[[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-ballad-of-twilight-sparkle.html The Ballad of Twilight Sparkle]] is a {{romantic comedy}} fanfic for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' written by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/309784/Gravekeeper Gravekeeper.]]

The story starts on a typical day in Ponyville, aside from the fact that Twilight Sparkle is recovering from a big hangover. Oh, and she's just been called away to Manehattan to talk with the Great and Powerful Trixie (who Twilight had been searching for ever since her dramatic departure from Ponyville) and the folks at Metro-Goldwyn-Brayer about a movie Trixie is making... about Twilight. Meanwhile, Rainbow Dash is hiding in Twilight's cupboard from Applejack after their night of drunken revelry got a little out of hoof, Rarity is running around dressed like a warrior mare, Spike is worried for his friend/big sister figure, Fluttershy is dodging the paparazzi again, and Pinkie Pie is... well, Pinkie Pie, only more so.

So... Yeah. It's a typical day in Ponyville.

Hilarity, misunderstandings, romance, legal complications, and other craziness ensues as Twilight is dragged into the wild world of show business... as well as a budding relationship with Trixie.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AlmightyJanitor: [[HiddenDepths Dash has not only gotten training as a Lawyer]], but events seem to indicate that she could be a ''really good'' one. And she took a job as a weather pony.
--> Rarity was slightly miffed—not jealous, for that would be unladylike—at the fact that Rainbow Dash had gotten a better education than her!
* BalefulPolymorph: Twilight and Trixie accidentally turn a member of the pony paparazzi into a potted plant, and turn another reporter's mane into a bouquet of roses that shoot off fireworks.
* BalladOfX: The Title.
* BetaCouple: Applejack and Rainbow Dash.
* BrassBalls: The opinion of everyone at the MPD regarding Det. Gummy Horseshoes and Officer Bobby Flathoof when they request an audience with ''Princess Celestia'' about Rarity using her balloon to get into Manehattan. As part of a ''criminal investigation'' which could result in naming the Princess as an accomplice.
--> Opinion seemed split: half of the police force thought the two investigators were only stopping briefly in Canterlot before continuing their journey straight to the Moon; the other half believed that the sheer atomic weight of Flat-Hoof and Horseshoe's ''solid plutonium reproductive organs'' would make escape velocity all but impossible.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Rainbow Dash mocks Miss Spelling by calling her Four-Eyes, then Butt-Face, then Four-Butt-Eyes-Face.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Rainbow Dash, attorney. Devastatingly good at it, despite - or possibly because of - acting like Rainbow Dash.
* CallingMeALogarithm:
** When Trixie briefly drops her habit of [[ThirdPersonPerson referring to herself in the third person]], the following exchange occurs:
--->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Hey, what happened to your illeism?\\
'''Trixie:''' My ''what?!''
** Trixie has a similar reaction to Twilight calling Princess Celestia a "polymath" in chapter 14, as does Applejack.
* CharmPerson: What Rarity ''thinks'' may be going on with Twilight and Trixie to justify her friend's interest. Interestingly, Rarity seems to imply that she's done so herself in the past, albeit as something she regrets to this day.
* ChasteHero: Twilight Sparkle is more clueless about romance than she ever was about friendship.
* ContinuityNod: Fluttershy is pestered by a horde of paparazzi ponies who recognize her from her modeling career in "Green Isn't Your Color". Later, she makes use of Pinkie Pie's hay-bale disguise from "Party of One".
* CryCute: Trixie, after being subjected to [[DeathGlare The Stare]].
* DatePeepers: First Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie (with a reluctant Trixie in tow) eavesdrop on Applejack and Rainbow Dash confessing their feelings. Then Pinkie, Fluttershy, and Applejack follow Trixie and Twilight around on their first date (though Twilight insists it's NotADate).
* DeathGlare: Apparently, Fluttershy's "The Stare" works on ponies as well. Trixie gets a close-range full-strength one, and it reduced her to a terrified, sobbing wreck.
* {{Determinator}}: Trixie wants to learn Twilight's teleporting spell, but it being instinctual to Twilight and her alone, there is absolutely nothing recorded on how to reproduce the spell. [[spoiler: After seeing it enough times to recognize that it's actually 5 spells being cast at the same time, she painstakingly reverse engineers the effect and gathers enough power for the jump, holding the key spell in standby for ''15 minutes'' while she got everything else sorted out.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Twilight suffers a public "premature casting" during her reunion with Trixie.
-->'''Twilight:''' I swear, this has never happened to me before!
* DrinkingContest: Between Fluttershy and Big Macintosh. [[spoiler: Fluttershy wins! And rake in quite a few bits from ponies betting against her (even depleting Applejack's allowances enough to make her wonder how she will ever pay for Twlight's restaurant food) ]]
* [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Everypony Can See It]]: Pinkie Pie claims that everyone in Ponyville's been waiting for Applejack and Rainbow Dash to admit their mutual crushes on each other. Twilight and Trixie's feelings are apparently equally transparent.
* ExactWords: In chapter 13, Spike points out that everypony promised not to follow Trixie on her date with Twilight Sparkle. The others respond that they're not following Trixie, they're following ''Twilight''.
* FaceDoodling: Spike ends up on the receiving end of this in chapter 9.
* FieldOfBlades: Rarity conjures one up while trying to pass off the weapons she confiscated from the Cutie Mark Crusader Dragon-Slayers as a new fashion statement.
* FiveManBand: Twilight's 'entourage' as Dash [[BlatantLies claims]]
** [[TheHero Dash]] - Legal Counsel
** [[TheLancer Pinkie Pie]] - Event Coordinator
** [[TheBigGuy Applejack]] - Caterer
** [[TheSmartGuy Rarity]] - Stylist
** [[TheChick Fluttershy]] - Animal Handler (on account of Twilight's [[BuffySpeak 'Dragon Pet Thing']])
** [[TeamPet Spike]] - The [[ShapedLikeItself 'Dragon Pet Thing']]
* GeekyTurnOn: "[Twilight] always ''did'' get a bit worked up by relativistic equations."
--> ''[[StupidSexyFlanders 'Stupid sexy Reinstein!']]''
* GoodCopBadCop: Ditzy Doo suspects that Horseshoes and Flathoof are pulling this on her.
* HiddenDepths: Who would have guessed ''Rainbow Dash'' was a legal expert on the side?
** She's also rather sensitive, given how she acts when she thinks Applejack just used her for a one night stand. It certainly makes sense the Element of ''Loyalty'' would take that badly.
** Also quite the surprise that a timid and gentle pegasus would have such a tolerance for hard liqour.
* IHaveThisFriend: Twilight tries to pull this on a librarian at the Manehattan Public Library while looking for advice on romance. The librarian sees right through it.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Pinkie's "explanation" for why Fluttershy is wearing her hay bale disguise. Of course, seeing as it's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinkie]] we're talking about, it's to be expected.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Trixie seems to see this as the cause of Twilight's tendency to fall into MagiBabble around her at the slightest provocation. As Twilight is simply that much smarter than the rest of the Mane Six, the girls can't keep up and [[InnocentlyInsensitive tend to tune Twilight out rather than try to understand her discussions on magic]]. Trixie, on the other hand, is possibly the first person Twilight's met since Celestia that could discuss magic with her on her own level.
* JailBake: In Chapter 15, poor Ditzy Doo gets caught by the cops trying to deliver a cake from the Cutie Mark Crusaders, one with a file and a blowtorch in it, to Rarity.
* LastSecondWordSwap: On arriving at the Manehattan Public Library, Twilight starts to ask for books on the study of love, but realizes that would be far too embarrassing with Trixie around, and ends up asking for books on "long-distance teleportation" instead.
* MagiBabble: Twilight does this ''all the time'' around Trixie, from going on an extended tirade about how Pinkie Pie can't cast magic, to explaining five separate theories from physics in the course of attempting to explain how her teleport spell works.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Twilight's teleportation - which seemingly no pony has ever managed to duplicate - is actually a combination of five simple playground spells that most unicorns learn as kids.
* MythologyGag: The Cutie Mark Crusaders' brief attempt to get dragon-slayer cutie marks by going after Spike is a reference to the G1 ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' episode "The Would-be Dragonslayer" in which G1 Spike was briefly in a similar plight.
* {{Narcissist}}: Trixie's defining trait, [[CaptainObvious obviously]], but used to highlight her growing attraction to Twilight in Chapter 15, when Trixie realizes that the last "Cutie Mark Area" she'd spent so much time studying before Twilight's was ''her own in the mirror''.
* NoodleIncident: After Cheerilee is drafted into babysitting the Crusaders, she spends most of the night saving them from the Everfree Forest and getting chased by monsters. Of course we don't get to see that.
** Apparently Pinkie Pie built Ponyville (or so she claims) to house all her friends after her parents kicked her off the farm, due to something that involved introducing them to two ponies she was having an open relationship with.
* NotSoStoic: Gummy Horseshoes used to have a reputation for being an unflappable, unbeatable cowboy cop who never loses her cool. Until she had to deal with Rarity. And Rainbow Dash. And Ditzy Doo.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Rainbow Dash accuses Trixie and Miss Spelling of trying to brow-beat Twilight into signing over the rights to her name for Trixie's movie. It certainly looks bad, but Twilight leaves in distress before they can explain their intentions.
** This seems to happen a ''lot'' in this story. In Chapter 4, after a drunken fling between Applejack and Rainbow Dash, Dash is upset when she overhears Applejack tell Rarity to let Rainbow Dash know she's "not that kind of mare." 5 chapters later, it turns out that AJ was talking in terms of ''chivalry''[[note]]"Ah ain't the kinda mare to just love 'em and leave 'em, Rainbow Dash."[[/note]], not sexuality.
** Rarity's Shield-Maiden Chic draws a lot of this. The only one who doesn't react negatively is Spike, who's thinking [[AmazonChaser something else]].
--->'''Applejack''': 'Is that a fashion statement or a declaration of war?'
* PassThePopcorn: Pinkie Pie watching Trixie and Twilight argue in chapter 14.
* PerpSweating: Attempted and failed by the MPD with regards to Ditzy Doo. Ditzy is just too random for the usual tactics to work, on top of her being somewhat GenreSavvy due to watching a lot of cop shows.
* PunnyName: Including Pegasus pilot Holly Diver and corporate lawyer Miss Spelling.
* ShoutOut:
** In the first chapter, Twilight is writing a letter to Celestia that ends "...and that's [[DrStrangelove how I learned to stop worrying, and love the Bomb]]," though in her case she's talking about ''Jägerbombs''.
** Rarity may or may not have recreated [[FateStayNight Unlimited Blade Works]] in chapter 4.
** When acting as Twilight's legal counsel, Rainbow Dash's first action is to interrupt Miss Spelling by [[AceAttorney slamming her hooves onto the tabletop and shouting "OBJECTION!"]]
** While Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Spike are on their way to the Clydester Building, Pinkie sings a parody of Music/TheRollingStones' "Paint It Black".
** While flying around Manehattan, Rainbow Dash accidentally draws attention to herself by generating a "double rainbow".
** At one point, Pinkie Pie dresses like [[SplinterCell Sam Fischer]] while sneaking up on a security guard keeping her friends from eavesdropping on AJ and Dash.
** In Chapter 11, when Rainbow Dash is consulting a Rarity under arrest and about to be interrogated, she asks whether Rarity joined "an underground rodeo club that meets every week '[[Film/FightClub just to duke it out because you all feel disenfranchised and alienated by society]]?"
* ShowWithinAShow: Trixie's movie, "The Brave and Beautiful Glitter Dawn". As Applejack jokes, "instead of writin' a love letter or sendin' [Twilight] flowers, ya'll wrote her a love ''movie''?"
* SpringtimeForHitler: Miss Spelling accuses the studio of trying to bury Trixie's movie so it fails and they can exploit a tax loophole.
* TastesLikePurple: Twilight remarks to herself that teleportation makes everything "taste blue for a while afterward".
* TitleDrop: "The Ballad of Twilight Sparkle" is the name of Trixie's new roadshow, the one that inspired the movie which forms the basis of the plot.
* TheUnreveal: In chapter 10, Rainbow Dash hints that Trixie is just a stage name, but is quickly hushed by Trixie before she can say her real name out loud (it starts with a "B", but that's all we know as of chapter 13).
** TheOtherWiki states that (at least among us humans) "Trixie" is a shortened/diminutive of [[spoiler:"Beatrice" or "Beatrix"]].
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Ponies]]: More or less what Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy have been relegated to.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Rarity is not proud of having single-hoofedly beaten up a small batallion of security guards. Rainbow Dash could not be happier to be her friend.

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