat her, the same way that Shady and Fluttershy did to Discord and Fluttercruel. [[VillainousBSOD She doesn't take this well.]]]]
* NumberOneDime: A particularly chilling subversion in the BadFuture; Twilight Tragedy notes having a strange obsession with a pair of potted plants, always feeling that it's of utmost importance to keep them watered and in the sun at all times. Why is this? [[spoiler: Because they used to be her ''parents'']].
* OfferedTheCrown: Happened to Celestia and Luna after defeating Discord the first time.
* OffingTheOffspring: Discord almost made [[spoiler:Silver Spoon's]] father do this.
** [[spoiler:Screwball tried to kill Diamond Tiara when she first went insane. She doesn't remember doing this until Discord restores her sanity.]]
** [[spoiler:Derpy's biological mother tried to drown her for her eyes and SpeechImpediment.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: A repeatedly mentioned even was [[spoiler:Luna fighting a resurrected Tirek for dominion over the night. She won and took his chariot as a prize, which was the one she used on Nightmare Night.]]
** [[CurbstompBattle Queen Tiamat vs the Hooviet Army]]. The Hooviets never stood a chance.
** Minty Pie's HeroOfAnotherStory adventure in the Dark World.
** It's mentioned at the end of Clover's Gaiden story that Luna and Celestia had to defeat one of the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that [[SealedEvilInACan escaped Tartarus]] in an unseen adventure. It's later shown in a LooseCanon story, which featured another one of these with the Guard defeating the cult that released it offscreen. Celestia also states events like this happen from time to time (as Shining Armor's story reveals, there's an actual protocol for calling in the Princesses), and the Mane Six are only actually summoned if the Elements of Harmony are required to defeat a threat.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Pinkie Pie, of course. [[spoiler:After her SplitPersonalityMerge, she learns to ''weaponize'' this.]]
* OhCrap:
** [[spoiler:Both Nightmare Whisper and the undead foal in her crystal heart have this reaction when Fluttercruel's Element of Kindness awakens.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel has this reaction when she accidentally reveals herself to Celestia, on account of being the "daughter" of Celestia's archenemy. Celestia nearly [[FacePalm face hoofs]] in response, as she's really sick and tired of everypony being afraid of her when they first meet. Though her inner thoughts reveal she ''would'' have reacted on instinct had she not sensed Fluttercruel's Element Of Kindness.]]
** [[spoiler:Discord, in the past before he became an EvilOverlord, gets this when Luna drags him off to face his parents. Considering his father is the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodiment of mass destruction]] and one of his ''teeth'' is twice Discord's size, this is a pretty reasonable response.]]
** In Bright Eyes' Gaiden story, Twilight and company have this reaction to realizing [[spoiler:Zecora overheard all the stories. Thankfully, the Zebra has a belief in {{Reincarnation}} so she accepts the revelations rather easily.]]
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox has 'the Hydra wasn't the doozy' flashbacks upon realizing that the apparent 'last chance all or nothing assault' the Bearers did to her and her Nightmares was the ''set up'' to their ''real'' final attack...and she just allowed [[BackupFromOtherworld Discord to distract her long enough for Twilight to charge it.]]]]
** [[spoiler:The Interviewers have one when it turns out, for the same reason he's immune to Makarov's CharmPerson ponies, their normal 'ponies don't realize their presence is strange' status doesn't work on Shining.]]
* OhMyGods: Celestia and Luna's names are used like this. Except by ''them'', who being the {{Physical God}}esses everypony else does this too, say "our mother and father" or "our parents" instead.
** [[spoiler:Draconequi tend to use their mother, Entropy, in the same fashion. They also sometimes refer to her as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mother The-End-Of-All-Things]]"]]
* OhNoNotAgain: In [[BadFuture Dark World]], Apple Computer is informed his children had to save somepony from pony-eating rocks. His reaction is simply to state in frustration that "Ah thought we got rid of those things."
** In the Shining Armor Arc, Minuette has this reaction to [[AnimalsHateHim Private Running Gag]] getting attacked by a cat, which is apparently a common occurrence.
** When the Misfit Units and the Doctor end up being threatened by a group of Hooviets, this is Shining's reaction:
--> '''Shining Armor''': Ugh, great. We're under attack...[[WeirdnessMagnet AGAIN!]] *[[HeadDesk Head Tree]]*
** Also happens when the third of Makarov's CoDragons cuts his riot shield in half, the first time happening with a chainsaw wield cyborg Diamond Dog.
** [[RuleOfThree Happens again]] after [[spoiler:Makarov is erased from existence]] and he finds he ''still'' [[WeirdnessMagnet ended up having to deal with an]] EldritchAbomination, complaining that he thought [[spoiler:dealing with the Shadow of Chernobull]] would be the end of that.
* OnceIsNotEnough: Twilight assumed that [[spoiler:Loneliness]] had been destroyed when she [[spoiler:used the Memory Spell on Trixie]]. She was wrong [[spoiler:and ends up being impaled for it. It takes Trixie blowing Loneliness up ''twice'' in a row to permanently destroy her.]]
** Defied by [[spoiler:Bright Eyes]] who's DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough from watching horror films to be aware of this trope and [[spoiler:impales Cruel Eyes/D___t's Shadow twice (the second time through the heart), then vertically bisects his head with enough force to leave her sword embedded in his chest, just to be sure.]]
* OneWingedAngel:
** ''Pinkie Pie'' does a heroic version during the BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind with Angry Pie [[spoiler:by merging with Pinkamena to become her G1 counterpart, Surprise. It's a ''lot'' more {{Badass}} than it sounds.]]
** [[spoiler:Loneliness does this after Trixie's memories are restored, turning into a monstrous MixAndMatchCritter (heavily similar to a draconequus). She takes on one final form after this, the Great and Powerful Trixie.]]
** [[spoiler:Another heroic example-when Discord's mind games finally break her, Luna turns back into Nightmare Moon...and the process causes her to remember how kindly her sister treated her QuirkyMinibossSquad, which allows Luna's personality to remain intact and in full control of her abilities as the Mare In The Moon.]]
** [[spoiler:''[[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]]'' of all ponies does the evil version in the second half of Fluttercruel's staring chapter, turning into an alicorn named Princess Gaia.]]
** [[spoiler:Cheerilee gets her own transformation as Princess Gaia's Knight.]]
** [[spoiler:It's implied that this happens to ''any'' pony that accepts a Princess' power (ie. Gaia's knights, Luna's guards, etc.).]]
** [[spoiler:And now, Gaia's been forced into it, after Applejack forced her to confront that she's lying to herself. Everyone, meet [[TheHeartless Nightmare]] [[EldritchAbomination Whisper]].]]
** [[spoiler:''Princess Celestia'' is revealed to be able to do this ([[AllJustADream maybe]]), creating a giant fire monster modeled off Orion.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Applejack is revealed to be this, as her real name is Abigail Jacqueline, but [[FullNameBasis only Luna actually calls her that]].
** [[spoiler:General Admiral Makarov's true form is only known as the Shadow of Chernobull, a nickname the rebels seem to have given him. He actually doesn't ''have'' a name of his own because he went berserk before Pandora could give him one.]]
* OnlySaneMan:
** [[spoiler:Zecora]] was able to shake off Discord's influence by herself, and [[spoiler:Scootaloo]] managed to avoid being Discorded entirely.
** [[spoiler:Applejack's LivingLieDetector powers protect her from Princess Gaia's LotusEaterMachine, but she then awakes to find everypony else trapped in her illusion. The simularity to Twilight's situation when they were all Discorded doesn't escape her either.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: For the readers, something seems wrong with Twilight when she starts acting like a {{Jerkass}} at a party at Canterlot Castle during what would seem at first glance to be her time before going to Ponyville. However, this is intentional, as a tip off about the nature of the current reality, since a few seconds later, [[spoiler: she somehow finds herself talking to Smartie Pants.]]
* OpponentSwitch: [[spoiler:The Dark World!Mane Cast do this for their second fight with Paradox's PsychoRangers with Derpy and [[EleventhHourRanger the newly arrived]] and recharged Princesses fighting Nightmare Manacle, Applejack fighting Nightmare Whisper, Twilight taking on Nightmare Granfalloon, Apple Pie and Spike holding off Nightmare Mirror, Rarity battling Nightmare Banneret, and [[SuperMode Ender Dash]] keeping [[BigBad Nightmare Paradox]] busy. While it doesn't make it a CurbstompBattle, it evens the odds due to the new match ups countering the Nightmares' powers more effectively and ultimately forces Paradox to recall her Nightmares back into herself as opposed to the CurbstompBattle the Nightmares dished out before.]]
* OppositeDay: [[BadFuture Epilogue!]]Discord asks Twilight Tragedy if it's this when [[spoiler:[[PetTheDog he shows a fleeting moment of empathy for someone else]]]]. She replies that no, it's not, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny that's next week.]]
* OriginsEpisode: The Origins Arc serves as this for Discord, Celestia, and Luna as well as [[spoiler:the Windigos.]]
** 'A Fading Future' explains the origins of [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox.]]
** 16.5 of the Shining Armor Arc is one for [[BigBad General Admiral Makarov]]. [[spoiler:Or rather the backstory the Shadow of Chernobull made for him.]]
* OrganicTechnology: The Deer Rebels use magically grown fungus as the power supply for their vehicles.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Most are of the UnfinishedBusiness variety, as was the case with Squire from Patch's Gaiden story. [[spoiler:Rarity's golems are also of this variety, as her Element of Desire allows them to use her as a medium to complete it, at least in its purified form.]] However, some, namely the mane six's loved ones in Dark World, have already gone to Heaven and [[BackupFromOtherWorld returned to guide their loved ones back]] [[HeelFaceTurn to the light]]. [[spoiler:Considering Apple Bloom had the help of [[TopGod the Father of All Alicorns]], it's possible he enabled it.]]
* OurHeroIsDead: [[spoiler:The G3 timeline ends with Strife killing most of the heroes (Minty and Princess Rarity being the only ones she doesn't kill directly). Though all of them are given {{Reincarnation}}s in the new timeline in some form, as they weren't on the 'delete' list (Strife only did it to give them the chance to make a LastStand instead of fading away with no chance to even try and save their world).]]
** [[spoiler:'Angry Cruel Love' ends with [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Twilight having her Element ripped out by Angry Pie, being left to die of RapidAging and seemingly dying at Trixie's grave.]]
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: They're composed of two parts, a Light of Existence (the heart) and a Shadow of Existence (the appearance), both containing parts of the pony's personality. If erased from existence, the Shadow ends up in Entropy's Realm (what happens to the Light hasn't yet been stated). What's more, its stated that there's no 'Law of Conservation of Mass' when it comes to souls, meaning [[spoiler: the same person can have ''multiple'' {{reincarnation}}s (Dark World!Twilight being the reincarnation of G3 Minty's Light and Minty Pie being the reincarnation of her shadow, for example), but the soul will still exist independently of the reincarnation.]]
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Applejack's view of the BadFuture implies that version of Twilight manages to do this to ''Discord'', simply by writing a letter to herself when she's briefly unbrainwashed, allowing her to regain her memories behind Discord's back and begin plotting his defeat.]]
* OutsideContextVillain: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia. The group just went looking for Fluttershy and had no idea there was a new BigBad on the loose. When they ''do'' find out, they have no idea what she's capable of, as her powers seem to exceed even the Princesses, or what her real plan is.]]
* PapaWolf: Despite his BlueAndOrangeMorality, Havoc ''does'' genuinely love his family. Attack them unprovoked and you'd better hope the Alicorn Elders will protect you, because they're the only ones who can.
** Teddy in Sweetheart's Gaiden story. Some corporate thugs are sent after Sweetheart to try and scare Starlight and compaining into stopping their project. Teddy may have ended up in the hospital, but so did the thugs. A [[MixAndMatchCritter pack of Simurghs]] attacks the family after the apocalypse. Teddy ''breaks one's neck'' while fighting to protect his family.
** Shining Armor has this mentality towards both those under his command and innocent civilians. Harming any of those is going to clop him off.
* PaperThinDisguise: Pretty much any time Cadence disguises herself in the Shining Armor arc [[spoiler:except the time she sneaks along on the mission in Nambutu]].
** In Shining Armor 14, The SAS pose as "private security" for Equestrian archaeologists since Guards have legal restrictions on operating outside Equestria. Minuette and Twinkle Shine aren't fooled at all.
* ParentalAbandonment:
** [[spoiler:Poor Scootaloo...]]
** While they haven't outright abandoned her, the post "Sisterhooves Social" rewrite reveals their parents have a habit of dumping Sweetie Belle on Rarity ''all the time''. According to Rarity, they do this so often that Rarity has Sweetie Belle in her care more often than their parents do. No wonder Sweetie Belle loves Rarity so much...
* PersonaNonGrata: After his attack on Shining Armor, Makarov is threatened with this (in multiple countries) in order to keep him from trying anything again... for now.
* PhysicalGoddess: The Princesses, as to be expected. [[spoiler:All ''three'' of them. In fact, Princess Gaia may be even more powerful than the other two ''combined''. We find out later there used to be 13 of them. The Draconequi also qualify]]
* PlotTwist: [[spoiler: Who actually realized Onyx Tiara was partially discorded at the start of Mind Games part 2?]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted. The Guard is actually quite competent at dealing with most threats that don't require the Elements of Harmony to defeat, and even assist the Princesses in defeating a {{Eldritch Abomination}}s on occasion according to LooseCanon. This is best shown in the Shining Armor Arc, which focuses heavily on them.
* [[HumansAreFlawed Ponies Are Flawed]]: A reccuring theme in the story is everypony, even Celestia and Luna who are ''literally'' considered goddesses (even by themselves), aren't perfect. The only ponies who ever were are Celestia and Luna's parents.
** [[spoiler:Princess Celestia tells Pinkie and Applejack that this is one of the things that they, and everypony else, have a hard time accepting. She explains that, instead of accepting this, ponies try to rationalize or justify their bad decisions -- which is one of the most dangerous thing that they can do. This is a lesson Pinkie must learn to help prevent her SanitySlippage when the POV timeline breaks off from the canon timeline.]]
* [[HumanMomNonhumanDad Pony Mom, Non-Pony Dad]]: Fluttercruel. Fluttershy is considered her mother and Discord her father.
** [[spoiler:Far Sigh, one of Nightmare Moon's lieutenants/friends and implied ancestor to Fluttershy revealed in the "Canterlot Chaos" side story, was born of a pegasus mother and a dragon father. Other ponies reacted negatively to the union.]]
* [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Ponyville Is The Center Of The Universe]]: The LooseCanon Coffee Swirl series arguably deconstructs this; thanks to the constant crossfire his town is caught in with the Elements of Harmony living there, the titular pony has developed a lot of mental issues and is convinced that his life is completely outside of his control.
** In the main series its deconstructed as well, as the state of disrepair Ponyville was in in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" are revealed to be because Ponyville blew through its repair budge due to all the disasters.
** Averted in Shining Armor's Arc, where it's just [[WeirdnessMagnet Shining Armor]] that seems to be running into all variety of bizarre events and situations no matter where in the world he is at the time.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:With the exception of Pinkie Pie, Star Catcher, and Sky Wishes, the hero cast of the G3 stories are dead long before the story starts and its told via flashbacks by Pinkie Pie. Though some of them ''do'' have {{Reincarnation}}s in the main timeline.]]
** Starlight in the Nightmare portions of ''7 Dreams[=/=]Nightmares'' Side Stories, as she's killed in the explosion that caused the collapse of the G2 society. ''[[UpToEleven Including her own.]]''
* PostScriptSeason: The Discorded Pony POV series starts out as an anthology of the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ponies POV after being Discorded]], then the Reharmonized develops another [[RecursiveFanfiction anthology from the canon]] of the Discorded material. [[spoiler: Once Trixie is fixed up, a narrative starts to form setting up that Discord is coming back for round two, and it breaks completely into serial form when Princess Gaia shows up.]] This is interesting because the writer originally wanted to stop with Epilogue, but decided to do the Reharmonizing Series... Which in turn was decided to end with Rainbow Dash's reharmonizing, but ideas just kept coming until the writer has had to literally force themselves to settle for an exact ending.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:Fluttershy's ideal paradise where everyone is happy and carefree is powered by '''Fluttershy herself turning into Nightmare Whisper and absorbing every bit of pain, every bit of anger, or sadness, of any negative emotion into her own self'''. That's right, all the suffering of the entirety of Equestria, stacked on one single pony. She explicitely refers to herself as "Forsaken Foal of Omelas", in reference to Ursula Le Guin's iconic short story.]]
** Many of Makarov's weapons are powered by unicorn horns. The allies also fear he's also using his prisoners to power his Skyfall weapon [[spoiler:though that turns out to not be the case.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship:
** A given, considering what fandom this is for. Its even stated that Trixie had just as much potential as [[spoiler:Twilight does and is even a second Element Of Magic]], but because Friendship Is Magic, she was holding herself back by refusing to make friends. She gets better in the end though.
** [[spoiler:During the FinalBattle with Nightmare Whisper, the group's friendship and desire to save their friends acts as a medium for the Elements Of Harmony, allowing them to use them ''without'' the physical Elements.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler: Makarov ''wanted'' to hear "I surrender, Solomon" from Shining. He ''got'' "[[DefiantToTheEnd Go fuck yourself]]". Notable for being the actual f-word, not buck, because it's aimed at a male half-deer.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner:
** [[spoiler: Dark World!Derpy gives one before finishing off her NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of the Valeyard by imploding his rib-cage.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Derpy''']]: [[ShutUpHannibal Sorry,]] [[spoiler:I'm the Doctor's friend. [[IronicEcho You're the Valeyard, the Doctor is out,]] but he'll be back in soon.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Rarity]] has a nice one right before she [[spoiler:tears out Fluttercruel's Element of Chaos and kills her.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Dark World!Rarity''']]: [[spoiler:[[{{Catchphrase}} MINE!]]]]
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Purgatory (the one who became [[BiggerBad Nightmare Paradox]]) gives one to Discord in [[GroundhogDayLoop the first cycle]] just before impaling him and burning him to death with {{Hellfire}}.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Purgatory''']]: Now, look forward to Hell.
** [[spoiler:Bright Eyes]] gets one that counts as a ShutUpHannibal when she [[spoiler:interrupts Cruel Eye/D___t's WeWillMeetAgain FinalSpeech by stabbing him through the heart, just before bisecting his head to finish him.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Bright Eyes''']]: Sorry, but that's not happening.
* {{Prequel}}: Origins is this, serving as an OriginsEpisode for Celestia, Luna, and Discord.
** Generational Transitions as well, which chronicles [[spoiler:the end of the G3 universe.]]
** 7 Dreams/Nightmares Gaiden is another, detailing [[spoiler:the end of the Second Age of Pony civilization.]]
** The Shining Armor Arc is this, detailing events starting as early as the first episode of the TV series. [[spoiler:Subverted in that it turns out due to Shining being ImmuneToFate, SanDimasTime is in effect and it's be happening ''alongside'' the rest of the series rather than before it.]]
* PsychicStatic: The Rebels that Shining encounters mentally recite everything as if they were Hooviets as a precaution in case Makarov manages to get in their heads. [[spoiler:This is why all segments from their perspective appeared to be Hooviets.]]
* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychotic Fillymare]]: [[spoiler:"Psycho" is a stretch, but it's quite clear that Princess Gaia is rather childlike, even throwing a tantrum when she doesn't get her way.]]
** Dark World Fluttercruel is much more clear cut on the "psycho" part -- when she throws a temper tantrum, ponies die badly.
** General-Admiral Makarov is a Type C. He's extremely powerful both literally and figuratively, but also extremely childish and spiteful, throwing a temper tantrum any time he doesn't get his way. This in some ways makes him ''more'' dangerous because he's willing to kill someone just for getting his ''name wrong''.
* PsychoRangers: [[spoiler:Nightmare Paradox has fused with five other Nightmares from previous cycles, the six of them forming one of these to the heroes. However, only two of them are the actual SuperpoweredEvilSide of their counterpart, due to the Elements having changed hooves (Nightmare Mirror to [[WarriorTherapist Rarity]], [[MonsterClown Nightmare Granfalloon]] to [[CheerfulChild Apple Pie]], [[LotusEaterMachine Nightmare Whisper]] to [[MasterOfIllusion Applejack]], [[KnightTemplar Nightmare Banneret]] to [[UndyingLoyalty Spike]], [[ControlFreak Nightmare Manacle]] to [[MamaBear Derpy]], and of course, [[BigBad Nightmare Paradox]] herself to [[TheHero Twilight]]).]]
* PunchClockVillain: [[spoiler:Well, Punch Clock HeroAntagonist, but Anarchy still qualifies. He's just doing his job and ''really'' wants to get it overwith. He even says that he'd be the first one to suggest a better solution, simply because a full CosmicRetcon is ''way'' too much work.]]
** Rancor in Dark World. She's ''literally'' only in conflict with the antagonists because Her Parents ordered her to help her big brother Discord out and when its not her turn to fight the heroes, she has absolutely no animosity towards them (ironic considering she's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of animosity) and is downright [[FriendlyEnemy friendly]], even asking Rarity for her autograph [[spoiler:because she was Melody in a past life]]. She ''is'' a BloodKnight and ''enjoys'' fighting, but its NothingPersonal, just her job. [[spoiler:When she completes her ''actual'' mission, namely stealing Destruction's power back from Discord, she bids them farewell and heads back to Oblivion to a party in her honor and admits in comments that she has no interest in coming back.]]
** There's also Dark World!Discord's [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Magnificent 300 Goblin Cowboy Samurai.]] They outright say its NothingPersonal, they're just contracted to Discord and thus have to follow his orders out of honor. The moment said contract expires, they leave peacefully since...well, they don't like Discord any better than the heroes do but it'd be dishonorable to help fight him.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Trixie, at the transition between the Princess Gaia and Butterflies arcs, bids farewell to the heroes and heads back to her hometown, removing herself from the plot for the forseeable future]].
** Dark World!Rainbow Dash is left at Sweet Rock Acres after her HeelFaceTurn because, due to her HeelRealization, she's [[DrivenToSuicide presently suicidal]] and needs time to get her mind in order. [[TheBusCameBack She returns later on]] just in time to [[spoiler:help the group take down Odyne!Cruelty. She and the Princesses are PutOnTheBus after the latter are freed because the Princesses are presently powerless fillies, and Twilight doesn't want to put all their eggs in one basket on the off chance Discord had one last trump card up his sleeve.]]
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The discorded Mane Six in [[BadFuture Dark World]].
** Turns out, Discord also had a group of [[PsychoForHire psychos for hire]] on stand-by called the League of Auxiliary Minions. However, we never see them outside of a flashback, since by present they've died from asphyxiation due to Discord [[ForgotToFeedTheMonster forgetting to pump air into their room]]. [[spoiler: Though then the flashback reveals that Angry Pie killed them for trying to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] one of [[MamaBear her adopted foals]].]]
* RaceAgainstTheClock: A large portion of Shining Armor 17 deals with trying to stop Makarov before [[spoiler:he regains his full strength after Shining Armor weakened him and restarts his endgame.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: How Shining Armor describes himself and the other founding members of Cadence's branch of the Royal Guard, as they were all gathered from separate parts of the preexisting Guard. The group call sign is made Misfit ''because'' of this.
** The Anti-Hooviet Rebels he meets also qualify. Of the main ones, there's two Roes (the Noble Class), a Moose, and a Musk Deer. Shining even points out how odd it is to see them together.
* RantInducingSlight: Rarity during her Reharmonizing after her phobia of gems drives her over the edge, causing her to yell at Sweetie Belle and nearly seriously hurt her with a bit of diamond. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Rarity is suitably horrified when she comes to her senses.]]
* ReadTheFinePrint: Subverted in probably the funniest way possible. Luna made it ''extremely'' clear in the the contract what happens if you join her side of the army:
--> '''Luna''': And every pony that swears themselves to my half of the army KNOWS the conditions for joining. You infuse your troops with a micro-fraction of your essence, I infuse mine the same way. It's written in BIG BOLD LETTERS in 40 size font across two pages with before and after pictures that they'll turn black, become nocturnal, grow dislike to sunlight and exchange feather wings for batwings when they become Night Troopers.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:After managing to save Minty from being deleted during the end of the G3 timeline, Pinkie celebrates...only for Minty to collapse and die from blood loss.]]
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia. She was able to transform the [[EldritchLocation Everfree Forest]] into a SugarBowl with ease.]]
** [[spoiler:The Shadow of Chernobull ([[ParodySue General-Admiral Makarov's]] true form) is described as this. When Pandora first created it, [[BlackHoleSue it began warping the Realm of Legends to make all their stories focus on it]], forcing Pandora to [[SealedEvilInACan seal it in her Box]]. After escaping into the real world and becoming Makarov, he retains this, having altered history so the Hooviet Empire never imploded and doing such things as enabling his {{BFG}} to blow up ''clouds'', creating the Hooviets impossibly high tech weapons (such as his cyborgs), and [[ActuallyADoombot replacing himself with a robotic duplicate]] as he's being shot in the head.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: "A Day at the Circus" was inspired by and based on a circus Godzillawolf himself had attended a few days prior.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The [[BadFuture Dark World]] Mane Six are over a thousand years old due to being made [[CompleteImmortality immortal]] by Discord with the Elements Of Chaos. Derpy is also this, as Discord's spell on her made her immortal and when her Element of Loyalty awakened, it stabilized her in her age before she was cursed (she was cycling through ages from a filly to an old mare as she circled the castle), though she ''may'' no longer be immortal, it's not exactly clear. Dinky also counts, as when the curse on her was broken, she's the same age she was one thousand years ago. Only now, [[OlderThanTheyLook her personality seems to have grown while her body didn't.]]
** Patch and Brightglow were at least several hundred years old when they died, their lives extended by the Rainbow Fragments. While they did age, they didn't age ''as much'' as they should have, and thus still looked much younger than they really were.
** Celestia and Luna's physical forms are both ''at least'' three to four thousand years old (as is Discord's). However, being Alicorns, their true age before being born in the mortal world is far greater, with Celestia able to remember ''[[TimeAbyss the Big Bang]]'' with some degree of clarity.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Celestia, as in canon.
** The Alicorn [[TopGod Elders]] both qualify, as they genuinely love their children and are even willing to accept [[spoiler:Celestia]] back after she [[spoiler:defied her family and ended up unleashing the Windigos on the world]]. The Father of All Alicorns has also shown he has no qualms answering questions posed to him by mortals when he talks with them and gladly answers them logically without resorting to InMysteriousWays. It's also stated he's all merciful and considers no one unforgivable.
** Havoc, one of the Elders and the father of the Draconequi, also qualifies. Unlike his wife (who's response to almost any perceived slight is to erase the 'offender' from existence), he's actually willing to put up with being spoken back too and actually genuinely cares about his children (according to WordOfGod, he's never forgiven [[spoiler:Entropy]] for [[spoiler:erasing their son from existence]]). While his punishments to them are rather extreme, they're perfectly normal by [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Draconequi standards]], and its stated by WordOfGod that, as the Personification of Pony Hell, its his ''job'' to punish sinners, even his own children. He's also willing to hear [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttershy]] out when she beseeches him to [[spoiler:spare Dark World!Fluttercruel further harm and let her take her daughter to be reconditioned properly]], even relenting without any fuss when she proves her point logically.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel gives one to Nightmare Whisper.]]
** [[spoiler:And then Luna to both of them (after Fluttershy has been purified), proceeding to point out ''exactly'' how they fucked up what could have been good in ''very'' specific detail. To give an idea of how severely she chews them out, it was considered fitting punishment for what they did.]]
** [[spoiler:Rota Fortuna delivers a [[BreakingLecture crushing one]] to Nightmare Eclipse as the latter is being defeated, pointing out how all she's done is contradict what she ''said'' she was going to do and become [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]].]]
* RedShirt: Hooviet Commissars parody this. They have red uniforms and thus far not one has actually survived appearing. [[spoiler:Justified as its implied [[RealityWarper Makarov]] creates them ''specifically'' for this purpose.]]
--> '''Natasha''': They almost seem to grow on trees. Makarov's gone through about twelve of them since last time.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Dark World is actually an IronicHell for Discord created by the [[TheVoice Nameless Passenger]]. He's been trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop as punishment for his crimes, but actually had a HeelRealization some time ago she wouldn't allow him to act on. The Nameless Passenger also turns out to be a version of Twilight who Discord's actions drove into becoming [[SuperpoweredEvilSide a Nightmare.]]]]
* RecursiveFanfiction:
** The sheer number of MLP fanfiction that is either referenced or incorporated as setting canon is quite large.
** Despite it's relatively new status, it's already succeeded in [[http://fav.me/d4flccm inspiring]] [[http://c8lin-the-hedgie.deviantart.com/art/Discorded-Ponies-HaterSketch-263929712 lots]] [[http://unknownhedgehog.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4ifz6o of]] [[http://teyandee05.deviantart.com/gallery/33150793 fanfics]].
** There is now [[http://psychodemonfox.deviantart.com/art/Applejack-VS-The-Zombies-265948902 fanart]] [[http://psychodemonfox.deviantart.com/art/Stay-Away-from-My-Muffin-265949965 by another fan]] (warning, both contain spoilers!). The former is interesting as it's technically fanart of a fanfic of a [[StoryOfTheBlanks fangame]], making it RecursiveFanfiction on at least two levels.
** [[http://fav.me/d4ekxrn There's also a fan made]] VillainSong for [[spoiler:Loneliness]]. The writer also drew[[http://fav.me/d4f34ga fanart for Flutteshy's reharmonizing chapter.]]
** There are also two seperate [[http://unknownhedgehog.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4ifz6o fan-fic]] [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=Coffee+Swirl+POV#/d4oxk3h series]] which feature characters who hate Fluttershy [[spoiler:[[ThisIsUnforgivable for what she did as Princess Gaia]]]] and are both wronged for doing so. Because of this, [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=Neo+Stream+POV#/d4nayto one of them]] hates her so much [[spoiler:that he dreams of [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds becoming a Nightmare, killing her and destroying Equestria]]]].
** WordOfGod compiled the RecursiveFanfiction all into one place, which can be viewed [[http://alexwarlorn.deviantart.com/journal/MLP-FiM-Pony-POV-Series-Fanfiction-and-Fanart-274110361 here.]]
* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel.]]
* RedemptionPromotion: Trixie is a far more effective as a GuileHeroine, not to mention she's much more powerful. Justified, as it's stated [[TitleDrop friendship IS magic]] and by seperating herself from others, she was actually weakening herself.
* RedundantRescue: [[spoiler:Deconstructed. [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Spike chooses to help Rarity against Fluttercruel...but Rarity had already killed Fluttercruel. Spike going to rescue her left Twilight, who ''really'' needed his help, to lose her Element to Angry Pie and nearly die.]]
* {{Reincarnation}}: [[spoiler:Its revealed that several ponies are actually reincarnations of G3 ponies, in some cases ''more'' than one due to spirits fusing together. Twilight Sparkle was G1 Twilight and Minty, Rainbow is G3 Rainbow Dash and Firefly, and, obviously, Rarity is one of her G3 self. Spike ''may'' be his G3 self's reincarnation, but its revealed they share a common ancestor in G1 Spike. DoubleSubverted with Pinkie Pie, as she's ''literally'' the G3 Pinkie, but also the reincarnation of G1 Surprise and has a ''some'' of G3 Rarity in her. Its implied this isn't limited to them as well, and that some of them may have other ponies composing them. Though this is an interesting example as the G3 ponies were erased from time and thus technically don't have a first incarnation at all as far as history is concerned.]]
** InUniverse, Zecora believes in this. Luna points out in narration that ''that'' type of reincarnation doesn't exist (her brother is the GrimReaper so she'd known) but doesn't tell her because Her Father honestly doesn't care about whether He'd believed in or not, just they're a good pony. [[spoiler:It turns out Zecora is the reincarnation of Kimono, who was once Ms. Hackney, the discover of which she takes in stride.]]
* [[spoiler:{{Retgone}}: Happens to several G3 ponies in the ''very'' LooseCanon when a CosmicRetcon is the only way to save the universe from entrophy. However, it's hinted by an alicorn (and the G1 Firefly's spirit merging with the G3 Rainbow Dash to form the G4 version of Rainbow Dash) that the ponies aren't ''entirely'' erased and a part of them will live on in the G4 timeline.]]
** [[spoiler: Also an ability that the [[{{Clockroaches Blank Wolf}}]] has. It literally exists to find anomalies in the timeline and erase their very existence. It intends to give this treatment to Shining Armor. We later learn that the only way Shining Armor will be able to truly defeat [[BigBad Makarov]] is by getting the wolf to catch Makarov's scent instead.]]
** [[spoiler:General Admiral Makarov is capable of doing this at the apex of his power, and does so to ''the entire Changeling species'' by [[RealityWarper declaring he killed them all]]. This is different from other methods, as Moth, a benign Changeling living in Ponyville, finds herself [[AndIMustScream invisible and incapable of interacting with anyone]] as Lyra and Bonbon talk about her 'tragic death' after he did so.]]
** [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath Karmically]], he meets his end when [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]] does this to him, removing his taint from existence.]]
* {{Rewrite}}:
** The author constantly reworks scenes in the archives to keep the series compatible with the show's canon, so some details here and there will change, trickling down through the rest of the stories. Though there have been very few that ''drastically'' change the story, normally they're simply small things or new scenes that don't change the overall plot. [[spoiler:One noteable {{Retcon}}, however, is that Diamond Tiara has not released Discord as of "Luna's Nightmare." This was because the author wasn't happy with how it came out and how much it restricted things.]]
** This is actually given an InUniverse justification in "AJ's Dream". The Pony POV universe is connected to the "heart world", any even that happen there branch out to the worlds connected to it. The plot of the sidestory revolved around preparing for the event the changes are too severe and the link is broken.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: [[spoiler:Screw Ball correctedly deduces her daughter Diamond Tiara is in Canterlot, but believes its because she's been kidnapped by and the kidnappers would take her to Canterlot [[InsaneTrollLogic because Diamond Tiara is her little princess, and princesses live in Canterlot, therefore the kidnappers would hide her there so she wouldn't stand out.]] The Interviewers actually JawDrop at this.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: Shining Armor goes on one to rescue [[spoiler:the rest of [[BandOfBrothers Misfit Actual]] from General Admiral Makarov.]] They're constantly on his mind as he fights his way to them and it ends with him [[CurbstompBattle clearing a room single hoofedly]] and fighting a cyborg Diamond Dog to finally save them.
--> [[spoiler:'''Captive Audience''']]: But...how did you get here?
--> '''Shining Armor''': [[BadassBoast By kicking everyone's flanks that got in my way.]]
* RotatingArcs: Currently happening with the Dark World and Shining Armor arcs, as well as 7 Dreams/Nightmares Gaiden (which finished first).
* RousseauWasRight: [[spoiler:Dark World seems to be heading this way. While the Nameless Passenger believes that monsters stay monsters and the villains have no good at all in them, the ''only'' villain who lacks any humanizing factor in the end is the Valeyard, who is the personification of the Doctor's evil. Even Discord has some good in him that shows towards the end. At the very least the Passenger herself seems to have ''once'' been good or [[KnightTemplar believe she's doing the right thing]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters only for her thirst for revenge to turn her into a monster.]]]]
* RunningGag:
** Whenever a pony, for whatever reason, throws up or feels like they will, they tend to question how it's physically possible for a pony to ''do'' that in the first place, [[ShownTheirWork since real horses aren't capable of it]].
** Celestia recounting a NoodleIncident from her reign, such as two different assassins actually ''knocking'' on her bedroom door before trying to kill her.
** During the "Cruel's Best Pet" side story, Fluttercruel's strange recurring fascination with Honey Badgers.
** Twilight giving a lecture and having a soapbox manifest underneath her. Though once it happened with ''Dark World!Rainbow Dash'' of all ponies, at which point Twilight promptly apologizes and admits having no idea why it keeps happening. [[spoiler:This includes her [[FutureMeScaresMe evil potential future self]] Nightmare Paradox.]]
*** Turns out it runs in the family.
--> '''Shining Armor''': ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Giving a lecture about why predicting the future is a bad idea]]) ...I'm sounding like Twiley, aren't I?
--> '''Pegasus Interviewer''': Kinda.
--> '''Shining Armor''': ...I'm on a soapbox, aren't I?
--> '''Earth Pony Interviewer:''' A little one.
--> '''Pegasus Interviewer''': Must run in the family.
--> '''Shining Armor''': Does this happen to mom too? I'll just move this thing out of the way...
** Shining Armor's arc has developed one of Pinkie cameoing every time there's a party.
* SanDimasTime: [[spoiler:Revealed to be the case with the Shining Armor Arc and the main story. According to the Interviewers, the same thing that makes him ImmuneToFate means he's essentially in the past trying to catch up to the present instead of the present trying to get to the future. PlayedForDrama because it means Makarov ''can actually win'' because its taking place in Shining's ''present'' and it's also why the Wolf is after him.]]
* SatanicArchetype: There are two beings who share this role. One is Discord's father, [[EldritchAbomination Havoc]], the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mass Hysteria and one of the four Elders (the {{Top God}}s). He's the DimensionLord of Pony Hell, where the condemned are doomed to pull his chariot across an endless desert for all eternity.The other is Morning Star, a [[FallenAngel Fallen Alicorn]] who was originally supposed to be the Concept of Perfection and Beauty, but, like Old Scratch, became the embodiment of Evil and Temptation when he attempted to overthrow the Elders, seeing himself more perfect than they are. He was [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]], but later released by Havoc to fight on his side of a war, and served as ''Discord's'' EvilMentor. What became of him after that is presently unknown (though WordOfGod is that he was either killed during the war or imprisoned in Hell under Havoc's watch as part of the peace treaty between the Alicorns and Draconequi).
* SayingTooMuch: [[spoiler: Diamond Tiara inadvertently tells Fancy Pants more and more about her background and motivations, requiring Discord to induce a temporary seizure to save the conspiracy.]]
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Makarov wears this for pretty much no good reason in Chapter 17. Arguably, even the armor-plating on his Airship and Helicopter ''should'' qualify as this too, except his reality-warping powers compensate for it.
* ScreamingBirth: [[EldritchAbomination Entropy]] is the antithesis of creation and existing, so naturally giving birth to Her and Havoc's children, the Draconequi. The one time we see has Her writhing in pain sends shockwaves throughout the ''universe'' and She erases Havoc from existence the moment it's done (He wills Himself back into it moments later). How He manages to convince Her to have kids period is presently unknown.
** Fauna Luster, being Entropy's antithesis and Life Incarnate, Inverts this; giving birth is ''pleasurable'' to Her.
** Bright Eyes' first memory she recovers is her daughter's birth. It involved a lot of screaming and cuss words.
* SealedEvilInACan:
** Discord, naturally.
** The [[FallenAngel Fallen Alicorn]] [[SatanicArchetype Morning Star]] was imprisoned for trying to overthrow the Elders and conquer the universe. He was released again during the Alicorn/Draconequi War, but ultimately sealed away in Hell afterwards as part of the treaty.
** Grogar, who escapes from his prison [[RegularlyScheduledEvil once every 500 years]] and has to either be stopped from emerging or seal him away again. Discord is ''ticked'' because Grogar doesn't seem to ''care'' about being imprisoned.
** [[spoiler:The Shadow of Chernobull, an entity imprisoned in Pandora's Box which the Hooviets accidentally released and it becomes General-Admiral Makarov.]]
** Tartarus exists in this universe as well. [[spoiler:Its chief inmates are a group of extradimensional invaders who sought to turn the Pony Verse into a hellhole so horrific that even ''Entropy'' opposed them. They were defeated and imprisoned by Rota Fortuna, Princeps, Imperatrix, and Justitia and attempted to trick Clover into releasing them. Thankfully they were stopped.]]
** [[spoiler:One escaped in modern day, but it'd weakened during it's imprisonment, allowing Celestia, Luna, and the Royal Guard to destroy it. The fact the Alicorns didn't just destroy them originally is explained; they didn't know how, but discovered a method since then to destroy them, which is used to kill that one.]]
* SequelSeries: Reharmonized Ponies to Discorded Ponies and Dark World as a direct sequel series to Discorded Ponies.
* SeasonFinale: While they felt like it originally due to how they were set up, the Fimfiction upload divides the series into multiple seasons, confirming them to be this, but it's not been finished uploading.
** Discorded: Epilogue (Six Minions as the Audio Adaptation called it)
** Season 1: Second Family
** Season 2: Pearl Necklace Part 5
** Season 3: Replacement Screws
** Season 4: Origins Part 6
** Season 5: Mind Games Part 8
** Dark World also ended up divided into its own seasons.
*** Season 1: Duel of Tears
*** Season 2: The Real Hoof Blues Part 2.
*** Season 3: Crushed Pearl Necklace
*** Season 4: That Which Pierces All.
** 7 Dreams/Nightmares Gaiden: Clover.
* SecretIdentity: [[spoiler: There is more to the unnamed Interviewer than meets the eye.]]
** [[spoiler: Or as it turns out, interviewer'''s'''.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash pulls one on Fluttercruel during her Cute-Ceanera, thus establishing Fluttercruel as a unique and trustworthy individual to the rest of the group.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Twilight has to pass several while becoming an Alicorn, the most obvious being [[SheathYourSword her fight with Razzaroo.]]]]
* SelfDeprecation: Celestia sells unflattering, made up stories of ''herself'' to the tabloids under an assumed name. Among other reasons, it's to give herself an excuse to give some of the noble's powers to common ponies (she wanted to do that anyway), to improve Luna's image, and since they're going to paint her a tyrant anyway, she might as well have some fun.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong:
** [[spoiler:While it is AllJustADream, Luna makes sure the BadFuture she witnessed in her second sidestory doesn't come to pass by changing her actions and realizing the error of her ways.]]
** [[spoiler:Twilight Tragedy does this in the RecursiveFanfiction ending to Epilogue, ''[[http://fav.me/d4lrntt Fading Futures]]''. She sends her past self telepathic messages to guide her through the point when the future Twilight failed, allowing her to manage to lead the Elements of Harmony to defeat Discord and save the world.]]
** [[spoiler:Unfortunately, thanks to Nightmare Paradox, [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight it didn't stick.]]]]
** [[spoiler:This is the goal of the Rebels and Shining Armor in the Shining Armor Arc. General-Admiral Makarov/The Shadow of Chernobull's influence resulted in the Hooviet Empire not collapsing when it should have around 20 years ago, allowing them to perform even more atrocities and maintain an iron hoof over the Deer lands. Shining Armor and company's plan is to feed Makarov to [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]], erasing him from history and returning the timeline to it's proper state.]]
* [[SillyReasonForWar Silly Reason For Splitting The Country In Two]]: North and South Ponia split the country in two after disagreeing about ''which way north and south were''. It began when they declared that what every other nation said was north, was actually south, and vice-versa. [[MindScrew And forgot to exclude themselves from "every other nation"]]. It's not a war though, just a very big disagreement. Everypony who didn't really care just gave up and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere moved somewhere else]].
** For the record, the North is actually in the south but says it's in the north. The South is in the north and says it's south. The North thinks the South is claiming to be in the north and the South thinks the north is claiming to be in south. Everybody got that?
* ShadowDictator: Father Deer, the mysterious leader of the Hooviet Empire. [[spoiler:However, it seems that General Admiral Makarov is the ''true'' leader and his superiors only ''assume'' they're in control.]]
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: [[spoiler:Loneliness prefers to stay in the form of Trixie's mother, Morgan. Rather this or any form she assumes is her ''true'' form or if she even has one is never revealed.]]
** [[spoiler:Reznov's story of Makarov suggests 'Makarov' is simply this for [[HumanoidAbomination some]]''[[EldritchAbomination thing]]'' called the Shadow of Chernobull that a Hooviet experiment accidentally released from [[SealedEvilInACan Pandora's Box]] (the Draconequus, not the myth) who took on the role of the SuperSoldier the Hooviets had tried to create.]]
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: [[spoiler:Loneliness uses this to try to make Twilight think she ''killed'' Trixie while Discorded. Thankfully, [[ShutUpHannibal Twilight had none of it]] once she finds AGlitchInTheMatrix.]]
* SharingABody: Discord's MindRape of Fluttershy resulted in her "Discorded self" ending up as a seperate being in the same body. After [[CurbstompBattle beating Fluttercruel]] in her normal BadassPacifist style, Fluttershy realizes Fluttercruel isn't evil, just was "raised" wrong by Discord and allows her to share her body while trying to reform her. Now the two pretty much share control and work together at times. So far it's worked out quite well. [[spoiler:Even when Fluttercruel takes over, Fluttershy is still there, they just kind of switched places.]]
** [[spoiler:After the Princess Gaia incident, Princess Celestia gives them a gift; enabling Fluttershy's body to transform into Fluttercruel's (who differs by darker fur and a different Cutie Mark) when she's in control. They still share the same body, however.]]
* SheatheYourSword: [[spoiler:Dark World!Twilight passes the final SecretTestOfCharacter to become an Alicorn by refusing to fight Razzaroo for the position.]]
* SherlockScan: Fancy Pants is a master of this.
** One upped by Dr. Hoof Wave, deducing [[spoiler: Discord's entire family history just by observing a couple choice actions.]]
** Bright Eyes is pretty good at this. It's also how she deduces Lancer is her husband after losing her memory.
--> '''Bright Eyes''': You've been concerned and protective of me from the start. I felt hurt when you were hurt and I know we're not identical twins. That means you were either my husband, a friend, or my brother. Sweetheart didn't find us being together strange at all. So that rules out stranger. You've been struggling with being close to me but not being too close. So that rules out family. You weren't possessive of me, so that rules out stalker. You might have just been a friend who was pinning for me and my husband died in whatever disaster happened. But you weren't acting ashamed or hesitant like this was your big chance. And I feel safe around you, the first thing I called you was 'White Knight', which means I felt safe around you before and I remember your voice calling to me. So you must have had some great meaning for me. Oh and our wedding rings are identical.
* ShipperOnDeck: Princess Cadence's hoofmaidens shipped her and Shining Armor before they even dated.
** They also ship Garnet and Running Gag. Both ships are handled with the subtleness of a steamroller driving through a nitroglycerin plant.
* ShockAndAwe: Trixie's partial to using lightning magic when it comes to fighting, either by summoning a minture storm cloud or simply electrifying her horn.
** FridgeBrilliance hits when you remember that [[spoiler:her teachers in magic school said weather magic is outside of the grasp of the vast majority of unicorns. And since Trixie [[IJustWantToBeSpecial wants to be special...]] ]]
** Also used by Pegasi when creating Lightning clouds. The Wonderbolts lightning trails even have some limited use like this.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Columbian Marines use breech-loading shotguns firing slugs or buckshot: Single-barrelled ones for regular troopers, double-barrelled SawedOffShotguns for the Assault troops.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/PonyPOVSeries Has its own page.]]
* ShownTheirWork: The series as a whole has a ''massive'' amount of research done for it. The main fic shows a large amount of attention to detail to all four Gens of My Little Pony, including several more obscure sources outside the TV Series such as the "Ember's Dream" cassette that was only available by mail ordering the G1 toy. The Shining Armor Arc shows a ''massive'' amount of research into real world military terminology, technology, and the real world counterparts to the locations visited.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''[[PowerRangers Pony Rangers]]'', which is mentioned several times throughout the fic... And is eventually discovered to be an AlternateUniverse.
* ShutUpHannibal:
** [[spoiler:Twilight does this to Loneliness on multiple occasions throughout the final battle with her. Finally, Trixie finally manages one when she defies Loneliness in the end before grabbing her Element Of Harmony and destroying her.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel to Princess Luna, when Luna brings up the possibility that they really can't know who the "original" and who the "copy" is. Cruel' replies by saying that they're ''both'' real and it doesn't matter whose the "original". Luna is impressed by this.]]
** Sweetie Belle gets one on Silver Spoon's mother in "Butterflies" -- when she says the CMC don't deserve to [[spoiler: be Silver Spoon's friends]], she points out how well connected they are through their sisters (and Rainbow Dash in Scootaloo's case), and is ''completely'' polite while doing so.
** In the [[BadFuture Dark World]], Apple Pie manages one when [[spoiler: Derpy's refusal to give in to [[TheStarscream the Valeyard]]'s BreakingLecture restores her own hope (after he tried to convince her that there are no happy endings in real life), saying she's going to [[EarnYourHappyEnding write her own happy ending]].]]
*** During the same fight, Derpy gets another one to the Valeyard when he [[spoiler:begs her for mercy while she's [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating him to death]] to force him into a regeneration back into the Doctor.]]
--> '''The Valeyard''': Derpy, we're friends! Don't do this!
--> '''Derpy''': Sorry, I'm the Doctor's friend. [[IronicEcho You're the Valeyard, the Doctor is out,]] [[spoiler:[[PreMortemOneLiner but he'll be back in soon.]]]]
** Later on in Dark World, Rarity has one against Fluttercruel after the latter tries to pull a NotSoDifferent on her when she declares she's going to kill Fluttercruel for [[spoiler: torturing Fluttershy's mind for centuries until Cadence's spirit saved her]].
--->'''Fluttercruel''': At LAST you get it!
--->'''Rarity''': No, I don't 'get it' you sad filly. [[PsychoForHire You kill for thrills]]. I'd do nothing if you just stopped. I'm nothing like you. And that hurts, doesn't it? [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech To know just how alone you really are.]]
*** She gives Fluttercruel another one when they each summon small armies to aid them. Fluttercruel uses disposable {{Mooks}}. Rarity [[spoiler: asks for help from the souls of Fluttercruel's victims and gives them stone bodies to use, and points out how they're different.]]
** Twilight gives several to [[TheVoice the Nameless Passenger]] when the Passenger tells her to kill a sea pony [[spoiler:trying to take Celestia and Luna's feathers]]. The Sea Ponies, for reference, are basically completely innocent creatures who have no idea Discord and the Chaos Six were the bad guys.
--> '''Twilight''': From what Applejack told me about her redemption, Applebloom's ghost took a feather already on orders from their…Father, so it must be safe. And I'm not a murderer. That's why.
** Twilight and company get quite a few against [[spoiler:the Nameless Passenger after she reveals herself as Twilight [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future self]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] as she tries to convince Twilight to become her, shooting down all her arguments.]]
** Spike delivered what this Troper thinks is the most awesome Shut Up, Hannibal, [[spoiler: when he refused to restrain Twilight for her.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Nightmare Eclipse''':]] YOU'RE THE ONE WHOSE LOST HER MIND Twilight! Everything in this world is nothing but shadows of a lie of a fantasy. You're not being rational! Spike! Restrain her!
-->'''Spike''': No.
-->[[spoiler:'''Nightmare Eclipse''':]] Spike, I'm warning you!
-->'''Spike''': I'll have you know I am NOT a robot, or a distortion, or any of those other things. And I need to be loyal to [[spoiler:the real]] Twilight.
*** It should be noted out of ''all'' the ShutUpHannibal speeches [[spoiler:Paradox]] got that chapter, this is the ''only'' one she has no ShutUpKirk for because it just pisses her off ''that'' much.
** Bright Eyes gets one against [[spoiler:Cruel Eyes/D___t's Shadow of Existence]], using her love of Lancer to help her beat [[spoiler:his]] BreakingLecture.
--> '''Bright Eyes''': "...We can't be certain...if what we think of ourselves is true, and we can be certain what others think of us is true. The heart is always subjective. All we have left in the end is who we chose to trust. I'd trust Lancer with my life, I trusted him with my heart a long time ago!"
*** She gets another one shortly there after when he's [[spoiler:giving his FinalSpeech and Dying Curse.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Cruel Eyes''']]: [[WeWillMeetAgain This is not over,]] I swear to you, I shall [[spoiler:stalk your soul and its iterations across creation]], and when your heart cries out in deepest despair, I will be there to devour you, we will meet-!
--> '''Bright Eyes''': [[spoiler:(impales him through the heart)]] Sorry, but that's not happening. ([[spoiler:bisects his head with enough force to drive her sword into his chest, destroying him completely]]) [[BondOneLiner Ever.]]
** In ''Shining Armor 18'', [[spoiler:Minuette gets one against [[Series/DoctorWho the Master]] when he tries to tempt her into opening her fob watch and [[AmnesiacDissonance becoming him again]]. After she resists his attempts, he [[VillainousBreakdown snaps]] and yells that she has no choice because she ''is'' him. Her reply?]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Minuette''']]: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis No. I. Am.]] [[spoiler:[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Minuette. Colgate!]] (''hurls fob watch across the room'')]]
* ShutUpKirk: Fluttercruel tries this to Rarity's ShutUpHannibal, but whether or not sure actually succeeds or is trying to cover for how they effect her is not clear.
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Paradox is more successful for ignoring the heroes' {{Shut Up Hannibal}}s against her, pretty much just treating them as ramblings of her 'immature' past self and her 'imaginary' friends. However, ''some'' of their arguments ''do'' get under her skin (due to pressing her {{Berserk Button}}s, but they don't convince her of anything.]]
*** [[spoiler: And when Spike gave her a ShutUpHannibal, it was the only case where she was not able to counter with one of these, because it pissed her off that much.]]
** Princess Cadence gets a number against General-Admiral Makarov when he tries to give her a BreakingLecture, the biggest being a TheVillainSucksSong she sings [[spoiler:using MagicMusic to kick his flank.]]
--> '''Makarov''': You might as well just give up! You are no match for me and my cyborg! [[TemptingFate What are you going to do? Bleed on me? Sing a song?]]
--> '''Princess Cadence''': ''(DeathGlare)'' [[InsultBackfire Maybe I will sing.]]
* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler:Celestia's mother (essentially the AnthropomorphicPersonification of existence) is named Fauna Luster, an anagram of Lauren Faust.]]
* SirSwearsALot: Fluttercruel, though InUniverse cuss words. Fluttershy washes their (as they're SharingABody) mouth out for it.
* SixthRanger:
** Fluttercruel is an interesting case. She joins and is big help most of the time, [[spoiler:until her NiceJobBreakingItHero moment,]] but Fluttershy is the only member of the mane cast who even knows she exists [[spoiler:until she reveals herself during the FinalBattle with Nightmare Whisper. She also gets her own Element Of Kindness, making her fit this role even more than before.]]
** Trixie after her HeelFaceTurn [[spoiler:is revealed to be another Element Of Magic like Twilight]]. The next chapter she's introduced to the rest of the mane cast and offically joins them. She ''really'' proves her worth in "Links" by being one of the only ones able to [[spoiler:break free of Princess Gaia's spell on her own and then using the memory spell to help free the others.]]
** [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Silver Spoon]] becomes the Fourth Ranger for the Cutie Mark Crusaders.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Slides all over the place. Series 1 was all cynical, showing a possible future where TheBadGuyWins. The three seasons after that are more idealistic, with hope, friendship, support and wisdom making better ponies, even when one of them [[spoiler: goes Nightmare]]. Seasons 4-5 return to the cynicism, with both being StartOfDarkness tales. The next three seasons fall somewhere in between. The Dreams/Nightmares stories are DoomedByCanon, but they take the problems and run with them to create something better. Shining Armor's story starts out idealistic, but slips into cynicism as the BigBad shows up. Dark World starts DEEP in the cynical, but [[EarnYourHappyEnding crawls, fights and bludgeons its way back to an idealistic ending]] (though by cynical means).
* TheSmartGuy: [[spoiler: Gummy is apparently trying to ''mentally'' calculate the vector of the time-space convergence.]]
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: The Reharmonizing series' {{Big Bad}}s play this straight. The first, [[spoiler:Loneliness]] is pretty dangerous, but [[spoiler:is really only a threat inside Trixie's mind, and even then only when Twilight goes in to save her.]] The second BigBad, Princess [[spoiler:Gaia/Nightmare Whisper, Fluttershy's SuperpoweredEvilSide,]] is a real threat and an extremely powerful {{Mad God}}dess. [[spoiler:She's a RealityWarper who manages to brainwash the Mane Cast the moment they step into her prescence and is invading all of Equestria. Next is the MultiversalConqueror Nightmare Mirror. And while we haven't gotten to his StoryArc yet, Discord is set to be the TrueFinalBoss.]]
** [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Discord references this trope by pointing out sending [[BigBadWannabe the Valeyard]] ahead of [[CoDragons Fluttercruel and Angry Pie]] was breaking the 'level boss order' and [[spoiler:his surprise that didn't work.]]
* SplitPersonalityMerge: Angry Pie tries to ''force'' this by [[YouWillBeAssimilated eating the other parts of Pinkie Pie's personality.]] Except it's implied that this wasn't really a merge at all, more like a destruction of all the other parts, strengthening Angry Pie in the process. [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie finally does it the proper way and merges all her personality bits back together. The result has the same personality as before, but is able to think a ''lot'' more clearly and be much more profound... While still almost completely in character.]]
** This happens again when [[spoiler: Fluttershy merges with Flutterage.]]
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Fluttercruel ''tries'' this, only to be [[CurbstompBattle effortlessly put in her place]] by Fluttershy, who is nice enough to allow her to [[SharingABody share her body instead of supplementing her]]. Angry Pie, on the other hoof, comes ''much'' closer to succeeding in her attempt with Pinkie Pie [[spoiler:until Pinkie does a SplitPersonalityMerge with Pinkamena to fight back and merge back together with her instead.]]
** [[spoiler: "The Alicorn and the Steed" has Fluttercruel succeeding... Kind of. It's more like she and Fluttershy switched places than her outright taking over. Why did she? She just wanted a hamburger. Yeah, needless to say, this is a far more benign version than most. Subverted in that cows are intelligent creatures in Equestria.]]
* {{Squee}}: Predictably, [[spoiler:Rainbow reacts this way to Spitfire knocking on her door.]]
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler: When Twilight/Amicitia ascends, Cadence warns her that her greatest enemy awaits at the dawn of time. So she goes back then, where Mortis warns her that they're destined to one day fight each other as well, before helping her evade a sneak attack from a young Cadence, who's [[KnightTemplar convinced that magic is inherently evil]] and wants to kill Amicitia to prevent its existence. After Amicitia barely defeats her, she then hops back in time a bit and tells Mortis to warn her, before going on to traverse her own timeline to be the [[BigGood Benevolent Interloper]] and shield her mortal self from Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox's influence. And then she makes sure Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog survives G3's CosmicRetcon and sends it to the spirit world, where Razzaroo would then use it to nearly become The Magician Alicorn and challenge Dark World Twilight for the spot in the first place]]. Notably, Mortis at one point warns her not to do this too much, as it becomes complicated.
* StaringDownCthulhu: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel manages to make Nightmare Whisper backdown with [[DeathGlare her version of the Stare]]. More impressive is Nightmare Whisper, AKA Fluttershy, is normally the one to do this and was using the Stare herself at the time!]]
** [[spoiler: Dark World!Fluttershy faces down all of Discord's siblings and ''Havoc'' in order to take Fluttercruel's spirit from them. Havoc's impressed enough to let her.]]
* TheStarscream: The Valeyard to Dark World Discord -- he sees Discord as a tool, who one day he intends to steal power from in order to take over the universe.
* StartOfDarkness: The entire Origins arc is one for Discord. And for bonus points, his last act before being turned to stone is to plant the seeds of Luna's own SOD.
** Mind Games is one for [[spoiler: Diamond Tiara]].
** [[spoiler:"A Fading Future" details that of Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox.]]
** [[spoiler:We get to see Dark World!Nightmare Mirror's SOD as well; she became a Nightmare when the Valeyard broke Apple Pie with a nudge from Nightmare Eclipse.]]
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Before the group go off to find out what's happening with Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]], Trixie wisely suggests they go get the Elements of Harmony so they can actually do something about it. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Fluttershy is missing (and actually Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper)]] so they can't actually do it.
* StepfordSmiler: Pretty much every character becomes a Type A in Reharmonized, with Pinkie being even more pronounced (her normal tendancies become outright ''manic'', to the point of not sleeping for about a week to throw parties). [[spoiler:They get better.]]
* StormingTheCastle: Dark World 17, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Storming The Castle"]], wherein the Dark World Elements of Harmony begin their assault on Discord's castle.
** It gets played with a couple of chapters later -- first, Rarity suggests ''not'' storming the castle and waiting for Discord to get bored holed up inside and attack when he comes outside (thus avoiding all his death traps), but Twilight points out that Discord can teleport all over the world, thus meaning they might never catch him. Later, when they actually reach the castle, Twilight decides to just blast the whole castle with the Elements of Harmony and hope that will deal with Discord and the others, thus saving them from having to actually risk the dangers of the castle. However, the castle [[EldritchLocation comes to life]] and ''runs away'' to avoid being hit. Applejack manages to [[spoiler: talk it into neutrality by promising not to blast it]], which means they ''have'' to go inside if they want to fight Discord.
* StoryArc: Not only does each of the mane six and Trixie, after her HeelFaceTurn have their own plot, there's also (thus far) three specific story arcs, each with their own BigBad. [[spoiler:The Loneliness Arc, followed by the Princess Gaia (or Penultimate) Arc, and finally the Discord Arc. Discord's arc started early in Rarity's interaction with Diamond Tiara and the conclusion has yet to be seen.]]
** There's also the [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]], which is technically the GrandFinale of the Discorded Series, as it continues Epilogue, and has been built up over the entire series through Applejack's {{Vision Quest}}s. Though this Arc turned out to be so long it was finally declared a separate SERIES altogether (though it's still listed as a season on [=FIMfiction=] to avoid confusion) with its own set of story arcs, namely the Redemption of the Elements Arc (to Duel of Tears), the StormingTheCastle Arc (to the redemption of Pinkie Pie), the Off The Rails Arc, the End of Days Arc, and the [[spoiler:Alicorn Ascension]] Arc.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: [[spoiler:Shining Armor, Cadence, and Minuette end up as this after Makarov meets his demise and is [[RetGone erased from existence.]] Due to all three having a RippleEffectProofMemory (Shining likely due to being ImmuneToFate, Cadence due to being an Alicorn, and Minuette due to being a Time Lord), they awaken in the corrected timeline and need to adjust to a world were the Hooviet Empire imploded on schedule. Downplayed due to them having a new set of memories of the corrected line, but they still have to get used to the former Hooviets now being allies, new technologies, certain wars and conflicts having never happened, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Shining and Twilight's]] [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParent mother's book]] now having ''sequels'' due to being a hit in Roedina.]]
* StylisticSuck: 'Happy Cake Adventure' a story told by Pinkie Pie [[spoiler:to try and get out of telling about the G3 apocalypse]].
** The song sung by Minuette and Twinkle Shine in Part 3 of Shining Armor's arc (which we only see part of) was made to emulate the songs in old, cheesy romance movies according to WordOfGod.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide:
** Luna's Nightmare Moon persona is mentioned [[spoiler:and she nearly turns back into her. Rainbow Dash comes close to having the same happen to her, but is talked down. Unfortunately, no one is there to talk Fluttershy down (except Fluttercruel, but she's sinking into darkness herself at the time) and she transforms into the second BigBad, Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper. Then on top of ''that'', she used her new found power as a Nightmare to break the seal on [[ArtifactOfDoom the Elder Horn]] and use it's power as well.]]
** [[spoiler:Turns out that all the mane cast and Celestia can turn into Nightmares if they're consumed by one part of themselves. In Luna's case, it was the night she controlled and in the case of Fluttershy, it was her Kindness. We see other alternate realities were Rainbow Dash went Nightmare, turning into Nightmare Manacle (who chained ponies together to force them to be loyal to one another), and where Pinkie Pie did, becoming Nightmare [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granfalloon Granfalloon]] (an insane MonsterClown Alicorn that pulled Ponyville into a CircusOfFear). Another reality seems to be a universe where Rarity was the one who went Nightmare, but we don't see anything about her. The "AJ's Dream" sidestory is pretty much focused on stopping her from going Nightmare, but we do see an alternate version of her who went nightmare, becoming Nightmare Mirror (an KnightTemplar who seeks to force everypony in the multiverse into being perpetually honest).]]
** [[spoiler:"Generational Transitions" reveals that the GoodCounterpart of the Nightmare form is transformation into an Alicorn. None of the Mane Cast are capable of this yet, but Star Catcher managed to return to her Celestia form in this fashion.]]
*** [[spoiler:... Except not quite. It's revealed that Nightmarification is essentially an imperfect Alicornification, and purification by the Elements of Harmony "fixes" it and completes the Alicorn. Fluttershy is therefore actually a lesser Alicorn (though she doesn't seem to entirely know it and looks perfectly normal), which is part of why Luna and Celestia's [[WhatTheHellHero speeches]] are so harsh: they don't want to risk Fluttershy doing something like that again.]]
** [[spoiler:The Nameless Passenger is ultimately revealed to be Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future self]] and Nightmare, Nightmare Eclipse[=/=]Paradox (originally Nightmare Purgatory). She was consumed by her desire for revenge on Discord to the point she turned the Dark World into a GroundhogDayLoop to punish him for eternity, not caring who is killed, erased, or suffering in the process.]]
** According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler:anyone who can wield an Element can go Nightmare, regardless of gender or species. This is proven by the presence of Spike's Nightmare, Nightmare Banneret, among Paradox's PsychoRangers.]]
** [[spoiler:Shining Armor seems to have a different version. When he gets pushed over the RageBreakingPoint (normally by to attempted murder of people he loves), he [[IAmNotLeftHanded unlocks his true power]], giving him enough magical power to overload a magic suppressor that [[BigBad Makarov]] put on him and crush his superweapon, but also becomes ruthless and viscous to the point that both times it happens, he's tried to crush the attacker to death in stark contrast to his ThouShaltNotKill mentality (in fact the first time he did it seems to have ''inspired'' it and be why he had mental blocks on most of his power in the first place). Tamer than most examples because he's at least able to focus on the enemy and has never attacked an ally.]]
* SuperSentaiStance: Parodied with Trixie's sisters who do what Twilight refers to as a pose resembling [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers "Mighty Morphing Pony Rangers"]]. Complete with a rolecall!
* SureWhyNot: Apparently, WordOfGod states that the story is actively influenced by reader interpretations, especially these very tropes.
* SurpriseCreepy: [[spoiler:"gniteeM tsriF-First Meeting" is over all the same as Shining Armor's first story...then ends with some...''thing'' stalking Sweetie Belle in the middle of the night, erasing her hoof prints, before saying she's supposed to exist and vanishing into thin air.]]
** [[spoiler:Clover's Gaiden Story's first chapter involves Pinkie Pie discovering she was Clover's ImaginaryFriend brought to life by the world changing spell, resulting in a BreakTheCutie and her being DrivenToSuicide. While the others help her out of it, it's still surprisingly disturbing.]]
* SurrealHorror: Starlight's [[JuryOfTheDamned trial in the afterlife]] was meant to invoke this.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Pinkie most certainly didn't [[spoiler:mail Spitfire mane dye with a fake letter from her manager to [[MediumAwareness cover up plotholes]]!]]
* SympathyForTheDevil: [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttercruel's reaction to Discord being mortally wounded by Rancor is seems to get this reaction from the heroes despite everything she's done. Especially Applejack who actually KNOWS how she feels.]]
** [[spoiler:During Dark World's FinalBattle, the Mane Cast have varying measures of this for Nightmare Paradox's PsychoRangers, particularly for Nightmare Manacle, Mirror, and Banneret.]]
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:Luna is left with the option of leaving Pip alone until he's an adult or spend time with him and be labeled a molester by the tabloids. She decides to take on the form of a filly to spend time with him in a way the tabloids won't be able to muck up.]]
* TakeMeInstead: [[spoiler:In Pinkie Pie's LooseCanon Side Story, Pinkie begs Anarchy to erase her instead after he accidentally erases [=StarSong=]. Anarchy ''wants'' to, as she was his original target but he can't reverse it.]]
* TakeThat:
** In a dialogue of Luna and Celestia, the author takes a stab at some of the more ridiculous assumptions of the fandom, such as "[[RonTheDeathEater Tyrant Celestia]]", "[[MemeticMolester Molestia]]", and on the other side "[[DracoInLeatherPants The New Lunar Republic]]".
** Everything Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]] does, especially the [[spoiler:Everkind Forest]], might be a TakeThat to [[TastesLikeDiabetes certain other girls' cartoons]] about saccharine worlds where everyone is permanently happy and life is just a succession of parties. This is not only profoundly unrealistic and wrong, it's also extremely boring. Among other things, she has dolls in the likeness of the G3 My Little Ponies.
*** [[spoiler:WordOfGod states Pinkie Pie's Side Story was inspired by this very entry as a TakeThat to ''this'' TakeThat entry.]]
** Pinkie Pie's RunningGag of stating her hatred of a [[{{Cupcakes}} certain fanfic]].
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel's tirade against Nightmare Whisper during their Stare-off doubles as a TakeThat at [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall some of the trope entries involving her on]] ''[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall this very page.]]'']]
** [[spoiler: [[FallenAngel Morning Star]] in the Origins series seems to be a TakeThat against the concept of a MarySue. He is described as being perfect; [[FaceHeelTurn but considered himself so perfect that he no longer listened to the parents of the Alicorns and gleefully sided with the Draconequui in the ensuing war following the defeat of the Windigos.]]]]
** [[spoiler:"Nightmare House" has several towards the the IDW Comicbook, specifically the existence of the Nightmare Forces (though Alexwarlorn is generally a fan of the comics and integrated several aspects of it into the story).]]
* TakingYouWithMe:
-->[[spoiler:Undead Foal: Don't! The Elements are Harmony, you're Dissonance! They'll destroy you!]]
-->[[spoiler:Fluttercruel: At least I can say I went out with a bang.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted, thanks to Fluttershy saving her before she could fade away completely.]]
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Apple Pie does this to an army of zombies by stating how [[LogicBomb there's no logical reason for them to be alive]].
* TanksButNoTanks: Committed in-universe by Shining Armor when he mistakenly calls an APC a Tank. Well, in fairness to him, not only does Equestria lack any kind of armoured fighting vehicles at the time (and with the whole concept being very recent), but he's trained to fight on hoof, meaning it's not his department anyway. And he does eventually learn his lesson.
* TarotMotifs: [[spoiler:The Alicorns are based off this. Celestia is the 19th, the Concept of the Sun, and Luna is the 18th, Concept of the Moon. The others are the High Priestess Mare - Abbatissa, the Empress Mare - Imperatrix, the Star Mare - Galaxia, the Temperance Mare - Cadence, Wheel of Fortune Mare - Rota Fortuna, Justice Mare - Justitia, the Lovers Mare - Venus, Strength / Fortitude Stallion - Leo Fortis, The Tower Stallion - Turris, Death Stallion - Mortis, the Hanged, the Man Stallion - Pensilis, the Chariot Stallion - Currus, [[SatanicArchetype the Devil Stallion]] - [[FallenAngel Morning Star]], the Hermit Stallion - Eremo, the Fool Stallion - Puerilis, the Emperor - Princeps, and the Judgement Stallion - Judicium. Their Parents represent the Hierophant - the unnamed father, and the World - Fauna Luster.]]
** Twilight Sparkle also tells [[spoiler: Trixie]] that [[spoiler: she best represents the thirteenth Tarot; Death. Or rather, Change. It certainly plays into both ideas, that [[ThatManIsDead The Great and Powerful Trixie]] is no more, and The One and Only Trixie is starting her recovery.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttershy/Princess Gaia, now permanently a lesser Alicorn, represents one of the minor Arcana: the Queen of Cups.]]
** [[spoiler:Rota Fortuna performs a Tarot reading during Nightmare Eclipse's defeat. The readings are the Devil and the reversed Magician, Death and the Magician, and finally the Devil and Justice with Justice fluctuating between upright and reversed.]]
* TastesLikeDiabetes: InUniverse, this is Rainbow Dash's reaction to [[spoiler:the Everkind Forest.]]
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': Ick! I don't mind cute, but this is going to make my teeth fall out!
* TeleFrag: Twilight Sparkle mentions this can happen if you teleport somewhere far away that you've never been too before. Apparently, there are failsafes built into teleportation spells to ''prevent'' this, but teleporting somewhere far away the user has never been carries a risk of this. This is shown when she can't teleport ''to'' Hoofington to get to Trixie but can teleport back to Ponyville from there (with Trixie in toe) just fine.
** [[spoiler:Twilight is also unwilling to teleport up to Nightmare Whisper during their battle, for fear of this happening between her and the Nightmare's mane. Pinkie Pie [[TakeAThirdOption has another idea, however.]] ]]
* TeleportSpam: Twilight Sparkle (and her dark world version, Twilight [[spoiler:The Unicorn]]) uses this technique when needed, being her default way to avoid attacks directed at her. During the Dark World arc, [[spoiler:it actually becomes a weakness when Traitor Dash faces her, since she had a thousand years to learn her teleport patterns, making her predictable.]]
* TellMeAboutMyFather: [[spoiler: Dinky asks Ditzy this in [[http://fav.me/d4qyvwm Ditzy's Butterflies chapter]]. We don't hear the resulting conversation, however.]]
* TemptingFate: Lampshaded when Pandora shows up to [[spoiler:help Shining Armor with Makarov.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Makarov''']]: I would not abandon ship if the next explosion caused the backup engines to fail!
--> *Explosion blows up the back up engines*
--> '''Shining Armor: What the hay was that?!
--> [[spoiler:'''Makarov''']]: It was not you?
--> '''Pandora''': Hey, don't look at me, you're the one who tempted fate, [[spoiler:Nameless!]]...Seriously, you shouldn't do that, especially if you have as much bad karma as [[spoiler:Nameless]] does. Why do you think so many baddies [[DisneyVillainDeath end up falling off conveniently placed cliffs?]]
* TerminatorTwosome: A rather unique variation in that [[spoiler:the two are the ''same'' pony from two different potential futures. The Nameless Passenger and Benevolent Interloper turn out to be Nightmare Eclipse (Twilight's potential future Nightmare self) and Princess Amicitia (her potential future Alicorn self and the defeated Nightmare Eclipse). The former was trying to continue her GroundhogDayLoop plan by convincing Twilight to become her and the latter trying to lead Twilight to defeat Eclipse, which would result in her future. After becoming Amicitia, Twilight does the Interloper's interventions herself to close the StableTimeLoop and set Eclipse's defeat in stone.]]
* [[ThatManIsDead That Mare Is Dead]]: [[spoiler:Trixie about the Great and Powerful Trixie. She's still trying to figure out who the One and Only Trixie is.]]
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** The mane cast and [[spoiler:[[SixthRanger Trixie]]]] sing the show's theme song in the penultimate episode during a party celebrating Trixie's recovery and HeelFaceTurn. Considering it was chosen by Pinkie Pie, this makes perfect sense.
** Princess Celestia sings the G1 ''MyLittlePony'' theme song [[spoiler:to break Gaia's brainwashing on the foals that were once Ponyville.]]
* [[spoiler:TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: Discussed and PlayedForDrama, the setting only exists because of the Shadows-Who-Watch (the readers), and entire timelines, including all the individuals in them, will get erased if there is no longer sufficient conflict to drive a story. Or at least that's what Nightmare Whisper believed, and she wasn't exactly sane at the time. G3 was ''seemingly'' erased for this reason, but it seems it had more to do with the spell that made it a utopia warped reality to such a degree that it ''broke'' and made the reality cancerous rather than it simply being a utopia.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Subverted, Princess Celestia ordered a large number of therapist ponies to go to areas effected by Discord's power and help heal those afflicted.
** And it turns out that [[MysteriousWatcher the Interviewers]] acted as therapists to all of the actual therapists who had been affected, since they needed help too.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: [[spoiler:Dark World!Twilight runs into Razzaroo during her Ascension and ends up having to fight her, as both are potential candidates for becoming the Magician Alicorn but there can only be one. Twilight wins by [[SheathYourSword refusing to fight]], passing the SecretTestOfCharacter that Razzaroo had failed.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: Trixie does this even ''after'' her HeelFaceTurn, only then she refers to herself as "The One and Only Trixie", the thing Twilight called her when [[spoiler:breaking through to her when Loneliness was trying to pull her back into her grasp.]]
** As there is no dedicated narrator, EVERYONE in the audio adaptation. The voice of the character in the first person 'interview' in each chapter also narrates the third person omniscient sections, leading to instances where characters' voices refers to themselves and their actions in third person.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Shining Armor and company have this reaction to Makarov's attempt at slaughtering a village of innocent civilians to LeaveNoWitnesses as well as [[spoiler:[[AndIMustScream the true nature of his]] [[CoDragons Alicorn Cyborgs.]]]] Shining also points out that if an Equestrian or a Neighponese says this, due to their cultures having forgiveness as a virtue, they MEAN IT. Best shown by the fact [[spoiler:he forgave Dima for threatening Twilight, but now considers Makarov beyond forgiveness.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: [[spoiler:Starsong and Toola-Roola's Shadows of Existence.]]
* ThouShaltNotKill: Comes up quite a few times in the fic, from Rarity and Rainbow Dash now possessing the will to kill, to a VERY intense discussion between a field doctor and a hoofmaiden over their oath to help others.
* TimeMaster: [[ImplacableMan The Wolf]] from the Shining Armor Arc has the ability to revert anything it touches to a more primitive version of it, or simply [[RetGone erase it from existence]].
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox, the mastermind of the GroundhogDayLoop Dark World!Discord was trapped in. During the FinalBattle, she reveals she has the ability to stop and turn back time, but it appears to be a last resort power of hers and she doesn't rely on it.]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: [[spoiler: Since the Alicorns and Draconequui exist in a separate plane of existence, except when they manifest in the mortal world, they experience time differently from mortals. This is shown when Celestia relives G1 and G2 after the G3 world is erased, and when Rancor emerges in the Dark World as a teenager mere days (at most) after all the cosmically-inclined beings there felt her birth. Celestia states that it's even ''more'' complicated than that, saying that, if she were back in the spirit world, she could take Smartypants from her deathbed and give it to her as a child. Celestia says that's about as simple as she can make it, as mortals like Twilight simply ''can't'' understand it until after death.]]
** [[spoiler:Stated to be the reason Twilight the Unicorn and the defeated and purified Nightmare Eclipse merged into one; Eclipse was Twilight's future self.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: [[spoiler:While Discord is the only truly evil Draconequus, they're still not really nice guys with the exception of Pandemonium. She's generally a much nicer person than her siblings and the worse thing she does is [[DrivenToMadness accidentally drive ponies insane]] trying to inspire their art, which she is rather frustrated about.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Getting used to working in tandem with Fluttercruel and [[spoiler:performing a SplitPersonalityMerge]] pretty much did this to Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie respectively.
** [[spoiler:It's hard to imagine, but ''Princess Celestia'' does this in [[AllJustADream Luna's vision/nightmare]]. After Luna takes a FaceHeelTurn in the nightmare, Celestia reveals that she had a thousand years to plan for an usurpation attempt by a rogue alicorn. Cue Celestia's transformation into [[OneWingedAngel Orion]].]]
** [[spoiler:G3 Pinkie, Thistle Whistle, Sky Wishes, Star Catcher, Wysteria, Rarity, Spike, and Minty, something commented upon by Strife. Star Catcher ''especially'' considering she turns out to be an {{Amnesiac God}}dess whose true powers slowly awaken as it progresses before she fully awakens her true form, Celestia herself.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Fluttercruel takes several. [[spoiler:She starts out as the same heartless being we see in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 "Return of Harmony"]]. Through Fluttershy's lessons, Fluttercruel does not only begin to care for Fluttershy and her friends, but she is eventually able to manifest an Element of Kindness (making this a ''literal'' example) and is [[TheAtoner willing to sacrifice herself to save Fluttershy from the damage she caused.]] ]]
* ToThePain: Makarov goes into grand detail about the FateWorseThanDeath he has planned for Shining Armor.
* TranquilFury: Mimic got her legendary DyingMomentOfAwesome during one such moment, the trigger being Discord [[MamaBear threatening her daughters]]. After she permanently knocks out his fang, he goes into it and kills her.
** Dark World!Derpy does this in 'The Ultimate Foe' when she [[spoiler:passes the RageBreakingPoint and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats the Valeyard to death.]]]] Discord uses the opportunity to give Fluttercruel a lecture on the dangers of accidentally invoking this in the enemy.
--> '''Discord''': Fluttercruel, learn from [[spoiler:his defeat]]. Making your opponent angry and trying to wear down their emotions is a valuable battle tactic, but not everyone reacts to it the same way. Some go into a [[UnstoppableRage completely berserk frenzy and lose track of their reason.]] But the most dangerous will do what Miss Hooves just did; a calm fury. They have all the advantages of being furious, but keep their reason and clarity. A person in a berserk rage will try to beat you to death. A person in a tranquil fury will try to kill you, but be smart and very thorough about it.
** Rancor, being the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Anger, discusses this trope a few times and even name drops it.
** Rarity and Angry Pie go into it in 'Angry-Cruel Love'. Rarity because [[spoiler:she discovered Fluttershy is dead and Fluttercruel is Fluttershy's ChildByRape by Discord (and ''tortured'' Fluttershy)]] and Angry Pie because [[spoiler:Discord promised to revive her foals and make them immortal if she killed the heroes.]]
* TrappedInThePast: A variation. [[spoiler:It's revealed in [[WhamEpisode chapter 17.1]] of the Shining Armor Arc that Shining Armor's ImmuneToFate status means that instead of being in the present moving towards the future, he's in the ''past'' trying to catch up to the ''present'', making him a temporal anomaly. The variation is that Shining was unaware of this until being informed by the Interviewers, at which case its revealed [[SanDimasTime the SA Arc has been happening simultaneously with the rest of the series]] rather than being a {{Prequel}} as it originally seemed.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: [[spoiler:Not only was Rainbow Dash forced to abandon her friends thanks to a SadisticChoice, Discord tells all of Cloudsdale she pretty much doomed Equestria to save them, causing the poor girl to see her entire hometown completely furious with her. Discord then proceeds to twist the knife further by [[ForcedToWatch forcing her to watch]] her hometown be DrivenToMadness right in front of her while being helpless to do anything about it. ''Then'' she heads home to Ponyville to try and reunite with the others to do something about it, only to find them just as crazy as Cloudsdale. Is it any wonder the poor girl spent most of the series in a HeroicBSOD?]]
* TricksterMentor: [[spoiler:Strife seems to take this role to Luna, manipulating her into learning a lesson about humility and more about the mortal ponies its her duty to protect.]]
* TriumphantReprise: [[spoiler:The Princess Gaia Arc ends with Fluttershy and Fluttercruel singing a reprise of "So Many Wonders", summing up what they've learned throughout their storyline.]]
* TrueCompanions: Since this was a central theme of the original series, it's a given that there would be groups of these all over the place: the Mane Cast (eventually including Trixie and Fluttercruel), the Cutie Mark Crusaders (plus Spike [[spoiler: and Silver Spoon]]), Shining Armor's Misfit Actual squadron, [[spoiler: the main G3 characters]] in Generational Transitions, the main G2 ponies in "Gaiden: 7 Dreams/Nightmares", etc.
* [[spoiler:TrueFinalBoss: Discord.]]
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Trixie's sisters, despite not being twins, all look ''a lot'' alike. This ''really'' annoys Trixie and is why she wants to stand out so much.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: Fluttercruel uses "dragon fewmets" in Pinkie Pie's healing chapter, afterwhich Fluttershy threatens to wash her mouth out with soap for using foul language.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]] is an interesting example of this. She wants everyone to be happy (what with being [[spoiler:Fluttershy]]), and while she's not as extreme as many other examples of the trope, she does think that anyone who isn't happy must be FORCED to be happy, and that in order to achieve this goal, [[spoiler:[[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood magically turning ponies into foals in both body and mind]] ]]is a-ok! In an even straighter example of this trope, her Knight [[spoiler:Cherilee]] actually attempts to KILL the Mane Six because they were distrupting [[spoiler:Gaia's LotusEaterMachine]].
* ValuesDissonance: InUniverse, this happens when Twilight reads about Bright Eyes' family keeping their supplies to themselves despite the apocalyptic disaster the world's suffered. While to her, this is greedy and selfish, the rest of the group point out that times were different and it would've been dangerous to give away supplies back then.
* VaguenessIsComing: The [[BadFuture Dark World]] Series has this happen starting with the StormingTheCastle Arc. [[spoiler:It starts with the Valeyard's FinalSpeech implying that [[BigBadEnsemble Discord isn't the only]] BigBad they need to worry about. Then Aquamarine, a Sea Pony they meet, warns of an Alicorn Witch [[OmnicidalManiac coming to destroy the world]] and after helping defeat [[OneWingedAngel Odyne!Cruelty]], Fluttershy's ghost warns them that they're [[ItMakesSenseInContext 'Apple Pie's hamster']] (Apple Pie's pet hamster is named Groundhog). These are all warnings about the true BigBad, [[KnightTemplar Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]].]]
* TheVerse: Alexwarlorn and his crew are the main writers, but there's a lot of RecursiveFanfiction that's been made LooseCanon by the author written by others.
* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Cadence lost her memory defeating Havoc's Avatar and coming to the mortal world in "Origins".]]
* VillainEpisode: The first half of the [[BadFuture Dark World Series]] is this, taking place from the [[CoDragons Chaos Six's point of view]] and not switching over to a heroic POV until Twilight's HeelFaceTurn.
** [[spoiler:"A Fading Future" (not the RecursiveFanfiction "Fading Futures", though it's basically the same with an AlternateEnding), which revolves around Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox's StartOfDarkness. While she starts a heroine, by the end she's [[FaceHeelTurn become a villain]] and [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget forgot the reason she reset time in the first place]].]]
** [[spoiler:"Nightmare House", which involves Nightmare Eclipse and her PsychoRangers discussing an attempt by Eclipse to find a Nightmare of Rarity and failing, then her interacting with Nightmare Mirror. In a twist, we're shown them trying to imitate their old lives to some degree...and failing due to what they've become.]]
** The two "Nightmare World" one shots, which show a WhatIf AlternateUniverse were the Nightmare in question won. [[spoiler:Mirror eradicates deceit after a thousand years and then turns herself in, and Granfalloon forcibly remakes the world into G3, then turning herself into G3 Pinkie.]]
** Episode 16.5 of the Shining Armor Arc focuses on [[BigBad General-Admiral Makarov]] and acts as an OriginsEpisode for him [[spoiler:sort of]].
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler:In ''Not One of a Kind,'' Fluttercruel is saved by what appears to be, of all things, [[HeelFaceTurn canon!Discord]].]]
* VillainousBreakdown:
** [[spoiler:Loneliness has a habit of losing her cool whenever Twilight managed to break through her mind games. But she ''really'' loses it when Twilight begins to break through to Trixie, breaking Trixie's leg and trying to ''murder'' Twilight in a brutal and sadistic manner.]]
** It's revealed that Discord went ''completely berserk'' when Mimic managed to knock out his tooth in ancient times, the first time he'd ever been hurt by anyone. Unfortunately for Mimic, she didn't survive the encounter.
** [[spoiler: The foal inside Nightmare Whisper's heart (who had been angry, but relatively self assured before that) throws a major temper tantrum once the mane cast give their group WorldOfCardboardSpeech, screaming her head off at them to shut up over and over again.]]
** [[spoiler: Nightmare Mirror speaks with a refined tone throughout her fight with Applejack and Orangejack, which she fights with calm confidence. But she gradually grows angrier as they continue to resist, which is mirrored (no pun intended) by her slipping back into a country drawl more frequently.]]
** In the [[BadFuture Dark World]], Traitor Dash slowly loses it over the course of the Duel of Tears, as she desperately tries to kill Twilight, all while trying to convince her, the others, and ''herself'' that it's [[WellIntentionedExtremist the right thing to do]]. [[spoiler: Twilight actually invokes this to defeat her, and then uses the memory spell to [[HeelFaceTurn restore her]].]]
** [[spoiler:The Defense Attorney in the trial for Starlight's soul in her 7 Dreams[=/=]Nightmare story has one when Starlight declares herself guilty and is forgiven by the Prosecutor. She goes on a tirade, flipping the table over and screaming Starlight wasn't supposed to be forgiven...[[SubvertedTrope then laughs and says it was fun]]. Turns out 'she' was Havoc the entire time (the Father of All Alicorns was the Prosecutor) and He pretended to have a breakdown when he saw he was losing because [[ItAmusedMe It Amused Him]].]]
** [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss The Nameless Passenger/Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] has several, but always manages to recover. However, as the FinalBattle rages on and the heroes keep countering her attempts and the BigDamnHeroes keep showing up, her composure begins to slip more and more frequently as her frustration and anger mounts. The Benevolent Interloper even mentions she's getting more and more desperate. This reaches its zenith when Minty Pie [[EleventhHourRanger enters the battle]] and refuses to stay down, ultimately thwarting her attempt to corrupt Twilight.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Paradox''']]: [[spoiler:[[WhyWontYouDie YOU! WHAT PART OF LIE ON THE GROUND AND SILENTLY BLEED INTO DEATH WAS HARD TO UNDERSTAND?!]]]]
*** [[spoiler:Her biggest and final one starts with Discord [[BackupFromOtherworld calling her from the afterlife using Anarchy's cellphone]] and telling her Havoc isn't going to ''let'' her overwrite Cruelty's Draconequusification, meaning he ''won'' by finally getting a loop where Fluttercruel ''lives'', and she's not getting her back. This results in Paradox blowing her top and screaming that Mad Tiara and Screwball are going to be her new targets...then [[OhCrap realizing Discord just distracted her from Twilight charging her final spell]]. She continues to fall apart as Twilight's spell [[GondorCallsForAid summons the]] [[CrisisCrossover G1, G2, G3, and G4 (the pre-Discord versions) mane six]] to the present (reigniting the Princesses' Elements), putting her on the receiving end of ''six'' sets of Elements. Finally, her parents restrain her and she receives a BreakingLecture from Rota Fortuna that makes her realize she really ''has'' become NotSoDifferent from Discord. She goes ''catatonic'' from the shock, and by the time we last see her is reduced to little more than a broken shell of herself [[VillainsWantMercy begging Twilight not to]] [[KarmicDeath make her fuse with her]].]]
** [[spoiler:Makarov has several throughout the story, notably when Dima [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] to save Gilda, ruining his script and causing him to suffer a GlamourFailure, a breakdown he never recovers from. However his ''biggest'' one comes when he's mortally wounded by the Wolf and finds his Death Dome can only ''stall'' it now that [[ImplacableMan it's after him]]. He goes from giving an AGodIAm speech to [[VillainsWantMercy begging Shining to save his sorry flank]] in ''seconds''. To add to it, Makarov's stolen Lights of Existence start bleeding out of him, resulting in his mind literally starting to slowly fall apart.]]
** [[spoiler:[[Series/DoctorWho The Master]] has one when Minuette resists his attempts to tempt her into opening her fob watch and [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan become him again]], eventually losing his cool and screaming at her.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''The Master''']]: YOU EQUINE FOOL! [[spoiler:You are ME! You are the MASTER!]]
* VillainsOutShopping: A RunningGag in the Dark World Series is someone wondering what [[EvilOverlord Discord's]] doing or he'll be back soon...only for it to cut to him having a [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes night out with]] [[DaddysLittleVillain Fluttercruel]] with a surprising lack of torture and maiming. The two instances that most fit this trope are cutting to him and her playing video games at an arcade and them skiing. All in all, he only does one genuinely evil thing the entire time.
** [[spoiler:"Nightmare House". It takes place before (or possibly during) the main Dark World story and depicts Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox and her PsychoRangers merely talking at their house between Paradox's interventions in Dark World. They simply hang out. Though it's a somewhat dark in that the focus is more or less on them ''trying'' to play the part of their old lives but being unable to due to what they've become.]]
* VillainOverride: Dark World!Fluttercruel and Angry Pie do this to an army of zombies (apparently they were Discord's birthday present to her her), literally remote controlling them.
** [[spoiler:[[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] has apparently done this to Discord throughout the GroundhogDayLoop by 'copy and pasting' his actions from a previous loop over top of his present ones to stop him from 'breaking character'. She tries to do this to him during the final confrontation with him, but Rancor threw everything so 'off-script' that none of her 'footage' worked and he was able to finally {{Out Gambit|ted}} her.]]
*** [[spoiler: To give some insight on how evil Paradox's VillainOverride was, in a flashback we see Discord about to have a HeelFaceTurn. He asks a filly to teach him how to be good. The next thing he knows, the filly's gone, there is blood on his hands, and Nightmare Paradox's voice tells him [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness not to break character.]] In other words, she basically forced him to kill that filly.]]
* VillainProtagonist: [[spoiler:Luna in her second sidestory after her FaceHeelTurn. She's the one whose POV we're seeing from, despite the fact she's trying to murder her sister, in the process vaporizing innocent ponies without a care, forcing [[HeroAntagonist Celestia]] to fight back to protect Equestria from her. Of course, it turned out to be AllJustADream.]]
** The versions of the Mane Six in the Epilogue timeline.
* VillainSong:
** [[spoiler:Princess Gaia]] gets three. The first is a ponified version of [[spoiler:"Come Little Children" from ''HocusPocus'' (though, ironically, she really ''does'' mean exactly what it says, making it ''less'' of a VillainSong than it originally was).]] The second is a completely fanmade [[spoiler:DarkReprise of "So Many Wonders" used to try and re-hypnotize Applejack. The third extended version of her DarkReprise and appears later when she hypnotises Raven.]]
** [[spoiler:Cheerilee, while acting as Princess Gaia's {{Dragon}}, gets one during her fight with the group.]]
** While not canon, [[RecursiveFanfiction a fan wrote a]] VillainSong for [[spoiler:[[http://fav.me/d4ekxrn Loneliness]].]]
*** The same author wrote one for [[spoiler:[[http://kendell2.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d54hm2i Nightmare Mirror]]]], and provided one for another author's [[http://itsfrompeople.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d54gagf story]] about [[spoiler: Nightmare Granfalloon]].
*** Said author also recently wrote [[http://kendell2.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d5dnkoe one]] for Strife as well.
** [[spoiler:The [[TheVoice Nameless Passenger]] sings a version of "[[Disney/{{Tangled}} What Once Was Mine]]"]] when she finally makes herself known called "Walking of the Endless Wheel". According to the song writer, it was intended to emphasize her status as a [[spoiler:FallenHero and DarkMessiah by being a song that, in any other context, would be heroic but is made a VillainSong due to who's singing it.]]
** Earlier in "Off Da Rails" Dark World!Discord and [[spoiler:Fluttercruel, in Sparkler's body,]] have one inspired by [[http://youtu.be/gVok-7tDFF8 Joker's Song]] called "Disharmonious Duet" about the love of sadistic games both share [[spoiler:though given TheReveal, Discord was likely only singing along for her sake.]]
** [[spoiler:Strife]] gets one in Bright Eyes' Gaiden story called "The Key to Survival in a Very Deadly World" based off "[[TheWindInTheWillows The Secret of Survival in a Very Nasty World]]" about [[spoiler:how Bright Eyes (a filly at the time) has wondered into dangerous woods and if the coyotes chasing her kill her its simply natures way. The "Villain" part is debatable because [[BlueAndOrangeMorality to the Personficiation of Natural Selection, that's exactly right]], but it's still suitably menacing.]]
** [[spoiler:Cruel Eyes/D___t's Shadow of Existence]] gets one in Part 6 of Bright Eyes' Gaiden as well in the form of a DarkReprise of Bright Eyes' "In the Forest" song from ''MyLittlePonyTales'' in an attempt to [[spoiler:convince Bright Eyes she subconsciously ''wished'' for the apocalypse to happen, in an attempt to drive her over the DespairEventHorizon so he could consume her infant Concept and become real again.]]
** Makarov gets one in 17.1 simply called Makarov. It's so bad Shining zones out before he finished, but the full song can be found [[http://fav.me/d6v6jrl here.]] According to WordOfGod, it was [[StylisticSuck intentionally written poorly]] and more of a ripoff of [[WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot the original song]]. than an original song to reflect Makarov's status as a ParodySue.
* TheVillainSucksSong: Cadence sings one to General-Admiral Makarov in chapter 15 called 'Under My Wings' that doubles as a ShutUpHannibal to his attempted BreakingLecture. [[spoiler:Being she's powered up from the bonds of Misfit Actual and the Rebels and is the Alicorn of Music, [[MagicMusic it hurts more than his pride.]]]]
* VillainsWantMercy: [[EvilOverlord Film Critique]] from Patch's '7 Dreams/Nightmares' chapter after Patch takes his Rainbow Shard and leaves him to his KarmicDeath [[DoWithHimAsYouWill at the hooves of his now unbrainwashed harem.]] He's last heard screaming how he doesn't deserve it and begging them to stop.
** [[spoiler:[[BewareTheNiceOnes As Derpy]] is [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating him to death]], [[BigBadWannabe the Valeyard]] begs her not to kill him, even trying to appeal to her friendship with the Doctor (who [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he explicitly made sure she knew he wasn't an incarnation of]] in an attempt to BreakTheCutie) in an attempt to stop her. It doesn't work. Justified as the Valeyard's [[SoulJar Regeneration Template]] was just destroyed and he'll be KilledOffForReal and replaced with a new incarnation of the Doctor if he dies one more time, something he's ''terrified'' of (hence the [[CrazyPrepared insane lengths he goes to]] trying to prevent it from happening)]]
** [[spoiler:After being mortally wounded by [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]], Makarov begs Shining Armor to help him contain the Wolf and save him. Considering what Makarov had done up until that point, Shining has none for him.]]
* VillainWorld: The [[BadFuture Epilogue timeline]].
** [[spoiler:Ironically, it turns out its not so much one for Discord anymore, but for Nightmare Paradox, who has reduced Discord to a PuppetKing.]]
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: [[spoiler:Laughter!Applejack's group appears to have done this, as they all are high school students who ended up ending an AncientConspiracy meant to keep Earth Ponies in the dark about Unicorns and Pegasi, the Unicorns and Earth Ponies about Griffins, and everyone about the dragons.]]
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel wanted to take control from the get go, but once she does, she finds out even that isn't enough to make her happy. If anything, it makes her ''more'' depressed.]]
* TheWatcher: [[spoiler:The Interviewers. We know nothing about them, but they've made a habit of dropping hints for the characters to follow that ultimately lead them to the correct assumption. The ''most'' they've interfered is by giving Twilight Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog, then vanishing mysteriously. The "interviewers notes" simply respond to her demands to know more about them with "You will know soon enough."]]
* WatchOutForThatTree: In "Galatea Part 1", while [[VillainsOutShopping she and Discord are skiing]] ([[WorldOfChaos down the mountain of stained glass in a bitter chocolate blizzard wearing skis made of flaming candy canes]]), Fluttercruel gets distracted by Discord thinking out loud and runs into a hotdog tree. Discord even name drops the trope.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Nightmare!Fluttershy, AKA Princess Gaia. She just wants to help everypony achieve their heart's desire...by trapping them forever in a dreamworld where their greatest fantasies come true...]]
** [[spoiler:Though, as Celestia pointed out in "Pearl Necklace Part 5", she was far more Well Intentioned than Extremist than most. Celestia's celebration for her is mainly because of how far down [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope the slippery slope]] she ''didn't'' slip that any other pony likely would have.]]
* WeirdnessMagnet: Shining Armor in his own Arc. So far he's attracted the attention of an insane GeneralRipper and SuperSoldier ([[spoiler:who turns out to be an [[HumanoidAbomination Equinoid Abomination]] a Hooviet experiment set loose from Pandora's box]]) who takes a ''tiny'' offense and tries to murder him for it with ''tripods powered by unicorn horns'', been chased by a wolf-like entity trying to {{Retgone}} him, and has to meet with a spy to get intell in a supposed haunted AbandonedHospital built on a convergence of leylines where magically sensitive individuals can supposedly see into other worlds. And that's ''not'' taking into account the craziness that is going to happen at the wedding...
--> '''Shining Armor''': (after finding out about the aforementioned meeting with a spy) [[LampshadeHanging ...When did I become a]] WeirdnessMagnet?
*** [[spoiler:He's ''still'' a WeirdnessMagnet ''after'' Makarov is [[RetGone erased from existence]]! He also keeps memories of the timeline where Makarov existed, adding to his weirdness.]]
--> '''Shining Armor''': We'd had to face [[OhNoNotAgain another blasted]] EldritchAbomination! [[ItMakesSenseInContext Why can I still say that after we got rid of the last one?!]]
** The Doctor as well, being...well, [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]. And they meet, leading to this conversation after one of the Doctor's devices exploded when pointed at him:
--> '''Shining Armor''': "Sorry, it was probably my fault, I tend to be attract weird happenings. It's annoying."
--> '''The Doctor''': "Could say the same, actually. All things considered I tend to attract a lot more strange situations than I probably should...Ever been attacked by a small army just for stepping hoof in the wrong place?"
--> '''Shining Armor''': "...Officially, no..."
--> '''The Doctor''':"Officially, me neither."
--> '''Shining Armor (Narration)''': [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Oh boy...]]
*** The Doctor even lists them both being this as the reason why he doesn't offer Shining a position as his companion: he things the universe probably won't survive it!
* WhamEpisode:
** [[spoiler:"Black Pearl", with Fluttershy becoming [[BigBad Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper]].]]
** [[spoiler:"Prologue" and its SequelEpisode "Generational Transitions". The first reveals that Pinkie Pie ''is'' the G3 Pinkie and that world was {{Retgone}}d because it was collapsing, the latter not only reveals that, but that Celestia was G3 Star Catcher and ends with Twilight being given Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog, not only causing her to confront Celestia about Equestria's past, but revealing [[TheWatcher the Interviewers are far more than they seem]].]]
** [[spoiler:"Mind Games Part 7", which reveals not only that Diamond Tiara's actions were the straw that broke the camels back when it came to her mother's sanity, but that Screwball tried to ''kill'' her and is now so lost in her insanity she doesn't remember. Discord also finally drops his facade and lets Diamond see his ''real'' intentions for her.]]
** [[spoiler: "Mind Games Part 8". Discord completely corrupts Diamond Tiara, and she releases him. Also, Golden Tiara fully regains her sanity, and upon remembering what she [[OffingTheOffspring almost did]] when she went insane, her reaction is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone predictable]].]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Golden Tiara]]''': "WHAT DID I ALMOST DO [[spoiler:TO MY BABY]]?!"
** [[spoiler:"Angry Cruel Love". The all out battle between Discord's forces and the Dark World!Mane Six continues. Fluttercruel is revealed to be able to use the Stare (Discord ordered her to reserve it for a last resort) and Rarity's golems are revealed to be souls using her as a medium to materialize into the mortal plain through her powers. Rarity then kills Fluttercruel and takes the Element of Cruelty for herself. Meanwhile, Angry Pie and Twilight continue their fight, ending with Angry Pie tearing out her Element of Magic and leaving her for dead as she begins [[RapidAging rapidly aging]].]]
** Both parts of "The Real Hoof Blues" also qualify for [[spoiler:not only redeeming Pinkie Pie, but revealing {{The Voice}}'s [[SheWhoFightsMonsters true]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide motivations]] for Twilight and all but confirming she was [[BigBadEnsemble the other]] BigBad the Valeyard spoke of in his FinalSpeech. In addition, a second voice begins talking to Twilight to prevent her from falling for [[TheCorrupter the Voice's]] attempts.]]
** "Off Da Rails" is possibly the biggest Wham chapter yet. So, the Dark World Elements of Harmony are fighting through Discord's remaining {{Mooks}} to reach him when [[spoiler: Fluttercruel turns out to be NotQuiteDead and possessing Sparkler's body]]. Just as the heroes are adjusting to this shock, Discord and Rancor show up to begin the FinalBattle... [[spoiler: only for Rancor to literally stab Discord InTheBack and steal Destruction's power for herself]]. This takes ''everyone'', even the Voice, by surprise. After [[spoiler: Rancor returns to the Draconequi dimension]], Discord reacts by [[spoiler: giving his remaining power to Fluttercruel]]. Fluttercruel then goes after the heroes herself, has a VillainousBreakdown, and [[spoiler: goes OneWingedAngel, transforming into a full Draconequs]], something the Voice says ''isn't possible''.
** "Ruined Pearl Necklace" and "Crushed Pearl Necklace" both count. The former [[spoiler:for revealing Pinkie is slowly dying of RapidAging due to her Element of Rage being damaged]] and Rainbow Dash returns to the fray, the latter [[spoiler:for revealing what happened to Cruelty; she was hit with ALL of Sparkler's memories when she possessed her, which [=unDiscorded=] her (no one, not even Discord himself, knew it but she was BORN Discorded), leading her further into insanity.]] On top of that [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie dies and Cruelty is killed once and for all (but at the cost of Sparkler's life), while Fluttershy's spirit takes Fluttercruel's soul to recondition her.]]
** From the looks of things, the End of Days Arc is going to be a Wham ''Arc''. "My Little Alicorn" has [[spoiler:a Sea Pony [[WhamLine deliver an ominous warning that an "Alicorn Witch" is on her way]] to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the world]] and that Discord actually made Celestia's prison a ''[[PetTheDog paradise]]'' and when she and Luna are released, they've been reduced to fillies and Celestia lost her memory. Then Shady's spirit shows up to try and get Discord to redeem himself and claims that, while she understands why Discord's considered a devil despite still loving him as her son, the Nameless Passenger is ''[[EvilerThanThou WORSE than he is!]]'']] All this is in addition to the various hints being dropped about [[spoiler:the Passenger's endgame]] in this and the previous chapters.
** "Beating Up Discord" has [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord finally die and the world revert to a more harmonic setting, but Discord is revealed to, on some level, regret his crimes and its implied that someone or something has trapped him in a GroundhogDayLoop. At the end, Pinkie Pie and her foals, playing a video game version of their friend's adventures, discover [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle there's still a third disc left to play.]]]]
** "All Things in Twilight" has Twilight, and soon after the others, finally shake off the [[TheVoice Nameless Passenger]]'s influence, forcing it to reveal its identity -- [[spoiler: an [[AlternateSelf alternate Twilight]]-turned-[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]]]].
** "Give A Reason" not only [[spoiler:gives the Nameless Passenger a name -- Nightmare Eclipse (though the heroes dub her Nightmare Paradox)--]], but reveals how [[spoiler:the GroundhogDayLoop started and that its been going on for what amounts to several ''hundred'' '''''million''''' ''years!'']] On top of that [[spoiler:its revealed that Paradox isn't an alternate Twilight but [[FutureMeScaresMe a potential future Twilight]] who wants Twilight to become her and continue the loop.]]
** "All My Friends Are Here": [[spoiler:The FinalBattle with Nightmare Paradox begins and its revealed that along the way, she's merged with versions of Fluttershy, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and Spike who went [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]], giving her a team of PsychoRangers. The chapter ends with everyone but Twilight and Applejack disabled and Paradox and her Nightmares seemingly preparing the FinishingMove. The presence of Spike's Nightmare (Nightmare Banneret) also reveals the fact ''any'' species can go Nightmare.]]
** The most recent chapter "Friends VS Friends" ends with [[spoiler: the use of the Elements of Harmony ''utterly obliterating the whole world'', and Nightmare Paradox using this to force Twilight to become her and reset the time loop once more. Though it is implied that this actually was from a previous cycle.]]
** "Shining Armor 13" not only delves into the mysterious break ins that happened, but ends with [[spoiler:Cadence revealing the Wolf is still after Shining and proving it's not all in his head, because ''she saw it too.'']]
** Clover's Gaiden Story reveals that [[spoiler:Minty was actually [[FusionDance Clover, Dandy, and their son combined]] by the world changing spell.]] It also reveals that [[spoiler:Pinkie was Clover's imaginary friend.]]
** "That Which Pierces All" sees [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse and her PsychoRangers defeated once and for all (along with ''every'' alternate version of her due to her merging with every Nightmare Purgatory the moment of their birth), but after the dust settles, Twilight's absorbed the purified Eclipse and undergoing Alicornification. Discord also implies that it's possible Alicorn!Trixie's Alicornification wasn't undone.]]
** Dark World 34: [[spoiler: Twilight becomes an alicorn of Magic, happy endings and friendship. RARITY becomes an Alicorn of the mortal experience and becomes the new queen of ALL of equestria. The elements of chaos are dismantled and purified within Rarity.]]
** Shining Armor 14: [[spoiler:The Wolf comes after Shining again, ''on the ship'', it's heavily implied that Minuette is an amnesiac Time Lord, and the Hooviets threaten Twilight in order to get to Shining, mailing him pictures of her sleeping.]]
** "Duel to the Death at the Dawn of Time": [[spoiler: Twilight/Amicitia's "greatest foe" turns out to be a younger Cadence, who was [[KnightTemplar convinced magic was inherently evil]] and tried to kill Amicitia to prevent its existence. After Amicitia barely defeats her, her Light of Existence goes to live a mortal life to teach her a lesson, while her Shadow somehow clings to sentience and is recovered by Pandora, who gives it its own Light, ''creating Chrysalis''. Meanwhile, Amicitia is revealed to be the [[BigGood Benevolent Interloper]], creating a StableTimeLoop to insure her own existence. Oh, and it's strongly implied she's the Interviewers as well.]]
** Shining Armor 15-1: The anti-Hooviet Rebellion and [[BigGood Mother Deer]] are introduced [[spoiler:and revealed to be the ones who threatened Twilight in 14 in order to enable them to meet with Shining]] and a major battle with the Hooviets begins.
** Shining Armor 16-2: After light-hearted fun in part 1 of the chapter and a good chunk of this part, serious MoodWhiplash kicks in as [[spoiler: the group finds the downed ''Defiant'' with all hands onboard (including Bond's parents) long dead, and more importantly discover that Makarov's endgame involves using chemical weapons to kill ''every dragon on the planet'', including Spike, which would involve gassing Ponyville as well. And ''then'', Makarov uses his [[RealityWarper powers]] to literally spring a ambush from nowhere and forces Misfit Actual to surrender themselves in order to spare the rest of the fleet. And when they do, Makarov [[ForcedToWatch forces Shining to watch]] as he subjects the rest of the squad to {{No Holds Barred Beatdown}}s, including ''shooting Running Gag's wing off''. And the chapter ends with Makarov making some ominous remarks and knocking Shining out.]]
** Shining Armor 17-1 is a big one: [[spoiler:Shining Armor discovers, the Interviewers have been interviewing him ''on his way to Makarov's flagship'' and is capable of knowing they're there, unlike anyone else. The Interviewers reveal that the SA Arc and the series proper run on SanDimasTime because Shining Armor's [[ImmuneToFate condition]] means he's in the ''past'' catching up to the ''present'', destroying any sense of ForegoneConclusion. Makarov begins his endgame, starting a ''global war'' with an attempted dragon genocide, threatening to sever the connection to the Heart World, and traps the battlefield under his Iron Curtain, making him near omnipotent. The chapter ends with Shining Armor, after spending the chapter being ForcedToWatch Makarov kill thousands of innocents, snaps, smashes Makarov's super weapon and attempting to ''kill'' him.]]
** Shining Armor 18.1: [[spoiler:General Admiral Makarov has been [[RetGone erased from existence]] and Shining Armor, Cadence, and Minuette find themselves [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand in the new, repaired timeline]] where the Hooviet Empire imploded on schedule. Bond's parents and everyone who died because of Makarov are still alive, ''Defiant'' never crashed allowing it to stop several wars to be prevented or greatly decreased in scope and deaths, and [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore the world as a whole is a far different place.]] Also, it's revealed that [[AmnesiacDissonance Minuette is]] ''[[Series/DoctorWho the Master]]'' using a fob watch, but she managed to fend him off when he tried to reassert himself.]]
* WhamLine:
** From "Turn The Other Flank", when we first meet [[spoiler:[[EnemyWithin Loneliness]]. It's even more shocking because it's completely unexpected and comes out of nowhere for both Twilight and the audience.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Loneliness''']]: '''''GET OUT!!!'''''
** [[spoiler:From "Playtime".]]
--> '''Applejack''': [[spoiler:AH AIN'T SAY YA LYIN'! YA '''ARE''' A LIE!]]
** Generation Transitions Part 3: [[spoiler: After seeing the end of G3. We suddenly cut to Twilight Sparkle reading the ApocalypticLog written by Razzaroo.]]
--> '''Twilight Sparkle''': [[spoiler: H-how ... How did you get this book-?! Who are you anyway?! Who are you really-?! Hey! You can't just walk away! Answer me! Stop!]]
--> [[spoiler: '''[[TheWatcher Interviewer's notes]]''': You will know soon enough Twilight Sparkle. You will know soon enough]]
** From "The Real Hoof Blues Part 1" [[spoiler:when Twilight reveals she's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide not quite herself.]]]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Twilight''']]: [[spoiler:You said the Element of Chaos have made us unkillable! [[HeWhoFightsMonsters But I'd like to see if that's true!]]]]
** From "Broken Pearl Necklace" [[spoiler:revealing that Fluttercruel was basically ''born'' Discorded, something not even Discord seemed to have realized.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Fluttercruel''': Huh? Why...why did my colors get brighter?]]
** Also from "Broken Pearl Necklace" [[spoiler:this warning [[MamaBear Fluttershy]] gives to [[PhysicalGod the Draconequi]] as she takes Fluttercruel with her to be [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed]].]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Fluttershy''': She'll come back to you when she's ready. You're all going to have to simply wait. If any of you besides Discord come before then, you'll face the [[PhysicalGod Tarot of]] [[TarotMotifs the Queen of Cups]].]]
** From "My Little Alicorn" [[spoiler:when a Sea Pony reveals [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Discord may not be the one the heroes should be worried about.]]]]
--> '''Aquamarine''': [[spoiler:Lord Discord says an Alicorn Witch [[OmnicidalManiac will destroy this world soon, him, and everypony else.]]]]
** From "Beating Up Discord" [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord implying there's far more to what's going on than the heroes believed.]]
--> '''Discord''': [[spoiler:This isn't your Hell, Twilight Sparkle. It's mine, it always been mine...[[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle she's made all of you exist only so...]]]]
** "All Things in Twilight" has two relating to the Nameless Passenger's identity.
*** First, when Twilight deduces it:
--->"There's only one pony with so much brains and still be so arrogant and narrow minded! [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle!]]"
*** Then, when she reveals herself to the group:
--->'''Apple Pie''': Half-Light, who…who is she?
--->'''Twilight''': ...She's...[[spoiler: me… my… Nightmare.]]
** From "Give A Reason" [[spoiler:Nightmare Paradox revealing just how long the GroundhogDayLoop has been happening.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Paradox''']]: [[spoiler:It's genuinely hard to say now. I suppose if you were to lay the iterations end-to-end... [[AndIMustScream it'd total a few hundred million years.]]]]
*** Another one comes a little earlier [[spoiler:revealing Paradox is ''truly'' Twilight's potential [[FutureMeScaresMe future self.]]]] Interesting in that its both a CallBack [[spoiler:to Discorded Ponies]] and one line split between two characters [[spoiler:to show how they're the same person.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Paradox''']]: I remember wondering if [[spoiler:these were the lessons Celestia had intended for us to learn]]-
--> '''Twilight''': -and wondered why [[spoiler:our coat was turning gray.]]
** From "A Fading Future" (not the RecursiveFanfiction Fading Futures [[spoiler:though it's basically the same thing with an AlternateEnding]]) when [[spoiler:the GroundhogDayLoop began.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Purgatory''']]: [[spoiler:The sick buck's finally getting what he deserves! Hahaha!...[[HeWhoFightsMonsters But...]][[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget maybe he hasn't]]...[[SanitySlippage hehe...haha...hahaha!]]]]
** "All My Friends Are Here" [[spoiler:when Nightmare Paradox reveals one of her trump cards]]:
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Paradox''']]: [[spoiler:You think...[[IAmNotLeftHanded I am]]...''[[PsychoRangers Alone]]'']]
** From "Bright Eyes part 6": [[spoiler: "I am the first born son of Fear and Nothingness," The eldest son of the draconequi, the concept of total freedom through imagination apart from reality, makes himself known.]]
** "Shining Armor 13" Cadence [[spoiler:proving the Wolf isn't just in Shining Armor's head, and it's ''still'' after him.]]
--> '''Cadence''': [[spoiler:Hey Shining... was there a dog behind you? I could've sworn I saw one when I was coming back down...]]
** From "Clover part 1" we have the meta origin of Pinkie Pie.
--> '''Clover/Minty''': [[spoiler:"I…I… don't understand how can this be? ... You were my imaginary friend.]]
** From Shining Armor 18.1 [[spoiler:the reveal of who Minuette ''actually'' is when her pocket watch begins trying to tempt her to open it and so she can stop Makarov:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''The Master''': Open it, and summon me and receive my majesty!]]
* WhatIf: The {{Alternate Universe}}s seen in the Truth are typically this. These range from simple changes ("What if Applejack had never left Manehatten?" or the classic "What If Celestia had fallen instead of Luna?") to vastly different ("What if Applejack was the Element of Loyalty instead of Rainbow Dash?" or "What if the G2 Apocalypse or G3 had never happened?"). A number of fanfics have explored a few of these, such as "Seeds of Magic", which answers the question of "What If Applejack became the Element of Magic and Celestia's student instead of Twilight?".
** The Dark World Series answers the question of [[TheBadGuyWins "What if Discord won?"]] [[spoiler:as well as "What if Twilight had [[SuperpoweredEvilSide become a Nightmare?"]]]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: Subverted in an interesting way in [[spoiler:the alternate worlds Applejack and Dark World!Applejack see in the truth. In the worlds were Applejack got one of the other's Elements (Big Mac normally taking hers), several have the one she 'replaced' is still an important asset. In Laughter!Applejack's world, Pinkamena (a PerkyGoth version of Pinkie Pie) was essential to defeating the Stallions In Black and in Magic!Applejack's world, Twilight is a friend and assists with research on the various adventures her friend has.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Pinkie Pie gets chewed out by Pinkamenia over always using her as a buffer against sad things she comes up against.
** To say nothing of the team's reactions, Rarity's in particular, to learning [[spoiler:Rainbow ''faked'' being Discorded.]]
** Fluttershy and Fluttercruel call out Rainbow Dash for not trying to save Fluttershy when she fell off the clouds during the race when they were fillies. [[spoiler:Subverted by the fact Fluttershy not only thanks her for how it happened (since it resulted in the Mane Cast getting their Cutie Marks), but she and Fluttercruel were just doing it to make Rainbow Dash realize and admit why she decided to stop being a loner and make friends with everypony else.]]
** Rainbow gets another in the revised version of her True Healing chapter, this time from Applejack for her SmugSuper act during the Mare-Do-Well incident, especially letting a balloon with a filly in it fall while she took time to sign autographs before saving her.
** [[spoiler:Twilight delivers one to Trixie after the battle with [[TheDragon Cheerilee]] to try to shock her into deflating her ego and learning about friendship. Trixie notes that unlike other times people had said the same things to her, this time it actually ''hurt'' to hear.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel gets one from Applejack and Pinkie Pie for being responsable for Fluttershy being Nightmare Whisper in the first place.]]
** [[spoiler:Luna gives a ''very'' nasty one to Fluttershy and Fluttercruel that borders on a HannibalLecture as punishment for their wrongdoing.]]
** [[spoiler:Luna and Celestia's Father calls Luna out on assisting Celestia in unleashing what would become known as the Windigos on earth, ''knowing'' that, as pieces of Entropy, they could ''only'' end badly. He also calls her out on her lack of concern for mortal ponies and prideful nature, punishing her by reverting her to an infant.]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Galaxia, Celestia sister, had the chance to [[spoiler:smother an amnesiac Discord when he was a child]] and potentially end the suffering he could cause before it started...but she couldn't bring herself to [[spoiler:murder a child.]]
* WhileRomeBurns: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia's army overrunning and conquering Equestria is interlaced with scenes of the brainwashed Mane Cast having a civil, peaceful, even ''friendly'' time with Princess Gaia.]]
** [[spoiler:Even worse... it can at least be interpreted that they're not actually playing a game, but are in fact in command of Princess Gaia's forces and are now assisting her in making Equestria keel over.]]
* WhosLaughingNow: [[EvilOverlord Film Critique]] from Patch's Gaiden Story chose some of his victims because they'd laughed at him before he'd found the Shard of Laughter and went FromNobodyToNightmare. Of course, a lot of them were just innocent ponies he decided to bend to his will.
** [[spoiler:[[IHaveManyNames Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]], the true BigBad of [[BadFuture Dark World]] and Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare self]], did this to Discord. He spent a thousand years using her as his personal plaything until she finally broke free and [[StartOfDarkness invoked the Nightmare transformation to become Nightmare Purgatory]] so she could PayEvilUntoEvil. She then became [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]], trapped him in a GroundhogDayLoop IronicHell, and reduced him to little more than her tortured puppet, just like he'd done to her.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Eclipse''']]: [[spoiler:(Enjoy this big spoonful of your own medicine. [[AndIMustScream Again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again. Forever, never to end.]] As I watch you squirm for my entertainment. Just like I had to suffer for your amusement with no end in sight!)]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes:
** Rarity briefly gains a phobia of gems after her corruption. Quite a few other ponies have the same problem with various things as a result of what Discord did to them. For example, Big Mcintosh at the beginning of the story has only ''just'' been able to be in the same room as the Winowna, the family dog. Lyra and [=BonBon=] have had trouble with their relationship due to some... things that happened, Sweetie Belle wants to throw out all her dolls, and [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Whooves]] goes into a [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E17E18TheEndOfTime Lords Victorious sanity slip.]] He's openly afraid to even go ''outside.''
** [[spoiler:Trixie is absolutely terrified of Ursas as a result of the Ursa Minor incident. Even Princess Gaia's cute, teddybear-sized versions scare her so badly, it takes Pinkie Pie singing a soothing version of "Giggle At The Ghosties" to her to calm her down.]]
* WhyWontYouDie: Twilight has this reaction when [[spoiler:hitting Trixie with the Memory Spell doesn't destroy Loneliness like she thought it would.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash ''nearly'' becomes one when she spirals so deep into self-loathing that she convinces herself that betrayal and loyalty are the same thing. Fortunately, her friends are there to talk her down. Fluttershy undergoes the same transformation when she realizes the cruelty inherent in nature, but her friends aren't there to reverse it and Fluttercruel tries but is unable to help. Thus, Fluttershy becomes [[EldritchAbomination Nightmare Whisper]].]]
** [[spoiler:Destruction, a ''literal'' example. He has an uncontrollable ''need'' to destroy things. If he doesn't, he goes into an animalistic, insane fury that he can't control and doesn't revert until he's destroyed something. He doesn't like it, but his mother, Entropy traps him in a black hole to let it build up so they can send him to destroy whatever they need him too.]]
* TheWorfEffect: Deconstructed with [[spoiler:Spitfire, as the Wonderbolts' repeated failures when actually ''trying'' to do something heroic begin to wear her down and drive her into a HeroicBSOD.]]
* WorldBuilding: The story has gradually built up its on world, complete with a pantheon of gods and a ''long'' history.
** This, so far, seems to be the primary purpose of Shining Armor's side story.
* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord's death results in one that undoes a large amount of his magic.]]
** [[spoiler:''Six'' sets of Elements being used to defeat [[BigBad Nightmare Eclipse]] results in a ''timeline healing wave'' that heals all the damage she did to the timeline, including finally breaking her GroundhogDayLoop.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Rarity's rebirth as the Alicorn of the Mortal World, Queen Libra, results in one, repairing Discord's ecological damage.]]
* WorldOfBadass: Given the right motivation, ''anypony'' [[TookALevelInBadass can effectively become]] a {{Badass}}. This is referenced by Princess Celestia, who points out ponies have a surprising ability to rise to the occasion when its required of them. [[spoiler:Apparently, this was one of the things her Mother, Fauna Luster, enjoyed rubbing in the face of Discord's Mother Entropy, who believed sentient life would inevitably destroy itself.]] Considering [[spoiler:the story is in canon with [[MyLittlePony G1 and G2]]]] in addition to the events of the series proper, this is little surprise.
** [[BadFuture The Dark World]] also counts, living under the iron fist of an EvilOverlord tends to do that.
* WorldOfPun: As shown in the Shining Armor Arc, ponies aren't the only ones who enjoy naming their countries and cities after puns.
--> '''Pegasus Interviewer''': It's just a pun! [[LampshadeHanging Half the cities on the planet are named after puns, so deal with it!]]
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: [[spoiler:Twilight has one after Fluttercruel makes her realize Fluttershy's motivation for becoming Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper, breaking her out of her mental block that'd plagued her the entire battle. This also activates the Element of Magic ''without'' the crown she normally needs. The others follow suit, activiating their own Elements with their own {{World Of Cardboard Speech}}s and finishing with Fluttercruel earning her Cutie Mark and realizing what it, and Fluttershy's, ''really'' mean, giving a speech of her own and summoning the Element Of Kindness.]]
** In Part six of Dark World: Twilight gives one as she completes her HeelFaceTurn.
--> '''Twilight''': I leave behind Tragedy, Master's tool, I leave behind Sparkle, Discord's toy, I am simply Twilight The Unicorn. I am me. I have magic to do and tragedies to face. I'm done hiding in the cage I've made for myself and those around me...I'm finally free. And I have some friends to make.
** As do Dark World!Applejack and Rarity when its their turn to pull a HeelFaceTurn. Spike also gives one later when awakening as an Element of Generosity. Rainbow likewise gets one later after finally repairing her soul.
** Dark World!Rainbow Dash Gets another one when she [[spoiler:overcomes her fear of her [[SuperMode Ender Dash]] form and use every ounce of her power to save her friends. She promptly uses said power to ''fly the Princesses into outer space'' so they can recharge directly from the sun and moon.]]
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': No, I'm not going to give up! I can't...[[spoiler:Pinkie, Fluttershy]]...Scootaloo...[[spoiler:Derpy's filly…]]I can't...I can't lose anypony else! "I'm not letting Twilight and the others alone…nothing's stopping me! Not bucking physics, not some [[spoiler:'Alicorn Witch']]...and not me..." I said, thinking of why I was so scared of using every ounce of my power. I didn't want to hurt anyone, didn't want to KILL someone...But if I didn't, my friends were going to DIE. And I was MORE afraid of that! [[spoiler:I let the Princesses go and got some distance, [[SuperMode letting the power explode.]] I erupted in red energy and rainbow lightning. I was Ender Dash...and I felt different than before]]...I didn't feel cold inside...I just felt...free. Free to use this power for whatever I needed to. "Grab on! We're going to give this story a happy ending if it kills us!"
** Bright Eyes gives one when she realizes that [[spoiler:she's fighting [[BigBad Cruel Eyes/D___t's Shadow]] in her own mind and has been stupid letting ''him'' make the rules]] and is able to overcome the fear he's been causing her the entire time. [[spoiler:She promptly uses the control over her mind this gives to reconfigure her weapon and give her the opening needed to finish him off.]]
--> '''Bright Eyes''': And I'm an idiot! I've been letting YOU set the rules and what goes and what doesn't here. You've had me so caught up in this mess I hadn't thought this through! [[spoiler:[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind This is all in MY head? MY mind? MY soul? That means I can do anything I WANT!]]]] And I've always had with me the lance that pierces the darkness! [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore And now that I've realized that, I've got no reason to be afraid of you anymore!]]
** Dark World!Twilight gives one in 'That Which Pierces All' after [[spoiler:hijacking Paradox's time travel spell and combining it with her connection to Minty Pie, summoning the [[CrisisCrossover G1, G2, G3, and G4 Mane Casts]] to the present.]]
--> '''Twilight''': [[spoiler:You have power over time? The magic between friends transcends time, space, reality, death, beyond all barriers! Friendship doesn't just pierce the barrier between life and death, but all barriers, everywhere! This is a friendship that pierces the walls between worlds! We've been made, unmade, and remade, but the links we've forged between our souls are all still here! You have six Elements of Harmony that are absolute? We have six sets of hearts beating together in harmony! You have a gallery of Nightmares? We have a herd of FRIENDS! I'm not scared. Not with all of you by my side. And neither are they scared by my side!]]
* WorldWreckingWave: The disaster responsible for the destruction of the G2 Era's civilization. Not only was there mass destruction and untold numbers of ponies killed, crippled, or injured, it destroyed almost all technology and spawned hordes of mutations, including many of the creatures that live in Everfree and a [[spoiler:supercharged, horrific strain of TheBlackDeath called 'the Whispering Plague' (though thankfully, Sweetheart and family [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome dealt with that]]).]]
** [[spoiler:It's revealed that Nightmare Paradox and her PsychoRangers can create one of these capable of destroying all life on the planet. We only see it in a FissionMailed though.]]
* WrittenByTheWinners: In the Dark World, Discord does this with the sea ponies, convincing them that he's a benevolent ruler who liberated the world from the "order obsessed alicorns".
** In the main timeline, it's shown that the Hooviets do this via propaganda, so they never have to admit to having lost at anything.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Loneliness. It's more maternal "love", but she reacts exactly the same.]]
* YinYangBomb: Several of the Dark World Mane Six retain their Element of Chaos while obtaining an Element of Harmony, though [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] is the only one with two polar opposites.
** An accidental one happens when [[spoiler:Dark World!Rarity fires the Destruction Spell at [[OneWingedAngel Odyne!]]Cruelty while she's being chased by the Elements of Harmony, the two colliding and triggering a massive explosion that kills Cruelty's body.]]
* YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler: In the Epilogue timeline, Cadence -- who has since defeated Chrysalis and become Queen of the changelings -- passes the crown onto one of her loyalist subjects when pulling a YouShallNotPass on Discord and the corrupted Mane Six in order to give the remaining changelings a chance to escape.]]
* YouAreNotAlone: Twilight has to drive this into Trixie's head to bring her out of her Discording [[spoiler:and give her the strength to defeat Loneliness.]]
** [[spoiler:After Nightmare Whisper is defeated, Fluttershy remains, still holding onto (and feeling) all the pain and suffering in Equestria. While her friends are trying to convince Fluttershy to let go, Pinkie Pie allows herself to be bound as well, sharing the burden so that Fluttershy does not have to suffer all of it alone.]]
** [[spoiler:One of the recurring themes of the series is that nopony can overcome what Discord did to them by themselves -- every victim must have another pony's support. Each of the mane cast eventually devotes themselves to helping one or more other ponies through their troubles.]]
** [[spoiler:[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]] [[FutureMeScaresMe Paradox]] takes Twilight to a PocketDimension to try and convince her to become her and continue her GroundhogDayLoop plan. While Twilight holds her own in the debate, the others remind her she's not alone by ''shattering'' Paradox's PocketDimension thanks to Rarity having all six Elements of Chaos.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Paradox''']]: "This was supposed to be between us alone! A symbolic match of the minds between [[spoiler:the deluded shadow and the enlightened self!"]]
--> '''Applejack''': Whose life have ya been livin'? We're a herd. We don't do solo.
* YouBastard: [[spoiler: The readers of the POV series came up with some pretty elaborate ways to look at ways to stop Discord or fight him. These are played in a MadnessMantra when Twilight realizes that Discord's been living an endless loop trying to get himself out of being trapped. It's pretty convicting all things said.]]
** There's also the fact [[spoiler:most viewers wanted to make Discord suffer for what he's done. Paradox does just that...and taken it to an absolutely monstrous extreme.]]
** After [[spoiler:seemingly killing Gilda]], General-Admiral Makarov justifies it by using the same arguments a lot of [[spoiler:her]] detractors use to justify their hatred of the character, more or less asking why his action was considered evil when the Shadows hate her so much.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox ''hates'' Discord to the point it's ''completely'' consumed her. In the process of punishing him for those crimes, she ultimately robs him of his freedom to the point she's the one ''forcing'' him to perform the actions she despises him for. Rota Fortuna outright calls her out on this.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Rota Fortuna''']]: [[spoiler:You condemn Discord for the murder and sin he's done onto others, yet you use those same ponies to die and suffer for ''your'' satisfaction. He only continued to make the ponies suffer because you allowed and then forced him to do so. The very sins you claim to punish him for are now your own.]]
* YouDoNotWantToKnow:
--> '''[[BadFuture Twilight Tragedy]]''': [[NothingIsScarier Don't ask what Fluttercruel does, you don't want to know.]]
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Subverted in Dark World. Twilight and Applejack believe this trope will be in effect when they tell the other the crazy story of how they were [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed]] (both of which involve supernatural visitation by a dead pony and one of which involved [[spoiler:meeting the Pony equivalent of God]]), but not only do the stories make each other more believable due to the common elements, they remember they're in Discord's WorldOfChaos.
--> '''Applejack''': …Why do neither of those sound half as weird as they should?
--> '''Twilight''': In the world of chaos, it's pretty ho-hum.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle:
** [[spoiler:Loneliness is defeated and Trixie is healed of both Discord's taint and her pre-existing mental problems... Then Discord is set free once again. Not to mention [[OutsideContextVillain Princess Gaia]]. In an interesting twist, we've known ever since Loneliness' defeat that Discord will be released, but time has been turned back for the Princess Gaia arc.]]
** [[spoiler:While defending Cloudsdale from Princess Gaia's army, the Wonderbolts manage to take down a ''full grown dragon'' that seemed to be the biggest threat present... [[OhCrap Then four more emerge from the clouds.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Dark World Discord dies from the wounds inflicted on him by Rancor, and the Elements of Harmony use a WorldHealingWave to restore Equestria. However, before his death Discord revealed that ''something'' had him trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop, and warned of an "Alicorn Witch" coming to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy everything]]. And on top of that, there's the hints dropped for the Nameless Passenger's true motives... they're not done yet.]]
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler: In the Epilogue timeline, Cadence pulls this on Discord and the corrupted Mane Six in order to give her remaining subjects a chance to escape.]]
* ZergRush: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia's army makes use of this tactic. They're ''endless'' to the point that no matter how many are beaten, they'll just keep coming until their targets are overwhelmed.]]
** This is more or less the only tactic that General Admiral Makarov knows how to use. [[spoiler:Mainly because he's a RealityWarper with unlimited resources and no moral compass at all.]]
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Well far from ''zero'' approval, but Celestia apparently uses her alas Sunny Day to write unflattering tabloid articles about herself if it helps make everypony, or her sister's, life better. She wrote the "Celestia is a tyrant who banished poor Luna to the moon to secure power for herself" article to both make sure Luna wasn't written as a co-dictator by them and to give her an excuse to decentralize power that the conspiracy theorists would accept.
** [[spoiler:In the end, she writes an article painting herself as the BigBad of the Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper incident so Fluttershy and Fluttercruel can move on without being hated for something they can never repeat. Since the tabloids have lied so much about her already, one more that helps Fluttershy won't hurt her as much as it'd hurt the mane cast if she DIDN'T do it.]]
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* IAmNotLeftHanded: During her fight with Rarigreed, Dark World!Fluttercruel reveals that she can [[spoiler: use her mother's ultimate weapon: The Stare]]. She comments that Discord specifically told her to not use it around the other Elements of Chaos, so that she could surprise them with it if they ever turned on Discord.
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Paradox revealing her [[PsychoRangers friends.]]]]
** It turns out that [[spoiler:Shining had been holding back the true extent of his shield magic because the last time he used it, his uncle had just been killed and he crushed the Diamond Dog that did it to death.]]
* IAmNotMyFather: Fluttercruel and Fluttershy consider Discord Fluttercruel's father, but she has no desire to follow in his footsteps, but doesn't go out of her way to go against it. Fluttershy is adment that having an evil father doesn't make her evil. [[spoiler:Then Fluttercruel actually ''DOES'' follow in his footsteps and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero corrupts Fluttershy worse than Discord did.]] After fighting her way back to the world of the living, she is more than ready to do exact opposite of what Discord would do, leading to this little exchange:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Undead Foal''': Move you stupid half-Draconequus!]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Fluttercruel''': That's stupid little ''pony!'']]
** Also with Fluttershy, who, due to being her basis, considers herself Fluttercruel's mother and treats her as such. Fluttercruel pretty much wants to be anything ''but'' Fluttershy.
* IAmSpartacus: When Traitor Dash shows up in Cloudsdale and demands that the hippogriffs hand over the resident RebelLeader, the entire crowd does a pretty good imitation of the TropeNamer scene. [[spoiler: Dash {{Sherlock Scan}}s the actual target and kills her. The sad part is, she had no choice. She had to kill ''someone'' or Discord would destroy the city.]]
** It does have an impact, however, as [[spoiler:it's one of the things Twilight's Memory Spell reminds Traitor Dash of to break her Discording by showing the Dark World is still worth saving.]]
* IHaveManyNames: Each of the Alicorns and Draconequi seem to have multiple names.
** Dark World!Rarity takes back her original name, but keeps her Rarigreed and Greedity names and gains a new name, Lady Desire, from the Diamond Dogs. Being the Element of Desire, it fits her. [[spoiler:She also gains Queen Libra upon becoming an Alicorn.]]
** Dark World!Discord has seemingly infinite titles, the majority of which are nonsense such as 'Big Banana Discord'. It's unknown if the same applies to the main timeline Discord or not.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Trixie, due to her [[MiddleChildSyndrome Middle Filly Syndrome]] [[spoiler:and being unable to stand out among her four [[UncannyFamilyResemblance near identical sisters]]. It got worse when she went to magic school and was unable to excel at ''anything'' in particular. This caused her to overlook the fact, as her teachers told her, that she could do [[JackOfAllStats almost]] ''[[JackOfAllStats any]]'' [[JackOfAllStats type of magic well]], including weather magic, which is very rare for a unicorn to be able to do at all. She gets her wish, however, when it's revealed she's an Element Of Magic and has just as much unrealized potential as Twilight Sparkle did, but Trixie still has some issues with being Twilight's "alternate."]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight:
** [[spoiler:The Mane Six try this fighting Nightmare Whisper, Fluttershy's SuperpoweredEvilSide, but it's only after blasting her with the Elements of Harmony and purifying her that they're actually able to reach her.]]
** Most of the fights in the Dark World with the still corrupted Mane Six. [[spoiler:All three succeed, but with increasing amounts of difficulty each time, Rarigreed being the easiest and Angry Pie the hardest.]]
** Derpy keeps trying this with the Valeyard. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the Valeyard really ''isn't'' the Doctor and therefore there's nothing to reach. The only way to restore the Doctor is to destroy the Valeyard's regeneration template, then kill him, allowing him to regenerate back into the Doctor, which DOES work.]]
* ImaginaryFriend: Pinkamenia had several, the same ones from "Party Of One", only in her imagination, they were real ponies. [[spoiler:They were killed and absorbed by Angry Pie, though. Trixie had Princess Starflower, but left her behind after becoming a star, but Twilight found her while in Trixie's head and she helped her save Trixie. [[ChekhovsGunman Both come back when the gang are]] [[LotusEaterMachine under Princess Gaia's spell]] and break Pinkie Pie and Trixie out of it.]]
** [[spoiler: Clover's Gaiden story reveals that ''Pinkie herself'' was originally Clover's imaginary friend, brought to life by the world changing spell. This causes Pinkie to have a HeroicBSOD and nearly lets herself be dragged to Oblivion by the Shadows of her friends before Twilight, Zecora, and Luna convince her she's as real as them.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** [[spoiler:Loneliness comes ''dangerously'' close to outright killing Twilight via this.]]
** [[spoiler:G3 Wysteria dies this way. Celestia's mortal form is also killed this way by Strife in their fight, but being immortal, that body doesn't matter, something Strife knew from the get-go.]]
** [[spoiler: Rancor wounds Dark World!Discord this way to absorb the spirit of Destruction.]]
** [[spoiler:Happens to Nightmare Manacle, Whisper, and Granfalloon at one point during Dark World's FinalBattle. It would have killed them if Paradox wasn't a TimeMaster.]]
* ImmortalityInducer: The Elements of Chaos for the Dark World!Mane Six. Discord [[BodyHorror replaced their hearts with them]] and so long as the Element of Chaos isn't removed or destroyed, they have CompleteImmortality.
** [[spoiler: Turns out the Elements of Chaos themselves were originally the Elements of Harmony. If you need proof, besides WordOfGod we also have the fact that when Angry Pie tore out Twilight's Element of Magic and left her to die of RapidAging, Twilight saved herself by taking in Trixie's Element of Magic, since Trixie was one of the ponies who had died in the thousand years of the Dark World and didn't need an Element that she had never managed to awaken in this timeline.]]
* ImplacableMan: The Chaos Six were seen as this by the denizens of Dark World, being they're immortal CoDragons of [[EvilOverlord Discord.]] As shown later taking on Discord's {{Mook}}s, against ''normal'' enemies, they're still this, it just happens they were fighting ''other'' [[ImplacableMan Implaceable Men]] until then.
** [[ClockRoaches The Wolf/Stalker]] from the Shining Armor Arc. A mysterious entity that's dedicated to [[RetGone erasing Shining Armor from existence,]] ''nothing'' will stop it from completing its objective. Not gun fire, not shield spells, not walls, not even being caught point blank at the center of an explosion, followed by the tripod it was attacking toppling into the ocean and exploding. It's been stalking Shining across ''countries'' and so far, the only things that can slow it down are Makarov's Death Dome spell (something Shining has tried to replicate and ''failed'') and [[spoiler:Princess Cadence's presence]]. There's very good reason Shining Armor is absolutely paranoid of the thing.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Trixie [[spoiler:is told, on short notice, that she'll be doing a magic show at the celebration for Princess Gaia, with no practice, no props, and pretty much nothing to work with. Her reaction is to find a bottle of sake with salt and get ''very'' drunk.]]
* InMysteriousWays: Subverted with at least the [[TopGod Alicorn Elders]], who will give a logical explanation for their actions whenever they're asked, such as [[spoiler:Applejack asking why the Father didn't just tell her she was the Element of Kindness (she'd have just saw it as a lecture to ignore), and Dark World!Twilight asking Fauna Luster why the Alicorns didn't stop Eclipse (because Eclipse was too strong to safely fight, but not yet a big enough threat to justify the Elders confronting her directly).]]
* InSpiteOfANail: Despite the unforeseen events of [[spoiler:Windigos, the Alicorn/Draconequus War, and Discord's first reign,]] the Ponyville designed during Generation Transitions still comes into being exactly as planned, three characters excluded.
** [[spoiler:Several aspects of the world tour Shining and Cadence's group is on still happened after Makarov [[RetGone was erased from existence]] such as there still being a fight in Columbia (though it involved a Nightmare Moon cult) where Audience and Ellis got promoted and Cadence still got her song bird and had to power up (though this time it involved an EldritchAbomination). Justified as it's implied Makarov devoured and stole the places of the ones who were originally involved, such as the leader of the Nightmare Moon cult.]]
* InsultBackfire: General-Admiral Makarov mockingly asks Princess Cadence is she's going sing at him during a face off. [[TheVillainSucksSong She promptly does]] [[spoiler:[[MagicMusic and kicks his flank in the process.]]]]
* InterserviceRivalry: Shining Armor states that this is good for morale... right after stating that the Day Guard are wimps and the Night Guard is afraid of the light (and ignoring the fact that he ''was'' a Day Guard before being put in charge of Cadence's branch of the Royal Guard).
** However, one that Shining doesn't approve of is the one between the 18th Pegasus Legion and the Pegasus Guard, who ''loath'' each other over their opinions on the Wonderbolts. Upon discovering ''all three'' are going to be in Zebrawa, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck he is none too happy about it.]] Thankfully, Cadence manages to turn things a little more friendly though.
* IronicEcho: A keen reader would be able to spot when two different characters, without ever having previously heard it, say the same phrase in entirely unrelated contexts.
--> "If they really believed it they wouldn't be saying it every time they said something" -- [[spoiler: G3 Pinky & Onyx Tiara]]
--> "Put 'em up! Put 'em up!" -- [[spoiler: Spike & Discord]]
** Ender Dash, the name of Traitor Dash's SuperMode. Originally, the name is due to her wanting [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds put an end to Dark World by resetting it to before the Day of Chaos]] by taking Discord's DealWithTheDevil. [[spoiler:Later, after her HeelFaceTurn, she names it that because she's trying to help the group EarnYourHappyEnding.]]
** [[spoiler:As she's performing a [[TimeMaster time spell]] to [[GondorCallsForAid summon the help needed to defeat]] [[BigBad Nightmare Eclipse]], Dark World!Twilight and Minty Pie give their own version of Eclipse's {{Catchphrase}}.]]
--> '''Twilight''': [[spoiler:Time march forward. Bonds reach across all.]]
--> '''Twilight/Minty Pie''': [[spoiler:''We'll wander no longer!'']]
* IronicHell: [[spoiler:''[[BadFuture Dark World]]'' turns out to be this for [[BigBad Discord]], inflicted on him by [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse]]. His kingdom will never end, his mistakes are always undone...[[GroundhogDayLoop forever.]] [[AndIMustScream Never to end.]] By the time she's defeated and he's freed, he considers being killed over and over again by his family for his crimes ''relaxing'' in comparison.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttercruel is punished for her crimes via one of these. She's inserted into the past as an Earth Pony named Stitches, who's family was slaughtered by Fluttercruel, and ends up being one of her ''own'' victims. The experience ends up triggering a complete HeelRealization and VillainousBSOD that finally reforms her.]]
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:The irony does not escape Fluttercruel that she was made by [[ChaoticEvil Discord]] with the first words she heard being "Time to be cruel" and she becomes not only an Element of Harmony, but an Element Of '''''Kindness'''''.]]
* ItsPersonal: Shining Armor says this is the case with Makarov when [[spoiler:he seemingly threatens Twilight's safety. Subverted in it was actually [[RebelLeader Dima]], who needed to get a hold of Shining for help stopping Makarov and never intended to hurt her at all, so Shining forgives him. Double Subverted when the same chapter, Makarov makes it after trying to destroy a village of innocent zebra and ponies, killing dozens, tries to make Cadence his concubine, and is revealed to have kidnapped several innocent ponies and condemned them to an AndIMustScream fate by converting them into his CoDragons. This results in Shining Armor and his group declaring that ThisIsUnforgivable, something that's SeriousBusiness to Equestrians, who have forgiveness as a cultural value.]]
** If Makarov didn't do it then, then he certainly did by [[spoiler:blowing Running Gag's wing off, giving Misfit Actual a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, and trying to murder Twilight while Shining is ForcedToWatch.]]
* IWasToldThereWouldBeCake: After defeating Discord in [[{{Prequel}} Origins]], Celestia and Luna received a cake the size of a small castle as one of their rewards.
* JawDrop: The mane cast and the Cakes all do this in tandem when Pinkie Pie says she ''doesn't'' want to throw a party for once.
* JerkassFacade: Trixie only acted like a jerk because she wanted to stand out so badly due to her [[MiddleChildSyndrome Middle Filly Syndrome]]. [[spoiler:What was she like in her own mental plane? A scared little filly in the clutches of [[TheHeartless Loneliness]].]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Fluttercruel starts out as just a {{Jerkass}}, but Fluttershy's careful work with her ultimately turns her into this. She's still a jerk, but she at least willing to help Fluttershy out.
** [[spoiler:We find out when we see things from her point of view that Fluttershy didn't make her come out to help calm Rainbow Dash, she ''forced'' herself to the surface in order to do it. And even when she takes over, the worst she does is pull Fluttershy's leg a few times, showing she's nowhere near as much of a {{Jerkass}} as she originally was.]]
** [[spoiler:By the end of the battle against Nightmare Whisper, Fluttercruel is not only fiercely protective of Fluttershy (to the point of being willing to sacrifice herself to save Fluttershy and her friends), but is also able to manifest an Element of Kindness. She still acts like a jerk a lot of the time, though.]]
** [[spoiler:Silver Spoon. She was only a bully because her only friend Diamond Tiara was, she's truthfully a much more loyal and kind friend than would be expected at first glance. This is also hinted to be the reason for the heart in the spoon on her Cutie Mark.]]
* JumpScare: Done incredibly well in the audio adaptation, during "REHARMONIZED PONIES 06: House Call".
-->[[spoiler:'''''GET OUT~!!!''''']]
* JuryOfTheDamned: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel]] ends up in one of these after what appeared to be her death, with a court of demonic shadows ruling on whether or not she should exist. [[spoiler:The find her guilty, but she [[LikeABadassOutOfHell fights her way out of it]] to help the heroes defeat [[BigBad Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper]] and fix the mess she was responsible for.]] It's left ambiguous as to whether or not this was real or all in her head.
** [[MyLittlePonyTales Starlight]] finds herself in one after dying in the G2 Era's Class 2 apocalypse, being on trial for her role in said apocalypse. In an unusual case, she's both the defendant ''and'' the judge, with Judicium, the Alicorn of Judgment, serving as her adviser. [[spoiler:She finds herself guilty at the end. In another twist, her Defense Attorney was actually [[SatanicArchetype Havoc]], the DimensionLord of Hell, and that declaring herself innocent would've condemned her because it means she's refusing to accept responsibility for her actions. The Prosecutor was actually [[{{God}} the Father of All Alicorns]], the DimensionLord of Heaven who was trying to get her to accept that responsibility and ask forgiveness so he could give it and let her into Heaven.]]
* {{Kaiju}}: Dragon Queen Tiamat. She's so massive that her tea cup is bigger than some entire buildings and so powerful that [[CurbstompBattle she single-handedly ended the Hooviet/Dragon War.]] Shining Armor even compares it to a monster movie.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:The blackbirds that have tortured Dark World!Derpy for a thousand years by trying to eat Dinky (who has been turned into a muffin), are ultimately thrown into Ponythulhu's dimension to be eaten themselves, also by being turned into a baked good.]]
** [[spoiler:There's also Dark World!Discord meeting his end a similar way to how he killed Destruction; being betrayed by a sibling and having Destruction's power torn out of him.]]
** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] ends up suffering the same fate she forced on Twilight so many times; seeing her friends being torn away from her before being forced to merge with Twilight as part of her Alicornification. Rota Fortuna even lampshades this.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Rota Fortuna''']]: [[spoiler:…You are right. Crimes are crimes, and we should never turn a blind eye to them. You who have judged others, you too shall be judged.]]
** [[spoiler:In an AlternateUniverse version of ''Fanfic/RainbowFactory'', we're shown that after Rainbow Dash exposed the Rainbow Factory, Dr. Atmosphere was chased by an AngryMob and met his end falling into the Pegasus Device.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Played with in the case of General-Admiral Makarov in Shining Armor's Arc. On one hand, he gets no direct retribution for his attack on Shining Armor. On the other, he's been reminded that he's not the biggest fish in the sea (and that the combined special forces of SEVERAL nations will be actively working to bring him down should he try again) and had his ego thoroughly bruised, which considering his ego has to hurt. He was also threatened with being declared a PersonaNonGrata in multiple countries. [[spoiler:Subverted ultimately, as he's [[RetGone erased from existence]] as his final punishment.]]
* KilledOffForReal:
** [[spoiler:Discord's brother Destruction, who Discord ''ate''.]]
** [[spoiler:Despite both having most of the dead come BackFromTheDead following the defeat of the BigBad, both the Dark World Arc and the Shining Armor Arc have some character's death's stick]]:
*** [[spoiler:Dark World: Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Big Macintosh, and Trixie stay dead due to dying because of age. LooseCanon reveals the same happened with Zecora, making them not eligible to accept the one time offer to come BackFromTheDead.]]
*** [[spoiler:Shining Armor Arc: Cool Sun, Shining and Twilight's uncle, stays dead as, according to his own spirit, he still died protecting Shining Armor with or without Makarov.]]
* TheKillerInMe: Amnesiac type, with a twist. [[spoiler:Stitches ended up spending most of her life running from Dark World!Fluttercruel as the SerialKiller hunted down and murdered her family, including her...It turns out she's Fluttercruel's future self, inserted into the timeline to become one of her own victims as an IronicHell punishment for her crimes.]]
* KillerRabbit: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia's entire army is pretty much made out of these.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler:Loneliness. Not only is she a genuinely terrifying character who tries to outright ''kill'' Twilight Sparkle, the Princess Gaia arc follows directly afterwards.]]
** General-Admiral Makarov for Shining Armor's arc. Things took a turn for the serious as soon as he showed up, whereas before the arc was pretty light hearted [[spoiler: minus an early appearance by the Wolf.]]
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox manages to be this for ''Dark World'', which was ''already'' DarkerAndEdgier. When the story finally turns to her, it instantly becomes a [[WhamEpisode Wham]] ''[[WhamEpisode Arc]]'' and the stakes go simply from freeing the world from Discord's tyranny, to having to save the ''entire timeline'' from being erased from existence due to her GroundhogDayLoop. Add in her rather frightening FauxAffablyEvil personality and the fact she has the largest body count of any villain in the fic due to having gleefully [[OmnicidalManiac erased the entire timeline and everyone in it]] several ''million'' times and she's most certainly this trope.]]
* KnightTemplar: The Harmony Queens AlternateUniverse has the mane six turn into this in a ShoutOut to the [[JusticeLeague Justice Lords]].
** [[spoiler:The [[TheVoice Nameless Passenger]] in Dark World, who is willing to go to any lengths, not caring who is hurt in the process, to take Discord down and get what she wants. [[TheCorrupter She's also trying to make]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Twilight go down the same path.]]]]
* LargeAndInCharge: The Princesses, obviously, but even they pale next to the dragon Queen Tiamat, who's so big ''she blocks out the sun''.
* LargeHam: Trixie even after her HeelFaceTurn. It seems to run in the family, considering her sisters introduce themselves with an elborate rolecall and SuperSentaiStance.
* LastOfTheirKind: The [[BadFuture Dark World]] Mane Six (and Dinky) with the exception of Spike and Apple Pie are the last of the pure blooded ponies, the rest either gradually merging with another species (unicorns with Zebras, Pegasi with Griffins, and Earth Ponies with Donkeys) or being turned into the Sea Ponies or Dragons by Discord. To be specific, Twilight, Rarity, and Dinky are the last unicorns, Rainbow Dash and Derpy are the last pegasi, and Applejack and Pinkie Pie are the last pure Earth Ponies (the Earth Pony[=/=]Donkey hybrids still call themselves Earth Ponies, Apple Pie being one). Whether or not Fluttercruel counts is iffy, as she's half Draconequus [[spoiler:and her original body is killed, then her second unicorn body transformed into a full Draconequus.]]
* LastSecondChance: [[spoiler:The group gives this to Traitor Dash in [[BadFuture Dark World]]. She takes convincing, but she finally takes it.]]
** [[spoiler:Invoked by Dark World!Discord, so he can use Twilight's Memory Spell as a way to reveal [[GroundhogDayLoop what's really going on]] to her and {{Out Gambit|ted}} [[BiggerBad Nightmare Paradox]].]]
* LastStand: [[spoiler:The survivors of the G3 World on Butterfly Island are faced with their world dying, a RealityWarper {{Physical God}}dess as their executioner. They decide to fight to the end anyway. Invoked by Strife, as it seems her intention was to enable them the chance to make one of these.]]
** [[spoiler: The Epilogue version of Cadence, having taken over the changelings and used them as a [[LaResistance resistance force]] against Discord, is confronted by him and the discorded Mane Six, who destroy her refuge and kill many of her subjects. [[YouShallNotPass Cadence chooses to fight, giving her remaining subjects a chance to escape]]. And the sad thing is, she almost ''wins'', defeating the Mane Six and restoring Twilight Sparkle... only for Discord to literally stab her in the back before disintegrating her.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:''Subject Trixie'' begins the same way as the other stories, with Twilight relating a tale to the reader... [[spoiler: Until she panics upon realizing that she's not talking to the reader, [[ShapeshifterGuiltTrip but someone else...]]]]
* LethalChef: Sweetie Belle, as in canon. Implied by Thunderchild that the Catering Corps of the Royal Guard are mostly this.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: Makarov's philosophy. This includes wiping out an ''entire Diamond Dog pack just because SOME of them were his mercenaries.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Pinkie Pie begins doing this after [[spoiler:her SplitPersonalityMerge.]] They're still perfectly in character, but a lot more profound than you'd expect coming from her.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Subverted. [[spoiler:It looks like the [[BadFuture Dark World]] Twilight and Applejack are going to have a fight mistaking the other for still being evil, but they calmly work it out and join forces.]]
* LightIsNotGood: Princess [[spoiler:Gaia is an extremely beautiful Alicorn... Who is effectively brainwashing all of Equestria and turning everypony into little foals.]]
** The Elements of Harmony, and by extension, the concept of Harmony itself, [[spoiler:turns out that their power is inherently neutral, having the [[TakenForGranite exact same effect]] on Celestia & Luna, possibly Zecora too, as Discord in one alternate timeline.]]
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel fights her way out of a JuryOfTheDamned to return to the real world to help save Fluttershy from herself.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Applejack has to fight her way out of Oblivion during her [[HeelFaceTurn redemption]]]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttercruel has to fight off a Thestral that tried to escort her to Hell, feeding it it's own wings, then [[BodySurf possessing Sparkler]]. Since [[Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse Chaos Verse!Fluttercruel]] also ended up having to escape Oblivion (with her father Discord's help), this means ''every'' known Fluttercruel has done this at least once.]]
* LivingLieDetector: After [[spoiler:looking into the Truth]], Applejack looking into ponies' eyes has this effect. She's the Element of Honesty so it really fits.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The story involves so many background characters from the show, original characters, and even [[spoiler: characters from previous generations of the franchise]], that they get a greater net total of attention than the Mane Cast. Which makes sense, as a recurring phrase is "there are no minor characters".
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: PlayedForLaughs when [[spoiler:Trixie]] can't follow the rapid-fire conversation of the rest of the group due to being a relative latecomer.
* LogicBomb: This is basically an explicit ''superpower'' of Apple Pie in the [[BadFuture Dark World]], her Element of Laughter allowing her to manipulate or impede the flow of mana by invoking paradoxes. This allows her to do things like (accidentally) triggering a HeelRealization in Twilight Tragedy, destroy a zombie army simply by pointing out they can't be dead and alive at the same time, and (of course) make a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot giant-cyborg-spider-vampire's]] head (followed by its entire body) explode by pointing out how it's programmed to destroy harmony and protect chaos but half the group have BOTH sets of Elements inside them.
** On the last one, Rarity and Twilight promptly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the most common version of this tope.
--> '''Rarity''': Why do paradoxes always make robots explode? Shutting them down I understand but exploding?
* LongLived: According to WordOfGod, Granny Smith is over two hundred years old and is the longest living pony in Equestria.
* LooseCanon:
** A few chapters are explicitly stated by WordOfGod to be "optional canon" and the readers are allowed to decide for themselves rather or not they're part of the canon or just interesting WhatIf situations.
** [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie's side story is even more so, to the point it can be even a completely different story if the readers so choose.]]
*** [[spoiler: This may not be the case anymore, thanks to "The Foal of Omelas".]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: So many characters get significant focus in the story that the character list had to be split into sub-pages.
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia]] puts ponies, mainly foals, into a trance where they experience their greatest desires... [[spoiler:And the next chapter, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou she comes for the readers too...]]]]
* LudicrousPrecision: Twilight is able to time events to the ''point'' second in her head. She explains that some of the more complicated spells require that kind of mental precision in order to cast.
* {{Mad God}}dess: Princess [[spoiler:Gaia/Nightmare Whisper.]]
* MagicFeather: [[spoiler:Twilight realizes after she activated the Element Of Magic without the physical Element that all the physical Elements Of Harmony do is provide a medium for their power to flow through. Turns out friendship is just as good of a medium.]]
* MagicVersusScience: Discussed in Clover's Gaiden Story by Twilight, Pinkie, [[spoiler:Zecora]], and Luna. The Earth Ponies of the golden age had forgotten of magic, despite having a near 20th century era technological society, while the Pegasi and Unicorns had extremely primitive technology, but had equally advanced civilizations based on their magics, and thus both were surprised to find it was possible for the other to exist (though subverted in that it didn't result in conflict). Luna praises the ''present'' civilization for having advanced both at the same rate and [[MagiTek blended the two]] to result in a civilization that's in some ways superior to the Golden Age, if not as advanced. She also mentions Strife once set up a conflict between equally advanced civilizations, one based entirely on magic and the other on technology, and had Judicium, Concept of Judgment and Balance, decide who was correct in their assumption they were superior. [[spoiler:Judicium judged that magic and science were equals, something Strife's experiment proved correct.]]
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: Subverted in "Origins". While Discord does [[spoiler:eat Havoc's Avatar]], it was [[spoiler:Cadence]] who actually mortally wounded him and [[spoiler:Havoc's now completely insane Avatar ''let'' him do it]], and its explicitly stated Discord is ''less'' dangerous than him [[spoiler:due to only getting a faction of the Avatar's power since it was dying at the time. That and its debatable how much of a villain Havoc was.]]
** Also subverted by [[spoiler:Rancor]] in [[BadFuture Dark World]]. [[spoiler:While she ''did'' mortally wound Discord and steal Destruction's power from him, she had no intention of replacing him as the BigBad. She just wanted to take Destruction's power so it could actually be used for it's proper purpose instead of for his sadistic games and [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere just walks out of the story]] as soon as she gets it.]]
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight:
** [[spoiler:Any time in the GroundhogDayLoop that Twilight and company beat Discord and saved the world, [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse]] would interfere and cause everything to go to Tartarus so Twilight would cross the DespairEventHorizon and [[FutureMeScaresMe become her.]]]]
** [[spoiler:[[TheEmpire The Hooviet Empire]] was supposed to implode about 20 years ago, freeing the Deer from their oppression and preventing them from causing any more harm to the world. When the Shadow of Chernobull [[SealedEvilInACan escaped Pandora's Box]] and into the physical world, it became [[ParodySue General Admiral Makarov]] and [[RealityWarper altered history so the Hooviets never fell]] and grew back into a dangerous superpower once again. The goal of the Rebels is to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by [[RetGone erasing Makarov from time.]]]]
* MamaBear:
** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Princess Gaia's]] birds come to take away Dinky Doo as they've done with most of the other foals in Ponyville. Ditzy Doo (AKA Derpy Hooves) proceeds to grab a mop and use it as a ''quarterstaff'' to beat the living tar out of them for trying to get to her daughter.]]
** It turns darker when [[spoiler: Cheerilee, as Princess Gaia's Knight, is willing to use lethal force to keep the foals in her care safe and happy inside their {{Lotus Eater Machine}}s. Princess Gaia herself later realizes the power of this trope and invites Ditzy Doo to become another Knight so she can extend that fierce protective instinct toward all of Princess Gaia's "little foals."]]
*** [[spoiler: This seems to be Princess Gaia's policy now, at least in the LooseCanon. She extends her offer of knighthood to both Trixie and Twilight's mothers, trying to turn their maternal instincts to her benefit. Though we discover in "Playtime" that Ditzy ''didn't'' accept.]]
** [[spoiler: Do ''not'' harm or try to do anything to Pip if Luna will find out. Fluttershy and Fluttercruel find this out the hardway, even if she shows restraint.]]
** [[spoiler:Even though she's insane, Screw Ball/Golden Tiara breaks out of the insane asylum and ''kills a Timber Wolf and a Cockatrice '''with her bare hooves''''' to try and get to Diamond Tiara when she realizes her daughter needs her.]]
** [[spoiler:Remember Mimic's DyingMomentOfAwesome? She did it because she's Celestia and Luna's mortal mother and she was protecting them from Discord.]]
** [[spoiler:Exploited by Discord to make his earthly mother, Shady, into his loyal {{Dragon}}. Unfortunately for him, she cared about him enough to see how far he had gone and finally help stop him.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttershy. Even though Fluttercruel tortured her in her own mind for five hundred years to the point she [[DrivenToSuicide wanted to die just to end both her own torment and what Fluttercruel was doing to others]], she still loves her daughter with all her heart (in part due to seeing that Fluttercruel honestly believed said torture was showing Fluttershy love). She helps her friends stop her for the same reasons as Shady did, then followed it up by going into the Draconequi domain and [[StaringDownCthulhu standing up to the Draconequi and]] [[EldritchAbomination Havoc]] to protect her. Havoc is so impressed by her actions he lets her take Fluttercruel with her for reconditioning.]]
** A mortal pegasus though it would be a bright idea to kill the son of the LoveGoddess Venus (who's concept includes ''maternal'' love). Venus proceeds to descend to the mortal plain in an UnstoppableRage so great that the earth shakes and [[CurbstompBattle blow a heart-shaped hole through the pegasus' chest before she can even attack]]. Then reduce her house to a molten crater as a follow up. According to some legends of the even, she didn't stop there and had Pandora erase the mare's soul from existence or destroyed her identity and made her a new child to repay the one the mare killed. According to Celestia, the legend doesn't do justice to what Venus ''really'' did.
--> '''Celestia''': For if a mortal mother's fury is terrible, imagine the wrath of a mother with the [[PhysicalGod power of creation]] at her hooves.
* ManChild:
** Fluttercruel has a habit of throwing childish temper tantrums when she doesn't get her way. Then again, she is pretty much a newborn, something Fluttershy picked up on, causing her to treat her like a child whenever she does something wrong.
--> '''Fluttercruel''': Shut up shut up! You don't know anything so stop [[UnusualEuphemism spewing dragon fewmets]] like you know me or someone you met twice!
--> '''Fluttershy''': Oh my my my, such language. We're going to have to clean that mouth out.
--> '''Fluttercruel''': [[OhCrap YOU WOULDN'T!]]
** [[spoiler:Ironically, Luna's second side story reveals that Fluttershy pretty much became the Alicorn equalivant when she turned into Princess Gaia.]]
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: Fluttershy and Fluttercruel talk back and forth with each other, even using the mirror as a way to show that they're two separate entities.
* MassOhCrap: [[spoiler:Rancor betraying Dark World!Discord]] results in this reaction.
** Another occurs when [[spoiler:the group realizes Dark World!Pinkie Pie has been SecretlyDying since her redemption (though Applejack and Rarity more that the OTHERS found out). Even Odyne!Cruelty stops in her tracks from shock.]]
** The ''biggest'' comes when [[spoiler:[[TheVoice the Nameless Passenger]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide reveals]] [[TrueFinalBoss her]] [[TomatoInTheMirror true]] [[FutureMeScaresMe identity]].]]
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: Sort of. [[spoiler:It's revealed that the G2 Apocalypse spread and enhanced the effect of the Rainbow of Light making animals near it more intelligent, granting groups of cows and other lifestock, as well as Griffons and Keylongs (which ultimately merged with the Griffon species over the centuries), sentience.]]
* MasterOfIllusion: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia, aka Nightmare Whisper. She ''is'' called the Kindest of Lies after all.]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Referenced by Rarity in her Reharmonizing chapter; she knows about Spike's crush, but is afraid to address it because she knows that by the time he's an adult, she'll already be 'in a rocking chair'.
** Subverted in Dark World. After a thousand years, Spike's an adult and Rarity hasn't aged a day thanks to her Element of Chaos, meaning once Rarity is free from Discord's control, there's nothing stopping them from hooking up. On top of that, since Rarity is immortal, Spike won't have to outlive her.
* MeaningfulEcho: [[spoiler:When ponies are praising Princess Gaia originally, it's because they're brainwashed. In the final chapter, Fluttershy is still praised as Princess Gaia by a lot of ponies her actions actually ''helped'' out of genuine love and respect.]]
* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:After her HeelFaceTurn, Trixie renames herself "the One and Only Trixie", which is what Twilight called her when she guided her to breaking free of Loneliness' clutches.]]
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash and Rarity nearly do this to Nightmare Whisper to stop Fluttershy's suffering.]]
** [[spoiler:Liarjack breaks the curse on Epilogue!Applebloom, which kills her, but that's what she wanted, to die so she could be reunited with her loved ones in the after life.]]
** [[spoiler:After Shining kills Yablokovodka, one of Makarov's [[CoDragons Alicorn Cyborgs]], Mother Deer comforts him by assuring him it was an act of mercy and freed [[AndIMustScream the poor pony trapped inside.]]]]
* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler:Nightmare Whisper thinks of herself as this. And in a way, she is-in the same way the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} God-Emperor of Mankind]] is.]]
* [[MiddleChildSyndrome Middle Filly Syndrome]]: It is strongly implied in the fic that this is the main reason why Trixie became the {{Jerkass}} she was before [[HeelFaceTurn getting better]].
** [[spoiler:Its made even worse by that fact that [[UncannyFamilyResemblance she and her sisters look nearly indentical,]] making it even harder for her to stand out among them.]]
* MidseasonUpgrade: [[spoiler:At the end of the Princess Gaia Arc, not only does Fluttercruel formally join the group with her own Element Of Kindness, the mane cast figures out how to channel the Elements of Harmony ''without'' the physical Elements themselves, which is not only ''much'' more convenient, it means someone stealing the Elements of Harmony won't work anymore.]]
* AMillionIsAStatistic: [[spoiler:Discord is very casual about the genocides he committed and commits.]]
** [[spoiler:The ResetButton nature that has actually been going on in Dark World is this as well, with but timelines rather than ponies. Effectively making the inhabitants of those timelines even lower than mere statistics. However, while Nightmare Paradox and her PsychoRangers see no harm in this (except Mirror), those that know of their actions InUniverse treat these crimes with the appropriate amount of horror.]]
* MindRape:
** Discord's corruption are portrayed thusly, having ''severe'' effects on all those he corrupted and leaving long lasting mental scars.
*** [[spoiler:He's still using the supernatural type in order to manipulate Diamond Tiara into freeing him, all the while doing the mundane type by asking contridictory questions to keep her torn between rather she's right or wrong, being good or bad, and so on.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally]]'' does this to Fluttershy!]]
** [[spoiler:Luna does this to Fluttershy and Fluttercruel at the end of the Gaia arc as punishment for their wrongdoing.]]
** [[spoiler:Both Twilight and Rainbow Dash suffer from rather severe cases during the fight with Nightmare Whisper. Fortunately, a memory spell is strong enough to break the effect.]]
* MindScrew: The CMC[[spoiler:, Spike, and Silver Spoon]] Time Travelers. They manage to jury-rig a time machine and travel to Generation 1, Generation 3, the real world, and ''sideways'' through time. As if that weren't enough, [[spoiler:the G3 universe was {{Retgone}}d from time, meaning it ''no longer '''exists''' to travel to!'']] Its stated they probably broke half the known laws of physics and (according to Doctor Whooves) several ''un''known ones!
** Starlight's [[JuryOfTheDamned trial in the afterlife]] has many moments of this, such as Starlight being ''literally'' in two places at once, something that is this trope for her InUniverse. This was intentional on the part of the writes to show [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm how mortals cannot grasp the nature of the spirit world.]]
** The discussion in Shining Armor 13.5 about North and South Ponia, which even in universe is considered this and confuses all present.
** In Shining Armor 15 Part 1, Shining Armor has a dream involving [[spoiler:Pandora. Pandora is the Goddess of Imagination and Hallucinations, and her Realm reflects that, being a nonsensical labyrinth with imaginary creatures running all over the place. And Shining spends the entire dream on the ''ceiling''.]]
--> '''Shining Armor''': ...What the buck?!
* MissingBackblast: Averted during Shining and Dima's battle against Makarov's golden helicopter. Luckily, when Shining walks into the backblast of a rocket launcher, he has his shields up.
** Later averted again by Hooviet Conscripts. They lack shielding of course.
* MoodWhiplash: "Happy Cake Adventure" starts with a StylisticSuck storybook style story told by Pinkie Pie. [[spoiler:It ends with another dwelve into the end of the G3 universe.]]
** The latest Dark World chapters are rather guilty of this as well. Given [[BadFuture where it takes place]], it's not all that surprising that ''any'' light moments invoke this.
** The audio adaptation of the Reharmonized series usually ends on an optimistic note. Cue the ominous ending theme "He Watches, He Waits" that reminds us all of Discord's inevitable third coming.
** Starlight's ''7 Dreams[=/=]Nightmares'' chapter. Part one? Her discovering Paradise Estate with her friends and helping Bright Eyes make a plan to use the Rainbow of Light to make a utopia. Part 2? Begins with ''the end of the world'' and Starlight discovering [[DeadAllAlong she died in the explosion]] when [[GrimReaper Mortis comes for her.]]
** Clover's has [[spoiler:Minty's Dream section transition into [[BreakTheCutie Pinkie's]] [[DrivenToSuicide reaction]] to discovering she was Clover's ImaginaryFriend given life by the world changing spell.]]
** [[spoiler:Chapter 16 of Shining Armor. The majority is just ponies being ponies enjoying the country they're in. The tail end of Part 2? Makarov's endgame is revealed to involve'chemical weapons capable of horrifically killing any living thing that breaths it, the ''Defiant'' is found with all hands on board dead, and [[WhamEpisode it ends with Makarov successfully outmaneuvering Misfit Actual, capturing them, delivering a]] NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to the lot of them, and ''blowing Running Gag's wing off''. According to WordOfGod preserving this trope was exactly why they were so dead set on not splitting it into three parts.]]
* MoralDissonance: The entire premise of the series is that the Mane Six, and indeed all of Equestria, are struggling to come to terms with what Discord's MindRape said about each of them. [[spoiler:But when Luna mind rapes Fluttershy and Fluttercruel far, ''far'' more worse than anything than Discord ever did to them, she considers it fitting punishment, as do the Flutters. However, the Mane Cast gives her a mass DeathGlare and Princess Celestia apologizes for her (not knowing ''what'' she did, but knowing she did ''something'' to make Fluttercruel terrified of her), implying Luna is merely acting on outdated morals from 1000 years ago.]]
** [[spoiler:Whether justified for Fluttershy's crime or not, it turns out Luna's punishment was very much an act of vengeance against Princess Gaia for trying to steal Pipsqueak from her, and it turns out Fluttershy has evolved into an Alicorn, thus Luna may have partly been judging her by Alicorn morality than mortal morality.]]
* MoralityKitchenSink: You've got flawed heroes who, while good, are not perfect ([[GodIsFlawed not even Celestia]]), [[spoiler:the Draconequi who have a form of BlueAndOrangeMorality, and range from ChaoticGood to ChaoticNeutral, the Alicorns, who are LawfulGood but some members are willing to sacrifice the needs of the few for the needs of the many (for the most part)]], and Discord's [[CompleteMonster pitch black morality.]]
* {{Mordor}}: Draco Island, where the two gods of Dragonkind, Queen Tiamat and Bahamut live, is apparently this to most species, though for Dragons it's obviously far more pleasant and Tiamat herself is generally nice.
** Maasailand. A terrifying location with scorpion shaped towers, red glowing lights, and plenty of scary imagery. Running Gag even describes it as such, only ''more'' evil looking. [[spoiler:It is also home to a group of extremely nice pacifists who simply [[DarkIsNotEvil consider things other countries seem as symbols of evil as symbols of peace.]]]]
* MoreThanMindControl: It's implied in "Teacher, Teacher" that [[spoiler:Cheerilee was so broken by seeing how badly all the young ponies she teaches were broken by Discord that she willingly supports Princess Gaia's sending everyone to their Happy Place. While she was brainwashed to some degree, she does admit a part of her ''wanted'' to do it and Princess Gaia talked her into it largely.]]
* MuggingTheMonster: [[BadassPacifist Fluttershy]] turned out to be far stronger than Fluttercruel ever expected and she ends up the one being browbeat into submission instead. Lucky for her Fluttershy is nice enough to share her body with her.
* MultipleChoicePast: WordOfGod left where [[spoiler:[[EnemyWithin Loneliness]]]] came from and what her true motives are intentionally unrevealed so readers could decide those things for themselves.
** Makarov, mostly because he keeps changing his story...
* MultipleHeadcase: In ''Reharmonization'', Discord turned Aloe and Lotus into this.
** Tiamat, the Queen of the Dragons, has five heads. While each has it's own mind, they never fight though.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: The Alternate Universe variety, spontaneously bursting into song is treated as perfectly normal InUniverse to the point Twilight is somewhat confused when Celestia mentions this was the proper response to stress in previous ages, leaving Twilight wondering when it WASN'T normal. [[spoiler:Also, Luna originally was going to do away with this during the CosmicRetcon of the G3 universe, but Pinkie and Minty kicking her flank with a musical number changed her mind and she actually ''thanks'' Pinkie for doing so later.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Rarity's reaction to yelling at Sweetie Belle and nearly hitting Sweetie Belle with a sharp circlet, coming close enough to cut a few hairs in her mane, in a fit of rage.
--> '''Rarity''': Reality came down on top of me like Luna's moon fallen from orbit. What had I done? WHAT HAD I DONE-?!
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel's reaction when her attempt to teach Fluttershy about the crueler side of nature makes her be corrupted instead of helping her.]]
** [[spoiler:The denizens of [[StoryOfTheBlanks Sunny Town]] have this reaction whenever Applejack's LivingLieDetector gaze forces them to remember their misdeed through Princess Gaia's spell.]]
** [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash's reaction to how her dealing with Discord's SadisticChoice turned out.]]
** This is basically the default reaction of the Dark World!Mane Six when they're redeemed, though for multiple reasons; Twilight for her actions as Tragedy, Applejack for believing Discord's lies for a thousand years, Rarity for her greed causing her to neglect Sweetie Belle to the point of [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget forgetting she existed]], Rainbow Dash for realizing [[spoiler:Discord had lied and never ended to destroy Sky Ocean and Cloudsdale should she fail]], and Pinkie Pie for her monstrous actions and possibly condemning some of her adopted foals to Hell with her teachings. [[spoiler:[[PsychopathicManchild Fluttercruel]] even gets one when her possessing Sparkler causes the Discording she was ''born'' with to be undone, allowing her to grow a conscience and realize not only were her actions wrong, but what Fluttershy had ''really'' been trying to tell her all those years.]]
** Dark World!Applejack has this reaction [[spoiler:shortly after Twilight gives her and the rest of the Dark World heroes (minus Apple Pie, who settled for RestrainedRevenge, and Rainbow Dash, who isn't present) for beating up the dying and powerless Discord. It kicks in when Discord [[PetTheDog begs them to spare his nieces, Screwball and Diamond/Mad Tiara]] and she realizes he actually has reason to think they would. The rest have the same reaction eventually, but Applejack seems most effected by it.]]
--> '''Applejack''': [[spoiler:Don't ya be stupid! We'd never be savages like-- (looks down and sees Discord's blood on her hooves)]]
** Starlight has this reaction [[spoiler:when she discovers that the "All Wishes Come True" spell would have ''broken reality''.]]
* MysteriousWatcher: [[spoiler:While the mane cast have met them repeatedly, the Interviewer(s) seem to be everywhere something is happening, just observing and documenting. The latest chapter reveals they somehow got their hooves on Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog (which by all accounts shouldn't even ''exist'' anymore), which they give to Twilight Sparkle in TheStinger of that chapter.]]
* MythArc: There's two.
** [[spoiler:Discord's third coming]] was slowly built up through the actions of Diamond Tiara's.
** Dark World was built up through {{Vision Quest}}s before the story finally returns to it.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[spoiler:Seems to be a natural part of being a Draconequi, who represent Nature's Fury. So far we've heard of Discord, Destruction/Disaster, Dispute/Strife, Pandora/Pandemonium, Havoc, and Entropy. Entropy is also commonly revered to as "Mother The-End-Of-All-Things" by her children. Pandemonium's birth name, Desire, is an OddNameOut in a way.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel honestly wanted to teach Fluttershy something important for her own good, to let her learn the cruel part of nature, it ends up corrupting her ''for real'' as opposed to being just brainwashed by Discord. Fluttercruel gets absolutely horrified realizing this.]]
*** [[spoiler:She also gets Fluttershy, and herself, drunk, which WordOfGod admits may have had something to do with their behavior following and made Fluttershy more vulnerable to the darkness than she otherwise would be.]]
** [[spoiler:While it's LooseCanon, it's implied that the Mane Cast are, unknowingly, being manpulated into commanding Princess Gaia's army via a boardgame they're playing with Gaia herself. If this is believed, Rainbow Dash unwittingly guides Gaia's army into "Gaiafying" Gilda.]]
*** [[spoiler:If this is true, [[FridgeHorror it is quite possible that Trixie and Twilight Sparkle are unwittingly providing a front]] for Princess Gaia to brainwash ''their own mothers'' into being her knights.]]
** In the aftermath of a battle, your friend-suddenly-turned-enemy lays indefinitely helpless before your group. To help console each other on this tragedy and related circumstances, one mentions that it is not too late to restore or redeem this friend. If you think that taking matters into your own hooves and [[spoiler: executing your petrified former friend, Discord, by pulverization]] is not a logical next step, you are smarter than [[spoiler: Galaxia, whose deed costs her life, sets the stage for a 1000 years of tyranny, and worst of all, could have been easily avoided]].
** During the battle between the [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Elements of Harmony and Discord's remaining minions, Spike has to choose between helping Rarity and Twilight, both of whom got separated from the main group while fighting Fluttercruel and Angry Pie (respectfully). [[spoiler: He figures Rarity will need more help and goes after her; in fact, not only has Rarity by this point killed Fluttercruel, but Twilight ends up overpowered by Angry Pie, who rips out her Element and leaves her for dead.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** [[spoiler:Discord's corruption actually ''helps'' the Mane Cast overcome pre-existing problems with their psyches and improve for the better. It also helps Trixie discover she's the ''second'' Element Of Magic and join the group as a SixthRanger.]]
** [[spoiler:Not to mention the fact he ''made'' the other SixthRanger, Fluttercruel, in the first place!]]
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Princess Luna is a lighthearted version. For some reason, she wrote a play where she makes a DealWithTheDevil with three Earth Ponies, only one of which made the wise choice and was spared while she claimed the souls of the other two. Interestingly enough, [[IKnewIt this was actually correct about the canon version as well.]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Dark World!Discord had an army of these as {{Mook}}s, including ninja-pirate-mutant-killer bees, a giant-cyborg-spider-vampire, and 300 of Goblin [[SamuraiCowboy Cowboy Samurai]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Valeyard gives a brief one to Dark World!Derpy in 'The Ultimate Foe' [[spoiler:while having all the heroines disabled and (if nothing is done) slowly dying. It backfires when his focus on Derpy distracts him from the others, allowing them to counter his attack. This, along with everything ''else'' he did to her, drives her over the RageBreakingPoint and into TranquilFury, at which point she beats him to death (since his regeneration template had been destroyed, this means the Valeyard incarnation is KilledOffForReal).]]
** 'Angry-Cruel Love' has [[spoiler:Angry Pie dish one out to Twilight, ending it by ripping her Element of Magic out.]]
** 'The Real Hoof Blues' has [[spoiler:Proto-Nightmare Twilight deliver one to Angry Pie in revenge. It's so brutal the heroes have to step in to hold her back and when she's brought back to her senses, Twilight wonders how many times over she'd have killed Angry Pie if she weren't immortal.]]
* NoImmortalInertia: [[spoiler:When Liarjack breaks the curse on Epilogue!Applebloom, she instantly starts aging until she turns to dust. Of course, this was what Applebloom was wanting to happen, so she can finally die and be reunited with her family in the afterlife.]]
* NoKillLikeOverkill: How Discord killed Mimic for [[DisproportionateRetribution knocking out his tooth.]]
** This is more or less General Admiral Makarov's response to anything.
* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler:Loneliness' never actually names herself, that's just what Twilight calls her and she doesn't seems too fond of it. What her real name, if she actually has one, is left open.]]
** [[spoiler: The Father of the Alicorns is never named. According to WordOfGod, His name ''can't'' be pronounced by mortals.]]
** [[spoiler:General Admiral Makarov's [[HumanoidAbomination true form]] is never actually named outside of the Rebels nickname for it (the Shadow of Chernobull). This is because Pandora never got the chance to name him before he went berserk and even when she shows up, she simply calls him 'son,' 'junior,' or 'Nameless.']]
* NoodleIncident:
** Applejack mentions a rather crazy adventure Applebloom had when they visit Canterlot that somehow got the little filly temporarily turned into a Sea Pony.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders somehow managing to summon a ''fire elemental''. Topped by them apparently having a spectacular time travel adventure that we only get tibits of.
** The last time Twilight got drunk. Apparently, Ponyville had to be reassured ''Discord'' hadn't come back afterwards.
** [[spoiler:Luna's conflict with a revived Tirek for dominion over the night over 1000 years ago. All that's been revealed is the Rainbow Of Darkness brought him BackFromTheDead, he fought Luna, and was defeated, after which Luna claimed his chariot as her own.]]
** Celestia has mentioned in two different stories of cases were an assassin trying to kill her actually ''knocked on her bedroom door'' out of politeness.
** Apparently, around the time [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Discord took over, every sentient cow somehow managed to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. Other than [[spoiler:one being seen hanging out with Ponythulhu]], that's ''all'' we find out about this.
** The Dark World!Mane Cast tend to mention random crazy events at various points that have happened, such as a time when Discord flipped everypony's gender for awhile or that Rarigreed once had a Pony-Eating Rock for a pet until Angry Pie thought it laughed at her.
** Shining Armor tends to mention events like this (given his DeadpanSnarker personality), such as a time he ended up accidentally getting having a misunderstanding with a Neighponese Samurai at a party leading to a drunk Neighponese Prince trying to start a fight with him.
** Corporal Ellis Bitter Apple tends to tell stories to this effect, since we ultimately only get snippets.
** In each of the Gaiden chapters, the pony narrating mentions an incident where Patch [[MushroomSamba ate poisonous mushrooms,]] which was why they all had trouble believing her about [[spoiler: Paradise Estate.]]
* NoPlaceForMeThere: [[spoiler:This seems to be the ultimate outcome of a Nightmare actually achieving their goal; a world were they themselves have no place, often due to the very crimes they caused to make it that way. Nightmare Mirror's world has no deceit, meaning she can't hide from the horrible crimes she committed did to achieve it and turns herself in to the Princesses. Nightmare Granfalloon (one of them, anyway) recreates a stable version of G3 by brainwashing everyone and rewriting reality, leaving only herself unchanged, at which point she turns the spell on herself and remakes herself into a copy of G3 Pinkie just like she did everyone else because there was no place for someone like her in it, and her friends wouldn't be happy without G3 Pinkie there with them.]]
* NotAHyperbole: Shining sometimes has moments like this due to being a WeirdnessMagnet, but one in particular is describing the Mammoth Tanks the Hooviets use.
--> '''Shining Armor''': Ok, so we weren't dead, but we're going to have to fight against two tanks' who's schematics actually say 'designed to kill everything.' That was not sarcasm, they literally say that. Except in Roedinian.
* NotBrainwashed: Twilight initially assumes that [[spoiler: the New Fluttershy is just a discorded Fluttershy]], this backfires when [[spoiler: she uses the memory spell to no effect, instead receiving a headbutt to the face from an irate Fluttershy]]. Notably, it has failed both times that it has been used on [[spoiler: her]].
** [[spoiler:The Valeyard in Dark World is revealed to not be the Discorded Doctor, but instead a pure evil regeneration of him when Twilight tries the Memory Spell on him, only for him to NoSell it and nearly cause a copy of his personality to replicate over hers.]]
* NothingIsScarier: [[spoiler:Loneliness is pretty much the queen of this trope. We don't know ''what'' she really is, what her true motivations are, or even how she came to be in the first place. Her true form, if she even ''has'' one is never revealed. And she's ''much'' scarier because of it.]]
** [[spoiler:One of her forms is suspiciously similar to a Draconequus like Discord. Then again that could be her taking inspiration from Twilight's imagination.]]
** Shining Armor's Arc use multiple versions of this trope for PsychologicalHorror. Throughout the first part, strange things keep happening to Shining Armor but there's nothing logically there to cause trouble...then we find out he's being stalked by a [[ImplacableMan nigh-unstoppable]] spectral wolf seeking to RetGone him and realize all those incidents were it. After Shining learns of it, his growing paranoia over it turns the arc into a type two, as it's never clear rather the wolf really ''is'' there or not. There's also the fact that at this point just what it really is and where it came from is unknown inuniverse and out.
*** There's also a bit of this from the fact that [[spoiler:Makarov's true form]] has never been shown in details except for glimpses.
** Bright Eyes' Gaiden chapter has a Type 3. Throughout the Nightmare part, [[spoiler:Bright Eyes keeps getting the feeling of a malevolent presence there with her whenever she's emotionally vulnerable from guilt or fear. At the end, it turns out this ''wasn't'' just her fear of facing her past, but D___t's Shadow of Existence stalking her, waiting for a chance to steal her soul and infant Concept to reconstitute himself.]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: A major theme is that the Princesses are ''not'' infallible.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Trixie and Twilight turn out to have a ''lot'' more in common than either was aware of. Not only are they both Elements Of Magic, they were both pretty antisocial growing up, though for different reasons, and had to figure out what friendship really means. On a humorous note, Trixie reveals that she once cast the same "Want it Need It" spell that Twilight used in "Lesson Zero" ''on herself'', with simular results, though she managed to hide out till she could figure out the counterspell and fix it herself.]]
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash and Trixie have similiar defenses set-up, and Trixie accepting this and offering understanding when Dash confesses what really happened with Discord to her is used as a measure of how much she's grown.]]
** In a rather bizare version, Applejack ends up having this with [[spoiler:''herself''. To prevent herself from going Nightmare in the event this universe breaks off from the main one, she ends up meeting her Orangejack self and at first, they don't get along ''at all'', but gradually discover how much they have in common, such as being hardworkers and how much they care about their family and loved ones. Then again, this was actually the point.]]
** Dark World!Spike figures out this is what Discord was trying to do by [[spoiler:removing the spell keeping his instincts under control]], Discord was trying to prove they were the same, that they couldn't beat their base nature and be different from it. Spike proves him wrong. [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech In an epic fashion]]
** Dark World!Fluttercruel tries this on Rarity twice, first about her willingness to kill then with their [[spoiler:respective mooks]]. [[WarriorTherapist Rarity]] [[ShutUpHannibal will have none of it.]]
** Likewise, a recurring theme is comparing Discord to [[spoiler:[[TheVoice the Nameless Passenger]]]]. Discord himself points out both of them have a long, well thought out plan that they have a VillainousBreakdown if it's foiled and both have a habit of trying to make someone else feel worse to make themselves feel better. Add to this the fact [[spoiler: the Passenger]] is also a ManipulativeBitch with a knack for {{The Reason You Suck Speech}}es and is willing to do whatever she has to to get her way, and it becomes all too clear [[spoiler: the Passenger]] is little different from Discord despite her hatred of him. This makes sense considering the strong implication [[spoiler: the Passenger]] is someone who became [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters.]]
*** [[spoiler:It turns out the Passenger is actually Nightmare Paradox/Eclipse, and has become ''worse'' than Discord. And she ''realizes'' this when her parents restrain her to let the Bearers defeat her, the same way that Shady and Fluttershy did to Discord and Fluttercruel. [[VillainousBSOD She doesn't take this well.]]]]
* NumberOneDime: A particularly chilling subversion in the BadFuture; Twilight Tragedy notes having a strange obsession with a pair of potted plants, always feeling that it's of utmost importance to keep them watered and in the sun at all times. Why is this? [[spoiler: Because they used to be her ''parents'']].
* OfferedTheCrown: Happened to Celestia and Luna after defeating Discord the first time.
* OffingTheOffspring: Discord almost made [[spoiler:Silver Spoon's]] father do this.
** [[spoiler:Screwball tried to kill Diamond Tiara when she first went insane. She doesn't remember doing this until Discord restores her sanity.]]
** [[spoiler:Derpy's biological mother tried to drown her for her eyes and SpeechImpediment.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: A repeatedly mentioned even was [[spoiler:Luna fighting a resurrected Tirek for dominion over the night. She won and took his chariot as a prize, which was the one she used on Nightmare Night.]]
** [[CurbstompBattle Queen Tiamat vs the Hooviet Army]]. The Hooviets never stood a chance.
** Minty Pie's HeroOfAnotherStory adventure in the Dark World.
** It's mentioned at the end of Clover's Gaiden story that Luna and Celestia had to defeat one of the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that [[SealedEvilInACan escaped Tartarus]] in an unseen adventure. It's later shown in a LooseCanon story, which featured another one of these with the Guard defeating the cult that released it offscreen. Celestia also states events like this happen from time to time (as Shining Armor's story reveals, there's an actual protocol for calling in the Princesses), and the Mane Six are only actually summoned if the Elements of Harmony are required to defeat a threat.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Pinkie Pie, of course. [[spoiler:After her SplitPersonalityMerge, she learns to ''weaponize'' this.]]
* OhCrap:
** [[spoiler:Both Nightmare Whisper and the undead foal in her crystal heart have this reaction when Fluttercruel's Element of Kindness awakens.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel has this reaction when she accidentally reveals herself to Celestia, on account of being the "daughter" of Celestia's archenemy. Celestia nearly [[FacePalm face hoofs]] in response, as she's really sick and tired of everypony being afraid of her when they first meet. Though her inner thoughts reveal she ''would'' have reacted on instinct had she not sensed Fluttercruel's Element Of Kindness.]]
** [[spoiler:Discord, in the past before he became an EvilOverlord, gets this when Luna drags him off to face his parents. Considering his father is the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodiment of mass destruction]] and one of his ''teeth'' is twice Discord's size, this is a pretty reasonable response.]]
** In Bright Eyes' Gaiden story, Twilight and company have this reaction to realizing [[spoiler:Zecora overheard all the stories. Thankfully, the Zebra has a belief in {{Reincarnation}} so she accepts the revelations rather easily.]]
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox has 'the Hydra wasn't the doozy' flashbacks upon realizing that the apparent 'last chance all or nothing assault' the Bearers did to her and her Nightmares was the ''set up'' to their ''real'' final attack...and she just allowed [[BackupFromOtherworld Discord to distract her long enough for Twilight to charge it.]]]]
** [[spoiler:The Interviewers have one when it turns out, for the same reason he's immune to Makarov's CharmPerson ponies, their normal 'ponies don't realize their presence is strange' status doesn't work on Shining.]]
* OhMyGods: Celestia and Luna's names are used like this. Except by ''them'', who being the {{Physical God}}esses everypony else does this too, say "our mother and father" or "our parents" instead.
** [[spoiler:Draconequi tend to use their mother, Entropy, in the same fashion. They also sometimes refer to her as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mother The-End-Of-All-Things]]"]]
* OhNoNotAgain: In [[BadFuture Dark World]], Apple Computer is informed his children had to save somepony from pony-eating rocks. His reaction is simply to state in frustration that "Ah thought we got rid of those things."
** In the Shining Armor Arc, Minuette has this reaction to [[AnimalsHateHim Private Running Gag]] getting attacked by a cat, which is apparently a common occurrence.
** When the Misfit Units and the Doctor end up being threatened by a group of Hooviets, this is Shining's reaction:
--> '''Shining Armor''': Ugh, great. We're under attack...[[WeirdnessMagnet AGAIN!]] *[[HeadDesk Head Tree]]*
** Also happens when the third of Makarov's CoDragons cuts his riot shield in half, the first time happening with a chainsaw wield cyborg Diamond Dog.
** [[RuleOfThree Happens again]] after [[spoiler:Makarov is erased from existence]] and he finds he ''still'' [[WeirdnessMagnet ended up having to deal with an]] EldritchAbomination, complaining that he thought [[spoiler:dealing with the Shadow of Chernobull]] would be the end of that.
* OnceIsNotEnough: Twilight assumed that [[spoiler:Loneliness]] had been destroyed when she [[spoiler:used the Memory Spell on Trixie]]. She was wrong [[spoiler:and ends up being impaled for it. It takes Trixie blowing Loneliness up ''twice'' in a row to permanently destroy her.]]
** Defied by [[spoiler:Bright Eyes]] who's DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough from watching horror films to be aware of this trope and [[spoiler:impales Cruel Eyes/D___t's Shadow twice (the second time through the heart), then vertically bisects his head with enough force to leave her sword embedded in his chest, just to be sure.]]
* OneWingedAngel:
** ''Pinkie Pie'' does a heroic version during the BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind with Angry Pie [[spoiler:by merging with Pinkamena to become her G1 counterpart, Surprise. It's a ''lot'' more {{Badass}} than it sounds.]]
** [[spoiler:Loneliness does this after Trixie's memories are restored, turning into a monstrous MixAndMatchCritter (heavily similar to a draconequus). She takes on one final form after this, the Great and Powerful Trixie.]]
** [[spoiler:Another heroic example-when Discord's mind games finally break her, Luna turns back into Nightmare Moon...and the process causes her to remember how kindly her sister treated her QuirkyMinibossSquad, which allows Luna's personality to remain intact and in full control of her abilities as the Mare In The Moon.]]
** [[spoiler:''[[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]]'' of all ponies does the evil version in the second half of Fluttercruel's staring chapter, turning into an alicorn named Princess Gaia.]]
** [[spoiler:Cheerilee gets her own transformation as Princess Gaia's Knight.]]
** [[spoiler:It's implied that this happens to ''any'' pony that accepts a Princess' power (ie. Gaia's knights, Luna's guards, etc.).]]
** [[spoiler:And now, Gaia's been forced into it, after Applejack forced her to confront that she's lying to herself. Everyone, meet [[TheHeartless Nightmare]] [[EldritchAbomination Whisper]].]]
** [[spoiler:''Princess Celestia'' is revealed to be able to do this ([[AllJustADream maybe]]), creating a giant fire monster modeled off Orion.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Applejack is revealed to be this, as her real name is Abigail Jacqueline, but [[FullNameBasis only Luna actually calls her that]].
** [[spoiler:General Admiral Makarov's true form is only known as the Shadow of Chernobull, a nickname the rebels seem to have given him. He actually doesn't ''have'' a name of his own because he went berserk before Pandora could give him one.]]
* OnlySaneMan:
** [[spoiler:Zecora]] was able to shake off Discord's influence by herself, and [[spoiler:Scootaloo]] managed to avoid being Discorded entirely.
** [[spoiler:Applejack's LivingLieDetector powers protect her from Princess Gaia's LotusEaterMachine, but she then awakes to find everypony else trapped in her illusion. The simularity to Twilight's situation when they were all Discorded doesn't escape her either.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: For the readers, something seems wrong with Twilight when she starts acting like a {{Jerkass}} at a party at Canterlot Castle during what would seem at first glance to be her time before going to Ponyville. However, this is intentional, as a tip off about the nature of the current reality, since a few seconds later, [[spoiler: she somehow finds herself talking to Smartie Pants.]]
* OpponentSwitch: [[spoiler:The Dark World!Mane Cast do this for their second fight with Paradox's PsychoRangers with Derpy and [[EleventhHourRanger the newly arrived]] and recharged Princesses fighting Nightmare Manacle, Applejack fighting Nightmare Whisper, Twilight taking on Nightmare Granfalloon, Apple Pie and Spike holding off Nightmare Mirror, Rarity battling Nightmare Banneret, and [[SuperMode Ender Dash]] keeping [[BigBad Nightmare Paradox]] busy. While it doesn't make it a CurbstompBattle, it evens the odds due to the new match ups countering the Nightmares' powers more effectively and ultimately forces Paradox to recall her Nightmares back into herself as opposed to the CurbstompBattle the Nightmares dished out before.]]
* OppositeDay: [[BadFuture Epilogue!]]Discord asks Twilight Tragedy if it's this when [[spoiler:[[PetTheDog he shows a fleeting moment of empathy for someone else]]]]. She replies that no, it's not, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny that's next week.]]
* OriginsEpisode: The Origins Arc serves as this for Discord, Celestia, and Luna as well as [[spoiler:the Windigos.]]
** 'A Fading Future' explains the origins of [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox.]]
** 16.5 of the Shining Armor Arc is one for [[BigBad General Admiral Makarov]]. [[spoiler:Or rather the backstory the Shadow of Chernobull made for him.]]
* OrganicTechnology: The Deer Rebels use magically grown fungus as the power supply for their vehicles.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Most are of the UnfinishedBusiness variety, as was the case with Squire from Patch's Gaiden story. [[spoiler:Rarity's golems are also of this variety, as her Element of Desire allows them to use her as a medium to complete it, at least in its purified form.]] However, some, namely the mane six's loved ones in Dark World, have already gone to Heaven and [[BackupFromOtherWorld returned to guide their loved ones back]] [[HeelFaceTurn to the light]]. [[spoiler:Considering Apple Bloom had the help of [[TopGod the Father of All Alicorns]], it's possible he enabled it.]]
* OurHeroIsDead: [[spoiler:The G3 timeline ends with Strife killing most of the heroes (Minty and Princess Rarity being the only ones she doesn't kill directly). Though all of them are given {{Reincarnation}}s in the new timeline in some form, as they weren't on the 'delete' list (Strife only did it to give them the chance to make a LastStand instead of fading away with no chance to even try and save their world).]]
** [[spoiler:'Angry Cruel Love' ends with [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Twilight having her Element ripped out by Angry Pie, being left to die of RapidAging and seemingly dying at Trixie's grave.]]
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: They're composed of two parts, a Light of Existence (the heart) and a Shadow of Existence (the appearance), both containing parts of the pony's personality. If erased from existence, the Shadow ends up in Entropy's Realm (what happens to the Light hasn't yet been stated). What's more, its stated that there's no 'Law of Conservation of Mass' when it comes to souls, meaning [[spoiler: the same person can have ''multiple'' {{reincarnation}}s (Dark World!Twilight being the reincarnation of G3 Minty's Light and Minty Pie being the reincarnation of her shadow, for example), but the soul will still exist independently of the reincarnation.]]
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Applejack's view of the BadFuture implies that version of Twilight manages to do this to ''Discord'', simply by writing a letter to herself when she's briefly unbrainwashed, allowing her to regain her memories behind Discord's back and begin plotting his defeat.]]
* OutsideContextVillain: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia. The group just went looking for Fluttershy and had no idea there was a new BigBad on the loose. When they ''do'' find out, they have no idea what she's capable of, as her powers seem to exceed even the Princesses, or what her real plan is.]]
* PapaWolf: Despite his BlueAndOrangeMorality, Havoc ''does'' genuinely love his family. Attack them unprovoked and you'd better hope the Alicorn Elders will protect you, because they're the only ones who can.
** Teddy in Sweetheart's Gaiden story. Some corporate thugs are sent after Sweetheart to try and scare Starlight and compaining into stopping their project. Teddy may have ended up in the hospital, but so did the thugs. A [[MixAndMatchCritter pack of Simurghs]] attacks the family after the apocalypse. Teddy ''breaks one's neck'' while fighting to protect his family.
** Shining Armor has this mentality towards both those under his command and innocent civilians. Harming any of those is going to clop him off.
* PaperThinDisguise: Pretty much any time Cadence disguises herself in the Shining Armor arc [[spoiler:except the time she sneaks along on the mission in Nambutu]].
** In Shining Armor 14, The SAS pose as "private security" for Equestrian archaeologists since Guards have legal restrictions on operating outside Equestria. Minuette and Twinkle Shine aren't fooled at all.
* ParentalAbandonment:
** [[spoiler:Poor Scootaloo...]]
** While they haven't outright abandoned her, the post "Sisterhooves Social" rewrite reveals their parents have a habit of dumping Sweetie Belle on Rarity ''all the time''. According to Rarity, they do this so often that Rarity has Sweetie Belle in her care more often than their parents do. No wonder Sweetie Belle loves Rarity so much...
* PersonaNonGrata: After his attack on Shining Armor, Makarov is threatened with this (in multiple countries) in order to keep him from trying anything again... for now.
* PhysicalGoddess: The Princesses, as to be expected. [[spoiler:All ''three'' of them. In fact, Princess Gaia may be even more powerful than the other two ''combined''. We find out later there used to be 13 of them. The Draconequi also qualify]]
* PlotTwist: [[spoiler: Who actually realized Onyx Tiara was partially discorded at the start of Mind Games part 2?]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted. The Guard is actually quite competent at dealing with most threats that don't require the Elements of Harmony to defeat, and even assist the Princesses in defeating a {{Eldritch Abomination}}s on occasion according to LooseCanon. This is best shown in the Shining Armor Arc, which focuses heavily on them.
* [[HumansAreFlawed Ponies Are Flawed]]: A reccuring theme in the story is everypony, even Celestia and Luna who are ''literally'' considered goddesses (even by themselves), aren't perfect. The only ponies who ever were are Celestia and Luna's parents.
** [[spoiler:Princess Celestia tells Pinkie and Applejack that this is one of the things that they, and everypony else, have a hard time accepting. She explains that, instead of accepting this, ponies try to rationalize or justify their bad decisions -- which is one of the most dangerous thing that they can do. This is a lesson Pinkie must learn to help prevent her SanitySlippage when the POV timeline breaks off from the canon timeline.]]
* [[HumanMomNonhumanDad Pony Mom, Non-Pony Dad]]: Fluttercruel. Fluttershy is considered her mother and Discord her father.
** [[spoiler:Far Sigh, one of Nightmare Moon's lieutenants/friends and implied ancestor to Fluttershy revealed in the "Canterlot Chaos" side story, was born of a pegasus mother and a dragon father. Other ponies reacted negatively to the union.]]
* [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Ponyville Is The Center Of The Universe]]: The LooseCanon Coffee Swirl series arguably deconstructs this; thanks to the constant crossfire his town is caught in with the Elements of Harmony living there, the titular pony has developed a lot of mental issues and is convinced that his life is completely outside of his control.
** In the main series its deconstructed as well, as the state of disrepair Ponyville was in in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" are revealed to be because Ponyville blew through its repair budge due to all the disasters.
** Averted in Shining Armor's Arc, where it's just [[WeirdnessMagnet Shining Armor]] that seems to be running into all variety of bizarre events and situations no matter where in the world he is at the time.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:With the exception of Pinkie Pie, Star Catcher, and Sky Wishes, the hero cast of the G3 stories are dead long before the story starts and its told via flashbacks by Pinkie Pie. Though some of them ''do'' have {{Reincarnation}}s in the main timeline.]]
** Starlight in the Nightmare portions of ''7 Dreams[=/=]Nightmares'' Side Stories, as she's killed in the explosion that caused the collapse of the G2 society. ''[[UpToEleven Including her own.]]''
* PostScriptSeason: The Discorded Pony POV series starts out as an anthology of the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ponies POV after being Discorded]], then the Reharmonized develops another [[RecursiveFanfiction anthology from the canon]] of the Discorded material. [[spoiler: Once Trixie is fixed up, a narrative starts to form setting up that Discord is coming back for round two, and it breaks completely into serial form when Princess Gaia shows up.]] This is interesting because the writer originally wanted to stop with Epilogue, but decided to do the Reharmonizing Series... Which in turn was decided to end with Rainbow Dash's reharmonizing, but ideas just kept coming until the writer has had to literally force themselves to settle for an exact ending.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:Fluttershy's ideal paradise where everyone is happy and carefree is powered by '''Fluttershy herself turning into Nightmare Whisper and absorbing every bit of pain, every bit of anger, or sadness, of any negative emotion into her own self'''. That's right, all the suffering of the entirety of Equestria, stacked on one single pony. She explicitely refers to herself as "Forsaken Foal of Omelas", in reference to Ursula Le Guin's iconic short story.]]
** Many of Makarov's weapons are powered by unicorn horns. The allies also fear he's also using his prisoners to power his Skyfall weapon [[spoiler:though that turns out to not be the case.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship:
** A given, considering what fandom this is for. Its even stated that Trixie had just as much potential as [[spoiler:Twilight does and is even a second Element Of Magic]], but because Friendship Is Magic, she was holding herself back by refusing to make friends. She gets better in the end though.
** [[spoiler:During the FinalBattle with Nightmare Whisper, the group's friendship and desire to save their friends acts as a medium for the Elements Of Harmony, allowing them to use them ''without'' the physical Elements.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler: Makarov ''wanted'' to hear "I surrender, Solomon" from Shining. He ''got'' "[[DefiantToTheEnd Go fuck yourself]]". Notable for being the actual f-word, not buck, because it's aimed at a male half-deer.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner:
** [[spoiler: Dark World!Derpy gives one before finishing off her NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of the Valeyard by imploding his rib-cage.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Derpy''']]: [[ShutUpHannibal Sorry,]] [[spoiler:I'm the Doctor's friend. [[IronicEcho You're the Valeyard, the Doctor is out,]] but he'll be back in soon.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Rarity]] has a nice one right before she [[spoiler:tears out Fluttercruel's Element of Chaos and kills her.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Dark World!Rarity''']]: [[spoiler:[[{{Catchphrase}} MINE!]]]]
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Purgatory (the one who became [[BiggerBad Nightmare Paradox]]) gives one to Discord in [[GroundhogDayLoop the first cycle]] just before impaling him and burning him to death with {{Hellfire}}.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Purgatory''']]: Now, look forward to Hell.
** [[spoiler:Bright Eyes]] gets one that counts as a ShutUpHannibal when she [[spoiler:interrupts Cruel Eye/D___t's WeWillMeetAgain FinalSpeech by stabbing him through the heart, just before bisecting his head to finish him.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Bright Eyes''']]: Sorry, but that's not happening.
* {{Prequel}}: Origins is this, serving as an OriginsEpisode for Celestia, Luna, and Discord.
** Generational Transitions as well, which chronicles [[spoiler:the end of the G3 universe.]]
** 7 Dreams/Nightmares Gaiden is another, detailing [[spoiler:the end of the Second Age of Pony civilization.]]
** The Shining Armor Arc is this, detailing events starting as early as the first episode of the TV series. [[spoiler:Subverted in that it turns out due to Shining being ImmuneToFate, SanDimasTime is in effect and it's be happening ''alongside'' the rest of the series rather than before it.]]
* PsychicStatic: The Rebels that Shining encounters mentally recite everything as if they were Hooviets as a precaution in case Makarov manages to get in their heads. [[spoiler:This is why all segments from their perspective appeared to be Hooviets.]]
* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychotic Fillymare]]: [[spoiler:"Psycho" is a stretch, but it's quite clear that Princess Gaia is rather childlike, even throwing a tantrum when she doesn't get her way.]]
** Dark World Fluttercruel is much more clear cut on the "psycho" part -- when she throws a temper tantrum, ponies die badly.
** General-Admiral Makarov is a Type C. He's extremely powerful both literally and figuratively, but also extremely childish and spiteful, throwing a temper tantrum any time he doesn't get his way. This in some ways makes him ''more'' dangerous because he's willing to kill someone just for getting his ''name wrong''.
* PsychoRangers: [[spoiler:Nightmare Paradox has fused with five other Nightmares from previous cycles, the six of them forming one of these to the heroes. However, only two of them are the actual SuperpoweredEvilSide of their counterpart, due to the Elements having changed hooves (Nightmare Mirror to [[WarriorTherapist Rarity]], [[MonsterClown Nightmare Granfalloon]] to [[CheerfulChild Apple Pie]], [[LotusEaterMachine Nightmare Whisper]] to [[MasterOfIllusion Applejack]], [[KnightTemplar Nightmare Banneret]] to [[UndyingLoyalty Spike]], [[ControlFreak Nightmare Manacle]] to [[MamaBear Derpy]], and of course, [[BigBad Nightmare Paradox]] herself to [[TheHero Twilight]]).]]
* PunchClockVillain: [[spoiler:Well, Punch Clock HeroAntagonist, but Anarchy still qualifies. He's just doing his job and ''really'' wants to get it overwith. He even says that he'd be the first one to suggest a better solution, simply because a full CosmicRetcon is ''way'' too much work.]]
** Rancor in Dark World. She's ''literally'' only in conflict with the antagonists because Her Parents ordered her to help her big brother Discord out and when its not her turn to fight the heroes, she has absolutely no animosity towards them (ironic considering she's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of animosity) and is downright [[FriendlyEnemy friendly]], even asking Rarity for her autograph [[spoiler:because she was Melody in a past life]]. She ''is'' a BloodKnight and ''enjoys'' fighting, but its NothingPersonal, just her job. [[spoiler:When she completes her ''actual'' mission, namely stealing Destruction's power back from Discord, she bids them farewell and heads back to Oblivion to a party in her honor and admits in comments that she has no interest in coming back.]]
** There's also Dark World!Discord's [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Magnificent 300 Goblin Cowboy Samurai.]] They outright say its NothingPersonal, they're just contracted to Discord and thus have to follow his orders out of honor. The moment said contract expires, they leave peacefully since...well, they don't like Discord any better than the heroes do but it'd be dishonorable to help fight him.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Trixie, at the transition between the Princess Gaia and Butterflies arcs, bids farewell to the heroes and heads back to her hometown, removing herself from the plot for the forseeable future]].
** Dark World!Rainbow Dash is left at Sweet Rock Acres after her HeelFaceTurn because, due to her HeelRealization, she's [[DrivenToSuicide presently suicidal]] and needs time to get her mind in order. [[TheBusCameBack She returns later on]] just in time to [[spoiler:help the group take down Odyne!Cruelty. She and the Princesses are PutOnTheBus after the latter are freed because the Princesses are presently powerless fillies, and Twilight doesn't want to put all their eggs in one basket on the off chance Discord had one last trump card up his sleeve.]]
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The discorded Mane Six in [[BadFuture Dark World]].
** Turns out, Discord also had a group of [[PsychoForHire psychos for hire]] on stand-by called the League of Auxiliary Minions. However, we never see them outside of a flashback, since by present they've died from asphyxiation due to Discord [[ForgotToFeedTheMonster forgetting to pump air into their room]]. [[spoiler: Though then the flashback reveals that Angry Pie killed them for trying to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] one of [[MamaBear her adopted foals]].]]
* RaceAgainstTheClock: A large portion of Shining Armor 17 deals with trying to stop Makarov before [[spoiler:he regains his full strength after Shining Armor weakened him and restarts his endgame.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: How Shining Armor describes himself and the other founding members of Cadence's branch of the Royal Guard, as they were all gathered from separate parts of the preexisting Guard. The group call sign is made Misfit ''because'' of this.
** The Anti-Hooviet Rebels he meets also qualify. Of the main ones, there's two Roes (the Noble Class), a Moose, and a Musk Deer. Shining even points out how odd it is to see them together.
* RantInducingSlight: Rarity during her Reharmonizing after her phobia of gems drives her over the edge, causing her to yell at Sweetie Belle and nearly seriously hurt her with a bit of diamond. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Rarity is suitably horrified when she comes to her senses.]]
* ReadTheFinePrint: Subverted in probably the funniest way possible. Luna made it ''extremely'' clear in the the contract what happens if you join her side of the army:
--> '''Luna''': And every pony that swears themselves to my half of the army KNOWS the conditions for joining. You infuse your troops with a micro-fraction of your essence, I infuse mine the same way. It's written in BIG BOLD LETTERS in 40 size font across two pages with before and after pictures that they'll turn black, become nocturnal, grow dislike to sunlight and exchange feather wings for batwings when they become Night Troopers.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:After managing to save Minty from being deleted during the end of the G3 timeline, Pinkie celebrates...only for Minty to collapse and die from blood loss.]]
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia. She was able to transform the [[EldritchLocation Everfree Forest]] into a SugarBowl with ease.]]
** [[spoiler:The Shadow of Chernobull ([[ParodySue General-Admiral Makarov's]] true form) is described as this. When Pandora first created it, [[BlackHoleSue it began warping the Realm of Legends to make all their stories focus on it]], forcing Pandora to [[SealedEvilInACan seal it in her Box]]. After escaping into the real world and becoming Makarov, he retains this, having altered history so the Hooviet Empire never imploded and doing such things as enabling his {{BFG}} to blow up ''clouds'', creating the Hooviets impossibly high tech weapons (such as his cyborgs), and [[ActuallyADoombot replacing himself with a robotic duplicate]] as he's being shot in the head.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: "A Day at the Circus" was inspired by and based on a circus Godzillawolf himself had attended a few days prior.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The [[BadFuture Dark World]] Mane Six are over a thousand years old due to being made [[CompleteImmortality immortal]] by Discord with the Elements Of Chaos. Derpy is also this, as Discord's spell on her made her immortal and when her Element of Loyalty awakened, it stabilized her in her age before she was cursed (she was cycling through ages from a filly to an old mare as she circled the castle), though she ''may'' no longer be immortal, it's not exactly clear. Dinky also counts, as when the curse on her was broken, she's the same age she was one thousand years ago. Only now, [[OlderThanTheyLook her personality seems to have grown while her body didn't.]]
** Patch and Brightglow were at least several hundred years old when they died, their lives extended by the Rainbow Fragments. While they did age, they didn't age ''as much'' as they should have, and thus still looked much younger than they really were.
** Celestia and Luna's physical forms are both ''at least'' three to four thousand years old (as is Discord's). However, being Alicorns, their true age before being born in the mortal world is far greater, with Celestia able to remember ''[[TimeAbyss the Big Bang]]'' with some degree of clarity.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Celestia, as in canon.
** The Alicorn [[TopGod Elders]] both qualify, as they genuinely love their children and are even willing to accept [[spoiler:Celestia]] back after she [[spoiler:defied her family and ended up unleashing the Windigos on the world]]. The Father of All Alicorns has also shown he has no qualms answering questions posed to him by mortals when he talks with them and gladly answers them logically without resorting to InMysteriousWays. It's also stated he's all merciful and considers no one unforgivable.
** Havoc, one of the Elders and the father of the Draconequi, also qualifies. Unlike his wife (who's response to almost any perceived slight is to erase the 'offender' from existence), he's actually willing to put up with being spoken back too and actually genuinely cares about his children (according to WordOfGod, he's never forgiven [[spoiler:Entropy]] for [[spoiler:erasing their son from existence]]). While his punishments to them are rather extreme, they're perfectly normal by [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Draconequi standards]], and its stated by WordOfGod that, as the Personification of Pony Hell, its his ''job'' to punish sinners, even his own children. He's also willing to hear [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttershy]] out when she beseeches him to [[spoiler:spare Dark World!Fluttercruel further harm and let her take her daughter to be reconditioned properly]], even relenting without any fuss when she proves her point logically.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel gives one to Nightmare Whisper.]]
** [[spoiler:And then Luna to both of them (after Fluttershy has been purified), proceeding to point out ''exactly'' how they fucked up what could have been good in ''very'' specific detail. To give an idea of how severely she chews them out, it was considered fitting punishment for what they did.]]
** [[spoiler:Rota Fortuna delivers a [[BreakingLecture crushing one]] to Nightmare Eclipse as the latter is being defeated, pointing out how all she's done is contradict what she ''said'' she was going to do and become [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]].]]
* RedShirt: Hooviet Commissars parody this. They have red uniforms and thus far not one has actually survived appearing. [[spoiler:Justified as its implied [[RealityWarper Makarov]] creates them ''specifically'' for this purpose.]]
--> '''Natasha''': They almost seem to grow on trees. Makarov's gone through about twelve of them since last time.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Dark World is actually an IronicHell for Discord created by the [[TheVoice Nameless Passenger]]. He's been trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop as punishment for his crimes, but actually had a HeelRealization some time ago she wouldn't allow him to act on. The Nameless Passenger also turns out to be a version of Twilight who Discord's actions drove into becoming [[SuperpoweredEvilSide a Nightmare.]]]]
* RecursiveFanfiction:
** The sheer number of MLP fanfiction that is either referenced or incorporated as setting canon is quite large.
** Despite it's relatively new status, it's already succeeded in [[http://fav.me/d4flccm inspiring]] [[http://c8lin-the-hedgie.deviantart.com/art/Discorded-Ponies-HaterSketch-263929712 lots]] [[http://unknownhedgehog.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4ifz6o of]] [[http://teyandee05.deviantart.com/gallery/33150793 fanfics]].
** There is now [[http://psychodemonfox.deviantart.com/art/Applejack-VS-The-Zombies-265948902 fanart]] [[http://psychodemonfox.deviantart.com/art/Stay-Away-from-My-Muffin-265949965 by another fan]] (warning, both contain spoilers!). The former is interesting as it's technically fanart of a fanfic of a [[StoryOfTheBlanks fangame]], making it RecursiveFanfiction on at least two levels.
** [[http://fav.me/d4ekxrn There's also a fan made]] VillainSong for [[spoiler:Loneliness]]. The writer also drew[[http://fav.me/d4f34ga fanart for Flutteshy's reharmonizing chapter.]]
** There are also two seperate [[http://unknownhedgehog.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4ifz6o fan-fic]] [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=Coffee+Swirl+POV#/d4oxk3h series]] which feature characters who hate Fluttershy [[spoiler:[[ThisIsUnforgivable for what she did as Princess Gaia]]]] and are both wronged for doing so. Because of this, [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=Neo+Stream+POV#/d4nayto one of them]] hates her so much [[spoiler:that he dreams of [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds becoming a Nightmare, killing her and destroying Equestria]]]].
** WordOfGod compiled the RecursiveFanfiction all into one place, which can be viewed [[http://alexwarlorn.deviantart.com/journal/MLP-FiM-Pony-POV-Series-Fanfiction-and-Fanart-274110361 here.]]
* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel.]]
* RedemptionPromotion: Trixie is a far more effective as a GuileHeroine, not to mention she's much more powerful. Justified, as it's stated [[TitleDrop friendship IS magic]] and by seperating herself from others, she was actually weakening herself.
* RedundantRescue: [[spoiler:Deconstructed. [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Spike chooses to help Rarity against Fluttercruel...but Rarity had already killed Fluttercruel. Spike going to rescue her left Twilight, who ''really'' needed his help, to lose her Element to Angry Pie and nearly die.]]
* {{Reincarnation}}: [[spoiler:Its revealed that several ponies are actually reincarnations of G3 ponies, in some cases ''more'' than one due to spirits fusing together. Twilight Sparkle was G1 Twilight and Minty, Rainbow is G3 Rainbow Dash and Firefly, and, obviously, Rarity is one of her G3 self. Spike ''may'' be his G3 self's reincarnation, but its revealed they share a common ancestor in G1 Spike. DoubleSubverted with Pinkie Pie, as she's ''literally'' the G3 Pinkie, but also the reincarnation of G1 Surprise and has a ''some'' of G3 Rarity in her. Its implied this isn't limited to them as well, and that some of them may have other ponies composing them. Though this is an interesting example as the G3 ponies were erased from time and thus technically don't have a first incarnation at all as far as history is concerned.]]
** InUniverse, Zecora believes in this. Luna points out in narration that ''that'' type of reincarnation doesn't exist (her brother is the GrimReaper so she'd known) but doesn't tell her because Her Father honestly doesn't care about whether He'd believed in or not, just they're a good pony. [[spoiler:It turns out Zecora is the reincarnation of Kimono, who was once Ms. Hackney, the discover of which she takes in stride.]]
* [[spoiler:{{Retgone}}: Happens to several G3 ponies in the ''very'' LooseCanon when a CosmicRetcon is the only way to save the universe from entrophy. However, it's hinted by an alicorn (and the G1 Firefly's spirit merging with the G3 Rainbow Dash to form the G4 version of Rainbow Dash) that the ponies aren't ''entirely'' erased and a part of them will live on in the G4 timeline.]]
** [[spoiler: Also an ability that the [[{{Clockroaches Blank Wolf}}]] has. It literally exists to find anomalies in the timeline and erase their very existence. It intends to give this treatment to Shining Armor. We later learn that the only way Shining Armor will be able to truly defeat [[BigBad Makarov]] is by getting the wolf to catch Makarov's scent instead.]]
** [[spoiler:General Admiral Makarov is capable of doing this at the apex of his power, and does so to ''the entire Changeling species'' by [[RealityWarper declaring he killed them all]]. This is different from other methods, as Moth, a benign Changeling living in Ponyville, finds herself [[AndIMustScream invisible and incapable of interacting with anyone]] as Lyra and Bonbon talk about her 'tragic death' after he did so.]]
** [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath Karmically]], he meets his end when [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]] does this to him, removing his taint from existence.]]
* {{Rewrite}}:
** The author constantly reworks scenes in the archives to keep the series compatible with the show's canon, so some details here and there will change, trickling down through the rest of the stories. Though there have been very few that ''drastically'' change the story, normally they're simply small things or new scenes that don't change the overall plot. [[spoiler:One noteable {{Retcon}}, however, is that Diamond Tiara has not released Discord as of "Luna's Nightmare." This was because the author wasn't happy with how it came out and how much it restricted things.]]
** This is actually given an InUniverse justification in "AJ's Dream". The Pony POV universe is connected to the "heart world", any even that happen there branch out to the worlds connected to it. The plot of the sidestory revolved around preparing for the event the changes are too severe and the link is broken.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: [[spoiler:Screw Ball correctedly deduces her daughter Diamond Tiara is in Canterlot, but believes its because she's been kidnapped by and the kidnappers would take her to Canterlot [[InsaneTrollLogic because Diamond Tiara is her little princess, and princesses live in Canterlot, therefore the kidnappers would hide her there so she wouldn't stand out.]] The Interviewers actually JawDrop at this.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: Shining Armor goes on one to rescue [[spoiler:the rest of [[BandOfBrothers Misfit Actual]] from General Admiral Makarov.]] They're constantly on his mind as he fights his way to them and it ends with him [[CurbstompBattle clearing a room single hoofedly]] and fighting a cyborg Diamond Dog to finally save them.
--> [[spoiler:'''Captive Audience''']]: But...how did you get here?
--> '''Shining Armor''': [[BadassBoast By kicking everyone's flanks that got in my way.]]
* RotatingArcs: Currently happening with the Dark World and Shining Armor arcs, as well as 7 Dreams/Nightmares Gaiden (which finished first).
* RousseauWasRight: [[spoiler:Dark World seems to be heading this way. While the Nameless Passenger believes that monsters stay monsters and the villains have no good at all in them, the ''only'' villain who lacks any humanizing factor in the end is the Valeyard, who is the personification of the Doctor's evil. Even Discord has some good in him that shows towards the end. At the very least the Passenger herself seems to have ''once'' been good or [[KnightTemplar believe she's doing the right thing]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters only for her thirst for revenge to turn her into a monster.]]]]
* RunningGag:
** Whenever a pony, for whatever reason, throws up or feels like they will, they tend to question how it's physically possible for a pony to ''do'' that in the first place, [[ShownTheirWork since real horses aren't capable of it]].
** Celestia recounting a NoodleIncident from her reign, such as two different assassins actually ''knocking'' on her bedroom door before trying to kill her.
** During the "Cruel's Best Pet" side story, Fluttercruel's strange recurring fascination with Honey Badgers.
** Twilight giving a lecture and having a soapbox manifest underneath her. Though once it happened with ''Dark World!Rainbow Dash'' of all ponies, at which point Twilight promptly apologizes and admits having no idea why it keeps happening. [[spoiler:This includes her [[FutureMeScaresMe evil potential future self]] Nightmare Paradox.]]
*** Turns out it runs in the family.
--> '''Shining Armor''': ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Giving a lecture about why predicting the future is a bad idea]]) ...I'm sounding like Twiley, aren't I?
--> '''Pegasus Interviewer''': Kinda.
--> '''Shining Armor''': ...I'm on a soapbox, aren't I?
--> '''Earth Pony Interviewer:''' A little one.
--> '''Pegasus Interviewer''': Must run in the family.
--> '''Shining Armor''': Does this happen to mom too? I'll just move this thing out of the way...
** Shining Armor's arc has developed one of Pinkie cameoing every time there's a party.
* SanDimasTime: [[spoiler:Revealed to be the case with the Shining Armor Arc and the main story. According to the Interviewers, the same thing that makes him ImmuneToFate means he's essentially in the past trying to catch up to the present instead of the present trying to get to the future. PlayedForDrama because it means Makarov ''can actually win'' because its taking place in Shining's ''present'' and it's also why the Wolf is after him.]]
* SatanicArchetype: There are two beings who share this role. One is Discord's father, [[EldritchAbomination Havoc]], the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mass Hysteria and one of the four Elders (the {{Top God}}s). He's the DimensionLord of Pony Hell, where the condemned are doomed to pull his chariot across an endless desert for all eternity.The other is Morning Star, a [[FallenAngel Fallen Alicorn]] who was originally supposed to be the Concept of Perfection and Beauty, but, like Old Scratch, became the embodiment of Evil and Temptation when he attempted to overthrow the Elders, seeing himself more perfect than they are. He was [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]], but later released by Havoc to fight on his side of a war, and served as ''Discord's'' EvilMentor. What became of him after that is presently unknown (though WordOfGod is that he was either killed during the war or imprisoned in Hell under Havoc's watch as part of the peace treaty between the Alicorns and Draconequi).
* SayingTooMuch: [[spoiler: Diamond Tiara inadvertently tells Fancy Pants more and more about her background and motivations, requiring Discord to induce a temporary seizure to save the conspiracy.]]
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: Makarov wears this for pretty much no good reason in Chapter 17. Arguably, even the armor-plating on his Airship and Helicopter ''should'' qualify as this too, except his reality-warping powers compensate for it.
* ScreamingBirth: [[EldritchAbomination Entropy]] is the antithesis of creation and existing, so naturally giving birth to Her and Havoc's children, the Draconequi. The one time we see has Her writhing in pain sends shockwaves throughout the ''universe'' and She erases Havoc from existence the moment it's done (He wills Himself back into it moments later). How He manages to convince Her to have kids period is presently unknown.
** Fauna Luster, being Entropy's antithesis and Life Incarnate, Inverts this; giving birth is ''pleasurable'' to Her.
** Bright Eyes' first memory she recovers is her daughter's birth. It involved a lot of screaming and cuss words.
* SealedEvilInACan:
** Discord, naturally.
** The [[FallenAngel Fallen Alicorn]] [[SatanicArchetype Morning Star]] was imprisoned for trying to overthrow the Elders and conquer the universe. He was released again during the Alicorn/Draconequi War, but ultimately sealed away in Hell afterwards as part of the treaty.
** Grogar, who escapes from his prison [[RegularlyScheduledEvil once every 500 years]] and has to either be stopped from emerging or seal him away again. Discord is ''ticked'' because Grogar doesn't seem to ''care'' about being imprisoned.
** [[spoiler:The Shadow of Chernobull, an entity imprisoned in Pandora's Box which the Hooviets accidentally released and it becomes General-Admiral Makarov.]]
** Tartarus exists in this universe as well. [[spoiler:Its chief inmates are a group of extradimensional invaders who sought to turn the Pony Verse into a hellhole so horrific that even ''Entropy'' opposed them. They were defeated and imprisoned by Rota Fortuna, Princeps, Imperatrix, and Justitia and attempted to trick Clover into releasing them. Thankfully they were stopped.]]
** [[spoiler:One escaped in modern day, but it'd weakened during it's imprisonment, allowing Celestia, Luna, and the Royal Guard to destroy it. The fact the Alicorns didn't just destroy them originally is explained; they didn't know how, but discovered a method since then to destroy them, which is used to kill that one.]]
* SequelSeries: Reharmonized Ponies to Discorded Ponies and Dark World as a direct sequel series to Discorded Ponies.
* SeasonFinale: While they felt like it originally due to how they were set up, the Fimfiction upload divides the series into multiple seasons, confirming them to be this, but it's not been finished uploading.
** Discorded: Epilogue (Six Minions as the Audio Adaptation called it)
** Season 1: Second Family
** Season 2: Pearl Necklace Part 5
** Season 3: Replacement Screws
** Season 4: Origins Part 6
** Season 5: Mind Games Part 8
** Dark World also ended up divided into its own seasons.
*** Season 1: Duel of Tears
*** Season 2: The Real Hoof Blues Part 2.
*** Season 3: Crushed Pearl Necklace
*** Season 4: That Which Pierces All.
** 7 Dreams/Nightmares Gaiden: Clover.
* SecretIdentity: [[spoiler: There is more to the unnamed Interviewer than meets the eye.]]
** [[spoiler: Or as it turns out, interviewer'''s'''.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash pulls one on Fluttercruel during her Cute-Ceanera, thus establishing Fluttercruel as a unique and trustworthy individual to the rest of the group.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Twilight has to pass several while becoming an Alicorn, the most obvious being [[SheathYourSword her fight with Razzaroo.]]]]
* SelfDeprecation: Celestia sells unflattering, made up stories of ''herself'' to the tabloids under an assumed name. Among other reasons, it's to give herself an excuse to give some of the noble's powers to common ponies (she wanted to do that anyway), to improve Luna's image, and since they're going to paint her a tyrant anyway, she might as well have some fun.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong:
** [[spoiler:While it is AllJustADream, Luna makes sure the BadFuture she witnessed in her second sidestory doesn't come to pass by changing her actions and realizing the error of her ways.]]
** [[spoiler:Twilight Tragedy does this in the RecursiveFanfiction ending to Epilogue, ''[[http://fav.me/d4lrntt Fading Futures]]''. She sends her past self telepathic messages to guide her through the point when the future Twilight failed, allowing her to manage to lead the Elements of Harmony to defeat Discord and save the world.]]
** [[spoiler:Unfortunately, thanks to Nightmare Paradox, [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight it didn't stick.]]]]
** [[spoiler:This is the goal of the Rebels and Shining Armor in the Shining Armor Arc. General-Admiral Makarov/The Shadow of Chernobull's influence resulted in the Hooviet Empire not collapsing when it should have around 20 years ago, allowing them to perform even more atrocities and maintain an iron hoof over the Deer lands. Shining Armor and company's plan is to feed Makarov to [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]], erasing him from history and returning the timeline to it's proper state.]]
* [[SillyReasonForWar Silly Reason For Splitting The Country In Two]]: North and South Ponia split the country in two after disagreeing about ''which way north and south were''. It began when they declared that what every other nation said was north, was actually south, and vice-versa. [[MindScrew And forgot to exclude themselves from "every other nation"]]. It's not a war though, just a very big disagreement. Everypony who didn't really care just gave up and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere moved somewhere else]].
** For the record, the North is actually in the south but says it's in the north. The South is in the north and says it's south. The North thinks the South is claiming to be in the north and the South thinks the north is claiming to be in south. Everybody got that?
* ShadowDictator: Father Deer, the mysterious leader of the Hooviet Empire. [[spoiler:However, it seems that General Admiral Makarov is the ''true'' leader and his superiors only ''assume'' they're in control.]]
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: [[spoiler:Loneliness prefers to stay in the form of Trixie's mother, Morgan. Rather this or any form she assumes is her ''true'' form or if she even has one is never revealed.]]
** [[spoiler:Reznov's story of Makarov suggests 'Makarov' is simply this for [[HumanoidAbomination some]]''[[EldritchAbomination thing]]'' called the Shadow of Chernobull that a Hooviet experiment accidentally released from [[SealedEvilInACan Pandora's Box]] (the Draconequus, not the myth) who took on the role of the SuperSoldier the Hooviets had tried to create.]]
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: [[spoiler:Loneliness uses this to try to make Twilight think she ''killed'' Trixie while Discorded. Thankfully, [[ShutUpHannibal Twilight had none of it]] once she finds AGlitchInTheMatrix.]]
* SharingABody: Discord's MindRape of Fluttershy resulted in her "Discorded self" ending up as a seperate being in the same body. After [[CurbstompBattle beating Fluttercruel]] in her normal BadassPacifist style, Fluttershy realizes Fluttercruel isn't evil, just was "raised" wrong by Discord and allows her to share her body while trying to reform her. Now the two pretty much share control and work together at times. So far it's worked out quite well. [[spoiler:Even when Fluttercruel takes over, Fluttershy is still there, they just kind of switched places.]]
** [[spoiler:After the Princess Gaia incident, Princess Celestia gives them a gift; enabling Fluttershy's body to transform into Fluttercruel's (who differs by darker fur and a different Cutie Mark) when she's in control. They still share the same body, however.]]
* SheatheYourSword: [[spoiler:Dark World!Twilight passes the final SecretTestOfCharacter to become an Alicorn by refusing to fight Razzaroo for the position.]]
* SherlockScan: Fancy Pants is a master of this.
** One upped by Dr. Hoof Wave, deducing [[spoiler: Discord's entire family history just by observing a couple choice actions.]]
** Bright Eyes is pretty good at this. It's also how she deduces Lancer is her husband after losing her memory.
--> '''Bright Eyes''': You've been concerned and protective of me from the start. I felt hurt when you were hurt and I know we're not identical twins. That means you were either my husband, a friend, or my brother. Sweetheart didn't find us being together strange at all. So that rules out stranger. You've been struggling with being close to me but not being too close. So that rules out family. You weren't possessive of me, so that rules out stalker. You might have just been a friend who was pinning for me and my husband died in whatever disaster happened. But you weren't acting ashamed or hesitant like this was your big chance. And I feel safe around you, the first thing I called you was 'White Knight', which means I felt safe around you before and I remember your voice calling to me. So you must have had some great meaning for me. Oh and our wedding rings are identical.
* ShipperOnDeck: Princess Cadence's hoofmaidens shipped her and Shining Armor before they even dated.
** They also ship Garnet and Running Gag. Both ships are handled with the subtleness of a steamroller driving through a nitroglycerin plant.
* ShockAndAwe: Trixie's partial to using lightning magic when it comes to fighting, either by summoning a minture storm cloud or simply electrifying her horn.
** FridgeBrilliance hits when you remember that [[spoiler:her teachers in magic school said weather magic is outside of the grasp of the vast majority of unicorns. And since Trixie [[IJustWantToBeSpecial wants to be special...]] ]]
** Also used by Pegasi when creating Lightning clouds. The Wonderbolts lightning trails even have some limited use like this.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Columbian Marines use breech-loading shotguns firing slugs or buckshot: Single-barrelled ones for regular troopers, double-barrelled SawedOffShotguns for the Assault troops.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/PonyPOVSeries Has its own page.]]
* ShownTheirWork: The series as a whole has a ''massive'' amount of research done for it. The main fic shows a large amount of attention to detail to all four Gens of My Little Pony, including several more obscure sources outside the TV Series such as the "Ember's Dream" cassette that was only available by mail ordering the G1 toy. The Shining Armor Arc shows a ''massive'' amount of research into real world military terminology, technology, and the real world counterparts to the locations visited.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''[[PowerRangers Pony Rangers]]'', which is mentioned several times throughout the fic... And is eventually discovered to be an AlternateUniverse.
* ShutUpHannibal:
** [[spoiler:Twilight does this to Loneliness on multiple occasions throughout the final battle with her. Finally, Trixie finally manages one when she defies Loneliness in the end before grabbing her Element Of Harmony and destroying her.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel to Princess Luna, when Luna brings up the possibility that they really can't know who the "original" and who the "copy" is. Cruel' replies by saying that they're ''both'' real and it doesn't matter whose the "original". Luna is impressed by this.]]
** Sweetie Belle gets one on Silver Spoon's mother in "Butterflies" -- when she says the CMC don't deserve to [[spoiler: be Silver Spoon's friends]], she points out how well connected they are through their sisters (and Rainbow Dash in Scootaloo's case), and is ''completely'' polite while doing so.
** In the [[BadFuture Dark World]], Apple Pie manages one when [[spoiler: Derpy's refusal to give in to [[TheStarscream the Valeyard]]'s BreakingLecture restores her own hope (after he tried to convince her that there are no happy endings in real life), saying she's going to [[EarnYourHappyEnding write her own happy ending]].]]
*** During the same fight, Derpy gets another one to the Valeyard when he [[spoiler:begs her for mercy while she's [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating him to death]] to force him into a regeneration back into the Doctor.]]
--> '''The Valeyard''': Derpy, we're friends! Don't do this!
--> '''Derpy''': Sorry, I'm the Doctor's friend. [[IronicEcho You're the Valeyard, the Doctor is out,]] [[spoiler:[[PreMortemOneLiner but he'll be back in soon.]]]]
** Later on in Dark World, Rarity has one against Fluttercruel after the latter tries to pull a NotSoDifferent on her when she declares she's going to kill Fluttercruel for [[spoiler: torturing Fluttershy's mind for centuries until Cadence's spirit saved her]].
--->'''Fluttercruel''': At LAST you get it!
--->'''Rarity''': No, I don't 'get it' you sad filly. [[PsychoForHire You kill for thrills]]. I'd do nothing if you just stopped. I'm nothing like you. And that hurts, doesn't it? [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech To know just how alone you really are.]]
*** She gives Fluttercruel another one when they each summon small armies to aid them. Fluttercruel uses disposable {{Mooks}}. Rarity [[spoiler: asks for help from the souls of Fluttercruel's victims and gives them stone bodies to use, and points out how they're different.]]
** Twilight gives several to [[TheVoice the Nameless Passenger]] when the Passenger tells her to kill a sea pony [[spoiler:trying to take Celestia and Luna's feathers]]. The Sea Ponies, for reference, are basically completely innocent creatures who have no idea Discord and the Chaos Six were the bad guys.
--> '''Twilight''': From what Applejack told me about her redemption, Applebloom's ghost took a feather already on orders from their…Father, so it must be safe. And I'm not a murderer. That's why.
** Twilight and company get quite a few against [[spoiler:the Nameless Passenger after she reveals herself as Twilight [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future self]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] as she tries to convince Twilight to become her, shooting down all her arguments.]]
** Spike delivered what this Troper thinks is the most awesome Shut Up, Hannibal, [[spoiler: when he refused to restrain Twilight for her.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Nightmare Eclipse''':]] YOU'RE THE ONE WHOSE LOST HER MIND Twilight! Everything in this world is nothing but shadows of a lie of a fantasy. You're not being rational! Spike! Restrain her!
-->'''Spike''': No.
-->[[spoiler:'''Nightmare Eclipse''':]] Spike, I'm warning you!
-->'''Spike''': I'll have you know I am NOT a robot, or a distortion, or any of those other things. And I need to be loyal to [[spoiler:the real]] Twilight.
*** It should be noted out of ''all'' the ShutUpHannibal speeches [[spoiler:Paradox]] got that chapter, this is the ''only'' one she has no ShutUpKirk for because it just pisses her off ''that'' much.
** Bright Eyes gets one against [[spoiler:Cruel Eyes/D___t's Shadow of Existence]], using her love of Lancer to help her beat [[spoiler:his]] BreakingLecture.
--> '''Bright Eyes''': "...We can't be certain...if what we think of ourselves is true, and we can be certain what others think of us is true. The heart is always subjective. All we have left in the end is who we chose to trust. I'd trust Lancer with my life, I trusted him with my heart a long time ago!"
*** She gets another one shortly there after when he's [[spoiler:giving his FinalSpeech and Dying Curse.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Cruel Eyes''']]: [[WeWillMeetAgain This is not over,]] I swear to you, I shall [[spoiler:stalk your soul and its iterations across creation]], and when your heart cries out in deepest despair, I will be there to devour you, we will meet-!
--> '''Bright Eyes''': [[spoiler:(impales him through the heart)]] Sorry, but that's not happening. ([[spoiler:bisects his head with enough force to drive her sword into his chest, destroying him completely]]) [[BondOneLiner Ever.]]
** In ''Shining Armor 18'', [[spoiler:Minuette gets one against [[Series/DoctorWho the Master]] when he tries to tempt her into opening her fob watch and [[AmnesiacDissonance becoming him again]]. After she resists his attempts, he [[VillainousBreakdown snaps]] and yells that she has no choice because she ''is'' him. Her reply?]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Minuette''']]: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis No. I. Am.]] [[spoiler:[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Minuette. Colgate!]] (''hurls fob watch across the room'')]]
* ShutUpKirk: Fluttercruel tries this to Rarity's ShutUpHannibal, but whether or not sure actually succeeds or is trying to cover for how they effect her is not clear.
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Paradox is more successful for ignoring the heroes' {{Shut Up Hannibal}}s against her, pretty much just treating them as ramblings of her 'immature' past self and her 'imaginary' friends. However, ''some'' of their arguments ''do'' get under her skin (due to pressing her {{Berserk Button}}s, but they don't convince her of anything.]]
*** [[spoiler: And when Spike gave her a ShutUpHannibal, it was the only case where she was not able to counter with one of these, because it pissed her off that much.]]
** Princess Cadence gets a number against General-Admiral Makarov when he tries to give her a BreakingLecture, the biggest being a TheVillainSucksSong she sings [[spoiler:using MagicMusic to kick his flank.]]
--> '''Makarov''': You might as well just give up! You are no match for me and my cyborg! [[TemptingFate What are you going to do? Bleed on me? Sing a song?]]
--> '''Princess Cadence''': ''(DeathGlare)'' [[InsultBackfire Maybe I will sing.]]
* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler:Celestia's mother (essentially the AnthropomorphicPersonification of existence) is named Fauna Luster, an anagram of Lauren Faust.]]
* SirSwearsALot: Fluttercruel, though InUniverse cuss words. Fluttershy washes their (as they're SharingABody) mouth out for it.
* SixthRanger:
** Fluttercruel is an interesting case. She joins and is big help most of the time, [[spoiler:until her NiceJobBreakingItHero moment,]] but Fluttershy is the only member of the mane cast who even knows she exists [[spoiler:until she reveals herself during the FinalBattle with Nightmare Whisper. She also gets her own Element Of Kindness, making her fit this role even more than before.]]
** Trixie after her HeelFaceTurn [[spoiler:is revealed to be another Element Of Magic like Twilight]]. The next chapter she's introduced to the rest of the mane cast and offically joins them. She ''really'' proves her worth in "Links" by being one of the only ones able to [[spoiler:break free of Princess Gaia's spell on her own and then using the memory spell to help free the others.]]
** [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Silver Spoon]] becomes the Fourth Ranger for the Cutie Mark Crusaders.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Slides all over the place. Series 1 was all cynical, showing a possible future where TheBadGuyWins. The three seasons after that are more idealistic, with hope, friendship, support and wisdom making better ponies, even when one of them [[spoiler: goes Nightmare]]. Seasons 4-5 return to the cynicism, with both being StartOfDarkness tales. The next three seasons fall somewhere in between. The Dreams/Nightmares stories are DoomedByCanon, but they take the problems and run with them to create something better. Shining Armor's story starts out idealistic, but slips into cynicism as the BigBad shows up. Dark World starts DEEP in the cynical, but [[EarnYourHappyEnding crawls, fights and bludgeons its way back to an idealistic ending]] (though by cynical means).
* TheSmartGuy: [[spoiler: Gummy is apparently trying to ''mentally'' calculate the vector of the time-space convergence.]]
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: The Reharmonizing series' {{Big Bad}}s play this straight. The first, [[spoiler:Loneliness]] is pretty dangerous, but [[spoiler:is really only a threat inside Trixie's mind, and even then only when Twilight goes in to save her.]] The second BigBad, Princess [[spoiler:Gaia/Nightmare Whisper, Fluttershy's SuperpoweredEvilSide,]] is a real threat and an extremely powerful {{Mad God}}dess. [[spoiler:She's a RealityWarper who manages to brainwash the Mane Cast the moment they step into her prescence and is invading all of Equestria. Next is the MultiversalConqueror Nightmare Mirror. And while we haven't gotten to his StoryArc yet, Discord is set to be the TrueFinalBoss.]]
** [[BadFuture Dark World!]]Discord references this trope by pointing out sending [[BigBadWannabe the Valeyard]] ahead of [[CoDragons Fluttercruel and Angry Pie]] was breaking the 'level boss order' and [[spoiler:his surprise that didn't work.]]
* SplitPersonalityMerge: Angry Pie tries to ''force'' this by [[YouWillBeAssimilated eating the other parts of Pinkie Pie's personality.]] Except it's implied that this wasn't really a merge at all, more like a destruction of all the other parts, strengthening Angry Pie in the process. [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie finally does it the proper way and merges all her personality bits back together. The result has the same personality as before, but is able to think a ''lot'' more clearly and be much more profound... While still almost completely in character.]]
** This happens again when [[spoiler: Fluttershy merges with Flutterage.]]
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Fluttercruel ''tries'' this, only to be [[CurbstompBattle effortlessly put in her place]] by Fluttershy, who is nice enough to allow her to [[SharingABody share her body instead of supplementing her]]. Angry Pie, on the other hoof, comes ''much'' closer to succeeding in her attempt with Pinkie Pie [[spoiler:until Pinkie does a SplitPersonalityMerge with Pinkamena to fight back and merge back together with her instead.]]
** [[spoiler: "The Alicorn and the Steed" has Fluttercruel succeeding... Kind of. It's more like she and Fluttershy switched places than her outright taking over. Why did she? She just wanted a hamburger. Yeah, needless to say, this is a far more benign version than most. Subverted in that cows are intelligent creatures in Equestria.]]
* {{Squee}}: Predictably, [[spoiler:Rainbow reacts this way to Spitfire knocking on her door.]]
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler: When Twilight/Amicitia ascends, Cadence warns her that her greatest enemy awaits at the dawn of time. So she goes back then, where Mortis warns her that they're destined to one day fight each other as well, before helping her evade a sneak attack from a young Cadence, who's [[KnightTemplar convinced that magic is inherently evil]] and wants to kill Amicitia to prevent its existence. After Amicitia barely defeats her, she then hops back in time a bit and tells Mortis to warn her, before going on to traverse her own timeline to be the [[BigGood Benevolent Interloper]] and shield her mortal self from Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox's influence. And then she makes sure Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog survives G3's CosmicRetcon and sends it to the spirit world, where Razzaroo would then use it to nearly become The Magician Alicorn and challenge Dark World Twilight for the spot in the first place]]. Notably, Mortis at one point warns her not to do this too much, as it becomes complicated.
* StaringDownCthulhu: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel manages to make Nightmare Whisper backdown with [[DeathGlare her version of the Stare]]. More impressive is Nightmare Whisper, AKA Fluttershy, is normally the one to do this and was using the Stare herself at the time!]]
** [[spoiler: Dark World!Fluttershy faces down all of Discord's siblings and ''Havoc'' in order to take Fluttercruel's spirit from them. Havoc's impressed enough to let her.]]
* TheStarscream: The Valeyard to Dark World Discord -- he sees Discord as a tool, who one day he intends to steal power from in order to take over the universe.
* StartOfDarkness: The entire Origins arc is one for Discord. And for bonus points, his last act before being turned to stone is to plant the seeds of Luna's own SOD.
** Mind Games is one for [[spoiler: Diamond Tiara]].
** [[spoiler:"A Fading Future" details that of Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox.]]
** [[spoiler:We get to see Dark World!Nightmare Mirror's SOD as well; she became a Nightmare when the Valeyard broke Apple Pie with a nudge from Nightmare Eclipse.]]
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Before the group go off to find out what's happening with Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]], Trixie wisely suggests they go get the Elements of Harmony so they can actually do something about it. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Fluttershy is missing (and actually Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper)]] so they can't actually do it.
* StepfordSmiler: Pretty much every character becomes a Type A in Reharmonized, with Pinkie being even more pronounced (her normal tendancies become outright ''manic'', to the point of not sleeping for about a week to throw parties). [[spoiler:They get better.]]
* StormingTheCastle: Dark World 17, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Storming The Castle"]], wherein the Dark World Elements of Harmony begin their assault on Discord's castle.
** It gets played with a couple of chapters later -- first, Rarity suggests ''not'' storming the castle and waiting for Discord to get bored holed up inside and attack when he comes outside (thus avoiding all his death traps), but Twilight points out that Discord can teleport all over the world, thus meaning they might never catch him. Later, when they actually reach the castle, Twilight decides to just blast the whole castle with the Elements of Harmony and hope that will deal with Discord and the others, thus saving them from having to actually risk the dangers of the castle. However, the castle [[EldritchLocation comes to life]] and ''runs away'' to avoid being hit. Applejack manages to [[spoiler: talk it into neutrality by promising not to blast it]], which means they ''have'' to go inside if they want to fight Discord.
* StoryArc: Not only does each of the mane six and Trixie, after her HeelFaceTurn have their own plot, there's also (thus far) three specific story arcs, each with their own BigBad. [[spoiler:The Loneliness Arc, followed by the Princess Gaia (or Penultimate) Arc, and finally the Discord Arc. Discord's arc started early in Rarity's interaction with Diamond Tiara and the conclusion has yet to be seen.]]
** There's also the [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]], which is technically the GrandFinale of the Discorded Series, as it continues Epilogue, and has been built up over the entire series through Applejack's {{Vision Quest}}s. Though this Arc turned out to be so long it was finally declared a separate SERIES altogether (though it's still listed as a season on [=FIMfiction=] to avoid confusion) with its own set of story arcs, namely the Redemption of the Elements Arc (to Duel of Tears), the StormingTheCastle Arc (to the redemption of Pinkie Pie), the Off The Rails Arc, the End of Days Arc, and the [[spoiler:Alicorn Ascension]] Arc.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: [[spoiler:Shining Armor, Cadence, and Minuette end up as this after Makarov meets his demise and is [[RetGone erased from existence.]] Due to all three having a RippleEffectProofMemory (Shining likely due to being ImmuneToFate, Cadence due to being an Alicorn, and Minuette due to being a Time Lord), they awaken in the corrected timeline and need to adjust to a world were the Hooviet Empire imploded on schedule. Downplayed due to them having a new set of memories of the corrected line, but they still have to get used to the former Hooviets now being allies, new technologies, certain wars and conflicts having never happened, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Shining and Twilight's]] [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParent mother's book]] now having ''sequels'' due to being a hit in Roedina.]]
* StylisticSuck: 'Happy Cake Adventure' a story told by Pinkie Pie [[spoiler:to try and get out of telling about the G3 apocalypse]].
** The song sung by Minuette and Twinkle Shine in Part 3 of Shining Armor's arc (which we only see part of) was made to emulate the songs in old, cheesy romance movies according to WordOfGod.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide:
** Luna's Nightmare Moon persona is mentioned [[spoiler:and she nearly turns back into her. Rainbow Dash comes close to having the same happen to her, but is talked down. Unfortunately, no one is there to talk Fluttershy down (except Fluttercruel, but she's sinking into darkness herself at the time) and she transforms into the second BigBad, Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper. Then on top of ''that'', she used her new found power as a Nightmare to break the seal on [[ArtifactOfDoom the Elder Horn]] and use it's power as well.]]
** [[spoiler:Turns out that all the mane cast and Celestia can turn into Nightmares if they're consumed by one part of themselves. In Luna's case, it was the night she controlled and in the case of Fluttershy, it was her Kindness. We see other alternate realities were Rainbow Dash went Nightmare, turning into Nightmare Manacle (who chained ponies together to force them to be loyal to one another), and where Pinkie Pie did, becoming Nightmare [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granfalloon Granfalloon]] (an insane MonsterClown Alicorn that pulled Ponyville into a CircusOfFear). Another reality seems to be a universe where Rarity was the one who went Nightmare, but we don't see anything about her. The "AJ's Dream" sidestory is pretty much focused on stopping her from going Nightmare, but we do see an alternate version of her who went nightmare, becoming Nightmare Mirror (an KnightTemplar who seeks to force everypony in the multiverse into being perpetually honest).]]
** [[spoiler:"Generational Transitions" reveals that the GoodCounterpart of the Nightmare form is transformation into an Alicorn. None of the Mane Cast are capable of this yet, but Star Catcher managed to return to her Celestia form in this fashion.]]
*** [[spoiler:... Except not quite. It's revealed that Nightmarification is essentially an imperfect Alicornification, and purification by the Elements of Harmony "fixes" it and completes the Alicorn. Fluttershy is therefore actually a lesser Alicorn (though she doesn't seem to entirely know it and looks perfectly normal), which is part of why Luna and Celestia's [[WhatTheHellHero speeches]] are so harsh: they don't want to risk Fluttershy doing something like that again.]]
** [[spoiler:The Nameless Passenger is ultimately revealed to be Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future self]] and Nightmare, Nightmare Eclipse[=/=]Paradox (originally Nightmare Purgatory). She was consumed by her desire for revenge on Discord to the point she turned the Dark World into a GroundhogDayLoop to punish him for eternity, not caring who is killed, erased, or suffering in the process.]]
** According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler:anyone who can wield an Element can go Nightmare, regardless of gender or species. This is proven by the presence of Spike's Nightmare, Nightmare Banneret, among Paradox's PsychoRangers.]]
** [[spoiler:Shining Armor seems to have a different version. When he gets pushed over the RageBreakingPoint (normally by to attempted murder of people he loves), he [[IAmNotLeftHanded unlocks his true power]], giving him enough magical power to overload a magic suppressor that [[BigBad Makarov]] put on him and crush his superweapon, but also becomes ruthless and viscous to the point that both times it happens, he's tried to crush the attacker to death in stark contrast to his ThouShaltNotKill mentality (in fact the first time he did it seems to have ''inspired'' it and be why he had mental blocks on most of his power in the first place). Tamer than most examples because he's at least able to focus on the enemy and has never attacked an ally.]]
* SuperSentaiStance: Parodied with Trixie's sisters who do what Twilight refers to as a pose resembling [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers "Mighty Morphing Pony Rangers"]]. Complete with a rolecall!
* SureWhyNot: Apparently, WordOfGod states that the story is actively influenced by reader interpretations, especially these very tropes.
* SurpriseCreepy: [[spoiler:"gniteeM tsriF-First Meeting" is over all the same as Shining Armor's first story...then ends with some...''thing'' stalking Sweetie Belle in the middle of the night, erasing her hoof prints, before saying she's supposed to exist and vanishing into thin air.]]
** [[spoiler:Clover's Gaiden Story's first chapter involves Pinkie Pie discovering she was Clover's ImaginaryFriend brought to life by the world changing spell, resulting in a BreakTheCutie and her being DrivenToSuicide. While the others help her out of it, it's still surprisingly disturbing.]]
* SurrealHorror: Starlight's [[JuryOfTheDamned trial in the afterlife]] was meant to invoke this.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Pinkie most certainly didn't [[spoiler:mail Spitfire mane dye with a fake letter from her manager to [[MediumAwareness cover up plotholes]]!]]
* SympathyForTheDevil: [[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttercruel's reaction to Discord being mortally wounded by Rancor is seems to get this reaction from the heroes despite everything she's done. Especially Applejack who actually KNOWS how she feels.]]
** [[spoiler:During Dark World's FinalBattle, the Mane Cast have varying measures of this for Nightmare Paradox's PsychoRangers, particularly for Nightmare Manacle, Mirror, and Banneret.]]
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:Luna is left with the option of leaving Pip alone until he's an adult or spend time with him and be labeled a molester by the tabloids. She decides to take on the form of a filly to spend time with him in a way the tabloids won't be able to muck up.]]
* TakeMeInstead: [[spoiler:In Pinkie Pie's LooseCanon Side Story, Pinkie begs Anarchy to erase her instead after he accidentally erases [=StarSong=]. Anarchy ''wants'' to, as she was his original target but he can't reverse it.]]
* TakeThat:
** In a dialogue of Luna and Celestia, the author takes a stab at some of the more ridiculous assumptions of the fandom, such as "[[RonTheDeathEater Tyrant Celestia]]", "[[MemeticMolester Molestia]]", and on the other side "[[DracoInLeatherPants The New Lunar Republic]]".
** Everything Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]] does, especially the [[spoiler:Everkind Forest]], might be a TakeThat to [[TastesLikeDiabetes certain other girls' cartoons]] about saccharine worlds where everyone is permanently happy and life is just a succession of parties. This is not only profoundly unrealistic and wrong, it's also extremely boring. Among other things, she has dolls in the likeness of the G3 My Little Ponies.
*** [[spoiler:WordOfGod states Pinkie Pie's Side Story was inspired by this very entry as a TakeThat to ''this'' TakeThat entry.]]
** Pinkie Pie's RunningGag of stating her hatred of a [[{{Cupcakes}} certain fanfic]].
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel's tirade against Nightmare Whisper during their Stare-off doubles as a TakeThat at [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall some of the trope entries involving her on]] ''[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall this very page.]]'']]
** [[spoiler: [[FallenAngel Morning Star]] in the Origins series seems to be a TakeThat against the concept of a MarySue. He is described as being perfect; [[FaceHeelTurn but considered himself so perfect that he no longer listened to the parents of the Alicorns and gleefully sided with the Draconequui in the ensuing war following the defeat of the Windigos.]]]]
** [[spoiler:"Nightmare House" has several towards the the IDW Comicbook, specifically the existence of the Nightmare Forces (though Alexwarlorn is generally a fan of the comics and integrated several aspects of it into the story).]]
* TakingYouWithMe:
-->[[spoiler:Undead Foal: Don't! The Elements are Harmony, you're Dissonance! They'll destroy you!]]
-->[[spoiler:Fluttercruel: At least I can say I went out with a bang.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted, thanks to Fluttershy saving her before she could fade away completely.]]
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Apple Pie does this to an army of zombies by stating how [[LogicBomb there's no logical reason for them to be alive]].
* TanksButNoTanks: Committed in-universe by Shining Armor when he mistakenly calls an APC a Tank. Well, in fairness to him, not only does Equestria lack any kind of armoured fighting vehicles at the time (and with the whole concept being very recent), but he's trained to fight on hoof, meaning it's not his department anyway. And he does eventually learn his lesson.
* TarotMotifs: [[spoiler:The Alicorns are based off this. Celestia is the 19th, the Concept of the Sun, and Luna is the 18th, Concept of the Moon. The others are the High Priestess Mare - Abbatissa, the Empress Mare - Imperatrix, the Star Mare - Galaxia, the Temperance Mare - Cadence, Wheel of Fortune Mare - Rota Fortuna, Justice Mare - Justitia, the Lovers Mare - Venus, Strength / Fortitude Stallion - Leo Fortis, The Tower Stallion - Turris, Death Stallion - Mortis, the Hanged, the Man Stallion - Pensilis, the Chariot Stallion - Currus, [[SatanicArchetype the Devil Stallion]] - [[FallenAngel Morning Star]], the Hermit Stallion - Eremo, the Fool Stallion - Puerilis, the Emperor - Princeps, and the Judgement Stallion - Judicium. Their Parents represent the Hierophant - the unnamed father, and the World - Fauna Luster.]]
** Twilight Sparkle also tells [[spoiler: Trixie]] that [[spoiler: she best represents the thirteenth Tarot; Death. Or rather, Change. It certainly plays into both ideas, that [[ThatManIsDead The Great and Powerful Trixie]] is no more, and The One and Only Trixie is starting her recovery.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttershy/Princess Gaia, now permanently a lesser Alicorn, represents one of the minor Arcana: the Queen of Cups.]]
** [[spoiler:Rota Fortuna performs a Tarot reading during Nightmare Eclipse's defeat. The readings are the Devil and the reversed Magician, Death and the Magician, and finally the Devil and Justice with Justice fluctuating between upright and reversed.]]
* TastesLikeDiabetes: InUniverse, this is Rainbow Dash's reaction to [[spoiler:the Everkind Forest.]]
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': Ick! I don't mind cute, but this is going to make my teeth fall out!
* TeleFrag: Twilight Sparkle mentions this can happen if you teleport somewhere far away that you've never been too before. Apparently, there are failsafes built into teleportation spells to ''prevent'' this, but teleporting somewhere far away the user has never been carries a risk of this. This is shown when she can't teleport ''to'' Hoofington to get to Trixie but can teleport back to Ponyville from there (with Trixie in toe) just fine.
** [[spoiler:Twilight is also unwilling to teleport up to Nightmare Whisper during their battle, for fear of this happening between her and the Nightmare's mane. Pinkie Pie [[TakeAThirdOption has another idea, however.]] ]]
* TeleportSpam: Twilight Sparkle (and her dark world version, Twilight [[spoiler:The Unicorn]]) uses this technique when needed, being her default way to avoid attacks directed at her. During the Dark World arc, [[spoiler:it actually becomes a weakness when Traitor Dash faces her, since she had a thousand years to learn her teleport patterns, making her predictable.]]
* TellMeAboutMyFather: [[spoiler: Dinky asks Ditzy this in [[http://fav.me/d4qyvwm Ditzy's Butterflies chapter]]. We don't hear the resulting conversation, however.]]
* TemptingFate: Lampshaded when Pandora shows up to [[spoiler:help Shining Armor with Makarov.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Makarov''']]: I would not abandon ship if the next explosion caused the backup engines to fail!
--> *Explosion blows up the back up engines*
--> '''Shining Armor: What the hay was that?!
--> [[spoiler:'''Makarov''']]: It was not you?
--> '''Pandora''': Hey, don't look at me, you're the one who tempted fate, [[spoiler:Nameless!]]...Seriously, you shouldn't do that, especially if you have as much bad karma as [[spoiler:Nameless]] does. Why do you think so many baddies [[DisneyVillainDeath end up falling off conveniently placed cliffs?]]
* TerminatorTwosome: A rather unique variation in that [[spoiler:the two are the ''same'' pony from two different potential futures. The Nameless Passenger and Benevolent Interloper turn out to be Nightmare Eclipse (Twilight's potential future Nightmare self) and Princess Amicitia (her potential future Alicorn self and the defeated Nightmare Eclipse). The former was trying to continue her GroundhogDayLoop plan by convincing Twilight to become her and the latter trying to lead Twilight to defeat Eclipse, which would result in her future. After becoming Amicitia, Twilight does the Interloper's interventions herself to close the StableTimeLoop and set Eclipse's defeat in stone.]]
* [[ThatManIsDead That Mare Is Dead]]: [[spoiler:Trixie about the Great and Powerful Trixie. She's still trying to figure out who the One and Only Trixie is.]]
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** The mane cast and [[spoiler:[[SixthRanger Trixie]]]] sing the show's theme song in the penultimate episode during a party celebrating Trixie's recovery and HeelFaceTurn. Considering it was chosen by Pinkie Pie, this makes perfect sense.
** Princess Celestia sings the G1 ''MyLittlePony'' theme song [[spoiler:to break Gaia's brainwashing on the foals that were once Ponyville.]]
* [[spoiler:TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: Discussed and PlayedForDrama, the setting only exists because of the Shadows-Who-Watch (the readers), and entire timelines, including all the individuals in them, will get erased if there is no longer sufficient conflict to drive a story. Or at least that's what Nightmare Whisper believed, and she wasn't exactly sane at the time. G3 was ''seemingly'' erased for this reason, but it seems it had more to do with the spell that made it a utopia warped reality to such a degree that it ''broke'' and made the reality cancerous rather than it simply being a utopia.]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Subverted, Princess Celestia ordered a large number of therapist ponies to go to areas effected by Discord's power and help heal those afflicted.
** And it turns out that [[MysteriousWatcher the Interviewers]] acted as therapists to all of the actual therapists who had been affected, since they needed help too.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: [[spoiler:Dark World!Twilight runs into Razzaroo during her Ascension and ends up having to fight her, as both are potential candidates for becoming the Magician Alicorn but there can only be one. Twilight wins by [[SheathYourSword refusing to fight]], passing the SecretTestOfCharacter that Razzaroo had failed.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: Trixie does this even ''after'' her HeelFaceTurn, only then she refers to herself as "The One and Only Trixie", the thing Twilight called her when [[spoiler:breaking through to her when Loneliness was trying to pull her back into her grasp.]]
** As there is no dedicated narrator, EVERYONE in the audio adaptation. The voice of the character in the first person 'interview' in each chapter also narrates the third person omniscient sections, leading to instances where characters' voices refers to themselves and their actions in third person.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Shining Armor and company have this reaction to Makarov's attempt at slaughtering a village of innocent civilians to LeaveNoWitnesses as well as [[spoiler:[[AndIMustScream the true nature of his]] [[CoDragons Alicorn Cyborgs.]]]] Shining also points out that if an Equestrian or a Neighponese says this, due to their cultures having forgiveness as a virtue, they MEAN IT. Best shown by the fact [[spoiler:he forgave Dima for threatening Twilight, but now considers Makarov beyond forgiveness.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: [[spoiler:Starsong and Toola-Roola's Shadows of Existence.]]
* ThouShaltNotKill: Comes up quite a few times in the fic, from Rarity and Rainbow Dash now possessing the will to kill, to a VERY intense discussion between a field doctor and a hoofmaiden over their oath to help others.
* TimeMaster: [[ImplacableMan The Wolf]] from the Shining Armor Arc has the ability to revert anything it touches to a more primitive version of it, or simply [[RetGone erase it from existence]].
** [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox, the mastermind of the GroundhogDayLoop Dark World!Discord was trapped in. During the FinalBattle, she reveals she has the ability to stop and turn back time, but it appears to be a last resort power of hers and she doesn't rely on it.]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: [[spoiler: Since the Alicorns and Draconequui exist in a separate plane of existence, except when they manifest in the mortal world, they experience time differently from mortals. This is shown when Celestia relives G1 and G2 after the G3 world is erased, and when Rancor emerges in the Dark World as a teenager mere days (at most) after all the cosmically-inclined beings there felt her birth. Celestia states that it's even ''more'' complicated than that, saying that, if she were back in the spirit world, she could take Smartypants from her deathbed and give it to her as a child. Celestia says that's about as simple as she can make it, as mortals like Twilight simply ''can't'' understand it until after death.]]
** [[spoiler:Stated to be the reason Twilight the Unicorn and the defeated and purified Nightmare Eclipse merged into one; Eclipse was Twilight's future self.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: [[spoiler:While Discord is the only truly evil Draconequus, they're still not really nice guys with the exception of Pandemonium. She's generally a much nicer person than her siblings and the worse thing she does is [[DrivenToMadness accidentally drive ponies insane]] trying to inspire their art, which she is rather frustrated about.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Getting used to working in tandem with Fluttercruel and [[spoiler:performing a SplitPersonalityMerge]] pretty much did this to Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie respectively.
** [[spoiler:It's hard to imagine, but ''Princess Celestia'' does this in [[AllJustADream Luna's vision/nightmare]]. After Luna takes a FaceHeelTurn in the nightmare, Celestia reveals that she had a thousand years to plan for an usurpation attempt by a rogue alicorn. Cue Celestia's transformation into [[OneWingedAngel Orion]].]]
** [[spoiler:G3 Pinkie, Thistle Whistle, Sky Wishes, Star Catcher, Wysteria, Rarity, Spike, and Minty, something commented upon by Strife. Star Catcher ''especially'' considering she turns out to be an {{Amnesiac God}}dess whose true powers slowly awaken as it progresses before she fully awakens her true form, Celestia herself.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Fluttercruel takes several. [[spoiler:She starts out as the same heartless being we see in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 "Return of Harmony"]]. Through Fluttershy's lessons, Fluttercruel does not only begin to care for Fluttershy and her friends, but she is eventually able to manifest an Element of Kindness (making this a ''literal'' example) and is [[TheAtoner willing to sacrifice herself to save Fluttershy from the damage she caused.]] ]]
* ToThePain: Makarov goes into grand detail about the FateWorseThanDeath he has planned for Shining Armor.
* TranquilFury: Mimic got her legendary DyingMomentOfAwesome during one such moment, the trigger being Discord [[MamaBear threatening her daughters]]. After she permanently knocks out his fang, he goes into it and kills her.
** Dark World!Derpy does this in 'The Ultimate Foe' when she [[spoiler:passes the RageBreakingPoint and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats the Valeyard to death.]]]] Discord uses the opportunity to give Fluttercruel a lecture on the dangers of accidentally invoking this in the enemy.
--> '''Discord''': Fluttercruel, learn from [[spoiler:his defeat]]. Making your opponent angry and trying to wear down their emotions is a valuable battle tactic, but not everyone reacts to it the same way. Some go into a [[UnstoppableRage completely berserk frenzy and lose track of their reason.]] But the most dangerous will do what Miss Hooves just did; a calm fury. They have all the advantages of being furious, but keep their reason and clarity. A person in a berserk rage will try to beat you to death. A person in a tranquil fury will try to kill you, but be smart and very thorough about it.
** Rancor, being the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Anger, discusses this trope a few times and even name drops it.
** Rarity and Angry Pie go into it in 'Angry-Cruel Love'. Rarity because [[spoiler:she discovered Fluttershy is dead and Fluttercruel is Fluttershy's ChildByRape by Discord (and ''tortured'' Fluttershy)]] and Angry Pie because [[spoiler:Discord promised to revive her foals and make them immortal if she killed the heroes.]]
* TrappedInThePast: A variation. [[spoiler:It's revealed in [[WhamEpisode chapter 17.1]] of the Shining Armor Arc that Shining Armor's ImmuneToFate status means that instead of being in the present moving towards the future, he's in the ''past'' trying to catch up to the ''present'', making him a temporal anomaly. The variation is that Shining was unaware of this until being informed by the Interviewers, at which case its revealed [[SanDimasTime the SA Arc has been happening simultaneously with the rest of the series]] rather than being a {{Prequel}} as it originally seemed.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: [[spoiler:Not only was Rainbow Dash forced to abandon her friends thanks to a SadisticChoice, Discord tells all of Cloudsdale she pretty much doomed Equestria to save them, causing the poor girl to see her entire hometown completely furious with her. Discord then proceeds to twist the knife further by [[ForcedToWatch forcing her to watch]] her hometown be DrivenToMadness right in front of her while being helpless to do anything about it. ''Then'' she heads home to Ponyville to try and reunite with the others to do something about it, only to find them just as crazy as Cloudsdale. Is it any wonder the poor girl spent most of the series in a HeroicBSOD?]]
* TricksterMentor: [[spoiler:Strife seems to take this role to Luna, manipulating her into learning a lesson about humility and more about the mortal ponies its her duty to protect.]]
* TriumphantReprise: [[spoiler:The Princess Gaia Arc ends with Fluttershy and Fluttercruel singing a reprise of "So Many Wonders", summing up what they've learned throughout their storyline.]]
* TrueCompanions: Since this was a central theme of the original series, it's a given that there would be groups of these all over the place: the Mane Cast (eventually including Trixie and Fluttercruel), the Cutie Mark Crusaders (plus Spike [[spoiler: and Silver Spoon]]), Shining Armor's Misfit Actual squadron, [[spoiler: the main G3 characters]] in Generational Transitions, the main G2 ponies in "Gaiden: 7 Dreams/Nightmares", etc.
* [[spoiler:TrueFinalBoss: Discord.]]
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Trixie's sisters, despite not being twins, all look ''a lot'' alike. This ''really'' annoys Trixie and is why she wants to stand out so much.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: Fluttercruel uses "dragon fewmets" in Pinkie Pie's healing chapter, afterwhich Fluttershy threatens to wash her mouth out with soap for using foul language.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Princess [[spoiler:Gaia]] is an interesting example of this. She wants everyone to be happy (what with being [[spoiler:Fluttershy]]), and while she's not as extreme as many other examples of the trope, she does think that anyone who isn't happy must be FORCED to be happy, and that in order to achieve this goal, [[spoiler:[[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood magically turning ponies into foals in both body and mind]] ]]is a-ok! In an even straighter example of this trope, her Knight [[spoiler:Cherilee]] actually attempts to KILL the Mane Six because they were distrupting [[spoiler:Gaia's LotusEaterMachine]].
* ValuesDissonance: InUniverse, this happens when Twilight reads about Bright Eyes' family keeping their supplies to themselves despite the apocalyptic disaster the world's suffered. While to her, this is greedy and selfish, the rest of the group point out that times were different and it would've been dangerous to give away supplies back then.
* VaguenessIsComing: The [[BadFuture Dark World]] Series has this happen starting with the StormingTheCastle Arc. [[spoiler:It starts with the Valeyard's FinalSpeech implying that [[BigBadEnsemble Discord isn't the only]] BigBad they need to worry about. Then Aquamarine, a Sea Pony they meet, warns of an Alicorn Witch [[OmnicidalManiac coming to destroy the world]] and after helping defeat [[OneWingedAngel Odyne!Cruelty]], Fluttershy's ghost warns them that they're [[ItMakesSenseInContext 'Apple Pie's hamster']] (Apple Pie's pet hamster is named Groundhog). These are all warnings about the true BigBad, [[KnightTemplar Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]].]]
* TheVerse: Alexwarlorn and his crew are the main writers, but there's a lot of RecursiveFanfiction that's been made LooseCanon by the author written by others.
* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Cadence lost her memory defeating Havoc's Avatar and coming to the mortal world in "Origins".]]
* VillainEpisode: The first half of the [[BadFuture Dark World Series]] is this, taking place from the [[CoDragons Chaos Six's point of view]] and not switching over to a heroic POV until Twilight's HeelFaceTurn.
** [[spoiler:"A Fading Future" (not the RecursiveFanfiction "Fading Futures", though it's basically the same with an AlternateEnding), which revolves around Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox's StartOfDarkness. While she starts a heroine, by the end she's [[FaceHeelTurn become a villain]] and [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget forgot the reason she reset time in the first place]].]]
** [[spoiler:"Nightmare House", which involves Nightmare Eclipse and her PsychoRangers discussing an attempt by Eclipse to find a Nightmare of Rarity and failing, then her interacting with Nightmare Mirror. In a twist, we're shown them trying to imitate their old lives to some degree...and failing due to what they've become.]]
** The two "Nightmare World" one shots, which show a WhatIf AlternateUniverse were the Nightmare in question won. [[spoiler:Mirror eradicates deceit after a thousand years and then turns herself in, and Granfalloon forcibly remakes the world into G3, then turning herself into G3 Pinkie.]]
** Episode 16.5 of the Shining Armor Arc focuses on [[BigBad General-Admiral Makarov]] and acts as an OriginsEpisode for him [[spoiler:sort of]].
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler:In ''Not One of a Kind,'' Fluttercruel is saved by what appears to be, of all things, [[HeelFaceTurn canon!Discord]].]]
* VillainousBreakdown:
** [[spoiler:Loneliness has a habit of losing her cool whenever Twilight managed to break through her mind games. But she ''really'' loses it when Twilight begins to break through to Trixie, breaking Trixie's leg and trying to ''murder'' Twilight in a brutal and sadistic manner.]]
** It's revealed that Discord went ''completely berserk'' when Mimic managed to knock out his tooth in ancient times, the first time he'd ever been hurt by anyone. Unfortunately for Mimic, she didn't survive the encounter.
** [[spoiler: The foal inside Nightmare Whisper's heart (who had been angry, but relatively self assured before that) throws a major temper tantrum once the mane cast give their group WorldOfCardboardSpeech, screaming her head off at them to shut up over and over again.]]
** [[spoiler: Nightmare Mirror speaks with a refined tone throughout her fight with Applejack and Orangejack, which she fights with calm confidence. But she gradually grows angrier as they continue to resist, which is mirrored (no pun intended) by her slipping back into a country drawl more frequently.]]
** In the [[BadFuture Dark World]], Traitor Dash slowly loses it over the course of the Duel of Tears, as she desperately tries to kill Twilight, all while trying to convince her, the others, and ''herself'' that it's [[WellIntentionedExtremist the right thing to do]]. [[spoiler: Twilight actually invokes this to defeat her, and then uses the memory spell to [[HeelFaceTurn restore her]].]]
** [[spoiler:The Defense Attorney in the trial for Starlight's soul in her 7 Dreams[=/=]Nightmare story has one when Starlight declares herself guilty and is forgiven by the Prosecutor. She goes on a tirade, flipping the table over and screaming Starlight wasn't supposed to be forgiven...[[SubvertedTrope then laughs and says it was fun]]. Turns out 'she' was Havoc the entire time (the Father of All Alicorns was the Prosecutor) and He pretended to have a breakdown when he saw he was losing because [[ItAmusedMe It Amused Him]].]]
** [[spoiler:[[TrueFinalBoss The Nameless Passenger/Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] has several, but always manages to recover. However, as the FinalBattle rages on and the heroes keep countering her attempts and the BigDamnHeroes keep showing up, her composure begins to slip more and more frequently as her frustration and anger mounts. The Benevolent Interloper even mentions she's getting more and more desperate. This reaches its zenith when Minty Pie [[EleventhHourRanger enters the battle]] and refuses to stay down, ultimately thwarting her attempt to corrupt Twilight.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Paradox''']]: [[spoiler:[[WhyWontYouDie YOU! WHAT PART OF LIE ON THE GROUND AND SILENTLY BLEED INTO DEATH WAS HARD TO UNDERSTAND?!]]]]
*** [[spoiler:Her biggest and final one starts with Discord [[BackupFromOtherworld calling her from the afterlife using Anarchy's cellphone]] and telling her Havoc isn't going to ''let'' her overwrite Cruelty's Draconequusification, meaning he ''won'' by finally getting a loop where Fluttercruel ''lives'', and she's not getting her back. This results in Paradox blowing her top and screaming that Mad Tiara and Screwball are going to be her new targets...then [[OhCrap realizing Discord just distracted her from Twilight charging her final spell]]. She continues to fall apart as Twilight's spell [[GondorCallsForAid summons the]] [[CrisisCrossover G1, G2, G3, and G4 (the pre-Discord versions) mane six]] to the present (reigniting the Princesses' Elements), putting her on the receiving end of ''six'' sets of Elements. Finally, her parents restrain her and she receives a BreakingLecture from Rota Fortuna that makes her realize she really ''has'' become NotSoDifferent from Discord. She goes ''catatonic'' from the shock, and by the time we last see her is reduced to little more than a broken shell of herself [[VillainsWantMercy begging Twilight not to]] [[KarmicDeath make her fuse with her]].]]
** [[spoiler:Makarov has several throughout the story, notably when Dima [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] to save Gilda, ruining his script and causing him to suffer a GlamourFailure, a breakdown he never recovers from. However his ''biggest'' one comes when he's mortally wounded by the Wolf and finds his Death Dome can only ''stall'' it now that [[ImplacableMan it's after him]]. He goes from giving an AGodIAm speech to [[VillainsWantMercy begging Shining to save his sorry flank]] in ''seconds''. To add to it, Makarov's stolen Lights of Existence start bleeding out of him, resulting in his mind literally starting to slowly fall apart.]]
** [[spoiler:[[Series/DoctorWho The Master]] has one when Minuette resists his attempts to tempt her into opening her fob watch and [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan become him again]], eventually losing his cool and screaming at her.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''The Master''']]: YOU EQUINE FOOL! [[spoiler:You are ME! You are the MASTER!]]
* VillainsOutShopping: A RunningGag in the Dark World Series is someone wondering what [[EvilOverlord Discord's]] doing or he'll be back soon...only for it to cut to him having a [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes night out with]] [[DaddysLittleVillain Fluttercruel]] with a surprising lack of torture and maiming. The two instances that most fit this trope are cutting to him and her playing video games at an arcade and them skiing. All in all, he only does one genuinely evil thing the entire time.
** [[spoiler:"Nightmare House". It takes place before (or possibly during) the main Dark World story and depicts Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox and her PsychoRangers merely talking at their house between Paradox's interventions in Dark World. They simply hang out. Though it's a somewhat dark in that the focus is more or less on them ''trying'' to play the part of their old lives but being unable to due to what they've become.]]
* VillainOverride: Dark World!Fluttercruel and Angry Pie do this to an army of zombies (apparently they were Discord's birthday present to her her), literally remote controlling them.
** [[spoiler:[[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]] has apparently done this to Discord throughout the GroundhogDayLoop by 'copy and pasting' his actions from a previous loop over top of his present ones to stop him from 'breaking character'. She tries to do this to him during the final confrontation with him, but Rancor threw everything so 'off-script' that none of her 'footage' worked and he was able to finally {{Out Gambit|ted}} her.]]
*** [[spoiler: To give some insight on how evil Paradox's VillainOverride was, in a flashback we see Discord about to have a HeelFaceTurn. He asks a filly to teach him how to be good. The next thing he knows, the filly's gone, there is blood on his hands, and Nightmare Paradox's voice tells him [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness not to break character.]] In other words, she basically forced him to kill that filly.]]
* VillainProtagonist: [[spoiler:Luna in her second sidestory after her FaceHeelTurn. She's the one whose POV we're seeing from, despite the fact she's trying to murder her sister, in the process vaporizing innocent ponies without a care, forcing [[HeroAntagonist Celestia]] to fight back to protect Equestria from her. Of course, it turned out to be AllJustADream.]]
** The versions of the Mane Six in the Epilogue timeline.
* VillainSong:
** [[spoiler:Princess Gaia]] gets three. The first is a ponified version of [[spoiler:"Come Little Children" from ''HocusPocus'' (though, ironically, she really ''does'' mean exactly what it says, making it ''less'' of a VillainSong than it originally was).]] The second is a completely fanmade [[spoiler:DarkReprise of "So Many Wonders" used to try and re-hypnotize Applejack. The third extended version of her DarkReprise and appears later when she hypnotises Raven.]]
** [[spoiler:Cheerilee, while acting as Princess Gaia's {{Dragon}}, gets one during her fight with the group.]]
** While not canon, [[RecursiveFanfiction a fan wrote a]] VillainSong for [[spoiler:[[http://fav.me/d4ekxrn Loneliness]].]]
*** The same author wrote one for [[spoiler:[[http://kendell2.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d54hm2i Nightmare Mirror]]]], and provided one for another author's [[http://itsfrompeople.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d54gagf story]] about [[spoiler: Nightmare Granfalloon]].
*** Said author also recently wrote [[http://kendell2.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d5dnkoe one]] for Strife as well.
** [[spoiler:The [[TheVoice Nameless Passenger]] sings a version of "[[Disney/{{Tangled}} What Once Was Mine]]"]] when she finally makes herself known called "Walking of the Endless Wheel". According to the song writer, it was intended to emphasize her status as a [[spoiler:FallenHero and DarkMessiah by being a song that, in any other context, would be heroic but is made a VillainSong due to who's singing it.]]
** Earlier in "Off Da Rails" Dark World!Discord and [[spoiler:Fluttercruel, in Sparkler's body,]] have one inspired by [[http://youtu.be/gVok-7tDFF8 Joker's Song]] called "Disharmonious Duet" about the love of sadistic games both share [[spoiler:though given TheReveal, Discord was likely only singing along for her sake.]]
** [[spoiler:Strife]] gets one in Bright Eyes' Gaiden story called "The Key to Survival in a Very Deadly World" based off "[[TheWindInTheWillows The Secret of Survival in a Very Nasty World]]" about [[spoiler:how Bright Eyes (a filly at the time) has wondered into dangerous woods and if the coyotes chasing her kill her its simply natures way. The "Villain" part is debatable because [[BlueAndOrangeMorality to the Personficiation of Natural Selection, that's exactly right]], but it's still suitably menacing.]]
** [[spoiler:Cruel Eyes/D___t's Shadow of Existence]] gets one in Part 6 of Bright Eyes' Gaiden as well in the form of a DarkReprise of Bright Eyes' "In the Forest" song from ''MyLittlePonyTales'' in an attempt to [[spoiler:convince Bright Eyes she subconsciously ''wished'' for the apocalypse to happen, in an attempt to drive her over the DespairEventHorizon so he could consume her infant Concept and become real again.]]
** Makarov gets one in 17.1 simply called Makarov. It's so bad Shining zones out before he finished, but the full song can be found [[http://fav.me/d6v6jrl here.]] According to WordOfGod, it was [[StylisticSuck intentionally written poorly]] and more of a ripoff of [[WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot the original song]]. than an original song to reflect Makarov's status as a ParodySue.
* TheVillainSucksSong: Cadence sings one to General-Admiral Makarov in chapter 15 called 'Under My Wings' that doubles as a ShutUpHannibal to his attempted BreakingLecture. [[spoiler:Being she's powered up from the bonds of Misfit Actual and the Rebels and is the Alicorn of Music, [[MagicMusic it hurts more than his pride.]]]]
* VillainsWantMercy: [[EvilOverlord Film Critique]] from Patch's '7 Dreams/Nightmares' chapter after Patch takes his Rainbow Shard and leaves him to his KarmicDeath [[DoWithHimAsYouWill at the hooves of his now unbrainwashed harem.]] He's last heard screaming how he doesn't deserve it and begging them to stop.
** [[spoiler:[[BewareTheNiceOnes As Derpy]] is [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating him to death]], [[BigBadWannabe the Valeyard]] begs her not to kill him, even trying to appeal to her friendship with the Doctor (who [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he explicitly made sure she knew he wasn't an incarnation of]] in an attempt to BreakTheCutie) in an attempt to stop her. It doesn't work. Justified as the Valeyard's [[SoulJar Regeneration Template]] was just destroyed and he'll be KilledOffForReal and replaced with a new incarnation of the Doctor if he dies one more time, something he's ''terrified'' of (hence the [[CrazyPrepared insane lengths he goes to]] trying to prevent it from happening)]]
** [[spoiler:After being mortally wounded by [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]], Makarov begs Shining Armor to help him contain the Wolf and save him. Considering what Makarov had done up until that point, Shining has none for him.]]
* VillainWorld: The [[BadFuture Epilogue timeline]].
** [[spoiler:Ironically, it turns out its not so much one for Discord anymore, but for Nightmare Paradox, who has reduced Discord to a PuppetKing.]]
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: [[spoiler:Laughter!Applejack's group appears to have done this, as they all are high school students who ended up ending an AncientConspiracy meant to keep Earth Ponies in the dark about Unicorns and Pegasi, the Unicorns and Earth Ponies about Griffins, and everyone about the dragons.]]
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: [[spoiler:Fluttercruel wanted to take control from the get go, but once she does, she finds out even that isn't enough to make her happy. If anything, it makes her ''more'' depressed.]]
* TheWatcher: [[spoiler:The Interviewers. We know nothing about them, but they've made a habit of dropping hints for the characters to follow that ultimately lead them to the correct assumption. The ''most'' they've interfered is by giving Twilight Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog, then vanishing mysteriously. The "interviewers notes" simply respond to her demands to know more about them with "You will know soon enough."]]
* WatchOutForThatTree: In "Galatea Part 1", while [[VillainsOutShopping she and Discord are skiing]] ([[WorldOfChaos down the mountain of stained glass in a bitter chocolate blizzard wearing skis made of flaming candy canes]]), Fluttercruel gets distracted by Discord thinking out loud and runs into a hotdog tree. Discord even name drops the trope.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Nightmare!Fluttershy, AKA Princess Gaia. She just wants to help everypony achieve their heart's desire...by trapping them forever in a dreamworld where their greatest fantasies come true...]]
** [[spoiler:Though, as Celestia pointed out in "Pearl Necklace Part 5", she was far more Well Intentioned than Extremist than most. Celestia's celebration for her is mainly because of how far down [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope the slippery slope]] she ''didn't'' slip that any other pony likely would have.]]
* WeirdnessMagnet: Shining Armor in his own Arc. So far he's attracted the attention of an insane GeneralRipper and SuperSoldier ([[spoiler:who turns out to be an [[HumanoidAbomination Equinoid Abomination]] a Hooviet experiment set loose from Pandora's box]]) who takes a ''tiny'' offense and tries to murder him for it with ''tripods powered by unicorn horns'', been chased by a wolf-like entity trying to {{Retgone}} him, and has to meet with a spy to get intell in a supposed haunted AbandonedHospital built on a convergence of leylines where magically sensitive individuals can supposedly see into other worlds. And that's ''not'' taking into account the craziness that is going to happen at the wedding...
--> '''Shining Armor''': (after finding out about the aforementioned meeting with a spy) [[LampshadeHanging ...When did I become a]] WeirdnessMagnet?
*** [[spoiler:He's ''still'' a WeirdnessMagnet ''after'' Makarov is [[RetGone erased from existence]]! He also keeps memories of the timeline where Makarov existed, adding to his weirdness.]]
--> '''Shining Armor''': We'd had to face [[OhNoNotAgain another blasted]] EldritchAbomination! [[ItMakesSenseInContext Why can I still say that after we got rid of the last one?!]]
** The Doctor as well, being...well, [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]. And they meet, leading to this conversation after one of the Doctor's devices exploded when pointed at him:
--> '''Shining Armor''': "Sorry, it was probably my fault, I tend to be attract weird happenings. It's annoying."
--> '''The Doctor''': "Could say the same, actually. All things considered I tend to attract a lot more strange situations than I probably should...Ever been attacked by a small army just for stepping hoof in the wrong place?"
--> '''Shining Armor''': "...Officially, no..."
--> '''The Doctor''':"Officially, me neither."
--> '''Shining Armor (Narration)''': [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Oh boy...]]
*** The Doctor even lists them both being this as the reason why he doesn't offer Shining a position as his companion: he things the universe probably won't survive it!
* WhamEpisode:
** [[spoiler:"Black Pearl", with Fluttershy becoming [[BigBad Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper]].]]
** [[spoiler:"Prologue" and its SequelEpisode "Generational Transitions". The first reveals that Pinkie Pie ''is'' the G3 Pinkie and that world was {{Retgone}}d because it was collapsing, the latter not only reveals that, but that Celestia was G3 Star Catcher and ends with Twilight being given Razzaroo's ApocalypticLog, not only causing her to confront Celestia about Equestria's past, but revealing [[TheWatcher the Interviewers are far more than they seem]].]]
** [[spoiler:"Mind Games Part 7", which reveals not only that Diamond Tiara's actions were the straw that broke the camels back when it came to her mother's sanity, but that Screwball tried to ''kill'' her and is now so lost in her insanity she doesn't remember. Discord also finally drops his facade and lets Diamond see his ''real'' intentions for her.]]
** [[spoiler: "Mind Games Part 8". Discord completely corrupts Diamond Tiara, and she releases him. Also, Golden Tiara fully regains her sanity, and upon remembering what she [[OffingTheOffspring almost did]] when she went insane, her reaction is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone predictable]].]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Golden Tiara]]''': "WHAT DID I ALMOST DO [[spoiler:TO MY BABY]]?!"
** [[spoiler:"Angry Cruel Love". The all out battle between Discord's forces and the Dark World!Mane Six continues. Fluttercruel is revealed to be able to use the Stare (Discord ordered her to reserve it for a last resort) and Rarity's golems are revealed to be souls using her as a medium to materialize into the mortal plain through her powers. Rarity then kills Fluttercruel and takes the Element of Cruelty for herself. Meanwhile, Angry Pie and Twilight continue their fight, ending with Angry Pie tearing out her Element of Magic and leaving her for dead as she begins [[RapidAging rapidly aging]].]]
** Both parts of "The Real Hoof Blues" also qualify for [[spoiler:not only redeeming Pinkie Pie, but revealing {{The Voice}}'s [[SheWhoFightsMonsters true]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide motivations]] for Twilight and all but confirming she was [[BigBadEnsemble the other]] BigBad the Valeyard spoke of in his FinalSpeech. In addition, a second voice begins talking to Twilight to prevent her from falling for [[TheCorrupter the Voice's]] attempts.]]
** "Off Da Rails" is possibly the biggest Wham chapter yet. So, the Dark World Elements of Harmony are fighting through Discord's remaining {{Mooks}} to reach him when [[spoiler: Fluttercruel turns out to be NotQuiteDead and possessing Sparkler's body]]. Just as the heroes are adjusting to this shock, Discord and Rancor show up to begin the FinalBattle... [[spoiler: only for Rancor to literally stab Discord InTheBack and steal Destruction's power for herself]]. This takes ''everyone'', even the Voice, by surprise. After [[spoiler: Rancor returns to the Draconequi dimension]], Discord reacts by [[spoiler: giving his remaining power to Fluttercruel]]. Fluttercruel then goes after the heroes herself, has a VillainousBreakdown, and [[spoiler: goes OneWingedAngel, transforming into a full Draconequs]], something the Voice says ''isn't possible''.
** "Ruined Pearl Necklace" and "Crushed Pearl Necklace" both count. The former [[spoiler:for revealing Pinkie is slowly dying of RapidAging due to her Element of Rage being damaged]] and Rainbow Dash returns to the fray, the latter [[spoiler:for revealing what happened to Cruelty; she was hit with ALL of Sparkler's memories when she possessed her, which [=unDiscorded=] her (no one, not even Discord himself, knew it but she was BORN Discorded), leading her further into insanity.]] On top of that [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie dies and Cruelty is killed once and for all (but at the cost of Sparkler's life), while Fluttershy's spirit takes Fluttercruel's soul to recondition her.]]
** From the looks of things, the End of Days Arc is going to be a Wham ''Arc''. "My Little Alicorn" has [[spoiler:a Sea Pony [[WhamLine deliver an ominous warning that an "Alicorn Witch" is on her way]] to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the world]] and that Discord actually made Celestia's prison a ''[[PetTheDog paradise]]'' and when she and Luna are released, they've been reduced to fillies and Celestia lost her memory. Then Shady's spirit shows up to try and get Discord to redeem himself and claims that, while she understands why Discord's considered a devil despite still loving him as her son, the Nameless Passenger is ''[[EvilerThanThou WORSE than he is!]]'']] All this is in addition to the various hints being dropped about [[spoiler:the Passenger's endgame]] in this and the previous chapters.
** "Beating Up Discord" has [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord finally die and the world revert to a more harmonic setting, but Discord is revealed to, on some level, regret his crimes and its implied that someone or something has trapped him in a GroundhogDayLoop. At the end, Pinkie Pie and her foals, playing a video game version of their friend's adventures, discover [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle there's still a third disc left to play.]]]]
** "All Things in Twilight" has Twilight, and soon after the others, finally shake off the [[TheVoice Nameless Passenger]]'s influence, forcing it to reveal its identity -- [[spoiler: an [[AlternateSelf alternate Twilight]]-turned-[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]]]].
** "Give A Reason" not only [[spoiler:gives the Nameless Passenger a name -- Nightmare Eclipse (though the heroes dub her Nightmare Paradox)--]], but reveals how [[spoiler:the GroundhogDayLoop started and that its been going on for what amounts to several ''hundred'' '''''million''''' ''years!'']] On top of that [[spoiler:its revealed that Paradox isn't an alternate Twilight but [[FutureMeScaresMe a potential future Twilight]] who wants Twilight to become her and continue the loop.]]
** "All My Friends Are Here": [[spoiler:The FinalBattle with Nightmare Paradox begins and its revealed that along the way, she's merged with versions of Fluttershy, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and Spike who went [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]], giving her a team of PsychoRangers. The chapter ends with everyone but Twilight and Applejack disabled and Paradox and her Nightmares seemingly preparing the FinishingMove. The presence of Spike's Nightmare (Nightmare Banneret) also reveals the fact ''any'' species can go Nightmare.]]
** The most recent chapter "Friends VS Friends" ends with [[spoiler: the use of the Elements of Harmony ''utterly obliterating the whole world'', and Nightmare Paradox using this to force Twilight to become her and reset the time loop once more. Though it is implied that this actually was from a previous cycle.]]
** "Shining Armor 13" not only delves into the mysterious break ins that happened, but ends with [[spoiler:Cadence revealing the Wolf is still after Shining and proving it's not all in his head, because ''she saw it too.'']]
** Clover's Gaiden Story reveals that [[spoiler:Minty was actually [[FusionDance Clover, Dandy, and their son combined]] by the world changing spell.]] It also reveals that [[spoiler:Pinkie was Clover's imaginary friend.]]
** "That Which Pierces All" sees [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse and her PsychoRangers defeated once and for all (along with ''every'' alternate version of her due to her merging with every Nightmare Purgatory the moment of their birth), but after the dust settles, Twilight's absorbed the purified Eclipse and undergoing Alicornification. Discord also implies that it's possible Alicorn!Trixie's Alicornification wasn't undone.]]
** Dark World 34: [[spoiler: Twilight becomes an alicorn of Magic, happy endings and friendship. RARITY becomes an Alicorn of the mortal experience and becomes the new queen of ALL of equestria. The elements of chaos are dismantled and purified within Rarity.]]
** Shining Armor 14: [[spoiler:The Wolf comes after Shining again, ''on the ship'', it's heavily implied that Minuette is an amnesiac Time Lord, and the Hooviets threaten Twilight in order to get to Shining, mailing him pictures of her sleeping.]]
** "Duel to the Death at the Dawn of Time": [[spoiler: Twilight/Amicitia's "greatest foe" turns out to be a younger Cadence, who was [[KnightTemplar convinced magic was inherently evil]] and tried to kill Amicitia to prevent its existence. After Amicitia barely defeats her, her Light of Existence goes to live a mortal life to teach her a lesson, while her Shadow somehow clings to sentience and is recovered by Pandora, who gives it its own Light, ''creating Chrysalis''. Meanwhile, Amicitia is revealed to be the [[BigGood Benevolent Interloper]], creating a StableTimeLoop to insure her own existence. Oh, and it's strongly implied she's the Interviewers as well.]]
** Shining Armor 15-1: The anti-Hooviet Rebellion and [[BigGood Mother Deer]] are introduced [[spoiler:and revealed to be the ones who threatened Twilight in 14 in order to enable them to meet with Shining]] and a major battle with the Hooviets begins.
** Shining Armor 16-2: After light-hearted fun in part 1 of the chapter and a good chunk of this part, serious MoodWhiplash kicks in as [[spoiler: the group finds the downed ''Defiant'' with all hands onboard (including Bond's parents) long dead, and more importantly discover that Makarov's endgame involves using chemical weapons to kill ''every dragon on the planet'', including Spike, which would involve gassing Ponyville as well. And ''then'', Makarov uses his [[RealityWarper powers]] to literally spring a ambush from nowhere and forces Misfit Actual to surrender themselves in order to spare the rest of the fleet. And when they do, Makarov [[ForcedToWatch forces Shining to watch]] as he subjects the rest of the squad to {{No Holds Barred Beatdown}}s, including ''shooting Running Gag's wing off''. And the chapter ends with Makarov making some ominous remarks and knocking Shining out.]]
** Shining Armor 17-1 is a big one: [[spoiler:Shining Armor discovers, the Interviewers have been interviewing him ''on his way to Makarov's flagship'' and is capable of knowing they're there, unlike anyone else. The Interviewers reveal that the SA Arc and the series proper run on SanDimasTime because Shining Armor's [[ImmuneToFate condition]] means he's in the ''past'' catching up to the ''present'', destroying any sense of ForegoneConclusion. Makarov begins his endgame, starting a ''global war'' with an attempted dragon genocide, threatening to sever the connection to the Heart World, and traps the battlefield under his Iron Curtain, making him near omnipotent. The chapter ends with Shining Armor, after spending the chapter being ForcedToWatch Makarov kill thousands of innocents, snaps, smashes Makarov's super weapon and attempting to ''kill'' him.]]
** Shining Armor 18.1: [[spoiler:General Admiral Makarov has been [[RetGone erased from existence]] and Shining Armor, Cadence, and Minuette find themselves [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand in the new, repaired timeline]] where the Hooviet Empire imploded on schedule. Bond's parents and everyone who died because of Makarov are still alive, ''Defiant'' never crashed allowing it to stop several wars to be prevented or greatly decreased in scope and deaths, and [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore the world as a whole is a far different place.]] Also, it's revealed that [[AmnesiacDissonance Minuette is]] ''[[Series/DoctorWho the Master]]'' using a fob watch, but she managed to fend him off when he tried to reassert himself.]]
* WhamLine:
** From "Turn The Other Flank", when we first meet [[spoiler:[[EnemyWithin Loneliness]]. It's even more shocking because it's completely unexpected and comes out of nowhere for both Twilight and the audience.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Loneliness''']]: '''''GET OUT!!!'''''
** [[spoiler:From "Playtime".]]
--> '''Applejack''': [[spoiler:AH AIN'T SAY YA LYIN'! YA '''ARE''' A LIE!]]
** Generation Transitions Part 3: [[spoiler: After seeing the end of G3. We suddenly cut to Twilight Sparkle reading the ApocalypticLog written by Razzaroo.]]
--> '''Twilight Sparkle''': [[spoiler: H-how ... How did you get this book-?! Who are you anyway?! Who are you really-?! Hey! You can't just walk away! Answer me! Stop!]]
--> [[spoiler: '''[[TheWatcher Interviewer's notes]]''': You will know soon enough Twilight Sparkle. You will know soon enough]]
** From "The Real Hoof Blues Part 1" [[spoiler:when Twilight reveals she's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide not quite herself.]]]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Twilight''']]: [[spoiler:You said the Element of Chaos have made us unkillable! [[HeWhoFightsMonsters But I'd like to see if that's true!]]]]
** From "Broken Pearl Necklace" [[spoiler:revealing that Fluttercruel was basically ''born'' Discorded, something not even Discord seemed to have realized.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Fluttercruel''': Huh? Why...why did my colors get brighter?]]
** Also from "Broken Pearl Necklace" [[spoiler:this warning [[MamaBear Fluttershy]] gives to [[PhysicalGod the Draconequi]] as she takes Fluttercruel with her to be [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed]].]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Fluttershy''': She'll come back to you when she's ready. You're all going to have to simply wait. If any of you besides Discord come before then, you'll face the [[PhysicalGod Tarot of]] [[TarotMotifs the Queen of Cups]].]]
** From "My Little Alicorn" [[spoiler:when a Sea Pony reveals [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Discord may not be the one the heroes should be worried about.]]]]
--> '''Aquamarine''': [[spoiler:Lord Discord says an Alicorn Witch [[OmnicidalManiac will destroy this world soon, him, and everypony else.]]]]
** From "Beating Up Discord" [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord implying there's far more to what's going on than the heroes believed.]]
--> '''Discord''': [[spoiler:This isn't your Hell, Twilight Sparkle. It's mine, it always been mine...[[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle she's made all of you exist only so...]]]]
** "All Things in Twilight" has two relating to the Nameless Passenger's identity.
*** First, when Twilight deduces it:
--->"There's only one pony with so much brains and still be so arrogant and narrow minded! [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle!]]"
*** Then, when she reveals herself to the group:
--->'''Apple Pie''': Half-Light, who…who is she?
--->'''Twilight''': ...She's...[[spoiler: me… my… Nightmare.]]
** From "Give A Reason" [[spoiler:Nightmare Paradox revealing just how long the GroundhogDayLoop has been happening.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Paradox''']]: [[spoiler:It's genuinely hard to say now. I suppose if you were to lay the iterations end-to-end... [[AndIMustScream it'd total a few hundred million years.]]]]
*** Another one comes a little earlier [[spoiler:revealing Paradox is ''truly'' Twilight's potential [[FutureMeScaresMe future self.]]]] Interesting in that its both a CallBack [[spoiler:to Discorded Ponies]] and one line split between two characters [[spoiler:to show how they're the same person.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Paradox''']]: I remember wondering if [[spoiler:these were the lessons Celestia had intended for us to learn]]-
--> '''Twilight''': -and wondered why [[spoiler:our coat was turning gray.]]
** From "A Fading Future" (not the RecursiveFanfiction Fading Futures [[spoiler:though it's basically the same thing with an AlternateEnding]]) when [[spoiler:the GroundhogDayLoop began.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Purgatory''']]: [[spoiler:The sick buck's finally getting what he deserves! Hahaha!...[[HeWhoFightsMonsters But...]][[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget maybe he hasn't]]...[[SanitySlippage hehe...haha...hahaha!]]]]
** "All My Friends Are Here" [[spoiler:when Nightmare Paradox reveals one of her trump cards]]:
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Paradox''']]: [[spoiler:You think...[[IAmNotLeftHanded I am]]...''[[PsychoRangers Alone]]'']]
** From "Bright Eyes part 6": [[spoiler: "I am the first born son of Fear and Nothingness," The eldest son of the draconequi, the concept of total freedom through imagination apart from reality, makes himself known.]]
** "Shining Armor 13" Cadence [[spoiler:proving the Wolf isn't just in Shining Armor's head, and it's ''still'' after him.]]
--> '''Cadence''': [[spoiler:Hey Shining... was there a dog behind you? I could've sworn I saw one when I was coming back down...]]
** From "Clover part 1" we have the meta origin of Pinkie Pie.
--> '''Clover/Minty''': [[spoiler:"I…I… don't understand how can this be? ... You were my imaginary friend.]]
** From Shining Armor 18.1 [[spoiler:the reveal of who Minuette ''actually'' is when her pocket watch begins trying to tempt her to open it and so she can stop Makarov:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''The Master''': Open it, and summon me and receive my majesty!]]
* WhatIf: The {{Alternate Universe}}s seen in the Truth are typically this. These range from simple changes ("What if Applejack had never left Manehatten?" or the classic "What If Celestia had fallen instead of Luna?") to vastly different ("What if Applejack was the Element of Loyalty instead of Rainbow Dash?" or "What if the G2 Apocalypse or G3 had never happened?"). A number of fanfics have explored a few of these, such as "Seeds of Magic", which answers the question of "What If Applejack became the Element of Magic and Celestia's student instead of Twilight?".
** The Dark World Series answers the question of [[TheBadGuyWins "What if Discord won?"]] [[spoiler:as well as "What if Twilight had [[SuperpoweredEvilSide become a Nightmare?"]]]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: Subverted in an interesting way in [[spoiler:the alternate worlds Applejack and Dark World!Applejack see in the truth. In the worlds were Applejack got one of the other's Elements (Big Mac normally taking hers), several have the one she 'replaced' is still an important asset. In Laughter!Applejack's world, Pinkamena (a PerkyGoth version of Pinkie Pie) was essential to defeating the Stallions In Black and in Magic!Applejack's world, Twilight is a friend and assists with research on the various adventures her friend has.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Pinkie Pie gets chewed out by Pinkamenia over always using her as a buffer against sad things she comes up against.
** To say nothing of the team's reactions, Rarity's in particular, to learning [[spoiler:Rainbow ''faked'' being Discorded.]]
** Fluttershy and Fluttercruel call out Rainbow Dash for not trying to save Fluttershy when she fell off the clouds during the race when they were fillies. [[spoiler:Subverted by the fact Fluttershy not only thanks her for how it happened (since it resulted in the Mane Cast getting their Cutie Marks), but she and Fluttercruel were just doing it to make Rainbow Dash realize and admit why she decided to stop being a loner and make friends with everypony else.]]
** Rainbow gets another in the revised version of her True Healing chapter, this time from Applejack for her SmugSuper act during the Mare-Do-Well incident, especially letting a balloon with a filly in it fall while she took time to sign autographs before saving her.
** [[spoiler:Twilight delivers one to Trixie after the battle with [[TheDragon Cheerilee]] to try to shock her into deflating her ego and learning about friendship. Trixie notes that unlike other times people had said the same things to her, this time it actually ''hurt'' to hear.]]
** [[spoiler:Fluttercruel gets one from Applejack and Pinkie Pie for being responsable for Fluttershy being Nightmare Whisper in the first place.]]
** [[spoiler:Luna gives a ''very'' nasty one to Fluttershy and Fluttercruel that borders on a HannibalLecture as punishment for their wrongdoing.]]
** [[spoiler:Luna and Celestia's Father calls Luna out on assisting Celestia in unleashing what would become known as the Windigos on earth, ''knowing'' that, as pieces of Entropy, they could ''only'' end badly. He also calls her out on her lack of concern for mortal ponies and prideful nature, punishing her by reverting her to an infant.]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Galaxia, Celestia sister, had the chance to [[spoiler:smother an amnesiac Discord when he was a child]] and potentially end the suffering he could cause before it started...but she couldn't bring herself to [[spoiler:murder a child.]]
* WhileRomeBurns: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia's army overrunning and conquering Equestria is interlaced with scenes of the brainwashed Mane Cast having a civil, peaceful, even ''friendly'' time with Princess Gaia.]]
** [[spoiler:Even worse... it can at least be interpreted that they're not actually playing a game, but are in fact in command of Princess Gaia's forces and are now assisting her in making Equestria keel over.]]
* WhosLaughingNow: [[EvilOverlord Film Critique]] from Patch's Gaiden Story chose some of his victims because they'd laughed at him before he'd found the Shard of Laughter and went FromNobodyToNightmare. Of course, a lot of them were just innocent ponies he decided to bend to his will.
** [[spoiler:[[IHaveManyNames Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]], the true BigBad of [[BadFuture Dark World]] and Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare self]], did this to Discord. He spent a thousand years using her as his personal plaything until she finally broke free and [[StartOfDarkness invoked the Nightmare transformation to become Nightmare Purgatory]] so she could PayEvilUntoEvil. She then became [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]], trapped him in a GroundhogDayLoop IronicHell, and reduced him to little more than her tortured puppet, just like he'd done to her.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Eclipse''']]: [[spoiler:(Enjoy this big spoonful of your own medicine. [[AndIMustScream Again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again. Forever, never to end.]] As I watch you squirm for my entertainment. Just like I had to suffer for your amusement with no end in sight!)]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes:
** Rarity briefly gains a phobia of gems after her corruption. Quite a few other ponies have the same problem with various things as a result of what Discord did to them. For example, Big Mcintosh at the beginning of the story has only ''just'' been able to be in the same room as the Winowna, the family dog. Lyra and [=BonBon=] have had trouble with their relationship due to some... things that happened, Sweetie Belle wants to throw out all her dolls, and [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Whooves]] goes into a [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E17E18TheEndOfTime Lords Victorious sanity slip.]] He's openly afraid to even go ''outside.''
** [[spoiler:Trixie is absolutely terrified of Ursas as a result of the Ursa Minor incident. Even Princess Gaia's cute, teddybear-sized versions scare her so badly, it takes Pinkie Pie singing a soothing version of "Giggle At The Ghosties" to her to calm her down.]]
* WhyWontYouDie: Twilight has this reaction when [[spoiler:hitting Trixie with the Memory Spell doesn't destroy Loneliness like she thought it would.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash ''nearly'' becomes one when she spirals so deep into self-loathing that she convinces herself that betrayal and loyalty are the same thing. Fortunately, her friends are there to talk her down. Fluttershy undergoes the same transformation when she realizes the cruelty inherent in nature, but her friends aren't there to reverse it and Fluttercruel tries but is unable to help. Thus, Fluttershy becomes [[EldritchAbomination Nightmare Whisper]].]]
** [[spoiler:Destruction, a ''literal'' example. He has an uncontrollable ''need'' to destroy things. If he doesn't, he goes into an animalistic, insane fury that he can't control and doesn't revert until he's destroyed something. He doesn't like it, but his mother, Entropy traps him in a black hole to let it build up so they can send him to destroy whatever they need him too.]]
* TheWorfEffect: Deconstructed with [[spoiler:Spitfire, as the Wonderbolts' repeated failures when actually ''trying'' to do something heroic begin to wear her down and drive her into a HeroicBSOD.]]
* WorldBuilding: The story has gradually built up its on world, complete with a pantheon of gods and a ''long'' history.
** This, so far, seems to be the primary purpose of Shining Armor's side story.
* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler:Dark World!Discord's death results in one that undoes a large amount of his magic.]]
** [[spoiler:''Six'' sets of Elements being used to defeat [[BigBad Nightmare Eclipse]] results in a ''timeline healing wave'' that heals all the damage she did to the timeline, including finally breaking her GroundhogDayLoop.]]
** [[spoiler:Dark World!Rarity's rebirth as the Alicorn of the Mortal World, Queen Libra, results in one, repairing Discord's ecological damage.]]
* WorldOfBadass: Given the right motivation, ''anypony'' [[TookALevelInBadass can effectively become]] a {{Badass}}. This is referenced by Princess Celestia, who points out ponies have a surprising ability to rise to the occasion when its required of them. [[spoiler:Apparently, this was one of the things her Mother, Fauna Luster, enjoyed rubbing in the face of Discord's Mother Entropy, who believed sentient life would inevitably destroy itself.]] Considering [[spoiler:the story is in canon with [[MyLittlePony G1 and G2]]]] in addition to the events of the series proper, this is little surprise.
** [[BadFuture The Dark World]] also counts, living under the iron fist of an EvilOverlord tends to do that.
* WorldOfPun: As shown in the Shining Armor Arc, ponies aren't the only ones who enjoy naming their countries and cities after puns.
--> '''Pegasus Interviewer''': It's just a pun! [[LampshadeHanging Half the cities on the planet are named after puns, so deal with it!]]
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: [[spoiler:Twilight has one after Fluttercruel makes her realize Fluttershy's motivation for becoming Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper, breaking her out of her mental block that'd plagued her the entire battle. This also activates the Element of Magic ''without'' the crown she normally needs. The others follow suit, activiating their own Elements with their own {{World Of Cardboard Speech}}s and finishing with Fluttercruel earning her Cutie Mark and realizing what it, and Fluttershy's, ''really'' mean, giving a speech of her own and summoning the Element Of Kindness.]]
** In Part six of Dark World: Twilight gives one as she completes her HeelFaceTurn.
--> '''Twilight''': I leave behind Tragedy, Master's tool, I leave behind Sparkle, Discord's toy, I am simply Twilight The Unicorn. I am me. I have magic to do and tragedies to face. I'm done hiding in the cage I've made for myself and those around me...I'm finally free. And I have some friends to make.
** As do Dark World!Applejack and Rarity when its their turn to pull a HeelFaceTurn. Spike also gives one later when awakening as an Element of Generosity. Rainbow likewise gets one later after finally repairing her soul.
** Dark World!Rainbow Dash Gets another one when she [[spoiler:overcomes her fear of her [[SuperMode Ender Dash]] form and use every ounce of her power to save her friends. She promptly uses said power to ''fly the Princesses into outer space'' so they can recharge directly from the sun and moon.]]
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': No, I'm not going to give up! I can't...[[spoiler:Pinkie, Fluttershy]]...Scootaloo...[[spoiler:Derpy's filly…]]I can't...I can't lose anypony else! "I'm not letting Twilight and the others alone…nothing's stopping me! Not bucking physics, not some [[spoiler:'Alicorn Witch']]...and not me..." I said, thinking of why I was so scared of using every ounce of my power. I didn't want to hurt anyone, didn't want to KILL someone...But if I didn't, my friends were going to DIE. And I was MORE afraid of that! [[spoiler:I let the Princesses go and got some distance, [[SuperMode letting the power explode.]] I erupted in red energy and rainbow lightning. I was Ender Dash...and I felt different than before]]...I didn't feel cold inside...I just felt...free. Free to use this power for whatever I needed to. "Grab on! We're going to give this story a happy ending if it kills us!"
** Bright Eyes gives one when she realizes that [[spoiler:she's fighting [[BigBad Cruel Eyes/D___t's Shadow]] in her own mind and has been stupid letting ''him'' make the rules]] and is able to overcome the fear he's been causing her the entire time. [[spoiler:She promptly uses the control over her mind this gives to reconfigure her weapon and give her the opening needed to finish him off.]]
--> '''Bright Eyes''': And I'm an idiot! I've been letting YOU set the rules and what goes and what doesn't here. You've had me so caught up in this mess I hadn't thought this through! [[spoiler:[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind This is all in MY head? MY mind? MY soul? That means I can do anything I WANT!]]]] And I've always had with me the lance that pierces the darkness! [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore And now that I've realized that, I've got no reason to be afraid of you anymore!]]
** Dark World!Twilight gives one in 'That Which Pierces All' after [[spoiler:hijacking Paradox's time travel spell and combining it with her connection to Minty Pie, summoning the [[CrisisCrossover G1, G2, G3, and G4 Mane Casts]] to the present.]]
--> '''Twilight''': [[spoiler:You have power over time? The magic between friends transcends time, space, reality, death, beyond all barriers! Friendship doesn't just pierce the barrier between life and death, but all barriers, everywhere! This is a friendship that pierces the walls between worlds! We've been made, unmade, and remade, but the links we've forged between our souls are all still here! You have six Elements of Harmony that are absolute? We have six sets of hearts beating together in harmony! You have a gallery of Nightmares? We have a herd of FRIENDS! I'm not scared. Not with all of you by my side. And neither are they scared by my side!]]
* WorldWreckingWave: The disaster responsible for the destruction of the G2 Era's civilization. Not only was there mass destruction and untold numbers of ponies killed, crippled, or injured, it destroyed almost all technology and spawned hordes of mutations, including many of the creatures that live in Everfree and a [[spoiler:supercharged, horrific strain of TheBlackDeath called 'the Whispering Plague' (though thankfully, Sweetheart and family [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome dealt with that]]).]]
** [[spoiler:It's revealed that Nightmare Paradox and her PsychoRangers can create one of these capable of destroying all life on the planet. We only see it in a FissionMailed though.]]
* WrittenByTheWinners: In the Dark World, Discord does this with the sea ponies, convincing them that he's a benevolent ruler who liberated the world from the "order obsessed alicorns".
** In the main timeline, it's shown that the Hooviets do this via propaganda, so they never have to admit to having lost at anything.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Loneliness. It's more maternal "love", but she reacts exactly the same.]]
* YinYangBomb: Several of the Dark World Mane Six retain their Element of Chaos while obtaining an Element of Harmony, though [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] is the only one with two polar opposites.
** An accidental one happens when [[spoiler:Dark World!Rarity fires the Destruction Spell at [[OneWingedAngel Odyne!]]Cruelty while she's being chased by the Elements of Harmony, the two colliding and triggering a massive explosion that kills Cruelty's body.]]
* YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler: In the Epilogue timeline, Cadence -- who has since defeated Chrysalis and become Queen of the changelings -- passes the crown onto one of her loyalist subjects when pulling a YouShallNotPass on Discord and the corrupted Mane Six in order to give the remaining changelings a chance to escape.]]
* YouAreNotAlone: Twilight has to drive this into Trixie's head to bring her out of her Discording [[spoiler:and give her the strength to defeat Loneliness.]]
** [[spoiler:After Nightmare Whisper is defeated, Fluttershy remains, still holding onto (and feeling) all the pain and suffering in Equestria. While her friends are trying to convince Fluttershy to let go, Pinkie Pie allows herself to be bound as well, sharing the burden so that Fluttershy does not have to suffer all of it alone.]]
** [[spoiler:One of the recurring themes of the series is that nopony can overcome what Discord did to them by themselves -- every victim must have another pony's support. Each of the mane cast eventually devotes themselves to helping one or more other ponies through their troubles.]]
** [[spoiler:[[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]] [[FutureMeScaresMe Paradox]] takes Twilight to a PocketDimension to try and convince her to become her and continue her GroundhogDayLoop plan. While Twilight holds her own in the debate, the others remind her she's not alone by ''shattering'' Paradox's PocketDimension thanks to Rarity having all six Elements of Chaos.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Nightmare Paradox''']]: "This was supposed to be between us alone! A symbolic match of the minds between [[spoiler:the deluded shadow and the enlightened self!"]]
--> '''Applejack''': Whose life have ya been livin'? We're a herd. We don't do solo.
* YouBastard: [[spoiler: The readers of the POV series came up with some pretty elaborate ways to look at ways to stop Discord or fight him. These are played in a MadnessMantra when Twilight realizes that Discord's been living an endless loop trying to get himself out of being trapped. It's pretty convicting all things said.]]
** There's also the fact [[spoiler:most viewers wanted to make Discord suffer for what he's done. Paradox does just that...and taken it to an absolutely monstrous extreme.]]
** After [[spoiler:seemingly killing Gilda]], General-Admiral Makarov justifies it by using the same arguments a lot of [[spoiler:her]] detractors use to justify their hatred of the character, more or less asking why his action was considered evil when the Shadows hate her so much.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox ''hates'' Discord to the point it's ''completely'' consumed her. In the process of punishing him for those crimes, she ultimately robs him of his freedom to the point she's the one ''forcing'' him to perform the actions she despises him for. Rota Fortuna outright calls her out on this.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Rota Fortuna''']]: [[spoiler:You condemn Discord for the murder and sin he's done onto others, yet you use those same ponies to die and suffer for ''your'' satisfaction. He only continued to make the ponies suffer because you allowed and then forced him to do so. The very sins you claim to punish him for are now your own.]]
* YouDoNotWantToKnow:
--> '''[[BadFuture Twilight Tragedy]]''': [[NothingIsScarier Don't ask what Fluttercruel does, you don't want to know.]]
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Subverted in Dark World. Twilight and Applejack believe this trope will be in effect when they tell the other the crazy story of how they were [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed]] (both of which involve supernatural visitation by a dead pony and one of which involved [[spoiler:meeting the Pony equivalent of God]]), but not only do the stories make each other more believable due to the common elements, they remember they're in Discord's WorldOfChaos.
--> '''Applejack''': …Why do neither of those sound half as weird as they should?
--> '''Twilight''': In the world of chaos, it's pretty ho-hum.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle:
** [[spoiler:Loneliness is defeated and Trixie is healed of both Discord's taint and her pre-existing mental problems... Then Discord is set free once again. Not to mention [[OutsideContextVillain Princess Gaia]]. In an interesting twist, we've known ever since Loneliness' defeat that Discord will be released, but time has been turned back for the Princess Gaia arc.]]
** [[spoiler:While defending Cloudsdale from Princess Gaia's army, the Wonderbolts manage to take down a ''full grown dragon'' that seemed to be the biggest threat present... [[OhCrap Then four more emerge from the clouds.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Dark World Discord dies from the wounds inflicted on him by Rancor, and the Elements of Harmony use a WorldHealingWave to restore Equestria. However, before his death Discord revealed that ''something'' had him trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop, and warned of an "Alicorn Witch" coming to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy everything]]. And on top of that, there's the hints dropped for the Nameless Passenger's true motives... they're not done yet.]]
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler: In the Epilogue timeline, Cadence pulls this on Discord and the corrupted Mane Six in order to give her remaining subjects a chance to escape.]]
* ZergRush: [[spoiler:Princess Gaia's army makes use of this tactic. They're ''endless'' to the point that no matter how many are beaten, they'll just keep coming until their targets are overwhelmed.]]
** This is more or less the only tactic that General Admiral Makarov knows how to use. [[spoiler:Mainly because he's a RealityWarper with unlimited resources and no moral compass at all.]]
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Well far from ''zero'' approval, but Celestia apparently uses her alas Sunny Day to write unflattering tabloid articles about herself if it helps make everypony, or her sister's, life better. She wrote the "Celestia is a tyrant who banished poor Luna to the moon to secure power for herself" article to both make sure Luna wasn't written as a co-dictator by them and to give her an excuse to decentralize power that the conspiracy theorists would accept.
** [[spoiler:In the end, she writes an article painting herself as the BigBad of the Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper incident so Fluttershy and Fluttercruel can move on without being hated for something they can never repeat. Since the tabloids have lied so much about her already, one more that helps Fluttershy won't hurt her as much as it'd hurt the mane cast if she DIDN'T do it.]]
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** In ''Shining Armor 18'', [[spoiler:Minuette gets one against [[Series/DoctorWho the Master]] when he tries to tempt her into opening her fob watch and [[AmnesiacDissonance becoming him again]]. After she resists his attempts, he [[VillainousBreakdown snaps]] and yells that she has no choice because she ''is'' him. Her reply?]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Minuette''']]: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis No. I. Am.]] [[spoiler:[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Minuette. Colgate!]] (''hurls fob watch across the room'')]]


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** [[spoiler:[[Series/DoctorWho The Master]] has one when Minuette resists his attempts to tempt her into opening her fob watch and [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan become him again]], eventually losing his cool and screaming at her.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''The Master''']]: YOU EQUINE FOOL! [[spoiler:You are ME! You are the MASTER!]]
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* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: [[spoiler:Shining Armor, Cadence, and Minuette end up as this after Makarov meets his demise and is [[RetGone erased from existence.]] Due to all three having a RippleEffectProofMemory (Shining likely due to being ImmuneToFate, Cadence due to being an Alicorn, and Minuette due to being a Time Lord), they awaken in the corrected timeline and need to adjust to a world were the Hooviet Empire imploded on schedule. Downplayed due to them having a new set of memories of the corrected line, but they still have to get used to the former Hooviets now being allies, new technologies, certain wars and conflicts having never happened, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Shining and Twilight's]] [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParent mother's book]] now having ''sequels'' due to being a hit in Roedina.]]
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** [[RuleOfThree Happens again]] after [[spoiler:Makarov is erased from existence]] and he finds he ''still'' [[WeirdnessMagnet ended up having to deal with an]] EldritchAbomination, complaining that he thought [[spoiler:dealing with the Shadow of Chernobull]] would be the end of that.
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*** [[spoiler:He's ''still'' a WeirdnessMagnet ''after'' Makarov is [[RetGone erased from existence]]! He also keeps memories of the timeline where Makarov existed, adding to his weirdness.]]
--> '''Shining Armor''': We'd had to face [[OhNoNotAgain another blasted]] EldritchAbomination! [[ItMakesSenseInContext Why can I still say that after we got rid of the last one?!]]
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** [[spoiler:Several aspects of the world tour Shining and Cadence's group is on still happened after Makarov [[RetGone was erased from existence]] such as there still being a fight in Columbia (though it involved a Nightmare Moon cult) where Audience and Ellis got promoted and Cadence still got her song bird and had to power up (though this time it involved an EldritchAbomination). Justified as it's implied Makarov devoured and stole the places of the ones who were originally involved, such as the leader of the Nightmare Moon cult.]]


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** Shining Armor 18.1: [[spoiler:General Admiral Makarov has been [[RetGone erased from existence]] and Shining Armor, Cadence, and Minuette find themselves [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand in the new, repaired timeline]] where the Hooviet Empire imploded on schedule. Bond's parents and everyone who died because of Makarov are still alive, ''Defiant'' never crashed allowing it to stop several wars to be prevented or greatly decreased in scope and deaths, and [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore the world as a whole is a far different place.]] Also, it's revealed that [[AmnesiacDissonance Minuette is]] ''[[Series/DoctorWho the Master]]'' using a fob watch, but she managed to fend him off when he tried to reassert himself.]]
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* LethalChef: Sweetie Belle, as in canon. Implied by Thunderchild that the Catering Corps of the Royal Guard are mostly this.
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** From Shining Armor 18.1 [[spoiler:the reveal of who Minuette ''actually'' is when her pocket watch begins trying to tempt her to open it and so she can stop Makarov:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''The Master''': Open it, and summon me and receive my majesty!]]
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*** [[spoiler:Dark World: Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Trixie stay dead due to dying because of age. LooseCanon reveals the same happened with Zecora, making them not eligible to accept the one time offer to come BackFromTheDead.]]

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*** [[spoiler:Dark World: Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Big Macintosh, and Trixie stay dead due to dying because of age. LooseCanon reveals the same happened with Zecora, making them not eligible to accept the one time offer to come BackFromTheDead.]]
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* KarmaHoudini: Played with in the case of General-Admiral Makarov in Shining Armor's Arc. On one hand, he gets no direct retribution for his attack on Shining Armor. On the other, he's been reminded that he's not the biggest fish in the sea (and that the combined special forces of SEVERAL nations will be actively working to bring him down should he try again) and had his ego thoroughly bruised, which considering his ego has to hurt. He was also threatened with being declared a PersonaNonGrata in multiple countries.

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* KarmaHoudini: Played with in the case of General-Admiral Makarov in Shining Armor's Arc. On one hand, he gets no direct retribution for his attack on Shining Armor. On the other, he's been reminded that he's not the biggest fish in the sea (and that the combined special forces of SEVERAL nations will be actively working to bring him down should he try again) and had his ego thoroughly bruised, which considering his ego has to hurt. He was also threatened with being declared a PersonaNonGrata in multiple countries. [[spoiler:Subverted ultimately, as he's [[RetGone erased from existence]] as his final punishment.]]
* KilledOffForReal:
** [[spoiler:Discord's brother Destruction, who Discord ''ate''.]]
** [[spoiler:Despite both having most of the dead come BackFromTheDead following the defeat of the BigBad, both the Dark World Arc and the Shining Armor Arc have some character's death's stick]]:
*** [[spoiler:Dark World: Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Trixie stay dead due to dying because of age. LooseCanon reveals the same happened with Zecora, making them not eligible to accept the one time offer to come BackFromTheDead.]]
*** [[spoiler:Shining Armor Arc: Cool Sun, Shining and Twilight's uncle, stays dead as, according to his own spirit, he still died protecting Shining Armor with or without Makarov.]]
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