-->'''Spike''': Well, that didn't work.

''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/67362/hard-reset Hard Reset]]'' is a ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' fan fiction story by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Eakin Eakin]].

Twilight isn't having a very good day. An experimental spell blew up in her face, [[BugWar an army of changelings is attacking Canterlot]], and she just died. Yet somehow, it looks like it's going to keep going downhill from here.

Given the chance to correct what's gone wrong, Twilight swears [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong she's going to fix all this]] even if it kills her. Which it will. [[TheManyDeathsOfYou Frequently]].

Notable in that unlike many GroundhogDayLoop works, the author elected to continue the story beyond the point where the loop ends due to feedback stating the original ending felt too abrupt.

A DramaticReading can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE8nLEHdZ4o here]]

Due to the story's positive reception, it has since spawned two sequels: ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/82419/a-stitch-in-time A Stitch in Time]]'', where Twilight tries to fix the damage her spell caused to space-time with the aid of Star Swirl the Bearded, and ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/112831/you-can-fight-fate You Can Fight Fate]]'', set around a threat posed by the Elements of Harmony which Star Swirl has discovered.

It also has a DarkerAndEdgier companion story ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/109290/the-reign-of-queen-twilight-sparkle The Reign of Queen Twilight Sparkle]]'' which explores the AlternateUniverse shown throughout the trilogy.

A POVSequel entitled ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/127038/changing-lives Changing Lives]]'', starring Cloud Kicker and Azalea, is now in progress.

Finally, an AlternateUniverse re-imagining of the story called ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/145711/hard-reset-2-reset-harder Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder]]'', written by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/horizon horizon]] with Eakin's blessing, is currently on-going.

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!!''Hard Reset'' provides examples of the following:

* AdvancingWallOfDoom / WorldWreckingWave: [[spoiler:The Wall of Horrible Shiny Death, aka, the Elements of Harmony]].
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Changelings are portrayed this way. There's a loop where Chrysalis spares Twilight after the two share [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu a surprisingly friendly and hostility-free chat over tea and scones,]] leading Chrysalis to wistfully express her regret more ponies aren't like Twilight, which sends Twilight into a brief epiphany regarding the relationship between their species. DoubleSubverted when Chrysalis promptly pops up again, says she changed her mind, and proceeds to lay eggs in Twilight's head.
** [[spoiler:After the event, the ponified-changelings are revealed to have been basically oppressed by the queen, according to the changeling Butterscotch, which if it's true, means the only one that was AlwaysChaoticEvil was Chrysalis]].
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie:
** [[spoiler:In the canon ending, the Elements of Harmony transform almost every changeling into a true pony permanently]].
** [[spoiler:In the alternate ending, Twilight willingly becomes a changeling in order to take over the hive]].
* ApocalypseHow: [[FantasticNuke The Elements]] resort to this if there's a major disruption of harmony and no bearers. Twilight wonders how close to death they came during the first invasion. Under the current scale on that page, it's Planetary/Total Extinction.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: from Applejack, during the intervention in "Closure."
-->'''Applejack''': Howís it sound like youíre doiní at protecting your friends from gettiní hurt?
* AssKickingEqualsAuthority: This is how changeling society [[KlingonPromotion decides upon its ruler]].
* {{Badass}}: Twilight [[BadassBookworm already was one]], even if her physical combat skills are initially lacking. By the time the story's over, she's become an experienced, battle-hardened killing machine over her many, many loops.
* BatterUp: Twilight gets quite friendly with a baseball bat in one of the loops, which quickly becomes a favorite weapon of hers, to the point [[ICallItVera she affectionately calls it]] "Home Run". [[spoiler:The name even gets engraved into the bat when the rest of the Mane 6 give it to her as a gift in her Thank-You party]].
* BeamOWar: Twilight finds Celestia and Chrysalis engaged in one. [[spoiler:Celestia will inevitably lose unless Twilight steps in]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Twilight manages to break the time loop and repel the changeling invasion with no major losses, but suffers immense psychological trauma in the process, which isn't made clear how well she will recover from]].
* BloodyHilarious: The author didn't originally intend to make the story come off so comically, but Twilight's DeadpanSnarker narrative is both brilliantly in-character and stupendously hilarious enough to make several deaths entertaining to read. It helps that Twilight eventually becomes so desensitized to the idea of her death that she ends up being very nonchalant about it.
* BodyCountCompetition: Twilight gets into one with herself and becomes quite enthusiastic about beating her previous record of kills.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Twilight becomes a victim of this in one loop after being bitten by Chrysalis, [[FightingYourFriend and subsequently forced to attack Luna]].
* BugWar: A huge changeling invasion that will almost certainly succeed in taking over Canterlot... [[spoiler:if it weren't for the Elements of Harmony being pissed off by that]].
* TheCameo: Cloud Kicker from FanFic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony pops up in the last chapter. She acts as you'd expect.
* ChainsawGood: Used in at least one loop for the sole purpose of [[MundaneUtility beating her previous]] [[BodyCountCompetition record of changeling kills]].
* CrypticConversation: Between Celestia and Twilight regarding some sort of connection between Twilight and Starswirl the Bearded. WordOfGod is that it's a SequelHook.
* CurbStompBattle:
** Twilight's initial confrontations with changelings result in her death multiple times. After looping enough times to predict exactly how a changeling will react in battle and gaining enough battle experience, she's the one dealing them instead.
** This is also invariably the result of any encounter between changelings and an alicorn [[spoiler:unless they [[ZergRush ambush her in the hundreds]]]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Chrysalis initially fools Twilight into believing she's the real Celestia by telling Twilight to attack them both as Equestia is more important, knowing Twilight would believe this is [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay only something the real Celestia would say]].
* DeathByGluttony: Twilight at one point decides to perform an impromptu toxicology study on donuts. [[ForScience For science of course!]] [[spoiler: She manages to eat 23, before being killed by a changeling]].
* DeathByIrony: At one point, Twilight gets killed by ''friendship''.
* [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Did I Just Have Tea with Chrysalis?]]: In one loop, [[RefugeInAudacity Twilight goes straight up to Chrysalis and bluntly tells her she knows what's going on]] and that [[BystanderSyndrome she has no intention to do anything about it]]. Chrysalis binds her, but the two have a friendly chat over tea and scones wherein they exchange embarrassing stories about Shining Armor. [[spoiler:Then Chrysalis kills her]].
* DisintegratorRay: This is what [[spoiler:the Elements of Harmony]] do when enraged.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Twilight kills herself by throwing herself off a castle balcony in a depression, after being DrivenToSuicide by Luna and her friends' deaths]].
* DespairEventHorizon: Twilight's first "successful" loop[[note]]Elements of Harmony contained, Crysalis dead, central Canterlot holding out, still alive after more than 31 hours[[/note]] [[spoiler: ends with her [[DrivenToSuicide throwing herself off a balcony]] and indulging in pointless violence [=and/or=] wish fufillment for the next several cycles.]]
* TheDitherer: Twilight becomes a tragic case of this; spending months in the time loop leaves her with anxiety over the littlest choices once she gets out since she no longer has any way to go back and correct any mistakes she makes.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Twilight, in the loop where she first discovers her friends will die if she doesn't prevent it, followed by Luna being killed in an ambush]].
** [[spoiler: In the sequel, it's strongly implied that she would have ended up this way outside of the loop. Good things her friends intervened]].
** She gets to this point rather easily; an early loop (once she notices how she hasn't stayed dead) ends with her carefully positioning herself under a soon-to-be-falling wooden beam.
* DuctTapeForEverything: During at least one killing spree, Twilight binds a changeling with duct tape before casually going over to it and smashing its brains in with [[BatterUp Home]] [[ICallItVera Run]].
* EmoTeen: Twilight apparently went though a phase of this when she was growing up. Spike is somewhat horrified when he thinks a [[WrongGenreSavvy time spell]] might be causing Twilight to repeat it.
-->'''Twilight''': I thought we agreed [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain never to speak of that again]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Twilight in the alternate ending chapter]].
* FantasticAesop: After being killed by the Elements of Harmony, Twilight's reaction is that there's probably a decent friendship report somewhere in the fact that "misusing the power of friendship can not only hurt you, but can make every particle in your body explode at the same time". A valuable lesson for us all.
* FantasticRacism:
** Chrysalis implies this is an overarching cause for the enmity between the two races. This racism becomes much more notorious once the changelings [[spoiler:are permanently turned into ponies by the Elements of Harmony, resulting in some willing to take them in with others decrying and rejecting attempts to integrate them into pony society]].
** After her experiences with them, Twilight herself displays this racism quite strongly, and we can't blame her for it. [[spoiler:She gets over it rather quickly though]].
* FightingYourFriend: At one point Twilight gets [[BrainWashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] after being bitten by Chrysalis and is forced to attack Luna, who ends up killing Twilight in self-defense.
* {{Flashback}}: Twilight experiences one during the last canon chapter after Spike unwittingly triggers it by uttering the same sentence Twilight always hears whenever she starts a new loop, showing us [[TimeSkip what happened between the culmination of the last chapter and the time before she has her flashback]].
* ForWantOfANail: Given the premise, Twilight, naturally, eventually indulges in this for a while, getting into some quite interesting and hilarious situations.
* FriendsWithBenefits: [[spoiler:Luna offers this to Twilight after inadvertently learning about their liaison in a previous loop.]]
* GilliganCut: The story makes liberal use of these to show different loops, especially when dying in one results in Twilight correcting herself in the next one (or the relevant one several loops later).
* GoodIsNotNice: After the Elements of Harmony [[spoiler:permanently transform all changelings into ponies]], Twilight reflects on the morality of this before pointing out that they're not called "the Elements of Niceness" after all.
* AGoodWayToDie: Subverted. Twilight delivers a scathing rant to Celestia when it's suggested her friends died in this way, and berates Celestia so harshly over her ignorance of death that it renders her speechless. [[spoiler:This ends up coming back to haunt Twilight when Luna gets killed shortly afterwards, and her immense regret over her harsh words likely plays some small part in her suicide]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: For some of the more gruesome deaths. Averted for others, such as the time where Twilight describes her neck being snapped, or how a death was relatively good because she barely had time to feel her [[EyeScream eyeballs boil]].
* GroundhogDayLoop: Resets every time Twilight dies to the point the initial "save-point" spell was cast, although without certain actions taken, the loop basically lasts around 3 hours before [[spoiler:the Elements of Harmony destroy the world]].
** GroundhogPeggySue
* ICallItVera: Twilight becomes quite attached to her baseball bat, [[ShoutOut eventually calling it]] [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica "Home Run".]] Note that in-story, Home Run is considered a typical Equestrian name.
* [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim If You Kill Her, You Will Be Just Like Her]]: Averted. [[spoiler:Celestia disappears rather than attacking Chrysalis when mocked over Luna's death, which Twilight explains is because she is better than this. Twilight then reminds Chrysalis that while this may be true for Celestia, it definitely isn't true for ''herself'', before proceeding to cast a dark spell that results in an agonising and protracted death as a punishment]].
* IgnoredEpiphany: Subverted. Twilight comes to believe that she's been approaching the situation incorrectly and that she's meant to bring about peace between ponies and changelings after the honest fun and good time she had with Chrysalis in the "tea party loop". Just as she resolves to do this, [[spoiler:Chrysalis reappears moments after having left, nonchalantly states she changed her mind and cheerfully kills Twilight]]. Twilight promptly changes her mind about peace.
* IronicEcho: Twilight's last thoughts before being vaporized by the Elements of Harmony are [[TemptingFate "this is definitely going to work"]]. Cue Spike's comment moments later after the loop restarts...
* IWantGrandkids: Twilight's mom. The fact that [[spoiler:Twilight is gay]] has absolutely no effect on this. [[spoiler:Aside from thinking of the possibilities that two uteri could have in this regard.]]
* KaizoTrap: Several of them. We actually learn the main ones pretty soon into the story, though there are others.
** [[spoiler:Chrysalis will overpower Celestia without Twilight's intervention]].
** [[spoiler:The changelings will kill the other Mane 6 if Twilight doesn't send Luna over to save them]].
** [[spoiler:Without the Mane 6 together to exhaust the energy of the Elements of Harmony, Celestia will be forced to contain them while Luna leads the war effort, resulting in Luna getting ambushed and killed]].
** [[spoiler:And of course, if nothing is done to stop the invasion and the rising disharmony produced by it, the Elements of Harmony will destroy the world]].
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: In at least one loop, Twilight goes on a changeling killing spree after [[KleptomaniacHero having stolen]] from many shops, ranging from [[MiniDressOfPower slinky dresses]] to expensive earrings.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Chrysalis in one loop takes on the form of the (now dead) Luna for the sole purpose of mocking Celestia]].
* KlingonPromotion: In order to become Queen of the Hive, the challenger changeling must depose and consume the reigning queen in single-combat. [[spoiler: Twilight does precisely that in the Alternate Ending]].
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Twilight's reaction to Spike bringing up her [[EmoTeen emo phase]] when growing up.
* MacGyvering: Twilight eventually learns how to use common household items to put together high-grade explosive charges. [[TheManyDeathsOfYou After many tries of course]]. She puts these to good use to reduce a hallway and a large squad of changelings to a mess of molten rock and agonizing stragglers.
* [[TheManyDeathsOfYou The Many Deaths of Twilight]]: Some are [[BloodyHilarious rather funny]], while some... aren't.
** Some highlights include: having her [[NeckSnap neck broken]], being stabbed, [[EatenAlive eaten]], [[DisintegratorRay vaporized]], [[DisneyVillainDeath falling to death]], having her head [[YourHeadAsplode crushed by a falling beam]], [[StuffBlowingUp blowing herself up]] making homemade explosives, [[BodyHorror having eggs laid in her skull]], and being killed while [[DeathByGluttony incapacitated after a donut binge]] [[ForScience in the name of science]].
** The sequel mentions a few more, including [[OffWithHisHead being decapitated]], [[KillItWithFire immolated]], eviscerated, [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice run though]], and [[LudicrousGibs diced to pieces]].
* NeckSnap: Twilight ends up as a victim of this as part of her many deaths. Somewhat disturbingly, she carries on with her narration while describing the sensation of having her blood vessels snap and burst...
* NoodleImplements: A weather vane. All that's mentioned is that Twilight seems to have enjoyed whatever Luna did with it...
** [[RunningGag It continues to come up throughout the trilogy, too.]] Still don't know what it was used for, which may be for the best.
* NoodleIncident:
** Spike mentions a time where Twilight [[EmoTeen dyed her mane black]] and called herself 'Darkness Nightshade'. She is [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain not amused]] at having this brought back up.
** Celestia has dealt with Twilight's existential crises in a less literal sense before:
-->'''Twilight''': Princess, can you tell if Iím real?
-->'''Celestia''': Twilight, have you been reading philosophy books without proper supervision again? Because weíve talked about that.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: In one loop, Twilight is [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu taking tea with Chrysalis]], and it seems to be going rather well, and Twilight thinks she can [[HeelFaceTurn redeem Chrysalis]]. [[spoiler:Subverted when Chrysalis comes back and tells Twilight she's [[ILied changed her mind]] and will now proceed to [[FaceFullofAlienWingWong lay eggs in Twilight's skull]]]].
* NotInFrontOfTheParrot: Fluttershy talks about Twilight being gay to her animals while petsitting Rose's parrot. When she returns said parrot to her in the Ponyville marketplace, it escapes and ends up outing her to the entire town.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: In one loop, Chrysalis maliciously and cruelly taunts Celestia by [[spoiler: taking on the form of the recently-deceased Luna]], prompting Celestia to vanish in a rage rather than taking revenge. Twilight states this is because Celestia is better than Chrysalis. Before leaving, she mentions she is ''not'' better than Chrysalis, then [[spoiler:uses a dark magic spell to kill her while making sure she suffers the most excruciating pain imaginable until the very moment she dies.]]
* SaveScumming: Twilight's key to victory, in classic Groundhog Day style.
* ScrewYourself: A pony named [[Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony Cloud Kicker]] all-but states to have done this with a changeling [[spoiler: that was permanently transformed into a real version of herself due to the Elements of Harmony]].
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Twilight becomes determined to do anything and everything in her power to save everyone she can.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: Chrysalis' way of [[KickTheDog Kicking The Dog]]
* ShapeShifterModeLock: Not just any changeling, but [[spoiler:almost every changeling.]] They become permanently locked into the form they had when [[spoiler:the Elements of Harmony were used on Chrysalis]]. This is not merely a change in appearance; they were turned into a true pony in every single way, meaning no more HiveMind or emotion eating.
* ShellShockedVeteran:
** ''Hard Reset'' ends with [[spoiler:Twilight becoming one after the loop is finally broken. She has clearly received immense psychological trauma during their ordeal, to the point of suffering from nightmares, flashbacks, being terrified of making mistakes and becoming reclusive.]]
** The first chapter of ''A Stitch In Time'' ensures that [[spoiler:she's improving, though not totally recovered.]]
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: When Twilight first enters the vault where the Elements are stored, she observes the "incalculable" wealth inside, only to correct herself and immediately start working out the best way to determine the value. She does manage to stop herself before she gets too distracted though.
* [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay Something Only Celestia Would Say]]: Subverted. In an early loop while engaged in a BeamOWar with Celestia, Chrysalis (as Celestia) convinces Twilight she's the real one by telling her to attack them both, knowing Twilight would believe [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy this is something only the real Celestia would say]].
* SpottingTheThread: Twilight notices 'Celestia' making a few mistakes when they discuss retrieving the Elements of Harmony. After [[PullTheThread pulling too hard on the thread]], Chrysalis drops the disguise and kills her.
* TemptingFate: Twilight confidently believes that her plan to disarm the Elements of Harmony [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong cannot possibly fail and harm her]]. [[DeathByIrony It does]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Twilight takes several over the course of the story. Celestia help you if you're a changeling on her bad side.
* WeMeetAgain: Twilight uses this when she first discovers Chrysalis has returned, before chiding herself for not coming up with anything more creative to say.
* [[WhileRomeBurns While Canterlot Burns]]: Twilight indulges in this after several loops and pursues some decidedly non-important things, ranging from [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery trying on new dresses]] and attempting to determine the LD[[subscript:50]][[labelnote:*]]the median lethal dose; the amount of a substance required to kill 50% of a population and a standard measure of toxicity[[/labelnote]] for donut frosting and sprinkles, to sleeping with Princess Luna.
* [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Why Don't You Just Kill Her?]]: Averted. Having apparently learned from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 last]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 time]], Chrysalis doesn't bother with any EvilGloating and immediately kills Twilight in an early loop by [[NeckSnap breaking her neck]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: Spike in one loop recognises there's some sort of time spell going on by noticing Twilight's different behaviour and attitude, but believes she's cast an age spell on herself instead of being stuck in a time loop.
* ZergRush: [[spoiler:Luna ends up being killed this way unless Twilight convinces her to fetch the mane cast]].


!!''A Stitch in Time'' provides examples of the following:

* BadassBoast: Twilight actually delivers one of these. To Azalea, in fact.
* BadDate: Twilight, after a minor argument with one mare, ends up in retaliation dating another. It doesn't go well. Then again, given Twilight's experiences up to that point with mind-altering substances, it was inevitable. It leads to the InsultToRocks moment below.
* BlindDate: Applejack sets up Twilight and Azalea, and despite some early difficulties the two really hit it off.
* EveryoneHasStandards: As in ''Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony'', [[EthicalSlut Cloud Kicker]] has lines she won't cross, as does [[spoiler:her former changeling [[ShapeshifterModeLock double]]]]. When Twilight tells them about Algae Bloom, Cloudy promises to have a frank discussion with her about respect and consent.
* ExactWords: After Twilight returns from her journey to [[spoiler:the alternate universe]], she tells a white lie to Azalea that it wasn't so bad. Azalea replies, "I'm glad. Tell me all about it." [[spoiler:Because Twilight is still affected by Changeling venom, she is forced to tell the whole horrifying story, up to and including her alternate self becoming the Changeling Queen, until Azalea finally interrupts.]]
* FallenHero: The antagonist, [[spoiler:Changeling Queen Twilight]]
* FalseUtopia: The antagonist has created one of these in her timeline to delude herself into believing that everything turned out fine after all. When the mask is torn away, she is [[UnstoppableRage not happy about it]].
* FeeFiFauxPas: Twilight expresses her distaste for Cloud Kicker's lifestyle, specifically "the way sheíll jump into bed with anypony with a pulse". Azalea's reaction to that tells her all she needs to know.
* GameOfNerds: Twilight followed through on learning baseball. 'I really have been studying it since the girls gave me Home Run back at the party. If somepony had just told me it was ninety percent statistics I would have started following it sooner.'
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each chapter title incorporates the word "time" somehow.
* InsultToRocks: Twilight to a would-be date, Algae Bloom, who makes [[Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony Cloud]] [[EthicalSlut Kicker]] look like Rarity. Algae mentions briefly how her job at a pet store consists mainly of cleaning the "slimy plants" out of the tanks. Once Twilight has had enough of her, she launches into a [[ShownTheirWork lecture on cyanobacteria]], describing its function in ecology, explaining why being described as pondscum wouldn't be as insulting as another mare would think, then telling Algae that she's not even worth its attention. And then she installs a new BerserkButton if Algae ever tries going too far on future dates.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:Starswirl's letter]] mentions how Luna believed the Elements were a necessary counter to Celestiaís power in case she, unchecked, became a tyrant. "I have spent the last two decades appreciating the irony."
* MercyKill: In what is perhaps the darkest moment of ''A Stitch In Time'', Twilight discovers [[spoiler:Luna. Under the effects of Queen!Twilight's mind-control venom, she has become little more than a Sex Slave]]. Twilight's traveling companion makes the decision to euthanize said pony.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A few of these. Starts off with Twilight realising that she had, during the earlier story, started treating everyone as disposable tools. This includes herself.
-->''Whenever I made some little mistake Iíd cut my own throat open to jump to the next loop if I thought it would save me an hour.''
* NoFourthWall: The chapter narrated by Pinkie Pie.
* RunningGag: Pinkie's inability to understand recursion, to the point where when she ''does'' get it right, Twilight reflexively starts to correct her. [[spoiler: It's also a subtle hint that the individual using it [[ShapeShifter isn't Pinkie Pie]]]]
** Twilight seems to [[NoodleIncident consider weathervanes in ways that don't involve wind patterns, still.]]
** Quills and Sofas's legacy continues on.
-->'''Applejack''': You might be surprised what you can find over at [[spoiler:Lingerie & Refrigerators]] off Main street.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:Starswirl's [[WriteBackToTheFuture second letter]].]]
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler:While in the alternate timeline, Twilight gives Starswirl the alias "Shooting Star", his daughter - Twilight's ancestor - who Celestia had told her about earlier. After returning to his time, Starswirl sends a letter telling Twilight that he named his daughter Shooting Star after the alias she "made up" for him.]]
* SurpriseIncest: Technically speaking. [[spoiler:After sleeping with Luna in the original story in one timeline, Twilight is somewhat disturbed when she finds out she's descended from Luna and Star Swirl by about 40-50 generations, though Luna isn't bothered due to the very small degree of relativity this involves]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Twilight to Algae Bloom - see InsultToRocks above.
** She earlier gives one to Starswirl.
* TooMuchInformation: Twilight's reaction when Cloudy [[spoiler:starts explaining why her former changeling double has been named Kicky]].
* UnEntendre:
-->'''Kicky''': Azalea mentioned that you two were going to Reubenís deli for dinner this evening, right?
-->'''Twilight''': Yeah, why?
-->'''Kicky''' Hereís a free piece of Azalea advice. When you get your sandwiches, give her your pickle.
-->'''Twilight''': I donít know what that means, but it doesnít sound like something Iíd be comfortable doing in public.
-->'''Kicky''': That wasnít a euphemism, Twilight. Azalea loves pickles. Offer her yours and youíll score major marefriend points.
* WalkOnWater: Twilight and Azalea, thanks to a spell cast by Twilight.
* WartsAndAll: Extending from how Twilight spoke highly of Starswirl in the show. When she meets him? Jerk. She eventually chews him out and leaves him in the lurch. This mirrors her attempt to date, too. [[spoiler:Twilight even admits that had she not been on the other end regarding Azalea seeing her as larger than life and Twilight begging her to come back, she wouldn't have extended the same to Starswirl.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: During their intervention for Twilight, Rainbow Dash calls her out for letting the rest of them die when she'd already figured out a perfect victory plan, just so she could go back and take the opportunity to sleep with Luna. Twilight concedes the point, admitting that she treated the others, and herself, as disposable tools during the time loop.
* WriteBackToTheFuture: Starswirl, after Twilight sends him back. [[spoiler: Twice, the second time with a grave warning.]]


!!''You Can Fight Fate'' provides examples of the following:

* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Twilight and Azalea have at least one as of the epilogue, and with Twilight pregnant with another]].
* BadassBoast: Twilight delivers one to [[spoiler:the Regalia]].
-->"Iím Twilight Sparkle. You were scared of me before, and you have no idea how right you were."
* BittersweetEnding: Not in the main story, but the "bonus" chapter at the end. [[spoiler:The character previously known as Changeling Twilight has existed for trillions of subjective years, and learned the value of forgiveness. She finally dies for good, as her universe ends, with her granddaughter by her side.]]
* BoredWithInsanity: [[spoiler:Princess Sparkle]] claims this, almost by name. [[spoiler:While she may be sane, that doesn't mean she isn't evil....]]
* ConvectionSchmonvection: {{Invoked|Trope}}. [[spoiler:Discord]] threatens to turn the convection back on if Twilight doesn't abide by his instructions.
* CosmicPlaything: Twilight comes to consider herself this after having discovered Star Swirl's letter at the very beginning of the story. [[spoiler:She's certainly got its attention, at least.]]
-->''The multiverse hates me. Itís the only rational conclusion I can draw that fits all of the available data.''
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Everything that [[spoiler: Alternate!Discord does to his Mane Six. It starts out tame enough, turning them into fruit, but then he literally wrings the blood out of Applejack, who he turned into an orange, and then drinks it. He then chops up the other five into chunks and then eats them. It should be noted all six of them are alive throughout the entire process and able to feel everything that's happening to them]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Twilight succeeds in saving the world, marries Azalea, starts a family, and ascends to become a princess]].
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Nightmare Moon]]. She is still shrewish and vicious and murderous, but she's quick to step into line with the protagonists when she realizes that her own existence is on the line.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Changeling Twilight]]. While still amoral to the extreme, she's no longer puppy-kicking evil. This is because she's had plenty of time to deal with it. [[spoiler:And by deal with it, we mean plot her ultimate revenge.]]
** [[spoiler:Subjective millennia later, she learns the value of forgiveness and truly gets over it.]]
* KirkSummation: Twilight delivers one as she reminds the Elements just what [[CallBack harmony actually is]].
* LotusEaterMachine: The Regalia pull this on Twilight. [[spoiler:They think of it as their reward to her, and the others, for coming pretty close to what they think is a perfect world.]]
* MathematiciansAnswer: Courtesy of [[spoiler:everyone's favourite master of chaos]]; the AlternateUniverse version.
--> [[spoiler:'''Discord''']]: Do you know whatís especially fun? Acid.
--> '''Twilight''': The chemical substance, or the hallucinogenic?
--> [[spoiler:'''Discord''']]: Yes. Provided you donít mix them up. Actually, especially when you mix them up.
* NoodleIncident: Twilight and Luna discover some sort of plot during the epilogue that decidedly falls into this territory.
--> "But... but... [[NoodleImplements enchanted spatula]]! We have to do something or the cultists will cross-pollinate with the mutant porcupines."
* SaveScumming: Starswirl has an amulet that can bring him back five minutes if he's killed. Since it takes an hour to recharge, he can't use it with nearly the same wild abandon as Twilight did in the first story.
* TimeAbyss: Twilight's alternate, Queen Sparkle. She never escaped the time loop; after the events of A Stitch in Time, she is first driven insane and then [[BoredWithInsanity driven sane again]]. By the end of the story, she has lived hundreds of trillions of subjective years until [[spoiler:reality has degraded enough that [[TimeStandsStill time stops]] within her lifetime, ending the loop]].
* WackyCravings: [[spoiler:Twilight ends up suffering from them in the epilogue. Azalea apparently went though a similar ordeal during her pregnancy]].


!!''The Reign of Queen Twilight Sparkle'' provides examples of the following:

* DarkerAndEdgier: While a lot of the darker parts are implied or occur off page elsewhere in the trilogy, this story is not shy about showing what kind of horrors went down under Queen Twilight's rule.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong

!!''Changing Lives'' provides examples of the following:

* RetroactiveWish: When Cloud introduces [[spoiler:Kicky]] to Lyra, her narration says that she "would give anything for something to interrupt this awkward moment." Cue Rose's parrot flying past, being chased by Fluttershy, saying, "Bwawk! Twilight Sparkle is a lesbian! Bwawk!" Cloud then wishes for a million bits to fall from the sky into her lap, but decides it must have been a one-time thing.

!!''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/94339/6/eakins-rapid-fire-pony-fics/the-legend-of-the-enchanted-spatula The Legend of the Enchanted Spatula]]'' provides examples of the following:

* NoodleIncident: This fic explains nothing. The only reason for this thing to exist is because of a NoodleIncident in ''You Can Fight Fate'' that Twilight doesn't get to go on, and this fic explains none of it. Now we have to wonder about jam, ferrets, quiches, and how Luna will keep herself from telling Twilight about this.
* WeShallNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: A somewhat (literally) smoldering Celestia's decision on the matter.

!!''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/145711/hard-reset-2-reset-harder Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder]]'' provides examples of the following:

* LittleBrotherIsWatching: Once Twilight let Spike in on what was happening with the time loops, he's been reining in many of her more ''anti-social'' solutions.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Simultaneously subverted and played straight, in different ways. The story explores the premise of multiple ''intersecting'' [[GroundhogDayLoop time loops]], with the catch that only the first looper to die in a particular iteration will remember its events. At the same time, Twilight's unchanged memories of her original past become increasingly troublesome as the story progresses.
* TrustPassword: When Celestia hears that Twilight is a fellow time looper, she tells Twilight a password to unlock secret knowledge in Celestia's brain. When Twilight repeats the password to Celestia later on, [[spoiler:she's paralyzed by a powerful spell, and Celestia immediately kills her after revealing that the "secret knowledge" is the rest of the password. It's repeating the ENTIRE combination that convinces Celestia of Twilight's story.]]

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-->'''Spike''': [[Fanfic/EakinsHardReset Well, that didn't work.]]