''[[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-on-cross-and-arrow.html On A Cross And Arrow]]'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction by Conner Cogwork.

Twilight Sparkle and her friends have planned a day trip to Manehattan, using a new teleport spell Twilight's been studying. Unfortunately, due to a slight mix-up the girls are instead sent to... Ponyville. It's not the Ponyville they know, however, but one in an alternate universe where [[RuleSixtyThree everpony's genders have been switched]]. Now the girls have to figure out how to get home without drawing too much attention to themselves... especially the attention of their counterparts in this dimension.

A voice drama is in production. [[http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHeolix See here]] for more information. A fully voiced reading of the entire series can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOpOKuCLrD8Evykcy4htPln22uDLRgO0R here]]. Can also be found at [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7211729/1/On_a_Cross_and_Arrow Fanfiction.net]] and [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/755/on-a-cross-and-arrow FiMFiction]].

Cogwork has also written a sequel, ''Fanfic/OnAWhisperOfWind'', where Applebuck travels to the mane 6's universe to find his "cousin" again.
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!!This fanfic contains examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Butterscotch, being the male counterpart of [[{{Moe}} Fluttershy]].
* AgentPeacock: Assuming Elusive is anything like [[DistaffCounterpart Rarity]]
* ASimplePlan: The entire adventure started with Twilight just wanting to teleport the group to Manehatten for a day trip.
* BelligerentSexualTension: [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash and Rainbow Blitz, apparently.]]
* BiTheWay: Dash and her counterpart Blitz are both secretly bi-curious. Elusive also gives a hint of this with some off-hand thoughts towards his masseur.
** Twilight Sparkle and Dusk Shine both start crushing on the idea of each other's mentors. It's never stated outright if they feel the same about their ''own'' mentors, but they do touch on the idea of admiration easily turning into love, so the possibility is definitely there.
* CampStraight: Elusive (although his thoughts toward his masseur hint [[BiTheWay otherwise]]...)
* CelibateHero: Even to the point where Twilight felt extremely awkward about sleeping in her gender-swapped version's bed. See Sleep Cute below.
* ChivalrousPervert: Elusive to an extent. He rather blatantly eyeballs Rarity - particularly her [[MaleGaze flanks]] - and primly compliments her figure in a way that Rarity knows is code for "you're hot." But of course, he's nothing short of a gentlecolt to her. Obviously, being technically the same pony, the same goes for Rarity in a rare female example of the trope.
* ContinuityNod:
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders' tree house is mentioned.
** Pinkie Pie still has her Pinkie Sense, as does Berry.
** When Dusk offers to let Twilight use his bed while he sleeps in the spare bed, she asks if the spare is full of lumps [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep from his sleepover]] with Applejack and Elusive.
** When Dusk performs a ''Bubble Berry'' swear, he pauses to make sure his eye is closed because of last time he did it.
** In Chapter 12, Applebuck makes it to the Mane 6's universe. How? With the help of someone known as "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters The Great and Powerful]]...[[GenderFlip Presto]]".
** Here's a gem, from Chapter 3:
--->"Somewhere in the back of Fluttershy's mind, an alarm bell rang off that said at any moment now, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen she would be exploding. Twice.]]"
* CovertPervert: Dusk Shine has to make a conscious effort not to ogle [[HelloNurse Rarity]].
** Male!Applejack also makes mention that Dusk sometimes shoots some looks at his big sister.
* CrashIntoHello: Fluttershy's first meeting with Butterscotch. [[LoveAtFirstSight They fall in love instantly]].
* TheDandy: Elusive to Rarity's [[TheFashionista fashionista]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When Rarity first meets Elusive and looks him over, her inner schoolgirl squeals at the length of his horn.
* DoubleTake: Elusive and Mrs. Cake from seeing Berry Bubble followed by his double, Pinkie Pie.
* FemaleGaze and MaleGaze: When first meeting Elusive, Rarity inwardly compliments how his cutie mark is set upon "such firm cheeks," and seems delighted over ''the length of his horn''. Likewise, when she's invited into his boutique, she ''struts'' in to show off and begin seducing him, and is "not disappointed, as she felt eyes upon her flanks."
** Male!Applejack comments that he's noticed Dusk Shine looking at his older sister (which probably means that Twilight Sparkle has been admiring Big Macintosh, as well.)
* FollowTheLeader: While not the first piece of fiction to have gender-flipped ponies, this story did open the floodgates for many other stories involving the gender-flipped [[FanNickname Mane Six]], and has given the gender-bent ponies their fanon names: Dusk Shine, Elusive, Butterscotch, Rainbow Blitz, Applejack, and Berry Bubble[[note]]counterparts to Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie, respectively[[/note]].
** [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure Fanon Osmosis Failure]]: This was the fic that locked in the Fanon names for the gender-flipped [[FanNickname Mane Six]], EXCEPT for Pinkie Pie, whose counterpart is here named Berry Bubble[[note]]Short for Beriswainer [=DaVinci=] Bubble, just as Pinkie's full name is Pinkimena Diane Pie[[/note]] while at least half of the works that take the rest of their names from ''On a Cross and Arrow'' flip his to Bubble Berry.
*** Not '''technically''' one of the Mane 6, but Spike's [[DistaffCounterpart counterpart]] here is named Spines, while nearly all of the copycats call her Barb.
* GlassesPull: Pinkie Pie in Chapter 2, directly mimicking [[CSIMiami the master himself]] (and then comments on the missing BigYes and song afterwords).
* {{Hammerspace}}: Where Pinkie Pie got the sunglasses for her GlassesPull, with even the text saying that they came from hammerspace.
* HamToHamCombat: This is what happens when you put Rarity and Elusive (being differently gendered versions of the same, [[LargeHam histrionic]] pony) in a room together. HilarityEnsues.
* IronicEcho: "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles And that's how Equestria was un-made.]]"
* {{Keet}}: Pinkie Pie's counterpart, Berry Bubble.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Justified with Rarity and Elusive, because they have [[VainSorceress identical personalities]], their narcissism does the rest (the phrase "romancing your reflection" applies).
** Also, Fluttershy and Butterscotch.
* {{Meaningful Title|s}}: "On A Cross And Arrow" refers to the female(♀) and male(♂) gender symbols, respectively.
* MeetCute: Fluttershy's and Butterscotch's meeting, straight up.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsEAabIhETQ voice-over]] takes it UpToEleven!
* MostCommonCardGame: Chapter 10. They call it "Go Graze".
* MythologyGag: Ditzy Doo is the name of the famous googly-eyed clumsy female pegasus in the normal world, in the gender-swapped world, ''he'' is named Derpy instead.
* NamesTheSame: Applejack and... Applejack. To avoid confusion and keep her cover from being blown, female!Applejack refers to herself as "Cousin [=JayJay=]" to Applebuck and her male self.
** Owlowiscious and Gummy, even though we never see them, are referred to by name by Dusk and Berry.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Twilight is initially worried about this, but luckily her worries prove unfounded.
** She keeps it up for most of the fic, not sure what them interacting will cause. [[spoiler:A majority of it appears to be her being just plain ''scared'' of meeting her alternate selves.]]
* NoodleIncident: Applejack mentioned a time Rainbow Dash got stir crazy from being coped up too long. Apparently it ''wasn't'' pretty.
** Spines brings up the poison joke incident when they recount Butterscotch's (actually Fluttershy's) strange behavior, referring to him as "Butterbabe". Presumably Butterscotch was cursed with a very sexy female voice that time?
* OhCrap: Everypony's reaction to the chaos that would be created if Pinkie Pie and her counterpart Berry Bubble collaborated on a party.
** Also to the realization Rarity has tricked them so she can go see Elusive.
* PaletteSwap: Apparently Mr. and Mrs. Cake's gender-swapped selves are just each other's body shapes with their natural colors. Applejack is shocked to see this.
* PornStash: Both Rainbows have a version of this.
* RantInducingSlight: Twilight in Chapter 4, due to the stress of the whole situation, explodes on the group, and instantly feels horrible when she's finished.
* RecursiveFanfiction: Sweetie Belle travels to this story's universe during ''Fanfic/TheSweetieChroniclesFragments''.
** This universe is also repeatedly mentioned as being part of the established [[TheMultiverse multiverse]] in the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries''.
* RuleSixtyThree: The plot focuses on the canon characters meeting their opposite gender selves.
* ScrewYourself: By the end of the fanfic, half the Mane cast is in love with their opposite gendered self. It's also implied the same between Celestia and her male self Solaris as well--though in that last case, it's difficult to tell, since they could just be trolling each other.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Butterscotch and Rainbow Blitz, fitting counterparts to TomboyAndGirlyGirl duo Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy.
* SequelHook: The last chapter of ''Cross and Arrow'' set up and is the prologue of ''Whisper of Wind''.
* ShipTease: Many of the ponies find themselves attracted to the opposite-gender counterparts of the ponies they are often shipped with. (Rainbow Dash towards Berry, female Applejack towards Rainbow Blitz, Twilight ''and'' Dusk towards their [[HotForTeacher mentor's gender-swapped selves]], etc.)
** There's also the fact that Celestia and Solaris do some light flirting at the end of the fanfic.
*** Depending on how far you want to look into it, every possible two-pony combination of Dash, Blitz, and both Applejacks is also teased.
* ShoutOut:
** Pinkie Pie suggests space as the Mane 6 hiding spot. For a moment, she turns into [[VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} the Space Core]] whilst doing so.
** Rainbow Dash's new trick is the "Double Rainboom".
** There are also a few allusions to fandom memes, such as Rainbow Dash getting a "[[SomethingElseAlsoRises wingboner]]" on seeing [[ShipTease Berry Bubble]].
** An interesting one, but Applejack refers to a certain tan pony as [[Fanfic/TimeLordsAndTerror "the Professor"]].
*** [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Also, PKE energy is mentioned]].
*** Later, ''AudioPlay/DoctorWhoovesAdventures'' short: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afEQzEizgSY Doctor Whooves In: Crossed Wires]]'', the female counterpart to the Doctor is called "The Professor". ''On A Cross And Arrow'' was noted as one of the influences in the short's creation, per WordOfGod.
** Speaking of fanfic nods, Twilight mentions a universe where [[FanFic/AWorldWithoutRainbows Rainbow Dash DIDN'T pull off the Sonic Rainboom]] while explaining the concept of alternate universes to her friends.
** Twilight remarks at one point that Rarity's powers of observation would have made her a great detective, a possible reference to the Franchise/SherlockHolmes FusionFic ''[[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-study-in-rainbows.html A Study in Rainbows]]''.
** "Well, speak o' [[MyLittlePonyTheMovie th' smooze]]."
** "The Fragrance of Dark Coffee" is [[Franchise/AceAttorney Godot's]] {{Leitmotif}}'s title.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Both interdimensional couples; Rarity/Elusive in a gushing, over-dramatic Shakespearean-love sense, and Fluttershy/Butterscotch in a painfully shy, cutesy sense.
* SleepCute: According to Solaris, Dusk and Twilight. Celestia gave the most unladylike {{Squee}} when he mentioned it to her.
* SpeakInUnison: Pinkie keeps a tally of how many times Twilight and Dusk do this when hiding from him. Likewise, she and Berry are prone to this.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I've heard a lot about Sugarcube Corner and I've always wanted to come visit, but I've been busy being kept in a cave, so I havenít had a chance until now to visit! I'm so glad to finally see the place, even if it may be like I HAVE seen it all before, but that would be silly, it's not like I fell out of a dimension that's just like this one, save that everypony's genders are opposite, right?
* {{Tsundere}}: Both Rainbows.
* TwiceShy: Actually subverted with Fluttershy and Butterscotch.
* YourUniverseOrMine: Both Applejacks fall for the alternate universe counterpart of their Rainbow friend, while Fluttershy and Rarity fall for their ''own'' male versions.
** And just before the Mane 6 return to their world, [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash and Rainbow Blitz [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove admit to feeling the same way]].]]
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