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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.]]

Counts with a sequel/spinoff clopfic: [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/115400/through-the-prism Through The Prism]]. '''Warning: This story is NSFW. Read under your own judgment!'''

Also counts with the side story [[{{FanFic/HitmaneAgent314}} Hitmane: Agent 3.14]].

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!!{{Fanfic/Rainbow in the Dark}} and its spin offs provides examples of:

* AngerBornOfWorry: Rainbow experiences this once she learns that Brownie pushed himself too hard in the running of the leaves.
* [[ADateWithRosiePalms A Date With Rosie Hooves]]: Rainbow Dash catches Brownie in the act [[spoiler: during a dream sequence.]]
* AffectionateNickname: Brownie calls Rainbow Dash "Dashie" in a few occasions. She doesn't like to be called that.
** In the JustForFun/DaringDo [[ShowWithinAShow book]] from chapter eight, Bones (a new character) calls Daring Do "magpie".
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: Chapter seven starts this way, making the reader think that Rainbow Dash never discovered the truth. Then Brownie wakes up and realizes it really happened.]]
* ArcWords/TitleDrop: Rainbow in the dark.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Delivered by Mecha to Rainbow Dash.
--> "If you don't have feelings for him, then why are you getting so defensive? And why are you acting jealous at the idea of him being with me? You wouldn't be doing this if you didn't have feelings for him. Admit it, you like him."
* [[AManIsNotAVirgin A Stallion Is Not A Virgin]]: Averted until the clopfic [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/115400/through-the-prism Through the prism]] was released, depicting how Brownie lost his virginity to Rainbow Dash. '''The link is NSFW - You've been warned.'''
* AThreesomeIsHot: At the end of [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/115400/through-the-prism Through the prism]], Brownie asks Rainbow Dash if Mecha could join them for a threesome another day. [[spoiler: She says yes.]]
* AuthorAvatar: Brownie is this for the writer.
* BadDreams: The beginning of chapter three.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Upon finding out about Brownie lying to Rainbow Dash even Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy have a few angry words for him.
* BigDamnKiss: The ending.
* BilingualBonus: Brownie says a few sentences and words in Spanish. The most important one is "Arco iris en la oscuridad" (Rainbow in the dark).
* [[spoiler: BiTheWay: Mecha is revealed to be this after Rainbow Dash wrongfully accuses her of being Brownie's marefriend. Rainbow Dash also briefly says that she tried it at least once.]]
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: During chapter four Brownie thinks the only way he won't come in dead last is if "one of the participants was a turtle. Or a snail. Or a creature fusing a turtle and a snail."
* BrownEyes: Brownie.
* BSODSong: Brownie gives us one in chapter seven.
* CanonImmigrant: Mecha was a character that first starred in another fic by the same author, but she turned into a secondary character because the story was cancelled and he didn't want to waste her character.
* CelebCrush: That's the plot of the story.
* CharacterDevelopment: Brownie starts as a stallion with almost no social skills 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.
* DidTheResearch/ShownTheirWork: Rainbows can appear during the night, too. The only difference is that they're perceived as monochrome.
* 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.]]
* ExiledToTheCouch: Rainbow Dash replaces the couch with Spike's basket, far too small for Brownie to sleep inside. She then feels pity for him and allows Brownie to sleep in the bed with her.
* {{Expy}}: The character Bones from the JustForFun/DaringDo [[ShowWithinAShow book]] has been confirmed as a {{expy}} for Brownie and [[{{Uncharted}} Nathan Drake]] as much as JustForFun/DaringDo is a Expy for IndianaJones and Rainbow Dash.
* {{Fainting}}: Brownie has one due to exhaustion in chapter four.
* FirstKiss: Brownie never kissed a mare in his entire life, until the last chapter where Rainbow Dash gives him a combination of a ShutUpKiss and BigDamnKiss.
* 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 [[BreakingBenjamin a song]] in chapter seven.
* IncrediblyLamePun: An early chapter gives a few of these surounding Brownie's name.
* InnocentInnuendo: When Rarity shows her collection of [[DramaQueen fainting couches for her emergencies]], Brownie thinks she offers special services for stallions.
* InterspeciesRomance: In the extras chapter, WordOfGod confirms that Mecha's girlfriend is a bat pony.
* IThoughtItMeant: This fanfic doesn't have any relation with the popular song by RonnieJamesDio aside of the title. The author confirmed that it was inspired on the song with the same title.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Brownie and Rainbow Dash show some hints of this during the story, but it's fully played in the last chapter.
* LoveConfession: Brownie finally confesses his feelings to Rainbow Dash. She delivers her own to Brownie in the last chapter.
* LoveHurts: [[spoiler: Brownie falls into a great depression after Rainbow gets mad at him shortly after confessing the truth about having asthma.]]
* MagicallyBindingContract: Brownie signed a contract with Mecha, and one of the clausles says that she can fire him "for being a whiny ass". Not entirely magical, but it's still considered legal.
* [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros Mecha Debuted In Rainbow In The Dark]]: With the release of [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119689/one-day-in-the-wasteland One Day in the Wasteland]] the readers will probably think Mecha first appeared in Fanfic/RainbowInTheDark, but the truth is that One Day in the Wasteland is a revision of a failed Fanfic/FalloutEquestria side story in which Mecha was created, thus appearing first in that fic. This was confirmed by WordOfGod in the author notes of One Day in the Wasteland.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Brownie suffers from this after [[spoiler: Rainbow gets angry at him for lying to everypony, especially her.]]
* MythologyGag: Several. There's so many that the [[WordOfGod author]] and the [[WordOfDante editor]] released a ninth chapter containing information about the characters and such during the development of the fanfic.
** The reason Brownie wears clothes is that during the development phase his body was full of scars from an attack by timberwolves when he was a foal. This is referenced in chapter seven.
** The reference to the Afghneighnka in chapter 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.
* NoodleIncident:
--> '''Brownie''': And I thought that I was a force of destruction after that incident with the skateboard and the fire extinguisher.
* OhCrap: Brownie's reaction when Rainbow Dash finds out about his web of lies.
* OneOfUs: A real life example as [[WordOfGod the author]] is an editor right here on TvTropes.
* OppositesAttract: Brownie and Rainbow Dash could not be much more obviously dissimilar at first glance.
* PutOnABus: This happens to [[spoiler: Twilight after becoming a Princess.]]
** TheBusCameBack: But she makes a comeback to [[spoiler: help Rainbow Dash and Brownie to solve their problem.]]
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Brownie brings back [[spoiler: what's left of the Mane Six after Twilight's absence since she became a princess makes them too focused on their work to meet each other, thus damaging their friendship.]]
* RecognitionFailure: Played with. The Mane Six are famous all over Equestria, but their real appearances are unknown. Brownie only managed to recognize Rainbow Dash thanks to her MeaningfulName.
* RelationshipUpgrade: The story starts with Brownie and Rainbow Dash as simple friends, and by the end they finally become a couple.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: {{Discussed}} between Brownie and Twilight during his train ride to Ponyville.
* RuleThirtyFour: [[WordOfGod Sayer]] and [[WordOfDante Kalash93]] worked together on a clopfic that can be found here: [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/115400/through-the-prism Through the prism]]. '''Warning! This story is NSFW, so read under your own judgment.'''
* SequelHook: WordOfGod says at the end of chapter eight that he's planing a sequel. Also on the author's profile page, the story is placed in a section called "Rainbow in the Dark saga" implying there will be at least one sequel.
* SliceOfLife: The fanfic centers around Brownie's life, starting with his arrival to Ponyville and ending with his first kiss.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Brownie tries to fix the mess he caused, but his plan doesn't work. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Twilight comes back with a plan that makes Rainbow Dash forgive him.]]
* SharedUniverse: [[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.]]
** 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.]]
* ShoutOut: A few examples.
** The Heavy Metal bands Brownie listens to are like [[Music/IronMaiden Iron Mare]], [[Music/GunsNRoses Hooves and Roses]], [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Megaspell]], [[Music/{{Gorillaz}} Poniez]], [{{Sabaton}} Saddleton]], Blue Berets and [[Music/{{Metallica}} Maretallica]].
** The Ponyville arcade includes such games as [[VideoGame/CallOfDuty Call of Cutie]] and [[VideoGame/MetalSlug Metal Bug]].
** A few books from the library that appear in chapter eight are from Literature/HarryPotter.
** Mecha tells Brownie about a company called [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Gordian Knots]].
** In chapter eight Rainbow Dash says to [[{{Franchise/Metroid}} "do like Samus Maran and turn into a morphball"]].
** The title of the fanfic is itself a reference to a famous song from Music/RonnieJamesDio.
* ShowWithinAShow: In chapter eight, Brownie reads the last Daring Do book and we are treated to a small portion of the book's chapter.
** Through The Prism starts with Rainbow Dash reading a Daring Do book titled "Daring Do and Discord's Diamond". Whether it's the same book from Rainbow in the Dark or a different one remains to be seen.
* ShutUpKiss: Rainbow invokes this in the final chapter.
--> '''Rainbow Dash''': Shut up and kiss me.
* [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan Single Mare Seeks Good Stallion]]: Rainbow Dash and Brownie.
* [[StealthHibye Stealth Hi/Bye]]: Done by Pinkie Pie during a few of her encounters with Brownie.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: In chapter five, while taking care of Brownie, Rainbow Dash ask to look in his Portfolio. He says yes, but it's totally not filled with [[RuleThirtyFour mature stuff.]] [[spoiler: It really isn't]]. Rainbow even mentions the trope word for word.
** Also this little gem from Rainbow Dash:
-->Iím the only one who can take care of him, like his [[HelloNurse personal nurse]]Ö No, take that back, take that back! Iím not a nurse! And that didnít sound totally fantasy-related.
* TheirFirstTime: [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/115400/through-the-prism Through The Prism]] focuses on this trope. '''Warning: This story is NSFW. Read under your own judgment!'''
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivered by Rainbow Dash to [[spoiler: Brownie.]]
-->[[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?]]
* 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".
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