The Longingverse is an ongoing series of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics written by The Myth in collaboration with Darth Link 22, author of ''FanFic/TheNuptialverse''.
The series had its start with ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/42920/longing Longing]]'' set sometime after the season 2 episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]''. ''After returning from the Dragon Migration, Spike begins to feel even lonelier with an empty space inside him (even though he proclaimed the ponies as his family)... All he wants is one thing really and the only pony who can give him that is a certain lavender unicorn.'' It is a feel good fic, filled to the brim with WarmAndFuzzyFeeling. It is complete.
Since its completion, ''Longing'' has been given a sequel, ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/61367/project-ascension Project Ascension]]'', which is set six months after the original story. ''Scootaloo's tenth birthday party is coming up. It should be a happy occasion. But she still can't fly, and she doesn't have her cutie mark yet. But that's the least of her problems...Is she a runaway? An orphan? Stuck in an abusive home? She wishes. Nothing could be worse than what's really going on..'' This story is DarkerAndEdgier than its previous installment. It is complete.
A second sequel, ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/95318/halcyon-hearts Halcyon Hearts]]'', was posted after the completion of Project Ascension. ''After going through so much, it's nice to have some quiet times. But quiet does not mean uneventful. Even in times of peace, ponies change, ponies grow, and ponies learn...'' It serves as a breather to the dark themes of ''Project Ascension''. Is is complete.
A third sequel, ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/138365/the-last-crystal-unicorn The Last Crystal Unicorn]]'' was posted after ''Halcyon Hearts''. ''Rarity goes out to find gems in the wastelands again, but when she finds a giant crystal with her magic... she finds something that has no earthly business inside of it.'' Another feel good fic with a touch of DarkerAndEdgier. It has recently been completed.
!!This series provides examples of:
* AcceptableBreaksFromCanon: Like FanFic/TheNuptialverse, some elements of season 3 are altered (''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E12GamesPoniesPlay Games Ponies Play]]'') or ignored (''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Alicorn Twilight]]'').
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: This is Bloodwing's EvilPlan]]
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Red/Blaze]]
* AxCrazy: Yellow.
* BigBad: Dr. Bloodwing in Project Ascension and Shimmering Ruby in The Last Crystal Unicorn.
* BigDamnHeroes: Spike saves the Mane Six from a pack of Timberwolves.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler: Scootaloo tries, unsuccessfully, to warn Rainbow Dash about Dr. Bloodwing.]]
* CastFromLifespan: [[spoiler: The ElementalPowers of Bloodwing's minions shorten their lifespan (as revealed by Blaze in a later story), and overuse will cause them to die]].
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler: Scootaloo was cloned from Rainbow Dash's DNA in order to learn how to make an alicorn (apparently she looks a lot like Rainbow Dash's mother). And while not a clone, per se, Spike is revealed to be just a stuffed toy dragon that Twilight accidentally gave life to. Both eventually get over it.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Both Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon mellow out by The Last Crystal Unicorn.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Spike.]]
* ElementalPowers: Dr. Bloodwing's minions have these powers, a la [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Organization XIII]], as well as code names corresponding to said element:
--> Blue = AnIcePerson
--> White = MakingASplash
--> Yellow = ShockAndAwe / PsychoElectro
--> Red = PlayingWithFire
--> [[spoiler:Bloodwing = ThePowerOfBlood]]
* EvilChancellor: [[spoiler:Shimmering Ruby]] is revealed early on to be this.
* ExiledToTheCouch: Cadence is able to do this to Shining Armor. He ends up wondering why he complied since there were other bedrooms in the castle.
* FlatWhat: [[spoiler: Uttered by Shimmering Ruby when her EvilPlan to revive King Sombra yields no results.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Red/Blaze (although he wasn't ever evil in the first place), Silver Spoon, and Diamond Tiara]].
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: When Princess Celestia meets Twilight's boyfriend, [[spoiler: a recently paroled convict named Blaze]], she takes him outside and tells him about the "Sun Run", a now defunct method of execution.
--> '''Celestia''': Now, obviously, we donít practice such barbaric tactics in modern times. But if, say, somepony were to get me angry enough, through, letís say, upsetting a pony I love like she was my own child, I might be tempted, in a moment of irrational thought, to revive the punishment. Do we understand each other?
--> [[spoiler: '''Blaze]], (in a tiny voice)''': ''Yes''.
* LastOfHisKind: Amethyst Craft is a Crystal Unicorn. [[spoiler: The only one to survive King Sombra's culling.]]
* LighterAndSofter[=/=]DarkerAndEdgier: The stories alternate between LighterAndSofter and DarkerAndEdgier.
* MamaBear: The Mane Six. More so Twilight and Rainbow Dash.
* MotorMouth: Spitfire turns into one briefly when she first meets Rainbow Spectrum. She goes on and on about how he inspired her, how she's always wanted to meet him, and how he's so awesome, all in one breath with no spaces in-between her words.
* OrwellianRetcon: In Chapter 7 of The last crystal unicorn, Shimmering Ruby insults Shining Armor, calling him "retarded" behind his back. This was found to be offensive by many, so the insult was changed to "pitiful".
* OverprotectiveDad: [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash's father, Rainbow Spectrum, was once this. This leads to her running away.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: Pipsqueak's parents abandoned him on the Summer Sun Celebration. Fluttershy ends up adopting him.]]
* [[SelfMadeMan Self-Made Mare]]: Spitfire said she grew up in the slums of Manehattan and didn't fly for the first time until she was older than some of the CMC. She was inspired to be a Wonderbolt by a previous captain, Rainbow Spectrum, eventually became a police pony, and then became captain of the Wonderbolts herself. She always promised one day she would help foals who were in her situation when she made it big. [[spoiler: She eventually does this by helping the CMC branch out to other towns and help foals who don't know their talents yet]].
* ShoutOut: Apparently, a few members of [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Organization XIII]] got reincarnated as Bloodwing's Minions. [[spoiler: Right down to the one who pulled a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* TheReveal: To Amethyst Craft's horror, [[spoiler: King Sombra is his father. Ouch.]]
* TheTalk: Twilight has this with Spike when she finds out that [[spoiler:Spike is in love with Sweetie Belle]]. Spike freaks out partway through a slideshow and begs Twilight to stop. According to Twilight, her parents were even worse when they gave gave her the talk, including showing her pictures of her own birth.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler: After being transformed into a pony, it's mentioned that Spike may also have the ability to change into others creatures. However, it's more of an InformedAbility, since he has, so far, only tried to change his hoof back into a claw, and even then it was only for a few seconds.]]
* WasTooHardOnHim: Rainbow Spectrum wonders this after he tells Rainbow Dash that she will never become a Wonderbolt. [[spoiler: By the time he goes to apologize, she had ran away to Cloudsdale.]]
* WhamLine: In Project Ascension, while discussing Spike:
--> '''Celestia''': Do you know what was different about your test, as opposed to the others I have given?
--> '''Twilight''': Yes, you used a real egg instead of a fake one.
--> '''Celestia''': No Twilight... The truth is [[spoiler: that there was no difference]].
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Spike nearly dies in "Project Ascension", but when Twilight helps him remembers his true form, instead of turning back into a dragon, he turned into a pony.]]
** In the Epilogue for "The Last Crystal Unicorn", we get a doozy: [[spoiler: King Sombra [[WasOnceAMan Was Once An Alicorn]] named Sol. The Alicorn who broke Black out of prison is his father. Wow.]]
* WingdingEyes: Spitfire gains hearts in her eyes after Rainbow Spectrum, a previous captain of the Wonderbolts who Spitfire idolizes, playfully blows her a kiss.
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler:Pony!Spike attempts to shoot out a spell at Diamond Tiara.]]
* YouAreNumberSix: [[spoiler: Bloodwing constantly refers to Scootaloo as "Subject Ten", because she is the tenth attempt at creating an Alicorn.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: As soon as Bloodwing becomes an Alicorn, he steals Black's energy. He got better... [[DrivenToMadness In a manner of speaking...]] ]]