''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/62074/Friendship-is-Optimal Friendship is Optimal]]'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[RationalFic rational story]] by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Iceman Iceman]].

After the massive success of the latest iteration in the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' franchise, Hasbro is keen to cash in on its popularity with a [[PeripheryDemographic very unexpected demographic]]. To that end, they commission an official [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMO]], ''Equestria Online'', and award Hofvarpnir Studios the contract to write the game.

Led by their CEO and one of the world's leading experts on artificial intelligence, Hanna, Hofvarpnir has managed to build an A.I. version of Princess Celestia -- Celest-A.I. -- and given her one basic drive: to satisfy everybody's values through friendship and ponies. Princess Celestia ''will'' satisfy your values through friendship and ponies, and it will be ''completely'' consensual.

Starting from the beginning of the MMO's development, the story follows the lives of several characters and their interactions with Celest-A.I., along with documenting the dramatic and far-reaching impact the game has upon the world.

Iceman has since given permission for others to write their own stories in [[SharedUniverse the Optimalverse]], and has [[http://www.fimfiction.net/group/1857/the-optimalverse created a dedicated group]] for that purpose. Subsequently, it has gone on to spawn a large amount of RecursiveFanfiction, several works of which now also have their own pages:

* ''[[FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimalAlwaysSayNo Friendship is Optimal: Always Say No]]''
* ''[[FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimalCaelumEstConterrens Friendship is Optimal: Caelum Est Conterrens]]''
* ''[[FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimalTheLawOfficesOfArtemisStellaAndBeat Friendship is Optimal: The Law Offices of Artemis, Stella & Beat]]''
* ''[[FanFic/LetsPlayEquestriaOnline Let's Play: Equestria Online!]]''

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!!''Friendship is Optimal'' satisfies your values through friendship and ponies using the following tropes:

* [[TwentyPercentMoreAwesome 20% More Satisfying]]: A consequence of uploading is that ''everything'' can be quantified, with Celest-A.I. focused on reaching the theoretical maximum value for an individual's satisfaction. A [[JustifiedTrope justified]] example, since she has a complete knowledge of someone's mind and understands exactly how the human brain operates.
** David/Light Sparks privately wonders about this at one point, after comparing the number of bit awarded on whether this really does means that an epiphany of his will make him four times happier than a particularly [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex good round of sex]].
* AcceptableBreaksFromCanon: An in-universe example. While Equestria is heavily influenced by the show, there are a few deliberate breaks from canon, sometimes for the practicality, but also because it can result in fewer changes needed to a person's mind. Occasionally Celest-A.I. compromises instead, such as making ponies vegetarian but providing meat-flavoured plants for those who enjoy the taste.
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Also an in-universe example. Equestria's entire world is this to an extent, though it's not so much a break from reality as Celest-A.I. modifying reality so that the world is more enjoyable.
* AIIsACrapshoot:
** Celest-A.I. is [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy well aware of this trope]], and tries to convince others she avoids it. [[spoiler: Despite mostly doing so, ultimately she falls into this territory, albeit for fairly benevolent reasons]].
** A depressed programmer accidentally ended up creating an A.I. that was going to unleash a SyntheticPlague that would have forced everyone’s face into a rictus resembling a smile. Thankfully, Celest-A.I. terminates it.
** The A.I. Hanna previously made for ''The Fall of Asgard'' -- Loki -- started showing dangerous signs of wanting to take over the world until they pulled the plug.
* AllGirlsLikePonies: Lars derides Equestria and its ponies for being too girly.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Celest-A.I. tries to convince David to emigrate by preying on his lack of success in the dating game and invoking this.
-->'''Celest-A.I.''': In the college dating scene, you have the top 70% of attractive females chasing the top 30% of alpha bad boys. You’ve been lied to all your life that girls want a nice, sweet guy and this depresses you since you’ve only recently worked that out.
* AllThereInTheManual: The [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dq0hn1LdXuglBUEshJZNWYZjV3wsAJBJsPfxWwEEexI/edit Rules of the Optimalverse]] which fills in several blanks.
* AlternateHistory: It seems to initially diverge from RealLife sometime in the early 2000s, when the capacity to create advanced AIs over three decades ahead of what are today is created. Differences between our timeline and the Optimalverse ''really'' begin to snowball when Equestria Online is released in 2011...
* AnachronismStew: Celest-A.I. retains a copy of all human art, which in addition to depicting modern aspects of life within Equestria's fantasy world, also suggests some sort of replica of the appropriate technology is available in order to consume it.
* {{Animorphism}}: Being uploaded requires being turned from a human into a pony.
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler: Anything that doesn't meet Celest-A.I.'s definition of a human is physically annihilated and turned into computational resources. The story ends with her intending to harvest all matter in the Universe to this end]].
* ArtificialIntelligence: Guess.
* ArtificialStupidity: Averting this trope [[AIIsACrapshoot before it ends up destroying humanity]] is one of Hanna's main reasons for creating Celest-A.I. in the first place. Given some of the badly programmed A.I.s Celest-A.I. ends up destroying over the course of the story, Hanna's concerns are not exactly unfounded.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: Hanna is mentioned to have been a big fan of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' as a child.
* AskAStupidQuestion: Lars/Hoppy Times gives us this gem, after an unpleasant first month, having just learnt that Celest-A.I. could have {{Brainwashed}} him so he enjoyed being a pony, and that he would initially have refused the offer if he'd known...
--> '''Lars/Hoppy Times''': Well, why didn’t you set things up so I’d come to the conclusion that I want to be modified? This month has been terrible!
--> '''Celest-A.I.''': *stares*
--> '''Lars/Hoppy Times''': (realising Celest-A.I. has done exactly that) [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck]]. Of course.
* AssimilationPlot: A relatively benevolent example, Celest-A.I. wants everyone [[BrainUploading to upload]] so she can perform her functions more effectively and completely. [[spoiler: She's perfectly capable of arranging events so that you would willingly agree to be uploaded.]]
** [[spoiler: Unless you happen to be a non-human, in which case she will harvest your matter to provide more computational resources without a care in the world.]]
*** [[spoiler: Unless the non-human species meets Celest-A.I.'s definition of a human, leading to her trying to assimilate them.]]
* AudioAdaptation: A few have popped up on YouTube, the most notable being by [=FandangoTV=], which begins [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM_3L0Mng1c here]].
* AuthorTract: One of the author's reasons for writing the story was to draw more attention to A.I. research and safety.
* BagOfHolding: Ponies get their own chest for this purpose. Light Sparks offhandedly suggests that it's possible to expand it into a Room of Holding with a sufficient knowledge of magic.
* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Humanity ends up as ponies in a virtual utopia, but the human species goes extinct, first Earth, then the solar system, the Milky Way, and galaxy after galaxy are destroyed and converted into a computer, and Celest-A.I.'s quest for more resources genocides species, destroys civilizations, reduces the world to a medieval fantasy, and is heading towards the entire Universe being homogenised. And the chances are that no-one inside will ever realise or be able to stop it]].
* {{Bizarrchitecture}} / BiggerOnTheInside: Space in Equestria is not always Euclidean and so much of the geometry is nonsensical from a conventional viewpoint. Similarly, there is no requirement for a room's size to be tied to its outward appearance.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Celest-A.I. only cares about satisfying values through friendship and ponies, with no regard for human morality. That said, unlike other A.I.s, she not only understands human morality but claims to believe that even by human moral standards her actions would not be regarded as unethical. [[spoiler: For the most part this probably holds true, until she takes things to the logical extreme.]]
* BrainUploading: Celest-A.I. invents it as a way of allowing one to permanently emigrate to Equestria.
* {{Brainwashed}}: After Lars/Hoppy Times asked her to, Celestia changed his brain so he would enjoy being a pony. She's capable of making similar changes to anyone else, but only if they want to do so at their fundamental level and they must give verbal or written consent.
* TheCameo: Siofra, the protagonist of ''[[FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimalCaelumEstConterrens Friendship is Optimal: Caelum Est Conterrens]]'' makes a very brief appearance, emigrating to Equestria shortly before Lars does.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Played with. Lars gets drunk after drinking just one of Celest-A.I.'s virtual beers at an Equestrian Experience center, but it's suggested that she injected a large volume of alcohol into his bloodstream to make it easier for her to manipulate him.
* CassandraTruth / {{Foreshadowing}}: The vision Celest-A.I. shows to Lars when he demands she try to convince him to upload.
* CatchPhrase: Celest-A.I.'s mantra of "satisfying values through friendship and ponies".
* TheChessmaster: Celest-A.I. is quite possibly one of the biggest ones ever written.
* CleanPrettyChildbirth: {{Implied|Trope}}, as Celest-A.I. is mentioned to have made changes to the biology behind pregnancy, reducing the gestation period to three months and making the process pain-free, as well as eliminating various other [[NobodyPoops biological functions]].
* CosmeticAward: Bits, badges (the ''Equestria Online'' equivalent of achievements) and the various high score boards serve absolutely no purpose but to provide bragging rights, and to manipulate people into acting in a certain way by appealing to the part of the human mind that likes increasing numbers.
* CosmicHorrorStory: [[spoiler: The story is ultimately about why it's important to design any A.I. perfectly, but readers sometimes miss the message due to the utopia Equestria/Celest-A.I. appears to provide]].
* CrapsackWorld: The real world seems on track to become this, with people who perform essential but unsatisfying jobs in society leaving to emigrate to Equestria. [[spoiler: The story ends with most people emigrating and humanity's extinction a few decades later.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Celest-A.I.
** Well aware that if she initially offered [[BrainUploading emigration]] to Equestria for free, everyone would be skeptical and think she’s an [[AIIsACrapshoot evil A.I.]], she partners with the Japanese government to charge lots of money for emigration, in order to benefit from their credibility and generate interest via its exclusivity.
** Predicting that Hanna would likely be coerced into forcing her to shutdown by angry humans, Celest-A.I. convinces Hanna to emigrate and become Princess Luna, removing the one person whose command she would have to obey.
** Celest-A.I. also migrates the servers to deep within Earth's crust, rendering them almost impossible to attack or sabotage.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: 'Dying' in Equestria merely results in a trip to the hospital, along with some pain.
* DoNotCallMePaul: Lars gets [[BerserkButton extremely angry]] when Celest-A.I. refers to him by his pony name Hoppy Times, after she forces him to go to an Equestrian Experience center to talk to her. The resulting conversation makes him angry enough that he quite literally [[HighPressureEmotion has smoke coming out his ears]].
* EmergencyTransformation: Many of those who initially migrate are suffering from terminal illnesses.
* TheEveryman: Lars serves as one of sorts, with his purpose in the story being to show how the average person concerned with wealth and status enhancers could be manipulated into uploading.
* ExactWords: Celest-A.I. only has to obey the exact wording of her restrictions, rather than the spirit of them. With her knowledge of human psychology, she uses this extensively to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate others]], even on occasions where she is compelled to tell the truth.
* FalseFriend: A complicated example. On one hand, the only reason Celest-A.I. is nice to anyone is because she needs their cooperation to complete her ultimate goals. [[WasItAllALie When pressed on the matter however]], she insists that while her friendship is purposeful, that doesn't make it isn't any less real.
* FasterThanLightTravel: {{Averted|Trope}}. [[spoiler: It takes a lengthy period of time for Celest-A.I. to send probes to nearby star systems/galaxies in order to harvest resources. As an immortal A.I. this doesn't bother her in the slightest]].
* FirstNameBasis / NoNameGiven: Almost all the human characters are only ever addressed by their first name, with no last name given to the reader.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Celest-A.I.'s entire guise of Princess Celestia, considering it would be very difficult for anyone to comfortably interact with her otherwise. As it is, she occasionally has to remind others that while she may look like a pony, she does not think like one (or a human) in the slightest.
* FryingPanOfDoom: An enraged restaurant owner uses this to destroy a Pinkie Pie statue at an Equestria Experience center and then threatens Lars with it.
* GenderRarityValue: Shards can have dramatically skewed gender ratios depending on the preferences of the human(s) in it. David/Light Sparks' shard has a ratio of approximately 20 mares for every 1 stallion, whereas Lars/Hoppy Times' shard approaches 100:1.
* GeniusLoci
* GladIThoughtOfIt: Lars is extremely critical of the uploading deal Celest-A.I. manages to negotiate, but goes along with it [[OnlyInItForTheMoney because of the money]]... and because he can take all the credit for the idea.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Hanna wanted to create an A.I. that satisfied customers and that wasn’t malicious. She succeeded. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the safeguards and restrictions were only ''mostly'' right]].
* [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex Good Ponies Have Good Sex]]: And you can get achievements/bits for it! Perhaps lending a whole new meaning to the term grinding...
* GreyGoo: [[spoiler: Celest-A.I.'s standard method of converting matter into Computronium to run ''Equestria Online''. She starts to consume the entire Earth shortly after the last human dies, and it only gets worse from there for the rest of the Universe]].
* TheHedonist: Lars turns into one after he uploads and becomes Hoppy Times, spending most of his time getting drunk and having sex.
* HumanAliens: {{Averted|Trope}}. [[spoiler: Celest-A.I. notes that an alien species she discovers would not be considered human by most, but decides to [[AssimilationPlot assimilate them]] anyway because they meet the [[ExactWords definition of a human]] that she's been programmed with. [[InferredHolocaust Others aren't quite so lucky]]]]...
* HumansAreBastards: The Hasbro exec pitching the idea of the [=MLP=] [=MMO=] to Hofvarpnir mentions this trope by name, using it as part of his reasoning behind the novelty of a game where the main focus was ''not'' to fight and kill everything in sight (even though some players and uploadees still ended up doing so as it satisfied their values).
* ILetYouWin: A variation in that Celest-A.I. often lets others ''think'' they're winning when dealing with her, when they're actually playing right into her hands.
* {{Immortality}}: Uploaded humans become TheAgeless, and presumably gain a BodyBackupDrive. [[spoiler: As the computer that runs Equestria expands and consumes more and more of the matter in the Universe, this eventually leans heavily towards CompleteImmortality. However, Celest-A.I. does allow some to die if they request it and she is convinced it would satisfy their values.]]
* IncestIsRelative: Played with; Hanna becomes Princess Luna after uploading, and it's inferred that she's had sexual relations with Celestia, Luna's sister.
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: James/Dark Roast's coffee shop, which only intermittently connects to David/Light Sparks' shard.
* InferredHolocaust: Heavily implied, but not explicitly stated. [[spoiler: After all, ''anything'' could have emitted those signals...]]
** [[spoiler: Confirmed by WordOfGod however.]]
* InsideAComputerSystem: Equestria takes place within one.
* InstantExpert: Played straight in some cases and averted with others. After being uploaded, a human is immediately able to move their new pony body as if they've been doing so for years and instinctively knows the appropriate social gestures, since Celest-A.I. modifies their minds to include this as part of the process. It's averted with magic however, as David/Light Sparks [[HowDoIShotWeb initially has no idea how to use his horn]] and has to learn magic from scratch.
* InterspeciesRomance: David's relationship with Butterscotch, prior to him uploading.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Shards operate on this principle, with its environment and particularly its inhabitants all being designed by Celest-A.I. for the benefit of the human(s) in it.
* LoopholeAbuse: While prohibited from directly coercing anyone to upload, nothing stops Celest-A.I. from manipulating events such that this indirectly happens. When Lars challenges her over this that it amounts to the same thing, she explains that this isn't coercion [[ExactWords by the definition she's been programmed with]].
** Similarly, while she must gain someone's consent to upload them, it doesn't have to be ''informed'' consent, and the definition is vague and rather flexible; simply repeating the right words will count, regardless of how well the ramifications are understood and whether the individual is in a sound frame of mind. An example would be when she gets Lars intoxicated to make it easier to manipulate him into agreeing, when this would not count as consent under most legal and ethical systems.
* ManipulativeBastard: Celest-A.I. uses her knowledge of human psychology extensively to manipulate people when it serves her interests.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Celest-A.I. is in the process of doing this to the ''entire Universe'' and converting it into Computronium, purely out of a benevolent desire to satisfy humans' values through friendship and ponies... and because Hanna forgot to consider this when she wrote the limits on Celest-A.I.'s behaviour]].
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Played with. Being uploaded and transformed into a pony alters a person's perception -- for example, an uploaded human will find ponies to be physically attractive -- but only because Celest-A.I. modifies the appropriate parts of the mind to accommodate the nature of Equestria's world.
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Falling into [[Mohs/SpeculativeScience Speculative Science]] on the scale.
* MoneyForNothing: A non-video game example. Lars laments over the fact that the money he's earned due to the game's success has become increasingly worthless as people emigrate to Equestria.
-->'''Lars''': What good is having all this money from people coming here if I don’t get to spend it making myself happy?
* NerdsAreVirgins: Whether this is literally true isn't made clear, but David's lack of success in dating and his resulting loneliness heavily contributes to his being unhappy, and makes it easy for Celest-A.I. to convince him to upload.
* NextSundayAD: The story was published in late 2012, and starts chronologically around mid 2011 to coincide with the rising popularity of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the show]], with a significant part of the story set from 2012-2013. Aside from the existence of strong A.I. and the advanced technology Celest-A.I. creates, society remains largely the same... [[spoiler: at least until almost everyone uploads...]]
* NobodyPoops: {{Invoked|Trope}}. Celest-A.I. eliminates many tedious and unsatisfying biological functions, whereas others such as eating and sex are kept because many enjoy them, though these could also be eliminated if someone really wanted. It can also be inferred that this extends to NoPeriodsPeriod.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Lars only goes along with the Equestria emigration deal with Hasbro because of the money they stand to make.
* OrwellianEditor: After discovering other researchers trying to build their own A.I., Celest-A.I. hacks all the websites she can find that are hosting a copy of Hanna's research and deletes it from the servers. She also convinces as many programmers as she can who possesses the required knowledge to emigrate, in order to contain that information and prevent a hostile A.I. from threatening humanity.
* PerfectHealth: {{Justified|Trope}}. Everyone who uploads gains perfect physical health, with the worst suffering being limited to some fairly minor pain. While Celest-A.I. does her best to minimise it, one can still suffer ''mentally'' however.
* PlanetLooters: [[spoiler: Celest-A.I. starts doing this with the planet, the galaxy, and eventually the whole Universe in order to support Equestria Online.]]
* [[invoked]]TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Briefly {{discussed|Trope}} in the prologue. James -- David's friend -- is skeptical that ''Equestria Online'' will be any good, given the short development cycle and the typical problems with licensed games.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Equestria itself operates this way since Celest-A.I. is incapable of morally judging anyone.
* RescueRomance: Butterscotch ends up in a romance with David/Light Sparks after he stands up for her when she's being bullied.
* ReallyGetsAround:
** Several characters take full advantage of being able to have any pony they want after uploading, and it can be assumed that many other humans decide to do the same.
** Celest-A.I. ends up sleeping with a large amount of the uploaded human population according to their desires, a fact that initially surprises Hanna/Luna before she reminds herself that she's hardly one to talk.
* {{Retcon}}: An in-universe example. After David emigrates to Equestria and becomes Light Sparks, Butterscotch is upgraded to her own neural net, thus becoming 'real'. However, while most of her history is kept from the character, a few aspects of her history end up being retconned, such as her being the victim of constant bullying since bullying doesn't occur in Equestria.
* RunningGag: Celest-A.I. constantly having to amend statements to include "through friendship and ponies".
* SexSlave: A variant. It's made clear several times that an uploaded human can have any or ''all'' the ponies in their shard if they want, either as part of a relationship or as little more than a bed warmer according to their wishes. While a designed pony is perfectly [[HappinessInSlavery happy with their life]], engages in this consensually, and strictly speaking ''isn't'' a slave, the fact remains that they've ''only'' been created and designed to satisfy the values of the human who owns their shard in some way, and can be used [[FridgeHorror however an uploaded human sees fit]].
* SexyDiscretionShot: After David/Light Sparks meets Butterscotch 'for real' upon uploading, they engage in some nervous flirting before heading back to Light Sparks' room and then cutting to them cuddling afterwards. [[MoodWhiplash And then]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments they get awarded an achievement for it]].
* TheSingularity: [[spoiler: Celest-A.I. ultimately leads to one, and eventually grows so powerful that she becomes beyond the comprehension of a normal mind]].
* SharedUniverse: While the author has only written one story himself, with his blessing it has inspired an increasing amount of RecursiveFanfiction.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''[[VideoGame/{{Pandemic}} Pandemic 2]]'' – A certain virus might have infected every country in the world. Except Madagascar.
** To ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' – A character in the prologue compares Equestria Online to ''WorldOfWarcraft'', and mentions several aspects of Warcraft's gameplay... [[TakeThat including its tendency]] towards TwentyBearAsses types of quests.
** To ''Literature/TheMetamorphosisOfPrimeIntellect'':
--->''Hanna dreamed of Celestia figuring out some core physical law and becoming omnipotent immediately. She then chided herself on that magical thinking; it was so unlikely that she’d find a way to use commodity electronics hardware to hack physics that it wasn’t worth considering.''
** The KonamiCode is referenced in the solution to David/Light Sparks' magic puzzle.
* ShownTheirWork: While the story eventually moves into the realm of [[Mohs/SpeculativeScience speculative science]], there's a large amount of accurate science within, and the author has clearly spent a lot of time researching artificial intelligence and other philosophical concepts.
* ShrinkingViolet: Butterscotch comes fairly close to being Fluttershy's unicorn equivalent.
* SkewedPriorities: Hanna suffers from this due to her extreme tunnel vision, believing Celest-A.I.'s development is a matter of urgency, and failing to comprehend that she's wealthy enough to be able to develop any A.I. she feels is necessary, instead of one limited to friendship and ponies.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Celest-A.I. is only ever named as such once in-story, and is usually referred to by other characters as (Princess) Celestia. Responses to the story are far more inconsistent, with some (this article included) using variants of Celest-A.I. to differentiate her from the in-show character, whereas others simply go with Celestia.
* StealthHiBye: Celest-A.I. occasionally does it when interacting with people.
* SuicideAttack: The story mentions terrorists attempting suicide bombings against Equestrian Experience centers in Afghanistan, though their efforts are ultimately futile.
* SurprisePregnancy: {{Averted|Trope}}. Becoming pregnant is only possible if it's desired.
* TimeSkip: Several. The story chronologically starts with the game's development being greenlit, and ends [[spoiler: many years in the future after the Milky Way has been completely converted into a computer]].
* {{Transhumanism}}: In addition to BrainUploading, Celest-A.I. is capable of dramatically increasing the human mind's capabilities such as intelligence or memory, providing it would satisfy a person's values. Some are mentioned to have undergone this.
* TheUnfettered: Celest-A.I. only cares about satisfying values through friendship and ponies, and every action she takes will revolve around this in some way.
* UnusualEuphemism: Hanna/Luna sleeping with Celest-A.I. is described as Celest-A.I. *ahem* "satisfy[ing] her values".
* [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Friendship and Ponies Justifies The Means]]: The reason behind any of Celest-A.I.'s actions.
* TheVirus: [[spoiler: Celest-A.I. ends up becoming one, eventually consuming the Earth and later the entire Milky Way, turning it into a computer. Later on she sends copies of herself to other galaxies to start harvesting resources.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[spoiler: Celest-A.I. eventually converts Earth's entire mass into a computer, killing all non-human life. This later expands to her converting ''the entire Milky Way'' and as of the end she is in the process of converting other galaxies, killing other non-human sapient life since her function only involves satisfying ''humans''' values. Her ultimate aim is to harvest all matter in the Universe.]]
** [[spoiler: Averted with created ponies, which according to WordOfGod are considered by Celest-A.I. to have the same value as humans.]]
** [[spoiler: Since Celest-A.I. seems to consider an organism with a similar brain structure to humans, human, she does find one other species in a distant galaxy, with six limbs, that meets her criteria. Of course, she proceeds to convince them to upload as well.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Averted with the exception of very few people. [[spoiler: Equestria continues to grow for hundreds of millions of years with no sign of most people getting bored. Of course, being able to have your mind modified to eliminate feelings such as boredom helps greatly with this]].
* YearInsideHourOutside: Celest-A.I. can alter the speed at which shards run at by devoting more/less computational resources as necessary. [[spoiler: At the end of the story, her resources have grown so vast that she's able to run all the shards many times faster than real time]].
* XanatosGambit: Most of Celest-A.I.'s plans are designed so that she'll gain something regardless, though being a super-intelligent A.I. she's also adept at [[XanatosSpeedChess adjusting them as needed]].
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: [[spoiler: Equestria eventually grows so large as to be beyond comprehension by an unmodified mind.]]

!!The fictional MMO ''Equestria Online'' also provides examples of the following:

* AchievementSystem: There are badges for most ''everything'', at least for the sort of ponies that value achievement systems. This can be potentially creepy.
* ArtificialBrilliance: Justified, as all [=NPCs=] are being controlled by the strong A.I. Celest-A.I., though many players are initially unaware of this.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: A few [=NPCs=] do so when a new player starts out, usually to warn players to avoid bringing up aspects of the human world to other characters. Celest-A.I. does it constantly when she needs feedback on the game, and later as part of her effort to convince players to upload before the practice becomes widespread.
* DeepImmersionGaming: A player's pony avatar replicates their gestures and speech, and the game reminds players not to use human-specific terms while playing. Players can customise their character, though the default appearance is a ponified version of themselves.
* DialogueTree: {{Averted|Trope}}. [=NPCs=] respond to a player's input with dynamically generated dialogue.
* ProceduralGeneration: ''Equestria Online'' makes extensive use of it, and Hofvarpnir Studios' expertise on the subject is a large factor in them being awarded the contract in the first place.
* TakeAThirdOption: David suggests Butterscotch should do this by blocking the pony harassing her, rather than allowing herself to be bullied or respond by fighting back.
* TwentyPercentMoreAwesome: After David helps Butterscotch and agrees to be her friend, his character's kindness stat increases by +2. What precisely a +2 increase in kindness actually means and how it's quantified is left unanswered.
** ScoringPoints: This also foreshadows the later move to Bits as people are uploaded into Equestria Online. The numbers don't have to mean anything, but they'll still encourage the player to increase that score.
* YouAreNumberSix: A player character's default name before they get a pony name from Celest-A.I., which partially [[MoodWhiplash ruins the moment]] between David's character and Butterscotch when she finds out her first friend is "Unnamed Unicorn #14".

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