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[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/73406/rainbow-in-the-dark Rainbow in the dark]] is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction story describing the romance between Rainbow Dash and Brownie, a new pony who recently moved to Ponyville. At first Brownie and Rainbow Dash act like friends, but it doesn't take long before the main character develops a crush on Rainbow Dash. Brownie soon finds himself trying to fit in a town full of crazy ponies while trying to win her heart in the process. Not to be confused with the famous song by Music/RonnieJamesDio.

[[WordOfGod Sayer]] and [[WordOfDante Kalash93]] said that it is possible that {{Fanfic/Rainbow in the Dark}} exists in the same universe, although perhaps not in the same continuity as {{Fanfic/Racer and the Geek}}. Small nods, links, and references are present. [[ShrugOfGod This is still completely nebulous.]]

Has a sequel/spinoff ills nor friends, and ends up with a collection of good friends and wrapped in a romantic relationship with Rainbow Dash.
* ContinuityNod: "Draw me like one of your french mares".
** There's also Derpy explaining how she was moved to earth deliveries [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen after an incident where she accidentally dropped her cargo over somepony.]]
** Apple Bloom claims that the Cutie Mark Crusaders are expanding through Equestria. Applejack reminds her that [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E4OneBadApple the only member outside Ponyville is her cousin Babs Seed.]]
** And later in the same chapter, Twilight explains to Brownie how [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers the Cutie Mark Crusaders won a comedy award with their musical number in school.]]
** They mention too that [[spoiler: [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Twilight turned into an alicorn]] and is now learning her duties as a princess in Canterlot.]]
* CrashIntoHello: How Brownie and Pinkie Pie meet.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The scene shown on the cover made by [[WordOfGod Sayer]] never happens in the story.
* DeadpanSnarker: Brownie, especially in the first two chapters, which were the most heavily edited.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Brownie does his best to win Rainbow Dash's heart. [[HappyEnding It finally pays off.]]
* EroticDream: Happens to Brownie [[spoiler: until it suddenly turns into a nightmare]] and Rainbow Dash [[spoiler: when she takes care of Brownie after he falls ill.]]
* ExinKiss.
* FriendlessBackground: Brownie suffers from this, altough he had friends back in Hollow Shades. The only problem is that they're very few.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Chapter six.
* GratuitousGerman: Mecha insults Brownie calling him a "Dummkopf".
* GratuitousSpanish: A few examples are said by Brownie.
* GreyRainOfDepression: Happens in chapter seven.
* HelloNurse: Rainbow Dash [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial totally doesn't want to be this to Brownie when he's sick.]]
* [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe I Can't Believe A Mare Like You Would Notice Me]]: Brownie can't believe Rainbow Dash could become his best friend, even less his first love and girlfriend.
* IHaveThisFriend: Upon meeting with Derpy Hooves, Brownie mentions to himself that one of his friends back in Hollow Shades named [[IronicName Bright Eyes is blind]].
* ImColdSoCold: Invoked by Brownie as he sings [[Music/BreakingBenjamin a song]] in chapter seven.
* IncrediblyLamePun: An early chapter gives a few of these surounding Brownie's name.
* InnocentInnuendo: When Rarity shpter six is related to a similar story by the author's editor called FanFic/RacerAndTheGeek, where that is a common military uniform.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: The Mane Six barely have any recognition in Ponyville but they're famous all over Equestria.
* NiceGuy: Brownie. This is one of the reasons Rainbow Dash likes him.
* ShitIncident:
--> '''Brownie''': And I thought that I was a piece of shit after that incident with the skateboard and the fire extinguisher.
* OhCrordOfDante Kalash93]] said that it is possible that {{Fanfic/Rainbow in the Dark}} exists in the same universe, although perhaps not in the same continuity as {{Fanfic/Racer and the Geek}}. Small nods, links, and references are present. [[ShrugOfGod This is still completely nebulous.]]
** And now Brownie appears in the cover for {{Fanfic/Racer and the Geek}}, as seen here: [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/racer-and-the-geek Racer and the Geek]].
* ShipperOnDeck: [[spoiler: Twileycorn.]]
* ShoutOu
* ShutUpK
* TheReasonThisSucksSpeech
** Delivered by Rainbow Dash to [[spoiler: Brownie, when she discovers that Brownie suffers from asthma, and he nearly ends up killing himself when trying to complete the Running of the Leaves with her.]]
-->[[spoiler:Iím not angry at you because of your asthma. What I really hate is that you lied to me instead of telling me the truth. You could have killed yourself because you were willing to risk your life rather than confessing that you shouldnít go too far. Iíve never lied to you. Why couldnít you do the same for me?]]
** [[spoiler:When the two go their separate ways as a result-- leading to Brownie sinking into depression-- he finally gets the courage to ask the rest of the Mane 6 for help on the matter after Mecha manages to cheer him up. [[WhatTheHellHero They refuse and accordingly respond with various ones of their own]], with Applejack dealing the harshest--]]
--> [[spoiler: Ya want to do something right, pardner? Forget her, pack your things and go back to where ya came from. You've done enough damage to her already.]]
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Occurs in chapter eight. Nothing sexual happens.
* TheReveal: The reason why [[spoiler: Brownie was so exhausted as to pass out at the end of the Running of the Leaves and his race against Rainbow Dash is that he suffers from asthma. As he explains, his parents never allowed him to run and play like a normal foal, and this in turn caused him to have low endurance, stamina and speed.]]
* TheTease: Mecha has aspects of this. It's an act, mostly.
* TheVerse: With the reveal of "The Rainbow in the Dark" saga, it's safe to assume that the author is aiming for this.
** Confirmed with [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/124720/hitmane-agent-314 Hitmane: Agent 3.14]], as it takes place during chapter five. Brownie makes an appearance and Mecha is mentioned once.
* ThreesomeSubtext: Mecha suggests this to Brownie to try and cheer him up. How serious she is is ambiguous.
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: Brownie becomes afraid of this idea after [[spoiler: Twilight keeps him and Rainbow Dash inside the library so they can finally solve their problems]]. The book is later changed to a knife when she starts cooking a salad.
* {{Tomboy}}: Rainbow Dash, obviously.
* TrainingFromHell: In chapter four, Brownie fears Rainbow Dash's training offer will be this.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Derpy crashing against Brownie's lawn.
--> '''Brownie''': The first time this had happened, I didnít know how I should react, but after the tenth time it became routine.
* YouWakeUpInARoom: The story starts with Brownie waking up a train he took to Ponyville.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Brownie has trouble remembering what happened yesterday after falling ill. [[spoiler: He quickly remembers everything as soon as he finds his inhaler lying on his night stand.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Rainbow Dash delivers this to [[spoiler: Brownie after he reveals that he has asthma and almost died of exhaustion because he kept is as a secret, afraid that she would dump him as a friend given how much she loves to race.]] Doubles as TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: The [[JustForPun Mane]] couple, of course.
* WrenchWench: Mechanic Wrench, "Mecha".