''Ponies of Olympus'' is a series of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' stories by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Bico Bico]] that heavily incorporates elements of ClassicalMythology into the backstories of the side characters (primarily the Princesses). Starting with the second story, a StoryArc about Spike [[TookALevelInBadass taking levels in badass]] and the plans of the GodOfEvil Erebos starts taking shape.

The series is rather good, depicting the characters rather well while at the same time managing to have realistic CharacterDevelopment for everyone. Also, it manages to mostly maintain OriginalFlavor even as it develops a darker subtext.

!!Stories in the ''Ponies of Olympus'' timeline:
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/43495/Ditzy-Dont Ditzy Don't]]'': After Ditzy Doo messes up one too many times, Rainbow bans her from the weather team. Ditzy turns to Twilight to help her get over her clumsiness, but can she and the rest of her friends get the job done or will it only result in further calamity? [[note]] This story is only loosely connected to the series by WordOfGod and a small bit of {{Foreshadowing}}.[[/note]]
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/50892/Rolling-in-Beaches Rolling In Beaches]]'': When Spike and his friends go on a trip to Daypony Beach, he's rescued from the sea by a strange filly. Despite having reservations about this mute pony, Spike and his friends welcome her into their group. However, the restless ocean -- as well as the innkeeper's warnings about the mysterious "ponies of the sea" -- has everypony nervous, and when a nearby clan of dragons becomes involved, things go from bad to worse.
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119802/head-of-a-dog-tail-of-a-lion Head of a Dog; Tail of a Lion]]'': After being worked like a dog, Spike decides that the Princess Summit is for the birds. His trip to the market goes to the dogs when the Crystal Empire is subjected to an unprecedented raid on their home turf and Spike suddenly finds himself in a gilded cage. It seems that birds of a feather flock together, though, and he is treated as top dog, so when his eagle eye spots some underpawed dealings, will he let sleeping dogs lie or will he beard the lion in its den?
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/120153/somebody-to-love Somebody to Love]]'': Rarity has been unlucky in love, so when Princess Cadance offers to use her special talents to help her in her quest she enthusiastically agrees. Will Rarity ride the wild wind of romance, or will harsh reality put out the fire?
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/55768/Atlas-Strongest-Tournament Atlas Strongest Tournament]]'': The Atlas Strongest Tournament is a tradition which stretches back to the beginning of the history of the Atlantean continent, and this year Princess Luna is officiating the tournament. Rarity receives a visit from her old Spinese master as young Scootaloo enters the tournament. Meanwhile, Darkness is gathering as the Queen of the Changelings begins her own secret plans for revenge against Twilight Sparkle and Ponyville.

!!!'''Tropes present in this series:'''

* [[ActionGirl Action Mare]]: Rarity (reluctantly), Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo, Ran Biao.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Lyra is implied to have a crush on Twilight, and it's suggested she only entered the tournament to impress her.
** [[spoiler: Ran Biao's original feelings for Rarity, something Rarity never even noticed.]]
** Scootaloo has apparently developed a crush on [[spoiler: Spike]] as well, which he is completely oblivious to.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Ran Biao to Rarity. It's part of the reason she hates her.
** [[spoiler: Except not really. Her reasons for hating Rarity are more complex than that; see below.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Ditzy, in her Mademoiselle Doo persona, fills this role when she shows up Rainbow Dash in the middle of ''Ditzy Don't''.
** [[spoiler: Of course, this is due to the Magical Mimicry spell Twilight used on her, giving her all of the mane 6's traits.]]
* AllYourPowersCombined: By the final match of the tournament, Aurelia has copied the fighting skills and techniques of every competitor.
* AnachronicOrder: Though published afterward, ''Somebody to Love'' is the first of an undetermined number of stories intended to flesh out the TimeSkip between ''Rolling in Beaches'' and ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'', with the subsequent ''Head of a Dog'' going ''backward'' from there.
* BadassGrandpa: Lao Wu.
** And Amber Spark is a BadassGrandma.
* BeamOWar: A brief one between the Jupiter Lance and Sonic Wavebow.
** Twilight and Luna jointly against Chrysalis and Aurelia.
* BecomingTheMask: Aurelia warns her team about this, and we see a few of them get a little too into character with the ponies they're impersonating.
* BerserkButton: Applejack accidentally stumbles on [[spoiler: Spike]]'s. It's a temporary one, but understandable after walking in on [[spoiler: Rarity and Ran Biao making out]].
* BigBad: Erebos seems set up as this for the series. On top of that, he's also something of a BiggerBad for canon, since he caused Luna's transformation into Nightmare Moon, Chrysalis' own corruption from whatever she used to be, and is implied to be connected to Discord and Sombra as well.
** That said, he only briefly shows up near the beginning of ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'', before leaving Chrysalis in charge of the plan. So he's really more of a BiggerBad of the series, with Chrysalis as the BigBad for that story.
* BigWhat: There's a group one when Lao Wu says Rarity will be competing in the competition. And Rarity is one of the ones shouting, given that [[GotVolunteered this is news to her]] at the time.
* BilingualDialogue: Most obviously when Lao Wu begins [[ForeignLanguageTirade speaking in Chinese]] and Rarity responds for the most part in English.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Pinkie, naturally. Especially when acting as announcer for the tournament.
* BrickJoke: Spike's floaties in ''Rolling in Beaches''.
* BringIt: Several times during the tournament.
* TheCasanova:
** Luna's bodyguard, Argent Javelin. Unlike Spike (see below), he's well aware of his effect on mares and enjoys it.
** Star Dream, the first candidate Rarity seeks for romance in ''Somebody to Love''. Besides juggling a crowd of admirers ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim of both sexes]]), [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim he's got seven evil exes for any prospective suitor to fight]]]].
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: At the end of ''Rolling in Beaches'', Luna and Celestia show up with the Elements of Harmony in tow only ''after'' [[spoiler: Spike tapped into them already to destroy the Rainbow of Darkness and undo its damage]].
* ChekhovsGun: At one point in ''Ditzy Don't'', Twilight is shown reading a book called "Magical Mimicry". This ends up being where she gets the spell to give Ditzy personality traits from all of the Mane Six.
** The advanced training Spike gets in the use of his magic fire comes in handy for defeating Garble, as does the advice he gets from Zecora and Iron Will earlier in the chapter.
* ChekhovsGunman: Razorwing [[spoiler: turns out to be the dragon of the Everfree, and under Chrysalis' control.]]
* ChickMagnet: Spike. In addition to Rarity ''finally'' realizing she returns his feelings, Wavedancer and Scales both develop crushes on him [[spoiler: and Scootaloo has developed one as well.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Rarity, first when Spike shows interest in Wavedancer, then when Ran Biao tries to seduce him. Sweetie Belle uses this as evidence to get Rarity to admit that she has stronger feelings than friendship for Spike.
** [[spoiler: Scootaloo]] turns into this as well.
* TheCorrupter: Erebos. He was the one who manipulated Luna into becoming Nightmare Moon, and transformed Chrysalis into a changeling. On top of that, Luna suspects that he's trying to do the same again with [[spoiler: Spike]].
* TheCorruption: As per G1, this is what the Rainbow of Darkness does to anything it touches.
* CripplingOverspecialization: [[spoiler: Ran Biao trained her flame breath to be strong enough to melt Rarity's metal acupuncture needles; however, her reliance on this leaves her vulnerable to Rarity's ''diamond'' backup needles.]]
* CurbStompBattle: The thugs who [[MuggingTheMonster harass Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo]] in Storm Alley don't last very long.
** Pretty much every fight Rarity's in. She barely even breaks a sweat.
*** Subverted with Ran Biao, who actually proves a match for Rarity [[spoiler: though she still loses]].
** She seems to have picked this up from Lao Wu -- the first match we see him in lasts all of a minute.
* CuteMute: Wavedancer in her Earth pony form, due to the Rainbow Pearl (which transformed her) being stuck in her throat.
* DanceBattler: One of Scootaloo's techniques apparently looks quite similar to ballet. Rarity teases her about it.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Name checked by Rarity when she sarcastically asks Twilight if she thinks her Crystal Pony spell is this.
** Ironically ends up saving her life when [[spoiler: the changelings trick Scootaloo into nearly killing her; even with a hole in her, the Crystal form keeps her alive]].
* DavidVersusGoliath: Spike versus Garble (now a fully grown dragon) in the Atlas Strongest preliminaries.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Scootaloo accidentally comments on Featherweight's cute smile during their preliminary match.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Derpy's general... oddness makes her unpredictable in a fight. Scootaloo only beats her by being easily unpredictable.
* DiscussedTrope: Twilight and Pinkie get into a discussion about whether a reference to "Old Ponyville" and the "Confederated States of Equestria" is MrExposition, {{Foreshadowing}}, ContinuityNod, CallForward, or a FramingDevice of a FlashForward in a {{Flashback}} by an UnreliableNarrator UnstuckInTime.
* TheDragon: Chrysalis to Erobos, Aurelia to Chrysalis.
* DrunkenMaster: Berry Punch, believe it or not.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Ran Biao "accidentally" knocks Spike out during weight training (by making him carry Tom), and tries to "use CPR" on him. Rarity shows up just in time to stop her and kick her ass.
* ElementalPunch: Applejack and Rainbow can do this with their auras, and the Jupiter Lance is the electric version of this mixed with LaserBlade.
* EnemyMine: Wavedancer and Scales put aside their differences to fight the dragons [[spoiler: and the Mane Six]] corrupted by the Rainbow of Darkness. By the time the fight's over, both sides agree to put aside their differences.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Chrysalis seems to honestly love her daughter Aurelia.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Not only do we have the Elements of Harmony and Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainbow, we also get an [[EnergyBall Energy Wave]] in the form of the Sonic Wavebow.
* EvilLaugh: Literally the first thing we see Chrysalis doing in this series is teaching Aurelia how to do one of these properly.
* EvilGloating: When the changelings reveal themselves during the final match of the tournament, Aurelia goes on into detail how they've been manipulating everyone in order to feed off of their skills and power, and will use it to conquer Equestria. Chrysalis sheds [[TearsOfJoy tears of pride]] on her artful delivery.
* ExpospeakGag: Shining says he didn't forget to tell Twilight he was participating in the tournament, he just "failed to mention due to cognitive flatulence" (read: he had a brain fart). Twilight says that she's too smart for using big words to confuse the issue (though she admits she used to do the same thing to Cadence).
* FalseFlagOperation: Since the final match of the tournament, between Rarity and Scootaloo, is in a multi-leveled arena, when they're separated it gives Aurelia and another changeling a chance to lure them both into thinking the other is outright trying to kill them [[spoiler: leading to Scootaloo nearly killing Rarity with her finishing move]].
* FallenHero: Erebos' apparent goal for [[spoiler: Spike]].
** Chrysalis used to be the Element of Magic, before Discord turned her against her friends, and Erebos corrupted her.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Rarity first mentions her training in Spina in ''Ditzy Don't''.
* FromBadToWorse: The climax of ''Rolling in Beaches'' -- the Rainbow of Darkness corrupting a bunch of dragons? Bad. It corrupting [[spoiler: ''all of the Mane Six'']] ''?!'' Definitely worse.
* GambitPileup: Luna and Aurelia's moves and countermoves against each other in ''Atlas Strongest Tournament''.
* GeniusBruiser: Snowflake apparently has a doctorate, and is head of the athletics board at Canterlot U.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Ran Biao attempts to take advantage of this trope.
** When Wavedancer transfers restorative magic into Scales via a kiss, the changelings all enjoy watching it.
* GlassCannon: Argent Javelin is identified as this [[LampshadeHanging by name]] by Shining Armor.
* GodOfEvil: Erebos appears to be the god of darkness, and is determined to bring about eternal night.
* GoodVersusGood: The hippocampi/Scaly Back River Clan conflict is one of these, as neither side is evil; however, a major misunderstanding on the dragons' side, and a bit of FantasticRacism on the sea ponies' part, has them at each other's throats.
* GotVolunteered: Rarity only enters the tournament because of Lao Wu's pride and Rainbow Dash's insistence.
* GreenEyedEpiphany: Rarity has one in ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'' thanks to Sweetie Belle.
* GreenEyedMonster: The whole reason Ran Biao hates Rarity is because she's just so much better than her.
** [[spoiler: Except, as it turns out, she never cared about that -- she ''was'', however, jealous of Rarity's relationship with Razorwing, and tried to get them to break up so she could have Rarity for herself.]]
* [[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Pony Hybrid]]: The longma are dragon-pony hybrids; Spike naturally finds the concept fascinating.
* HaremComedy: ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'' has shades of this, at least in regards to Spike's relationships with the various females with feelings for him.
* TheHero: Spike in ''Rolling in Beaches''. In ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'' he appears to have been downgraded to {{Deuteragonist}}.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Lao Wu quotes this trope during his match with Rarity, when he hits her with her own acupuncture needles, cutting off her magic flow.
* HeroicSacrifice: When [[spoiler: Rarity]] saves [[spoiler: Scootaloo]] from being captured by the changelings.
* HonorBeforeReason: The whole reason Rarity is initially dragged into the tournament is because Lao Wu wants her to fight Scootaloo in order to prove that his training techniques are superior to Rainbow Dash's. Then Dash agrees for the same reason and talks Rarity into it.
* HumiliationConga: Rainbow Dash ends up going through this in ''Ditzy Don't'' after Ditzy becomes Mademoiselle Doo: she's so badly outclassed that she and Ditzy basically switch roles, leading to her public humiliation and being fired from her weather management job, followed by Mademoiselle Doo deciding to start babying her. And that's before she goes obsessive and starts hunting Dash all over town until she's snapped back to normal. All of this helps lead to Dash's JerkassRealization.
** Rarity puts Blueblood through one of these during their match in the preliminary round of the Atlas Strongest Tournament, as payback for the Gala -- first, she hits him in the eye, then in the pole, then immobilizes him with acupuncture needles (which also cause him to loose control of his bladder) before finishing him off.
* HypocriticalHumor: When the changelings realize that the [[spoiler: "Spike"]] they've captured is a fake, one of them shouts "An imposter?! How horrible!"
* ImagineSpot: When Spike and Wavedancer wander off together, Rarity has one of these where Wavedancer turns into a cartoon-like, over-the-top villain who tries to harm Spike, only for Rarity to show up and save him.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Apparently, the Scaly Back River Clan's idea of "toasting" someone (at least, another dragon) is to literally toast them with fire.
** Pinkie's comments during Shining Armor and Big Macintosh's fight is full of these. Shining comments that he wishes she'd stop.
* InterruptedDeclarationOfLove: Scootaloo's is interrupted by Pinkie. It might have been successful if [[spoiler: Spike]] had [[ObliviousToLove understood what she trying to say in the first place]].
* ILetYouWin: Iron Will gives Spike advice at how to beat him in their preliminary match, so that when he does, he can try and offer to sell Spike his new book on fighting techniques.
* JawDrop: Spike's reaction to seeing Wavedancer in her true form for the first time.
* JerkassRealization: Rainbow Dash has one at the end of ''Ditzy Don't'' when, upon calling out Mademoiselle Doo for treating her like a dumb foal just because she's not as good as her, realizes that that's the ''exact same way'' she's always treated Ditzy.
* JustEatHim: Pinkie [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this, naturally, when [[spoiler: Rarity turns into a crystal pony]] in a fight against an opponent who eats gems.
* LargeHam: Pretty much everyone turns into one in the tournament.
* LaserGuidedKarma: See HumiliationConga.
* LightningBruiser: Big Macintosh, once he takes off his yoke, moves so fast he's almost impossible to see.
* LoveDodecahedron: Spike ends up in the middle of one in ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'' -- he still has feelings for Rarity, but is also attracted to Ran Biao, who is using him to hurt Rarity, [[spoiler: who she has twisted feelings for, feelings Rarity is reluctantly starting to return, and on top of that, Scootaloo likes Spike too, and it's hinted he might feel the same way. And then Scales and Wavedancer get involved...]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Erebos to Chrysalis. He was the one who created her, gave her the idea to masquerade as Cadence, and ordered her to send her changelings to infiltrate the tournament. And on top of that, he was apparently involved in Luna becoming Nightmare Moon.
** Luna also suspects he was somehow influencing the conflict between the hippocampi and the Scaly Back River Clan, though that hasn't been confirmed yet.
* MeaningfulRename: Celestia was originally named Aurora, but changed it at some point.
** By the time Ditzy reappears in ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'', she's now going by Derpy Hooves. While the meta reason for this is obviously the name controversy over the character, in-universe the reason is because she's married Time Turner (aka, [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]). Though this just confuses Twilight further.
* TheMentor: Princess Rodi and Wavedancer share a similar relationship to that of Celestia and Twilight.
** Lao Wu to Rarity.
** [[MasterApprenticeChain Amber Spark to Rainbow Dash to Scootaloo]].
* MinorInsultMeltdown: Applejack only meant to egg [[spoiler: Spike]] on a little, but ended up hitting a BerserkButton, instead.
* MoleInCharge: [[spoiler: Shortly before the end of the tournament, Chrysalis replaces Luna.]]
* MoodWhiplash: ''All the time'' during ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'', most often involving the changelings, [[spoiler:especially in the fights against them during the RescueArc after the tournament]]. For all of the epic mythology and the threats it introduces, it's got a Comedy tag for a reason.
* MultipleChoicePast: Mentioned by name by Discord when he's talking to Celestia and mentions various realities with different origins for himself and the Princesses.
* MundaneUtility: Rarity is probably Lao Wu's greatest student ever. She uses the fighting skills he gave her to help in her dressmaking (and occasionally, acupuncture).
* MythologyGag:
** The whole thing with the Master Rainbow and the Rainbow Of Darkness is taken from G1, with a few liberties taken.
** The king of the Scaly Back River Clan is named Kenbroath Gillspotten Heathspike, which was the full name of G3 Spike.
*** Hell, the flashback sequence at the beginning of ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'' implies that he ''is'' G3 Spike.
** Chrysalis and the changelings used to be insect-like ponies implied to be Flutterponies.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Rarity and Scootaloo's reactions when they realize the changelings have been pitting them against each other. ''Especially'' Scoots, when she realizes she [[spoiler: almost ''killed'' Rarity]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Twilight's attempt to help Ditzy by implanting magical copies of the Mane Six's personalities in her head first causes her to outclass Rainbow Dash to the point of her public humiliation, then all the group's negative aspects (Fluttershy's sudden rage, Pinkie's personalities, Twilight's obsessiveness, etc) take over, making her go crazy and chase after Rainbow Dash to force her to let her take care of her.
** Wavedancer taking the Rainbow Pearl out of curiosity (and then keeping it to get close to Spike), leads to it being stolen by the Scaly Back River dragons, who in turn break it and accidentally release the Rainbow of Darkness.
** The flashback at the beginning of ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'' incorporates the story of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tithonus Tithonus]], with Celestia as the guilty party.
** When Rarity saw Ran Biao and Razorwing together, she ran away at the perceived betrayal, which led to [[spoiler: Razorwing raping Ran]]. This led to the breakup of their friendship.
* NonSequiturThud: Pinkie, upon being food poisoned by Ditzy:
-->"If I don't make it... Tell Gummy… he always goes flat when he tries to hit that high B. He really needs to work on that…"
* NoodleIncident: ''Ditzy Don't'' is full of these, most of them having to do with how Ditzy somehow screws up every attempt to help the Mane Six ([[RunningGag usually]] setting something on fire in the process).
** When Spike and the Mane Six first meet Wavedancer, mute at the time, the following exchange occurs:
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?
-->'''Rarity''': You leave Opalescence out of this! She only did that once, and she was sorry!
** Several other adventures the Mane Six have had during the TimeSkip are mentioned during ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'', the most prominent being an apparent time travel incident.
* NoIndoorVoice: Seems Luna still slips into this when excited.
* OhCrap: Blueblood has a subtle one when he recognizes Rarity at the preliminaries.
** Fido's is much less subdued -- as soon as he realizes he's facing Rarity, he throws the match and runs away... right into a wall.
* OldMaster: Lao Wu.
** Amber Spark's age isn't given, but she's been teaching for 40 years, so she's at least 50, which in pony terms means she's (as Scootaloo puts it) "ancient".
* OperationJealousy: Ran Biao tries to seduce Spike just to hurt Rarity.
* OriginalFlavor: Maintains it pretty well, even with the darker subtext in the later stories.
* ParanoiaGambit: One of the changelings, posing as Argent, tells Scootaloo that there's an enemy spy among the contestants, and the hints mixed with Scoot's [[spoiler: jealousy]] convinces her it's Rarity.
* PhotographicMemory: Scootaloo's special talent seems to mix this with muscle memory -- once she sees someone's fight style, she can emulate it, as long as it's physically possible for her to do so.
* PrincessesRule: In addition to the canonical ones, there's Princess Rodi of the sea ponies (who happens to be Celestia and Luna's sister-in-law).
** Subverted with the Scaly Back River Clan; Scales is a princess, but her grandfather King Kenbroath is in charge.
* PsychicLink: Celestia and Luna have an empathic link, at least during dawn and dusk when their portfolios overlap.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Chapter fifteen of ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'' is named this for a reason.
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Turns out, Ran Biao didn't seduce Razorwing -- she tried to get him to break up with Rarity, and he raped her. Rarity saw them together and misunderstood, running off and letting it happen; Ran never forgave her for it.]]
* RashomonStyle: Subverted. Ran Biao and Rarity both tell ''very'' different versions of what happened between Rarity and her first LoveInterest Razorwing, but it's strongly implied that Ran Biao completely made her version up in order to paint Rarity in a negative light and drive a wedge between her and Spike.
** Double subverted. As it turns out, Rarity's version wasn't entirely accurate (to be fair, she didn't lie, only drew the wrong conclusion from incomplete information), and there was some truth to Ran's version.
* RealNameAsAnAlias: Trixie enters the tournament under her last name Lulamoon.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Played with. Due to the ponies having the lifespan of normal equines (teens are viewed as full adults), Amber Spark's age (unsaid, but she's been teaching for 40 years) is shocking, and the fact that Rarity's great great great great grandame is still alive at almost 100 is mind-boggling.
* {{Retcon}}: Due to the events of the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure season 3 finale]], ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'''s first twelve chapters have been changed to reflect canon, though the changes are purely cosmetic so far. According to the author, this change actually makes his plans for later plot developments easier.
* {{Revenge}}: The only reason Chrysalis agrees to Erebos' plan to infiltrate the tournament is a chance at revenge on Twilight Sparkle for her defeat at the wedding.
** And it turns out that Ran Biao's grudge against Rarity is payback for [[spoiler: letting Razorwing rape her]], something that Rarity wasn't aware that she had done.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: Luna has several among the changelings, including Wavedancer, Scales, Babs Seed, and Trixie, who replaced the changeling who was impersonating her.]]
* RideTheLightning: The Jupiter Lance technique allows a pony to do this.
* TheRival: Ran Biao to Rarity.
** Tom to Argent. No, seriously.
** In ''Somebody to Love'', Scootaloo invokes this for her training with Rainbow Dash, drafting Spike into the role.
* RunningGag: Ditzy somehow setting things on fire in ''Ditzy Don't'', even when it's ''not physically possible''.
** This ends up happening again in ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'', except this time it's caused by ''changeling impersonating her''.
** Tom in ''Atlas Strongest Tournament''.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Lao Wu is rather blunt when talking to people.
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: At the end of ''Rolling in Beaches'', [[spoiler: the remnants of the Rainbow of Darkness are sealed inside Spike]]. The Princesses keep this to themselves, though Rodi is reluctant, as she sees this as a potential risk.
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Aurelia seems to prefer Scootaloo's form as a disguise, something Scootaloo herself lampshades.
* ShipperOnDeck: Sweetie Belle ships her sister and Spike, while Apple Bloom ships him with [[spoiler: Scootaloo]].
* TheSpock: A side effect of Rarity's Crystal Pony spell is that it temporarily shuts off her emotions. Twilight is worried that it might become permanent.
* SpotTheImposter: [[spoiler: Subverted. At first, it looks like when Aurelia impersonates Scootaloo to get close to Spike, he can tell she's an imposter because her eyes are the wrong shade of purple. But then it turns out "Spike" was just another changeling helping Aurelia rehearse to avoid this very trope.]]
** [[spoiler: Then it turns out that the first scene was Spike spotting Wavedancer as the imposter, who was helping Luna's other spies get him to safety.]]
** Inverted later on, when [[spoiler: the changelings realize that the "Spike" they've captured is actually Scales disguised as him, and the reader realizes that the second abduction scene was Scales playing Spike in order to be abducted by Aurelia, who spectacularly failed to SpotTheImposter at first despite Scales having wings..]]
* SpySpeak: The trope is lampshaded during a conversation between Princess Luna and her spy among the changelings [[spoiler: who may or may not have been replaced by an actual changeling]].
-->'''Spy''': The princess will save the dragon, the apples are being sorted, and… do we really have to talk like this?
-->'''Luna''': These are standard espionage codes. One must do things properly.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Pinkie has a literal one, with a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]], [[EpicFlail flail]], [[SinisterScythe scythe]], [[FightingWithChucks nunchucks]], [[TheStraightAndArrowPath crossbow]], and a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] all coming out of what appears to be an actual pocket knife hilt.
* ThickerThanWater: The primary reason Rarity puts up with Lao Wu and Ran Biao is because they're distant cousins.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Quoted word for word by Scootaloo before she's [[spoiler: catapulted from a waterfall during her match with Rarity. Funnily enough, she ends up screaming suck as Pinkie is commentating about her and ends up thinking she's calling herself Scootasuck.]]
* TimeSkip: There's one of several years between ''Rolling in Beaches'' and ''Atlas Strongest Tournament''.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Comes up when Derpy is describing her relationship with [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] -- they got married a hundred years from now last week, and Dinky and Sparkler are their kids, but had to be raised in the past by other ponies for some reason to ensure their birth. And Dinky is actually the older child. It's about this point that Twilight's brain starts to crash and Luna has to drag her away.
** For bonus points, there are actually at least [[TheNthDoctor two versions]] of the Doctor acting as referees in the tournament, and one of them actually ''uses this as his name''.
* TookALevelInBadass: Spike takes several at the end of ''Rolling in Beaches'', and several more once he starts training in ''Atlas Strongest Tournament''.
** Thanks to Rainbow Dash's training, Scootaloo's taken quite a few as well.
* TournamentArc: ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'' is this for the series as a whole -- the author has even [[WordOfGod stated in a journal entry]] that inspiration for this story came from this trope's use in various anime and manga.
* TrainingFromHell: Amber Spark's method borders on this. [[spoiler: Literally, when she and Luna take Scootaloo to Tartaros in order to prepare her to chase after the changelings.]]
** One thing Ran Biao and Rarity agree on is that Lao Wu's training qualifies.
* TrashTalk: All over the place in the tournament.
* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife: Twilight didn't heed this warning before delving into the Comprehensive Media Trope Encyclopaedia, vol. XLII.
* UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject: Shining Armor's talent is defensive magic while Argent Javelin's talent is attack magic. The chapter in which they fight is actually named after a [[BilingualBonus Chinese phrase]] "自相矛盾" (interacting shield spear), which is the Chinese name for this trope, referencing a story in which a man tries to sell [[ImmediateSelfContradiction a spear that can pierce any shield and a shield that can block any spear]]. Turns out [[spoiler: the unstoppable force knocks himself out.]]
* TheVamp: Aurelia is assigned to seduce Spike to the dark side.
* [[WasOnceAMan Was Once A Pony]]: Chrysalis and her subjects used to be normal ponies (implied to have been flutterponies, in fact), before Erebos transformed them.
** And Discord used to be a pony named Endymion [[spoiler: and was Luna's lover]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: King Kenbroath and his clan honestly believe that ponies are descended from cursed dragons (it's actually the other way around) and that they must use the Rainbow Pearl to revert it. He doesn't care to ask anypony's permission first because he figures granting them all substantially longer lives would be a blessing.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Rarity and Ran Biao, until Ran Biao, in an act of jealousy over Rarity's talent, stole her LoveInterest Razorwing in order to hurt her. Rarity never forgave her for that, and refuses to let her do the same with Spike.
** As it turns out, [[spoiler: Ran Biao didn't steal Razorwing -- she was in love with Rarity, and when she tried to get Razorwing to break up with her, he raped her. Rarity misunderstood the situation and left them to it, which led to her friendship with Ran falling apart.]]
* WickedCultured: During the GirlOnGirlIsHot moment between Wavedancer and Scales (listed above), one changeling is described as inexplicably wearing a top hat and monocle while commenting on the taste.
* WretchedHive: The Storm Alley neighborhood in Cloudsdale is actually referred to as such.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The flashback at the beginning of ''Atlas Strongest Tournament'' has everyone talking like this.
* YouExclamation: Twilight, upon realizing that [[spoiler: Chrysalis has replaced Luna.]]

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