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''Progress'' is a WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic by Andrew J. Talon, which originally started as a one-shot titled ''Luna vs. the Microwave''. The story [[StealthPun stars]] Princess Luna as she attempts to catch up on how much life has changed in Equestria.

It can be found [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-progress-luna-versus-microwave.html here]].

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!! This WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic contains the following tropes:

* AbortedArc: For the time being, Andrew has abandoned "PONIES IN SPACE" in order to focus more on Luna as a character; he mentioned plans to resume it at some later point, but later removed it entirely from the Website/FimfictionDotNet version of the story.
* {{Adorkable}}: Princess Luna. She finds math and paperwork fun and is incredibly awkward and naive in social situations. Celestia even notes that she finds her cute when embarrassed and goes out of her way to tease her and play tricks on her to get her in such a state.
* AdultFear: PlayedForLaughs, but Sundance's fear that [[spoiler:Discord's reign of chaos might have affected her unborn foal]] definitely counts.
** Luna takes it seriously, however. [[spoiler:It's implied this is part of the reason she inflicts an AndIMustScream fate upon Discord.]]
* AdventurerArchaeologist: The Cutie Mark Crusaders' attempt at Archaeology ends up utterly ''destroying'' the ruins they were investigating.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:"Luna vs. the GGG"]]
* AllPartOfTheShow: In "Luna vs. Vigilantism 3", Sundance thinks the Great and Powerful Trixie (who is trying to steal a powerful book of magic from the Canterlot Library) is part of Luna's superhero play-acting.
* AmusingInjuries: Luna casts a spell during a baseball game, making all foul balls fly towards her and her friends. However, she also forgot she can't catch the balls without revealing her true self. As a side note, she now has a major phobia for all things baseball.
* AndIMustScream: In "Luna versus the Dreamlands" Part 2, [[spoiler:Luna traps Discord's dreamself in stone, leaving him petrified in a physical and mental sense.]]
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Done humorously in Luna vs Threesome after an accident with "cooking".
-->"Did you know hooves aren’t very good for getting things out of your eye? They’re not."
* AngelsPose: The Cutie Mark Crusaders in Luna versus Ponyville 7.
* {{Badass}}: The unnamed warrior stallion from Luna Vs. Storytelling; see [[Awesome/{{Progress}} the Crowning Moment of Awesome entry of this page]] for details.
* BerserkButton: Don't break Luna's glasses. ''Ever.''
** Also, don't in any way damage [[CompanionCube Abacus]]. Or imply that a calculator would be more efficient. Or use rude language in front of him. [[OverlyLongGag Or forget to read him a story before tucking him into bed.]]
** Luna also doesn't take too kindly to others messing with her subjects as numerous characters discover: a Kong and Rex who threaten the Cutie Mark Crusaders in "Luna vs. Ponyville Part 7", Prince Blueblood after he shamelessly hits on Sundance in "Ponies in Space Part 2", and [[spoiler: Discord in "Luna vs. the Dreamlands Part 2".]]
** Celestia's is Luna getting hurt. Quoth the Princess:
-->"I am a very old pony. I’ve seen things. And banishment? Isn’t ''nearly'' creative enough."
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Luna is sweet, awkward, meek and intelligent. But she is also a PhysicalGod of TheSacredDarkness and you do '''not''' want to make her angry.
* BilingualBonus: In "Ponies In Space 2", Sundance insults Prince Blueblood in French, telling him things like "Your brain must have been optional," and "Reality and you don't get along, am I right?"
* BondOneLiner: "Sweet dreams."
* BookSafe: In "Luna vs. Vigilantism 3", [[spoiler: the magic tome Trixie is looking for is hidden inside another book, a huge, ancient, and unread book of bureaucratese called ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Regulation Manuals on Proper Regulations Regulation]]''.]]
* BorrowedCatchphrase: It's subtle, but in "Ponies in Space 1", Luna says "Eeyup!", Big Macintosh's catchphrase.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: A list of items found on one tourist in "Ponies in Space" includes "Chocolate bars, caramel bars, fruit pops, candied apples, cotton candy, gummy bears, jelly babies, gum drops, peanut butter chocolate cups, hot chocolate, cherry twists, lemon snaps, pressed sugar glass, a butterfly knife-"
** And that tourist was [[spoiler:[[CrazyPrepared Pinkie]] [[CrazyAwesome Pie]]]].
* BuffySpeak: Luna gets one instance in chapter 11.
-->'''Luna:''' Through my senses it feels like a great [[DoctorWho wibbly wobbly... Timey Wimey... Bubble of... Stuff]]. Note to self, find a better metaphor.
* [[BullyingADragon Bullying a Goddess]]: Sure Angel, let's go pelt the local Lunar Goddess with baseballs, what could possibly go wrong?
* TheCameo: In part 3 of "Luna vs. Lodging", [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Whoof]] and his companion Derpy pop in for a quick spot.
** Chapter 21 features the ponified Series/MythBusters as scientists in the space program.
* CanonDiscontinuity: The "Ponies in Space" arc was cut from the story as of "Luna vs. Vigilantism 3", with a new chapter to replace it in the works (as otherwise Sundance's pregnancy comes out of nowhere). The same author's note that declared this also made "Luna vs. Threesomes" canonical...
* CargoShip:[[invoked]] Invoked with Luna's abacus, who she has a bed for, reads bedtime stories to, takes with her almost everywhere, and loves to work on. She even has dreams about it cheating on her with Celestia and dueling Big Mac for her love.
* CatchPhrase: "Eep!"
* [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown Caught With Their Nethers Exposed]]: Luna walks in on Sundance and Hoyden... er, "being together." Celestia decides to have Luna visit Ponyville to let it all simmer down.
* ChivalrousPervert: Sundance's coltfriend Hoyden is prone to interesting fantasies about his marefriend and Luna, but he is supportive of Sundance, and he knows when he messes up.
* ClarkKenting: Luna disguises herself as "Selene" by hiding her wings and/or horn and putting on a pair of glasses. It works with the Apple family and Rainbow Dash, but not so much with Sundance or Pinkie Pie.
** The Apple Family actually justifies how they could have missed that: Most of them had never seen Luna's true appearance before, and Applejack claims she didn't get a good look at Luna before Luna left for Canterlot.
* [[CluelessChickMagnet Clueless Dude Magnet]]: Numerous characters remark on Luna's beauty, but she's so out-of-touch, being from a time when affection was not openly displayed, that she's oblivious to their flirting and innuendos.
* CompanionCube: Luna's abacus.
** Named Abacus. Which she apparently has a hat, pajamas, and a little bed for. She also tucks it in at night, and reads it bedtime stories.
* ContinuityNod: Occasionally refers to the plot of episodes from the show, which are happening parallel to the stuff going on in Luna's life. For example, at the beginning of "Luna Vs Communication" Luna has received a letter from Big Macintosh, about [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason how his sister is handling the upcoming harvest while he's suffering from a back injury]]. This is after she spends a good deal of time reading up on [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E10SwarmOfTheCentury a recent Parasprite infestation in Fillydelphia]].
** Later, Fluttershy says the pieces of Apple Bloom's Celestia costume are "leftovers from (her) [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor modeling career]]."
** "Luna Vs. The Dreamlands 2" definitely takes place after [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony Part 2]] as it deals with Discord, and "PONIES! IN! SPAAAACE! Part 4" is set after "the Discord incident." The latter also follows "Luna Eclipsed", as Luna mentions a colt "who isn't fully grown yet but is so darling" - clearly Pipsqueak.
** WordOfGod says that the series starts after the events of "Luna Eclipsed."
** Luna vs Vigilantism all takes place after "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]]," as Sundance listened in on Twilight Sparkle's letter to Celestia explaining what had happened.
* CoolBigSis: Celestia really cares for her sister.
* CrazyPrepared: The Cakes are insured against acts of goddesses. (Though considering that they live with Pinkie Pie, RealityWarper extraordinaire, it may not be so crazy after all.)
* DeadpanSnarker: Sundance, in chapter 14, when Luna is attempting to construct an air conditioner for the house from scratch. Luna wants helium to make an ideal heat sink, but the only way to get it, as Sundance points out, is through ''nuclear fusion,'' and "I'm not in the mood for a second sun, your majesty."
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "... actually... the um... she washed mine. Telekinetically. You know. With her telekinesis."
* DitzyGenius: Luna reorganized the irrigation system for an entire province, established a whole new system of emergency response and management for the entire kingdom, and made sense of the tax code, but is even more socially awkward than Twilight Sparkle, and thought twenty seven minutes was the perfect amount of time to cook popcorn.
** In addition, when wanting to make an ideal heat sink to cool off the house, she outlines her plan to separate the hydrogen and oxygen from the water and fuse the hydrogen into helium. It takes Sundance to point out that doing so would probably be a [[AwesomeButImpractical bad idea]].
** In "Ponies in Space", Luna figures out a mathematical theorem to prove that pi and e are transcendental numbers from scratch... Despite the fact that if they're already building moon rockets, it means her theorem would have been revolutionary about [[FishOutOfTemporalWater a century ago.]]
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: In "Luna vs Ponyville Part 6" Angel Bunny finds out the hard way that even Luna has her limits.
* DoubleEntendre: Luna guiding Applebloom through the astronaut training simulator in "Ponies in Space 3", much to the amusement of Snips and Snails.
* DramaticThunder: As Nightmare Moon in the Past, almost every line she speaks is accompanied by this, to the point where she got annoyed, and chastised the Shadow Bolts for playing on the thunderclouds.
* DreamWeaver: One of Luna's powers as the pony goddess of the night. Her power is absolute in the dreamworld, something [[spoiler:Discord]] found out the hard way.
* DullSurprise: Pinkie Pie's parents barely blink when a several ton rock smashes in to their house, accepting with equanimity the damage [[NoodleIncident since it seems it's not the first time dragons had done it]]... then five seconds later:
-->"FOR THE GLORY OF GODDESS QUEEN CELESTIA!"\\
"DEATH TO THE DRAGON FILTH!”
* EroticEating: In "Luna vs. Ponyville, Part 2", Luna faints with embarrassment after reading a racy romance novel then watching Applejack eat an apple.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: According to the fanmade sidestory "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7171216/1/Progress_Side_Story_Luna_Vs_the_Threesome Luna versus the Threesome]]", Big Macintosh. Even ''Hoyden'' has had fantasies about Big Mac [[spoiler:and somehow knows Big Mac lives up to his name]].
* TheExitIsThatWay: In "Ponies in Space 3", Luna offers to show the Cutie Mark Crusaders the simulator room where they train astronauts, and the Crusaders eagerly rush through the nearest door... which turns out to be the janitor's closet.
* EyeScream: After a "cooking accident".
** Sundance too:
--> Sundance's eyes literally [[EyePop popped out of her head]]. Then popped back in. And then she rolled around on the ground in pain for a few minutes.
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: In the "Luna vs. Vigilantism" arc, Luna's career as a superhero becomes pretty boring because even Canterlot's mafia turns out to be pretty well-behaved. [[spoiler:Specifically, they show her that they'd just completed a toy drive for orphans, and ask her to help promote volunteer deliveries]].
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Luna.
* FlatWhat: On several occasions. In the side story "Luna vs. Threesome", Hoyden goes the extra mile to say "What is this I don't even" to Luna's attempt to seduce him and Sundance.
** Also in Luna vs Threesome:
-->"What!? No, why would she do that? She’s my sister. That’s gross. No, she told me to fetch five or six of her guards, and then she was going to get them to run a train on me! [[SidetrackedByTheAnalogy I don’t like trains, Hoyden!]] I always worry that the car I’m riding in is going to get separated from the others and jump the tracks and I’ll wind up in another country!"\\
Hoyden’s jaw worked, but between the arousal, the sudden panic, the confusion, more panic, and then even more confusion, his brain decided to just give up and go play reruns of ''Equestria’s Funniest Home Videos''.
* FollowTheLeader: This story started the recurring MLP meme that Luna has an abbacus, which has been mentioned in fanart and fanfiction countless times since.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Judging by his multiple fantasies of his marefriend Sundance and Luna getting it on, Hoyden may be a fan of this trope.
* GlassesPull: Celestia at the end of "Luna vs. The Heat". [[CSIMiami Horatio Caine]] would be proud.
* GreenEyedMonster: A bit in ''Luna vs. Lodging 3'' - reason was Celestia's close contact to Twilight Sparkle. They even crossed horns!
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: An ImagineSpot had Rainbow Dash insisting that she is not gay, despite a few seconds before mentioning she and Pinkie were adopting a child together. It's as silly as it sounds.
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Nooooo! Nooo! You can’t leave me alone! What about… What about our future?! Our dreams and hopes?! Our... Our child!\\
'''Twilight Sparkle''': Wait, you have a child?\\
'''Rainbow''': We were going to adopt, you got a problem with that?!\\
'''Twilight''': N-No! No! No problem!\\
'''Rainbow''': We’re not gay if that’s what you’re thinking! I’M NOT GAY! I’LL DO EVERY COLT IN EQUESTRIA IF I HAVE TO PROVE IT!\\
'''Applejack''': [[ComedicSociopathy Rainbow Dash, sugah, yer makin’ her die faster.]]
* HeadDesk: In "Luna vs. Ponyville, Part 7", Luna makes a BadassBoast to a T. rex and a giant ape... who, much to her frustration, completely fail to recognize her. Cue this trope.
-->Both tyrannosaur and megaprimate were treated to the rare sight of a deity in wrath beating her head against the wall.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: This is what happened to Luna's unnamed suitor about a thousand years ago (pre-Nightmare Moon) according to Luna Vs. Storytelling. In the "Progressverse," the smooze from the G1 movie was pretty much how it would be if it was a real EldritchAbomination, and it attempted to devour Equestria during that time. When it was revealed that he sacrificed himself to buy time for all the ponies to be saved, ManlyTears were shed along with any possible tears that Luna, Sundance, or Hoyden shed.]]
* HotGoddess: Characters, particularly Hoyden, regularly comment that Luna is a very attractive pony.
* HumongousMecha: Luna built a giant robot alicorn dubbed "Mechapony 1" to push and pull rockets. Since she based it on a robot she built 1000 years ago for the purpose of killing Celestia, Mechapony 1 also comes equipped with eyebeams and thrusters (with missile launchers coming in the following week). When [[OnlySaneMan Twilight]] asks why [[SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids a robot built for moving rockets needs so many weapons]], everyone else asks "Why not?"
** "Luna vs. Vigilantism" reveals that it promptly went berserk when they put Twilight Sparkle behind the controls (for whatever reason), and that's why Luna isn't in the space program anymore.
* ImagineSpot: There is usually at least one a chapter, usually by Luna, wildly exaggerating the current issue.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in Vs Ponyville part 3 by Applejack and Big Mac.
* ImAHumanitarian: In the non-canon (Cupcakes parody)"Gelatin", the Jello is made from humans.
* {{Jerkass}}: The two colts who try to hit on Luna.
** Angel Bunny too.
* LegacyOfService: Sundance.
* LethalChef: Luna manages to light her kitchen on fire after trying to use the microwave. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when she takes it as a learning experience, and is able to prepare a decent meal a few weeks later. [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]] when [[spoiler: she ends up setting ''Sundance's'' kitchen on fire in a panic.]]
* LongList: The baseball fan paraphernalia offered to Luna during "Luna vs. Baseball".
* MadScientist: Luna becomes a good-natured one in the "PONIES! IN! SPAAAACE!" chapters.
* [[CatFight Mare Fight]]: Luna and Sundance in "Luna vs. The Heat", the heat having put both of them on edge. Hoyden of course can't help but stare.
* MeaningfulName: "Luna vs. the Dreamlands, Part 2" suggests that, due to Luna's DreamWeaver powers, Nightmare Moon was more than a pun.
* [[spoiler: MorningSickness: At the start of "Ponies in Space", Sundance is introduced recovering from a bout of nausea she brushes off as 'something I ate'. Sure enough, [[IKnewIt as many fans suspected]], Sundance turns out to be with foal in "Luna vs. the Dreamlands, Part 2".]]
* NeverLiveItDown: In-Universe: When Sundance goes to the bathroom, Hoyden tells her not to fall in. Her response? "That only happened once..."
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: "Ninja Pony Spa Attendants! Coming to the CW this fall! Don't miss it!"
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: While viewing television in "Luna vs. Ponyville, Part 1", Luna is transfixed by a show with [[MisterRogersNeighborhood an older-looking colt who plays piano while singing, asking viewers if they want to be his neighbor.]]
* NoodleIncident: According to "Luna vs. Vigilantism, Part 1", Luna was forced to resign from the space program when the Mechapony incident ended badly.
-->'''Sundance:''' Well, how were you supposed to know that Twilight Sparkle had such... Issues?
* NoSocialSkills: Guess who?
* NotSoAboveItAll: In the side-story "Celestia vs. Time", Celestia admits to Luna that she once [[StuffBlowingUp mistook a gas stove for a wood-burning stove]], seriously freaking out [[GenerationXerox Sundance's great-grandmother]] in the process. Celestia also admits to making the same mistake with a ''microwave oven''.
** She also mentions in "Luna vs. The Microwave" that she had a great deal of confusion over the first airplane, wondering why it's wings didn't move and it didn't have feathers.
* ObliviousToLove: Luna doesn't realize that the two colts who asked to buy her a drink are actually flirting with her. She reacts... violently when they start making stronger advances on her.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Big Mac as she seems to completely overblow their not-so-blind date, punctuated with a ridiculous ImagineSpot.
* OhCrap: Sundance and Hoyden freak out when Luna, on Sundance's advice, starts revealing the secret wishes they made on stars which, being the pony goddess of night, Luna can hear. Hoyden is especially frightened when Luna innocently reveals that he wants a threesome with her and Sundance.
* OhWait: Celestia, in "Luna vs. The Facts of Life":
-->"Oh yes! Mmm... Sometimes I just see a colt and I think to myself, 'Oh, if only I was an immortal, beautiful, sexy goddess that all would love to mate until I couldn't stand up.' And then I think 'Oh wait! I totally am!' And then-!"
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Mare]]: Sundance finds herself feeling this way, between Hoyden's exuberance and Luna's ... reason for this fic being written.
** Twilight joins in as the only other pony to question why something meant to act like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawler-Transporter crawler-transporter]] for the Space Shuttle ended up with all the trappings of a GiantRobot, including lasers. [[NoodleIncident Then Twilight was apparently set up to steer it ... ]]
* PalsWithJesus: Sundance, after [[PhysicalGod Luna]] moves in with her.
* PaperThinDisguise: Luna attends a baseball game with the Apple Family, wearing only large glasses and using magic to hide her wings and horn. Nobody can tell.
** It's somewhat implied she didn't even hide her horn or wings seeing how she cast a spell later that day, oh and she mentions she used to be Nightmare Moon.
** It was also noted that Applejack only saw her for a few minutes, while the rest of the Apples had never met her. When she tries using it on Sundance, who's around her on a regular basis, she sees right through it.
** However, Pinkie Pie sees through it immediately, while only viewing her previously for the same amount of time Applejack did. (Then again, it is Pinkie Pie we're talking about here.)
** Rainbow Dash doesn't recognize her with the glasses and without a horn.
** Fluttershy also doesn't recognize her. However, her rabbit Angel does.
** In Chapter 8, it seems as though Rarity can see through her disguise. In Chapter 9 though, it's revealed Rarity had no clue whatsoever until Luna hints at it. To her credit, she tries to maintain the illusion in front of Twilight but fails. At this point Luna pretty much just gives up.
* PoorCommunicationKills: "Luna vs. Communication".
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "YOU. BROKE. MY. GLASSES!"
* ReallyGetsAround: In the ([[ShrugOfGod possibly]]) canon Luna vs Facts of Life, Celestia, evidently. She was so distraught when she originally banished Nightmare Moon that she sought comfort in physical pleasures; at this point it's too fun a habit to give up.
** At one point she casually ([[ShrugOfGod probably]] [[ContinuityCreep canon]]) reveals that she's the mother of ''every other famous fictional horse in history''. (Seriously; among the names she drops are [[TheLordOfTheRings Shadowfax]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Epona]].)
* RecursiveFanfiction: Has inspired three fan-made side stories: Luna vs. Videogames, Luna vs. Threesome, and Celestia vs. Time.
* RingRingCRUNCH: Luna is startled by Sundance's alarm clock and ends up blasting it through the walls.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Blueblood's family founded and run a charity foundation, a wildlife preserve, a shelter for unemployed ponies, and a supermarket chain.
** Then again, Blueblood himself was only in charge of each operation for a week.
* RunningGag: Luna getting pegged by foul balls thanks to a faulty attractor spell in "Luna vs. Baseball".
** As a result she's now afraid of baseball.
** The ImagineSpot. Each more sillier than the last one.
** Macintosh being a Sex God. Each more sillier than the last one.
*** From the sidestory "Luna Vs. Threesome:"
--> ''"Oh Macintosh,"'' Sundance breathed, ''"I simply cannot contain my wild pony passion for you another second longer! Make love to me! Make me a mare!"''\\
''"Weeellll,"'' Macintosh drawled, shifting the stalk of hay between his teeth from one side of his mouth to the other, ''"ah reckon that'd be alright."'' The draft pony rose onto his hind legs and, despite his hooves, deftly unzipped the tight blue jeans he was wearing for no discernible reason.
*** Hoyden reveals that ''everyone'' has [[EvenTheGuysWantHim fantasies]] about Big Macintosh, and that he lives up to his name, but [[YouDoNotWantToKnow "Don't ask him how he knows that."]]
* SanitySlippage: In "Luna vs. Communication", Sundance suffers Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome when she thinks she is failing to make Luna happy. This and a misplaced book on truth potions eventually leads to [[spoiler: Luna accidentally blowing up Sundance's kitchen]].
* SecurityBlanket: The abacus again.
* ShipTease: Between Luna and Big Mac.
* ShoutOut: A few...
** The scene in "Luna vs Baseball" where Grey Marex steps up to bat features a subtle reference to "Casey at the Bat"
** Also in that chapter, when Applejack doesn't recognize her until after her glasses are broken, she asks, "[[Comicbook/{{Superman}} How could you be fooled by a pair of glasses?"]]
** Also in that chapter, Luna's "TO THE MOON" imagine spot is likely one to [[FriendshipIsMagicBitch a certain fan video]].
** Luna's speech when getting a room with Sundance in "Luna vs. Lodging 1" is extremely reminiscent of when [[Series/DoctorWho The]] [[TheNthDoctor 11th]] [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]] was getting a flat in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger."]]
*** The scene at the Baseball game where she attempts to give a badass boast in response to a simple statement of team pride is also based on that same episode.
** One of the stallions Hoyden suggests as a possible boyfriend for Luna is named Thistle, [[TheEeyore is rather depressed]], [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh and lives in a tent made of sticks]].
** In "Luna vs Ponyville, Part 1: Television", where the first show that Luna watches on Pinkie's television is a pony version of MisterRogersNeighborhood, and after changing the channel and trying to find it, she apparently stumbles across a horror movie known as FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}.
** In "Luna vs Ponyville, Part 2", Luna finds a copy of the pony equivalent of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', which is apparently a good deal... racier.
** Also, "[[PiratesOfTheCaribbean AHA! Gentlecolts! You will always remember this as the day you almost caught Captain]] [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/ Sethisto-!]]"
** Also Hoyden's cutie mark, which is [[Series/{{Jackass}} a skull with a pair of crutches]]. His job is testing very dangerous safety equipment.
** [[Film/{{Patton}} Angel has read Luna's book.]]
** "Luna vs. Ponyville, Part 7" features Luna breaking up a fight between [[Film/KingKong a giant ape and a T. Rex]].
** In the same chapter, Luna's BadassBoast to said giant ape and T. Rex is similar to one done by the [[Series/DoctorWho Eleventh Doctor]] in his first episode.
** The Rex monster is a nod to Rex from the original ''MyLittlePony'' cartoon's second TV special.
** Also in the same chapter, the Cutie Mark Crusaders crash to the rescue in a [[AngelsPose familiar pose.]]
** At the end of "Luna versus The Heat", Celestia does the infamous [[CSIMiami Horatio Caine]] GlassesPull.
** Apparently, Priness Celestia mothered a whole group of famous horses, as she explains to Luna in "Luna Versus the Facts of Life." Where to begin? Let's see, Starchild, [[LordOfTheRings Shadowfax]], [[SonOfNeptune Arion]], [[KingArthur Hengroen]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Epona]], [[PecosBill Widow Maker]]...
** In "Luna vs. Storytelling", the old movie Sundance is watching is a pony version of ''ItHappenedOneNight''. There are also references made to ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'', [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamarena]], and [[MyLittlePony the Smooze]].
** "Luna vs Ponyville 9" gets a massive one for TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}... by Pinkie Pie's parents, who bust out heavy weapons and shout about exterminating "xenos" in the name of God-Queen Celestia when they think their farm house is under attack by dragons. [[ItRunsInTheFamily Apparently]], [[FascinatingEyebrow it runs in the family.]]
** In "Ponies in Space 2", we meet pony versions of [[Series/MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman]]. Also, Luna's description of the God-Alpha of the Diamond Dogs sounds a lot like [[MyLittlePony Crunch the Rock Dog]], and after Blueblood gets scared out of joining the program, Luna quotes [[Videogame/{{Portal}} Still Alive]].
** In "Ponies in Space 3", Cherilee's tour group gets caught in "Situation 18", a training scenario that involves the possibility of [[Film/{{Apollo 18}} hostile, crab-like aliens on the moon.]]
*** In addition, Luna mentions her plan for a fusion-driven starship to deal with [[StarFox killer space monkeys]] and [[KnownSpace killer space tigers]], the latter of which they'd teach a [[WeaponizedExhaust lesson with their fusion drives...]]
** "Luna vs. The Dreamlands 2" has a lot of shoutouts to ''{{Inception}}'', primarily in the accelerated time the deeper you go into the Dreamlands and the abrupt transitions between dreams.
** In "Ponies in Space 4", Sundance brings up the possibility of teleporting rockets around the launch pad, and Luna replies that they're not going to try that [[VideoGame/{{Half-Life2}} "after what happened with the cat."]] Also, Rarity thinks painting Luna's design for a giant robot red will [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} make it go]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam three times faster]].
** "Luna vs. Vigilantism" opens with Luna reading a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batpony]] comic (which appears to be inspired by ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''). Later Luna (as Mare-Do-Well) performs a dead ringer for the entrance of WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck.
*** Her checklist also contains elements from other famous superheroes. Let's see, [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Love Interest as a reporter, with a bald archenemy]], an origin story that is either vague or [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke multiple choice]], [[Franchise/{{Batman}} cool car and toys]]...
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext "Well then! Someday, the citizens of this city will not have their toys delivered with their meals]], [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} and will instead look up to me with a cry of 'Help us!' and I shall reply, 'No! Petition the manager instead!']]"
** And prior to that, when pondering things for Luna to do? Sundance suggests charity boxing. Maybe she's read (or, likely, hadn't read) '[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7301428/1/Of_bPackages_b_and_Punches Of Packages and Punches]]''.
** Celestia has a butler by the name of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Pennyworth]] in "Luna vs The Heat".
** Even the RecursiveFanfiction does this!
*** All of the guards Celestia tries to hook up with Luna in "Luna vs. Threesomes" are named after male porn stars.
*** In the side story ''Celestia vs. Time'', reference is made to ''[[HomePage Trope's Library of Literary Tools]]'', and two guards discuss the likelihood of [[Fanfic/OnACrossAndArrow an alternate universe where everypony has their gender swapped male for female and visa-versa.]]
* ShownTheirWork: The author admits to referencing a real mathematical theorem, the Lindemann–Weierstrass theorem, in "Ponies in Space". "Yes, I am a colossal nerd. But given I'm writing MLP fanfiction, that's kind of a given."
* [[MamaBear Sister Bear]]: Celestia over Luna, [[spoiler: especially over Luna in the side story "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7171216/1/Progress_Side_Story_Luna_Vs_the_Threesome Luna versus the Threesome]]" when she comes in to work wearing an eyepatch after an accident of "cooking" with Hoyden and Sundance.]]
* SneezeCut: In Luna Vs Lodging, Part 3, Luna thinks to herself how she's too old for Big Macintosh; too old for ''anypony'', when she thinks about it. After all, who else is more than 1000 years old, besides her sister?
-->Somewhere, a [[Series/DoctorWho brown pony with an hourglass cutiemark]] sneezed. Finding the sensation enjoyable, he and his companion headed off to procure some pepper.
** Also happens to Pinkie Pie in "Ponies in Space".
* SpitTake: Hoyden, when Luna calls their dinner a threesome (in "vs the Threesome").
* {{Squick}}: An In-Universe example as this is Luna's reaction when Celestia reveals [[ReallyGetsAround what she was doing]] while Luna was trapped on the moon.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Sundance has a worrisome ImagineSpot where Luna has her thrown into a dungeon, then banished, and finally sent to a dungeon in the place she was banished to, the same fate Twilight Sparkle thought would happen to Fluttershy in ''A Bird In The Hoof.''
* [[{{Workaholic}} Studyaholic]]: Luna spends most of her time back catching up on the modern world, enough that Celestia almost has to force her to get outside.
** She's also a {{Workaholic}} as well as she spends the rest of her time helping her fellow ponies.
* SuicideAsComedy: Luna's ImagineSpot of Fluttershy's possible reaction to her true identity.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: In "Luna vs. Threesome", Celestia decides to let Luna believe she was just joking about letting her have an orgy with some of the guards... then tells said guards that Luna isn't interested.
** In "Luna vs. Vigilantism 3", the Great and Powerful Trixie has this reaction to Sundance assuming she's in on Hoyden and Luna's plan to stage a superhero/supervillain battle at the Canterlot Library.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Pinkie asks Luna in "Luna vs. Ponyville, Part 3" if she's still hung up over becoming Nightmare Moon, Luna insists she isn't, saying "I'm not thinking about it or worried over it and she doesn't appear in my dreams!"
** Luna and Fluttershy's attempts to keep Luna's identity a secret at the start of Luna vs. Ponyville Part 7. "This is not at all an elaborate deception to conceal anything."
** Luna returns to form in Luna vs. Ponyville part 9: "Y-Yes! A perfectly normal librarian who is not in any way, shape or form Princess Luna so nopony needs to feel embarrassed for any behavior they may have committed!"
** Heck, Luna usually does this at least once a chapter.
* TakeThat: Towards FanFic/{{Cupcakes}} in Luna vs Ponyville, Part 1: Television.
-->'''Luna:''' Who made this? What kind of sick, twisted monster would do such a thing?! It's not even a good plot! A pink pony invites her friend over for a party... Just so she can gut her, dismember her and turn her into cupcakes? That's ridiculous!
* TechnologyMarchesOn: The whole point of the first story. Also mentioned by Celestia in that same story when it came to the first planes.
* TemptingFate: At the end of part 1 of "Luna vs. Lodging", Sundance lets Luna move in with her, thinking to herself "What was the worst that could happen?" In part 2, [[spoiler: Luna blows a hole in Sundance's apartment after getting startled by the alarm clock, then blows up a dive bar after two sleazy colts try to hit on her.]] In "Luna vs. Communication", [[spoiler: Luna accidentally sets Sundance's kitchen on fire after panicking at seeing a baseball headed for her.]]
** In the non-canon side story "Luna vs. Videogames", [[spoiler: Hoyden says "Live and let live. It's only a Game-station, what's the worst that could happen?".]]
** Luna catches herself doing this in "Ponies in Space". When Sundance tries it, thinking Luna is being silly, they're nearly hit by an out-of-control booster rocket.
** Hoyden does it in Luna vs Vigilantism 2. Sundance promptly reprimands him.
** Back in 'Ponies In Space part 4', this conversation:
-->"You want to slay a goddess, your Majesty-Nothing short of the Elements can do that," the technician said gravely.\\
"Ah well... I suppose I'll just have to steal them from her," Nightmare Moon said with a shrug. "What's she going to do? Use them against me?"
* TooMuchInformation: In "Luna vs. Lodging, Part 3", Sundance learns Luna used to listen in on wishes made on shooting stars, and suggests using that for conversation starters. Luna gets more than a little carried away...
** Luna also discovers a few things about Celestia's social life in 'Luna Vs the Facts of Life', all but asking for BrainBleach.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Hoyden is quite often seen eating spicy oats.
* TranquilFury: Luna when dealing with Prince Blueblood after he makes inappropriate and unwelcome advances at Sundance. She remains perfectly calm...while allowing him to undergo a potentially ''lethal'' training exercise. Sundance wisely resolves to ''never'' make Luna mad.
** Luna is pretty calm throughout 'Vs Dreamlands 2', as she [[spoiler: confronts Discord, and makes sure he'll never torment another pony for a ''long'' time by [[AndIMustScream trapping him]] in a DreamWithinADream.]]
* {{Troll}}: Celestia has a ''mean'' sense of humor. She truly does love her sister and wants to see her loosen up and become more accustomed to modern life, but she rarely spares a moment to crack jokes and embarrass her in the process.
* UpperClassTwit: Prince Blueblood shows up in "Ponies in Space 2", volunteering for the space program on the grounds that he's "dashing" enough for the job.
** When he lists off the other positions he's held, making a big deal out of them, Luna notes that he's never held any of them more than a ''week''.
* VersusTitle: The chapter titles.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory[=/=]LighterAndSofter: Apparently, the '80s MyLittlePony movie covers historical events, but was "the storybook version" of the much darker true tale.
* VillainousBreakdown: In "Luna versus the Dreamlands" Part 2, [[spoiler:Discord completely falls apart when Luna turns him to stone in the dreamworld.]]
** VillainsWantMercy: Discord is reduced to frantically pleading for mercy in the space of a few seconds, even though [[CardCarryingVillain he openly said he was irredeemable early in the chapter]]. Given [[AndIMustScream what happens to him]], though, you probably can't blame him.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Luna in "Luna versus Lodging Part 2" when she nuked the bar.
* WhatAreRecords: In the first chapter, Luna's maid Sundance doesn't know what an abacus is.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have to Be Baseballs?]]: [[spoiler: Especially after Angel fires a cannon-full of them at her, because that is what he had handy for ammunition.]]
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Celestia's reaction to learning that Luna was considering "Abacus" as a potential name for a foal in the side story "Luna vs. the Threesome".
* YourMom: Sundance responds to [[PrinceCharmless Prince Blueblood's]] attempts to hit on her in faux-French by firing off genuine French at him. Naturally, this allows her to insult him without him being the wiser. This culminates in "''Ta mere suce des ours dans la foret''." ("Your mother sucks bears in the forest.")

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